Susitna Elementary News


August 17, 2020

Volume 8, Issue 2

Please take a few minutes to read over all the exciting things happening at Susitna Elementary School. The newsletter is sent directly to your email address(es) once a month, so please make sure to keep the front office current on your preferred email contacts. You can go to our school’s website to read this issue, or any others in the archive library.

Principal's Corner

It's HERE...First day of school (online) for 1st -5th grade is THIS Thursday, August 20th!

*Reminder* There will be NO ice cream social this year!

Teacher's will be reaching out to you via email on Monday, August 17th to introduce themselves. They will follow up with a class Zoom or phone calls before August 24th. Class instruction will begin on August 25th. Allowing time for each student to connect with his/her teacher.

Please be on the lookout for a Video from Ms. Nesset, Susitna Elementary Principal in the next few days.

Are you a Susitna Virtual Student?

For those families that signed up for ASD Virtual:

  • Here is the link the K-5 ASD Virtual program parent letter that will be going to parents soon, from the district Elementary K-5 Parents
  • Here is the zoom LINK and login code to the K-5 parent training session scheduled for Monday 8/17 @ 5 PM with Calvert Learning Web ID: 961 1469 9299. Password: 736092
  • Here is the zoom login code for the parent orientation session on Tuesday, Sept 1st being provided from Calvert Learning for parents. Web ID: 913 7682 8262. Password: 736092

Meal Pick-up & Delivery Options

🏫 Parents or Guardians may elect to pick up meals at one of the listed distribution centers.

🚌 Bus Delivery is available via STUber Eats at select locations.

💻 Ordering instructions HERE!!

📩 2020/21 Student Nutrition Parent Letter

We are planning on Battle of the Books in some form this year! Other districts in the US who held their battles in March & April did it virtually. We are looking into different options if in-person battling isn't an option this year. Battle of the Books may look different, of course, but we plan on making this happen one way or another.


In order to ensure every student has an online device this fall, ASD is ramping up its device distribution process starting Monday, Aug 17. Please assist us in getting this message out to your staff and families: The District is using its buses to deliver Chromebooks to bus stops nearest to students’ homes. This is a change from the previous process where buses were delivering to families’ front doors. Families who have signed up to receive a Chromebook through their schools and have not yet received one will receive an email and robo call the day before their scheduled delivery. In the call and email, families will receive specific information on the timing and location of their delivery.

If you have questions, please let me know. I hope you were able to enjoy the past weekend.


Jessie Nesset, Principal

Case Counts


Current averaged COVID count:

14 day rolling average is 42 for the Municipality of Anchorage

7 days rolling average is 43 for the Municipality of Anchorage

*as of 8/16

Need a device?

Students who are in need of a computer to start the school year virtually have the option of using an ASD Chromebook. Internet access will be provided for families in need.

If your child does not have access to a computer (laptop, desktop or Chromebook) and/or Internet, please contact your child’s school to request one. Chromebooks will be delivered via ASD Transportation starting August 10.

Chromebook FORM:

*If you are in need of Internet as well please fill out this google form:

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Decision Matrix

*Click here to see how the decisions are made to come back to in person learning*

Student Nutrition Updates

* Welcome families, it is the free and reduced renewal season for 2020-2021 school year. Families with new to district students at non community eligible schools should fill out an application as soon as possible after registration to find out if they qualify for free and reduced meals.

Families who had a free or reduced status last year should reapply no later than October 1 to get a permanent re-qualification for the 2020-2021 school year. If your family did not qualify last year but your family has lost job hours, experienced layoffs or had a change in circumstances, please visit student nutrition to apply online. Please list all ASD students on the application. Email if you need assistance with your application with your student’s ID number, DOB, First and Last Name and School.

Details on how to access our meals using an anticipated pre-order system for meals for students at school start in high risk level will published no later than August 10.

In the meantime, please get your applications in online - we now offer applications electronically in English, Spanish, Hmong, Tagalog, Korean and Samoan.

Click the drop down box in the apply online portal to choose a different meal application language.


Please do not deliver payments or Free & Reduced-price meal applications in-person to our schools, the Student Nutrition Center, or Education Center. Credit and Debit card payments are accepted online through Parent Connection, checks may be mailed to the Student Nutrition Center at the below address, please ensure your student's name and ASD ID number or date of birth are listed in the Memo line of the check.

Our online application portal is available for Free & Reduced-price meal benefits. You may also print and mail your application to the Student Nutrition Center.

Mailing address

Student Nutrition Center
1307 Labar St.
Anchorage, AK 99515

Apply Here for Free/Reduced Meals

Click here to apply for Free/Reduced Meals

Login to your Parent Connect here to make a payment

Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student's meal accounts. Login to your Parent Connect here to make a payment.

Susitna PTA

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Yearbook Update

Yearbooks have arrived! We will be working hard with the principal and the district on how and when we can get these to families! Updates to come :)

Anchorage School Board

President: Starr Marsett

Vice President: Alisha Hilde

Treasurer: Elisa Vakalis

Clerk: Margo Bellamy

Members: Deena Mitchell, Dave Donley, Andy Holleman

Superintendent: Dr. Deena Bishop

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School Business Partners

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