It is with great excitement to write our first newsletter of the New Year knowing we will have students back in the building. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that our community can continue to work together to be healthy and our trends continue to go down.
I would like to first thank all of our students, families and staff for their patience as we have continuously made adjustments to our schedule. I am hopeful we were able to work all of the kinks out and our transition to in person will be smooth. If you have any questions about the new schedule, please contact us.
Another exciting piece of news is our students will have the opportunity to participate in after school sports. Nordic Skiing and Volleyball will start on Monday, January 11, 2021. Unfortunately, we have made the decision to postpone wrestling to determine how to best keep our student athletes healthy. We will work with ASAA and the District office to find out if we are able to make it happen this year.
As we move forward, I would like to remind our families to ask for assistance if needed. Several of us have had difficulty charting these new Vwaters, and we need to hold on to one another to keep afloat. We are here to answer questions, provide resources and just to be a caring ear and voice as needed.
As always, please let us know how we can make your middle school year great and if there are areas we need to improve let us know.
Dates to Remember
January 11 - Volleyball Starts
January 11 - Nordic Skiing Starts
January 18 - NO SCHOOL
January 22 - Skiing Invitational @ Kenai
January 29 - Skiing Invitational @ Skyview
January 30 - V-Ball Jamboree @ Kenai (A)
January 30 - V-Ball Jamboree @ Skyview (B)
*Events may be changed or cancelled
Fun Dates to Know
BACK IN SCHOOL!!!!!
Volleyball & Nordic Skiing - All forms are to be turned in before allowed to practice. Please review mitigation plans for each sport.
Nurse Janette Corner
I hope everyone had a refreshing break!
I want to remind everyone that once students return to school in person, the Symptom-Free School Protocol (https://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/communications.aspx?id=42170)
will continue to be in effect, just as it was last fall.
PLEASE STAY HOME IF:
• You have active vomiting or diarrhea, nausea or abdominal pain
• You have fever, chills, generalized body aches. (Fever threshold will constitute 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher without use of fever-reducing medication like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.)
• You have any other COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, runny or stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
A Parent, guardian, or individual should call their health care provider or Public Health first for guidance regarding presenting symptoms and possible testing for COVID-19
• You are taking the first 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
• You have an undiagnosed, new and/or, untreated rash or skin condition
• You have traveled outside Alaska recently and have not yet completed the state-required quarantine and/or testing protocol following the current state travel mandate
If you are planning on taking a trip Outside this spring, please familiarize yourselves with the current Safe Travel guidelines for returning to Alaska. The link is below…
Remember, if you have had a positive Covid test, once you recover, you have a 90 day opportunity to travel without testing or quarantining upon return to Alaska.
See my December newsletter link for more details
Homer Middle Staff over Winter Break
Over break, Mrs. Booz enjoyed quiet time with her family, skiing, and reading. A highlight of the break was a short trip up to Hatcher’s Pass. There she spent 4 days skiing in the beautiful Talkeetna Mountains. The weather and the snow were fantastic.
Beaches celebrated Christmas with family in Homer – I received a “Pollo Taco” needlepoint, teasing me about my mispronunciation making a take-out order. I may affix it in place of the LaCoste alligator-crocodile logo. Can you guess what kind of shirt it would be? (Hint: check the needlepoint)
Beaches celebrated New Year’s with family in Anchorage – I received the Scots’ Clan Hannay ancient tartan kilt. Looks fabulous – and I wore it outside at -2°. Scots – not just bravehearts, brave calves.
My break activities:
It was a wonderful break, busy in lots of ways:
- 4 hour Christmas zoom with my kids
- Baked & made so many cookies & candy
- I started Weaving again!
- Made a globe puzzle