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Schools briefs for the week of April 29-May 5

What’s happening this week


The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Caring – To feel and show concern for others.

Monday, April 29

—Safe Kids will be here with bike helmets for sale

—5th grade will be going to Central Peninsula Hospital @ 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 1

—Early Release @ 2:10 p.m.

—Bike Rodeo classroom instructions

—National School Principal’s Day

Friday, May 3

—Bike Rodeo for 1st – 5th grade (hot dog lunch will be provided for the entire school)

—School Lunch Hero Day

Upcoming Events

May 6 – Darch/Stroh SeaLife Center overnight trip; Atchley/Fields Alaska Wildlife Center trip

May 8 – 5th grade play rehearsal & performance; Kindergarten Bishop Beach trip; Shelden/Tronnier Alaska Wildlife Center trip

May 9 – 3rd/4th Grade Salmon Celebration trip to Johnson Lake

May 13 – Abraham/Short SeaLife Center overnight trip; APC meeting @ 4:15 p.m.

May 15 – Kindergarten Concert

May 16 – 3rd/4th grade End of Quarter Celebration; 5th grade Jumpin Junction

May 17 – 1st/2nd grade End of Quarter Celebration @ 1:30 p.m.; 5th Grade Graduation @ 2 p.m.; End of year BBQ @ 6 p.m.

May 20 – Field Day

May 21 – Science Day

May 22 – Last Day of School Beach Day


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.

Soldotna High School

SoHi Graduation is May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sports Center.

2019-2020 school year registration packets for Soldotna High School will be emailed to parents during the last week of April and will also be available in the front office.

Parents and Guardians, if you have a student that will be attending Soldotna High School next year, please complete the forms and return them to the SoHi front office by May 3.

Current juniors will begin locker selections on May 6, provided that all registration paperwork is completed and submitted prior to that day.

Current sophomores will begin locker selection on May 7, provided that all registration paperwork is completed and submitted prior to that day.

Educators Rising KPBSD Chapter invites you to a Fundraising Dinner with Silent Auction Saturday, April 27, in the building of Grace Lutheran Church & School — 47585 Ciechanski Rd, Kenai. Educators Rising students of KCHS and SoHi are selling the tickets for this event. Educators Rising, is a national school-sponsored student organization for students who are interested in exploring a career in Education. Educators Rising organizes state and national leadership conferences in which aspiring educators participate in performance-based competitive events demonstrating their knowledge, skills, and leadership. With a blend of individual and team events, competitions are authentic, engaging opportunities for rising educators to stretch their creativity, commitment, and professionalism.

This past March, our chapter went to Juneau competing in the 2019 Educators Rising Alaska State Leadership Conference, and nine of our students qualified to attend the Educators Rising National Conference held in Dallas, Texas, June 21 through 25 of this year. Our goal now is to raise funds to support these students so that they may take advantage of this valuable opportunity to compete, connect, and learn together with other students nationwide. If you have any questions or need further information about how to purchase the tickets for the dinner, please contact Emanuela Pokryfki at (907) 714-8927 or at epokryfki@kpbsd.k12.ak.us. You can also use our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EdRisingKPBSD/.

SoHi PTSA is excited to announce that the PTSA voted to give out three $500 scholarships this year. PTSA is going to stick with the same application as last year so it should be a smooth process. There is a whole new PTSA board this year and things haven’t quite hit their stride yet. If you need anything from PTSA to get these applications out, please email Maryanne Rogers at mailto: qtpa2t76@gmail.com.

The afterschool 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 mailto:twear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 260-7036.

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at http://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: http://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 U.S. 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.

Soldotna High School would like to thank everyone that helped make our Prom by the Pier a success! Thank you to all the parents of juniors who were involved with After Prom, and thank you to community members and businesses who volunteered and/or donated items.

K-Beach Elementary

Yearbooks are available through May 3 for $20. Visit www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter this code: 32113Y or send cash or check payable to K-Beach Elementary.

The Buy one Get one Free book fair has been rescheduled for May 13-17. May 1 is an Early Release day. K-Beach will dismiss at 12:55 p.m. and busses will drop off students 90 minutes earlier than usual.

Redoubt Elementary

Yearbooks are available through May 3 for $20. Visit www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter this code: 32113Y or send cash or check payable to K-Beach Elementary.

