School Briefs 12/10-12/16

Soldotna High School

The Winter Concert will be on Tuesday, December 18, at 7:00 pm. This is a free concert with music performed by the bands and choirs.

The after-school tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. There are 2 buses that leave at 4:15. You must be on the route list to ride the bus. See Ms. Wear in the library to find out more information and/or get on the bus list. You can also email her at twear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 260-7036.

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at www.neffco.com. Click on Varsity Jackets, find our school by State, select Soldotna High School, starting at $149 you can personalize it any way you would like. Makes a great Christmas gift!

SoHi Pool Schedule

M,W,F Morning Lap 6:30am-7:30am

Sport Calendar: http://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=21192

or http://www.asaa365.com/

There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose.

If you need a transcript sent to a college or NCAA or a similar agency, then you will need to log on to www.parchment.com to order transcripts to be sent. The request is then forwarded to SoHi. After processing, it then goes through cyberspace… rather than the US mail… to get to its destination, which is much faster! All transcripts that are headed for NCAA, colleges, etc. have to be processed this way!

FINAL TRANSCRIPTS! A final transcript is one that shows your second-semester grades… If you order your transcript when we are IN the second semester, you will need to make sure you choose “next grading period” when you go on to Parchment… that way your transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent.

Kaleidoscope

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Initiative – To do something, of one’s own free will, because it needs to be done.

We would like to thank all of our wonderful families that have helped support our Christmas Drive.

Cold weather is here! Please make sure to send winter gear to school with your student. Our school nurse is limited to what she has on-hand to loan out.

The whole band, Beginning and Advanced bands, will practice each day until the end of the quarter.

Wednesday, December 12

· 1st/2nd grade Gingerbread Houses, please see teachers for more information.

Thursday, December 13

· Winter Program Rehearsal at KCHS @ 9:15 a.m.

· Winter Program at KCHS @ 6:00 p.m.

· All Christmas Drive items for donation are due to the office by 4:00 p.m.

Friday, December 14

· Kindergarten will be going to the Post Office & Fire Department @ 9:35 a.m.

PTA

Penguin Patch starts next week if you are an approved volunteer and would like to help out with this event, please contact KSAS PTA.

December 6th PTA meeting has been rescheduled to January 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm.

Up Coming Events

December 17th- Celebrations of Learning (2:30 5th grade, 3:00 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th grade)

December 18th- Band Concert 6:00 p.m.

December 21st- End of 2nd Quarter In-service – No School

December 24th- January 4- Winter Break – No School

Volunteers

Volunteers are welcome any time at Kaleidoscope! Background checks and Volunteer Training are required for each school year to be an approved volunteer. Go to http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/volunteers for the 2 links. Background checks may take up to 2 weeks to be processed. Volunteer Indemnification forms are to be completed 2 days before each study trip.

Soldotna Prep

Yearbooks are now on sale ($70). Students can pick up order forms at the office or anyone can go to www.jostens.com and order online!

December 10-14 is our Happy Holidays Spirit Dress Up Week! Monday is Cozy Day (Christmas PJs), Tuesday is Bundle Up Day, Wednesday is Ugly Sweater Day, Thursday is Class Color Day (Freshmen wear Red), and Friday is Christmas Character Day (Santa, snowman, reindeer, etc.).

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding work this quarter: Bethany Richmond-Social Studies, Alissa Powell-Math, Korbin Carter-Language Arts, Cody Koch-Study Skills, Kaytlynn Walden-Science. They will be honored at the NHS Student of the Quarter luncheon at SOHI on December 18th.

Important Dates:

December 19-20 – Finals

December 21 – End of 2nd Quarter / Inservice, No School

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break, students return to school on January 7th.

Soldotna Elementary School

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

December 12 Parent PACK meeting 7:30am or 3:45pm in the Library

December 13 6th grade band concert at Skyview

December 14 Ugly Sweater Day

December 18 Band Concert 6:00pm in the gym

December 21 Teacher In-service- No School for Students

December 21-January 6 Christmas Break

Parent Pack needs your help! Sign-up for email communications or like the Parent Pack on Facebook for up-to-date volunteer opportunities.

Student notes and bus passes will be sent to classes at 3:00pm each day. Please send in a note or call prior to this time to ensure your student gets the message.

