Aurora Borealis Charter School
The first grade class is learning a traditional game of chess. The children are enjoying the challenges of this game.
The second-grade class has been studying space. They wrote poems about space and painted space pictures with glitter paint. This week they are choosing a planet to research and designing an alien that would have the adaptations to survive on that planet.
The Parent Teacher Council will sponsor a potluck 6 p.m. Monday to bring together all the families of Aurora Borealis Charter School.
The fifth- and sixth-grade class is focusing on Roman and Greek cultures. This fits in with its Latin classes.
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The wrapping paper fund-raiser orders are due Tuesday.
Mrs. Peterson's class will study owls for the next two weeks. Her students also will go to the Nikiski pool Friday with their fifth-grade study buddies from Mrs. Furlong's class.
An amphitheater was put in the school by Pehr Hartvigson, a junior at Soldotna High School, as his Eagle Scout Project. He attended K-Beach Elementary for grades four through six. Pehr did the planning and designing, arranged for funding and for permits or approvals needed to complete the project. He received donations from K-Beach Elementary PTA, Kenai River Sports Fishing Association, Foster Construction, Spenard Builders Supply, city of Soldotna, Healthy Community-Healthy People, Mike Tauriainen, PE Consulting Engineers and Alaska Bolt and Chain. He had assistance from many community members, friends and family in different phases of this project. The school appreciates Pehr for a job well done.
For more information about the school, visit its Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach.
Two parent meetings are scheduled today for Girl Scouts and their parents. The meetings will be in room 2 at 3:45 and 5:30 p.m. Parents, note that children are not permitted to stay after school without their parents.
Picture day will be Sept. 26. Preschoolers' portraits are scheduled for noon.
Students who still have their Innisbrook packets at home should return them as soon as possible. Tuesday was the due date. For more information, contact librarian Denise Cox.
The school's end doors will be locked at all times to make the school safer. Students and visitors should enter through the front doors. All visitors to the building should check in at the office.
School pictures will be Oct. 2. Community members may be photographed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that day.
Snacks for first- through sixth-grade students are sold in the lunchroom Tuesday and Thursday after lunch. Prices range from 25 cents to $1. Students must bring cash to purchase snacks. A student's lunch account cannot be used to purchase snacks.
The school thanks everyone who contributed recipes and ordered copies of the school cookbook.
Library volunteers are needed to shelve books and perform other library tasks. Any amount of time you can offer will be appreciated. For more information or to help, contact Judy Cox.
PTA officers for the 2001-02 school year are Tracie Stang and Seane Oglesbee, co-presidents; Jill Barker, secretary; and Carmen Stephl, treasurer.
Students receive a free ice cream when their parents attend PTA meetings.
The open house and ice cream social has been rescheduled for Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. Explore your child's classroom and join the PTA for ice cream sundaes.
The fall fund-raiser ends Tuesday. Turn in orders and payments Tuesday. Proceeds support the Reading is Fundamental and artist in residence programs.
Auto harpist Brian Bowers visited last week. He gave a performance for students with storytelling and singing.
The first artist in residence will be Susan Share in October. She will teach students bookmaking techniques. District art specialist Celia Anderson also will share her artistic talents with students.
The first PTA meeting will be Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Bill Popp and Tim Navarre will discuss the office move. Plan to attend this important meeting.
Mrs. Jackson's kindergartners have been learning about insects. They had ladybugs and walking sticks to observe.
Mrs. Hanson's second-grade class is studying habitat. Mrs. Thomas' kindergartners acted out the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
Mrs. Anderson's first-grade class studied seeds and how they grow and change. They planted seeds and beans. They will record the growth of each in a journal.
Mrs. Knudsen's and Mrs. Lafferty's classes studied plants and their growth. Their next project will look at leaves -- counting, sorting and tracing them.
Kindergarten and first-grade parents met Thursday with teachers Ms. Allen, Mrs. Erwin and Mrs. Vasilie to learn about their child's educational program. They heard about the kindergarten and first-grade standards and the classroom management system.
That same afternoon, the PTA met under president Laurie Lingafelt and formulated a calendar of activities. In September, there will be a PTA Book Bingo Night with pizza Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and book bingo will start at 6:30 p.m.
