What’s Happening 4-9-18

We are re-enrolling now! Please call your local Connections office for an appointment now to avoid the fall rush and to place orders for summer arrival:

Homer: 226-1880
Seward: 224-9092
Soldotna: 714-8880

Dates To Remember:

· 04/09 – First day of PEAKS for central peninsula families.
· 04/10 – Kenai Rec Center Open for Gym Time: NO advisors will be present due to PEAKS Assessment
· 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! The class is currently full, to be waitlisted please contact Julie Lindquist at jlindquist@kpbsd.org or call her at (907) 224-9092 for more information.
· 04/17 – Kenai Rec Center Open for Gym Time: NO advisors will be present due to PEAKS Assessment
· 04/17 – Connections Talent and Art Show @ SoHi Auditorium 5-6:30pm (more info below)
· 04/17/2018 – Homer Tidepooling 9am – 11am. Meet at Bishop’s Beach to walk out and tidepool the -3.5 tide at 10:13am. Contact Derek in the Homer office to RSVP. Invertebrate guides and hot cocoa will be provided.
· 04/18/2018 – Homer Tidepooling 10am – noon. Meet at Bishop’s Beach to walk out and tidepool the -3.6 tide at 10:53am. Contact Derek in the Homer office to RSVP. Invertebrate guides and hot cocoa will be provided.
· 04/23/2018 – Homer Earth Day Cleanup – 11am. Meet up (location TBD) to clean up Homer.
· Volunteers will meet at 11am then clean up trash for a minimum of 1 hour. Lunch will be provided after the cleaning is complete. Bags will be provided, please wear waterproof shoes or boots and dress for the weather. RSVP to Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org or 226-1880.
· 04/24/2018 – Middle School Math Meet @ Homer Middle School. 9am-2:30pm Using materials from MathCounts! Middle School Students from across the Kenai Peninsula will be gathering to compete and have fun doing math! For grades 7-8 (and advanced 6th) this fun event has students solving challenging problems individually and with randomly selected teams from around the district. Come out and meet some fellow “mathletes”. To RSVP and for more information and practice materials contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org or 226-1880.
· 04/26 – Addiction & Substance Misuse Forum on Thursday April 26th 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Homer Middle School (see attached flyer)
· 04/28/2018 – Homer Safe & Healthy Kids Fair 2018 on Saturday April 28th 10am – 2pm at the Homer High School (see attached flyer)
· 04/30 – Last Day To Turn In Reimbursements
· 04/30 – Migrant Education Logo Contest Deadline (see attached flyer)
· 05/04 – Connections Staff meeting: All Office Closed!
· 05/09 – Kenai River Clean Up (Volunteers Needed, more info below)
· 05/10 – Salmon Celebration (more info below)
· 05/14 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour Recommended for Grades 3-12  (Please See Attached Description) For more information or availability please contact Julie Lindquist at the Seward Connections Office (907) 224-9092 or email jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
· 05/18 – 2nd Semester Reports Due


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.

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.

Salmon Celebration:

On Thursday, May 10, 2018 the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish, will be holding the 18th annual “Salmon Celebration” in Kasilof at the Johnson Lake State Campground from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. This Salmon Celebration is held to increase school student’s awareness of salmon and to foster a sense of stewardship towards this valuable natural resource. Students will able to release rainbow trout catchables from the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery as part of ADF&G’s lake stocking program at a separate activity/station. Nearly thirty hands-on salmon related activity booths (catch and release, face painting, salmon wheel of misfortune, watershed model, salmon life cycle, macroinvertebrate touch tank, animal tracks, mammal skulls and skins, water safety, water quality tests, juvenile & adult salmon identification, practice spin casting and fly casting, and so much more!) will be set up for students to visit during the event.

It takes about 2 hours to do all the activities. Great lunch locations can be found throughout the campground! If you plan to have lunch, please allow for additional time to complete the activities. If you have questions please contact Reubin Payne: rpayne@kpbsd.org

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