November 11, 2016

Working together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas; preparing students for life-long success.

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November 11th is Veteran's Day

Though the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, November 11 remained in the public imagination as the date that marked the end of the Great War. In November 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of ARMISTICE DAY. The day’s observation included parades and public gatherings, as well as a brief pause in business activities at 11 a.m. On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Congress had declared the day a legal federal holiday in honor of all those who participated in the war. On the same day the previous year, unidentified soldiers were laid to rest at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the “recurring anniversary of [November 11, 1918] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations” and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day. By that time, 27 state legislatures had made November 11 a legal holiday. An act approved May 13, 1938 made November 11 a legal Federal holiday, “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” In actuality, there are no U.S. national holidays because the states retain the right to designate their own, and the government can only designate holidays for federal employees and for the District of Columbia. In practice, however, states almost always follow the federal lead.


American effort during World War II (1941-1945) saw the greatest mobilization of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in the nation’s history (more than 16 million people); some 5.7 million more served in the Korean War (1950 to 1953). In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Information directly from: History.com

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1st Semester Reimbursement Deadline

Just a friendly reminder that the reimbursement deadline for all 1st semester purchases (dated 6/1/16 - 12/1/16) of curriculum, non profit vendor services, school supplies, and internet services is December 2, 2016 at the close of business (4:00 p.m.).

We highly suggest that you do not wait until December 2nd to submit requests. In fact, families are encouraged to begin submitting your requests (with the proper documentation) as soon as possible to avoid the backlog and potential delays that come with the last minute submissions by our 530 + families.

If you have any questions, please contact your sponsor teacher:

Valerie Burgess: burgess_valerie@asdk12.org - (907) 952-3317

Happy Chronister: chronister_happy@asdk12.org - (907) 240-7244

Teresa Hintze: hintze_teresa@asdk12.org - (907) 360-3446

Kristin Jackson: jackson_kristin@asdk12.org - (907) 230-1109

Teresa Kress: kress_teresa@asdk12.org - (907) 230-7938

Lynnetta Marcellus: marcellus_lynnetta@asdk12.org - (907) 444-7366

Anna Roys: roys_anna@asdk12.org - (907) 317-2750

Note: FPCS will not reimburse families for purchases and expenses incurred prior to your enrollment.

Calling all SENIORS!

We will be having a planning and informational meeting on Monday, November 14 from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Seniors (or graduating Juniors) and their families are invited to bring a big dish to share and join us for a potluck and meeting at the FPCS office. Graduation packets will be available on this night as well as from your sponsor teacher if you miss this meeting.

Bring your ideas about how to make this year's graduation unique and special. If you have questions, text Happy at 240-7244.

You can order your cap and gown on the online system under general supplies. In the comment box list your height and weight so we order you the correct size.

Small Group Class Exploratory Committee

The Family Partnership Academic Policy Committee (APC), our governing board has been busy reviewing and planning our budget to ensure fiscal solvency well into the future. Additionally the APC will be setting strategic goals for our school for the next three years this coming spring.

Because our school mission is to: Work together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas; preparing students for life-long success, we want to hear from you regarding our small group classes.

If you are interested in providing feedback, sharing ideas, or have suggestions and requests as we explore scheduling options regarding our small group classes, please join us at an introductory meeting:

Tuesday, November 15th, at 7 pm at Crosspoint

If you have questions OR cannot attend the meeting but would like to know more,

please contact: Kay Alley (830-2833) or Teresa Kress (230-7938)

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Scholarships for Seniors

Denali Federal Credit Union is proud to announce our 2017 Scholarship Program! They have two $5,000 scholarships available for Alaska and the application must be completed, postmarked or delivered to any branch office of Denali Federal Credit Union by Monday, April 3, 2017. There will be no deadline exceptions.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a primary member on an account at Denali Federal Credit Union. (If you are not a member, visit any branch or go online to open an account, you MUST be the primary holder of the account, not your parents.) | Must be a high school senior graduating in 2017. | Must have a GPA of 2.25 or above.

For more information contact:

Anna Rosenberg

Marketing Officer

Denali Federal Credit Union

PH: 907.257.1692 l Anna.Rosenberg@denalifcu.com

Support Group for Parents Raising Children with FASD

Parents raising children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are invited to join an education and support group. The support group will meet monthly on Saturdays and is led by ASD Special Education teachers and experts. Participants will learn about the brain differences in a child with FASD, learn strategies that work, and tips for planning for the future. Parents are welcome to bring their children who experience FASD with them.

For more information, download the flier or email fasd@asdk12.org.

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Superintendent: Dr. Deena Paramo (742-4312)

Board President: Tam Agosti-Gisler‌‌ (742-1101 ext. 4)