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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 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 no later than three business days before the meeting date. The board will meet:

— Nov. 7

— Dec. 5

— Jan. 16

— Feb. 6

— March 6

— April 3

— May 1 (Seward High School)

— June 5

— June 6 (Planning Session)

Holidays and vacation days scheduled

— Oct. 27-28 – Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students;

— Nov. 24-25 – Thanksgiving;

— Dec. 22 – End of second quarter, no school for students;

— Dec. 22 to Jan. 6 – Winter vacation;

— Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day;

— Feb. 9-10 – Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students;

— March 10 – End of third quarter, no school for students;

— March 13-17 – Spring Break;

— May 24 – Last day of school.

Connections Home-school

Oct. 26 — Hay Maze at Solid Rock Camp 1:00-2:30 (more info below)

Oct. 27 — Soldotna: Connections Jam Session at Old Kaladi Bros 2:30-3:30

Nov. 1 — Homer Connections Picture Retakes 1-3pm at Paul Banks Elementary School Gym

Nov. 4 — AVTEC Tour (more info below)

Nov. 4 — Soldotna Connections Picture Retakes 3-5pm at Borough Building Assembly Room

Annual Solid Rock Hay Maze — It’s time for the annual Hay Maze at Solid Rock Bible Camp! Please join us Oct. 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person (non-reimbursable). Please bundle up for this event; gloves, hats, warm layers and flashlights are encouraged. Contact the Soldotna office at 907-714-8880 or email Shelli Furlong at to RSVP or for more information.

Connections Jam Session at Kobuk Kaladi Brothers: Once a month Connections will have an impromptu music jam session at the old Kaladis off of Kobuck for high school students. Bring your laptops, homework, music and let’s and jam out while socializing! If you are interested in participating please email Shelli Furlong: or Carole Nolden: Mark down October 27 from 2:30-3:30 for this month and we hope to see you there!

AVTEC Tour: All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour of AVTEC in Seward on Nov. 4 at 10:00 a.m. AVTEC offers a variety of educational programs such as: Construction, Welding, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Maritime Studies, Electronics, Culinary Arts and many other courses.

Battle of the Books: Battle of the Books are available at the Connections offices. If you are interested in participating in BOB please contact your advisor.

Book It – Pizza Hut Coupons: Book It Pizza Hut coupons are in! Please contact your local office for the coupons and have fun reading!

‘Every Kid In A Park’ To Be Held For Second Year: The Department of the Interior has just launched the second year of the Every Kid in a Park program. This program provides every fourth grader in America with a one-year pass so they and their families can visit federal lands for free for a full year – this includes National Parks, National Forests, and more! The intent of this program is to help connect children with nature and public lands, as someday these places will be theirs to protect and care for. If you know a 4th grader or someone who has one in their family, ensure they visit the Every Kid in a Park website ( ) to get their pass.

IDEA Homeschool

IDEA Homeschool is still taking enrollments for the 2016/2017 school year. Enrollment applications are available at Please feel free to drop by IDEA’s Office in the Red Diamond Center any weekday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There are plenty of materials to look at and used curriculum to purchase.

Monday-Thursday – Scholastic Book Fair at the IDEA Office. Items may be purchased from allotment if topics are reflected on children’s ILPs.

Friday – Picture Day at the IDEA Office. Appointments are available from 9-4:30. Please call 260-7555 and ask for Omie to get your appointment.

Don’t forget to check out IDEA’s Intentional Math emails! These emails are full of wonderful ways to encourage students in the world of math! Math can be fun! Parents can also post daily math activities on IDEA’s regional Facebook page for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

BookIt! Coupons are available at the IDEA Office. IDEA Families are encouraged to participate in this program where students read for pizza coupons.

Is your student needing assistance with their FAFSA? Financial aid experts will volunteer at locations throughout Alaska to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Alaska. The free program assists Alaska students in filing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and student loans at most colleges and vocational/technical schools nationwide.

Rebekah Matrosova, Director of Outreach for the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE), notes that changes this year will allow students to apply earlier and use income information from the previous year’s tax return and use the data-retrieval tool to easily transfer IRS data.

