Iditarod Elementary School
Right to Know
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. This information is explained to parents in the attached Right to Know letter. Distribution of this letter is a requirement under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act detailed under section 1111(h)(6)(A).
PEAKS Assessment Data
PEAKS assessment data went home with your child today. This data is from the Statewide assessments students taken last April. The scoring guide is included with the student report. If you have any questions regarding your student’s report, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Hull.
As a school, Iditarod performed slightly below District averages and slightly above State averages. This is just one piece of data we use to interpret student performance and plan for instruction. Teachers use MAP, AIMSWEB and program assessments throughout the year to assess and monitor student progress. If you have any questions regarding your student’s performance, please talk to your child’s teacher. If you would like to discuss the school’s performance and plans for improvement, please contact Mrs. Hull.
Reporting Absences & Student End of day Transportation
If you need to report your child Absence for the day, please use one of the follow option:
- Login to School Dismissal Manager
- Login to iParent
- Send a note with your child when they return to school
If you need to changes your child/s end of day transportation, you need to log on to school dismissal by 3:10pm to make changes. After the designated time, your child will be Schedule for there default (if your child ride a bus, they will be put on the bus and you will need to pick them up at their bus stop).
"School Dismissal Manger"
Iditarod Elementary proudly announces that we will begin utilizing our new on-line dismissal management system this year. It is dependable, easy-to-use, and can be updated by parents and guardians from the convenience of their smart phones, tablets, and PCs.
Through the on-line dismissal management system, you will:
- Make transportation changes as late as 3:10pm the effective date of the change for your child.
- Report Absences
We plan to convert to this new system Starting September 4th . Before we convert to this new system, we will provide you with additional information, and an email will be sent to you directly from School Dismissal Manager. The email from School Dismissal Manager will contain important instructions and your personal login credentials. Once you receive your credentials, please use them to log into the new system so that you can begin to familiarize yourself with it and to verify that the default “transportation” currently set as your child’s transportation is correct.
All transportation changes will be accepted only through the School Dismissal Manager starting September 4th.
VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS
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.
Volunteers need to call or email the teachers to prearrange the days and times they will be volunteering in the classrooms.
iParent - a parent/guardian web based tool:
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.
ONLINE ABSENCE REPORTING AVAILABLE ON iPARENT
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.
HAVE YOU MOVED?? GOTTEN A NEW PHONE NUMBER??
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 matsuk12.us
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.
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.
LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
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.
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:
- Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Reward Card to Iditarod Elementary at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
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.
- For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
Caitlyn Wright/Bunker 1K - Caitlyn is an amazing Husky! She is a hard worker and a wonderful friend. Caitlyn always comes to school with a bright smile, ready to learn. She can be counted on to help a friend or do an extra job. Thank you Caitlyn for all your work!
Aliha Gil/Ms. Hebethal 1K - always comes to school with a smile on her face ready to learn and has made many good friends. She is kind to everyone and an amazing helper to both her classmates and teacher. She is a great leader, always tries her hardest in everything she does, and never gives up. Aliha is truly a joy to have in class!
Kara Anderson/Mrs. Young 1K - Kara deserves a special sort of recognition! Not only has she worked very hard in kindergarten, but she works especially hard at being helpful to others. Kara strives to learn as much as she can every day. I’m so proud of Kara’s work ethic and kind attitude.
Shaniya Harvey/Ms. Mann 1st - is a very patient, sweet, and respectful young lady. She comes to school everyday excited to learn and ready to set an example for her classmates. She loves to help her friends and brings a smile to everyone's face each day. Shaniya ALWAYS has a rockstar attitude and is willing to lend a helping hand!
Elli Fast/Mrs. Ward 1st - Elli Is a sweet girl. She is always on task and completes her work on time. Ellie is a kind student and loves helping.
Jaxson Friesen/Mrs. Woodworth 1st - This young man is a positive member of our classroom community in so many ways. Jaxson chooses to be an active listener and engage enthusiastically in both large and small group instruction. Jaxson also looks out for his peers, helping with shoe tying, computer issues, and anything else he notices they need.
Helen Strict/Mrs. Allen 2nd - for not only being such a kind and caring person, but also for exhibiting model behavior in and out of the classroom! Thanks for being such an AWESOME student!
