Around the District

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:

■ Nov. 2;

■ Dec. 7;

■ Dec. 8 (Worksession);

■ Jan. 11;

■ Feb. 1;

■ Feb. 2 (Worksession);

■ 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

■ Oct. 29-30 — Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students;

■ Nov. 26-27 — Thanksgiving;

■ Dec. 16 — End of second quarter, no school for students;

■ Dec. 21-Dec. 31 — Winter vacation;

■ Jan. 18 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day;

■ Feb. 4-5 — Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students;

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

■ March 14-18 — Spring Break;

■ May 18 — Last day of school.

VFW offers funds for Washington D.C. trip

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 and the Auxiliary are once again sponsoring the Voice of Democracy (VOD) program. The VOD is a national scholarship program for students in grades 9-12, including home schooled students, which was started in 1947. If offers students a chance to win money for college by expressing their own original thoughts on this year’s topic, “My Vision for America.”

To enter, students must write and then record a 3-5 minute original essay on an audio CD or flash drive. There should be no background music on the tape – clear enunciation of words is crucial.

On the local level, Students will be eligible to receive monetary awards of $1000 or $500 for 1st and 2nd place. The 1st place winner’s entry will then be submitted for state judging where he/she will be eligible to win an additional $1000, $500 or $400 for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, respectively. The 1st place state winner will also receive a 5-day all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2016 and compete with winners from each of the other states for a grand prize of a $30,000 scholarship. All participants at national level will receive an aware of not less than $1000.

For an official entry form and more information, check the VFW website at www.vfw.org, contact your school counselor, or call Rachel Jurco at 262-1352. Entries must be submitted to the VFW Post 10046 at 134 N. Birch St. in Soldotna no later than Sunday, Nov. 1

Kenai Peninsula College and Career Fair

KPBSD will be hosting the sixth annual high school College and Career Fair at the Soldotna Sports Center on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The College Fair is free and no appointments are needed. KPBSD juniors and seniors will attend with their schools, please see your school counselor to sign-up. Connections, IDEA and Cook Inlet Academy students can sign-in at the door. Students and parents can learn more about scholarships, loans, state and federal financial aid programs at the Financial Aid booth. More than 45 educational institutions have confirmed. For more information contact your school counselor, visit the OneStop Portal on the KPBSD website, or call Tiffany Eck, College Fair Coordinator at 714-8884.

Connections Home School Program

Dates To Remember:

■ Oct. 13 – Soldotna Office: Homeschool Gym Time Every Tuesday 12-2 p.m. (more info below)

■ Oct. 14 – Book Club at Kenai Library 2-3 p.m.

■ Oct. 15 – District-wide Budget Development Meeting, Oct. 15 (more info below)

■ Oct. 16 – High School Eligibility Due

■ Oct. 19 – Google Doodle Contest Starts (more info below)

■ Oct. 20 – KPBSD College Fair

■ Oct. 23 – Safe Sitter Class Registration Due – Class is Oct. 29 and 30 (more info below)

■ Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 – UAA President Visits Peninsula (itinerary and information below)

Soldotna Office: Homeschool Gym Time at the Kenai Rec Center:

Every Tuesday we will have gym time from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kenai Rec Center for organized games for all homeschool families.

— When: Every Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m.

— Where: Kenai Rec Center

— What: Organized gym time with games, etc. for all ages and all homeschool families!

Please RSVP with Mark Wackler (mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us ) so we can get an idea of how many people are attending. We hope to see you there!

Homer Connections – MathCounts Team:

Have a student in grades 6, 7 or 8 that LOVES math? LOVES competition? MathCounts just might be the thing for them! Participating in a MATHCOUNTS Competition is a unique and unforgettable experience that can nurture a student’s love of learning and set him or her on a path to success in math. Interested? Contact Derek Bynagle: dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 226-1880.

Homer Connections – Engineering and Design Club:

Are you a student in grade 4 – 8 that is interested in creative engineering? Can you build the fastest car powered by a mousetrap? The strongest, tallest tower using straws? Then the Engineering and Design Club is for you! Use your imagination, design things that matter, and be creative! Interested? Contact Derek Bynagle or Jake Parrett: dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or jparrett@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 226-1880.

