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Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2005


The school will have a private showing of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” for home school families Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at the theater in Kenai. Advance tickets are required. Interested families may stop by the office and see Doug. The cost is $5.25 each.

The school would like to congratulate students and co-enrolled students who participated in the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska E-Mission Nov. 18. The school would like to thank parents and teachers who prepared students with weekly lessons, and those who attended the preparatory class Nov. 17. The school also would like to thank teacher Tanya Boedeker for coordinating and directing the E-Mission.

In the spring there will be a Mars Rover Mission, done at home and over the Web. More information will be available in January.

December book orders are due Dec. 8 so materials will arrive before the holiday. Call Tanya for more information.

A spelling bee will be held Jan. 11 at the Borough Building in Soldotna at 3 p.m. Paideia word guides are available in the office. Students are asked to let their adviser know if they plan to participate.

For information, upcoming events or to check out the schools online forum, visit

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to Marcus Brown, Spencer McAuliffe, and Jake Zufelt for their performance in the mixed-choir at the All-State Music Festival. Dr. Axel Theimer, native of Austria and former member of the Vienna Boys Choir, directed a program consisting of classical songs, German gypsy poetry and contemporary South Australian music.

The third-graders helped The Salvation Army by setting up tables, peeling carrots and potatoes and cleaning for the Thanksgiving meal. Throughout December they will organize care packages, wrap presents, and prepare clothes for Christmas.

Students of the Week will be announced during chapel today at 8:30 a.m.

Friday is Blue and Gold Day in celebration of the three tournaments being held Thursday through Saturday. The junior high basketball teams will participate in the Nikiski tournament, the wrestling team will participate in the Katchemak Conference at Anchorage Christian Schools and the Borealis Conference Volleyball Tournament will be held at the school.

The high school choir and band will perform Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. It is open to the public.


Families that have not started using the Following the Leaders Program with your students are asked to call to get a password from your students contact teacher.

The program is designed to help parents and teachers to evaluate student’s strengths and weaknesses and provides material to improve those areas that are identified as needing additional help.

The spelling bee will be held in January. Spelling bee books are available in the office. The words are arranged from the easiest to the hardest in each category and students in grades three and up are invited to participate.

Pictures have arrived at the office and are available for pick up.

The winter party will be held in December. It will feature crafts, games and treats to eat. Date, time and place will be announced soon.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Christmas drive is under way. Families that need assistance with a Christmas basket are asked to return the form to the office by Friday. If you would like to help another family in need call Linda at 283-0804 or Kimb at 283-4826.

Families that are able to help out are asked to bring the following items: First-graders, a hat or headband; and second- and third-graders, one pair of mittens or gloves. Deadline for donations is Dec. 15.

The annual holiday concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Kaleidoscope and Sears students will perform “An Alaskan Christmas”. Students will be bussed to the auditorium Tuesday morning for a rehearsal. Students are asked to be at the auditorium that night by 6:45.

Fun Fest is Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The cost is $3 to participate.Permission slips are required.

Santa Secret Shop will be open Tuesday through Dec. 9.

The PTA will meet Dec. 8 at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

The APC will meet Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. in the library.

Kenai Central High

National Honor Society will meet at noon Thursday. For more information, call Kathy Herring at 283-7524.

Friday a winter dance scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m. High school students and their guests are invited. Guests also must be in high school and signed up by today.

Sunday is the annual choir Christmas concert at 3 p.m. in the auditorium.

The student council is sponsoring an Arctic Winter Games volunteer rally for the schools students. Students or parents interested in helping should call Jim Beeson or Siri Larson at the school.

Activities for the week:

· Wrestling at Bartlett on Friday and Saturday;

· Cross-country skiing at Skyview on Friday and Saturday;

· Varsity hockey against South on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Kenai Middle

The schools newsletter will be provided on the Edline Web site at If you’d like to continue receiving it through the mail, call the school at 283-4896.

Indian Education tutoring available during and after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested call Kelly Brewer or Jennifer Ford at 283-1748.

The school would like to thank those who helped the sixth-graders with the swag fundraiser. Proceeds will go toward the Camp Carlquist field trip.

