School News for the week of Sept. 24, 2018

Soldotna High School

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 or call 260-7036.

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at 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


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: 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.

The Soldotna High School Counseling Department will be hosting a Postsecondary Planning Night Tuesday, Sept 25th 6pm in the library. Topics include college application process, scholarship portfolio, types of admissions, timelines, letters of recommendation, ACT/SAT, and more.

The Soldotna High School Counseling Department will be hosting a Financial Aid Info Night Monday, October 1st 6pm in the library. Topics include financial aid, scholarships, loans, FAFSA, and more.

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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

September 24, 2018

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Personal Best–To do one’s best given the circumstances and available resources.

Students on Free and Reduced lunches from last year will change to full pay ($3.00) on October 2 if a new application isn’t received. Please see the office for the application and allow up to 10 days for processing.


Study trips are already scheduled so watch for student permission forms. If you’d like to volunteer on a trip, you need to be an approved volunteer. Two steps are required each school year to be approved. Go to and click the link to the background check. This may take up to 2 weeks for approval to be returned. The next link on the page will take you to the Online Volunteer Training with instructions on completing that.

Tuesday, September 25

All school A.L.I.C.E. Drill; if you would like more information on this drill, please call the Kaleidoscope office.

Wednesday, September 26

PTA sponsored Summer Reading Ice Cream Social at the end of the day.

Thursday, September 27

1:30 Kindergarten will walk to the creek

Up Coming Events

October 1 – 5th Grade will go to Homer to the Wynn Nature Center.

October 4 – 3rd/4th-grade classes will go to Anchor River for the annual egg take.

October 16 – Picture Retakes

October 18 – PTA at 6:00 p.m.

October 19 – End of 1st Quarter In-service; NO SCHOOL

October 22 – APC Meeting at 4:15 in the KSAS Library

October 24 – Early Release at 2:10

Redoubt Elementary

Walk to School Day is Tuesday, September 25th @ 8am. Parents, students and staff will meet at the Catholic Church in Soldotna and depart to their schools at 8:15. Students MUST be accompanied by an adult. Redoubt Elementary will have snacks provided by our PTA upon arrival at school.

Picture day is fast approaching. Picture day will be October 5th. Volunteers are still needed. Please make sure you have completed a school district background check.

Siblings picture time will be held between 11:30 and 12:15. Please bring siblings during this time only.

Redoubt’s first of three Fun Fests will be October 12th from 3:30-5pm. The cost is $4 per student. Permission forms will be coming home the first week of October.

The Believe Kids fundraiser has begun and runs through October 4th. This is the school’s only fundraiser for the year. If you see our Redoubt students out and about in the neighborhood, please help them support their school with a small purchase. We appreciate your support and all you do to help our students and school.

Coming October 13th is the Annual 6th Grade Fun Run. Registration will be the morning of the race. No dogs please, strollers welcome! More information will be forthcoming.

Nurse Laura asks that if your child has been or is sick to please remember to keep them home for a full 24 hours after their sickness has gone. Please do not send students to school if they are sick that morning or have been sick the night before.

Reminder to parents to come to the office window for assistance. The office door is now locked and is for staff only. Thank you

If you would like to volunteer as a chaperone or driver for your child’s field trip, please do not come the morning of the field trip to fill out your paperwork. Paperwork should be done in advance of the field trip. When you receive a renewed insurance card, registration or license, please stop by anytime and we will make a copy of them for you.

Parents who have not yet filled out their child’s registration paperwork for this school year should come to the office to do so. Those parents who need to come in have received a call to remind them to do so.

Text messaging service opt-in. All KPBSD parents have a choice to opt-in to receive text messages on their mobile phone. If you would like this service all you need to do is text: Y or YES to our school district’s short code number: 67587.

Connections School

Once a week Connections will email families with updates, information and activities happening in the Connections program. The emails will also be available on the Connections website ( ) and/or the Facebook page ( ). Please feel free to contact us for more information and we look forward to the school year!

Homer: 226-1880

Seward: 224-9035

Soldotna: 714-8880

Dates To Remember:

09/26 – Seward Office Closed

09/27 & 09/18 – Seward Office: Mr. Parrett in Office; AIMS Assessments – Grades K-4, please call Julie to schedule your student or get additional information

10/01 – Seward Office Closed

DATE CHANGE: 10/02 – Gym Time @ Kenai Rec Center 12-2

10/03 – Seward Office: Bear Lake Weir in Seward – Egg Take and Activities 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Call Julie to sign up and get additional info.

10/03 – Seward Middle School: Lifetouch School Photos – Details to Come

10/03 – Gold Panning on the Kenai Beach 1-3pm – Outdoor Club First Activity!

