What’s Happening 2-25-19

SPRING BREAK: MARCH 11-15: Homer & Seward office closed. Soldotna office will be open with no advisors available and closed for lunch 12:00-1:00pm.

Dates To Remember:
· 02/25- Soldotna Office: Science Fair Projects Due
· 02/25 – 03/01 – Soldotna Office: Science Fair Projects Displayed
· 02/26 – Homeschool Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm
· 02/27 Homer Outdoor Club – (10 – 3ish) XC Ski or Fatbike to CCL Lodge near Caribou Lake (more info below)
· 02/27 – ADF&G Ice Fishing on Sports Lake (more info below)
· 03/01 – Iditaread Starts (more info below)
· 03/01 – Seward: Kids Ice Fishing Day @ Grouse Lake from 10:00 am – 1 pm. Gear is provided, and hot beverages, hot dogs and chips will be provided for all! Please contact Julie Lindquist for more information. jlindquist@kpbsd.org
· 03/01 – HEA Safety Poster Contest Deadline (see flyer for detail)
· 03/01 – Outdoor Club: Snowshoeing at the National Wildlife Refuge (more info below)
· 03/05 & 03/06 – Mr. Parrett will be in the Seward Office
· 03/05 – Soldotna Office: Nikiski Pool – FREE for Connections Students 12-1:30
· 03/06 – High School Eligibility Due
· 03/06 – Homer Office: Registration DEADLINE March 6th for HOMER SAFE SITTER CLASS on Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am – 4:30pm at South Peninsula Hospital for students in grades 6th – 8th. See attached flyer for more information.
· 03/07 – Seward Office Closed
· 03/07 – Soldotna Office: Art Share theme: Over The Rainbow! 3-4pm (more info below)
· 03/07 – Homer: “Salmon in the Classroom” Ice Fishing Day – 11:30-1pm at the Homer Reservoir with ADFG. Please contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org to sign up
· 03/20 & 03/21 – Mr. Parrett will be in the Seward Office
· 04/10 – High School Eligibility Due
· 04/18 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below)
· 04/23 – GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up
· 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)

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.
Homer Outdoor Club – XC Ski or Fatbike to CCL Lodge near Caribou Lake:
Join us Wednesday, February 27th from 10:00-3:00ish for skiing or biking! From the Homer office we’ll drive out East End Road and ski or bike from the “Blue Shed” parking lot to CCL lodge, about 3 miles one way on packed snowmachine trails. We’ll stop there, have lunch and return. Limited space available. While mainly flat, this can be a hard 3 miles depending on snow conditions so make sure your student is capable before signing up. Fatbike rental available for $69. Students will need to come prepared with winter activity gear. For more info and to sign up contact Derek dbynagle@kpbsd.org or 226-1880.
Below is the final ice fishing schedule.

ADF&G Ice Fishing Event:
ADF&G annual ice fishing event will be Wednesday, February 27th from 10-11am on Sports Lake.
Anyone 18 and older that may be helping/fishing, please make sure you have a 2019 sport fishing license. Please dress appropriately for winter weather.
Directions: Sport Lake – Travel approximately 2.5 miles north of Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway and 1.0 mile down Sport Lake Road to Moser Road on the right. We will meet classes at the boat launch before heading out on the ice. If you have any questions please call 714-8880 or email Reubin Payne for more information: rpayne@kpbsd.org
WHEN: Wednesday, February 27th from 10-11am
WHERE: Sport Lake

Iditaread Starts March 1st:
Our annual Iditaread program starts March 1st, all Connections locations are encouraged to participate! So get out your favorite books or those you haven’t read yet and start keeping track of your reading minutes. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, see your local Connections Office for your prize! If you have any questions, please call the office for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider:
Homer: 226-1880
Seward: 224-9035
Soldotna: 714-8880
Happy reading and MUSH ON!

Outdoor Club: Snowshoeing at the National Wildlife Refuge:
Join us at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on March 1st from 1-3pm for a fun snowshoeing activity, to be led by a KNWR education specialist. No experience is necessary, and this activity is open to all 2nd-7th grade Connections students. Please bring warm clothing including warm socks, gloves, and a stocking hat. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible by emailing Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.org

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.
· March: Over the Rainbow theme! Thursday, March 7th from 3-4pm
· April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 18th 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.org

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

NEW: Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:
We are very excited to have Sara Hadfield and Rebecca Weaver, from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every week to offer free tutoring to our families.
Sara specializes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and language arts. Her schedule will be Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm starting Wednesday, February 13th.
Rebecca specializes in a variety of subjects: math, physics, chemistry and science. Her schedule is Thursdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm.
If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call our office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment.

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