NANUQ NEWS: Weekly Parent Update

September 5, 2022

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REPEAT: Volunteer Form

Please Fill out the Volunteer for found on the ASD website if you are planning on volunteering throughout the school year. It takes at least 2 weeks for the district to process the applications:

Form more information about volunteering with the district and requirements go to:

Neighborhood Program

On Friday, I sent an email to our Neighborhood Families informing them that we lost a teacher due to low numbers of enrollment at the start of the school year. Since then, our numbers have increased at our Kinder and 1st grade levels enough to create a large K/1 class, but not enough to add a teacher back. This will require us to reconfigure classes. We will be moving from having a K/1, 2/3, 4/5, 5/6 to a K/1, 1/2, 3/4, 5/6. This will require movement of some students. The phone call and email will go out tomorrow (9/6/22) to families of students that are changing teachers.


K/1st supervision on the Little Playground is available starting at 8:30. I have noticed students being dropped off earlier than 8:30 AM, we do not have supervision available prior to 8:30. K/1 students are able to play on the little playground or wait in line until the 8:50 bell when teachers pick them up. We had an employee volunteer to monitor the exterior door by the little playground until 9:00 AM. K/1 students can use the doors by the little playground to enter the building until 9:00 AM. At 9:00 those doors will be closed and then your child will have to go through the main doors and will be marked tardy.

2nd-6th grade Supervision on the Big Playground is available starting at 8:30. Students get to the big playground through the Art/Health doors. We have someone monitoring the doors at that time. I have noticed students being dropped off earlier than 8:30 AM, we do not have supervision available prior to 8:30. 2nd - 6th grade students are able to play on the big playground or wait in line until the 8:50 bell when teachers pick them up. From 8:50-9:00 students can go directly to their class after entering through the Art/Health doors. At 9:00 that door will close and your child will have to go through the main doors and will be marked tardy.


Anaya Dance 3-6th grade and Cross country running 1st-6th had a great start for the school year. Harry Potter Book Club 3rd-6th will start tomorrow (Sept 6th).

Thank you to the volunteers and staff that work to make these events possible. Spots do fill quickly and we are working to streamline the communication of when activities are coming up. Activities will be posted via facebook and emailed to members. All sign ups will be on our member hub store:

Information regarding Run to the Future will be coming up soon.

The first PTA General meeting will be September 13th at 4pm in the Library and on Zoom: Meeting ID: 91470101635 Passcode: PTA

There will be a drawing for a lucky member to receive four Alaska Railroad tickets to Denali, valued at almost $1500 thank you to the Alaska Railroad.

*Must be a current member for the drawing

All PTA meetings provide food, sponsored by Subway, and childcare for those in attendance. Please join us and be part of all that PTA does for Government Hill Elementary. You can sign up at

The Executive Board for the 2022-2023 School Year

President-Melissa Rodriguez

VP Membership- Kim Elliott

Treasurer- Jeannie Carey

Secretary- Ashley McCabe

Communications- Melanie Dowling

Questions, ideas, or interested in volunteering? Email

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REPEAT: Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15th)

I would like to start a new tradition this school year. I want to have an opening celebration on September 15th in the MPR from 5:00-7:00.

I would like for all of our families of Hispanic Heritage to "host a table" and share information about their heritage/culture (you can share a recipe with samples, share a song or dance, share your family journey to the US/Alaska, you can share historical information, share information about your favorite artist or author, the possibilities are endless. I would love for it to be in Spanish. If you are not of Hispanic Heritage and speak English, never fear, you can still participate. I would love for an English-Speaking Family and a Spanish Speaking Family to collaborate to host the table together. We can even possibly have multiple families with the same heritage join together to host one table. We have 10 families signed up for the event.

I am also excited to announce that I have Indra Arriaga, Anchorage artist, coming to show her Film, Sabor Ártico, in the library that evening. We will have two presentations on the hour, since the film is 20 minutes long.

If you are interested in participating please fill out the google form:



Due to OPEN HOUSE, I am moving the next planning meeting to September 9th at 5:00 PM.

I will provide the table, table cloth. If you need a cardboard information board please let me know and I will get that to you as well.

Healthy Futures

The healthy futures logs have been distributed. Please help your child log their physical activity to earn incentives. They are due at the end of the month. There are prizes and incentives for the kids that participate provided by Healthy Futures AK. Gym, recess, and running club here at school all count as activities.

REPEAT: Once a Nanuq Always a Nanuq

If you our someone you know attended Government Hill Elementary School, please send us a picture a few sentences about where you/they are now. We started a Once a Nanuq Always a Nanuq bulletin board last year, and we made it bigger. Here is the link you can upload photos:

Migrant Education

Hello Government Hill Elementary Families,

My name is Robyn Branson, this is my 12th year with the district and my second year as a Student Success Coach (SSC) for Migrant Education (MEP)!!!

Migrant Education is a federally funded program which supports student/families who supplement their food source through fishing and berry picking. The aim of MEP is to ensure students are meeting rigorous standards in writing and math and are prepared for responsible citizenship, productive employment and further learning. This program supports students, preschool through high school. Some of the services MEP provides for elegible students are the following:


· Tutoring/Homework help/Success Coaching (with incentives)

· Student Advocacy

· Books for home/School Supplies and technology

· Enrichment Literacy Events for the family (more information to follow)

· Summer School Opportunities


· Swim Lessons

· Life Vest Check outs

· Winter Gear


· Summer Scholarships to MEP Camps (Hunter Safety, Bike Camp)

· Community Referrals

If your family fishes or picks berries, your student may qualify. Please see the back of this letter for more information.

Robyn Branson (MEP Student Success Coach)

Phone: 907-742-9270.


Does Your family fish?

Does your family pick berries?

If so, your student may qualify for the Migrant Education Program.

To find out, go to the Anchorage School District Migrant Education, Eligibility web page at: Answer the short questionnaire and follow the instructions. It’s as easy as that.

If you have any questions, please call the Migrant Education office at 907-742-4275.


2022-23 School Year COVID Testing

ASD does not plan to offer any form of COVID testing in schools for SY2022-23 and testing is no longer a requirement. If a student or staff are ill and choose to test for COVID and are positive, they will need to follow current CDC guidelines for isolation. Those guidelines can be found HERE.

Enforcing State Immunization Requirements
ASD will be enforcing the state requirement for SY2022/23 of "No Shots, No School. For more information visit:

REPEAT: Student Accident & Sickness Coverage

This is a reminder that Anchorage School District does not provide medical coverage for student injuries. However, ASD has made available an option for families to purchase a low-cost student accident insurance program. Information is available at your school's front office, online at, or by calling 800-827-4695. Bilingual services are available.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns please email me at: or call me at 907-742-5045. I am also on messenger on Facebook.

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