Big Lake Elementary Newsletter

APRIL 10, 2019



Please join us for our Cultural Celebration at Big Lake Elementary. Watch dances, make crafts, and play games. Dinner will be provided. Thursday, April 11 from 5:30- 7 PM. We hope to see here.
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If you will have a kindergartner for the 2019/2020 school year, you are invited to attend Welcome to Kindergarten Night at Larson Elementary on April 11 from 5:30 - 7PM.

If you know of a family with an upcoming kindergartner, please tell them about kindergarten night.

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We are so excited for the Spring Bazaar this Saturday, April 13, from 10-4PM!!

Get a jump on your Mother’s Day shopping, free pictures with the Easter Bunny from 12-4PM, yummy food from Mama Rav’s, and there will be an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 1:PM!!

If you would like to volunteer to decorate we will be in the gym Friday, April 12, after 4PM.

We still have some hallway spaces available!

See our Fb page for more information or email


Parents of 5th graders: Tuesday, April 16, Houston Jr Sr High School (HJSH) will have the Incoming 6th grade Meet 'n Greet. It begins at 6:00PM sharp with a presentation from the Principal, Counselor, and Title I coordinator in the commons. Parents can tour the 6th grade portables after the presentation.

HJSH is also having a Chili Cook-off that parents are invited to attend @ 6:30PM.

HJSH is looking forward to meeting our 5th grade families.



The 2018/2019 Yearbooks have arrived, so purchase yours now. Purchase online with debit or credit in School Cash or at the front office with cash or check.


Honor Band & Choir Concert April 23rd at 7pm at Palmer High School - come enjoy an evening of music put on by honor band and choir students from all over the district - including some of our own Big Lake students!

School Concerts on May 1st - Kinder, 1st & 2nd Grades will start at 6pm, following there will be an intermission to reset for the next concert for the 3rd, 4th, 5th grades (including band and choir) at 7pm.

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The playground just has a few snow piles on it and should be free and clear of snow by Monday, April 15. Students should still wear coats as it may be a bit chilly but snow boots and snow pants will no longer be needed for students to wear. Spring is coming!!


Complete the Preschool Request Form if you would like your child to be enrolled in preschool for the 2019/2020 school year. Go to the Mat-Su Borough School District website ( It's open now and closes June 30. Your child must be 4 years old by September 1 to enroll.

Preschool eligibility:

Title I, Migrant Education, & Title VI Indian Education support the Federal Programs preschools. Students must be eligible for one of these programs.

  • Title I – must live within the physical boundary of a designated Title I school.
  • Migrant Education (Title I-C) – currently enrolled in the Migrant Education Program through the Federal Programs Office.
  • Title VI (Indian Education) – enrolled member or descendant of an enrolled member of a recognized tribe or tribal group. Documentation is required.

Preschool classes begin August 26, 2019. Completing the "Parent Request Form" is the only pathway to preschool enrollment. Please do not enroll preschool children through the iParent iEnroll process. If your child is selected, a Federal Programs preschool teacher will contact you directly to initiate the preschool enrollment process beginning July 15.


Stop by the library during the Cultural Celebration and see some of our thinking skills and STEAM activities at work!


If you live outside the school boundaries and attend Big Lake Elementary, you will need to complete a new Attendance Boundary Exemption Application for next school year. A new boundary exempt is required every year.

The forms are online at on the right side under Site Shortcuts. Complete the form and bring it to the office by April 30.

Questions, call the office at 892.9700. Thank you.

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Teacher requests for the 2019/2020 school year will be available at the school office Monday, April 15, and are due Thursday, April 25. Student class placement with a particular teacher will be considered only when the teacher request process is followed. These placements are made for educational reasons. We will do our best to accommodate your request, however, please understand that in all situations, the administration has the final authority to make placement decisions. Please be aware that staffing may change due to retirement/within school movement/and new hires.


Canned and non-perishable boxed foods are needed year round, not just during the holidays. BLE is sponsoring a food drive from April 15 - 30th. The class that collects the most will win a popsicle party! Please bring the food items to your class to be counted. Thank you for supporting our local food pantry.


I am now in the process of finalizing health screenings for the year and with this comes referrals. If your child has one of these referrals for either dental, hearing, vision, or immunizations due then I will call and give you a heads up it is coming home.

With allergy season coming on some children need medication for this at school. Please do not send cough drops or any other medication to school with your children. All medication needs to be delivered by an adult. Many children are allergic to medication, even cough drops, thus do not let your children carry medication on their person as children like to share.

Thanks for sharing your children with me this school year. If you have any questions about anything please call 892-9705 or e-mail me at:

Synergy Student Information System

The Matanuska Susitna Borough School District is migrating to a new student information system (SIS) called Synergy for the 2019-2020 school year. This change in our SIS will better support education for MSBSD students.

Our current system, SchoolMAX (iParent/iStudent), has become static and its functionality will not improve in the future. Our new SIS is responsive and will evolve with the changing needs of K-12 education and of our District. Transitioning to Synergy allows us to create a more user-friendly platform and optimize operating costs while we continue to focus on quality education for all students.

Online registration will begin in early July 2019 and the District will reach out directly to families when registration is open. For additional information, click here, visit, contact your school’s administration, or contact Reese Everett/Dina Henderson in the Office of Instruction 746-9212.

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Grizzly Gear for your student is still available. See the front office for purchase.

T-shirts $15

Long sleeved T-shirt $20

Hoodies $25


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Brenna Reintsma, Principal

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