Kasuun News

April 2022

Letter from Mrs. Engstrom

Dear Kasuun Families,

It's nearing the end of the school year. It's hard to believe there are just 7 weeks left!

It is springtime in Alaska and as the days get longer, it is so easy to lose track of time and adequate sleep can become a challenge for all of us. Keeping a routined schedule helps to ensure that students are in the best mindset for learning. Alaskan springtime also means we can have sunshine and break up on one day and snow the next day. Sending your child to school with appropriate outdoor gear as we move through this time of year while enable them to make the most of their recess time.

As many of you may know, AK STAR Testing is on pause for now. Due to glitches beyond our control, testing is on hold throughout the district. Alaska Science Tests are still occurring with grades 5, 8, and 10. I will communicate any update as I receive it.

Regardless of the pause, classroom learning continues! It is a joy to see students so engaged in their learning. Glow Day in Kindergarten provided a fun math lesson with black lights and bright counting. First Grade is full of emerging readers! Second grade has had one of our SROs, Officer Mitchell, visit and read to them. Thanks go out to the adult helpers who came to help Third grade with their planting. The Fourth graders created and presented interesting science projects. I hope you had a chance to experience the Fifth grade Wax Museum. It was inspiring to see their portrayals of Civil Rights' Activists. The Sixth graders are choosing their electives for middle school and the Band and Orchestra students continue to hone their musical talent.

I would like to invite you to the Kasuun Hootenanny on April 26 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. It is a free family event that includes dancing, singing, and a silent auction. Ms. Dodge has been teaching our students the songs and dances. The silent auction will directly benefit the music program. Donations for the silent auction are coming in and I am looking forward to some competitive bidding. If you are interested in donating an item, please give the office a call.

Our Student Council activity is starting to pick up as well. Student Council members have been helping present Morning Announcements to our student body each morning. The School Store has been open only twice so far and has been a huge success. In addition to it being an opportunity for our students, it has also been teaching important real-life lessons in budgeting and planning. Student Council also chooses Spirit Days and they have planned them for each Friday through the end of the school year.

4/8: Rainbow Day

4/15: Wear Your Parent's Clothes Day

4:22: Pajama Day

4/29: Over Sized Clothes Day

5/6: Opposite Age Day

5/13: Ugly Sweater Day

We have so many exciting upcoming events. Visit the Kasuun Website and calendar to stay up to date. I would like to invite you to attend the Kasuun PTA meeting today from 4:00-5:00 p.m. via ZOOM. The information is located in the PTA section towards the bottom of this page. There is also information about several PTA events coming up.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email me. My email address is: engstrom_korinne@asdk12.org and my phone number is: (907) 349-9444.

Kind regards,

Kori Engstrom, Principal

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”


Upcoming Events

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Hootenanny - April 26th from 5:00-7:00 pm! The Hootenanny is a free outdoor event and the Silent Auction proceeds will directly benefit the Kasuun Music Program

More Events

April 27: Administrative Professionals Day! Shower Carrie and Michi with letters, notes, and cards for all the work they do for our school.

May 2 - 6: Staff Appreciation Week – Make this week extra special for our staff. Consider having your child make cards for their teachers and paraprofessionals.

If you would like to contribute to a staff potluck on Wednesday, May 4th, email kasuun_pta@yahoo.com.

May 6: Nurse Appreciation Day! Send letters, notes, cards to show Nurse Linda how much you appreciate her hard work and dedication for health and wellness.

May 19: Last Day for students!

Nurse Linda

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COVID Information: We do not accept at home COVID tests. They must be lab-based Molecular PCR tests. We do offer COVID tests at Kasuun for our students.

COVID Testing at ASD Schools

COVID-19 testing for students and staff that are having symptoms is available at Kasuun. Specimens may be obtained from nasal swabs or saliva collection. Please register in advance using the link for Beechtree Diagnostics, https://beechtree.rymedi.com/#/registration-form?irbuuid=bdfc13af-f77b-4778-b666-feaa965a1360 or scan the green circle QR code (below). When entering the registration information, please complete the questionnaire using the student's information, not the parent/guardian's information.

Once the student is registered, their QR code can be used for future testing-please keep a copy of it.

Please call Nurse Linda at (907) 742-8301 if you have any questions about the registration process.

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Kasuun PTA

Next PTA Meeting - Tuesday, April 5th from 4-5 pm in Kasuun Library or via Zoom. Join HERE

Meeting ID: 225 513 9066

Passcode: PTA

View PTA information here.

PTA Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/uh7xm

PTA Meeting the first Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5 pm in the Kasuun Library