Battle of the Books:

Connections is currently recruiting students that would like to participate in Battle of the Books. There is a team for all grades, so all students are eligible! Central Peninsula families please contact Mark Wackler (mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us ) and Homer families contact Derek Bynagle (dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us ) for more information.

Google Doodle Art Contest Start Oct. 19:

Theme: What makes me, me!

It’s time to start sketching, because this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest begins soon! For the first time ever, students are invited to use any materials they want to express themselves in a doodle of the Google logo. The winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage

This year, we’re asking kids to create a doodle that tells the world “What makes me…me.” Kids have all kinds of things that make them unique, so they can use all kinds of materials to create their doodles, from crayons, to clay, to yarn, to graphic design.

Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the Doodle 4 Google contest. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for submissions on Oct. 19, . For more information please click on this link: google.com/doodle4google/

Safe Sitter Class:

Do your children babysit siblings or other children? If so we are excited to offer a unique opportunity to homeschoolers in our area! Central Peninsula General Hospital is offering the Safe Sitter class for homeschoolers. This nationally recognized class is a great way to prepare our children to care for each other as well as become certified to babysit other children. This is a two day class and will be offered Oct. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; register by Oct. 23. What Will They Learn?

Babysitting is an important business. Safe Sitter® can teach your student the skills to do it well! Safe Sitter® was created by pediatrician Patricia A. Keener, M.D. Becoming a Safe Sitter® means you’ll gain confidence and learn how to handle situations that may happen on the job or at home. This knowledge will help you in the future too!

This class is very informative and offers hands on training for general care to emergency care. Children need to be between the ages of 11 & 14 to attend. Each class has room for 13 students. The cost is $50.00 and may be fully reimbursable by Connections. Each child will receive a backpack with tools that they will know how to use upon completion of the class. For more information go to www.safesitter.org or www.cpgh.org click on quick links, go to community programs and click on safe sitter.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

IDEA Homeschool is now enrolling. You can apply online at www.ideafamilies.org or come by the IDEA office! Our office is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Come by and take a look at our Resource Room, filled with curriculum ideas! Or check out a book in our extensive library! Want homeschooling ideas or advice? Come in and speak with any of our experienced staff, all with homeschooling experience! We are here to serve you!

We have several new activities and events popping up on our calendar!

Geography Club is here Oct. 2 – 23!

Come join us for a passport adventure around the world! We will have a month of family activities learning maps, oceans, atlases, culture and economy. We will end it all with a World’s Fair. These hands on events are open for the entire family, but best suited for school age children, no drop offs please. We will be meeting on Fridays beginning Oct. 2 – Oct. 23. Location will be determined upon the amount of people who participate.

—Hay Tunnel at Solid Rock Bible Camp

Oct. 30 – Come join us for an afternoon of from 2 – 4 p.m. Remember to dress warm! Remember that by October we may even have some snow! Remember to bring or wear gloves, boots, snow pants, long underwear and hats. This reminder applies to parents as well. There will be a bonfire and hot cocoa to warm you up. Also, please remember that it is very dark inside the tunnel so bring flashlights and parents should be prepared to go through the tunnel with young students. $5 each (for anyone who goes through the tunnel). Please pay and sign up in the office with Omie.

Scholastic Book Fair

When: Nov.: 3 through Nov. 6

Time: Nov. 3, 4, 5: 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Fri Nov. 6: 9 a.m. through 1 p.m.

Where: IDEA office

Items may be purchased from allotment if topics are reflected in your students learning plan (ILP).

See you there!

Nov. 10 -Tots –N- Teens Portraits from 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

Each Fall we make available to our families the chance to have pictures taken here at the IDEA office. Marrian McNeil is the photographer and has set up a variety of packages which include Individual, Family or Holiday cards.

To get the time you prefer you can call Omie at the IDEA office, 260-7555 or email her at omie.murdoch@ideafamilies or just come in and get your slot spoken for.

Pictures may not come out of allotments.

Battle of the Books Sign Ups!

Now is the time to sign up for Battle of the Books. What is Battle of the Books? It is a statewide reading competition! Please sign up online according to your child’s grade.

