Schools briefs for the week of Dec. 1-7, 2019

What’s happening this week

  • Saturday, November 30, 2019 10:22pm
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Cook Inlet Academy

The 2019 Borealis conference Volleyball Tournament was held at Cook Inlet Academy on Nov. 21, 22 and 23. The schools in the tournament were Cook Inlet Academy, Unalaska, Birchwood Christian, Lumen Christi, Ninilchik and Su Valley. Su Valley fought hard playing Birchwood Christian and Cordova in back to back games, and then continuing on to play Unalaska. The Unalaska Raiders won the tournament and the Su Valley Rams after fighting hard came in second. The level of play was amazing and the fans really enjoyed the tournament. Hailey Wilson from Unalaska was named Most Valuable Player. Cook Inlet Academy won the Sportsmanship Award and also the Academic Excellence Award for the highest team grade point average. Principal Ron Gherman, Athletic Director Michael Cruz, and Announcer Kenny Leaf all did an excellent job, along with many outstanding volunteers, in organizing the event.

The Student Council hosted a Thanksgiving Breakfast on Wednesday for the junior and senior high. Before the breakfast started they surprised the elementary by having a bounce house and bounce slide set up in the gym. The elementary students were invited for time on both, before the older students enjoyed it. The teachers cooked the breakfast and all the students contributed the food. It was a great time.

Mrs. Dilucchio’s fifth and sixth grade class went to the Salvation Army on the same day and volunteered to do Thanksgiving Dinner preparations.

Tuesday evening, Nov. 26, CIA students served at the ABC Life Choices Pie Auction held at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church. This is the annual fund raiser for the Center.

Wednesday was a half day school day and Thursday and Friday there was no school for Thanksgiving celebration.

Elections are upcoming for the junior high student council and will be held on Dec. 6.

Other upcoming events are:

— Varsity Basketball Season begins on Dec. 4.

— The Christmas Music Program will be on Dec. 16.

— The Cook Inlet Classic Varsity Basketball Tournament will be held on Dec. 19, 20 and 21.

— Hoops for the Holidays Elementary Basketball Camp will be for K-sixth grade students during Christmas Vacation. Students will learn new skills and make new friends! Call 262 5101 for more information. Register at the CIA front office by Dec. 18.

K-Beach Elementary

— K-2 Christmas Concert Dec. 3 at Soldotna High School at 6:30 p.m.

— Winter Break: Dec. 23-Jan. 3

— Inservice Day: Jan. 6, NO SCHOOL

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Mrs. Miller’s kindergarten class has been focused on the First Thanksgiving, since it’s that time of year. The kindergarteners have been learning about pilgrims and birds, especially turkeys. They have made cranberry sauce and Wampanoag stew. On Wednesday they had a play about The Gruffalo and Thanksgiving, including jokes, songs and music. They’ve learned so much about being grateful. It’s really amazing watching them work so hard.

Our primary classes have been very busy during this time of year. The first, second and third graders in our school have great teachers who encourage them to work hard. Mrs. Holt, Mrs. Larned, and Mrs. Hubbard’s classes are learning about Australia, as a multiclass group project. In addition, all these classes have separate things they are learning about as well: Japanese Art for Mrs. Hubbard’s class (dotted pumpkins), how tectonic plates move for Mrs. Holt’s class, and for Mrs. Larned’s class, maps of the USA and Australia.

Mrs. Carter’s fourth, fifth and sixth grade class had been learning about early America and the 13 colonies. Mrs. Carter’s sixth grade writing group has been doing great! They’ve chosen an individual, expository topic to write about, and are now finishing taking notes. We have some amazing writers in our school!

Mrs. Moore’s fourth, fifth and sixth grade class has picked a colony to research, and have choice to make a PowerPoint, poster, essay, or booklet to demonstrate what they’ve been learning. Mrs. Moore’s math class is working on algebra and pre-algebra.

Mr. Faris’ fourth, fifth and sixth grade class have researched the Native American tribes that were impacted by the 13 colonies. They have also been doing health lessons called “The Great Body Shop” to teach kids how to keep their bodies safe. Mr. Faris’ class is looking forward to their American Colonies simulation.

Upcoming Events:

— Dec. 5: SMCS/SOEL Band and Choir Concert (6:30 p.m.)

