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Hello Susitna Optional Families

Thank you everyone who was able to attend the K/1 Learning Lunch on Friday!

Thank you,

Sara Crewdson

SOPG Board Member

Sledding Night Highlights

Thank you to all who were able to come and enjoy an amazing time at Susitna Winter Stew & Soup aka Sledding Night. Thank you to our organizers Mr. Allen & Walter Lissner. Thank you also to everyone who helped out!

Food was amazing! Tasty Chile/Soup/Stews. Congratulations to The Golden Ladle Winner: Parmenter Family! Second Place: Lissner Family. Great Job everyone who brought in Stew, soup or Chili and any other goodies.

Lots of fun with games, The weather permitted a great time of sledding (a few photos below provided by Lafferty Family), along with fire pit to keep everyone warm and Thank you Laura Ison for bringing your food truck, Slice of Heaven's delicious pastries, who donated 10% of her proceeds to the optional program.

Another Event Well Done!!!

Reminder: Wednesday is Parent Work Night at Kaladi Brothers on Patterson

What: Parent Work Night

Where: Kaladi Brothers on Patterson

Time: After school till art is hung!

**We need a few parents with room in their vehicle to come to the school at 3:30 and help take the art to Kaladi.

Come help set up for the awesome art show at Kaladi. The art work turned out great - the theme for this years Kaladi Art is "On the Farm". Students did one of six pictures: cows, chickens, farm house, tractor, cat or dog. Below are a few examples of the wonderful art! They are going to look awesome on the walls of Kaladi Brothers! Looking forward to this wonderful event this coming Friday, Feb 5th.

**Donations from the Art Show will go to "FRIENDS OF PETS"!

**Art will also be donated to the Empty Bowl and BP Wives.


Upcoming Events!

Feb 3rd - Parent Work Night at Kaladi Brothers on Patterson-Prep for Art Show (Sign up)

Feb 5th - Kaladi Art Show (at Kaladi Brothers on Patterson) (4-7pm)

Feb 15th - Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL/NO CAMPFIRE

Feb 17 & 18th - Parent Child Conferences (1/2 days, 12:20pm dismissal)

Feb 26th - Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast (8-8:45am in Gym)

Feb 26th - PACT - Need Volunteers (Click Here)

Lottery Time is Approaching: Register your child now for Susitna Optional

Lottery Time is Approaching: Register your child now for Susitna Optional at CLICK HERE!

Deadline is 3/24/16. **If your child is already in the program you don't have to re-register. This is only for New Kinders or New to the Optional Program.

Parent Tours:

Recruitment has started for our optional program. Please spread the word about our program. We will be taking in a new group of kinders and a few 2nd to 5th graders. Parents may tour our program every Tuesday in February at 9:30 and a few other dates: 2/11 at 11:15 , 3/22 at 9:30 , 4/05 at 9:30.

Looking for parents to be the parent representative during the parent tours on the below dates. 4/5 elder students will be leading the tour. Your role is to greet parents in the office at 9:15, walk along with the group and answer a few questions. Ms. Bautista will also be walking along for part of the tour.
Tuesday (2/09/16) 9:30
Tuesday (2/23/16) 9:30
Tuesday (3/22/16) 9:30
Tuesday (4/05/16) 9:30

Please email Ms. Lucinda at if you could help lead a tour.

Mr Putman's Donors Choose Project for your childs PE Classes! Project is Fully Funded!!

Mr. Putman and his students are about to get a special delivery, thanks to your support for their classroom project: Orienteering

To help teachers and to ensure absolute integrity, we purchase the resources for every project funded through our site. We just got word from our vendors that the materials for your project are en route to Susitna Elementary School!

You'll receive thank-yous and photos from the classroom, but in the meantime, we can just imagine their excitement* when they open the new materials you've made possible.

Thank you for making a classroom dream come true!
- The Team

NEEDS: Orienteering

My students need 10 orienterring flags to further develop our outdoor and adventure education unit in PE.

My Project

These materials will benefit the entire school, K-5. The younger students will use them to begin developing basic map and finding skills. The older students will enjoy more challenging activities that will help them refine map using skills, directional coordinates and compass use.

We have a wonderful outdoor space at this school and using these orienteering flags will give the students a challenge they don't normally get.

