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Posted: June 13, 2011 - 2:45pm

Glacier Valley Elementary thanks its Art is Elementary and JAMM sponsors

On behalf of the entire Glacier Valley Elementary School community, thank you Juneau for supporting our Art is Elementary and Juneau, Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) programs, which provide weekly arts-integrated experiences to all of our students, as well as violin instruction to all kindergartners. We’d also like to thank the Juneau School District for funding elementary instrumental music this year and next. This year’s highlights include drama, visual arts, ballroom dancing, Morning Musicians and Rock Bands, Guitar Club, and a kindergarten violin program, which will expand to all first graders next year as part of their school day.

There is not enough room to list all of the donors who have contributed to these programs, but we would like to acknowledge the donations of those businesses and individuals who gave more than $500. Together, through school and community partnerships, the arts are a consistent part of every child’s public education at Glacier Valley. Thank you, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Association of Alaska School Boards, Douglas-Dornan Foundation, Eastman Strings, Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, Full Circle Music, Holland America Line, Les Schwab, NorthWind Architects, Kim Poole, Rasmuson Foundation, Remo Drums, Ron’s Apothecary, Seven Colors Wind String Shop, Stellar Financial Services, True North Federal Credit Union, Randy Wanamaker, Lynn Williams, World Music Drumming and Xia Guohua. For the entire list of our sponsors, visit http://bit.ly/mLwaMT.

Glacier Valley Elementary School

Preschool Family Nights entertain, educate nearly 1,000 in Juneau

We would like to extend a big “Thank you!” to all the guest speakers who shared their enthusiasm and knowledge with nearly 1,000 preschoolers and families at the Preschool Family Nights from September 2010 to May 2011. Each family night centered on a different learning theme to explore, including an activity, light supper, stories, songs, and guest speakers. The free events also offered each child a book to take home and ideas for parents to engage children in learning more about the topic at home.

The following community members made lasting impressions on many young (and older) minds: Andrea Mogil of Pie in the Sky (Apples, Apples, Apples!), Laurie Gardner and her dance students of Celtic Quest (Shhh… the Bagpipes are Coming!), Daniel Martin of Wild Oven (Bread Around the World), Mike Sica of White Pass/Yukon Railroad (Chuga, Chuga, Choo, Choo!), Joyce Levine (Feel the Beat), Margie Thompson and Jane Edwards (Cozy Times with Crazy Quilts), Nikki Becker of NOAA (WOW! The Wonder of Weather), Teri Tibbett (Sing Along Stories) and Kirk Rachach with Kye, the rescue dog (SEA Dogs).

These nights would not be possible without the generous financial support of Best Beginnings, thread, Communities in Schools, Douglas-Dornan Foundation, Friends of the Library, the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska and United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Make sure you swing by the Valley Library from 5:30-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday in July and August for Family Nights and we’ll see you back at the downtown library on the first Tuesday in September. Keep reading!

Emily Coate, AEYC-SEA

MJ Grande of Juneau Public Libraries

Memorial dedication, Blessing of the Fleet celebrations successful thanks to efforts of several

Every year on the first Saturday of May, our community comes together at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial in Juneau to celebrate the lives of commercial fishermen and women who have given their lives to this dangerous and rewarding profession, and to offer prayers of protection for those who work in the commercial fishing industry.

We feel the spirit of our amazing community and loving kinship as we remember fishermen and women through lively stories, the dedication and reading of names engraved on the memorial, and during the Blessing of the Fleet.

We thank those who participate in the Blessing of the Fleet and Reading and Dedication of Names. This year, we thank those who participated in the Blessing including the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District’s Color Guard, the Coast Guard’s 47-foot Motor lifeboat on watch, Girl Scout Cadet Troop No. 4026 and co-leaders Melanie Coleman and Tina Strong, Pastor Pat Brayton of the Valley Church, the Gastineau Strummers with conductor Patrick Murphy, Eric McDowell of the McDowell Group, Chris Knight, captain of the F/V Sweetwater, City of Juneau Pipe Band, Pastor Sue Bahleda of Resurrection Lutheran Church and Jeri Museth.

We also thank Eric Norman of Taku Fisheries/Smokeries, the sound crew of Scott Jeffers and Dick Williams, Reecia Wilson, who donates a lavish reception following the Blessing at the Twisted Fish. Safeway and Alaskan & Proud provided flowers and Superbear Wreath Designer Ward Finley donated the wreath for laying on the water.

