What’s Happening 8-26-19

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Connections School year! Once a week we like to email our families with updates, information and activities happening in our Connections program. The emails will also be available on our website for reference (http://connections.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ ) and/or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Connections-Homeschool-120592904712890/ ).  Please feel free to contact us for more information and we look forward to the school year!

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

Dates To Remember:

  • 09/05 – Soldotna Office: Welcome Back BBQ @ Soldotna Creek Park 1-3pm (more info below)
  • 09/05 & 09/12 – Yukon Island Kayak 3/4 Day Trip (more info below)
  • 09/13 – HOMER: Learn to Tie Knots! (more info below)
  • 09/19 – Homer Connections School Pictures @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1pm – 3pm
  • 10/02  – School Pictures at Seward Middle School – Time TBD (Most likely in the morning)
  • 10/04 – Central Peninsula School Pictures @ Borough Building 3-5
  • 10/24 –  Homer Connections School Picture Retakes @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1pm – 3pm
  • 11/13  – School Picture Retakes @ Seward Middle School – Time TBD
  • 11/15 – Central Peninsula School Picture Retakes @ Borough Building 3-5

Yukon Island Kayak 3/4 Day Trip:

“Picture paddling through craggy rock arches, bald eagles flying overhead and silently watching sea otters napping in kelp beds. . . . Snowcapped mountains always in the background.”

Connections is again partnering with True North Kayak Adventures to offer a 3/4 day kayak trip around Yukon Island in Kachemak Bay! Along with learning safe paddling practices True North’s amazing guides will lead students in educational experiences including Alaskan coastal ecology, environmental responsibility, and local archaeology.

When: Thursday, Sept 5th and Thursday Sept. 12th from 9:30 – 4:00

Who: Connections students grade 4-12

Derek from the Homer office will chaperone but parents are encouraged to come as well. (Most students will be in a tandem kayak, smaller students, especially those in grades 4-6 must have adult with them)

Where: Homer Spit with water taxi to Yukon Island

Cost: $105 (student allotments can be used, parents must pay their own way)

This includes the water taxi, kayaking, and snacks. Bring your own lunch!

Contact: Derek Bynagle (dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us) 226-1880 or sign up with your Connections advisor.

Space is limited so sign up ASAP

HOMER: Learn to Tie Knots:

Friday, September 13th, from 2-3 PM. Come join us in learning to tie knots. The first part of the lesson will be reading a story about knot tying, then students will have a chance to practice knots, and each participant will go home with their own practice pamphlet. If you have any questions please contact Joanna Fonkert

Soldotna Office: Welcome Back BBQ!

Come join us at the Soldotna Creek Park from 1-3pm for hot dogs and fun activities! This is a great opportunity to meet our new staff members and join us for some fun and free food! We will have lots of activities and we encourage you to bring other homeschool friends and families. We hope to see you Thursday, September 5th!


Students now get a full year high school credit upon passing a completed 3 credit college class. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Kenai Watershed Forum – Volunteer Opportunity for High School Students!

Maggie Harings from the Kenai Watershed is seeking high school volunteers (and adults too!) to assist with PIT tagging juvenile coho in Crooked Creek (Kasilof trib) during the following dates: 8/27-8/29, 9/5, 9/18-9/20.

Welcome Back BBQ.pub Yukon Island Kayak 2019.pdf This is a phenomenal opportunity for kiddos that love the outdoors and want to learn more about the fisheries/research field-or just need some volunteer hours! A standard day typically begins around 6:30-7:00am and we are usually out in the field for 8-10 hours. It’s a long day out, but it’s a lot of fun! Rides to/from our office and field location are provided if needed.

We ask that students bring their own lunch, water, rain gear, and chest waders. Please contact Maggie at 907-260-5449 for more information!


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