Ptarmigan Elementary School

March 2022-2023 Newsletter

Principal's Corner

Although there is still a lot of snow on the ground, Spring Break is just around the corner! Spring Break for students is March 10th – March 19th and 4th quarter will begin on March 20th. The week-long break is a great time for students to read and complete their I-Did-A-Read log. I wonder how many students will reach Nome?

Families, we need your help! I would like to request all families take time to click on the following link and fill out a survey to assist our leadership team in planning for the next school year:

Our staff is in the process of planning our next our family engagement event, which is scheduled for March 30th. Watch for additional information in upcoming classroom newsletters and on Facebook.

Our 3rd quarter assembly will be held on March 21st. The K – 2nd grade assembly will be at 9:20 A.M. and the preschool and 3rd – 5th grade assembly will be at 2:30 P.M.. Classroom teachers will let you know if your student will be receiving an award.

Our students in grades 3rd – 5th will be completing our state assessment, AK STAR. Each classroom teacher will be communicating with you when your students will be testing in Reading, Math, and Science. Only 5th graders will take all three components. If your student will be absent for a long period of time at the end of March or April, please let the office know so we can plan for make-up sessions that support our COVID-mitigation plan.

Finally, just a reminder that even though it is getting lighter and a bit warmer, students still need to be dressed appropriately for recess. Winter is not yet over, so every student needs to wear a coat, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats. Students go out for recess every day unless it is below -10 (or there is a moose on the playground). When it starts melting, our staff will try to keep them out of the puddles, but they still might get wet. Students may want to keep an extra pair of dry socks and pants in their backpacks just in case.


Mrs. Ramey

Ptarmigan Elementary Principal

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March 1st - March 9th:

  • School Day Extends by 30 mins - 30 minutes will be added to the end of the instructional day (Restores 3 days of missing instruction from snow days)
March 2nd - March 6th: Dr. Seuss Spirit Week:
  • Thursday, Mar. 2nd - Green Eggs and Ham: Wear the color green
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd - Sleep Book: Wear pajamas or comfy clothes
  • Monday, Mar. 6th - The Cat in the Hat: Wear your favorite hat

March 2nd:

  • I-Did-A-Read Kickoff - Musher at 2:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (PreK-2nd) & 3:00 P.M.- 3:30 P.M. (3rd-5th)
  • Dr. Seuss Day - Celebrate w/ School Wide Hallway Reading 2:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

March 3rd:

  • STrEaM Academy Charter School - visit w/ 5th graders at 9:30 A.M.
March 7th:
  • Fox in Socks Spirit Day - Wear skill or mismatched socks

March 8th:

  • Wacky Wednesday Spirit Day - Let’s get silly and wear your clothes backwards, inside out or mismatched.
  • Spirit Gear Orders Due - Last day to place orders for Spirit Gear

March 10th:

  • Teacher In-Service - (NO SCHOOL) Grade Reporting. End of Quarter 3.

March 13th - March 17th: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

March 21st - March 24th: Music Room Open House

March 24th:

  • Spring/Class Picture Day
  • Assembly - Campbell Creek Science Center presentation through-out the day starting at 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
  • Pep Rally - Kicking off STAR testing week

March 30th:

  • Kindergarten Field Trip - Campbell Creek Science Center
  • Family Night - 5:45 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.


Ptarmigan is again part of the Children’s Lunchbox Program, a wonderful resource from Bean’s Café.

We have meal boxes for families in need of food support. Each box provides a meal for 4 people. The items are shelf-stable and non-perishable.

If you would like to receive this resource for your family, please let the school nurse or counselor know. If you have a large household, we can provide two boxes at a time. Participating families will have boxes sent home with students every on Friday.

Please contact the school nurse, Joanie Lyke at (907) 742-0417 or school counselor, Kylee Smith at (907) 742-0400, if you are interested in this program.

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Hello from the Art Room!

In celebrations of Youth Art Month, several students have artwork displayed around Anchorage. The exhibits showcase work from ASD students across the District and will be on display from March 4th – April 7th at the Anchorage Museum, 5th Ave. Mall, Loussac Library, Ed Center and Muldoon Library!

Congratulations to the following Timberwolves with work on display:

Charlene Alexie

Vinic Chang

Soffie Gertz

Yuriah Satterlee

A.J. Suzuki

Bruce Vang

Angel Xiong


Ms. Walker

Ptarmigan Art Teacher

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It’s hard to believe March is here and fourth quarter is right around the corner! We are gaining sunlight and before we know it, summer will be here! Below are some fun activities going on during Spring Break at our local libraries. I hope you and your family find an activity that you can attend.

Monday, March 13th - Lego + Movie

2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Z.J. Loussac Library : Storytheatre

Join us for some LEGO play time while we watch The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part!

Tuesday, March 14th - PIE Storytime

11:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Z.J. Loussac Library : Learning Commons

Join us in celebration of Pi Day as we read stories about pie! Stick around for a tasty treat afterwards.

