Notes from the principal

Inlet View Families,

Welcome back! Returning to school in January is always filled with renewed energy and resolve to make a positive difference in the lives of all the members of our school community. I hope that the transition back to school has been smooth for your children this week! We have an exciting second semester planned.

This time of the school year is also when we see many students take giant leaps in their learning.  Students who have struggled with being “tuned into” learning are starting to take off.  Students who struggled with reading fluently are sounding like pros. Students who have fought with math concepts are finding that things are starting to click. This is a true testament to all the work done at school and at home since the start of the school year.

So, let’s keep the positive growth going with the coordinated efforts between home and school.  Remember, you can/should read with your child each night.  Students need to read with you for (1) a fluent model of what reading sounds like, (2) seeing that you value the practice needed to grow as a reader, (3) continued practice of strategies and skills learned at school, and (4) quality time for you and your child.

I encourage parents to sit down with their child(ren) and discuss their performance, celebrate the successes and develop goals and next steps.

Finally, I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and I look forward to witnessing the many successes and achievements of our students as the year unfolds.
There will be no school on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday!
Let’s go Orcas!
Patricia Ahrens

IB Section
The Learner Profile, Open Minded
An Open-Minded student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making a decision. They celebrate the differences that make all people unique. How can parents help to develop this Open-Minded trait at home?
  •  Encourage your child to try new things – new foods, new games and new activities.
  •  Expose your child to different festivals, celebrations and traditions and be sure to present them in a non-judgmental way.
  •  Encourage your child to really listen to others when they speak.
  •  Introduce literature about many different cultures into your home library. Be sure that it is appropriate and reflects the culture in an appropriate way.
  •  When you observe your child being Open-Minded, reinforce this positive behavior and use the PYP Learner Profile terms.
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Important Dates
Monday, January 20th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School,

Friday, January 24th - Skate Night, 6-8pm 

Monday, January 27th - IB Assembly, MPR, 9:30am

Tuesday, February 4th - Visit Our Schools Month starts every Tuesday of the Month, 9:00am

Friday, February 7th - Skate-Walk-A-Thon

Wednesday and Thursday, February 12th & 13th - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, February 14th - In Service Day, No School

Monday, February 17th - Presidents Day, No School

Friday, February 26th - Whale Tales: Stories from a Neighborhood School, 6 -8pm
Traffic Information
                                        Inlet View Elementary
                                      Traffic Safety Guidelines
Please follow the guidelines below when picking up and dropping off your children in the parking lot.
1.  Don’t park, stop, load or unload in front of the cones.
2.  Pull vehicle to farthest available space along the sidewalk.
3.  Students should exit vehicle out passenger side or curbside.
5.  Do not use cell phone in school zone!  It’s against the law!
6.  Never leave your vehicle unattended.
7.  Be aware of children and vehicles behind you.
8.  Don’t block other vehicles.
9.  Be patient during peak traffic times(before and after school)
10.  Keep moving after your child either with staff or in school.
11.  During pickup, rotate to back of line if child not in sight.
Thank you for keeping people safe by using traffic safety etiquette around the school zones.
* Did you know that there is additional parking always available on the street just a few yards away?

APD Information: Illegal Use of Handheld Devices in School Zones
This APD NIXLE might be good information to pass along to parents in newsletters:
As of June 20, 2019 handheld cell phone use is illegal in active school zones and/or upon school grounds. If caught violating this new ordinance, the fine is a big one: 6 points on driver’s license and a $500 fine. Here are the pertinent points to know regarding AMC 9.28.055(E)(1):

  • This law is in effect 6am – 9pm seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • This law applies to all signed school zones where the speed limit is 25 mph.
  • This law applies to all school zones where there are temporary speed reductions to 20 mph or less (the school zones with the yellow flashing lights).
  • This law does NOT apply to vehicles that are stopped (ex: parked in a school parking lot) or if the mobile device is being used hands-free.
  • If a person in violation of this ordinance also causes a collision that results in injury or death, the penalty for this ordinance becomes a misdemeanor. 