Finally, we thank the Juneau fishing community and all the members of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly for their support and dedication to the commercial fishing industry and its importance to us all. The members of the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial Board of Directors who deserve special thanks are Linnea Osborne, Ted Merrell, Bob Millard, Tom Gemmell, Tisa Becker, and Melissa Museth.

Bruce B. Weyhrauch, President

Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial in Juneau

Marquee makes movie night at Douglas library easy to announce

The Juneau Public Libraries would like to extend a thank you to John DelGado and family at Downtown Stewart Street’s Urban Eskimo. They have donated a very large sign to announce our monthly movies at the Douglas Public Library, located at 1016 Third St. in Douglas. Watch for the sign outside the library on the third Sunday of every month for Free Family Movies. Shows begin at 3 p.m.

The staff of the Juneau Public Libraries

Barbara Berg, Library Director

Hershey’s volunteers make track meet run smoothly

The 34th annual Hershey’s Track and Field Meet was held May 28 at Thunder Mountain High School, where 38 of Juneau’s youth ages 9-14 participated in 30 different running events, the standing long jump and softball throw.

As everyone knows, such an event cannot take place without the gracious help of volunteers. This year’s meet was extremely successful largely due to much-appreciated voluntary assistance. We wish to express our thanks to the TMHS track and field team head coach, Scott May, for his invaluable knowledge, experience and enthusiasm in seeing to it that everything literally ran smoothly as planned. Our gratitude is also extended to these TMHS track and field team athletes who also proficiently aided with various event supervision duties throughout the afternoon: Renier Cava, Khalil English, Noe Hernandez, Katie Jones, Ashlynn Kay, Skyler Nakachi, Jed Salazar, Jeren Smith, Grace Stauffer, James Steeves, Alex Tracy and Jillian Tracy. Finally we’d like to thank the TMHS activities director, Rhonda Hickok, for allowing us to use her school’s excellent new track facility and football field for our meet.

Again, thank you one and all for your generous spirit!

Crandall Mark

Recreation Coordinator

Zach Gordon Youth Center

Torch Run a terrific time

Special Olympics Juneau would like to thank the Juneau Police Department for organizing our annual Torch Run fundraiser. A special thanks to officers Sarah Hieb, Lt. Kris Sell and Kathy Underwood who oversaw the planning and carrying out of the event and its success.

We’d also like to thank the Alaska State Troopers, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy who helped make this fundraiser a success.

Finally, a thank you to all of the Special Olympic athletes and their families and to our volunteers for your fundraising efforts. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.

Chris Ullrich

Community Director

Special Olympics Juneau

Head Start program appreciates contributions to educational enrichment

The Glacier Valley Elementary Pre-Kindergarten Head Start Program would like to express appreciation for the generous contributions from the following organizations and individuals:

AEYC-Southeast provided coordination of monthly Family Nights as well as funding for regular field trips to Turf for Tots at the Dimond Park Field House. Lexi Olsen and “Dudley the Dinosaur” visited from SEARHC Dental, providing fluoride supplemental treatments and dental hygiene education. A street safety lesson was provided by Officer Sarah Hieb from the Juneau Police Department. With assistance from Barbara Cadiente-Nelson of the Juneau School District, Tlingit and Haida Child Care Program & Goldbelt Native Association, classroom elder Charlotte Siverly provided cultural enrichment to our classroom environment as well as sewing assistance to our parent group. Pamela Rae Johnson, auntie to one of our students, helped with sewing regalia for graduation. Parent Christianna Nicklie donated a large amount of art paper. Juneau Youth Services and Betty Morgan provided social and emotional consultation and classroom support. Speech therapist Sandy Fiscus assisted with child developmental screenings and referrals. Veteran teachers Chris Thomas and Linda Torgerson provided professional development, classroom materials, live bugs and pet snake Ollie to enhance our math and science curriculums. The U.S. Forest Service loaned our class an elaborate bear education kit. Field trips included the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center with a presentation by Ranger Karen Maher. We enjoyed a tour of the Alaska State Museum. We made fall and spring visits to the Juneau Community Garden with Head Start Nutrition Coordinator Melissa Morgan. The Mendenhall Post Office welcomed us with a tour by Postal Carrier Mike Kelly. With parent and Zach Gordon employee Larry Blotnick, we visited the youth center for a fun-filled morning of rock wall climbing.

Parent, family and community involvement and support is vital to the continuation of grant-funded early childhood programs, adding to the day-to-day operations while assuring for future funding. This year’s success speaks volumes of how much Juneau values quality early childhood programs for our children and families. Thanks to all!

Katy Harman

Lead Teacher

Tlingit and Haida Head Start

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