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Connections Home-school Program


Monday — High School Eligibility Due before noon

Wednesday ­— 1st Semester Grade Reports Due

Wednesday ­— Tustumena 200 Dog Sled Race Drawing Contest – Entries Due

Jan. 6 — Second Semester Begins

Jan. 14 Central Peninsula 2014 Elks Hoop Shoot at SMS 11 a.m.

Feb. 19 Ice Fishing Field Trip Sport Lake – Meet at boat ramp at Sports Lake at 10a.m.

Early Childhood Development 1 & 2 courses are available. Students will learn the principles of working with young children and how childcare centers work through theory as well as practical experience. High school and college credit are available for this courses. For more information please contact Mrs. Pokryfki, or 907-714-8928.

Alaska Fish and Game and your Connections advisors are sponsoring another ice fishing field trip on Feb. 19 at Sport Lake. We will meet at the boat ramp on Sport Lake at 10:00am. Sport Lake is located one mile outside of Soldotna off the Kenai Spur Highway. ADF&G will have the fishing rods and Connections staff will provide the bait. All you need is warm clothes and a fishing license for anglers 16 and older. All are welcome but we do request that you RSVP with Reubin Payne at the Connections office ( 714-8880. Thank you and we hope to see you on the ice.

The Central Peninsula 2014 Elks Hoop Shoot will take place at Soldotna Middle School on January 11th at 11am. This year’s shoot will be a little different than in the past - instead of each Central Peninsula school holding their own hoop shoot contest, all the school’s participants will gather at the same location & time in an attempt to qualify for the Central Peninsula District Hoop Shoot. Eligible participants must be ages 8-13 on April 1st, 2014. There will be hot dogs, chips, and drinks available. It should be a lot of fun, so if you’re interested in participating please RSVP with Mark Wackler at the Soldotna Connections Office ( or 714-8880).

Connections Homeschool is enrolled in the National Spelling Bee this year. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate in order to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills. The 2014 Alaska State Spelling Bee will be held on Feb. 28, at the Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage (PAC).

Our local Spelling Bee will be (tentatively) held on Jan. 21 in Soldotna at the Gilman River Center, we will confirm the Jan. 21 date before the Christmas break. If you have any questions please call Lennie Yoder at 714-8880 or

IDEA Home-school program

IDEA is hosting its annual Winter Party today at Jumpin Junction from 2 to 4 p.m. All IDEA families are welcome to attend and take part in bouncing and mini golf. Families please remember to bring a finger food to share.

The office is now decorated for the winter and families that stop by are invited to find snow flakes with snowmen shapes. See how many snowmen snow flakes you can find to win a treat from Omie.

Families looking to cozy up to a good book can find a large selection of Alaskan literature and non-fiction. These books not only engage the imagination but inform us on geography, habitat and culture. Additionally, the library also contains the latest fiction to go with the current blockbuster movies and help to encourage students to read.

Tuesday —third and gourth grade will be making gingerbread houses from 9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Wednesday — first and second grade will be making gingerbread houses from 1-3:20 p.m.

Gym Club and Arts & Craft Club are meeting from 3:45-4:45 for those who have turned in their permission slip forms. Thank you for picking your child up on time.

Thursday — Student council sponsored spirit day. Come to school dressed backwards.

School wide Sing Along in the gym from 9:15-9:45 a.m.

Kindergarten Celebration of learning-End of 2nd Quarter sharing. Parents are welcome to come in for sharing of poetry, cookie exchange, their portfolios and singing festive songs from 2:30-3:40.

first and second grade Celebration of learning –End of Quarter sharing from 3-3:35.

third and fourth grade will be having a Read-in day and will be revealing their secret pals.

Math & Science Club and Dance Club are meeting from 3:45-4:45 for those who have turned in their permission slip forms. Thank you for picking your child up on time.

Dance Club Informance in the gym from 4:30-5 p.m.

Family Fun Night 6 — 7 p.m.

Friday— End of 2nd Quarter-Inservice-NO School

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science is requesting proposals from artists interested in creating art to be located in front of the school. For more information, go to <> or email

The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is Integrity: to act according to a sense of what’s right and wrong.

Winter has arrived. It’s very important to make sure that your child comes to school with full winter gear each day. District policy is to send the children outside for recess as long as the wind chill is not below -10 degrees.

K-Beach Elementary

Dec. 17 – Band concert in the K-Beach gym at 6 p.m.

