Susitna Elementary News
November 4, 2016
Please take a few minutes to read over all the exciting things happening at Susitna Elementary School. The newsletter is sent directly to your email address(es) once a month, so please make sure to keep the front office current on your preferred email contacts. Paper copies are available in the front office, or you can go to our school’s website to read this issue, or any others in the archive library.
Welcome to the second quarter of the school year! Our year has been so busy that it is easy to forget that it is already week 14 of the school year...or that Thanksgiving will be here in a couple of quick weeks and then the holiday break! From renovation to snow gear and everything in between, you have been a critical part of our school in action!
I am enjoying our weather - we have been able to be outside every single day lately. However, the temperatures are dropping and there is snow on the ground. It is critical that our students come to school with proper gear including snow jackets, snow pants, hats, gloves/mittens, and boots. It is time to put away shorts, sleeveless shirts, and sandals and embrace the Alaskan winter we love. Please check your students as they leave for school to make sure you are sending them with the "Big 5" of winter gear - snow jackets, snow pants, hats, mittens, and boots!
Later this week we will be celebrating academic achievement, citizenship, and attendance at our quarterly awards ceremony. If your child has brought home an invitation, I hope you will find time to join us to thank our students for working so hard each and every day. I also want to draw your attention to our new Attendance Wall near the office. Supporting our district's goal of 90% attendance, we are tracking our students' attendance. The MANY names on the wall are students who were in school at least 90% of the time during first quarter. It is really fun to watch students walk by and look at their names, the names of their siblings, and then checking up on their friends. Our students need to be at school when we open the doors at 8:45 every day so we can help them get smarter and smarter. We appreciate that you make sure our kids are here on time, every day!
I am enjoying my first year at Susitna - thank you for taking time to visit. Here's to another month of challenges and celebrations - thanks for being a part of Susitna!
Diane Hoffbauer, Ed.D.
Principal, Susitna Elementary School
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
Upcoming Dates of Importance
ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH
1st through 18th - Student Council raising money for Cancer research
6th - Daylight Savings Fall Back One Hour
7th - Dance Club K-2 Meets on Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm
9th - Susitna Dreamer Awards Assembly in MPR 1st - 2nd grade 2pm - 2:30pm,
9th - Dance Club 3-5 Meets on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm
18th - Student Council sponsored HAT Day
22nd - Turkey Shoot 6-7:30pm in the Gym
24th - 25th - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
2nd - Subway Lunch Celebration and November Student Birthday Celebration
5th - 9th - Worldwide Hour of Code - Susitna Participating!!
PARKING LOT SAFETY REMINDERS
Car riders should be dropped off in the car rider lane, unless adults want to park and walk across the crosswalk with them.
Please do not park in the car rider drop-off lane - it's just a "stop, drop, and roll" along lane!!
Please don't pull around cars as you go through the drop off lane. We have had some very close calls of drivers going around parked cars and almost hitting children and parents walking across the parking lot. Please come a bit earlier so you don't feel the pressure to rush through the drop off lane. Safety is our biggest concern for walkers and drivers alike.
Worldwide Hour of Code
District-wide Honor Choir auditions for 5th graders take place Wed. Nov. 9th at Begich Middle School from 4:30-6P.M. You may arrive anytime between those hours for your short individual try-out. Miss Vanderpool must sign your audition form and write your vocal range before auditions. Try-Out sheets will be sent home in music this week.
Healthy Futures and PE News
Susitna Annual Turkey Shoot
“Gobble, gobble, gobble…Susitna’s Turkey Shoot is back!! This year’s Turkey Shoot will be on Tuesday, November 22nd. Come with a parent to shoot free-throws and try to win prizes. Cost is $10 per team, and a team is one Susitna student and one adult. Come on out and have some fun. Registration will start at 5:30pm, competitions begin @ 6:00pm. Contact Mr. Putman with any questions.”
News from Health
Health Teacher Susitna Elementary School
News from the Librarian
Book Fair 2016
Transferring Student Information when starting or leaving a school
Notice to Parents:
In order to comply with FERPA rules, we must notify parents of the district’s procedures
related to records transfer. As part of their notification, we are changing the language
in the student handbook to read as follows:
“No Child Left Behind requires all school districts to transfer information related to
student suspensions and expulsions in addition to academic records when students
transfer to any public or private elementary, middle, or high school. When transferring
their students, parents do have the right to request a copy of the information that was
disclosed to the new school.”
2nd graders in the Classroom
Attendance and Tardies
If your child has missed five or more days of school this quarter, or if s/he has been tardy repeatedly, you will be receiving a letter and a phone call reminding you of the importance of getting children here on time every day. Absences and tardies can really impact your child’s progress. So, thank you for understanding and helping us with this. Remember, FREE breakfast is served in each classroom beginning at 8:45 daily, so students can come in, eat, and be ready for the 9 a.m. bell!
FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Hints to Encourage your Child to tell you about their day at School
The trick is to ask about things that are specific, but still open-ended. Move beyond "fine" and "nothing" by asking your child to describe his world. It's also great to start the conversation with an anecdote from your own day. Try one of these conversation-starters:
- Tell me about the best part of your day.
- What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
- Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
- Tell me about what you read in class.
- Who did you play with today? What did you play?
- Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?
- What's the biggest difference between this year and last year?
- What rules are different at school than our rules at home? Do you think they're fair?
- Who did you sit with at lunch?
- Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?
Susitna Optional News
Multi-age Kindergarten and First Grade
Multi-aged 2nd and 3rd Graders
Multi-aged 4th and 5th Graders
Chris and Jennifer's 4th and 5th graders
The 4/5 Optional classes recently took a science field trip to the AK Experience Theater and Earthquake Park to enhance their understanding of our dynamic earth, and in particular: earthquakes! We watched a film about the 1964 quake, and did a scavenger hunt of the interpretive signs at the museum. We learned a lot about the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America. We then went to Earthquake Park where we took a hike along the "inside the slide" trail and saw firsthand the lasting geological effects of the earthquake and landslide that ensued. Thank you to all the chaperones and drivers who made our trip a huge success!
~Ms. Jennifer and Mr. Allen
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