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Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011

Connections Homeschool Program

Connections is now enrolling for the 2010/11 school year. Call the office at 714-8880 to make an appointment.

Reminder -- Deadline for submitting reimbursements is Friday. Please note that we are not able to make any exceptions to this date.

The 1st Annual "Connections Home School's Got Talent Show" was held last Tuesday and was a huge success! Thanks to all who participated.

Don't forget to bring in those used ink cartridges to be recycled. Any questions, contact Shelli Furlong.

Cook Inlet Academy

On Tuesday, 5-6th graders will be attending the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert.

Pre-School and K1 visitations on Friday, 10 -- 11 a.m. If you have a child entering these grades next year, please plan to join them in their classroom for this special hour. You can meet the teacher and get an idea of what to expect next year. Please let us know if your child will be participating so the teachers can be prepared.

May 1 -- Elementary Spring Music Program.

May 10 -- High School Awards night, 6:30 p.m.

Secondary class scheduling for 2011-2011 began April 18. If you have a student who will be in 9-12 grade next year, please call the office now to set up an appointment with Mr. Leiter to schedule classes for next year.

2011-2012 Re-enrollment: We are going to utilize the re-enrollment option on Sycamore this year. If you are planning to re-enroll your child, please log onto Sycamore, click on "My School" in the left-hand column, then on "My re-enrollment." For current families, if you pay your 2011-2012 matriculation for all your children by May 26 you can save $25 per family. Keep in mind that your child will not be officially put on the list for a class until you come by the office and pay matriculation for next year ($275, K1-12th grade and $210 for preschool). Tuition will not increase for the 2011-2012 school year.

K-Beach Elementary School

We have kicked off our "Pennies for Japan" campaign to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Your donations are welcome. The jar is available in the front office. Checks may be made payable to K-Beach Elementary. Our goal is $500!

Friday, April 29, is Volunteer Appreciation Day. All volunteers are invited to an assembly in the gym at 8 a.m. and then to the staff lounge for some food and conversation.

On Friday 6th grade students will travel to Soldotna Middle School for visitation. Please be sure your 6th grade student has tuned in a permission slip if they would like to attend.

On Saturday, April 30, our student council is sponsoring a "K-Beach Green Up Day" from 10:00 - 12:00. Please join us and clean up/green up our community!

Kenai Central High School

On Monday, April 25, the Kenai Central High Girls Softball team will hold an ice cream social and silent auction in the KCHS cafeteria, 6 -- 8 p.m. Bidding will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last one hour. Ice cream with all the toppings will be $5 per person, $8 for two and $10 for a family. All proceeds are to go to the KCHS softball team to assist in travel and equipment. For more information, contact Coach Mark King at 398-2373.

Congratulations to Annalise Theisen for receiving 3rd place with a ceramic box at the ASAA State Art Show in Sitka.

The following students deserve kudos as well for placing at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Art Show. The show is hanging at the Kenai Art Guild until the end of April.

Photography: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM, Carolyn Knackstedt; HM, Logan Wik.

Painting: 2nd, Morgan Tucker.

Open: HM, Kyra Bodnar.

Drawing: HM, Annalise Theisen.

Sculpture: 2nd, Sarah Bressler; HM, Caitlin Wooley.

Functional Ceramics: 2nd, Annalise Theisen; HM, Kathryn Knackstedt.

The Kenai Peninsula School District in collaboration with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and the City of Soldotna are hosting an Alaska Construction Career Day Wednesday, April 27, at the Soldotna Sports Center. Students will learn about opportunities in Alaska's construction industry and apprenticeship programs. Students will have a chance to experience hands on activities in carpentry, welding, heavy equipment operation and more. Industry and business representatives from some of the largest companies in the state will be present.

This Week's Events:

Tuesday: Soccer vs. Nikiski at 4 and 6 p.m.

Thursday: Softball vs. Homer at 4 p.m.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The D.A.R.E. Program will visit Kaleidoscope this week.

The PTA will meet on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

Friday, April 29, is our Spring Kinder Concert at 2 p.m.

New student registration will be held the week of May 2 for those students offered enrollment in Kaleidoscope. If your child is new to KPBSD, please bring in the birth certificate and shot record. Kindergarten classroom visitations will also be held that week. If your child was offered a kindergarten spot and you haven't scheduled a visit please do so as soon as possible.

As a reminder -- if you want to volunteer for any of the upcoming field trips you must have completed the criminal background check and the online training for Kaleidoscope School. The background check is done through the District's website at Click on the employment tab, click on the Volunteer tab (center of page) scroll to Kaleidoscope School, and follow the instructions from there. The volunteer training is found on the Kaleidoscope home page. Contact the office with questions. These two items must be completed 48 hours prior to a field trip.

