ORCA NEWS

February- Black History Month

From the Principal

Hello Inlet View Families and Friends,


I cannot believe we are in the month of February! I am incredibly excited that this week starts the 1st week of Black History Month. A wise man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” During this month, we plan to celebrate those individuals that paved the foundation for us to continue to build on. I want to encourage our young scholars that their voices and words have power and when positively put to use can bring significant change. Inlet View teachers have planned many engaging activities for our young scholars to learn about a mixture of historical and current African American figures making a positive impact on society.


A huge shout out to our teachers and students that are working hard preparing to conduct Parent/Teacher Conferences (Feb16 & Feb 17). This time your students will be the leaders of their own conference. Please look for communication from your child's teacher regarding how to schedule your conference time (I believe most of the teachers are using Signup Genius). Students will be released at 12:30 these days and conferences will be happening in the afternoon. I hope that each family plans to attend and find how valuable it is to hear from the young scholars about all their academic and behavioral successes.

I am always excited to witness the collaboration between home and school to ensure the academic success of all our students.

Thank you for all your continuous support.


Patricia Ahrens

ahrens_patricia@asdk12.org or phone (742-7630)

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Skate A Thon virtual and In Person. Your choice!

Hello Inlet View Families,


We are so excited to be announcing this year’s Skate-a-thon for Inlet View!


To tell you a little bit about our Skate A Thon, it is a very fun and rewarding fundraiser that our students help us with each year. During a normal year, students receive pledges or donations from family members, relatives, grandparents, neighbors, and family friends. On the day of the skate-a-thon, all students are given the opportunity to skate or walk for 1 hour to get in as many laps as they can. The laps are recorded and the student is asked to then collect their pledges from those willing to help support our school.

Last year we offered a virtual Skate A Thon and families were encouraged to skate at Westchester Lagoon during a time that worked for them or at any other place that had ice.


This year, we are happy to be able to offer both options so you can accommodate your family preferences. Families will be able to participate however they decide to. Anyway, you'll be able to help us raise money to help support teachers, students, and the IB program.


We are having an in-person skate-a-thon at school on Friday, February, 11th. You should have received informational flyers this week. Now, if you prefer to participate virtually, you can do your own skating and send and share your pictures with your child's teacher. Some families decide to pledge a flat rate and just have fun doing some physical activity. Any donation will be helpful to our school.

As always, thank you for your continuous support to the school and to the Skate A Thon fundraise event.

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Rincón de Español

We have two exciting special guests lined up in the next two weeks. Several classes will meet with Lina Mariscal, one of the founders of our local bilingual newspaper, Sol de Medianoche, to learn more about the process of starting the paper, the target audience, and how we can contribute. I am very excited about this! Several classes will meet with Ciro Anaya one of the founders and owners of Anaya Latin Dance. We will learn about the meaning of dance and music for the people of Cuba, the immigration process, and how one starts a business in Anchorage. Students will have opportunities to formulate their own questions and practice their basics in Spanish. I hope they are abuzz with excitement after each visit.


Also, we are still hopeful about a week of cooking projects. If you can help during the week of February 14th-17th I have almost enough volunteers, can you also come to support our hands-on learning? Thanks for thinking about this opportunity!

bundtzen_meghan@asdk12.org.

Online Lottery Opens in February

Here are the important dates for the spring lottery 2022-2023 school year.

  • Spring lottery opens for parents on February 1, 2022, for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Spring lottery closes for applications on March 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Spring lottery runs March 18, 2022
  • Parent notifications will be released on March 25, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

School Climate and Connectedness Survey

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The Anchorage School District administers the School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) to students in grades 3-12, school-based staff, and families. The SCCS is a voluntary statewide survey taken by students, staff, and families since 2006, developed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in partnership with the Alaska Association of School Boards (AASB) and Panorama Education. It measures positive school climate, how connected students feel to adults and peers, social and emotional learning, and observed risk behaviors at school or school events.

ASD uses the data in strategic planning, evaluating programs, and improving community-school relationships both at the school and district levels.

Research has shown that when students feel safe, connected, and engaged in their schools they are more successful learners and exhibit fewer risk behaviors.

Please help us by completing the family survey at the link below. The survey will close on March 25

  • Families can take the survey anytime
  • Language Options: Survey is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Hmong, and Samoan. Families can toggle to their target language in the upper left-hand corner.


Family Survey Link: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/aasb/asdfamily

Principal Ahrens looking for a TV Donation (update)

A TV has been donated to the principal's office. Thank you to the Peter's family for their generosity.

Mrs. Ahrens

IB Learner Profile of the month : REFLECTIVE

Students who are REFLECTIVE know what they are good at and what they are not. They try to think about these things, and they make changes where they can. They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and consider their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner

How can parents help to develop students who are REFLECTIVE at home?


  • Spend some time reviewing your child’s report card with them. They should have the opportunity to look at this document and consider it as well. Discuss it with them and truly consider their thoughts on their strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Consider the goals that your child could set for the next term. Make a list not only of the goals but, of specific actions that can be taken to achieve these goals. You might want to list actions that your child will take independently as well as actions parents will take to support them. For example, if one of the goals your child sets for herself is to improve her writing, her action might be to keep a journal and write in it for at least 10 minutes each night. As a parent, you might decide that the two of you will participate in shared writing, for 30 minutes each week and produce a book of narratives together.

Salmon Run T-Shirt Design Contest

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Inlet View Mission Statement

Inlet View Elementary focuses on the development of the whole child as a knowledgeable inquirer, both in the classroom and abroad. We aim to develop caring, respectful, and mindful people who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

We will empower students to successfully solve real world problems and strengthen their enjoyment of working towards a goal. We will facilitate learning and support all students so they become compassionate, engaged life-long learners, who help to create a more caring and peaceful world.

Mark your Calendars!

  • Feb 11: Skate A Thon
  • Feb 16-17: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Student-Led)
  • Feb 18: In-Service Day- NO SCHOOL
  • Feb 21: Presidents' Day-NO SCHOOL

Anchorage School Board

Margo Bellamy

Carl Jacobs

Andy Holleman

Dora Wilson

Pat Higgins

Kelly Lessens

Dave Donley