Welcome to Rogers Park's January Newsletter.
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Hello Rogers Park families and members of our community!

Welcome to 2020!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and had some time to relax with family and friends.  I am hoping the students all got some rest and are ready for a great second semester.     
Our rink will be up and running all of January and until the ice melts!  This means we can begin our wonderful lunchtime skating program!  This lunchtime skating program requires many parent volunteers and I am hoping you will be able to help out.  If you can tie skates, we need you!  Please get in touch with Tracy Dumas at if you are able to help out on Thursdays and/or Fridays. 
As we move into the new year just a reminder about end of day procedures. 
  • If you need to pick up your child early, please do so by 3:00.  This avoids the rush of the end of the day.  Thank you for doing that. 
  • We also know that plans change sometimes so if you need to get a message to your child by the end of the day please let the office know that by 3:00.  If you call later than 3:00, we cannot guarantee that the message will make it to your child by dismissal time. 
In the mornings, students cannot be dropped off until 8:30 at the earliest. We have no supervision until that time.
Remember the front doors of the school are locked after school at 4:15. This is to ensure the safety of all our staff after hours.  If you have an afterschool activity, please know that the students will come out the front door at the end of the activity.  In the mornings, the only door that is open is the far-right door.  
Please remember to SLOW DOWN in our parking lot.  For the safety of everyone coming and going please make sure your max speed is 5-8 miles an hour.  This will give you time to react if you need to stop suddenly.  Please for the safety of our kids, SLOW DOWN. To cut down on the amount of traffic through our parking lot, the gate to Northern Lights is closed from 9:15-3:00 every day.  If you are visiting the school during that time, please enter on Zarvis.

Electronics and other new toys that have been acquired during the winter break need to stay home when we return to school. If your child needs to bring a phone to communicate with you after school, remind them that it stays in their backpack until the end of the day. Thank you for helping us monitor toys and gadgets when we return to school!

Thank you for everything you do for your students at Rogers Park. It takes all of us to create a learning, caring environment for all our students. 
Nuri Johnsen
Principal, Rogers Park


Come join us for a family-friendly Movie Night on Friday, January 24 starting at 6 pm in the gym.

Movie To Be Announced soon! This is a free event
please bring your chairs, pillows, blankets and a snack if you choose!

Concessions including pizza, popcorn, chips, candy and water will also be available for $1 and all proceeds support the PTA.

Multicultural Potluck & Ice Skating Family Fun Night!

Multicultural Potluck Rescheduled with a skate night.

We have tentatively rescheduled this event for next month on Friday, February 7 and will combine it with a Family Skate Night.

Stay tuned for more information about this fun filled night!

PTA News.....

Happy New Year, Rogers Park Families! We hope everyone had a wonderful break and look forward to quite a few activities this month!
Our January PTA meeting will be on Thursday, January 30 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm,
please join us in the library!
Movie Night
Come join us for another family-friendly Movie Night on Friday, January 24 at 6pm in the gym. Movie To Be Announced soon! This is a free event please bring your chairs, pillows, blankets and a snack if you choose! Concessions including pizza, popcorn, chips, candy and water will also be available for $1 and all proceeds support the PTA.

Multicultural Potluck Rescheduled
We have tentatively rescheduled this event for next month, Friday, February 7th and will combine it with a Family Skate Night. Stay tuned for more information on this community-building event!

Support the PTA
The PTA has many types of opportunities to volunteer! Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership through our Square store at  Please include your email address and phone number in the notes with your payment.

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Greetings from the Library....

Welcome to the New Year! 

It was a whirlwind December in the library. 

  • Students in grades K-4 studied folk and fairy tales.  We read and worked on activities to learn more about these classic tales. 
  • Fifth grade students worked on finishing up their colonial day games unit.  We had a lot of fun with lawn bowling, jacks, checkers, chess and tiddlywinks. 
  • Sixth grade students are finishing their Internet safety presentations.

In January, the genre for study is Science Fiction.  We’ll explore new worlds and make our own predictions about the new decade. 

  • Second grade students will begin their Iditarod unit
  • Third grade will focus on learning to use the PAC to find resources in the library. 
  • Fourth grade will begin their author studies unit 
  • Fifth grade will start website evaluation. 
It’s going to be a great year in the library!

Karen Grey-Levine

Notes from the Health Teacher....

In Health classes this month we will discuss Nutrition.  See below for the link to online Great Body Shop Family Bulletins where you can view more specific information about your student’s grade level topics.

Monthly Theme: Nutrition

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Susie Howard

Start of the
second semester

Reader's Pack Log Due

Garden Club
12:30 - 1:00 PM 

HG Parent Presentation 
6:30 - 8:00 PM 

NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Garden Club
12:30 - 1:00 PM 

Movie Night  6:00 - 8:00 PM

Mulicultural Potluck & Ice Skating Night

Student Council:
Every Wednesday
12:30-1:00 pm

Basketball practice:
Every Monday & Wednesday

Basketball games:
Every Friday

MathCounts Practice:
Every Monday 12:45 - 1:00 pm

Every Friday  3:30 - 4:45 pm
The Anchorage School District  APP!

Download the APP and get all the notifications (when school is closed or is having a late start), calendar of events, schools directory and of course your students grades.  

To read more about it and see all the choices you can choose from just right click the link below or go to the website:

Check in
at the office

Please be sure to check in at the office every time you come into the school, even if you are just dropping something off for your student.

Teachers are hard at work teaching and it can be disruptive if you just head on down to the classroom without letting us give them a heads up or having the student come to the office.  This is also for safety reasons, we need to have an accounting of all the people in the building.

Thanks for checking in with us.

Recess skating is starting this week!

Recess Ice Skating will hopefully begin starting January 9.  We are planning to have ice skating at recess every Thursday and Friday from 11-1. 

And as a reminder, skaters need a helmet (or hat), mittens or gloves, snow pants, and a jacket.

***We need the most help in the first hour with the younger kids. ***

This amazing opportunity can only happen with volunteers.  We are in need of and appreciate parent (and grandparent, aunt/uncle...) help tying kids' skates and monitoring students on the rink

If you have an hour or two to spare on Thursday or Fridays between 11-1, please get in touch with Tracy Dumas, our wonderful skating volunteer coordinator, at
Bus Rider?

Please make note of the three dispatch numbers for when the bus is late.

2-digit bus numbers: 742-1207
3-digit bus numbers: 278-4287

Eagle River buses
: 696-4287
Important Links and Numbers

Rogers Park Website
Teachers' Emails and Websites

Attendance Line: 566-1407
School Fax: 742-4815

ASD Bus Dispatch:
742-1207 (1- and 2-digit bus numbers)
Reliant Bus Dispatch:
278-4287 (3-digit bus numbers)

Rogers Park School
Business Partners

Denali Pediatric Dentistry        Raven Electric
David Green Master Furrier     Bagoys Florist
Denali Federal Credit Union    Village Inn Pancake House-   
   Northern Lights
Moose's Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Kaladi Brothers
For more information regarding the SBP program please see the ASD website.

Anchorage School Board

Starr Marsett, President
Alisha Hilde, Vice-President
Elisa Vakalis, Treasurer
Margo Bellamy, Clerk
Deena Mitchell
Dave Donley
Andy Holleman

Dr. Deena Bishop, 
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