Weekly Reminders February 8-12

Raven Homeschool, Juneau Office

A Note from your Teacher

I learned something new about myself this past month. My body does not adjust quickly to time changes. The whole week I was in Tennessee, my body did not want to go to bed five hours early. As a result, I was staying up till 2am EST. That would not have been so terrible were it not for having to get up by 7am! After a week of that, I was a wreck. I am so glad to be back in the time zone my body is accustomed to. How about you? Are you getting the sleep your body needs? Are you listening to its quiet cues of what you need to stay healthy, alert, and strong? Take some time this weekend to get some rest and recharge. If there is one thing you can do to improve you and your children’s thinking and learning that requires no effort--go to bed. Give yourself a treat of a good night’s sleep. ~Theresa

Thank you to all my families who have submitted their grades for Q2 and/or let me know if they were going to be a bit late because of sickness, etc. I will not be in the office Monday-Wednesday next week as I will be attending the state special education conference in Anchorage. I fly back to Juneau on Wednesday night and will be in the office on Thursday AND Friday (which is usually my day off). I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn next week at the conference with our Raven families. ~Joan

Coming up this week...

Battle of the Books - 3rd/4th Grade District Battle

Our 3rd-4th grade team has been reading a lot and practicing hard and now they get to compete against other schools in our district. Go Team!

Valentines Craft Fair

Friday, Feb. 12th, 2-4pm

8391 Airport Boulevard

Juneau, AK

Come have some fun with your loved ones and make Valentine crafts with us. We will have fun snacks and activities related to the holiday for all ages. Stop in for any amount of time that you can. Please RSVP to juneau@yksd.com or by entering your info below so we know how many to expect.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Looking Ahead

Get ready for upcoming activities in February!

Click here for the February Activities Calendar and description of events to see what else you can be looking forward to in February:

~Mon, Feb 15 - Last day to make changes to ILP & Computer Purchase Deadline

~Tues, Feb 16 from 12:30-1:30pm - grades K-5 - Art Activity "Eric Carle Mural"

~Wed, Feb 17 from 11am-2pm - UAS Job Fair

~Wed, Feb 17 from 11am-12pm- "Skating with the Schools" at Treadwell Ice Rink

~Tues, Feb 23 from 12:30-1:30pm - grades 6-12 - Art Activity "Olanna's Paper Sculptures"

~Wed, Feb 24 from 10-11am - Girls' Tea

~Thurs, Feb 25 from 10-11am - grades 9-12 - AKCIS Webinar "Education - Planning & Funding"

~Thurs, Feb 25 - Parent Workshop TBD

~Fri, Feb 26 from 2:30-3:30pm - IditaRead Kickoff

Juneau Community Calendar

Interested in finding out what other activities are happening around our community? Check out the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's Community Calendar for detailed info about what is going on around town each day.

Extras - But Wait, There's More!

Crossing Our Bridges Health Academy

Good Afternoon Folks,

I am excited to be able to extend the deadline for applying for the 'Crossing Our Bridges' Health Academy. Please help get the word out to the students who are interested in a health care career or want to know more about what to do in an emergency situation! Don't let your students miss out on this FREE once in a lifetime opportunity!

What: Two week intensive academy focused on providing skills and information about health careers for students. Students will take part in two classes.

*Emergency Trauma Technician: First Responder.

*Alaska Health & Nutrition


*College and high school credit

*Emergency Trauma Technician certification

*New friendships, leadership skills, health career awareness,

*Development of skills to help someone in an emergency medical situation

*Hands-on learning, possible driver's permit training.

When: April 18-29, 2016 (with travel on April 17 and 29 or 30th)

Who: 10th - 12th grade Raven and YKSD students

Where: This camp will take place in Galena, Alaska at the Galena Interior Learning Academy

Deadline: Completed applications (follow this link) are due on Friday, February 12 by 4:00 pm. Return applications by scanning them to Patty Woody at pwoody@yksd.com. A return email will let you know the application has been received.

Cost: None, YKSD will provide scholarships for travel, room, board, college credit fees, and certifications.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.



Patty Woody

Minto School & MHS Gladys Dart School Itinerant Counselor

Career & Technical Education Coordinator

Yukon-Koyukuk School District

4762 Old Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Fax 907-374-9440


Update on ESSA

Here is some information regarding the DEED's timeline for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Per the Commissioner's update, "Just over one month ago, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law at the national level. This act reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Alaska’s current NCLB Waiver over the course of the next 18 months. Alaska’s transition to and implementation of ESSA will be through a thoughtful process informed by meaningful consultation with state and local education stakeholders."

College Goal Alaska events

We are excited to announce 2016’s free College Goal Alaska (CGA) events. CGA is all about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is THE most importantstep to getting financial aid. CGA events provide expert assistance offered by representatives from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE), financial aid staff at Alaska’s colleges and universities and community volunteers. Events are heldin many locations throughout the state, and via distance delivery through webinars. For a complete list of event locations and times refer towww.CollegeGoalAK.org.

Remember: The FAFSA is needed for many types of aid, from grants to loans to work-study, from federal to state and some private sources. It's even the applicationfor the Alaska Performance Scholarship. Please encourage your students to attend a CGA event and to fill out a FAFSA regardless of income.

For those who would prefer to participate via distance delivery, two webinars are offered with step-by-step instructions on completing a FAFSA:

Thursday, February 18, 2016. 6:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 29, 2016. 6:00-7:30 pm

Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to schedule a one-to-one meeting for personalized assistance and be provided a detailed, voiced over presentationto follow at their own pace.

For more information about CGA events or to register for one of the webinars, please go to www.CollegeGoalAK.org

Melissa Sales

Distance College and Career Guide

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education


(907) 269-7995

Keriann Shine

Distance College and Career Guide

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education


(907) 269-7978
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