Category Archives: Parent Group

How to Get Involved in the Steller Community

 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Steller Volunteer Opportunities 

The Steller Philosophy is built on the idea of having input from the Three Pillars: Students, Staff, and Parents& Guardians.  There are many opportunities for community members – including students – to get involved in Steller Parent Group. 

Parent Group       

The mission of the Steller Parent Group is to promote involvement in school activities, to solicit address, and make recommendations regarding issues and polies facing the Steller Community, and to support fundraising activities and facilitate the disbursement of those funds. 

Steller Parent Group meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  Watch for the announcements on the Steller Flash (email announcements).  You can find meeting agendas and minutes on this website.  There are a number of open positions including the leadership team and committees.

Adults and students are encouraged to check out the volunteer form below for specific roles, but also to just put your name down to be notified when we have specific one time needs.

2021-2022 Volunteer Form

In addition to joining the leadership team, we need members-at-large  to join:

  • Steller Finance Committee – one student, one member at large, meets the week before SPG meeting via Zoom, to review requests for funding. About an hour a month
  • SPG Website Content Writers – one adult and few students to write a few posts a month about what is happening around Steller.  Topics include – introducing staff and students, “the Steller Way” and discussing the Steller Philosophy. Details to be worked out by volunteers. 

 

School Hosted Events and Activities

Occasionally SPG will help recruit volunteers for school lead activities like the following:

  • Intensives       
  • Talent Show and Dessert Potluck and Winter Prom  TBA
  • Open House and Ice Cream Social  TBA
  • Steller Olympics TBA
  • Spring Prom TBA
  • Zoom Dances   TBA

AD HOC

Souper Steller, Field trips, Steller Directory, Website updating, admin and phone support for the office or parent group, library, yearbook proofreading and of course helping the teachers when requested!

Save the Date:

  • First SPG meeting – Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 to 7:30 VIA ZOOM
  • Back to School Night – TBA
  • Grade level Social Nights for parents & guardians – TBA

Updated September 4, 2021

Back to School and All Community Meeting Thursday, September 9

UPDATE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 201

Hello Steller Families!

Time sure flies when you’re having fun! We have already finished up our third week of school! Thank you for your continued support of our school and compliance with the COVID-19 Mitigation plan.

However, due to the rise of COVID-19 cases within our community and the rising concern associated with that, we will be canceling the Back to School and All Community Meeting on September 9th and moving to a new Zoom format for the foreseeable future. This will ensure that we will be doing our part to limit the number of in-person meetings, as well as providing you with pertinent information for the school year. You will be able to find more information on our website.

Thank you for your continued patience and support during these times.

Have a great Labor Day and enjoy the long weekend!

Steller Office

 

During the first part of the night students and parents & guardians will have the chance to meet each of their teachers and advisor to learn about the classes they are taking and ask questions. 

The second half of the evening will be a renewal of the All Community Meeting Tradition and will be jointly hosted by the Steller Parent Group and Steller.

The three pillars of our community –

Student, Staff, Parents & Guardians 

– are all invited to join.

Here is a brief outline of the agenda:

  • Icebreaker Game and Snacks in the Lobby
  • Staff Introductions
  • Welcome from Steller Parent Group & How You Can Get Involved in the School
  • OpGroup Introductions
  • Draw for Steller Spirit Wear T-Shirt and Clean-Up

We look forward to reconnecting and making new friends and hope to see you there!

Kirsten Tschofen

Chair, Steller Parent Group

How Steller Parent Group Communicates with You

How Steller Parent Group Communicates 

Monday, August 30, 2021

Dear Steller Community, 

SPG wants to make sure that we are reaching as many members of our community with up to date and relevant information as possible.  We have four ways we communicate with you:

  1. Website/Steller Flash updates appear on the SPG website or parents, students and staff can SUBSCRIBE to receive updates directly in your inbox.  Please refer to the Steller Parent Group Website for anything pertaining for SPG – including Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Notes, ByLaws, Volunteer Opportunities, and the Student Showcase.
  2. Steller Secondary Parent Group is a closed Facebook Group created to promote communication between current parents, teachers and staff for organizing school activities, announcements, questions, and keeping up with everything that is going on. Feel free to jump in with questions or posts.
  3. Steller Secondary Page is an open page visible to the public. If you are a Steller Alumni and want to stay informed about special activities, fundraisers and student highlights we encourage you to follow our page.  
  4. Student Directory is a new online directory for parents, students and staff to be able to contact each other directly. You must create an account and add your information using the access code APCRKG when prompted. Add the information for each student (including advisory and grade) and then download the app to be able to access contact information from anywhere. 

