Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Boyle fundraiser continues

Monetary donations are being sought to help defray the cost of cancer treatment for Gabe Boyle, a fourth-grader at Mountain View Elementary.

Gabe was diagnosed with AML (leukemia) and is undergoing treatment in Seattle Children’s Hospital for six to nine months.

Donations may be made at First National Bank to the Friends of Gabe Boyle account No. 30513667.

Aurora Borealis Charter

On Thursday, Mr. Palm’s sixth-graders rendezvoused with a comet at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai.

On Monday, Mr. Drury’s third-graders and Mr. Severson’s fourth-graders traveled to Whittier for the Marine Explorer Boat Tour of the Kenai Fjords. That night the fourth-graders went to Seward for the Nocturne Overnight Program at the SeaLife Center. Tuesday, they hiked along the Caines Head beach. They also viewed Exit Glacier.

Also Tuesday, Mrs. Uponen’s second-graders visited the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, where they participated in two seminars on birds and sea otters.

More than 1,000 schools nationwide participated in the Math League. The eighth-graders took the 30-minute test. The combined score of the top five students (Will McDermid, Alex Kaufman, Dillon Ball, Bradi Anderson and Jeff Narlock) placed the team 22nd nationally. Will placed 14th nationally as an individual. Regionally (Alaska, Nevada and New Mexico), the team tied for first with a Nevada school. Individually in the region, Will placed first, Alex second, and Dillon third.

Ballots for next year’s APC board were mailed directly to families. Parents are asked to return them to Mikunda, Cottrell and Co. by May 11.

On Tuesday, the fourth through eighth grade spring program will be held at 7 p.m. at Peninsula Grace on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Connections

Enrollment for the 2006-07 school year has begun. Call the office for an appointment with an adviser at 714-8880.

New computers have arrived and we are ready to begin our exchange with parents of students who have re-enrolled for next year. If you have not yet re-enrolled, make an appointment to come in. Return only the computer, keyboard, mouse and power cord. We will not exchange monitors or printers. If you are not re-enrolling for next year, return your computer, monitor, printer and all components no later than May 25. Call 714-8880 for details.

There will be home school roller skating from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Alaska Great Skate in Soldotna.

Scholastic book orders for May are due today. They can be placed online or from booklets in the office. Call Tanya at 714-8880 for more information.

Semester two grade reports are due to advisers no later than May 25. It is important that parents contact their adviser before May 25 if there are classes not yet completed. Late reports may affect future materials purchases and reimbursements.

Parents are asked to let their adviser know what types of workshops or training would be beneficial to have for the 2006-07 school year.

For information, upcoming events and to check out the school’s online forum, visit connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Cook Inlet Academy

The second- and third-graders would like to thank the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Kenai River Guides for the opportunity to participate in the Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake on May 2. The students learned about river safety, the anatomy of salmon, micro and macro invertebrates, and how to cast and fly fish.

The senior class thanks class advisors Carmen Franchino and Jeannie McNutt for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

The class also thanks Rhonda Orth for her guidance in obtaining college and scholarship information.

Track regionals have been changed to today and Thursday at Susitna Valley High School.

The state choir solo and ensemble festival is Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

The school board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

Matriculation fees are due before the last day of school May 24 to confirm placement of students for 2006-07.

Students of the Week are Logan Chumley, Kayla Moore, Connor Leaf, Hannah Selden, Zach Taplin, Gretta Kennedy, Ellie Nelson, Molly Fenton, Anna Nisler, Miranda Udelhoven, Bryce Horton and Sonja Houser.

IDEA

The “Why I like to home school with IDEA” poster contest at the Curriculum Fair had 50 posters entered and fair attendees voted in age categories for their favorites. The winners are: in prekindergarten through second grade, Maranda Thompson; third through sixth grade, Sarah McBride; and seventh through 12th grade, Richard Roth. Posters can be seen at the IDEA Resource Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Congratulations also to Matthew and Ali Parshall. Matthew is the Alaska high school division champion in chess, which qualifies him for the 2006 Denker Tournament of High School Champions in Chicago in August. Ali has qualified for the Susan Polger National Invitational for Girls, also in Chicago. Good luck to them as they try for a national title.

