What’s Happening 2-10-2020

Attachments

 
Eligibility Grade Report
Bee Keeping
Book Bunch
CES Field Trip
Chess Tournament
Food Bank Volunteer Form
Forensics Category Rules
Girls on the Run
HEA 2020 Youth Rally
HEA Safety Poster Contest
Iditaread


Kenai Fjords Marine Tour
Kasitsna Bay Field Trip
Kindergarten Round-Up
Math and Science Tutoring
Rock-A-Holic-2 (Free Film Screening)
Senior Packet - 2020
Spelling Bee Flyer
Spelling Bee Study Words
Talent Show
Winter Wednesday – SeaLife Center

Did you know Connections is active on Social Media? Please take a moment to “Like” our Facebook page, and if you get a chance to share it with your friends that would be great as well! Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsHomeschool/

CONNECTION FAMILIES:

Check out our new link for Connections events! These are community events that Connections students may be interested in!

ALL OFFICES:

  • 12/13 – Semester Reports Were Due
  • 02/12 – UAA/Anchorage Daily News Creative Writing Contest Deadline (more info below)
  • 02/13 – Solid Rock Tubing Hill 12-2pm
  • 02/19 – Connections Forensics (more info below)
  • 02/24 – Challenger Center Field Trip @ 1pm (more info below)
  • 02/25 – Film Festival submission is due
  • 02/27 – Alyeska Trip (more info below)
  • 02/28 – Connections Spelling bee 1-4pm at the Soldotna Office (more info below)
  • 03/05 – High School Eligibility Due
  • 03/15 – Junior Duck Stamp Contest Deadline (more info below)
  • 04/01 – HEA 2020 Safety Poster Contest Deadline (see flyer for details)
  • 04/08 – 04/09 – Overnight trip to Kasitsna Bay Lab  (more info below)
  • 04/09 – High School Eligibility Due
  • 04/09 – Connections Homeschool Talent Show (more info below)
  • 05/04 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details jlindquist@kpbsd.org or (907) 224-9035 (more info below and see attached flyers for details)

Free Wednesdays at SeaLife Center: November – February! 12pm – 5pm

KPBSD Budget Development Meeting:

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Homer Library
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. in the KCHS Library
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm. in the SoHi Library
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Seward Library

As new budget information becomes available, it will be posted here:  http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=38.  If you have questions, please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

KPBSD 2020 Quest Film Festival! Informational meeting:

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Hello Film Makers in grades 3-12, you are invited to participate in the KPBSD 2020 Quest Film Festival! Connections students are encouraged to participate – allowing an opportunity to be a part of something, time to be creative, and a chance to explore, reflect and improve 21st-century skills. Participants will study the guidelines of movie-making through this project. Groups will work on their films over the next couple of weeks. Completed films must be submitted to Joanna Fonkert jfonkert@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than Tuesday, February 25th. The festival will take place at Kenai Central High School on March 5th.

This year your films have the following challenges:

  • Story – Each film must include an animal. The animal does not have to be real, can be a stuffed animal, a picture, a toy, a costume. Can be someone saying an animal, an animal sound, etc.
  • Technical –One of your scenes must include at least 3 different camera angles/shots.
  • Editing – Your film must include end credits WITH music.
  • Finally, each film must be under 3 minute’s total. (Including credits)

37th Annual UAA/Anchorage Daily News Creative Writing Contest:

We are happy to announce that the 37th Annual UAA/Anchorage Daily News Creative Writing contest is now open for submissions. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 12th at 5 p.m. Submissions are judged by panels of editors, writers, teachers, and librarians. First-place winning entries are published online and will have a congratulatory ad in the printed version of Anchorage Daily News.

