What’s Happening 1-28-19


Dates To Remember:
· 01/29 – Homeschool Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm
· 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
· 02/05 – Soldotna Office: Nikiski Pool – FREE for Connections Students 12-1:30
· 02/07 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below)
· 02/08 – Ice Fishing 12-3 (more info below)
· 02/13 – Salmon Dissection @ Soldotna Office at 1:30 (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
· 04/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below)
· 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 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:

A big congratulations to everyone that participated in the 2019 Connections Spelling Bee last week. The competition went 58 rounds, a Connections record! Xinlan Tanner won spelling the word dissertation correctly. She will represent Connections in March at the state competition. Thank you to everyone that participated: Tucker Blough (runner up), Aliyah Blough, Kathryn VanBuskirk, Kristina Stoll and Canon Spinka.

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

Salmon Dissection @ Soldotna Office:

February 13th @ 1:30pm ADF&G will be leading a salmon dissection for our homeschool students at the Soldotna Connections office. All ages are welcome to participate. Please RSVP for this by emailing Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
Soldotna Office: Thursday Art Share:
The Soldotna office is 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**

2019 Homeschool Talent Show:

The 2019 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 30th from 5-6:30pm at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for homeschool students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, art, skits, whatever!). We encourage talents of all types and ability levels, and also have an art display at the entrance to show off our student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in participating in the talent show, or to get more info – mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

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:

CIRCAC/Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship:

CIRCAC launched its scholarship program to support area students who are pursuing courses of study that can advance our mission and promote future stewardship of Cook Inlet’s waters and shorelines. Here is the website for more information: https://www.circac.org/outreach/scholarship-program/ Questions? Contact Jerry Rombach at (907) 283-7222.

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