The Grizzly Gazette

Muldoon Newsletter - November 2021

A Note From Mr. Grant

Muldoon Families,


We have had a great start to the second quarter! Your children have been working very hard in the classroom. We appreciate the partnership you provide in ensuring your children are successful at school.


This time of year a healthy diet is important. “Make it easy for kids to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat. Other good snacks include low-fat yogurt, peanut butter and celery, or whole-grain crackers and cheese. Serve lean meats and other good sources of protein, such as fish, eggs, beans, and nuts” (www.kidshealth.org). As a reminder, healthy snacks are appropriate for school. Please save candy, soda, and other sugary treats for home.


As always, during this time of year, the weather begins to change. Please make sure your students have dressed appropriately for the weather. Jackets are a must, as we go outside for recess every day that the temperature is above -10°.


Morning Recess starts at 8:30 - please do not send your children to the playground before this time. If you need to send your kids to school before 8:45 we have a CampFire morning program that starts at 7:00. Please call them for more info at 907-891-0718.


Please keep in mind that important instruction takes place throughout the school day, even during the last 30 minutes of the day. Please schedule appointments after 3:30 p.m. if at all possible. This will ensure your children are not missing pertinent information. Students will not be released after 3:00 p.m. unless it’s an absolute emergency.


Dismissal is a busy time of day. Please be patient, stay in your vehicle, and pull up in line before stopping to let your children in the car. Please pay attention to the teachers and staff on duty working to keep your children safe.



Warmest Regards,

Leroy Grant, Principal

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Important Dates/Events

There will be no 21st Century After School Program for the entire week of November 22-26th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday

Giving Thanks

Dear Families,

We are thankful!

As we prepare to take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude to everyone who makes it possible for as many children/youth as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:


  • Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and eventually in a job;
  • Our wonderful teachers, who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children do not want to miss out on learning; and
  • Our support staff and community volunteers, who provide the extra hands and attention our children/youth need.


We appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving holiday. We also hope you will keep in mind that school is closed on Thursday, November 25th, and reopens Monday, November 29th.

We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off during the Thanksgiving holiday. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to a substantial amount of lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Just a reminder, a total of 9 or fewer absences in one school year is a great goal to help children stay in the good attendance range.

Family & Student Resources

Safety - Be Bright & Be Seen

Families,

Please have conversations with your children reminding them to walk on designated sidewalks and cross at designated crosswalks on their way to school every day.


Having the appropriate reflective gear on is important on our dark winter mornings. Even wearing white or brighter colored clothes can help drivers to see your kids better. Drivers, please slow down on and around our school, follow the posted signs and put your phone away. Nothing on your phone is worth the risk that a student or staff member might be injured or worse.

i-Ready at Home

Students who have access to personal devices at home can log in and use i-Ready from home! i-Ready is a great way for your children to practice their math and reading skills while at home! Students can access i-Ready by logging into the Student Portal - found on the district website under "Student Login". You can click here to see if your device is compatible with i-Ready.


And here are some other links that you might find helpful!

iReady Overview for Families

iReady Technical and Troubleshooting Guide for families

iReady Help Portal for Educators and Parents

Fridge Tips: for iReady Lessons at Home

Parenting the Love and Logic Way - Virtual Workshop

Hosted by: Anchorage School District, Title I

Led by: ASD's Love and Logic, Trained Facilitator - Meg’n Gall.

Dates: Thursday evenings (10/14, /10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18)

Time: Thursdays @ 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Zoom Link will be provided weekly.

How to Register: Email the following info to Meg’n Gall, gall_megn@asdk12.org

  1. Name
  2. Child’s school
  3. Email address
  4. Mailing address
  5. Phone number

Questions and to Register: Meg’n Gall, gall_megn@asdk12.org

Cost: Free

****Limited seats available****

****This is a class series - Registration is for all six weeks****


You will find answers to:

· How do I get them out of bed in time for school?

· How can I get my children to help with chores without arguing?

· Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without creating a scene?

· How can I get my teenage daughter to come home at the agreed time?

· How do I get him to eat his dinner without complaining?