For more information on rules, entry form, cash prizes go to this website:

https://www.adn.com/creativewritingcontest/?utm_source=second-street&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2019-20+UAA+%2f+ADN+Creative+Writing+Contest

If you have questions or problems, please feel free to email creativewritingcontest@adn.com

Solid Rock Tubing Hill:

Solid Rock Tubing Hill is open and ready for all Connections students and parents! We will enjoy the snow Thursday, February 13 at Solid Rock from 12-2pm 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. Solid Rock will have the tubes but in the past, they have allowed students to bring their snowboards and ride the hill. Attached is the Activity Release Form you will need.   Please RSVP at 714-8880 or email rpayne@kpbsd.org

Forensics:

This year we would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in the KPBSD Forensics competition.  Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades can select a piece of literature to perform for the judges and audience. Categories include literature from humorous prose, poetry, storytelling and much more.  Attached you will find a list of criteria for each category so that you can choose a piece to perform.

Participants will individually present their selection to the audience and a panel of three judges.  Students are judged on a 5-point rubric.  The judges will be evaluating the piece selected, delivery of the piece (eye contact, pose, familiarity with selection, pace), vocal expression, and dramatic interpretation (body movement, facial expressions, emotional impact). The Connections competition will be on Wednesday, February 19th at 1:30 pm.  Winners in the 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade categories can advance to the district-wide competition on Saturday, February 29th at Tustumena Elementary.

If you wish to participate please let Kellie Davidson know your name, category, and piece selected by February 7th: kdavidson@kpbsd.org . We will have a quick introductory meeting for families who have questions about the competition on January 24 immediately after our Book Bingo event.

Challenger Center Field Trip – February 24th at 1:00:

We are excited to offer students in the 5th and 6th grade an opportunity to participate in a Lunar Quest at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai.  This is a grant-funded trip sponsored by Marathon so there is no charge to our families.  Students will spend 2 ½ hours learning through hands-on experiences.  The Lunar Quest mission focuses on working together as a team to collect data, conduct research, and successfully complete the mission. During the mission, students will be assigned specific jobs to be performed.  The student’s time will be divided between the Space Station and Mission Control.  This field trip is a valuable experience that directly ties to your student’s standards in science.  If you are interested please contact Wendi Dutcher at wdutcher@kpbsd.org  to confirm your spot.  This opportunity has limited space so please let us know if you will be attending.  Prior to the field trip, you will receive a packet of information that will help you prepare for this trip.

 

2/27 – Alyeska Trip!

  • Who: All Homeschool families
  • What: Skiing or snowboarding for the outdoor club. Can include lessons, rental, and lift tickets.
  • When: February 27th
  • Where: Meet at the Alyeska Day Lodge (not the hotel) by the gear rental area at 930am, at the latest. We need plenty of time to get outfitted and ready for lessons that start at 10:30am.
  • Why: Get out and enjoy the Alaskan winter, get some exercise, hang out with other homeschool families and have some fun!

All rentals, lessons, and lift tickets can be deducted directly from the student’s allotment IF they have PE on their ILP. Parents will need to pay for themselves if they plan on skiing.

You are responsible for your own transportation. We will not facilitate transportation, but if you are looking to carpool then please use the comments in our Facebook post to communicate with each other & coordinate rides.

Space may be limited, so please RSVP by emailing Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.org before February 10th.

Connections Spelling Bee:

We are pleased to announce that Connections Homeschool is enrolled in the National Spelling Bee this year, continuing with a great tradition. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate in order to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills.

Our local Spelling Bee date is Friday, February 28th from 1-4pm. The 2020 Alaska State Spelling Bee is Tuesday, March 24th at the Anchorage Center for Performing Arts (PAC) – Discovery Theater.

Attached is the study list. Start with One Bee and have your student work their way through Three Bee. All words for the Connections spelling bee will use the words from this list.

