Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

April 7, 2020

Week One of Distance Learning is complete - great job everyone!

We have completed the first week of Distance Learning - and we'd like to recognize everyone involved - teacher, support staff, parents and students. Great job to everyone for taking on this new challenge and opportunity. I'm sure there were bumps in the road, but hopefully you were able to work through them together. Keep communication up and an open mind as we navigate through this new adventure together.

This Friday, April 10th is a vacation day for students. There won't be any virtual classes or work assigned for Friday. BUT we will have materials distribution on Friday. Same times (see below for your time). It is possible that some teachers may not have paper materials to send home each week as they may be doing everything online or may send home several weeks at a time, so please be in contact with your student's teachers as we go through this so you know whether you will need to pick up materials weekly or not.

We will also have a Library Book Box for returning library books. We will then bring them in the building without touching the books, and let them sit until it is safe to touch them and "check them in". We want to give you an opportunity to return those library books that may be overdue or that you are finished reading, but we must do it in a COVID-19 safe manner.

There will also be meals distribution this Friday for those already signed up and participating.

We are going forward and completing the 2019-2020 Tustumena Yearbook. Since we cannot accept items at school, you cannot submit paper forms and payments (unless you turned them in before spring break). Therefore, here is the online ordering information: You may order online with a credit card at ybpay.lifetouch.com with yearbook ID 14063020

Do you or someone you know have a child who will be pre-kindergarten age next year (4 years old by Sept 1st), please have them contact Thea Anthony at TAnthony@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or 907-260-1345. While we cannot accept paper applications right now, we are accepting applications for our Title I Pre-K program for next year, 2020-2021 school year, through email! So if you or someone you know would like an application, please have them contact Mrs. Anthony and she will send them a digital application.

As a reminder, many staff members are teleworking, or working from home, so if you call and are unable to reach someone, please leave a message. Voicemails are forwarded to email and therefore teachers and staff can return your call and get you the information you need.

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Elementary Family Resources

How to Explain the Coronavirus-19 to Children

Explaining the Coronavirus-19 to children can be challenging. Please use these resources to help you explain this complicated concept to children.


Julia Cook reads The Yucky Bug (K-2 grade)

Vimeo (2-6 grade)

Brain Pop Video

Just for Kids: Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus from NPR

How to Talk to Your Kid about Coronavirus


Coronavirus-19 Social Story

Yucky Bug PowerPoint

A Story to Help Children Understand Coronavirus from Music City Counselor

Coronavirus Talksheet from Counselor Keri

PBS How to Talk to your Kid about Coronavirus

Talking to Your Child About COVID-19: A Parent Resource

Socio-Emotional Activities

Many counselors around the country have been sharing resources for families to help with Social-Emotional Learning. The resources below are options to help. Please click on them as fun activities to help during this challenging time.

SEL Scavenger Hunt

25 At Home Socio-Emotional Activities

Centervention Website

30 Things Kids Can Do

School Closure Wellness Activities

SEL for K-2 (PowerPoint) - Counseling with Ms. Ramirez

SEL for 3-5 (PowerPoint) - Counseling with Ms. Ramirez

Howard B. Wigglebottom Books, Animated Books, Songs, Posters, and Lessons

Giant List of Ideas for Being Home with Your Kids

Supporting your Children’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

BrainPop Videos and Activities

10 Days of Live ‘Choose Love’ Lessons For Parents and Children

Kindness Videos

Calming Activities

Calm My Worry

Coloring Pages

Action for Happiness Coloring Posters

Grounding Techniques Instructions

Keys to Resiliency

Coronavirus Stress Activities - from Bright Futures Counseling

Mindfulness Choice Board - Free Download on Teachers Pay Teachers from Mindful Counselor Molly

Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation Designed for Kids Aged 3+

Videos for Sleep, Meditation, and Relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids

Coping Skills Resources

Mini Meditation

Down Dog App (Yoga) - Free til April 1

Feeling Anxious or Worried? Listen to These 8 Podcasts

Apps, Games, Websites

Device Free Dinner

Free Calming Tools Website

Whole Child Counseling Website

Mental Health First Aid

Self-Care/Mental Health (Covid-19)

Love in a Time of Corona:A Homebound Self-Care Guide for Parents and Students - from School Counselor Stephanie

ASCA Coronavirus Resources

Ultimate Guide to Mental Health and Education Resources for Kids and Teens

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus


Schedule Ideas

Parent Academy K-2 Schedule

COVID 19 Daily Schedule - From Amy on Instagram (allthings_lovelyxo)

Activities to do at Home



Upcoming Events


Friday the 10th - Drive up distance delivery for materials - Please don't get out of your vehicle, just drive up in line at your appointed time and materials will be given to you through the window. We must maintain 6 feet distance between everyone.

Pick-Up Schedule by student LAST NAME:

10:00-10:30 Last name ending in A-D

10:30-11:00 Last name ending in E-I

11:30-12:00 Last name ending in J-M

12:00-12:30 Last name ending in N-Z

If you miss your appointed time, you can come by during any pick-up time after. If you miss the whole pick-up schedule, call me 907-260-1345 and I will make an appointment for you. If you come to pick up materials outside of pick up times, do not enter the school - ring bell and someone will bring your packet to you.

9th - Online Yearbook Orders Due (please note: date has changed)

17th - Drive up distance delivery for materials - Please don't get out of your vehicle, just drive up in line at your appointed time and materials will be given to you through the window.

24th - Drive up distance delivery for materials - Please don't get out of your vehicle, just drive up in line at your appointed time and materials will be given to you through the window.

All at-school/after school activities cancelled.


1st - School Scheduled to resume.

The following are tentative at this point, more information will be available as we get closer:

5th - Last day of AWANA

7th - Kindergarten Round-Up

8th - Lynx Tracks beach trip for 5th Grade

11th - Lynx Tracks pool trip for 3rd Grade

12th - Lynx Tracks pool trip for 2nd Grade & Float Trip for 6th Grade

13th - Lynx Tracks Jumpin' Junction trip for Kindergarten and 1st Grades

14th - Sixth Grade visits Skyview

15th - Lynx Track beach trip for 4th Grade

20th - Last Day of School - Field Trip and BBQ