What’s Happening 1-7-19

Dates To Remember:

· 1/9 & 1/10 – Seward Office – AIMS Web Assessments for grades K-4 w/ Mr. Parrett. Please call or email Julie to schedule an appointment. 224-9035 or jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
· 01/15/19 – Soldotna Office: Gym time starts back up for the year @ Nikiski Pool 12-1:30pm
· 01/14-01/24 Homer Office: AIMSweb Assessments grades K-4 – please go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4CA9AB2BA1F85-aimsweb to schedule an appointment
· 01/18 – Soldotna Office: Geography Bee from 11:00-1:00
· 01/24 – Connections Spelling Bee @ 1:00pm, Soldotna Library
· 1/30 – Seward Office – Chena Grow Tower Project: Cool Hands On Build It From Scratch Project!! Recommended for Grades 3 & Up. Please see the attached flyer for details and insight. Call or email Julie for more info and to get on the participation roster. 224-9035 or jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
· 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)

Community Service Opportunity for HOMER Students

Volunteer at the Homer Food Pantry
Monday Mornings from 9:30 – 11:00
Students from 5th Grade to 12th Grade
Contact Linda at Homer Connections Office to sign up 226-1880

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, starting back up January 24th, 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.

2019 National Geography Bee:

The Connections Geography Bee will be held at our Soldotna office on January 18th from 11:00-1:00. Students in grade 4th-8th are encouraged to participate. Please contact Wendi Dutcher (907-714-8880 wdutcher@kpbsd.org ) for more information, geography packets 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!

UAA/ADN Creative Writing Contest 2019:

UAA and the Anchorage Daily News is happy to announce that the 2019 Creative Writing contest is now open for submissions. The deadline for entries is Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 5 p.m.

You can find the rules and the entry form on the Anchorage Daily News website at https://www.adn.com/creativewritingcontest/

Submissions are judged by panels of editors, writers, teachers, and librarians. First place winning entries are published online. In addition, winners are acknowledged in the printed newspaper with a selection of winning entries. If you have questions or problems, please feel free to email creativewritingcontest@adn.com

Good luck everyone!

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