School briefs for the week of March 25, 2019

What’s happening this week

Kenai Central High School

KCHS is continuing their Pennies for Patients fundraiser to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bring your spare change to school from March 19 to March 29 and donate it in your favorite teachers classrooms! KCHS will also be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, March 28. Students will be able to get parent permission forms to be able to donate blood.

The Lady Kards Basketball team competed in the 3A State Tournament this past weekend. This was the Lady Kards first trip to state in 18 years and caps off a successful and hard fought season. Be sure to congratulate the Lady Kards Basketball players on their season! The Kardinal Cheerleaders also traveled to their state tournament this past week and earned the 2nd place spot. Be sure to congratulate the cheerleaders on their hard work this year!

The KCHS Honor Band will travel down to Homer to take part in the District Mass Band. Students from all around the district will travel to Homer and work together to perform a joint concert on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Soldotna High School

Cinderella’s Closet needs donations and a new home! Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella’s Closet 2019. This is a program which helps ALL area high school students (KPBSD and home-schooled) with free dresses, shoes, and accessories for prom and homecoming. We have helped over 850 ladies in the past 11 years, 145 last year between prom and homecoming! We accept year-round donations of prom and homecoming dresses, suits of all sizes, dress shirts, male dress shoes, and accessories. All sizes are welcome, however, we are in particular need of dresses in size 12 to 18. Items can be dropped off at the main office of Soldotna High School or Soldotna Prep School between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are not in the central peninsula, drop items at the closest KPBSD school’s office and ask them to send them through KPBSD district mail to SoPrep, attention Cinderella Closet. 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 epokryfky@kpbsd.org for more info or visit and like us on Facebook: @cinderellacloset.kenai

Over the years this project has received tremendous support from our community and local businesses, such as Walgreens, PayLess Shoes, Fred Meyer, Walmart, Summit Cleaner, and so many residents donating items and or their time. Unfortunately this year we are in need of a new location for opening the Cinderella Closet to our students. It would be fantastic if we could find a permanent location for storing and collecting donations year aound and open the doors to students in need at regular times of the year, for Prom and Homecoming (or other formal school events). We really care about this project because we see year after year how many students we have been able to help. We confide in the support of our community for finding a suitable location for hosting the Cinderella’s Closet of our school district. Thank you on behalf of our students!

The after-school tutoring buses will start running on 8/28. There are 2 buses that leave at 4:15 p.m. 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 6:30-7:30 a.m.

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 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

Thank you, to all the wonderful Volunteers here at Kaleidoscope that help make our school the “Out of This World” place it is. We appreciate all that you do!

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Sense of Humor – To laugh and be playful without harming others.

Monday, March 25

· PTA meeting @ 9 a.m.

Tuesday, March 26

· Lottery @ 4 p.m. in the library

Upcoming Events

April 3 – Early release @ 2:10 p.m.

April 8-April 12 – Sue Snyder will be working with our staff and students

April 10 – Family Night with Sue Snyder @ 5:30 p.m. Come sing, dance, and play with Dr. Sue Snyder, visiting trainer with the Total Learning Institute which focuses on arts integration. All families are invited to attend!

April 15 – APC meeting @ 4:15 p.m.

April 15-18 – Registration week for new incoming Kaleidoscope students

April 18 – After Testing Fun Night for 3rd-5th grade

April 19 – Vacation day! No school

April 25 – 5th grade will be visiting KMS; Bingo for Books @ TBD

April 26 – Student placement forms are due to the office by 4 p.m.

April 29 – Safe Kids will be here with bike helmets for sale

May 1 – Early Release @ 2:10 p.m.; Bike Rodeo for 1st – 5th grade

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 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.

Redoubt Elementary

Starting March 29- April 4 we will be doing our Peaks Testing grades 3-6, please make sure your child attends school and comes well rested.

March 29 our 6th grade will be hosting a family movie night, we will be playing Mr. Popper’s Penguin, families are welcome to attend. Admission will be $5.00 per person and baked treats will be available to purchase as well.

Our next early release day is April 3@ 1:45 p.m., there will be Boys & Girls club after school. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home that day.