Congratulations to the following students for winning the hoop shoot contest:

· 10 to 11-year-olds — First place, Bo Reilly with five shots; second place and Colton Hayes with four shots;

· 12 to 13-year-olds — First place, AJ Hull with nine shots; and second place, Lincoln Wensley with seven shots.

The canned food drive continues through Dec. 14. Competition for most food donations will be between girls and boys (including teachers).

On Friday and Dec. 9, students who bring in five cans of food may wear a hat in school. The group to bring the most cans wins an ice cream.

Dates to remember:

· Today — Sixth grade field trip to Anchorage; and

· Friday —Student of the Month luncheon, and drama performance first hour.

Kenai Montessori School

Today parents are invited to have breakfast at school with the students from 8 to 8:30 a.m.

There will be a planning meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the school’s dinning area for parents who would like to help with the winter performance.

Families who would like to order new uniform shirts may pick up an order form in the school lobby.

On Monday there will be a parent forum meeting at 6 p.m. in the main classroom.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Dec. 12 through 16. Parents are asked to sign the schedule on the parent bulletin board in the lobby.

The first meeting for The Hands Around The World board of trustees will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 19.

Last week for show and share Hudson Jackson brought items from Africa and Kiernan Lambert brought a book that has been passed down through the family.

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Kenaitze Head Start

The Whales and Salmon classes have been working on cooperation and team work. The children practiced team building while making snowmen for the playground. The class also has been learning about feelings and how to express them through “I Can Problem Solve” lessons.

In Moose and Bear woodland children will concentrate on minimizing holiday stress.

Dec. 16 will be a activity afternoon. The children will produce holiday crafts to share with students in the Raven and Eagle room.

The letters the children will learn are “D,” “N” and “G.” The children would like to announce that “Raising A Reader” books have been ordered and should be available in about two weeks. The staff will need help to put kits together. Interested parents are asked to call the school if you are available to help.

The school would like to thank Kellie Johnson and Dave Shaffer for the donation of gloves for the children. The school also would like to thank those who have volunteered time and service to the children.

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Heath and Mr. Vedders classes won a pizza party from the Kenai Fire Department. Mr. Vedders had 100 percent of his students draw and submit fire escape plans. Mrs. Heath had 25 out of 26 submit plans.

Fifth-grade students celebrated National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month by conducting research projects and learning songs and dances. The culminating event was a musical performance conducted by J.D. Uponen.

The school is sponsoring the Great Aluminum Can Round-Up. There is a wooden box behind the school for cans to be stored in. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two schools or organizations in three categories, plus a grand prize for the most cans collected. Families are asked to save cans and help the environment through recycling.

The fourth-grade winter program will be at 6 p.m. Monday. The fifth-grade band program will follow at 7 p.m.

Young Shoppers Club will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students will have a chance to shop. This is sponsored by the PTA.

Student of the Month lunch will be Tuesday at 11:35 a.m.

Mrs. Heath’s class will travel to Anchorage on Wednesday. They will visit the Imaginarium, Alaska Experience Theater and the Alaska Junior Theater to see a play.

Nikiski Middle-High School

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Hockey at Healey;

· Friday — Hockey at Tri-Valley and wrestling at ACS (conference tournament);

· Saturday — Cross-country skiing at Skyview High School (if there is snow) and wrestling at ACS (conference tournament); and

· Tuesday — Middle school basketball (first round of boroughs) time and location TBA.

Redoubt Elementary

The holiday food drive ends today. Food collected will be given to school families and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The school goal is to collect 500 food items. Families who need help are asked to send a note to the school office by Friday. Families requesting help after Friday will be directed to other resources.

The school needs donations and volunteers to help with the Holiday Kindness program. Call Mrs. Horton at the school at 262-9006 or Amy Larson at 260-9252.

First- through third-graders will perform “This is Christmas” at 6 p.m. Dec.13 at Soldotna High School Auditorium.

The school will host a fifth- and sixth- grade band concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 in the gym.

The school would like to thank head custodian Dennis Spindler for his 20 years of service. The staff said he will be missed by everyone, and they wish him all the best.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s first-grade class is working on a body unit. Students discovered most people have a mirror image of their face (they are symmetrical). In art, students studied symmetry.

Christmas drive letters were sent home last week with students. Those in need are encouraged to return the letters by Friday. Those who wish to donate needed items: new toys, food for holiday dinner, clothes, cash donation or winter clothing are asked to call Kim or Linda at 283-4826 by Friday.

