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The BOOK IT! K-6 Program has begun and we are happy to be a part of it. Spend just 20 minutes each day focusing on raising a reader. Set a monthly reading goal and when that goal is met , celebrate achievement by going to Pizza Hut and redeeming the BOOK IT! coupon for a personal pan pizza. Coupons are available at the Soldotna Connections office. Please call Lennie Yoter with any questions. More information may be found at <>

Connections Homeschool is enrolled with the National Spelling Bee this year. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate. Please contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or via email at: for word lists or with any questions.

* Dec. 10-14 Book Fair, please stop by and see all the amazing reads!

Kenai Fjords trip in May! Please contact Wendi at 714-8880 or for more information. Must sign up and pay fee’s by December 10. This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. All Homeschoolers grades 3-12 and families are invited to join.

The Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) will be administered to all students in grades 5, 7 and 9. Testing will take place December 3-6, 2012. This is a district test designed to assess writing skills. Practice materials and more information will be available at our offices. Please call the Connections Office to schedule a testing time for your student.

Cook Inlet Academy

* Dec. 13 – 15 is CIA’s Annual “Classic” Basketball Tournament.

* Dec. 21 is the end of the 2nd Quarter and school will be dismissed at noon to kick off Christmas Break.

* Dec. 27-29, Third Annual Hoops for the Holidays Basketball Camp.

* Jan. 7 is a Teacher In Service Day, classes will resume on Tuesday, January 8th.

* Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. is Parent Night.

CIA’s Annual “Classic” Basketball Tournament needs you! It will be held December 13 – 15. There are plenty of jobs.. big and small that need to be filled. Please consider helping out to once again help make this a successful community event. Contact Rhonda at or 398-7220 if you are able to help in any way.

CIA’s Third Annual HOOPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS is back! Our elementary basketball camp will be held on December 27-29 (Thurs-Sat). This is put on by the high school boys and girls basketball teams and their coaches. It’s an awesome opportunity to develop skills, make a friend, foster mentoring with secondary students, and give parents a “break” during the “break”! Camp is open to Kindergarten – 6th grade. The cost is $90 per child for all three days or $30 per day (includes a camp t-shirt and snacks). Thursday and Friday camp is 10AM -2PM and Saturday 9AM-3PM. Kids will need to pack their own lunch. It’s a popular camp, so don’t miss out and register early. If you have any questions, contact Coach Justin at 252-8854,

Make sure to check out Sycamore for important school information, especially if your student is involved in athletics. All practice information and anything pertaining to sports will be posted here. If you need assistance with accessing Sycamore, please do not hesitate to contact the office for assistance.


Idea students are practicing for the National Geo Bee at the office on Friday, December 7th at 1:30pm. Students will practice map skills, play geography games and learn terms for the Bee final. All students in grades 4th through 8th are invited.

Families start planning now for the Winter Party. This year’s celebration will be at Solid Rock Camp on December 14th. Families please bring snow clothes and finger food to share.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee practice lists are available for students in grades 3 through 8. Please contact Marian at the IDEA office at 260-7555.

Students in grades three through high school may participate in the Alaska Library Association’s Battle of the Books. This reading enhancement program will encourage readers of all abilities and will improve comprehension and fluency. Please contact Omie to receive the practice lists.

K-Beach Elementary

K-Beach Elementary is collecting Toys for Tots. If you would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy, please drop off in the K-Beach office.

* Dec. 6 Art Lesson with Ms. Liz, open to the public at 2:45 p.m. in the K-Beach library

* Dec. 10 Joint Site Council and PTA meeting at 2:45 p.m. in the library

* Dec. 10-14 Kids go Shopping date change

* Dec. 13 Grade 3-6 Art Show at 6 p.m. in the gym

* Dec. 17 the library will be doing inventory this week and parent volunteers are welcome. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Heather Stockton or Shana Butler in the library.

* Dec. 18 K-3 Winter Concert at Soldotna High School at 7 p.m.

* Dec. 20 Band Concernt at 6:30 p.m. in the K-Beach gym

* Dec. 21 No School, Inservice day


PTA News:

* Dec. 3-7 Lil Shoppers Club will be held this week. Students will shop the 4th-6th. Today we will be setting up the shop and Friday is a make-up day for absent students and clean-up. Contact the PTA if you’d like to help or sign-up on the bulletin boards at the school.

* Dec. 5 Yearbook training at 9:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab

If you have any questions or would like to contact the PTA please email them at

If you signed up to donate items for the Christmas Drive, please make sure they are delivered to the school by December 13th. Families receiving Christmas Donations are to pick your items up from the school on December 15th at 10:00.

