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Hello Susitna Optional Families

****I have updated the email list. If you are receiving this email and your child no longer attends Susitna Optional or you would rather not receive this please unsubscribe to these emails at the bottom.

Thank you,

Sara Crewdson

SOPG Board Member

Reminder: K/1 Gingerbread House Making is Tomorrow! (12-1pm)

If you are available this Thursday, even for a little bit, they would love your assistance on helping the K/1 Students with making their Gingerbread houses.

Supply Needs: Powdered Sugar, Graham Crackers & Candy

Upcoming Events!

Dec 17th - TOMORROW! K/1 Learning Lunch: (12-1)Gingerbread House

Dec 18th - End of 2nd Quarter - NO SCHOOL


Jan 6th - Parent Work Night & SOPG Parent Meeting at 6pm with Guest Speaker

Jan 13th - Art Intensive for Kaladi Art Show (9:15-11am) Volunteers Needed, contact Mrs. Gene at for any questions.

Jan 18th - Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL/NO CAMPFIRE

Jan 22nd - Sledding Night (5pm-8pm) - Sign up Here! (Need Volunteers!)

Jan 27th - Parent Work Night - (3:30-7pm)

Jan 29th - K/1 Learning Lunch (12-1pm)

Hour of Code Report!

Susitna Elementary participated in Hour of Code for the second year. During the week of December 7th. 191,025 Hour of Code events happened around the world in over 180 countries to reach over tens of millions of students and adults ages 4 to 100.

Lucinda's K/1 Class started hour of code by brainstorming what professions use coding and whose parents use coding in their jobs.

  • At the end of the hour Bryan Blackson said, "If you are a programmer: You have to be focused and ready to do it!"
  • At lunch that day Olive told her mom that she loves coding and wants to do it at home which she did that evening. Pictured Below!!

Big Thank You to all the volunteers for Project Day!

Thank you all who were able to come and help out with Project Day! Angel Solter did a wonderful job organizing this wonderful event again this year. This event wouldn't be successful without all the wonderful helpers! GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!

Please Log Your Hours!!

Please Note: Emails will be going out over Winter Break with your Total Hours Logged.

Please Log your Hours! Click HERE!

Please refer to the Disclosure of Hours on the website for more information. Donations toward hours are also available: $20/per Hour
Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.

Thank you to the Families that have Logged their hours so far!

For inquiries about your hours logged please email SOPGSUSITNA@GMAIL.COM.

Thank you Families of : Adkins, Sidney; Anderson, Broedy/ Anderson, Evan ; Andrews, Winter; Anteau, Kylie; Bakken Tristan; Barnard, Elias; Barnett, Samuel; Barton, Josie & Guy; Benedetti-Creech, Aydan; Blackson, Bryan; Bond, Ziva and Aliyah; Brown, Shepherd; Buzzell Tessa; Cleary, Liam; Cox, riley; Crewdson, Makayla; Dorshkind, Sam & Louis; Duffy, John & George; Duke, Sarah; Epps, Ulric; Flanagan Owen; Francis, Clara; Francisco, Elyle & Max; Fredericks, Xavier; Graziano Fiora; Hammon, Payton; Harmon, Andrew; Henderson Delaney; Hensen, Samuel & Allen; Ison, Tiffani; Kelly, Bryce; Kelly, Morgan; Kendall, Sophie & Henry; King, Nora; Koenig, Asher; Kross, Ruby; Lafferty, Olive; Lojewski, Madeleine; Lovejoy, Owen & Grace; McFalls, Adrienna; McGovney, Maddy; Morgan, Robert; Nelson, RJ; Olsen, Talin; Parmenter Hailey; Perry, Adison; Postma, Kaison; Reed, JaCovi; Reynolds, Saniah; Riggins, Ericki; Roberts, Camren & Riley; Robinson, Clara & Isabel; Sheldon, Cotter; Siepert, Bodey; Smith, Kaden; Smith, Kelty; Solomen, Eliana;

Solter, Faith & JJ; Staples, Katahdin; Talbott-Clark, Kevin; Teater, Nash; Thibodeaux, Maiya; Thomas, Ashton & Adrian; Todd, Naomi; Vassar, Charlotte; Warren, Cyrus; Wasielewski, Jacob; Welker, Gavin and Kaytlin, White, Joshua; Williams, Greysen; Wood (Riggs) Zoë Grace

Susitna Optional Parent Group

SOPG is specifically dedicated to supporting the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. We perform functions similar to a PTA and we work closely with the teachers in the Optional Program, as well as Susitna's PTA. Key responsibilities include: assisting with PACT days (Parents and Children Together), Intensives, with Community Outreach projects, and with events like the Fall Ice Cream Social, The Spring Family Dance, spring/fall Bike Ride/Picnic, and the Year-End Barbecue.

The Susitna Optional Parent Group, or SOPG, is a volunteer parent group comprised of parents or guardians of children in the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. SOPG is led by a volunteer advisory board consisting of a Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large.

The Current SOPG Board Members are

(to email click on member name)

Chair: Rhiannon Benedetti
Co-chair: Sara Crewdson

Secretary: Jessica Blackson
Treasurer: Amber Epps & Kathy Hammon

Members at Large: Ida and DJ Litteral

Members at Large: Angel Solter

Members at Large: Melanie Scallo

Members at Large: Need Volunteers Please!

Please Join: Facebook Group Page

Welcome to Susitna Optional Parent Group! "A caring community of critical thinkers" This group page is hopefully another way to help us all keep connected throughout the year for information about meetings, events, volunteering, parent hours, etc.

Check out our SOPG Website

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the Susitna Optional Parent Group, as well as those just interested in learning more about the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary.


Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.