Larson Elementary

News You Can Use on April 2, 2021

Happy Spring!

Spring weather is always interesting in Alaska. One day the snow is melting fast the next day it is stacking up in inches! Please be sure that your children continue to be prepared for any type of weather. Snow gear is still a must.


Please help us stay safe in the parking lot. It is either super slick and icy or slushly with ice underneath due to the snow melting and refreezing. We'd appreciate it if all drivers watched the distance between cars and if you are dropping off late, please slow down. THANK YOU!


It's April and that means time for end of the year assessments. Over the next few weeks we will be having several testing sessions; PEAKS, MAP, & Aimsweb.

The most imporant support you can give your kids is be sure they get enough exercise, fresh air, sleep, eat a good breakfast and encourage them to simply, " Do Your Best on the Test".

PEAKS (Performance Assessement for Alaska Students)

PEAKS testing will take place next week on April 6-8 for all students in grades 3-5 at Larson.

Below is information from the State of Alaska regarding Statewide Testing:

The state testing regulated by federal law is coming soon. Every child in third through tenth grade in the District, as well as the state of Alaska, will be assessed on the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) the weeks of March 29th – April 16th. All students will demonstrate their knowledge in English language arts and math. Students in 5th, 8th &10th grades will also demonstrate their knowledge in science.

Clear and quantifiable assessment data will assist us in understanding any learning loss that has impacted MSBSD students this past year. Moreover, PEAKS assessment data can help inform students, teachers, and parents.

Students perform better on tests when they have had a good night’s sleep,good breakfast, and arrive at school on time. Thank you parents for your partnership and please contact your Principal if you have any questions!

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)

We will be conducting our final MAP test of the year Mid to Late April. All students in grades K-5 will take the spring MAP. Your child's teacher will be sending home information on testing dates soon.

If you have any questions regarding the MAP Test please feel free to contact us.


Aimsweb is our reading fluency assessment that ensures our kids are making progress in their reading skills. We administer this test in K-2 and for some of our 3-5 graders.

Fun Fridays!

Need something to do on a Friday? Well, we have two weeks in a row of events for you! Mark your calendars as we are excited about our Spring Family Fun coming soon!


April 23 from 5-6:30 pm is our final Title 1 Event of the year and we are going to play Parking Lot Bingo!

Details are also posted on the website and an informaiton flyer is attached.

Here's the process:

1) On Friday, April 23, between 5 & 6:30 come to Larson and as you drive in you will recieve a Bingo Kit and a Hot Dog dinner for each member of your family. Bingo Kits will have a Door Prize Ticket included.

2) Choose a place to park. You may tailgate as long as you are socially distancing. This event is being held in the parking lot so for the safety of everyone: ALL children MUST STAY in the car/at your space during the entire event.

*The playground WILL BE CLOSED.

*Bathrooms will be accessible and we will be letting people into the building one person at a time--should you need to use the facilities.

3) We will be using an FM Radio Transmitter, and we will post The Radio Channel at the event. We are excited to use the transmitter so you will be able to hear the numbers called right on your car radio!

4) If you get a BINGO, you can HONK your horn and send a family representative to the front entry to confirm your BINGO and pick a prize. (Children must be accompanied by an adult to choose prizes).

Prizes will be a variety of games, just like the ones we normally have during Math Night.

Door Prize Tickets will be drawn to win Spring Picnic Baskets. **Picnic Baskets will be limited to one basket per household, but games will be Bingo Prizes until they are gone.

***You must be present to win the door prizes, and drawings will happen every 30 minutes.

We hope you can join us and we will be playing, rain or shine!

Happy Spring Larson Families from your FTA!!

We are excited to be announcing our upcoming event, Larsons Walk into Spring! Break out your tennis shoes and join us Friday, April 30th from 5-6:30 for an evening of fun for the whole family. We will have lots of springtime activities planned for you to enjoy as you embark on your walk around the Alcantra Trail system. Load up your car and meet us in the bus loop to get prepared for your Spring themed adventure! The cost is $10/car and you can register online at or at the event. We will send home more information as we get closer. As always, all funds raised from this event will go directly to participating classrooms! We are looking for business sponsorships for this event, if you are interested please contact us at or on our website.

Our Lucky Popcorn Friday was a big success!! Thank you for sending your kids to school with popcorn money! Our next FTA meeting will be April 8th at 7pm on Zoom. We really appreciate everyone who is able to join us & we will post the meeting link on our Facebook page and send it out via email next Thursday.

Thank you!

Larson Family-Teacher Association


May 3-7 is Staff Appreciation Week!

Our teachers and support staff have gone ABOVE & BEYOND this year to keep our kids safe and school open for In-Person Learning. I am extremely grateful and thankful for each member of our Larson Team and I hope you and your Larson Eagles will take some time tell our teachers and aides how much you appreciate all they have done during this highly unusual school year.