Dare Graduation will be April 5 @ 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

Kindergarten and new student registration for school year 2019/2020 will be held April 8 and 9 at our school. Please make sure to have proof of address and birth certificate. Prior to new students starting in the fall they must be up to date on vaccinations and have a physical on file.

Open house for Kindergartners starting in the fall will be April 15 at 9 a.m. There will be a delayed start for current kindergartners, school will start at 11 am and end at 3:18 p.m.

Pre- K forms are available in our office, applicants must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, and must be within our attendance area. Screenings will be held in April.

Pre-enrollment forms (pink) went home recently. Please take the time to fill out the form and let us know that your child(ren) will be attending Redoubt next year.

Connections

Dates To Remember:

· 03/26 – Gym Time @ Soldotna Sports Complex: Skating from 1-2:30 p.m. FREE for Connections students

· 03/26 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

· 04/09 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

· 04/10 – High School Eligibility Due

· 04/16 – CENTRAL PEN: Gym Time at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m.

· 04/16 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

· 04/18 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4pm (more info below)

· 04/23 – CENTRAL PEN: GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up

· 04/23 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

· 04/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below)

· 05/03 & 05/04 – FULL: Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies contact Derek Bynagle for more info

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

Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:

Connections is very excited to have Sara Hadfield and Rebecca Weaver, from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every week to offer free tutoring to families.

Sara specializes in language arts and English as a Second Language (ESL). Her schedule will be Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. starting Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Rebecca specializes in a variety of subjects: math, physics, chemistry and science. Her schedule is Thursdays from 11:00am to 2 p.m.

If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call our office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment. Iditaread Started March 1:

Connections annual Iditaread program started March 1! So get out your favorite books or those you haven’t read yet and start keeping track of your reading minutes. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, see your local Office for a prize! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (714-8880) or email: cnolden@kpbsd.org for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider. Happy reading and MUSH ON!

Soldotna Office: Thursday Art Share:

The Soldotna office is celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! Submissions can be dropped off anytime during the month, an art activity will start promptly at 3:15 p.m. on the Art Share day, see below for dates.

· April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 18th from 3-4 p.m.

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

2019 Homeschool Talent Show:

The 2019 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 30 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for home-school students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, art, skits, whatever!). Talents of all types and ability levels are encouraged and there will also be an art display at the entrance to show off Connections student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in participating in the talent show, or to get more info – mwackler@kpbsd.org

PEAKS:

ALL CONNECTIONS FAMILIES:

You can find, printable resources and additional information regarding the test here: https://education.alaska.gov/assessments/peaks/StudentPreparation

And Online Training Tools Practice Tests here:

https://wbte.drcedirect.com/AK/portals/ak

The above tests are not “scored” and will not show whether students got questions correct or incorrect. If you would like a practice test with answers to score, please use the printable resources to score your own student (the test booklets are the printable version of the online tests).

CENTRAL PENINSULA FAMILIES:

The Soldotna office is in the process of scheduling the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS), April 1thru April 12 at Soldotna Prep, for our Central Peninsula families. Letters with details will be sent out March 18, if you have any questions please call us at 714-8880.

HOMER FAMILIES:

Available testing dates are March 28 and 29 and April 1, 2 and 3.

Please follow this SignUpGenius Link for testing information and to sign up for testing sessions.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca9ab2ba1f85-homer2

If you are unable to use the link please give the office a call at 226-1880 to schedule your student’s testing sessions.

SEWARD FAMILIES:

April 9 & 10

Testing Times for both days:

• 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

• 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Make up testing on the 11th with Julie Lindquist in the Seward office. For more information or to schedule your testing time please call or email Julie @ 224-9035 or jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

K-Beach Elementary

Dates To Remember:· 03/26 – Gym Time @ Soldotna Sports Complex: Skating from 1-2:30 p.m. FREE for Connections students

03/26 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

04/09 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

04/10 – High School Eligibility Due

04/16 – CENTRAL PEN: Gym Time at Kenai Rec Center 12-2 p.m.

