NOVEMBER NEWS

FROM SNOWSHOE ELEMENTARY NOVEMBER 2022

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November 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday *NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

December 2 - Family Movie Night

December 5 - PTA Meeting 4:00pm

December 8 - K-2 and Drama Club Holiday Program

December 13 - Title 1 Holiday Craft and Literacy Family Night

December 22 - Quarter 2 Ends

December 22 - Last day of school for students

December 23 - Work Day for Teachers *NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

December 26-January 6 - Christmas Break

January 9 - PTA Meeting 4:00pm

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COULD YOU USE A THANKSGIVING MEAL??

Thanksgiving is coming and we want to help you. We know that with the rise in prices of groceries and everything else, some may be struggling more this year and we want to help if we can. Each year, with help from a local church and donations from our staff, we provide some Thanksgiving meals to some of our families.

Typically, we choose families randomly and offer them a full holiday meal. But this year, in addition to choosing some families randomly, we would like to hear from families that could use the help.

If your family needs/wants some help, please send an email to lynn.cooper@matsuk12.us. Depending on how many of you I hear from, I will call you to arrange pick up. If I have more requests than we will have food for, I will put all names in a hat and draw as many as we can cover.

We love our Snowshoe families and look forward to lending a helping hand.

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Family Movie Night

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol


Date: December 2nd Doors open at 5:30pm

This is a fundraiser for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade Programs. Children MUST be accompanied and supervised by their parents/legal guardians at all times. Families may bring blankets, pillows, lawn/beach/camping type chairs. Please bring cash as there will be many options for purchase: snacks, floats, etc.


Pizza orders can be made online via SchoolPay. Access SchoolPay by signing into your ParentVue account, clicking on the fees section, and clicking "Pay Fees".

Once submitted, the pizza orders are non-refundable regardless of reason (absent, etc) and due to the perishable nature and advanced ordering process.

Deadline for pizza orders is this Friday, November 18th.

THANKSGIVING PIE SALE!

Click the button below to pre-order your pies for Thanksgiving.

Orders must be received by Friday, November 18!

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Kindergarten-2nd Grade AND Drama Club Program

Our drama club and Kdg-2nd grade will be performing "The Littlest Reindeer" on December 8th in 2 separate performances.


There will be a 2:30pm performance and another at 6:30pm. Parents are welcome to attend either show.


3rd-5th grade will not have a holiday performance, unless they are in drama club.


Contact Mr. Miller with any questions. 907-352-9532

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HOLIDAY CRAFT AND LITERACY FAMILY NIGHT! *THIS IS A FREE EVENT*

December 13 at 5:30pm-7:00pm.


This free, family event will feature a variety of fun, holiday crafts, story time, games, and a book giveaway. We are looking forward to sharing a fun evening with our families!


As with all family events, students MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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MAT-SU SPECIAL SANTA PROGRAM

The holiday season is upon us and this year we will be participating in the Santa Tree Program benefitting Mat-Su Special Santa. Mat-Su Special Santa partners with the Toys for Tots program to help give Christmas gifts to children in need from all over the Mat-Su Valley. We will be hosting a Santa Tree in our school where there will be tags that specify a wish list item for a child.

To participate:

Go to the Santa Tree in the school lobby and take a Santa tag. It will list the age, gender, and gift ideas for a Mat-Su youth -Return an unwrapped present with the Santa tag attached to the Santa Tree before Dec. 19.

This is a completely volunteer activity, and you can participate to whatever extent your family would like.

To know more about the wonderful Special Santa Program in the Mat-Su Valley (est. 1997), please visit their website - www.specialsanta.net or visit them on Facebook.

If you have any questions, comments, tips or information in regard to the Snowshoe Santa Tree, please contact Ms. Gundlach.

Thank you and happiest of holidays to you and your families!

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DEADLINE TO ORDER THE YEARBOOK IS MARCH 31, 2023. WE WILL NOT HAVE EXTRAS, SO DON'T MISS OUT!!!
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SNOWSHOE YOUTH T-SHIRTS ON SALE!!!

Now just $7.50! Get them while they last!


Sizes available are Youth XS, SM, MED, LG, XL


Pay in cash at the front office, or pay online with a card by signing into your ParentVue account, go to the Fees section, click on "pay fees" and choose the t-shirt. Online orders will be given to your student during the school day.

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Hi Snowshoe Families,

First and foremost, thank you to all of our community for keeping your student's home when they are sick or not feeling well. I know the struggle is there in balancing work and childcare and can be compounded when our children come down with illness, but with your support, we can keep our classrooms as safe learning environments for all. That being said, please notify the school when these unexpected events happen. You can call myself, or other staff members to report the illness absence. I can help you locate your student's teacher's email to coordinate communication as well. Also, I still have COVID testing supplies; if you suspect that your student could have COVID, call me and we can schedule a time to test your student with Rapid PCR or Molecular COVID19 tests. The flu and RSV are also on the increase in our communities in Alaska. If your student has a persistent and constant cough, fever, body aches, or otherwise under the weather and not getting better after a few days, please consider having them evaluated by a Medical Provider to rule out contagious conditions that could affect other students. You can also present a note to the School Nurse for "Return to School" from your provider if they have any lingering symptoms but are well enough to return to school. As always, please keep students home for 24 hours after a fever resolves, without fever reducing medications like acetomenophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). And NEVER give a child aspirin or aspirin containing products, or similar products like salicylates (think pink medicine for upset stomach) due to the link and risk of Reye Syndrome, a rare condition that usually effects children or young teenagers recovering from a viral illness like chicken pox or flu-like illnesses.

I am continuing to work towards health screenings for student in our school. Some screening results can prompt me sending home a referral form to seek evaluation and care from medical provider. If you see any health referral forms and have further questions, please reach out to me with your questions.

Lastly, I wanted to share a resource in our community that I don't think many people are aware of from Beacon Hill www.beaconhillak.com. They have areas that they provide services with one in particular called "Safe Families for Children, Alaska" safefamilies@beaconhillak.com. They have a 24-hour helpline 907.277.0925 for Keeping Children Safe and Families Together. On their flyer I received it says, "Safe Families for Children surrounds parents with caring, compassionate community while they get back on their feet." "How it works is that a parent seeks help for their families in a time of need. Highly screened volunteer families provide safe, temporary housing for children, from a few days to several months. Parents are supported by a circle of support as they work to overcome their challenges, while having regular contact with their children and keeping their parental rights." This resource can be accessed due to many crisis reasons, from mental health, medical health, and other stressful situations we all can find ourselves in. If you don't have family close by or friends that can help you out, consider reaching out to their 24-hour hotline. Beacon Hill is a recognized 501(c)3 charitable entity. If you are unable to access the link, and would like a flyer to post, let me know and I can get you that quickly.

NEED SOME HELP PROVIDING A THANKSGIVING MEAL??

Click the link below.