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School board to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. in the borough building at 148 N. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted). For more information, call 907-714-8888 or visit kpbsd.k12.ak.us. The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the date of the Board meeting. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to participate at the School Board meetings should contact Debbie Tressler at 907-714-8836 or email dtressler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than three business days before the meeting date. The board will meet:

■ March 7;

■ March 21;

■ April 4;

■ April 5 (Worksession);

■ May 2 (Seward High School);

■ June 6;

■ June 7 (Planning Session);

Holidays and vacation days scheduled

■ March 11 — End of third quarter, no school for students;

■ March 14-18 — Spring Break;

■ May 18 — Last day of school.

Connections Home School Program

Dates To Remember:

— All February – Free Admission February at the Pratt Museum in Homer (more info below)

— Freezing Wednesdays at Alaska Sealife Center in Seward: All February every Wednesday is Complimentary free admission for Alaska residents. Must show valid AK ID upon arrival.

■ Feb. 2 – Kenai Rec Center Gym Time

■ Feb. 10 – Soldotna: Battle of the Books 3:30-4:25 p.m.

■ Feb. 10 – Homer Rock Climbing at the Bay Club at 1:30 p.m., contact Jake Parrett (jparrett@kpbsd.org ) for more information

■ Feb. 11 – Homer Pickle Ball at Paul Banks at 3:30 p.m. contact Jake Parrett (jparrett@kpbsd.org ) for more information

■ Feb. 11 – Soldotna Connections Fly Tying Club at 1:30 p.m.

■ Feb. 17 – Seward Connections: Native American Crafting

■ Feb. 17 – Sport Lake Fishing With ADF & G (more info below)

■ Feb. 19 – AVTEC Guided Tour in Seward for High School Students (more info below)

■ Feb. 26 – Johnson Lake Ice Fishing with ADF&G for South Peninsula Students (more info below)

— April – Connections Talent Show

Also check out the Connections website:

(connections.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/info-for-families-2/activities-contests-and-more/) for numerous student activities, contests and more!

Connections Spelling Bee:

Congratulations to sixth grade student Julianna Hamilton for winning the Connections Wide Spelling Bee! Julianna will now participate at the state level in Anchorage on March 22 at 9 a.m. at the Alaska Performing Arts Center.

The first place winner of the Alaska State Spelling Bee will participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. The school staff is very proud of Julianna and her efforts and wish her the best at the state competition!

Soldotna Connections Fly Tying Club: The Soldotna Connections office is offering a Fly Tying Club – 6 weeks of free fly tying instruction for students third twelfth grade. Meetings are held at the Soldotna Connections office 1:30-3 p.m. every Thursday, with the first meeting on Feb. 11. Vices and fly tying materials will be provided. This is an introductory class and all ability levels are welcome to attend. Please RSVP with Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us. Seward Connections: Native American Crafting:

The Seward office is hosting a Native American Craft day on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. for all grades. At the event, participants will make Plains Indians shirts and dresses out of burlap, yarn, beads, feathers, etc. Connections will supply the materials. This is a very fun project and ystudents will be proud of what they have created upon finishing.

The school is also going to put together a short lesson on the Plains Indians to share with the group. Please rsvp with Julie Lindquist: jlindquist@kpbsd.org or call 907-224-9080 and the school asks everyone to join if they can.

Sport Lake Fishing With Alaska Deptartment of Fish & Game: Alaska Deptartment of Fish & Game is inviting our students to spend one hour on the ice fishing for rainbow trout and Chinook salmon at Sport Lake. Students learn proper fishing techniques, catch and release etiquette, ice fishing regulations, and safety on the ice. This is an annual event held on Feb. 17. The time slot for Connections homeschool students is from 10-11 a.m. All equipment is provided; participants 16 and over need a fishing license. Please remember to dress warm and bring a snack if planning on staying a while. If families have any questions please call the Connections office at (907) 714-8880.

