Big Lake Elementary Newsletter

October 7, 2021



October 21 Picture Retakes

October 28 & 29 - parent teacher conference days - no school for students


Just a reminder that Big Lake Elementary is in the Yellow Zone, please remind your students that masks are required for grades 3rd thru 5th in school and on the bus. They are recommended for the primary grades. Thank you.


Below is a schedule thru November 12 of No Bus Transportation days. Big Lake days with no buses are either on Wednesday or Thursday.
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • October 27
  • November 3
  • November 10

The above dates are parent drop off and pick up days.

Remember our pick up times to alleviate congestion are being done in waves:

  • Mr. Mickelson Preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade at 3PM
  • 2nd and 3rd grades at 3:20
  • 4th and 5th grades at 3:40

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Students go outside for recess (30 minutes) and gym class (40 minutes). The weather has turned cold and chilly, please have your student bring and wear coats to recess and gym. A hat and gloves are also a good idea. Thank you.


Open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls and boys. Learn to code and build foundation sills of computer science. Girls Who Code will be on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 starting October 6 thru April 6.
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School Dismissal Manager

School Dismissal Manager is up and running!! The easy-to-use mobile and desktop interface will allow you to make dismissal changes in advance or for the current day. You can also report absences, early dismissals, and even schedule recurring dismissal instructions.


Please call the school by 2PM if your student will be doing something different at the end of the day. If they usually ride the bus, but you are picking them up at the end of the day, please call us and let us know. If they are going home with a friend we will need to know the friend's bus number and bus stop streets. Please let us know by 2PM by calling 892-9700. Thank you.


Completing a Free and Reduced Lunch Application may give our school and district extra state and federal money for “at-risk” students. There may also be several personal benefits for students who qualify which often includes:

  • Waived college application fees
  • Waived after-school program fees
  • Access to specialized tutoring programs
  • Lower internet costs
  • Waived fees to take the ACT, SAT, and the Advanced Placement exams
  • Free or reduced-price meals • P-EBT (Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer)

Applications available at, Parents, Nutrition Services.

All students who qualify for Migrant Education automatically qualify for F/R lunch. Migrant Education is not income based.


If your child brings a lunch from home they may purchase a milk (white or chocolate) for $1.00 or soy milk $2.00.


4th grade fundraiser: Headbands $15. Buy from the front office.


Happy fall! We just finished celebrating International Dot Day! Next up we are beginning our internet/cyber safety units k-5. A bookfair is coming! October 15th-28th. There will be sample books for the kiddos to make their wish lists from and then the ordering will take place through a live google sheet (links will be on website and in school newsletters). Students order online, then pay here by cash or check (credit cards over the phone or during parent/teacher conferences). Scholastic will ship orders to the library and I will distribute!


MSBSD was awarded a grant from the Mat-Su Health Foundation last year to subsidize Internet access for economically disadvantaged students. The grant will allow families to pay $20 a month. To be eligible for this opportunity, the student must qualify for free/reduced lunch and not have had internet service with MTA within the last 60 days. Please contact the school at 907-892-9700 if interested.

School-Home Compact Survey

Thank You for providing your input in the development of our School-Home Compact. It is a great tool for everyone help make this year at Big Lake Elementary a Successful and Positive experience.


Health Screening

As per school district policy all new to district students and all K,1st, 3rd, and 5th grader students will have a health assessment during the school year. Additionally, a screening may take place if requested by a teacher, parent/guardian, or in-school intervention team referral. The health assessment includes height, weight, blood pressure, vision, color perception, hearing, and dental. Fifth grade girls are also screened for scoliosis. You will be contacted if any of these basic screening tests indicate that further testing or follow-up is necessary.

If any parent/guardian would like to opt their child out, please email to stating your child’s name and that you would like to opt out of the health screening. Please be aware this request to opt out of health screenings must be submitted each school year.


Leigh Magnan, Principal

Chris Sawyer, Admin. Secretary

Mandy Trelfa, Office Secretary

Rachel Lund, Nurse