* Dec. 11 Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. at the Kenai Central High School auditorium. A note from Mrs. Larsen concerning the time to have your student arrive and what they should wear will be sent home in the Friday Folders. Students will be bused to the high school for dress rehearsal December 11th at 9:15 a.m. Please make sure you have signed the field trip permission slip and returned it to the school.

* Dec. 13 Band Concert for 5th and 6th grade bands at 6 p.m.

* Dec. 14 Band Assembly for the whole school at 9:15 a.m.

* Dec. 20 Family fun night at 6 p.m.

Kenai Central High

Kenai Central High School Band and Dessert Concert:

You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Holiday Band Concert and Annual Dessert Auction at Kenai Central High School. The concert will include performances from both the Kenai Central High School Bands and the Kenai Middle Bands. The dessert auction began several years ago as a fundraiser to help support the Kenai bands and their need for new music, uniforms and instruments. This tradition will continue this year as we endeavor to bring the gift of music to our youth and our community. Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of music performed by some of the finest young musicians in our area. The Holiday Band Concert and Dessert Auction is December 9. Preview of desserts begins at 2:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 3 p.m. We hope you and your family will come and join us for an evening of fun, music and goodies!

Congratulations to Shilo Carlisle, Mikaela Salzetti, Bradley Hamilton, Kirsten Nyquist, Alex Bergholtz, Ariana Gabriel, Cody Conaway, Brett Brown, Olen Danielson, Ian Ferguson, Logan Boyle, Rebecca Andrew, & Tori Askin for being selected to the 2012 Alaska All-State Band and Orchestras!! Allison Steinbeck & Moriah Bisset - alternates

* Dec. 7 Basketball vs East at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

* Dec. 8 Basketball vs Bartlett at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Kenai Middle

* Dec. 3

- Deadline to request assistance from the Christmas Drive. We will still be accepting requests to donate.

- Annual Canned Food Drive and competition begins

* Dec. 4 First round of Basketball Boroughs begins

* Dec. 4-6 After school tutoring will be held from 2:35-4 p.m.

* Dec. 8 Last round of Basketball Boroughs beginning at 10 a.m.

* Dec. 9 Annual Christmas Band Concernt and Dessert Auction at Kenai Central High School at 3 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to our “Soaring Eagles” for the month of November. They are Khloe Anderson, Kristi Anderson, Isabella Bond, Kimberly Chanley, Isabel Coon, Tait Cooper, Devon Duniphin, Denali Glenzel, Chloe Grimes, MaryRose Macabuag, Malerie Nunn, Willow Patrick, Chelsea Plagge, Caleb Russell, Autianna Spann, Ayden Spann, James Sparks, Reanna Virg-in, Haven Walluk, & Chena Ward.

* Dec. 10-13 “The Holiday Wonderland” will be open in the Library. This is a program hosted by the PTA to allow students to shop for inexpensive Christmas gifts for family & friends. If you would like to volunteer to help students shop please call the office at 283-8600 to schedule a time.

* Dec. 18 Our winter concert for 1st & 2nd grade students will be in the KCHS auditorium. The dress rehearsal will take place the morning of December 18 at KCHS. The students will be traveling by bus leaving Mountain View at 8:50 AM and returning at 11:30 AM. Students must have a signed permission slip returned by Friday, December 7.

* Dec. 21 There will be a staff inservice day. There will be no school for students. Assessing Learning, Bully Proofing Mountain View & Professional Learning Community Development are on the agenda.

* Dec. 24- Jan 6 Winter Break. Students return to school on Jan. 7.

Nikiski Middle High

* Dec. 4 Middle School Basketball First Round Boroughs

* Dec. 7 High School Cross Country Skiing @ Dimond Lynx Invite

* Dec. 6-8 Wrestling State Tournament at Nikiski High School

Friday - Session One from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Session Two from 6-8 p.m.

Saturday - Session Three from 9 a.m. to noon, Championship session from 2:30-7:45 p.m.

For more information go to

Nikiski North Star

Today begins the Kids Holiday Shop sponsored by the NNS PTA. Children will come down to the library to shop for gifts for family and friends. The holiday shop will be open for shopping through Friday. Each classroom will have a designated shopping time. If you have any questions, please call the school at 776-2600.

There will be a site council meeting today at 3:45 pm in the staff lounge.

* Dec. 4 is the NNS Winter Concert Extravaganza. This event will feature Pre-K through 2nd grade students singing holiday tunes under the direction of music teacher Christine Beahm. The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Nikiski Middle High School. Students involved in the program are asked to arrive at the high school by 5:45 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt PTA is still in need of help with our Holiday Kindness program. New names have been added to our Angel Tree this week. Thank you to everyone who has already helped this year, we appreciate you and your generosity. We would like to include a thank you to the following organizations for donating gift cards to our Christmas Kindness program this year; ABATE, AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS AND COUNTRY FOODS thank you!