— Dec. 10: PTO Craft Night Event (after school)

— Dec. 12: APC Meeting (5:30 p.m.)

— Dec. 12 -13: Holiday Shop (Room 107)

— Dec. 14: Lego Robotics Tournament @ Aurora Borealis (9 p.m.)

— Dec. 17: SMCS Winter Concert @ SOHI (6:30 p.m.)

— Dec. 19: Primary Ice Skating @ Sports Center

— Dec. 20: All School Caroling

— Dec. 20: PJs and Pancakes Day

Soldotna Elementary

— Dec. 2-13: Christmas Kindness Food Drive

— Dec. 4 and 5: Holiday Wonderland Shop 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

— Dec. 5: Soldotna Elementary Band and Choir Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the gym

— Dec. 16: Winter Concert (K-sixth grade) and Cookie Train 6:30 p.m. at Soldotna High School

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

Weather Reminder: Please ensure that children have appropriate gear for the weather. Students will attend periods of outdoor activity every day.


Basketball this week:

— Tuesday, Dec. 3: Skyview 7A Girls vs. Nikiski at Nikiski — 3 p.m.

— Tuesday, Dec. 3: Skyview 7A Boys vs. Nikiski at Nikiski — 4:15 p.m.

— Tuesday, Dec. 3: Skyview B Boys vs. Nikiski at Nikiski (Commons) — 3 p.m.

— Tuesday, Dec. 3: Skyview B Girls vs. Nikiski at Nikiski (Commons) — 4:15 p.m.

— Thursday, Dec. 5: Skyview 7A Girls vs. Kenai Middle at Skyview — 3 p.m.

— Thursday, Dec. 5: Skyview 7A Boys vs. Kenai Middle at Skyview — 4:15 p.m.

— Friday, Dec. 6: Skyview 8A Girls vs. Seward at Seward Middle — 3 p.m.

— Friday, Dec. 6: Skyview 8A Boys vs. Seward at Seward Middle — 4:45 p.m.

— Friday, Dec. 6: Skyview B Boys vs. Seward at Seward High School — 3 p.m.

— Friday, Dec. 6: Skyview B Girls vs. Seward at Seward High School — 4:45 p.m.

Activity Night is Friday, Dec. 6. Parent volunteers are needed. Please call the school at 260-2500 if you can help.

BIG thanks to all the Student Council kids who helped roll Penny Drive coins last week! Thanks also to the basketball boys who helped us! Great job! For the first time ever, student contributions alone totaled over a thousand dollars! Super proud of everyone!

A BIG THANK YOU for all the wonderful donations to the Skyview Middle School Angel Tree. The overwhelming kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated!

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Kenai Middle School

The KMS Canned Food Drive begins Monday, Dec. 2. Bring three cans and wear a hat!

There is a Site Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6:15 p.m. All are welcome!

Thursday, Dec. 5, KMS “A” teams will play at Skyview. Girls play at 3 p.m., Boys at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6, all KMS Basketball teams will head to Homer for games. Boys “B” and Girls “A” will play at 4 p.m.

Boys “A” and Girls “B” will play at 5:30 p.m.


Dec. 10: Holiday Choir Concert, 7 p.m.; 1st Round of Boroughs

Dec. 11: Holiday Band Concert

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Friendship — To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.

Our annual Christmas Drive is in full swing. Ornaments are up in the front office window that need adopting if you would like to help out a family in need, or if you would like to make a cash donation see the office.

– Monday, Dec. 2: Student Council Food Drive is going on, please bring in nonperishable items to help us reach are 1,000-item goal!; 10 a.m. Great Alaska Shake Out!

— Tuesday, Dec. 3: Student Council Food Drive is going on, please bring in nonperishable items to help us reach are 1,000-item goal!

— Wednesday, Dec. 4: Student Councils Food Drive is going on, please bring in nonperishable items to help us reach are 1,000-item goal!; 1:30 p.m. — PTA Staff Appreciation Committee Meeting

— Thursday, Dec. 5: Student Council Food Drive is going on, please bring in nonperishable items to help us reach are 1,000-item goal! 9:30-11:45 a.m. Kindergarten is going to visit the Kenai Post Office, Library, and Kenai Fire Department.

