ORCA NEWS

Welcome November!

From the Principal

Hello Inlet View Families!

It is already November - typically an eventful time in the school year, even virtually. Parent-teacher conferences were recently held, and I hope you had the opportunity to talk with your children’s teachers. Inlet View has a welcoming nature, and I see that caring side expressed among our students, parents, and staff members. It’s one of the many reasons I am happy to lead Inlet View to a new level of excellence.

I want our families to know that we have been officially authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) organization to offer the Primary Years Program to all Inlet View students. In other words, We are officially an IB WORLD SCHOOL!

Thank you for your trust and for believing in us. Becoming the first IB elementary school in Alaska is a BIG DEAL! We couldn’t be more proud of being a pioneer in offering an education that is student-centered and that focuses on the principles of inquiry-based learning.

A few reminders, there will be no school on Thursday, November 11. This is a Professional Development Day. In addition, the school will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 25-26 for Thanksgiving. We appreciate your help in supporting routines with your children, even when the regular school schedule is disrupted with holidays.


Best,

As always, if you need assistance with anything, please contact me via email ahrens_patricia@asdk12.org or phone (742-7630). We are here to help you.

Pledge of Allegiance

Inlet View will continue to practice the adopted School Board Policy (BP 6115) and Administrative Regulation (AR 6115(a)) that outline expectations for schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each school day. A school-wide pledge may be said, but it may also take place in individual classrooms. Links to the policy and administrative regulation are provided for reference:

BP6515 Ceremonies and Observances

AR611(A) Ceremonies and Observances

IB Learner Profile of the month : INQUIRER

Students who are Inquirers are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. They love learning and discovering new things and will carry this love of learning with them throughout life.

How can parents help to develop students who are INQUIRERS at home?


  • Encourage areas of your child’s interest by visiting the library to borrow books that explore these topics.
  • Develop an understanding of the Internet. Work with your son or daughter when the Internet is being used and try to instill the understanding that some Internet sites are not reputable.
  • Model being an inquirer. Admit when you don’t know the answer to a problem or a question and seek out answers in front of your child.

News from the school nurse

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COVID-19 Testing to Start at All Schools

COVID-19 Testing will be starting at all schools with a school nurse (including charter/alternative) on or around November 1. Supplies are being delivered this week to the remaining schools with many options for schools nurses to have training.

  • The labs can be taken via saliva or nasal swab. Results come back within 24 hours.
  • Electronic registration and consent are required.
  • Detailed information about courier service will be shared out soon.
  • This option for testing will be available to symptomatic and exposed (aka close contact) staff and students.

Winter is coming and snow too!

Winter is slowly approaching and I am anticipating the morning I wake up to see everything with a thick blanket of snow. All students are expected to go outside rain, sun, or snow. Please make sure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather. If you are having a hard time acquiring winter clothing for your student, please let their teacher or office know. We will do what we can to help your child. If the weather is such that we cannot be outside in the morning safely, we will bring children into the multipurpose room (MPR) to wait until the bell rings at 8:50. Please remember that children are to arrive at school as close to 8:50 as possible. We do NOT have supervision for students before that time.

From the Inlet View PTA


  • Stay Informed! Email inletviewpta@gmail.com to receive emails from the PTA.
  • Calling all Orcas! It is not too late to add your family to the PTA's 21-22 Inlet View Directory! You do not need to be a member of the PTA to be included in the directory. Email inletviewpta@gmail.com to be included in the directory.
Thank you,

Laura Hartz,

Director of Communications

Inlet View Mission Statement

Inlet View Elementary focuses on the development of the whole child as a knowledgeable inquirer, both in the classroom and abroad. We aim to develop caring, respectful, and mindful people who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

We will empower students to successfully solve real world problems and strengthen their enjoyment of working towards a goal. We will facilitate learning and support all students so they become compassionate, engaged life-long learners, who help to create a more caring and peaceful world.

Mark your Calendars!

Nov 1: Battle of the Books starts 3:45- 4:15. School Board Session (Inlet View 2022 Bond)

Nov 11: Veteran's Day (NO SCHOO)

Nov 18: PTA meeting at 7:00 pm

Nov 25: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Nov 26: NO SCHOOL

Anchorage School Board

Margo Bellamy

Carl Jacobs

Andy Holleman

Dora Wilson

Pat Higgins

Kelly Lessens

Dave Donley