Denali Panther Newsletter

* We believe in LOVE, KINDNESS and RESPECT *


Happy Sunday Denali families!

MONDAY at 5:00 we have a PTO meeting in the library! Please join us! We need parent help to plan activities and fundraisers for the kids and staff at Denali!

We have our FALL SPIRIT WEEK this week! It's our last week of September, a shortened week so it's time for a dress up! Don't forget, kids are dismissed at 2:00 on THURSDAY and there is NO SCHOOL on Friday. These are two days for teachers to have to look at our reading data and make plans for your child's success!

ATTENDANCE MATTERS!! Our Walk to Read starts every day at 9:15 a.m. We really appreciate you making sure your child is here at 9:00 a.m. to be ready for the day! If your child has unexcused absences or tardies I will be reaching out to see how we can help your family.

GOOD LUCK to our Cross Country Running Team! This is their last week! Thank you to Mrs. Morrison and Ms. Harmon for leading our running club this year! SCHEDULE HERE

TITLE I FALL SURVEY: Please CLICK HERE to take our parent survey! Help us to know which activities YOU want to do!

30 DAY GRACE PERIOD IS ENDING SOON! Please remember to fill out the Free/Reduced lunch form if your child is planning on having hot lunch. There were several kids who came to get hot lunch last week but hadn't brought money in for their account yet. You can also put money on your child's account online HERE.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Zaverl

Dates for your calendar

Monday, September 25: 5:00 PTO meeting in the library!

FALL SPIRIT WEEK! We are more than half way through our first quarter and it’s time to celebrate the new changing of our seasons!

Monday, September 25: Monday night football! Wear a football or team jersey!

Tuesday, September 26: CRAZY HAT or CRAZY HAIR DAY!

Wednesday, September 27: SWEATER WEATHER WEDNESDAY! Wear a sweater!

Thursday, September 28: Denali Spirit day! Wear a Denali shirt or the color blue!

Thursday, September 28: School out at 2:00 p.m. EARLY DISMISSAL

Friday, September 29: NO SCHOOL- Professional Development for teachers

Friday, October 13: 2 p.m. dismissal. END OF THE FIRST QUARTER!! WOW!

Thursday, October 26: 6-7:30 p.m. Spooktacular Family Night!


Mrs. Zaverl

907.452.2456 ext. 32510

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How can you help your child learn to read?

The 5 important components to learning how to read are:
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

*PHONEMIC AWARENESS. Phonemic Awareness is the beginning and ending segments of words. Watch this video on tips you can practice this skill with your child!

READING ROCKETS: SYLLABLE GAMES Explore syllable games from Reading Rockets and watch students drum out syllables. When students become proficient, they can also play games where they mix up the syllables to make new words and learn to play with language. Students’ reading and spelling skills often improve when they receive instruction in counting syllables, because they’re better able to decode or spell unfamiliar words one syllable at a time.

*PHONICS: Phonics are the letters and sounds in our alphabet. This is where we teach short-vowel sounds (in VC and CVC words) before long vowel sounds (in CVVC and CVCe words). • We teach consonants and short vowels in combination so words can be generated as 16 early as possible. This week let's focus on PHONICS! Learn how you can MAP A WORD with your child!

DRIVE THRU BLENDING PRACTICE: when your child knows the letters and sounds, but then has to blend them together!

*FLUENCY: Reading fluency includes three observable and measurable skills: the ability to read accurately, to read at a rate that allows for adequate comprehension, and to read with expression. Watch the video on PARTNER READING!

*VOCABULARY: “All I know is what I have words for.” Ludwig Wittgenstein. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, vocabulary is defined as “All the words a person knows or uses.” And that is the challenge. Watch this VIDEO in how an expert teacher teaches vocabulary to Kindergartners!

*COMPREHENSION: Comprehension is the ability to derive meaning from text. Reading comprehension is an outcome of both our abilities to decode (phonics) and our ability to understand language. Good readers self-monitor their reading. They stop and ask themselves, “Does what I just read make sense?” This is how a teacher might use questioning techniques to test for comprehension VIDEO

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Denali Literacy Open House

If you missed the open house last night, take a look at one of our classroom presentations! This information can help YOU help your child to read better!

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Our totem pole on the playground is a symbol of LOVE, KINDNESS and RESPECT! The panther at the bottom asks the raven at the top to help spread our message! The carver, Bert Ryan, carved our totem pole 20 years ago with the students of Denali!
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