Most students should attend CGA with their parents, and bring their and their parents’ social security number, driver’s license, or alien registration card, 2015 tax information, and 2015 untaxed income records. Students who are married, or at least 24 years old, do not need to provide parental information. Prior to attending a CGA event, students can go to and apply for a Federal Student Aid ID. Students and their parents need an FSAID to electronically sign the FAFSA. For CGA dates and times visit College Goal Alaska is coordinated by ACPE, the state’s higher education agency, and facilitated by volunteers from Alaska’s postsecondary institutions, schools, and other organizations.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

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

The Lost and Found is on a table in the hallway as well as on a board in the office window. Please look for any items belonging to your child.


— Tell a school bus driver “Thank you” today. It’s National School Bus Drive Appreciation Day.

— Book Fair 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


— 5:30 PTA Family Fun Night for KSAS Families- Journey Around the World will take place on the trail.

— Book Fair 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


— Picture Retakes, sibling pictures are from12:00-1:00.

— 9:30-10:00 KCHS Drumline Visits

— Book Fair 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

— 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 2015-2016 school year. On these early release dates, school will end ninety minutes (1.5 hours) earlier. Bus transportation will be adjusted by ninety minutes.

— Parent Teacher Conferences begin afterschool


— Parent Teacher Conferences-No school for students

— Book Fair 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


— Parent Teacher Conferences-No school for students

— Book Fair 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Mark your Calendar

— October 31- 11:20 School wide sing-a-long, Students are invited to bring their costume to put on at 2:00. Please make sure they can put it on over their clothes, with minimal assistance. Teachers will not be able to supervise children in the restroom to change clothes. No face paint or pretend weapons. Costume Parade starts at 3:00 and families are invited to attend.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

K-Beach Band will be changing the date of their December Band Concert to Dec. 20 at 6:30 in the K-Beach Gym.

Four teams represented K-Beach Elementary School at the district Mind A-Mazes competition on Oct. 15. This is an academic competition that showcases problem solving and teamwork. Lathan Peterson, Josie Ekle, and Martha Tufford were the “Fire Ferrets,” Benjamin Veh, Joel Brendtro, and Garrett Ussing were the “Mouse Trappers,” Ethan Hogue, Grant Glidden, Avrie Medina, and James Bearup were “The Speedsters,” and Avery Ciufo, Nicholas Rackley, and Abriella Werner were the “Caribou Creators.” Congratulations to “The Speedsters” for their 3rd place finish, and the “Caribou Creators” for winning the junior division!

Mr. Daniels’ Class created super plants this week! The students were given a set of parameters based on what they learned about how plants protect themselves. Then, they were asked to collaborate with a partner draw, name, and label the structures of the super plant. Finally, each group was given a chance to present their super plant to the class.

Wednesday – Early Release Day, K-Beach will dismiss at 12:55

Thursday and Friday – No School due to Parent/Teacher Conferences

Kenai Central

Parent/teacher conferences take place on Thursday. Conferences will be in the auditorium commons from noon-3 and 5-8 p.m. Report cards will be handed out at that time. Please come visit with your student’s teachers.

Just a reminder that picture retake day is Tuesday.

Tuesday — Volleyball Senior Night vs Soldotna High School 3:30, 4:30, 6:30; Picture Retakes

Wednesday — Early Release 12:45

Thursday — Parent/teacher conferences noon-3:00 and 5:00-8:00 in the auditorium commons; Swim/Dive Regions at Kodiak Times TBD

Friday — Scheduled parent/teacher conferences; Volleyball at Kodiak High School Times TBD; Wrestling at Bartlett High School Times TBD

Saturday — Volleyball at Kodiak High School Times TBD; Wrestling at Bartlett High School Times TBD

Kenai Middle

This week kicks off Red Ribbon Week at KMS.

There will be fun activities for all students each day as well as dress up days! Today we will wear RED to “Take a Stand Against Drugs”!

On Tuesday students should wear a bandana with # on the front and on Wednesday we will wear our favorite boots to “Give Drugs the Boot.” Be sure to join in on the fun!

Wednesday is an Early Release Day. School will end at 12:27 for students. Buses will accommodate the shortened schedule.

Thursday and Friday are Conference days. On Thursday we will conduct open-arena style conferences in the KMS gym from noon- 4:00 and 5:00 – 7:00. Friday is available for a scheduled conference if you are unable to attend on Thursday. Please contact your student’s teacher if you need to schedule for Friday or need other arrangements.

The KMS library is hosting a Fall Book Fair this week. It will be open Monday through Wednesday during regular school hours and during Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday and Friday. This is a fundraiser and all money earned is used to purchase books and resources for the KMS Library.

