What a month! February was full of opportunities for our students. Kincaid Coyotes participated in Battle of the Books, Spelling Bee, Varsity and JV basketball tournaments and STEAM Week. We are proud of our students and their school spirit. Our students represented Kincaid very well outside of the classroom. We want to thank our students, their coaches, and our parents for supporting extracurricular activities. We want to thank our PTA for sponsoring many of the activities that take place outside of the classroom. We believe that extracurricular activities help to build assets for our students and positive connections to the school community.
We look forward to spring and the added daylight hours in Alaska. When students return from spring break, we will begin our fourth quarter. We hope all students come back refreshed and ready to finish strong during fourth quarter.
Hunter- First Place
Sam - Second Place
Jaydin - Third Place
2nd Place at the Elementary Varsity Tournament.
3rd Place at the Elementary JV Tournament
Top Coyote: Ms. Danielle Lesko
For the month of March we would like to recognize one of our fourth grade teachers, Ms. Danielle Lesko. She was nominated by her colleagues as an outstanding member of our school community. One of her colleagues had this to say about Ms. Lesko:
"Just being near Ms. Lesko for a few moments and one will quickly know they are in the presence of a rare gem. She is so giving and generous. Her loving and accepting nature of EVERYONE is immediate and genuine. Danielle loves all and accepts all. She gives so much of her time to her students, colleagues and profession. She is passionate about creating well rounded, capable, understanding, love-one-another and loving one's self, human beings. She is not recognized nearly enough for her talents."
Ms. Lesko supports students and colleagues in many ways. She is one our Student Council Advisors, she is on the Leadership Team, and she is a Teacher-In-Charge when Mrs. Zorea is out of the building. She participates in most all school activities. Ms. Lesko gives of her time and her talents throughout the year! Thank you Ms. Lesko!
Principal's 200 Club
At Kincaid we try to recognize our students who are responsible, respectful, safe and kind. We recognized 200 students during our first half the year. Since January over 100 students received recognition. We play a game at the front office withour Principal 200 Club students and when a row of 10 out of the 200 is filled up, students get a mystery prize. We had our first mystery prize winners this week!
STEAM WEEK Prizes
Mrs. Randazzo's class had the most participants during STEAM week and has earned an ice-cream party from our PTA. These students all earned a prize from the challenges on STEAM Night.
Rolling Boxcar Museum Project
We had two classes earn an ice-cream party from Tastee Freez for the most donations to the Boxcar Museum Project. Two students who brought in the most, happened to also be brothers and earned a t-shirt. All donations were counted at the bank and we raised more than expected. Our grand total $1,960.58. Thanks to all who participated. Rolling Boxcar
Principal's 200 Club
STEAM WEEK Prizes
Rolling Boxcar Museum Project
Coronavirus Update from ASD
Dear ASD Families,
The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is a significant topic of concern in Anchorage and globally. While Alaska presently has no confirmed cases of this illness, the possibility remains real. To that end, please know your District is prepared. Here is helpful information for you to make informed decisions.
Prevention Measures - The best defense against any contagious illness is frequent and effective handwashing. Based on guidance from healthcare professionals, masks are not allowed unless specifically coordinated with the school nurse, as they are generally not used appropriately by children.
Wash hands frequently
Use soap & water for 20 seconds; sing “Happy Birthday” or the “ABCs” to time the task
Use hand sanitizer when water is unavailable
Practice coughing/sneezing into the elbow or a tissue
Keep hands below the chin
Keep children home when sick
Teach proper hand washing
Purchase hand sanitizer for use in schools
Suspend handshaking routines
Increase sanitization of schools and buses
Educate all staff on current protocols
Suspend attendance awards
Encourage staff to stay home when sick
District Closure Preparation - ASD has an Infectious Disease Plan in place, and school nurses have the most up-to-date information. In an extreme situation, the District may need to close for a time. If a closure takes place, we want everyone to be prepared.
If the District were to close, the effects to families and across the entire community would be significant. Families should take the time to consider how a potential closure would impact their daily lives and take steps to plan ahead. Childcare, work/activity schedules, and other family logistics are a few areas that may be affected if ASD is forced to close.
Plan for short and long-term closures
Know how to reach your child’s teacher(s) via email
Communicate regularly with our communit
Engage e-learning opportunities
Coordinate continuation of meal service for students in need
Plan for employee absences
Travel Considerations - Due to the risk of contracting the virus or being isolated outside of Alaska, ASD has canceled all school sponsored domestic and international travel for students and staff through April 2020. In-state travel is not affected.
During spring break, many ASD families have personal vacation plans. We encourage them to stay current with the latest travel advisories and the specific status of their travel location. The CDC travel page has reliable and accurate information.
Monitor travel advisories
Plan for long-term stays
Check regularly for school updates and/or assignments
nform your school of absences (stipulate illness, travel restriction, or isolation)
Welcome students back to school
Reduce stigma related to travel locations
Be flexible with missed assignments
Manage fear and misinformation
You may find these reputable websites useful in your effort to stay informed:
ASD will keep you updated with new developments. Thank you for your continued engagement and cooperation.
Anchorage School District
2020 PEAKS State Assessment
Each spring, Alaskan students are provided an opportunity to show what they know. When students show what they know, teachers and parents can partner to promote student success.
The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) is Alaska’s summative assessment administered to students in Grades 3-9 (English language arts and mathematics) and grades 4, 8 and 10 (science) each spring.
The purpose of a large-scale, summative assessment is to provide parents and schools an overall picture of a student’s progress in meeting the Alaska standards at his/her grade level. The assessment is taken on the computer and is not timed, but each content area takes approximately 100-180 minutes.
Parents can locate resources for the PEAKS assessment, including directions for PEAKS Practice tests, called Online Tools Training and PEAKS Tutorials on the ASD website at www.asdk12.org/PEAKS.
Parents can also help by ensuring their children are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time for the days of testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days.
Students! Get ready to reach new peaks of learning and earn a PEAKS sticker set for showing what you know during our school’s PEAKS testing dates March 30-April 7.
6th Grade: March 30-31
5th Grade: April 1-2
4th Grade: April 8-10
3rd Grade: April 6-7
Students who miss a testing session will make up the session when they are present.
March 6: End of Quarter Grading Day.
March 9-13: Spring Break
March 30-April 10: PEAKS Assessments 3rd-6th
Reminder that families may apply for free and reduced-price lunches at any time of the school year. If your family has lost job hours, experienced layoffs or had a change in circumstances, please visit student nutrition at http://asdk12.org/nutrition to apply. Online applications process in just 48 hours!! Please list all ASD students on the application. Email email@example.com if you need assistance with your application or call 348-5142, Option 1.
We value input from our families. You are an important partner as we work to continually improve each school’s environment. The Family Survey window is open between January 17 - March 20. If you have more than one child attending this school, you only need to fill out one survey. Everyone should go to surveys.panoramaed.com/aasb or https://goo.gl/Enqoi2 to take the survey and enter the appropriate access code. Our code is kincaidfamily
School Business Partners
Thank you for your continuous support of Kincaid!
Thank you Jewel Lake Kaladi's for providing our coffee for Visitors in Our Schools month!
Thank you Tastee Freez for providing ice cream for our Rolling Boxcar Museum project!