Husky Happenings

Iditarod Elementary School

Iditarod Elementary

Front Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Mon - Fri

School Starts: 9:15 AM

School Ends: 3:45 PM

Office Staff


Message From Our Principal

Iditarod Families,

We hope you enjoy your summer.

Please remember to read with your young children every evening and have your older children read independently every evening for at least 20-30 minutes. The more you read the more you know!

All the Best,

Principal Jones



It is important that you keep your contact information updated in ParentVue in case an emergency should arise. If you need to edit you student account to: update your phone number, address, or to add an emergency contact (release to), please go into your ParentVue account that you set up at the beginning of the year.

If you need to make changes for your student, ie. internet access or publish/media authorization, you can access that through your ParentVue account as well.

If your family has two separate households, each parent needs to set up their own ParentVue account so we have your students full contact information.

How to make those changes:

  • Login in to your ParentVue Account (click link below)
  • On the top right side click on "online registration".
  • Go through the registration and click save and continue until you get to the page you need.
  • Finish going through the rest of the pages and save/submit at the end.

If you need any help with ParentVue contact the Help desk at 761-4357 or contact the front office.

Thank you,

Office Staff



Each year, districts and schools are required to provide information to parents as well as opportunities for them to be involved in the educational decisions that affect their children. Parents have the right to inquire about the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher and paraprofessionals that work with the child.



Iditarod Families,

Please fill out and return this form if you have a child who will be attending kindergarten at Iditarod for the 2022-23 school year. If you know someone in your neighborhood who will have kids in kindergarten next year, please pass a form on to them. Additional forms are available at the front office. We also have forms on our website via a link in the newsletter.

We want to be fully prepared for your kindergarteners. Thanks very much for your help.


Brian Porcello



Did you know that you can report your students absence right from your Parent Vue app? All you have to do is log in, select report absence next to your students name, select reason (Excused ABS or Sick), and add a note if you choose to.

Going on vacation? You can enter in your students absences into Parent Vue with the start date and end date (return date). select reason (vacation), and a note if you choose to.

Please note that any prolonged absence of 10 days or more that is not reported to the office will result in your student being dropped from our school. If this happens you will need to re-enroll them.


Iditarod is using School Dismissal Manager (SDM), an organized and more efficient tracking system for afternoon dismissals! Using your desktop or smartphone browser, quickly and easily update your child's dismissal instructions when they need to be changed, no need to call the office. The easy-to-use app will allow you to make changes in advance or for the current day by creating “exceptions”. You can also report absences. Note that the cut-off time for changes is 2:50 pm. Any changes after 2:50 will need to be phoned in to the front office.

If you are wanting to pick up your student early we ask that you do so before 3:15 as it does get quite busy in the front office during regular dismissal.


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Nurse Notes

Hello Husky Parents,

Here are some of the things happening in the Nurse’s office.


If your child has any known allergies please make me aware so we can work together to keep them safe.

Illness Symptoms:

As you are probably aware, there are many changes this year in regards to the return to school for children who experience any illness symptoms at home or school. These symptoms include the following:

chills, fever of 100* or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, new loss of taste of smell, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, headache, muscle/joint/body aches, or fatigue.

Please contact the school nurse if your child experiences any of these symptoms at home and we will work together to find the proper date of return.

Health Screenings:

Students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades, along with all new-to-district students will have a standard health screen by the school nurse which will include height, weight, blood pressure, vision, and hearing. These screenings will occur throughout the school year as able.

Extra Clothing: Have your children out grown their clothes? Not sure what to do with them? You can donate used items to the nurse’s office. Most needed are pants, sizes 6-10. If your student comes home with an article of clothing that says IDITAROD or IDE on the tag, please return to nurse’s office.

Are you an RN? Are you looking to supplement your income? Look into subbing for the district- You are able to pick the days and schools you work for! I would be willing to orient you if you would like. We can always use more sub nurses!!

If you are a Registered Nurse looking for volunteer hours for renewal of your license, please contact me also! We can conduct health screenings and get you your hours.

As always, you may contact me at 352-9104 or

Morgan Hegg, BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse

Iditarod Elementary

Counselor's Corner

Classroom and Small Group Lessons: Topics such as emotions, coping skills, friendships, conflict resolution, communication skills, diversity, teamwork, etc...

Brief Solution Focused Counseling: with students on a short-term basis to meet social, emotional, or behavioral goals. Some examples where your child may see the counselor include:

  • Friendship problems
  • Social skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Dealing with peer pressure & bullying
  • Feeling management
  • Goal setting
  • Adjusting to a new school
  • Dealing with everyday stress/anxiety
  • Dealing with feelings related to COVID-19

Consultation: With both staff and parents/ guardians to plan for student’s needs.

Community Resource Referrals: resources for outside services for children experience grief, divorce, family separation, deployment, or mental health concerns.

📢 Coming SOON!!

Iditarod applied and received a grant to begin building a sensory hallway. Sensory hallways are a fun and engaging way for children to get their wiggles out, refocus during a transition, self-soothe after facing a difficult challenge, and get in some extra physical activity. These hallways are created to be colorful and playful and turn a passive environment into an active one. Not only do they add more physical activity to a child’s day, but they can also be designed to help them practice a variety of skills and reinforce academic concepts.

Roxanne Simmons



Your family depends on subsistence activities to feed your family, and...

Your child(ren) has, in the past 3 years, participated in seasonal subsistence fishing, commercial fishing and/or berry picking and brought the food home (dates must fall within a one year period);

AND the activities were at least 20 miles away from your primary residence for 7 overnights or more (does not need to be consecutive);

OR your child(ren) traveled with you while you were logging and/or farming outside of the Mat-Su Borough School District (MSBSD) for 7 overnights or more (does not need to be consecutive).

Eligible youth must be under 20 years old but are not required to be registered in a school. Therefore, preschoolers, homeschoolers, and out of school youth are also eligible if they have not graduated.

If the answer is yes, your child(ren) may qualify for Migrant Education Services. All activities must meet economic necessity for program qualification. Please complete the Parent Request Form below.


Did you know that Iditarod was selected as one of a few schools in our district to participate in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)? This program has been successful in introducing elementary school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have access to. Each Friday a different fruit or vegetable is offered to the children as a mid afternoon snack. Ask your child about all the different fruits and vegetables they have had and see which one was their favorite!

PTA Happenings!


PTA Membership Drive!!!

Are you looking for ways to be more involved in your child/childrens school? Join the schools PTA! Iditarod Elementary PTA is run by volunteers and led by volunteers. We are here to help the students succeed. Contact the office for more information.

Who can join???



OPEN HOUSE (AUG 15 4-5:30 PM)

Open House is Monday, August 15th from 4-5:30pm. Come meet your student's teacher (Kindergarten sign up for Roll In) and drop off your students school supplies! Come into the gym once you are done to meet some of our additional staff and grab an ice cream sandwich.