Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

October 1, 2015

Pictures from the Fifth grade field trip to Seward

It is time for the CASH RAFFLE - From our PTO

We are starting our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Cash Raffle. There are 22 different cash prizes, with a grand prize of $2,500! Only 400 tickets are sold. Students in grades 2-6 have the opportunity to sell raffle tickets. If you would like your student to participate in this fundraising event, we need to have a signed permission form. Tickets can only be sold to those aged 18 and older. Tickets are $20 each, and come in a packet of five. For every packet sold, your student will get their name put in a drawing for a kindle, basketball, and a $15 gift certificate to Beemuns. This fundraiser wouldn't be successful without your help! Thank you for supporting our school!

Update from our Nurses



Keeping Children in at Recess

When to Keep Your Child Home

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Every day a variety of coughs, runny noses and flu are in our school. Each day some students are just beginning to be ill while others are recovering. In this letter I would like to clarify:

  • our general procedure for keeping students in at recess
  • general criteria for keeping your child home

General Procedure for Keeping Students In at Recess

Every day our classrooms are filled with a variety of people in various stages of wellness and illness. Indoor air can be very dry, especially in the winter, and also irritating to the nose and throat. These situations help transmit illness and discourage healing. A child who spends all day in the classroom tends to become drowsy and sluggish and has difficulty finishing his/her work.

Fresh moist air and mild outdoor exercise are better than remaining indoors, even for a mildly ill child, as long as they are dressed appropriately. Our school carefully checks for inclement weather such as strong winds, rain or extremely cold temperatures, including the wind chill factor, right before recess. In these cases all the children are kept indoors or the recess time is shortened as needed.

If your child is recovering from an illness, a note from you is appreciated. We then evaluate your child before each recess. If your child has been acting normally during class time and doesn't appear ill, your child will be instructed to dress warmly and walk around in the fresh air. They may also be instructed to only participate in half of the recess time. If there are other issues that complicate your child’s illness, please be sure to discuss these with the teacher and nurse. Our goal is always to help your child be as successful as possible in the classroom.

When to Keep Your Child Home

Children should not be sent to school if they have vomited during the night, have diarrhea, have had a fever of 100º or greater during the past 24 hours, or have a frequent, persistent cough. These conditions do not allow your child to participate in the educational environment of the classroom and are usually contagious to the other children and the staff. In addition, if you feel your child needs an over-the-counter cold, flu or pain reliever in the morning due to illness, please don’t send him/her to school. In most cases students who have received such medication are not able to remain in the classroom once the medication has worn off.

Thank you for partnering with us to help provide the most healthful environment possible for your child and for all of us in our school.

KPBSD Health Services M 107 Rev. 2/06

More from our Nurses


The above link is from the parents page on the KPBSD site, and it is pertaining to head lice. This is the time of year that students start wearing hats to school, and it is a good time of year for parents to remind their children to not share hats, hairbrushes, combs, etc.

Health tip from Mrs. Abel

“Optimism (looking for the silver lining) can help a person cope with stress. Optimism can be fostered by giving thanks often, keeping a journal of positive events, getting regular physical exercise, meditating/praying/focusing on the positive, and being kind to others.”

Fifth grade Gallup Student Poll

Our school district has elected to participate in the Gallup Student Poll as a means of measuring our District’s Key Performance Indicator of social/emotional wellbeing in grades 5 and 10. By taking this important step, we are joining thousands of other schools in helping to measure the hope, engagement, and wellbeing of America’s students.

Students in these grades will bring home permission slips for the poll in the near future. Please complete the permission slip and return it to the school office. The poll will take place during school hours sometime between September 28th and October 30th. Look for more information on the Gallup Student Poll in the weeks to come.

From the Library

Wow! There will be a lot going on in the Library during the month of October. We are gearing up for the Scholastic Book Fair that will be held October 19th to the 30th. Miss Thompson is hoping to have a few adult volunteers to help set up on Friday the 16th and to help run the book fair during school, lunch times and even during Public Library time – 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.

On October we will have an Author Visit by Cindy Lou Allaud. She is the author of one of our 3rd and 4th grade Battle Books, “Recess at 20 below”. We will be taking orders for her book before she gets here. She will sign them before she arrives. Order forms will be in the Library and/or attached to this newsletter

Up coming events

Every Wednesday after school- Bible Kids- Kasilof Community Church - At Tustumena (Mrs. Bosick's room) After school until 5pm

October 8 - Summer Reading Field trip to swimming pool

October 15 - Site Council meeting 5:30 pm - (special meeting on district budget)

October 16 - Teacher in-service (No students)

October 19 - Lynx Track for K to Ninilchik

October 19-30- Book Fair (also open during Parent/Teacher conferences)

October 20- Lynx Track for Grade 1 to Ninilchik

October 20- Lynx Track for Grades 2/3 to Hay Tunnel

October 20 - PTO 4pm

October 21- Lynx Track for Grades 4-6 to Hay Tunnel

October 28 - Picture retakes

October 28 - Early release

October 29 - Parent Teacher conferences

October 30 - Parent Teacher conferences

October 30 - Halloween carnival - 6pm -8pm

October 31- Halloween Trunk or Treat (Time TBA)

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Repeat from last week, fyi

Big thing #1

Believe it or not, in three more short weeks, we will be at the end of our first quarter already. I encourage you to be contacting your child's teacher about how he or she is doing so far. You can find out in a glance by logging onto PowerSchool as well.