Dec. 20 – Inservice day – No School

Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 – Winter Break – No School

Kenai Central High School

This year is rapidly ending. The end of the semester is Thursday. Students will be busy taking finals and are hopefully spending time studying at home.

Wednesday — Finals Day Schedule 1,4,6

Finals Schedule

■ Advisory/Study/Review Time 7:45 - 8:40 a.m.

■ 1st period finals 8:45 - 10:20 a.m.

■ Break Time 10:20 - 10:30 a.m.

■ 4th period finals 10:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

■ Lunch 12:10 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.

■ 6th period 12:40 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Thursday — Finals Day Schedule 2, 5, 7

Finals Schedule

■ Advisory/Study/Review Time 7:45 - 8:40 a.m.

■ 2nd period finals 8:45 - 10:20 a.m.

■ Break Time 10:20 - 10:30 a.m.

■ 5th period finals 10:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

■ Lunch 12:10 p.m. - 12:40 p.m

■ 7th period12:40 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Have a Merry Christmas and don’t forget that classes will resume on Jan. 6.

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School is collecting canned and boxed food items for the annual food drive. We will be collecting cans until Dec. 18. These items are given to help the community for the upcoming holiday season. Food should be turned in to the commons area before school. Thank you for caring and sharing.

First round of Borough Basketball will begin on Tuesday.

The Holiday Choir concert will be on Thursday at 7 p.m. It is being held at the Kenai Central High School auditorium. Please come out for a night full of Christmas music.

There will be a Winter Dance for all 7th and 8th graders this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $3 or five cans of food at the door.

KCHS & KMS Band Annual Holiday Concert & Dessert Auction will be Dec. 15 at the KCHS Auditorium. The Auction starts at 2:30 p.m. and Concert begins at 3 p.m. Performing bands include KMS Intermediate Band, KMS Concert Band; KCHS Concert Band & KCHS Jazz Ban; Junior & Senior Soloists.

Mountain View Elementary

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 or Kim at 907-283-8600. Your contribution would be very much appreciated.

Our winter concert for first, second & third grade students will be on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium. The dress rehearsal will take place the morning of Dec. 17 at KCHS.

Donations of baked items are needed for the bake sale being held right after the concert at KCHS on Dec. 17.

Winter break is Dec. 23 through Jan. 5. Students return to school on Jan. 6.

Nikiski Middle/High

Congratulations to the Nikiski Quest team of Jamie Yerkes, Melanie Sexton, Sarah Nash, Katerina Sinenko, Thomas Halliday and John Bright for their first place Robot Performance award at the Regional Qualifier LEGO League robotics tournament at the Challenger Center on Dec. 7. The team, led by Melanie Sexton and Jamie Yerkes in the final round, beat out all other peninsula teams for the highest point total with their programmed robot missions. With their winning performance, the team has now officially qualified to participate in the state robotics tournament in Anchorage next month. The winner of state goes to California!

Christmas break is Dec. 23 to Jan. 6.

Girls Basketball Tournament at Kenai River Challenge at Kenai High School

Thursday vs. Bethel at 4:00 p.m.

Friday vs. Mt. Edgecumbe at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday vs. Thunder Mountain at noon.

Boys Basketball Tournament at SoHi Tipoff Tournament

Thursday vs. Colony at 5:15 p.m.

Friday – TBA

Saturday – TBA

Thursday – High School Cross Country Skiing at Skyview Candy Cane Scramble - TBA

Friday– No School for students/Inservice for teachers

Friday– Basketball at Nikiski vs. Kenai

JVG -3 p.m., JVB – 4:30 p.m., VG – 6 p.m., VB – 7:30 p.m.

January 4 – Basketball at Nikiski vs. Grace Christian

GJV – 11 a.m., BJV – 12:30 p.m., GV – 2:00 p.m., BV – 3:30 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The NNS community is invited to attend classes offered through Stanford University in the month of January. The class is titled, “Child Nutrition and Cooking 2.0”. The class each week is divided into two parts; the first part is information about childhood nutrition and the second part is a “hands-on” cooking demonstration. Everyone who is interested may go to the website Please spread the word about the learning opportunities available for parents and community members at NNS.

Please be sure your child comes to school each day with their winter snow gear. This includes winter coats, mittens/gloves, hats, snow boots and snow pants. Also, it is very helpful to the school staff if you could put your child’s first and last name on all of their gear.

