September/October

 From the Principal

Welcome back! The 2017-18 school year is off to a great start. We are well on our way to great things. For those of you who are new to our school, I want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely wonderful place. Our teachers and staff are passionate, caring, hardworking, and always learning something new for the benefit of your children. We are a collaborative and driven group of people who take learning seriously while also making personal connections that help kids succeed. As I walk the hallways and visit classrooms, the lunch room and outside at recess I see so many smiling faces everywhere.

 

Conferences

Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 26th. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 27th and students are released EARLY from school at 12:30 on conference days. The online conference scheduler will be available beginning October 9. Meeting with your child’s teacher helps build strong parent – teacher partnerships. Partnerships that are needed if you and the teacher are to reach our common goal: helping your child get the best education possible. Our purpose is to help each child become the very best he/she can be. Effective communication between home and school is extremely important in achieving this goal. It has been shown that strong parental involvement and interest in education is a crucial factor in student success in school.  Your child’s teacher is the best person to help you in the areas of your child’s academic progress, any behavioral concerns, any concerns or questions you may have about classroom routines or procedures, classroom discipline matters, homework, etc. In addition, the classroom teacher can share ideas to help you reinforce skills and concepts taught at school at home. If anytime during the school year, you wish to discuss a matter that directly affects your child in the classroom, you should speak with your child’s teacher first. If your concerns center on a school wide practice, please direct your call to me.  Thank you for allowing us to work with your child. 

 

Be Prepared

The weather is getting cooler and it is time to start our preparation for winter’s arrival. As you begin to winterize your home, car and garden to handle the winter weather, don’t forget to dig out those winter clothes for your child to wear on their way to and from school, during recess and on field trips. 

 

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has checked in with me regarding my health. I am currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. I'm grateful to be able to continue to work during this process. I appreciate everyone's help and concern.

 

 

All the best,
Principal Demetree
-Trombley 

Health News

 

In Health class we are finishing up our safety unit: Safety at school, home, and in the community.  We will have our first quarter personal safety lesson with the goal of teaching students safe and unsafe touch, refusal skills and how to keep themselves safe.  Curriculum is grade level appropriate and is provided by ASD for all Health Teachers to present.  
 
As October comes to a close, classes will begin their study of the different body systems.  
  • K-The 5 Senses
  • 1st- Head to Toes (major organs)
  • 2nd- How You Think (Brain)
  • 3rd- The Better to SEE You With (eyes)
  • 4th- Let's Talk Teeth (Dental Health)
  • 5th- The Nervous System
  • 6th- Cells
 
This year, my goal is to include more "hands on" activities for students and incorporate both literature and science as well.  Each daily lesson includes a mini SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) lesson that supports the learning that is happening in your child's classroom.  Our goal is to help students to be balanced individuals with skills to deal with life, from relating to others to dealing with everyday challenges.  We usually "play" a game that is age appropriate focusing on the theme so students can have an opportunity to practice these skills.  
 

 

Physical Education News

 

The beginning of school is always a busy time in the Physical Education department.  Students are excited to back in school with their friends.  We have been busy getting re-acquainted with one another while reviewing rules and expectations.  A lot of our focus has been on cooperation, teamwork, and communication while playing some favorite games like FBI and Pirate Tag.  We’ve also learned some new games such as Pirate Ball Ball and Harry Potter Tag.

 

Running Club has been a huge success with many kids participating.  We had a fantastic turnout at the Cross Country Jamboree on September 28, with over 80 students from Alpenglow running!  Our new jerseys, purchased with PTA money, looked fabulous on our kids.  Our fifth and sixth grade students have been participating in Mr. Mann’s football club in preparation for the football jamboree on Thursday, October 5.

 

Keep an eye on the PTA Facebook page, we will use that to get information out regarding upcoming opportunities for your children.

