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Posted: Monday, February 08, 2010

Connections home-school program

Advisers will not be available Thursday due to in-service meetings.

Connections now has a secure password protected forum No spammers will be able to get in. All joiners go through an approval process. When joining use a first and last name or you will not be approved. This is to prevent unwanted users from being inadvertently being approved.

Seniors are asked to stop by the office for a graduation packet.

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Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Re-enrollment forms for the 2010-11 school year were mailed home two weeks ago. It is important that you return the form by the deadline of Feb. 12 by 4 p.m.; this will ensure your child(ren's) spot for next year. If you have a child that will have sibling preference next year, you need to complete the sibling lottery application by the March 5 4 p.m. deadline.

School tours for new families are held Wednesdays in February at 9:30 a.m.

New parent informational meetings will be Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., and Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. It is mandatory to attend one meeting if you will be new in the fall.

Photo and Gym Activities Clubs are meeting Mondays for eight weeks. Yoga Club meets Thursdays starting this week. Pick up time for clubs is 4:50 p.m.

Dino Clubs are today for kindergartners, Feb. 15 for first-graders, and Feb. 22 for second-graders. Pick up time is 4:45 p.m. for each day.

Terra Nova testing for 5th graders is February 9-12. It is extremely important that students be on time those days, are well rested and have had a good breakfast.

Bingo for Books will be the Family Fun Night on Feb. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. The library is collecting donations of books (baby to adult) that are clean and in good condition for the event. The books can be dropped off at the library anytime.

The APC will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Helpers are needed for the PTA winter carnival which is scheduled for Feb. 19 - if you're interested contact the PTA at

Yearbook orders are being taken and the cost is $15. The PTA is looking for photos and if you have any you'd like to share put them on a CD and drop it off at the office.

The office will periodically send e-mails to families but they do not have addresses for everyone. Some that are sent are being returned as undeliverable or mailboxes are full. Make sure they do have correct e-mails for you.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The rehearsal schedule for "High School Musical" is posted on Edline. Contact Mr. Houglum if you would like to help.

The fifth and sixth grade Battle of the Books team won the district competition. The team consisted of Lavender Burns, Mariah Kjostad, Dalton Staller, Jessica Segura and Andrew Agosti. They will compete in the state competition Feb. 17.

Fourth grade students celebrated the 100th day of school. They created projects with exactly 100 items; sang an Ode to 100 Days with parent volunteer, Molly Aley, cruised 100 times down the sled hill, and wrote poems about 100. Students and teachers also dressed up as if they were 100 years old.

Third and fourth grade Battle of the Books teammates have been working for their district competition.

Students were sent home with tie-dye shirts or pillowcases this past week, helped by PTA president Heather Stockton and an parent volunteers Amy McDonald, Johna Lemm, Roxy Miller, Eva Bell, Sharee Martin and Marlana McCallen, and Becky Cole.

TB Testing will take place on the Tuesday and the Thursday for Kindergarten classes and new students.

Kenai Central High

Junior parents who are interested in helping out with After-Prom on April 17 are invited to attend the After-Prom Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the staff lounge.

The annual KPBSD High School Boro Mass Choir will be held at Kenai Central High School on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The first half will feature individual choir performances from Soldotna, Skyview, Seward, Nikiski, Homer and Kenai Central. The second half of the concert features the 2010 High School Mass Choir portion under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth from Temple University - Philadelpha, Pennsylvania. The students will work today and Tuesday on their five pieces with Dr. Dilworth. Per request, the choir will be learning three pieces composed by Dr. Dilworth. The third piece was commissioned by the KCHS Choir for this festival and is entitled "Winter Night".

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students.

Kardinal alumni and Kardinal fans are invited to show their support by purchasing a Kenai Kardinal flag for $80 and Kenai athletic apparel available at all home sporting events.

Kenai Middle

The following students placed third in the Borough Battle of the Books competition: Desmond Ticknor, Marley Smith, and Anessia Hubler. Karla Barkman and Jill Evans were the coaches.

The students raised $207 at their Activity Night and dance to help the people of Haiti. Another dance will be held Feb. 12. If you would like to help with the dance call 283-1700.

Students of the Month for December and January are Quincy Fuller; Shanna Goff; Marissa Goode; Marley Smith; Celestina Castro; Kendra Pisa; Levi Hansen; Katie Knackstedt; Jake Eubank; Samantha VanDenburgh; Carissa Bible; Miles Jones. These students received a pizza for lunch.

Friday -- Valentine Dance for seventh and eighth grade 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday -- XC Skiing at Seward 12 p.m.

Feb. 16 -- Volleyball at KMS 3 p.m.

Feb. 18 -- Volleyball at KMS 3 p.m.

Feb. 19 -- Volleyball at Seward 3 p.m.

Feb. 20 -- Borough Wrestling Tournament at Nikiski 9 a.m.

