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September 11, 2009

Northern Lights ABC 2424 Dowling Road Anchorage, AK 99507

Phone: 742-7500 Fax: 742-7530

DATES TO REMEMBER
Sep 14 16 18 18 21 21 23 23 25 Running Club – 2:45-3:30 (Mon. & Wed thru September 30) Running Club – 2:45-3:30 Middle School Ice Cream Social – 2:45-3:45 Progress Reports go Home Running Club – 2:45-3:30 Mrs. Curtis’ Kindergarten Field Trip German Class Field Trip to Eagle River – 8”15-1:15 Running Club – 2:45-3:30 Red-White-Blue Assembly – 5th Grade Performance – grade 4-6 8:30am; grade K-3 9:30 am

Perseverance Patriotism Generosity Compassion Tolerance Courage Honesty Loyalty Humility Self Confidence Self Discipline Independence Helpfulness

MESSAGE FROM MISS WALLACE
Open House
It was nice to see so many families join us for our Open House. We hope that this opportunity provided you a time to meet your child’s teacher, and to meet the other parents who have children in the same room. Meeting the other parents is a great way to network, to get questions answered, or to have a contact in the room in the event your student should happen to forget a homework assignment, or need clarification on an assignment.

Homework / Absences
Sportsmanship

We appreciate the call reporting your student’s absence. We would like to request that if you are calling in absences and requesting homework you do so before 10:00 am. By calling in by 10:00 am it allows the teachers time to collect the homework and prepare instructions for your student. Homework may be picked up after school in the office. It will not be ready prior to the student dismissal time since the teachers bring the work down after dismissing their classes. We also request that if you have asked for homework, you come to school and collect it. Teachers try to have work ready for you and it becomes disheartening to find the work still sitting in the office the day after the request was made.

Notice – come see the 5th grade performance at the RWB Assembly on September 25

For clarification purposes, calling in an absence doesn’t automatically trigger us putting homework together for you. You must provide the teacher’s name and specifically request homework be set aside since we have some parents that call in the absence but don’t have a way to come pick up homework so it is becomes strictly a notification phone call. The request for homework is forwarded to the teacher for action on their part so please remember to include your teacher’s name.

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SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
5th Grade Fund Raiser
Our fifth graders are gearing up for their Washington D.C. trip scheduled for May 2010 by selling beautifully illustrated Alaska calendars as a fundraiser. They are offering an engagement calendar, weekly calendar, checkbook size calendar and 3 different wall calendars along with note cards. The calendars are reasonably priced and half the proceeds go to our 5th graders. 5th Gradeour school web DC to preview the calendars Check out Washington site Trip www.asdk12.org/schools/northernlights/pages/indexne w.html <http://www.asdk12.org/schools/northernlights/pages/i ndexnew.html>

NLABC Running Club
As fall kicks in so does Running Club. Permission slips for grades 2-8 went home this week. Dates: 9/14, 9/16, 9/21, 9/23, 9/28, 9/30, (Monday & Wednesday). Time: 2:45-3:30. We love having parents help with Running Club, so thank you to ALL who come when they can! Any questions, please call Mrs. Ireland at 742-7515. Southside Cross Country Running Jamboree will be held at Service Oct 3rd.

After School Choir
The after-school choir is open to any Northern Light ABC student - all grade levels are welcome. Holiday Choir starts on Thursday Sept 17, 2:45-3:30. The Holiday Concert will be Thursday evening, Dec. 10, at 7:00 pm. Any questions please call Mrs. Miller, 742-7517.

BOOK NOOK – Library News
We are excited about getting back to the library, meeting new families, getting reacquainted with staff, students, volunteers and friends, and getting back to the world of children’s books. Library checkout has begun and we have already checked out 1,418 items during the month of August. Students in K-6 have received individualized library cards that they use for checking out their books. Students in middle school have also been in to the library to check out books. We are most appreciative of the library volunteers who have diligently worked on the following tasks: preparing library cards, making fridge magnets, creating bulletin boards and library displays, checking out books to students, shelving books, processing books for circulation, previewing books before adding them to the collection, and photocopying. We have also received some generous book donations from some of our families and staff members. It’s gratifying adding books to our library and classroom collections. Most students have received a brochure from the Anchorage Public Library. We encourage you to visit the public library often and to get every member of your family a library card. Please note that the public library offers free on-line tutoring in the areas of: math, science, social studies and English for

grades K-12. This service is available every day from 1:00-9:00 p.m. Visit www.anchoragelibrary.org Click on “Live Homework Help” under Special Services. Janie Young & Evleen Kelly, 742-7512

T.I.G.E.R READING CLUB
Welcome back to another wonderful year of Tiger Reading! We are thrilled with the amount of reading you did over the summer and we are off to a great start. The club’s reading goal for the 2009-2010 school year is 4 million pages! We accomplished this goal last year and Miss Wallace helped us celebrate by dressing up in a delightful ducky costume. You can see photos at our school website under the Tiger Reading link. The Tiger Reading Program is beneficial to all of our students. The PTA generously supports this program but please consider helping by making a family donation. We need small stickers (used for the prize bag labels), business coupons, and new, small sized level prizes. Donations labeled “Tiger Reading” can be dropped off at the front office or with classroom teachers. For more information or to volunteer contact Bonny Rivera, Volunteer Crew Leader, at 338-8576.