Enrollment for the 2006-07 school year is available at www.ideafamilies.org. Call 260-7555 or stop by the K-Beach Resource Center.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

It is Teacher Appreciation Week.

Today Mountain View Elementary students will read with Kaleidoscope students.

Second and third grade students who will attend Mountain View in the fall will visit Thursday. Parents of these students are invited to attend a welcome luncheon put on by the PTA at noon Thursday. Incoming fourth-graders need to make an appointment with Mr. Dawson for a personal interview.

The Mountain View PTA needs an incoming third grade parent for the advisory council. Call Darolyn at 283-6148 for more information.

Also Thursday, Mrs. Knudsen’s and Mrs. Lafferty’s classes will perform “House for Hermit Crab” in the library at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m., Mrs. Casiano’s and Mrs. Lafferty’s first-graders will perform songs and poems they have been working on in “Have You Seen Birds?”

Color yearbooks are available in the office for $15.

Mrs. Knudsen, Mrs. Shelden and Mrs. Stroh will take their classes on the Kenai Fjords tour May 17. Money for that trip is due.

All library books are due back to the library by Friday.

On May 18, Field Day will be held from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Volunteers are needed.

On May 19, the class play “Chicken Licken” will be performed in the gym. Mrs. Shelden’s class is from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and Mrs. Stroh’s class is from 2:40 to 3:10 p.m.

The annual Bike Rodeo will be held May 22 and 23. Officer George with the Kenai Police Department will be in the classrooms talking about bicycle safety. On May 23, students are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets to school to practice the skills they learned. Parents are reminded to have their student’s names on their bicycle and helmet. Bicycles also also will be registered with the city of Kenai Police Department during this time. Jane Fellman will have helmets for sale for $5. If students wish to purchase one, they will need to bring their money prior to May 23.

The all-school picnic will be held May 23.

May 25 is the last day of school.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

April winners for Read a Book-Be a Winner are Michael Dewitt, Alea Hanley, Brittany Hollers, Casey Murphy, Krista Potter, Kayla White and Zoe Zorn.

Today is the last day to check out books for the school year.

Gretchen Eddy visited Mr. Daniels’ class and showed a slide show about vertebrates and invertebrates. Mr. Daniels’ and Mrs. Klaben’s classes held a bike raffle to help fund their trip to Solid Rock for Outdoor Education Camp on May 17.

Mrs. Bagley needs more volunteers for Field Day on May 23. Call her at the school.

Today is Mrs. Carter’s class’ field trip.

Mrs. Kaufman’s kindergarten class listened to its first chapter book this week. They will study community helpers for the next three weeks. Parents interested in telling the class how they serve the community can call Mrs. Kaufman at the school.

Mrs. McCubbins’ kindergarten class is studying the five senses.

Mrs. Peterson’s class went to the Seward SeaLife Center on May 3 and 4. They learned about sea animals. They spent the night next to Woody the Sea Lion.

Thursday is the final 21st Century Parent Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The topic will be “moms and their relationship with their sons.” Baby-sitting will be provided. To reserve childcare, call Rose Beardsley at 262-1340.

Reading is Fun Week starts Monday.

Kenai Central High

The Peninsula Piranha swim team banquet will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

The school will be on an afternoon assembly schedule Thursday. The assembly will be held in the auditorium at 1:40 p.m. to honor the track and soccer athletes.

Baccalaureate services for all area high schools will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium. Nikiski High School is the host school for the service.