AVTEC Guided Tour in Seward: All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour of AVTEC in Seward on Friday Feb. 19.

AVTEC is Alaska’s Institute of Technology and offers post high school programs ranging from the Alaska Culinary Academy to Energy and Building Technology.

This really is an exciting and valuable opportunity for high school students interested in a career in the trades, commercial fishing or hospitality industry. Please take a few minutes to visit the link avtec.edu/training-program-summary.

If interested RSVP and share at least two departments that are interested in touring to Reubin Payne: rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call Connections at 907-714-8880. Parents are welcome, and the school staff will provide lunch at the AVTEC cafeteria for Connections students taking the tour.

The school staff would like to meet at Connections office at 8:30 a.m. or in Seward at the AVTEC Campus at 10 a.m. (If transportation is an issue for any of our students, please call Reubin between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.). The tour should last until approximately noon.

Johnson Lake Ice Fishing with ADF&G for South Peninsula Students: Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game is inviting our south peninsula students to learn more about salmon by spending time on the ice, fishing at Johnson Lake. This location will cut down on the driving time for those coming from the Homer area.

Students learn proper fishing techniques, catch and release etiquette, ice fishing regulations, and safety on the ice. The time slot for Connections homeschool students is from 10-12 p.m. All equipment is provided; participants 16 and over need a fishing license. Please remember to dress warm and bring a snack if you plan on staying a while. Please RSVP or if you have any questions please contact Derek at dbynagle@kpbsd.org or 226-1880.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

IDEA Homeschool is now enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year! Check the school out at ideafamilies.org. Click enroll now. Families are always welcome to come visit in the office in the Red Diamond Center. Come check out the library, Resource Room, used curriculum, and speak with a certified teacher. IDEA staff is here to serve families in their homeschooling journey. Staff add that “our office expansion is complete. Come visit.”

■ Feb. 12 – Spelling Bee- Once again, IDEA-Kenai will be holding the annual Scripps Spelling Bee.

This competition is for students in third through eighth grade. All students participate in one and the same bee, that is, there are no grade specific bees. The winner of the local bee will represent IDEA-Kenai at the Alaska State Spelling Bee to be held at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 22.

The local event will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at the IDEA office. Staff will have cookies and certificates for all participants. Families may learn more about the Scripps National Spelling Bee by going tospellingbee.com/.

If anyone has questions or to sign up contact Marian Werth at the Kenai office (260-7555) or via email (marian.werth@ideafamilies.org). Families can find the spelling words study list on the Region K Blog.

■ Feb. 12-11 a.m. Homer Field trip to the airport. Be sure to let Adele know by signing up on the Region K Blog, by emailing, or calling her. If families do, kids can come home with a little treat from Raven. adele.pribbenow@ideafamilies.org

■ Feb. 17 – Ice Fishing – Come join at Sport Lake for some ice fishing. Arrive at Sport Lake parking lot at 11 a.m. The event will finish by 12:15 p.m. This is awonderful opportunity that AK Fish and Game set up for the school. They provide the poles and drill the holes. Please remember to wear all winter gear and for students and parents 16 and older, bring a fishing license.

If parents aren’t fishing, a license isn’t necessary. However, if parents plan on helping children, a license is needed. This event is limited to 25 fishermen. Please sign up on the Region K Blog.

■ March 4-The cost for this all inclusive ski day is only $60. This includes a two hour lesson, ski or snowboard rental and lift ticket. Parents can ski too. An all day lift ticket is $48.

The fee can be taken from allotment if PE is on a child’s ILP. Arrival time is 9:15 a.m. One parent can be paid for from allotment too. Registration forms need to be in by Feb. 24. Please email Suzanne at suzanne.alioto@ideafamilies.org or call if you would like to go. There is an order form for parents to fill out.