Basketball Intramurals continue this week. Boys will practice early, from 2:30 – 4:00. Girls will follow from 4:00 – 5:30 but will stay for study hall until practice begins.

Mountain View Elementary

Wednesday is an early release day. Those students being picked up will be dismissed at 1:50 p.m. and all other students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

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

The Library will be holding a book fair Monday-Friday 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.

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Nov. 4 from 5:00 – 8:00 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. Tickets are .25 each and most games cost 2-4 tickets to play. Parents are asked to sign up to help run a booth or to donate a cake or cookies for the cake walk and/or a prize for the prize walk. Parents need to have a background check through the school district to volunteer. Please call the office at 283-8600 if you need help with this process

Nikiski Middle-High

Congratulations to the following Nikiski Middle School students who represented our school at this year’s annual district “Mind A-Mazes” meet recently in Soldotna: Boden Quiner, Liam Quiner, Braeden Porter, Weston Dohse, Lilly Anderson, Savanna Stock, Celina Martinez, Adrienne Stynsberg, Brady Bostic, Simon Grenier, Alyssa Nunley, and Mady Stichal.

Forty-four teams representing fourteen schools around the peninsula competed with their mousetrap powered vehicles and a spontaneous problem-solving challenge.

The Nikiski Middle team “Vinyl Girls.” Ndea Rollins, Alyssa Nunley, and Mady Stichal, received the Judges Choice Award for their creative design and unique approach to the challenge. Congratulations to these girls and the Nikiski Mind A-Maze coach, Brian Bailey for their accomplishment.

Scholastic Book Fair in the library will be open Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday the Book Fair will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for parents and students to stop by during conferences. Online ordering is available from Oct. 19-27 at This will be the only book fair this school year.


— High School Volleyball at Seward. C Team-3:00 p.m. JV-4:00 p.m. Varsity-5:00 p.m.


— Early Release – Students will be released at 12:45 p.m.

— High School Cross Country Skiing Begins



— Parent/Teacher Conferences: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Teachers will be taking a meal break between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and again between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please plan your visit accordingly.

— Book Fair will be open in the library from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


— NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Teacher Inservice

— High School Wrestling at Seward – King of the Mountain Tournament

— DDF meet in Homer


— High School Wrestling at Seward – King of the Mountain Tournament

— DDF meet in Homer

— High School Volleyball at SoHi. C Team-12:00 p.m. JV-1:00 p.m. Varsity-2:30 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

NNS will be hosting the Fall Scholastic Book Fair this week. The book fair will be held in the library and will be open during the school day and will run through parent/teacher conferences on Thursday evening. The fair will not be open on Friday morning so if you have a scheduled conference on Friday, please stop by the book fair when it is open to purchase books for your child. If you need more information, please call the school library at 776-2630.

There will be an early release day on Wednesday. NNS will dismiss at 2:00 p.m. There is no school for students on Thursday and Friday for parent/teacher conferences.

In order to be more economical and budget conscience, NNS is no longer printing the monthly school newsletter. You can access the newsletter online at or if you prefer it can be emailed to you. Please make sure you request it be emailed to you and the office staff has your correct email address.

Redoubt Elementary

Last week’s Box Top winners – Marlee O’Reagan and Johanna Jedlicka. Save your Box Tops, put your name on the back, and put them in the box outside the office. Weekly prize drawings are held.

Picture Retakes – Nov. 8. If your child missed picture day, please send a picture packet and include a form of payment if you would like to purchase pictures. If your child is having retakes, please send them with the original pictures taken on Sept. 30.

Redoubt’s Site Council committee is in need of two parent representatives. If you are interested in being a parent representative, please stop by the school office. Site Council will meet 5 times during the school year. Meetings are held at the school at 3:45 p.m. The school site council is an advisory body in the joint planning and problem solving processes for improving student learning that occur at the local school level. Get involved in your child’s education.

Family Reading Night and Scholastic Book Fair, Tuesday 6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m., Redoubt library, bring the whole family. Fun and snacks are free.

Scholastic Book Fair – Thursday and Friday during Parent Teacher Conferences.

Students should bring warm outdoor gear to school every day. Please make sure that your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves. Outdoor recess is an important part of the school day.

Mrs. Davidson’s 3rd graders are the winners of September’s PTA Box Top contest. They collected the most Box Tops for the month of September. Mrs. Davidson’s class was rewarded with a movie and popcorn celebration.

