Chugiak Chatter

Special Edition, August 9, 2021

A Word of Welcome!

Hello Chugiak Families!

On behalf of your Chugiak Staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year! We are sending a warm welcome to our new students and families and a joyful welcome back to those of you returning! We hope everyone has had a restful summer and is looking forward to a great year!

As our school start date draws near, we are sending this Special Edition to share some ASD informational items published last week and to provide school start dates and times. Teachers and staff return this Thursday for a few days of room setup and professional development. We have a number of new staff members joining our Chugiak family and we look forward to working with them! Please welcome:

  • Señora Herrera, K/1 Spanish Immersion
  • Ms. Sheaver, First Grade Natiya
  • Ms. VanCouwenberghe, Second Grade Natiya
  • Ms. Strehlou, Third Grade Natiya
  • Señorita Castello, Fourth Grade Spanish Immersion
  • Ms. Newman, Fifth Grade Teacher Intern
  • Mrs. Reichen, Primary Resource
  • Ms. Gunn, Intermediate Resource
  • Mr. James, PE (part time)
  • Ms. Haugsven, ELL
  • Ms. Seigneur, School Nurse

Mrs. Flagg is teaching K - 5 Health this school year. And welcome back to Mr. Sparkman, who taught with ASD Virtual last year.

We will happily welcome our first through fifth grade students back to school on Tuesday, August 17th. Our school day schedule is:

  • Student day, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Staff on duty at 8:40 a.m.; students may line up outside their assigned doors at 8:40 a.m.
  • Students enter classrooms at 8:50 a.m.
  • Learning begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.; all students in their seats, ready to learn!
  • Dismissal bell 3:30 p.m.

Finally, Kindergarten families will be invited to attend Family Welcome Meetings with their teacher(s) on either August 17, 18, 19, or 20. Kindergarten students may attend a Kindergarten Academy session that week, as well. Watch for more information from your kindergarten teachers. Together, Family Meetings, Kindergarten Academy, and Open House provide three opportunities for kindergarten students to see their teacher and visit their classroom and school prior to their first full day of school on Tuesday, August 24.

See you soon!

Heather Mildon, Principal

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Back to School BBQ and Open House

Your Chugiak P.T.O. will host a hot dog BBQ/Open House on Monday, August 16th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. here at school. Class lists will be posted just before this event inside and outside the school.

Come enjoy a hot dog, say hello to friends old and new, then visit classrooms. Teachers will be there to greet you and provide a brief overview of the year.

Entry to the school will be through the MPR using the doors near the bus loop or loading dock, as well as through the two end doors near the ball field.

School Supplies

With class lists come . . . school supplies! All students will want items on the basic school supply list found here. Individual teachers will communicate specific needs, as well as some wish list items, for their classroom programs in the coming weeks.

Construction Continues at Chugiak!

Many of you have written or shared in conversation that you've enjoyed watching our project unfold this summer. We agree! We are excited to see the tremendous progress made to date, and understand we have a ways to go before our secure main entry is complete. The anticipated end to Phase I is mid-October, though supply chain delays and shortages are impacting work flow and pacing somewhat.

The most significant impact to our school days as we launch this new year will be the traffic patterns for cars and people along our main front walk and to alternate entrances. We will send a map later this week illustrating where each class will line up and exit daily as well as where visitors my enter once school begins. The bottom line for all of us is to bring our patience and sense of humor with us to campus this fall/winter, as there are sure to be longer lines or delays from time-to-time. We will continue to strive to ensure all students experience a safe entry to and exit from Chugiak daily, in the most expeditious manner possible. Thank you, as always, for helping us achieve that goal!

Chugiak P.T.O. Meets Tuesday

Chugiak P.T.O.'s first meeting of the year is this Tuesday, August 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chugiak library. There are lots of ways to get involved and support our school! We will see you there!

Come Work with us at Chugiak!

We have some dynamic work opportunities right here at Chugiak Elementary!

Parents and family members are invited to sign up as noon supervisors to assist with outdoor recess coverage between 11 am and 1:30 pm daily. Many schools have created combination schedules where 2 - 5 parents worked just 1-2 days/week. We are happy to work with you on a doable schedule! Some think of this work as community service with a small paycheck bonus to use for your favorite pastime, splurge, or investment! Seriously, spending time outside with Chugiak's kids is a neat way to spend a morning. Applications for Eagle River High Area noon supervisors can be found here and note "Chugiak ES" on the application.

Do you speak Spanish? We are hiring for a Kindergarten teaching assistant in our Spanish Immersion classroom. This job combines with noon supervisor playground coverage for 5.5 hours total/day and brings a world of smiles to your days because five-year-olds are all about JOY! Apply here to Job 9816.

We are fortunate to have Camp Fire Alaska again hosting a program at Chugiak. They are finding themselves in need of staff, also, at many sites across the Municipality. If you know someone who enjoys working with kids and is looking for employment, please refer them to

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Safety Information

As we embark upon the 2021-22 school year, our slogan "Keep ASD Symptom Free" remains the name of the game! As of Monday, August 9, face coverings are again required in ASD buildings. We will teach and review guidance about hand washing, desk sanitization, face coverings, and other mitigation procedures learned last year in the first weeks of school, then on an as-needed basis. They all became routine for staff and students last spring and permitted in-person learning to continue, so we anticipate the same will be true as we start this school year.

What is different is that students will move about the school more frequently, allowing them to attend PE, library, and music class in spaces outside their homerooms this quarter. Due to construction, art and health will be taught in homerooms, most likely through mid-February. Face coverings are optional during arrival, dismissal, and recess. We are pleased to welcome volunteers back to school this year; masks required.

CloudReady: Internet Assistance for Families

ASD families in need of home internet assistance can apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program this school year. This program is designed for families and households who are struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about the EBB program and application process, families can visit

Voluntary Student Accident & Illness Insurance


Please note, Anchorage School District does not provide medical coverage for student injuries. However, ASD has made available an option for families to purchase a low-cost student accident insurance program. Information is available in Chugiak's front office, online at, or by calling 800-827-4695. Bilingual services are available.