The Buy one Get one Free book fair has been rescheduled for May 13-17. May 1st is an Early Release day. K-Beach will dismiss at 12:55 p.m. and busses will drop off students 90 minutes earlier than usual.


Connections is now enrolling for next year! Call your local office for an enrollment appointment:

Homer: 907-226-1880

Seward: 907-224-9035

Soldotna: 907-714-8880

The deadline for submitting reimbursements for the 2018-2019 school year is April 30. If your student will be taking any lessons in the month of May or June, please remember to prepay for those lessons and submit for reimbursement prior to the April 30 deadline. May/June lessons will be reimbursed after the lessons have taken place. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Dates To Remember:

—4/30 – 2019 Homeschool Talent Show (more info below)

—4/30 – REIMBURSEMENT DEADLINE – ALL Reimbursements Need To Be Turned In TODAY

—4/30 – CENTRAL PEN: Movie: DisneyNature PENGUINS @ Kambe Theater (more info below)

—5/03 – Kenai River Clean Up @ Soldotna Visitor’s Center/Kenai River Bridge 11am-1pm

—5/03 & 05/04 – FULL: Overnight Trip to Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies contact Derek Bynagle for more info

—5/06 – Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour – Please Contact Julie Lindquist for More Details jlindquist@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or 907-224-9035 Seats still available, reservations closing April 25

—5/07 – HOMER: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Grewingk Geology Hike — guided hike in Kachemak Bay State Park to Grewingk Glacier Lake examining glaciology, geology, plant succession and other local natural science. $60 per person includes water taxi with True North Kayak. Contact Derek Bynagle to sign up dbynagle@kpbsd.org space is limited, 4th grade and up with ability to hike several miles.

—5/09 – HOMER: Middle School Math Meet at Homer Middle School: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

—5/09 – Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (more info below)

—5/10 – HOMER: 1-3 p.m. Homer Community clean up. Location TBD as we get closer and identify an area of town that needs picked up. We will clean for at least an hour and then will provide lunch afterwards.

—5/14 and 5/15 and 5/16 – Mr. Parrett will be in Seward

—5/14 – Seward Field Day!!! Where: Citizens Field Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Barbecue, Games, Crafts and More!!

—5/16 – Soldotna Office: End of Year BBQ & Retirement Celebration! Come join us at the Soldotna office from 1-3 p.m. for hot dogs and fun activities! This is a great opportunity to turn in your end of year reports too. We will also celebrate our retiring staff members: Steve Evans & Kathy Willis with cake and fond memories.

—5/21 HOMER: Kachemak Crack Rock Climbing with Connections and HOWL. 9am-4pm. $135 includes water taxi across the bay, climbing instruction, and gear. Ages 10+, limit of 12 students so sign up soon. See attachment and contact Derek dbynagle@kpbsd.org for more info or to sign up

—5/23 – Connections Graduation @ Soldotna High School: Practice @ 2 p.m.; Ceremony @ 4 p.m.

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!). We encourage talents of all types and ability levels, and also have an art display at the entrance to show off our 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

Movie: DisneyNature PENGUINS @ Kambe Theater:

Kenai Cinema will be having a special showing of DisneyNature PENGUINS Tuesday, 4/30/2019 in celebration of Earth Day. Connections needs at least 40 people confirmed and paid by April 26. Please pay at the Connections office to assure that we have enough participation.

Time: Doors will open at 10 a.m.; Movie starts at 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $6.25/person**

**Want reimbursed? Here are some curriculum options:

—DisneyNature PENGUINS is rated G and runs 76 minutes.

—Official website is https://nature.disney.com/penguins

—Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/Disneynature

—Educator’s Guide that is available for this feature: Disneynature PENGUINS Educator’s Guide:


—Disney Natures Activity Packet: http://cdnvideo.dolimg.com/cdn_assets/1c5cd3864e703eaca00be7048a66780d2a6ce2da.pdf


Popcorn (24 oz) / soft drink (12 oz) combo for the price of $3 each from concessions

Or a popcorn (24 oz) / ICEE (12 oz) combo for $3.50

All other concessions are regular concession prices. No other outside food or drink may be brought into the theatre.

Kenai River Clean Up:

Connections is recruiting student and parent volunteers to help clean up the river bank and make a positive impact on our community. Volunteers will meet at the Soldotna Visitor’s Center parking lot on May 3 at 11 a.m. The clean will be a minimum of 1 hour, and lunch is provided after the cleaning is complete. Bags and gloves will be provided, please wear waterproof shoes or boots and dress for the weather. If you would like to volunteer please contact Mark Wackler at mwackler@kpbsd.org or 714-8880.