The annual band Pops Concert will be held at 7 p.m. May 16 in the auditorium. If you have any questions, call Debbie Sounart at 283-7524. Class meetings will be held Tuesday for each class to elect officers for the next year. These meetings will take place at the end of the day.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — track regions at Palmer, soccer regions at Skyview with two games at KCHS at 10 a.m. and noon and state solo and ensemble in Anchorage;

· Saturday — track regions at Palmer, soccer regions at Skyview, state solo and ensemble in Anchorage with a performance at 5 p.m. at East High School;

· May 17 — APOA concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium and the April student of the month luncheon; and

· May 18 — The site council will meet at 5 p.m.

Kenai Middle

Title VII and Salamatof tutors will offer after-school tutoring Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until May 17. Call Kelly Brewer for CARTS rides if your student needs help with transportation. Title VII contact number is 283-1748.

Registration for school next year will be from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 11. Incoming sixth grade students need to attend. Seventh- and eighth-graders can pick up a schedule and fill out necessary paperwork. Volunteers are needed for registration. If you can donate your time, call 283-4896.

Congratulations to the April students of the month: James Tikiun, David Dormady, Carolyn Kiefer, Kaden Phillips, Cassidy Rosas, Saraya Coburn, Shelby Toombs, Natalie Kurzundoerfer, James Watkins, Molly Graves and Anders Nyquist. These students were treated to personal pan pizzas.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — schoolwide dance;

· Monday — band concert at 7 p.m. at Kenai Central High School;

· May 22 — farewell 8 a.m.;

· May 23 — minicourses;

· May 24 — minicourses; and

· May 25— school barbecue; last day of school.

Kenai Montessori

Last Friday the students observed and celebrated the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. Mr. Morgan sang some traditional Latin songs with the students. Today the students will perform several traditional Latin songs and dances for the residents of the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Parents are reminded to check their parent mail folders for dates and times of upcoming field trips.

The annual spring performance and family night will be held at 4:30 p.m. May 20 at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. Parents are asked to sign up for the potluck dinner on the school bulletin board. The parent association is looking for volunteers to help organize this event.

Pre-enrollment for summer school ends at 5:30 p.m. May 25. Applications also are being accepted for the 2006-07 school year. For more information and date and times of open houses, visit www.KenaiMontessori.com.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The children celebrated Cinco de Mayo by making ponchos, maracas, Mexican flags, quesadillas and little bracelets.

Students transitioning to kindergarten will have the chance to practice getting on a full-size school bus on Friday.

The field trip to the beach is scheduled for May 19. During that week students from Lee University will volunteer in the classrooms. They will present lessons and get some hands-on experience.

Mountain View Elementary

Mr. Bennett’s retirement celebration will be held at 4 p.m. today in the library.

Today is Sears’ second grade and Kaleidoscope School’s visitation and a parent luncheon at noon.

Nikiski Middle-High

Congratulations to the drama, debate and forensics team for its second place overall performance at the state tournament in Anchorage last week. The team received the following awards and honors: Sportsmanship Award, first place; Overall State Sweepstakes Award, second place; Josh Ball and J.R. Cox, first place duo; J.R. Cox, Tyler Payment and Justin Smith, second place reader’s theater; J.R. Cox, second place humorous interpretation; Josh Ball, second place public forum debate speaker; Tatiana Butler, third place policy debate speaker; Tatiana Butler and Erica Thye, third place policy debate; Laura Rooper and Josh Ball, fourth place public forum debate; Tyler Payment, sixth place humorous interpretation; Tyler Payment and Justin Smith, fifth place duo; Erica Thye, Tasha Thompson, Karina Lorenzo, Laura Rooper and James Barrett, sixth place reader’s theater; Jessie Bowlin, sixth place expository speech; and Joel Ribbens, ninth place public forum debate speaker.

Pam Clark, Aspirations Site Coordinator, would like to thank the Aspiration mentors for a successful year: Amanda Feagin, Judene VanCleave and Bob Harrison.

Baccalaureate hosted by the Nikiski senior class will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School.

The senior class scholarship awards night will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school’s auditorium. Parents who would like to know if their student is getting a scholarship or award may call the counseling office at 776-3456.

