Susitna Elementary News

The "New" Online Newsletter

March 27, 2014

Volume 1, Issue 3

Welcome to our online newsletter! Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to share how much you enjoy the new format. We just want to keep you current on what is happening at Susitna. The newsletter is sent directly to your email address(es) twice a month, so please make sure to keep the front office current on your preferred email contacts. Paper copies are available in the front office, or you can go to our school’s website to read this issue, or any others in the archive library.

Principal's Corner

Happy Spring, and so far, it's been a beautiful one! Despite the welcome increase in daylight, please help us keep your students "on track" with their learning by maintaining their bedtime and homework habits! Rested students learn better!!

Next Tuesday, our school will be a voting site for the Municipal Elections. I encourage all registered voters to research the candidates and proposals, and then VOTE to let your voice be heard! Susitna, and 19 other schools could really use your YES vote on The School Bond for needed school improvements! See the details on the inside of this newsletter.

Next week, April 1 - 3, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking their annual SBA (Standards Based Assessment) tests. These tests are very important, and we ask for your help to make sure your student eats a good breakfast, and comes to school on time, well rested, and ready to do their best on the test!


*Mar. 27– Science SBAs for 4th grade

*Mar. 27 – ShakeOut Earthquake Simulation, 1:36 p.m.

*Mar. 28 – Earth Hour Challenge – 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

*Mar. 28 - Student Birthday Celebration with Principal - 2:50 p.m.

*Apr. 1 - Municipal Election - Get out and vote!

*Apr. 1 – 3 – SBAs for 3rd – 5th grade

*Apr. 9STEM Day/Night at Susitna - don't miss this annual STEMulating Event, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

STOP, DROP, AND ROLL . . . in Car Rider Lane!!

  • PLEASE use the car rider lane for dropping off students SAFE and QUICKLY!!
  • PLEASE don't park and get out of your vehicle in car rider lane . . .keep our traffic flowing by having your student ready for you to "stop your vehicle, drop off student, and roll on safely!
  • Also, if you park, please walk your child across traffic lanes, otherwise, please use the car rider lane to just "stop, drop, and roll!"

The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

Today students participated practicing the actions of “Drop, Cover, Hold On” during the shakeout in the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. The Shakeout is an earthquake response drill that took place at 1:36 p.m. the same time as the 1964 earthquake.

Alaska Zoo Earth Hour Challenge

Earth Hour is the largest environmental event in history! Started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million people and more than 2,100 businesses participating, it has grown to a worldwide event with hundreds of millions of people across 153 countries switching off their lights for one hour, each year. During this time (one hour) we ask that all non-essential lights and electronics be turned off and unplugged for the hour in celebration of worldwide energy conservation efforts. Think of things to go above and beyond the hour, these simple things make a lasting difference over time.

Classes will be participating in the Alaska Zoo Earth Hour Challenge this Friday, 1:30 - 2:30p.m.
PTA News

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Mrs. Cassie's Bundle of Joy

Welcome Kylie Monroe - new baby born to our secretary, Cassie Ashcraft, last week! Mother and baby are doing great! While she is bonding with her new arrival, many thanks to Nichole Caldwell for her help in the front office!

Nurses Station

Kudos to Jr. Chef Jaron Cole, who was so inspired by the cooking class that he went home that night and cooked up a quesadilla dinner for his entire family as well as the Waldorf salad. Please send us pictures of your family cooking together and well post them in our e-letter and/ or bulletin board. Families who eat together have students.

Susitna’s Jr chefs and their parents cooked up some enthusiasm for the kitchen while learning about foods, and cooking techniques that help keep us healthy. This week we cooked up Black Bean n corn Quesadillas along with a Waldorf Salad. I’ve attached the recipe in hopes that you and your family can cook up some fun too!

Black bean ‘n’ corn quesadillas

Black beans partner up with spinach and corn in these easy and satisfying quesadillas.

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained,


1 small onion, finely chopped

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 can (11 ounces) mexicorn, drained

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach

8 flour tortillas (8 inches)

¾ cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican cheese blend

1 In a small bowl, mash 1cup beans with a fork. In

a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add the corn, chili powder, cumin, mashed beans and remaining beans; cook and stir until heated through. Stir in spinach just until wilted.

Place two tortillas on an un-greased baking sheet; spread each with a rounded 1/2 cup of mixture. Sprinkle each with 3 tablespoons of cheese; top with another tortilla. Repeat.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into six wedges. Serve warm. Yield 6 servings.

Waldorf Fruit Salad

Yield 4 servings

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 tsp honey

2 green apples

1 cup red seedless grapes (cut in 1/2 )

2 stalks of celery (cut in half lengthwise then crosswise small dice)

1/2 lemon juiced

1/2 butter leaf lettuce head.

Whisk the yogurt and the honey in a large bowl.

Halve, core and cut the apples into 3/4 inch pieces, leaving the skin intact. Add the apples, celery, and grapes to the bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice; then toss with the yogurt dressing. Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately.

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2014 Proposed Bond for Susitna

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Zone Exemptions & Optional Lottery

Parents, applications must be submitted by 3:00pm on Thursday, March 27th. The First lottery will be held Friday, March 28th. If you are already here on a Zone Exemption, or part of the Open Optional Program, you DO NOT need to reapply!

ASD Kindergaren Orientation

Is your child starting kindergarten in the Anchorage School District in the 2014 –15 school year? Come join us!

School Business Partners

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