What’s Happening 9-16-19

From the Principal:

Most of you have already received messages regarding a possible strike that could start the Tuesday morning, September 17. In the event of a strike please understand that your homeschooling efforts should be minimally impacted. Lessons with tutors/vendors can continue as normal. Tutors/vendors will be paid, and you will be reimbursed, for lessons and services received during a potential work stoppage. Only classes and services at KPBSD facilities and activities sponsored by KPBSD will be suspended. Connections’ offices will also be closed during the potential strike.

The Connections staff remains committed to supporting you as you homeschool your children. We are honored that you have chosen us as your partners and we are sorry for any inconvenience that may arise as a result of a strike. We will do everything we can to minimize the impact of such an event on your homeschooling activities.

Richard S. Bartolowits
Principal, Connections Homeschool Program



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:

PLEASE NOTE: If a KPEA/KPESA strike occurs on September 17th, 2019 events may be rescheduled.

· 09/19 – Homer Connections School Pictures @ Paul Banks Elementary School 1pm – 3pm
· 09/20 – High School Eligibility Due
· 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)
· 10/04 – 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
· 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

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

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 thier 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

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: 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


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!


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!

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