There are several graduation orders that have not been picked up in the counseling office. Call the counseling office if you have not seen a cap and gown order at your house. Students participating in the graduation ceremony must have a cap and gown.

Redoubt Elementary

The site council election ballots for parent representatives may be cast until 4 p.m. May 19. Parents are encouraged to vote. Site council meets in the conference room at 3:45 p.m. today.

The last preschool story hour this spring is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday. Snacks will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library books were due last week.

The PTA wishes teachers and staff a Happy Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week and thanks them for the amazing work they do for the students. Parents and students are encouraged to stop by and write notes of appreciation on the big stars outside each teacher’s door this week.

Today is National School Nurse Day. The school thanks Nurse Donna for all she does.

The fifth and sixth grade band will perform a concert in the gym at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Boys and Girls Club after-school program closes May 19. The summer program will begin May 30. Preregistration is required for the summer program.

Sears Elementary

Barb Ralston was named a BP Teacher of Excellence.

The school is looking for parents to join the school development planning team. The team will meet on three occasions to identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of the school and to develop an action plan to address those needs.

The school participated in Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom Day on May 2. The students were able to see and learn about different farm animals. The school would like to thank the 4-H Junior Market Livestock kids who brought their animals, and to all the people who helped.

Ms. Ralston’s students went to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to learn about Alaska animals, walk the trails and learn about living and nonliving habitat. Also, Herb Stettler from the American Legion Post No. 20 went to Ms. Ralston’s room to talk about Flag Day. The students received a bag of goodies to take home.

Mrs. Fischer’s kindergarten class has been taking advantage of the breakup weather as they measured and played in the playground puddle, discovered characteristics of wind as they flew kites and reviewed how seeds travel as they went on seed hunts in the woods.

Today, Mountain View Elementary students will come and read with to school’s students.

On Thursday, second-graders will visit Mountain View Elementary; there will be a parent lunch for parents of incoming third-graders at noon at Mountain View.

Friday there will be a Kindergarten concert at 1:45 p.m. in the gym.

In May, Mrs. Pele’s, Ms. Ralston’s, and Ms. Fischer’s classes will go clamming. Check your student’s newsletter for more information.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Moon’s and Mrs. Hanson’s classes will go to Homer and Halibut Cove at 6:45 a.m. Students and chaperones should call the school for complete information and costs.

May 18 will be Field Day with Ms. Romberg.

On May 19, Mrs. Peles’ and Ms. Ralston’s classes will have a celebration of learning. Parents are invited to come at 2 p.m. There will be a video and a play, as well as works on display. Also on May 19, Mrs. Bryson’s class will have a beach picnic.

Soldotna Elementary

Cody Meyer is thanked for his commitment to kindness at the school and was named Honor Buck Winner of the Week and received a school shirt.

The staff would like to thank the volunteers for their dedication and time helping students. Volunteers are invited to a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the library. With more than 100 volunteers in the classrooms, halls and copy room, students have benefited from the caring and work of so many.

It is Spirit Week and today is Sassy Sock Day; tomorrow is Workout Wear Day and Friday is “Short” Timers or Hawaiian Shirt Day.

The staff would like to thank the PTA officers: Tonya Gilmore, Debbie Carroll, Selena Jordan and Linda Groleske for their leadership and the PTA members for their support.

Soldotna High

The choir will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday.

At 5:30 pm. Thursday the PTSA will meet in the staff workroom.

Baccalaureate is at 3 p.m. May 14 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School hosted by Nikiski High School.

Senior awards night is at 7 p.m. May 16 in the school’s theater. Seniors receiving scholastic honors and scholarships will be recognized.

Tryouts for the Star Sensation Dance Team will be held Monday and May 17. Additional information may be obtained by calling Holly Boyle at Kenai Middle School.

Students interested becoming members of a drama, debate and forensics team for next year should call Mr. Druce for additional information.

Seniors who turned in pictures for the senior ad section of the yearbook may now pick up those photos. A limited number of yearbooks are available for $60.

