Willow Wolverines

May 16, 2019

Wolverine Families,

Just a few end-of-year updates for you! From all of us, we want to thank you for another wonderful year here at Willow! Have a fantastic summer!

Nurse News

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Very few people go through life without any chronic health challenges. Cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, diabetes, mental illnesses, and more touch every family at some point. And often mental illnesses and other chronic conditions co-occur. People with cancer often have depression; people with schizophrenia often have diabetes; and people with chronic pain often have both physical and behavioral health challenges.

We know that the underlying environment – the “social determinants” of health – plays a role in the development of both physical and mental health conditions. And what we also know is that some common tools and strategies – such as animal companionship, humor, spirituality, work-life balance, and recreation and social networking – lead to improvements in both physical and mental health. (Excerpt from Paul Gionfriddo President and CEO if Mental health America’s introduction)

Here are some key points about mental health awareness.

· Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.

· A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions.

· For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health. When dealing with dueling diagnoses, focusing on both the physical and mental health concerns can be daunting – but critically important in achieving overall wellness.

· Humor, spirituality, recreation, animal companionship, and work-life balance are important for everyone, but may be of special importance to people also living with chronic health conditions and those who care for them.

· Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.

· The company of animals – whether as pets or service animals – can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to recover from illnesses. A pet can be a source of comfort and can help us to live mentally healthier lives.

· Sometimes life is far from funny but finding humor in a situation can lift moods with laughter and help people to better deal with and overcome difficult experiences.

· Whether you go to church, meditate daily, or simply find time to enjoy that cup of tea each morning while checking in with yourself – it can be important to connect with your spiritual side in order to find that mind/body connection.

· Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.

· Finding the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, physical health and mental health, can help you on the path towards focusing both #4Mind4Body.

Please get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather while we have it.

As the school year is winding down. Please continue to check your students for head lice. As always, it has lingered in our community throughout the year.

If you brought in medication for your student this year, please be sure and come by the last day of school and pick it up. All medication forms have to be renewed each school year so if your child takes medication at school a new form must be completed in August.

So get out and enjoy the summer. Remember to be safe and wear your helmet when riding bikes or wheelers and stay out of the roadways. Also, be sure to wear your life jacket when in or near the water “kids don’t float”,

I have enjoyed working with your students these last 8 years and wish you all good luck in your future school years to come.

Safe Bus Rider Field Trip

Bunker and Bunker will be treating our students to a field trip to Wonderland Park and pizza on Friday - May 17th. We will leave for Wasilla at 11:15a and be back to the school by 1:45p. Be sure to have signed permission slips in so your student can go! Please make sure your student dresses for the weather, it could be windy and rainy or sunny, you just never know! If students come prepared for either scenario, they will have a much better time. If you would like to meet us at Wonderland Park, please feel free to do so!

2018-2019 Yearbooks

The Yearbook is available for purchase! It is $20 and can be purchased through School Cash Online (see info below) or pay directly at the front desk. They are going fast!.

School Cash Online

“Message from the Front Office at Willow Elementary"

Exciting news Willow Wolverine Parents! We are implementing SchoolCash Online to better serve our students, families, staff, and community. You can now purchase our 2018-2019 yearbooks on-line as well as in person. We will soon be adding our retired spirit wear to make room for the new shipment. We will also be able to put numerous other items on there too which makes it very convenient for everyone. If you have any questions on how to register or need to use our computer to do so, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. As always your feedback is greatly appreciated.”

What Is School Cash Online?

School Cash Online is an easy to use and safe way to pay for your children’s school fees. Now, with a few clicks, you can pay for your child’s yearbook, class trips and so much more from your own home. All you have to do is register an account, attach your children and in no time you will be able to make payments online. We accept many different payment forms so sign up and check it out!

https://matsu.schoolcashonline.com/ or https://www.matsuk12.us/parents/quicklinks, Click the SchoolCash Online icon in the far right column.

Student Information System & Registration

The Mat-Su Borough School District is launching it's new Student Information System - Synergy this summer! It will be replacing the current system (School Max). A Student Information System is a platform for schools to manage student data.

What does this mean for MSBSD families? New accounts called ParentVUE / StudentVUE that will give families easy access to all pertinent information: online registration, grades, attendance, health and more!

On-line Registration will start July 8th, 2019. Instructions on creating a ParentVUE account will be coming this summer, please check periodically the "parent quick links" on the district website (www.matsuk12.us) for updates. If you have questions prior to next August, please feel free to call IT at 761-HELP.

There will be on-site assistance at Willow Elementary with registration on August 8th in the afternoon and August 9th in the morning.

Boundary Exemptions for 2019-2020

If you are a Boundary Exempt family, please look for a letter to come home with your student, along with the Boundary Exempt form. Please fill it out and send it back to school with your student or you can drop it off at the office by the end of this school year. If you have any questions, please call Stephanie Todd at 495-9300.

Field Day - Last Day of School - May 23, 2019

PTA has a fantastic Field Day planned for our Willow Wolverines.

The fun starts at 10a!

*Obstacle Course

*Art Table


*Fire Department

*Rock Painting

*Gym w/miscellaneous activities

*Surprise/Mystery Station

Lunch will be served between 11:30a-12:30p and Pizza is on the menu!

***Flat rocks are needed for the rock painting station, if you have some that you could bring in that would be great. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Eileen A. at 306-1231


Ways you can help our school make money:

*Link your FM rewards card to: www.fredmeyer.com/community and use the code BF-152.

*Link your Amazon purchases by going to: http://smile.amazon.com/about for program details.

*BoxTops, BoxTops, BoxTops

Willow Library Association 5K Walk & Run

Mark your calendars for this great fundraiser. All proceeds from this fun activity will go to the "Grow Our Library Fund" to help in the expansion of Willow Public Library. To sign up, stop by the library for an application or you can register day of the race.

Date: Saturday - May 25, 2019

Registration: 9:15a

Race Starts: 10a

Entry Fee: Ages 5 & under Free, Ages 6-15 are $15 and Ages 16 & up are $20

There will be a Cookie Dash for the little runners, as well as a One-Mile run.

Community Information

Grow Your Parenting Skills - June 4th from 9a-10:30a

This is being hosted by Sunshine Community Health center and are free classes for the public. It will include: The importance of relationship between parents and their children. Easy to use ideas with handouts for chores, bedtimes, and reviewing choices. Empower parents to understand how children communicate through their behaviors. Problem-solving to support children in their quest for independence while also teaching them to think before they act. Methods for punishment. Navigating technology.

Please contact Sunshine Clinic at 495-4100.

Community Information

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - Free books for Mat-Su Children

It sounds almost too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their early years - from birth! You are giving them the biggest boost toward success they will ever get. Thanks to generous donations from local sponsors and individual donors, you can sign up to participate in the Mat-Su Imagination Library program free of charge. Your child will receive one age appropriate, quality book, delivered to your mailing address, every month until your child turns 5 years old. There are registration forms available at the Willow Library.