The District has also created an information page on the ASD Family Involvement webpage that provides more details

Dear Inlet View Orcas,
We will be hosting our Inlet View Scripps School Spelling Bee on February 28th at 1:00pm. Parents are welcome to attend. Each class from Grades 2-6 will be allowed two representatives to compete at the school level. Representatives will be chosen by a class spelling bee beforehand.  Our Inlet View School Spelling Bee Champion will be registered to compete in the Alaska Scripps National Spelling Bee, held on Tuesday March 24th at the Anchorage Center for the Performing Arts, with a chance to go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
Call for Parent Volunteers!
We need volunteers to help us for our school spelling bee! We need one “Pronouncer”, one “Record Keeper”, and three Judges. If you are able to volunteer your time, please contact Kate Hamre at
From the Green Team
The Green Team is looking for an interested volunteer to help out with our recycling efforts. We are in need of someone to possibly help sort and and then take our plastic and aluminum to the appropriate local recycling centers for proper recycling. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Mrs. Dente ( or Mrs. Vaaia ( Thanks! 
Salmon in the School
Hi Inlet View!   

Our salmon eggs have moved on in their life cycle.   The eggs have become alevin.   They have a yolk sac that will provide all the nutrition they need for a few weeks.  Alevin like to hang out in dark streams near rocks.  We will keep the styrofoam on the tank for a while longer.  As they get bigger, they will become fry and then we will be feeding them fish food for the rest of the spring.   Please read the attached newsletter from Alaska Fish and Game. 
Greetings from the Library

Blast Off @ your library™ Bookmark Contest for 2019 - 2020

Congratulations to all students who created a bookmark for this year’s contest. Over 60 entries were submitted!

The school winners will represent Inlet View in the district wide contest.


The overall school winners are:

            5th grader – Claire Wolfe

            3rd grader – Olivia Love


Other school finalists are:

            Kindergartener – Sammy Satake

            6th grader – Lily Muniz

            6th grader – Ilsa Robinson

            2nd grader – Madison McCoy


Please check out the library website to view a slideshow of their creative work.

News from the café
  • Parents need to re-apply every year for free and reduced lunch even if you were approved last year.
  • Students need to have money on their accounts for milk even if the student does not eat school lunch.  
  • Parents please email if you do not want the cafe manager to serve food, and also if you are ok with more than one meal or milk for your student(s).
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, and 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 or go to  For more information call Susan at 348-5185.
News from the art room
Hello Inlet View Community- We have an art IDEA!!!

Save your plastic bottle caps this whole school year!

All sizes and colors!

Before you toss it in the garbage, consider saving it to ReUse for an art project.

Water & juice, laundry soap and coffee containers all have plastic lids. Peanut butter and Gatorade too! Please collect these at home in a bag or jar, and when that is full, bring into school and empty into the art room collection bin.

When we have enough caps, we will turn them into an art project!!!!

Looking forward to seeing how many Inlet View community can collect.

Physical Education
Physical edcucation is off to a running start for 2020 as students are fully engaged in a good old fashioned game of Cat 'N Mouse!  I'm so encouraged by the enthusiasm and efforts students demonstrated during this first week back at school in this game.  

As January continues, p.e. will be going outdoors ice skating and playing broomball.  Please ensure your child has appropriate outdoor gear.  Also, if your child has ice skates, I will ask that they bring them when we skate.  I also, have skates for students to burrow, but not quite enough for everyone.  

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2020!  

Get Outside and Play!  

Mr. Meinen 
Welcome to 2020 from the PTA

In the spirit of Arctic Entries and This American Life, Inlet View Elementary will present Whale Tales: Stories from a Neighborhood School. February 21 at 6pm in the Inlet View Multi-Purpose Room.  The event will be picnic-style at the school, $10 for adults and $5 for children. Light concessions will be offered. Live music, also! Additional donations accepted for childcare during the event. You will be able to vote for your favorite storyteller of the evening by casting cash into a bucket for that story. All money raised will go toward supporting Inlet View teacher needs!

We are in search of 7 stories about Inlet View and South Addition shenanigans, milestones, traditions, and memories -- from alumni, students, teachers, parents, administrators, staff, and neighbors. Stories must be true, must have happened to you (the storyteller, not someone else), must be told in 7 minutes or less, and must be appropriate for an all-ages audience. Bottom line: We want to hear your stories! If you have an idea, please email Arran at so we can hear your story in person. 

Last year the teachers asked for two mobile computer labs or Chromebook Carts. The district has agreed to provide one and the PTA has been diligently fundraising to pay for the other one.  The cost of each Chromebook Cart is approximately $11,000.  After the holiday push and PTA match we are now at $9,410—so close!  If we can raise another $795, the PTA will match it and we will be at $11,000! 

Remember, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your personal or business donation may be tax deductible.  

Ways to contribute:
Start thinking Salmon Run...

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Thank you for being part of our school community,

Petra Wilm
PTA President
Inlet View Elementary

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Allie Shepherd, Vice President
Heather Dongoski, Secretary
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