Schools briefs for the week of February 9, 2020

What’s happening this week

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Soldotna High School

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.


Feb. 10: HOMER: ADF&G led Salmon Dissections 1:30-3 p.m. in the Homer Office. Please contact Derek to sign up dbynagle@kpbsd.org.

Feb. 11: Battle of the Books fifth/sixth grade meeting at 9 a.m.

Feb. 11: SOLDOTNA: Home-school Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center, 12-2 p.m.

Feb. 13: Battle of the Books third/fourth grade meeting at 9 a.m.

Feb. 13: SOLDOTNA: Solid Rock Tubing Hill, 12-2 p.m.

Feb. 14: SOLDOTNA: Valentine’s Craft (Grades K-6), 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Feb. 14: Valentine STEM (Grades 3-7), 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: SOLDOTNA: Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center, 12-2 p.m.

Feb. 18: Informational Meeting for seniors and their parents, 3-4 p.m.

Feb. 19: SOLDOTNA: Connections Forensics

Feb. 20: SOLDOTNA: Kenai Watershed Middle/High School event, 1-3 p.m.

Feb. 24: SOLDOTNA: Challenger Center Field Trip @ 1 p.m.

Feb. 25: SOLDOTNA: Kindergarten Round-Up!

Feb. 25: SOLDOTNA: Homeschool Open Gym @ the Kenai Recreation center, 12-2 p.m.

Feb. 27: Alyeska Trip

Feb. 28: SOLDOTNA: Connections Spelling Bee, 1-4 p.m. at the Soldotna Office

Feb. 28: SEWARD: 2020 Ice Fishing Day Friday, at Grouse Lake 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Forest Service will be providing fishing gear and hot chocolate! Please mark your calendars and we will be in touch with additional details as the date gets nearer!

March 4: HOMER: ADF&G Ice fishing at the Homer reservoir 1:15-2:45 p.m. Please contact Derek to sign up dbynagle@kpbsd.org.

March 5: High School Eligibility Due

March 5: HOMER: Wynn Nature Center Wynnter Explorations @ Wynn Nature Center, 12-2 p.m.

March 6: HOMER: First Friday Art Show is Friday: 2:30-3:30 p.m. (more info below)

March 24: SOLDOTNA: Kindergarten Round-Up!

April 7: SOLDOTNA: Kindergarten Round-Up!

April 9: High School Eligibility Due

April 9: SOLDOTNA: Connections Homeschool Talent Show

April 21: SOLDOTNA: Kindergarten Round-Up!

April 30: SOLDOTNA: CES Fire Station 1 tour (More info coming)

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

Here is the Connections website for more information on any activities coming up: http://connections.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us

All Connections students and families are welcome to join and participate in all area activities.

Did you know Connections is active on Social Media? Please take a moment to “Like” our Facebook page, and if you get a chance to share it with your friends that would be great as well!

Homer: 226-1880

Seward: 224-9035

Soldotna: 714-8880

Redoubt Elementary

Congratulations to Noah Frederickson for being Redoubt’s 2019-2020 Geo Bee champion and to our runner up Michael Davidson.

Our “One School, One Book” program is under way. Each family should have received one copy of “Because of Winn Dixie.” Each day we will have trivia questions that can be answered to be put in for a drawing for prizes. This program will be going on until the end of the month.

Book Fair Family Night will be Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. in the library. All students must be accompanied by an adult. Book fair will be running through parent teacher conferences as well.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be Feb. 14 and 17. There will be no school this day. Forms will sent home soon confirming scheduled conference times.

Site Council meeting will be Feb. 18 @ 3:45 p.m. in the teachers’ lounge, everyone is welcome to attend.

Early release will be Feb. 19 @ 1:45 p.m. There will be Boys and Girls Club this day. Buses will run 90 minutes early. Please make sure your student knows how they are going home early this day.

Soldotna Elementary

Feb. 13: Be My Valentine Day (wear your favorite holiday attire)

Feb. 13-14, 17: Book Fair in the Library

Feb. 14 and 17: Parent Teacher Conference Days (No School for Students)

Feb. 21: Spelling Bee at 2 p.m. in the gym

Feb. 26: “Soup”er Lunch Fundraiser during student lunches

Soldotna Elementary is currently accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Title 1 Pre-K program. Students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2020 and live in the Soldotna Elementary boundary. Applications are located at the front office.

