Students file out of busses on the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Mountain View Elementary in Kenai. The children were welcomed by bubble machines, jazz music and Principal Kircher. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Students file out of busses on the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Mountain View Elementary in Kenai. The children were welcomed by bubble machines, jazz music and Principal Kircher. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School Briefs for Oct. 22 – Oct. 28

Soldotna High School

Monday, October 22nd SoHi Staff Lounge: After Prom Parents of Juniors meeting at 5:30pm. After Grad Parents of Seniors meeting at 6:30pm. Next PTSA meeting is Thursday, November 15, 5:30pm SoHi Staff Lounge. *snacks will be provided at all meetings

The Soldotna Girls Basketball team will be hosting their annual What Women Want Shopping Expo on Saturday, November 3rdfrom 10-4pm. Concessions will be open. There will be a bouncy house from Jumpin Junction from 11am-2pm and pictures with Frosty the Snowman from 11am-1pm.

Soldotna High School will be hosting a College Goal Alaska FAFSA completion workshop for seniors and their parents on November 27th at 6pm in room 24. Bring your 2017 tax information. For more information, contact your school counselor.

Parents of Juniors kick off meeting will be Monday, October 22, in the Sohi staff lounge at 5:30pm.

Parents of Seniors kick off meeting will be Monday, October 22, in the Sohi staff lounge at 6:30pm

The Soldotna High School Counseling Department will host two FAFSA Completion Workshops. Bring your 2017 tax info and get expert help filling out the FAFSA on Monday, October 8th 6pm in room 24 and Tuesday, November 27th 6pm in room 24.

The afterschool 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 anyway you would like. Makes a great Christmas gift!

SoHi Pool Schedule

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

Sport Calendarhttp://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 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.

Skyview

Today is the first day of the Second Quarter!

Last week for Intramural Basketball. Girls information: Girls practice time will be from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Please pick up girl participants at 4:30 pm. Boys information: A mandatory study hall will be from 2:40 to 3:50 pm and practice time will be from 4:00 to 5:45 pm. Please pick up boy participants at 5:45 pm.

Early Release Day – Wednesday, October 24 – Students end the school day at 1:00 pm.

The Skyview Scholastic Book Fair is currently underway in the Skyview Library. This fun reading event helps inspire students to become lifelong readers. LIBRARY book fair hours: Monday, October 22 – 11:30 to 12:30 pm / Tuesday, October 23 – 7:30 to 1:45 pm / Wednesday, October 24 – 11:30 to 12:30 pm / Thursday, October 25 – 7:30 to 1:45 pm / Friday, October 26 – 7:30 to 1:15 pm / Monday, October 29 – 11:30 to 2:30 pm / Tuesday, October 30 – 7:30 – 2:30 pm / Wednesday, October 31 – 11:30 to 2:30 pm / Thursday, November 1 (PTC day) – 12:00 to 4:00 pm and 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The book fair is also ONLINE until October 31 at: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/soldotnamiddleschool. Book fair sales help support the Skyview library.

Parents – Please remember to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Parent/Teacher Conferences at Skyview Middle School will be ONE DAY only: Thursday, November 1. 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 Homepage/Blog > Student/Parent Information > Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Skyview School Store – Skyview Middle has a school store. The school store is open now and will close on Thursday, November 1. After the store closes, the items will be printed and then sent to the school. Don’t delay, get your order in today! https://skyviewstudentstore.itemorder.com

Time to order a Panther yearbook! Discounts apply if ordered by October 31. Order online by visiting the Skyview Blog Homepage.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled at various locations throughout the district on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:00 PM. As new budget information becomes available, it will be posted here: http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=38. Please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888 with any questions.

K-Beach Elementary

The K-Beach’s annual Great Caribou Migration took place on Friday, October 5th. It was an excellent time and our parent turnout was tremendous! Thank you to all the parents for their support and help in this fundraiser. This is our only fundraiser for the school and will go a long way in helping purchase technology, equipment for classrooms, and help with field trips that our students take during the year. Our students ran a total of 7,336 laps which equals 917 miles all together. Our top running class was Mr. Daniel’s class with 542 laps which was an average of 22.33 laps per runner! Our top fundraiser was Brock Miller and our top fundraising class was Mrs. Krieger’s class. Way to go Caribou!

Mr. Daniels’s Class is doing their monthly creek walk on Wednesday. They will be testing Slikok Creek water for PH, turbidity, conductivity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen. Additionally, they will be trying to trap fish for measurement purposes, then return them to the stream.

