October 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter


October 2017
Principal's Corner

Educating All Students for Success in Life
Dear Trailside Families,
I hope you are enjoying the fall weather. We had frost Sunday morning and it is getting colder and darker in the mornings. Our students enjoy fresh air and exercise during recess each day and may also take an additional recess break in the late afternoon. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. We also ask that your child’s name is written on each piece of outdoor clothing so we may get it back to them in case it ends up in our lost and found bin.
We have been practicing safety drills (Evacuation, Duck-Cover-and Hold, ALICE, and Stay Put) and will continue to do so throughout the school year. Trailside completed our school-wide alternate site evacuation drill on Friday, September 15, to Service High School. The students, staff, and visitors did an amazing job! This is part of our on-going safety and crisis planning process. We are very proud of our Trailside Timberwolves and their great work!
I look forward to seeing you at our Hit the Trails 2K or 5K Fun Run this Saturday, October 7. This is one of our PTA’s fun family events that make Trailside Elementary a great neighborhood and community school!
As always, please contact your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Warmest Regards,

Mrs. Mary Ellison

Parent Teacher Conferences – Online Scheduling
The upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, October 25 & 26. All students will eat lunch prior to being dismissed at 12:30 p.m.  on those days.
Conferences offer parents the opportunity to find out how their child is getting along with classmates, how they're progressing in school and what can be done at home to build upon strengths and overcome challenges.
Parents have the ability to schedule conference times online. Conference Scheduler will be available for you to access on Monday, October 9. Scheduling early offers you the opportunity to secure conference times that work best for your family, especially if you have multiple children. Please visit the online scheduler at:
If you are unable to use the online Conference Scheduler, please contact the school office at 742-5500 and they’ll be happy to assist you.
We are excited about this upcoming opportunity for teachers and parents/guardians to discuss important information that will help students throughout their education.
Field Trip News

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


Cross Country Running 2017
The 2017 Cross Country season got off to a great start as over 80 kids and adults explored the beautiful, nearby trails on our many runs.  The weather was pretty good, the animals stayed away and there were many smiles!  The south side jamboree happened on Saturday September 23rd and featured kids from grades K-6 running .5 or 1 mile.  A nice long finish stretch across the Service High soccer field was a perfect spot to watch so many kids give it all they had.
Nation Wide Science Project-Planting Tulips 
Mr Miner's class planted tulip bulbs as part of a nationwide science project mapping when Spring hits various regions.  The project is called Journey North, and more information can be found at
Important Dates to Remember
October 7
Hit the Trails
October 9
Online Conference Scheduler Open's
October 12
PTA Meeting 6pm
October 13
Fall Festival Craft- Free After School Activity
October 16
Fall Festival Craft- Free After School Activity
October 25-26
Half Day for Students/Parent Teacher Conferences
October 27
Fall Festival-Please Report to: Platform "9 3/4" Between the Hours of 6-8pm
November 8
Picture Re-Takes-Life Touch
December 4
Spelling Bee - 2pm
December 15
Winter Choir Concert - 2pm & 6:30pm
December 20
Band & Orchestra Concert - 2pm
January 23, 2018
Geography Bee - 2pm
Regular School Attendance Matters
One of the most important things students can do to achieve academic success is to attend school every day. There is a direct relationship between students who attend school regularly and higher proficiency levels. A few days here and there might not sound like a lot, but students can fall behind even if they miss just a couple of days.
Excused and unexcused absences
The school board updated policy 443 in June 2013 to define what constitutes an excused absence from school. Conditions include:
  • Illness
  • Death or serious illness in the immediate family
  • Participation in a school function
  • Attendance at a religious service
  • Extenuating circumstances approved by the principal
How can families help?
Parents and adult family members can support school attendance by:
  • Scheduling family vacations during school breaks, like winter break or spring break
  • Setting consistent bedtime hours and morning routines
  • Laying out clothing and preparing lunch the night before
  • Limiting medical appointments during school hours or varying the time of day
  • Talking about the importance of regular school attendance
REMINDER – Attendance is taken twice a day. Students who miss more than one hour in the morning or afternoon are marked ‘absent’.
Author Visit
 Author Visit Wrap Up:

In September Trailside Timberwolves were treated to an assembly with Julia Cook, author of over 75 children's books. She was amazing! Thank you PTA! Julia was an excellent speaker, who delivered an important message to our engaged and well behaved Timberwolves.  The evening presentation to parents was enjoyed by many. While Julia Cook was speaking with parents, kids were invited into the library to read. We had several Service Biomedical Career Academy students who volunteered to read and model good citizenship.  I loved watching the interactions with these high school kids and the elementary students.  Timberwolves adore our neighboring Cougars and Julia Cook.  It truly was a great day.

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.