**Please refer to the district website at https://www.asdk12.org/steller for announcements coming from the school, calendar, scheduling and course descriptions, and staff list.  Please make sure you have updated your contact information in Q in order to receive email, robo call and text notifications from the school and district, and to ensure the school has proper emergency contact information. **

Warm regards,

Kirsten Tschofen

Chair, Steller Parent Group

UPDATE ON DATES

  • First SPG meeting – Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 to 7:30
  • Back to School Night – Thursday, September 9
    • Meet the teachers 5:00 to 6:30
    • All Community Meeting 6:30 to 7:30pm – learn about the school philosophy and how you can get involved in the school via Steller Parent Group
  • Grade level Social Nights for parents & guardians – TBA

A Welcome Message from Steller Parent Group

August 23, 2021

Dear Steller Families,

On behalf of the Steller Parent Group I want to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning Steller families. My name is Kirsten Tschofen and I am the Chair of Steller Parent Group. 

The Steller Parent Group is an integral part of the Steller Community.  We meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in person and on Zoom.  Every member of the Steller Community – Staff, Students and Parents/Guardians are automatically part of SPG and welcome to attend, ask questions and share their ideas.  We would love to see you at our first meeting on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00pm. We hope to have both an in person option and Zoom.

Steller Parent Group is one of the three Pillars of our school: Staff – Students –  Parents/Guardians. The purpose of the SPG is to enrich the lives of Steller students through the financial support and leadership of active parents and guardians. We strive to promote parent and guardian involvement in school activities. Traditionally we host events during the school year, raise funds to support school initiatives through the Steller Auction, and coordinate volunteers. Through all the uncertainty of the last year the central mission of SPG has remained the same, and I believe it must take on even more importance in the effort to create a strong learning community in light of this last year.

All of this takes the hard work and dedication of our community members and we want to invite you to get involved by taking on a formal position in the board, or simply actively attending our meetings. We are currently recruiting for a Co-Chair, and Treasurer and have a variety of other positions. 

Participating in the SPG has many benefits, including the opportunity to make connections with other parents and staff, and the opportunity to effectively make positive change. We all want the very best education and experiences for our children, and when we work together we can make it happen. 

If you are interested in learning more about SPG positions please let me know, and as always, we welcome your thoughts and ideas about how Steller Parent Group can serve you. 

Warm regards,

Kirsten Tschofen

Chair, Steller Parent Group

chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com 

Save the Date:

  • First SPG meeting – Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 to 7:30
  • Back to School Night – Thursday, September 9
    • Meet the teachers 5:00 to 6:30
    • All Community Meeting 6:30 to 7:30pm – learn about the school philosophy and how you can get involved in the school via Steller Parent Group
  • Grade level Social Nights for parents & guardians – TBA

Join Steller Parent Group Board!

We need you to join Steller Parent Group!

The purpose of the SPG is to enrich the lives of Steller students through the financial support and leadership from all active parents and guardians. We strive to promote parent and guardian involvement in school activities. Traditionally we host events during the school year, raise funds to support school initiatives through the Steller Auction, and coordinate volunteers.

Last year was challenging for everyone but the central mission of SPG remains the same, and we believe it can take on even more importance in the effort to create a strong learning community for our children as we come together after so long apart.

There are many ways you can help.  Most positions are designed to be shared between two people to allow for easier transition and retain institutional memory – however, you do not need to make a two-year commitment if you take on a position. 

Our current Treasurer would like to hand over this roll to someone new as his new job entails much more travel than in the past.  The books are in good order and the position is ready to be easily handed over. 

This will also be my last year as Chair, and it would be really great to have someone to work alongside, and be ready to take over next year. 

If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions please email chairstellerparentgroup@gmail.com

Kirsten Tschofen 

Chair, Steller Parent Group

 

Bring Your Own Plates and Cutlery to the BBQ!

Steller Parent Group and Steller Staff are happy to invite all Steller Students, Families and Staff to the Great Steller BBQ of 2021.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to come together as a community after so long apart, meet new friends and catch up with old friends. We look forward to seeing you!

Steller Parent Group will supply hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie options, and drinks. What can you bring?

  • Families with names A – K are invited to bring a side dish to share
  • Families with names L to Z bring a dessert to share 
    • Please make sure your dish is well labeled for allergens, pre-cut, preferably individually wrapped, and ready to serve, and labeled so you can bring it home at the end of the night! 
  • To reduce waste we invite you to bring your own plates, cutlery and cups.
  • We will be set up in the parking lot and Steller Field, so bring blankets, chairs, and whatever else you need to be comfortable. 