To keep our school safe, all visitors and volunteers must sign in at the front office and pick up a visitor badge to wear while in the school. Anyone interested in volunteering can complete an online form by visiting the KPBSD website at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us and click on the volunteers link. This process must be completed each school year. Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

Connections

Dates To Remember:

12/12 – Outdoor Club Ice Fishing 11am-2pm (more info below)

12/13 – Homer & Soldotna office Art Show 1-3pm (ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck @ the Soldotna office)

12/14 – Semester Report Due

12/17 & 12/18 – Seward Office: Mr. Parrett in Seward

12/17 – Seward Office: “Crafting, Art Display and Holiday Treats” 12:30 – 2:00pm Crafting & Art Show; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Holiday Treats; 3:00 – 4:30 Crafting & Art Show

· 05/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or (907) 224-9035

NEW: Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:

Connections is very excited to have Rebecca Weaver, Assistant Professor from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 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. Central Peninsula Gym Time:

Central Peninsula families are invited to come to gym time every Tuesday from 12-2pm at the Kenai Rec Center. Connectionhaveas organized activities, games and also free time for students of all ages to participate. Other homeschool families are invited and encouraged to participate. Please note: all students must have an adult present. Come check it out!

Soldotna & Homer Offices: Thursday Art Show:

The Soldotna & Homer offices are celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! December: Winter theme! Thursday, Dec 13th from 1-3pm. We also have ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck!

**please note: any and all submissions are welcome regardless of theme**

Challenger learning Center: Expedition Mars Homeschool Mission:

This is a special opportunity for home-school students in grades 5th-9th to experience a mission to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center. The Challenger Flight Directors will provide four hours of pre-mission instruction along with the two hour simulation. There will be great STEM infused lessons that will engage students in group work to solve the mission goals! The cost per student is $100 and may be reimbursable, please check with your advisor. We need a minimum of 14 participants, sign up deadline is November 26th! Call today to sign up 283-2000!

Outdoor Club Ice Fishing:

Who: All home-school families are invited!

What: Ice Fishing

When: Wednesday, Dec 12th (11am-2pm)

Where: Scout Lake

Why: The outdoor club would like to provide fun, educational outdoor activities for home-school families to enjoy together.

Bring: Warm clothes, snacks & drinks, fishing licenses for anglers 18 and older. Directions: Meet at the Sterling highway pull-off, which is 8 miles north of Soldotna, ~¼ mile past Lakewood Drive on the right side of the highway. * There will be a 5 minute introduction around 11am, then walk down to the lake (100 yards or so). *Augers are available to drill the holes as well as ice rods, tackle, bait, etc. for anyone that needs to borrow. *Please RSVP by emailing Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

2019 National Geography Bee:

If your child is interested in registering for the 2019 National Geography Bee? The registration deadline is 12/21/18 and students in grade 4th-8th are encouraged to participate. Please contact Julie Lindquist (907-224-9035 jlindquist@kpbsd.org ) for more information and to register for the Geography Bee.

Connections Spelling Bee:

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. Connections Spelling Bee date is Thursday, January 24th from 1-4pm. The 2019 Alaska State Spelling Bee is still to be determined. For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or cnolden@kpbsd.org.

Mountain View Elementary

It is not too late to help a family in need during this holiday season. If you would be able to donate anything from a pair of gloves, a hat, a turkey, or a complete holiday meal, please drop your donation off at the office or call Kimb at 283-8600 before Friday, December 14th. Your contribution would be very much appreciated!

Congratulations to our Soaring Eagles for the month of November. They are Jenica Anderson, Jon Broussard, Corbyn Crisp, Isaiah Dirks, Tia Ervin, Copper Fannon, Kennedy Garrett, Sienna Graham, Alexander Grundberg, Iris Hale, Kaelynn Hensley, Cody Holmes, Pyper Kartchner, Cash Knowles, Peyton Knowles, Christian Kocinski, Liam McLeod, Ridley Merchant, Gracelyn Moore, Emma Morris, William Shaw, & William Young.

The 5th-grade band concert will be held on Monday, December 10that at 6:00 PM in the gym at Mountain View.

“The Polar Pals Gift Shop” will be open Tuesday, December 11th through Friday, December 14th in the Library. This is a program hosted by the PTA to allow students to shop for inexpensive Christmas gifts for family & friends. If you would like to volunteer to help students shop please call the office at 283-8600 to schedule a time. Volunteers need to have completed a background check through the school district.

The PTA will be meeting on Thursday, December 13th at 4:00 PM in the Library

The primary winter concert for all 1st, 2nd, & 3rd-grade students will be on Monday, December 17th at 6:00 PM in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Students need to be at KCHS at 5:45 PM.

December 21st is an Inservice Day for staff. There is no school for students.

Winter break is December 22nd – January 6th. Students return to school on Monday, January 7th.

K-Beach Elementary

K-2 Christmas Concert December 11th, 2018 at Soldotna High School Auditorium at 6:30 pm.

December 21– Inservice day, NO SCHOOL

December 24 – January 4 – Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

Skyview

Basketball this week

Tuesday, December 11 – First Round of Borough Tournament – Site/Times TBA

Saturday, December 15 – Finals of Borough Tournament at Nikiski – Times TBA

IT IS PANTHER SPIRIT WEEK!

