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Iditarod Elementary School

Iditarod Elementary

Front Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon - Fri

School Starts: 9:15 AM

School Ends: 3:45 PM

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Principal's Page

Hello Iditarod Families. My name is Mr. Nelson and I am the principal here at Iditarod Elementary School. Welcome! We are excited to roll out this electronic version of our newsletter as it will be updated on a frequent basis as compared to being published monthly. We hope you will visit often for new information. As this is a new format for us, feel free to share any comments or suggestions as we want this communication to be meaningful for all our families.


Principal: Mr. Nelson

Secretary: Ms. Nollner

Administrative Secretary: Mrs. Smith

Nurse: Mrs. Hegg

Instructional Coach: Mrs. Cochran

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From the Office

Morning Drop Off

Parents/Guardians, School starts at 9:15 am. Please do not drop off your child before 8:50am. There is no one to watch your child in the morning.


Parents/Guardians, if you have to change your child's Pick Up Routine after school, please call the office at 352-9100, by 3:00pm. if you know in advance please send a note to school with you child to give to the office.


All visitors and volunteers need to sign in at the front office upon arriving and leaving the school. Also, please fill out a "Visitor Pass" and wear it on the front of your shirt or blouse so you may clearly be identified while you are on our campus for the safety of all.


Parents now have a method to report online student absences. A written note or telephone call is still acceptable, but online reporting is easy through iParent. Parents know if the absence is excused and for what reason. It is a way for schools to accurately report and track data on student absences.

iParent - a parent/guardian web based tool:

iParent allows access to student information including attendance, scheduling, discipline, and grades. A single password and login allows parental access to all family members that have students.


Have you moved to a new address or gotten a new telephone or cell phone number? If so, please take a few minutes to log in to your iParent account and make sure all of your family information is up to date.

Update your iParent account in these easy to follow steps:

1) Sign onto the School District’s homepage at

2) Select the "PARENT" block

3) Click on "Quick Links"

4) Click on "iParent Frequently Asked Questions"

5) In upper right hand corner, click on "Click Here to Request an iParent Key"

There are several short screens to fill out. Your initial sign-on information will be e-mailed to you.


There are many items that accumulate on a daily basis. Any articles of clothing will be on display during the lunch periods each Friday. All students will be encouraged to double check to make sure their coat, hat, boots, or gloves are not left behind. As we have limited space to keep unclaimed clothes, they will be routinely donated to local charities throughout the year.

Drop Off and Pickup Procedures

The curb and lane in the parking lot is a Fire Zone, that means it is a no parking zone.

Reminder Speed limit in the Parking lot and Drop off /Pickup loop is 5 MPH

If you would like to wait in your vehicle to drop off or pick up your student before and after school, please use the drop off & pickup loop. You must stay in your vehicle.

If you are in the parking lot, please find a designated parking spot to park and walk up to the school. Reminder that the Handicap Parking is only for the Handicap. By parking in the Designated parking area's and following all parking rules, we can keep the curbs and lane clear so other families can drive through.

Thank you, for helping us keep our student's and families safe.

The A, B, C's of the Drop Off and Pick Up Lane

Our drop off/pick up lane can be intimidating. If you follow these simple rules, it's a breeze.

A. Always follow the instructions of the staff members on duty.

B. Be considerate of other drivers AND students on our school grounds.

C. Caution is key. Observe the 5 MPH speed limit for everyone's safety.

9th Army "Arctic Warrior" Band

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DR. Seuss Week

Dr. Seuss Celebration

Congratulation to 4th grade who won Dr. Seuss Jeopardy. Great job to all that participated.



The Yearbook cover winner is: Riley Henry From Mrs. Woodworth's Class

"Husky Hunt"

The “Husky Hunt” is off to a great start. Each month a question will be asked about some information posted in our school newsletter which can be found on Iditarod’s web page ( Click on the Newsletter link located in the About Us tab. A Husky Hunt form will be sent home with the month’s search question. Students who correctly answer the question with a parent/guardian signature and return it to Ms. Nollner in the office by the posted deadline will receive a prize.

Parent Notification Concerning Wasilla-Fishhook Crosswalk

The Mat-Su Borough is applying for a permit with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation to install a crosswalk at the intersection of Wasilla-Fishhook Road and Carpenter Circle. Once a permit is issued, the Mat-Su Borough will construct a crosswalk with school zone speed limit signs and flashers. However, the completion of this project is not scheduled until Spring 2017

For the time being, Iditarod Elementary School does not have an approved walking route for students living East of Wasilla-Fishhook Road. To serve students and families that reside within walking distance of the school, the Mat-Su Borough School District is providing transportation services. If your child is not riding a bus to school and you would like to pursue this as an option, please contact the Mat-Su Borough School District’s Pupil Transportation Department at 373-2287 for more information.

