What’s Happening 12-19-17

Dates To Remember:
· 12/18 – GYM TIME DATE CHANGE TO MONDAY – PLEASE NOTE! Jumpin’ Junction: FREE for Connections Students 12-2pm
· 01/08 to 01/19 – AIMSWEB Assessment Grades K-5: Call your local office for an appointment
· 01/16 & 01/17 – Homer AIMSweb testing (more info below)
· 01/08 to 01/19 – EdPerformance Testing Grades 6-8 (instructions below)
· 01/25/18 – Spelling Bee @ Soldotna Public Library 1-4pm (more info below)
· 02/01/18 – Science Fair Registration Due
· 02/19/18 – Science Fair Projects Due (see attached registration/rules)
· 02/19-02/23 – Science Fair Projects Displayed in Connections Office
· 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 office will be closed from December 23rd to January 7th; the Seward office will be closed from December 22nd 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.

Homer Office: AIMSweb Testing:
The Homer office will be testing for two days (January 16th and 17th) in the back office. Instructions are on the website, please go to this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b49aeab28a1fc1-winter. If you have any questions, please contact Krys Evenson (kevenson@kpbsd.org).
EdPerformance Assessments for Grades 6-8:
The EdPerformance Assessment for grades 5-8 window is January 8th – 19th. Here are the Ed Performance Testing Instructions, please complete the assessment by January 19th:
Ed Performance Testing Instructions:
1. Go to http://www.edperformance.com/
2. Click on Student Log in
3. Enter Site ID: 76-7551-2951 (have to enter dashes)
4. Choose Test (Math, Reading or Language Arts)
5. Enter Student ID without beginning zero (if you need your student’s ID number, please call the office)
6. Confirm Student Name
7. Take assessment
8. Will prompt when completed to take another assessment (only need to take the Math, Reading and Language arts)
9. Let your advisor know when tests are completed and they will get you the results
Further testing information:
Ed Performance is a standards-based assessment that targets the instructional level of each student. This is accomplished by adjusting question difficulty based on previous answers. If a student answers correctly, the test will increase the item difficulty to appropriately challenge that student. If a student answers incorrectly, the test engine will decrease item difficulty to the lower level skills. This enables Ed Performance to provide an accurate evaluation of the student’s abilities, either at, above, or below grade level. If your student has already taken this assessment it will start out at their previously determined level, often leading to a shorter testing experience than the first attempt.
Most students take about one hour to complete. It may take longer than an hour for students who are advanced and continue to provide correct answers. Please note that some students; particularly advanced students may feel frustrated at some point. To determine a students’ level, some questions will need to be incorrect. It is important for you as a teacher to let your students know the test is designed to not get all answers correct. Please visit with your child and let them know how the test works. Please call your advisor if you would like more information or assistance.
For further information concerning Connections testing, please contact your advisor.

Soldotna Office: Connections Science Fair:
The Connections Science Fair is open to all Connections students, and is a non-competitive opportunity for students to explore a science related topic, create a display, and show off their display in the Connections office. See the attached registration form and rules/guidelines for more info, and please contact Mark Wackler (mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us) for more resources to help with your project.

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.

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