Notes from the principal

Dear Inlet View Families,

November is here and it brings many important happenings in our building.

Students’ safety is our first priority; and as we move into November, the sun starts coming up late and it’s dark on our sidewalks, crosswalks and parking lots. Without the reflective properties of snow on the ground, it’s it is hard to see when students are coming to school.  If you haven’t already heard, we had a secondary student hit by a car in a crosswalk earlier last week. Please make sure your child wears reflective clothing if they walk to school. If you’re driving, slowdown during times students are coming to school. Let’s help each other take care of our children and keep them safe.

On the same topic, once snow is here, please make sure your child comes to school prepared for the weather. This include the “TOP FIVE” (gloves, hat, coat, snow pants and boots). If you need help providing any of those items, do not hesitate to let the office, the nurse or myself know and we’ll be happy to help you. Our goal is that your children stay warm, enjoy recess and outdoor activities.

A few reminders, there will be no school on Monday, November 11. This is a Professional Development Day. School will be closed Thursday through Friday, November 28-29, for Thanksgiving. We appreciate your help in supporting routines with your children, even when the regular school schedule is disrupted with half-days and holidays.
THANK YOU for allowing me to serve you and your children and best wishes for a healthy

Yours in education,
Patricia Ahrens, Principal

IB Section
The Learner Profile, Inquirer

Students who are Inquirers are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. They love learning and discovering new things and will carry this love of learning with them throughout life. How can parents help to develop students who are Inquirers at home?
  •   Encourage areas of your child’s interest by visiting the library to borrow books that explore these topics.
  •   Develop an understanding of the Internet. Work with your son or daughter when the Internet is being used and try to instill the understanding that some Internet sites are not reputable.
  •   Model being an inquirer. Admit when you don’t know the answer to a problem or a question and seek out answers in front of your child.
Important Dates

Tuesday, November 5th - School Board meeting (non-action item)

Monday, November 11th - In Service Day (No students) PYP Planning

Thursday, November 14th - PTA 4pm

Friday, November 15th - Wear Green for America Recycles Day

Saturday, November 16th - Craft fair (PTA event) CANCELLED

Tuesday, November 19th - School Board meeting (action item)

Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th - No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
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

News from Mrs. Gamble's Class
Mrs. Gamble's fourth graders are studying how different supports can help people and things stay strong. One inquiry was looking into the architecture and engineering of structures that support weight. They built up background knowledge, engaged in discussions, tried out their designs, and build structures to express their ideas. They tested their structures using miniature pumpkins and observed if their structures were strong enough to hold the pumpkins' weight!
Salmon in the School

Some of the salmon eggs appear to be further along in the cycle.  You can see the eye of the salmon and this stage is called "the eyed salmon."   We are keeping the water as cold as possible to keep the fish from hatching too early.  The styrofoam helps the tank stay very dark, which is good because if the salmon eggs get too much light and warmer waters they will hatch too early.  Once the salmon hatch, we will take off the styrofoam so that the school can see the changes and growth of our salmon.  
Greetings from the Library

Battle of Books Has Begun!             All are welcome!


The coach for the 3rd/4th team is Mr. Stanton and practices will be on Monday and Wednesday during recess/lunch from 11:55 – 12:25 in Mr. Stanton’s room. The coach for the 5th/6th team is Mrs. Mans and practices will be on Monday and Wednesday during recess/lunch from 11:55 – 12:25 in the library.  


Battle of Books is a statewide reading motivation program open to all students in 3rd grade and higher.  

The books are available for check out at Inlet View; on ASD’s digital library; and the public library.  


Students received information during their library classes during the week of October 28th with practices starting October 28th. 

The districtwide tournament will be held the week of January 27th in 2020.


Permissions slips and book summaries were distributed for parent review.  

If you have any questions, please contact either Mr. Stanton or Mrs. Mans.  

For additional information, please see the official Battle of Books website at:

Cindy Mans

Inlet View Elementary
907-742-7630 or voicemail  566-0041

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
Physical Education at Inlet View This November is off to a very warm start.  We have been enjoying the great outdoors each day playing competitive games of kickball and cardio kickball.  We've also been engaged in a vareity of cooperative games and tag games.  For the month of November students will look forward to developing skills in volleyball as well as basic volleying, throwing and catching skills.  

Volleyball Club is Nov 5th, 7th, 12th, and 14th for grades 3-6th.  

Stay Active & Have Fun!  
Yearbook Information
Parents, you can order your yearbook now and customize your child's pages before April.  Get 5% off if you order by Nov. 30th.   Two customizable pages are included in your yearbook.  (This means you can add your child's own pictures and activities to two of the pages.   It personalizes the yearbook and makes it super fun for the kids.)
If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Kemp.
PTA Information


The Inlet View PTA is updating our directory and continuing our membership drive for the 2019-2020 school year.

The total dues per year per member is $10, which includes $2.25 for national dues; $4.00 for state dues; and $3.75 to help defray the costs of running our local PTA. You can submit this amount to your child's class or use the drop box in the school office.  We can also invoice, so email us and let us know the amount that you would like to be invoiced for.

We believe that the more people who participate, the better. That's why the PTA will pay the dues for any parent who needs it - just let us know!


If you don't want to be a "dues paying member" you can still participate in any meetings (but not vote on motions) or stay on the contact list to be 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.


Please take a moment to let us know whether you want to be on our list and, if you were last year, let us know if there are any changes to the information we have on file (name,contact info, etc.). If you are a new member and would like to be included in the Inlet View Elementary directory, please provide: first and last name, child's name and grade and any contact information you would like to include (address, email address, phone number).


Please email the info above and choose an option below.


__ I DO want to be a member of the PTA and will pay the annual dues of $10 per member


__ I DO want to be a member and ask the PTA to cover the annual dues for the member(s) listed below


__ I do NOT want to be a "dues paying" member of the PTA, but would like to stay on the directory and contact list


__ Please remove my name from your contact list


__ Please DO NOT list my name in the Inlet View Elementary directory

If you have any questions and would like to be added to the PTA email list, please email us:

Thank you!

Alissa Pempek
Inlet View Parent and PTA Communications

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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