What’s Happening 4-30-18

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

PLEASE NOTE: TODAY is the  Last Day To Turn In Reimbursements for this school year!

Dates To Remember:

· 04/30 – Last Day To Turn In Reimbursements
· 4/30 – 5/11 – Ed Performance Series Assessments – Grades 6-8 See Info Below
· 05/03 – First Thursday Art Show – Homer: 2pm – 3pm (more info below)
· 05/09 – Soldotna Office: AIMSweb Assessments grades K-5 – please call the Soldotna office to schedule an appointment
· 05/04 – Connections Staff meeting: All Office Closed!
· 05/05 – Safe Kids Water Safety Skyview Middle 10am – 2pm (see attached flyer)
· 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
· 5/16 & 17 – AIMS Assessments with Mr. Parrett, Please call Julie at 224-9092 to schedule an appointment
· 05/18 – 2nd Semester Reports Due
· 05/18 – Soldotna Office: End of Year BBQ! Come join us at the Soldotna office from 1-3pm for hot dogs, activities and turn in your end of year reports!
· 05/21 – Seward Connections Homeschool Field Day/End of the Year Celebration! At Citizens Ball Field From 11am – 2pm. Please Contact Julie Lindquist at the Seward Connections Office (907) 224-9092 or email jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us if you have any questions
· 05/24 – Connections Graduation – Practice 2-3:30pm and Ceremony 4-6pm

Caterpillars:

All our caterpillars have turned into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies! Come to the Soldotna Connections office and check out our new friends! We will release them at the end of this week to a heated greenhouse since our weather is still unpredictable so you still have an opportunity to stop by and see them.

EdPerformance Assessments for Grades 6-8:

The EdPerformance Assessment for grades 6-8 window is April 30th to May 11th. Here are the Ed Performance Testing Instructions, please complete the assessment by May 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.

First Thursday Art Show – Homer:

Homer Connections is calling for submissions of art to hang in the gallery (office) in May! Kids in grades K-12 are invited to submit artwork, we are excited to show off our youth’s artwork! We’ll have a Spring Theme for the art, but any and all submissions are welcome. We’ll kick off the display with a First Thursday gallery viewing event with cookies, juice, and a small art project on Thursday May 3rd. Even if you don’t submit art, come check out what others are doing!

Please contact Derek Bynagle at dbynagle@kpbsd.org or call 226-1880 to reserve your spot.

Date: Thursday May 3rd
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Homer Connections back office
The deadline for entering artwork is Tuesday May 1st (earlier is even better)
See attached document for submission guidelines and art work labels.

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 or to RSVP please contact Reubin Payne: rpayne@kpbsd.org

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