Category Archives: Parent Group

Welcome and Q & A for Incoming Students

Welcome Social and Q & A for Incoming Students:  Monday, May 10 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Steller Parent Group will host an online welcome event for incoming students: 

  • Q & A for new students with current students

  • What to expect the first week of school

  • About Steller Parent Group

https://zoom.us/j/97391496736?pwd=NVlNbkc4N3Q5REZSMUxqcXFWTmcxZz09

Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736

Passcode: STELLER

Super Sweeper Family Event May 8!

The Grade Seven Social Club and Steller Parent Group is pleased to invite all Steller students, staff and families to the Steller Super Sweeper Clean Up Event!

Saturday, May 8 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Steller School and surrounding area.

The Citywide Cleanup “Super Sweeper” Program  is a great way to teach kids the importance of keeping our community clean, and it’s also a lot of fun. Jointly coordinated by the Anchorage School District and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Super Sweeper Program challenges elementary, middle, and high schools to get together to clean trash around their school and in their neighbourhood.

  • Pick up your orange bags and map at Steller Secondary parking lot. 
  • Win door prizes – a $50.00 gift certificate to Fred Meyer, and Steller Spirit Wear.
  • Light refreshments will be served (while supplies last). 
  • Register here. It helps us plan how many people to expect if you register, but please feel free to drop by even if you haven’t registered. 

We will be collecting the following to support Covenant House:

  • Gently used books, CDs etc to sell to Title Wave for credit.
  • NEW travel sized toiletries like shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, mouthwash, chapstick and deodorant. 

Super Sweeper Family Event Flyer

National Honor Society Will be Selling Masks to support Bean’s Cafe.

Important Rules to Follow: Be Safe! 

SPG will supply orange trash-bags, an area map, and juice boxes and cookies. 

  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing to keep everyone safe. 
  • Wear gloves (we will have a limited amount)  and an orange safety vest or bright coloured clothing.
  • Children must be under adult supervision at all times, everyone should use a buddy system.
  • Make good decisions to keep yourself safe. Be aware of the following risks:
    • The area may have needles, and other biohazards* (only adults should consider picking these up).
    • Sharp objects like glass and wire.
    • Steller is surrounded by busy streets, cross safely. 
    • Keep in mind other risks associated with the midtown location.
  • Orange trash bags may not be used for household trash, yard clippings or hazardous waste such as a car battery, or household cleaners.
  • Dress appropriately. Sunscreen, rain gear, waterproof shoes and hats are recommended. Please be aware of private property boundaries and ask permission to clean in these areas.
  • Return orange bags back to Steller for pick up after no later than 1:30 pm.

*Adults may consider bringing a medical sharps container designed for needle collection, available at some pharmacies, or thick plastic jugs for detergent, kitty litter or shampoo (water bottles are too thin and can be punctured.) 

If you have questions or want to volunteer to help organize please contact Kirsten at chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com

 

 

 

Grade 7 Zoom Party May 4

The first two Grade 7 Social Club Zoom Party have been a great success! Thank you to everyone who joined – I hope you had a good time. We are going to host a third party on Tuesday, May 4th at 3pm.  We would love to get as many grade 7 students as possible and have even more fun.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97391496736?pwd=NVlNbkc4N3Q5REZSMUxqcXFWTmcxZz09

Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736

Passcode: STELLER

The goal of the Social Club is to provide an opportunity for grade seven students to get to know each other and have some fun. Everyone in grade seven is invited to participate, but it is not mandatory.

How it works:

    1. We will post a new Creative Challenge and a Discussion Prompt every Monday on a platform called Padlet.
    2. You can post as much as you want, and respond to your friends, whenever you want. Padlet lets you post comments, photos, video and even links. The Challenges and Prompts are meant to be a bit silly, so get creative and have fun!
    3. We will also host Live Zoom sessions where we will play some games, have some breakout rooms, and get to know each other.

Participating is easy:

  1. Complete the Registration Form Here (both student and guardian).
  2. When you receive an email from Padlet scroll down and click on “Take Me to Padlet”. You don’t have to create an account! 
  3. Pick up a Steller Jay Mascot at the school office. We will use our Mascots in many of our Creative Challenges so please take care of it.  If you can’t pick up your Mascot please contact me at the email below to make arrangements.
  • Students can join any time.
  • Steller Parent Group will be moderating posts. 
  • If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Warm regards,

Kirsten Tschofen 

Chair, Steller Parent Group

chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com

Grade 7 Zoom Party April 23

The first Grade 7 Social Club Zoom Party was a great success! Thank you to everyone who joined – I hope you had a good time. We are going to host a second party on Friday, April 23 at 3pm.  We would love to get as many grade 7 students as possible and have even more fun.

The goal of the Social Club is to provide an opportunity for grade seven students to get to know each other and have some fun. Everyone in grade seven is invited to participate, but it is not mandatory.

