Monday, February 19, 2024

RAPIDS REPORT 2-19-24

 The Rapids Report

February 19th, 2024

Dear STrEaM Families,


There is no school this week Monday and Friday! Monday is Presidents’ Day holiday. Friday is a professional development day for staff.  There are no conferences this week in secondary: elementary only. 


Your feedback is important! Please take a moment to fill out the family School Climate and Connectedness Survey: surveys.panoramaed.com/aasb/59120family

Every year we use data from this survey to set goals for improving our program. 

This Week at STrEaM:

Monday 2/19: NO SCHOOL: PRESIDENTS DAY

Tuesday 2/20:  Block Day A Advisory & P. 1-4

  • XC Ski Practice @STrEaM 3:00-4:30

Wednesday 2/21: Early Release 12:00

  • Math Club & Boxing after school

  • Battle of the Books Pop-Up Bake Sale Fundraiser @ noon

  • XC Ski Race@ Service High School 5:30pm

  • Student Ambassador Club Meeting 12-1:30

Thursday 2/22: Block Day B Advisory & P. 5-8

  • XC Skiing @ Russian Jack

Friday 2/23: NO SCHOOL - 

  • LAST DAY TO ORDER A YEARBOOK!


Recruitment Time!

Word of mouth is still the #1 way new students come to us- thanks to YOU!

The lottery is open now and ends on March 21st. Our student ambassadors are visiting neighboring elementary schools, family STEM nights and recruitment fairs in February and March. Spread the word and help recruit new RAPIDS! Our 2nd Annual Charter & Optional Program EXPO is Feb 28th from 4:00 pm to 6:45 pm. In the auditorium. Mrs. Smith is offering an optional event in Room 105 for more in-depth information about STrEaM.

Health, Social Emotional and Wellness

Communicating with teens: Tip of the week!

Whenever possible, focus on the positive:


Sometimes questions can feel like accusations:


  1. Did you do your homework?

  2. Who are you texting?


Make sure to balance with positives:


  1. You are so much fun.

  2. You are getting so good at that!


It is easy to get bogged down in the instructiveness of parenting. Whenever possible, take a step back and focus on what’s fun about your child. What do you admire? How are they brave, curious, or kind? Language is important. Sometimes even innocent questions sound like interrogations to a teen - “what are you thinking?” Instead try, “you seem (happy, upset, et).” 



Health Updates 

February isn’t just about Valentine candy. It is also dental health month. There are some great oral health resources here: https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/basics/childrens-oral-health/index.html

Please feel free to email or call me with any questions. zimpelman_bethany@asdk12.org

Wishing you well

~Nurse Bethany

Reporting absences:

Thank you for letting us know when your child will be absent. There are two great ways to do this now. You can log into Parent Connect and use the link on the top of your screen or you can call the school at 907-742-9000. Ms. Jessi is our new attendance secretary and front door greeter!

School Governance

APC (Academic Policy Committee)

The Academic Policy Committee (APC) meets the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 PM.  There is no meeting in February. Community and parents are always welcome to attend. Please notify us prior to the meeting if you wish to provide public comment.

Friends of STrEaM

  • Be on the look-out for information about the 4th Annual STrEaM Spring Auction Fundraiser! We hope to raise close to $4K this year. If you own a business and can donate an item or experience to auction please see Sylvia in the front office.

  • The School Lunch Program for students-in-need is low on jelly and individual bags of pretzels or chips. If you are able to donate, please bring to Ms. Jessi at the front kiosk. We are extremely thankful to the Clarion Suites Downtown Anchorage for their continued support of this lunch program. 

After School Activities

Skiing 


Transportation:  

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS have been doing a great job!! In order to streamline the driving, we created a volunteer driver coordination sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FACAE22A6F58-47375344-stream#/

Drivers can fill out this "sign up Genius". It is a tool to use so drivers can coordinate and help each other carpool.

23-24 Battle of the Books

Our 6th grade team had a great competition! They had so much fun, built new friendships and placed 9th for the NE division! Congratulations readers!

Wednesday MATH CLUB

Wednesday's Math Club is full for quarter 3, but will be accepting new applicants for quarter 4. Math Club is hosted by math teacher Stephanie Olendorff and is open to any STrEaM student who has a permission form submitted; however, there is a cap of 20 seats available and academic need will be considered when accepting students. It will take place on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Students must be picked up or have permission to walk off campus by 1:45 pm. Please fill out the permission form in the link below to be considered for quarter 4 Wednesday’s Math Club. Please reach out to Mrs. Olendorff at olendorff_stephanie@asdk12.org with any questions. 

https://forms.gle/nfo5E3W7Bfik8XNo6


For more information reach out to Mrs. Olendorff at olendorff_stephanie@asdk12.org 

Advisory & Lunch MATH CLUB

Students have the option to spend Tuesday and Thursday advisory period in Mrs. Olendorff’s room for math support. Students are to check in with their advisory teacher for attendance, then go to room 4. Students can also spend lunch in Mrs. Olendorff’s room Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and/or Friday for math support. The expectation is that students are silently working on any PA’s and MA’s while Mrs. Olendorff is there to offer support and instruction. This is a great opportunity to incorporate more math into the students’ schedules.  Please reach out to Mrs. Olendorff at olendorff_stephanie@asdk12.org with any questions. 

