What’s Happening 12-11-17

Dates To Remember:

· 12/12 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2
· 12/15 – Semester Reports Due! Soldotna Office: Cookies and cocoa for families, stop in and join us for the festivities!
· 12/15 – Seward Connections – International Cookie Exchange and Ornament Crafting 10:30 – 12:30 @ SMS
· 12/18 – GYM TIME DATE CHANGE TO MONDAY – PLEASE NOTE! Jumpin’ Junction: FREE for Connections Students 12-2pm
· 01/25/18 – Spelling Bee @ Soldotna Public Library 1-4pm (more info below)
· 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.

Homeschool Gym Time Jumpn’ Junction:
12/18 – DATE CHANGE TO MONDAY – PLEASE NOTE! Jumpin’ Junction: FREE for Connections Students 12-2pm (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.

Spring Semester Course Opportunities:
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.

KPC CNA Program:
If there are students still interested in the CNA program, KPC is offering a course for the spring semester. KPC has entrance requirements to meet the course qualifications so if a student is accepted into the KPC course, the student will only be responsible for certain costs (please see attachment). A grant will pick up the remainder of the course fees (background check, fingerprints and certification). This is considered a jumpstart course and worth 6 college credits. There are only a few seats left, so if you are interested in the CNA program, please contact your advisor and Matt Widaman (907-283-2166) as soon as possible.

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 will be held on January 25th from 1:00-4:00pm at the Soldotna Public Library. 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

Kenai Public Health Center:

The Kenai Public Health Center has classes available for Connections families and students free of charge. Please see the attached flyer for descriptions of courses. 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 907-335-3400.

Candy Corn:
Due to a generous donation we have a large supply of candy corn to give away. This is on a first come first serve basis and there are no limitations on quantities you can have. Please stop by our Soldotna office to pick up the 16oz plastic containers.

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