Feb. 25 -- Volleyball 1st Round of Boroughs

Feb. 27 -- Volleyball Boroughs at Homer 10 a.m; XC Skiing.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners were Danny Jaen, Alana Munson, Hana Enders, Molly Cook, Omar Palma, Ayla Farris, Kainoa Kaona, Alexis Andrade, Tyler Sargent, Karlie Diehl, Madison Chanley and Rebecca Miller.

Volleyball Club open to fifth grade students will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through February. Students will need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up at 4:15 p.m.

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the library.

The fifth grade band concert is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the gym.

Forensics will be held after school Mondays and Thursdays for third through fifth grade students through March 4. Students will need to have a signed permission slip and will need to be picked up at 4:30 p.m.

Friday is "Stuffed Animal Day". All students may bring their favorite stuffed animal to school for the day. We will have a Teddy Bear Parade at 2:30 p.m. for Kindergarten - second grade.

Site Council will meet Feb. 15 at 7:45 a.m. in the library.

Artist in Residence, Joy Falls, will visit today through Feb. 26. Falls will work with students on a large scale clay mural highlighting the wildlife of the Kenai Peninsula.

Nikiski Middle-High

Site council meeting on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the library.

PTSA Meeting on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the library.

VoTech teacher Paul Johnson was selected by the staff to receive the Golden Apple Award of excellence.

Seniors and parents: Scholarship deadlines are swiftly approaching. See the counseling office for more info.

Today -- JV GBB vs. Kenai 3 p.m.; JV BBB vs. Kenai 4:30; V GBB vs. Kenai 6 p.m.; and V BBB vs. Kenai 7:30 p.m.;

Friday -- V BBB vs. Heritage 4:30 p.m.; and

Saturday -- MS Volleyball 10 a.m.; JV GBB vs. Grace Christian -1 p.m.; JV BBB vs. Grace Christian - 2:30 p.m.; V GBB vs. Grace Christian - 4 p.m.; and V BBB vs. Grace Christian - 5:30 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The school is celebrating Love of Reading Month by participating in the "One Book, One School" program. Each child will bring home a copy of the book, "Indian in the Cupboard". Families are encouraged to read a chapter each night and discuss what happens in the chapter. The following day, there will be trivia questions for students and parents, along with prizes.

There will be a PTA meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. in the library.

January Character Counts Students of the Month are Alex Johnson, Ashlyn Harris, Candace Britton, Emilee Braun, Hamilton Cox, Hana Tibbetts, Jade McCauley, James Brown, Melanie Sexton, Michael Stillings, Molly Tumsuden, Rylee Ellis, Sasha Searle, Savanna Stock, Olivia Smith, Connor Barnette, Skylar Freeman and Thomas Halliday.

Most of the students are wrapping up their Student Treasure's Book. A note was sent home asking if families wanted to order a book. For the primary grades (prek-3), parents must order the $14.95 book in order to receive one at home. For the intermediate grades (4-6), students will get their original work back for free, but if they want it "printed" and/or to get additional books, they will need to purchase them. It is very important that all notes come back signed. The school needs to have 100 percent return on the notes or the company will not publish any of them for the entire school. Call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Redoubt Elementary

Fifth grade classes are coordinating a school fundraiser for Haiti. A map and full information will be posted in the school hallway. Donations in any amount will be appreciated. Money collected will be given to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief.

Ms. Utecht's third-graders are selling Valentine's Day candy-grams for .50 each, or candy-grams for an entire class may be purchased for $10. Order forms are available on the table in front of the office and on Edline. Orders may be dropped off at the school office through Thursday. Candy-grams will be delivered (within the school only) Friday. Proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross.

February is love of reading month. Students are encouraged to participate in the library's Go for the Gold reading challenge. Students will earn gold medals for their class by reading a specified amount of time or number of books, determined by their grade level. The challenge ends Feb. 26. Prizes will be awarded. There will be reading activities throughout the month to celebrate the love of reading.

PTA meets Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the school. Parents are encouraged to attend. Complimentary childcare is provided.

Site Council meets Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at the school. Meetings are open to the public.

Skyview High

The school will host a community open house to raise funds for the Haiti relief efforts from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school. Dancing, music, silent auction and games are some of the planned activities. A 'dive in" showing of the movie "Finding Nemo" also is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will be able to swim while watching the movie. Limited space is available and is on first-come first-served basis.

Suggested donations are $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 5-15 years old and children ages 4 years old and younger are admitted in for free. Money will go to the Haiti relief efforts through the American Red Cross. Call 260-2300, for more information.

Girls C team basketball will host Diamond at 3 p.m. Friday.

JV and varsity basketball will host Soldotna on Saturday, at 1 p.m. This will be senior night.

For updates on news and sports information visit or .

Soldotna High

Senior scholarship folders are due in to the counseling office no later than today. A template to create this document can be found on the Counselor's Corner on Edline. The original deadline was extended as students have a long weekend due to P/T conferences and teacher in-service. Seniors had the long weekend to finalize their scholarship folders. Call Mrs. Treider or Ms. Smola in the counseling office for assistance.