10/04 – Egg Take @ Anchor River (more info below)

10/04 – Soldotna & Homer Offices: Art Show 3-4pm

10/04 – Central Peninsula: School Pics @ Borough Bldg 3-5pm

10/10 – PSAT @ Soldotna and Homer Offices – check in at 8:00am

10/15 – Homer Office: Safe Sitter Course Registration. Class on Friday October 19th 9:00am – 4:30pm (see attachment for more info)

10/17 – High School Eligibility Due

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

10/31 – ARWA’s 2018 Water Conservation Poster Contest Deadline

11/14 – High School Eligibility Due

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

Battle of the Books:

Calling all readers to our annual Battle of the Books club! Meetings will start in November but students can get a jump start and begin reading the books now. Competitive teams are grades 3rd-12th. Here is the K-12 grade list:

Books can be found at the public library, Connections offices will have copies that can be checked out or you can purchase the books using allotment funds. Contact an advisor if interested in participating in Battle of the Books:

Derek Bynagle in Homer: 226-1880

Julie Lindquist in Seward: 224-9035

Wendi Dutcher 3rd/4th grade in Soldotna: 714-8880

Mark Wackler 5th-12th (teams depending on grade) in Soldotna: 714-8880

Central Peninsula Gym Time:

Central Peninsula families are invited to come to gym time every Tuesday from 12-2pm at the Kenai Rec Center starting OCTOBER 2ND (NEW START DATE). 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!

Outdoor Club First Activity – Gold Panning on the Kenai Beach:

Connections Homeschool Program’s new “Outdoor Club” will meet twice per month to explore a variety of fun outdoor & educational activities for all homeschool students. Students are welcome to attend as many of the meetings/activities they wish. Contact Mark Wackler at or 714-8880 for more info!

FIRST ACTIVITY: Connections will meet at the Kenai City Beach parking lot (at the end of S. Spruce Street) at 1pm to do some gold panning! Please bring warm clothes + waterproof footwear. Cost is $25 per student which can be pulled from the allotment. Parents are welcome to watch free of charge or pay $25 (cash or check) when they arrive if they wish to participate. Space may be limited so please RSVP with Mark Wackler:

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 the gallery show will be Thursday, October 4th from 3-4pm and the theme is Fall Art

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**

Silver Salmon Egg Take at the Anchor River:

As part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program, ADF&G invites students to participate in the silver salmon egg take at the Anchor River. The short presentation will be from 12:25-1pm, and students will meet at the first parking lot to the right off of Anchor River Road. Directions: turn on to the Old Sterling Highway (next to the Anchor River Inn), cross the wooden bridge, take a right on Anchor River Road, first parking lot to the right. For more information please contact Mark Wackler:

Free Shelf Overflowing!

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

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

September 25 Walk Your Child to School Day

September 27 Fall Picture Day

October 12 Fall Picture Re-take Day

Soldotna Elementary

On September 25th, Soldotna Elementary will participate in a Walk Your Child to School event. Please meet at the Catholic Church on Redoubt by 8:00 am. Snacks will be served when we reach the school. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Parents can add money to their student’s lunch account online! Go to to view account information.

Student notes and bus passes will be sent to classes at 3:00 pm 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 and click on the volunteer’s link. This process must be completed each school year. Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions.

The Soldotna Sentinel will be sent home in Tuesday folders and via e-mail the on first Tuesday of each month. You can also access it on the school website. Watch for the Sentinel to get the latest news and updates from Soldotna Elementary.

Mountain View Elementary

The 30 day grace period for Free and Reduced meal benefits will end on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Students who do not have a new application in and approved will have to bring a sack lunch or bring $3.00 for a hot lunch. Please allow up to 10 working days for an application to be processed. Applications are available at the office.

Friday, September 28th is “Moustache Day”.

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Thursday, October 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM 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 & 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.

Friday, October 19th is an Inservice Day. There is no school for students.

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Vedders’ class has been keeping an eye on the weather from the ground and space. Students have been tracking Hurricane Florence as it made landfall. Brenda Ratky (a.k.a. Grandma Brenda) visited our class and shared her experiences living through Hurricane Alicia in Texas.

Ms. Chambers’ fourth-grade class is participating in a fire ecology field trip on September 28th. Students will learn about wildfires and their impact on the Alaskan ecosystem. Big thank you to Ranger Michelle and the staff at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge for making this happen!

The fifth-grade classes are headed down to Slikok Creek to kick off their Adopt a Stream program with the Kenai Watershed Forum. They will test the water, collect samples, and monitor the creek’s health all year. Next spring, the classes hope to install a permanent educational sign, with construction help from Kenai High School, on the trail to the creek. They are looking for funding sources to make this project a reality.

Mr. Daniels’s class had a Harvest Party last Friday in honor of the hard work that went into growing their potatoes in the K-Beach High Tunnel. Mr. Daniels appreciates the parent help and participation in the party.

The K-Beach Caribou Migration walk-a-thon will take place on October 5. Parents should have received a fundraising envelope and are asked to look for donations for school wide events and activities this year.

Nikiski Middle/High School


Tuesday, September 25

-Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Kenai C Team 3:00/ JV 4:00/Varsity 5:00

-Peach Fuzz Volleyball – 6:30 p.m.

-Middle School Soccer Boroughs

Wednesday, September 26

-High School Wrestling begins

Thursday, September 27

-Powder Puff Football – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 28

-Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Houston C Team 3:00/ JV 4:00/Varsity 5:00

-Bonfire – 6:30 p.m.

