What’s Happening


Online Scholastic Book Fair
Virtual Talent Show Flyer
Virtual Talent Show Permission Form
Reimbursement Form


Please like our Facebook page, as we will be sharing our activities /virtual videos and other information with you. https://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsHomeschool/

You can also visit our website: https://connections.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/2020/02/04/whats-happening-2-3-2020/

ALL OFFICES:  Important Dates to remember see description below.

  • NOW  – Re-enrollments
  • 03/31 – Deadline for Connections Orders
  • 04/01 – 04/14 – Connections Scholastic Book Fair
  • 04/02 – Virtual Art Show due.
  • 04/30 – Virtual Talent Show due.
  • 04/30 – Deadline for reimbursements

 NOW – Re-enrollments for next year are beginning.  To accommodate our new procedures, we will have you fax/email the enrollment form to us. We will then coordinate a phone/video appointment to develop the ILP and write up any curriculum orders.

PEAKS CANCELED- testing was scheduled to start this week. Due to health reasons surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, PEAKS testing has been canceled for this school year. If you were scheduled to test, you do not need to do anything. The tests are canceled. For more information you can go to the website.


Open Gym Message

Please check out this Facebook Post for a message from coach Mark about ways to stay physically active while social distancing. We’d also love to hear your ideas and examples, so please comment! https://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsHomeschool/videos/2613009779016332/


03/31 – Deadline for Connections orders.  If there are materials you need for the end of the year, please email that to your advisor as soon as possible.

04/01 – 04/14Connections Scholastic Book Fair!

This is a great time to purchase books to cure cabin fever and to prepare for fun summer reading. Shop here:  https://www.scholastic.com/bf/connectionsprogramschool1

If you have questions about reimbursement for purchases, contact your advisor.

 “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

04/02 – Virtual Art Show grades K-12 submissions are due today.

We are putting together a Virtual Art Show for grades K-12. Submissions are due by Thursday, April 2nd.  This is an opportunity to show your hard work!  You will also have an opportunity to display your work with the Connections Virtual Talent Show!

If you are interested in having your student work displayed in a Google Slides Presentation that will be posted on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsHomeschool/  please send Jake Parrett an email at jacob.parrett@g.kpbsd.org

Steps to participate:

  1. Identify the piece of art you would like to digitally display.
  2. Take a photo of your art.
  1. Frame your photo to fill the picture.  Try not to show background distractions
  2. Photograph your work with natural light and avoid shadows.
  3. Edit your photo to give your artwork the best appearance.

Email your photo to jacob.parrett@g.kpbsd.org  In the text of your email include the student’s first and last name, grade, and a description of the work.

04/30 –Virtual Talent Show

Despite the Homeschool Talent Show being cancelled for April 9th, we’re going to try our best to turn lemons into lemonade by hosting our very first Virtual Art & Talent Show for homeschoolers! Our hope is that this format will allow our talented homeschool students the opportunity to have a stage and display the results of their hard work. We also hope that this format will open up the show to many more students that weren’t able to make the date, weren’t comfortable performing in front of a live audience, or whose talent doesn’t fit on a conventional stage. We’d love as many students to participate as possible, and we always appreciate the various talents of all different ages, levels, and genres. So here’s the new plan.

– Acts can include anything from singing, instrumental, dancing, snowboarding, skateboarding, a skit, an art project, or just about anything you can come up with! Feel free to be creative…

– You’ll need to video your act/talent or take a photo of your art.

– Please submit your video or photo by emailing mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us by April 30th:

*Submit your video by emailing a streaming video link (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.)

*Submit your photo by emailing your file directly as an attachment.

– Please sign the attached waiver so that your video can be shared on our Connections Homeschool Facebook Page and other places for all of our homeschool community to enjoy.

Hopefully we can turn this bizarre situation into something really cool and positive!

Questions? Email mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, and we really look forward to seeing your talents on video!

04/30 – Deadline for reimbursements.  Remember that all purchases need to tie directly to this year’s ILP. .  Please submit electronically.  Scan, or take a clear photo and email the forms and receipts to your advisor.  Fillable forms are available under the “Forms” tab on our website.  **Make sure you save them to your computer before editing.  Forms may be filled in and signed electronically.  If you need help here’s a Tutorial for Fillable Documents & Electronic Signature using Adobe Acrobat.

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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