Monday Packet - May 16th, 2022
Dear Salcha Families,
This is a joyful, very busy, and a little bittersweet time of year. As bulletin boards come down and desks get cleaned out, the bare walls and classrooms don't hold the same life and vitality they did before. Soon the halls and rooms will be silent as they await next year's staff and students excited arrival.
As is our way in Salcha though, we are not leaving our children without resources to continue their learning over the summer! On the last day of school each student will receive a drawstring backpack full of books and summer bridging activities for the next grade. Please let the office know if you do not plan on attending the last day of school so we can give your child their backpack early. Check out our Student Council "Cents for SIMs" feature on TV Friday with KTVF Channel 11 further in this newsletter!
This week's schedule:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are early release at 2:00 PM, expect your student home and hour and a half earlier than regular release days.
- The 2nd Annual Salcha Ninja Warrior Course is Tuesday, May 17th, starting at 10:00 AM. There is a change this year for time in that as soon as a competitor 'falls' their trial is done and we move on to the next competitor. Bring your camp chair and join us for this new tradition!
- The All School Salcha Salmon Stewards study to the Salcha River will be Wednesday, May 18th. The whole school is leaving at 9:15 AM so don't be late! Please dress for the weather as we will be outside the entire day. Students should have a home or school lunch, water bottle, water boots, change of socks and pants, and life jacket if you have one. Slather those kids up with sunscreen and bug dope too before putting them on the bus. Volunteers are always welcome!
- The last day of school, Thursday, May 19th is a full one! We will start off with the Grizzly Challenge 5K with a planned start time of 9:30 AM. It is really going to be a challenge this year with snowy, muddy, wet trails, so a change of clothes and shoes will most likely be necessary. After the 5K we will start the End of the Year Awards at approximately 10:15 AM and then the All School Picnic (please bring a food item to share - see flyer below) at its conclusion! All families are invited to join us for any part of the festivities, but especially the picnic! You may take your child home after eating, just please let their teacher know, or they may take the bus home at 2:00 PM. A special thank you to our Salcha Parent Teacher Group for providing the meats, buns, and drink!
As we all take a collective breath and look forward to warm days and sunshine I sincerely wish you many wonderful memories made with family this summer. It has been my honor to have served you and our most precious resource, our children. You have my heart.
Warmly, Ms. Tori
To quote our One School, One Book reading of The Tale of Despereaux, "Say the word ‘quest’ out loud. It is an extraordinary word, isn’t it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.” We wish our Salcha School staff family members a successful quest. You will always be welcome at our campfire to regale us with tales from your journey.
Ms. Jackie swooped in 4th quarter and really did some neat things with our 4/5/6 class! Besides the structure and routine she brought, we really saw their artistic and creative writing skills take off! Ms. Jackie is a retired teacher and accepted the position as a long-term sub and will be returning to her home on the Kenai Peninsula. Thank you for your guidance with our children as they prepare for the next stage in their educational journey.
Ms. Waltman has taught at Salcha Elementary two separate times; Years early as an orchestra teacher and then this year as our general music/band/orchestra teacher. Both times her position was split between multiple schools which is challenging. She has accepted a full-time position at North Pole Elementary as their general music teacher, drastically cutting down her commute and giving her more time with her own family. Thank you for returning to us, you are always welcome here.
What can I say, I'm the one writing the newsletter! After 23 years of teaching in Alaska, 15 of those here at Salcha, this seems so surreal. Having grown up, gone to school, and taught in Salcha, I had no idea how hard it would be to put all these things into a "How to" guide for the future. It has come from the heart and been a labor of love. I look forward to returning and volunteering during our many wonderful activities and hope to see you there too!
Cents for SIMs is on TV!
Our Student Council "Cents for SIMs" fundraiser was featured on KTVF Channel 11 Friday on the 6 o'clock news! You can view it and the story here. Thank you to your generous support we have been able to help over a 130 Ukrainian refugee families connect with their loved ones left behind. You can still spread the word for donations by passing on the information at the end of this newsletter. Our children are learning to reach beyond themselves to other children and families at a more global level. They really are our world and our future and I am so blessed to have been a part of their formative years.
In Salcha we are known for taking care of each other: in our families, our classrooms, in our school, and our community. Our Salcha School Student Council is asking us to extend that caring beyond ourselves to Ukrainian refugee families experiencing separation and hardship in Romania. We are wanting to give the gift of connection to families when they are unable to reach their loved ones left behind because their cell phones no longer work after crossing the border to a different country. For $7.35 USD a replacement SIM card can be purchased for a refugee family's cell phone, allowing them to contact family still in Ukraine and hopefully granting peace of mind.
You can participate in our Salcha "Cents for SIMs" fundraiser through any Mt. McKinley Bank branch by simply donating funds to the Salcha Parent Teacher Group (SPTG) account. No account number is necessary and the funds are marked as donation so that they can be tracked for transfer to our contact in Romania, former Salcha principal Ms. K-B, who is working closely with relief organizations over there through her international school. Of course you can also drop off donations here at the school or any one of our local Salcha business where donation jars have been set up. For more information, please contact the school at (907) 488-3267! Thank you for helping us help those in greater need.
2022-2023 School Breakfast and Lunch
Important Upcoming Dates
Early Outs - Tues.-Thur., May 17th-19th
Salcha Ninja Warrior Competition - Tuesday, May 17th
Salcha Salmon Stewards study - Wednesday, May 18th
Salcha Grizzly Challenge - Thursday, May 19th @ 9:30 AM
End of Year Awards - Thursday, May 19th @ 10:15 AM
End of Year Picnic - Thursday, May 19th @ 12:00 PM
Last Day of School for Students: 5K Race, Awards, Picnic - Thursday, May 19th
Last Day of School for Teachers - Friday, May 20th
First Day of 2022-2023 School Year for Students - Wednesday, August 17th