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September 2017
Principal's Corner

Welcome to a new school year!  We have a full (schooll) house this year, and hope all of our new students and their families are quickly feeling “at home.” At Ravenwood, we are fortunate to have a wonderful support system working together to insure the success of each student.  We have an awarding winning front office team with Ms. Beth Kutyba and Ms. Debbie Weiss (ASD Spring 2017 Denali Award Winners), and a passionate, talented, and compassionate team of teachers and professionals. Needless to say, our students are in great hands, and I am honored to be the lead learner in this wonderful learning community. 

We're off to a great start with our theme, “WILD about Learning – Alaska style!”  We are fortunate to live in an incredible place where bears, moose, and other unique wildlife abound right outside our front doors!  It’s also a main reason that outdoor education has always been a big part of our school’s mission and vision.  This year we’re excited about a new reading curriculum for our primary teachers (K-2), and the opportunity to pilot our platoon/departmentalization model in 3rd – 6th grade. 

Our PTSO has sponsored Daniel Dancer to come as an Artist in Residence next week.  He will be working with students during some of their specials, and then culminating his time with us by creating a living artwork using our entire school community to create an original design.  PTSO and your child will need to bring or wear their assigned colored t-shirt on WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13th, to help us create the design that will be photographed from the air by the artist.

This week, our students are bringing home their Trek for Tech fundraising information.  Last year, our students raised nearly $24,000 which was used to purchase some much needed classroom technology, in addition to transforming our Computer Lab into our STEM Lab.  We have only scratched the surface of some of our school’s technology needs, and hope we can count on everyone’s support with this fundraiser.  PTSO is offering amazing prizes for students and classrooms, so please take a few minutes to review the packet and help your child think of potential sponsors to help us.  The Trek for Tech is scheduled for September 22, and all are welcome to come and run, jog, or walk with us!

It’s going to be a great year of learning here at Ravenwood.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Bautista

Jennifer Waisanen  - 1st Grade
Caitlin Ivary -  2nd Grade
Katharine Thomas
  -  5th grade (Math)
Scott Meaders  - 6th Grade (Writing) 
Rochene Rowan-Hellen - Librarian
John Mann  - .3 PE  (shared with Alpenglow Elem.)
Lena Brower  - Special Education Department Chair (Weds)
Laura Figueroa - Kindergarten TA
Jackie Lukasik - Kindergarten TA 
Audra Hunt - PK Special Ed TA

PTSO's 1st Family Movie Night of the year featuring Disney's "Moana."

Friday, Sept. 8th
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Film starts at  6:00 pm

Bring your camping chairs, pillows and blankets!  Hot dogs, popcorn, candy and drinks available for purchase.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Ravenwood Elementary School is participating in the Anchorage School District's Day of Caring Food Drive to keep our local Food Pantry shelves stocked.  Each class has a collection box, and will be collecting next week (Sept. 11 - 15). Thank you!  
Students will be taking their annual school pictures on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th!  Order Packets were sent home, or contact the front office for more information or specific class picture times.  

It has been so wonderful to see the halls filled with smiling faces of Ravenwood students and families. I am looking forward to getting to know all of our new families and students this school year.  For those of you who do not know, my name is Jennifer Cottle, and I am the school nurse at Ravenwood. My office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4pm. I have been the school nurse at Ravenwood for the past 13 years and am celebrating the start of my 18th year as a school nurse in the Anchorage School District.  I received my Bachelor of Nursing from Washington State University and also have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. I became a Nationally Certified School Nurse in the summer of 2007.  I celebrated 20 years as a registered nurse in 2016 and I absolutely love what I do! You may also know me in my other role, as a proud parent. My oldest son Rhys graduate from Chugiak High School this past May and is in Missoula, MT playing Junior Hockey, my middle son Macsen is billeting in New Jersey play AAA hockey, and both are Ravenwood Alums. (Yes, we are a crazy hockey family)  My daughter Rhiannon is an 8th grader at Gruening Middle School. I am looking forward to a fun, healthy and safe school year. 

In light of the Anchorage School District’s Wellness Policy, I thought it would helpful to discuss healthy drink alternative to place in your child’s lunch. Many of you know that ASD banned the sale of junk food and soda pop in the Junior High and High schools years ago, as well as in all teacher lounges in every school in the district. Although these changes do not affect what you choose to have your child bring to school for personal consumption, Principal Bautista and I would like to implement a soda free cafeteria again this school year.  We are asking that you please offer other drink alternatives for you children other than soda’s or energy drinks.  Sodas contain a large amount of sugar per serving and have little nutritional value.  The increased consumption of soda has been linked to higher obesity rates among American children. Soda consumption has also been attributed to a decrease in the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin D, which is necessary for the body to absorb calcium. Calcium is needed for strong, healthy bone growth and development. Energy drinks contain caffeine as well as many herbal/mineral preparations. No herbal remedies, mineral or vitamins are allowed in school.  Energy drinks have been in the news recently due to adverse health reactions in individuals, particularly children.

Milk is available for purchase daily in the cafeteria for 50 cents.  Good old water is always an excellent choice and costs nothing if placed in a water bottle from home.  Flavored water such as Propel or Aquifina Fruit Splash is a good choice, especially for kids who prefer a little flavor to their water.  Beware of the sugar contents in Gatorade and Powerade- they can contain as much sugars as soda.  Juice is an acceptable alternative as long as it is 100% fruit juice. For my children’s lunch, if I give them a 100% fruit juice in their lunch, I consider that a substitute for a fruit that day.  Please contact Nurse Cottle or Kim Bautista at 742-3254 or 742-3250 if you have any questions. 