The PEAKS (Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools) was administered in the spring of 2017 to students in Grades 3-10. Test results are now available and can be reviewed on your Zangle Parent Connect account.  The Anchorage School District has a guide of how to interpret your child’s assessment results.
ASD PEAKS Results Parent Connect Guide
Letter from the Superintendent
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Ellison.
Purpose of our Foundations/Leadership Team
The purpose of the Foundations/Leadership Team is to promote a safe, positive, and respectful learning environment for all students and staff. The team, with the help of staff, identifies areas that need improvement and develops solutions to the problems.
The Foundations/Leadership Team uses data-driven decision making to identify problems and multiple sources of data are considered, including:
  • School records for attendance and tardiness
  • Observation of common areas (cafeteria, hallways, playground, etc.)
  • Discipline referrals
  • Annual surveys of staff, students, and parents
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).
We are practicing the quiet signal in the classroom, in the hallway, in the cafeteria, and on the playground when lining up to come inside. 
As a staff, we have identified the lunch room as a common area in need of clear expectations for student behavior.  Stay tuned!
Build the Habit of Good School Attendance
Download ASD's attendance flier to learn how to help your child succeed in school. Help build the habit of attending school everyday! Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and at work. View ASD's How Sick is Too Sick Form to learn when you should keep your child home from school.
your child does need to miss school, please fill out and turn in a pre-arranged absence form.
ASD Elementary Attendance Expectations

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

From Nurse Donna's Chart
Federal law requires every school district to have a local wellness policy that must address nutrition education, physical activity, school meals, and all other foods and beverages available at school. ASD is committed to teaching students about the positive effects of making healthy choices. To that end, and as part of our Wellness Policy, we have taken steps to ensure that the foods and drinks available for students fall within the nutritional guidelines put forth by the FDA. In part, School Board Policy 351.1 states that, “foods and beverages made available on campus during the school day (including, but not limited to vending, concessions, a la carte, student stores, classroom parties and fundraising) will be consistent with nutrition standards developed by the superintendent or designees and be based upon U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” With this in mind, please do not bring cupcakes/cookies to school with your child. Keeping in mind food allergens, please minimize home baked goods. For more information about ASD’s Wellness Policy and for healthy snack ideas, please see

Moving With Mr. Leiser

PE News


The Trailside Flag Football team did an awesome job at the football jamboree on Tuesday! Thank you to Coach McKay, Coach Sorich, Coach Maves, Coach Fawcett and all the other parents who helped out!


Go out and get some exercise! The CDC recommends that kids get 60 minutes a day of physical activity. Not only is it healthy, physical activity also has been shown to improve academic performance!


Badminton nets are set up on the Trailside field! Bring your rackets and birdies, come out and play some badminton! The field is open after school until 6 and on the weekends!


Don’t forget about the Hit the Trails Run this Saturday!



Mr. Leiser

Moving with Mrs. Skrocki
We are getting our 54 minutes of movement each day!
Celebrating our Families
From The Stacks


Battle of the Books:

Battle of the Books has started and is off to an outstanding start.  Your Battle of the Books coaches this year are Mrs. Keller and Mrs. Blake.  Third and fourth graders will meet on Wednesdays and fifth and sixth graders will meet on Thursdays in the library during their lunchtime. Everyone is welcome. A permission slip is required and is available in the library. Coaches are asking students to come to battle practices for the month of October and the beginning of November without discussing teams.  Right before Thanksgiving students will form teams with the coaches help.  Trailside’s Battle of the Books competition will be on the week of January 16th.  The Anchorage School District’s Battle is the week of February 6th. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Digital Citizenship and ISAFE lessons in the library:

This month each grade will receive 1-3 age appropriate digital safety and citizenship lessons.

The digital world that our kids are learning and growing up in is incredibly exciting. Through technology, kids have access to new tools, to an incredible range of resources, and to stimulating opportunities to participate in novel ways. At the same time, parenting kids who are immersed in so many different technologies and apps can be daunting.

Discuss responsible online behavior. Establish rules for appropriate instant messaging and chatting online, and explain that you’re using those rules because you care about their safety. You may want to involve an older sibling who can model good online behavior and can stay involved in their younger siblings’ online lives.

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

After School Activities 

If you want more information on "After School Activities"  flyers are posted outside the office, or you can visit the PTA website
Mountain Biking after school - Bunch of muddy fun!
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 week. and listen for their names once a week on 96.3FM, the Moose Radio.

Kaelyn Beatty* Sophia Compean* Ilsa Delany* Tim Edmondson* Karly Ellis*Janessa Ennis* Nora Fawcett* Rena Gilbert* Clara Hoppe* Morgan Hosack* Cove Johnson* Paige Lind* Skylar Lind* Paisley MacClean* Carter Noel* Alyse Parry* Gabi Robinson* Beezus Starr

Congratulations to these Trailside Timberwolves!!
PTA News
 It is time to start thinking about the Fall Festival on October 27th.  Isn't it so exciting that this year's theme is "Harry Potter"!  Mrs. Lunoe and her team are ferociously working away to plan some fantastic events.  You are going to have a crazy good time!  Here is what we need from you.  One of the stations is in need of empty toilet paper rolls!  Please collect toilet paper rolls and bring them to Mrs. Ulbrichs room! 
Meet some of our PTA Board!
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
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5151 Abbott Road
Anchorage, AK 99507

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