Monday, March 6, 2017

Parent Connection March 6th

It’s a Long Race!
The first weekend in March in Alaska means one thing. It is the beginning of the “Last Great Race”, the Iditarod. I watched part of the TV coverage of the ceremonial start of the race on Saturday. As part of the coverage, they played some prerecorded interviews with several of the mushers. A common thread in many of the interviews was the unknown in this year’s race.
With the restart in Fairbanks this year there was much speculation about how the mushers would handle the bitter cold and the deep snow that they would be experiencing on this new route. One musher who was sitting this race out offered some advice, especially to the less experienced mushers. He said that they should not push their teams too hard in the early part of the race. He felt that if they push their teams hard through the extreme cold and breaking trail through the deep fresh snow that they might wind up getting to the coast with a team that is too beaten up to make it to Nome.
The writer to the Hebrews describes our life as “the race marked out for us.” There are many problems and hindrances that we may encounter on this race. We don’t know much about this race marked out for us. We do know what the destination is and we know that our Savior is our companion on this race. The writer also urges us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”. The racers on the Iditarod try to lighten their load by making sure they only take that which is absolutely necessary for their trip. What is necessary for us on our race?  Simply, we need faith in the promises of our loving God.

 Daylight Savings
          Remember to spring forward on Sunday, March 12th when daylight savings time begins. 

Spring Break
          Classes dismiss at noon this Friday, March 10th, no aftercare will be available.  There will be no school next week for Spring Break.  Classes resume on Monday, March 20th.

End of Third Quarter
          Friday marks the end of the third quarter of school.  Report cards will be sent home the week following spring break on March 24th.  If you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference, please contact your child’s teacher after report cards have been sent home.

YMCA Visits
          This is the last week for YMCA visits.  The lower grades on Wednesday and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.

Pennies for Patients
          Keep collecting your change.   Pennies for Patients drive began on March 1st and runs through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Students brought home more information and a box last week to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Alaska Junior Theater
          Kindergarten through the 4th grade will be attending Alaska Junior Theater’s production of “Creole for Kids” on March 23rd at 10:15.  Be sure to return your permission slips by March 10th.

Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice continues at APU, 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday.  The next soccer rally is this Thursday March 9th beginning at 4:00pm.   No practice during spring break.
Soccer Rally
March 9th – 4:00 – 8:00pm
March 24th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 30th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
April 7th – 8th

Underwater Adventure
          Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents are invited to an underwater adventure on March 25th, 10:00 to noon.  Come enjoy crafts, activities, snacks and a devotion all focused on the wonderful world God created underwater.  Please contact Melissa Mittelstadt for more information or to help with event at

Spaghetti Fest
          On March 31st at 6:00pm PTF will be hosting a Spaghetti Fest.  We will have fun, games and of course spaghetti!  All proceeds from this will go to improve the technology in our classrooms with smart boards.  The funds will be collected as a free will donation for the dinner and bake sale.  Please see the flyer for more information on how you can volunteer and RSVP.  You can also RSVP here:

Jr. Choir

          Jr. Choir will sing next on April 2nd at Kings of Kings.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

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