Pioneer Peak Elementary School

Home of the Mountaineers 9-23-2021

School Dismissal Manager

Please check your student's default in the system and call the office if it needs to be changed. Please make sure you are entering in all changes different than the child's default. We have to follow the default for the safety of our students.

PTA News

Hello,

We are getting back into the swing of things this year and are excited for some upcoming events.

Our big Fundraiser is here and packets have gone home. The fundraiser helps us raise money for classroom needs and future events. The Fundraiser started Monday and goes thru Oct 4th. Packets must be returned by Oct 5th. Ordered items are expected to come in the week of Dec 6th.

We have our first Family Movie Night tomorrow night. This is a free event. Pre-order pizza forms were due back today. You are welcome to bring chairs, blankets or pillows. Doors open at 6pm, movie starts at 6:30. Concessions will be available for sale.

We are starting to plan another big family fun filled event, Our much beloved Fall Festival. Every year we set up games with prizes, a haunted house, and more. This year, the Fall Festival will be on Sat Oct 30th 4pm -7pm. We are looking for volunteers to help setup, run games, hand out candy & prizes, help in the haunted house, and clean-up. This event is only possible when we have volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know. You can call or text Tandi @ 907-229-8227 or email PTApioneerpeak@gmail.com. A large portion of the candy and prizes come from donations, which we will be accepting soon. We do have a Fall Festival planning meeting coming up on Thursday, Oct 7th at 4 pm in the library.

If you are interested in seeing what the PTA is about & what we do, our next meeting is Thursday, Oct 14th at 4pm in library. We hope to see you there.

From Nurse Lydia

Dear Families,

I just want to remind families if your student is experiencing:

Fever or chills

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Cough

Headache

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Muscle, joint, or body aches

Congestion or runny nose

Fatigue

Sore Throat

New loss of taste or smell



Please keep them home. Consider getting them tested for Covid & notify nurse with results. If you test student & they are negative, they may return to school when systems are improving. If student is positive, student will need to stay home for 10 days from start of symptoms and return on day 11. Please notify school with either result. If you choose not to test, student will need to stay home 10 days from start of symptoms, regardless if symptoms are improving. After 10 days, if they have not had a fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, and symptoms are improving, they may return.

Unfortunately, Covid is at Pioneer Peak Elementary. For most children, Covid looks like a common cold, runny nose & congestion. For others, they may experience headaches, sore throat, body aches, fever, a cough, runny nose, and congestion with progression through these over a few days. The major concern about students with COVID19 is that they can take it home to adults, which we know are at greater risk of needing more advanced care. As, I write this, there are very limited beds and staff at the local hospitals, elective surgeries are being cancelled. Providence Medical Center has begun rationing care as COVID continues to surge. Please refer to DHSS dashboard for latest information:
https://alaska-coronavirus-vaccine-outreach-alaska-dhss.hub.arcgis.com/


Our school COVID numbers are updated daily and can be seen at https://www.matsuk12.us/covid

We, together, can get through our community surge. We all have our parts to play. Stay home with symptoms, consider testing, wear a mask, keep distant from other (if possible), wash hands, and consider vaccination if you are in the recommend age group. By doing this, it will help decrease our Covid cases & keep us in Green Status.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Lydia Neiser RN PPE
Phone (907)861-5703
lydia.neiser@matsuk12.us

Fax (907)861-5780

Thank you parents!

Thank you again for all your patience on days with no busses. Our day of the week with no busses will change every 3 weeks. We will notify you each week or you can go to: https://www.matsuk12.us/buscancellations.

Our schedule for now is:

Monday, September 27th

Tuesday, October 5th

PE "Active" -ities

Healthy Futures: Our school is signed up again this year for this statewide program and calendars have been sent out to those who want to participate! Students need to participate in 60 minutes of heart pumping activity, at least 15 times during the month!! If you need ideas on activities to do, go to www.playeveryday.alaska.gov . They are also counting recess time (30 minutes) and PE class (45 minutes) as part of the 60 minutes of activity, so make sure to write those down!

Once their log for each month is completed, turn it in to Mrs. Bishop, and the Healthy Futures program sends them a prize! The September prize is a smelly pencil. Parents, you are encouraged to get healthy and active with your kids as well!!

September calendars are due NO LATER than Tuesday, October 5th.

PE Shoes: Please make sure your child has shoes that can secure on their feet with laces or Velcro. Slip on shoes are not safe for students to wear in the gym. As it gets colder, more students are wearing boots to school and do not have their own tennis shoes. The more they have to borrow, their “Behaviors that support learning” grade gets lowered as they are not prepared for class. Please ask your student what days they have PE so they can be prepared!

Upcoming “Active”-ities in the area:

  • HAPPY RUN!!! Every Monday night at 6pm, the Active Soles shoe store in Palmer hosts a FREE fun run! If it is your first time, you need to sign a waiver for your family. After that, you can check in online and go! There is a different course each week to walk/run/bike. It always begins at Active Soles (Koslosky Building) and ends at the Palmer Ale House. (Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). At 7 pm there are raffle prizes for finishers. This is a great way to get active as a family, and, it’s free! Check out the Active Soles page on Facebook for more information.

We cannot call kids down after 3:30pm

We ask that if you have to pick your child up early you please do so before the 3:30 message bell. There is a lot of movement within the building after this time and we are not able to get your child to the office. Thank you for your patience with this.

Dropping off and picking up students

Please remember that students can enter the building at 9:00 am when the bell rings. Also, all students need to be picked up at 3:45 pm if they are not bus riders. We appreciate your cooperation in this.

Morning drop offs

Due to lack of space to properly social distance in the mornings, we will allow students into the school starting at 9:00 am, they will report directly to their classrooms. School starts at 9:15 am but students are welcome to be dropped off any time after 9:00 am. If you arrive early, please park and wait with your student in your car until 9 o’clock. We will be working to ensure that students are not congregating at the door. We appreciate your understanding about not dropping your child off before 9:00 am.

Upcoming Events~

September~

9-24: Yearbook @ 8:15am and Family movie night @ 6:30pm

9-27: Cross country

9-28: September birthday lunches with Mr. Moen and cross country

9-29: Cross country meet @ PHS @ 3:00pm


October~

10-1: PD day and no school for students

10-4: Cross country end of season party and Choice Club Fundraiser ends

10-5: Fall picture retakes

10-8: Yearbook @ 8:15am, Peak pass pizza with Mr. Moen

10-15: Quarter 1 ends

10-22: Yearbook @ 8:15am and report cards sent home

Contact information

Jason Moen, Principal

Robin Covington, Admin. Secretary

Katie Aro, Secretary