Phoenix Flyer

Volumen 13, Edicion 3 - Septiembre 20, 2019

Minutos de Mrs. Hutchins

Immersion Education – Teaching academic content in another language

Hello Fronteras Families!

Another couple of great weeks together! It’s been a delightful start to the school year with your kiddos!

Please help us minimize the number of interruptions to student learning during the school day. In the September 6th newsletter, we provided three (3) times that early student pick-up could occur:

· 9:00-9:15am

· 11:00-11:30am

· 1:30-1:45pm

We continue to have numerous interruptions since this request was made, so we are asking again to please think about the number of students being interrupted when one (1) child is called for. All 20+ students lose focus and instruction stops. Thank you for understanding the need to value student learning.

School pictures are next Tuesday the 24th. Purchasing school pictures is optional. Every student is photographed for our yearbook, however. Re-takes are scheduled for Oct. 22nd, so if you do not care for the photo, you decide you want to purchase photos, or your child missed picture day, Oct. 22nd will take care of all that!

Our first Early Release Friday is October 4th. Students are dismissed at 12:30pm. There is NO afternoon bus to Boys and Girls Club on early release Fridays. A big THANK YOU to Mrs. Easter for offering an Early Release Friday club! Please read further in the newsletter for more information.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Mrs. Hutchins

“When is the first day of Fall? When Starbucks starts serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes!”

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Interruptions

In order to minimize the high volume of calls into the classrooms for early student pick up, we are making three (3) times during the school day available for early pick up. The times that we will interrupt student learning and instruction include:

· 9:00-9:15am

· 11:00-11:30am

· 1:30-1:45pm

Please make an effort to schedule appointments or family outings so pick-up falls within one of the three available times. This includes phone calls to your student as well. Students will return your call during one of their breaks. Student learning is jeopardized, focus is lost, and instruction stops each time the office calls in for a student.

In addition, it is not necessary to call the school when you are running late, morning or afternoon. We welcome all kiddos as they arrive and students are safe and supervised until picked up in the afternoons.

Please note - Students who are ill will be resting in the nurse’s office and may be picked up at any time during the school day.

Thank you for understanding and helping us keep instruction and learning uninterrupted!

Friendly Reminders

To continue on with a smooth and fluid school year, the following considerations would be greatly appreciated:


  • In both the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, please pull all the way forward along the sidewalk
  • No Top Ramen at lunch unless precooked and stored in a thermos. Top Ramen takes too long to microwave causing safety issues and not allowing enough time for your child to eat their lunch
  • Students need to bring a labeled water bottle every day to school
  • If there is any schedule change to your child's afternoon dismissal, including someone else other than you picking up your child, please use School Dismissal Manager by 2:00pm
  • The front office is extremely busy from 2:20 to 2:40 everyday during dismissal. If you have a need and it's not an emergency, please stop by or contact the front office after 2:45

Time After Time

Students and athletes must be picked up at the specific end time of their after school activity or sport. All after school activities and sports are taught solely by parent volunteers, please be courteous of their time. All parent volunteers have the authority to refuse your child from participating further in their activity or sport without a refund if you are tardy more than once.

School Pictures!

School pictures will take place on Tuesday, September 24th and is provided by Lifetouch Photography. Forms went home with students on Wednesday, September 18th, however no form is needed for online orders! Ordering online is easy, convenient and prevents forms/money from getting lost. Refer to the flyer below for more information!
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Fronteras School Calendar

Please refer to the 2019-2020 current school calendar below. There are extra copies available at the front desk and it's posted on the website.
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P.E. News!

Here is a few of skiing/running/walking community outdoor events for Healthy Futures opportunities:

***Reminder: logs are due October 2, 2019 to Sra. Hill. Extra copies are available in the gym on bleachers and at the front desk!

-The Happy Run-Mondays at 6:00pm in Palmer---The Happy Run is a fun run organized by Active Soles Performance Footwear that takes place EVERY Monday at 6:00pm starting at the Koslosky Building in Palmer. FREE and PRIZES at the end!

For more information visit happyrunak.com

-There is also a Thursday night trail run series---a fun, budget friendly run series this fall to see what trails the Mat-Su Valley has to offer. The trail runs will be held every Thursday for four consecutive weeks starting September 19th organized by the Valley Mtn. Bikers and Hikers. More information http://aktivesoles.com/aktivities/thursday-night-run-series/

-Junior Nordics Learn to ski program is accepting registration now and they fill up fast. Starting for ages 4 and up on either Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs evenings.

More information: https://matsuski.org/Junior-Nordics

Mat-Su Ski Club - Junior Nordics

2020-Junior Nordic Youth Ski Program. Mat-Su Junior Nordics (MSJN) provides an opportunity for children to enjoy the Alaskan winter while learning the sport of cross country skiing.

matsuski.org

P.E. Shoes

Physical Education is welcoming any donations of gently used children's shoes/adult sizes for middle school. Thank you for remembering to wear your gym shoes to keep our gym floor in great condition. Please see Sra. Hill for any questions.

Recycling Volunteers Needed!

Louisa Branchflower has graciously stepped up to coordinate Recycling Club! However, we still need volunteers to help with recycling pick-up! If you are interested in volunteering to help with recycling, please contact Louisa Branchflower at 982-9181! Get those volunteer hours in!

Pizza is Baaaaaaack!

