Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, April 09, 2004

Open houses set for kindergartners

Kindergarten students who will be 5 by Aug. 15 are invited to the Juneau School District Kindergarten Open House on Wednesday, April 14. Registration also will be available for all families who are new to Juneau.

The open house schedule is:

1:30-5:30 p.m. at Glacier Valley Elementary School and Mendenhall River Community School.

2:30-5:30 p.m. at Auke Bay Elementary School, Gastineau Elementary School and Harborview Elementary School.

2-4:30 p.m. at Riverbend Elementary School.

2:15-4 p.m. at Juneau Community Charter School.

Kindergarten teachers will be available in their classrooms for visits. The principal and the school nurse will be present to welcome parents and to answer questions.

The school district encourages all kindergarten-age students to attend. Parents who are ready to register are asked to bring their child's birth certificate or an official copy and a record of immunization. Alaska state law says, "no shots - no school." Each child also will need a physical examination before starting school.

At the start of school next fall, an hour-long individual session with the kindergarten student, their parents and the classroom teacher will be scheduled as a personalized welcome and orientation to school. The kindergarten start date for next fall is Monday, Aug. 30, which is three school days later than for grade one to 12 students.

For more information, call Susan Arnold at 463-1700, ext. 218.

Flag display marks 27th anniversary

This year marks the 27th summer that the 50 flags of the United States will have flown along Egan Drive in downtown Juneau. For those who are new to our community, this display is sponsored by Friends of the Flags, a nonprofit group.

While the group is recognized by the city as an advisory committee, Friends of the Flags does not receive any financial aid from the city. Instead it relies solely on private donations.

To make donations or to become a member, write to Friends of the Flags at P.O. Box 32201, Juneau, AK 99803. For more information, contact via e-mail at

Advisory council seeks public comment

The Cooperative Extension Service State Advisory Council is seeking public comment on the status of the Juneau District Land Resources/4-H position presently filled by Jim Douglas.

At present, due to budget cuts, there are no plans to refill the position Douglas has held the past 25 years when he retires on July 1.

The public comment meeting will be held 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 in the Douglas Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Those wishing to address the council should arrive at 11:15 a.m. Public comment will be limited to three minutes per person. This time may be extended or shortened depending on participation. Those who cannot attend but would like to comment can send written comments care of Dr. Tony Nakazawa, Director of Extension, P.O. Box 756180, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK 99775-6180.

AWARE offers volunteer training

AWARE is offering a Volunteer Advocacy Training starting April 19. This training includes information on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse and provides practical experience in crisis intervention and advocacy skills.

Part one of the training is open to the public and offers an overview of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and neglect. Part two is for AWARE volunteers and staff and focuses on advocacy and crisis intervention skills. No experience is necessary. The training is provided free of charge and will be held at AWARE. If you are interested, please call Cydney Boyer at AWARE, 586-6623 or e-mail at

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