Ravenwood Elementary

January 2020

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Ahoy! The USS Ravenwood is cruising right along thanks to the hard work of a dedicated crew and committed families. Our second semester of the school year is well underway and our school community is a busy, happy place to learn. We have students involved in many class and extra-curricular gardening, Native Youth Olympic practice, Scottish Pipes and Drums, and so much more. We are fortunate to have a very active PTSO who advocate and support us year-round.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read through this newsletter to learn more about what is currently happening aboard the USS Ravenwood! Don't forget to friend us and our PTSO on Facebook and check our school website for the most up-to-date information about school events and happenings. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

Mrs. Bautista
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Full STEAM AHEAD . . . Our proposal to become a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics - focused alternative school has been submitted to the district. We appreciate all of the support from our parents and community members so far, but we will need even more support, including both parents and students to join us in attending two very important upcoming ASD School Board Meetings. We need to show them how much this opportunity means to our school community and our future Ravenwood students!

At this time, we are waiting for the district to put our proposal on the agenda for consideration by the School Board as a non-action item, and then as an action item, where they will vote their final decision. In the meantime, we will be doing another survey, hosting a second parent information event, and have information available during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Our PTSO will also be letting you know other ways to help. Please let us know if you have any questions about how you can help us with this initiative. We will alert you as soon as possible of the dates for our proposal to be presented and voted on by the ASD School Board.

School Climate & Connectedness Survey

School Climate and Connectedness Survey - Each year our district surveys staff, students in grades 3-12, and families. Our students and staff completed the surveys at the end of January, and at this time, we are asking each family to participate in a similar Family Survey. We value input from our families, as you are an important partner as we work to continually improve each school’s environment. Each parent/guardian is asked to complete one survey before Mar. 20th. If you have more than one child attending this school, you only need to fill out one survey. Go to https://surveys.panoramaed.com/aasb/login and use the log-in code: ravenwoodfamily
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Just a friendly reminder families, the Anchorage School District School Board Policy 5040, states "all foods available during the school day shall be offered to students with consideration for promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity." It also states, "all foods and beverages made available on school campus (including, but not limited to vending, franchise vendors, concessions, a la carte, student stores, classroom parties, fundraising, and foods and beverages that are not for sale) during the school day, between the hours of 12:00 AM and 30 minutes after the conclusion of the instructional day, shall meet nutritional requirements of the National School Lunch Act, Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools also known as Smart Snacks in School."

Please consider healthy options when sending in food items to the classroom. A list of suggested snack choices to consider is available on our website under the Family tab. https://www.asdk12.org/cms/lib/AK02207157/Centricity/Domain/3340/SKM_28720012404180.pdf
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Fall Parent Teacher Conferences will be Feb.12 – 13. Remember, the school day ends at 12:30 on both days to allow parents and teachers to meet and discuss student progress. Friday, Feb. 14th, there is no school due for School Inservice Day. We hope to see you here during this special time. The conference schedule opened on Jan. 27th for parents to sign up for date/time through Parent Connect. You also should have received a robo email with directions about how to sign up for a preferred conference time. We look forward to seeing all of you, so please don't hesitate to call the office (742-3250) if you need any assistance or need t make changes.
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While you are here for your conference, please stop by the library to check out the Fireside Bookstore Book Fair. Fireside is a bookstore in Palmer that puts together a great selection of reading materials for all ages.
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Influenza cases are on the rise. I felt this was a great time to go over the signs and symptoms of the Flu, what to do if you should come down with the Flu, and how you can best protect yourself from getting the virus in the first place.

The Flu is spread most commonly when a person who has the flu coughs or sneezes, sending the flu virus into the air. The virus can then enter the nose, throat and lungs of a person and multiply. Although less frequent, the virus can spread when a person touches a surface that is contaminated with the flu virus and touches their mouth, nose or eyes. Flu symptoms come on rapidly and include fever, headache, chills, fatigue, dry cough, sore throat and nasal congestion. Unfortunately, antibiotics will not cure the flu since it is a virus and not a bacterial infection. Symptoms may last for 7-14days.

Rest and drinking plenty of fluids is key to recovery. Symptomatic relief can be aided by the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil), cold and cough over the counter medications, and the use of a humidifier in the home. Of course, Nurse Cottle recommends talking with your family doctor before using any medications should you or your child become ill with the flu virus. Please stay home from work or keep your child out of school during the first days of the illness when symptoms are most severe and most contagious. Return to work or school only after symptoms are resolving and no fever has been detected for 24 hours without the use of medications to control fever such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

How can you protect yourself or your family from the Flu? Although no method is 100% effective in preventing the Flu, there are steps to take to decrease your risk.