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.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Problem Solving — To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems.

Kaleidoscope wants to send out a huge Mahalo to Crystal Soyangco for spending a couple weeks with us teaching Hawaiian dance, music, song, language and culture.

Congratulations to Ruby Davis! Ruby is the school champion for the National Geographic Bee. She will now move on to the state qualification process.

We are currently accepting lottery applications for the 2020/2021 school year. The deadline for this application is Feb. 28, 2020 by 4 p.m., with the lottery being held on Wednesday, March 18. If you are interested in attending Kaleidoscope please contact the office for more information at 283-0804. School tours will be held every Tuesday in February starting at 9:30 a.m.

Please be sure to complete and return your student’s re-enrollment form to the office no later than Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. The re-enrollment form is to hold your student’s seat for the 2020-21 school year. If we do not receive the form back by the deadline, your student loses their seat here at Kaleidoscope. For students not returning please fill out the back side of the form.

All students need to come to school prepared to go outside. Make sure to send your student to school with the proper gear. Students will be going outside unless the temperature is -10 or below.

Monday, Feb. 10: 9:30 a.m., Mrs. Shelden & Ms. Tronnier’s first and second grade will be going to Riverside House & Jumpin’ Junction.

10:45: Mrs. Atchley & Mrs. Daniels first and second grade will be going to Kenai Senior Center & Jumpin’ Junction.

8:35-9:10 a.m. and 3:40-4 p.m.: Book Fair will be open

Tuesday, Feb. 11: fifth grade Battle of the Books District Competition

8:35-9:10 a.m. and 3:40-4 p.m.: Book Fair will be open

School Tours @ 9:30 a.m.

Jump Rope for Heart starts today during PE

Wednesday, Feb. 12: 8:35-9:10 a.m. and 3:40-4 p.m.: Book Fair will be open

Thursday, Feb. 13: third and fourth grade Battle of the Books District Competition

8:35-9:10 a.m. and 3:40-4 p.m.: Book Fair will be open

Friday, Feb. 14: No School, P/T Conferences

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Book Fair will be open

Monday, Feb. 17: No School, P/T Conferences

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Book Fair will be open

Upcoming Events

February (every Tuesday) — School Tours @ 9:30 a.m.

Feb. 18: Parent Information Night @ 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 19: Early Release @ 2:10 p.m.

Feb. 21: Re-Enrollment forms are due to the office no later than 4 p.m.

Feb. 24-28: Staff Appreciation Week. If you would like to help, please contact your KSAS PTA.

Feb. 26: third and fourth grade will be ice fishing at Sport Lake

Feb. 27: fifth grade will be having their Wax Museum @ 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: Lottery Application Deadline — This is the last day to fill out a new student or sibling lottery application. All applications have to filled out at the Kaleidoscope office and turned in by 4 p.m.

Volunteers: 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.

Mountain View Elementary

The PTA will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the library at Mountain View. All parents are welcome to attend!

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held Friday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 17. There will be no school for students.

The library will be holding a book fair the week of Feb. 11-17 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

The Site Council will be meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. in the library at Mountain View.


Sports Schedule this week:

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Volleyball – Homer vs. Skyview 8 at Skyview – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Volleyball – Homer vs. Skyview B at Skyview – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Volleyball – Kenai B vs. Skyview B at Skyview – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Volleyball – Kenai 7 vs. Skyview 8 at Skyview – to follow B game

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Volleyball – Kenai 8 vs. Skyview 7 at Skyview – to follow 8 game

Thursday, Feb. 13: Volleyball – Homer vs. Skyview 7 at Homer – 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13: Volleyball – Homer vs. Skyview B at Homer – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13: Skiing – Homer Invitational at Homer – 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14: Wrestling at Nikiski — 10 a.m.

Skyview Spelling Bee Champion is Michael Jessen! Michael will travel to Anchorage on March 25 to compete against other school champions in hopes of winning the title of Alaska Spelling Bee Champion. Congratulations Michael!

