Northwood ABC Elementary News
From the Principal:
Greetings Northwood Families,
We are finishing our first quarter of this school year and it has flown by with its own set of rewards, challenges, and changes! Changes not only include the many new faces we see among both staff and students, but also the introduction of new curriculum for K-2nd and new assessments in 3rd-6th.
We received the results from last spring’s new statewide test, PEAKS. Throughout the State, we expect to see very different scores than we are used to. This new assessment is more closely aligned with our current academic standards and we will now be able to better monitor how our instruction is impacting student learning. Alaska's current academic standards rank 13th overall difficulty, earning Alaska an A on this report card. Our previous standards were a D. This means we stepped up our rigor. See the report for yourself here: http://educationnext.org/state-standards-map-2016/
We have had a couple of opportunities for parents and guardians to learn more about what we are doing at Northwood this year. Our first was our Resiliency Night. We had great interest and feedback to offer this again during the school day. We will be doing that on Wednesday, November 15th at 9:15 AM. We will have the 65-minute film, Resilience, along with breakfast snacks and discussion. The other event was our Bring Your Adult to School Day with over 120 parents and other caring adults present. Participants were able to learn more about what is going on in school, offer suggestions on what the school can do to help you with, and provided time to visit your children in their classrooms. We have tentatively planned the next event for Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Individual Parent-Teacher Conferences are available October 25th and 26th. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a time or use the online scheduler.
A reminder that winter weather has arrived. Please help us keep our child warm when we go outside by providing winter clothing, such as boots, snow pants, coats, hats, and gloves, that your child can put on him/herself and likes to wear. If you need any assistance in providing this clothing, please let our front office know.
Lastly, thank you for entrusting us each and every day to care for and teach your child. We know your child is your most important treasure.
We hope you are able to make our next Bring Your Adult to School Day. We are planning for our next one to be on January 31, 2018.
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Thanks to the Anchorage School District's Bicycle Education Program our 4th, 5th and 6th graders have been able to ride bicycles and learn bike safety during gym class.
--Mr. Heysell, Northwood ABC Elementary's PE teacher
Red Ribbon Week is coming up along with our dress-up days
Monday, Oct 30th: HAT DAY "do outside activities to stay healthy"
Tuesday, Oct 31st: BOOK CHARACTER DAY "read to keep your brain healthy"
Wednesday, Nov 1st: SPORTS DAY "be active"
Thursday, Nov 2nd: ISLAND DAY "isolate yourself from drugs and alcohol"
Friday, Nov 3rd: TWIN DAY "have a buddy, make a plan for fun"
We look forward to see what you come up with!
Parent Coffee Break - Topic: Resiliency
Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 9:15am
4807 Northwood Drive
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Want to stay in touch? To receive Northwood ABC news and information directly to your phone, text @dca6ac to the number (657) 444-1477.
ASD, Muni to Host Free Flu Shot Clinics
From 6th Grade Band and Orchestra
6th grade Band and Orchestra students are well on their way to learning basic skills on their instruments and are learning new music every week!
If you have not heard music at home, now is the time to ask your student to play you some of those tunes. They should be practicing at home every day they don't have band or orchestra. That is 4 days a week (3 days at the minimum, more if they want).
Here are some ways to help them: ask them to demonstrate new skills, encourage their efforts, have them give concerts for you (or siblings or family over the phone), create space/time for them to play their instruments, use instrument playing as a break from regular homework (practicing is the homework for band and orchestra).
Orchestra: Mari Jamieson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Band: James Kordik, email@example.com
Gift Giving Guidelines
During the holidays and other times of the school year, well-meaning parents and relatives of students often wish to thank teachers by giving them significant gifts. This act of appreciation can create an awkward situation for our teachers. The Municipal Code of Ethics provides a “safe harbor” to allow all municipal employees, including teachers, to accept an occasional small gift worth $50 or less. Other than perishable or homemade gifts, the teacher should return all gifts with a value greater than $50 to the gift-giver in whole. If you wish to give a large gift, please consider giving the gift through your local PTA or school principal with instructions that your identity remain anonymous. Another alternative would be to get together with other like-minded parents and gift as a group. Your cooperation and thoughtful gift giving is appreciated by your teachers and the Anchorage School District.
Thank you, Municipal Ethics Board
From the Anchorage School Board
The Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State and Municipal agencies. The District notes the concurrent applicability of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the relevant disability provisions of Alaska law.
Any student or employee who violates this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to ASD’s Compliance/Equal Employment Opportunity Senior Director, who also serves as the Title IX and ADA Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (907) 742-4132, EEO@asdk12.org., or to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Office for Civil Rights-U.S. Department of Education.