— The annual curriculum fair is coming on May 4. With the curriculum fair, there are a few employment opportunities including: Arts Attack/Atelier looking for IDEA family members (preferably past Arts Attack customers) who would be interested in hosting and manning their booth for the upcoming IDEA curriculum fairs in early May.

They are seeking hosts for the fairs in Soldotna, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. If interested in hosting one or more of the locations, please send an email to larry@artsattack.com, and they will contact the volunteer to discuss compensation and job description. In the email, please describe any prior experience with Arts Attack and/or with hosting and manning a booth at a previous curriculum fair. Also, please provide them with both an email address and a telephone number where the volunteer can be reached, as well as any other information that would be helpful or pertinent.

— Please remember to check webmail or Region K Blog and to sign up for these events!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

■ Feb. 8 – Please bring book donations for Bingo for Books Family Fun Night. Books should be appropriate for toddlers-adults. The school says ‘Thank you so much!’

— 4 p.m. APC work Session in library

■ Feb. 10 – 9:30 a.m. Kaleidoscope School Tour for all families interested in Kaleidoscope

■ Feb. 11 – 6 p.m. Bingo for Books Family Fun Night

■ Feb. 12 – 4 p.m. Re-enrollment forms are due. Every student must return this form to indicate he or she is returning in the Fall or will not be returning and what school he or she will be attending.

— 5th grade is walking to Shqui Tsatnu Creek

Upcoming Events:

■ Feb. 15, APC meeting at 4:15 p.m.

■ Feb. 19, Yearbook Lovelines and Advertising are due.

— March 3, End of quarter celebration-science night.

— March 3, Spring Pictures

— March 4 at 4:00 p.m. Lottery Application Deadline.

— March 11, In-service-No School

— March 14-18 Spring Break

Reminders:

— The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Pride; Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best.

— If your child arrives after 9:10 a.m., please come in and sign him or her in at the office.

— If you would like to be a volunteer, be sure to complete your background check and volunteer training. Go to kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/volunteers and click the link to the background check. Please allow up to two weeks for this to clear. The next link on the page will take you to the Online Volunteer Training. These two steps must be completed in order to volunteer at Kaleidoscope. Completed Volunteer Indemnification forms are needed 48 hours before all field trips.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The annual K-Beach Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Congratulations to Madisyn Braden, who took first place. Madisyn will represent K-Beach at the Alaska State Spelling Bee on March 22. Haylee Hodge was the runner up. The school says “Way to go girls!”

Mr. Daniels’s class is studying energy through investigations in science. Tuesday they conducted an investigation to answer the question, “How are energy and motion related?” They used science materials and math to determine the speed, distance, and angle of a rolling ball down a ramp. Last week they got to Skype with a marine biologist to learn more about the environmental problem of “marine debris”. They learned about the effects of marine debris and actions they can take to prevent this problem from occurring. This week’s Box Tops winners are Mackenzi Kruger and Katelyn Walden. Keep up the good work, Caribou!

Kenai Central High

January 2016 Student of the Month: Rotary – Jacey Ross, Chamber – Zachary Koziczkowski, Elks – Donalen Bowers, Kard of the Deck – Jacey Ross, Super Staffer – Misty Hamilton, Physics – Allison Steinbeck, Mr. Armstrong LA 9 Honors – William (Billy) Morrow, Mr. Beck Life Living Skills – Jeffery Sherban, Mr. Carlson, Government – Sarah Every, Mr. Lopez Sculpture – Molly Nusbaum, Mr. Morton, Physical Training – Tyrone McEnerney, Mr. Baker , Geometry – Daniel Wolverton Mr. Calvert Health – Elias Machen Gray, Mr. Hanson, Geometry – Maria Salzetti, Mr. Nyquist World History – Olivia Botirius, Mr. Zorbas, LA 10 Honors – Calvin Stong, Mrs. McCullough

Statistics – Timothy Ticknor, Mr. Peek Band – Raleigh Van Natta, Mrs. Sounart, LA 11 – Lindsey Grisham, Ms. Zwink & Mr. Baskin

Activities for the Week:

■ Feb. 8

Eligibility Check

■ Feb. 9

Mass Choir at Kenai Auditorium 6

■ Feb. 11

C Team and J.V. girls basketball at Redington Tournament times TBD

J.V. boys basketball at Redington Tournament 1:30 p.m.