Student Council is collecting gently used dresses, shoes, and accessories for Cinderella's Closet 2010. This program will donate items for prom to local ladies in need. Please drop off items to room 9 or the main office.

Candy Grams are for sale during lunch until Thursday. They are .75 each or 2 for $1. Stop in and send one to your favorite SoHi student. They will be delivered Friday.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle

Tuesday through Thursday, Terra Nova Tests for seventh-graders. Parents, check your calendar for appointments, etc. so that these do not take your student away from school on these very important testing days.

The last day to order a full color yearbook is Feb. 26. Order forms are available in the office and on edline. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered.

Tuesday -- Volleyball, KMS Vs Silver at SMS, 3 p.m.

Friday -- Volleyball at SMS - Maroon vs Homer at 3 p.m., Silver vs. Seward at 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 15-19 -- Spirit Week: Monday - Crazy Hat, Hair and/ Sock Day; Tuesday - Twin Day; Wednesday - Hawaiian Day; Thursday - Ugly Shirt and Tie Day; and *Friday - Flashback Day (meaning dress like the 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's)

Staff and students for raising $555.50 for the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

Lottery application deadline for the 2010-11 school year is March 5 by 3 p.m.

There will be a parent orientation for prospective parents held Feb 24 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Contact the office with questions.

Fourth-grader, Jaela Hubbard raised money for the Haitian earthquake victims. Hubbard organized the effort, made posters, and asked for donations to reach her goal of $500. Included was a change drive and inviting students to all pitch in $1 and purchase "popcorn parties" for their class.

The fifth and sixth grade Battle of the Books team Tyler Reynolds, Drake Thomas and Travis Troxell competed via audio conference with other district teams on Feb 2. The third and fourth grade team Hali Andersen-Currier, Kortney Birch (alternate), Zach Piatt and Levi Benner, competed on Feb. 3. There will be an informal battle held today at 1 p.m. in the library for the K-2nd grade team: Ella Czarnezki, Jordan Strausbaugh, Molly Koski, Phoebe Thomas, Cameron Sorenson, Emily Sverdrup, Gunnar Sverdrup, Kaegan Koski, Kaylee Fann, Spencer Kapp, Tyra Vix, Ysabelle Soyangco, Sophia North, Paige Hegwer, Mollee Verba, Seth Payment, Sofia Squires, Spencer Mize and Sarah Mickelson. Parents are welcome.

The spelling bee for students in grades first - third will take place Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the library. The spelling bee for students in grades four - sixth will take place on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the library. Parents are welcome.

The fifth grade band will hold a concert Friday at 11:45 a.m. in the music room.

Students are preparing for their musical program March 30. Parents and volunteers are needed to help with props and staging.

Also, sixth grade swimming activities/lessons at Soldotna High School will be held March 22- April 2. Parent drivers to transport students to and from the school and chaperone in the afternoons are needed.

Sterling Elementary

The grade four through six forensics tournament will be held Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. Judges and timers are needed. To volunteer call Mrs. Boehmler at 262-4944. Judges and timers will be needed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Students who place in their category and earn a high enough score will represent the school at the borough forensics tournament in March.

Tustumena Elementary

Battle of the Books Results: Rachel Todd, Marshal Cameron, Afton Carlson

Alternates: Lindsey Wong, Natalia Chavez took fifth place in the district.

Love of Reading week events will be: Today -- Make Valentines or bookmarks for buddy reading Feb. 11 and teachers make arrangements to read with another class.

Tuesday -- Readable Hat and/or T-shirt Day - May wear an appropriate readable hat and/or T-shirt; Wednesday -- "Pajama or Sweats Day" and read-in : Wear pajamas to school and get comfy to read. Teacher determines time and length for read-in. Students may bring a blanket, pillow or stuffed animal and popcorn and book movie or Reading Rainbow; Thursday -- Buddy reading/bookmark exchange: Classes read together and exchange bookmarks; and Friday -- Class Valentine parties: Reading Rainbows will be available for check-out throughout the week.

Feb. 16 -- PTO meeting at 4 p.m.

Feb. 19 -- winter carnival.

Feb. 22 -- site council meeting at 4 p.m.

Wings Christian Academy

There will be no school Feb. 15.

K-2 grade "Moon Watch" projects are due Feb. 16.

Basketball players will attend the Su-Valley tournament, Thursday-Saturday afternoon. Players are required pay their coach for meal tickets before going.

The school is having a "Rent-A-Wings Eagle" fundraiser. If you have any odd jobs call the school at 260-9361. Students are raising money to attend the International Student Convention in Kentucky in May.

The office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Matanya Bush.

The office of the week in the Lower Learning Center is Joanna Grant.

The school is collecting Box Tops, Campbell labels, and aluminum cans.

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