Parent Teacher Conferences at Skyview Middle School will be: Thursday, Feb. 13 from 4-7 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 17 from 12-3 p.m. Conference times need to be scheduled online. To find the link to schedule online and additional Parent/Teacher Conference information, please visit: KPBSD district web page > Schools > Skyview Middle School > Student/Parent Information > Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Panther Student Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 11 during FOL in Mrs. Pothast’s classroom. Activity Night sign-up sheets will be available. We will also be confirming our Parent Teacher Conference volunteers and 6th grade Site Visit helpers. The meeting FOL is available for all members to sign up now! Please see Mrs. Pothast with any questions. Thank you!

Skyview Apparel Store Now Open: Skyview officially has a school apparel store! If you are interested in purchasing shirts or sweatshirts, please contact the school office during normal office hours (7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.). Shirts are $15, Hoodies are $25 and Zip-up Hoodies are $30. Items will also be available for purchase during Parent/Teacher conferences.

Purchase a yearbook now! Only $30 with two free personal pages. Follow the link on the school blog to purchase. If you have a Tree Ring account already the passcode is: 1014914332411644. Purchase by April 3.

Congratulations to the January Students of the Month!

Kael Aamodt, Kadee Adams, Dalton Armstrong, Autumn Bass, Landon Bauer, Angelina Beck, Christopher Bessette, Montana Bowman, Ryan Buchanan, Nicholas Calhoun, Ariana Cannava, George Carpenter, Alina Carrillo Kompkoff, Noble Cassidy, Suwannee Chapman, Alexis Cole, Lane Cramer, Emily Day, Kiona Dexter, Makaya Eberhard, Brooklynne Erlich, Blake Ferreira, Shaun Firmin, Isabella Friend, Hunter Galleguillos, Miriah Gassler, Talon Gavalis, Easton Gentry, Mercy Gephart, Paige Hammerle, Shane Harmon, Draek’Adam Harris, Owen Hart, Shelby Hatfield, Brooklyn Hegwer, Phillip Henry, Andi Hiler, Jordan Hinz, Lydia Hopper, Marcus Hunt, Samantha Ivey, Elijah Jedlicki, Wesley Johnson, Vincint Johnston, Josie Josephson, Bryce Kampstra, Noah Kirby, Hailee Kirsch, Abednego Larson, Jessica LeClair, Boyd Lehmberg, Alexis Martinez, Savannah Mickel, Aidan Moore, Golden Musgrave, Gabriel Newcomb, Sean Norris, Morgan Noyes, Ellee Pancost, Sylus Pannell, Owen Pattock, Collin Peck, Vann Poage, Faith Poole, Frank Rabbit, Nicholas Rackley, Pyper Reger, Harland Richards, Grace Richmond, Luca Rigutto, Valentino Rigutto, Jolene Riske, Madelyn Ross, Ocean Rowe, Aubree Schneider, Abigail Secor, Chloe See, Mathyas Smith, Austin Thompson, Cody Thompson, Joey VonHeeder, Charisma Watkins, J Lee Webster, Zander Wendell, Haiden Wilkinson, Laylani Williams, Matthias Williams, Zoe Williams, Lorenzo Wilson, Danika Winslow, Kaitlyn Wolfe, Lokeni Wong, Julene Yager, Katelyn Yoder

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget development meeting, scheduled at the following locations:

Tuesday, Feb. 18 @ 6 p.m. in the Homer Library

Wednesday, Feb. 19 @ 6 p.m. in the KCHS Library

Thursday, Feb. 20 @ 6 p.m. in the Soldotna High Library

Tuesday, Feb. 25 @ 6 p.m. in the Seward Library

As new budget information becomes available, it will be posted here: http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=38. If you have questions, please call Natalie Bates at 714-8888.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

February is Love of Reading month at NNS. As part of our school celebration we participate in One School, One Book. This year’s book is Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne. Every student received their very own copy of the book so that they can read the book together at home with their family. Each morning students will have the chance to answer book trivia questions. Also, there will be a guest reader on the NNS Facebook page who will read a chapter to the students each night.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the library beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The fair will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 9-11:45 a.m. It will be open on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 3:30-7 p.m. during conferences and on Friday and Monday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. during conferences. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase books for your children, encourage reading, and support reading and literacy at NNS. #NikiskiReads

Battle of the Books for fifth grade will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The third and fourth grade battle will be held Thursday, Feb. 13. Good luck to all of the participants at NNS!

