What’s Happening 1-22-19


Dates To Remember:

· 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
· 01/24 – Connections Spelling Bee @ 1:00pm, Soldotna Library (more info below)
· 01/30 – High School Eligibility Due
· 01/30 – 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
· 02/02 – Kenai Fine Arts Center Show Entry Deadline (see flyer for more info)
· 02/07 – Homer & Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below)
· 02/08 – Ice Fishing 12-3 (more info below)
· 02/15- Science Fair Registration Due
· 02/25- Science Fair Projects Due
· 02/25 – March 1- Science Fair Projects Displayed in Connections Office
· 03/06 – High School Eligibility Due
· 03/07 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below)
· 04/04 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below)
· 04/10 – High School Eligibility Due
· 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)

The Winter Window for Ed Performance Series Testing is Open:

Grades 5–8: This is an online assessment and can be done at home. It is open now and will go through the 25th of January. Please see the details below:

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
9. Let your advisor know when tests are completed and they will get you the results
For Further testing information: Please contact your advisor

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.

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. For word lists, information and to confirm your student’s spot please contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or cnolden@kpbsd.org .

Soldotna Office: Connections Science Fair:

The Connections Science Fair is open to all Connections students, and is a non-competitive opportunity for students to explore a science related topic, create a display, and show off their display in the Connections office. See the attached registration form and rules/guidelines for more info, and please contact Mark Wackler (mwackler@kpbsd.org) for more resources to help with your project.

Ice Fishing Trip:

Who: All homeschool families are invited!
What: Ice Fishing
When: Friday, February 8th from 12pm-3pm
Where: Watson 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: Off of the Sterling Highway – Watson Lake is 21.7 miles north of Soldotna, or about 10 miles north of Sterling. The pull off is on the west (left) side of the highway, and there’s a small parking lot next to the lake.
*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 Share:

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! Submissions can be dropped off anytime during the month, an art activity will start promptly at 3:15 on the Art Share day, see below for dates.

Our art share in February will be Thursday, February 7th from 3-4pm and the theme is: winter animals!
· March: Spring theme! Thursday, March 7th from 3-4pm
· April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 4th from 3-4pm.
**please note: any and all submissions are welcome regardless of theme**

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!

The Mae Ciechanski Scholarship Fund:

Life-long Alaskan Mae Ciechanski, had a strong belief that her estate should be used to benefit her community for future generations, specifically students pursuing an education. Mae believed that education was the best way to pull someone up by their bootstraps. She wanted to be able to help all students looking to improve their lives by pursuing a secondary education, including technical education or trade schools. Here is the link to for more information:


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