Registration

Registration is not required, but it certainly helps us plan so that we have enough for everyone.  Please make sure you Register even if you have signed up to volunteer! 

Volunteers Needed! 

Of course, an event like this isn’t possible without many volunteers to help.  There are many positions available to both students and adults. See here to sign up. 

Update Regarding COVID 19

Steller Parent Group is committed to doing everything we can to support the safety and wellbeing of our community in light of COVID 19 and following ASD guidelines:

  1.   Universal masking will be required for all individuals while inside any ASD school or building. Some exceptions will apply. Participants at the BBQ will be asked to remain masked while near food tables and when distance of 6 feet is not being maintained.
  2.   Keep ASD Symptom Free. We must all do our part to minimize viral spread. Please stay home and get tested if you are experiencing ANY symptoms.
  3.   Cleaning and Disinfecting. Hand sanitizer will be readily available and frequent handwashing will be encouraged. All food servers will wear masks, gloves and follow appropriate sanitization practices. Only masked and gloved volunteers will be allowed to touch any food products.
  4.   Keeping students and staff in the learning environment. The District will continue to make COVID-19 vaccine clinics available to eligible students (with parental consent), staff, and community members through a contracted provider. Additionally, following new guidance from the CDC, asymptomatic, properly masked students and fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine if deemed a close contact.

As things are constantly changing we will provide an update on exact practice for the BBQ closer to the date. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact the school. 

Save the Date

Tuesday, September 14  (6:00 to 7:30) – Steller Parent Group Meeting 

Carpooling

A few people have asked about developing a list for carpooling in the fall. If you need a ride, or can offer a ride, please feel free to post in this thread on Facebook.

Of course you are responsible for vetting any arrangements to you make. A a few things to talk about are: car insurance, safety practices, back up in case someone can’t make it.

Regards,

Kirsten

Great Steller BBQ: August 12

Steller Parent Group and Steller Staff are happy to invite all Steller Students, Families and Staff to the Great Steller BBQ of 2021.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to come together as a community after so long apart, meet new friends and catch up with old friends. We look forward to seeing you!

Steller Parent Group will supply hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie options, and drinks. What can you bring?

  • Families with names A – K are invited to bring a side dish to share
  • Families with names L to Z bring a dessert to share 
    • Please make sure your dish is well labeled for allergens, pre-cut and ready to serve, and labeled so you can bring it home at the end of the night! 
  • To reduce waste we invite you to bring your own plates, cutlery and cups.
  • We will be set up in the parking lot and Steller Field, so bring blankets, chairs, and whatever else you need to be comfortable. 

Registration

Registration is not required, but it certainly helps us plan so that we have enough for everyone. 

Volunteers Needed! 

Of course, an event like this isn’t possible without many volunteers to help.  There are many positions available to both students and adults. See here to sign up. 

Save the Date

Tuesday, September 14, 2021  (6:00 to 7:30) – Steller Parent Group Meeting 

UPDATE

Steller Parent Group is committed to doing everything we can to support the safety and wellbeing of our community in light of COVID 19.  Here is the messaging from the board as of July 31st:

1.    Universal masking will be required for all individuals while inside any ASD school or building. Some exceptions will apply. Masking while outside is optional.
2.    Keep ASD Symptom Free. We must all do our part to minimize viral spread. Please stay home and get tested if you are experiencing ANY symptoms.
3.    Cleaning and Disinfecting. Regular cleaning of classrooms, buses, and offices will continue. Hand sanitizer will be readily available and frequent handwashing will be encouraged. Enhancements and upgrades have  been made to building HVAC systems to allow for optimal ventilation and air exchange.
4.    Keeping students and staff in the learning environment. The District will continue to make COVID-19 vaccine clinics available to eligible students (with parental consent), staff, and community members through a contracted provider. Additionally, following new guidance from the CDC, asymptomatic, properly masked students and fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine if deemed a close contact.

As things are constantly changing we will provide an update on exact practice for the BBQ closer to the date. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact the school. 

 

Wanted: BBQ’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Everyone, planning for the Back to School BBQ is getting underway and we could use your help!
 
  1. Does anyone in our community have access to a large commercial size BBQ we could borrow? OR
  2. Would any of you be willing to transport your propane BBQ’s to school for us to use (I think we’d need about 4 -5).
  3. I need someone to help with the shopping on August 11th.
  4. Stay tuned for the formal invitation, and volunteer sign up forms!

Happy weekend! 

Kirsten 

Chair, Steller Parent Group