What’s Happening 11-19-18

Dates To Remember:

  • 11/19 – Seward Office: Gathering for “Tasty Fares From the World Around Us”. Time 12:30-2:30 Contact Julie for More Details   jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or 224-9035
  • 11/19 & 11/20 – Seward Office:  Mr. Parrett @ Office
  • 11/19 – What’s S.U.P. (Single Use Plastics)?: Youth and Community Creating Change with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (more info below)
  • 11/20 – Homeschool Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm
  • 12/07 – Challenger learning Center: Expedition Mars Homeschool Mission (more info below)
  • 11/27 – Homeschool Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm
  • 11/29 – Outdoor Club: Ice Fishing (more info below)
  • 12/13 – Homer & Soldotna office Art Show 1-3pm (ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck @ the Soldotna office)
  • 12/14 – Semester Report Due
  • 12/15 – Paper Plane Submissions Due (see attached flyer)
  • 01/31 – iDidaContest Ends (more info below)
  • 05/03 & 05/04 – Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (see attached flyer) or contact Derek Bynagle for more info
  • 05/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details  jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or (907) 224-9035 see attached flyers for details


NEW: Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:

We are very excited to have Rebecca Weaver, Assistant Professor from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every Thursday from 11:00am to 2:00pm to tutor students and parents in math, physics, chemistry and science for free! If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call us at 714-8880 to make an appointment.


Soldotna & Homer Offices: Thursday Art Show:

The Soldotna & Homer offices are celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! December: Winter theme! Thursday, Dec 13th from 1-3pm. We also have ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck!

**please note: any and all submissions are welcome regardless of theme**


What’s S.U.P. (Single Use Plastics)?: Creating Change with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies:

What’s S.U.P.?  is a NOAA funded program through the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.  This program has the goal of educating students on marine debris and plastic waste as well as reducing the waste we create.  In the program students will participate in a marine debris clean up as well as a kickoff program where students take part in hands on activities and discussion to investigate marine debris, how it affects our environment, and what they can do to make a change.  Some students that attend may be eligible for a summer marine debris clean up trip to Augustine Island or Gore Point.  This event will take place at Mariner Beach and Wynn Nature Center in Homer.  9:30 – 4 with lunch provided, grades 3-12.

Please RSVP to Derek Bynagle 226-1880 or dbynagle@kpbsd.org


Challenger learning Center: Expedition Mars Homeschool Mission:

This is a special opportunity for homeschool students in grades 5th-9th to experience a mission to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center. Our Flight Directors will provide four hours of pre-mission instruction along with the two hour simulation. There will be great STEM infused lessons that will engage your child in group work to solve the mission goals! The cost per student is $100 and may be reimbursable, please check with your advisor. We need a minimum of 14 participants, sign up deadline is November 26th! Call us today to sign up 283-2000!


Outdoor Club Ice Fishing:

Who:  All homeschool families are invited!

What: Ice Fishing

When: Thursday, November 29 (11am-2pm)

Where: Scout Lake

Why: The outdoor club would like to provide fun, educational outdoor activities for homeschool families to enjoy together.

Bring: Warm clothes, snacks & drinks, fishing licenses for anglers 18 and older.

Directions: We’ll meet at the Sterling highway pull-off, which is 8 miles north of Soldotna, ~¼ mile past Lakewood Drive on the right side of the highway.

* We’ll do a 5 minute introduction around 11am, then walk down to the lake (100 yards or so).

*We will have augers to drill the holes as well as ice rods, tackle, bait, etc. for anyone that needs to borrow.

*Please RSVP by emailing Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us


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 date is Thursday, January 24th from 1-4pm. The 2019 Alaska State Spelling Bee is still to be determined.

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!


2019 iDidaContest:

ASTE (Alaska Society for Technology in Education) recognizes the best photos, movies, documentaries, podcasts, music, books, apps and things through it’s 19th annual digital media contest. The 2019 iDidaContest registration is open now and closes January 31st at midnight.

This is an opportunity for students to compete with other students across the state in a creative competition.  The contest started years ago as iDidaMovie. Now photos, books, tunes, first person perspective (think GoPro or drones), and other categories allow for many creative outlets. Finalists are shown and winners chosen at the ASTE (Alaska Society for Technology in Education) Conference in February. For more information please see the website: https://www.aste.org/ididacontest-4/


Firefighting And/Or Emergency Trauma Technician Courses:

Juniors and Seniors: Are you interested in Firefighting And/Or Emergency Trauma Technician courses? There may be opportunities to take these courses during spring break or at the beginning of the summer in 2019. Please login in to your email account and access the form from googledocs: https://goo.gl/forms/jQdXAyzi1YyqM0Gi2

If you cannot access this form contact Jade Mann – ph:  907-283-2141 email: jmann@kpbsd.org


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