What’s Happening 1-23-18

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled at the following locations:

· Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Seward High School Library
· Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Homer High School Library
· Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm. in the Soldotna High School Library
· Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Library

Dates To Remember:

· 01/23 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2
· 01/25 – Spelling Bee @ Soldotna Public Library 1-4pm: Please contact Carole Nolden if your student(s) would like to participate (more info below)
· 01/26 – Central Peninsula: Child Find Activity
· 01/26 – Telluride Mountainfilm for high school age students: 2:45 – 3:45 @Homer Mariner Theatre
· 01/30 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2
· 01/31 – High School Eligibility Due
· 02/01 – Science Fair Registration Due
· 02/06 – Gym Time: Nikiski Pool – FREE for Connections Students 12-1:30
· 02/08 – Soldotna Office: Educational Salmon Dissection Activity (more info below)
· 02/19 – Science Fair Projects Due (see attached registration/rules)
· 02/19-02/23 – Science Fair Projects Displayed in Connections Office
· 02/24 – Central Peninsula: Fish and Game Ice Fishing: 1:30-2:30pm @ Sport Lake (more info below)
· 04/17 – 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

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.

THURSDAY, January 26th: 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. Please contact Carole Nolden ASAP if your student(s) would like to participate. 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). For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or cnolden@kpbsd.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Homer: Telluride Mountainfilm:

The Telluride Mountainfilm is coming to Homer in January and we will be offering a free showing for high school age students on Friday, Jan 26 2:45-3:45 in the Mariner Theatre. Please RSVP to Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org to reserve a spot!

Educational Salmon Dissection Activity @ Soldotna Office:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is teaming up with Connections to do an educational salmon dissection on February 8th from 2:00-3:30pm at the Connections office in Soldotna. This event is intended for students from 2nd-6th grade. Space is limited, so if your student would like to participate please RSVP with Reubin Payne as soon as possible by emailing rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Fish and Game Ice Fishing @ Sport Lake 02/22 & Johnson Lake:

Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game is inviting our central peninsula and Homer students to learn more about salmon by spending time on the ice, fishing at Sports Lake and Johnson Lake. Students learn proper fishing techniques, catch and release etiquette, ice fishing regulations, and safety on the ice.

What to bring: Thawed cocktail shrimp or other types of bait you can get at the store, zip lock bags or plastic grocery bags to transport fish that you would like to keep. Parent volunteers or anyone 18 and older that may be helping/fishing, please make sure you have a 2018 sport fishing license. And lastly, students will need to be dressed appropriately for winter weather.

Central Peninsula Area: Sport Lake 02/22 from 10:00-11:00am
Homer Area: Johnson Lake TBD

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. 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

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