Also, activities like these reach kids that don't respond to the typical "ball" games played in PE classes.

A Couple of Options for After 5th Grade

Anchorage STREAM: Where Science, Technology, research, Engineering, the arts and Math

Learn More about STREAM -

Saturday Feb 20th or Saturday March 5th at

Begich Middle School


5th Grade Families there is some Exciting news! STREAM signed a lease! STrEaM Academy will teach on the first floor of Wayland Baptist University next year! Click here and visit our website for dates on upcoming pre-open events in February and March.
Using ParentConnect you can complete an online lottery application for next year. We are accepting 6th, 7th and 8th graders for the 2016/17 school year.

ASD Lottery is open for the 2016/2017 school year! Make sure to log into ParentConnect and complete a lottery application for next school year to STrEaM Academy for you 6th, 7th and 8th grade students!

Highland Tech High

Highland Tech High is a standards-based, public charter school for grades 6-12 in the Anchorage School District. HTH equips students with the academic, social and technical skills to excel in today’s world and contribute positively to our society and the future. Students who graduate from HTH are able to choose their future, whatever that choice may be. HTH immerses students in a rigorous learning environment that integrates technical and academic education, and links students in the school to industry mentors in the workplace.

Click Here for Website!

This school is a lottery entry school. Students who do not currently attend the school need to apply through the school lottery system using the "Apply" link below.


Please Log Your Hours!!

Please Note: Emails have gone out over Winter Break with your Total Hours Logged.

Please Log your Hours! Click HERE!

Please refer to the Disclosure of Hours on the website for more information.
Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.

Thank you to the Families that have Logged their hours so far!

For inquiries about your hours logged please email SOPGSUSITNA@GMAIL.COM.

***K/1 is looking for parent/ aunt, uncle / grandparent to read with children. Please contact Lucinda or Brittany if you are available to come in once or set up a time to come in on a regular basis.

There are other ideas listed below on ways you can volunteer.

If you still need a few hours, no worries, here are a few ideas on ways you can volunteer.

  • Helping in classrooms (wash tables, read with a child), help after school (Copy and Laminating projects), parent work night (Next couple are Jan 6th & Jan 27th, anytime between 3:30-7pm), doing work from home (just ask your teachers)

  • We still need volunteers to help in Field trips, and upcoming events like, Kaladi Art show set up (Feb 3), PACT (Feb 26 & Apr 29), Family Dance Night (April 29), Spring Intensives (May 5 & 6), Spring Bike trip (May 16) and year end picnic (May 19).

  • HELP COORDINATE OUR EVENTS - (Each worth 26 Hours)

  1. Spring Intensives: Coordinator to help Ms. Brittany as needed.

  2. SOPG Last Day of School BBQ: Assistant Coordinator to help Sara Crewdson plan and operate this event.

If you are interested in helping coordinate an event this year, or would like more information please email me at

Please check out Our Website and sign up under volunteers needed if you can help!

Disclosure of Volunteer Requirements

Thank you again for all your help,

Susitna Optional Parent Group

SOPG is specifically dedicated to supporting the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. We perform functions similar to a PTA and we work closely with the teachers in the Optional Program, as well as Susitna's PTA. Key responsibilities include: assisting with PACT days (Parents and Children Together), Intensives, with Community Outreach projects, and with events like the Fall Ice Cream Social, The Spring Family Dance, spring/fall Bike Ride/Picnic, and the Year-End Barbecue.

The Susitna Optional Parent Group, or SOPG, is a volunteer parent group comprised of parents or guardians of children in the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. SOPG is led by a volunteer advisory board consisting of a Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large.

The Current SOPG Board Members are

(to email click on member name)

Chair: Rhiannon Benedetti
Co-chair: Sara Crewdson

Secretary: Jessica Blackson
Treasurer: Amber Epps & Kathy Hammon

Members at Large: Ida and DJ Litteral

Members at Large: Angel Solter

Members at Large: Melanie Scallo

Members at Large: Need Volunteers Please!

Please Join: Facebook Group Page

Welcome to Susitna Optional Parent Group! "A caring community of critical thinkers" This group page is hopefully another way to help us all keep connected throughout the year for information about meetings, events, volunteering, parent hours, etc.

Check out our SOPG Website

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the Susitna Optional Parent Group, as well as those just interested in learning more about the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary.


Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.