04/16 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

04/18 – Soldotna Office: Art Share from 3-4 p.m. (more info below)

04/23 – CENTRAL PEN: GYM TIME: Earth Day clean up

04/23 – HOMER: SPARC every Tuesday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

04/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below)

05/03 & 05/04 – FULL: Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies contact Derek Bynagle for more info

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

Soldotna Office – Free Tutoring:

Connections is very excited to have Sara Hadfield and Rebecca Weaver, from the Kenai Peninsula College, at the Soldotna office every week to offer free tutoring to families.

Sara specializes in language arts and English as a Second Language (ESL). Her schedule will be Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm starting Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Rebecca specializes in a variety of subjects: math, physics, chemistry and science. Her schedule is Thursdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

If you are a parent or a student that needs help in any of these areas, please call our office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment.

Iditaread Started March 1:

Connections annual Iditaread program started March 1st! So get out your favorite books or those you haven’t read yet and start keeping track of your reading minutes. When you’ve read your way to Nome and crossed the finish line, see your local Office for a prize! If you have any questions, please call the Connections office (714-8880) or email: cnolden@kpbsd.org for more information and how to log onto the Iditarod Insider. Happy reading and MUSH ON!

Soldotna Office: Thursday Art Share:

The Soldotna office is celebrating student art, grades K-12, every month! Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, digital art, etc… all are welcome and encouraged! Submissions can be dropped off anytime during the month, an art activity will start promptly at 3:15 on the Art Share day, see below for dates.· April: Green Earth theme! Thursday, April 18 from 3-4 p.m.

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

2019 Homeschool Talent Show:

The 2019 Homeschool Talent Show will be on Tuesday, April 30th from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Connections is looking for home-school students to join the show and display their talents (singing, instrumental, art, skits, whatever!). Talents of all types and ability levels are encouraged and there will also be an art display at the entrance to show off Connections student’s artistic abilities as well. Please contact Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections office if you are interested in participating in the talent show, or to get more info – mwackler@kpbsd.org

PEAKS:

ALL CONNECTIONS FAMILIES:

You can find, printable resources and additional information regarding the test here: https://education.alaska.gov/assessments/peaks/StudentPreparation

And Online Training Tools Practice Tests here:

https://wbte.drcedirect.com/AK/portals/ak

The above tests are not “scored” and will not show whether students got questions correct or incorrect. If you would like a practice test with answers to score, please use the printable resources to score your own student (the test booklets are the printable version of the online tests).

CENTRAL PENINSULA FAMILIES:

The Soldotna office is in the process of scheduling the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS), April 1thru April 12 at Soldotna Prep, for our Central Peninsula families. Letters with details will be sent out March 18, if you have any questions please call us at 714-8880.

HOMER FAMILIES:

Available testing dates are March 28 and 29 and April 1, 2 and 3.

Please follow this SignUpGenius Link for testing information and to sign up for testing sessions.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ca9ab2ba1f85-homer2

If you are unable to use the link please give the office a call at 226-1880 to schedule your student’s testing sessions.

SEWARD FAMILIES:

April 9 & 10

Testing Times for both days:

• 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

• 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Make up testing on the 11th with Julie Lindquist in the Seward office.

For more information or to schedule your testing time please call or email Julie @ 224-9035 or jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

March 28 Talent Show 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the gym

April 3 Early Release Day 1:55 p.m.

April 22-26 Kindergarten Registration

April 25 Kindergarten Round-Up 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Parents can register kindergartners April 22-26 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Students must be 5 years old by

Sept. 1. Please bring birth certificates and immunization records.

Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Title 1 Pre-K program.

Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary.

Applications are located at the front office.

Mountain View Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

March 28 Talent Show 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the gym

April 3 Early Release Day 1:55 p.m.

April 22-26 Kindergarten Registration

April 25 Kindergarten Round-Up 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Parents can register kindergartners April 22-26 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Students must be 5 years old by

September 1, 2019. Please bring birth certificates and immunization records.

Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Title 1 Pre-K program.

Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary.

Applications are located at the front office.

Skyview

State Performance Testing (PEAKS – Performance Evaluation for Alaska Schools) will begin today. Please have students to school on time.

Track and Field begins Monday, April 1. This is a no-cut sport. Any student who wishes to join Track must turn in the required sports forms before participation. Forms can be picked up at the Front Office or printed from the Skyview Blog.