There is no school for students on Friday School will resume for students on Jan. 6. We wish all of our families a very happy, safe and restful holiday season

Redoubt Elementary

Thank you to everyone who donated gifts and money during our PTA Christmas Kindness program this holiday season. A special shout out to Angela Massey and Brigette Escott who worked so hard putting together all of the gift boxes for our Redoubt families in need. Our Christmas Kindness program sponsored eighteen families this holiday season.

Once again Soldotna Rotary donated pre-cooked turkey dinners for the eighteen families that were sponsored by our PTA Christmas Kindness program. Each family will receive a complete pre-cooked holiday meal from Safeway/Carrs. Thank you Soldotna Rotary, we appreciate your continued support.

We would also like to thank the Fraternal Kenai Eagles 3525 for helping sponsor two of our Redoubt families during our Christmas Kindness program this holiday season. We appreciate your generosity, kindness and support.

Redoubt PTA is hosting their second annual “Winter Carnival”. Mark your calendar for Feb. 15. Come join us for an afternoon of fun. There will be door prizes, raffles, games, and a silent auction. Don’t miss the opportunity to dunk Mr. Pothast in the dunk tank. If you like to bounce, there will be a bounce house too. If you would like to volunteer to help at the carnival please call the school office. Maybe you own a business and wish to make a donation of goods or services for the auction, if so, please contact the school office. Thank you

Redoubt school T-Shirt logo design contest. We are in need of a new design for a school T-Shirt. This logo design contest will be open to all Redoubt families (students, siblings, parents and teachers). Guidelines

Elementary Friendly

Appropriate for pre-k-6th graders.

Include the school mascot; Roadrunner.

Include the words “Redoubt Elementary Roadrunners”

One color design

Design must be on an 8x11 plain white piece of paper.

All designs need to be turned in by 9:00am Tuesday, December 17th. All entries should be turned in to the school office. The winner will receive a free T-Shirt or Sweatshirt with their logo design on it.

Friday - in-service day – no school for students

Dec. – 23 - Jan. 3 – Christmas Vacation

School back in session Monday, Jan. 6

Looking ahead - 2014

Jan. 14 -Beginning Band Concert 6– 7pm at Redoubt

Jan. 23 - Winter Musical 6:30-7:30pm at Sohi

River City Academy

This week is spirit week at RCA: Today is pajama day, tomorrow is twin Tuesday, then neon Wednesday, and super hero or villain day on Thursday.

Spirit week was coordinated by Dawnie Altman and Emily Ehret, good job girls.

Remember no school this Friday, it’s the end of the 2nd quarter and an inservice day for teachers and staff. Progress reports will be mailed home on Friday. Students will return to school Jan. 6.

Students will spend this week signing up for Interims and working hard if their names are on an INL list. They are looking forward to changing things up a little and trying new activities.

RCA is currently accepting applications for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in a unique school experience. Students who demonstrate skills in being self-motivated, successful time managers and advocate on their own behalf are often an ideal fit for RCA. The performance-based model offers students choice in their education inside of a consistent standards-based curriculum. For more information, please call 714-8945.

Skyview High

Congratulations to the wrestlers - Region Champions Winning individual titles for Skyview were Austin Craig at 106, Seth Hutchison at 113, and Bailey Blumentritt at 145. Finishing second place were Grant Valiquette at 126, Cajewl Musgrave at 170, and Sage Hill at 195. Finishing third place were Ryan Winter at 120, Sean Turvin at 145, Iisha Oftedal at 195 and Taylor Macrae at 285. Finishing in fourth place were Charles Gibbons at 132, and Ashton Mahan at 170. These 12 wrestlers will be representing Skyview at the state tournament this weekend. In addition, Seth Hutchison was named Outstanding Wrestler and Coach Gardner was named Coach of the Year.

The ski team raced well on Dec 7. In the girls varsity race, Mika Morton finished 2nd, just 14 seconds out of 1st and Mieka Chythlook was 10th. For the boys, Jeremiah Hudson finished in 8th place, followed by Sky Schlung in 9th.

The Robotic Club representing Skyview and SOHI recently traveled to Anchorage for a competition. The Frostbots (Dylan Webb, Jeremy Hines, & Liz McGlothen) took home the connect award that qualifies them for the state meet in Fairbanks in March. This award is second in rank of importance as part of the team judging section of the competition. If they win this award at the state tournament it takes them to Super-Regionals in California. The Starbots (Evelyn Bennett, Walter Baxter, & Meg McGlothen) took home the Motivate Award (School/FIRST/Team spirit award). They all worked really well together under pressure and learned some valuable team/individual lessons.