Oct 24: Early Release Day; K-Beach will dismiss at 12:55

Oct 25th Band concert 6:30 p.m. K-Beach gym

Redoubt Elementary

Early release is October 24th @ 1:45. Boys and Girls club will be open. Please make sure your child knows how he/she is getting home that day.

Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes have earned their class reward and will be going to the Haze Maze on October 26th.

Site Council Meeting, Tuesday, October 30th @ Soldotna High School, 6pm. Budget discussion, open to public.

Halloween parade! October 31st @ 2:20 in our gym. Parents are welcome. Please no gore or weapons with your costumes.

Parent/Teacher conferences are November 1st and 2nd. Children will be coming home with a form with an assigned conference time this week, please return these slips to the teacher to confirm time.

Picture retakes are Thursday, November 8th, AM only. They usually are finished before noon.

As temperatures continue to drop please make sure children dress for the weather for outdoor recess.

Connections

Our weekly updates include activities and due dates in the SOLDOTNA, HOMER, and SEWARD offices.

Dates To Remember:

10/25 – Homer Office: Lifetouch School Photos/RETAKES 1:00pm – 3:00pm

10/25 – Soldotna Office: Hay Maze from 1-3pm (more info below)

10/31 – Soldotna Office: Annual Fall Festival from 1-3pm (more info below)

11/09 – AVTEC Tour (more info below)

11/14 – High School Eligibility Due

11/16 – Central Peninsula: School Pic Retakes @ Borough Bldg 3-5pm

Central Peninsula Gym Time:

Central Peninsula families are invited to come to gym time every Tuesday from 12-2pm at the Kenai Rec Center. Connections has 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!

Next month in November: Thankful theme! Thursday, Nov. 8th from 3-4pm

December: Winter theme! Thursday, Dec 13th from 1-3pm. Connections will also have ornament craft stations and a dessert potluck!

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

Hay Maze @ Solid Rock Bible Camp: PLEASE RSVP:

Connections needs your RSVP to host this event! Please join the staff on Thursday, Oct. 25th from 1-3:00pm. The cost is $6 per person (non-reimbursable). Bundle up for this event; gloves, hats, warm layers and flashlights are encouraged. The Connections program will be providing snacks and feel free to bring a guest. If you have any questions contact the Soldotna office at 907-714-8880 or email Carole Nolden at cnolden@kpbsd.org to RSVP or for more information.

Soldotna Connections Annual Fall Festival:

Come join the Soldotna Connections office for our annual Fall Festival October 31st from 1-3pm. There will be food, activities, games and trick-or-treating for students. Costumes encouraged, all ages and all homeschool families welcome! This is always a fun and well attended event that students look forward to!

AVTEC Tour:

All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour, lunch included, of AVTEC in Seward on Friday, November 9th. AVTEC offers a variety of educational programs such as: Construction, Welding, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Maritime Studies, Electronics, Culinary Arts and many other courses.

Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to Reubin Payne at rpayne@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call the Connections office at 907-714-8880.

WHEN: Friday, November 9th @ 10:00am

WHERE: AVTEC – 519 4th Ave, in the auditorium on the 2nd floor

Free Shelf Overflowing!

The Soldotna office has a free shelf with quite a few items. Please stop by during office hours to check out all the treasures!

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

October 24 Early Release AT 1:55pm

October 29- November 2 Book Fair in the Library

November 1 & 2 Parent Teacher Conferences; No School for Students

November 6 Fall Picture Re-take Day

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.

Mountain View Elementary

Wednesday, October 24th, is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 PM.

Student Council has chosen Friday, October 26, as “Twin Day”. Also, this year EVERY FRIDAY (other than spirit days) will be “Wear Blue for Mountain View” Day. Wear blue or your Mountain View t-shirt.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:00 PM in the Kenai Central High School Library.

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday & Friday, November 1st and 2nd. There will be no school for students.

The Library will be holding a book fair the week of October 29 – November 2 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.

Kaleidoscope

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Courage–To act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences.

Students are allowed to enter the building at 8:35. The door is unlocked prior to that time for band students only. Please be thoughtful of the time when dropping off your child as there is no staff on duty for supervision.

Monday, October 22

APC Meeting at 4:15 in the KSAS Library

Tuesday, October 23

5th grade End of Quarter Celebration at 1:30

Wednesday, October 24

Early Release at 2:10

Up Coming Events

October 29 – November 2 – Book Fair

October 30- District Budget Meeting in the KSAS Library from 6:00-7:30 pm

October 31-Character Day (Student Council sponsored Spirit Day); Costume Parade at 3:00

November 1 & 2-Parent Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL

November 12- APC meeting in the library at 4:15

November 21-Early Release @ 2:10

November 22 & 23-Thanksgiving-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

After school tutoring is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the library from 2:30-3:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to receive help if students are behind, or just want some extra time to work on classroom assignments. Make sure transportation is arranged and students are picked up promptly at 3:30.

