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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Dec. 22: No school. Inservice and end of second quarter.

Dec. 23-Jan.8: Winter break, no school.

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 22-Jan. 8: No school. Holiday break.

Homer Flex

Dec. 22: No school. Staff in-service: PLCs, interventions and turning in grades.

Dec. 23-Jan. 8: Winter break.

Homer High School

Dec. 22: No school for students. Teacher in-service.

Dec. 22: Wrestling practice, 10 a.m.-noon.

KPBSD announces new start, end times for 2017-18 school year

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools on the southern peninsula will switch to new start and end times in August 2017 due to the change from single-tier busing to double-tier busing.

The times announced by KPBSD on Dec. 15 are nearly identical to the schedule “X” agreed upon by lower peninsula school adminstrators. The only change between the two schedules is that Ninilchik School has an end time of 3:35 p.m., as opposed to 3:45 p.m. in the initially proposed schedule.

Kindergartners write letters of love and toys to Santa

Paul Banks Elementary School teacher Wendy Todd’s kindergartners say the darndest things in their letters to Santa Claus.

From wondering if Santa will make it to their house and pondering the reality of flying reindeer to asking for specific toys and help finding a lost bat, Homer’s children will keep St. Nick on his toes.

School Events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Dec. 15: Winter concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Glow dance for fifth-eighth grades, 6 p.m.

Dec. 19: Site council meeting, 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 20: Second-fourth grade Pratt Museum and Islands and Oceans

Dec. 21: Fifth-eighth grade class party, 12:30-3 p.m.

Dec. 22: No school. Inservice and end of second quarter.

Dec. 23-Jan.8: Winter break, no school.

Jan. 9: Back to school.

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 22-Jan. 8: No school. Holiday break.

School Events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Chapman School

Dec. 8: Family Ed Night, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Dec. 12: Pre-K Anchor Point Library, 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Dec. 12: Fifth-eighth grade caroling: 11:50 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Dec. 14: Fourth-sixth grade basketball at West Homer, 4 p.m.

Dec. 15: Winter concert, 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Glow dance for fifth-eighth grades, 6 p.m.

 

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 9: Friendly Friday: Big visits Little Fireweed.

Chapman students pen letters to Santa

’Tis the time of the season when children take stock of the year and weigh the good they have done against the mischief they have managed to see if they qualify for presents from Santa Claus.

Chapman’s kindergarten, first, second and third grade students wrote letters to the red-suited, cookie-eating man, hoping for the gifts they have dreamt of all year. Some lists are long, while others are modest, while others may even include bribes. If you see Santa, put in a good word for these hopeful kids.

 

Mrs. Gardner’s second/third

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Dec. 12: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30-6 p.m.

Dec. 22-Jan. 6: Holiday break. No School.

Jan. 9: School resumes.

 

Little Fireweed (K-2)

Dec. 16: Celebration of dance and song, 1:30 p.m.

 

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Dec. 19: Swimming at Homer pool.

Dec. 20: Skating at Kevin Bell Arena.

 

Homer Flex

Homer Connections seeks artists for First Friday show

Homer Connections students who are taking an art course this semester — painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking or digital art — are invited to share their work at the Homer Connections First Friday K-12 Art Show. The show will be from 3-4 p.m. Dec. 2 at a place to be announced.

This is an opportunity to recognize students with artistic ability in the Connections’ program. Student art will be displayed for students, parents and community members during an open house. The deadline for entering artwork is Nov. 29. Appetizers, coffee and hot cocoa will be provided.

Tricky turkeys suggest alternative Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece

Thanksgiving is a time of thankfulness and togetherness, unless you happen to be a turkey. In the case of the fine, feathered fowl that graces the tables of American families on the fourth Thursday of November, the Thanksgiving season is not a fortuitous time. Even vegetarianism can do little to settle the nerves of these birds, as only 3.4 percent of American adults are vegetarian or vegan, according to a 2015 Vegetarian Resource Group national survey.