Links and Information

STREAM GEAR STORE

Purchase your STrEaM Gear on our online store! LINK: https://bit.ly/3YYp912


2023-24 Yearbook Order Today! 

The last day to order a yearbook is February 23rd! Order here.

Parents: earn or finish a degree right here at STrEaM with Wayland!

Are you considering earning a degree, or completing one? Our business partner Wayland University offers classes online and in the evening https://www.wbu.edu/campuses/anchorage/index.htm

Quyana!

Thank you for your continued support. 

Call, email or stop by if you have any questions or needs! 


Adam Mokelke, Principal  mokelke_adam@asdk12.org 

Rebekah Hayden, Assistant Principal hayden_rebekah@asdk12.org 

Amy Bonertz, Counselor bonertz_amy@asdk12.org

Syliva Biondich, Administrative Asst.  biondich_sylvia@asdk12.org

Jessi Blackson, Secretary blackson_jessica@asdk12.org 

Bethany Zimpelman, Itinerant Nurse zimpleman_bethany@asdk12.org 

Chris Krejca, Special Education krejca_christine@asdk12.org






Sunday, February 11, 2024

Rapids Report 2-12-24

 The Rapids Report

February 12th, 2024

Dear STrEaM Families,


The lottery is open! Please help spread the word about STrEaM. February is PACKED with events like school tours, charter/choice fairs, STEM nights, and more. 


Weather finally warmed today, although it brought more snow. We are hoping the forecast is correct and warmer weather will hold this week. As long as it is above zero, we will resume most of our normal outdoor activities including before/after school, lunch, outdoor breaks and outdoor PE. Please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather!

This Week at STrEaM:

Monday 2/12: Periods 1-7

XC Skiing@Russian Jack 3:15-4:30

Tuesday 2/13:  Block Day A Advisory & P. 1-4

  • XC Ski Practice @STrEaM 3:00-4:30

Wednesday 2/14: Early Release 12:00

  • Math Club & Boxing after school

  • XC Ski Race@ Think Pink Relay @ Kincaid 5:30pm

  • Pop-Up Fundraiser: Bake sale at noon (for Student Ambassadors)

  • Student Ambassador Club Meeting 12-1:30

Thursday 2/15: Block Day B Advisory & P. 5-8

  • XC Skiing @ Russian Jack

Friday 2/16: Periods 1-7

  • XC Skiing @ Russian Jack 3:15-4:30 

  • SPAGHETTI FEED FOR X-C SKIING 6:00 MOOSE LODGE 


Recruitment Time!

Explorers wanted! Help us spread the word about the ASD alternative school lottery which will open February 1st and end on March 21st. We welcome applications to all grades, but would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about our school to current 5th grade students. Our student ambassadors will be visiting neighboring elementary schools, family STEM nights and recruitment fairs over the next two months. Recruit a fellow RAPID today!


Health, Social Emotional and Wellness

Communicating with teens: Tip of the week!

Whenever possible, focus on the positive:


Sometimes questions can feel like accusations:


  1. Did you do your homework?

  2. Who are you texting?


Make sure to balance with positives:


  1. You are so much fun.

  2. You are getting so good at that!


It is easy to get bogged down in the instructiveness of parenting. Whenever possible, take a step back and focus on what’s fun about your child. What do you admire? How are they brave, curious, or kind? Language is important. Sometimes even innocent questions sound like interrogations to a teen - “what are you thinking?” Instead try, “you seem (happy, upset, et).” 



Health Updates 

There is a lot of yuck in the community right now. Sending a guidance reminder of COVID leave for staff and students. ASD, still matches CDC policy - just like last year. 

https://sites.google.com/asdk12.net/returntoschoolpolicy/return-to-schoolwork-policy

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html

Isolation

COVID-19 isolation recommendations if you are sick.

www.cdc.gov

There is also a cool calculator for return dates, if that is easier. https://ldh.la.gov/page/calculator Remember the start day (symptoms or positive test) is Day 0. Out 5 days and then actually return on day 6. If still fevering or feeling worse, please stay out longer. You are likely still contagious, so mask at school until at least day 10, usually the following week. 


