November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter


November 2017
Principal's Corner

Educating all students for success in life


Dear Trailside Families,

The first quarter of school has come and gone. It is hard to believe that we are in the second quarter of the school year already! It was wonderful to see so many of you during Parent/Teacher conferences as your child’s teacher shared your child’s academic growth and set goals for the remainder of the year. We have much to celebrate!

I am inspired every day as I walk the hallways of our school and admire every student’s work showcased on bulletin board displays for our whole community to enjoy! I am inspired every day as I visit classrooms to see students engaged, learning, and having fun! As most of you know, our Trailside teachers and staff ROCK! Our community ROCKS! We are a strong partnership and we are most grateful and appreciative of your endless support!

If you have not already done so, please like and follow our Facebook page at We constantly share all of the good things that are happening at our terrific school!

As always, it is an absolute honor and pleasure to work with your child or children. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or to share success stories. We are here to serve your children and your family. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for a fabulous first quarter!

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Mary Ellison 

We love our Principal, Mrs. Ellison!
Important Dates to Remember
November 5
Don't Forget to Change your Clocks Back one Hour
November 8
Picture Retakes-Life Touch
November 6th-15th
Student Art Displayed in the Ed Center
November 9
Spirit Day wear your favorite Sports Jersey
November 10
No School: In-Service 
A Day of Understanding: Adverse Childhood Experiences &
Trauma Informed-Culturally Response Practice

November 13
Deadline for Art to Remember Ordering
November 17
Lego Night 6:00-7:30pm
November 23-24
No School - Happy Thanksgiving!
December 3
Trailside Book Fair at Barnes and Noble
December 4
Spelling Bee - 2pm
December 15
Winter Choir Concert - 2pm & 6:30pm
December 20
Band & Orchestra Concert - 2pm
December 22, 2017 - January 5th, 2018
Winter Break
January 23, 2018
Geography Bee - 2pm
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

Trailside Elementary is in its second year of implementing the Foundations Curriculum from Safe & Civil Schools. The Foundations Curriculum is being implemented district-wide.

The purpose of the Foundations curriculum is to promote a safe, positive, and respectful learning environment for all students and staff. As a cohesive staff, we identify areas that need improvement and develops solutions to the problems.

We incorporate the principles of STOIC when developing solutions:

* Structure and organize environment for success.

* Teach behavioral expectations to students

* Observe and monitor student behavior.

* Interact positively with students.

* Correct misbehavior fluently (be brief, calm, and consistent).

Staff identified the lunch room as a common area in need of clear expectations for student behavior. We would like to thank our parents, Mrs. Tibbetts and Mrs. Rafferty, for sharing their input. Please see our Trailside School Wide Expectations Matrix.

Trailside is a wonderful place to learn and we strive to make sure students are safe, healthy and happy. Lunchtime is a very important part of your child’s day and we want to ensure that the lunchroom is a place where students eat their lunch, use good manners, and treat each other and adults with respect. We started Nutrition 5 on Monday, which means students are focused on quietly eating for 5 minutes. Afterward, students use an indoor voice until it is time to line-up and head back to class. We, as a staff, are pleased with the results of the appropriate lunchroom behavior. We'll continue to observe, monitor student behavior, and interact positively with students!

Student Council News
Ballots have been tallied and our new Student Council Officers are:
President • Conrad Fawcett
Vice President • Russell Dushkin
Secretary • Maddie Rennard
Publicity • Ali Adkins & Karly Ellis
Student At Arms • Brian Fundeen
Everyone did a great job with speeches and advertising their position. 
Class Representatives are:
Mrs. Blake – Julia Rafferty, Hailey Klingengerg
Mrs. Metzger – Carter Noel, Linai Tuers, Brady Adkins
Mrs. Chiacchia – Emily Miller, Eva Phiel
Mrs. Cragen – Paige Lind, Alyse Perry, Clement Chlup
Mrs. Skrocki – Sky Tapio, Mia Glorioso, Landon Moore
Mrs. Slater – Skylar Lind, Maeve Delaney, Max Hoggard
Mrs. Johnson – John Nelson, Addi Nelson, Citlali Elias
Mrs. Ulbrich – Owen Tibbetts, Paige Miller, Emmalyn Fischer, Lars Lunoe
Mr. Miner – Gabi Robinson, Eli Holderith, Maya Sherry
Mr. Richardson – Aya Abuodbaid, Chanelle Alejo, Dawson Moore
Congratulations to everyone. Trailside is well represented!
Trailside will be holding its second spirit day!
 Sport Jersey Day  •   November 9th.
 All students may wear their favorite sports jersey on this day to support their teams!
Trailside students will be collecting gently used winter clothing such as hats, gloves, scarves, coats, etc., to be donated to the women and children of Claire House from November 6 - 22.   Clothes may be adult or child sizes, and must be in good shape.  
         Boxes will be located in the main foyer area for drop off!
Students will be decorating the tree with mittens again to help make the season a little brighter for some in our community.  We will be providing presents to families that may not be able to afford them this Holiday Season! 