Reading Connection

Tips For Reading Success

Time for a Story: Want to spend time your child, build her reading skills, and help him/her learn to love books? you can do all three when you read aloud to him/her. Here are some suggestions

  • Read regularly - Try to read to your child every day or have your child read to you. ou might aim for 10-20 minutes of bedtime reading for a peaceful end to the day. Bring along a book, and read to them during a sibling's sports practice. or curl up tighter with a book when you get home from work.
  • Take Turns choosing a book- Your child may want to hear old favorites again and again. use your turn for new titles and variety (nonfiction, poetry, etc..).
  • Let your child participate- ask you child to turn the page while you read. Also he/she can finish sentences that rhyme or fill in words she knows. go slowly so he. she had time to understand the story and look at the illustrations. your child will enjoy read-aloud time more if he/she plays an active role.
  • Be Playful- You can use different voices for different characters (a high, squeaky voice for a mouse or a deep, booming voice for a hours). Or substitute your child's name for the main character's name, and use family members' name for the characters. Note: You don't have to be an expert reader - your child will love it when your read aloud because it's you.

Nurse's Corner

Hello Husky Parents:

I will be working on standard Health Screenings for 5th graders this month. Screenings include height, weight, eyes, ears, dental, and blood pressure. I will be conducting a Scoliosis screening as well on 5th grade GIRLS ONLY. I will be sending home information regarding this screening in the next week or so. You may certainly contact me with questions as well.

We are here for the health and safety of your child.

-Standard Health Screenings will be ongoing throughout the year of those students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. Also, all students new to our district will be screened as well. This is a basic height, weight, vision, hearing, blood pressure, and dental screening. If something should be further checked by a physician a referral will be sent home.

- If your child needs to take any medicine at school during the day, the prescription needs to be in its original container from the pharmacy and a medication authorization form in place from the prescribing physician.

- There have been many known cases of head lice in our community. Please examine your student regularly and discuss with them the importance of not sharing hats, hooded sweatshirts, coats, hair ties, head bands, brushes etc. Things we can share are: pencils, crayons, high-fives, and conversations.

- Please make sure hat, gloves, coats, snow pants and boots come to school with your child each day. As we all know, the weather can change fast in the great state of Alaska! Help your children be prepared.

- There are a lot of germs wherever you go. Encourage your child to thoroughly wash their hands here at school and at home.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact me at 352-9104 or email Here’s to a great year!

Alaska Healthy Future Challege

Healthy Future Challenge - Marathon March

Exercise 60 minutes for 15 days. In addition, thanks to Skinny Raven Sports, get 26 miles in March to receive a prize and be entered into a drawing to win a pair of running shoes.

The Class with the highest participation in March Healthy Future Challenge will get a Frozen GoGurt Party . Marathon March Logs need to be turned in no later than April 6th.

Superhero Showdown: Skinny Raven is offering a $5 discount to Healthy Futures participants on registration for this fun 1.3k and 5k event. When your students register, they'll just have to enter the promotional code "superfutures" and select their school name. They'll also have an option to donate to Healthy Futures at the end of the registration process, and Skinny Raven will match up to $1000 in donations! Please help us promote this opportunity! We also have scholarships available for students with financial hardship--contact Matias Saari to request at

Get Out and Play, Every Day

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

You can Help Iditarod earn donation just by Shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card

Fred Meyer Donates over $2million per a year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington based on where their customers tell them to give. Here's how the program works:

You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number #90453.

  • Then, every time you shop and use your Reward Card, you are helping Iditarod Elementary earn donation!

  • You still earn your Reward Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.

  • If you do not have a Reward card, they are available at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer.

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21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

4th Quarter 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) forms went home with student on Friday . Forms need to be turned in by February 3rd, 2017 .

March 27 - May 4, 2017

Morning Classes

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Afternoon Classes

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

PM - Transportation is available for those students within IDE's attendance boundary.

3rd Quarter 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) last day is: March 9, 2017 Fundraiser

The School Fundraiser is well on it way. Over the past 7 years, SchoolStore has helped schools like ours raise over $10 million dollars. it is 100% online no door to door selling. Here are 3 ways to help support our School: donate a gift card, shop the family book store, or shop with featured merchants.

Go to:

school name: Iditarod Elementary

School ID: 135047

Cafeteria Talk

Did you know we serve breakfast? Our cafeteria is open at 9:00 AM everyday for all students.

Breakfast Prices:

Elementary Students (K-5): $1.75

Reduced (set by USDA): $0.30

Adult Meal: $3.75

Milk: $0.50

Student Lunch Prices:

Elementary Students (K-5): $3.25

Reduced (set by USDA): $0.40

Adult Meal: $5.00

Milk: $0.50

Click on link to see what's for Lunch!

Free & Reduced Lunch Application:

Meal Charges

Unpaid meal charges are quickly surmounting and need to be paid immediately. Even though your child may be on the Free & Reduced Lunch Program, meal charges prior to acceptance into the program are required to be paid. These charges will follow your child from grade to grade unless they are paid to date. All charges must be paid prior to any child being withdrawn from the school district.

Substitutes Needed in the Cafeteria:

For more information contact Teresa Seaman at 907-352-9106

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