Notes from the principal
Dear Inlet View Families,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. It's hard to believe that not only has this year arrived, but that we have already completed almost two full weeks! This initial newsletter is going to be stocked with lots of information and reminders for the upcoming school year. Please read carefully so that you can be 'in the know' for all things INLET VIEW!
We are excited to share with you our Mission Statement (see above). We want to EMPOWER students to develop habits that create lifelong learners who become productive members of their community. We know that this can't happen by just focusing on academics so we will guide all of our work through the IB-PYP Learner Profile. This includes monthly assemblies that will highlight the positive! I’ll be sharing with parents tips to work on attributes of the learner profile at home. Look for them in each month’s newsletter. In addition, we will spend time each day supporting students to develop social and emotional skills with their peers.
Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to insuring that Inlet View remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Please stop by and say Hello or Hola. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.
Patricia Ahrens,
New Staff
Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome the following classroom teachers; Mrs. Michelle Vaaia (Kindergarten) joining us from Government Hill, Mrs. Amanda Mendoza (1st grade) coming to us from Lake Hood, Sylvia Dente (2nd grade) moving to Anchorage from Arizona, Ms. Mellie Park joining us from Bowman Elementary and Ms. Dieter (Special Education) joining us from Kasuun.

Itinerant teachers we share with other schools are:
Mr. Price (Health), Mrs. Honkola and Mr. Brosious (Music), Mr. Castillo (ELL)
School Psychologist this year is Ms. Naszkiewicz, and Speech Pathologist is Ms. Kong
Classified staff we have Mrs. Sauia helping us as the Kindergarten TA for Mrs. Vaaia.
To all of them  again, welcome to Inlet View!
September 5th ~ Open House
We will be hosting our Open House on September 5th! Teachers will guide parents through all of classroom expectations, PYP program and how to support student learning at home. We will meet in the MPR at 6:00
MAP Assessment for grades 3-6
MAP Growth Newsletter Information
MAP Growth is the ASD benchmark assessment for students in grades 3-9 in reading and mathematics.  Grades 10-12 also take MAP Growth as part of Tier II and Tier III reading and mathematics courses.
MAP Growth is an online assessment tool used for instructional purposes.  MAP Growth is an adaptive assessment that provides each student with 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 will be administered three times per year during the ASD Benchmark windows:  fall, winter and spring.  The benchmark windows for 2019-2020 are:
  • Fall—September 3 - September 20
  • Winter—December 2 - December 19
  • Spring—April 20 - May 8
MAP Growth practice tests are available to allow students the opportunity to become familiar with the types of questions and tools available on the actual MAP Grow assessments such as the highlighter and calculator.  Practice tests are provided at and require login information (USERNAME: grow  PASSWORD: grow) to access.
Important Dates
Thursday, September 5th - Open House, 6pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 11th -13th - 6th Grade Camp
Friday, September 20, 2019 - Picture Day  Staff 8:30am & Students 9:10am
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - PTA Meeting 4pm
Parent Teacher Conferences are half days, school lets out at 12:30pm
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - Elementary School Conferences
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Elementary School Conferences
Friday, October 25, 2019 - No School for Students - Inservice Day
Interesting Reading

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


15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’

These questions will help you draw out important information from your kids.
By Elena Aguilar
Click Here For Link
IB Corner
This month’s focus for the learner profile is Caring.
Learner Profile Activities for Parents
The Learner Profile, Caring

Students who are CARING want people around them to be happy and are sensitive to their needs. They think about the world and work to take care of their community and the environment. They remember to treat others how they themselves would like to be treated. How can parents help to develop students who are Caring at home?
  •   Role model the caring behavior you would like to see in your child all the time. Your child has big eyes and ears and notices everything you do. Using kind words, helping people without being asked, being an active listener all show your child that you care about people. Even a simple thing, like holding a door for someone, shows your child that you are aware of others around you and want to help them.
  •   Think about how your family can get involved with community organizations.
  •   Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.  Make the effort to establish these habits in your home. By  developing children who care about the environment, you are helping the future of the globe.
  •   Smile.
  • After reading a book, spend some time considering how the people in the book acted. Was someone in the book caring? All of the time or just some of the time? Were all of the characters in the book caring or just some of them?
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).
Las noticas de Español
Saludos desde la aula de Español. Greetings from the Spanish classroom. Students have begun learning the 3 basic time of day greetings, a few conversation starter questions, names of family members and some body parts as we explore the theme of ¿Quiénes somos? or Who we are. In the month of September we will be practicing the fun trabalenguas Cómpreme un Coco. Take a look and practice at home too! Cómpadre compreme un coco, Compadre no compro coco, Porque como poco coco como, Poco coco compro. 
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 Education at Inlet View is off to a great start this school year.  With the fantastic weather we are having, students have been enjoying a variety of team building activities outdoors such as; tag games, and currently for grades 3-6th, flag football.  

Running club begins on September 5th at 7:45am.  It would be awesome to have your son or daughter participate and represent Inlet View at this years Jamboree at Bartlett High School on September 19th.   

Please be mindful of the weather each day and which day of the week your child has pe.  I love to be outdoors for pe and believe we Alaskans should embrace our winter season by having as fun in the snow as possible.  Please ensure your child has proper shoes, boots, coats, hats, and gloves for the changing seasons.  

Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding pe at  

Lets Get Moving!  

Mr. Meinen : ) 

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Inlet View PTA & Anchorage School Board

Petra Wilm, President
Allie Shepherd, Vice President
Heather Dongoski, Secretary
Alissa Pempek, Communications
Juli Lucky, Treasurer

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Starr Marsett, President
Alisha Hilde, Vice President
Elisa Vakalis, Treasurer
Margo Bellamy, Clerk
Deena Mitchell
Dave Donley
Andy Holleman
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Dr. Deena Bishop, Superintendent

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1219 N Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

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