Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
Mrs. Klaben's class presented a fabulous Thanksgiving play for its reading buddies Nov. 20. Everyone did a great job. The first-grade friends were a great audience and seemed to appreciate the presentation.
The school needs approximately 30 clean baby food jars for a Christmas project.
Santa's Secret Shop information was sent home Monday. The school will run the shop starting Tuesday through Dec. 6. Check with your child's teacher to see what day they are scheduled to do their shopping. Volunteers are needed to help.
The kindergarten through third-grade music program will be Dec. 13, at Soldotna High School. The title this year is "The Elves' Impersonator." The KPBSD Technology Department will Web cast the event, so watch the school newsletter for the Web link to send to family. It will be at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach/news.
The school would like to thank Carol Vanderwege for providing parents with some great reading strategies to help kids.
PTA needs toys, games and projects for those who babysit during its meetings. Keep the school in mind when making room for all those new gifts under the tree.
Don't forget to check out the light span Web site at http://tln.light span.com. User name: kpbbeach; password: caribou.
Mountain View Elementary
Mrs. Heath's and Mrs. Jackson's classes went to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center Nov. 21. Ricky Gease talked to the students about potlatches. They then enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Old Town Village Restaurant.
Students in the fifth-grade began Battle of the Books preparations last week. They are busy reading the 13 books on this year's list and thinking of detail questions about each book for practice. The Battle takes place Feb. 5.
Mr. Vedders' class has been learning and teaching colonial games to other third-grade students. Mr. Vedders is happy to pass on this childhood tradition to the children. When he was a child, his grandmother in Minnesota taught him and his sister string games. It would warm her heart to see the cooperation and caring that Mountain View students are displaying while teaching each other string games such as Jacob's Ladder and Witches Broom.
Nikiski Elementary would like to thank ABATE and the Nikiski Outreach for making sure all Nikiski Elementary students had a happy Thanksgiving Day. They also thank the Gold Wing Road Riders Association for its contribution to the school's morning breakfast program.
The Nikiski Elementary PTA is sponsoring a benefit spaghetti feed for Denise and Lindy Cox and their families Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. The spaghetti feed is being held to help them recoup losses they experienced when they were in Vietnam adopting their sons. There will be live entertainment for adults and students, and a movie for the younger children. For more information, contact Wayne Floyd at 776-8143.
North Star Elementary
In keeping with the holiday spirit, people are invited to attend Mrs. Miller's class production of, "Santa, You've Got Mail," Dec. 11.
The school is collecting wrapping paper, tape, hats and gloves in support of Nikiski's Noel Tree. A box will be available to accept your donations. All donations must be made before Dec. 14.
Mark your calendar and plan to attend an "All-American Christmas," presented by the kindergarten through third-grade students Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium.
There will be a family fun night Thursday from 6:30 to 8 in the gym. The night will include homework tips for parents, fun activities for students and a rousing game of Family Feud. Get your family and friends together to form a team. This is a free event for students and their families.
Let Mr. Meacham know as soon as possible if you need help this Christmas. The school is collecting money to send to the food bank through Dec. 14. Contribute if you can -- no amount is too small. The collection jar is in front of the school office.
The Imaginarium is coming to Redoubt Dec. 3, 4 and 5. A family science night will be Dec. 6.
Santa's Secret Shop will be available to students the week of Dec. 10.
Redoubt encourages students to stay safe and considerate when dropping off students in the morning. Pull to the curb in front of the school. Children should have all of their belongings together and be ready to exit the vehicle to keep the flow of traffic moving.
Redoubt would like to thank ABATE, who provided 17 Thanksgiving turkeys and other food items for Redoubt families this year.
Santa's elves at Soldotna Elementary are busy planning for their Christmas giving to families in need. In the past, the PTA and the Soldotna community has provided clothes, toys and Christmas dinner. They could use donations from the community. For more information, call school nurse Mrs. Dudley at 262-4919.
The PTA and After the Bell are sponsoring an interactive children's music concert Thursday at 4 p.m. in the music room. Children between ages 3 and 10 are invited. Admission is a can of food for the food bank.
Hat-button day is Friday.
For safety sake, students are dismissed only to cars parked at the curb. The one lane nearest to the curb is a parking lane while the next lane is the moving lane with no parking allowed. The school thanks all parents who have supported our dismissal procedures.
Coming soon to Soldotna Elementary: The fifth-sixth grade band and sixth-grade choir programs are Dec. 6, and the first- through third-grade musical is Dec. 13.
To support the science curriculum, the Imaginarium will present two assemblies of radical reptiles to students on Dec. 7. Alligators, lizards, snakes and more will be present for cold-blooded fun.
