• Principal's Corner

    Our Principal

    Educating All Students for Success in Life

    Dear Trailside Families,

    Spring is here! We are enjoying longer hours of daylight and more sunshine! We are well into a productive fourth quarter as we continue to work hard, have fun, and engage in a variety of learning activities. As noted in the Important Dates to Remember section of our April Newsletter, we have A LOT going on for the remainder of our 2017-2018 school year!

    Our PTA is planning a very special event and fundraiser, Denim & Pearls, for our adult community on Friday, April 13 from 6:30-9:30pm at O'Malleys on the Green. More information is below in the PTA News section. We hope you can make it!

    State testing or PEAKS started March 27 at Trailside. Third and fourth-graders completed the state test in ELA (English Language Arts) and mathematics. Fourth graders also finished taking the science portion this Monday, April 2. Testing dates for both 5th and 6th grades are listed below under the, 2018 PEAKS State Assessment, section. All of our Trailside teachers and support staff have done a great job of preparing our students for the assessments! We are so very proud of our students and the efforts they put into their PEAK testing. Students worked hard. 

    Are you looking for a part time job?  If you want some fresh air and sunshine...we may have the job for you! We have a noon duty position available here at Trailside. Please visit http://www.applitrack.com/asd/onlineapp/default.aspx to apply for a Service High Area Temp Noon Duty. Please let me or the office staff know if you are interested in a Noon Duty position at 742-5500.

    Thank you for all of your support in your child's education!  We couldn't do it without you!

    Warmest Regards,
    Mrs. Mary Ellison, Principal



    Potential School Start Times Changes
    Important Dates to Remember

    April 6, 2018
    Kindergarten Round-up, 1-2pm
    April 9, 2018
    Spring Pictures with Lifetouch
    April 10, 2018
    Last day of ticket sales for Spring Fling
    April 13, 2018
    PTA Spring Gala Fundraiser
    April 16, 2018
    Talent show Tryouts, 3:30-4:30pm
    April 23, 2018
    AIMSweb Spring Benchmark K-2
    April 23-May11
    MAP Growth Assessment 3-6
    April 23-27, 2018
    Staff Appreciation Week
    April 28, 2018
    Super Sweepers
    May 1, 2018
    PTA Meeting, 3:45 pm
    May 2, 2018
    Talent Show, 2pm
    May 3-4, 2018
    5th Grade Camp
    May 8, 2018
    Bell Choir Tour
    May 9, 2018
    Unicycle/Bike to School Day
    Bell Choir Concert, 6:30pm
    May 10, 2018
    Math Derby 12:30-3:30pm 
    Denali Montessori
    May 11, 2018
    3/4th  Orienteering Field Trip to Kincaid 12:15-2:00 pm
    May 12, 2018
    May 15, 2018
    Band & Orchestra Concert, 9:45am
    May 16-18, 2018
    6th Grade Camp
    May 18, 2018
    4th Grade Picnic 12:20-1:30pm 
    Yellow/Blue Hallway Corridor
    May 21, 2018
    Field Day
    May 22, 2018
    DJ Day
    May 23, 2018
    1st Grade Field Trip to Eagle River Nature Center
    2nd Grade Field Trip to the Museum
    6th Moving On Ceremony, 2:00pm
    2018 PEAKS State Assessment
    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 (under Frequently Asked Questions), 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.

    Trailside will be testing on the following dates: 

    Tuesday, March 27 (ELA) & Wednesday, March 28 (Math)
    Chiacchia, Cragen, and Metzger (3rd & 4th)

    Thursday, March 29 (ELA), Friday, March 30 (Math), & Monday, April 2 (Science)
    Blake, Skrocki, and Metzger (4th Grade/Science only)

    Tuesday, April 3 (ELA) & Wednesday, April 4 (Math)
    Johnson and Slater

    Thursday, April 5 (ELA) & Friday, April 6 (Math)
    Miner & Richardson

    Tuesday, April 10 (ELA) & Wednesday, April 11 (Math)
    Stay Connected with the ASD Mobile App
    Regular School Attendance Matters
    ASD Elementary Attendance

    AM (starts at 9:00 am)

    * Tardy – up to 60 minutes after school starts

    * Absent (.5 day) – student misses more than 60 minutes


    PM (starts at 12:15 pm)

    * Tardy – arrives at or before 1:15 pm

    * Absent (.5 day) – student misses more than 60 minutes

    Trailside School Wide Expectations
    Student Council News

    Trailside's Annual Canned Food Drive - Clean out your cupboards for "Spring Cleaning" and donate any unwanted cans or boxed food items!  March 26th through April 13th!