* Dec. 6 The Snow Party at 6:30 p.m. at Soldotna High School Auditorium. Redoubt’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students will be performing a winter musical. All children have parts in the performance. Parents are welcome to help build costumes and props. Stage decorating is Wednesday, December 5th from 4:15 to 6:00 at Soldotna High School. If you can help or have any questions please contact Mrs. Biggs 260-4337.

* Dec. 11 Title One Families “Sweet Rewards” 7:45-8:30 a.m. or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Title One Families are invited to enjoy donutes, juice, books and play time with your child. We hope you can join us during one of the scheduled times listed above.

Substitute Educators Day was November 21st. The staff and students at Redoubt would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the substitutes who have worked at Redoubt over the years! Thank you, we appreciate all of you.

Parents please make sure your child brings the proper cold weather gear to school every day, such as; hat and gloves, a warm coat, snow pants and winter boots. Please make sure to put your child’s name on his or her gear.

* Dec. 4-6 The Elf Shelf Holiday Store. PTA sponsors this annual gift shopping opportunity for students. Envelopes and order forms were sent home last week.

River City Academy

World History students are working diligently on their presentations for River City Academy’s annual Human Rights Summit. Students are each choosing a human rights topic to research and present during mid-December.

Students are also working at evaluating our current CORE Values in school and are working to determine how we can even better implement those values at school. RCA’s CORE is integral in creating the positive culture of our school and students are the driving factors behind those values.

January is on the horizon – which means that Interims are just around the corner! Students are in the process of brainstorming possible classes for our Interim Schedule. Interim ideas so far include Chess Club, Batiking, Soccer, Stained Glass, Art, Robotics, Programming and a variety of other activities. It is shaping up to be our most extensive Interim session ever! At RCA, Interims are a great way to take a break from our usual intense academics and focus on our PECC, Careers, and Technology standards.

RCA is currently accepting applications for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in a different and more personalized school experience. Students who demonstrate skills in being self-motivating, self-managing and self-advocating are often an ideal fit for RCA. The performance-based model offers students choice in their education, which maintaining a consistent standards-based curriculum. For more information, please call 714-8945.


* Dec. 4 Site Council will meet in the library at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday – Congratulations to the Students and Staff of the Month for second semester: Aide – Laura Ritter; Business Education – Brenner Musgrave; English – Hannah Glaves, Cassie McKenzie and Zach Schwartz; Fine Arts – Kyle Stropes; Health – Julie Hubbard and Jacy Rouse; Math – Tristin Kruse, Destany Trent, Wade Vonheeder and Nathaniel Yannikos; Performing Arts – Morgan Chesley and Sean Turvin; Physical Education – Adrian Cana and Madison White; Science – Elizabeth Davis, Stephanie Dolan and Katelyn Malone; Social Studies – Tiffany Allen, Brenner Musgrave, Joann Padgett, Camila O’Toole and Catherine Schoessler; Vocational Technologies – Kyle Austin; World Languages – Coltin Yancey and Makinna Halverson; Yearbook - Kendra Bass; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce – Sam Janorschke and Savannah Anchinges; Teachers and Staff – Kyle McFall, Eric Willets, Johnnie Cotton and Carol Kier. They will be honored at a luncheon Thursday, prepared and hosted by Skyview’s National Honor Society.

* Dec. 10 The music department will present its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. in the Skyview Commons. The public is invited to attend. Come out and enjoy some holiday music!

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary is buzzing with holiday excitement. Programs and activities are keeping the wolf pack busy during this festive time of year!

The PTA Christmas kindness food drive is Nov. 28-Dec 14. Food items go to the classroom and monetary donations go to the office. There will be a class party drawing after the drive. Thank you so much for your generous donations!

Congratulations to the SoEl gymnasts that participated in the Gymnastics Extravaganza. Students danced and performed original routines during an all school assembly as well as for friends and family. The SoEl gymnasts are Austin Adlam, Gage Baktuit, Stevie Berninger, Timothy Cashman, Hunter Crosby, Olivia Davis, Megan Eskue, Ryder Giesler, Sally Hoagland, Dalten Hulsey, Chris Jaime, Holleigh Jaime, Joseph McLeod, Sam Myers, Catie O’Dell, Josh Pieh, Tabor Pyhala, Cierra Ritchie, Auree Sorensen, Brett Spence, Crystle Tapia, Rowan Vasquez and Taylor Wilson. Marissa Griffin was last week’s box top winner; congratulations Marissa!