8th graders interested in Student Council in high school need to sign up for Mrs. Pothast’s FOL on Tuesday, April 2 in Room C106. This FOL will be an information meeting where the Soldotna High Student Council process will be explained and necessary paperwork distributed. The FOL is open now for interested 8th graders to sign up. This process is open to ALL 8th graders — you do not have to be in Panther Student Council currently to be considered. Please see Mrs. Pothast with any questions.

Justin Bordelin was chosen as the Quarter 3-Chamber Student of the Month. He was honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, March 27. Congratulations Justin!

Yearbooks are on sale for $30. Included in the price is two free personalized pages. Order online by visiting the Skyview Blog.

Nikiski Middle/High

Monday, March 25

Mass Band – Honor Band @ Homer

Tuesday, March 26

Mass Band @ Homer – Concert begins at 6:00 p.m. $5 Adults – $3 Students & Seniors

PEAKS Testing will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-28, for grades 6-10.

Monday, April 1

Middle School track practice begins.

Wednesday, April 3

EARLY RELEASE – Students released at 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 4

KPBSD Art Show @ Kenai Fine Arts Center – 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Our High School Basketball Teams represented us well at the Region Tournament in Seward! The girls team took 2nd place and the boys team took 6th. On the girls side Kelsey Clark, Emma Wik, and Bethany Carstens were selected to the South Central Conference First Team. Kaitlyn Johnson and Lillian Carstens were selected to the South Central Conference Second Team, and Kaycee Bostic was selected to the Good Sport Team. For the boys, Jace Kornstad and Cody Handley were selected to the South Central Conference First Team. Noah Litke was selected to the South Central Conference Second Team, and Shane Weathers was selected to the Good Sport Team.

Congratulations to Jace Kornstad, he is the March Kenai Rotary Student of the Month!

Nikiski North Star

NNS students in third through fifth grades will be participating in statewide PEAKS testing over the next couple of weeks. Today is the fifth grade math test and Tuesday (March 26) is the fifth-grade reading and writing tests. The third-grade will have their math test on Wednesday and their reading and writing test on Thursday. The fourth-grade will be testing next week. Please remember to have your child get a good night of rest, eat a healthy breakfast and arrive at school on time. Good luck on your test!

The NNS Science Fair was a huge success! Congratulations to the following participants: 3rd grade – 1st place Olivia Jaqua, 2nd place (tie) Sadie Porter and Bella Michlitsch, Noah Anding, Amari Carranza and Cody Fine. 4th grade – 1st place Eli Brigham, 2nd place (tie) Milly and Emma Horning, Lovina Napoka and Ava Spurgeon, Brody Nelson, Conner Ley and Rex Wittmer, and Emery Quick and Alena Ellis. 5th grade – 1st place Morgan Simac and 2nd place Kain VanZandt and Wyatt Burris. Overall grand champion with a perfect score and earning a scholarship to Anchorage for the State Fair is 4th grader Eli Brigham!

Kenai Middle School

PEAKS testing begins this week.

We will kick off Monday with a fantastic and fun assembly. Also, don’t forget the Pancake Breakfast that happens Tuesday morning for all students! Join us for pancakes and sausage made especially for students by the KMS Staff! Breakfast begins at 7:20.

6th Grade Basketball continues through this week. There is still time to join in the fun however students must turn in a completed sports packet before participating. There is no cost for 6th grade basketball.

Speaking of sports, KMS track begins April 1 with a meeting after school from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Track is open to all students at Kenai Middle. Again, sports packs must be completed and turned in prior to practicing. Packets and fees should be turned in at the first meeting on April 1.

Thursday, March 28 is the 8th Grade Field Trip to Solid Rock. Permission slips and $15 fee should be turned in ASAP. Students will need any extra snacks they may wish to take as well as winter gear. This includes, snow boots, snow pants, a warm coat, hat and gloves. Layers are a good idea! Don’t be late to school; buses leave promptly at 8AM.

We would like to wish Gregory Fallon good luck as he competes in the State Geography meet in Anchorage on Friday, March 29. #gokossacks

The deadline to order yearbooks is drawing near. Fliers are available at the office if you need more information. Yearbooks must be ordered online.

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