Kenai Middle School

As this year draws to a close we are planning our annual mini-course program and award day activities. Our annual 8th grade farewell will be held Friday, May 20, at 8 a.m. in the gym. Mini courses will be held on Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24. The school-wide barbecue and awards assembly will be held on Friday, May 20. If you have a questions about the end of year activities or you would like to chaperone a field trip/mini-course please call the office at 283-1700. Students need to pay all of their fees prior to mini-courses.

Dates To Remember:

April 26 -- Mass Choir at Homer.

April 28 -- Band Concert, KCHS, 7 p.m.

April 29 -- Club schedule, Mini Course sign-ups; track at Nikiski.

May 2 -- Mass Band at KCHS.

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Taylor Gundersen, Gwendylan Case, Alice Turner-Walker, Mason Garrett, Alex Martin, Devon Armstrong, Vinisha Soto, Isaiah Thomas, Lucas Standifer, Miah Mead, Corbin Lyon, Kiley Duvall, Ryker Wolfe, Brayden Whiteside and Mattie VonHaden.

Please join us for "An Evening of Art" on Thursday, April 28, from 5 -- 6:30 p.m. Mountain View students will be showcasing their interpretations of movement in art.

Registration is now open for the Title 1 Preschool for the 2011-2012 school year. To be eligible students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2011.

Preschool screening will take place on Tuesday, May 3. Please call 283-8600 for more information.

The Kindergarten Parent Orientation meeting and early registration will be on Tuesday, April 26, from 6 -- 7 p.m., in the library. If you have a child entering Kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year you'll want to come to this meeting. Come meet the kindergarten teachers and hear about a typical day. Call 283-8600 for more information.

Friday, April 29, is Sports Day.

Nikiski Middle-High School

Tuesday, April 26 -- MS Mass Choir in Homer. All day. Evening performance.

Friday, April 29 -- Volunteer Appreciation Lunch 11 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. in the teacher's room. Please join us for an opportunity to thank all of the hard-working and dedicated volunteers who help out at Nikiski Middle-High!

Nikiski Middle School Invite-Track meet (may be canceled if the track is not clear of snow and standing water. TBA).

Monday, May 2 -- 6th grade Step Up Day (morning-lunch) and Parent Step up in the evening 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3 -- 7th Grade Step Up Day (morning-lunch) and Parent Step up in the evening 6 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

We will be having Kindergarten registration and orientation on Thursday, April 28, from 9:30 -- 11 a.m., and 1 -- 2:30 p.m. You may choose which time works best for your schedule. If your child will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2011, bring them along to have some fun while you enroll them at Nikiski North Star! Don't forget to bring: immunization records, birth certificates and any legal custody papers. For more information and questions, call the school at 776-2600.

If you are interested in getting involved with the NNS Site Council, applications are now available in the office and on our school homepage. The purpose of the council is to give input and guidance to the school and serves as a resource, sounding board, and core for communication between the many stakeholders in our school. As representatives, the members are responsible for bringing the information to the council. Please stop by the office or call the school if you need more information.

Redoubt Elementary School

The school library is hosting a buy one, get one free book fair Monday -- Friday, 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m., and 9 a.m. -- 6 p.m. on Tuesday. This is a great opportunity to select summer reading material.

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week at Redoubt. Redoubt volunteers are greatly appreciated and a very important part of our school. They help in so many ways and our school would not be what it is without them. Volunteers are invited to a reception in their honor from 1 -- 3 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Parent input for 2011-12 class placement will be accepted through Friday, April 29. Forms are available on Edline and at the school office. Completed forms should be turned in at the office.

Redoubt's spring musical, "Safari Animals," is Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m., the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Volunteers are needed to help with costumes and decorations/props. Please contact Ms. Biggs at 260-4337 or if you can help. No experience necessary. The SoHi stage will be decorated on Monday, May 2, from 4:15 -- 6 p.m. Families are encouraged to come help. It is a creative and fun time.

Skyview High School

Soccer hosts Kenai Central Thursday at 4 and 6 p.m., and varsity soccer hosts Hutchinson Friday at 4 and 6 p.m.

Prom tickets are on sale at the office during lunch. Prom will be from 8 -- 11 p.m., April 30. Cost is $35 per person, and the attire is formal. Promenade will begin at 7 p.m. in the gym. Admission for the audience is $2.

Eighth graders planning to attend Skyview next year will be visiting the school on May 3 from 7:50 -- 10 a.m. If your student has not selected classes for next year, please call the school at 260-2300 for more information.

Mark your calendars for these important upcoming events:

May 16: Spring Music Concert, 7 p.m. in the commons.

May 17: Academic and Senior Awards Night, 7 p.m. in the commons.

May 23: Graduation, 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

May 24: Last day of school for students.

Go to for news, scholarship information and sports information.