*Annual Flu Vaccination- Talk with your medical provider- I vaccinated
just over 200 students and staff in October of this year @Ravenwood.
*Cough and Sneeze into your sleeve- inside of elbow
*Avoid sharing drinks, water bottles and eating utensils
*HAND WASHING- simple, easy and very effective

You may also have been hearing a lot about the Coronavirus on the news. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses whose effects range from causing the common cold to triggering much more serious diseases, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome. Symptoms can be mild but in some cases can cause severe respiratory illness and death. Although, no vaccine is available at this time, preventative measures mentioned above are the best practice to prevent the spread of this viral strain. No cases of Coronavirus have been seen in Alaska yet. Alaska Health Department is keeping us up to date on this developing viral outbreak and we have been given guidelines on how to monitor and treat potential individuals in the school setting, who may have been exposed through travel or exposed family members.

Please call me with any concerns or questions at 742-3254. Let’s beat this “bug” this Flu season =)

Jennifer Cottle, BSN, RN, NCSN
Ravenwood Elementary
Phone: 907-742-3254
Fax: 907-742-3260

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Raven's Nest School Store - Open Fridays, from 8:50-9:00, in front of the office.

Upcoming Service Project- Student Council is proud to participate in Chains of Caring again! They plan to sell chain links the week of Feb 18-21, and then a team of representatives will take a section of our school chain to the Linking Ceremony at Providence Alaska Medical Center on February 28. All proceeds from the chain links will go directly to The Children’s Hospital at Providence.

Student Council Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 8:15. Upcoming meeting dates:

Feb. 12 and 26
Mar 18
Apr 1, 15, and 29

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Thank you for your help keeping students outfitted in all their winter gear - hat, coat, snow pants, gloves and boots! We want them warm enough to safely enjoy our longer recess and outdoor PE classes. Remember, we go outside up to -10 degrees!


Bring your own skates w/skate guards and helmet

Mondays - Kindergarten, 1st and 4th

Wednesdays - Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th

Fridays - 2nd, 3rd, and 6th

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Congratulations to our 2020 Geography Bee winner, Aiden Carlson and 1st Runner-up, Michael Santiago. Special thanks to Mr. Roy Corral, guest moderator, and teacher sponsors, Mrs. Thomas and Ms. Bentson.
Readers are leaders! Check out our Battle of the Books teams who represented us at district competition this week. Our 5/6 grade teams took 5th and 8th place. We're proud of their reading, teamwork and sportsmanship. Thank you to our teacher sponsors Mrs. Kenny (5/6) and Mrs. Arnold (3/4).
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PARENTS ARE PERFECT . . . to be Noon Duty Supervisors, Teacher Assistants, Substitute Teachers and Substitute Teacher Assistants. We currently have positions open at Ravenwood and various schools throughout the district. Fill out an application at the ASD Building at 5530 East Northern Lights Blvd at the Boniface Mall. Feel free to contact our fabulous front office crew at 742-3250 for additional information.
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Keep scanning or sending in those BoxTops and dimes! Every little bit helps our school community!

Next PTSO meeting: February 5th, in the HeArt Room, at 6:00p

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Students are invited to cuddle up in PJs, with their blanket and stuffy, Friday, Feb. 7, to watch the movie Abominable! Doors open at 5:30pm to get your food, the movie will start at 6pm. Pizza, drinks, candy, and popcorn will be sold. Pre-order forms for whole pizzas went home with students and are due by Wednesday, Feb. 5th, with checks made payable to Ravenwood PTSO. Concessions will be sold at Movie Night.

Find Us and Get Connected!



SignUp Genius - search Ravenwood PTSO

Facebook: Ravenwood Elementary Group

2nd Grade Hundreds Day Project and January Birthday Celebration

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Feb. 6-7 – 5th Grade Westward Expansion/Winter Survival Camp at Birchwood
Feb. 7 – Popcorn Day
Feb. 7 - PTSO Family Movie Night, 5:30 gym doors open/6:00 movie starts
Feb. 8 – Eagle River Area JNYO hosted at Ravenwood
Feb. 11 – Young People’s Concert Field Trip, Gr 4-6
Feb. 12-13 – Book Fair in the library
Feb. 12-13 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Early Release for students at 12:30p
Feb. 14 – No School for Students/ Inservice Day
Feb. 15 – Tech Ed Camp at Begich, 8a – 5p
Feb. 17 – No School/President’s Day
Feb. 18 – 21 – S.C. Chains of Caring for Providence Children’s Hospital
Feb. 19 – Ravenwood Spelling Bee
Mar. 4 – STEAMNight/Science Fair, 6-7:30p
Mar. 5 – Popcorn Day
Mar. 6 – End of 3rd Qtr/ No School for Students
Mar. 9-13 – Spring Break

Thank you to our School Business Partners!!

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2019-2020 ASD School Board


Vice-President, ALISHA HILDE







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