A falcon fun night for kindergarten through second-grade students will be Friday from 3:30 to 5. Admission is $2, and students must have turned in a permissions slip signed by a parent or guardian to stay for the activities.
Alaska's fiddling poet, Ken Waldman, entertained students Monday. He was funded by the PTA as part of the artist in school program.
Sterling will soon start its share in the giving program by collecting nonperishable food items, new toys and games for kids and cash. Sterling Elementary works with Pastor Bob Reasner, the Sterling Senior Center and other community members. Everything collected will go to families in the Sterling area. If you know someone who is need of some help during the holidays, call the school at 262-4944.
Ms. Hoffman's class will have a bake sale Friday to raise money for their field trip to Otter Cove in May.
Student council will sell craft items at Safeway Saturday.
The site council will meet Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the library. The PTA will meet Dec. 6 in the library at 3:45 p.m.
Kenai Middle School
Congratulations to the following Students of the Month for November: Whitney Brown, Whitney Ischi, Nyle LeMay, Billy Parks, Brenda Rodriguez, Dusty Ward and Kristina Wheeler. These great students will be treated to lunch, courtesy of Burger King.
The B basketball teams will play Cook Inlet Academy at KMS today at 3 p.m. The Kenai A teams will play Soldotna Middle School maroon Friday at Soldotna.
Soldotna Middle School
The maroon girls' basketball team beat Seward, 44-43, in the last minute of the game Nov. 17. Liz Denna led scoring with 16 points, followed by Anna Blake with 13, Allison Fay with 8, Melissa Fay, Jackie Bates and Amanda Dallman each with 2, and Adrienne Marey with 1. They kept up their winning ways Nov. 20, when they defeated visiting team Nikiski, 41-27. The entire team helped out while Anna Blake led the scoring with 12, Allison Fay with 10, Jackie Bates with 8, Amanda Dallman with 6, Michelle Hicks and Liz Denna with 2 points each and Jesse Kloote with 1.
The social studies quest students have been working diligently on projects involving colonial dioramas, Tavern signs, slavery journals and theme collages on "The Witch of Black Bird Pond." These projects can be viewed in the library. The language arts quest students are completing debates on the concept of educational options for future problem solving.
Mrs. Pillifant's and Mrs. Arthur's seventh-grade science classes are starting basic first-aid training. Nancy Macvie, the school nurse, will conduct the training. All seventh-grade students will earn their certification in basic first aid.
The school is starting its annual canned food drive. The school is asking for donations of canned and dry foods. This food will go to help families in need this winter. Students can turn in their canned foods to their social studies teacher.
Mrs. Kiffmeyer's social studies classes are settled into their colonies. They will enter class to find out if they are a member of the Govenor's Court, a professional, a worker or an indentured servant today. Governor Yuckabella and her court will listen to their grievances against the Royal Proclamation from England. Many in the colonies are concerned that the proclamation puts in question their pursuit to life, liberty, and happiness. Will this be one more step toward a revolution?
There is a PTSA meeting Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. in the library. The guest speaker is John Harro, a computer instructor here at SMS. He will demonstrate computer applications and informative technology for parents and students. Parents will have the opportunity to practice on one of the new computers.
Marilyn Hueper, gallery director of The White House Gallery next to Don Jose's in Homer, is hosting a self-portrait exhibition. This show is for the Homer community and all Connections students are encouraged to participate. There will be an artists' reception Dec. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. Any media is welcome, and artwork will be accepted Dec. 5 from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Marilyn Hueper at 235-2501.
College and scholarship information is available in the Connections office covering topics including paying for college, Alaska student aid handbooks and information on applying for University of Alaska scholarships. Stop in and see Doug or Wendi for help or call 262-6315. The Connections college and scholarship Web site will be coming soon.
Connections is looking for students who love math and like a challenge for the math counts competition for sixth- through eighth-grade students who have local, state and national competitions for prizes and scholarships. For more information, contact Tanya at 262-6315. Parent volunteers also are welcomed. Teams include four to eight students who practice once or twice each week.
Science classes have been scheduled at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. The classes include robotics and space, potluck science, young aviators, light and energy. Most classes cost $20 and are from 1 to 4 p.m. Some classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $40. They do reimburse. Classes run through March 1. For more information, check their Web site at http://www.akchallenger.org/happening/ homeschool.htm or call 283-2000.