Signups and more details can be found on our website www.ideafamilies.org. Check out our Region K Blog for up to date events! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

■ Monday, Oct. 12

— 3 p.m. 5th grade end of quarter celebration

— 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Running Club will meet for the 2nd through 5th graders enrolled in this activity; your child will need to bring running shoes, sweatpants, shirt and possibly a jacket, hat and gloves weather permitting.

■ Tuesday, Oct. 13

— 5:30 p.m. 3rd/4th grade Plays and Project Night to celebrate the end of the quarter.

■ Wednesday, Oct. 14

— 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Running Club will meet for the 2nd -5th graders enrolled in this activity; your child will need to bring running shoes, sweatpants, shirt and possibly a jacket, hat and gloves weather permitting.

■ Thursday, Oct. 15

— Sports Day! Come dressed to represent your favorite sports team.

— 8:35 a.m. PTA meeting in the art room.

— 9 a.m. Yearbook Committee meeting in the computer lab.

— 6 p.m. KPBSD Budget Development Overview meeting in the library

■ Thursday, Oct. 16

— In-service Day-No School for students

Reminders

— PTA Fundraising packets are due by Oct. 19.

— Picture Retake day is Oct. 21 with siblings from noon to 1 p.m.

■ Oct. 28 – Early Release- School ends at 2:10 p.m. Six days throughout the academic year, students will meet the minimum day requirement, leaving teachers with approximately ninety minutes of additional time for planning/training. The length of the school day will be reduced by ninety minutes, for a total of nine hours during the -2016 school year. On these early release dates, school will end ninety minutes (1.5 hours) earlier. Bus transportation will be adjusted by ninety minutes.

■ Oct. 29 and 30 – Parent teacher conferences – please make contact your child’s teacher if you have not signed up for a time.

— The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Cooperation; To work together with a common goal or purpose.

— If your child arrives after 9:10 a.m., please come in and sign him / 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 http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/volunteers and click the link to the background check. Please allow up to 2 weeks for this to clear.

Kenai Central

Congratulations to KCHS cross country team the girls placed 1st at state. Led by the runner-up finish of sophomore Riana Boonstra, the Kards got a big jump on the title with three other scoring finishes of fifth-place Jaycie Calvert, sixth-place Ithaca Bergholtz and 11th-place Addison Gibson. The fifth score came from Brooke Satathite, who was 53rd overall.

There will be no school for students Oct. 16, 29, or 30 for end of the quarter in-services and conferences. The end of the 1st quarter is on Oct. 16, this is an in-service day. The end of the quarter will be followed by another opportunity for parents to meet with the teachers. Parent teacher conferences will be Oct. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The annual band fall concert will be Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Bands performing will be the KCHS Concert Band, Drum Line, and the KMS Concert Band. Admittance to the concert is free.

■ Oct. 13

— Volleyball at Nikiski 3,4,5 p.m.

■ Oct. 14

— First Day of Hockey Practice

— KCHS Choir 7 p.m.

■ Oct. 15

— Volleyball at Palmer 4, 5, 6:30 p.m.

■ Oct. 15 through Oct. 17 Swim/Dive at Palmer

■ Oct. 16

— Volleyball at Colony 4, 5, 6:30 p.m.

■ Oct. 15 through Oct. 17 Swim/Dive at Palmer

■ Oct. 17

— Wrestling Home Luke Spruill Memorial Tournament

— Volleyball at Wasilla 10, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

— Football State Championship at Diamond High School 4 p.m.

Oct. 15- Oct. 17 Swim/Dive at Palmer

Kenai Middle

We hope you are enjoying the beginning to your Autumn Season.

Our Choir program will start their annual fundraising drive on Oct. 14 with the sale of candy, gifts and wrapping paper. The fundraising drive will end on Oct. 27. If you are able, please consider supporting a KMS choir student.

KMS will conduct an earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. as part of the Great Alaska Shakeout. All schools in the district will conduct the drill at the same time.

Picture retakes will also be Oct. 15. Packets are available at the office.

■ Oct. 16 is the End of the Quarter. It is also an In-service Day for teachers. There will be no school this day!

