From the Principal
It’s hard to believe that we’re already at the mid-way point of the 3rd quarter, which means spring is almost here. And, with spring right around the corner, there are many activities happening around Snow Leopard country. In this edition of The Alpenglow Newsletter you will find important information and dates to mark your calendar.
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.
Alpenglow’s schedule is as follows:
- March 25, 26, 27 – 4th grade (Math, Reading, Science)
- March 28, 29 – 3rd grade (Math, Reading)
- April 1, 2 – 5th grade
- April 3, 4 – 6th grade
- Make-up testing until April 26
Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days.
Some of our 4th grade students will be participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in mathematics or reading on March 6, 2019. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.
Our PTA is wonderful! They do so much for our students. They have some wonderful activities planned for the rest of the year and could always use your help and support. Also, it’s that time of year to be thinking of how you might become more active next year. Elections will be held for new board members. If you have the desire and willingness to serve as a Board member, let it be known. Come to a meeting and see how things work, we’d love to show you the ropes.
School Climate and Connectedness Survey
Please take a few moments to fill out the School Climate and Connectedness Survey. This survey will help the district understand your involvement in your child(ren)’s education and give you an opportunity to share your thoughts about ASD’s family engagement and student learning. ASD will use the feedback received to ensure that engagement efforts and education quality meet the needs of students and parents. Please take a couple of minutes to answer the survey honestly so that we can make decisions to improve Alpenglow. Here is the link: https://hanoverresearch.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eXxp3KL2PuWxAz3
Thank You Crossing Guards
Say “thank you” to our School Crossing Guards. Crossing Guards help students cross the street safely throughout the year in all weather conditions. Mr. Kelly, Mrs. Lucas, and Mrs. Arrendale provide an invaluable service in helping to ensure safe passage for our children walking between home and school. Please help us recognize their hard work, service, and dedication. Show your appreciation with a smile and a BIG “Thank you.”
Safety is our top priority. I want to take a few moments to explain the practices and protocols we have in place to keep everyone safe and prepared. There are four safety drills conducted at various times during the year: an evacuation drill, an earthquake drill, stay put drill and a lockdown/ALICE drill.
- An evacuation drill – (once a month). An alarm sounds and students, staff, and visitors evacuated the building and meet in a central location. We have a main route and a secondary route. We inform the fire department and the ASD security company of this and the office staff check the building. Teachers take their emergency backpacks filled with supplies along with a class roster with them as they exit the building. There are procedures in place for locating students who may not be with their homeroom teacher when the evacuation takes place (i.e. visiting the nurse or in the restroom).
- An earthquake drill – (once a semester). For this drill an announcement is made in which students and staff duck, cover, and hold either under tables or against walls. In the event of a real earthquake, students and staff will know what to do. Again, the office staff check the building. In some cases, we may need to evacuate the building. If that happens, an assessment will be made to determine whether or not it is safe to re-enter the building to take shelter. If it is not safe, we will seek shelter at our alternate location – The Church of the Latter-day Saints on Driftwood Bay Drive.
- A lockdown/ALICE or a stay-put drill – (once a quarter). Again, for this drill, an announcement is made. For both these drills, the classroom doors and the exterior doors are locked. The stay put indicates a concern in the community, but not in the building. Learning continues in the classroom, but hallway passing is limited and only under an adult escort. The lockdown indicates a building security concern. The children, along with the teacher, locate themselves out of sight of all windows and doors. For both these drills, the front office staff checks the building and all rooms.
In the event of an emergency, we have a plan in place. The plan is updated at the beginning of each school year, and throughout the year as needed, as well as on-going staff training. We hold a monthly safety committee meeting and welcome parent input. Practice develops automaticity. This is why we practice these safety drills on a continual basis.
Volunteers are the best! This is a very busy time of year and we value the time parents spend volunteering in the classroom and around the school. We also know that volunteering isn’t easy, especially if you work full time, are an introvert, or have limited transportation. It may seem impossible to do any volunteering, but it is not. If you are looking for ways to volunteer or to do more of it, here are some tips for finding that perfect connection to school that may meet your life style.
- Help at the school/in the classroom
- Help with class celebrations
- Share your skills
- Chaperone on field trips
- Prepare classroom materials for a project
- Read to kids or listen to them read
- Help in the Library
- Join the PTA
- Help with cross-walk duty
- Be another set of eyes during recess and lunch
- Help outside the school
- Take care of the class pet during breaks
- Donate needed supplies
- Bake goods for bake sales
- Help with fundraisers
- Join the PTA
These are just a few ideas on how you can volunteer. Talk with your child’s teacher, ask a PTA member, check out our Facebook page or School’s website to see how you can volunteer. Once you start thinking about what you can offer, you can probably come up with even more great idea.
Thank you for all you do on the home front to support and encourage the education of your son and/or daughter. We are glad to be your partner in this important endeavor.