· And many more day to day parenting challenges.

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Thanksgiving Assistance

Do you need assistance providing a Thanksgiving meal for your family? The Anchorage faith community, Food Bank of Alaska, and thousands of volunteers are here to help provide families in need with a turkey and all the fixings.

Click her for more info

Nurse's Corner

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COVID testing at Muldoon

Hello Muldoon~

I'm so excited to let you know that ASD has new free COVID testing options IN MULDOON Elementary. This is perfect timing, as many of our community testing sites are very busy with fewer hours and days they are open.

This test is easy (nose swab or spit cup) and fast (results are texted that night, sometimes 24 hours). It is also accurate if you are sick or asymptomatic, which means we can test as often as you like to keep our community and schools healthy.

The first step is the hardest - registering (it asks a lot of questions), but you only have to register once. Create your account, by hovering your camera phone over the QR code. Or click on the picture to take you to the link.


Directions for Signing-Up Online:

-Select 'I don't have a QR code,' so you can create your own.

-It does ask for your insurance information, but you don't have to provide it if you don't want to.

-It asks for your social security number and license number, but you can type 0000 if you don't want to provide these. Same for your passport number, just type in zeros if you don't want to provide it.

-It asks you to take a photo of your ID and insurance cards, but if you aren't providing this you can take a photo of the floor.

-Be sure to save a photo/screenshot of your new QR code, so I can use it anytime you want to test.

Make Sure Your Kids are Immunized!

Hey Muldoon Parents & Families! Please make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations for school! Click Here to see some of the places in Anchorage that have Immunization Clinics!
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A Note from Ms. Carter

Hello, Muldoon Elementary Parents/Guardians!


I am Diana Carter, the School Counselor at Muldoon Elementary. As the Counselor, I can provide help for children who have experienced loss, displacement, or had a change in their family dynamics. I also provide community referrals for parents and guardians whom require that assistance. I also aid children with social or emotional needs. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's emotional needs in school, you are welcome to call or email me anytime. I look forward to working with all the students and parents/guardians at Muldoon Elementary!


Sincerely,

Ms. Carter

carter_diana@asdk12.org

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The Grizzly PTA Corner

BoxTops

Box Tops have gone digital. Physical tops have been phased out. Download the app today and scan your receipts to earn money for our school! ~ iPhone App ~ Android App

Spirit Gear

Please watch for more news as we make arrangements for the sale of more Muldoon Grizzly spirit gear!

Indian Education (Title VI) Corner

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November is Native Heritage Month. It is time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of native people. Here are a few things you can do with your kids:


  • Visit a Museum dedicated to Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
  • Learn to prepare some Alaska Natives and Native American dishes.
  • Make some Alaska Natives and Native American crafts.
  • Read some Amazing books about Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
  • Explore this beautiful land and remember to be thankful for it.

Muldoon Elementary School Spelling Bee!

Thursday, February 24, 2022 1:30pm

Students in grades 3rd-5th will have the opportunity to compete in the 2022 school spelling bee! Each classroom will pick 2 students to be represented in the spelling bee. Each teacher will decide how students are chosen in each class. They can have a class spelling bee or be picked by their spelling grade and hard work ethics. Students will be chosen by February 4th. Practice packets are available with each teacher and are also in the office. Once students are chosen, there is another packet that will be available for the school winner. If you have any further questions, please contact our Spelling Bee Coordinator Mrs. Arturo at arturo_renee@asdk12.org.

STEM Corner

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A Note from Ms. Foust - Muldoon's S.T.E.M. teacher

There have been a lot of amazing scientists and engineers in the STEAM room first quarter! STEM students built structures and practiced the Engineering Design Process. They conducted investigations to determine how friction and force impact movement. They tested their reflexes and questioned how using their different senses impacts reaction time. Students learned about kinetic and potential energy and created pinwheels to demonstrate energy transfer. Kindergarten and first-grade students learned about Alaskan animals, habitats, and life cycles. It has been a lot of fun working with all the wonderful students at Muldoon! Stay tuned for more fun in STEM next quarter!