Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
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.
Dec. 12: APC meeting in room 104 at Big Fireweed, 4:30-6 p.m.
Dec. 22-Jan. 8: No school. Holiday break.
Jan. 9: First day back to school.
Little Fireweed (K-2)
Through Dec. 15: Dance residency with Kara Clemens
Dec. 16: Celebration of Forces in Dance and Song, 1:30 p.m.
Big Fireweed (3-6)
Through Dec. 14: Kara Bakken Clemens dance in P.E.
Dec. 19: Swimming at KKAC, 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 20: Afternoon skating at Kevin Bell Arena, 3-6 p.m.
Dec. 19: Winter concert at Homer High School, 7 p.m.
Dec. 21: End of the semester eligibility check.
Dec. 22: No school. Staff in-service: PLCs, interventions and turning in grades.
Dec. 23-Jan. 8: Winter break.
Homer High School
Dec. 8: Winter sports pep assembly in gym, 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 8: Cross-country ski team leaves for Lynx Loppett Ski Race, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 9: Lynx Loppett Ski Race at Kincaid Park, 12 p.m.
Dec. 9: Wrestling at ACS for conference championships, 2 p.m. Wrestling team leaves at 7 p.m.
Dec. 9: Hockey at home vs. Chugiak, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10: ACT test in Scott Aker’s room, 8 a.m.
Dec. 10: Wrestling at ACS for conference championships, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: Lynx Loppett Ski Race at Kincaid Park, 11 a.m.
Dec. 10: Hockey at home vs. Chugiak, noon.
McNeil Canyon Elementary School
Dec. 8: Winter program, 6:30 p.m.
School announce winter concerts, programs
• McNeil Canyon Elementary: Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. The winter program will include Jingle Bells on ukuleles, French Carol and Boomwhackers, snowmen and elves, any many more delightful surprises.
• West Homer Elementary: Dec. 13, 1 p.m., Mariner Theater
• Susan B. English School: Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., K-12 Christmas Program
• Chapman School: Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Concert features kindergarten-fourth grade singing holiday songs; beginning and intermediate bands performing holiday selections. Root beer float sale following concert.
• Homer Middle School:Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Winter Concert, Mariner Theater. There will be a sing-along of holiday songs, as well as a performance in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Attacks on Pearl Harbor, with the HMS band playing "Elegy for the USS Arizona" by Larry MacTaggart. Concert admission is by donation.
• Ninilchik School: Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Winter Concert, Rootbeer Float Fundraiser
• Homer High School: Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Winter Concert. The Homer High Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, and Swing Choir will be doing a wide variety of music, including Rutter's "Gloria" by the Choir, and a joint piece by the Band and Choir, Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival."
. Concert admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $2 for seniors.
• Tebughna School: Dec. 21, 6 p.m.
• Homer High School: Dec. 21, 7 p.m., Candlelight, Carols and Desserts. Sounds of the season will be presented alongside luscious desserts and choices of hot beverages. Admission to the event is $10, and tickets are available at the Homer Bookstore.
Keeping Children in at Recess, from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Health Services
When to Keep Your Child Home
Every day a variety of coughs, runny noses and flu are in our school. Each day some students are just beginning to be ill while others are recovering. In this letter I would like to clarify:
• our general procedure for keeping students in at recess
• general criteria for keeping your child home
General Procedure for Keeping Students In at Recess
Every day our classrooms are filled with a variety of people in various stages of wellness and illness. Indoor air can be very dry, especially in the winter, and also irritating to the nose and throat. These situations help transmit illness and discourage healing. A child who spends all day in the classroom tends to become drowsy and sluggish and has difficulty finishing his/her work.
Fresh moist air and mild outdoor exercise are better than remaining indoors, even for a mildly ill child, as long as they are dressed appropriately. Our school carefully checks for inclement weather such as strong winds, rain or extremely cold temperatures, including the wind chill factor, right before recess. In these cases all the children are kept indoors or the recess time is shortened as needed.
If your child is recovering from an illness, a note from you is appreciated. We then evaluate your child before each recess. If your child has been acting normally during class time and doesn’t appear ill, your child will be instructed to dress warmly and walk around in the fresh air.
They may also be instructed to only participate in half of the recess time. If there are other issues that complicate your child’s illness, please be sure to discuss these with the teacher and nurse. Our goal is always to help your child be as successful as possible in the classroom.
When to Keep Your Child Home
Children should not be sent to school if they have vomited during the night, have diarrhea,
have had a fever of 100° or greater during the past 24 hours, or have a frequent, persistent cough. These conditions do not allow your child to participate in the educational environment of the classroom and are usually contagious to the other children and the staff. In addition, if you feel your child needs an over-the-counter cold, flu or pain reliever in the morning due to illness, please don’t send him/her to school. In most cases students who have received such medication are not able to remain in the classroom once the medication has worn off.
Thank you for partnering with us to help provide the most healthful environment possible for your child and for all of us in our school.