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Anchorage School District

Volume 1, Issue 5

12000 Lorraine Street Anchorage, Alaska 99516 907-742-5650

January 13, 2017



Jan 20th PTA Movie Night 6:30p-8:00p

Jan 23rd PJ Penny Day wear your PJ’s and bring pennies

Jan 24th Neon Nickels Day wear neon colors and bring nickels

Jan 25th Dazzling Dimes Day wear something shiny and bring in dimes

Jan 26th Crazy Quarter Day wear crazy hats/socks and bring in quarters

Jan 27th Team up for Leukemia wear your favorite team jersey Skating and Cross Country Skiing during P.E Classes begins January 17th. Please see page 3 of the newsletter for information. Please click on the link below to help tie skates. go/20f0849a5aa28abfd0please

Dear Huffman Families, Happy New Year! I hope you were able to enjoy some time with family and friends during the winter break. Below are a few highlights. Report Cards Report cards were sent home on Thursday, 1/12. Of course, Zangle is also updated. Please be sure to check those backpacks. As always, please contact your student’s teacher with any questions, concerns, or celebrations. The next parent teacher conferences will be the week of February 21. Margaret Carghill Foundation and the Northern Journeys Grant Huffman is extremely excited to participate in this amazing community outreach project. Through partnerships with UAA, the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Huffman will be hosting numerous artists and performers to work with our students in all grade levels during this spring semester. The goal is to incorporate the arts into our academics and promote cultural awareness. This will be done in conjunction with hosting four student teachers. 90% Attendance Goal Every school day counts. What percentage of students at Huffman attended at least 90% of the days in the month? Let’s try to get this back up to 90%. Thank you for having your student in school everyday. August: 86.44% September: 92.63% October: 81.51% November: 72.88% December: 74.90% We have some work to do here. Please help your student become an attendance HERO. H = Be Here E = Everyday R = Ready to Learn O = On time Parking Lot News -Thank you for obeying the 5 mph speed limit on campus! We must keep all students, staff, and families safe. Remember, the front lot (bus area) is closed to cars in the morning from 8:30 – 9:15am and in the afternoon from 3:00 – 3:45pm. Winter Gear- Colder temps are forecasted and skating is to begin next week. Please make sure your student has all 5 points of gear (hat, gloves, winter coat, snow pants, and boots). As always, don’t hesitate to call or email if you have questions or concerns. Have a wonderful day. All the best. Chris 907-742-5650

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PAW PRINTS 12-2-16


PAW PRINTS 12-12-16 Kindergarten

Kindergarten Carlson

Emery Waller, North Dittman


Bodie Heisten, Penny Martin


Annie Baldessari, Jason Mitchell


Mirabel Coleman, Dylan Hood


Brody Lamb


Lily Ann Kelly, Julia Dunlap

1st Grade

1st Grade Sooter

James McSharry, Raylin Cook



Brenden Lee, Emmy Siharath


Addi Harshbarger, Gage Dufour Connor Budd

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Barrett

Aubrey Meger, Clark Reaburn


Daniel Choquette, Jackson Leahy


Riley Waller, Emma Carter


Carson Madison, Brayden Coskey

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Calabro

Landon Johnston, Evelyn Wieger



Alex Tisdale, Jeremy Narus


Gavin Swegle Quinn Felton

4th Grade

4th Grade Carroll

Reagan Baldwin, Erin Lowe


Nialah Clark, Kellan Witter


Sean Gallen


Owen Harby

5th Grade

5th Grade

McGregor Wyatt Meyers, Madilyn Gifford, Delaney Foster


Alexis Mack, Gabriel Schumaker


Alexandria Kincaid


Kate Unger


Fafo Lefano, Ava Engelbracht


Keira Potter-Knudsen

6th Grade

6th Grade Mitchell

Grant Chythlook, Kayleigh Picado


Grainne Rogacki, Zoe Witter


Sadie Morehead


Colette Zidek


Ryan Bascom


Linden Reaburn

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Zoe Witter 4-6

Camille Johnson


Skating and Cross Country Skiing during Physical Education Classes Beginning Tuesday, January 17th, Huffman students in grades K-6 will be participating in ice skating and skiing as part of the Physical Education program. Ice Skating will run for 3 weeks from Jan. 17 – Feb. 3rd. Cross Country skiing will run for 3 weeks from Feb. 6th – March 3rd. Feb. 21-24 will be a regular indoor week due to conferences. During these weeks, students will be skating/skiing during their regular PE time.

Equipment: We have equipment for all students and will spend some time fitting skates and ski boots. If students want to bring their own equipment, they must store it in their classroom and it needs to be clearly marked with their name. Skis are not allowed on the bus. Students may bring skates with skate guards on the bus.

Clothing: Students should be prepared to be outside for 45 minutes on their ski or skate day. They must have warm clothes, a hat, and gloves or mittens. Please provide LONG wool or synthetic socks. Short cotton socks or no socks = raw ankles. Yikes. Please wear hats without large pom-pom’s that will fit under the helmets or bring your own winter sports helmet.

Looking for Noon-Duties

Please stop by and check out the Lost and Found bins. They’re overflowing with lost items.

