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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

HUSKY NEWS

Message From Our Principal

Iditarod Families,

We are off to a great start this year!


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!



3 WAYS TO HELP KEEP SCHOOL OPEN:

  1. Do not send your child to school while waiting for a COVID test result, no matter the reason for the test.
  2. Keep your child home if he or she has one major or minor symptom of illness.
  3. If a member of your household is COVID positive, do not send anyone in the house to school.


All the Best,

Mr. Porcello

Student/Parent Information Changes

Parent/Guardian's,

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 for: internet, G Suites, permission to publish access, 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 your family has two separate households, each parent needs to set up there 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

PARENT'S RIGHT TO KNOW LETTER

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.

SCHOOL DISMISSAL MANAGER

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. After that you will need to call the office to make changes for the current day.

Here are a few Fast Facts that you will need to know for getting started:

1. Add the SDM App to a smartphone, tablet, or web browser via the link at the start of this sentence. (The Apps are NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN THE APP STORES). The app is compatible with Android and Apple devices. IMPORTANT: Returning parents need to UNINSTALL last year’s App before installing the new App.

a. Android – Open a Chrome browser window, go to www.schooldismissalmanager.com, and login. Then click the three stacked dots at the top right corner, scroll down and click on Add to Home Screen, and follow the onscreen instructions to install the app.

b. iPhone – Open a Safari browser, go to www.schooldismissalmanager.com, and login. Then click on the box with the arrow pointing up, scroll down, and click Add to Home Screen. Type in (or click on if auto-filled) SDM and then tap Add to install the app.

2. First Login - Check your child's default transportation and make sure it is set correctly. If it is not, call the school office and we will make the change for you.

3. Reporting Your Child will be Absent: We will be utilizing SDM’s Absent option for parents to report their child absent. Select the day on the calendar that your child will be absent, then select Add Exception, and choose Absent from the dropdown options, filling out the necessary information. SDM does not determine if absences are excused or unexcused and you must still provide the school office with a doctor’s note when required and as specified in our school’s policies.

4. The Parent Dashboard always displays the current and following week. Days where there is no school or there is an early dismissal will be clearly marked. To opt in for text messages, click Preferences in the top menu to add your mobile number.

5. Recurring Dismissal Exceptions: If your child has a temporary, recurring dismissal exception click the Recurring Dismissal Instructions located at the top of the screen and fill out the details as required. DO NOT use the Recurring Dismissal feature to put in your child's ''default'' dismissal.

6. Email Notifications: When receiving email notifications regarding dismissal changes or cancellations made, know that hitting Reply or Reply All on those emails does not reply to the school or person making the change. If you need to respond to a notification (i.e., to inform the school it is incorrect, provide additional details, etc.), click Help in your top menu and fill out the details to email the office.

7. FAQs: As you begin to use School Dismissal Manager, if you have questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) link found in the Parent login area at the top of the SDM homepage or click on Help in your top menu. Here, you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions. If your question remains unanswered after checking here, please contact the school office and we will be happy to assist you further.

If you find you need further assistance, please contact us via the Help form or call the office.

Thank you for using this tool to help us keep the dismissal process safe and orderly for all our students and staff. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

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Husky Strong!

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Nurse Notes

Hello Husky Parents,

Here are some friendly reminders for the health and safety of your child(ren):


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. Students may return with a Physician’s note, Negative Covid-19 results or staying home for 10 days.

Close Contacts: If your student is considered a close contact from a case outside of school or within our building, they will follow the State guidelines of 10 days out from last known exposure with no symptoms, able to test on day 6 after last known exposure and returning on day 8 with negative test results, or continue to stay home for the full 14 days of quarantine, which is still the safest guideline the CDC has offered.

Travel:

If your child is traveling, please make the nurse and front office aware.

The District is following the requirements that are put in place by State health officials in order to make school as safe as possible for all involved and keep students in school learning.

Please contact school nurse, Morgan Hegg, with any questions involving any of these circumstances.

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.

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. Please make the nurse aware if you do find head lice so I can do head checks here at school to help prevent future infestations and keep in communication with you, the parent. More eyes looking, the better! You may read through the Board Policy in further detail linked on our school website and through MSBSD.

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@matsuk12.us.

Have a great Christmas!

Morgan Hegg, BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse

Iditarod Elementary

Counselors 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.



Roxanne Simmons

Zones of Regulation

At Iditarod we have continued with a social skills program called the Zones of Regulation. All students from prek-5th use the Zones of Regulation. At home you can help continue to talk about Zones and what zone your child is in or when watching a movie or reading a book you can simply ask what zone the actors/characters are in.

The Zone Colors

The Zones of Regulation uses four colors to help children self-identify how they’re feeling and categorize it based on color.

The curriculum also helps children better understand their emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns. They learn different strategies to help them cope and manage their emotions based on which color zone they’re in.

Additionally, the Zones of Regulation helps students recognize their own triggers, learn to read facial expressions, develop problem-solving skills, and become more attuned to how their actions affect other people.

The Green Zone

The green zone is used to describe when you’re in a calm state of alertness.

Being in the green zone means you are calm, focused, happy, or ready to learn. This is predominantly the state you want your child to be in.

It’s also the state most needed in the classroom in order to learn.

The Yellow Zone

The yellow zone describes when you have a heightened sense of alertness. This isn’t always a bad thing, and you typically still have some control when you’re in the yellow zone.

Being in the yellow means you may feel frustrated, anxious or nervous. But, it could also mean you’re feeling excited, silly, or hyper – which is okay in the right situations like recess but not while taking a test.

The Red Zone

The red zone describes an extremely heightened state of intense emotions. When a person reaches the red zone, they’re no longer about to control their emotions or reactions.

This is the zone kids are in during meltdowns.

Being in the red zone means you’re feeling anger, rage, terror, or complete devastation and feel out of control.

I want to emphasize that there is no BAD zone. We all have emotions and even being in the red zone is okay, but it is never okay to hit, kick or harm yourself or another person. When a child is in the red zone, we try to encourage them to use their tools/strategies to get back to the green zone.

The Blue Zone

The blue zone, on the other hand, is used when a person is feeling low states of alertness or arousal.

When you’re in the blue zone you may be feeling down – sad, sick, tired, or bored. You’re still in control, as you are in the yellow zone, but with low energy emotions.

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???

PARENTS*TEACHERS*GRANDPARENTS*COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Spirit Gear Drive

Our Spirit Gear Drive is underway and ends Sept. 10. Don't miss your chance to snag some Iditarod gear and take part in our upcoming spirit days!

Husky Gear For Sale - Limited Supply

Black Husky Shirt -$15

Red Tie Dye Husky Shirt - $19

Husky Hat $17

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EVENTS HAPPENING AT IDITAROD

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RED RIBBON WEEK

Monday, Oct. 25th, 9am to Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 3:45pm

455 East Carpenter Circle

Wasilla, AK

MONDAY: TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS - Wear sports gear

TUESDAY: PEACE OUT DRUGS, OUR FUTURES TOO BRIGHT: Wear Neon/Tie Dye

WEDNESDAY: WE'RE RED-DY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE - Wear Red

CLASSROOM PICTURES/PICTURE RETAKE DAY

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 9:30am-2pm

Iditarod Gym

Class Picture Day is coming! To place your orders online go to mylifetouch.com. Picture Day ID: EVTD4FGRB