Skyview will be hosting a Memorabilia Sale on Dec. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. Vintage uniforms from football, volleyball, and cross country running will be on sale to the general public.

First semester finals will be on Wednesday Periods 1,4,6 and Thursday Periods 2,5,7. Alternate bell schedule will be in use. Please check Skyview School web page for details.

Soldotna Middle School

The Soldotna Middle School Smart Start Breakfast Program is off to a great start but volunteers are needed from 7:10 to 7:40 am one day a week. Those who can help should email Mrs. Pothast at or call 907-260-2500 for volunteer scheduling information. Many thanks to all who have donated supplies and/or volunteered their time!

Winter Holiday Band and Choir Concert will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Soldotna Middle School Large Gym with an audience sing along. All welcome to attend.

Time to plan for the Geography Bee. Any student interested needs to see Mr. Rob Moore. First round of competition will be during the week of Jan. 6. State level competition will be April 4.

Thursday is the last day of the second quarter.

No school for students on Friday - Winter Break begins. School will resume on Jan. 6.

Winter Sports begin on Monday, January 6 – Volleyball, Wrestling, Skiing. All students who wish to join must turn in the required sports forms before participation. Forms must be filled out for each sport. All forms for Volleyball and Wresting can be picked up at the Front Office or found online at > Spartan Sports > Required Sports Paperwork > Forms 1-4. Students who wish to join skiing, please contact Mr. Harro.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Team Spartan.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

We are in need of helpers Santa’s Secret Shop to help manage sales today and Tuesday. Interested parents should contact the office.

Soldotna High School

Just a quick update on where we are. Students have completed (or are almost done) with their first spread. That puts us at about π of the way finished. We are still looking for some cross country state & regions pictures and some state swim pictures. With winter sports beginning their competition part of the season, please look for those photo ops and snap a quick picture for us and upload them to the website. I will be trying to get cameras at most events, but even with the hundreds of football photos we had I was searching for just the right photo at the end so ‘the more the merrier’. I would also like some crowd shots as it shows our community support for the athletics programs.

There is a page on our school website that has updated information about where we are and there are links to the photo site and how to order yearbooks and advertising space.

We are short on our sales goals; if you are interested in purchasing a yearbook or advertising space please do so before winter break to get the best pricing. Josten’s is now offering website business advertising on for businesses that purchase a ∏ page or full page advertisement. If you would like to donate a yearbook to a senior please email me and I will help make that happen. Yearbooks this year are $57 and come with free personalization if pre-ordered. Yearbook staff are required to sell 5 yearbooks and 2 advertisements, if you would like to support their efforts please email me with the student’s name and your purchase confirmation # so that I can credit the student in the grade book. Staff will be selling yearbook orders on Thursdays and Fridays in November and December at lunch to help make their sales goals.

Our sales goal for the senior class is 90% and 200 books by 12/20/13. If we have over a 75% purchase rate for our senior class before 12/13/13 we are offering an incentive/reward drawing: any senior that has purchased a yearbook by 12/13/13 will be put in a drawing for a free π page senior send-off (recognition). If you have already purchased your yearbook, thank you. If you have not, please go to the josten’s website or stop by the school to place your order. We will draw a winner during semester 1 finals week. If you are interested in donating a yearbook to a senior, please email me and I will help you give this gift.

If you ever have any questions or just too many photos to upload to the website, please feel free to email Mrs. McGlothen ( and I will get back to you. Thanks for your support and have a great holiday season.

Higher Expectations Greater Success Parent Guide (Alaska Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics) is now available at the front office. Alaska’s standards in English and math set high expectations for students from kindergarten to grade 12. Students who meet these goals will be ready for success after high school-whether it is in the military, on the job, or in a union apprenticeship, technical school, or college. Your schools will decide how to meet the standards through a local curriculum and teaching methods that respect your community’s cultures.

Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for 2014 Cinderella’s Closet. This is a program which helps all area high school ladies with prom attire for free. Please email for more info. All donations can be dropped off to the front office 8am-2pm.

SoHi will be locking the Parking lot entrance Door during the following hours:

■ 7:50 a.m. to noon

■12:35 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Also note that during school hours the only open door will be the Front Entrance Commons/Flag Pole doors. The above is to improve our overall school security.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Brody Reger, the winner of our last box top drawing. Please keep those box tops coming in as they are making a definite difference for our students.

