What’s Happening 11-20-17

Dates To Remember:

· 11/20 & 11/21 – Jake Parrett will be in the Seward Office
· 11/21 – Soldotna Sports Center Ice Skating: FREE for Connections Students 12-2pm
· 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
· 04/17/18 – Connections Talent and Art Show @ SoHi Auditorium 5-6:30pm (more info below)
· 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

Holiday Office Hours:

The Homer and Seward offices will be closed from December 23rd to January 7th. The Soldotna office will be closed on December 25th & 26th and January 1st, 2018.

Central Peninsula: Homeschool Gym Time:

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

· 11/21 – Soldotna Sports Center Ice Skating: FREE for Connections Students 12-2
· 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.

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.

Spring Semester Course Opportunity:

Who: Juniors and Seniors who have completed Algebra II and qualify with the ALEKS Math Placement Test (through KPC)

What: College Algebra for Calculus Math A151 = .5 High School Math Credit, 4 College Math Credits

Where: Kenai Central High School with Kathy Herring
When: 12:18-1:02 M-F
Cost: $160 which can be paid via cash or check at the KPC Bookstore, or with a credit card made through the students UAonline account. This is a reimbursable course. Please contact Laura Beeson at 283-2110 for more information.

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 12:00pm to 5:00 pm, except November 23 and December 25 for the Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day holidays. Please call 888-378-2525 for more information.

2018 Connections Talent Show:

The 2018 Connections Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 17th from 5-6:30pm at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for talented homeschool students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, skits, etc.). We encourage talents of all kinds, and also have an art display at the entrance to show off our student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in performing in the talent show – mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Masquerade Ball:

An Independent student-led organization for all homeschool students is hosting a Masquerade Ball on December 1st from 7-11pm. Connections posts this flyer as a community service. Such posting does not constitute an endorsement for or against the materials and viewpoints expressed in the flyer. For more information please call 907-513-9469.

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