• What's Howling at Trailside?

  • From the Principal

    Dear Trailside Families,

    In order to avoid the spread of the COVID-19, Governor Dunleavy mandated that all scheduled public school days between Monday, March 16, 2020, and March 30, 2020, will be non-student contact days in which students will not be attending school. All after school activities will be suspended during this time.

    Here are a few updates in regards to a student's needs assessment, medications, food, IEP meetings, district resources, physical/mental well-being, and student belongings. Please be mindful that things are changing from day to day in regards to our response to the current situation. I will do my best to keep you updated along the way.

    Student Needs Assessments

    Teachers will begin contacting all Trailside families this week. When you get a call from them, they will ask you a series of questions that will help us know how to best serve your family in moving forward if school should be canceled for an extended period of time. We appreciate you taking the time to chat with your child's classroom teacher to determine the next best steps for all of us.


    -While schools are closed, the ASD student nutrition program will provide meals from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm. Each student will be able to receive a pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meal. Meals will be available at the following locations: Abbott Loop Elementary, Airport Heights Elementary, Central Middle School of Science, Chester Valley Elementary, Chugiak Elementary, Creekside Park Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Fire Lake Elementary, Government Hill Elementary, Homestead Elementary, Klatt Elementary, Lake Otis Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Muldoon Elementary, North Star Elementary, Northwood Elementary, Ptarmigan Elementary, Russian Jack Elementary, Taku Elementary, and Williwaw. The closest school to our area is Northwood Elementary.

    -The Children's Lunchbox has put together some food pantry boxes. Each one contains breakfast, lunch, or dinner with enough food to feed a family of four. Each family will receive

    three boxes while supplies last. This organization will distribute the food pantry kits from March 16-20th outside the Spenard Recreation Center from 12:00-1:00 pm and outside the Fairview Recreation Center from 2:00-3:00 pm.

    IEP Meetings

    If you have a previously scheduled IEP meeting, we are going to honor your time and still conduct the meeting. However, we will be doing so using an alternative method of delivery. We will be using Zoom, which is a computer-based program that allows us to meet while practicing social distancing. You will be allowed to attend the meeting via computer (you will need internet) OR telephone. We will call you to discuss the process before your scheduled meeting. Thank you for being flexible!

    District Resources

    Please look at https://www.asdk12.org for the latest ASD COVID-19 information. All updates will be posted there.

    Physical and Mental Well-Being

    The muni has setup a COVID-19 hotline. Just dial 211 and you will be connected with local resources to assist you.


    On Wednesday, March 18th and March 19th Trailside Elementary will be open to families from 11:00 am-2:00 pm to pick up any personal student belongings that you should need such as snow pants, glasses or other pertinent items. We will be allowing a small number of people at a time into the building to gather student belongings. When you enter the building, you will be asked to sign in and you will need to be escorted to the classroom to get the belongings. Thank you for your patience and your understanding of this. If you need to schedule an alternative time, please contact Trish or Karen in the front office.

    If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact me anytime at 742-5500. Our front office staff and administrative team will be here all week to answer and address anything that comes our way. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe by avoiding the spread of the virus. Together, we can get through this! Please let us know if you need anything. Your Trailside family is here to help!


    Heather Jones



    Heather Jones, Principal


Monthly Highlights



    Student Council Image


    Student Council Officers for 19/20 School 

    President- Linai Tuers

    Vice President- Sydney Norris 

    Secretary- Sophi Jenkins 

    Publicity- Carley Streumpler & Hailey Daniels

    Student at Arms- Keira Brandon


    Student Council News  




    Food Drive Flyer



    HUGE thank you to everyone for making our annual Valentine Gram Sales a HUGE success again this year!  We weren't anticipating such a great response to the conference week and all. We will be sharing the final tally in the school newsletter later next month but it looks like we sold approximately 600 grams this year in just one week!! 
    Friday, March 27, 2020, 3rd Hat Day Fundraiser
     Last month, we raised $53.00 for Clair House families.
    Thursday, March 5, 2020, Celebrate S.T.E.M. Day in conjunction with Math & Science Night...kids could wear anything Math/science career-related (lab coats, scrubs, cool math/science sayings t-shirts, nurse, doctor uniforms, engineers, etc.
    Save the Dates, Spring Canned Food Drive March 28th- April 8th




  • Trailside Triathlon May 9, 2020

  • 2020 Trailside Gala

  • All parents Please Fill Out PTA 2020 Survey

  • Life Touch Spring Pictures March 20, 2020

  • Music News

  • COVID-19 Message to families

  • PTA- After school Activities Link

  • News from the Library

  • Box Tops

  • Gymnastics After School Images

  • Dr. Seuss' Birthday Images

  • Winter Fun Night Images

Notes from the office

    • If you are headed out of town on vacation please remember to notify your student's teacher and the office via email (donaldson_karen@asdk12.org).
    • Late/Tardy/Sick Please call the office 742-5500 to let us know your student will be out 
    • Message from Mrs. Donaldson in the office
      A small change to the way we excuse vacations.
      You will see a "P" for excused Pre-Arranged Absence instead of "E", ignore any notes of unexcused when you see "P".
      The "P" lets us know the student was on vacation not sick.
      Also, please wait a few minutes to see if your children or teacher leave a message when calling you instead of calling the school right away.
      All phone calls out show the main office number and the office does not know why your child or teacher is calling and we are trying not to interrupt classrooms during the day. 


     Thank you!

Notes from Nurse Donna


    Image of hand washing
    Please make sure you are practicing good handwashing. 
    If your students are sick and is running a fever please keep them home to rest. 
    Flu Guide
    Flu Information

    More Health Information from the CDC


    It is COLD outside!

    Please make sure your student has all 5 points, so they can enjoy the snow outside! 

    If your student is in need of outside gear please call the nurse for assistance.  


    Stay Warm! 


Save the Date!

  • Trailside Elementary Contacts

    Main Office 742-5500 |  Heather Jones, Principal  |  Patricia Erickson, Admin. Assistant  |  Karen Donaldson, Secretary  |  24 hour Attendance Line  742-5500 |  Nurse –Donna Wilson 742-5501  |  Cafeteria Manager – Tiffany Kurani- 742-5533, café_Trialside@asdk12.org