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

Steller Spirit Wear Now on Sale! Deadline September 17th.

 

Steller Wear shirts are now ready to be ordered! 

For those of you eager to get your Steller Wear, the deadline for a Fall order is September 17th.

 

To place an order, go to  https://www-stellerspirit.itemorder.com/sale and make your purchase directly through the website. 

There are lots of different styles and colors to choose from but here are a few examples:

 

First Week Schedule

Our first day back is August 17th. This day students will get to work with their advisors and select their courses for the first semester. (See .asdk12.org/steller for schedules).  This will be done through a virtual format. The times each grade level will need to check in to meet with their advisors are listed below. You will receive an email from your student’s advisor by August 13th with more detailed information. In the meantime, please plan to be ready during your student’s slotted grade level time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 907-742-4950.

8:00-9:00AM 8th Graders

9:00-10:30AM 7th Graders

10:30-11:30AM 12th Graders

11:30AM-12:30PM 11th Graders

12:30-1:00PM Lunch

1:00-2:00PM 10th Graders

2:00-3:00PM 9th graders

Wednesday August 18th – Meeting with Advisors – In Person

8:30AM-2:05PM: Students will meet with Advisors for the day. 

Lunch will be 11:45AM-12:40PM

Thursday August 19th – Meeting with Grade Level Groups – In Person

8:30AM-2:05PM: Teachers will meet with Grade Level Groups for the day. 

Lunch will be 11:45AM-12:40PM

Friday August 20th – First day of class w/ modified schedule – In person

Students will have an opportunity to visit every class.

1st Period – 8:30-9:15AM

2nd Period – 9:20-10:00AM

3rd Period – 10:05- 10:45AM

4th Period – 10:50-11:40AM

LUNCH – 11:40AM-12:40PM

5th Period – 12:40-1:20PM

6th Period – 1:25-2:05PM

7th Period – 2:10-3:30PM – Open for clubs, teacher assistance, conferences with staff

From Steller Office

Join Steller Band

 
Steller Band Wants YOU!
 
YES!  We are back in person this school year.  We need your participation.
 
Quick Facts
  • Meet in the first hour.
  • Open to ALL Steller students.  We prefer you to have at least one year of experience with traditional band setting, but we can work with you IF you know how to read music.  Contact me ASAP.  We do have some instruments for you to rent.  
  • You can qualify for state-level competitions, like All-State (fall) and state solo/ensemble (spring).  Last year, we sent two students to All-State, two students to All-Northwest, and five students to the state solo/ensemble contest.  Furthermore, two students made the command performance awards, which is one of the highest honors that high school musicians in Alaska can achieve.
  • We plan to take an overnight trip to attend the Aurora Music Festival in April (tentative).  It is a regional music festival for small schools mainly from the interior Alaska.  Cordova will be the host.
  • We have done very well for the band competition during the Aurora Music Festival.  We were placed 2nd (2018) and 3rd (2019).  We were unable to attend the festival for last two years because of the pandemic.
  • Plan to have four school concerts (one in each semester).
  • Have grown in enrollment.  We are getting larger and larger in size.
  • And lots and lots more!
Please contact me (toba_nobuo@asdk12.org) if you have questions or comments.
 
I am looking forward to this great school year!
 
Mr. Toba, 
Band Director
 
Visit the Student Showcase to see more about Steller Band Successes!
 

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