Fronteras 8th grade families are excited to announce that we will be partnering with Wasilla Pizza Hut and offering personal pan pizzas every Thursday starting Thursday, September 26th. The cost is $4.00 with a choice of cheese or pepperoni. All proceeds will go to the 8th grade trip to Puerto Rico. Orders must be placed through SchoolCash Online. The deadline to order pizza is every Tuesday at 2:35pm. If you have any questions, please contact Misty Adams at 907-232-8319.

Subway!

Subway is a great alternative once a week to get a break from the usual "sack lunch". Subway orders are due every Tuesday at 3:00. No exceptions can be made. Subway forms are to be turned in to the front desk with cash or check. Checks made payable to Subway. Please fill out an individual form for each student, you can combine payment and write one check for all. Extra forms are available on our website or at the front desk. Salad forms will not be sent home monthly, please request one from the front office. Eat Fresh!

2019-2020 Fronteras Yearbook Ordering

Order your 2019-2020 Fronteras Yearbook by September 30th and save 15%! Please refer to the attached flyer and/or link below for steps to order your yearbook!
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It's On The Website!

Forgot a field trip date, permission slip, Subway form, or bus times and it's midnight? All of these and more are available on the Fronteras website at www.matsuk12.us/frc. The website and website calendar is regularly updated to keep Fronteras families informed and up to date on current events. Everyone is encouraged to check the website first!

Swimming Lessons

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate our Community Enrichment swim lessons this school year due to our limited space and back to back programs.

We are hopeful to restart our Community Enrichment lessons for school year 2020/2021.

Even though we are unable to accommodate our CE lessons this school year, we are able to offer our regular evening lessons. If there are parents out there that want to put their children in swim lessons, please direct them to www.matsugov.us/swimlessons to register and sign their children up for swim lessons.

Our next lesson registration will open September 25th @ 10:00am, for our October swim lessons!


Ruth Faulkenberry

Water Safety Instructor

Lifeguard Instructor

Float for Life Infant Instructor

Wasilla Pool

861-7680

2019 Annual Fronteras Holiday Bazaar!

Join us for a fun and family friendly annual event that benefits the 8th grade trip to Puerto Rico! Get an early start to your holiday shopping with something for everyone! See the attached flyer below for more information! If you are an interested vendor who would like to participate in the 2019 Fronteras Annual Holiday Bazaar, vendor registration forms are available on the link below, the website calendar and at the front desk!

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School District Tardy Policy

BP 5144.1 C. 2. Attendance

Studies have shown that student attendance at school is directly related to student success. Parents, students, and schools need to work together to promote attendance and success. In order to effectuate positive results and good communication, an automated telephone call will be made to the parents when a student is absent; a written notice will be mailed to the parents after five days of absence. After nine days of absenteeism, the student’s absences will be considered habitual and another written notice will be mailed to the parents. In cases of habitually truant students, a referral may be made to the Office of Children’s Services. After ten cumulative absences in a semester an administrative, parent, and student conference is required. Schools are encouraged to have positive incentive programs to reward good attendance by students and staff. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in student attendance and to alert the school when their child is to be absent. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to keep up with schoolwork when he or she is absent from school.

Students in grades K-5 who attend a minimum of 3.5 hours, regardless of the time of the day, are present for a full day. Students who attend less than 3.5 hours, regardless of the time of the day, are present for a half day.

A student is considered tardy 5 minutes after the start of elementary school and after the bell rings for each class in middle and high school.

High school and middle school absences are to be recorded for each class period on the district’s student information system by the teacher.

The principal shall have the final authority and discretion on matters related to such discipline for truancy.

After School Enrichment Clubs

If you are interested in leading an After School Enrichment Club, please contact club coordinators Eve Little at 907-775-3205 or Carrie Roushar at 907-301-0773. Club volunteers are needed for quarters 2, 3 and 4! Get those volunteers hours in!

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is already full and will be taken to Good Will on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:00pm! We encourage parents and students to go through it regularly.

Synergy Gradebook News!

As you know, we launched a new Student Information System (SIS) this year called Synergy. Overall, we received very positive feedback from parents regarding the registration process in Synergy ParentVue, and we sincerely hope your experience with registration was smooth. This new SIS is more intuitive and user-friendly, but as you can imagine, the learning curve for all of our user groups has been steep. Our teachers and staff have spent countless hours training, troubleshooting, and collaborating with colleagues as they learn the new system, especially with the new Synergy Gradebook. We ask for your patience as teachers learn the new Gradebook system and as we work through issues that inevitably arise with such a big change. Please know that even if grades are not posted for all subjects in ParentVue this quarter, teachers are keeping records of your child’s progress and will be able to post accurate first quarter grades on the first quarter report card. You can expect to see more grades posted in ParentVue as we progress through our learning curve, and again we thank you for your patience. As always, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about your child’s progress. Thank you for your continued support of our school.

Please refer to the attached flyer below for the 2019-20 Schedule of Elementary District-Wide Events!

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Keeping Up The Good Work!

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Joseph and Theo show their beautiful artwork in preparation of El Mes de la Herencia Hispana October 11th!

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Twinning!

Polka Dot Twins!

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Proud Middle School Athletes at the Septmber 11th Cross Country Meet!

Middle School Cross Country made it to the top of the Butte with support from coach Beck, Coach Fogarty, Miss Kami, Miss Solveig and furbuddy, Waylon!

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Elementary Cross Country has Run With The Principal Practice on Thursday!

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Congratulations to Sra. Carranza's class for winning the piñata!

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September Birthdays!

Who doesn't love football on NFL Monday?

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2nd/3rd grade Why am I here wall!

Sra. Carranza goes all out to support our troops on RED Friday! She also has a love for Alaska’s moose!

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