■ Feb. 12

C Team and J.V. girls basketball at Redington Tournament times TBD

J.V. boys basketball at Redington Tournament times TBD

■ Feb. 13 p.m.

Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball at Palmer High School

C team and J.V. girls basketball at Redington Tournament times TBD

J.V. boys basketball at Redington Tournament times TBD

Cross Country Skiing Buroughs at Palmer High School

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to January Students of the Month!

Jaiden Burdick, James Baisden, Samuel Baisden, Emily Dunham, Erin Koziczkowski, Abigail Moffett,Courtney Ellis, Valerie Villegas, Ning Wangnoi, Emily Wait, Zahara Wilshusen. These students received pizza for lunch last week. Our Boxtops for Education winner, Amber Matthews, also received a pizza for bringing in the most Boxtops for January. Congratulations Amber!

Today the seventh- eighth Grade Battle of the Books meet will happen today in the Library! Good Luck to the team.

■ Feb. ninth, the sixth Grade Battle of the Books team will compete! Good luck to all of you as well.

■ Feb. tenth is the Future Problem Solving state-qualifying competition, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. It will be held at KMS. Best of luck to all the participants!

■ Feb. eleventh the “A” Volleyball team will compete at 3 p.m. at Skyview Middle School. Go Kossacks!

There is a Site Council meeting Feb. 11 as well. Everyone is welcome!

■ Feb. 13, the Math Counts Regional meet will be held in Anchorage. Good Luck to all who are participating.

Congratulations to our Character Counts winners – Ethan Redfern and Tyler Hippchen.

Mountain View Elementary

The Art Show 2016 will be on display in the Mt. View Elementary gym during Winter Conferences.

Families are invited to browse the exhibits during the following times:

■ Feb. 4 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

■ Feb. 5 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

■ Feb. 8 – 8:30-10 a.m.

Nikiski Middle High

■ Feb. 8 – High School Mass Choir at Kenai High School

— District Middle School Battle of the Books

■ Feb. 9 – High School Mass Choir Concert at Kenai High School. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

— Middle School Volleyball at Nikiski vs. Skyview-3 p.m.

— Site Council Meeting-4 p.m.

■ Feb. 11

— Girls Varsity Basketball at Valdez Elks Tournament vs. Nome – 9 a.m.

— Boys Varsity Basketball at Valdez Elks Tournament vs. Kotzebue – 1:30 p.m.

■ Feb. 12

— Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball at Valdez Elks Tournament. Complete bracket is posted on the school website.

— Middle School Cross Country skiing at Homer – 3:30 p.m.

— Middle School Volleyball at Nikiski vs. Homer – 3 p.m.

■ Feb. 13

— Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball at Valdez Elks Tournament. Complete bracket is posted on the school website.

— Middle School Volleyball at Seward – 11 a.m.

— Middle School Wrestling at Seward – 10 a.m.

— High School Cross Country Skiing Boroughs at Homer

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt PTA Winter Carnival will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 12-4 p.m. This event will be open to the public. Raffle tickets are on sale now – $10 each. 1st prize: GoPro, second Prize: 1 RT ticket to Anchorage via Grant, Third Prize: Quad-copter Drone.

Volunteers are needed, for more information on how families can help or to purchase raffle tickets please contact Stephanie Belger at sbelger@kpbsd.org. Theme basket items are starting to trickle in. Each grade level will be sponsoring a theme basket that will be used at the Winter Carnival auction.

