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Hello Susitna Optional Families

Thank you to all who were able to come and help out with Art Intensive last Wednesday. The art work turned out great - the theme for this years Kaladi Art is "On the Farm". Students did one of six pictures: cows, chickens, farm house, tractor, cat or dog. They are going to look awesome on the walls of Kaladi Brothers First Friday this coming Feb 5th.

****I have updated the email list. If you are receiving this email and your child no longer attends Susitna Optional or you would rather not receive this please unsubscribe to these emails at the bottom.

Thank you,

Sara Crewdson

SOPG Board Member

Reminder: This Friday is our Susitna Winter Soup and Stew (aka Sledding Night) Starting at 6pm

Starting at 6pm in the MPR

This Event has changed there name, but the fun will go on without snow! We will be having a Winter Soup & Stew Contest with Family Game Night.

Come join us with some fun activities. There will be several fun outdoor activities and indoor activities for all family members to enjoy. Weather permitting, the sledding hill will be open.

We are going to have a Soup, stew & Chilli Potluck!

Please bring your favorite Soup!! And also bring any sides you want to accompany your entry.

Golden Ladle Contest - Prizes to be awarded at 7pm

6pm Student Work Share/ 6-6:45 Food/ 7 Let the Games begin (Sledding if snow)

A fire pit will be available outside for parents to keep warm while children play!

To reserve your crockpot spot, or if you have any questions, please email Mr. Allen:

Parent Coordinator: Walter Lissner (

Teacher Coordinator: Mr. Allen (

We still need Volunteers!

Sign up Here!

Bowls, Spoons, Napkins, Hot Chocolate & Hot Apple Cider will be provided.

Upcoming Events!

Jan 19th - Quarterly Student Recognition Assemblies in the afternoon MPR 1:40-2:05 pm K/1, 2:10-2:35pm 2/3, 2:40-3:05pm 4/5

K - 6 Parent Math Night @ASD Building 6-8pm

Jan 22nd - Susitna Winter Soup & Stew (AKA:Sledding Night) (6pm) - Sign up Here! (Need Volunteers!)

Jan 27th - Parent Work Night - (3:30-7pm) Help prepare the awesome artwork for Kaladi Art Show! Plus there will be extra stuff to do from the teachers.

Jan 29th - K/1 Learning Lunch (12-1pm)

Feb 3rd - Parent Work Night at Kaladi Brothers on Patterson-Prep for Art Show (Sign up)

Feb 5th - Kaladi Art Show (on Patterson) (4-8pm)

Feb 15th - Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL/NO CAMPFIRE

Feb 17 & 18th - Parent Child Conferences (1/2 days, 12:20pm dismissal)

Feb 26th - Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast (8-8:45am in Gym)

Feb 26th - PACT - Need Volunteers (Click Here)



Located by the MPR

*All items left at the end of year will be donated!

JEC PRESCHOOL KINDY 101 - Jan 19th @ 5pm

We are already getting questions from parents of preschoolers who are kindy-bound this fall about kindy options, ASD holidays/breaks, before-and-afterschool care, how the lottery works, etc.

So we are going to have a "Kindy 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Kindergarten But Didn't Even Know You Were Afraid To Ask" meeting at the JEC, Tuesday January 19th at 5pm.

We would LOVE it if any of you could attend, represent Susitna, the Optional Program, parents of recent kindergartners, etc. We have several former JEC kids now at Susitna.

Please contact:

Selena Hopkins-Kendall

JEC Preschool Administrator

ph 337-1672 cell 830-9442

GO MATH EDUCATION- Jan 19th (6-8pm) @ ASD Education Center

Learn more about Go Math! from teachers and curriculum experts. Each parent session will have smaller group sessions based on grade level. The night is structured this way so that parents with students in multiple grades can attend multiple sessions. Instructors will go over specific math problems that students will learn during the second quarter. There will be a computer lab for parents to practice accessing the online math materials.


Student Recognition!!! Way to Go!!

2016 Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations Craig Kimball & Hailey Permenter!

Twelve students participated in Susitna's Spelling Bee. They were the winners of individual classroom bees and represented the best spellers in the school. All twelve students spelled well, but in the end, two students were the winners. They were Craig Kimball, the school champion, and Hailey Parmenter, 2nd place. Both students are in Mr. Allen's class.

Congratulations to all the participants, and thanks for your hard work!

Mr. Hubbell

Susitna 4th Grade Teacher

Spelling Bee Coordinator

Susitna Optional Student Recognized

Congratulations Nash Teater! (2nd Grade Mrs. Genie Class)

DEB, the ASD soap dispenser system company for over 10 years, approached the district in September of 2015 about updating the dispensers with artwork supplied by students. ASD students showed off their artistic skills in the first-ever ASD Soap Dispenser Design Contest, sponsored by the M&O department, with the assistance of the Health and Physical Education department. The hundreds of submissions from students in various grades throughout the district featured vivid colors and imaginative scenes. District administrative office personnel selected the winners.

