The Grizzly Gazette

Muldoon Newsletter - December 2021

A Note From Mr. Grant

Muldoon Families,


I hope you will be able to enjoy time with family and friends during Winter Break. No matter where or under what circumstances a child grows up, research shows that the more assets a child has, the better they do in school and the less likely they are to engage in unhealthy behaviors. Family time is one of those important assets. Assets are the key building blocks in a child’s life that help them to grow up to be strong, capable, and caring adults. Parents and guardians, teachers, and community members are part of the caring team that can help build up those assets. Please enjoy your child(ren) during this joyous season. Spend time reading to them and having them read to you, play board games and take short walks. Take the time to enjoy the many activities this season offers whether it be baking, wrapping gifts, decorating, or shopping. Whatever the activity, you will be giving your child(ren) the GREATEST GIFT, the gift of TIME.


On behalf of the Muldoon staff, we have enjoyed knowing and working with all of our students this first semester. Their enthusiasm for learning is contagious and inspires us to grow as professionals. We wish you and yours a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable season. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


Warmest Regards,

Leroy Grant, Principal

Stay Connected to Muldoon!

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Holiday Movie Night

Friday, December 3rd

Doors open @ 5:45 p.m.

Movie starts @ 6p.m.

Join us for a special Holiday Movie followed by a visit from Santa and a fire truck! Hot Cocoa will be served outside after the movie.

*Masks Required - must be worn at all times*

Winter Break - No School

December 17th - January 2nd

We are Grateful

Dear Families,

As we prepare to take a break from school for the winter holidays, we want to express our gratitude to everyone who makes it possible for as many children as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:


  • Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and eventually in a job;
  • Our wonderful teachers, who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children do not want to miss out on learning; and
  • Our support staff and community volunteers, who provide the extra hands and attention our children/youth need.


We appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the Winter holiday break. Please, keep in mind that school is closed starting on December 17th, and reopens Monday, January 3rd.


We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off during the Holiday season. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to a substantial amount of lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Just a reminder, a total of 9 or fewer absences in one school year is a great goal to help children stay in the good attendance range.

21st Century Corner

21st Century Updates

The 21st Century After School program will be ending for the semester on Thursday, December 9th, one week before winter break begins. The program will resume on January 10th, one week after we return to school.


On December 9th, the 21st Century Ukulele Club, led by Ms. Petroni, will be giving a brief concert from 5:15-5:30 in the MPR. Parents and teachers are welcome to attend.

Lego Robotics

Ms. T Wilson coaches LEGO robotics in 21st Century afterschool program. In lego robotics, we work on building LEGO eV3 robots, programming/coding, building LEGO kits, and working on teamwork skills. A LEGO robotics competition is coming up on Saturday, January 15th! We will be having additional practices outside of the school day, so be looking for upcoming permission slips from your child.

Muldoon Library Corner

Family & Student Resources

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Salvation Army Gift Program

"If your family is needing assistance this holiday for Christmas gifts, please register. We want to support you in this unprecedented time. We provide gifts for children 0 -14 years old. GIFT is available to residents in the Anchorage bowl area (Anchorage, Eagle River, and Chugiak)."

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Safety - Be Bright & Be Seen

Families,

Please have conversations with your children reminding them to walk on designated sidewalks and cross at designated crosswalks on their way to school every day.


Having the appropriate reflective gear on is important on our dark winter mornings. Even wearing white or brighter colored clothes can help drivers to see your kids better. Drivers, please slow down on and around our school, follow the posted signs and put your phone away. Nothing on your phone is worth the risk that a student or staff member might be injured or worse.

i-Ready at Home

Students who have access to personal devices at home can log in and use i-Ready from home! i-Ready is a great way for your children to practice their math and reading skills while at home! Students can access i-Ready by logging into the Student Portal - found on the district website under "Student Login". You can click here to see if your device is compatible with i-Ready.


And here are some other links that you might find helpful!

iReady Overview for Families

iReady Technical and Troubleshooting Guide for families

iReady Help Portal for Educators and Parents

Fridge Tips: for iReady Lessons at Home

Parenting the Love and Logic Way - Virtual Workshop

Hosted by: Anchorage School District, Title I

Led by: ASD's Love and Logic, Trained Facilitator - Meg’n Gall.

Dates: Thursday evenings (10/14, /10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18)

Time: Thursdays @ 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Zoom Link will be provided weekly.

How to Register: Email the following info to Meg’n Gall, gall_megn@asdk12.org

  1. Name
  2. Child’s school
  3. Email address
  4. Mailing address
  5. Phone number

Questions and to Register: Meg’n Gall, gall_megn@asdk12.org

Cost: Free

****Limited seats available****

****This is a class series - Registration is for all six weeks****


You will find answers to:

· How do I get them out of bed in time for school?

