“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” -Oprah Winfrey
A Note From Clare
Happy March! As I am writing this note I am hearing Susan's class prepare for their play--it is a complete joy to hear the children sing and step out of their comfort zone to perform! (We have put all the performance dates for the upper plays on the website calendar! and parents are welcome to come and watch those in-person).
We continue to be very busy around here! Somehow March has arrived and there are a few important items on our horizon!
As you read the notes in this newsletter, you will find opportunities to step into important roles in our school next year. These include CEC Board vacancies as well as leading major school-wide events. I am hopeful that families are able to carve out time to consider how they can have a meaningful contribution in a volunteer capacity at our school. Thank you for taking time to consider these opportunities and supporting our school transitioning to our community-centered environment.
Class Placement for Next Year:
Teachers are beginning the very thoughtful process of placing children in classes for next year. Our official class lists will come out at the end of May. In the meantime I want to emphasize a few very important points. Building classes is about the whole community versus the individual child. Each child is looked at for the gifts he or she will contribute to a family group and we balance classes with the many other academic and social emotional considerations. We invite you to have conversations around what is best for your child at anytime; however, do kindly ask that we pause on requesting specific teachers as that is not part of our process at Chugach. We also want to clarify that siblings do not necessarily go to the same teacher a family has had with a previous child. Every child is different and we support new opportunities and experiences. I will send another note regarding class placement as it gets closer, I just want to let you know the work is beginning. As always you are welcome to email me with any questions.
I hope families have a wonderful spring break! After break there is only 9½ weeks of school left before we head into summer. Our sixth grade students will begin a very important transition into their middle school journey and new parents hold excitement for that first day of kindergarten--these are exciting traditions we all can hold sacred.
I look forward to seeing parents in the building--your presence is valued and welcome!
Enjoy the light + the upcoming break,
Important Dates to Remember
Friday, March 4
Inservice Day (No School)
Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11
Monday, March 14
Back to School
Thursday, March 24
Coffee Meet for Parents @ Drop-Off
Friday, March 25
Early Release Day @ 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, March 30
Community Assembly Meeting @ 7 p.m.
via Zoom-- Tentative
*Please refer to our website calendarfor dates specific to grade levels or clubs*
Please notify the front office f you have a child currently in grade K-5
that will not be attending Chugach next school year, 22/23.
Auction Chair- We are excited about the return of a beloved event at Chugach! The Auction brings together our community for a night of fun with the goal of raising funds to support our school budget. The auction takes place November 2022 but planning for this event needs to begin this spring. There is a robust framework from previous years and prior chairpersons willing to offer advice and guidance.
Big Simple- This fundraising event kicks off each school year and directly supports the teachers in providing enrichment and supplies for their classrooms. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual or two to help promote and get out the word about the importance of Big Simple and how to contribute through our easy-to-use online system.
If you are interested in filling one of these roles and have more questions, please contact Amy Mick (email@example.com) or Nina Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
Amy and Nina
Parent Coordinator Representatives
CEC Board Positions Available for the
2022-2023 school year:
Member at Large
Hello Chugach families!
We loved seeing so many of you on the February Community Assembly Meeting! We had a great discussion on Enrichment and supports for Chugach students.
The March Community Assembly Meeting will take place on March 23 at 7 p.m. and will focus on the return to a "normal" Chugach culture of family engagement. This is an important conversation as many of our families have only experienced Chugach through the lens of Covid-19.
Speaking of engagement, one of the best ways to engage with the school is by serving on the Chugach Educational Corporation Board (CEC). The CEC is the nonprofit arm of our school, similar to a PTA, and is responsible for non-ASD school funds. The CEC is also tasked with planning and hosting the Community Assembly Meetings, supporting event planning, volunteer activities and more. We have several board positions open for the 2022-2023 school year:
Secretary (this role can be split between two people)
Member at Large
If you are interested in putting your name in the hat for a position on the board, please reach out to either Clare, your Parent Coordinator or email us at: email@example.com.
We are also on the lookout for new chairs for the Chugach Auction and the Super Simple fundraiser!
Wishing you all a fun and safe Spring Break!
Community Assembly Meeting
Wednesday, March 30 (7-8:30 pm.)
Link for CEC meeting at 7 p.m.: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9077423730?pwd=OXdkQ2Rua0phL2xaalhDd2lvZ0xMZz09
Meeting ID: 907 742 3730
*Specific agenda items will be emailed out*
For an Alaskan Animals Video Presentation via Zoom
*Zoom meeting information will be sent out through email*
Monday February 28th, ASD moved to optional mask wear for staff and parent-informed optional mask wear for students in ASD facilities. All ASD facilities will continue to be symptom free and require a 5-day isolation for any COVID positive case (please see below for symptoms). Chugach will continue to offer free COVID testing for staff, students, and their family members, please contact Nurse Maya for details. Additional information on ASD COVID testing can be found HERE.
**Students may be asked to wear a mask if symptomatic and waiting for parent pick up. ASD will continue to follow CDC isolation guidance, staff and students returning from isolation following a positive COVID diagnosis will wear a mask days 6-10. **
The Anchorage School District Communications team is working hard to provide current and up-to-date information on the district website. Please go to that site for any questions about our COVID-19 response, information to download the ASD App, and more. If you have feedback or need additional support for any resources, do not hesitate to reach out to our school directly (742-3730).
Thank You to Our School Business Partners
*We are still looking for additional business partners *