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          • YMCA BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

            You may have noticed the portable building beside our school. When the portable is ready for occupancy it will be open for the YMCA Before and After School Program. This may be a less expensive alternative for our working parents. Scholarships may be available. Contact Lisa at the YMCA.

             

            We need a minimum of 10 students signed up in order to open. The hours are from 7AM - 9AM and from 3:45 to 7PM. Dinner is served to the after school participants. If you are interested in this program we have applications at the school office or visit their webpage.

             
            Before and After School Program
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          • Grab N' Go curbside Meal Service will be available Monday 11/23 - Wednesday 11/25 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM during the school building closure. 

            There will be limited meal stops for families unable todo curbside pick-up!

            Meal Delivery

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          • Important update from the MSBSD 11-19-20:

            Dear Mat-Su Families and Staff,

            I am reaching out to you with an update regarding temporary building closures necessitated by the COVID-19 virus. First, I want to thank parents for your continued support and the grace you have afforded the district while we have tried to manage this pandemic. Second, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all of the staff, particularly those working directly with students, for your heroic efforts to keep schools open. Your work on behalf of Mat-Su students speaks to your dedication as educators. Also, I want to personally thank the committed team of professionals with Mat-Su Public Health whose contact tracing efforts and advice have made it possible to keep schools open for over 90% of the year so far! Thank you all for everything you have done and continue to do for our students.

            As you know the recent surge in COVID-19 cases has impacted our schools. Some schools have needed to be shut down more frequently and for longer time periods. These increases in infections have impacted families, staff and our partners in Public Health. As the virus has spread across the Valley, schools have needed to close because of a lack of staff and/or substitutes available to teach and care for students, as well as the ability of our partners in Public Health to complete contact tracing due to the increased volume of new cases.

            Despite these challenges, our partners in Public Health maintain that the mitigation strategies in place in MSBSD make school one of the safest spots for children in the Valley, but the impacts on staff and community health professionals are real. Therefore, in view of the increase in infection rate, the impacts of that increase on the availability of staff, and the ability to complete contact tracing we asked ourselves “What can we do to keep schools open for the long term so students can continue to spend time in one of the safest spots in the Valley?”   

            Our answer is that the school buildings in the Mat-Su will transition to At-Home learning for Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th with all schools scheduled to reopen for in-person learning on Monday, November 30th. This closure will allow:

            Public Health officials time to complete contact tracing of current cases.
            Public Health officials time to train District nurses in contact tracing so they can assist in these efforts going forward.
            School staff to update school level mitigation plans that reflect what we have learned about operating a school during this pandemic.
            Currently impacted students and staff time to complete their quarantines and be available to return to in-person learning.
            First Student time to reinforce and review mitigation strategies on bus routes.

            We recognize that all school building closures are impactful to students and their families. We are taking this action in an effort to increase our abilities to keep schools open going into the future. To quote the old adage, “A stitch in time saves nine.”   

            During this break from At School learning the district joins Public Health and our Governor in asking you each for your support in keeping schools open for students. If all of us practice mask wearing, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and proper hand hygiene we can continue to be one of the largest school districts on the West Coast to offer At-School learning.

            I want to end where I started with my heartfelt thanks to families for the grace you have afforded us and trust you have placed in us to care for your children. I want to thank our Public Health partners for their endless dedication to keeping schools open. And, most importantly, I want to thank all the staff for their heroic work this year; your commitment to children is inspirational. Thank you, thank you.

            Yours in education,



            Randy Trani, Ed.D., MSBSD Superintendent

            P.S.  Additional information regarding Grab n’ Go meal pick-up during the short-term building closure will be released on 11/20/2020.

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          • Thanksgiving Baskets

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          • Capstone is now testing all symptomatic school children and staff at our Palmer location, this should reduce wait times drastically. Capstone is offering rapid tests only at this site, if a patient needs to be examined they should be seen at the Wasilla location. Listed below are hours and locations.

             

            Wasilla:                                                                    

            3122 E. Meridian Park Loop

            Wasilla, AK 99654

            Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm

            Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm

             

            Palmer:

            12039 E. Maplesprings Way

            Palmer, AK 99645

            Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

             

            Please call ahead to be scheduled at (907) 864-4642.

             

            FAQ for Capstone Testing

             

            1. How much does it cost etc.

            Answer: Good question, we are billing patients insurance if they are insured but anything not covered by insurance is written off. No one receiving a COVID test will be charged by our clinic.  If anything changes on our end with this I will send an update.

             

            1. Does this include all MSBSD staff members and students or just certain individuals?

            Answer: All support staff and students in the schools qualify.

             

            1. Is this also by appt only or can they just drive up to be tested?

            Answer: We prefer appointments, but we will test if they just show up as we can. The appointments will definitely help their wait time.

             

            1. Also how about students/staff that are identified as a close contact and want to be tested per public health guidance during quarantine but are asymptomatic? Can they also get this rapid test?

            Answer: Students and staff that want to be tested due to exposure have to wait until at least day 7 to be tested unless they are symptomatic sooner, since they have to quarantine for 14 days regardless we would perform a state test for asymptomatic exposures.

             

            1. Lastly, if they need a weekend test should they go to the Wasilla location?

                          Answer: If they need a test on the weekend they should come to the Wasilla location.

             

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          • Live Homework Help

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          • Big Lake Elementary has joined the State of Alaska's Fall Healthy Futures Challenge. This challenge encourages children to exercise for 60 minutes for at least 15 days in the month. Students will fill out an activity log and return them at the end of the month to earn prizes. The Fall Challenge runs for the months of September, October, and November.

            Healthy Futures Challenge

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          • Face Covering Support

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          • BLE Mitigation Plan 2020-2021

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               BLE EVENTS8th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration November 10 at 10:00 AM.
            Picture Retakes November 19
            No School November 11, 26, 27
             
             
            Big Lake Elementary School Hours 2020-2021
             
            • School drop-off @ 9:00
            • School begins at 9:15
            • School ends at 3:45
            • School buses depart at 4:00
            * Please try to call with any end of day transportation changes prior to 3:00
             

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          • Thank you to these local businesses and community members for their donations to our Grizzly Cache!

            Jeff Ross, Jo Walch, BLE PTO, First Choice Physical Therapy, True Colors Painting, Tundra Tanning & Taxidermy, MBC Concrete/Construction, Three Bears Alaska, Gorilla Fireworks, Doyon Utilities, K3 Group, Perfect Start, Enderson's Concrete

             

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