SOPG NEWS

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Hello Susitna Optional Families

I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break, and the nice surprise of snow this weekend!


Thank you,

Sara Crewdson

SOPG Board Member

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 25th - K/1 Learning Lunch - Please NOTE: We will be going to Alaska Coral & Fish instead of having Learning Lunch at the school. Departing at 9:15am and returning around 12:30pm.


(Sorry I had the wrong dates on the last newsletter:)

UPDATED DATES:

April 6th - Kindy Roundup (4pm)

April 6th - Parent Work Night - (Anytime between 3:30-7pm)

April 6th - SOPG Board Member Meeting (3:45pm)


April 8th - PTA Movie Night


APRIL 15TH - LAST DAY TO SIGN UP TO HELP WITH SPRING INTENSIVES! SIGN UP TODAY!


April 29th - K/1 Learning Lunch

April 29th - PACT - SIGN UP

April 29th - SPRING DANCE NIGHT - SIGN UP


May 5 & 6th - SPRING INTENSIVES - SIGN UP

May 16th - Spring Bike Trip & Picnic - SIGN UP

SOPG BOARD IS LOOKING FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

We are in need of volunteers to fill a few positions on the SOPG BOARD for the upcoming year(s)!

Positions Needed:

  1. Treasurer: (Could use 2 people for this) Responsibilities include: Collect all monies associated with the optional program, maintain account in the positive, send out written reminders to families who have not paid, follow the budget approved by the SOPG board, submit monthly or quarterly financial statement to board.
  2. Volunteer Coordinator; Responsibilities include: Contact Teacher & parent event coordinators a month before the event via email, phone or in person regarding status of event and then the week before the event to make sure all is going well with event.
  3. Members at Large; Responsibilities include: be present in SOPG Board meetings, help with any tasks that need to be completed.


Please join us at our next SOPG Board Meeting April 6th @ 3:45pm in Mrs. Genie classroom if you are interested in volunteering or have questions.


(We meet at least four times a year to help organize all our SOPG Events throughout the year.)

Please email SOPGSUSITNA@GMAIL.COM if you are able to volunteer or have more questions about these positions.

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Please Note: Begich - Lottery Information

Dear Parents,

I wanted to make sure that the Susitna Optional families are all aware of what will happen next school year. If a five grade student lives OUTSIDE of the Begich zone the school district automatically will add them to the roster for the school in which their address of record is zoned. Regardless of all other factors. Period.

NOW - should the parents or guardians wish for their student to attend another school, we have this nifty system called the LOTTERY.

It is the policy of Begich Middle school to automatically approve all the Susitna Optional student's lottery applications if they apply for the first round. THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Please help these parents know that it is very important to know this policy. They had to enter the lottery into Sustina Optional and now their student will have to go to their zoned school or enter the lottery into the school of their choice. Lottery approvals are good for the length of the program.

Please feel free to contact me or the Susitna AA to get help with knowing their student's future track and determining whether or not they need to fill our a lottery application.

Thank you for your help.

Sylvia Field Biondich, CEOE
Middle School Registrar
Nicholas J Begich Middle School
907-742-0593

School information is available through our quarterly newsletter, on our website https://sites.google.com/a/asdk12.net/begich-middle-school/
and on our facebook page under the name Nicholas J Begich Middle School. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicholas-J-Begich-Middle-School/554798861308861 You can also follow us on Twitter @BegichMiddle

PLEASE CHECK THE LOST & FOUND!

PLEASE VISIT THE LOST & FOUND AND TAKE HOME YOUR ITEMS!!


Located by the MPR

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

Please Log Your Hours!!

Please Note: Emails will start to go out soon 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.


***K/1 is looking for parent/ aunt, uncle / grandparent to read with children. Please contact Lucinda or Brittany if you are available to come in once or set up a time to come in on a regular basis.


There are other ideas listed below on ways you can volunteer.


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

  • Helping in classrooms (wash tables, read with a child), help after school (Copy and Laminating projects), parent work night (Next couple are Jan 6th & Jan 27th, anytime between 3:30-7pm), doing work from home (just ask your teachers)

  • We still need volunteers to help in Field trips, and upcoming events like, PACT-(Apr 29), Family Dance Night (April 29), Spring Intensives (May 5 & 6), Spring Bike trip (May 16) and year end picnic (May 19).


  • HELP COORDINATE OUR EVENTS - (Each worth 26 Hours)

  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.


  • HELP BE ON THE SOPG BOARD!! (Worth 36 HOURS)
  • We are in Need of Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, and Members at Large


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

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

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.

LOG YOUR HOURS HERE!

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