Susitna Elementary News
The "New" Online Newsletter
March 27, 2014
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.
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!
SAVE THESE DATES
*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. 9 – STEM 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!"
- PARKING LOT SPEED IS STILL 5 MPH!!
The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska 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.
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.