What’s Happening 12-10-18

Dates To Remember:

  • 12/12 – Outdoor Club Ice Fishing 11am-2pm (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 (form attached)
  • 12/17 & 12/18 – Seward Office:  Mr. Parrett in Seward
  • 12/17 – Seward Office: “Crafting, Art Display and Holiday Treats”  12:30-2:00 Crafting & Art Show; 2:00-3:00 Holiday Treats; 3:00-4:30 Crafting & Art Show
  • 01/02/2019 – Homer Safe Sitter Course REGISTRATION DEADLINE.  Class on Friday JANUARY 4, 2019 9:00am – 4:30pm (see attachment for more info)
  • 05/03 & 05/04 – FULL: Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies 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.


Outdoor Club Ice Fishing:

Who: All homeschool families are invited!
What: Ice Fishing
When: Wednesday, December 12 (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


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**


2019 National Geography Bee:

If your child is interested in registering for the 2019 National Geography Bee? The registration deadline is 12/21/18 and students in grade 4th-8th are encouraged to participate. Please contact Julie Lindquist (907-224-9035 jlindquist@kpbsd.org ) for more information and to register for the Geography Bee.


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!


UAS Fisheries Technology Courses:

The UAS Fisheries Technology program is offering students to take fisheries or oceanography courses for college credit.  AT NO COST TO STUDENTS!

There are openings for 60 students to take a three-credit course this coming spring and 60 for fall 2019.  Our hope is to show high school students that college courses are not only do-able, but fun. This spring we will be offering the following courses:

FT120 Fisheries of Alaska (3cr) – different fisheries throughout the state, biology, management, research
FT122 Alaska Salmon Culture I (3cr) – basic salmon culture theory and salmon life-history
FT222 Alaska Salmon Culture II (3cr) – Alaska hatchery system and how hatcheries work
FT274 Fisheries Biology (3cr) – speciation, how fish breathe, swim, grow, reproduce, etc.
OCN101 Introduction to Oceanography (3cr – this is a UA non-lab GER) – basic concepts of ocean dynamics, physical, chemical and biological

If your student is interested in any of these courses please contact your advisor as soon as possible since this is a first come first serve basis.


2017-2018 System for School Success Report:

You may have seen in the newspaper, or heard from friends or other sources, that the State of Alaska has a new system for rating schools. In October, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development released the results from the new rating system. See the attached TSI – Letter to Parents for details about Connections’ score in the new rating system

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