The after-graduation party committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the staff workroom. The committee needs assistance with chaperoning, planning and coordinating activities, decorations and food in order to make an exciting, fun and safe celebration.

The party will take place at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai beginning at 11 p.m. May 26. A $25 (tax deductible) donation is requested from each family of a senior to cover the cost of the party. Checks should be made payable to the Soldotna High After-Graduation Party and submitted to the front office or mailed to Soldotna High School, 425 W. Marydale, Soldotna, AK, 99669. Senior parents who can help with this event should call Mary Jo Spotts at 262-5447, or e-mail Shelly Schoessler at mike.schoessler@acsalaska.net. The committee also is selling split-the-pot tickets for a drawing to be held during the last week of school. Tickets cost $5 each, or $20 for a book of five. To buy or sell tickets, call Teri Birchfield at 262-1468.

Soldotna Middle School

The school newsletter is available at www.edline.net/pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

On April 7, student council officers and their sponsor, Mayor Carey, took a walking field trip to Central Peninsula General Hospital to attend the inaugural landing and explore the inside of the new Lifeguard helicopter.

Dates to remember:

· The library hosts a Scholastic Book Fair through Thursday.

· Students will sponsor a “Treat Your Mom to a Car Wash for Mother’s Day” benefit for the Cody Geesey family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Great Alaska Pizza Company parking lot. If there is a rain cancellation, the alternate date will be May 20.

· On Tuesday, the PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. to elect new officers.

· On May 18, the band and choir will hold a spring concert at 7 p.m.

Ms. Church’s classes hosted an Egyptian fashion show and had a showing of their Egyptian museum projects in the hallways last week.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Last Wednesday the school hosted its annual parent meeting and academic policy committee elections. Prior to the meeting students in the primary classes shared their work from their Africa unit. Mr. DeVolld’s class shared the presentation they created of snapshots from the year, while Ms. McCabe’s students treated the audience to a performance of a traditional African welcome song. The staff and APC also acknowledged the school volunteers. Before adjourning for the evening, parents and students had dessert provided by the APC.

The results of the election were released Thursday. Congratulations to Teresa Brown, Carmen Triana and Kristen Mitchell, who have been elected parent members on the APC. The next APC meeting will be today at 6 p.m.

Students in primary classes will spend an afternoon at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in the Habitat Is Where It’s At program. The interactive program highlights student involvement with the preservation of habitat in the community.

Kindergartners are gearing up for their Kenai beach field experience Friday.

Students in Mrs. Romatz’s class returned Friday from their Otter Cove Trip and will share their experiences later.

Sterling Elementary

Students in grades three through six are learning about earthquake safety through a visit by the Quake Cottage today. A few students from each class were selected to be in the Quake Cottage during the earthquakes on the basis of their answer to an essay question. Students invited to participate must have their permission slips returned to the office this morning.

Students and staff will celebrate Nurse’s Day on Thursday. Parents may stop by the school to thank Nurse Betty for all she does to help keep Sterling families healthy.

The last Falcon Fun Night of the year will be held from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Friday. The cost is $2, but students whose parents come and stay can come for free. Students must be picked up at 5 p.m.

Friday also is Hawaiian Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear Hawaiian clothing to school to show their school spirit.

On Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. the PTA will host a contra dance and dessert auction in the school gym. A contra dance is a type of dancing which involves a caller and line- or circle- style dances.

The early dances will be simple so everyone can learn how to do the dances. Everyone is welcome to attend and children must be accompanied by parents.

Tustumena Elementary

On Tuesday, the second and third grades visited the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, where they were lead on a scavenger hunt through “The Kenai Experience” exhibit.

On Friday, the fourth-graders will release their classroom-raised salmon fry at Centennial Lake.

Also on Friday, the kindergarten and first grade will take a field trip to the Soldotna Animal Hospital, where they will tour the facilities, and the Soldotna Public Library, where they will learn about the summer reading program.

Preregistration forms for returning students went home and need to be returned if parents have not already done so. For more information, call 262-4844.



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