Trailside Artists
These Timberwolves were selected to have their amazing art work displayed at the Education Center November 6 - December 15th  
Aidan Barnes - Grade 2
Natalie St. John- Grade 6
Kristin Hosack - Grade 4
Adina Nagl-Mermelstein - Grade 2
Spelling Bee
The halls of Trailside are ABUZZ!!!!
Trailside’s Annual Spelling Bee is coming and will be held on Monday, December 4th, at 2 PM in the Multi-Purpose room
Students will be participating in their own classroom spelling bee in the next coming months to determine the winners and alternates for the whole school spelling bee.
Parents and students however can visit and explore the many different features of the Scripps National Spelling Bee site by going to  Scripps is also once again working with Kindle in creating a new kind of spelling bee study experience. All of the words from the 2018 School Spelling Bee Study List can be found in engaging, grade-appropriate books, allowing your students to get to know these words in the context of great stories and not just lists! 
The winner of Trailside’s Annual Spelling Bee will participate in the 2018 Alaska State Spelling Bee, which is scheduled for March 29th, at 8:30 AM, at the Performing Arts Center.
Moving with Mr. Lieser

PE News

The Trailside Soccer Jamboree was a lot of fun! The weather was awesome and our team played hard!

In PE, we just finished up doing ropes and running through the obstacle course! Next week we will be moving on to Basketball!

We are working on the after school sports registration for the 2nd quarter. Keep an eye out, the registration should be open soon! If you are interested in running an activity please let me know! We are currently looking for someone who would like to run morning gym hockey.


Mr. Leiser

Mrs. Maclean was caught cleaning up outside our school- Thank you!!!!
From The Stacks

November is a time to be thankful and I am thankful for the wonderful Trailside community I live and work in.

Second quarter is off to a great start here in the Trailside Library.   I enjoyed visiting with so many of you at conferences.  I hope you know that I adore reaching out to your child and hopefully igniting a love of reading and libraries.  Trailside students love to read and I am so lucky to be their librarian.

Next month Trailside will be hosting a book fair at Barnes and Noble. It is Sunday, December 3.  Please save the date and come love your library that day!

The annual bookmark mark contest sponsored by Anchorage librarians is underway. All classes will be introduced to this year's theme, Be Empowered@your library next week. More details coming home next week.

I'd like to highlight one of online resources available to you and your student you may not know about:World Book Encyclopedia:The Anchorage School District purchases a subscription for all students so we should be using it!  World Book Encyclopedia online is more that just an encyclopedia though.  It has a great place for early readers to practice reading and wonderful facts, videos, activities, maps, games, science projects, a dictionary, and more for those curious minds.  Check it out and let me know what you think!  

Username: asdwb  Password: yourlibrary.


Happy Reading,
Cindy Keller
Trailside Elementary School Librarian


Overdrive Media in ASD and Anchorage Public Library:


Overdrive Media is ASD's collection of E books and Audio books that are available for checkout on personal and school devices. There are a lot of great titles and the high interest graphic can either download the titles to your device or even read/listen them through your computer browser. Most devices you will need to download the free Media Overdrive App. Also the student’s library card number works for the Anchorage public library’s overdrive media..

All 4-6 grade students were guided through the process of how to access digital materials online.  I hope some of them came home and tried it.  Please feel free to come in the library  if you need help with accessing this great resource.

So without going into a ton of's what you need to know

  • Students in 4-6 were  given a library card to take home with their library number.  This number also works at the Anchorage Public Library as well

  • Simple to try. Go to website on bookmark..
    Anchorage School District
  • Plug in your student’s library 14 digit barcode number

  • Your password is the last 4 digits of your barcode number (it says that on the bookmark as well)

  • Titles will remain on a device for two weeks and you can renew if no one has placed a hold.  Some titles have unlimited checkout.


Cindy Keller
Trailside Elementary School Librarian
Health News - Alaska Safe Children's Act

Dear Parent(s),

Trailside Elementary School will be teaching the 2nd Quarter Personal Safety lessons between December 11 and 15, 2017 during the Health classes. The age-appropriate lessons will be presented in a non-threatening way, along with the skills needed for self-protection. The lesson content is part of the Anchorage School District’s plan to enact the Alaska Safe Children’s Act and will be handled in a sensitive, respectful manner.

For more information on the topic, please visit our website.

If you have any questions about the content of the program or if you wish to inquire about opting out, please contact the school office.

Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to provide learning opportunities to improve the safety and well-being of our students.


Mrs. Ellison

Notes from Nurse Donna
We are looking for leggings to have in the Nurse's office for those unexpected accidents (sizes 5-10).  
Nurse Donna would like to remind everyone that "Emergency Contacts" are very important and need to be updated as soon as changes are made.
Nurse Donna would like to remind everyone that "Emergency Contacts" are very important and need to be updated as soon as changes are made.
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

Congratulations to these Trailside Timberwolves!!
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 come check out the "Lost and Found" it is over flowing with items.  
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