Here is a link to the parent portal for the official Spelling Bee website: https://spellingbee.com/parents

For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or cnolden@kpbsd.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Junior Duck Stamp Contest:

Alaska Jr. Duck Stamp is part of a nationwide art and design contest featuring wetlands and waterfowl as the subject.  Students pick a species of North American waterfowl to study and depict their research through art.  The Best of Show for Alaska is sent on to the national contest to compete against students from all other states and U.S territories.  There is also a Conservation Message contest as well.  There are many prizes and recognition awarded at the local level and a chance to represent Alaska in the national contest. Entries are due at the address below by March 15, 2020! For more information and a full list of rules and regulations visit the Jr. Duck website: https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program/junior-duck-stamp-contest-information.php

2020 Homeschool Talent Show:

The 2020 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Thursday, April 9th from 5-6:30 pm at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for homeschool students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, art, skits, poem reading, whatever you want!). We encourage talents of all types and ability levels and it will not be judged, so don’t hesitate to take this opportunity to display your hard work on stage! Please contact Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.org if you are interested in participating in the talent show, or to get more info. Even if you won’t be participating, we’d love to see you in the audience to enjoy this free show!

Kenai Fjords Marine Biology Tour:

The goal of the Marine Science Explorers Program is to provide students with an exceptional learning environment, to help students understand and appreciate the marine ecosystem in the Gulf of Alaska and inspire interest in Marine Science. During the five-hour cruise, we explore beyond the surface of the water. Students are introduced to sampling techniques and lab activities as they investigate seawater and plankton. Students observe marine mammals and seabirds in their natural habitat and consider their adaptations. In this living laboratory, students are encouraged to examine how these pieces fit together into an ecosystem concept.

The five-hour field trip will be divided between cruising Resurrection Bay and participating in four different learning stations. One instructor leads each thirty-minute station.

  • Length of Trip:  5 hours
  • Recommended ages:  Grades 3 through 8
  • Departure Information:  May 4th; 10:00am–3:00pm, Check-in 9:30. Board 9:45.
  • Please remember to: Bring brown-bag lunch, pencils and dress warmly.

For more information, please contact Julie Lindquist jlindquist@kpbsd.org  or (907) 224-9035

Kasitsna Bay Overnight Trip:

Overnight trip to Kasitsna Bay Lab with Connections and Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

Please see attached for more details.

To sign up please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/987RNhVTwNRNqbtv5

If you have, any questions please contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org or 226-1880.


HOMER AREA:

Homer Office – SPARC activities every Tuesday (NEW DAY ADDED) and Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30

  • 12/13 – Semester Reports Were Due
  • 02/10– ADF&G led Salmon Dissections 1:30 – 3pm in the Homer office. Please contact Derek to sign up dbynagle@kpbsd.org
  • 02/13 – Fire Department Tour 10 AM – Please contact Joanna to sign up jfonkert@kpbsd.k12.ak.us (more info below)
  • 02/14 – Wynnter Fun Day 1 – 4pm at Wynn Nature Center (see attached flyer)
  • 02/19 – Chess Tournament at WHE 1:30 – 4:30 (see attached flyer) Contact Derek Bynagle DBynagle@KPBSD.k12.ak.us for info or to sign up.
  • 03/04 – ADF&G Ice fishing at the Homer reservoir 1:15 – 2:45pm. Please contact Derek to sign up dbynagle@kpbsd.org
  • 03/05 – Wynn Nature Center Wynnter Explorations @ Wynn Nature Center 12-2 PM
  • 03/06 – First Friday Art Show is Friday: 2:30 to 3:30 (more info below)

Girls on the Run:

Girls on the Run is so much fun. We inspire girls (3rd – 8th grade) to be joyful, healthy, and confident using fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Online registration is available at https://www.gotrgreateralaska.org/  Email marcee@havenhousealaska.org  Registration fee $100 (half and full scholarships available). Starts the second week of February 2020 at West Homer Elementary School Tuesdays & Thursdays 3 – 4:30pm

KPBSD 2020 Quest Film Festival! Informational meeting:

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Hello Film Makers in grades 3-12, you are invited to participate in the KPBSD 2020 Quest Film Festival! We will host an informational meeting at the Homer office Tuesday, February 4th @ 3 PM. If you live in an outlying area we can set up a Skype meeting. Connections students are encouraged to participate – allowing an opportunity to be a part of something, time to be creative, a chance to explore, reflect and improve 21st-century skills. Participants will study the guidelines of movie-making through this project. Groups will work on their films over the next couple of weeks. Completed films must be submitted to Joanna Fonkert jfonkert@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than Tuesday, February 25th. The festival will take place at Kenai Central High School on March 5th.

