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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain


August 22, 2018

In this issue:

•  Back to School Safety

•  Resources for Students and Families

•  Governor Signs Education Bills

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, students in the Anchorage School District went back to school! Thank you to our hard-working teachers for all they do for our schools and community.

Don’t forget—future school year calendars are under development and the Anchorage School District wants your input. The district has received many suggestions from parents, employees, and community members on calendar planning for upcoming school years. Calendar planning decisions are independent of the current discussion around school start times. A short survey about the calendar will be available until Friday, August 24. Review calendar options and take the ASD Calendar Survey online.


Back to School Safety

A big welcome back to the teachers, staff, students, and families that are starting the new school year! With the school season in full swing, please be aware and exercise a little extra care and caution on the roads: watch for school buses and bicycles, keep an eye out for speed limits in school zones, buckle up, and put away your cell phones.

Last year, I shared some helpful safety tips in my Back to School Newsletter. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind to make sure children and drivers co-exist safely on the road:



Students Can Take Precautions Too!


Resources for Students and Families

Students perform better when family and friends are involved in their education! Visit ASD’s Family Information webpage for bus schedules, student web tools, information about ASD curriculum, and sports and activities calendars. Families also have access to the Homework Help webpage with information about various learning tools and free online tutoring opportunities:

Free Online Tutoring

Free online tutoring through Tutor.com is available to military and non-military Alaskan students. Tutors are certificated teachers, college professors, and graduate students. Tutor.com is committed to safety. All tutors are screened and go through extensive background checks. Students and tutors work anonymously and no personal information is shared during sessions. This service also works on smartphone devices.

  • Non-military Alaskan K-12 Students: Free homework help and tutoring by expert tutors is available for non-military Alaskan students online through a grant from the Alaska State Library: http://lam.alaska.gov/sled/homework.
  • Military Alaskan K-12 Students: Free homework help and tutoring by expert tutors is available to military students online through the Department of Defense MWR Library Program, the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and the Navy General Library Program: https://military.tutor.com/home.

Khan Academy

Check out online resources/lessons for math, science, economics, computer science and humanities: https://www.khanacademy.org/.


Loussac Library Homework Help

The Loussac Library offers free homework help to middle and high school students: http://www.anchoragelibrary.org/services/services-for/teens/homework-help/.


Sylvan Math

Free online math help: http://www.sylvanmathprep.com/.


Governor Signs Education Bills

Earlier this month, Governor Walker signed four education bills into law:

  • House Bill 212: Expands Alaska’s rural school construction fund so that major maintenance projects at existing schools can qualify for money, instead of funding only the construction of new schools.


  • House Bill 213: Moves the $675 million Public School Trust Fund to an endowment structure using a percent of market value (POMV) approach, maximizing the fund’s ability to grow while guaranteeing the largest possible sustainable payout to education each year. It also creates an optional Permanent Fund dividend raffle in which 75% of the funds go to Alaska’s schools: 25% to the newly created Education Endowment Fund and 50% as supplemental grants to school districts. The remaining 25% will be used to pay raffle prizes.


  • Senate Bill 185: Allows districts to rehire retired teachers, providing critical support in the classroom as schools with high teacher turnover rates embrace the challenge of finding permanent teachers.


  • Senate Bill 216: Removes the immediate financial penalty for school consolidation. Schools now have a five-year grace period to adjust to the lower levels of per-student funding that come with larger student counts at a school that absorbs students from a school that is being closed.




Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Bow Wow Film Festival - A Benefit for Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue

The Bow Wow Film Fest is a joyful, traveling, dog-centric collection of short films that celebrates the human-canine bond. They feature the year’s best pooch themed shorts all wrapped up in one beautiful, 90-minute, fun-loving package. The films change annually, so each year there are always new movies to see!

Bow Wow is a delightful community event! It is often used by animal welfare organizations, such as service-dog or rescue groups to host an event that generates awareness of their mission as well as offering a fresh way to fundraise. Since launching in 2015, over $125,000 has been raised at Bow Wow Film Festival events! Click here to view the trailer.  

When: Saturday, August 25th at 2:45 PM
Where: Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W 27th Ave.

$6 General Admission. Tickets on sale online and at the Bear Tooth box office!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.


Inclusive Playdate at Kiwanis Fish Creek Park

All abilities and ages are welcome! Inclusive Play means that children and families of all abilities are able to play together without barriers. Explore some of Anchorage’s best playgrounds designed to facilitate boundless play, and make new friends at our organized play sessions with Inclusive Play partners.

When: Wednesday, August 29th from 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Where: Kiwanis Fish Creek Park, 3907 E Turnagain Blvd.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.

For more information about our existing inclusive playgrounds in the Municipality of Anchorage and new playgrounds in progress: https://anchorageparkfoundation.org/programs/inclusiveplay/.


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

signed: Matt Claman

Rep. Matt Claman

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