What’s Happening 2-24-2020

Attachments

 
Eligibility Grade Report
Alaska Tech Camp: Build the Web (June 25 - July 3)
Alaska Tech Camp: Build the Web (July 9 - July 17)
Bee Keeping
Book Bunch
CES Field Trip
Food Bank Volunteer Form
Food Bank Volunteer Hour
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
Senior Packet - 2020
Spelling Bee Flyer
Spelling Bee Study Words
Talent Show
Trappers 2 Day Event
Winter Wednesday – SeaLife Center

Please note the new format, all Connections students and families are welcome to join and participate in all area activities.

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/

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

CONNECTION FAMILIES

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

ALL OFFICES

  • 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)
  • 03/20 – Kenai Peninsula Trapping Assoc. 2 day Trapping Class 10am – 3pm space is limited must register w/advisor 12yrs & up. (more info below).
  • 03/23 – Kenai Peninsula Trapping Assoc. Day 2 Class 10am – 3pm
  • 03/24 – Ice Skating FREE event for all Connection Students 12-2pm Sports Center
  • 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 – 5 p.m.  February 26th is the last free Wednesday. 

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)

 

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!

Trapping Two-Day Class

This is an amazing two-day opportunity for those who would like to learn more about trapping. We will visit Diane Maclean’s Russian River Taxidermy Studio, discuss basic safety practices, and learn about beaver biology and life cycle.  From there we will travel to Kenai to spend time on the ice making beaver sets, reviewing safety practices and trapping ethics, discussing state regulations, and answering any questions you may have.  On day two, we will check the traps, and talk about proper animal care, state regulations, trapper ethics, and expectations. Then we will travel back to Russian River Taxidermy Studio, take a class on skinning, hide care, fur use and history.  You MUST have warm winter gear, hat, coat, gloves/mitts, warm boots, bibs/snow pants are suggested.  Bring a water bottle and a snack, lunch will be provided.

FREE Ice Skating

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th for a FREE fun-filled afternoon of ice-skating at the Soldotna Sports Center from 12-2pm.

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 5-6:30pm 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

  • SPARC activities every Tuesday (NEW DAY ADDED) and Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30
  • 03/02 – Iditaread Starts! Join us for a fun art activity at the Homer office to kick off the event 10:30-11:30 or stop by our office to get lessons to do on your own!
  • 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)

Iditaread Starts March 1st

Our annual Iditaread program kick-off is March 2nd. Join us in the morning to read and learn about the Iditarod race and create sled dog portraits. March 2, 10:30 – 11:30 –K-3rd graders Sled Dog Portrait Art Activity at the Homer Office

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. Let your advisor know! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (226-1880) or email jfonkert@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider.  Happy reading and MUSH ON!

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  

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)

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

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


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.

  • 02/25 – Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center 12-2pm
  • 02/25 – Kindergarten Round-Up! (more info below)
  • 02/26 – Ice Fishing at Sports Lake 12:15 – 1:15pm (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 – Food Bank Volunteer Hour from 11:15am-12:15pm
  • 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
  • 03/18 – Food Bank Volunteer Hour from 11:15am-12:15pm
  • 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
  • 04/07 – Kindergarten Round-Up! (more info below)
  • 04/16 – 7th-12th Graders How to become a Firefighter. (More info to come).
  • 04/21 – Kindergarten Round-Up! (more info below)
  • 04/30 – CES Fire Station tour (More info below)

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.

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 from 11:15am-12:15pm. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn the value of volunteerism and giving back to your community. 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.

Ice Fishing

ADF&G is hosting an ice-fishing event at Sport Lake on February 26, and the time set aside for homeschool students is 12:15-1:15pm. Rods and bait provided so just wear warm clothes and meet at the Sport Lake public access. Alaska residents age 17 and under do not need a fishing license.

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: kdavidson@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? Come 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!

  • February 25
  • March 24
  • April 7
  • April 21

CES Fire Department Tour

Connections families with K-3 students are invited to tour/learn about CES Fire Department on Thursday, April 30th 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

  • 02/28 – 2020 Ice Fishing Day Friday, at Grouse Lake ~10:00AM to 1:00PM

The Forest Service will be providing fishing gear and hot chocolate! And TelAlaska is completing the picnic lunch by generously donating hot dogs & chips for everyone.  Please contact Julie or Laura for any other info.

  • Speed Stacking – Coming to the Seward Connections Office in Mid – April https://www.speedstacks.com/  – This will be for all ages, as we will have age-appropriate groupings!!!
  • Please see attached flyers for upcoming Seward Community events such as Beginner Beekeeping class, Free Film Screening and Home School Book Bunch.

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 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.

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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