Anne Wien Announcements

School Newsletter for Week of November 23, 2020

Dear Anne Wien Elementary Families,


We continue to be so thankful for each and every one of our students, for all of our families, and for this wonderful community that houses our school. In a year unlike any other, how fortunate we are to still be working together, to be learning together, and to be making it through this challenging time together. Thank you for all you have done to support your children and to partner with us in their education. In this week of Thanksgiving, we give our deepest thanks to all of you. Have a wonderful week and holiday together.


Sincerely,


Michael Angaiak

Principal, Anne Wien Elementary

AWE Monday Message - November 23, 2020
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Congratulations to our Anne Wien Winners & Participants in the 10th Annual Alaska Native Education Literacy Challenge!

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Enjoy your Turkey Day with "Turkey Trouble" written by Wendi Silvano!

"Turkey Trouble" by Wendi Silvano
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We wish a very Happy Birthday to the following Anne Wien students and staff this week:


Azalya - Kindergarten

Corde - 1st Grade

Orion - 3rd Grade

Benjerman - 6th Grade

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Mrs. Egan - Early Learning Preschool

Time for Winter Screening!

It is time to check the progress our students have been making this school year in Reading, Math, and Language Arts by administering the AIMSWeb assessments to our Kindergarten-2nd Grade students, and the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment to our 3rd-6th Grade students.


This Winter Screening is important since we use the data from each test to inform our instruction so we can provide more direct support in identified areas of need for your child. The testing window for these assessments runs from November 16-December 16, and our 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade students will be leading the way by taking their assessments next week, during the 3 days before Thanksgiving break. Since students will be taking these tests from home, here is some helpful advice for you:


For the Remote testing sessions:

How do I create the best testing environment at home? The best advice we have is to create a test taking atmosphere that is conducive to focus and engagement. We suggest removing any toys or additional electronics from the test taking area and reducing the amount of activity that might be around the student while testing. (e.g. siblings watching TV in the same room). It can also be helpful to reduce loud noises or conversations that may occur in or around the same space as the student. It is also a good idea to make sure that the student has eaten before the test, to remove any interruptions that hunger may cause.

An environment with limited distractions helps students stay engaged and focused on their assessment. When students are focused, they are better suited to do their best, ensuring reliable, accurate insights for their teacher to personalize instruction.


Can I help my child if they struggle or get frustrated? The primary purpose of AIMSWeb and MAP Growth is to figure out what students know and what they’re ready to learn next so teachers can provide the most appropriate content to help them grow. Helping your child answer questions compromises test data and makes it harder for teachers to provide personalized instruction.

We recommend that you encourage your child to do their absolute best, but that you don’t provide any hints or assist them in answering questions. It’s also great to remind them that unlike some tests they have taken, every student who takes the AIMSWeb and MAP Growth test gets some answers right and some answers wrong because the test is adapting to the student and providing harder or easier questions based on their answers.


Thank you so much for your support and please call the office at 907-451-7500 if you have any questions.


Please note: AIMSWeb and NWEA MAP assessments, including test questions, are copyrighted, and may not be copied or reproduced in any form, including but not limited to taking photographs, video and/or audio recordings. Any copying or reproduction of assessments constitutes copyright and/or other intellectual property infringement and is a violation of NWEA’s Master Subscription Agreement. NWEA MAP assessments, including test questions and answers are proprietary information of NWEA


For answers to common questions and additional resources:


FNSBSD AIMSWeb & MAP flyer


https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/common-questions-families/


https://www.nwea.org/blog/2020/make-sense-of-map-assessments-with-the-family-toolkit/


https://www.nwea.org/resource-center/guide/29662/family-guide-to-map-growth.pdf/

Register to Ride the Bus

When school does return in-person, any students wishing to ride the bus MUST first be registered with our Transportation Department and the First Student bus company. Register your child by clicking on the link below:

Getting Ready to Return:

As we continue to prepare for the day when students can return to our school buildings, here is a helpful checklist for you from our AWEsome School Nurse, Elisha Morgan, LPN:
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