NANUQ NEWS: Weekly Parent Update

August 21st, 2022

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REPEAT: Volunteer Form

Please Fill out the Volunteer for found on the ASD website if you are planning on volunteering throughout the school year. It takes at least 2 weeks for the district to process the applications:

Form more information about volunteering with the district and requirements go to:

Thank you

Thank you to Alaska Railroad for sponsoring our Back to School Barbecue. Thank you to Jewelry-n-Stuff for making our Back To School stickers. Thank you to all the teachers and staff for working at the event. Thank you to all the families and children for attending the event. It was a great kick off to this awesome school year.


Government Hill Elementary has a very active PTA. The first PTA General meeting will be September 13th at 4pm in the Library and on Zoom.

There will be a drawing for a lucky member to receive four Alaska Railroad tickets to Denali, valued at almost $1500 thank you to the Alaska Railroad.

*Must be a current member at the time of drawing

All PTA meetings provide food, sponsored by Subway, and childcare for those in attendance of the meeting. Please join us and be part of all that PTA does for Government Hill Elementary. You can sign up at

Questions, ideas, or interested in volunteering? Email

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UPDATE: Kindergarten Academy

There will also be a Kindergarten Academy on August 23rd where students can attend a 2 hour session to get a sneak peak of the classroom, routines and recess prior to the official start on August 25th.


All Open House events will start at 5:00 PM. There will be a presentation in the Library by the designated Grade Level Team and then there will be time to visit the classrooms.

Kindergarten will be the first OPEN HOUSE on August 24th. You might want to bring the larger school supplies (snacks, disinfecting wipes, etc) on this day and leave them in the classroom, so your child can bring just their back pack the following morning. The format for Kindergarten will be different as well. It will have a school wide focus, since grade level information will be presented at the interviews and students will have a chance to see the classrooms. We will talk about PTA, parking lot, take a tour of the school (If there are any 1st grade or 2nd grade parents that would like to join this group for the tour, you are more than welcome to join the Kindergarten Group).

Grade level and Date of OPEN HOUSE:

6th grade August 25th

5th grade August 26th

4th grade August 29th

3rd grade August 30th

2nd grade August 31st

1st grade September 1st

UPDATE: Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15th)

I would like to start a new tradition this school year. I want to have an opening celebration on September 15th in the MPR from 5:00-7:00.

I would like for all of our families of Hispanic Heritage to "host a table" and share information about their heritage/culture (you can share a recipe with samples, share a song or dance, share your family journey to the US/Alaska, you can share historical information, share information about your favorite artist or author, the possibilities are endless. I would love for it to be in Spanish. If you are not of Hispanic Heritage and speak English, never fear, you can still participate. I would love for an English-Speaking Family and a Spanish Speaking Family to collaborate to host the table together. We can even possibly have multiple families with the same heritage join together to host one table.

I am also excited to announce that I have Indra Arriaga, Anchorage artist, coming to show her Film, Sabor Ártico, in the library that evening. We will have two presentations on the hour, since the film is 20 minutes long.

If you are interested in participating please fill out the google form:



Due to OPEN HOUSE, I am moving the next planning meeting to September 9th at 5:00 PM.

I will provide the table, table cloth. If you need a cardboard information board please let me know and I will get that to you as well.

UPDATE: 6th Grade Leadership Academy

Our first Leadership Academy Workshop is in the books. We had 5 students participate. We had lots of fun. I will offer more sessions coming up after the start of the school year.

I have a training on the 27th of August and then we have all of the Hispanic Heritage events and 6th grade Immersion field trip.

I will most likely have the next 6th grade Leadership Academies in October.


2022-23 School Year COVID Testing

ASD does not plan to offer any form of COVID testing in schools for SY2022-23 and testing is no longer a requirement. If a student or staff are ill and choose to test for COVID and are positive, they will need to follow current CDC guidelines for isolation. Those guidelines can be found HERE.

Enforcing State Immunization Requirements
ASD will be enforcing the state requirement for SY2022/23 of "No Shots, No School. For more information visit:

REPEAT: Student Accident & Sickness Coverage

This is a reminder that Anchorage School District does not provide medical coverage for student injuries. However, ASD has made available an option for families to purchase a low-cost student accident insurance program. Information is available at your school's front office, online at, or by calling 800-827-4695. Bilingual services are available.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns please email me at: or call me at 907-742-5045. I am also on messenger on Facebook.

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