Save the Date:

■ Oct. 20 – KMS/ KCHS Fall Concert for concert Bands

■ Oct. 26 through Oct. 28 – Red Ribbon Week

■ Oct. 28 – Early Release

■ Oct. 29 and 30 – No School/ Parent Teacher Conferences

Mountain View Middle

Students will be learning about Fire Safety Oct. 12 – Oct. 15 here at Mountain View Elementary. The Kenai Fire Department will be here to visit classes and take students through the Fire Safety House.

■ Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. there will be a PTA meeting.

■ Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. The Site Council will be meeting, in the Library and participating in the KPBSD Budget Development meeting via MS Lync. The Public is invited to attend.

Friday, Oct. 16 is an Inservice Day and there is no school for students.

Cindy Lou Aillaud, author of “Recess at 20 Below” is coming to visit Mountain View on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

■ Oct. 23 is Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

The Library will be holding a book fair Oct. 26 – Oct. 30 during school hours and parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600.

Picture retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28 for students needing to have their pictures retaken or students that missed the first picture day.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 is an early release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29 and 30. There will be no school for students.

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Friday, Nov. 6 from 5 through 8 p.m. and is open to the public. All funds earned will go towards student field trips or student activities, such as artists in schools, for all students. Proceeds may also be used for grade level equipment and supplies. There will be lots of food, games and prizes. Please call the office at 283-8600 if you need help with this process.

Kenai Middle-High

■ Monday, Oct. 12

— Picture Retakes

— JV Volleyball at Seward

■ Tuesday, Oct. 13

— C Team Volleyball at Nikiski vs. Kenai – 3 p.m.

— JV Volleyball at Nikiski vs. Kenai – 4 p.m.

— Varsity Volleyball at Nikiski vs. Kenai – 5:30 p.m.

■ Thursday, Oct. 15

— C Team Volleyball at Anchorage Christian School – 4 p.m.

— JV Volleyball at Anchorage Christian School – 5 p.m.

— Varsity Volleyball at Anchorage Christian School – 6:30 p.m.

— Site Council Budget Meeting – 6 p.m.

■ Friday, Oct. 16

— End of Quarter – No School for Students

— C Team Volleyball @ Grace Christian School – 4 p.m.

— JV Volleyball at Grace Christian School – 5 p.m.

— Varsity Volleyball at Grace Christian School – 6:30 p.m.

— Wrestling at Luke Spruill – Kenai

■ Saturday, Oct. 17

— C Team Volleyball at Houston – 11 a.m.

— JV Volleyball at Houston – 12 p.m.

— Varsity Volleyball at Houston – 1:30 p.m.

— State Football Game vs. Eielson at Dimond High School – TBA

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a NNS site council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Today is the final day for our Innisbrook fundraiser. The fundraiser is an opportunity for us to raise money which helps pay for class field trips, visiting authors and family nights. Thank you to everyone who has purchased items from our students. If you would like more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

■ Friday, Oct. 16 is inservice for teachers. There will not be school for students.

The PTA annual Fall carnival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24. This event will run from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers are always needed to decorate, run a booth and clean up. We are also taking donations of candy. There will be lots of fun games, cupcake walk, costume contest, food, prizes, a photo booth and a basket auction. If you would like to help, please see a PTA member or contact the school. The Scholastic book fair will be open in the library beginning Oct. 24 during the Fall carnival. The fair will be open Monday, Oct. 26 – Friday Oct. 30. Students will get a chance to come to the library with their class and also the fair will be open during parent/teacher conferences on Oct. 29 and 30.

Redoubt Elementary

Mark your calendar –

Special School District Budget Development Meeting – Oct. 15, Soldotna High school library, 6 p.m. This meeting is open to the community.

Box Top Winners –David Doremire, Quinn Cox & Katy Cox. Keep bring in those box tops. Funds raised will be used to help support technology and other equipment for our students.

■ Oct. 13 – PTA meeting 5:00pm child care available.

■ Oct. 15 –School District Budget Development Meeting at Soldotna High

(Site Council)

■ Oct. 16 – No School for students – Staff in-service

■ Oct. 21 – Visiting Author

■ Oct. 23 – Fun Fest – 3:30 p.m. through 5 p.m.- Open only to Redoubt students.