Meadow Laumeyer/Mrs. Cochran 2nd - Her behavior and listening skills are excellent. She is also kind and responsible.
Emma Minnick/Mrs. Collum 2nd - Emma is a kind and compassionate person. She is hardworking and makes positive choices. Emma is an excellent role model for others.
Isabel Delavega/Mrs. Hersman 3rd - She is super responsible and shows kindness in all that she does. She is a super star student.
Austin Hanson/Mrs. Kamilos 3rd - Austin is respectful and follows directions. He is always kind to others. Austin is a hardworking husky
Zorn Allen/Mrs. Jacobson 4th - I’VE CHOSEN ZORN AS STUDENT OF THE MONTH FOR SEVERAL REASONS, BUT MAINLY BECAUSE HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS EDUCATION IS EVIDENT! HE GOES OUT OF HIS WAY TO BE HELPFUL, NOT ONLY TO ME, BUT TO HIS CLASSMATES AS WELL. THIS YOUNG MAN IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A “ROLE MODEL” FOR ALL OTHER STUDENTS.
Madeline Skiles/Ms. Jenkin 4th - Madeline Skiles has continuously shown responsibility and kindness in the classroom. She shows responsibility by getting her work completed without reminders or prompting and by setting a good example for her fellow students. Maddie also shows kindness with her willingness to include everyone and by doing everything with a smile. Keep up the good work Maddie!
Brice Kennedy/Mr. Nighwonger 4th - Bryce Kennedy has been a worthy lieutenant this entire year. He started by taking his work and MAPS testing seriously at the beginning of the year and proving his abilities in reading, writing, and math. Since week three, Bryce has made a visible and visceral effort to increase the academics and responsibility of his group and class at large. Bryce is an intelligent, capable left-hand man choosing to improve an entire class with Mr. Nighswonger.
Dawsyn Vance/Mrs. Hoffner 5th - Dawsyn has shown outstanding citizenship since the first day of school. She comes to school every day with a positive, can-do attitude. In class Dawsyn can be found working hard or helping her peers. Keep up the great work!
Veronika Kirillova/Mrs. Wolfer 5th - Veronika is a role model for all Iditarod students. She is a good and kind friend. She works hard in all of her classes, and consistently puts in her best effort.
Bryden Kramer/Mr. Hartman PE - Brayden has consistently made great choices in the weekly PE sessions and during the time that I see him at lunch. His behavior is such a vast improvement from last year, that I constantly use his choices as examples for the other students around him. Brayden is my choice because he demonstrates what it is to be a very responsible student even when others around him choose not to be.
Angel Archuleta/Mrs. BG Library - Great attitude, helpful, participates in discussions, and cleans up others’ centers as well as her own.
Rainy Haralson/Mrs. Johnson Music - Rainy has a positive attitude and is eger to learn especially on the snare drum! She encourages others and helps others when they need it. Plus her music skills improve every day.
From the Library
Mark your calendars! Iditarod’s Fall Book Fair is October 23-November 1. The book fair will be open 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, with extended hours during parent-teacher conferences. Remember: books make fabulous holiday and birthday gifts!! If you have an hour or two to spare, and would like to help with the book fair, let me know.
Most of Iditarod’s students have been exhibiting the virtue of responsibility when it comes to returning library books in a timely manner. Thank you! Thanks also to all the students who have located those long overdue books and turned them in. Overdue notices, along with a letter explaining library overdue and damaged books policy, will go out to students this month. Thank you for supporting your students’ reading and our school library.
Math & Science Corner
Here’s what you need to make Glow-in-the-Dark Slime:
- 4 oz bottle clear glue
- 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
- Glow-in-the-Dark paint
- Glow-in-the-Dark water beads
- 1 Tbsp contact solution.
Pour the glue into a bowl and add the baking soda. Mix together and stir in some glow-in-the-dark paint. Add some glow-in-the-dark water beads to the mixture.
Add the contact solution and stir until the slime starts to come together in the middle of the bowl. Remove from the bowl and knead with your hands until the slime reaches the desired consistency and becomes less sticky. You can add more contact solution if needed.
Use a light to “charge up” the slime — the longer it’s exposed to the light, the longer it will glow
The “Husky Hunt” Each month a question will be asked about some information posted in our school newsletter which can be found on Iditarod’s web page (http://www.matsuk12.us/ide) 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.
