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Puffin News January 9, 2020

From the Principal

Happy New Year! What a great start to 2020. Students and staff are back and ready for the new year. We continue our focus on kindness and looking for ways to be kind through words and actions.  

Talk of resolutions are all around us at this time of the year. I have challenged myself to be more present and intentional. To do this I have cut my time with social media and television and am reaching out to friends to get-together for coffee, a walk or have them over for supper. I am also taking time for myself, one of my favorite things to do is read. I encourage all students to choose reading over screen-time. Research shows this makes a huge impact in their education. Peterson teachers make time for students to read here at school, but more time is needed at home to make a difference. Please reach out to teachers for book recommendations we are here to help.

This month's Home & School Connection talks about Goal Setting: A Recipe for Success. Talk to your student about making a specific goal. Once the goal is set, make a plan to achieve the plan through small steps, and continue to support them, encourage them when they fall behind and cheer them when they show success. 

Thank you for sharing your children with us here at Peterson. We welcome you to visit our school at any time. There are lots of opportunities for volunteering. 

~Mrs. St Claire


Upcoming Events

January 15 Spelling Bee 9:00 AM

January 20 Inservice No School

January 29 GeoBee 9:00 AM


Attention Alaska Native Families:  

The fourth grade team would like to invite you to collaborate with us in our effort to organize Peterson’s first Alutiiq Festival.  Our goal is to provide Alaska Native students the chance to share important aspects of their culture with the rest of the Peterson community.  Your input would be used to ensure that we present those aspects in a respectful and culturally responsive way. 

The festival scheduled for January 31st.  We would like to host a meeting in Ms. Rose’s room with you and your student(s) on January 13th at 3:00 to discuss what you would most like to share with our school community.
If you’re unable to attend but have ideas to add, please feel free to send us an e-mail at or


Ms. Rose and Mrs. Simeonoff


Extreme Weather Information

Extreme weather conditions present a different set of challenges.  Almost always, the issue of transportation is important.  Most prevalent in Kodiak will be ice, wind and or snowfall situations.  The superintendent or designee will check with KIBSD Bus Provider, First Student Inc., KPD and the State Troopers to assess road conditions early in the morning.

In the event of a school closure, the superintendent or designee will then notify principals.  Should conditions be such that a decision can be made the night before, the superintendent or his designee will notify principals as soon as possible.

Teachers, staff and parents should monitor local radio (KMXT FM 100.1, KVOK-AM 560, KRXX-FM 101.1, K-WAVE-FM 104.3 & 104.9, KPEN-FM 102.1 & 102.7/K-BAY-FM 107.9) to find out if school has been closed.  Principals will make every effort to notify teachers and staff prior to the start of the school day. 

As always, a parent’s decision regarding the welfare of his/her child is important.  If at any time the parent/guardian feels it is in the child’s best interest to remain home in adverse weather situations, the absence will be recorded as excused.


Stay Warm

Winter weather can be a lot of fun, but our kids need to be dressed appropriately to enjoy it.  Please send your student to school with snow boots, snow pants, gloves and a hat.  They play outside at recess for at least 30 minutes a day, and it is uncomfortable and unsafe for them to be out without the proper gear.