■ Oct. 27 – Picture Retakes – 9 a.m.

■ Oct. 28 – Halloween Parade – 1 p.m. (Parents are welcome to attend)

■ Oct. 28- Early Release – 1:45 p.m.

■ Oct. 29 and 30 – Parent Teacher Conferences

PBIS Reward Days

Each week students have been working to earn pink tickets for demonstrating respectful, responsible, and safe behavior in school. When the classrooms demonstrate these behaviors around the school they are rewarded with a class compliment. Every Monday is Roadrunner Monday and students proudly line the hallways so that their tickets can be displayed around the building. When we reach our goal the school is rewarded. This quarter students at Redoubt earned their first reward celebration. It was a fun filled afternoon on the playground.

School Hours – 8:45 a.m. through 3:18 p.m. – Front doors are unlocked at 8:15 a.m.

Skyview Middle

Events this week:

■ Today – Intramural Basketball continues! Practice times for boys and girls will alternate each week. This week girls will have early practice and boys will have mandatory study hall and late practice. The fee for intramural basketball is $30.

■ Thursday, Oct. 15 – Picture Retakes – Morning only – Students who were absent on the original picture day and would like to purchase a picture packet, please pick up an order form at the office. Students who received a picture packet but would like a new photo, please bring the picture packet to school to give to the photographer.

■ Thursday, Oct. 15 – Site Council Meeting – 6 p.m. – Skyview Home Ec Room (rescheduled from Monday, Oct. 12)

■ Friday, Oct. 16 – No School for Students – End of First Quarter

Skyview Panther Student Council would like to thank all those who made our Fall Fun Activity Night a success! Special thanks to all of our awesome staff and parent volunteers! Our Candy Jar Guessing Winners were: Mekhenzy Goad, Kianna Holland, Summer Tugan, and Tyra Vix. Our Hula Hoop Hero Round Winners were: Erika Arthur, Savannah Eberhard, Faith Glassmaker, Erica Love, Foster Boze, Macayla Jones, Matthew Lewis, Whitney Benson, and Dawson Fox. Our Hula Hoop Off Winner was Faith Glassmaker. Thanks to everyone who attended!

■ Oct. 13: Student Council members will meet at lunch in the library

Congratulations to the August/September Students of the Month! – David Aley, Ashlyn Asp, Madelyn Barkman, Mackinley Baxter, Adison Beck, Brooke Belluomini, Whitney Benson, Denali Blackwell, Cameron Blackwell, Jacob Boze, Hannah Braden, Zachary Burns, Ilysse Cable, Ryann Cannava, Timothy Cashman, Gracie Caston, Tiffany Chesley, Lance Chilton, Brandon Christenson, Autumn Chumley, Ray Chumley, Catherine Conner, Zachary Conrad, Molly Cook, Jacob Cooper, Drysta Crosby-Schneider, Olivia Davis, Isaac Davis, Isabella Dearmore, Chloe Driskell, Casey Earll, Erika Eberhard, Taylor Edwards, Timothy Elder, Kilei England, Ethan Evans, Kaylee Fann, Adin Fielden, Carson Fischer, Dawson Fox, Esther Frederickson, Daniel Glaves, Marissa Griffin, Katherine Gross, Kaytee Hackett, Caius Hagelund, Elijah Harris, Kaliesha Hart, Tara Heathers, Paige Hegwer, Jack Heintz, Ryan Hill, Sara Hinz, Sarge Howell, Angel Howlett, Thomas Hudson, Sueheidi Hugarte, Luke Johns, Spencer Kapp, Jaron Kenner, Kati Koch, Janna Krieger, Noah Land, Braden Lemm, Brittany Lewis, Ree’Lynn Lisenby, Ryan Long, Kylie Loop, Jacob McConnell, Grace McElroy, Lila McKay, Bradley McNeil, Spencer Mize, Jose Montague, Taylor Morse, MaCady Musgrave, Draven Olson, Trenton O’Reagan, Nadia Padilla Reaume, Bodhi Panamarioff, Denize Pannick Pootjes, Adriane Poulin, Camron Presley, Kyle Priebe, Abby Radeck, James Redmon, Pavel Reutov, Sarah Rice, Ricardo Rincon, Renee Rogers, Kody Rohr, Sergio Saavedra, Calyssa Saporito Mills, Macie Schroeder Dalebout, Marceles Sepulveda, Conner Shockley, Elizabeth Siemion, Estrella Slats, Destiney Solomona, Rachel Spence, Zoey Stauss, Katie Stoll, Dennis Taylor, Harley Thomas, Zachary Ulrich, Jefferson Uta, Hosanna VanHout, Rayna Varney, Tyra Vix, Noah Walker, Deja Walker, Madison West, Osric White, Tadan White, Alyssa Wilkinson, Aiden Willets, Anna Williams, Brayde Wolfe, Ethan Yeager, Kevin Zufelt