 

Art News

 

PTA fundraiser Original Works

 
Volunteers needed: 
1) to write labels for students to put on the back of his/ her artwork
2) to collect artwork and order forms on October 16
3) delivering merchandise to students
 
October 9, students take the artwork and the order form home. The following Monday, October 16, the order form, money, and artwork is due.  The PTA will ship the artwork to Original Works.  The merchandise of cups, magnets, mugs, and more will return with student artwork for the design on December 30. 
 

Music News

 

Choir has started! We have two ensembles here at the ’Glow this year. The Leap is a 3-6 grade choir (71 strong) which meets before school for an hour on Thursdays and an honor choir of 29 4-6 grade students called the Uncia (scientific name for the snow leopard) whom rehearse for 90 min every Wednesday afternoon. Congrats to all who were able to be part of the choral program here at Alpenglow!

 

Holiday performances – Both the 2nd grade and 4th grades have begun work on musical performances for the Holidays. The 2nd graders will be performing the latest in the ‘Elfis’ series with their rendition of “Elfis and the Frozen Princess” while the 4th grade is preparing to take you on a journey to “Fa La La (La La) Land”. Programs are slated for mid-December with both student body and public performances. More details to come…

 

Mr. B

Greetings from the Library 

We have been having a great time in the library. Thank you for remembering to send library books back every week on your student’s library day so that they can get new books. Students in Kindergarten and first grade have been working on a Mo Willems author study during library time. We are having fun reading these fun books. Students in grades two through six have been learning about the layout and organization of the library so that they can be independent when looking for books.

 

The Book Fair is coming during the week of Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please consider volunteering to help us out this year. The Book Fair cannot be a success without the help of parents and volunteers. This Wild West Scholastic Book Fair will be our only in-school Book Fair this year. However, stay tuned for information about a Barnes and Noble Book Fair in the spring.

 

Battle of the Books will begin on October, 9 for grades three through six. Weekly meetings will be held every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4. Students need a permission slip to attend and to check out the specific books for this reading competition. Interested students received letters and permission slips during their library class the week of October 2.

 

Please contact me with any questions or concerns regarding the library, the book fair, or battle of the books. bunag_lisa@asdk12.org

 

Thank you,

Lisa Bunag

Alpenglow Librarian

 

"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” –Kate DiCamillo 

From the Nurse

 

The beautiful fall colors are here and so is colder temperatures and soon the snow. My three main topics going into October are cold weather gear, the flu and recent mumps outbreak.

 

Please make sure your children come to school with proper winter clothes. They should bring hats, gloves, boots and snow gear everyday. Wearing proper gear will decrease chance of cold skin injuries and getting sick.  If anyone has extra hats or gloves the nurse’s office can certainly use them for when children forget theirs. We go outside at temperatures at or below negative ten (-10) fahrenheit. 

 

Flu season is also upon us and it is highly recommended that everyone get their flu vaccines. Influenza can make you sick for 10-14 days and cause many days of missed school and work. Complications can lead to hospitalization and, in some cases, death.

 

To make getting flu immunizations easier for children, I will be giving flu vaccines in my nurse’s office on the 25th and 26th of October from 12:30-4:00. I can vaccinate any child as long as they are a current Anchorage School District student.  

 

Lastly I would like to discuss the recent Mumps outbreak in Anchorage.

 

As of September 20, 2017, there were 13 new cases of Mumps in Anchorage.

 

The mumps virus replicates in the upper respiratory tract and spreads through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva. So it is easily spread through coughing, sneezing and talking. People can be infected for up to 14-18 days before developing symptoms.

 

Symptoms often include puffy cheeks, or tender swollen jaw, fever, tiredness and/or muscle aches. Some people have no symptoms.

 

Potential risks from having mumps is sterility in males, encephalitis and permanent deafness. There is a risk to pregnant women. Death from mumps is rare.

 

The best way to have the highest probability of not contracting the disease is to make sure you have been vaccinated. 

 

For more information contact your provider. 

 

Nurse Jeanine Moorman