This year your films have the following challenges:

  • Story – Each film must include an animal. The animal does not have to be real, can be a stuffed animal, a picture, a toy, a costume. Can be someone saying an animal, an animal
  • sound, etc.
  • Technical –One of your scenes must include at least 3 different camera angles/shots.
  • Editing – Your film must include end credits WITH music.
  • Finally, each film must be under 3 minute’s total. (Including credits)

Fire Department Tour:

Connections families with K-3 students are invited to tour the Homer Fire Department on February 13th at 10 AM. This tour is a great way to see how our fire department works, gain an understanding of what it’s like to be a firefighter, get a close-up with the engine and equipment and learn about fire safety and other emergencies. This opportunity has limited space, you must RSVP with Joanna Fonkert jfonkert@kpbsd.k12.ak.us. Once you sign up, you will receive more details about the tour.

Wynn Nature Center Wynnter Explorations:

Calling all young explorers in grades K-5. Join us March 5th from 12-2 PM for an afternoon program with a naturalist from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies that will lead us through fun learning opportunities about winter adaptations. The program will focus on animal tracking and winter survival. Be prepared for two hours of outdoor fun. Dress in layers and bring winter jacket, hat, and gloves. The Wynn Nature Center is located 1.7 miles E. Skyline Drive. Space is limited reserve your spot by contacting Joanna Fonkert jfonkert@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

First Friday Art Show:

Attention all Homer Area Connections Student Artists!!! Connections will be hosting an Art Show at Captain’s Coffee Roasting Co. on Friday, March 6th from 2:30 to 3:30. We welcome your digital art, photos, drawings, paintings, ceramics or other mediums.   Friends and family are welcome to attend.  This event is open to K-12th graders.  Please RSVP with Jake Parrett at jparrett@kpbsd.k12.ak.us


CENTRAL PENINSULA AREA:

Soldotna Office – Our organized gym time meets 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.

      • 02/11 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 02/11 – Battle of the Books 5/6 grade meeting at 9:00am
      • 02/13 – Battle of the Books 3/4 grade meeting at 9:00am
      • 02/13 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 02/14 – Valentine’s Craft (Grades K – 6) 10:30 – 11:30am
      • 02/14 – Valentine STEM (Grades 3 – 7) 1:30 – 2:30pm
      • 02/18 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 02/18 – Informational Meeting for Seniors & their Parents 3-4pm RSVP w/your advisor
      • 02/19 – Food Bank Volunteer Hour 11:15 – 12:15 pm (see below for more info.)
      • 02/19 – SOLDOTNA: Connections Forensics
      • 02/20 – Kenai Watershed Middle/High School Event 1-3pm
      • 02/20 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 02/25 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 02/25 – Kindergarten Round-Up! (more info below)
      • 02/27 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 03/03 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 03/04 – Iditaread Starts! Activity from 10:30-11:30 meet our special Iditarod guest speaker Colleen Roberta
      • 03/05 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 03/10 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 03/17 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 03/19 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 03/24 – Kindergarten Round-Up! (more info below)
      • 03/24 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 03/26 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 03/31 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 04/02 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 04/07 – Kindergarten Round-Up! (more info below)
      • 04/07 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 04/09 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 04/14 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 04/16 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 04/16 – 7th-12th Graders How to become a Firefighter. (More info to come).
      • 04/21 – Kindergarten Round-Up! (more info below)
      • 04/21 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
      • 04/23 – FREE Math & Science Tutoring 7th-12th Grade 12-2pm call the office to sign up
      • 04/30 – CES Fire Station 1 tour (More info coming)

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 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.