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iger Beat – Middle School News
Ice Cream Social
You scream.... I scream.... We all scream for ice cream! We are kicking off the school year with an ice cream social on Friday, Sept. 18th in the MPR, 3:00-3:45 pm. The PTA is hosting this event for 7th & 8th grades. PERMISSION SLIP IS REQUIRED!
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Sept. 18th is our first Spirit Friday! Let's show-off our school colors: 7th grades wear Orange and 8th grader's wear Blue! Which grade will have the most school spirit? Friday, Sept. 25th will be Sports Day. Show-off your favorite team. GO TIGERS!

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PTA NEWS

The PTA would like to thank all the members who came to the Membership Meeting on August 27. Your votes approved our 2009/10 budget as well as our revised by-laws. Your participation was greatly appreciated. Now let the fun begin! School is back in full swing. It was great to see so many faces at Open House. Please save the date of October 9th for our annual Fall Carnival and Silent Auction. We need volunteers to help make this evening a success. If you are interested, please contact the coordinator of this event, Kari Erickson, at 346-1550, or you can email her at karenerickson@gci.net. We are getting about 40 emails sent back to us. If you are not receiving our regular emails please add our email address, northernlightsabc@gmail.com, to your contacts so you can be kept up to date with what’s going on at Northern Lights ABC School. The school store is back! It will be open during the RWB Assembly on Friday, September 25. Follow your PTA on Twitter and Blogger. twitter.com/NLABC_PTA www.nlabcpta.com. The PTA Executive Board cordially invites all PTA members to join us at our next meeting, September 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm in the Conference Room.

Purchasing supplies Popping popcorn Providing teachers with pricing sheets & money bags • Fill bags of popcorn • Delivering popcorn to classrooms • Collecting moneybags from teachers • Ordering caramel popcorn the week of RWB Fridays Our students look forward to purchasing popcorn on Friday's, if you are interested in continuing this tradition by volunteering to be the crew leader, please email Carrie at kcczkl@gci.net <mailto:kcczkl@gci.net> or Tricia at hellok4yk4y@gmail.com • • •

Silent Auction/Carnival Fundraiser
The annual Fall Carnival will be Friday, October 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This is a great way to celebrate the arrival of fall, with carnival games and pizza for the kids and a silent auction for the adults. Last year, the auction had so many incredible donated items and raised over $8,000 for our school. Thank you to everyone who participated!!! We need volunteers NOW to solicit donations of new merchandise, gift certificates, baked goods, and other gift ideas. Items can be dropped off at the PTA office. Also, classrooms will be putting together theme baskets for the auction so watch for the information from your child’s teacher on what the theme basket is for their classroom. This year we are excited to announce that we will accept credit cards for your purchases at the auction. Please check the website as the date gets closer for a preview of some of the auction items that will be available. Any question, please contact Kari Erickson at #529-1239.

Popcorn Fridays
Without a Crew Leader, Popcorn Friday’s are in jeopardy of becoming a thing of the past. There are experienced volunteers available to assist you along the way. Listed are some of the duties.

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A NOTE FROM YOUR SCHOOL NURSE
Crossing Guard and Noon Duties Needed
We have immediate openings for Crossing Guard and Noon duty. These are both paid positions and indispensable to the safety and welfare of our students. Crossing Guards are required from 7:45-8:15 am and 2:303:30 pm each day. Noon Duties working in the lunchroom and on the playground from 11:0012:45 pm each day. You may choose a schedule suitable to your availability. Please call 742-7500 for more information and to pick up an application.

Extra Clothes Needed
Mrs. Seagle, our school nurse, needs gently used pants for younger kids to keep on hand for those accidental moments. Sweats and jeans that can be used for both boys and girls are the most useful. We also need extra gloves on hand for kids to borrow when they forget theirs on cold days. New small sized underwear and socks are also needed.

It is Getting Cooler
The leaves have begun to turn and on some mornings there is a definite chill in the air. It is time to start preparing our warmer clothes for Fall and Winter. Outdoor coats, hats, gloves, neck warmers and boots will soon be the standard apparel for outdoor recess. Get ready, it’s just around the corner.

Fevers
Parents please be aware that ASD requires children to be fever-free, without medications, for 24 hours before coming to school. So if your child is needing Tylenol, Motrin, etc., to keep the fever down, they MUST be kept out of school. Your cooperation will help us contain the spread of all viruses. Staci Seagle, RN, BSN NL ABC School Nurse

Laughter is by definition healthy.

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FEEL SICK? STAY HOME!
If you experience flu-like symptoms, remain at home to avoid exposing others. For more guidance regarding H1N1, see ASD H1N1 Website: www.asdk12.org/EPrep/flu

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Heath Tips…

COVER YOUR COUGH/SNEEZE Cough or sneeze into a tissue, your arm, or the crook of your elbow-not your hands. Even if you do not cough/sneeze on your hands, wash them immediately and if a tissue was used, dispose of it right away.

WASH YOUR HANDS
Practice good hand washing at home and encourage your children to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Hand washing is an easy and effective way to prevent the spread of flu germs.

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ASD Non Discrimination Statement
It is the policy of the Anchorage School District to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, and to provide services and benefits to all students and employees without regard to race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, marital status, change in marital status, pregnancy, parenthood or other prohibitions. This policy of the Anchorage School District is consistent with numerous laws, regulations, and executive orders enforced by various federal, state, and municipal agencies, including but not limited to Executive Order 11246, Title 41, part 60-1, 60-2, 60-3, 60-20, Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the School District Equal Employment Opportunity Office, the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Education or the Department of Health and Human Service


				
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