PTA plans to sponsor a Fun Fest in October, a children's concert with Lois Holleman of After the Bell in November, the Star Lab at Soldotna Elementary in January or February, the bike rodeo and the last day picnic.
PTA will facilitate the October Walk Our Children to School project with the Soldotna Police Depart-ment. More information will be presented as it is planned. Join your Soldotna Elementary PTA to help bring these activities to students.
Folk singer Brian Bowers visited this week to entertain staff and students, thanks to Mike Morgan and Celia Anderson. It was a special treat.
Run 'N' Read is a time for all preschoolers in the Sterling area to come to school and play in the gym. Moms and dads can come, bring toys to share and visit with others. The reading time will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Thursday. For more information, contact the school.
Volunteer training will be Thursday at 1:40 p.m. Everyone attending will be entered in a drawing for a $10 gift certificate for the book fair.
Rebekah Kitson and Christinea Bahl won the PTA's QSP kick-off. Remember, QSP sales run through Tuesday.
Cub Scout Roundup is 6:30 to 8 p.m. today in the library with Mrs. Mahan. Carole Buchholz held a Boy Scout Roundup Monday night. For more information, call 262-2229.
Girls Scouts will have a parent meeting Thursday in the library from 3:30 to 7 p.m. All girls ages 5 and up are eligible.
Mr. McCard's sixth-graders will have a bake sale Friday.
A form for releasing students was sent home last week. Complete this form and return it ASAP. It will tell the school who may or may not take your children from school. This is vital information for child safety in an emergency.
Tustumena's annual open house was well-attended Sept. 6. The potluck came up short on food due to the turnout.
The PTO will elect a new secretary this month. Monthly PTO meetings are the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 4 p.m. The PTO cash raffle is selling tickets for its third annual drawing. The grand prize is $5,000. The drawing will be at school Dec. 8. Parents and staff are selling tickets for $50 each.
The Tustumena Site-based Council will meet for the first time this fall Monday at 4 p.m. The council will elect officers and review the district's long-range plan. The public is invited to attend monthly meetings on the fourth Monday of each month.
Tustumena received two donations this past month. Staff would like to thank Dennis Wilbert, who contributed $50 via the Spirit of Giving program sponsored by the Ford Motor Co., and John Cook, who contributed $100. Both gifts will used to fund Lynx Tracks activities.
A new flag of the United States of America is flying from the school flagpole this fall. This flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Inauguration Day 1993 and passed on to the school by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
Kenai Middle School
Sixth-grade students at Kenai Middle School would like to thank the parents, teachers and eighth-grade students who helped with their car wash recently. The school thanks the people who came in to get their cars washed. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the students were able to raise a good amount of money to help fund their field trips this year.
KMS soccer teams will host the Soldotna white team Thursday at 3 p.m. Cross country teams from Homer and Nikiski will meet at KMS Friday.
School pictures will be Oct. 4.
Progress reports will be sent out this week.
Kenai Central High School
This is homecoming week at Kenai Central High School. Monday was Pajama Day, Tuesday was Famous Couples Day and today is Cannery Day. Thursday is Protective-Safety Gear Day and Friday will be Spirit Day. Everyone will be in red, black and white.
There will be activities during lunch each day. Hallway decorations are Thursday after school. Homecoming royalty will be announced at the pep assembly Friday afternoon. The parade Friday starts at 6 p.m. in front of Paradisos and ends about 6:30 p.m. in the school front parking lot. The bonfire will follow, featuring fun contests, the cheerleaders, the pep band and the big fire. All alumni are invited.
The homecoming football games Saturday are JV at 11 a.m. and varsity at 2 p.m.
Homecoming festivities end with the dance Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight in the auditorium commons. Purchase tickets during the week at school or the door. The price increases throughout the week, so buy tickets early.
College recruiters are coming: Gonzaga University on Friday, Seattle University and Pacific Lutheran University Monday and the University of Puget Sound and George Fox University Sept. 27. Interested students must sign up in the counseling office and get teacher permission to attend.
The KCHS 2002 yearbook order day is Tuesday. There will be a $50 drawing for all students who fill out a yearbook order form Tuesday. For specifics, contact Mr. Larson.
