Susitna Elementary News
November 13th, 2014
Please take a few minutes to read over all the exciting things happening at Susitna Elementary School. The newsletter is sent directly to your email address(es) twice a month, so please make sure to keep the front office current on your preferred email contacts. Paper copies are available in the front office, or you can go to our school’s website to read this issue, or any others in the archive library.
I am so proud to announce our own “Mr. D”, Ivan Doucet, Building Plant Operator. He has been selected as a recipient of the Denali Award, a biannual recognition that honors employees who have shown outstanding achievement, service and dedication in ensuring every student has the opportunity to achieve his or her potential. The Denali Award is the highest level award offered by the district. We all know “Mr. D.” goes “above and beyond” his job duties, coaching basketball and travel ball, managing our lunchroom, and bringing smiles to the faces of students, teachers, and parents. Congratulations to “Mr. D.” a Susitna Superhero and an ASD Denali Award winner!
As always, there are wonderful things happening at Susitna Elementary, and I encourage you to read through this issue of our e-newsletter, and find out more about what is happening, or coming up soon, like the Turkey Shoot, Career Event for 2nd graders, Choir news, liking us on Facebook, and so much more.
Thanks for your time,
Upcoming Dates to Remember
*Nov 19 - "I Know I Can" career event for 2nd graders, 9:30-10:30am
*Nov 24 - Thanksgiving Blessing Project, 3-8 pm
*Nov 25 - Turkey Shoot, sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m.
*Nov 27-28 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
*Nov 29 - Police Navidad - 11am Susitna Performance
*Dec 2 - 3rd grade Battle of the Books quiz
*Dec 3 - 4th grade Battle of the Books quiz
*Dec 4 - Choir/Dance Program, 6 pm
"I Know I Can" Career Event for 2nd Graders
On November 19th, we will encourage your child to dream about the future. Alaskan college graduates working in a variety of careers will visit the classroom to talk about what the children want to do when they grow up. Together, they will read I Know I Can, a story that lets them know they can do anything ‐ including going to college.
After hearing the story, the children will draw a picture of what they want to be when they grow up on their very own postcard. We will put your child’s name and address on the postcard and mail it back to them in two years.
If you have any questions, please call Shelly Morgan, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education K‐12 Specialist, at (907) 269‐7972.
The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success, selling over $6559.00 in books! Scholastic book points were earned with each sale from the book fair. This means our library will have the opportunity to trade the points for new books for our Susitna library patrons. Thank you very much for visiting and funding our library by purchasing books at the fair. I want to personally thank our fabulous staff and Susitna community family who made this fair a success by setting up the fair, overseeing the daily tasks, and closing the fair. This year, as some of you might know, I was not able to attend the book fair. I happen to love the fair, not only because of the fabulous new books, but because I get to mix with families of our wonderful Susitna students. I am very touched with the many positive feedbacks about our library and book fair. Thank you for your kind words.
Susitna Singers will be performing at Police Navidad November 29th at 11 am. This is a fun and free family event! Choir members need to meet Miss Vanderpool by the "North Pole Stage" at 10:30 am wearing black and white with optional festive accessories.
December 4th Dance Club and Choir will present and Winter Fine Arts night. Please join us in the MPR at 6 p.m.
Congratulations to our four 5th graders - Yanay Rojas, Lauren Riske, Alyssa Lissner, and Isabelle Merculief - who were accepted into our District Wide 5th and 6th grade Honor Choir! Susitna had 7 fifth graders audition, and we are so proud of the courage they all showed! The Honors Concert will take place March 5th at West High school Auditorium at 7:00pm.
Miss Vanderpool is looking for a parent assistant to cut the top flaps off of boxes she has collected. Third grade students (and 2/3 optional classes) will be making box drums in the style of the Haida people from Southeast Alaska.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders will again be able to purchase recorders to take home with them. Recorders are $4 each this year and come in a variety of colors. Please look for order forms coming home in the next few weeks.
If you did not have your child vaccinated at school with the first flu clinic, you will have another opportunity. During an undetermined day the week of November 16th, we will repeat the clinic. Please look for a consent form in your child's backpack. All students except those with active asthma problems (and with a few other medical conditions) should be able to take the flu mist. Please make certain the consents are returned by the end of next week. If you do not find a consent in your child's backpack, you can always contact me.
Thank you for doing everything you can to keep your children healthy and in school so they can learn.
Susitna Elementary School Nurse
Direct line (907) 742-1401
Thanksgiving Blessing Project
Need help providing a Thanksgiving meal for your family? You can get a turkey and all the fixings.
Monday, November 24
Please go to one (and only one) of the following sites, depending on your zip code. BRING PROOF OF ADDRESS WITH YOU.
3pm to 8pm
Crosspoint Church (Dimond and Minnesota, in the Burlington Coat Factory mall): 99507, 99511, 99515, 99516, 99518, 99522, 99523, 99540, 99587
Spenard Recreation Center (2020 West 48th): 99502, 99517, 99519
Central Lutheran Church (Cordova and 15th): 99501, 99503, 99510, 99512, 99513,
St. Patrick’s Church (2111 Muldoon Road): 99504, 99509, 99521
Joy Lutheran Church (10111 E. Eagle River Loop Road): 99505, 99506, 99567, 99577
12pm to 8pm
Mt. View Community Center (315 N. Price, off of Mt. View Drive): 99508, 99514
For More Information Call 2-1-1
Reminder: School Campuses are Tobacco Free
Please remember that our school, and all schools across ASD, are tobacco, alcohol and drug free campuses. As per Anchorage School Board policy 533.7, the use of all forms of tobacco products by students, staff or visitors on school premises is prohibited. This policy applies at all times of the day, including before school, after school and during sporting events. Please remember not to smoke cigarettes when dropping off or picking up children from our school.
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ASD Statement of Nondiscrimination
The Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State and Municipal agencies. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the District's Equal Employment Opportunity Director, who also serves as the Title IX Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (907) 742-4132 or to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services.The Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State and Municipal agencies. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the District's Equal Employment Opportunity Director, who also serves as the Title IX Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (907) 742-4132 or to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services.