Pre-K—Chocolate Lovers, Kinder— Chocolate Lovers, first Grade—Game Night

Second Grade—Movie Night, third Grade—Coffee Lovers, fourth Grade—Fisherman’s Basket

Fifth Grade—Tool Box and sixth Grade—Sports. There will be carnival games, food, fun, raffles and auctions. Hope to see you there.

Keep those Box Tops for education and Labels for education coming, weekly drawings are held so don’t forget to have a child put their name on the back of each Box Top and turn them in at school. Help earn money for the school. Support Redoubt Elementary while shopping at Fred Meyer. Every time families shop with a linked Rewards Card at Fred Meyer, they are helping Redoubt Elementary earn a donation. And the more supporters who link their Rewards Cards to Redoubt Elementary the more the school can earn. To link a Rewards account go to: fredmeyer.com

Yearbooks – Pre-order forms have been sent home with students.

Only 175 books have been ordered, so the school advises families to make sure to get an order form and payment ($15) submitted. If families are interested in getting involved with a child’s school they may consider joining the PTA. Parent—Teacher– Association – Get involved, help with school events, and meet other involved parents. PTA applications are available at the school.

BINGO For Books Feb. 18 6:30-8 p.m. Free Snacks, Free Books and Free Fun for the Whole Family. All students must be accompanied by an adult!

■ Feb. 11 – 9:30 a.m. Spelling Bee –Redoubt Gym.

■ Feb. 18 – Bingo for Books – 6:30-8 p.m. – Redoubt Gym

■ Feb. 20 – Redoubt PTA Winter Carnival 12-4 p.m.

■ Feb. 26 – Dress like your favorite book character day.

March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Skyview Middle

Sports schedule this week:

■ Feb. 13 – Wresting – Seward Invitational at 10 a.m. Seward

■ Feb. 12 – Nordic Skiing – Homer Invitational at 3:30 p.m. Homer

■ Feb. 9 – Volleyball – Nikiski vs. Skyview 8th at 3 p.m. Nikiski

■ Feb. 9 – Volleyball – Chapman vs. Skyview B at 4 p.m. Chapman

■ Feb. 11 – Volleyball – Skyview 8th vs. Kenai at 3 p.m. Skyview

■ Feb. 12 – Volleyball – Seward vs. Skyview 7th at 3 p.m. Skyview

■ Feb. 12 – Volleyball – Seward B vs. Skyview B at 4:30 p.m. Skyview

Skyview Middle School Student Council would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Bake Sale for Bethel.

$676.27 was raised to help Bethel recover from the Kilbuck School fire last November.

Special thanks to all parent volunteers who assisted on Saturday, Jan. 23: Mrs. Brendtro, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, and Mrs. Frost.

Many thanks to all of the bakers for all the wonderful goodies and treats provided. And heartfelt thanks to all Skyiew staff who pitched in to make the sale a success. Great job, Student Council volunteers for your efforts. The school gives a ‘Thanks to everyone for contributing to the success of this service project.’

Yearbooks are still on sale! Price is $35. Yearbooks may be purchased at the front office or on the Skyview Middle School blog.

