Lake Hood Elementary

January, 2013


Principals's Message - ASD Safety Message - Calendar - Health - Kindergarten - Preschool - 1st Grade - iPads - Top 100 Children's Novels, part 1

Principal's Message

Hello Lake Hood families! I sincerely hope that everyone was able to have a restful and fun holiday break! It is so nice to be given the time to refuel and get ready for the 2nd half of the school year!

As we enter in to this second half of the year, we do have a lot going on in our school. On Feb.. 4th, the fourth graders in our school will be doing NAEP testing. This is a national assessment also known as the National Report Card. After that, the same week, on the 5th and 6th of February, our fifth graders will be taking the TerraNova assessment. These are both very important diagnostic tools that allow us to assess the progress of our students. Please make sure that if you have a 4th or 5th grader, that you do not schedule appointments on those days, that they get plenty of sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast! Thank you so much for your help and support with these!

Please make sure that you take the time to read the section of this newsletter on safety in our school and district wide. We are practicing our drills here at school, and are constantly reviewing our emergency action plan. Please do contact me here if you have any questions regarding safety here at Lake Hood.

Enjoy the longer days…there is definitely light at the end of our wintry tunnel! Thanks for sending your children to school with appropriate snow gear. I know that recess is more fun for the children when they are appropriately dressed to go outside!

Until next month, Cindy

ASD Safety Message

The tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut has put school safety at the forefront. The aftermath of the shooting has many people questioning and suggesting ways to address safety in our schools.

At ASD, school safety is a top priority. Our school, and all in the Anchorage School District, has an emergency plan, staff is trained and drills are conducted regularly.

Following every significant incident, like the one in Connecticut, we work together with the Anchorage Police Department to examine a variety of options to improve safety for our children.

There is no one answer to this problem. We are reviewing a variety of different ideas. We welcome suggestions and embrace community dialogue on this important topic.

The safety of both students and staff at every school continues to be our number one priority.


January 16 - Yearbook Workshop
January 21 - NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Holiday
January 23 - Choir begins
January 25 - Sledding Night
January 28 - Battle of the Books @ West High School 2:30 - 5:30
January 30 - Battle of the Books @ West High School 2:30 - 5:30
February 4 - NAEP Testing

iPads @ Lake Hood

This year iPads were distributed to certified classroom teachers through a 2012 legislative grant. Teachers love them for their user-friendly apps and convenience!
  • Reading & Math apps for students
  • Teacher use - Using camera/apps for building real-time "social stories"
  • Vocabulary Center for students
  • Teacher use - progress monitoring student growth in reading
  • English Language Learning apps for students
  • Teacher use - going paperless!

Top 100 Children's Novels, part 1 (#1-#25) from an online survey

1 Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
4 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
5 From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
6 Holes by Louis Sachar
7 The Giver by Lois Lowry
8 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
9 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
10 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
11 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
12 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
13 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
14 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
15 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
16 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
17 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
18 Matilda by Roald Dahl
19 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
20 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
21 Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
22 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
23 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
24 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
25 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott