January 21, 2020

Eagle Academy encourages academic excellence by integrating proven instructional methods with a challenging curriculum and high expectations.This combination provides every child with the foundation needed to achieve proficiency of Eagle Academy’s performance standards at each instructional level.



We would really appreciate it if you could please make sure *DAILY* that your student(s) have ALL of their winter gear before you leave your house in the morning. They are required to have hats and gloves as well as coats, pants and boots.

We have had so many students forgetting gloves that we have been giving out all of our loaner gloves. With the weather as cold as it has been, once we no longer have insulated loaner gloves to hand out, we have to send students to sit in the lunchroom during recess.

Thanks so much, in advance, for taking an extra minute in the morning to verify your student(s) are fully prepared for our beautiful Alaska winter weather. We appreciate your extra effort!


The National Geographic GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Eleven 4th - 6th grade students competed in last week's schoolwide GeoBee. The competition was intense. It took 10+ rounds to crown the winner.

Good job everyone and congratulations to the following:

1st Place: David Merrell - 5th grade

2nd Place: Kenny Chruchill - 6th Grade

3rd Place: Jake Weirrich - 6th Grade

David will be taking a qualifying exam in the next two weeks. The top 100 scoring students will be invited to participate in the State GeoBee, held each March in Anchorage. Best of Luck David!

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This Friday is Pizza Day!

If you paid for the year: No order form is needed.

If you did NOT pay for the year: Please complete the order form that will come home with your student today, in Tuesday "Monday Folders" or print the attached form below, and return with payment by 9am on Wednesday for your child to get pizza. One form per student please.

In case you have the Pizza Days on your calendar for the year - We have 1 change!

The Pizza "Thursday" previously scheduled for April 16th has been moved to:

**Friday, April 10th**

Thank you for supporting the 6th Grade and their end of year field trip!


The lottery system is open for applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Lottery applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 19, 2020. The lottery will run on March 20, 2020. Parents/guardians will be notified of the lottery results on March 27, 2020.

Don't forget that you also MUST submit a lottery application for any sibling that you want to attend Eagle Academy. The ONLY way a seat can be offered is through the lottery system.

*If you have a Kindergartner next year, you MUST submit an application for them*

If you know of someone that is interested in our program, please let them know that the lottery application system is now open!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tamara at the front office.


Policy Change Consideration:

The Academic Policy Board is considering a policy change regarding staff dress code. The change would revise language found on page 18 of the Policies & Procedures Manual regarding staff dress code to the following (highlighted portion is the revision):

  • Eagle Academy Charter School employees (including substitutes) are expected to model professionalism at all times and to dress in a manner that enhances the school's public image. The public must be able to differentiate between students and the school staff. Staff shall adhere to all dress and grooming policies during regular school business hours.

A change in policy requires it to be put out as public notice to allow input from the school community. Input can be given by attending our next meeting (Feb. 4th, 5:45 pm) and sharing during public comment, or can be given by emailing an APB member and asking it to be shared at the next meeting.

Parent Input Survey:

The Academic Policy Board (APB) is attending a strategic planning session for the school at the end of the month. We are interested in parent input to bring feedback from our school community with us to this session to help in our school's long-term planning. Please keep an eye out later this week for an email with a link to the survey! Thank you for your help!

Academic Policy Board Open Seat:

The Eagle Academy Academic Policy Board (APB) is accepting applications to fill our vacant Parent Member position – Seat E.

Being a charter school, we have the unique opportunity to have our own governing body, which is the Academic Policy Board. The Academic Policy Board is responsible for creating school policy, approving and monitoring the school's budget, setting and monitoring goals for the program, selecting curriculum that aligns with EACS standards, overseeing the implementation of Eagle Academy's program, ensuring adherence to the school's charter and policies, hiring/evaluating/supervising the principal, and participating in staff interviews - all in accordance with the school's Charter and Bylaws.

The Academic Policy Board consists of seven (7) members: four parents, one community member at large and two teachers of Eagle Academy. The parent positions must be filled by parents of students currently attending Eagle Academy and may not be filled by teachers, permanent staff members, or long-term temporary staff members of Eagle Academy. The community member may be a parent or classified employee but may not be a certificated staff member.

Please see the attached application for more details. If interested, please return the application in a sealed envelope to the front office by Friday, 1/31.


It is time for Junior Native Youth Olympics! I really enjoy coaching your students.

The games teach sportsmanship, agility, strength, and endurance.

Please read the permission slip, or ask Mrs. Crowther for details: crowther_anna@asdk12.org


We are so lucky to have an Eagle River Mini Meet, as well as the State Meet. All parents must let me know if they are attending. See forms attached below for Eagle River Meet.

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Thank you for supporting the 6th grade fundraising night at Panda Express, it was great seeing all of you out enjoying dinner!


Be there or be square! Come learn about all things SCIENCE, Friday, January 31st from 6p-8p at the school. Kick off begins promptly at 6pm in the gymnasium with group introductions followed by presentations in classrooms every 20 minutes. Come check out the UNIFORM SWAP too! If your student had a mid-year growth spurt, this is the perfect opportunity to get some threads to fit. Want to log some volunteer time? We need help cleaning up, sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4FAAA92EA6F94-science2


Looking to get more involved at the school? The PTO Board positions of Chair, Treasurer and Parent Representative will be vacant at the conclusion of this year, but you can attend meetings NOW and get hands on learning about what the positions entail.

Contact Christina.Shontz@gmail.com to help.


With your support at events and fundraising, the PTO has been able to accomplish so much this school year: new books, playground beautification, Fall Festival, GeoBee support, Red Ribbon Week, Military Appreciation donations to the JBER Fisher House, and it doesn't stop there. We have plans to support Science Fair, Iditaread, Staff Appreciation, Outdoor Learning Day, Field Day, and MORE! Thank you for helping keep these programs going!

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If you are new to Eagle Academy, or would like a re-fresher, we have Parent Orientation Meetings scheduled. All NEW to Eagle Academy families are REQUIRED to attend, but it is also VERY informative for those who are interested in our program. There is a power point presentation explaining our program and philosophy, curriculum is out and available for your to review, you will get a tour of the school and there is a question and answer time. It usually takes about 30 - 45 minutes depending on the number of questions. We would love to have you come!

  • February is Visit Our Schools Month - every Tuesday at 9:30 am

If you would like a reminder call, please call the school office to get added to the list for the date you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you.

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French Toast Online Store: Shop here for your student(s) uniforms.

Enter for a chance to win $100 to spend at FrenchToast.com

Enter here: Frenchtoast.com/SBSweeps

Deadline for entry: 2/5/2020

See attached flyer below

Look here for any specials or sales that may be offered


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