What’s Happening 9-23-19

Dates To Remember:

• 09/27 – SOLDOTNA: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Trip @ 1:00pm (more info below)
• 10/02 – School Pictures at Seward Middle School – Time TBD (Most likely in the morning)
• 10/03 – HOMER: Fat Tire Biking (more info below)
• 10/04 – SOLDOTNA: Site Council 11:30-1pm (please rvsp to cnolden@kpbsd.org if you plan to attend)
• 10/04 – Central Peninsula School Pictures @ Borough Building 3-5
• 10/04 – Alaska Rural Water Assoc. 2019 Water Conservation Poster Contest Deadline (more info below)
• 10/04 – HOMER Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration: 1:30 – 3:30 Grades K-4 (more info below)
• 10/10 – 1:20-1:55 ADF&G Salmon Egg Take @ Anchor River (more info below)
• 10/16 – PSAT Homer & Soldotna Office (more info below)
• 10/17 – High School Eligibility Due
• 10/24 – Homer Connections School Picture Retakes @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1pm – 3pm
• 10/28 – Homer CPR and First Aid Certification (Including Child and Infant CPR – more info below)
• 11/08 – AVTEC Tour (more info below)
• 11/13 – School Picture Retakes @ Seward Middle School – Time TBD
• 11/15 – Central Peninsula School Picture Retakes @ Borough Building 3-5
• 11/15 – High School Eligibility Due
• 12/13 – Semester Reports Due

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 September 24th, from 12:00pm 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.

Fall Artwork Welcome!
The Soldotna office is collecting fall themed artwork to display during September and October! Here are some ideas: apples, pumpkins, leaves, seasonal colors, animals, etc… Please stop by anytime during office hours (8:00am-4:00pm) and drop off your fall themed artwork. Remember to have your child’s name on the art piece and we look forward to seeing our artists in action!

Central Peninsula Gym Time:
Our organized gym time will start back up in October so please be on the lookout for those dates. In the meantime the Kenai Recreation Center has free gym time set aside for homeschool students every Tuesday from 12-2pm. Please remember to wear non-skid sole shoes and if you have any questions you can call our office at 714-8880.

Homer SPARC Gym Time:
Come join other Connections Homeschool kids at the SPARC for basketball, pickleball, soccer, and just plain running around every Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30. This is a free event, but students must check in with SPARC every week, so please go online and create an account if you don’t have one already.
http://sparchomer.org/schedule/ Questions? Please contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org or 226-1880

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Trip:
On Friday, September 27th students in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades are invited to attend an educational program at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The ranger coordinating the program has specifically designed it to meet the curriculum needs of 2nd-4th graders. Kellie Davidson will chaperone this trip. Parents are welcome to come but the ranger has asked no younger siblings please. The Visitor Center will be open and running a film for families with younger siblings who would like to visit there during our field trip. We will meet at the Education Center at 1:00 to begin our program. Please dress for the weather because you never know what Alaska weather will look like. RSVP with Kellie (kdavidson@kpbsd.org ) and let her know if you plan to attend.

HOMER: Fat Tire Biking:
Include Fat Tire Biking in your homeschool Physical Education Class. Connections students and staff will be biking the beach at low tide Thursday, October 3rd. There are 7 bikes available to rent. The cost of the rental can be deducted from student allotments. The ride is approximately 7 miles of beach and is recommended for 6th through 12th graders. Please direct questions and RSVP with jparrett@kpbsd.org

HOMER Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration:
Join us from 1:30 – 3:30 on October 4th, Grades K-4 for the CACS Naturalists and volunteers will lead your students in activities at the Wynn Nature Center that focus on the adaptations and lives of plants. Be prepared for two hours of outdoors activities. Dress in layers and bring a rain jacket and hat. Trails may be muddy. $5pp

ARWA’s 2019 Water Conservation Poster Contest:
The Alaska Rural Water Association (ARWA) is inviting students to enter their artwork in ARWA’s 2019 Water Conservation Poster Contest. The contest is open to all Alaska public and private school K – 8th graders. Individual winners will receive $100 and earn $100 of school supplies for their class.
The theme for the contest is “Water the Miracle of Life!” Water facts to consider:
• 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water
• All life on earth depends on water
• The human body is made up of 60% water
• Less than 2% of the earth’s water supply is fresh water
• Statewide average consumptive water use is 27 million gallons per day
• Icecaps contain the greatest amount of fresh water on earth
All entries must be drawn vertically (portrait) on 8.5” X 11” paper. Entries must be postmarked no later than October 4, 2019. One first place winner will be selected from our three grade divisions: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Please review the attachment for contest guidelines and rules along with the Water Conservation Poster Contest Entry Form. Any questions, please contact Kelly at (907)-357-1155, or by email at kelly@arwa.org

HOMER: Silver Salmon Egg Take at the Anchor River:
As part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program, ADF&G invites students to participate in the silver salmon egg take at the Anchor River. The short presentation will be on October 10th from 1:20-1:55pm, and students will meet at the first parking lot to the right off of Anchor River Road. Directions: turn on to the Old Sterling Highway (next to the Anchor River Inn), cross the wooden bridge, take a right on Anchor River Road, first parking lot to the right. To sign up or for more information please contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org

Homer CPR and First Aid Certification (Including Child and Infant CPR):
This class is Monday, October 28th. The class is 6-8 hours and recommended for 7th-12th graders. The cost is $55 plus $10 for the book. There are 12 seats for the class. For more information or to RSVP please contact Jake Parrett at jparrett@kpbsd.org

AVTEC Tour:
All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour, lunch included, of AVTEC in Seward on Friday, November 8th. AVTEC offers a variety of educational programs such as: Construction, Welding, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Maritime Studies, Electronics, Culinary Arts and many other courses.
Please visit the AVTEC website at https://avtec.edu/ and take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the programs available. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP Reubin Payne at rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call the Connections office at 907-714-8880.
WHEN: Friday, November 8th @ 10:00am
WHERE: AVTEC – 519 4th Ave, in the auditorium on the 2nd floor
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

HOMER FAMILES:
Check out our new link for Homer events for Connections students: https://padlet.com/dbynagle/HomerConnections
These are community events in Homer that Connections students may be interested in!

Kenai Watershed Forum:
The Connections Homeschool program has partnered with the Kenai Watershed Forum to provide some exciting opportunities for our students this year. Your student can participate in lessons revolving around the healthy aquatic habitats on the peninsula. Students will have hands on experiences with dissecting fish, collecting water samples, and much more. Please make plans to attend our Meet & Greet event on October 1st from 3:00-4:00 at the Watershed Forum office to learn more about the programs. Below is a schedule for the events planned for the 2019-2020 school year.
October 1st Meet & Greet (3-4pm)
October 10th Elementary event (1-3pm)
October 24th Middle/high school event (1-3pm)
November 7th Elementary event (1-3pm)
November 21st Middle/high school event (1-3pm)
January 9th Elementary event (1-3pm)
January 23rd Middle/high school event (1-3pm)
February 6th Elementary event (1-3pm)
February 20th Middle/high school event (1-3pm)

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