Coyote Howler

September 23, 2020

Dear Kincaid Families,


This Friday is our first School Spirit Day, Superhero Day! Students may dress up like their favorite fictional superhero (Batman, Superman, Wonderwomen, etc) or a first Responder Hero (firefighter, police, doctor, nurse, etc). Let's have some fun during your morning zoom meetings!


As you may have heard, ASD is looking at plans to return students to face-to-face instruction with a goal to start on October 19th. This is the proposed plan and could change depending on if the School Board approves, or if the Governor or Mayor issues new mandates.


Our school teams are preparing procedures for parent drop-off and pick-up, bathroom procedures, and classroom procedures. Now is a good time to prepare your child to wear a mask, as that will be the expectation when at school. Masks will also be expected during recess. Our staff will be responsible for keeping our work areas sanitized and teaching/practicing good hand washing hygiene. If you are concerned about returning to face-to-face instruction, please contact me at 245-5530. We recommend families switch to ASD Virtual if students are not able to attend school.


Thank you to our parents and guardians for supporting your children during these challenging times. We realize that you are juggling work, school, and family as you try to navigate your child's schedules and lessons. Some of our families are in the ASD Virtual Homeschool program, others are zooming with Kincaid teachers and using Canvas as the classroom. Some of our families have left to attend other programs. If your family is enrolled in ASD Virtual or another program, please let the school know if you intend to return once we are face-to-face. We are trying to plan in case our class sizes increase.


Please consider taking advantage of the Flu Clinic that is being offered here at Kincaid. We are also encouraging all parents to become a member of our PTA.


Sincerely,


Wendy Zorea

Principal

Flu Clinic at Kincaid

Free flu shots will be available from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Kincaid Elementary beginning Tuesday, September 29th through Friday October 2nd. We encourage your family to schedule a time on the calendar below. Scheduling groups for specific time slots allows people to be spaced out and helps avoid the formation of lines or crowds.


Click the link below to select a time you desire to bring you family / household members to the school to recieve the flu vaccine. Please try to schedule one slot per family / household. Consent and VIS forms are available through the scheduling calendar. Complete your consent form prior to your appointment, then bring it with you! Make sure to wear a shirt that makes your upper arm easily accessible, as this is where the flu shot is administered.


SCHEDULE A FREE FLU SHOT ---> https://calendly.com/mccarthy_rachel/kincaid_flu?month=2020-09


If you have any questions or concerns about this year's flu vaccine or need help scheduling a time slot, please contact:


Rachel McCarthy, BSN, RN

Kincaid Elementary School Nurse

742-8501

mccarthy_rachel@asdk12.org

PTA News

The Kincaid PTA would love for you to join us and help support our students and teachers even in these unusual times! Joining the PTA is a great way to stay connected while we are all scattered doing distance, virtual, or homeschool learning. Yes, even those families not registered with Kincaid this year can join our PTA to stay up to date on all of the community events hosted by the Kincaid PTA!


This year all new memberships will be online, no need to fill out a form or wait for a check to cash!

If you would like to join the PTA please go to this website:https://my-site-102228-107635.square.site/


Many of our regular fall events have been rescheduled but we look forward to having fun with our Coyotes again soon! If you have any questions please feel free to email us. We will be holding our first PTA General Member Meeting for the 2020-2021 school year soon so watch our Facebook page for the date and time.


Once you sign up to be a member you will also receive our emails!


Thanks for partnering with us to support our great school and community!


--

Kincaid PTA

kincaidschoolpta@gmail.com

Tuesday Night Races

Feeling cooped up this year? It's time to break out of your shell, don't pop that bubble though. Season 52 of the Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Races is a go! Join us for our virtual races and compete against your friends times while keeping your social bubble tighter than the laces on your shoes. Tuesday Night Races

This year the Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Races will take place virtually over the course of 3 days out of the week. The Races will be held on September 15, 22nd, 29th, October 6th and 13th. Starting on the Tuesday before, registration will open for our virtual Tuesday Night Races! Once you register, you will receive a link to the Map, our weekly Race Curated Music playlist, and a link to the Google Form Doc where you can submit your times.

