The SUNDOG HOWLER

Shaw Sundog Newsletter Vol 22.9

Quote of the Week: 10/18-10/22

"When all else is lost, the future still remains."

~Christian Nestell Bovee

NO BUS DAY Morning Drop-off Times

Please try to drop your child(ren) off within your assigned time on NO BUS days, which is Friday again this week.


Last names beginning A-M drop between 8:45-9:00

Last names beginning N-Z drop between 9:00-9:15


Thanks for your flexibility and patience as we attempt to make a dangerous situation safer for all families attempting to get back onto Wasilla Fishhook on No Bus days.

No Buses This Friday, 10/22

There are NO regular ed buses this FRIDAY, October 22nd. Bus routes NOT running include:


  • Bus #42
  • Bus #43
  • Bus #44
  • Bus #45
  • Bus #46


We want to ensure kids are only going with adults they are supposed to. Please call Max at the front office (352-0500) if your child will be picked up by a neighbor, friend, or anyone who doesn't typically pick-up. This simple task will help us be efficient while still ensuring kids go home with the appropriate adult.


  • If you have an afternoon pre-school student or a kindergarten student, you will follow the blue arrows to pick up your child. All siblings of afternoon pre-school and kindergarten will be picked up in the blue loading zone.


  • If you have a 1st-5th grade student, you will follow the red arrows (unless you also have an afternoon pre-school or kindergartener) and load your child at the red loading zone.


If you have any questions, please call the front office at 352-0500.

No Buses Pick-up Plan

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Jog-a-thon

The Sundogs did amazing in this year's jog-a-thon! The snow didn't stop the 2/3 and K/1 students from getting around that course over and over again. The 4/5 kids lucked out with a beautiful sunny afternoon as they bounded around the course. It was so much fun having students pause in front of the speakers to bust out a move to the music. Students really seemed to enjoy themselves and put in a great effort, running well over 1,000 miles in all!!!!

Q1 Report Cards

Report cards were sent home today, October 21st. They are now available in ParentVue as well. Be sure to look over your child's report card with him/her.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place next Thursday. Staff finished mapping out sibling scheduling this week to keep family times close rather than having one kid scheduled in the morning and another in the afternoon. You can expect communication from your child's teacher in the next couple days regarding assigned times.

Conferences will be in person unless you and the teacher work out another means of communication (Zoom, phone). Please note, as long as we are in the Yellow Zone, masks will be required for all in-person conferences. We are hopeful to be back to the Green Zone before conferences.

Book Fair

It's Book Fair Time!

Shopping is before school and after school.

Closed times (due to Battle of the Books): Thursday the 21st after school, Tuesday the 26th before school, and Wednesday the 27th before school.


Before school shopping needs to be limited to only a few shoppers at a time. If a student is accompanied by an adult they can come in. Before school has a limited time so please remind students to be patient and prepared to come another time if the bell rings.


Lunch time shopping?

Yes, with the following details: Students may come during the last ten minutes of their lunch period. Please encourage students to have their money pre-counted and ready.


Wish list shopping:

This is working well for many families. Please encourage students to be careful and accurate when writing down titles and prices on their wish lists. It is also helpful if they rank their most important items with stars so families can prioritize.


~Thank you for supporting the library

4th & 5th Grade Concert

The plan is to have the show go on in the near future. Mrs. West and I are still discussing the date and time. Thanks for your patience.

Lost and Found

The lost and found area is getting quite full. Please encourage your child to look for any lost clothing. We will plan to have the lost and found gear spread out on tables during parent teacher conferences next week. After that, the gear will be donated locally.

Nurse's Corner

Nurse Nathan wants to remind everyone about simple expectations regarding illness. If your child is ill, please have him/her stay home. The better job we do at keeping illness away from school the more likely we're able to remain open and mask free.


Thank you for your cooperation with this.


Questions? Call Nurse Nathan at 352-0503.

Virtue of the Week

The virtue of the week this week is Patience.


We focus on one virtue each week at Shaw and emphasize that virtue throughout the week. Students will earn Sundog Tickets when they exhibit the week's virtue. Feel free to discuss this virtue with your child at home and find ways to acknowledge when s/he exhibits the virtue.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following Students of the Week! They were recognized for exhibiting characteristics consistent with last week's virtue of Understanding!


Kindergarten

  • Aralyn Aubut
  • Finn Artz
  • Leena Landis

1st Grade

  • Everyly Gittlein
  • Brylee Page

2nd Grade

  • Delila Xiong
  • Elora Chapman

3rd Grade

  • Lily Cox
  • Ruby Opsahl
  • Tess Rigdon

4th Grade

  • Zoe Logan
  • Jaslyn Xiong

5th Grade

Math Masters

The Sundogs work hard on their math facts, striving to earn Math Master status, sign that coveted Wall of Fame, and receive their Math Master dog tag.


Math Masters are earned by:

Kindergarten: Writing #'s 1-20 without any reversals and counting to 100

1st Grade: Finishing addition fluency

2nd Grade: Finishing subtraction fluency

3rd Grade: Finishing multiplication fluency *earns a MM T-shirt*

4th Grade: Finishing division fluency

5th Grade: Long division


Congratulations to this week's Math Masters!