Susitna's own Nash Teater, whose artwork has been submitted as a finalist to the art department at DEB for their review. The company will determine which artwork is best suited for printing and provide screen-printed dispensers for installation by next school year.

Congratulations on your design, Nash, and good luck having your "Wash your paws" design chosen for the soap dispensers!

Visit our School Month Tours start in February Every Tuesday

Community members, businesses and parents are invited to visit any ASD school during the month of February to learn more about the community's public schools. While schools welcome members of the public year-round, this coordinated effort provides parents and community members an opportunity to learn more about the many educational opportunities available.

The safety of our students will always remain our top priority. All people on tours will be checked in through normal procedures that visitors follow. Principals and school staff will be leading the tours and tour groups will never be unsupervised. Students will continue classroom activities during tours and the tours will not interfere with student learning. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Feb 2nd @ 9:30am

Feb 9th @ 9:30am

Feb 16th @ 9:30am

Feb 23rd @ 9:30am & 6pm

Please let your friends and family know to visit our school!

We Need Volunteers to Lead Tours in February! If you can help Lead a tour please contact Lucinda or call the front desk 741-1400

A Couple of Options for After 5th Grade

Anchorage STREAM: Where Science, Technology, research, Engineering, the arts and Math

5th Grade Families there is some Exciting news! STREAM signed a lease! STrEaM Academy will teach on the first floor of Wayland Baptist University next year! Click here and visit our website for dates on upcoming pre-open events in February and March.
Using ParentConnect you can complete an online lottery application for next year. We are accepting 6th, 7th and 8th graders for the 2016/17 school year.

ASD Lottery is open for the 2016/2017 school year! Make sure to log into ParentConnect and complete a lottery application for next school year to STrEaM Academy for you 6th, 7th and 8th grade students!

Highland Tech High

Highland Tech High is a standards-based, public charter school for grades 6-12 in the Anchorage School District. HTH equips students with the academic, social and technical skills to excel in today’s world and contribute positively to our society and the future. Students who graduate from HTH are able to choose their future, whatever that choice may be. HTH immerses students in a rigorous learning environment that integrates technical and academic education, and links students in the school to industry mentors in the workplace.

Click Here for Website!

This school is a lottery entry school. Students who do not currently attend the school need to apply through the school lottery system using the "Apply" link below.


Please Log Your Hours!!

Please Note: Emails have gone out over Winter Break with your Total Hours Logged.

Please Log your Hours! Click HERE!

Please refer to the Disclosure of Hours on the website for more information.
Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.

Thank you to the Families that have Logged their hours so far!

For inquiries about your hours logged please email SOPGSUSITNA@GMAIL.COM.

If you still need a few hours, no worries, here are a few ideas on ways you can volunteer.

  1. Spring Intensives: Coordinator to help Ms. Brittany as needed.

  2. SOPG Last Day of School BBQ: Assistant Coordinator to help Sara Crewdson plan and operate this event.

If you are interested in helping coordinate an event this year, or would like more information please email me at

Please check out Our Website and sign up under volunteers needed if you can help!

Disclosure of Volunteer Requirements

Thank you again for all your help,

Susitna Optional Parent Group

SOPG is specifically dedicated to supporting the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. We perform functions similar to a PTA and we work closely with the teachers in the Optional Program, as well as Susitna's PTA. Key responsibilities include: assisting with PACT days (Parents and Children Together), Intensives, with Community Outreach projects, and with events like the Fall Ice Cream Social, The Spring Family Dance, spring/fall Bike Ride/Picnic, and the Year-End Barbecue.

The Susitna Optional Parent Group, or SOPG, is a volunteer parent group comprised of parents or guardians of children in the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. SOPG is led by a volunteer advisory board consisting of a Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large.

The Current SOPG Board Members are

(to email click on member name)

Chair: Rhiannon Benedetti
Co-chair: Sara Crewdson

Secretary: Jessica Blackson
Treasurer: Amber Epps & Kathy Hammon

Members at Large: Ida and DJ Litteral

Members at Large: Angel Solter

Members at Large: Melanie Scallo

Members at Large: Need Volunteers Please!

Please Join: Facebook Group Page

Welcome to Susitna Optional Parent Group! "A caring community of critical thinkers" This group page is hopefully another way to help us all keep connected throughout the year for information about meetings, events, volunteering, parent hours, etc.

Check out our SOPG Website

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the Susitna Optional Parent Group, as well as those just interested in learning more about the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary.


Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.