What’s Happening 3-25-18

Dates To Remember:

· 03/27 & 03/28 – Seward Office: PEAKS Assessments; ELA/Math Grades 3-9; Science Grades 4,8 & 10
· 03/27 – Open Gym at Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm
· 03/30 – Last Day To Place Orders
· 04/03 – Gym Time: Nikiski Pool – FREE for Connections Students 12-1:30pm
· 04/11 – High School Eligibility Due (form attached)
· 04/13 – Challenger Learning Center: “Mission to Mars & Robotics Workshop” This wonderful science filled day is available to your 3rd-8th graders! This is on a first come first serve basis and the class is limited to 32 students, so please contact Julie Lindquist at jlindquist@kpbsd.org or call her at (907) 224-9092 for more detailed information and registration.
· 04/17 – Connections Talent and Art Show @ SoHi Auditorium 5-6:30pm (more info below)
· 04/30 – Last Day To Turn In Reimbursements
· 05/09 – Kenai River Clean Up (Volunteers Needed, more info below)
· 05/14 – SIGN UP ASAP: 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


The Soldotna office is in the process of scheduling the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS), April 9th thru April 23 at Soldotna Prep, for our Central Peninsula families. You will receive an email in the next few days with your student’s test date and time. Please call us at 714-8880 if you have questions about PEAKS scheduling.

Why do we test? Federal and state laws require that schools be assessed on how well students master state learning standards. PEAKS has been chosen by the State of Alaska as the assessment to measure this mastery. Test participation rates are one measure used by the state to determine effectiveness of schools. Standardized tests, like PEAKS, also provide one piece of information that helps schools and districts identify strengths and weaknesses in educational programs.

Iditaread Started March 1st:

Our annual Iditaread program started March 1st! So get out your favorite books or those you haven’t read yet and start keeping track of your reading minutes. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, stop in to your local Connections Office for your prize! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (714-8880) or email: cnolden@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider. Happy reading and MUSH ON!

Safe Sitter Class:

This nationally recognized class is a great way to prepare our children to care for each other as well as become certified to babysit other children. Please see the attached flyer for dates. Safe Sitter® can teach you the babysitting skills to do it well! Becoming a Safe Sitter® means you’ll gain confidence and learn how to handle situations that may happen on the job or at home. Children need to be between the ages of 11 & 13 to attend. Each class has room for 13 students. The cost is $50.00 and can be reimbursable by Connections. For more information please contact Marcia Knowlton 598-0950 (parent contact) or Nicole Price 714-4775 (Hospital contact) and see the attached flyer.

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 River Clean Up:

This event has become a hit with the community and Connections does our best to play our part to help the cause. We’re currently recruiting student and parent volunteers to help clean up the river bank and make a positive impact on our community. Volunteers will meet at the Soldotna Visitor’s Center parking lot on May 9th at 11am. We will clean for a minimum of 1 hour, and we will provide a lunch after the cleaning is complete. Bags & gloves will be provided, please wear waterproof shoes or boots and dress for the weather. If you have questions contact Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or 714-8880.

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