Please watch for more info at the “Nurse’s Corner” in upcoming newsletters. Happy Fall! 

Jennifer Cottle, BSN, RN, NCSN
Ravenwood Elementary 
Phone: 907-742-3254
Fax: 907-742-3260

Yes, it's a new name, but it's still the same amazing support for our school!  The Executive Board and members voted at their general membership meeting last May to become a PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization), and have spent the summer auditing accounts, and setting up this brand new organization.  The newly elected officers include :
Brian Baldwin
, President
Noel Pearson, Vice President 
Michelle Mason, Secretary
Katie Patel, Fund Raising Chairperson
Colleen Miller, Treasurer
Shannon Foreman, Boxtops, Spiritwear

They're off to a great start sponsoring our Annual Back-to-School Hotdog Picnic, Spirit wear sales, Box top collecting, Movie Night, Artist in Residence, Trek for Tech, and so much more!  They are always looking for enthusiastic members to share their commitment to our school community. Mark your calendar and come to their next meeting, Oct. 18th. You can always reach them through one of the formats.  
Find Us and Get Connected!
SignUp Genius - search Ravenwood PTSO
Facebook: Ravenwood Elementary Group
Keep saving and sending in General Mills Box Tops for great class prizes!  
We're excited to welcome Mrs. Rowan, our new librarian to our school community.  Her love of children, and her passion for reading make her a perfect fit for Ravenwood.  Please do not hesitate to contact her if you have any questions about the library, books, or want to volunteer!  You can email her directly at:
Overdrive:  Families can use their student’s library ID number to access a full assortment of ebooks via ASD’s Overdrive. You can download Battle Books as well as audiobooks for the whole family. You can download the Overdrive app on Google Play or access the Overdrive site directly by going to:

The MAP Growth assessment, formerly known as Measures of Academic Progress or MAP, is replacing the AIMSweb assessment for Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) purposes at all ASD schools for grades 3-8 and at high school for Tier II and Tier III reading and mathematics students. MAP was piloted at ASD last year at comprehensive middle schools, grades 6-8, and in the spring at elementary schools, grades 5-6.

MAP Growth is an online assessment tool used for instructional purposes. MAP Growth is an adaptive assessment that provides each student a personalized testing experience with data that speaks to their individual progress and growth in mathematics and reading. Practice tests and accommodations are available. MAP Growth is an interim assessment and will be administered three times per year during the ASD Benchmark windows: fall, winter and spring. The fall 2017 window is September 5-25.

PEAKS 2017 Student-Level Score Reporting

The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) is Alaska’s summative assessment for students in grades 3-10 and was administered for the first time in spring 2017. The purpose of a large-scale, summative assessment is to provide information to parents, educators, policy makers, communities and businesses about how Alaska’s schools and districts are performing, along with an overall picture of an individual student’s progress in meeting standards at his/her grade level.

PEAKS measures student performance in the Alaska English language arts, mathematics and science standards. The State of Alaska spent the summer setting and approving cut scores for the state, districts and schools.

At this time, districts and schools are beginning the score reporting process with the preliminary work of interpreting and understanding PEAKS results. The Anchorage School District is currently preparing our online student information system for parents to receive electronic PEAKS results on September 22nd.

For both math and English language arts, each student will receive an overall score that is aligned to one of four achievement levels: Proficient, Advanced, Below-Proficient and Far-Below Proficient. Students performing at a scale score of 500 or more are Proficient. In addition, information on groups of standards, called reporting categories, will also be provided as part of the score reporting process. For detailed information on PEAKS score reporting, please reference the Parent Guide to Student Reports Spring 2017 PEAKS Assessment English Language Arts and Mathematics (and Science), available on the ASD PEAKS website,

Please remember, PEAKS is not a pass/fail test. PEAKS is aligned to the Alaska State Standards and is a new assessment. This means PEAKS scores provide a new baseline to guide decision-making and support students on their path to success. Alaska increased the rigor of its standards and assessments so that our students are academically ready for jobs, career training and college. The Anchorage School District maintains high learning expectations for all students and is committed to preparing students for success in life.

Adventure and fun for boys 1st - 5th grades - Cub Scouts delivers a family-friendly experience. Contact Robert Davidson 907-202-0607 for more info.
Chugiak ER Girl Scout Expo will be Saturday, Sept 16. Contact Sarah Guthrie at (907) 273-0314 or
Parents are Perfect!
We currently have several food service positions open at various schools throughout the district. Substitutes are also needed in many school cafeterias to assist with preparing food & serving breakfast & lunch to students.  Hours are perfect for parents: part-time and flexible.  Fill out an application at the ASD Building at 5530 East Northern Lights Blvd at the Boniface Mall.
On September 9th, the National Marine Fisheries Service along with its partners is hosting the first Belugas Count! event.  It is a FREE event geared toward ALL ages. The idea behind the event is to bring citizens together to promote local pride, awareness and stewardship of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale. In the morning from 9 am – 12 pm, observation stations with knowledgeable volunteers will be set up along Knik and Turnagain Arms for the public to stop by, ask questions, and help look for and count beluga whales. Then from 12 pm - 5 pm, the Beluga Festival will be held at the Alaska Zoo and includes presentations, family activities, etc.  Visit the website at for more information. 

Thank you business partners!!

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