· How can I get my children to help with chores without arguing?

· Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without creating a scene?

· How can I get my teenage daughter to come home at the agreed time?

· How do I get him to eat his dinner without complaining?

· And many more day to day parenting challenges.

SAEBRS Assessment Notification

The Winter screening window for our school-wide behavior screener is from Dec. 6th - Dec. 10th. The teacher rating scale is used to assess various risk factors for each student in their classroom to determine students at risk for behavior. The screening will be used to help us look at the effectiveness of our schoolwide and classroom structures as well as what additional supports that students might need. Only students enrolled at Muldoon for the past 4 weeks or more will be assessed. This screening is completed by teachers and will not take away from instructional time nor require input/answers from students or families.


If you have any questions, please contact the office at 742-1460 or our Behavior Coach via email at payne_lauren@asdk12.org.

Nurse's Corner

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COVID testing at Muldoon

Hello Muldoon~

I'm so excited to let you know that ASD has new free COVID testing options IN MULDOON Elementary. This is perfect timing, as many of our community testing sites are very busy with fewer hours and days they are open.

This test is easy (nose swab or spit cup) and fast (results are texted that night, sometimes 24 hours). It is also accurate if you are sick or asymptomatic, which means we can test as often as you like to keep our community and schools healthy.

The first step is the hardest - registering (it asks a lot of questions), but you only have to register once. Create your account, by hovering your camera phone over the QR code. Or click on the picture to take you to the link.


Directions for Signing-Up Online:

-Select 'I don't have a QR code,' so you can create your own.

-It does ask for your insurance information, but you don't have to provide it if you don't want to.

-It asks for your social security number and license number, but you can type 0000 if you don't want to provide these. Same for your passport number, just type in zeros if you don't want to provide it.

-It asks you to take a photo of your ID and insurance cards, but if you aren't providing this you can take a photo of the floor.

-Be sure to save a photo/screenshot of your new QR code, so I can use it anytime you want to test.

Make Sure Your Kids are Immunized!

Hey Muldoon Parents & Families! Please make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations for school! Click Here to see some of the places in Anchorage that have Immunization Clinics!
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A Note from Ms. Carter

Hello, Muldoon Elementary Parents/Guardians!


I am Diana Carter, the School Counselor at Muldoon Elementary. As the Counselor, I can provide help for children who have experienced loss, displacement, or had a change in their family dynamics. I also provide community referrals for parents and guardians whom require that assistance. I also aid children with social or emotional needs. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's emotional needs in school, you are welcome to call or email me anytime. I look forward to working with all the students and parents/guardians at Muldoon Elementary!


Sincerely,

Ms. Carter

carter_diana@asdk12.org

742-1475

Resources and Contact Information

Call

  • Call Volunteers of America Alaska to talk with a caring professional: 907-279-9640
  • Alaska Careline: 1-877-266-4357 (HELP)
  • The National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Text

  • Text the Providence Mental Health Crisis Text Line: Text “Hello” to 741741

The Grizzly PTA Corner

BoxTops

Box Tops have gone digital. Physical tops have been phased out. Download the app today and scan your receipts to earn money for our school! ~ iPhone App ~ Android App

Spirit Gear

Please watch for more news as we make arrangements for the sale of more Muldoon Grizzly spirit gear!

Indian Education (Title VI) Corner

Muldoon Elementary School Spelling Bee!

Thursday, February 24, 2022 1:30pm

Students in grades 3rd-5th will have the opportunity to compete in the 2022 school spelling bee! Each classroom will pick 2 students to be represented in the spelling bee. Each teacher will decide how students are chosen in each class. They can have a class spelling bee or be picked by their spelling grade and hard work ethics. Students will be chosen by February 4th. Practice packets are available with each teacher and are also in the office. Once students are chosen, there is another packet that will be available for the school winner. If you have any further questions, please contact our Spelling Bee Coordinator Mrs. Arturo at arturo_renee@asdk12.org.

STEM Corner

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A Note from Ms. Foust - Muldoon's S.T.E.M. teacher

There have been a lot of amazing scientists and engineers in the STEAM room first quarter! STEM students built structures and practiced the Engineering Design Process. They conducted investigations to determine how friction and force impact movement. They tested their reflexes and questioned how using their different senses impacts reaction time. Students learned about kinetic and potential energy and created pinwheels to demonstrate energy transfer. Kindergarten and first-grade students learned about Alaskan animals, habitats, and life cycles. It has been a lot of fun working with all the wonderful students at Muldoon! Stay tuned for more fun in STEM next quarter!