Parent/teacher conferences will take place at NNS on Feb. 14-17. There is no school for students on those days. NNS will also have evening conferences on Feb. 13 after school.

NNS yearbooks are on sale now. If you would like to order a yearbook the cost is $15 and must be ordered by March 15. There will be no additional yearbooks for sale at the end of the year.

Nikiski Middle/High School


Friday, Feb. 14: 8-11 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 17: 1-6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 10: High School Basketball @ Kenai — Girls JV 3 / Boys JV 4:30 / Girls Varsity 6:00 / Boys Varsity 7:30

Tuesday, Feb. 11: High School Mass Choir Concert @ Kenai High — 6 p.m. Entry Fee $5 Adults / $2 Students / $3 Senior Citizens / $15 Family

Wednesday, Feb. 12: Middle School Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Homer — 3 p.m.

High School Basketball @ Nikiski vs. King Cove – Varsity Girls 6:00 / Varsity Boys 7:30

Thursday, Feb. 13: High School JV Girls Basketball @ Ninilchik Tournament

High School Basketball @ Kenai Rec — C Team Girls 3:00 / C Team Boys 4:30

Middle School Volleyball @ Nikiski vs. Kenai 7 – 3:00 PM

Friday, Feb. 14: PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES — 8-11 a.m.

High School Varsity Basketball @ Nome

High School JV Girls Basketball @ Ninilchik Tournament

Middle School Wrestling @ Nikiski — 12 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8: High School Varsity Basketball @ Nome

High School JV Girls Basketball @ Ninilchik Tournament

Congratulations to Aura Petrick, Emily Durfee, Jade Williams, and Ariel VanZandt, the Nikiski High Battle of the Books team, for winning the District Championship! They will represent KPBSD at the State Battle on February 25.

This month Michael Weathers is being honored as the Elk’s Student of the Month.

Sterling Elementary

Feb. 10-14: I am Loved Campaign! Take a minute to make a sign that simply says, “I am loved.” Snap your picture with your sign and we will post it on our I am Loved display next week. On Friday morning, you will see staff members around the Sterling community taking pictures with local businesses and families that we see! Join our campaign to show that EVERYONE is loved!

Feb. 10-13: School Spirit Week

Feb. 14-17: No school for students — Parent Conferences and In-service

Feb. 15: Recycle Sterling! 12- 1 p.m. at Sterling Elementary — bring aluminum cans and plastics 1 and 2 to help us earn points for free stuff for our school.

Feb. 19: Early Release — students dismissed at 2:05 p.m.

Thank you for going 20 miles per hour on the highway during our morning and afternoon arrival and dismissal times! When the lights are flashing, please slow down!

Kenai Middle School

This week will be a busy one at KMS!

Monday is quiet, enjoy!

Our KMS 7 A, B and C Volleyball teams will head to Seward to compete on Tuesday, Feb. 11. C team will start our games at 3 p.m. with B and 7 A to follow. Go Kossacks!

Clubs will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Students, don’t forget your gear! Parents, remember if you will be picking up your student early, call ahead to make arrangements in order to avoid a delay in pick up!

Also on Wednesday, our seventh and eighth Grade A Volleyball teams as well as our B team will head to Skyview for some intense competition. Games begin and 3 p.m. Let’s go Kenai!

Thursday, Feb. 13 the KMS XC Skiing team will head to Homer! The meet begins at 4 p.m. Safe travels and best of luck to all!

We will also continue with a little more Volleyball. KMS 7 A will head to Nikiski to compete. The rest of the teams, C, B and KMS 8 A will play at KMS against Seward. Best of luck and safe travels to all!

Wrestlers will head to Nikiski on Friday, Feb. 14 for a meet that begins at 10 a.m. Go Kenai!

There is NO SCHOOL for students on Friday, Feb. 14 or Monday, Feb. 17 due to School Conferences.

Friday is for scheduled conferences and arena-style conferences will be held on Monday from 12-4 p.m. or 5-7 p.m. If you are unable to attend arena-style conferences, please contact the school to schedule a conference for Friday. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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