Soldotna Elementary School

Congratulations to the following reading winners for attaining the most RC points in their classrooms last week: Josh Pieh, Rebecca Page, Tyler Johnson, Trevor Jones, Blaze Gardiner, Brittany Taylor, Paige Poole, Caley Presley and Isaac Larson. There are just two more weeks left in the Reading Counts contest when a ride on a fire truck and a special luncheon will be the grand prizes.

All volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation luncheon on April 29 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the school library. Soldotna Elementary staff wants to honor the more than 152 volunteers who have helped learning and our students.

Upcoming events include a PTA meeting on May 5 and a Site Based Council meeting on May 3, both after school.

Soldotna High School

Students are attending the Construction Career Day April 27 at the Soldotna Sports Center. This is an opportunity to meet industry/apprenticeship leaders from across the state and learn about exciting careers in Alaska's construction industry.

Mayor Peter Micciche is collecting information to determine what teen center services would be supported in Soldotna. He and Council Member Hartman have put together a survey, available at the front office or available online at Surveys will also be available at City Hall.

ALL AP students who will be testing in May: Report to Room 24 on Monday, April 25, immediately after 2nd hour for your mandatory preaAdministration session. See Ms. Griffin with any questions.

AP testing dates are: May 4, AP Calculus; May 5, AP Lit; May 6, AP History; May 9, AP Biology; and May 10, AP Government.

Senior Class meeting on Monday, April 25, during advisory in the auditorium.

Principal and Teacher appreciation day is May 3.

Current 8th grade students coming to Soldotna High School next fall will attend orientation on May 3.

The Soldotna High School Child Development course is looking for children ages 2-5 for their free daycare, Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13, 12:15 -- 2:15 p.m. Snacks, games, and activities will be included. Children must be potty trained. Please contact Meggean Bos at or 260-7038 to enroll.

The SoHi band will be having a Spring band concert on April 28, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The band will be performing several selections as well as instrumental solos and ensembles. Admission is $2.

Yearbooks can be ordered for $60 in room 76. Only a limited amount of extra books have been ordered. Distribution will be in mid-May.

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to Dustin Buerkel, 8th Grade Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for March; and Anna Coup, 7th grade Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for April. Both will be recognized at the Chamber Luncheon on Tuesday at noon.

Tuesday -- Middle School Mass Choir at Homer.

Tuesday -- 6th Grade Parent Orientation Night, 6:30 p.m. at Soldotna Middle School gym.

Friday -- Track Meet, Nikiski Invite, 3 p.m. at Nikiski Jr/Sr High.

Friday -- Masonic Student of the Year Awards, 6:30 p.m. at Kenai Central High School.

Monday, May 2 -- Middle School Mass Band at KCHS.

Tuesday, May 3 -- 8th Graders to visit SoHi and Skyview.

Friday, May 6 -- SOM/COM Bingo.

Friday, May 6 -- Last SMS Fortnightly, 6 -- 8 p.m. Parent chaperones needed. Please call the school at 260-2500 if you are able to help.

Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7 -- Borough Track Meet at Nikiski Jr./Sr. High School.

Tustumena Elementary School

We will be holding a pre-school visitation April 26, 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. This will be a chance for parents and students to see the classroom and do a project with Mrs. Granger while parents are explained the program and the selection process for next year. Parents need to have completed an application prior to coming to the visitation. We will only be able to accept 10 students into the program for next year so please be sure to get your application in now and let others know who may not be connected with our school yet.

Kindergarten visitation is coming up May 5, 1:30 -- 3 p.m. Parents are invited to bring their entering kindergarten students to spend a portion of the afternoon in the classroom. In order to participate in the visitation parents must have completed the registration process. If you need a packet please stop by and pick one up. A reminder that vaccinations and birth certificates are an important part of registration.

We are taking orders for our annual memory book. Deadline in April 29. The only way to assure that your child is able to get a memory book is by ordering now. There may be a few extras but when we have them they sell out quickly.

Our PTO is a vital part of our school. If you would be interested in serving with the PTO please contact me or PTO President Corrine Johnston to have your name placed on the ballot.

We recently sent home printouts of student enrollment information for your review. It is important that these be returned as a registration confirmation for next year. If you haven't already done so please return these quickly. If you did not receive yours please call the office and we will gladly print a new one.

Our 6th grade is beginning the transition process for middle school. This week they began using a class schedule that requires them to go to their lockers and get the materials needed for the next class in three minutes. Next week they will have a visit from the Soldotna Middle School counselor. On April 26 SMS has a parent night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our 6th grade class will be going to SMS on April 29 to visit.

A reminder that there is no school next Friday. We will have a newsletter on Thursday so watch those backpacks so you don't miss any important information.

April 25 -- Site Council, 4 p.m.

April 26 -- Preschool visitation.

April 29 -- 6th graders visit SMS; Masonic Award ceremony at KCHS auditorium.

May 3 -- Salmon Celebration.

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