November 4, 2016

Working together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas; preparing students for life-long success.

FPCS Welcomes New Business Partner Club Sports Alaska!

FPCS would like to welcome our newest business partner, Club Sports Alaska! They have been leaders in youth and adult recreational sports programing and were founded in 1993 as a recreational sports program that would be a bit different in meeting the needs and interests of families. Our primary goal is to design fun programs that support families.

What’s unique about our approach is the family first concept. We keep the family together. Our mission is simple. We strive to bring families together through sport. We offer a unique way to bring the whole family onto our site at the same time. Our motto is; Same site, same night, same time. The whole gang. It doesn’t get much easier for families. We believe a family that plays together stays together.

Join Us for our First Family Fitness Night it's FREE!

Club Sports Alaska wants to recognize the great efforts of FPCS in rolling out Healthy Futures Initiatives! They are offering a free pass for the family to their first Family Fitness Night! So, are you ready for an incredibly fun family activity? Then join us for Family Fitness Club

· Who: The entire family 3yrs old and up.

· What: Family Fitness Night (Fun & Games)

· Where: At the APU Mosley Center

· When: 6 Thursdays from 6:45-8:00pm, Starting Nov 10 thru Dec 22

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November is Alaska Native & American Indian Heritage Month

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994

The information above is published on the web portal:

http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/. A collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Other Resources:

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1st Semester Reimbursement Deadline

Just a friendly reminder that the reimbursement deadline for all 1st semester purchases (dated 6/1/16 - 12/1/16) of curriculum, non profit vendor services, school supplies, and internet services is December 2, 2016 at the close of business (4:00 p.m.).

We highly suggest that you do not wait til December 2nd to submit requests. In fact, families are encouraged to begin submitting your requests (with the proper documentation) as soon as possible to avoid the backlog and potential delays that come with the last minute submissions by our 530 + families.

If you have any questions, please contact your sponsor teacher:

Valerie Burgess: burgess_valerie@asdk12.org - (907) 952-3317

Happy Chronister: chronister_happy@asdk12.org - (907) 240-7244

Teresa Hintze: hintze_teresa@asdk12.org - (907) 360-3446

Kristin Jackson: jackson_kristin@asdk12.org - (907) 230-1109

Teresa Kress: kress_teresa@asdk12.org - (907) 230-7938

Lynnetta Marcellus: marcellus_lynnetta@asdk12.org - (907) 444-7366

Anna Roys: roys_anna@asdk12.org - (907) 317-2750

Note: FPCS will not reimburse families for purchases and expenses incurred prior to your enrollment.

Calling all SENIORS!

We will be having a planning and informational meeting on Monday, November 14 from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Seniors (or graduating Juniors) and their families are invited to bring a big dish to share and join us for a potluck and meeting at the FPCS office. Graduation packets will be available on this night as well as from your sponsor teacher if you miss this meeting.

Bring your ideas about how to make this year's graduation unique and special. If you have questions, text Happy at 240-7244.

You can order your cap and gown on the online system under general supplies. In the comment box list your height and weight so we order you the correct size.

Small Group Class Exploratory Committee

The Family Partnership Academic Policy Committee (APC), our governing board has been busy reviewing and planning our budget to ensure fiscal solvency well into the future. Additionally the APC will be setting strategic goals for our school for the next three years this coming spring.

Because our school mission is to: Work together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas; preparing students for life-long success, we want to hear from you regarding our small group classes.

If you are interested in providing feedback, sharing ideas, or have suggestions and requests as we explore scheduling options regarding our small group classes, please join us at an introductory meeting:

Tuesday, November 15th, at 7 pm at Crosspoint

If you have questions OR cannot attend the meeting but would like to know more,

please contact: Kay Alley (830-2833) or Teresa Kress (230-7938)

Special Thanks!

A big shout out to our FPCS Charitable Giving coordinator, Teresa Hintze for spearheading this year's efforts. We would also like to thank our school business partner, Linda Carlson for volunteering her artistic talents and all our teachers, staff, parents, students, who donated delicious desserts and spare change to help make this year's Charitable Giving campaign a huge success. Through your generosity $1600 will be donated to non-profit organizations within the Anchorage area.


Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Cyberbullying has taken on a new wave due to the popularity of social media and messaging apps. Seventy five percent of American teens ages 11-15 text daily via cell phone or Snapchat. Mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles are examples of cyberbullying.

What sets cyberbullying apart from regular bullying?

  • It can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a child even when he or she is alone.
  • Messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a wide audience.
  • It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source and/or delete harassing messages and images.

Cyberbullying statistics:

  • 21 percent of American teens ages 11-15 have been cyberbullied at least once per month.
  • 40 percent of bullied teens were girls.
  • 15 percent of American teens ages 11-15 admitted to cyberbullying others.

Statistics via Cyberbullying Research Center, 2015

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Support Group for Parents Raising Children with FASD

Parents raising children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are invited to join an education and support group. The support group will meet monthly on Saturdays and is led by ASD Special Education teachers and experts. Participants will learn about the brain differences in a child with FASD, learn strategies that work, and tips for planning for the future. Parents are welcome to bring their children who experience FASD with them.

For more information, download the flier or email fasd@asdk12.org.

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Scholarships for Seniors

Denali Federal Credit Union is proud to announce our 2017 Scholarship Program! They have two $5,000 scholarships available for Alaska and the application must be completed, postmarked or delivered to any branch office of Denali Federal Credit Union by Monday, April 3, 2017. There will be no deadline exceptions.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a primary member on an account at Denali Federal Credit Union. (If you are not a member, visit any branch or go online to open an account, you MUST be the primary holder of the account, not your parents.) | Must be a high school senior graduating in 2017. | Must have a GPA of 2.25 or above.

For more information contact:

Anna Rosenberg

Marketing Officer

Denali Federal Credit Union

PH: 907.257.1692 l Anna.Rosenberg@denalifcu.com

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Superintendent: Dr. Deena Paramo (742-4312)

Board President: Tam Agosti-Gisler‌‌ (742-1101 ext. 4)