Hello Susitna Optional Families:

I am still working off of last year’s email addresses, and had to update all emails that we have on our email list to make sure we have everyone in.

If you are no longer a student at Susitna, or would not like these emails, please take a moment to unsubscribe to this email at the bottom.

Thank you,

Sara Crewdson

SOPG Board Member

REMINDER: PACT & K/1 Learning lunch is THIS FRIDAY!

Hello Susitna Optional Families:

REMINDER: NEED VOLUNTEERS For PACT (Parents and Children Together) Sign up below.

September 23rd –

K/1 Learning Lunch at 12-1pm (Portfolio Creation)


PACT (Parents and Children Together) at 1:45-3:15pm (Volunteers Needed Need more parents please (currently have 7 parents signed up, Would like 12 minimum) to be in the classroom with students. There are set of activities that parents will run through.


September 23rd

  • K/1 Learning Lunch: Portfolio Creation

  • PACT (Parents and Children Together) Please Volunteer - Click here!


6th (THURSDAY) - Parent Work Night

14 - K/1 Learning Lunch: Character Celebration

18 - Picture Day

21 - NO SCHOOL - End of 1st Quarter

26 & 27 - Parent Child Conferences (1/2 days)



2 - Parent Work Night & Parent Meeting

10 - (Thursday) - Fall Intensives (All Day) - Volunteers Needed


18 - Family Get Together - POTLUCK - Volunteers Needed

18 - K/1 Learning Lunch

24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Did you miss our Parent Meeting September 7th?

We now have a place on our website for you to view an overview of what was discussed.

CLICK HERE to view Parent Meeting Minutes

Volunteers Needed:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: It’s that time again! Please choose and sign up for at least 2 or 3 events that you and your family can help with. I have all event information and sign-up sheets on our website under Volunteers Needed! Click Here!

Parent Participation Volunteer Hours (min 36/year per family)

Parents are required and encouraged to spend time contributing to their child's educational growth.

There are many opportunities to volunteer (even projects you can do at home)

The Optional program requires at least 36 hours of volunteer time which includes but not limited to:

Planning/coordinating/leading events, Thursday folder helper, Weekly table and lunch cart cleaner,

board game repair person, helping in the classroom, prepping materials, bulletin boards, classroom librarian,

book repair, play-dough maker, Campbell soup coordinator and mailer, Box top coordinator, wash items,

attend parent work night & meetings, etc For more information please visit our website.

Also check our website for updates on Volunteer Ideas & Needs - Click Here

Don’t forget to start logging your Hours! Click HERE!

Thank you to the families that have already logged hours this year!

Thank you to the families: Anteau, Anderson, Benedetti-Creech, Bakken, Blackson, Borstad, Cerda, Crewdson, Epps, Dorshkind, Duke, Evanson, Fairclough, Flanagan, Hall, Harmon, Henderson, Hopewell, Kelly, King, Lissner, Nelson, Miller, Reynolds, Robinson, Solter, Thibodeaux, Warren, Whaley, Wood.


Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.

If you have volunteered please remember to log your hours!

Click here to Log!

Need Volunteers! Parent Coordinators for Events

HELP COORDINATE OUR EVENTS - (Each event worth 26 Hours)

Each Event Needs a Volunteer Coordinator to help organize, plan, and delegate others to assist in making our events wonderful. Each event has a teacher assigned. SOPG Board is also there to assist. Please volunteer today! Below are the events that need coordinators:

  1. Fall Intensives: Coordinator to help Ms. Brittany as needed.
  2. Family Get Together - Potluck: Help Laura Ison with Coordinating and learn for next year.
  3. Art Intensive for art show - Help Mrs Genie as needed
  4. Susitna Winter Soup & Stew - Coordinator plan & Operate event with Mr Allen.
  5. Family Dance Night - Coordinator to help plan & Operate event with Ms. Jennifer
  6. Spring Intensives: Coordinator to help Ms. Brittany as needed.

  7. Spring Bike Trip & Picnic - Coordinator to help Mrs. Jennifer as needed.

  8. SOPG Last Day of School BBQ: Assistant Coordinator to help Sara Crewdson plan and operate this event.

Click on Event and please make a note in Comments that you are interested in Coordinator for Event. Thank you!!

Volunteer Driver Form

If you are interested in ever driving for field trips anytime this year, please fill out the Volunteer Driver Form attach any documents needed and give to the Front Office at the school. The approval takes 2-4 weeks to process.

Thank you


If you haven't already Please Pay your Dues! THEY ARE DUE NOW!!

Pay your SOPG Dues/Fees for 2016/2017 School Year

All payments & Parent Participation Agreement Due NOW!! If you have not paid your dues you will be receiving a phone call, and a sent home note on your options on how to pay in the next couple of weeks. Pay through our PayPal Account. Go to our website, CLICK HERE, there is a link to make payment.

Please pay your dues in order to help your child and the program receive supplies needed and support the program activities.

If your family is having financial hardship, please be sure to contact your teacher or the SOPG Treasurer at

Yearbooks for Sale - ALL YEAR

Order your yearbooks anytime throughout the year! Contact the front desk for more information.

Order before February - $15

After February - $18

Pictures will be done by LifeTouch this year. If you would like to Volunteer to help on Picture Day October 18th - (Need 6 volunteers total) your pictures will be FREE, along with hours toward your required for optional program.

Please email Jessica Blackson at if you are interested in helping.

Susitna Optional Parent Group

SOPG is specifically dedicated to supporting the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. We perform functions similar to a PTA and we work closely with the teachers in the Optional Program, as well as Susitna's PTA. Key responsibilities include: assisting with PACT days (Parents and Children Together), coordinating and leading Intensives, assisting with Community Outreach projects, and coordinating and assisting with events like the Fall Ice Cream Social, The Spring Family Dance, spring/fall Bike Ride/Picnic, and the Year-End Barbecue.
Please Join: Facebook Group Page

Welcome to Susitna Optional Parent Group! "A caring community of critical thinkers" This group page is hopefully another way to help us all keep connected throughout the year for information about meetings, events, volunteering, parent hours, etc.

Check out our SOPG Website - Pay Your Fees Here

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the Susitna Optional Parent Group, as well as those just interested in learning more about the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary.


Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.

Volunteer to help out with events today!

We need your help! Please choose and sign up for at least 2 or 3 events that you and your family can help with.