Coyote Howler

April 26, 2021


Dear Kincaid Families,


During the last few weeks of school we have many opportunities for families. This week is our final week of H.O.W.L (Helping Ourselves With Literacy). A perfect way to support literacy is to stop into Barnes and Noble this week or order online and build up your home library of children's books. Please mention that you are there to support Kincaid Elementary and we will receive a portion of the sales to purchase new books to up-date our school library. All the details about the Kincaid Barnes and Noble Bookfair are found in this issue of the Howler. Ms. Heather has several fun events scheduled to support our Barnes and Noble Bookfair. I hope your family is able to particpate in one or more of these events.


Picture Day has finally been scheduled for May 12. All students will be photographed who are present on the day of pictures. Families will have the opportunity to order photos online. We appreciate Fitzgerald's Photography in accommodating us during Covid.


This year more than ever, we realized the importance of up-to-date and working technology. Many of our classrooms are in need of new document cameras. This tool is used for online and in class instruction. Each document camera costs about $125. Raising Cane's at the Dimond locations is supporting our school for a second day of fundraising on May 13th. The funds raised during this event will help us up-date our document cameras. We had a fantastic turnout during our first event and hope you all enjoy another day of chicken for lunch or dinner.


During the last few weeks of school we are asking students to bring in a pair of headphones. Headphones cannot be shared between students and we have a limited number available. We will need headphones starting the first week in May when students take the spring iReady diagnostic. Please put the headphones in a bag and make sure your child's name is on the bag.



Sincerely,


Wendy Zorea

Principal

Important Dates

April 5- 30: H.O.W.L (Helping Ourselves with Literacy)


April 12-April 30: 6th Grade Fundraiser- Dimond Greenhouse


April 26- May 2: Barnes and Noble Bookfair


April 26: Online Registration for next year opens for returning students.


May 3: Return Chromebooks


May 3-13: Clothesline Project


May 12: School Picture Day


May 13: Raising Cane's Fundraiser #2 - Help our school replace outdated document cameras.

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Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Virtual Event Details


Zoom information for all events:

https://asdk12.zoom.us/j/93120679286?pwd=OTFqdVlhTnlhU2t3OVZzdUVFdjM1dz09

Meeting ID: 931 2067 9286

Passcode: Coyotes


April 26, 2021 - Virtual Read-aloud

● Join Ms. Heather virtually any time between 5:00 & 6:00 pm to hear fun stories you

can interact with!


April 29, 2021 - Virtual Origami Creations

● Gather some paper and join Ms. Heather virtually any time between 5:00 & 6:00 pm

to create amazing origami!


May 1, 2021 - Virtual Read-aloud

● Join Ms. Heather any time between 11:00 am & 12:00 pm to hear fun stories all

about springtime!


May 2, 2021 - Virtual Origami Creations

● Gather some paper and join Ms. Heather virtually any time between 2:00 & 3:00 pm

to create amazing origami!

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6th Grade Fundraiser for End of Year Celebrations

Sixth grade is trying to do a fundraiser to help with the upcoming costs for Graduation gifts and decorations, and we need your help! We will be doing a 3-week Dimond Greenhouse fundraiser from April 12th until April 30th, selling $25 gift certificates.


These can be redeemed from Mother’s Day on May 9th until Father’s Day on June 20th. This would be a GREAT Mother’s Day gift, as we will have the certificates returned before then!


We are also offering a pizza party to the class that raises the most money, so please help us out and promote the fundraiser! Go Coyotes!


Thanks in advance,

6th grade team

Online Registration Is OPEN for Returning Students Starting April 26th

Enrollment at Kincaid has declined during the pandemic. It is in the spring that we begin to plan for fall. Online registration for the 2021-22 school year will open for returning students on April 26th. New to District students can register online starting July 1st. It is important that our Kincaid families register early to provide ASD leaders a clear picture of our enrollment. We currently have 460 students enrolled at Kincaid compared to 550 at this time last year.


Please make sure to register your child early, as enrollment drives our staffing allocation. If you need your Parent Connect information, please call the office for assistance at 245-5530.

Kincaid Kind Coyotes

Kincaid Elementary will be a collection site for this year's Clothesline Project. We will be collecting new and gently used clothing. Officer Butler, our School Resource Officer, will be working with our school counselor to coordinate this project at Kincaid. Items may be sent to school with students from May 3-13.
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Please Return Chromebooks starting May 3

Elementary students attending in-person instruction and who have an ASD Chromebook checked out to them will be asked to return the device to their school starting May 3. Students in the virtual program will be asked to return their device by the end of the school year unless: 1) they are attending summer school, or 2) they will be enrolled in the virtual program next year.

In addition to any school-specific guidance regarding the return process, please be sure to include the following information in your communication with families:

· Who: Every elementary student who has been issued a District Chromebook and is attending classes in person. (Students in the virtual program will be handled separately.)

· What:

o Students will need to return their Chromebooks and ALL power cords.

o Any Chromebooks not returned by May 7 will be remotely disabled on May 17.

· When: Chromebooks will be collected between May 3 - 7.

Planning for Next Fall

We do not take specific teacher requests, but will consider what your child needs when placing your child in a classroom. There is a lot of information we use to balance our classrooms and we appreciate your input. When we begin building our classes, teachers will meet to discuss student strengths and student needs. We would appreciate your input to identify your child's strengths and needs. This information will be part of the discussion and decision making.


If you would like, you may fill out this optional form to provide input into your child's class placement for next fall. Please do not request a specific teacher. We will not be able to take specific requests into consideration.


Parent Input for Placement: https://forms.gle/VSf84mUDb4XcAQhH7

Kindergarten Round Up

Is your child starting kindergarten in the Anchorage School District?

Join us!

ASD staff will share what to expect as your child begins kindergarten in the fall. These sessions will provide information on transitioning to kindergarten and how to enroll. Families are encouraged to ask questions and will be provided digital resources. Together, we will partner to help prepare your child for school success. Join us for one of the sessions below!


April 26, 6pm-7pm

ZOOM link to join (all sessions)


Kindergarten Round Up Resources

Keep ASD Symptom Free

Return to School Options - COVID

Kindergarten Roadmap for Common Core State Standards

Sleep Matters

www.attendanceworks.org

10 Ways to Get Ready for K

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Kincaid PTA

This year all new memberships will be online, no need to fill out a form or wait for a check to cash!


If you would like to join the PTA please go to this website:https://my-site-102228-107635.square.site/


Kincaid PTA

kincaidschoolpta@gmail.com

Home of the Kind Coyotes

Mission Statement: Kincaid Elementary School is a neighborhood school that provides a safe, structured, positive learning environment to meet the unique needs of our students. We believe in a strong academic program that is centered on the child and their specific developmental needs. It is our mission to provide a solid educational program while at the same time nurturing our students to become kind humans in our larger community. We will facilitate a learning environment in-school and online to support ALL students to become kind, respectful, responsible and safe citizens.