What’s Happening 11-14-17

Dates To Remember:

· 11/13 – 11/17: Code-a-Thon! (see flyer and more info below)
· 11/14 – KPBSD: Facebook Live Q&A with Superintendent Sean Dusek (see attached flyer)
· 11/15 – High School Eligibility Due (form attached)
· 11/15 – from 2:30 to 3:30: Homer (STEM) Team Challenge for grades K-8
· 11/17 – Soldotna Office: Chili Cook Off! (more info below and see flyer)
· 11/23 & 11/24 – All Offices Closed
· 12/01 – Homer: Connections First Friday K-12 Art Show (more info below)
· 12/15 – Semester Reports Due
· 05/14 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour Recommended for Grades 3-12 (Please See Attached Description) For More Information Please Contact Julie Lindquist at the Seward Connections Office (907) 224-9092 or email jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Parents – we have two hats at our Soldotna office from the Hay Maze event. If you are missing a hat please call the office at 714-8880.

Central Peninsula: Homeschool Gym Time:

Here is the calendar of events for our Central Peninsula Homeschool Gym time:

· 11/14 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2
· 11/21 – Soldotna Sports Center Ice Skating: FREE for Connections Students 12-2 pm
· 11/28 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2
· 12/05 – Nikiski Pool: FREE for Connections Students 12-1:30
· 12/12 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2
· 12/18 DATE CHANGE TO MONDAY – PLEASE NOTE! Jumpin’ Junction: FREE for Connections Students 12-2 (please see rules below)

Come join Connections for a fun filled afternoon on Monday, Dec 18th from 12:00-2:00pm (this will take place Tuesday gym time). Included in this activity will be:

· Mini Golf
· Jump Zone (socks required & 250lb weight limit)
· Cosmic Cannon Room
· One waiver per child must be filled out to participate which is located online (attached)
· 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. RSVP required, questions – please call us at 714-8880.

Code-a-Thon!

If you are interested in computers and love games, join Code-a-Thon! This online course is open to all ages and all Connections students. Please email Krys Evensen: kevensen@kpbsd.k12.ak.us to obtain a login so you can join us from the convenience of your home! More information is on the attached flyer or call 907-226-1880.

Homer (STEM) Team Challenge for grades K-8:

Wednesday 11/15 from 2:30 to 3:30: Homer (STEM) Team Challenge for grades K-8: Join us in the Homer Office for team challenges. Meet fellow homeschool students and find solutions to problems by working together. Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve while working in teams. We can accommodate up to 16 students for this activity so please RSVP by contacting Jake Parrett at 226-1880 or jparrett@kpbsd.org

Soldotna Office: Chili Cook Off:

The Connections staff is very thankful for our homeschool families. This year we invite you to break bread with us Friday, November 17th from 1-3pm! Please come in and taste, judge, and/or enter our chili cook off contest! Students and families are encouraged to participate in choosing the winner. Staff will provide chili and side dishes, also.  Please see the attached flyer for more information or call the office at 714-8880.

Homer Connections First Friday K-12 Art Show:

Homer Connections is calling for submissions of art to hang in the gallery (office) in December! Are you taking an Art Course this semester: painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, digital art or something else? If so, please share your work with us! We are excited to show off our youth’s artwork so kids in grades K-12 are invited to submit entries.

We’ll kick off the display with a First Friday gallery viewing event on Friday, October 6th. Please contact Derek Bynagle at dbynagle@kpbsd.org or call 226-1880 to reserve your spot. Even if you don’t submit art, come check out what others are doing!

Date: Friday, December 1st
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Homer Connections back office

The deadline for entering artwork is November 29th (earlier is even better). See attached document for submission guidelines and art work labels.

Connections Spelling Bee:

We are pleased to announce that Connections Homeschool is enrolled in the National Spelling Bee this year, continuing with a great tradition. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate in order to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills.

Our local Spelling Bee date is still to be determined. The 2018 Alaska State Spelling Bee will be held at 8:30am on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at the Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage (PAC: 621 W 6th Ave., Anchorage AK).

A great way to prepare for the Spelling Bee is to work through the grade specific word lists, please see the attached spelling list. You can begin with the list at your grade level. Once you have mastered the 100 words on that list, move on to the next. The word list for the school Spelling Bee will include words that appear on the lists for grades 5-8.

The National Spelling Bee offers parents and students a season pass in Word Club for $24.99.

Word Club: THE Bee’s Online Study resource for spellers With a Word Club season pass, a speller can:

• Learn at their own pace with more than 120 spelling and vocabulary tests covering more than 1,600 words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee s official study resources.
• Study official Scripps National Spelling Bee definitions and word information.
• Receive instant feedback on spelling and vocabulary knowledge.
• Track progress in working to master the English language.
• Website: http://www.spellingbee.com/wordclub

For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or cnolden@kpbsd.org We look forward to hearing from you!

Alaska Sealife Center: Seward:

The Alaska SeaLife Center invites Alaska residents to take advantage of FREEzing Winter Wednesdays when planning their winter excursions. Every Wednesday from November 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018, Alaska residents receive free general admission to the Alaska SeaLife Center upon presentation of a valid ID. Visitors 16 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Alaska SeaLife Center is open seven days a week from 12:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m, except November 23 and December 25 for the Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day holidays. Please call 888-378-2525 for more information.

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