District School News

Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Fifth- and sixth-grade soccer intramurals will run from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Oct. 2. Permission slips will be sent home this week.

School pictures will be Sept. 26.

The physical education program is looking for used tennis shoe donations. They do not have to be new, just in good condition.

The PTA no longer will operate a lunch program. If a student forgets a lunch, peanut butter and crackers will be provided for the day.

The first-grade theme is "Me and Look Who's Reading." Students will start their reading program this week. On Thursday, teachers will send home fund-raising materials. Students have the opportunity to raise money for class projects. The classes are looking for volunteers to help make this a successful venture. If anyone can help sell from 2 to 2:45 p.m. in the hallway, contact the first-grade teachers as soon as possible.

Mr. Daniels' class is starting off the year with a bang. The class has some super readers with 90 percent of last year's third-graders proficient in reading, according to the Alaska State Benchmark Exam. The class will begin the year reviewing map skills, basic math facts, Earth's landforms and forces that shape Earth. Students also will write stories, poems and much more. Mr. Daniels' would like to thank the parents who have volunteered to help this year. More volunteers are always welcome.

Parents and visitors are reminded to check in with the front office when picking up students or visiting the school.

Parent information and the school calendar are available online at the school's Web site.

The school would like to congratulate secretary, Debbie Tressler, on being a recipient for the district's golden apple award.

Mountain View Elementary

School pictures will be taken Sept. 11.

Mr. Daniel's class has been thinking "outside the box" this week to activate both sides of students' brains. Students have applied this process to Wordles, word picture puzzles, and a discussion about why there are rules in society.

The school is looking forward to two upcoming events. The first one is Mountain View's fifth-grade parent night at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. It will be followed by a band meeting at 7 p.m. The other event is the first field trip of the year. Students will visit the NASA Starship 2040 exhibit at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on Sept. 12.

Mrs. Keating's fifth-grade class will visit the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Thursday afternoon. Debbie Harris, the district art consultant, will guide the class through the Wildlife Art exhibit.

Mrs. Cramer's class will travel to the Challenger Learning Center on Sept. 11.

Nikiski Elementary

The Nikiski Elementary School open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Parents and students are encouraged to meet teachers and tour the school.

The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the school. It also is looking for volunteers to assist with the Nikiski Elementary School Fall Carnival. If you can help, call Ann Holloway at 776-4144.

Ms. Lodge got the kindergartners off to a great start by having each student go through developmental testing. The testing was held prior to the first day of school.

School pictures are scheduled for Sept. 23. Look for more information to come home with students.

Ms. Shields' and Ms. Hufford's first-, second- and third-graders will take field trips to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Soldotna on Sept. 24 and 25. Their classes will study living things, habitats and ecosystems during the first quarter.

North Star Elementary

North Star Elementary School welcomes the following people to its staff: Kris Barnes, fourth grade; Callie Lawler, playground aide; Susan McLaury, library aide; Chris Standley, psychologist; Nan Weaver, custodian; Jim Wolverton, band; and Sue Biggs, music.

Debbie Womack now is serving North Star in special services.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are receiving initial placement tests for reading, math and spelling. They also are learning a new lunch routine. Grades four through six will have lunch, recess and a choice of an activity during their lunch block each day.

Kindergartners in Ms. Bingham's class are painting self-portraits and learning the difference between living and nonliving things. They also are practicing how to exit the school safely and where to line up for fire drills.

This past Monday, the staffs at North Star and Nikiski elementary schools met together and began planning for the fall 2004 consolidation. The process and communication planning document is available at both schools for anyone who is interested.

North Star's open house will be Tuesday. All are invited for a spaghetti feed from 5 to 6 p.m. Classroom visitations will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt staff and students had a great first week of school. Kindergartners begin school today at 9:30 a.m. This delayed start time applies to today only. Kindergarten classes will begin at 8:45 a.m. for the remainder of the school year.

Parents are asked to return forms sent home if they have not already done so. Required forms are the yellow emergency form and KPBSD Handbook receipt form at the front of the booklet. In addition, parents are encouraged to complete a Federal Programs-Lunch Program application and any other applicable forms.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. All parents are invited to attend. PTA is a way to meet new people, become involved in the school and help with many worthwhile projects.

In order to keep our building secure, all visitors and volunteers are required to sign in at the office and pick up a name tag. Students must be checked out at the office. They cannot be released at their classroom.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 25. Contact Mrs. Horton if you can help.

Thank you to Kaladi Bros., the Daily Grind and Wells Fargo for their recent donations.

Ice Cream Friday will begin this week. A variety of ice cream treats are available to students for 75 cents each Friday afternoon. Proceeds support the annual Redoubt Scholarship and provide a free ice cream treat to all students on their birthdays.

Intramural soccer permission forms are due today. Students will work on spirit posters and team selection next week. Games will begin Sept. 15.

A school newsletter is sent home on Fridays.

Parent to Parent, a parenting skills class, is being planned at Redoubt. For more information, call nurse Donna at 260-4306.

Sears Elementary

Sears will hold its back-to-school barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school. Volunteers are needed for the barbecue.

Volunteer training is scheduled from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the school.

An ice cream social will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

Soldotna Elementary

Thanks to all who attended the open house last week and met the 2003-04 Soldotna staff. Volunteers are always appreciated as educating is a home and school endeavor.

Important dates to remember include: Picture day Tuesday and the beginning of After the Bell on Monday.

The Soldotna PTA welcomes everyone to a year of learning and is looking for potential officers and volunteers to help with PTA activities. The first PTA meeting will be at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 11 in the school library. There will be a contest again this year for joining PTA, and the classroom with the most parents joining PTA will get an ice cream party.

Splash Into Summer readers will be honored at an ice cream social at 6 p.m. Sept. 11. Students who read 700 minutes this summer will be awarded a T-shirt, and those who read 900 minutes will receive a swim party.

Fifth-graders interested in band are urged to attend a band meeting with their parents at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sixth-graders interested in choir will meet during school. Music activities at Soldotna Elementary include concerts and musicals, which support a well-rounded education for students.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Welcome back to returning and new students, parents and staff.

Soldotna Montessori welcomes Ms. Sanders, a new administrator; Mrs. Overturf, a kindergarten teacher; Ms. McCabe, kindergarten through second-grade teacher; and Mrs. Sotelo, third- through sixth-grade teacher.

Thanks to all the families who came to the open house last week, and a huge thank you to those who spent many hours unpacking materials and getting classrooms ready for the upcoming year.

If you haven't already done so, return the school forms that were sent home with students on the first day of school.

Students in Mrs. Larned's and Mrs. Sotelo's class will visit the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center on Friday and have lunch out. Be sure to return field trip permission forms for this event.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School, a KPBSD public school, is accepting new student registration for students in grades third, fourth, and fifth grades. A waitlist is available for students in kindergarten, first, second and sixth grades. For more information, call the school at 260-9221 or drop by the school in the 400 wing of Soldotna Elementary School.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena welcomes the following new staff members: Ron Records, grades five and six; Terry Myrick, librarian; Darla Wales, library aide; Betsy Lennon, speech pathologist; Angie Nelson, psychologist; and Peter Johnson, special education aide.

Tustumena's open house is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The evening will feature a "meet our teachers" assembly in the gym, including an introduction of our 2003-04 PTO officers. Parents then will visit classrooms with a community potluck in the multipurpose room to follow. This is an opportunity to meet staff as well as old and new friends. Make it a point to attend for an evening for the whole family. The PTO is offering a door prize, but you must be present to win.

Mrs. Knobf's sixth-grade class will travel to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on Sept. 10. Parents willing to assist with student transportation to the center should contact Mrs. Knobf.

Soldotna Middle

The first Fort Nightly of the school year is from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. The cost to get in is $3. If any parents would like to chaperone, call the school at 262-4344.

Soccer and cross country running have just begun. It is not too late to sign up. Stop by the front office and pick up a participation form.

Open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The format will be a condensed version of the student schedule. Parents will have the opportunity to meet each of the teachers and hear about the classes. All parents are encouraged to attend this informative evening. Door prizes will be given out.

The front offices requests that messages parents may have for students be placed no later than 1 p.m.

When a child is absent from school, he or she must return with a note from a parent or guardian. The front office will take the note and give the child an admit slip to class.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 19.


Connections would like to welcome everyone to an exciting new school year. Space still is available for new enrollees in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Computers are ready to be picked up for enrolled students.

DIBELS-CMB testing for students in kindergarten through third grade has begun and will be complete by Sept. 19. Call to schedule an appointment with Doug.

North Star Elementary School has band available to Connection students in grades four through six. For more information, call the office at 262-6315.

The Imaginarium will present a "Rockin' Reptiles" assembly Tuesday at Seward Elementary School, Sept. 10 at Soldotna Elementary School, Sept. 11 at North Star Elementary School and Sept. 12 at Paul Banks Elementary School. For more information, visit www.connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

The NASA Starship 2040 Exhibit will be at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska Sept. 10 and 11. All home-school families are invited. To register, call the office.

The Pudewa Excellent in Writing Workshop will be in September and October. For more information, call Tanya.

School pictures will be at the Aspen Hotel on Oct. 1. Times are scheduled by last name as follows: A to C, 1:30 p.m.; D to H, 2 p.m.; J to Q, 2:30 p.m.; R to S, 3 p.m.; and T to Z, 3:30 p.m.

Battle of the Books teams for grades three through eight are forming. For more information, call the office.

Connections advisers are available to help parents with Individual Learning Plans. The plans are due Sept. 30.

Kenai Central High

Kenai Central High School began the year with its annual freshmen night, designed to help the freshmen make a smoother transition into high school, on Aug. 25. Approximately 130 freshmen attended.

The following activities are planned: school pictures will be taken Monday; back-to-school night begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11; and the homecoming parade will take place Sept. 19 with homecoming Sept. 20.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

The Nikiski Middle-Senior High School football team will host the Soldotna Stars at 3 and 6 p.m. Friday at the school. The C team will play Soldotna at 4 p.m. Monday at the school.

The site-based council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library, and open house will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

For more information, call the school office at 776-3456.

Soldotna High

Soldotna High School will host its annual back-to-school night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The program will begin in the high school theater, after which parents are invited to visit with staff members in their classrooms. Refreshments will be served.

Homecoming week activities get under way Monday. Throughout the week, classes will compete in a variety of lunch and break activities. Tuesday is the hall decorating competition, followed by pallet collecting Thursday and the bonfire Friday. The Stars host the Homer Mariners on Saturday, followed by the homecoming dance from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the dance is $5 per person. Dress is semi-formal. Magic Moments photographers will be available for photos.

Cook Inlet Academy

Cook Inlet Academy thanks Roy McNutt and many others who helped construct the new portable for the fifth- and sixth-graders.

New officers for student council are Charlotte Hillyer, president; Garrett Grothe, vice president; Janel Franchino, secretary; Catrina Brandon, treasurer; and Jenna Zufelt, activities coordinator.

Parents driving for school activities need to complete the parent driver volunteer form and include a copy of current insurance information.

This week is Spiritual Emphasis Week. Various activities are planned to help students focus on God in their lives and to start the school year out on a positive note.

The cross country running teams have meets Friday at Anchorage Christian School and Saturday at Palmer.

Parents of senior high athletes will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, and junior high parents will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

School pictures are Sept. 10.

Practices for the girls' volleyball team begin Sept. 15.

Wings Christian Academy

Kaylee Burger was the first person this year to get a 100 percent on one of her tests. The cleanest desk awards went to Gregory Van Curen and Jared Wood.

The Upper Learning Center had its first field trip of the year last Friday. The students went to Homer and stopped on the way back to play volleyball.

The Lower Learning Center is learning world geography on Mondays. Students have introduced the seven continents and four major oceans. They soon will begin a study unit of North America. A movie about oceans was watched Monday.

The Lower Learning Center children are hiking to North America. Each day that they complete their goals, they move one step closer to their destination. The reward for all who finish is an afternoon free of schoolwork. They will have the privilege to change into their pajamas, bake cookies, drink milk and read books.

Wings Christian Academy will have its fourth annual walk-a-thon Friday. This year it will be a triathlon. The activities will be walking, cycling and active play. The money earned from this event will go toward refinishing the gym floor.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Jenni Dillon at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at jenni.dillon@peninsulaclarion.com or by fax at 283-3299.

The deadline for submission is Friday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.

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