Families that are able to help out are asked to bring the following items: preschoolers one can of cranberry sauce — kindergarten and first-graders, a hat or headband; and second- and third-graders, one pair of mittens or gloves. Deadline for donations is Dec. 13.

Fun Fest will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $3 per student. Parent pick-up time is 5 p.m.

The holiday concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Sears and Kaleidoscope first-, second- and third-graders will perform “An Alaskan Christmas.” Students will be bused to the auditorium Tuesday for a rehearsal. Students are asked to be at the auditorium by 6:45 p.m.

Santa Secret Shop will be held Tuesday through Dec. 9. Students may purchase gifts for their family and friends.

Skyview High

Freshmen and sophomore class officers are coordinating the effort to collect pictures for the city of Soldotna’s tree lighting celebration Dec. 9. The theme is “Family.” Students are asked to send in pictures of their families that could be laminated to decorate the park.

The student council is sponsoring a Christmas food drive competition. Students are asked to bring in nonperishable food items. Winning class will earn a ice cream party.

A University of Alaska Fairbanks representative will be available to speak with seniors at 12:40 p.m. today in the library. Students wishing to attend must sign up in Mrs. Madden’s office and have permission from their fifth-hour teacher.

Junior and senior financial aid night will be from 6:30 to 7:30 Monday in the library. Guest speaker will be Carey Burford from Kenai Peninsula College and Christina Campbell from the Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education.

The girls basketball team will host the Winter White Out dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. The cost is $7.

National Honors Society will donate food baskets to people in the community for the holidays. NHS students also had prepared the haunted bus for students at Sterling Elementary Schools.

The Teacher of the Month is art teacher Jenny Brockmann.

Staff Person of the Month is attendance secretary Beth Fowler.

Soldotna High

“The Lottery” and “Final Dress Rehearsal,” a pair of one-act plays, will be presented in-the-round by the drama department at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The band and choir holiday concert will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday.

Financial aid night for SoHi and Skyview High School seniors and their parents will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Skyview library. Carrie Burford, financial aid director at Kenai Peninsula College and Christina Campbell from the Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education, will be the guest speakers. For more information, call Abby Smola at either the SoHi or Skyview counseling offices.

Site-council will meet Monday night at 5:30 in the staff room.

For up-to-date sports information visit

Soldotna Middle

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Maroon basketball team against Nikiski at 3 p.m. at the school;

· Friday — White basketball team against Homer at 3 p.m. at the school.

The PTSA meets from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 in the library.

The first annual Quest Quiz Quandary event at Kenai Central High School was attended by the following students Lauren Rigby, Brett Vadla, Travis Newberry, Cody Vandehey, Christina Tachick, Leah Garske and Wes Matthews. The students participated in a variety of intellectual activities with students from around the district.

Tustumena Elementary

Mr. Chase has announced the school winners in the Elks Hoop Shoot competition. The following boys and girls will represent the school Dec. 17 at Soldotna Middle School:

· 8- and 9-year-olds — Austin Kruse and Yesenia Cisneros; · 10- and 11-year-olds — Dalton Pearson and Kaillee Skjold; and

· 12- and 13-year-olds — Jared Duncan and Stefany Malatesta.

The Kenai Senior Center Line Dancers will perform at the school at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12 in the gym. Parents and patrons are invited to attend.

Wings Christian Academy

Jessica Saunders and Victoria Grant won the Cleanest Office of the Week awards for the Learning Center and kindergarten classes.

The Cleanest Desk Awards were given to Melissa Newton and Caden MacLellan.

Naomi Petty and Brandon Saunders won November’s Quiz ‘Em contest.

Jaycee McGee received extra credit for finding the dimensions of the city mentioned in Revelations 21:16.

The winner for multiplication bingo was Megan Ruffridge.

The Lower Learning Center learned about the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.

The new clue for the “Who am I” contest is “My name may be on your tires.”

The student councils Thanksgiving party took place Thursday. Games, prizes and a baking contest were some of the activities.

The basketball tournament will take place Thursday through Saturday.

The first-graders are working on reading reading, did Thanksgiving art and decorated their offices with their handiwork.

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