What’s Happening 4-18-17

RE-ENROLL NOW!

For re-enrolling students unexpended student allotments at the end of this school year (June 30, 2017) will be rolled over to the 2017-2018 school year provided the following conditions are met:

· Students must complete the entire enrollment process with Connections prior to  August 31, 2017
· Connections encourages families to re-enroll by May 26, 2017
· Previous grade reports must be submitted
· Students must maintain continuous enrollment with Connections

Dates To Remember:

04/17 – 04/25 – Homeschool Gym NO ADVISORS AVAILABLE@ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm (more info below)
04/19 – Connections Art & Talent Show Rehearsal @ SoHi 3-5pm
04/20 – Connections Art & Talent Show @ SoHi 5:00pm
04/21 – Earth Day Clean Up: Soldotna Area: Meet at the Soldotna Visitors Center from 2:00-4:00pm
04/25 – Homer: College JumpStart Info (see flyer)
04/28 – LAST DAY TO TURN IN REIMBURSEMENTS (Please prepay any May/June lessons so you can be reimbursed. If you have questions contact your advisor)
05/02 – Jumping Junction End of Year Celebration 12:00-2:00pm (more info below)
05/03-05/04 – Overnight Trip across the bay with Center for Alaska Coastal Studies (see attached Flyer)
05/05 – Connections Staff Meeting Soldotna & Seward offices closed: Homer Office Open 2:00-4:00pm
05/05 – Formal Dance: Enchanted Evening put on by The Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Activities Committee (see flyer)
05/10 – Kenai Fjords Trip in Seward, AK
05/11 – Salmon Celebration @ Johnson Lake 12:00-2:00pm (more info below)

SENIORS: Please remember to check the One Stop Portal for scholarship opportunities. Deadlines are fast approaching and here is the link to that site: http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/OneStop/Scholarships.aspx

Homeschool Gym Time:

We will have our regularly scheduled time for Homeschool students from May 28th – April 25th at the Kenai Rec. Center but due to PEAKS Testing advisors will not be available for open gym. The gym is still available for those families that want to participate on their own from 12-2pm.

SUMMER COURSES:

Do you want to use your spare time in the summer to get ahead on high school credits? The KPBSD is offering online courses this summer. Talk to your parents and advisor to see what courses would work best for you. As soon as you have decided click on the link (http://bit.do/2017summersession) to sign up for a course. Remember the sooner the better because they will fill up fast and it is first come first serve on who gets in the courses!

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!

Jumping Junction End of Year Celebration:

Come join Connections for a fun filled afternoon on Tuesday, May 2nd from 12:00-2:00pm (this will take place Tuesday gym time also). Included in this activity will be:

· Mini Golf
· Jump Zone (socks required & 250lb weight limit)
· Cosmic Cannon Room
· Please bring your own snacks and beverages or you can purchase them at the snack bar.

Jumping Junction is located at 42115 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Soldotna. If you have any questions please call us at 714-8880.

Overnight Trip to Petersen Bay Field Station With Center for Alaskans Coastal Studies May 3rd – 4th:

Come experience unforgettable, interactive programs where students discover the ecology of Kachemak Bay. Don’t watch a movie about the fabulous four marine phyla, find them and observe their amazing adaptations to life in the intertidal zone yourself! Don’t miss this amazing learning opportunity.

· Open to all Connections students in grades 5-10.
· Departure by boat from Homer Spit on May 3rd @ 9:000am and return late morning on the 4th.
· Cost for the trip is $120 p.p. Space is limited (max 30) so call or email now: 907-226-1880 dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Formal Dance: Enchanted Evening Dance :

Attention all High School Homeschoolers: The Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Activities Committee would like to invite you to an Enchanted Evening of dancing and fun.

· Who: Homeschool students age 14 years and up
· When May 5th from 7:00-10:00pm
· Where: The Reading Corner – 902 Highland Ave, Kenai AK 99611
· RSVP, Questions & Buy Tickets: (907) 513-9469
· Ticket Price: $10 Per Person $15 Per Couple ($5 off if you join our committee)

Community Service Opportunity for Jr’s & Sr’s:

Alaska Fish and Game is looking for Homeschool Juniors and Seniors interested in volunteering at this year’s Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake on May 11th. Volunteers will assist Kenai Peninsula elementary students at various learning stations from 9 AM until 3 PM.  This is an exciting opportunity to get involved and meet your local Fish and Game representatives while helping our local school children.  For more information, please contact Jenny Cope with Alaska Fish and Game at 907-260-2930. Thank you for helping OUR local students learn more about Pacific salmon, one of OUR greatest natural resources.

Salmon Celebration:

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Division, will be holding the 17th annual “Salmon Celebration” in Kasilof at the Johnson Lake State Campground from 12:00 am to 2:00 pm. This Salmon Celebration is being held to increase school student’s awareness of salmon and to foster a sense of stewardship towards this valuable natural resource. The “Salmon Celebration” will be open to all K-6 school classes from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Great lunch locations can be found throughout the campground!

For more information or if you have any questions please contact:

Jenny Cope, Alaska Dept. Fish & Game, Soldotna: 260-2930 or email: jenny.cope@alaska.gov

Pathway to Poetry – Contest for Students in the Kenai Area:

The Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Kenai in collaboration with the Kenai Community Library and the Friends of the Library is hosting a program called “Pathway to Poetry”. It will include local Kenai students in grades 1st – 12th submitting original poetry to be judged by a panel of qualified judges.  The students will be broken down into groups based on age/grade levels as follows:  1st- 3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th.  There will be three winners from each category for a total of twelve (12) winning poems.  The winning poetry will be displayed along a trail segment located in the City of Kenai.  There will also be a recording of the students reading their original work. All participants will be given a certificate and winners will honored for their accomplishment with a celebration held at a local park where the first winning poems will be displayed.  Deadline for submission is May 1st.  For further information please contact the Kenai Parks & Recreation Department at 907-283-8262.

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