ORCA NEWS

¡Bienvenido Marzo!/ Welcome March!

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Dear Inlet View Parents, Guardians, and Students

Now that we all have experienced a few weeks of In-Person Learning, I am very proud of our collaborative efforts (teachers, TAs, team members, families, and students) I see and experience each and every day. Thank you to the teachers and team members for their never-ending dedication and care for our learners. Thank you to the families for your grace, patience and incredible support, and cooperation, of course, with parent pick up and drop off. I feel we have a system that is working pretty well. The biggest thank you goes to our students for their flexibility, hard work, and excitement they show each and every day. Thank you all!

As we come to an end to the month of February, we do not come to an end to our learning about black women and men that do and did so much for our country and world. As an IB Candidate School, we strive to learn about communities, cultures, and people worldwide and how they are similar and different from the communities we live in. Globally minded citizens are always our goal! I have witnessed firsthand the great and in-depth discussions and activities our teachers presented and continue to have with our students on race and culture all around them. Thank you, teachers and students!

Here's to a new month. March will bring us more daylight, warmer temperatures (hopefully), and the sense that spring is coming soon. Classes will resume on Monday, March 15th, and this will be the beginning of the fourth quarter of the school year. It feels like school just started, and here we are, approaching the end already. Definitively this has been such a unique school experience for all.

I wish everyone a safe and healthy spring break.


Thank you for your trust in us, and let's continue having fun at school!


In education,

Patricia Ahrens

Your Principal

Have you sent your Skate-A-Thon Pledge Form yet?

Skate-Walk- A-Thon forms are due. Please send those to your child's teacher. We hope you all found family, friends or neighbors to help you raise some funds for our school. We appreciate your efforts in helping IB program and making Inlet View Elementary be the best school for your children.

Salmon Run T-Shirt Design Contest is OPEN

Submit all your entries and be the winner!

Questions about the design contest?

email Annette Iverson @ iversonannette@yahoo.com

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Inlet View World Language Program Committee Member Search

We need you!

Inlet View Elementary is about to become Alaska's very first International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program school! With this wonderful honor we join an international community of educators who are committed to "both personal development and academic achievement challenging students to think critically, to ask the right questions and think across disciplines." Thinking across disciplines includes being Spanish language learners setting the foundation for multilingualism in adulthood.

We are eager to connect with family members and the wider community to learn about our Spanish program. A committee of family members, teachers, and community members is being created to build the most robust program possible. Hopefully, the committee will discuss what we want to see in the program next year, in three years and in five years. We are hopeful that by working together, our program will be enriched with your ideas, resources, and supportive energy.

If you are interested in being a part of the World Language Program Committee at Inlet View Elementary please contact Señora Bundtzen at bundtzen_meghan@asdk12.org.


IB Learner Profile of this month is RISK TAKER

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How can parents help to develop students who are Risk-Takers at home?

Students who are Risk-Takers have the daring to try new things. They try to solve problems in a lot of ways. They have the bravery to tell people what they think is right.


Here's what you can do at home


· If your child is feeling uneasy about trying something, encourage them to attempt it and then reflect on both whether they liked the activity and how it felt to try something new.

· You child might want to set some short-term goals. Consider activities that make him/her nervous. What are realistic goals for the week? Your child might set a goal to:

· Offer an opinion in class

· Spend one recess with someone they might not usually play with

· Order something different from the lunch menu

· Try an activity they haven’t tried before

· Be careful to explain to your child the difference between being a risk-taker by trying new things and doing dangerous things.

School Climate and Connectedness Survey

The Anchorage School District is partnering with the Association of Alaska School Boards to conduct the School Climate and Connectedness Survey ©, a statewide survey taken by students, staff, and families. This survey measures their perceptions of each school’s climate including the engagement of students, staff, and families.


The Student Survey will be given to students in grades 3-6 grades at Inlet View Elementary during the week(s) of Feb 22 to March 26 Students will complete the survey online during the school day.

The student survey will ask questions such as how students feel about school rules, their perceptions of how students treat each other, their relationships with staff, social and emotional skills, and observed risk behaviors of other students at school and school events. There are different surveys for younger students (grades 3-5) and older students (grades 6-12).

Family Survey: We also value input from our families. You are an important partner as we work to continually improve each school’s environment. Each parent/guardian is asked to complete one survey during Feb 22 to March 26 If you have more than one child attending this school, you only need to fill out one survey.

You can take the survey HERE . Look for Inlet View School.

All of these surveys are voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and do not ask questions about students’ families. If you do not wish for your child to participate, please notify the school in writing by February 22 or earlier


Results from this survey will be used to identify student, staff and family perceptions of school climate issues within our school(s). School staff use the results to inform their efforts to ensure schools are safe, supportive, and caring places for all students.

Mark your Calendars!

Mar 4: Visit our School Virtual Tour 6:00PM via zoom (for new parents)

Mar 5: Grading Day (No School)

Mar 8-12: Spring Break

Mar 15: Classes Resume

Mar 18: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM via Zoom

Mar 29-April: PEAKS State Testing Window Opens (Grades 3-6)

Inlet View Mission Statement

Inlet View Elementary focuses on the development of the whole child as a knowledgeable inquirer, both in the classroom and abroad. We aim to develop caring, respectful, and mindful people who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

We will empower students to successfully solve real world problems and strengthen their enjoyment of working towards a goal. We will facilitate learning and support all students so they become compassionate, engaged life-long learners, who help to create a more caring and peaceful world.

Thank you to our School Business Partners for their support!

Anchorage School Board

Elisa Vakalis

Margo Bellamy

Star Marsett

Andy Holleman

Alisha Hilde

Dave Donley

Deena Mitchell