* Dec. 4 the band and choir concert will be at 6 p.m. in the gym. Everyone is welcome!

* Dec. 13 Grades K-3 will be performing in the holiday concert at 6 p.m. in the gym. Please come and enjoy this magical performance!

Soldotna Middle

Brian Dusek was chosen as the November 8th Grade Chamber Student of the Month. He was honored at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, November 27 at Froso’s Restaurant. Congratulations Brian!

Thank you to all the students and staff for their generous support of the SMS canned food drive! A total of seven large shopping carts were donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank - including a 20 pound turkey! Winners of the homeroom contest: First place - Mr Vincent’s Homeroom, Second place - Mrs. Pothast’s Homeroom, Third place - Mrs. Eggleston’s Homeroom. Great job Spartans!

* Dec. 4 — Math/Writing parent night from 6-8 p.m. – All parents welcome! One night only! All SMS staff from the Math and Language Arts Departments will be available to assist parents with questions and introduce resources for helping students succeed at home. Please attend to Review Math Concepts, get an introduction to IXL Math, Online Rubrics, Power School, and more!

* First round of Basketball Borough Tournament - TBA

* Dec. 8 Finals of Borough Tournament at Kenai at 10 a.m.

* Dec. 14 SMS Fort Nightly! From 6-8 p.m. Parent volunteers needed! Please contact the front office at 260-2500 if you can help.

Soldotna High

The Soldotna High School Child Development class will have a free daycare on 12/13 and 12/14. There will be crafts, games, snacks, and more. Children must pre-enroll and be potty trained. Please contact Meggean Bos for more info at

A huge thank you to all Sophomores for your fundraising! You raised over $600 for your class. A lunch will be provided for all students who participated on 12/4 in Miss Bos’s room! Thank you to families and friends who supported this fundraiser. All funds will go toward the 2014 prom.

Soldotna had a Food Drive and it was a HUGE success helping 13 families and still being able to give 650 lbs of food to the Food Bank.

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered at for $55 or in room 76. Personalization features are available. Prices go up January 1. Senior ad space for parents is still available. Call 260-7000 for more information.

* Dec. 6 Twenty-two freshman (STAR Techies) will be trained on advanced technology skills

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The annual winter music concert featuring all classrooms will take place in the gym on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the gym. Our annual holiday cookie sale will be held before and after the concert. Cookie boxes sell for $5 and $15.

As a part of their study of aeronautics and space, upper elementary students will spend December 18 in field studies. Fifth and sixth grade students will be participating in a team challenge at the Challenger Center. Students in grade four will visit the Kenai airport.

Students in Mrs. Hurst and Mrs. Atchley’s class will go ice skating on December 17. Students in Kindergarten and Mrs. Holt’s class will go ice skating on December 18. Chaperones for both groups are still needed.

All students will go Christmas Caroling in the local area on December 19. Parents are welcome to join in the caroling fun.


There will be no PTO or Site Council Meetings in December

* Dec. 1 Cash Raffle Drawing, 6-8 p.m.

* Dec. 1 Elk’s Hoop Shoot

* Dec. 13 Music Concert grades 4-6 at 6 p.m.

* Dec. 21 End of Quarter, No school for students, inservice day for teachers

* Dec. 24 – Jan. 4 winter break

Free Training for High School Students

KPBSD Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the Welding, Construction and Medical Field.

Any high school student is able to participate in any of our academies. If a student successfully completes the 60 hour academy they will receive practical art credit. Transportation may be provided if needed.

Nikiski High School: Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD-CAM) academy starting Jan 22nd-Feb 15th. Mon-Fri 2:30-5:30. Students will be learning how to use drafting/design software for computer aided machining. They will learn how to use 3 different CNC machines: Plasma Cam for metal, Shop Bot for wood and Versa Cam for vinyl.

Skyview High School: Personal Care Attendant (PCA) academy starting January 8th at 3:00pm in room C106. This first day is a mandatory meeting. Academy schedule TBD by students and instructor. This academy is open to Juniors and Seniors only. The PCA course is a state program. Students will learn Personal Care Services, Employability Awareness, Earn First Aid & State Certification, and participate in Job Shadowing.

Other classes that we have starting next semester are: Emergency Trauma Technician and Welding. Dates and times TBA.

For more information contact Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or you can sign up by going to:

Funding for the Alaska Construction Academies comes from a grant from the Ak Dept of Labor and Workforce Development, The Ak Dept of Commerce and Economic Development and The AK Youth First Program.


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