Tuesday, March 14th - Write Away

2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Z.J. Loussac Library : Learning Commons

Come practice your creative skills with a variety of writing prompts and activities like Mad Libs, black out poetry, haiku creation, and more!

Wednesday, March 15th,- Spring Things

2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Z.J. Loussac Library : Learning Commons

Celebrate the coming spring with some thematically appropriate activities!

Wednesday, March 15th - Crafternoon

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Chugiak-Eagle River : Eagle River Program Room

Get creative and make a work of art! We'll have a few crafts to try but also a variety of art supplies to make whatever you want.

Thursday, March 16th - Board Game Afternoon

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Chugiak-Eagle River : Eagle River Program Room

Gather your friends and come play a game. Learn a new board game or play an old favorite.

Saturday, March 18th - Plant a Seed

12:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Mountain View Library

Decorate your own recycled planter, pick your seeds, and learn how to start your own garden at home!

Mrs. Giammalva


Meet Ms. Ashley Cross! She is a new 4th Grade Teacher that started at Ptarmigan this school year.

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My name is Ms. Cross and I am a 4th grade teacher at Ptarmigan Elementary. This is my third year teaching, and I moved here all the way from South Carolina. I absolutely love Alaska so far and can't wait to explore more of the state over the summer! I love reading and sharing my passion with students. This year, my fourth graders have had fun diving into literature with book buddies and even directing and performing a reader's theatre show. I can't wait to meet more of the Ptarmigan family in the years to come!

2023 AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment

Each spring, Alaskan students are provided an opportunity to show what they know. When students show what they know, teachers and parents can partner to promote student success. The State of Alaska Department of Education has partnered with NWEA to align and connect the English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests with the MAP Growth benchmark assessments students take in fall and winter.

This balanced assessment system targets instruction to better support meeting students’ individual learning needs. In addition, students will take only one assessment per content area (ELA and math) and be provided two scores as follows:

1. Summative assessment result at grade-level

2. MAP Growth interim benchmark result , including growth from fall to spring

AK STAR, the Alaska System of Academic Readiness, is comprised of English language arts and mathematics and is administered to students in grades 3-9. The Alaska Science Assessment is administered to students in grades 5, 8 and 10. The purpose of a large-scale, summative assessment is to provide parents and schools an overall picture of a student’s progress in meeting the Alaska standards at grade level.

Parents can locate resources for AK STAR test and the Alaska Science Assessment, including directions for Student Readiness (Practice Tests and Tutorials), student testing times and general assessment information on the ASD website at

Parents can also help by ensuring their children are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time for the days of testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days.

The ASD AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment testing window allows for school assessment scheduling flexibility. Students! Get ready to show what you know during our school’s AK STAR and Alaska

2023 AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment Testing Window

March 27-April 14

(Make-ups through April 28)

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PE with Mr. G

Dear Ptarmigan Families,

Our Kids Heart Challenge is off to a great start. We want EVERY student at Ptarmigan to join the team and take the FREE challenge. Every student who registers online will get a Torch Wristband, and the first two classes who have 10+ Students register will get Legacy Character prizes for every student in their class! Register NOW by clicking:

Mr. Chad Garner

Ptarmigan PE Teacher

"Notes" from the Ptarmigan Music Room

I am so happy to be back in the music room at Ptarmigan. A big ‘Thank You’ to Mrs. Crannick for filling in for me as I was gone. She had her hands full with all the music classes and did a GREAT job!

Fifth graders have been revisiting the recorder and learning to play more notes and songs. I have a fun program called “Johnny Jazz” that really engages the students through a graphic novel about a recorder player who fights an evil doctor. We started following the story last year and fifth graders get to explore the entire story to find out what happens.

Fourth graders are playing drums. They are learning involved rhythms and learning to play and sing at the same time, which is not always easy to do. They are also building their rhythm playing through rhymes and poems.

Third graders are in the middle of “Mallet Madness” and learning to play with mallets on our barred instruments and drums. They are earning about the different barred instruments in the music room and exploring improvisation on these beautiful instruments. Third graders will also be exploring folk dances. Learning to be a polite partner and memorizing dance steps that help put the music into their bodies.

Kindy through 2nd grade continue their journey of music exploration through singing, playing, dancing, and creating. I hope you can ask your students if they can sing any songs from music class. There are lots!

After spring break, you are invited to a Music Open House the week of March 21st – 24th. Letters will be sent home with information about your student’s music class before the break. You are invited to visit your student’s music class to sing, dance, and play with them. Come on in and find out what your student is doing in music. I hope you can join us!

Mrs. Benton

Classroom Music Specialist

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Anchorage School District Board:

Margo Bellamy (President), Carl Jacobs (Vice President), Dora Wilson (Clerk), Kelly Lessens (Treasurer), and Members: Dave Donley, Pat Higgins, and Andy Holleman.

ASD Superintendent Dr. Jharrett Bryantt.


Ptarmigan Elementary School

888 Edward St.

Anchorage, AK. 99504

Phone: (907) 742-0400

Fax: (907) 742-0425

To Leave a Message on the Attendance Line: (907) 566-0400