Things are looking brighter at Redoubt Elementary. New and brighter lights have been installed at the front entrance of the school. The new lighting is an effort to help improve the safety of Redoubt’s students and staff.

In an effort to help Redoubt’s before and after school traffic flow a little smoother, new signs have been installed in the front parking and drive-thru area. Redoubt will need everyone’s cooperation in making sure to follow the sign directions. Redoubt’s priority is always the safety of students and staff. Thank You

Mark your calendar –

Tuesday – Family Reading Night and Book Fair

Wednesday – Early Release Day for students, 1:45pm release time.

Thursday and Friday – Parent Teacher Conferences

October 31 – Halloween Parade 2:30 Redoubt Gym, parents are invited.

Nov. 6 – Daylight Savings Time, turn your clocks back one hour.

Skyview Middle

Today is the first day of the Second Quarter!

Events this week:

— Last week for Intramural Basketball! Girls information: Girls practice time will be from 2:30 to 4:30. Please pick up girl participants at 4:30. Boys information: A mandatory study hall with a certified math teacher will be from 2:30 to 4:15. Boys practice time will be from 4:15 to 5:45. Please pick up boy participants at 5:45. Competitive play begins Monday, October 31.

— Monday: 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.

— Monday – Skyview Scholastic Book Fair begins! This fun reading event helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The fair is open 7:30 to 2:00 Monday – Wednesday and during parent/teacher conferences Noon – 7 pm Thursday. This year’s Book Fair will feature the 5th annual Cake Decorating Contest. The contest is open to students, staff and families. Ribbons and gift certificates will be awarded in multiple categories. For additional information, please contact Anne McCabe in the library.

— Wednesday – Early Release Day. Students end the school day at 1:00 pm.

— Thursday – Parent/Teacher Conferences – One day only. Conference times are scheduled online. To find the link to schedule online and additional Parent/Teacher Conference information, please go to: KPBSD district web page > Schools > Skyview Middle School Blog > Student/Parent Information > Parent/Teacher Conferences.

— Thursday – No School for Students.

— Friday – No School for Students / Teacher in-service.

Ava Grossl was chosen as the 7th Grade October Chamber Student of the Month. She will be honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Congratulations Ava!

The Panther Student Council would like to thank all those who helped make the Fall Activity Night a success! Special thanks to all those who worked shifts, donated cupcakes, helped with set up or clean up. You ROCK! Many thanks to all of our adult volunteers – parents and staff – who joined us to chaperone. We couldn’t do it without you! Congratulations to our Candy Jar Guessing Winners: Sarah Rice, Quinten Cox, Macayla Jones, Morgan Chace, and Cameron Sorenson. And kudos to the Decades Dance Off winners – Brooklynn Chadburn and Diego Angel. We appreciate all who attended and look forward to the next Activity Night in December!

Redoubt Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Wednesday — Early Release 1:55pm

Monday-Friday — Book Fair in the Library

Thursday and Friday — Parent Teacher Conferences- No school for students

School News:

Mrs. Kvamme’s school store is open on Wednesday mornings before school. Students can purchase pencils, pens, folders, pencil holders and much more!

Colder weather is here! Please be sure to send students with appropriate cold weather attire.

Soldotna High

Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella’s Closet 2017. This is a program which helps all area high school ladies with free prom dresses, shoes, and accessories. We have helped over 500 ladies in the past 7 years. We are taking donations of prom dresses, shoes, and accessories. All sizes dresses are welcome, however we are in particular need of dresses in size 12 to 18. These items can be dropped off to the main office at Soldotna High School between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Since the donations are made to a school, tax donation forms can be issued by SoHi upon request. If you have any questions, please email for more info. Thanks for helping the young ladies of the Kenai Peninsula!

Student Council attended the Fall AASG meeting in Wasilla (Alaska Association of Student Governments) and two of our students, Jode Sparks and Ron Meehan, interviewed for and were selected for the Executive Board and will be representing both Soldotna and the students of the entire state throughout the course of their terms.

Soldotna High School PTSA is in need of volunteers for our PTSA Membership/Fred Meyer Rewards program table at Parent Teacher conferences on Thursday, October 27th at both Soldotna High School and at Soldotna Prep. If you are available to help for an hour that afternoon/evening, please e-mail Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at with “PTSA” in the subject line.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the December Staff Appreciation luncheons at SoHi on Dec. 7 and at SoPrep on Dec. 15. Please email Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at with “PTSA” in the subject line if you can assist Beth with either of these events.

