Notes from the principal

Dear Inlet View Families,
As we conclude 2019 and break for the winter holiday, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to all who help make Inlet View an amazing place to be.  We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we share daily with one another. From your homes to our classrooms, our collective efforts to raise the whole child are filled with passion and commitment. To all parents, you are the essential part in the lives of your children. I am grateful to you for masterfully doing what I know firsthand is the hardest, most rewarding, and joyous job of all.  Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift.  I am grateful to our wonderful, talented, creative, inquisitive, optimistic, resourceful, and resilient students.  Often they make us laugh, sometimes cry, yet always they make us think.  Most importantly, they make us better human beings.  In the spirit of this holiday season, I want to extend my thanks to all of you for everything that you do for our school.  As we enjoy the upcoming holidays, it is my wish that each of you receives and returns the seasonal bounty of blessings and good tidings that makes these days truly special.  It is also during this time that I am reminded of my own good fortune to serve as the proud principal of Inlet View.  To the parents and friends of the Inlet View community, please have a safe and joyous holiday season.
Patricia Ahrens

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The Learner Profile, Knowledgeable

Students who are knowledgeable have explored relevant and significant concepts and can remember what they have learned. They can draw on this knowledge and apply it in new situations. How can parents help to develop students who are Knowledgeable at home?

  •   Encourage your child to read books at home that correspond with the topics being covered in school. In particular, books in their mother tongue will help your child make more meaningful, lasting connections to what is being taught in their classroom in English.
  •   Ask your child about what they are learning in school and engage them in conversations about it:
  • “Why do you think that is an important thing to know about?”
  • “Can you think of anything happening in the world today that might be similar to that aspect of History?”
  •   Foster any area that your child expresses an interest in with books and activities, but also be sure to encourage them to explore other areas.
  •   Encourage your child to become familiar with current events and to read the newspaper and watch the news when appropriate.
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Important Dates
Tuesday, December 10th - Music Winter Concert, 2pm - 3pm

Thursday December 19th - Band and Orchestra Concert, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Thursday, December 19th - Full Day, Classes End for Winter Break

Monday, December 23rd - January 3rd - Winter Break, No Classes

Monday, January 6th - Classes resume
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

Congratulations!  To the winners of the Creative Writing Contest for Elementary Students on the topic What do you think is special about a place you call home?  We have Lucy Satake pictured 1st and Emma Eden 2nd along with their entries.
Lucy Satake
Grade 4
Inlet View Elementary
When I think of home I think of the apple tree in my backyard. I imagine me climbing up my apple tree. I hear apples being forced to fall to the earth by my weight as I climb higher. I smell the fresh green summer grass. As I climb farther up the tree I have the ability to see over the fence. I see my friendly neighborhood. I see a lady walking her dogs. I feel the trees rough trunk. My backyard contains a small fountain and an English garden. After I’m done in my beloved tree I decide to go and enjoy our little fountain. It doesn’t have a pump so water does not spout out but I love it anyway. I rummage through my pockets. I pull out two pennies. I lift one up and throw it into the fountain. I love watching the ripples in the water. I pick up the next penny. Without hesitation I throw the penny right into the fountain. More wondrous ripples appear. Next I wander over to the raspberry bushes. It is like overnight they have just erupted from the ground! I pick one ruby raspberry but before I pop it into my mouth I inspect the raspberry to make sure there are no bugs. My raspberry is bug free, so I pop it into my mouth. When I am finished with my sweet goodness I look down at my hands. The raspberry juice has smeared all over my hands. I was expecting that. I walk over to the hose and when I arrive I notice my neighbors black cat. For awhile it just stared at me until I turned on the hose. The cat bolted out of our backyard! Just moments afterward I hear a few high pitch giggles. I quickly turned around. The giggles came from my little brother. He was trying to scare me so I acted as if I was shocked. He invited me to play in our playhouse. I accepted his invite. We ran to the playhouse and had a wonderful time. I love my backyard.
Music Happenings from Ms. Honkola's Class
Music Happenings: On Friday, December 6th Mr. Campbell, Mrs. Park and Mrs. Daly/Bundtzen classes will be presenting their talents during the classroom concerts (regularly scheduled music time). Parents are welcome. If you are playing an instrument other than the piano don't forget to bring it! 