    KTTN Link- Trailside Weekly News Broadcast
    3/7/18  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_osqanT9GrUkeIGY-n_DnhM2wQYp03-j/view

    3/21/18  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XOrJ51TfKn2NQv6AAsxCSFXRoBe6m4nK/view?usp=sharing

    3/28/18 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XFYOr-oE2qRvYZNAtlG59bfvB8RYF42E/view

    Please Click the above link to view the weekly Trailside Timberwolves live broadcast. 
    P.E. News • Moving with Mr. Leiser

    The Trailside Volleyball Team is doing awesome! After school volleyball goes on for a couple weeks then its on to Ultimate Frisbee and Track!

    Unicycle riders, keep up the hard work... you will be riding soon if you aren't already!

    Get out and enjoy the spring weather! If you need some activity ideas check out the April Physical Activity Calendar!


    Mr. Leiser

    Health News • Mrs. Hallinan

    Health class News

    In April, students will be learning about germs, various types of illnesses and the body’s amazing immune system. Please visit the grade level parent bulletins links to learn more:

    Kindergarten: Getting Sick  
    First Grade: Get Well Soon
    Second Grade: Germs! They Make You Sick
    Third Grade: Things You Might Catch
    Fourth Grade: HIV and the Immune System & Fourth Grade Parent Letter
    Fifth Grade: About Blood and HIV
    Sixth Grade: HIV- What You Need to Know

    **Students in a combination class will be focusing on the younger grade level unit for this month.

    Personal Safety Presentations by S.T.A.R.

    Star’s Education Department will be visiting Trailside classes with personal safety presentations during the week of April 16-20. We all want children to be safe at home and at school. Our goal is to provide kids with tools they can use to protect themselves from many childhood related dangers.

    During STAR presentations children learn:

    * The three types of touches: “safe,” “ouch,” and “secret”

    * The difference between a “secret” touch and a “clean and healthy” touch

    * The safety rule “No, Go, Tell”...say “no” in a loud voice, “go” away as soon as it’s safe to do so and “tell” a trusted adult

    * Identify trusted adults from home, school and the community.

    These lessons give children a better understanding of safe vs. unsafe behaviors and a common language to ask for help when it’s needed. If you have questions about Star’s Education Program or would like to know more about the presentations, please contact STAR’s Education and Prevention Manager at (907) 276.7279.

    Music Notes • Mrs. Davenport

    Hello Trailside:

    Bell Choir is ringing strong!  Here's what we are preparing for -

    May 8th -  Spring Tour in the morning. 

    Look for permission slips!

    May 9th - Spring Bell Choir Concert, 6:30 at Trailside

    Liesl Davenport-Wheeler
    Trailside Elementary Music
    Anchorage, Alaska

    Notes from Nurse Donna

    Just in time for spring cleaning, National Drug Take back day is April 28, 2018 from 10 am -2 pm.

    The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

    The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

    Locate a collection site near you: call 1-800-882-9539 or visit online at https://takebackday.dea.gov/

    If you are not able to make it to a local collection site on April 28, safe medication disposal is available every day in Anchorage at the Medical Arts Pharmacy, Tower A of Providence Hospital. 212-5090

    Library Notes from Mrs. Keller

    Second Grade battle of the Books

    Trailside second graders have started practicing an introductory Battle of the Books program.  The goal is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading and to broaden reading interests and comprehension while promoting academic excellence.  All second graders graders are welcome to join and it is not too late to join.

    All students interested in participating will need a signed permission slip  which includes a list of the books. Each student will be given a bookmark with titles and authors for 2018.  The second graders will meet Mondays during lunchtime in the library. Eventually we may practice for both lunch and recess. For the first 4 practices we will all practice as a large group.  For the final two practices before the battle Mrs. Keller and students will form teams for the school battle A small low key school battle will be held Tuesday, May 1.

    End of the Year News
    Last Day to check out books will be Friday, May 4
    All book due back to the library is Friday, May, 11

    Math & Science Night, March 8

    Math and Science Night Appreciation

    Thank you to the Trailside families, PTA, Service High School Helpers and staff members for making this year’s Math and Science Night 2018 a huge success. The evening was truly filled with amazing fun times! Students and adults learned many new cool things and everyone that attended made this community event memorable.

