What’s Happening 2-14-17

Dates To Remember:

02/14 – Gym will be at the Educational/Wildlife Center to Snowshoe 12-2:00pm
02/22 – Homer Office: Educational Salmon Dissection Activity (more info below)
02/23 – Seward: Overnight SeaLife Center Trip @ 5:00pm (more info below)
02/23 – Soldotna Connections: Jam Session @ Odies 2:30-3:30 (more info below)
02/24 – Central Peninsula: Fish and Game Ice Fishing: 1:30-2:30pm @ Sport Lake (more info below)
02/24 – Exploring KPC 9-11am (more info below and see attached flyers)
03/02 – Homer Area: Fish and Game Ice Fishing: 11:45-1:15 @ Johnson Lake (more info below)
03/09 – High School Eligibility Due
04/19 – Connections Art & Talent Show Rehearsal @ SoHi 3-5pm
04/20 – Connections Art & Talent Show @ SoHi 5:00pm
05/10 – Kenai Fjords Trip in Seward, AK (see flyer)

· Information On European Travel Summer 2018 Below

Gym Time Will Be: Snowshoeing @ Wildlife Refuge!

Instead of holding our regular gym time Tuesday, February 14th we will met the Wildlife Center on Ski Hill Rd for a snowshoeing hike from 12 until 2pm. All home school families are invited and adults are welcome and encouraged to snowshoe with us. Please RSVP Shelli Furlong sfurlong@kpbsd.org number of participants in group and shoe sizes so we can organize the snowshoes. Warm outdoor gear is a must (gloves, hat, snow pants, and boots) and tennis shoes will not be allowed. If you have any questions please call 714-8880 and we hope to see you Tuesday!

Educational Salmon Dissection Activity @ Homer Office:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is teaming up with Connections to do an educational salmon dissection on February 22nd from 1:00-2:30pm at the Connections office in Homer. This event is intended for students from 2nd-6th grade. Space is limited, so if your student would like to participate please RSVP with Derek Bynagle as soon as possible by emailing dbynagle@kpbsd.org

Connections Jam Session @ Odies in Soldotna:

Once a month Connections will have an impromptu music jam session for high school students. Thursday, February 23rd we will meet at Odies in Soldotna from 2:30-3:30. Bring your laptops, homework, music and let’s and jam out while socializing! If you are interested in participating please email Shelli Furlong: sfurlong@kpbsd.org or Carole Nolden: cnolden@kpbsd.org and we hope to see you there!

Seward – Overnight SeaLife Center Trip:

Connections Students in 3rd through 8th grade: Enjoy an overnight adventure at the Alaska SeaLife Center on Thursday, February 23th @ 5pm! Students will spend the evening honing observation skills and participating in hands-on marine science programs. At night they’ll fall asleep surrounded by seabirds, Steller Sea lions, and harbor seals.

During the evening we will learn about the mysterious animals that inhabit the ocean’s depths. We will investigate bizarre adaptations of light-producers in the midnight zone and create actual bioluminescence. We will also get our hands on a “head-footed” animal as we learn about cephalopods through a squid dissection and discussion.

The cost of this overnight excursion can be paid for through your student allotment. The cost is $50 per student and $50 per parent chaperone. Parents will need to pay out of pocket. The minimum number of participants is 12. Please email Jake Parrett at jparrett@kpbsd.k12.ak.us as soon as possible!!! The deposit is due on January 15th. More information about the SeaLife Center can be found at http://www.alaskasealife.org/

Fish and Game Ice Fishing @ Sport Lake 02/24 & Johnson Lake 03/02:

Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game is inviting our central peninsula and Homer students to learn more about salmon by spending time on the ice, fishing at Sports Lake and Johnson Lake. Students learn proper fishing techniques, catch and release etiquette, ice fishing regulations, and safety on the ice.

What to bring: Thawed cocktail shrimp or other types of bait you can get at the store, zip lock bags or plastic grocery bags to transport fish that you would like to keep. Parent volunteers or anyone 18 and older that may be helping/fishing, please make sure you have a 2017 sport fishing license. And lastly, students will need to be dressed appropriately for winter weather.

Here are the time slots for Connections students:

• Sports Lake: 12:15-1:15 on Feb 24th (RSVP: rpayne@kpbsd.org )

Sport Lake: Travel approximately 2.5 miles north of Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway and 1.0 mile down Sport Lake Road to Moser Road on the right. I will be meeting classes at the boat launch before heading out on the ice.