Mrs. DeVolld reported the following KCHS students as cast in the fall production of "The Wizard of Oz:" Lauren Brewer, Claire Mishou, Aaron Trickel, Jesse Deardoff, Michelle Oberg, Michelle Blomberg, Jessica Udovich, Hana Hurley, Sarah Stocks, Kisti Boatright, Chelsea Kaas, Sara Diamond, Eric Cox, Adam Demello, Jeremy White, Chris Mercado, T.J. Cox, Toni Reitter, Mariah Meeks, Tiffany Simpson, Megan Kohler and Nadia Cherraj. Chantel Lillard was chosen as stage manager, and Erin Rome will assist back stage.
The family golf outing is today at Birch Ridge Golf Course. Tee off time is 2 p.m. A family picnic will follow at the covered pavilion. Families should bring their own food; Connections will provide pop and chips. Green fees are $12 for adults and $7 for children. To participate, call Bill Rolph or Dave Silva at 262-6315.
The next field trip will be Tuesday to Agrium for grades six through 12. Contact Wendi or Doug to sign up.
New individualized learning plan forms and examples are on the Web site for parents to access. ILPs are due Sept. 28.
The second preparatory meeting for the Leave No Trace camp out will have be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kenai Wildlife Refuge on Ski Hill Road for students and parents. Students will spend the night as part of their field trip Tuesday. Parents must attend the meeting for students to participate in the field trip. For more information or to register, contact Tanya Boedeker.
Book club orders are due to the office this week.
Nikiski Middle-Senior High
Congratulations to the homecoming royalty crowned Friday: seniors Kassie Thompson, queen, Chris Pepper, king; Lyndsy Pritchard, princess, and Kyle Alexander, prince; juniors Ashley Goff, princess, and Joey Wicker, prince; sophomores Jessica Anthony, princess, and Zach Womack, prince; freshmen Krystal Gladden, princess, and Jared Mazurek, prince.
School picture retakes will be Monday.
Mrs. Williams would like to thank all the people who helped out with homecoming events.
A one-year position has opened for a parent representative on the site-based council. People interested in being appointed should contact Mrs. Williams, Ross Kendall, Sheri Gladden, Linda Ralston or Lee Moore before Tuesday. The council will convene a meeting where the new representative must be elected by a majority vote of the council representatives.
Students will receive a BP Teacher of Excellence nomination form to nominate a teacher of their choice. The nominations are Dec. 3.
National Honor Society is continuing its group project of collecting Campbell's Soup labels and General Mills box tops for education. Collection boxes are in every elementary classroom, at the office and the post office. Clipping and saving these labels provides supplies and money for the school.
Picture retakes will be Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.
Applying for college, vocational education and financial aid packages has begun in the senior guidance class. Mr. Redmond posts important information on the bulletin board outside his office. Be aware that he is at Ninilchik on "A" days.
Ms. Wolf's art students will hold a car wash Saturday at Beemun's in Soldotna starting at 10 a.m. The money raised will be used to buy art supplies for the class.
The nurse is at Ninilchik Mondays and Fridays.
PTO will meet the first Tuesday of every month in the school library.
Royalty for the 2001 homecoming at SoHi includes freshmen Ben Breakfield, prince, and Lepa Marinkovski, princess; sophomores Ryan Myers, prince, and Kelsey Cusak, princess; juniors Zach Boll, prince, and Chrystal Carlson, princess; and seniors Ben Histand, prince, Sarah Todd, princess, Justin Payment, king, and Janna Schaafsma, queen.
SoHi will be on regular assembly schedule Thursday. At 2 p.m. the school will have an assembly to honor the cross country running team, as it gets ready for the region competition in Seward.
For more information about SoHi, visit its Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.
Cook Inlet Academy
Students of the Week were Miranda Beller, Zac Cialek, Reuben Shea, Maurie Knowlton and Caleb Lyons. They were honored for behavior and attitude, listening, friendship and helpfulness.
Junior high Cross Country Athletes of the Week are Krysta Maier Thornton, Reid Schmelzenbach and Bethany Estes.
Miss Becky's Friday preschool class is learning the letters "A"and "B," words that begin with those letters and how to write letters to people. The class had good clean fun with shaving cream projects.
While the senior high attended the retreat at Victory Bible Camp and the junior high was in Dawson, Miss Knutson took the fifth grade on a wet canoe trip down the river. These field trips have a spiritual emphasis and unify the students, help them get acquainted and build their leadership skills for the coming year.