Monday, December 10 – Pajama Day – Must meet dress code standards for appropriate coverage.

Tuesday, December 11 – Biggest Fan Day – Ideas: Sports Fan, Movie/Show Fan, Book Character, Celebrity

Wednesday, December 12 – Retro Day – Ideas: 50s Bee Bop, 60s Hippie, 70s Disco, 80s Rock

Thursday, December 13 – Panther Pride Day – Ideas: Purple, Vintage, anything Skyview Panthers

Friday, December 14 – Twin Day – Ideas: similar outfits with a friend or group of friends, celebrity twin

The Winter Band and Choir Concert is Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm in the Skyview Middle School Commons.

Activity Night is Friday, December 14 from 2:45 pm until 4:45 pm. Volunteers needed. Please call the office at 260-2500 to help.

SKYVIEW HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE! The Panther Student Council will be collecting non-perishable food items from Monday, December 10 through Wednesday, December 19 to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off in the bin at the front office, delivered to Mrs. Pothast classroom or brought to the Winter Band and Choir Concert on December 13. In addition, students may receive $1.00 off admission to the Activity Night on December 14 for each non-perishable item they bring at the door, up to the full $5.00 admission fee. (Note: For this event, the “Ramen Rule” is in effect – 4 packages of Ramen = $1.00.) Please help Skyview help those in need this holiday season!

Second Quarter student fees have been entered and can be paid at the school via check or cash between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm. Just a reminder to check balances on Lunch Accounts as well. Lunch money can be added online or at the school before lunch. If you have questions about any student fees or lunch accounts, please contact the school.

We are currently seeking donations for students to attend an Alyeska field trip on December 21st. These donations will assist students that may not be able to afford to go on the trip. If you would like to make a donation online, please go to www.kpbsd.org, click on Students/Parents, then click Online Payments, select Middle Schools then Skyview, and then Additional Items & Events; or make a donation in person at the school office between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm.

Congratulations to the November Students of the Month!

Kael Aamodt, Michael Akins, Gabriel Almedia, Evan Appelhans, Brady Baker, Spencer Beck, Samantha Boots, Justin Bordelon, Patience Brandon, Gracie Bras, Jacob Brinkerhoff, Jay Brott, Ryleigh Brown, Alaura Brown, Conner Brown, Zach Buckbee, Danika Buffan, Hunter Bunch, Aiden Burcham, Josiah Burton, Hannah Butler, Alina Carrillo Kompkoff, Mackenzie Carson, Suwannee Chapman, Averu Ciufo, Cooper Collier, Zoe Cravens, Declan Culver, Emily Day, Jarek Derleth, Erin Einerson, Benjamin Engebretsen, Kendal England, Brooklynne Erlich, Raven Evins, Malcolm Fadden, Ashlee Fann, Danica Farrar, Kaleb Fidai, Brook Fischer, Kiara Forkner, Koby Fowers, Nolan Freeman, Laurel Gagnon, Hunter Galleguillos, Aidan Gavalis, AnnaMae Gilliam, Austin Gilstrap, Paige Hammerle, Shane Harmon, Rohan Harris, Liam Harris, Logan Hart, Darek Hatten, Tia Haukedahl, Autumn Hemphill, Alaina Hille, James Hindman, Katie Hinz, Abigail Hugarte, Samantha Ivey, Eli Jedlicki, Benjamin Johnson, Quintin Johnston, Derrick Jones, Gavin Jones, Logan Katzenberger, Carter Kincaid, Ashley Kingrey, Edgar Land, Chasce Langvardt, Abednego Larson, Chelsea Lawrence, Peyton Lawton, Mercedes Leadens, Hannah Leaders, Corey Lewis, Breanna Lewis, Axel Locke, Ethan Lowry, Joshua Lynner, Kyle Matson, Taylor McNeel, Miah Mead, Savannah Mickel, Levi Mickelson, Steller Milbauer, Sunny Miller, Mariah Mills, Sonia Montague, Braden Montgomery, Katelyn Morrison, Trinity Murphy, Alyssa Murphy, Gabriel Newcomb, Morgan Noyes, Collin Peck, Jessica Phegley, Andrew Pieh, Travis Pontious, Jester Powell, Mecenha Price, Max Reese, Dakota Richie, Grace Richmond, Luca Rigutto, Ali Riley, Jolene Riske, Allehya Roberts, Camren Roberts, Meg Roberts, Kiana Rohr, Thiraphat Samutthirat, Ty Saylor, Brandie Schwenk, Josie Sheridan, Alvin Solomona, Austin Sorhus, William Stang, Sydney Steadman, Kevin Steger, Tate Stewart, Riley Stimmel, Tristen Tackett, Brayden Taylor, Cody Thompson, Lee Tobin Leadens, Zaraphina Tucker, Riley Tucker, Caleb Tugan, Emma Updike, Garrett Ussing, Evan Veihdeffer, Oscar Wahl, Charisma Watkins, Rylen Weed, Zoey Welch, Xavier West, Destiney Wheeler, Caitlynne White, Haiden Wilkenson, Avery Willets, Zakariya Williams, Julian Yakunin, Kristin Yeager