Please feel free to email or call me with any questions. zimpelman_bethany@asdk12.org

Wishing you well

~Nurse Bethany

Reporting absences:

Thank you for letting us know when your child will be absent. There are two great ways to do this now. You can log into Parent Connect and use the link on the top of your screen or you can call the school at 907-742-9000. Ms. Jessi is our new attendance secretary and front door greeter!

School Governance

APC (Academic Policy Committee)

The Academic Policy Committee (APC) meets the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 PM.  There is no meeting in February. Community and parents are always welcome to attend. Please notify us prior to the meeting if you wish to provide public comment.

Friends of STrEaM

  • Be on the look-out for information about the 4th Annual STrEaM Spring Auction Fundraiser! We hope to raise close to $4K this year. If you own a business and can donate an item or experience to auction please see Sylvia in the front office.

  • We are extremely thankful to the Clarion Suites Downtown Anchorage for their continued support of this lunch program. 

After School Activities

Skiing 

Think Pink Relay Race @ Kincaid 5:30PM:  Fun and non-competitive!

  • Costumes must be age and weather-appropriate.

  • Costume components cannot obstruct the timing crew or course officials from reading bib numbers.

  • Costumes cannot leave trash behind (feather boas, etc.).

  • Skiers have to be able to actually ski with their costume on (ie: be safe).


  


Transportation:  

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS have been doing a great job!! In order to streamline the driving, we created a volunteer driver coordination sheet: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FACAE22A6F58-47375344-stream#/

Drivers can fill out this "sign up Genius". It is a tool to use so drivers can coordinate and help each other carpool.


Upcoming Fundraiser: Join us on Friday, February 16th at 6pm for a spaghetti dinner and bake sale fundraiser at the Moose Lodge on Arctic. 

Volunteers needed for:

1•Set up (please arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.-service starts at 6 p.m.)

2•Help serve dinner to STrEaM guests and do dishes (We only need a couple of folks/students to help with this)

3•Make bake sale goodies (preferably individually wrapped) and bring to the bake sale table

4•Run the bake sale table

5•Clean up (kitchen closes at 8 p.m.)


23-24 Battle of the Books

Our 6th grade team had a great competition! They had so much fun, built new friendships and placed 9th for the NE division! Congratulations readers!


Wednesday MATH CLUB

Wednesday's Math Club is full for quarter 3, but will be accepting new applicants for quarter 4. Math Club is hosted by math teacher Stephanie Olendorff and is open to any STrEaM student who has a permission form submitted; however, there is a cap of 20 seats available and academic need will be considered when accepting students. It will take place on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm. Students must be picked up or have permission to walk off campus by 1:45 pm. Please fill out the permission form in the link below to be considered for quarter 4 Wednesday’s Math Club. Please reach out to Mrs. Olendorff at olendorff_stephanie@asdk12.org with any questions. 

https://forms.gle/nfo5E3W7Bfik8XNo6


For more information reach out to Mrs. Olendorff at olendorff_stephanie@asdk12.org 

Advisory & Lunch MATH CLUB

Students have the option to spend Tuesday and Thursday advisory period in Mrs. Olendorff’s room for math support. Students are to check in with their advisory teacher for attendance, then go to room 4. Students can also spend lunch in Mrs. Olendorff’s room Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and/or Friday for math support. The expectation is that students are silently working on any PA’s and MA’s while Mrs. Olendorff is there to offer support and instruction. This is a great opportunity to incorporate more math into the students’ schedules.  Please reach out to Mrs. Olendorff at olendorff_stephanie@asdk12.org with any questions. 

Links and Information

STREAM GEAR STORE

Purchase your STrEaM Gear on our online store! LINK: https://bit.ly/3YYp912


2023-24 Yearbook Order Today! 

Families, Yearbook Orders ARE LIVE and will be available until February 23rd! Order here.

Parents: earn or finish a degree right here at STrEaM!

Are you considering earning a degree, or completing one? Our business partner Wayland University offers classes online and in the evening. WBU Dean Dr. Ashley and staff will be at our Parent Night providing more information. https://www.wbu.edu/campuses/anchorage/index.htm


Quyana!

Thank you for your continued support. 

Call, email or stop by if you have any questions or needs! 


Adam Mokelke, Principal  mokelke_adam@asdk12.org 

Rebekah Hayden, Assistant Principal hayden_rebekah@asdk12.org 

Amy Bonertz, Counselor bonertz_amy@asdk12.org

Syliva Biondich, Administrative Asst.  biondich_sylvia@asdk12.org

Jessi Blackson, Secretary blackson_jessica@asdk12.org 

Bethany Zimpelman, Itinerant Nurse zimpleman_bethany@asdk12.org 

Chris Krejca, Special Education krejca_christine@asdk12.org