— Friday, Dec. 6: Student Council Food Drive is going on, please bring in any nonperishable items to help us reach are 1000 item goal!; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. third-fourth grade will be visiting Old Town Kenai.; 1:30 p.m. fifth grade Celebration of Learning — Kaleidoscope Town

We are currently accepting lottery applications for the 2020/2021 school year. The deadline for this application is Feb. 28, 2020. If you are interested in attending Kaleidoscope please contact the office for more information at 283-0804.

Brrr. It is that time a year again when all students need to bring appropriate outside gear to school including coat, hat, gloves, boots and rain gear if it is raining.

Upcoming Events

— Dec. 12: Christmas Drive Items are due to the office

— Dec. 13: first and second grade End of Quarter Celebration of Learning at 3 p.m.

— Dec. 17: 9:15 a.m. first-fifth grade will be going over to KCHS for Holiday Concert Rehearsal; 6 p.m. first-fifth grade Holiday Concert at KCHS; 10:45 a.m. Boersma’s Kindergarten Class is going to Charis Place; 1:15 p.m. Zinszer’s Kindergarten Class is going to Charis Place.

— Dec. 18: third and fourth grade Celebration of Learning at 3 p.m.

— Dec. 19: Kindergarten Cookie Sharing at 2:45 p.m.

— Dec. 20-Jan. 6: Winter Break, no school

— Jan. 8: 4:15 p.m. APC meeting in the library

— Jan. 15: Early Release Day, school dismisses at 2:10 p.m.


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 http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/volunteers and click the link to the background check. This may take two weeks for approval to be returned. The KSAS volunteer training is our second step, please see the office for information regarding this process.

Soldotna High School

The Soldotna High School Chapter of the National Honor Society gladly inducted the following students: Katharine Bramante, Gavin Brennan, Rhys Cannava, Brandon Christenson, Quinn Cox, Ivy Daly, Tessa Dearmore, Carson Dement, Gabby Lane, Keegan Lorring, Wyatt Medcoff, Josie Moore, Joshua O’Lena, Tovia Ownes, Alissa Powell, Emmy Reese, Abby Radeck, Bethany Richmond, Isabella Valenzuela, Dylan Walton, and Zack Zeigler. The induction ceremony took place in the SOHI auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The after-school tutoring buses will start running on Sept. 3. There are two 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.org or call 260-7036, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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 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.

Mountain View Elementary School

The PTA will be meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. in the library.

“The Polar Pals Gift Shop” will be open Tuesday, Dec. 10-Friday, Dec. 13 in the library. This is a program hosted by the PTA to allow students to shop for inexpensive Christmas gifts for family and 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.

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 Wednesday, Dec. 11. Your contribution would be very much appreciated!

The primary winter concert for all first, second and third grade students will be on Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Students need to be at KCHS at 5:45 p.m.

The fifth grade band concert will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the gym at Mountain View.

Winter break is Dec. 21-Jan. 6. Students return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 7.


Dates To Remember:

— Dec. 5: SOLDOTNA — Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, PAPER MAKING!

— Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 — HOMER: STEAM Challenge Paper Roller Coasters

— Dec. 9: SEWARD — Hour of Code 12:30-1:30 p.m.

— Dec. 10: SEWARD — Hour of Code 10-11 a.m.

— Dec. 13: Semester Reports Due

— Dec. 13: SOLDOTNA — Holiday Fun! Crafts and S.T.E.M. Projects!

— Dec. 10: HOMER — Paper Circuits Project: Light Up House

— Dec. 18: HOMER — Paper Circuits Project: Light Up Greeting Cards



Jan. 31: Geography Bee at Soldotna Office 1 p.m., grades 4-8

May 4: Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Tour — Please Contact Julie Lindquist for more details at jlindquist@kpbsd.org or 907-224-9035.

Soldotna Office — Kenai Recreation Center gym time every Tuesday from 12-2 p.m.

Homer Office — SPARC activities every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

CONNECTION FAMILIES: Check out our new link for Connections events! These are community events that Connections students may be interested in!

Central Peninsula: https://padlet.com/connectionskpbsd/lz7z7ea4ii7w

Homer: https://padlet.com/dbynagle/HomerConnections

Seward: https://padlet.com/lhaskins1/SewardConnections

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 12-2 p.m. 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.

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