Mike Lyons will give private instrumental music lessons. For more information, call Mike.
Nine CIA students are enrolled in a cyber school this year. The courses offered are art and fine art, SAT/ACT preparatory, Photoshop graphics, desktop publishing, Web page publishing, anatomy and physiology, Spanish, French and German.
The next parent-teacher fellowship meeting will be 7 p.m. Mon-day.
The Jogathon will be Sept. 28, and the fall banquet is Nov. 12.
READS Primary School
READS students had a visit last week from Marianne Snowden of Homer Electric Association, who discussed electrical safety. Students designed a thank-you poster that included a picture of them in their "Louie the Lightning Bug" hats.
The first show-and-tell session was held. All were impressed with Forrest's and Annaleah's foreign coins, Skyler's Grecian napkin holder, Allison's California pine cone, Tyler's gold nugget, Selia's Mexican purse, Miles' Lego project, Nolan's stuffed dog, Greta's antique teacup, Elizabeth's missing teeth, Madison's and Ellen's books, Cassie's photographs and Addison's tomato plant. Bo brought his talented dog, Gus, who did tricks for the students. Gus can sit, stay, lie down, speak, shake hands and fetch a newspaper on command.
READS students attended their first physical education class at the Kenai Recreation Center. Eli Butler did an exceptional job of participating and following directions. Ellen Groseclose and Rachel Ross participated that day. The school thanks Morgan Cunningham, a past READS student attending Mountain View Elementary, for helping out with the rec center visit.
Wings Christian Academy
The new student council officers for the year are Jessica Boutwell, president; Katie Sutton, secretary and treasurer; and Naomi Pettey, junior representative for the second year.
The elected yearbook staff is Kaylee Burger, editor; Julianne Pettey, assistant editor; Leah Howell and Isaac Dutton, photographers; and Ashlynn Burger, junior photographer.
The whole school is taking a field trip Friday to the Wynn Nature Center and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Center in Homer.
The school is having a skating party and fund-raiser Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
It's is time for the "I-did-it" challenge. Last year the school did an imaginary walk to Homer and back and the year before to Anchorage. This year, since the International Student Convention will be in Arizona, the trip will be a 150-mile sightseeing tour from Jacob Lake to Flagstaff, including a hike through the Grand Canyon. A mileage chart will be posted in the gym to keep track of your miles and where everyone is.
Prizes will be awarded in May for the first-, second- and third-place winners. Everyone who makes it to Flagstaff will receive a ribbon. It started Friday and continues through graduation.
Julianne Pettey and Troy Consiel won the Cleanest Desks of the Week awards.
Kenai Cooperative Preschool
The preschool had fun weighing and graphing apples, creating apple books and planting apple seeds last week. Preschoolers also brought in apples from home. Mariah Schloeman brought in the biggest apple and Mariah Thompson brought in the smallest.
This week students will learn and review colors, paint rainbows with their feet and mix Jell-O to make new colors. There will be kaleidoscopes and a chameleon or two.
For more information, call 283-3924.
Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start children and staff would like to thank Mr. Billy and Mr. Noah for setting out nets when the group visited the Kenaitze Tribe's educational fishery on the Kenai River. The children collected beach treasures and helped pull in the net. Although they saw some fish hit the net, it came up empty. Seals were spotted near the net.
Mr. Noah came to Head Start with salmon from his net and showed the children how to identify fish parts and how to clean the fish. Ms. Gert will cook some of the salmon at the parent meeting. The Dena'ina word for salmon is, "luq'a."
The Little Bears will swim at the Nikiski pool, and the Little Moose will play at the Kenai Recreation Center this week.
Letters of acceptance for the third classroom have been mailed home to the new families. The school welcomes the Little Ravens.
Peninsula Grace Preschool
This week's classroom helpers are Jrew, Ella, Jacob and Hannah.
This week's unit will feature hibernation and migration. Students will learn which animals hibernate and how long they do. Students will learn about beavers, geese, bears and squirrels.
The 3-year-olds will make individual beaver homes from sticks. The 4-year-olds will make one big beaver dam for the class. Many other fun and interesting events will be planned for the week. Books about hibernation and migration are in the library center.
Space is available in the 4-year-old class that meets Mondays and Wednesdays.
For more information, contact Chris at 262-1284.
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