December/January Students of the Month

Daniel Antebi, Dakota Archer, Erika Arthur, Ashlyn Asp, Gage Baktuit, Gracie Bass, Mackinley Baxter, Adison Beck, David Belger, Brooke Belluomini, Hailey Blischke, Foster Boze, Hannah Braden, Galen Brantley, Heidi Brendtro, Bridger Brewer, Aldon Burns, Zachary Burns, Gracie Carpenter, George Carpenter, Katelyn Carson, Timothy Cashman, Gracie Caston, Morgan Chace, Ray Chumley, Nathaniel Corbett, Aidan Culver, Isaac Davis, River Dawson, Isabella Dearmore, Tatihana Dehoyos, Dylan Donham, Seraiah Dorman, Nathaniel Downs, Brandon Ducker, Christopher Edelman, Taylor Edwards, John Einerson, Adin Fielden, Carson Fischer, Autumn Fischer, Elijah Floyd, Brayden Gagnon, Rigutto Giovanni, Felicity Giver, Faith Glassmaker, Sara Hinz, Christine Hodo, Cassidy King, Gregory Koontz, Mikayla Leadens, Braden Lemm, Austin Lindley, Roman Maal, Jacob McConnell, Nicholas McConnell, Lila McKay, Madison Merly, Hudson Metcalf, Robert Mize, Elias Moonin, Taylor Morse, Anchor Musgrave, Isaac Nagasako, Adriane Poulin, Camron Presley, Kyler Pritchett, Abby Radeck, James Redmon, Pavel Reutov, Hannah Rhodes, Dylan Richie, Joseph Russo, Olivia Schwenk, Sha’uri Shockley, Elizabeth Siemion, Aidan Skura, Estrella Slats, Bailey Smith, Silas Smyth, Colton Sorhus, Kristina Morgan Spies, Ainya Sullivan, Dennis Taylor, Rayna Varney, Grace Wahl, Alyssa Wilkinson, Brayde Wolfe, Shannon Yeskie

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

■ Feb. 15 – Soldotna Elementary will participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser through March 4. Please consider sending any spare change with a student to support this cause.

■ Feb. 19 – Create a fun new style for Crazy Hair Day!

■ Feb. 23 – Parents are welcome to attend the annual “Soup-er” Lunch. Watch for details in weekly folders.

Schools News: Congratulations to the Soldotna Elementary Spelling Bee Winners: Josie Moore (1st) Theoren Nelson (2nd) and Jeren Nash (3rd).

Soldotna High

■ Feb. 9 and 11 the Counseling Department is going to be distributing the PSAT results.

Please sign up for an FOL and come to the library to get your results and hear a short presentation about student results.

The students did fantastic at the District CTSO Conference! They almost doubled the number of points per person compared to the next closest team! The school asks families to please help in congratulating the following SkillsUSA members for a job well done!

Ashley Jones: 3rd Early Childhood Development

Savannah Kreider: 1st Early Childhood Development, 1st Job Interview, Judges Choice Photography

Michael Lewis: 2nd Prepared Speech, 3rd Job Interview

Derek Lewis: 2nd Quiz Bowl, 3rd Technical Math

Margaret McGlothen 1st Photography, 2nd Extemporaneous Speech

Maguire Merriman: 1st Job Skill Demonstration

Hannah O’Dell: 2nd Early Childhood Development, 2nd Job Interview 3rd Photography

Also, a special thank you to Michaella Renfro for taking photos all day

Soldotna High Yearbooks are still being sold

Order online jostens.com (choose Yearbook Tab) Deadline Feb. 15 or pick up a form at the SOHI Front Office (Deadline March 10, 2016) We do not order extra yearbooks.

SoHi Parents of Seniors/After Grad will not meet in February. Instead, volunteers are kicking off fundraising efforts for this event. Prospective donor letters as well as the google doc link for tracking donors/donations are available by contacting Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at agr8fulmom@hotmail.com.

Please include “After Grad” in the subject line. All Parents of Seniors are encouraged to make three donor contacts to assist with the fundraising for this event. Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 3 in the SoHi Staff Lounge at 6 p.m. The school says ‘Thank you for your help.’

SoHi PTSA will meet on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge.

Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for 2015 Cinderella’s Closet. This is a program which helps all area high school ladies with prom attire for free. Please email meggean@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more info. All donations can be dropped off to the front office 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Soldotna High School PTSA’s primary fundraiser is the Fred Meyer Rewards Program. It’s easy to sign up and makes a big difference for our PTSA and our school. Visit fredmeyer.com with the Rewards Program number and select Soldotna High School PTSA.

It’s quick and simple and you’ll make a positive impact just by doing your everyday shopping. Thank you!.

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at neffco.com. Click on Varsity Jackets, find our school by State, select Soldotna High School, starting at $149 you can personalize it anyway you would like.