Parent Help: YES! WE NEED HELP, ESPECIALLY FOR PRIMARY! We especially need help tying laces and helping the younger students (K-3) get dressed, ready, and safely down to the ice rink or out to the field. More help = more time skating or skiing. To sign up for a slot, send an email to It really helps to know we are covered but you can just show up too. Thank you.

Equipment Donations: We are always wearing out equipment and can 11:10AM.-1:10PM. Please contact the office use new (your old) skis, boots, poles and hockey skates. at 742-5661 if interested. If you borrowed skates or skis over the holiday, please return them and make sure we tear up your pink (borrow) slip.

You can even sign-up for one day a week if that works for your schedule.

Mark your calendars for the Heart Run Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:30am Timed 5K 10:00am Untimed 5K/3K UAA Alaska Airlines Center

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Notes from the



Happy New Year! It’s terrific to be back with the students! We are going to warm up January with lots of drumming and rhythmic lessons for K, 1st and 2nd graders, a study of musical theater for 3rd and 4th grade classes, and musical social studies connections for 5th and 6th graders. Mozart’s birthday is January 27th. Celebrate by listening to one of his operas or instrumental pieces! Also, Spring Choir will start on February 1. Returning singers need to sign up again, if they want to, and new singers are welcome to join. Looking forward to a great semester of singing. With a song, Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt

5th & 6th teams representing Huffman at District Battle of the Books Elizabeth Page Josh Christian Brianne Wang

Cody Tirpack Joey Baldessari Rennick Heatwole

3rd & 4th teams representing Huffman at District Battle of the Books Kayla Lobb Kiera Moore Lilian Coy Baylor Berg Ryden Scott Haden Petrone Owen Harth

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Lunch account balances You can now get notification when your child’s lunch account balance runs low. Parents can enter information in Zangle ParentConnection to receive an email or phone call once their child's balance is below the threshold that the parent sets. Once logged in to Zangle, select Online Payments and then Student Balance Notifications.

Lions International Peace poster Contest Winners 1st Zoe Witter 2nd Katie McKenzie 3rd Jade Whitt


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5th and 6th grade parents only: Human Growth and Development Video and Curriculum Preview Fifth and Sixth grade Health in February and March will be focusing on Human Growth and Development and Communicable Diseases. I will be holding an “open house” to preview the materials and curriculum used on Wednesday January 25th from 3:45-4:30pm. In the Art Room. The following videos will be shown in the classroom during these classes. I encourage parents to preview the appropriate grade level video and discuss the contents with their child before classroom discussion begins. Combination classes will be split so that each grade level receives the appropriate curriculum. As always, parents are a child’s first and best resource. If you have any questions please email me at: The following videos are available for parent preview on the web. “Always Changing” (co-ed version) - 5th grade. (once on the page, scroll down to view the version). “The Biology of Prenatal Development” - 6th grade “Growing Up” - This video will not be shown in class. It may be used at home as an additional resource. “The Immune System: Doing Its Part”-6th grade

Sweet Treat Auction Thank you to everyone who bid on sweet treats! Huffman raised $1531.00!! 100% of the proceeds went to the Children’s lunchbox.

Anchorage School Board Tam Agosti-Gisler, president Elisa Snelling, vice president Starr Marsett, clerk Kathleen Plunkett, treasurer

Anchorage School District In agreement with the Office of Civil Rights-U. S. Department of Education, this statement must be included in all ASD publications, including student handbooks,

Bettye Davis

administrative manuals, parent documents and other District publications. Compliance/Equal Employment Opportunity Office REVISED: 8/2007; 8/2012; 5/2013; 7/2014 ASD Statement of Non-discrimination for ASD Publications The Board is committed to an environment of non-discrimination 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 or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. 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 the District’s Compliance/Equal Employment Opportunity Executive 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

Pat Higgins Kameron Perez-Verdia ASD Superintendent

Office of Civil Rights-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. EEO #024

Dr. Deena Paramo

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Your Huffman Team PTA January Bulletin -Next

PTA meeting will be on January 18th at 4:00 in the library! Come help plan for an amazing spring semester!

-January 20 from 6:30-8:00 - PTA MOVIE NIGHT!!! Join us for Secret Life of Pets, pizza and family fun!

-January 16th-No School for Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

-Parent help needed during Physical Education Skating and Skiing Program running from January 17-March 3! Email to sign up to help! -Huffman Husky Hutch will be open on Wednesday and Friday mornings in January from 8:40-9:05! Husky Bucks are available at the Husky Hutch! -PTA will be taking down holiday trimmings within the next couple of weeks, if anyone is interested in lending a hand let us know…the more the merrier!! Contact us at if you have any questions or would like to participate. -Great news! The Fall Carnival Scholastic book fair earned 4,800 “Scholastic dollars” for Huffman Library to use for future book purchases! -Looking ahead into February, please save the date on February 4th from 10-2 and join us for fun in the snow at WINTER SPORTS DAY! Come cross country ski, fat tire bike, meet a dog musher and MORE! Please click on the link above to volunteer to tie skates for our winter sports program in P.E. class.

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