Big thing #2

You will be receiving a letter and survey about our School Enrichment Model (SEM). The letter tells you a little about what we mean by SEM, the survey is asking you to help. There are countless ways every adult can make this program benefit our entire school. Please take time to read the letter (from Mrs. Pollock), then fill out and return the survey to school. I do not want to go into a lot of detail right now, but I can tell you this much, every student will want to come to school on SEM days.

Big thing #3

Our legislature is wrestling, in big ways, with the question of how to balance the state budget. Since education is the biggest state budget item, it is going to get a lot of attention. Please be prepared to give legislators your input on how to make things work for your family and our community. I will be attaching informational links to future newsletters.

Big thing #4

It is coming... in October... (I know you think I am talking about the Fall Carnival) it is the results of the Alaska State Testing. Usually we get this information back in early June but since it is a new system it has taken longer. Please remember, this is a different system, so scores you saw on earlier versions of the State test will not be the same. We are anticipating a much lower score than the usual 90%'s we were getting. No worries, it will be good information on how students apply knowledge, but I just wanted to brace you for what you may see. I haven't seen them myself either, but I will share them in their entirety with you when they come. Is it just me that is a little nervous? Maybe.

Please enjoy this great weather while it lasts.


Doug Hayman


Investing millions in public education on the Kenai

Soldotna, September 30, 2015—Does a quality education and the future success for every young person living on the Kenai Peninsula matter to you? If your answer is yes, then here are three reasons KPBSD needs you to participate in the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, coming to a school near you, Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.

  1. Up front learning about how KPBSD is crafting a multi-million dollar budget in response to the fiscal reality impacting all aspects of state government and funding for public education.

  2. Give your feedback about areas of the budget that can be reduced or should be expanded, and suggestions for legislators about solutions to our funding shortfalls. What matters, what doesn’t?

  3. Q & R: question and response opportunity

“The district is facing a fiscal gap for our 2016-2017 budget,” said Sean Dusek, superintendent. “We are prioritizing the programs and services we will be able to offer in our schools. The district may need to make difficult decisions depending upon the level of funding we receive from the state and borough. I encourage the public to use this meeting as an opportunity to learn about this fiscal reality, and to think in terms of what we can do differently to produce a balanced budget.”

Parents, staff, students, business partners, community members, and elected officials are invited to attend Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:00 p.m., via MS Lync, at any of these KPBSD school sites:

Chapman - HMS library; Fireweed Academy - HMS library; Homer Flex - HMS library; Homer High School - HMS library; Homer Middle School - HMS library; Kachemak-Selo - HMS library; McNeil Canyon - HMS library; Paul Banks - HMS library; Razdolna - HMS library; Voznesenka - HMS library; West Homer Elementary - HMS library; Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science - Library; K-Beach Elementary - Room 18; Aurora Borealis Charter School - Kenai Alternative front office; Kenai Alternative - Front office; Kenai Central High School - Library; Kenai Middle School - KCHS library; Moose Pass - Katie Abraham's class; Mountain View Elementary - Library; Sterling Elementary - Mrs. Van Slyke's room; Nikiski Middle - High School - Library; Nikiski North Star - NMHS library; Nikolaevsk - Library; Ninilchik School - Library; Port Graham - Secondary classroom; Hope - Sandra Barron's classroom; Connections - Seward El; HMS; KCHS; SoHi libraries; Seward Elementary - Library; Seward High School - Seward Elementary library; Seward Middle School - Seward Elementary library; Skyview Middle School - Library; Soldotna Elementary - Library; Redoubt Elementary - Soldotna High library; Soldotna High School - Soldotna High library; Soldotna Montessori - Office; River City Academy - Soldotna Prep library; Soldotna Prep - Library; Susan B. English - Commons; Tebughna - Room 6; Tustumena – Library.

“Our annual budget is one of the most important things we do each year,” said Dave Jones, assistant superintendent of instructional support. “We want to give our parents, staff, students, and community members a chance to learn about our budget, participate in the process, and offer input. The meeting on October 15 will be an important step in the process to develop the FY17 budget. We hope to see a large turnout at all our schools across the district.”

Participant input will be synthesized and presented to the KPBSD school board during November and December board meetings and worksessions.


KPBSD Finance Department

2016-2017 (FY17) Budget Development calendar