Any questions contact Heather Parkki, 260-7022. Makes a great Christmas gift!

Every Friday is spirit Friday. Wear your SoHi gear for a chance to win gift cards and more.

The SOHI Library Media Center will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Contact Ms. Wear at 260.7036 or twear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for information on the 4:15 p.m. bus.

Soldotna Prep

The SoHi PTSA will meet on Thursday, February 11th at 5:30pm in the SoHi Staff Lounge. All members are encouraged to attend and new members are welcome!

The Lego Adventures camp is geared toward 6-9 year old students and the robotics camp is geared toward 10-14 year old students. The camps are $35 per student and will be held on Feb.20. Families can conveniently pay with KPBSD online payment system or stop by Soldotna High School and pay at the office from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

There is a registration capacity of 12 students per camp. Please email Mrs. McGlothen at kmcglothen@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more information or to register your student(s).

■ Feb. 25 – Mandatory Baseball Parent/Player Meeting at SOHI Library

Check SOPREP school blog for important information and updates: soldotnaprep.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/

The Study

The Study is excited to announce that it’s expansion in the 2015-16 school year has been an absolute success!

Not only are they offering Academic Pre-K and Kindergarten, but have also added first through third grade! If a little one is not receiving highly academic, direct instruction, call The Study to inquire about how to enroll in their year-long programs.

For the older students, The Study offers the following:

— Homework Club on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.

— High School Courses for Credit: Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Alaska Studies, Government, Art Exploration, Spanish, ASL

— Private & Group Tutoring in all subjects

— Piano, Voice, and Guitar Lessons

— SAT Prep

— A wide variety of workshops, such as Jr. High Math, Mastery of Multiplication, Excellence in Writing, Ground School, Study Skills, and even Summer School

As an accredited private school and learning center, The Study is committed to meeting the educational needs of the Kenai Peninsula.”

Tustumena Elementary

■ Feb. 8-12 – Love of Reading Week: Eigth grade – Bookmarks, ninth grade – Door Decorations, tenth grade – Pajama/Sweats Day

■ Feb. 11 – Buddy Reading,Book Mark Exchange

■ Feb. 12 – Valentine’s Day Party

■ Feb. 9 – Battle of the Books, Grades fifth through sixth

■ Feb. 10 – Battle of the Books, Grades third through fourth

■ Feb. 12 – Mighty Meatball sixth grade fundraiser

■ Feb. 16 – PTO Meeting at 4 p.m.

■ Feb. 17 – School Forensics at 1:10 p.m.

■ Feb. 18 – School Forensics, SEM at 2-3 p.m.

■ Feb. 25 – SEM at 2-3 p.m.

■ Feb. 27 – District Wide Forensics

■ Feb. 29 – Site Council at 4 p.m.

■ March 1 – sixth Grade Transition with Skyview from 1:30-3 p.m. at Tustumena School

■ March 3 – SEM at 2-3 p.m.

■ March 10 – sixth Grade vs Staff Basketball game at 2 p.m.

■ March 11 – 6th Grade vs Staff Basketball game at 2 p.m.,

— Non school for students, Inservice Day

■ March 14-18 – Spring Break,

■ March 22 – Sixth Grade Parent, Student Orientation 6:30-8 p.m. at Skyview

■ March 22 – PTO Meeting at 4 p.m.

■ March 24 – Lynx Track to Jumpin Junction for Kindergarten/First Grade,

■ March 24 – Lynx Track to Orca Theater for second through sixth Grade,

■ March 28 – Site Council at 4 p.m.

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A spruce bark beetle is seen on the underside of a piece of bark taken from logs stacked near Central Peninsula Landfill on Thursday, July 1, 2021 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Chugach campgrounds to be closed for beetle kill mitigation

Only one campground will be closed at a time, and updates on closures will be shared to the Chugach National Forest’s website.

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