School Events

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Nov. 23: Early release.

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving holiday. No school.

Dec. 12: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30-6 p.m.

Dec. 22-Jan. 6: Holiday break. No School.

Jan. 9: School resumes.

Little Fireweed (K-2)

Dec. 16: Celebration of dance and song, 1:30 p.m.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Dec. 19: Swimming at Homer pool.

Dec. 20: Skating at Kevin Bell Arena.

Homer Flex

'Tis the season for giving the gift of literacy to young children

The holiday gift giving season is here and many parents have contacted me asking for book recommendations. Gifting books is a great idea. It shows children that books, and reading, have value. Books and stories can feed children’s natural curiosity, stimulate imaginations, develop language skills, grow vocabulary and foster empathy.

Are you looking for a book to give to a young child? Try one of these favorites.

• “A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals” by Lucy Ruth Cummins (3+)

• “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (5+)

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Nov. 18: Fresh fruit fundraiser. Call 235-9728 to order.

Nov. 23: Early release.

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving holiday. No school.

Dec. 12: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30-6 p.m.

Dec. 22-Jan. 6: Holiday break. No School.

Jan. 9: School resumes.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Thursdays: Math homework club with Jon in room 102.

Wednesdays: Lego League with Kevin and Stephanie in room 105.

Homer Flex

Nov. 18: Eligibility check.

Flex instructor looks back 15 years

While most of the currently enrolled students were still learning how to count to 10, Laureen Wentz was starting her first day at Homer Flex. Fifteen years later, she’s still at Flex, serving as the SPED (special education) aide/paraprofessional and perhaps more importantly, as the school caregiver.

Flex wasn’t the dream job for Wentz; quite frankly, it wasn’t one she even applied for. In actuality, she was force transferred and didn’t know about her new job until the day before she started. However, Wentz thinks it was supposed to happen.

Elementary schools to start earlier than intermediate, high schools

Principals of Homer-area schools recommended Option X to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District as the best choice for the change in school start and end times on the lower Kenai Peninsula. Parents, school staff, school board members and district administrators discussed the proposed schedule, which will be effective August 2017, at a meeting on Nov. 2 at Homer High School.

School nurse offers tips to keep students healthy

With the cold, autumn and winter weather Homer has begun to experience, also comes illnesses such as the common cold, stomach bugs, hand, foot and mouth disease, and influenza, also known as the flu, according to Homer Middle School and Homer Flex school nurse Janette Latimer.

While a sneeze or two might not warrant keeping a child home from school — much to their disappointment — certain symptoms do point to a day in bed rather than a desk. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s policy requires parents to keep children at home if they have the following symptoms:

School events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Nov. 14: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 18: Fresh fruit fundraiser. Call 235-9728 to order.

Nov. 23: Early release.

Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving holiday. No school.

Big Fireweed (3-6)

Thursdays: Math homework club with Jon in room 102.

Wednesdays: Lego League with Kevin and Stephanie in room 105.

Movie night success

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Fireweed Academy (both schools)

Nov. 3: Fireweed Share the Spirit Movie Night at Homer Theatre featuring The Polar Express and several student-made shorts.

 

Homer Flex

Nov. 4: Picture re-takes.

Nov. 18: Eligibility check.

Nov. 23: Flex community Thanksgiving, noon. Call for details.

Nov. 23: Early release. Staff will review student interventions.

 

Homer High School

Nov. 3: Girls wrestling dual vs. Edgecumbe at ACS, 5 p.m. Leave at 10 a.m.

DDF places in nine categories

Homer High School’s drama, debate and forensics tournament held over the weekend on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 was a success, head coach Amy Johnson wrote in an email.

“Homer High got many compliments, including the beauty of the school and how well the tournament was run,” Johnson said.

Homer’s DDF team placed in nine categories during the meet, including readers’ theatre, pantomime, dramatic interpretation and duet acting. The results are:

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