Interior Distance Education of Alaska
The Region K spelling bee will be Feb. 4. Booklets were mailed out last week to the students who had signed up. For more information, e-mail IDEA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The science fair question-and-answer sessions with Steve Hackett, the science fair coordinator, are taking place this week. For more information, e-mail a message at email@example.com. They will be in Kenai today at the IDEA office from 1 to 3 p.m., in Seward Thursday at the Seward library from 1 to 3 p.m., and in Homer Friday at the Bidarka Inn from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a logo and speech contest. The deadline for entering the logo contest is Dec. 7. The speech competition will take place the end of February. For more information, contact the office or Ruth Lewis at 283-8732, ext. 108.
Sign-ups for the National Geographic Bee are being taken. The IDEA competition will take place Jan. 8. For more information, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on these events or IDEA, visit the Web Site atwww.galenaalaska/idea.org.
Nikiski Middle-Senior High School
The school would like to congratulate Zach Hall for his performance at the all-state honor choir. The choir concert took place in Fairbanks Nov. 15 and 16. The school also would like to give a big thanks to Robert Harris, the conductor, for his excellent direction.
Financial aid night for seniors will be Thursday at 6 in the library. For more information, call Ms. Falk in the counseling office at 776-3456.
There will be a high school dance Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Students are allowed to bring one guest but must have them signed up in the office before noon Friday. School ID will be required and no one will be admitted after 9:30.
Christmas vacation will be Dec. 22 through Jan. 6. The school would reminds students who will be missing school due to vacation plans to get their homework assignments in advance.
Ninilchik will host the Small School's Basketball Tournament for the school district. The games will begin Thursday at 4 p.m., continue Friday at 4 p.m. and finish Saturday starting at 9 a.m. The teams will play Chapman, Community Christian, Cook Inlet Academy, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, Seldovia and Wings. The girls' championship game will be at 3 p.m. and the final boys' game will be at 5 p.m. The price is $3 for adults and $2 for students.
The elementary section went to the Orca Theatre to watch "Monsters, Inc." Tuesday, as commendation for their good behavior and an enhancement for the student's writing program.
The annual Ninilchik Native Descendants Christmas Bazaar will be Dec. 8. Several tables will support school activities, including hot soup in a bread bowl that will go towards expenses incurred when the Ocean Bowl teams travel to Seward for their competition in February. If you would like to reserve a table, call Jamie Leman at 567-3361 or Sheri Liebenthal at 567-3618.
Cook Inlet Academy
Bob Jones University invited Mr. Crapuchettes, the Cook Inlet Academy principal, to address their curriculum writers for elementary and secondary text books. Mr. C. met with university personnel the week of Nov. 5. He also has, in the past, given impetus to the Association of Christian Schools International textbook program.
Congratulations to the following Students of the Week: Bryce Horton, Sarai Seynei, Kyle Kjeldson, Jessica Hall, Dalton Johnson, Cole Gross, Adam Agosti, Janice Scritchfield and Kaycee Munn.
The monthly National Honor Society luncheon was held Nov. 19. NHS members met with the faculty and advisers.
The CEF Party Club held its monthly meeting Nov. 20 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Thanksgiving in early America was demonstrated to parents by Mrs. Rowley's class, complete with costumes and an appearance by Squanto.
The third-grade helped at The Salvation Army, making preparations for Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 21. According to Kelsy Rusk, they decorated tables, rolled silverware, organized the chairs and cleaned bathrooms. Students found their helpful service put smiles on The Salvation Army people.
Secondary students held their luncheon in the gym then went to Alaska Great Skate.
The faculty singers, coached by Miss Becky, will be featured at the Soldotna tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 7 near the senior center.
The Christmas program provided by the elementary students will be the evening of Dec. 11.
Preschool students thank Mr. Roy for installing the new windows.
Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start
The three Head Start classes will visit Kenai Community Library this week. Each class will hear a story, take a tour of the library and get a chance to look at books in the childrens' section.
Tickets are still available for the second annual Kenaitze Head Start gala fund-raiser from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets will perform during the evening. Tickets are $25, and participants are asked to bring a gift for a 3- to 5-year-old Head Start boy or girl. For more information, call 283-7864.
Head Start will host a Holiday Family Fest at noon Dec. 14 in the new building. All Head Start families are welcome to come. The Monday family night is canceled, and activities are rescheduled for Dec. 14.
The little moose will sing Christmas carols at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center later this month.
Peninsula Grace Preschool
The children had fun last week with the hands-on baking activities of pumpkin bread and cookies.
This week's helpers are Mason, Charis, Jennaka and Jillian.
Magnets will be this week's study. The magnetic poles will be discussed. Students will do hands-on activities, testing different items to learn if they are attracted to a magnet.
Students have been practicing the songs they will sing for the parents and the Christmas program in December.
Outside recess continues to be great fun for students. They use their imaginations playing games on the snow hills.
For more information, call 262-1284.
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