Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 Dear Parents, Here is the dwindling list of scheduled field trips that you can put on your calendar. Wednesday, April 25 we will be taking private cars to West High Pool for the Kids Don’t Float pool session. We will leave the school at 9:15 and return at about 11:30. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. Thursday, April 26 we will be walking to the Pioneer Schoolhouse for a fabulous tour of what school and life was like over 100 years ago in Anchorage. We will leave the school at 11:30 and return at 2:30. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 11:15. Friday, May 4 we will take a bus to Bartlett High School for the District K-3 Orienteering Jamboree. We will leave the school at about 9:30 and return about noon. On Wednesday, May 9 we will be taking a bus to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. We will leave at 9:15 and return at about 2:00. Thursday, May 10 we will take a bus to the Alaska Native Heritage Center for their Preview Day. We will leave about 9:30 and return at about 1:30. Our final scheduled trip is on Wednesday, May 16. We will take a bus to the Eagle River Nature Center for a three-mile hike to the river, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I have sent home the permission slip for the orienteering trip to Bartlett High School in today’s folder. I appreciate all the chaperones that make these learning opportunities possible. While we are on the topic of field trips, I want to remind you about the responsibilities of the students on our outings. Each child is responsible to follow the instructions of the chaperones and teacher on every field trip. It is my responsibility to keep the students safe. We walk, take buses, or drive to all our field trips and it is vital that they are being safe in all those situations. It is also the responsibility of the child, to be respectful and kind on the field trip. When we go out in the public, we are representing Denali Montessori, Room 177, you, and myself. We need to show that Denali Montessori students are respectful and kind at all times on field trips. If the student isn’t being safe, listening to the adults, or is not showing respect and kindness, the student will be required to have his or her parent attend the next field trip. If the parent can’t attend, the child will have to stay in a classroom at Denali while we are on the trip. One more important event is our 3rd Grade Recognition Ceremony in which we send our 3rd graders with a big thank you and good luck in the future. I have scheduled this event for Friday, May 11 at 1:00. 3rd grade parents please let me know if this date and time does not work for you as soon as possible. The students could barely hold back the tears when I told them that this week’s homework will be our last for the 2017/2018 school year. The last spelling test will be on Friday, April 27. I encourage students to continue reading, practicing math facts, writing in journals or sending letters to relatives as ways to keep those skills fresh. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018 Dear Parents, Here is the latest and greatest updated list of scheduled field trips that you can put on your calendar. Thursday, April 12 we will be walking to the Performing Arts Center to see the Asian Cultural Performance. We will leave the school at about 9:20 and return about 11:45. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. On Tuesday, April 17 we will be returning to the Performing Arts Center to see Alaska Junior Theater’s “Peter and the Wolf” from 9:20-11:45. Wednesday, April 25 we will be taking private cars to West High Pool for the Kids Don’t Float pool session. We will leave the school at 9:15 and return at about 11:30. Thursday, April 26 we will be walking to the Pioneer Schoolhouse for a fabulous tour of what school and life was like over 100 years ago in Anchorage. We will leave the school at 11:30 and return at 2:30. Friday, May 4th we will take a bus to Bartlett High School for the District K-3 Orienteering Jamboree. We will leave the school at about 9:30 and return about noon. On Wednesday, May 9 we will be taking a bus to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. We will leave at 9:15 and return at about 2:00. Thursday, May 10 we will take a bus to the Alaska Native Heritage Center for their Preview Day. We will leave about 9:30 and return at about 1:30. Our final scheduled trip is on Wednesday, May 16. We will take a bus to the Eagle River Nature Center for a three-mile hike to the river, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I have sent home a few more permission slips in today’s folder. I appreciate all the chaperones that make these learning opportunities possible. While we are on the topic of field trips, I want to remind you about the responsibilities of the students on our outings. Each child is responsible to follow the instructions of the chaperones and teacher on every field trip. It is my responsibility to keep the students safe. We walk, take buses, or drive to all our field trips and it is vital that they are being safe in all those situations. It is also the responsibility of the child, to be respectful and kind on the field trip. When we go out in the public, we are representing Denali Montessori, Room 177, you, and myself. We need to show that Denali Montessori students are respectful and kind at all times on field trips. If the student isn’t being safe, listening to the adults, or is not showing respect and kindness, the student will be required to have his or her parent attend the next field trip. If the parent can’t attend, the child will have to stay in a classroom at Denali while we are on the trip. One more important event is our 3rd Grade Recognition Ceremony in which we send our 3rd graders with a big thank you and good luck in the future. I have scheduled this event for Friday, May 11 at 1:00. 3rd grade parents please let me know if this date and time does not work for you as soon as possible. The students have had some excellent work sessions this week and things have been humming along. We have been reviewing our grammar and making books, working on math operations and facts, graphs, alphabetical order, spelling, penmanship, continent and country research, writing, reading, problem solving, and so much more. It has been an energetic week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 Dear Parents, Here is the latest and greatest updated list of scheduled field trips that you can put on your calendar. On Thursday, April 5 we will be walking to the Anchorage Museum for a day of exploration. We will leave the school at 9:45 and return at about 2:30. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:30. Thursday, April 12 we will be walking to the Performing Arts Center to see the Asian Cultural Performance. We will leave the school at about 9:20 and return about 11:45. On Tuesday, April 17 (This is a change in dates) we will be returning to the Performing Arts Center to see Alaska Junior Theater’s “Peter and the Wolf” from 9:20-11:45. Wednesday, April 25 we will be taking a bus to West High Pool for the Kids Don’t Float pool session. We will leave the school at 9:15 and return at about 11:30. Friday, May 4th we will take a bus to Bartlett High School for the District K-3 Orienteering Jamboree. We will leave the school at about 9:30 and return about noon. On Wednesday, May 9 we will be taking a bus to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. We will leave at 9:15 and return at about 2:00. Thursday, May 10 we will take a bus to the Alaska Native Heritage Center for their Preview Day. We will leave about 9:30 and return at about 1:30. Our final scheduled trip is on Wednesday, May 16. We will take a bus to the Eagle River Nature Center for a three-mile hike to the river, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I have sent home the second permission slip in today’s folder. I appreciate all the chaperones that make these learning opportunities possible. One more important event is our 3rd Grade Recognition Ceremony in which we send our 3rd graders with a big thank you and good luck in the future. I have scheduled this event for Friday, May 11 at 1:00. 3rd grade parents please let me know if this date and time does not work for you as soon as possible. This is an important message from the PTSA. Denali Families, At this week's PTSA meeting we have some big agenda items that will be presented and discussed. PTSA Meeting is Thursday March 29, 2018. 5:45 Potluck (Meet, Greet & Eat) and 6:00 Meeting. Childcare is provided. Please come, even if you can't bring food. We always have plenty.  We try and keep the meeting short, ending at 7:00 so additional opportunities for discussion will be made at a later date if desired.  1) Our School Counselor.  This year Denali's school counselor position was cut.  An ASD representative came to our first PTSA meeting of the year and said it was difficult decision but they looked at our school's needs and decided we really didn't need a school counselor. We disagree. On Monday April 2nd, 6:00 pm, at the Anchorage School Board meeting, Denali PTSA will be presenting our request that this position be filled next year. Our kids need it. Only a few folks are testifying (keeping our message brief but clear) -- but we'd love to have written statements to present to the school board members. And we'd love to have a large Denali crowd to show our community concern. Wear Blue! 6-7 pm. If you want to submit your statement on why a school counselor is important for your child or the school overall, you can send it to denaliptsa@gmail.com or comment on the Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/denaliptsa  2) School Schedule Changes?  You may have heard that the School Board is considering the start times for school. Elementary start time would be moved to 7:30 or 7:45 am, with a dismissal at 2 or 2:15.  There has been a proposal for that Denali might be a pilot school to test out this start time change. There has also been a proposal that Denali change our school calendar to be more similar to Polaris. This would be re-occurring (biweekly) half-days for teacher in-service and moving when/how Fall and Spring conferences are held.  At the meeting, there will be a presentation on these ideas at the PTSA meeting and some discussion. (But this wouldn't be the only discussion on these matters). We hope to see you on Thursday and at the Anchorage School Board meeting on Monday.   Sincerely, The Denali PTSA If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 Dear Parents, It’s great to be back with all this wonderful sunlight and the smiling, enthusiastic faces of your children! The students have come back ready to work! It has been a fantastic week! The 3rd graders are taking the PEAKS test next Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 and will start promptly at 9:15 each day. 3rd grade parents please send your child well rested, well fed, and relaxed and ready to do his or her best. I have sent next week’s homework in today’s folder. Here are the scheduled field trips that you can put on your calendar. On Thursday, April 5 we will be walking to the Anchorage Museum for a day of exploration. We will leave the school at 9:45 and return at about 2:30. Thursday, April 12 we will be walking to the Performing Arts Center to see the Asian Cultural Performance. We will leave the school at about 9:20 and return about 11:45. On Tuesday, April 17 (This is a change in dates) we will be returning to the Performing Arts Center to see Alaska Junior Theater’s “Peter and the Wolf” from 9:20-11:45. Friday, May 4th we will take a bus to Bartlett High School for the District K-3 Orienteering Jamboree. We will leave the school at about 9:30 and return about noon. On Wednesday, May 9 we will be taking a bus to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. We will leave at 9:15 and return at about 2:00. Thursday, May 10 we will take a bus to the Alaska Native Heritage Center for their Preview Day. We will leave about 9:30 and return at about 1:30. Our final scheduled trip is on Wednesday, May 16. We will take a bus to the Eagle River Nature Center for a three-mile hike to the river, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I have sent home the first permission slip in today’s folder. I appreciate all the chaperones that make these learning opportunities possible. One more important event is our 3rd Grade Recognition Ceremony in which we send our 3rd graders with a big thank you and good luck in the future. I have scheduled this event for Friday, May 11 at 1:00. 3rd grade parents please let me know if this date and time does not work for you as soon as possible. I have sent third quarter report cards home in today’s folder. Please take a few moments to talk with your child to celebrate his or her accomplishments and discuss some areas he or she needs to improve. Teaching your children how to set goals is an important tool and gift that you can give them. The students have settled back into a nice work cycle this week. We have been studying prefixes, numbers and operations, math operations and facts, grammar, writing, spelling, writing friendly letters, country and continent research, and more. It’s been a great week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018 Dear Parents, Our next field trip is on Thursday, March 22. We will be walking to the Performing Arts Center to see Alaska Junior Theater’s “Step Afrika”. We will leave the school at 9:20 and return at about 11:45. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. I have sent home the permission slip for this trip in today’s folder. I also have a few other field trips scheduled that you can put on your calendar. On Thursday, April 5 we will be walking to the Anchorage Museum for a day of exploration. We will leave the school at 9:45 and return at about 2:30. On Thursday, April 19 we will be returning to the Performing Arts Center to see Alaska Junior Theater’s “Peter and the Wolf” from 9:20-11:45. On Wednesday, May 9 we will be taking a bus to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. We will leave at 9:15 and return at about 2:00. These are the ones that I have scheduled now, but I know that there will be plenty more. I appreciate all the chaperones that have made these learning experiences possible. The students and I appreciate your time! Thank you. Next week is the beginning of Spring Break for the students. There is no school on Friday, March 9 and students will return to school on Monday, March 19. We will not have homework until we return from Spring Break. We will celebrate the end of the 3rd quarter with a Read-In next Thursday, March 8. I will be serving waffles and juice in the morning. Students may wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal, blanket and some good books to read. We will be participating in reading activities throughout the day. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting with you all and celebrating your child’s success. I appreciate all you do on your child’s behalf. I love working with your children and observing their growth and maturity academically, socially, and emotionally. Thank you for all your help with field trips, spelling tests, laminating, making materials, listening to students read, sharing your expertise with the class, and all you do to make Room 177 and Denali Montessori such a wonderful place to be. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Ms. McEvoy, one of our wonderful P.E. teachers, is looking for volunteers to help out with our first annual Winter Field Day on Tuesday, February 20 during our time slot from 1:15-3:15. There are lots of games and activities that need adults to supervise them. If you are able to join us for this fun event, please return the flyer as soon as possible. Please think snow as well so this event can take place. Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22. Please schedule conferences during this time. I have offered morning conferences last week and late ones two days in a row. Unless it is an extreme circumstance, it is difficult for my family schedule to do them any other time. Thanks. Instructions for parents to set up Parent/Teacher Conference The web site is at the link 1.    Select Denali from the drop-down menu. 2.    Choose MIX for your child grade, unless your child is in Kindergarten. 3.    Select the name of your child’s teacher. 4.    Select your desired conference day by choosing a date from the drown menu. Use this link to sign up. https://www.asdk12.org/Page/5584 I love conference time and talking about your children and all the wonderful things they are doing. This week the students have been studying math facts, homophones, spelling, penmanship, problem solving in math, vocabulary, writing, practicing math operations, reading, writing friendly letters, conjunctions, journaling, numbers and operations, reading comprehension and activities, research, and more. It has been a busy and wonderful week! Please remember that there is no school on Monday, February 19 due to the Presidents’ Day holiday. Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22 the students will be released at 12:30 for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Finally, Friday February 23 there is no school due to the Montessori Conference. There is no homework during this crazy week. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018 Our next field trip is Thursday, February 15. We will be taking private vehicles to Jewel Lake for the Ice Fishing Jamboree put on by Fish and Game. Students will need to be bundled up for this one, but all the fishing gear is provided. We will leave the school at 9:15 a.m. and return about 11:45 a.m. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. We have only enough drivers to take 18 students so far and we have 25. If you can drive, please let me know as soon as possible. Also, if you are a driver, please check with the office to make sure you have your insurance and registration information turned in. Thanks for taking the time to make our trips possible! Ms. McEvoy, one of our wonderful P.E. teachers, is looking for volunteers to help out with our first annual Winter Field Day on Tuesday, February 20 during our time slot from 1:15-3:15. There are lots of games and activities that need adults to supervise them. If you are able to join us for this fun event, please return the flyer as soon as possible. Please think snow as well so this event can take place. Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22. The conference scheduler will be available for you to schedule conferences beginning on Monday, February 5. Instructions for parents to set up Parent/Teacher Conference The web site is at the link 1.    Select Denali from the drop-down menu. 2.    Choose MIX for your child grade, unless your child is in Kindergarten. 3.    Select the name of your child’s teacher. 4.    Select your desired conference day by choosing a date from the drown menu. Use this link to sign up. https://www.asdk12.org/Page/5584   Please let me know if the times don’t work for you. We’ll find a time that does. I love conference time and talking about your children and all the wonderful things they are doing. On Tuesday, February 14 we will have a valentine exchange and cookie decorating activity in the afternoon. If your child wishes to participate in the exchange, he/she must bring a valentine for each student. I have provided a list of Room 177 names on the back of the newsletter. This week the students have been studying math facts, homophones, spelling, penmanship, problem solving in math, vocabulary, writing, practicing math operations, reading, writing friendly letters, conjunctions, journaling, numbers and operations, reading comprehension and activities, research, and more. It has been a busy and wonderful week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org of call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer