District school news

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Nikiski Elementary

The breakfast program was up and running Monday, thanks to the many volunteers and church organizations in the community. The program will run five days a week and at no cost. If you have questions regarding the program or would like to volunteer, contact the school office at 776-8533.

Open house is scheduled for Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Stop by and meet your children's teacher.

The office reminds parents and visitors to check in at the office. If you need to pick up a child early, the office will call your child out of class. Teachers have been instructed to not release children without permission of the office. This policy was developed for the safety of all the children.

The staff announced the new PTA board of directors: Ann Holloway, president; Denise Tuttle, secretary; Renee Payment, treasurer; and Judy Shields, teacher representative. The vice presidency is vacant.

The band program began Monday. It is not too late to sign your child up. Children signed up for band will need to have instrument and books by Monday. If you have questions, contact Ann Holloway, the music teacher, at 776-8533 or 776-4132.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt's first Ice Cream Friday will be Sept. 7. A variety of ice cream novelties sell for 75 cents each every Friday. This fund-raiser is a nice way for students to end the week and helps the school give all Redoubt students a free ice cream on their birthdays and other special occasions throughout the school year. Proceeds also support the Redoubt Elementary Scholarship Fund. Two college scholarships are awarded to former Roadrunners each year.

Recipes for the school cookbook are due Sept. 7. Send four of your favorite recipes to school with your child. Copies of the cookbook are for sale through Sept. 17 for $10 each.

Redoubt reminds parents to follow pick-up and drop off procedure when transporting students to and from school. These procedures are in place for the safety of the students.

Sears Elementary

The Sears fourth annual Back to School Barbecue will be Sept. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. on the playground. Hot dogs, chips, pop and cookies will be served. The cost is $2 per person.

Volunteer training will be Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and again Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. This training is required for all Sears volunteers.

The fall fund-raiser will begin Sept. 11. Money earned will help the Parent Teacher Association fund the Reading is Fundamental and Artist in Residence programs. More information on the fall fund-raiser can be found in your child's Friday folder.

Membership forms for the Sears PTA can be picked up at the school.

If your child qualified for the free and reduced lunch program last year, remember that you need to fill out a new application this year. Applications are available in the office.

Soldotna Elementary

More than 200 parents and friends attended the Soldotna Elementary School open house last week. Students were able to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers. The assembly allowed principal Carolyn Cannava to introduce the staff and welcome everyone to the 2001-02 year of learning. The Soldotna Elementary PTA, under president Lauri Lingafelt, provided hot dogs to everyone.

A meeting with band director Vernell Schneider will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the band room. All interested fifth-grade students and new sixth-grade students with their parents are invited to attend.

Remember, picture day is Sept. 5. Preschoolers not now attending school can have their photos taken at 3 p.m. on that day. Others will be photographed by grade level throughout the day.

Sterling Elementary

The school welcomes back returning students and extends a special welcome to new students and families who have joined the Sterling family this year.

Sterling Elementary will have an open house Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. Come visit the classroom of your child or children. Teachers will be available to talk with parents about general classroom procedures and expectations.

Sterling PTA is having its annual membership drive and will give away a new bicycle donated by Peak Oilfield Services. Membership is $5.25 per year and makes you a part of the more than 6 million members of the PTA organization that have been working for better education for kids for more than 100 years. Join PTA and make a difference in the education of kids.

"Dare to soar" will be the theme for this year at Sterling Elementary. The school will make regular monthly "test flights" on the first Wednesday of each month to assess the child's growth. Information will go home each month on how you can help your child develop test-taking skills.

Remember that doors open at 8:15 a.m. The school requests you do not send students any earlier. School starts at 8:55 a.m. and ends at 3:35 p.m. each day.

Ninilchik School

Friday is the last day to drop or add a class. Change slips are available at the counselor's office and must have three signatures to be valid. Slips can only be signed before or after school or during lunch.

Student pictures are Friday. Order forms and money should be returned by then.

The Parent Teacher Organization's first meeting will be Sept. 11 at 3:45 p.m. in the school library. Michelle Alexander is organizing this group and can be contacted at 567-7369.

Open swim at the pool has been moved to Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. in hopes that more families will attend. The price is $2 per student and $3 per adult. Punch cards are available, which give one free swim for every 10 paid. Ladies swim is Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m.

The gym floor is refinished again, so students are asked to use the blue areas to cross the lunchroom or wear inside shoes.

Soldotna High School

The back-to-school dance will be Friday night from 8:30 to 11 in the Soldotna High School commons. Students are encouraged to attend the football game and then come to the dance. Admittance is $5 per person. SoHi students are reminded that guests are welcome, provided they are high school students preregistered in Mrs. Moock's office.

Applications for associate membership in student council are now being accepted. Pick up your application in the attendance office and return the completed form to Mrs. Moock no later than Sept. 5.

Student council will meet Tuesday during first period. All student council members are reminded to meet in the photo room after checking in with their first-period teacher.

Check on SoHi activities, calendars, homework and other things on the SoHi web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak. us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

The Cook Inlet Academy began school this year with a parent-teacher fellowship meeting, where administrator Chuck Crapuchettes emphasized the importance of the parent's role in the education of their children. He explained that parents and schools must work together and warned against letting old thinking patterns and other problems disrupt that teamwork.

School board member Chuck Kopp announced the opening of a new 28-by-60 classroom building for the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders and thanked the students, teachers, alumni and volunteers who helped with the project.

Third-grade teacher Mary Rowley emphasized the school verse as a significant factor in answering the question, "Why CIA?" The verse, Col. 2:3 says, "In Christ Jesus lie hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge."

Prayer sessions will be Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. and Spiritual Emphasis Week will be Sept. 10-14. Materials requests were made for Pringles cans for time capsules and plywood for drafting tables.

READS Primary School

Students at READS Primary School had a great first week. Fire drills and safety during earthquakes were reviewed and practiced.

The kindergartners were excited and came prepared to learn. Nolan Scarlett and Eli Butler have beautiful penmanship. Skyler Robinson and Tyler Yamada are doing a great job writing their names in both lower and upper case letters. Anne Marie Moore and Nicole Moffis are doing a fantastic job learning the 26 alphabet sounds and the five short vowel sounds. Annaleah Ernst and Miles Jones are doing a wonderful job of sharing, following the rules and setting good examples at recess.

The first-grade students have begun reading their first book for the year in reading groups. They also have started their first workbook. Allison Groseclose is a super reader. Addison Cheek and Forrest Carlson have developed into terrific students using good penmanship on their writing papers. In math, Gretta Kennedy, Cassie Ross, Madison Cunningham and Elizabeth Dailey have dazzled the teachers with their estimating abilities.

Second-grade students Bo Reilly, Taylor Ross, Selia Butler and Aspen Love all received 100 percent on their math reviews and spelling tests.

READS has several kindergarten openings for this school year. Contact the school for more information at 283-2848.

Wings Christian Academy

The new school year started at Wings Christian Academy on Aug. 20. The school has a new paint job, and new carpet and chairs are to be ordered soon.

The nominations for the new student council and yearbook staff will be in next week.

The yearbook staff worked hard to make Wings a special and memorable yearbook. Many thanks for their hard work and long hours go out to Ashliey Soares, editor; Katie Sutton, assistant editor; Tara Dunbar, photographer; and Kaylee Burger, junior photographer. The yearbook signing party will be Thursday at the school at 4:30 p.m.

Hot lunch will be served today.

The students at Wings will work hard this year on their paces so, parents, support them and help them keep going.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Preschool classes begin Sept. 5. The program is a parent-owned and operated cooperative preschool for kids ages 3 to 5 where parents assist the teacher in the classroom and help run the school.

The staff believes in "learning through play" and allows children to develop social, language, motor, academic and self-help skills.

There are still a few openings for enrollment. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102 or Jody at 262-7573.

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