• Johnson Lake: 11:45-1:15 on March 2nd (RSVP: dbynagle@kpbsd.org )

Johnson Lake:  Travel to approximately milepost 110 on the Sterling Highway to Johnson Lake Road, Turn left on Tustumena Lake Road and take the first right at the Johnson Lake Campground.  After pulling into the campground turn right (look for signs) to access the west loop of the campground.  Parking will be in camp sites throughout this loop.  We will be meeting in the large parking area at the boat launch.

Please RSVP to the advisors listed above or if you have any questions contact our office at 714-8880.

Exploring KPC:

Date: Friday, Feb 24
Time: 9a.m. to 11a.m.

Grade Levels invited: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Schedule: The two-hour event will consist of four 25-minute sessions at: 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30. Students will choose one presentation to attend during each session. Attached is a tentative event schedule for students to look at, but please keep in mind that this schedule is subject to change. In the McLane Commons, there will be tables manned by KPC staff, faculty, and current KPC students to provide additional information and answer questions about our programs, services, and student clubs. If you have any other questions please contact Emily Knight at 262-0373.

Connections Talent & Art Show:

The Connections Talent Show has become an event we look forward to each school year. Last year we added an art exhibition to accommodate the many artistic students in our program. It was a huge success so we are continuing with the art show this year again! We enjoy seeing the work & success our students are finding outside of the academic realm, and we love giving them an opportunity to show those talents each spring. If your student has a talent or art piece they wish to share, please register with our show coordinator, Mark Wackler, at mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us .The show is held at Soldotna High School in the auditorium on April 20th from 5:00-6:30pm and rehearsal is the 19th from 3-5pm. We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Connections Talent Show!

European Travel – Summer 2018:

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

It is my greatest goal to inspire in students a new perspective of the world. For this reason every year I organize an educational travel trip for giving students the opportunity to experience places and cultures strange to them. Considering that global awareness is more essential than ever for our children, this type of travel prepares them for the future.

More and more colleges and universities are looking for international experience on students’ applications to set them apart. Travel isn’t just educational, it’s an investment that gives your child an advantage in a competitive world.

With all this in mind I’m very excited to plan for a new educational tour for the summer 2018, in which I will take a group of maximum 16 travelers from the Kenai Peninsula. (Travelers can be students or their family members.)

The name of the tour is: Spain, France and Italy
The departure date will be approximately May 29th, 2018

This tour is 14 days visiting Madrid (2 days), Barcelona (2 days), Carcassonne and Provence (1 day), Avignon in the French Riviera (1 day), Pisa, Florence (2 days), Assisi, Rome (3 days), Pompei, the Amalfi Coast and Capri Island (1 day).

The specifics of the tour can be seen at the following website:
http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1835274RT

If you have 5 minutes, please watch this video to see what this trip will be like.
http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1835274RT#ooid=N5OG1kcTqztBEsvF69hOg9FA8J76K-IH

The price shown on the website includes:

· Flights and train travel
· Hotel
· All breakfasts and dinners
· Entries to museums and sites listed in the detailed travel plan
· Full time tour director
· Local guides for visits to some sites
· Flamenco Evening in Madrid (this is an shown in the plan as optional visit but its cost is already included in the total price)
· 2 days extension to the Amalfi coast and ferry ride to Capri Island (this is an shown in the plan as optional visit but its cost is already included in the total price)
· Individual traveler insurance

The tour is NOT sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and for this reason is organized outside of school time.

The tour is operated by EF Educational Tours and we will have a full time English speaking tour director who will make sure we have a wonderful experience. For this reason it would be an advantage for students studying Italian, French, and Spanish, having the opportunity to use and listen to the real language in daily life.

***February SPECIAL PRICE: Enroll by February 28th and get a $200 discount on the price (the price shown on the website reflects this discount).

If you are interested in this tour do not miss this opportunity, visit the website and enroll soon.

EF offers various payment options for these tours, see what fits you best: http://www.eftours.com/tour-payment

If you need further information, please contact me epokryfki@kpbsd.org or 907-714-8928. This is an opportunity of a lifetime experience that will truly set your child apart, and I’m excited and looking forward to having your child on tour!

Sincerely,
Emanuela Pokryfki
World Languages & CTE
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Distance Learning Program
Phone: (907) 714-8928
epokryfki@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

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