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

■ Oct. 19- Get your smiles ready for school picture day.

■ Oct. 26-30- The Soldotna Elementary Book Fair will be held in the library.

■ Oct. 28- Students will be released at 1:55 p.m. Students riding the bus will be dropped off 90 minutes earlier than their regular scheduled time.

In the News:

For the past 22 years, Kindergarteners at Soldotna Elementary have been digging potatoes in Sally and Steve Tachick’s potato patch. It started as a science activity to discover the simple life cycle of the potato and how to harvest potatoes. Students complete the fun chore of washing the purple or blue, red, and white potatoes as well as sorting them into various colors and sizes. It is truly like hunting for gold for Kindergarteners! In addition, students were able to lend a helping hand to a community member by putting time and energy into harvesting a local garden. At that time, Sally’s son was in the class. He is now 27 and has completed college! It has become a fun tradition and a language-rich learning experience every year! Countless students have enjoyed the opportunity and are very thankful to have learned so much from Mrs. Tachick’s garden of colorful potatoes!

The second grade students at Soldotna Elementary enjoyed a special energy presentation by Katie Croft. Katie is the Energy Education Director with the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. Katie spent time helping students discover different types of energy. Thank you Katie!

Soldotna High

The Fall Concert, “Americana,” will be on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Brenna Belluomini and Taylor Gilmore will be our featured soloists performing with the symphonic band. The choir, bands, and jazz band will be performing.

Soldotna Prep

■ Thursday, Oct. 15: Great Alaskan Shakeout Annual Earthquake Drill 10:15 through 10:30 a.m.

The Robotics Club hosts a monthly kids camp for their major fundraiser to help pay for travel expenses associated with competitions. These camps are: Lego Adventures & Lego Mindstorms Robotics. 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 the next camp is schedules for Oct 17. There is a registration capacity of 12 students per camp. First come, first serve registration is honored. Please email Mrs. McGlothen at kmcglothen@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more information or to register your student(s).

■ Oct. 13 Fall Concert at SOHI Tuesday, 7 p.m.

■ Oct. 16 – No School, End of 1st Quarter – In-service

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected as October Students of the Month. They will be honored at a Dessert Awards party at SOHI during advisory on Oct. 22. Lang Arts 9- Brock Kant, Biology-Trevor Marks, Math-Morgan Nelson, Geography- Cecilia Stewart, PE-Skyler Checketts, Robotics-Quinn Lucas and Ceramics-Luis Chicas-Sorto. Soldotna Prep is hosting a book fair to help generate revenue for new books for the library. There will be an online fair available Oct. 21-Nov 4. We will also have an in person fair the week of Oct 26. The fair will be open during the Parent- teacher conferences held on Oct. 29 as well. We are looking for volunteers to serve during this week and also bake goodies for the bake sale. Please contact the Librarian, Donna Spence, at dspence3@kpbsd.k12.ak.us if you would like to volunteer and or donate a bake sale item and she will get back with you.

The Study

The Study is excited to announce its expansion in the -16 school year! Not only are they offering Academic Pre-K and Kindergarten, but have also added first through third grade! If your 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:

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

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

— Private and 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.

Mark your calendars on the following days:

■ Oct. 16 – Inservice / No School

■ Oct. 30 – Parent Teacher Conferences

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