    Thank you all,

    Ben and Debbie

    Special Guest Appearance to Ms. Larson/ Mrs. Locke's 1st Grade Class
    Rosie Mancari, home-grown Anchorage Olympic snowboarder, visited Mrs. Locke and Miss Larson's first grade class on Friday, March 23.  Students learned how, at the age of only three years old, she started snowboarding.  Her love for the sport continued and because there were no local coaches in her teenage years when she decided to become competitive, she and her dad watched YouTube videos as a way to become a faster and stronger snowboarder.  The Peyongchang Olympics was Rosie's first but hopefully will not be her last.  She unfortunately tore both achilles tendons on a practice run and was not able to compete.  But she said being in South Korea for the Olympics was a wonderful experience and her sunny, positive attitude will carry her through her physical therapy and healing and she'll be back out on her board in no time, training for the Beijing Olympics in 2022.
    PAWS-itive Awards
    Trailside Students Caught in a "PAWS-itive Act!"
    Trailside has a school-wide behavior expectation focus program, and we are on the lookout for students who show responsibility, respect, honesty, caring for others, self discipline, integrity, perseverance, and citizenship. We are proud to list the students who have been "Caught in a PAWS-itive Act" so far this year.  We will add the names to the list each month.
    Tyler Aszmus* Brady Adkins* Kaelyn Beatty* Rafael Cueco* Sophia Compean* Isla Delaney * Karly Ellis * Janessa Ennis * Tim Edmondsun* Graydon Easton* Emmalynn Fischer* Nora Fawcett* Rena Gilbert * Sara Gurung* Clara Hoppe * Morgan Hosack* Cove Johnson* Sophie Jenkins* Dominic Johnston* Skylar Lind * Paige Lind* Paisly MacClean* Emilie Miller* Carter Noel* Ivelyn Orozzo* Alyse Parry* Gabi Robinson* Atalya Smith* Katelyn Smith* Beezus Starr* Lila Steele* Kelsey Gillis* Rocco Clawson Diaz* James Olesco* Adele Miller* Nora Nelson* Nate Doll* Alina Purcella* Savannah Upah* Charlize Dementi* Gia Grundy* Kira Pleasant* Jude Waters* Ava Woods* Kash Browning* Rose Webb*Nadine Yuh* Emilia Zych* Reghan Harris* Colton Rader* Hailey Maag* Annika Rufner* Dawson Moore* Brianna Johnson* Jaiden Thompson* Julia Rafferty* Brayden Fitt* Colton Rader * Nate Doll* Israel Cotter* Patrick Mull* Wyatt Mashburn* Aiylan Baker* Sophia Guzman* Caleb Albertson* Grant Eldridge* Dylan Vanlandingham* Vea Miranda*Lily Lomu* Eva Lunoe* Henry Riffe* Bradley Terrell* Jake Maag* Gwen Trinidad* Heida Young* Brooke Balazs* Aya Abuobaid* Macey Harper* Mason Roberts* Dannette Hanson* Alani Wenrick-Storlie* Jaxon Bentz* Daniel Sears* Mabel Holta* Liam Laidlaw* Ciara Yuh* Cadence Seward* Will Dunker* Seth Young* Kohen Manwaring* Sky Tapio* Alyssa Porcelli* Cassie Keaton* Hannah Nelson* Eli Wetzel* Peyton Klem* 
    Congratulations to these Trailside Timberwolves!!
    Office News
    We know that this time of year may be crazy for everyone, this is just a few friendly reminders. 

    We would like to remind all students to please leave messages when calling home.  

    If you have recently moved or have a new phone number please email updated information to Mrs. Donaldson at Donaldson_Karen@asdk12.org .  

    We would like to know if your students will "NOT" be returning for the 2018-2019 school year, if this is the case please email Mrs. Donaldson. 

    Thank you, Office staff  
    Year Book Committee
    Field Trip News

    Check out the new way to pay for field trips. Please visit the link below for a how to guide! 


    PTA News

    Please direct people to our PTA web-store to sign up for Spring quarter after school activities, 5 and 6th grade camp and Spring Fling tickets.

    Please check out the link below for 4th Quarter PTA Activities.  

    Denim & Pearls Spring Fling,  Friday April 13th, 2018 
    Volunteers are still needed to make this amazing event a great Trailside success, please click here Volunteer Link , to sign up. Trailside is a school that is known for all of the extracurricular activities and events. This year we decided to do an adult night to bring our community together and also to fundraise for our 2018-2019 budget. The funds raised will offset 5th & 6th-grade science camp costs, help with technology purchases, PE equipment, and other educational teaching supplies for our Trailside teachers.

    Buy your tickets here, if you haven't purchased already! 
    Anchorage School District Equal Employment Opportunity Office 
    Statement of Non-Discrimination:
    The Anchorage School Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program, educational opportunity, or service offered by ASD. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by federal, state, and municipal agencies. The District notes the concurrent applicability of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the relevant disability provisions of Alaska law. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to ASD’s Equal Employment Opportunity Senior Director, who also serves as the Title IX and ADA/ADAAA Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135, (907) 742-4132, or to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Director of the Office for Civil Rights-U.S. Department of Education or Office of Civil Rights-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Revised 8/2012, 8/2013, 3/2017
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