Note to sixth grade parents — Our sixth grade teachers are looking for photos of your child. Please send in any pictures, from infancy to today, that your family would like included in the year book and graduation slideshow. Pics can be emailed to teachers or sent in with students. Please have all pictures submitted by Friday, December 13th. Thank you so much!

Our Christmas Assistance forms went home a few weeks ago. Please remember that the deadline for Soldotna Elementary’s Christmas Dinner Assistance is Friday, December 13th, and there can be no exceptions regarding this date. There is, however, no deadline for donating to the Christmas Assistance Program. Thank you. If you have questions regarding this program, you may see Nurse Tammy or call 260-5105.

Last week’s Holiday Concert was delightful. Thank you to Mr. Tor Dahl, Mrs. Teri Diamond, Mrs. Lisa Juliussen, and countless others who made it a wonderful celebration. Our gym was decorated beautifully, and was full of snowflakes, reindeer, penguins, and even Santa made an appearance. Thank you to all our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders who sang their hearts out.

A Holiday Wonderland Shop is coming to our school Wednesday, December 18th, and Thursday, December 19th, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for our Soldotna Elementary students to shop independently for holiday gifts. A packet and price list will be going home today. The PTA is asking for volunteers to help with set up and during the sale times. Please call Cat at 398-2593 or Steph ay 808-222-8548 for more information.

No School for students on Friday, Dec. 20th. Christmas break begins Dec. 23. See everyone back here on Monday, Jan. 6.

How about sharing with your child some of the following ways he can give gifts this Christmas season:

Offer to fun errands for an elderly neighbor.

Record himself reading a book for a younger sibling to either read along or to play as a special bedtime story.

Make a list for Grandpa : My 10 Best Memories with Grandpa

Make a coupon book for Mom which includes chores…and no grumbling.

Record a video message for a loved one who is far away.

Create a calendar with personalized artwork.

Bake cookies or make some jelly or jam with the berries he picked this fall. Deliver to the neighbors.

PTA meets this evening, today at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Childcare is provided. Please join us.

Winter gear consists of boots, coats, snow pants or snowsuits, hats, and gloves, and sometimes, scarves. We have fire drills every month, even in winter. If that drill falls on a day when your child forgot even one item, he could be very uncomfortable for a while. Please take a quick glance before he leaves for school. He will be glad you did

The Study

We are excited to announce our all day Academic Kinder Prep in 2014. Sign up now to reserve your spot, space is limited to ten students. If there is enough interest, we will offer a 3 year old course as well.

Coming up in January we will offer the following:

Excellence in Writing: Jan. 6-Jan. 29

Mastery of Multiplication: Jan. 7-Feb. 4

Private Pilot Ground School: Jan. 23 -Feb. 27

Alaska Studies for Credit: Jan. 27-March 6

SAT Prep: Jan. 14-Jan. 23

The Study will be closed for the Holidays (unless otherwise scheduled with a tutor)

Closed: Dec. 21- Jan. 6

As always The Study offers private tutoring for all subjects and all ages as well as voice, piano and guitar. We are fully accredited by AdvancEd.

Tustumena Elementary

The sixth grade leadership students have designed a “Spirit Week.” Normally this event is in conjunction with the National Red Ribbon Week, but we needed to postpone it until now. During the week of December 16-19, all students can (optional) dress to celebrate our commitment to being drug free. the themes are as follows:

Monday- Sport Day

Tuesday - Crazy Hair Day (it must be temporary)

Wednesday- Hat Day

Thursday - Santa Day

Each of these days will begin with an announcement connecting the celebration to committing to be drug free.

Save your Boxtops - We will be having another Box Top Store in January.

Tuesday - Kenai Senior Line Dancers, 2pm

Wednesday - Geography Bee, Canned Food Drive Ends

Thursday - Reindeer Games

Friday - NO School,Inservice Day, End of 2nd quarter

December 23 – January 5

Winter Break/NO SCHOOL

Wings Christian Academy

Cleanest Office awards for UUL: Joanna Grant LLC: Zane James

Special thanks to Georgia James, Linda Kincaid and Amy Berga for all the hard work put into “Star of Wonder”.

Congrats goes to Matanya Bush, Joanna Grant, Chase Miller and Kobe Miller for knowing the amount of gifts from the song “12 Days of Christmas”.

Students enjoyed serving and singing at the Tyotka Elder Center, thank you to all the Elders for such warm welcome.

Friday student Christmas Party from 10 a.m.- noon.

Christmas break will begin at noon on Friday - Jan. 7.

January 6, 2014 is staff Inservice day.