HOMER: Middle School Math Meets:

Come join Connections for some math fun on Thursday, May 9 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.! The Math Meet offers a fun and engaging math competition for students in grades 6-8. Students will compete in a variety of rounds solving math problems individually and in teams made up of students from around the Kenai Peninsula. For more information, practice materials, or to sign up please contact Derek Bynagle dbynagle@kpbsd.org.

Salmon Celebration:

On Thursday, May 9, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish, will be holding the 19th annual “Salmon Celebration” in Kasilof at the Johnson Lake State Campground from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you have questions or to RSVP please contact Reubin Payne: rpayne@kpbsd.org

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

May 1 Early Release 1:55 p.m.

May 9 SOEL and SMCS Band and Choir Concert 6:00pm in the gym

May 14 Parent PACK Meeting 7:30 a.m. or 3:45 p.m. in the Library

May 22 Last Day of School

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

Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary.

Applications are located at the front office.

Reading Counts at Soldotna Elementary! Congratulations to the week 5 classroom winners:

Kyah Effenbeck, Corbin Ebenezer, Lily Scott, Ashley Simmons, Chase Dixon, Rylan Broyles, Madelynn Crowder, Zachariah Anderson, Sophia Perez-Bailon, Brett Haas and Reagan Briggs.


Events this week:

Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 – MAPS testing for all 7th and 8th grade students

Tuesday, April 30 – Mass Band Festival at Kenai High School – Concert at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1 — Early Release Day – Skyview Middle School students end the school day at 1 p.m.

Friday, May 3 — Track Meet – Kenai Invite at Kenai High School – 3 p.m.

Panther Student Council members who would like to volunteer for Staff Appreciation, the 6th grade visit and/or the final Activity Night of the year should stop by Mrs. Pothast’s classroom. Sign-up sheets are posted for all of those events. All Skyview families are encouraged to assist in our Staff Appreciation efforts. If you would like to help, please email Mrs. Pothast at spothast@kpbsd.org for more information. Thank you!

Congratulations to the 8th grade students chosen to serve next year in Soldotna High School Student Council Leadership positions for the Class of 2023: President – Tori Verba; Vice-President – Miah Mead; Secretary – Regan Evans; Members at Large – Ashley Dahlman, Emma Knowles, Jakob Brown, Hamilton Hunt.

Mountain View Elementary

Kindergarten Visitation will be on Monday, April 29. If you have a child entering Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year you are invited to bring your child to visit a Kindergarten classroom for an hour while you tour our school. Everyone is welcome! Come see a classroom, hear about a typical Kindergarten day and pick up a registration packet. Visitation hours are 9-10 a.m., 2-3 p.m., or 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please call 283-8600 to sign up for a time. Applications are available for the 2019-2020 Mountain View Pre-K Program. Screenings for this program will be held on Tuesday, April 30. Applications are available at the office at Mountain View Elementary. In order to be considered, a child must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2019, live in the Mountain View attendance area, and have a completed application returned to Mountain View Elementary. Screenings will be scheduled after applications are brought back to the school. For more information please call 283-8600.

Wednesday, May 1 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

Nikiski North Star

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Congratulations to the 2019 Nikiski North Star Masonic Outstanding Student Miss Morgan Simac! Morgan is an excellent student, caring, kind to others and responsible. She is a fifth grade student in Mrs. Bostic’s multiage class. NNS congratulates Morgan along with the other finalists: Shania Weathers, Elliana Isabell and Gracie Wolf.

Wednesday May 1 is the last early release day for this school year. NNS will dismiss at 2 p.m.

This week is staff appreciation week at NNS. Thank you to the NNS PTA for all of the treats and goodies provided for the staff!

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, May 2 at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge. The annual NNS wax museum will be held on Friday, May 3. The students always put in a lot of time researching their chosen person and coming up with appropriate attire for their costume. The wax museum will be open all day and includes the classes of Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Taurianen, and Mrs. Bostic’s multiage class of third, fourth and fifth grades.

Mark your calendar for the 3rd annual NNS jog-a-thon to be held on Friday, May 17. This is our chief fundraiser for the year and an opportunity for students to raise money for our school and get some healthy exercise in the process. The money raised from the fundraiser will help pay for field trips and other special activities for students throughout the year. If you need more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

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