Bynagle Bulletin

April 7, 2014

Dates to Remember

April 16 - Spring Pictures

April 16 - Early Release

April 17 - Orca Olympics

April 18- Vacation Day, No School

April 21- Art Fair Project due

April 21-25- Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 22- Spring Music Concert 6:30pm @ Mariner Theater

April 29 - Hallo Bay Bear Movie

May 2- West Homer Art Show 5:00-7:00pm

Classroom Happenings

What a week!! Your children were amazing during testing week! All of them worked hard and did their very best on all tests. I was very proud of all that they were accomplishing.

What's Next

This comming week we will break from our normal schedule. We will not have math on Tuesday or Wednesday. HOWL will be in our classroom during this time teaching students about bear/outdoor safety. We will also not have writing this week. Because we have been preparing for testing we had to put Science on the back burner for the past two weeks. To make up for lost time we will have an extended science block every afternoon where we will be learnign about pollution.

Hallo Bay Bears

5th and 6th grade teachers will be taking students to see a Disney movie about the Hallo Bay Bears on April 29th at 9:30am. THis should be a really fun experience. It will however cost: $5.00 per student. This $5 includes the movie, a small popcorn and a small drink.

If you are unable to pay the $5.00 please contact me as soon as possible.

Shop to Give

Support W.H.E.’s 4TH Grade Outdoor Education Camp

Saturday Timeless Toys is donating 10% of every purchase to help fund the 32nd Annual West Homer Elementary School Outdoor Education Camp!

Shop early for Easter!

Shop for a birthday party!

Shop for yourself!

All you have to do to support this event is shop at Timeless Toys this Saturday and mention this even when checking out!

Shop and Give!

Timeless Toys

3657 Main Street, Homer Alaska

Saturday, April 12th

11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m

Health Curriculum Notice

Dear Parents or Guardians,

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District adopted a health curriculum in 1989. This curriculum is taught in schools throughout the district in accordance with the School Board’s directive, and students within West Homer Elementary and Fireweed Academy will be receiving instruction in the following areas over the following week.


5th Growth and Development - Discussion of puberty and April 15

anatomy/physiology of the reproductive system/endocrine April 22


Video : (girls) “Healthy Teens: The New Me” for girls

Video: (boys) “Healthy Teens: The New Me” for boys

6th Growth and Development – Review of the reproductive system April 15

and the process of puberty. Discussion of coping with changes, April 22

decision making and importance of healthy choices.

In accordance with District policy, parents may Opt Out students from controversial issues taught within the health curriculum. If you care to preview the videos, you are welcome to do so at school. The instructors will be Laura Peek for the girls and Brandon Young and Zack Miller for the boys. You are welcome to contact them ahead of time to discuss the curriculum. If you do not want your child to participate in the grade level instruction, please complete an Opt Out form and return it to school before your child’s scheduled instruction.


Raymond Marshall, Principal

6th Grade Students ONLY

On Wednesday-Thursday, May 7-8, West Homer Elementary sixth grade students will be going to the Challenger Center in Kenai for two days of programming including a robotics workshop and the Encounter Earth simulated mission. We will spend the night in the dorms at Challenger Center after going to Nikiski Pool and Water Slide. On Thursday we will travel to Cooper Landing for a Kenai River Rafting Trip with Alaska Rivers Company and a return to Homer by around 6:30 p.m.

We will eat all meals, other than lunch on Thursday, at the Challenger Center, and special thanks goes out to our Chef Don Cotogno of Timber Bay B and B, who, along with his wife,(famously known as Mrs. C. here at WHE), have volunteered to prepare meals for the past several years.

Transportation will be provided by school bus with departure at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday and return by 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Students will need to bring their overnight gear with them on Wednesday morning. A fee of between $50 and $75 will need to be collected from each student to help defray trip costs. Results of our present fundraiser will have some bearing on the final amount. This will cover all meal costs, so students will not need to bring food with them. We will ask parents to send in snacks for everyone to share on the bus, etc. Both Mrs. Brass and Mr. Young applied and received a grant to fund the Encounter Earth Missions. A permission slip will be sent home on April 21 with all finalized trip details.

Last week, we launched our second fundraiser, a Scentsy sale, to support field trip costs. Students will have until April 15 to complete their sales and earn prizes for themselves as well as raise funds for the sixth grade. If you have any questions about this, please contact your student’s classroom teacher or Joy Huffman directly.

As in any fundraiser of this nature, we encourage strong parental guidance. Students are encouraged to sell only to neighbors and friends with whom they are already acquainted. Many families have Dad or Mom take the catalog to work, etc. Thanks for your continued support and cooperation!

Sincerely, The Sixth Grade Staff