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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

Administrative Secretary: Mrs. Smith

Secretary: Ms. Nollner

Nurse: Mrs. Hegg

Instructional Coach: Mrs. Cochran

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From the Office

Pickup Changes


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.

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.


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 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.

Coming Next Year "School Dismissal Manger"

Hello Parents/Guardians,

Iditarod Elementary proudly announces that we will begin utilizing a new on-line dismissal management system next 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 3:00pm the effective date of the change for your child.

  • Report Absences

We plan to convert to this new system in August . 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.

Until next year, please continue to report transportation changes by phone, email, or send a note to the front office before 3:00pm.

Next Year, all transportation changes will be accepted only through the School Dismissal Manager.

Use Sidewalks

Please use the sidewalks and stay off the grass this spring when walking from the building to the parking lot.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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.

Students Walking/BIking to School


As District Policy, student who walk/bike to/from school need to have a permission form on file at the school. We do this for safety reasons. You can pick up a permission form at the front office.

Thank 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.

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School Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

School Registration Opens June 1st


Register your student/s as early as possible! Your registration help us get class list out to parents as well as prepare fir everything else that runs in our school, so please register as early as possible.

To register you student/s

  • Go to District web Page (

  • Parent Quick Links (at top of the page)

  • Click on iParent

  • Login in and select student registration

If you do not have an iParent account yet, you will need to create an account or fill out the Blank Registration Form on iParent. For information on how to create an iParent Account look under office news in the newsletter.



Nick "Iligutchiak" Hanson, the "Eskimo Ninja" from America Ninja Warrior, Visit Iditarod Elementary

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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.

Iditarod New Murals - Located on the wall across from Mrs. Manns Kindergarten class

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Summer Break Fun

Here are some fun ideas for your family to do together during the summer

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/walking
  • BBQ/Picnic
  • Go to the Public Library
  • Play outside
  • Bike Rides- wear your helmet
  • Swimming - wear a life jacket and sunscreen

Click on the link below to see Summer Camps and fun things to do this summer

Link will be updated every Thursday until May 19th.

Math & Science Corner

Bath Bombs

Scrub-a-dub-dub, add some science to the tub with these pretty and so-simple bath bombs.

- ½ cup citric acid (find it at Bulk Apothecary)
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup corn starch
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- Essential oil of your choice
- 1 tsp. water
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- Sphere-shaped mold (we used clear plastic ornaments)

Combine citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, and Epsom salt in a large bowl. Mix well and set aside. In a small bowl, mix together one or two drops of essential oil, water, and olive oil.

2. Add the wet mixture to the dry very slowly. Mix it together quickly and thoroughly so it doesn’t begin to bubble. Once it’s all combined, let the mixture sit for a few minutes; it should look and feel like wet sand. If it’s still too dry, add a drop of olive oil, but don’t oversaturate.

3. Separate the mixture into smaller bowls and add food coloring, mixing in the color by hand.

4. Layer the different colors in both halves of a sphere-shaped mold and pack them down. When each side is completely filled with a slight mound, press them together and gently rotate until the sides lock.

5. Let the bomb dry in the mold for a few minutes, then carefully remove the top half. Leave it for another hour or two, then carefully turn the bottom half out of the mold. Let it dry overnight.

The fizzy reaction in the tub is created by combining two ingredients: sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and citric acid. The baking soda is a base, and the citric acid is (you guessed it) an acid. Not much happens when you mix them dry. But when you add water, voilà! It acts as a catalyst, allowing the ions in each to collide. They react and dissolve, producing tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. The fizzing helps the bombs break down, and it releases the scent!

Hide a surprise inside! Add a small plastic toy, glitter, or flower petals when you’re layering the bathbomb mixture.

Bullying: The By stander's Role

Q: My child been coming home from school upset because kids frequently pick on a classmate and never let her play with them. What advice should I give my Child?

A: Tell your child that her classmate was being bullied - and that she may be able to help stop it!

There are several things she can do. if she can do. If she feels safe, she could say something like "That's not nice," and then ask the classmate to walk away with him/her. Or she might invite the child who is being bullied to join her in a game or school project. Also, remind you child to report bulling to ta teacher or other adult when she sees it. Let her know this is not tattling, but a way to help someone who is being hurt. you can explain: " Asking an adult to help a child who is being bullied is like asking the nurse to help a child with a scraped knee"

"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.

Reading connection

Word Play

use these activities to build your child's phonemic awareness-his/her ability to heat sounds in words:

  • Choose a three-letter such as cap. have your child substitute different beginning sounds form the alphabet to make new words (lap, map, nap, sap, tap, zap). How many can he/she think of?

  • Pick a long work, and tell your child to clap once as he/she says each syllable. For mozzarella, your child would clap four times: moz-za-rel-la.

  • Ask your child to say a word without the first sound. Example: "can you say sit without the s?" (Answer : It)

  • Think of a word, and give your child a "sound" clue to figure it out. For instance, "I'm thinking of a word for some-thing that you chew. the word has an uh sound in the middle." (Answer: Gum)

Alaska Healthy Future Challege

April is our last Healthy Future Challenge for this school year:

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 April's Healthy Future Challenge will get a GoGurt Party and their prize.

April logs need to be turned in to Ms. Nollner in the office, by May 5th.

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.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

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

Last day is May 4th 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

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Hello Husky Parents:

All standard health screenings have been completed for the year (Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and all new-to-district students). If you did not receive any information home from school, your child passed the health screening J If you have any questions regarding screenings, please contact me at the information below.

As the weather is getting nicer out (yay!) there is chance for rain. Please help prepare your student for recess by having rain coat and boots with them at school. As we all know, the weather can change fast in the great state of Alaska! Help your children be prepared.

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

- 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, a medication authorization form in place from the prescribing physician and delivered to school by an adult.

- 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.

- 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 rest of the year!

~Nurse Morgan~

Just For Fun

Q: What's the worst thing about being an octopus?

A: Washing your hands before a meal

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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

In the Kitchen with your Children

Rice Bowls

For a quick and healthy meal, borrow this idea from Asian cuisine. Cook brown rice, divide it into bowls for each person, and add toppings.


Scramble eggs, chopped tomatoes, dice green bell peppers, add shredded cheese.


Cooked turkey sausage, sliced mushrooms, chopped onions, low-salt tomato sauce, and a sprinkle of oregano.


Cubed, cooked chicken (use last night's leftovers) microwave frozen vegetables, and low-sodium teriyaki sauce.


ground beef (browned and drained) canned kidney beans (drained), Shredded cheese, low-fat sour cream, and salsa.

Note: one-half cup of brown rice provides one serving of whole grains (three servings a day are recommended). Also, rice is gluten-free, so it's a great choice for children with celiac disease or wheat allergies.

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Yearbooks on Sale

You may still purchase a Yearbook for $20 In the front office. PTA has a limited amount left.

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Iditarod got Talent Show

Application Due: Wednesday, May 10th

Audition Held: Thursday, May 11th from 4:00 - 5:00pm, after school in the Music room.

students need to bring any props: music, costumes etc. at the time of auditions.

Transportation is the family's responsibility.

Iditarod Got Talent Show: Thursday, May 18th in the gym at 2:30pm


Field Day - Last Day of school

More information to come