What’s Happening 4-29-19

Connections is now enrolling for next year! Call your local office for an enrollment appointment:

Homer: 907-226-1880
Seward: 907-224-9035
Soldotna: 907-714-8880

The deadline for submitting reimbursements for the 2018-2019 school year is TODAY: April 30. If your student will be taking any lessons in the month of May or June, please remember to prepay for those lessons and submit for reimbursement prior to the April 30 deadline. May/June lessons will be reimbursed after the lessons have taken place. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Dates To Remember:

· 04/30 – TONIGHT! 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below)
· 04/30 – ENSTAR Call Before You Dig Contest Deadline (see attached flyer)
· 04/30 – REIMBURSEMENT DEADLINE – ALL Reimbursements Need To Be Turned In TODAY
· 04/30 – CENTRAL PEN: Movie: DisneyNature PENGUINS @ Kambe Theater (more info below)
· 05/01 & 05/02 – Soldotna Office: AIMSWeb – please call to schedule your appointment
· 05/01 – Wildland Fire Prevention Poster Contest deadline (see attached flyer)
· 05/03 – Kenai River Clean Up @ Soldotna Visitor’s Center/Kenai River Bridge 11am-1pm
· 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: FULL – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or (907) 224-9035
· 05/07 – HOMER: 9:30 – 4pm Grewingk Geology Hike – guided hike in Kachemak Bay State Park to Grewingk Glacier Lake examining glaciology, geology, plant succession and other local natural science. $60 per person includes water taxi with True North Kayak. Contact Derek Bynagle to sign up dbynagle@kpbsd.org space is limited, 4th grade and up with ability to hike several miles.
· 05/07 – CENTRAL PEN: – Hike to Engineer Lake Cabin (more info below)
· 05/09 – HOMER: Middle School Math Meet at Homer Middle School: 9:30-2:30
· 05/09 – Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake 10am-2pm (more info below)
· 05/10 – HOMER: 1-3pm Homer Community clean up. Location TBD as we get closer and identify an area of town that needs picked up. We will clean for at least an hour and then will provide lunch afterwards.
· 05/14 & 05/15 & 05/16 – Mr. Parrett will be in Seward
· 05/14 – Seward Field Day!!! Where: Citizens Field Time: 11:00 – 2:00 Barbecue, Games, Crafts and More!!
· 05/16 – Soldotna Office: End of Year BBQ & Retirement Celebration! Come join us at the Soldotna office from 1-3pm for hot dogs and fun activities! This is a great opportunity to turn in your end of year reports too. We will also celebrate our retiring staff members: Steve Evans & Kathy Willis with cake and fond memories.
· 05/21 HOMER: Kachemak Crack Rock Climbing with Connections and HOWL. 9am-4pm. $135 includes water taxi across the bay, climbing instruction, and gear. Ages 10+, limit of 12 students so sign up soon. See attachment and contact Derek dbynagle@kpbsd.org for more info or to sign up
· 05/23 – Connections Graduation @ Soldotna High School: Practice @ 2:00pm; Ceremony @ 4:00pm

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

Kenai River Clean Up:

We’re currently recruiting student and parent volunteers to help clean up the river bank and make a positive impact on our community. Volunteers will meet at the Soldotna Visitor’s Center parking lot on May 3rd at 11am. We will clean for a minimum of 1 hour, and we will provide a lunch after the cleaning is complete. Bags & gloves will be provided, please wear waterproof shoes or boots and dress for the weather. If you would like to volunteer please contact Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.org or 714-8880.

Hike to Engineer Lake Cabin:

Join the Connections Outdoor Club May 7th on a fun and easy hike to beautiful Engineer Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Engineer Lake parking lot off of Skilak Lake Loop at 1pm where we’ll embark on a short hike around the lake. Bring good hiking shoes, a bottle of water, a snack, and please dress for the weather. We’ll have a couple fishing rods if you’d like to try your luck, and a couple fun activities to help us enjoy the (hopefully) nice springtime weather! All ages are welcome to join in on the fun. Please RSVP with Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.org

HOMER: Middle School Math Meets:

Come join Connections for some math fun on Thursday, May 9th from 9:30-2:30! The Math Meet offers a fun and engaging math competition for students in grades 6-8. Students will compete in a variety of rounds solving math problems individually and in teams made up of students from around the Kenai Peninsula. For more information, practice materials, or to sign up please contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org

Salmon Celebration:

On Thursday, May 9, 2019 the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish, will be holding the 19th annual “Salmon Celebration” in Kasilof at the Johnson Lake State Campground from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The “Salmon Celebration” will be open to all K-6 school classes from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Elementary school children will able to release rainbow trout catchables from the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery as part of ADF&G’s lake stocking program at a separate activity/station. Nearly thirty hands-on salmon related activity booths (catch and release, face painting, salmon wheel of misfortune, watershed model, salmon life cycle, macroinvertebrate touch tank, animal tracks, mammal skulls and skins, water safety, water quality tests, juvenile & adult salmon identification, practice spin casting and fly casting, and so much more!) will be set up for students to visit during the event.

Grades K-3 are invited to attend from 10:00-1:00 and Grades 4-6 should attend between 11:30-2:00. It takes about 2 hours to do all the activities. Great lunch locations can be found throughout the campground! If you plan to have lunch, please allow for additional time to complete the activities. If you have questions or to RSVP please contact Reubin Payne: rpayne@kpbsd.org

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