Nikiski North Star

Congratulations to the following NNS students for competing in the recent Elks Hoop Shoot at the Kenai Recreation Center on December 1st: Trigger McCaughey, Merrick Roofe, Emerson Bostic, Carter Eiter, Sammy Nickerson-Healy, Destiny Cansino and Morgan Simac.

There will be a holiday concert for 1st and 2nd grades and also the NNS Choir on Tuesday, December 11th beginning at 6:00 pm. The performance will be held at Nikiski Middle High School in the auditorium. Please have all performers arrive at NMHS by 5:45 pm. For more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

KPBSD policy states that outdoor recess will take place unless the outdoor temperature drops below -10 degrees. Please make sure your child comes to school each day with a warm hat, jacket, boots, snow pants and gloves.

Kenai Central High School

With just a couple of weeks left before Christmas break KCHS students are working hard to finish up the work for all of their classes. There are resources available for students and the library is open after school for those looking to get in some extra study time.

While schoolwork and upcoming finals are on student’s minds, there are many extracurricular events to enjoy. Both the girls and boys basketball teams are tipping off their season this weekend at the Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge. The Challenge will run from December 13 through the 15th, as the Kardinals will host Nikiski, Kotzebue and Houston. The KCHS girls will begin their first game at 6pm on Thursday night while the boy’s team will follow at 7:30!

While Basketball season is tipping off wrestling season is ending. The Kardinal wrestlers are looking to build off their region performances at this weekend’s state tournament. Wish the KCHS wrestlers luck as they travel to the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage this weekend. Friday will also see the KCHS Hockey team play host to the visiting Juneau Douglas Golden Bears at the Kenai Rink.

The KCHS Nordic Ski Team is still dreaming of a White Christmas, like the ones they used to know as South Central Alaska experiences some uncharacteristic warm weather. Unfortunately, the Lynx Loppett was canceled due to lack of snow and the upcoming Tsalteshi meet may be put on ice as well while these Kardinals wait for the first major snow. The race is tentatively scheduled for Friday at the Tsalteshi trails (located behind Skyview Middle School), but check back for updates. The Kardinal athletes are not the only students whose talents will be on display this week. Kenai’s musicians will perform their Winter Concerts at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium (KCHS Auditorium). The KCHS Band will perform on Tuesday night beginning at 7pm, while the Kardinal Choir’s show will be on Sunday at 3pm.

Tuesday 12/11: KCHS Band Concert @ KCHS Auditorium (7pm)

Thursday 12/13: Basketball Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge

Girls Basketball vs. Houston (6pm)

Boys Basketball vs. Houston (7:30pm)

Friday 12/14: Wrestling @ State Tournament (Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage)

Hockey vs. Juneau

Ski @ Tsalteshi Trails (Weather Permitting)

Basketball Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge

Girls Basketball vs. Nikiski (6pm)

Boys Basketball vs. Nikiski (7:30pm)

Saturday 12/15: Wrestling @ State Tournament (Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage)

Basketball Craig Jung Kenai River Challenge

Girls Basketball vs. Kotzebue (3pm)

Boys Basketball vs. Kotzebue (4:30pm)

Sunday 12/16: KCHS Choir Concert @ KCHS Auditorium (3pm)

Kenai Middle School

Basketball- Boys practice early this week from 2:30-4; Girls are late 4:00- 5:45

It’s SPIRIT WEEK @ KMS.

Monday- Dress like a Famous person

Tuesday- PJ Day

Wednesday- Dress like your Favorite Teacher

Thursday- Sport Day

Friday- Purple & Gold Spirit Day

On Tuesday, December 11th, the Concert & Intermediate Bands will perform along with the KCHS Concert band for a joyous Holiday Performance. There is also a dessert auction fundraiser prior to the concert. Be sure to attend and support your fellow Kossack musicians.

Tuesday is also the 1st round of Basketball Boroughs. Teams, location, and times TBA.

Friday is also Hat Day! Bring in 3 cans and wear a hat during school.

Friday is also our last Activity Night & Dance of the year! Cost is $3.00. Students who bring in 3 cans for the canned food drive to the dance get in free!

Saturday is the Borough Basketball Tournament in Nikiski. Times TBA. Go Kossacks!

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