Informational Senior Meeting for Seniors & Their Parents:

Connections will hold an informational meeting for all seniors on February 18th from 3-4pm at the Soldotna Connections Office.

At this meeting, we will discuss information that will be very valuable to seniors and their parents including:

  • Our Graduation Ceremony
  • The Senior Packet
  • FAFSA Application
  • SAT, ACT, WorkKeys Assessments
  • Scholarships
  • We’ll also be happy to answer any other questions you might have

We will also be giving away a free cap, gown & tassel package to one lucky attendee!

Please contact your advisor if you have any specific questions about this meeting or to RSVP. We hope to see you on February 18th. If you are unable to attend this meeting, as an alternative please join us on “Facebook Live” by going to our Connections Homeschool Facebook page at the time of the meeting – https://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsHomeschool/

Food Bank Volunteer Hour

Connections is teaming up with the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank by volunteering at the Food Bank for one hour on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn the value of volunteerism and giving back to your community. Our first volunteer hour will be on Wednesday, February 19th from 11:15am-12:15pm and space is limited… Please RSVP by emailing mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us in order to volunteer for this date! Thank you for your student’s willingness to give back.

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. Below is a schedule for the events planned for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • February 6th                 Elementary event (1-3pm)
  • February 20th               Middle/high school event (1-3pm)

Iditaread Starts March 1st:

Our annual Iditaread program starts March 4th and we will have an activity in the Soldotna office from 10:30-11:30! Join us and meet our special Iditarod guest speaker Colleen Roberta, she will be sharing her racing experience with us. So get out your favorite books or those you haven’t read yet and start keeping track of your reading minutes. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, see your Connections Office for your prize! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (714-8880) or email: cnolden@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider. Happy reading and MUSH ON!

Kindergarten Round-Up!

Do you have a child entering kindergarten? Stop by to any or all of our round-up dates. We will have multiple activities to explore and we would love to share some information with you! 02/25, 03/24, 04/07, 04/21

CES Fire Department Tour: Connections families with K-3 students are invited to tour/learn about CES Fire Department on Thursday, April 3oth at 10:30 AM.  We will learn about different tools, car seats, helmets (bike, ATV, snowmachine) smoke alarms, fire safety and get a full tour of the station. This opportunity has limited space, you must RSVP with Kellie Davidson kdavidson@kpbsd.k12.ak.us. Once you sign up, you will receive more details about the tour.


SEWARD AREA:

Free Wednesdays at the Alaska Sealife Center (until February 27) 12pm – 5pm

  • 02/12 – Crime Scene Science (Grades 3 – 9) 12:30 – 2:00 pm Seward Office for more info. Contact Laura Haskins lhakins@kpbsd.k12.ak.us
  • 2/18 – 2/23     Seward Office Closed     Please contact the Soldotna Connections Office for assistance of any sort.    (907) 714-8880
  • 02/28 – 2020 Ice Fishing Day Friday, at Grouse Lake ~10:00AM to 1:00PM

The Forest Service will be providing fishing gear and hot chocolate! Please pack a “Brown Bag Lunch” to make your afternoon complete and mark your calendars. We will be in touch with additional details, as the date gets nearer!

Crime Scene Science:

Are you interested in CSI (crime scene investigation)? Are you curious about what it takes to gather and analyze evidence? Do you love a good mystery and enjoy exercising your problem-solving skills? Do you want to know more about careers involved with police work?

Officer Mallory with the Seward Police Department will be at the Seward Connections office to introduce students to Crime Scene Science. From collecting fingerprints to crime lad forensics, we will explore a variety of topics related to crime scene investigation and law enforcement. for more information, contact Laura Haskins. lhakins@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

About Richard Bartolowits

Principal of Connections Homeschool Program Rich Bartolowits was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. He has been a KPBSD educator for more than 20 years. Rich enjoys fishing and has recently taken up kayak fishing for halibut and salmon. Rich joined the Connections' team for the 2015-2016 school year and continues to be impressed with the many great things homeschool families do as they take ownership of their children's learning.
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