The next meeting of the SoHi PTSA will be Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge. New members are always welcome! Please join us!

The SoHi SkillsUSA chapter is having a fund raiser selling rural mail boxes. Contact Advisor Mr. Gordon at 260-7000 for more information.

The Girls Basketball team will be hosting a fundraiser on Nov. 19. “What Women Want” is a shopping expo that is free, open to the public, and includes over 40 vendors and local businesses. The kid’s jump zone for this event is sponsored by Jumpin’ Junction.

The Counseling Department will be taking a group of students to visit UAA/APU/ACC/NIT on Wednesday which is an early release day followed by no school Thursday and Friday for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Trip info: Wednesday, 5:50 a.m.-7 p.m. Must have permission slip and $10 turned in to front office. First come, first served. Only 45 seats on the bus.

The Counseling Department will be hosting two College Goal FAFSA Completion Workshops for senior parents. Event will be Nov. 1 in Room 24 at 6:00 p.m. Bring your 2015 tax information. For more information, contact your school counselor.

Soldotna Prep

Soldotna Prep is hosting a book fair/bake sale to help generate revenue for new books for the library. The online fair is available 24/7 through Nov 4. Anyone in the community can shop from home, enjoy free shipping and pick up your order at SoPrep when it arrives. See everything that Scholastic has available for preschool through adult, get some Christmas shopping done and help support your school library. Just follow the link: Also, to shop the fair in person, stop by the library during school hours 7-3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (12:45) or during the parent-teacher conferences noon through 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

SoPrep is having an ‘All For Books’ promotion all week long to ensure that no student goes without a book and to start a graphic novel collection in our library. All funds from ‘All For Books’ are matched by Scholastic to support national non-profit reading programs, so your donation goes twice as far! You can support ‘All For Books’ by purchasing bake goods at the bake sale, round up some friends and take some fun photos using our photo props, and playing our guessing game. SoPrep still needs volunteers to help with the fair and bake sale items for Wednesday lunch (10:40-11:45) and all day Thursday. Please contact the Librarian, Donna Spence, at if you would like to donate a bake sale item and she will get back with you.

Picture retakes Wednesday.

No School — Parent Teacher Conferences noon to 3 and 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday.

Soldotna High School PTSA is in need of volunteers for our PTSA Membership/Fred Meyer Rewards program table at Parent Teacher conferences on Thursday at both Soldotna High School and at Soldotna Prep. If you are available to help for an hour that afternoon/evening, please e-mail Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at with “PTSA” in the subject line.

No School Friday, in-service day

The next meeting of the SoHi PTSA will be Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge. New members are always welcome!

Volunteers are also needed to help with the December Staff Appreciation luncheons at SoHi on Dec. 7 and at SoPrep on Dec. 15. Please email Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at with “PTSA” in the subject line if you can assist Beth with either of these events.

Robotic Club meets Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 – 5:00 in Room 19 and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.

After School Tutoring Monday and Wednesday 2:30 – 3:30 in Room 10 and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 30

Please visit Soldotna Prep School Page for important information

Sterling Elementary

Thank you to everyone who helped at our shed building party! It is now open and accepting aluminum cans! Help our school win the Great American Can Race this year!

Monday — Red Ribbon Week Assembly at 2:00 pm

Wednesday — Early Release – Students out at 2:05 pm

Wednesday and Thursday — Parent Teacher conferences – schedule coming home soon!!

Friday — No school for students

Friday — Sterling PTA Trail or Treat! 4:00 – 5:30 – includes trick or treating on our habitat trail, chili cook off and pumpkin carving contest! Donations of Halloween decorations and candy requested as well as volunteers who would like to participate and hand out candy on the trail!

Oct. 31 — 21 Day Kindness Challenge Kick Off Assembly!

Nov. 1 — PTA Meeting in the library at 4:00 pm – child care and snacks provided

Oct. 31 through Dec. 1, our school will be participating in a 21 Day Kindness Challenge. All members of our school community will be challenged to commit 5 acts of kindness per day! We will have our kick off assembly on Oct. 31 at 2:10! Please join us to see how kindness is coming to Sterling!

Tustumena Elementary

Tuesday — Picture Retakes

Wednesday — Early Release, 2:05 p.m.

Thursday and Friday — Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday — Winter Carnival, 6-9 p.m.

October 31 — Trunk or Treat, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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