What’s Happening 9-30-19


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

Dates To Remember:

· 10/01 – Kenai Watershed Forum (more info below)
· 10/02 – SEWARD: School at Seward Middle School 8:00 am – 11:00 am
· 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 – HOMER: Wynn Nature Center Fall Exploration: 1:30 – 3:30 Grades K-4 (more info below)
· 10/08 – SOLDOTNA: Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center starts today! 12-2pm
· 10/09 – SEWARD: 12:45 – 1:45 ADF & G Salmon Egg Take @ Bear Lake Weir (more info below)
· 10/10 – 1:20-1:55 ADF&G Salmon Egg Take @ Anchor River (more info below)
· 10/10 – Kenai Watershed Forum Elementary Program (more info below)
· 10/15 – SOLDOTNA: Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm
· 10/16 – PSAT Homer, Seward & Soldotna Office (more info below – Seward office call Julie at 907-224-9035)
· 10/17 – High School Eligibility Due
· 10/17 – Solid Rock Hay Maze from 1-3pm FREE for Connections student (more info below)
· 10/18 – Wildlife Conservation Center Fieldtrip 12:30-2:30 $6.25pp (more info below)
· 10/22 – SOLDOTNA: Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm
· 10/23 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge – BATS! (more info below)
· 10/24 – Kenai Watershed Forum Middle/High School Program (more info below)
· 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)
· 10/29 – SOLDOTNA: Open Gym @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2pm
· 10/31 – SOLDOTNA: Fall Festival 1-3pm (more info below)
· 11/07 – Kenai Watershed Forum Elementary Program (more info below)
· 11/08 – AVTEC Tour (more info below)
· 11/13 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge – OWL PELLETS! (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
· 11/21 – Kenai Watershed Forum Middle/High School Program (more info below)
· 11/05 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge – PAPER MAKING! (more info below)
· 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 October 8th. We meet at the Kenai Recreation Center every Tuesday from 12-2pm. All ages are welcome, this activity is free and please remember to wear non-skid sole shoes. 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: 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

SEWARD: ADF & G Salmon Egg Take @ Bear Lake Weir:

As part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program, ADF&G invites students to participate in the silver salmon egg take at the Bear Lake Weir. The short presentation will be on October 9th from 12:45 am – 1:45pm. Directions: Head out of town approximately 6 miles and take Bear Lake Rd. on the right. Go approximately 1 mile until you see the Weir and the crew. Have fun!

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

Hay Maze @ Solid Rock Bible Camp: PLEASE RSVP:

Please join us Thursday, Oct. 17th from 1-3:00pm for our annual Solid Rock Hay Maze! And it’s FREE for Connections students (parents pay $6.00, cash only please). All home school families are invited, the cost is $6 (cash only) per person for non-Connections students/families. Please bundle up for this event; gloves, hats, warm layers and flashlights are encouraged. We are looking forward to seeing all of you, and please feel free to bring a guest. If you have any questions contact the Soldotna office at 907-714-8880 or email Kellie Davidson kdavidson@kpbsd.org to RSVP or for more information. Attached is the Hay Maze Activity Release form, please fill this out prior to participating. We look forward to seeing you at this fun annual event!

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center:

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care. Come join Connections on Friday, October 18th from 12:30-2:30pm for an hour long walking tour around AWCC and learn about bears, moose, muskox, wood bison, and meet Snickers the porcupine! Connections will have a grill and provide hot dogs and chips, families are welcome bring a snack to share. The cost is $6.25pp (reimbursable for Connections students) please tell the ticket attendant that “you are with Connections”. RSVP with Reubin rpayne@kpbsd.org or call 907-714-8880 to reserve your spot.

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

Soldotna Connections Annual Fall Festival:

Come join the Soldotna Connections office for our annual Fall Festival: October 31st from 1-3pm. We will have food, activities, games and trick-or-treating for students. Costumes encouraged, all ages and all homeschool families welcome! This is always a fun and well attended event that students look forward to so we hope to see you here!


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!

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)

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Activities:

Connections has partnered with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to bring several FREE exciting activities to our homeschool families. Space is limited so please sign up asap with Kellie Davidson: kdavidson@kpbsd.org or call 714-8880 to reserve your spot:

· 10/23 – BATS! From 2pm-3pm

Join us at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Center for an interactive lesson about bats. Students will learn about the fascinating ways bats hunt and survive. Activities include games and hands on activities.

· 11/13 – Owl Pellet Dissection from 1pm-3pm

Students are invited to participate in several exciting activities to learn about owls. The wildlife ranger will lead discussions about where owls live and how the survive in their habitat. Each student will dissect an owl pellet so that they may better understand what animals owls prey upon. Please sign your student up with their advisor as space is limited to 25 students.

· 12/05 – Paper Making – 2 sessions: 1:00-2:00 and 2:30-3:30

Families are invited to take part in a paper-making lesson. Students will learn about the paper making process from the forest to the factory. This session will allow students to make their own piece of paper. Please sign your student up with their advisor as space is limited to 25 students per session.

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