Reading Activities at Mealtime
Mealtime is a time for families to come together. Some parents however, may feel too busy to sit down at the table. If you can’t sit for the whole meal, try to sit and talk with your child for a short time. Remember to use the times preparing the meal, and cleaning up, for conversations too.
Family Recipe. Many meals we make don’t come from recipes. Your child can make a recipe card for a simple meal, for example “How to make a peanut butter sandwich.” Give your child paper and crayons and ask her to draw each step as you make the sandwich. Help her say the important words slowly, like spread for example. She can try to write it by listening to the sounds of the letters, s-p-r-ea-d. You can help her notice silent letters like the “a” in spread. “The word spread is like the word bread. Both of those words have an ‘a’ that doesn’t make any sound.” If she likes this activity, she can make a whole set of recipes.
Let’s Eat Out. At a restaurant your child learns how to order food. He also learns proper restaurant behavior. Show your child the menu and tell him what things he may choose from. Explain how he will order from the waitress. For example, “I would like a tuna sandwich please.” At the end of the meal, show him the bill. Point out his sandwich and the price. Remind him to say goodbye “Thank you. My tuna sandwich was delicious.”
Cleaning Helper. Invite your child to help clean up after a meal at home. For example, he can clear the dishes off the table, clean the crumbs, and then wipe the table. Tell and show your child how to do each step carefully. If you use wipes or a spray cleaner, read the label with your child. Tell him that the label has the directions for using the cleaner carefully. Explain that it is important to follow the directions. Remind him to always ask an adult before using any cleaner.
Alaska Healthy Future Challege
Ms. Bunker Kindergarten class & Mrs. Kamilos third grade class, with the most participants for the September Healthy Future Challenge.
October Healthy Future Challenge
Exercise 60 minutes for 15 days to receive a Prize. You may log your PE time and Recess.
The Class with the highest participation in October Healthy Future Challenge will get an Extra 30 minute Recess.
Students who participate in all 6 months (September, October, November, Febraury March and April) of the Health Future Challenge will be entered in to the drawing in May for a chance to win one of the following:
Play Every Day Stainless steel water bottle
Play Every Day Folder
Healthy Future Mini Basket Ball Hoop
October logs need to be turned in to Ms. Nollner in the office, by November 3rd.
Get Out and Play, Every Day
Hello Husky Parents,
Welcome to the new school year! As many of you know, we are working with a new documenting system, CareDox. It is imperative that you please fill out the CareDox enrollment form to help ensure your student’s health information is on file with the School Nurse. This can include but not limited to information regarding medical conditions, allergies, medications and OTC medication permission.
You may access CareDox through your iParent account. If there are any questions or concerns, you can contact the help desk at 907-761-HELP (4357) or email@example.com.
Head Lice: there have been known cases throughout the community. It is encouraged to do occasional checks of your children at home. If you have a concern, you may certainly contact the nurse and we can work through it together. Imperative that the nurse is made aware so we can work together to help cease the issue.
You may read through the Board Policy in further detail linked on our school website and through MSBSD.
Immunizations: All parents must provide proper immunizations to the school nurse in compliance with the State of Alaska and MSBSD. There will be letters going home with students who’s immunizations are not in compliance. Please update these as soon as possible. The physician can fax the updated documentation to the school at 907-352-9180 Attn: Morgan Hegg.
Extra Clothing: Have your children out grown their clothes? Not sure what to do with them? You can donate gently used items to the nurse’s office. Mostly needed are pants, sizes 4-8. If your student comes home with an article of clothing that says IDITAROD on the tag, please return to nurse’s office.
As always, you may contact me at 352-9104 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great month!
PTA Movie NIght Rules
Please be respectful at the PTA Movie Nights. You need to treat it like you are at the movie theater:
- Silence your Phones
- Quiet in the gym during movie
- No running inside the gym or school
- Throw away all trash in designated area
- Children must have a parent/guardian present at all times
Picture Retakes & Class Pictures
Look for forms coming home soon
PTA Pumpkin Grams on Sale
Time: During lunch
Jump Rope For Heart Assembly
Time: 3:00pm -3:30pm