-Middle School X-Country @ Seward – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 29

-Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Redington C Team 10:00/ JV 11:00/Varsity 12:00

-Football @ Nikiski vs. Homer Varsity 2:00 p.m. / C-Team to follow

-HOMECOMING DANCE – 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

-Middle School Soccer Boroughs

October 9

-Picture Retakes

-Academic Awards and National Honor Society Inductions

Order your Yearbook now on Price is only $45 until October 31!

Gabe Smith is the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for September!

Soldotna Prep

First Quarter Eligibility Check is Monday, September 24th.

After school tutoring will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting this week 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.

Teens Against Tobacco Use is looking for teen leaders who are fun, outgoing, articulate, and good role models to help make a difference in the lives and health of our community. Pick up an application from Nurse Martha and plan on attending the training on Tuesday, October 2nd.

Note from the Counselor: Anytime students practice taking a test, it is an advantage. Here is an opportunity, Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be offered on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:30 am to (approx.) 12:00 pm at SoHi’s auditorium. The fee is S18.00 and on a first come first serve. Pay the fee and sign up at SoHi’s front desk. Visit for more information. See Ms. Ruebsamen with questions.


Sports Schedule this week:

Monday, September 24 – Soccer B Team P vs. Soccer B Team A at Skyview – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, September 25 – First Round of Borough Soccer – TBA

Wednesday, September 26 – Soccer Boys A vs. Chapman at Skyview – 3:00 pm

Friday, September 28 – Cross Country Running at Skyview – 3:00 pm (last week’s meet was changed to Seward)

Saturday, September 29 – Soccer Borough Finals at Homer – 10:00 am

Skyview Middle School will have an ALICE DRILL the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25. Students will participate in class discussion and a building evacuation assisted by administration and staff.

Student Council is looking for donations of board games to be used at Activity Night, in particular, games of chess. If you have one you’d like to donate, please drop it off with Mrs. Pothast or at the front office.

Attention ALL Students: There are lots of Lost and Found items! Please check to see if something belongs to you.

For more Skyview news… visit the Skyview Middle School Blog at or Like Us on Facebook!

Nikiski North Star Elementary

In support of the Nikiski Middle-High School homecoming events taking place this week, NNS will be having a spirit week! There will be three spirit-filled days and the theme of each day is Wednesday – favorite book or movie character; Thursday – fun t-shirt day and Friday – Bulldog spirit day (wear black and silver).

Please be sure your child and the child’s teacher know what their normal end of the day plan will be. NNS will use this as the default plan if there is any question. If you have a change in plans, please provide a written note so we can document the change. If there is an emergency, please call the office at 776-2600.

Picture retakes for NNS will be held in the morning on Thursday, October 4th in the school library.

PTA is gearing up for the annual fall carnival. This year the carnival will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 1:00 – 4:00 at the school. PTA is looking for volunteers to help set-up, run booths, serve food and clean-up. Please contact a PTA board member if you want to help out.

River City Academy

Over the course of five days, students participated in “interim week”. RCA’s interim week consist of classes selected by students and taught by staff about a variety of topics. Last week students participated in classes covering topics of painting, Minecraft, soccer, web design, tie-dye, cupcake decorating, 3-D printing, international cooking, card games, PE, and even day hiking. All of these classes make up the entire school day for the students and are RCA’s alternative to electives. One student in the international cooking class said, “I love interim week because I learn new things, and find new interests”. River City Academy will host two more interim weeks over the school year.

If you or someone you know has a student interested in a small, non-traditional, student-centered and performance-based school environment please contact the River City Academy office at 907-714-6400.

Kenai Central High School

Homecoming Week has come and gone at Kenai! The theme this year was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and students put in a lot of hard work to put on an incredible parade and dance! With hundreds in attendance for both the bonfire and dance, this will certainly be a Homecoming to remember.

A number of businesses from the community have sponsored the KCHS Homecoming this year and have helped to make this event possible. All the Kardinals would like to thank Kelly Griebel Century 21 Freedom Reality, Moffett Physician Service, Siam Noodles and Food, Urgent Care Soldotna, and The Hair Force. These sponsors helped to make this event possible and the Kards would like to give them another big thank you for their generosity. The support that the community continues to show to KCHS and its students shows us all what community truly means and we are all truly grateful for that support.

Kenai’s Cross Country runners will compete at States this weekend. The Lady Kard runners have had strong showings all year and look to follow up on past years success at this state tournament, while the boy’s team is looking for some strong showings from their state qualifiers.

The KCHS Football team will face off against their cross-town rivals in the last regular season game of the year. The game will be at SOHI and will help to set the playoff rankings heading into the postseason.

The Lady Kards volleyball team will have a busy travel week with away games at Nikiski and Seward. The Swim team will also head to Seward for an invitational on the weekend.

Tuesday 9/25: Volleyball at Nikiski 3pm C/ 4pm JV/ 5pm V

Friday 9/28: Volleyball at Seward 3pm C/ 4pm JV/ 5pm V

Saturday 9/29: Football @ SOHI 11am JV/ 2pm V

Swim @ Seward TBD

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