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Hello Susitna Optional Families

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and a start to their New Year.

Welcome back to the second half of the school year!

****I have updated the email list. If you are receiving this email and your child no longer attends Susitna Optional or you would rather not receive this please unsubscribe to these emails at the bottom.

Thank you,

Sara Crewdson

SOPG Board Member

Reminder: This Wednesday is Parent Work Night & SOPG Parent Meeting with Guest Speaker

Wednesday, January 6th

Work Night is anytime between 3:30-7pm
This is a wonderful easy way to complete your required volunteered hours. (2hr + any additional worked)

Parents can complete tasks given by the teacher’s right after school or anytime until 7pm.
**Please note: When bringing your children please ask them to respect the school/classroom rules. There will be NO running or entry past the parent work room area. There will be a designated area set up for kids to watch a movie and play on computers, but please check on your children often, they are your responsibility! Thank you!

PARENT MEETING at 6:00pm (Free Pizza Provided)
Please come and enjoy some pizza,
Meet your SOPG Board Members, and visit with other parents within the program.
We are planning on discussing upcoming events, answer any questions parents may have.

We are having an educational evening about Bullying. Please join us in educating our families on how to prevent bullying in our schools and in all our futures.

Guest Speaker: Jan Davis (SEL/Professional Learning Specialist)@ 6:15 pm

Hope to see you there!
Don’t forget to log your volunteer hours!! (4 hours for showing up to parent meeting & work night!)

Upcoming Events!

Jan 6th - Parent Work Night & SOPG Parent Meeting at 6pm with Guest Speaker

Jan 13th - Art Intensive for Kaladi Art Show (9:15-11am) Volunteers Needed, contact Mrs. Gene at for any questions.

Jan 18th - Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL/NO CAMPFIRE

Jan 22nd - Sledding Night (5pm-8pm) - Sign up Here! (Need Volunteers!)

Jan 27th - Parent Work Night - (3:30-7pm)

Jan 29th - K/1 Learning Lunch (12-1pm)

Please Log Your Hours!!

Please Note: Emails have gone out over Winter Break with your Total Hours Logged.

Please Log your Hours! Click HERE!

Please refer to the Disclosure of Hours on the website for more information. Donations toward hours are also available: $20/per Hour
Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.

Thank you to the Families that have Logged their hours so far!

For inquiries about your hours logged please email SOPGSUSITNA@GMAIL.COM.

If you still need a few hours, no worries, here are a few ideas on ways you can volunteer.

  • Helping in classrooms (wash tables, read with a child), help after school (Copy and Laminating projects), parent work night (Next couple are Jan 6th & Jan 27th, anytime between 3:30-7pm), doing work from home (just ask your teachers)

  • We still need volunteers to help in Field trips, and upcoming events like Art Intensive (Jan 13), Sledding Night (Jan 22), Kaladi Art show set up (Feb 3), PACT (Feb 26 & Apr 29), Family Dance Night (April 29), Spring Intensives (May 5 & 6), Spring Bike trip (May 16) and year end picnic (May 19).

  • HELP COORDINATE OUR EVENTS - (Each worth 26 Hours)

  1. Spring Intensives: Coordinator to help Ms. Brittany as needed.

  2. SOPG Last Day of School BBQ: Assistant Coordinator to help Sara Crewdson plan and operate this event.

If you are interested in helping coordinate an event this year, or would like more information please email me at

Please check out Our Website and sign up under volunteers needed if you can help!

Donations towards hours are now available. You have the option of payment/donating of $20/per hour. If you find that your current situation doesn’t allow for volunteer time or you come short on hours, you can donate to make the difference. Please contact Amber if you are interested or need more information. Disclosure of Volunteer Requirements

Thank you again for all your help,

Susitna Optional Parent Group

SOPG is specifically dedicated to supporting the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. We perform functions similar to a PTA and we work closely with the teachers in the Optional Program, as well as Susitna's PTA. Key responsibilities include: assisting with PACT days (Parents and Children Together), Intensives, with Community Outreach projects, and with events like the Fall Ice Cream Social, The Spring Family Dance, spring/fall Bike Ride/Picnic, and the Year-End Barbecue.

The Susitna Optional Parent Group, or SOPG, is a volunteer parent group comprised of parents or guardians of children in the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. SOPG is led by a volunteer advisory board consisting of a Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large.

The Current SOPG Board Members are

(to email click on member name)

Chair: Rhiannon Benedetti
Co-chair: Sara Crewdson

Secretary: Jessica Blackson
Treasurer: Amber Epps & Kathy Hammon

Members at Large: Ida and DJ Litteral

Members at Large: Angel Solter

Members at Large: Melanie Scallo

Members at Large: Need Volunteers Please!

Please Join: Facebook Group Page

Welcome to Susitna Optional Parent Group! "A caring community of critical thinkers" This group page is hopefully another way to help us all keep connected throughout the year for information about meetings, events, volunteering, parent hours, etc.

Check out our SOPG Website

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the Susitna Optional Parent Group, as well as those just interested in learning more about the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary.


Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.