What’s Happening 11-26-18

Our weekly email includes activities and due dates in the SOLDOTNA, HOMER, and SEWARD offices. The emails will also be available on our website for reference: http://connections.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ and/or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Connections-Homeschool-120592904712890/

Dates To Remember:

  • 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: Disney Nature Movie “Bears” at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center @ 11 am with a short hike to Headquarters Lake afterwards. (Ice Fishing CANCELLED due to thin ice)
  • 11/30 – Site Council Meeting 11:30-1:00 p.m.
  • 12/ 5 & 12/6 – Seward Office: Parrett in Seward
  • 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)
  • 12/17 & 12/18 – Seward Office: Parrett in Seward
  • 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


Outdoor Club :

After checking the ice thickness on Scout Lake today, we don’t feel comfortable bringing a large group of people on the ice at this time.  As an alternative activity for tomorrow, we have organized a Disneynature movie called “Bears” to be shown at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, and then and short hike to Headquarters Lake afterwards. The movie will start at 11am and is 78 minutes long, then the hike is about 1/3 of a mile from the Visitor Center down to Headquarters Lake.  Feel free to bring a lunch or snack to eat at the movie if you wish, and also bring clothing that will be comfortable for the short hike (hat, gloves, jacket). Please RSVP for this activity with Mark Wackler by emailing mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us. We hope to see you there tomorrow!

Link to “Bears” Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6gHj0bHmg8)

Driving Directions to KNWR Headquarters – https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Kenai/visit/directions.html


*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!



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