Notes from the principal
Hello Inlet View Families,
The month of March comes with tons of fun and important activities for you to have in mind. As you are looking at your calendar for the coming months, please note there are eleven weeks left of this school year. Although, this might be exciting, it is important that we keep routines and schedules as consistent as possible. Assessment season is around the corner. PEAKS testing for students in grades 3-6 will start the last week of March. FastBridge screening for K-2 promptly in April. We will provide you with some tools and strategies to help your children be better prepared for standardized test environment. Going to bed early and eating nutritious items, will help them stay focused.

Science fair will happen the week after spring break. I hope your kids are having fun collecting and analyzing data for their experiments.
Please take the time to read this month’s newsletter as it contains important information and updates.

As always, feel free to contact your child’s teacher, the school, or myself, should you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Have a nice spring break,
Principal Ahrens
IB-PYP Corner
The Learner Profile, Risk-Taker
Students who are Risk-Takers have the daring to try new things. They try to solve problems in a lot of ways. They have the bravery to tell people what they think is right. How can parents help to develop students who are Risk-Takers at home?
  •   If your child is feeling uneasy about trying something, encourage them to attempt it and then reflect on both whether they liked the activity and how it felt to try something new.
  •   You child might want to set some short-term goals. Consider activities that make him/her nervous. What are realistic goals for the week? Your child might set a goal to:
  • Offer an opinion in class
    • Spend one recess with someone they might not usually play with
    • Order something different from the lunch menu
    • Try an activity they haven’t tried before
  •   Be careful to explain to your child the difference between being a risk-taker by trying new things and doing dangerous things.
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Important Dates
March 9th -13th - Spring Break, No School 

March 16th-20th -  Science Fair

March 18th - Quarterly Awards K-2/3: 9:30am  3-6: 2:20pm

March 19th - PTA meeting 4pm library

March 24th - Dress Rehearsal for the talent show 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Music Relo

March 26th - Talent Show 2pm, MPR

March 30th - PEAKS Testing starts

April 7th - Kindy Roundup, 9:30am

April 9th - Multi-Cultural Night 6-8pm, MPR
ASD Families
ASD has sent home the below communication via email regarding the virus.  Please let us know if you haven't received the email.  Let us know if you would like a hard copy.
Dear ASD Families,   
The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is a significant topic of concern in Anchorage and globally. While Alaska presently has no confirmed cases of this illness, the possibility remains real. To that end, please know your District is prepared. Here is helpful information for you to make informed decisions.
Prevention Measures - The best defense against any contagious illness is frequent and effective handwashing. Based on guidance from healthcare professionals, masks are not allowed unless specifically coordinated with the school nurse, as they are generally not used appropriately by children.
Family Actions:
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Use soap & water for 20 seconds; sing “Happy Birthday” or the “ABCs” to time the task
  • Use hand sanitizer when water is unavailable
  • Practice coughing/sneezing into the elbow or a tissue
  • Keep hands below the chin
  • Keep children home when sick

ASD Actions:
  • Teach proper hand washing
  • Purchase hand sanitizer for use in schools
  • Suspend handshaking routines
  • Increase sanitization of schools and buses
  • Educate all staff on current protocols
  • Suspend attendance awards
  • Encourage staff to stay home when sick
District Closure Preparation - ASD has an Infectious Disease Plan in place, and school nurses have the most up-to-date information. In an extreme situation, the District may need to close for a time. If a closure takes place, we want everyone to be prepared.
If the District were to close, the effects to families and across the entire community would be significant. Families should take the time to consider how a potential closure would impact their daily lives and take steps to plan ahead. Childcare, work/activity schedules, and other family logistics are a few areas that may be affected if ASD is forced to close.
Family Actions:
  • Plan for short and long-term closures
    • Work schedules
    • Childcare
    • Activity Schedules
  • Know how to reach your child’s teacher(s) via email

ASD Actions:
  • Communicate regularly with our community
    • Email
    • ASD website
    • Social media/text
    • Local media
  • Engage e-learning opportunities
  • Coordinate continuation of meal service for students in need
  • Plan for employee absences
  • Maintain facilities
 Travel Considerations - Due to the risk of contracting the virus or being isolated outside of Alaska, ASD has canceled all school sponsored domestic and international travel for students and staff through April 2020. In-state travel is not affected.
During spring break, many ASD families have personal vacation plans. We encourage them to stay current with the latest travel advisories and the specific status of their travel location. The CDC travel page has reliable and accurate information.
Family Actions:
  • Monitor travel advisories
  • Plan for long-term stays
  • Check regularly for school updates and/or assignments
  • Inform your school of absences (stipulate illness, travel restriction, or isolation)

ASD Actions:
  • Communicate regularly
  • Welcome students back to school
  • Reduce stigma related to travel locations
  • Be flexible with missed assignments
  • Manage fear and misinformation

You may find these reputable websites useful in your effort to stay informed:  
ASD will keep you updated with new developments. Thank you for your continued engagement and cooperation.  
Anchorage School District
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

Here's a message from Violet Jopp in Mrs. Dente's class.
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! 
News from the Art Room
Take a Journey through Art - The ASD Fine Arts Department presents the 48th Annual Student Art Show in celebration of National Youth Art Month.   March 6 - April 4th, 2020.
Student art work will be on display at various places around Anchorage.

Claire Wolfe, gr 5 and Norah Botstein, gr 3 from Inlet View will have their on display. Way to go you two!

The Grand Reception at the museum on Friday March 6th will be free to the public from 6-8pm.   Hope to see you there!

Thalia Wilkinson

Art Teacher 

Trailside / Inlet View / Girdwood

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
P.E. Celebrates Sunshine! 

Inlet View physical education is enjoying the sunshine as the Alaska daylight increases.  

Students in grades 3-6 have enjoyed sledding and broomball recently and as March approaches, they will be participating in Mr. Meinen's favorite unit, badminton.  "I love badminton because it is a lifelong activity and everyone can play the game!"  

Students in grades K-2 will be working on throwing and catching skills in March and will be outside as much as possible.  

*Please note that if it snows a great deal, Mr. Meinen will take students sledding for a day.  Please send your child with a sledding helmet if you would like on a dump day!  

Lastly, there will be a badminton tournament where we have an opportunity to compete against other students in the district.  The date is April 4th!  More details to come later for those interested.  

Get Out & PLAY!!!! 
Time to order your yearbook
You can order your yearbooks now.  You still have time to customize it the way you like.  See information below.
PTA News
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For current information specifically about Inlet View community events, fundraisers, after-school clubs, and opportunities to volunteer or support our students, teachers, & staff, email with PTA NEWSLETTER PLEASE in the subject line.
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Start thinking Salmon Run...
School Bond 2020 - We are on it!

Inlet View Elementary replacement design planning is included on the April 2020 school bond!  Please Vote YES for School Bonds!  You can vote by mail or in person!

Learn more about the bond:

Amazon Much?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. 

Go to  Go to Account and Change your Charity to Inlet View PTA

Box Tops Are Going Digital

Instead of cutting out little cardboard squares, download the Box Tops app and scan your grocery receipts: Carrs, Freds, Costco, etc.  Every little bit of support helps.

Join the PTA Email List

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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:

Parental involvement matters!

Thank you for being part of our school community,

Petra Wilm
PTA President
Inlet View Elementary

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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