The Inlet View Winter Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at 2pm in the Inlet View gym/MPR. All class will be presenting a pieces as well as the Inlet View winter choir performance.

The Inlet View choir will be going on the Winter Tour on Wednesday, December 11th. They will be performing at the Diamond Mall, Ted Stevens International Airport and the Pioneer Home. Finally, the choir will be caroling in the west 15th neighborhood on Wednesday, December 18th. If you live close to Inlet View you can provide me with your address and we will try and stop by and sing you a song.
Student Leadership
We, the Student Leadership Team at Inlet View Elementary, will work hard to build a stronger, more caring and thoughtful school community. We will strive to keep our school safe from all bullying, as well as a fun place to learn and grow. We will encourage students' participation in helping each other at school, as well as others in our community.
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Greetings from the Library

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

The Anchorage School District’s 2019 – 2020 Bookmark Contest sponsored by the ASD Librarians has begun at Inlet View.  During the 3rd week of November, all student received a blank copy to create their own bookmark with the slogan,  Blast Off @ your library™. That slogan must be included on the bookmark. The artwork must be the original work of the student, whether computer generated or hand drawn.  The students had an opportunity to look at previous winning designs and begin designing their own.  We discussed how important it is to color and outline in black pen as well as include this year’s slogan.  All bookmarks are due to Mrs. Mans on or before December 11th.  The final selection at the district level will be made during the new year.  If needed, extra blank copies are available at the library.  I am looking forward to seeing all the creative ideas of our Inlet View students.

Mrs. Mans
Battle of the Books

Battle of Books has started with much interest, spirit and enthusiasm.
Much thank you goes to PTA, parents and teachers for their support.

News you can use
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).
Greetings from the music room
Classroom Concerts will be held on December 6th in the Music Relo. Campbell 9:20am-9:50am, Park 5/6th 1:40pm-2:10pm and Daily/Gamble 4th 2:15pm-2:45pm.

4th-6th Grade students who have a talent they would like to share are encouraged to sign up to perform at the classroom concert. Please see Lauralee for sign up. Parents are welcome to attend the concert.
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
Winter is here!

Physical education at Inlet View has been having a great time this school year!  
Our K-2 students have been enjoying volleying, throwing & catching skills, as well as playing a very fun and engaging game of backyard clean-up.  

The 3rd - 6th graders have been participating in working on their volleyball skills for a couple of weeks.  Such skills as; passing, setting, serving, roll shots, and pancakes were developed.  The amount of improvement in skills in that short amount of time was awesome.  

As winter gets closer and temps get colder, please ensure your child has appropriate gear for enjoying p.e. outdoors for sledding, ice skating, or broomball.  I love to be outside for p.e.!  

Happy For Snow!  
Mr. Meinen 
PTA Information

If you would like to be on the PTA email list, please email  

This email list is not the same as the Inlet View emails and newsletters you may get from the principal.

The PTA email list will keep you updated and in the loop on what is happening with the PTA and at the school, this includes any PTA run club registration info, volunteer opportunities and information about upcoming events.

If you have any questions, please email us:

Thank you!

Petra Wilm

Inlet View Parent and PTA President
Looking for holiday gifts with an Inlet View theme?

The PTA will be selling what is left of our fall inventory after the Music Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 10th.  

From 3-4 PM in the hallway, T-Shirts, Hoodies, Totes, Knit Hats, Caps, Decals, & Coffee will all be available in limited supply.  

We can take cash, checks, and credit cards.  

All proceeds go toward the general PTA budget to support enrichment opportunities for Inlet View, e.g. Ice Rink maintenance and bucket drums for music classes.

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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