Chugiak Chatter

October 14, 2021

Dear Parents,

Fall Benchmark Data

We are celebrating the completion of our fall benchmark assessments, completed this week, and teachers will be sharing that information with families next week at conferences. Chugiak students are starting off strong!

FastBridge Early Reading data shows:

  • 56% of kindergarteners and

  • 43% of first graders at benchmark.

FastBridge reading fluency data shows:

  • 58% of second grade students and

  • 64% of third grade students at benchmark.

MAP Growth math data shows:

  • 70% of third graders, 75% of fourth graders, and 79% of fifth graders are proficient.

MAP Growth reading data shows:

  • 77% of third graders, 76% of fourth graders, and 83% of fifth graders are proficient.

Parents may view their children’s FastBridge scores in Q by or before October 15 and MAP Growth scores by or before October 22. We will use this information to set learning goals with students. Thank you for your at-home support with daily practice items such as reading aloud or independently, practicing math facts, and working on iReady reading and math. Your efforts make a positive difference!

Toys and Personal Items

As first quarter winds down, we wish to remind students and families that toys and personal items are to be left at home during the school day. We have experienced an interesting phenomenon this year at Chugiak: oodles of toys coming to school and out to recess with students! Many of these are finding their way over the fence, lost, or are otherwise causing unnecessary disruptions during the school day, sometimes even in the classroom. Please work with your child to keep all toys and personal items safely at home. Thank you.

Cell Phone Policy

Some students carry a cell phone with them to contact parents after school. We understand this safety feature that is a comfort to today’s families. The school policy for cell phones is that they remain off and away throughout the school day. They are not to be taken to the playground, nor around the school with students. Cameras ought to not be used. Cell phones that are out will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day with a policy review on the first occasion. Should there be a recurrence, the cell phone will be stored in the principal’s office and a call will be made home notifying the parent they may come pick it up. Thank you for reviewing this policy with your student(s).

Late Drop-Off

When dropping off your student at or after the 9:00 a.m. bell, please send them into the school at our “main entrance” by the loading dock. Students may then come directly to the office to sign-in. This ensures student safety and attendance accuracy. Thank-you!

We look forward to seeing you at Chugiak for conferences and the PTO Carnival next week! And we wish you a wonderful weekend.

Enjoy today,

Heather Mildon

Gruening Middle School Ribbon Cutting October 14

Everyone is invited to tonight’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at Gruening Middle School from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. Please feel free to share the invitation and Facebook event linked below:

Invitation: Gruening MS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Facebook Event: Gruening MS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, Oct. 15 & 22: NO SCHOOL! Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 20 & 21: HALF DAYS, school dismissed @ 12:30pm. Hot meals will be served

October Calendar

  • Friday, October 15: NO SCHOOL; In-service day for teachers
  • Wednesday, October 20: Half-day; Students attend 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 20: Conferences 1 pm - 4 pm and 4:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 21: Half-day; Students attend 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 21: Conferences 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Friday, October 22: NO SCHOOL; staff professional development day
  • Friday, October 22: FALL CARNIVAL sponsored by your CHUGIAK PTO!

School meal service is offered on half-days. There will be a lunch break in our daily schedule.

Come to our Book Fair! October 18-22

Students will come to the fair with their class during their normal library time. Students in classes on Friday or in the afternoon on our half days will sign up for a time to come to the fair with their class, so no one misses out!

Feel free to send cash or check with your student. You can also place money in an envelope for teachers to keep safe until their class comes to the library.

I will be open after school until 4:30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, until 7:00 on Wednesday, and during the Halloween Carnival on Friday the 22nd.

If you or your student cannot attend the fair in-person, feel free to visit the online fair here:

Thank you so much for supporting the library and encouraging our students to be lifelong readers!

Mrs. Welge

Annual Health Screenings

Our routine annual health screenings for all students have begun! The Health Screening Program, required for school-age children in the state of Alaska, calls upon school nurses to check aspects of health and well-being such as height, weight, vision, and hearing. Specific requirements vary by grade. The program’s purpose is to detect certain health problems that may be barriers to student learning, and to determine if further evaluation or assistance is needed in any of the areas screened. Chugiak typically partners with the Lions Club to ensure the vision screening is timely and efficient, and Nurse Angelina will continue with screenings in all categories in the coming weeks. Should follow-up be recommended for your child, parents will be notified. Should a teacher or parent have a concern at any time, they may reach out to Nurse Seigneur for assistance. As always, please contact us in the office if you have questions.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code releases free computer science activities for students, educators, and parents on Mondays. Some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty. Each activity features a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology. Check it out at:

Check out the Lost & Found!

We will have the Lost and Found spread out on tables outside the office during conferences next week. There is quite a collection considering we are just finishing our first quarter of school! Stop by to see of anything looks familiar!

All Pro Dad (Zoom) meeting

All Pro Dad (Zoom) meeting: Wednesday, November 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

All dads, father figures and their students (K-5th) are invited to attend our first All Pro Dad Chapter meeting of the school year from the comfort of home!

An All Pro Dad meeting provides an opportunity to spend quality time with your children, building relationships and memories. Enjoy themed conversation, activities and prize drawings!

Please mark your calendar! See you there on Zoom!

All Pro Dad Zoom Meeting/November 10, 6:30 pm

Meeting ID: 985 3112 8759

Passcode: 2021

For questions, please contact Chugiak School Counselor, Jane Barber:, or, direct line: 907-742-9064. Thank you!

Wacky Wednesday Pics

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Human Caterpillars and Ninja Course foster team building and confidence in PE

Community Flu Vaccine Clinics

ASD Healthcare Services is providing community flu vaccine clinics throughout the month of October at several school sites. These clinics are open to all Anchorage residents. Vaccines are free of charge and no proof of insurance is required. Please download and share the flyer linked below with staff and school families:

ASD Community Flu Vaccine Clinics

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