The Grizzly Gazette

Muldoon Newsletter - September 2021

A Note From Mr. Grant

Muldoon Families,

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year. I am so excited about this new chance for our students to learn and grow as scholars and as people. Grades 3-5 will be assessed Sept. 27 - Oct. 8 utilizing another benchmark assessment call MAP. Teachers will use the results of these assessments to focus instruction and cater to the needs of your children so please partner with us in ensuring all students are present during these dates.

Morning Recess starts at 8:30 - please do not send your children to the playground before this time. If you need to send your kids to school before 8:30 we have the computer lab open at 8:00 and the CampFire morning program that starts at 7:00. Please give us a call and we can discuss options with you.

Please keep in mind that important instruction takes place throughout the school day, especially during the last 30 minutes of the day. Please schedule appointments after 3:30 p.m. if at all possible. This will ensure your children are not missing pertinent information. Students will not be released after 3:00 p.m. unless it’s an absolute emergency.

Dismissal is a busy time of day. Please be patient, stay in your vehicle, and pull up in line before stopping to let your children in the car. Please pay attention to the teachers and staff on duty working to keep your children safe.

Parent engagement is a critical piece of our success at Muldoon Elementary. I invite all parents to join our leadership team (Grizzly Team) to help review our school-wide plan and our Family engagement plan. Please let me know if you are interested or would like more information. The more ideas we have the better our school is.

Here are some research-based tips for all of us who are parents regarding supporting your childrens' education.

• Read to and with your child, and have your child read to you.

• Encourage your child to keep a journal of daily events.

• Keep books available to your child and make regular trips to the public library.

• When you shop for groceries, have your child help you find items and then estimate the cost of the purchase.

• Discuss different kinds of jobs and careers in your community to help your child understand that school prepares them for a career.

• Visit museums, zoos, and city art exhibits with your child.

• Help your child identify and set fitness goals. Make walking, hiking, or biking a family activity.

• Talk to your child about the importance of education.

• Meet with your child’s teachers regularly to monitor progress.

• Compliment your child’s work and success in school.

• Make sure your child does each day’s homework assignment. Set aside a quiet place for homework and set a regular time each day for it.

• Listen to music together, and have art materials (crayons, paint, brushes, pencils, paper) available at home.

Warmest Regards,

Leroy Grant, Principal

Important Dates/Events

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, October 20, 2021-Friday, October 22, 2021

Students will have a half-day (12:30 dismissal) on Wednesday, the 20th, and Thursday, the 21st. There will be no school for students on Friday, the 22nd.

Picture Day!

PTA Fundraiser 9.24-10.8

Believe Kids Catalog Fundraiser: Packets and Brochures are being sent home. Or you can click here for the link to the online catalog!

Family & Student Resources

Parenting the Love and Logic Way - Virtual Workshop

Hosted by: Anchorage School District, Title I

Led by: ASD's Love and Logic, Trained Facilitator - Meg’n Gall.

Dates: Thursday evenings (10/14, /10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18)

Time: Thursdays @ 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Zoom Link will be provided weekly.

How to Register: Email the following info to Meg’n Gall,

  1. Name
  2. Child’s school
  3. Email address
  4. Mailing address
  5. Phone number

Questions and to Register: Meg’n Gall,

Cost: Free

****Limited seats available****

****This is a class series - Registration is for all six weeks****

You will find answers to:

· How do I get them out of bed in time for school?

· How can I get my children to help with chores without arguing?

· Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without creating a scene?

· How can I get my teenage daughter to come home at the agreed time?

· How do I get him to eat his dinner without complaining?

· And many more day to day parenting challenges.

Need a Helmet?

Do any of your kids need helmets? Bike Anchorage is sending out FREE helmets! And all you have to do is fill out a quick survey! Survey Link Here

i-Ready at Home

Students who have access to personal devices at home can log in and use i-Ready from home! i-Ready is a great way for your children to practice their math and reading skills while at home! Students can access i-Ready by logging into the Student Portal - found on the district website under "Student Login". You can click here to see if your device is compatible with i-Ready.

And here are some other links that you might find helpful!

iReady Overview for Families

iReady Technical and Troubleshooting Guide for families

iReady Help Portal for Educators and Parents

Fridge Tips: for iReady Lessons at Home

Packets for Students at Home

Nurse's Corner

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Make Sure Your Kids are Immunized!

Hey Muldoon Parents & Families! Please make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations for school! Click Here to see some of the places in Anchorage that have Immunization Clinics!

A Note from Ms. Carter

Hello, Muldoon Elementary Parents/Guardians!

I am Diana Carter, the School Counselor at Muldoon Elementary. As the Counselor, I can provide help for children who have experienced loss, displacement, or had a change in their family dynamics. I also provide community referrals for parents and guardians whom require that assistance. I also aid children with social or emotional needs. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's emotional needs in school, you are welcome to call or email me anytime. I look forward to working with all the students and parents/guardians at Muldoon Elementary!


Ms. Carter


The Grizzly PTA Corner

The Anchorage East Rotary Community/Club has chosen our school as one of the recipients of their grants! We received the money to purchase a greenhouse for the school. This is very exciting! Please watch for more news as we make arrangements and do fundraisers to get permits for the greenhouse! We can’t wait to share the greenhouse and the growing with our Muldoon Family and Community!!!

Meet Mrs. Holmes

Mrs. Bonnie Holmes is our School-Based Mental Health Therapist, an employee from Providence who is available Monday-Friday during and after-school hours to assist families and students who qualify for mental health services. Instead of removing your student from school to drive to a clinic, connecting to professional counseling help is as easy as calling or stopping by Mrs. Holmes office at Muldoon. Mrs. Holmes is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving Alaska since 2012. Before coming to Muldoon, Mrs. Holmes was employed by Alaska Native families at Southcentral Foundation for five years and served three years in Alaska's residential treatment programs. If you are a Muldoon student or parent who would like to see Mrs. Holmes, please contact the school office.