How it works:

    1. We will post a new Creative Challenge and a Discussion Prompt every Monday on a platform called Padlet.
    2. You can post as much as you want, and respond to your friends, whenever you want. Padlet lets you post comments, photos, video and even links. The Challenges and Prompts are meant to be a bit silly, so get creative and have fun!
    3. We will also host Live Zoom sessions where we will play some games, have some breakout rooms, and get to know each other.

Participating is easy:

  1. Complete the Registration Form Here (both student and guardian).
  2. When you receive an email from Padlet scroll down and click on “Take Me to Padlet”. You don’t have to create an account! 
  3. Pick up a Steller Jay Mascot at the school office. We will use our Mascots in many of our Creative Challenges so please take care of it.  If you can’t pick up your Mascot please contact me at the email below to make arrangements.
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  • Students can join any time.
  • Steller Parent Group will be moderating posts. 
  • If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Warm regards,

Kirsten Tschofen 

Chair, Steller Parent Group

chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com

Reminder: Steller Reflection Committee Monday, April 19.

Thank you to everyone who joined us Monday night for the Steller Reflection Committee Discussion. One thing that came through very clearly is how much we love our school and are willing to work to help it become even better. 

On Monday, April 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 we will meet again next week to talk about:

  •  What we can do to help “onboard” new students into the Steller way, and help students and their families feel part of the community (with a particular focus on grade 7, 8 and 9).

  • Identify topics of interest we want to take up in the fall.

If you have ideas and questions you would like our community to consider taking up next year to help Steller grow and  become even better, or you just want to be part of the discussion, join us on Monday and help us brainstorm. Students and their families from all grades, and who are new, or have been here forever, are encouraged to join. 

Topic: Steller Reflection Committee

Time: Monday, April 19, 6:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736

Passcode: STELLER

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Warm regards,

Kirsten 

New Food Distribution Site for Steller Students

Good Morning Everyone!

Bean’s Cafe/ the Community Luchbox has teamed up with the POWER Center at Alaska Behavioral Health. The flyer attached is to let you know there is a New Food Distribution Site with prepared lunch @ 1:45 pm and Pantry boxes designed to feed a family of four, no questions asked. Steller students and their families are welcome to drop by. 

Steller Nutrition Committee

Invitation to join the Steller Reflection Committee

The Steller Reflection Committee has been created to allow staff, students and parents the opportunity to reflect on where we have been, and what we appreciate about Steller. 

We will meet two times, each for 90 minutes via Zoom.  The first meeting is on Monday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:00pm and the second meeting is on Monday, April 19 6:30 to 8:00pm.

As always, we want to hear the voices of each of our pillars and invite anyone interested to please join us and help make the discussion richer. 

Contact Kirsten at chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com if you would like to attend, or have questions. 

Warm regards,

Kirsten

Grade 7 Zoom Party NEW DATE April 9

 

Dear Grade Seven Students,

Join us for a live Zoom Party on a NEW DATE: Friday, April 9, at 3pm

We will have ice breakers, games and even some prizes. We will also talk about what kind of activity YOU want to do to get to know each other. 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97391496736?pwd=NVlNbkc4N3Q5REZSMUxqcXFWTmcxZz09

Meeting ID: 973 9149 6736

Passcode: STELLER

Steller Parent Group is excited to invite you to join the Grade Seven Social Club! The goal of the Social Club is to provide an opportunity for grade seven students to get to know each other and have some fun. Everyone in grade seven is invited to participate, but it is not mandatory.

How it works:

  1. We will post a new Creative Challenge and a Discussion Prompt every Monday on a platform called Padlet.
  2. You can post as much as you want, and respond to your friends, whenever you want. Padlet lets you post comments, photos, video and even links. The Challenges and Prompts are meant to be a bit silly, so get creative and have fun!
  3. We will also host Live Zoom sessions where we will play some games, have some breakout rooms, and get to know each other.  

Participating is easy:

  1. Complete the Registration Form Here (both student and guardian).
  2. When you receive an email from Padlet scroll down and click on “Take Me to Padlet”. You don’t have to create an account! 
  3. Pick up a Steller Jay Mascot at the school office. We will use our Mascots in many of our Creative Challenges so please take care of it.  If you can’t pick up your Mascot please contact me at the email below to make arrangements.
  • Students can join any time.
  • Steller Parent Group will be moderating posts. 
  • If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Warm regards,

Kirsten Tschofen 

Chair, Steller Parent Group

chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com

What Lessons Have We Learned?

At tonights Parent Group meeting a parent brought up a very good question.

As we start the final quarter of this unique and challenging year, and start looking forward to next year, now is a good time for our community to consider what we have learned, what might we want to continue doing next year, and what changes might we want to work on. 

One idea that has been mentioned was to continue with having Wednesday as an asynchronous day, with the possibility of allowing passage time, or perhaps modifying our intensives to be spread out over the term. I am sure there are many great ideas out there that merit consideration. 

It was proposed that a committee of staff, students and parents might want to convene and identify ways to get input from our community.  This moment presents a powerful opportunity for our community to come together, and provide direction for our school, and to me is at the heart of the Steller Philosophy. 

If you or your student would be interested in joining this committee please let me know at chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com

Kirsten