Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

October 8, 2019

A Few Changes...

PTO has changed the dates of their meetings, starting with the next meeting. Meetings will now be the third MONDAY of each month, not the third Tuesday. Therefore, the next PTO meeting is scheduled for 4pm on Monday, October 21st. There will NOT be a meeting on October 16th, as previously scheduled an announced. PTO looks forward to seeing new parents wanting to get involved!

Also, the information for the Hay Tunnel field trips has changed slightly. We will be eating lunch at school on those days so you are not required to request a sack lunch ahead of time. Your child will have the usual choice between hot/school lunch, or cold/lunch from home. All other information remains the same.

The end of the quarter is October 18th. Report cards will be sent home on October 28th. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 1st & 4th. Information regarding conference times should be sent home shortly. We try to schedule sibling conferences one after another so that you only have to make one trip, as well as accommodating your schedule as best we can. Therefore, please either confirm your conference time or request a change and return the form no later than Monday, October 14th so we have time to finalize the schedule. Thank you.

Picture Retakes are October 16th, in the morning only. If any afternoon preschool students would like to retake pictures, please contact the school office at 260-1345. Thank you.

As the holidays approach, classes may be doing holiday parties. Please remember that if you want to attend or help out with class events, birthdays, parties, etc, you must be an approved volunteer. If you have not done the application yet this year, please go to www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us and click on Volunteers. This may take a few weeks after you submit it to be approved, so be sure to apply well before you want to visit a classroom.

Congratulations Tustumena!

Tustumena Elementary has won an Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) award for Exceptional Student Performance and Academic Growth for Two or More Consecutive Years. Tustumena Elementary is the only school in our district to win this award this year and has been recommended for recognition in the National ESEA Distinguished School Recognition Program for 2019-2020. Congratulations to all the staff and families for all their hard work and dedication to our school over the last several years.

From Miss Thompson and our Library:

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!! Miss Thompson is looking for volunteers; to help set up on Friday October 18, 9:30 to 12:30; to help take down the Fair on Wednesday, November 6th; to help run the book fair daily during Public Library time – 2:00 to 6:00 Mondays thru Thursdays and in the morning 9:30 to 12:30. Volunteers get a free book!! To sign up to volunteer, you can contact Miss Thompson at the school – 260-1345, ext. 1375 or email – rthompson@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or sign up on line at https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=tustumenaelementaryschool1

Don’t forget that our Online Bookfair (with thousands more books) starts October 13 and runs through the 26th

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Upcoming Events


9th - Fourth Grade field trip to Bear Creek

11th - Sixth Grade field trip to Seward

13th - Online Scholastic Book Fair starts

16th - Early Release Day 2:05pm AND Picture Retakes

18th - No School/Inservice Day

21st - Book Fair Starts AND PTO Meeting 4pm

22nd - Lynx Tracks Hay Tunnel - Grades K/1/2

23rd - Lynx Tracks Hay Tunnel - Grades 3/5

25th - Halloween Carnival 6-9pm

26th - Online Scholastic Book Fair Ends

28th - Report Cards go home AND Site Council Meeting at 4pm

29th - Lynx Tracks Hay Tunnel - Grades 4/6

31st - Trunk or Treat


1st & 4th - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School for students

5th - Last Day of Book Fair

11th - No School

12th - District Budget Meeting and Site Council Meeting 6pm

18th - PTO Meeting 4pm

28th & 29th - Thanksgiving Break - No School


6th - Cash Raffle Drawing 4:30pm

10th - Geo Bee 1:30pm

13th - Spelling Bee 1:30pm

23rd-Winter Break begins, students return to school January 7, 2020.