Click here to register.


Bethlehem Shalom Hansen (She/Her), Recreation Program Spec.

PO Box 196650

Anchorage, AK 99519

O 907.343.6397 F 907.249.7530

Girl Scouts

For information on a Girl Scouts program near you, please look at the two attachments at the bottom of this letter. You may also contact Allison McLain.


Allison Y. McLain

Membership Specialist

Girl Scouts of Alaska

2000 W. International Airport Rd., Suite C1

Anchorage, AK 99502

907-273-0312

amclain@girlscoutsalaska.org

www.girlscoutsalaska.org

Additional News from Nurse Rachel

Below are a couple friendly reminders…


If your child is due for routine childhood vaccinations, there are two upcoming community-based clinics that offer vaccines for free.


Providence Immunization Clinic

3340 Providence Drive, Suite A-351

(907) 212-7912


Occurs the 1st Saturday of every month - 10:00am to 1:00pm (NEXT CLINIC IS 10/03)


Ages Served: Children through 18 years of age.


Directions: Please bring your child's shot record with you. This clinic allows one family at a time. Drive to the 3rd floor of the visitor parking garage. There will be signs inside and/or outside for direction. The 3rd floor building entrance (from the parking garage) is for immunization patients only. At this entrance you can sign in and complete paperwork. The staff have you wait in your car and will call you when they are ready to see you.


Alaska Regional Hospital Immunization Clinic

2801 Debarr Road, Building E, Room 180

(907) 276-1131 or (907) 264-1105


Occurs the 3rd Saturday of every month - 9:00am to 1:00PM (NEXT CLINIC IS 9/19)


Ages Served: Children through 18 years of age.


Directions: Please bring your child's shot record with you. There will likely be signs inside and/or outside for direction or information.

Are you concerned about your child’s ability to see or hear? Ask about scheduling a vision or hearing screening with the school nurse. I will help coordinate referrals for vision or hearing evaluations when a student does not pass their health screenings.


Consider connecting with your child’s pediatrician if your kiddo will need medication or health services when school starts in-person. Authorization forms, for health services in the school setting, can be found on the ASD Healthcare Services website. I can also request these completed forms (with signed parental permission) from your medical provider after your child completes their annual visit. Please let me know if this is something you would like me to do!


SIDE NOTE: Any medication kept at the school must be in the original container it was sold within. The nurse is not allowed to accept any medications that are unlabeled or outside of their original medication container. Prescription medication must have a pharmacy label on the bottle or box. Over-the-counter medications will be labeled with the student’s name and given per manufacturer instructions.


If you have any questions, the school nurse is always available by phone, email, and zoom. Nursing office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. I am happy to be a resource for families, so please reach out if there is anything you need!

Recorded Lessons

Lessons will or may be recorded for later access by students enrolled in the course. Students are not required to display their live image through the video function. Cameras capture not only the student but also background content within the camera’s frame.

ASD Devices

We want ALL children to have access to a device. Please contact our office at kincaidattendance@asdk12.org if you would like us to order a chromebook for your child. Or call us at 245-5530.

School Business Partners

School Board

Elisa Vakalis -President

Margo Belamy-Vice President

Star Marsett -Treasurer

Andy Holleman -Clerk

Alisha Hilde -Member

Dave Donley -Member

Deena Mitchell- Member

Home of the Kind Coyotes

Mission Statement: Kincaid Elementary School is a neighborhood school that provides a safe, structured, positive learning environment to meet the unique needs of our students. We believe in a strong academic program that is centered on the child and their specific developmental needs. It is our mission to provide a solid educational program while at the same time nurturing our students to become kind humans in our larger community. We will facilitate a learning environment in-school and online to support ALL students to become kind, respectful, responsible and safe citizens.