October 24 – Early release (no after school tutoring)

October 31 – Haunted Halls, 5:30-8:30 pm, cost is $3.00 sponsored by Student Council

November 1 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, 1:00-3:00 pm and 4:00-7:00 pm

November 2 – Inservice day, no school for students

Nikiski North Star

There will be a site council meeting this afternoon at 3:45 pm in the staff lounge.

Wednesday, October 24th is an early release day for students. NNS will dismiss at 2:00 pm.

The annual NNS/PTA fall carnival will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 1:00 – 4:00 at the school. There will be lots of game booths, a cake walk, funky hair booth, trick or treat alley, duck pond, costume contest, face painting, silent auction baskets and lots more! The kitchen will be serving hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, drinks and cotton candy. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, serve food, run a booth and clean-up. If you would like to volunteer, please contact a PTA member or call the school office at 776-2600.

The Scholastic book fair will be held in the school library beginning on Saturday, October 27th during the fall carnival. The book fair will also be open Monday, October 29th – Wednesday, October 31st from 9:00 am – 11:45 am and on Thursday, November 1st during parent/teacher conferences. The book fair will not be open on Friday, November 2nd. This is a great time to shop for awesome books for the children. Please call the library at 776-2630 if you need more information.

Congratulations to the following students for their performance at the “Mind A-Mazes” meet: Milly Hornung, Emery Quick, Abby White, Alena Ellis, Levi Ellis, Jackson Hooper, Elijah Brigham, Joey Nightingale, and Sophia Whitaker. Job well done!

River City Academy

This upcoming week at River City Academy is shaping up to be a fun one, celebrating students’ progress during the first quarter. At River City Academy our students work at their own pace, but still have requirements and goals for classes. Every student uses the Summit Learning platform which uses a blue line to denote how much of a class students should have completed. On Wednesday, all of the students that are on pace with the blue line will attend the Blue Line Celebration. During this celebration students will have options of attending a movie with movie theatre style snacks provided. The rest of the students will use the time to work on getting caught up to the blue line.

Since it is the end of the quarter, RCA is planning their Student Led Conferences. These conferences are RCA’s version of a parent teacher conference, but with more focus on the student. All RCA students will present to their parents and teachers about their progress. If you are a parent of an RCA student please call the office to schedule your conference time.

Finally, River City Academy wants all parents to be aware that RCA is launching text messaging updates through the Summit Platform. If you wish NOT to receive these updates please call the school.

Kenai High School

The Swim Team headlines a busy week for Kenai’s athletes. The Swimmers will be in Homer from Thursday to Saturday to compete in their region tournament. The team will look to a strong showing to propel them to the state tournament coming up at the end of the month.

The Lady Kards Volleyball team will take on cross-town rivals SOHI on Tuesday and will host Homer and Seward on the weekend in preparation for the upcoming region tournament.

Kenai’s wrestling team will look to build off a strong showing at the Luke Spruill tournament as they continue their season at the Homer Invitational this weekend, while the Kardinal Choir will join into the Borough’s Honor Choir on Monday and Tuesday at SOHI.

Tuesday 10/23: Volleyball @ SOHI

Honor Choir @ SOHI

Thursday 10/25: Swim @ Regions (Homer)

Friday 10/26: Swim @ Regions (Homer)

Wrestling @ Homer Invitational

Volleyball vs. Homer

Saturday 10/27: Swim @ Regions

Wrestling @ Homer Invitational

Volleyball vs. Seward

Kenai Middle School

BASKETBALL- Boys practice early (2:30 – 4:00) this week, on Monday & Tuesday, then Late (4:00- 5:30) on Thursday & Friday. Girls will practice late on Monday & Tuesday, Early on Thursday & Friday.

Wednesday, October 24th is an Early Release day. Students will be released at 12:57. Buses will accommodate the early release schedule. There are no after school sports practices on Wednesday.

Intramural Basketball ends on Friday, October 26th.

SAVE-THE-DATE

October 29th – 31 is Red Ribbon Week

Monday- Wear a Mustache or wear Red.

Tuesday- Dress in Yellow and/or Black.

Wednesday- Wear Halloween Costumes

November 1 & 2 – No School for Students

November 1-Open Arena style Conferences 12-4 & 5-7

November 2- Open Arena style Conferences 7:30 – 10:30

Scheduled Conferences 10:30 – 2:00

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