Sydney Allton- kindergarten math master

Aubrey Smith- kindergarten math master

Lorelei Dunlap- kindergarten math master

Ike Newland- kindergarten math master

Toby Walz- 2nd grade math master

Evelyn Cronan- 4th grade math master

School Pay

SchoolPay is integrated with ParentVUE. Here’s how it works:

  1. Login to your ParentVUE account and select "Fee" on the left side menu.
  2. Click on the "Pay Fees" button at the top of the page.
  3. You will be redirected to the SchoolPay website where you can select your items and pay fees electronically with a credit/debit card or electronic check.

Note:

  • The first time you select "Pay Fees" from the "Fees" menu in ParentVUE, you will be required to do a one-time authentication.
  • Fees will be added at the start of school and throughout the year.
  • You are not required to store payment information to make payment, but it does make it convenient if you will be making multiple payments throughout the year.
  • SchoolPay is PCI-DSS certified (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards).

Do You Fish, Pick Berries, or Mushrooms?

We recently received our preliminary Title 1 budget for next year, which is reduced from this year and places us on a probationary year due to our free and reduced lunch numbers. This means we will lose Title 1 funds if we don't get applications submitted.

We need your help to maintain eligibility. There are multiple ways to qualify for free or reduced meals including income level or migrant education status.

Migrant Education: In the past three years, have your children participated in subsistence fishing, commercial fishing, berry picking, or mushroom picking and brought the food home? All Migrant Ed students automatically qualify for free or reduced lunch, tutoring services, free school supplies, and educational resources. Please click on the following link for the electronic application. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZGKGOEsHvIczkV-f78VGxNvng6mL3LKqtV1hPG8U-R37zew/viewform


Free or Reduced Meals: To qualify, a family of three can make up to $50,000; a family of four can make up to $60,000; a family of five can make up to $70,000, etc. The application is linked below. If you need a paper copy, please call the school at 352-0500 and we will send one home with your child/ren.

Thank you for taking the time to see if your child/ren are eligible for either program.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Parents,

Please make it a priority to submit a new application for this school year. There are two ways to submit your application; online or with a hard copy.


Click the link below to access the online application.

https://www.schoolcafe.com/MSBSD


Click the link below for the printable copy: Once this form is filled out you may mail it directly to nutrition services or drop it by the front office for us to deliver to them.

https://www.matsuk12.us/cms/lib/AK01000953/Centricity/shared/msbsd_forms/nutrition%20services/Household%20Application%20for%20Free%20and%20Reduced%20Price%20School%20Meals.pdf


As always, if you have any questions please call the front office (352-0500) and we'd be happy to assist.

Title I Info

Did you know that by filling out the free and reduced lunch application above or by applying for Migrant Education you could be helping out the school as a whole? That's right, whenever a family qualifies for either free and reduced lunch or Migrant Education our school is able to receive federal funds. These funds are used for our family engagement events (Pumpkin Patch, Gingerbread Making, Sledding, Science Night, etc.), to provide essential supplies for classrooms, and for purchasing technology such as Chromebooks.


There will be a Title 1 Annual meeting taking place next week. We'll offer a couple ways for folks to attend. The first meeting will be on Thursday the 28th at 4:00pm and the second meeting will be on Friday the 29th at 9:00am. Zoom options will be sent out as well.


If you have questions about Title I at Shaw, please call the front office and ask for Megan.

Mark Your Calendar

October:

  • Thur, 10/21: Girls' BB Game vs Cottonwood @ Shaw
  • Fri, 10/22: NO BUS Friday
  • Fri, 10/22: Russell PK Field Trip to Menard Center
  • Fri, 10/22: K/1 Jog-a-thon Celebration
  • Mon, 10/25: Boys' BB Game vs Pioneer Peak @ Shaw
  • Wed, 10/27: 4/5 Color War Jog-a-thon Celebration
  • Wed, 10/27: Boys' BB Game vs Larson @ Shaw
  • Thur, 10/28: Parent Teacher Conferences, No School for Students
  • Fri, 10/29: Professional Development Day, No School for Students


November:

  • Mon, 11/1: Boys' BB Game @ Finger Lake
  • Wed, 11/3: Girls Who Code (GWC) Begins 4:00-5:30
  • Wed, 11/3: Boys' BB Game vs Finger Lake @ Shaw
  • Thur, 11/4: Girls' BB Game @ Pioneer Peak
  • Mon, 11/8: Boys' BB Celebration Last Day
  • Tue, 11/9: Girls' BBall Game vs Larson @ Shaw
  • Tue, 11/9: K/1 Paint Night 4:00-5:30 Lottery
  • Thur, 11/11: PD Day, No School for Students
  • Fri, 11/12: Picture Re-takes
  • Tue, 11/16: 3/5 Paint Night 4:00-5:30 Lottery
  • Tue, 11/23: K/1 Musical Performance
  • Wed, 11/24: Russell Morning PK Field Trip to Movie Theater
  • Thur, 11/25: Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
  • Fri, 11/26: Thanksgiving Holiday, No School