Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Student Announcements   



Fiesta Bowl w/ tortilla

Refried Beans

Apple Juice



Egg Roll

Fried Rice

Fresh Broccoli

Hummus Dip




Vegetarian Chili w/ pretzel

Romaine Salad





Garlic Toast


Fresh Baby Carrots

Mixed Fruit



Lunch Workers for March 27th-31st:  Ava Fabian, Ayden Lapinskas, Rider Allen, Jeremiah Beach


NEW NEWS:     testing in 3rd grade today



NAME THE PARADE CONTEST   Seward Chamber of Commerce is having a contest for Seward Elementary students only & it’s to name the 4th of July parade, which should center around the ideas of “Independence Day” and “Seward”. The student who submits the winning name receives a free entry of a parade float or individual (bike, skateboard, or your choice of entry) and 2 movie passes for the movies at the Ray Bldg.  Contest runs through April 25th. Questions? Call Cindy Clock at 224-8051 or events@seward.com   Your teacher will have a copy of the entry form!  Good luck!


Volleyball runs till Tuesday, April 4.  15   Your fee is past due.



Find breakfast and lunch menus online at http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=296

Reapplying for Meal Benefits

Due to the reduced 2016 PFD, KPBSD Student Nutrition Services would like to encourage families that may have applied and were denied for Free lunches or qualified for reduced lunches, but think they may qualify for free lunches to reapply.

If you have not applied for Free or reduced meal benefits for this school year and would like to know if you qualify, please fill out the application and submit.

Meal benefits applications may be applied for online at kpbsd.k12.ak.us  The application is located on the Students/Parents page, then scroll down to online meal application, or you may pick up an application at any of the KPBSD schools or the Student Nutrition office at 139 E. Park Ave. Soldotna.

To pay sports fees and/or check balance on your child’s food service account:

Log into Powerschool

Click on lunch and fees

Click on “Lunch planner” for lunch or “fees” to pay for sports fees


PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!  Anyone who wants to substitute for Seward area schools can use the following link to sign up and take the online sub training.         http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=21717


WORD OF THE DAY:  neglect v.t.

Definition: 1. to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight. 2. to omit, as through indifference or carelessness. 3. to fail to carry out or perform: to neglect the household chores.

Example: The roses were withering from neglect. Water would have helped.

Synonyms: disregard, error

INTERESTING FACT:     Arctic ground squirrels have developed a unique way to cope with the extreme conditions they encounter every winter.

They avoid the harsh weather and lack of food by escaping to underground burrows and slipping into a deep sleep for around eight months.

Once inside their nests, Arctic ground squirrels’ body temperatures drop as low as -2.9C (26.78F) – the lowest measured in a mammal – and their major organs slow while others shut down entirely, making them appear dead to the world.

During this potentially lethal hibernation, or torpor, Arctic ground squirrels stop their bodily fluids from freezing by a clever process known as supercooling.  BBC Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom used thermal imaging to demonstrate how the mammals occasionally wake-up and warm themselves for short periods of time, characterized by bouts of shivering.Scientists think that these re-warming phases, which happen every three weeks, are necessary to maintain certain processes like brain function and to allow the Arctic ground squirrel to properly sleep.

They are only awake for around 12 days during the winter months but even in torpor they need to generate heat to make sure they don’t get any colder. They do this by using reserves of “brown fat”, or brown adipose tissue, shown by the heat spot between the shoulder blades in the clip above.

Before entering hibernation Arctic ground squirrels almost double their body weight. They are larger than other squirrels, meaning they can put on more fat and therefore have bigger energy reserves to cope with the demands of their extreme hibernation.

It takes Arctic ground squirrels three hours to fully warm up from hibernation and bodily functions return to normal within 24 hours. “Arctic ground squirrels cleanse their bodies of would be ice-nucleators before entering hibernation,” says Barnes. Although the exact mechanism remains a mystery, Barnes’ research suggests the ground squirrels may achieve this by producing masking agents, which neutralize ice-nucleators before ice has a chance to form around them.

“The Arctic ground squirrel can survive body temperatures to -3C, but they do not freeze”, he explains. “Instead body fluids within the arctic ground squirrel enter a ‘supercooled’ state”.

Without any effective nucleators to get the ice crystals started, water in the squirrel’s blood simply can’t freeze. Whatever the strategy for tolerating subzero body temperatures, the strain of this physiological feat is evident. Most freeze-tolerant species can only pull off the trick once a year.



Egg Hunt NEW Location!

Dr. Moriarty, DDS Egg Hunt Sat, Apr 15th @ 3pm at the Alaska SeaLife Center. After the hunt enjoy refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny! This is a FREE event for ages 11 & under sponsored by: Dr. Moriarty, DDS, Alaska SeaLife Center, American Legion, TYC & SPRD.

Terry’s Tires Bike Rodeo!!

WANTED! Kids ALWAYS to wear helmets Terry’s Tires Bike Safety Rodeo Featuring Shoreside Petroleum’s “Helmet Junction” Saturday, May 13th; 10am to High Noon at City Hall. Bike Inspections, Bike Education, Shoreside’s Helmet Junction,  Barrel Racing, Obstacle Course, Pump It Up ! Prizes and the SPD Chuckwagon! T-shirts to the first 75 participants.


Super Saturday Cleanup Sat, May 13th

Pick up bags at Sports and Rec from 10 am to 4 pm. We need your help to clean up the town! Join the annual community litter and trash clean-up day! Prizes for those who collect the most trash! Hotdog feed and awards ceremony beginning at 6 pm at Branson Pavilion. For more information call SPRD @ 224-4054


TYC ASP– is in full swing. We offer recreational activities for kids in Elementary school Mon- Friday. Sports, Crafts, Games, Computer, Wii, Ping Pong and more. We use the AVTEC gym 1-2 days a week to play sports, games and the rock wall. Homework help is offered from 3:30-4pm daily. Please join us from 3:15- 5:30 for some afternoon fun. Contact Josie at jmcclain@cityofseward.net for more information.


Seward Parks and Recreation Department (SPRD) public recreation hours to the AVTEC Gym: the public is invited to drop-in every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am to 9 pm.  Each Wednesday, the public can attend 8 am to 2 pm and Saturdays from 10 to 6pm.

  • Free hall walking in the gym will be offered from 9:30a.m. to 11a.m.
  • Indoor Park will be offered Tues-Fri. from 11 am to 12 noon.
  • Roller skating is Saturdays from 2 to 3:30pm
  • The rock climbing wall will be open on Fridays, 5-7PM. Participants must have two signed waivers, if under 18 must be signed by a parent or guardian to participate.


Please contact TYC for more information 224-5472.    Jmcclain@cityofseward.net.

After School Program

TYC After School Program is in full swing. Grades K-5 are welcome to join us for some activities and excitement after school Monday – Friday. We offer a wide variety of activities daily including crafts, sports, cooking and team challenges. We also offer “Schools Out” Day Camps, Programs on Early Release days and Winter/Spring Break Camps. Scholarships applications are available, just ask Josie. Call 224-5472 or email jmclain@cityofseward.net




March 28/April 28          State testing window, 3-5 grade


April 5         Grades 1&2 Science Fair  12:15-1:15

April 5        Early Release

April 6         Budget update with Superintendent Dusek, Seward El Library 5-6PM

April 12      Muffins for Moms April 24-28

April  20      Kinder Round-Up, Session 1 at 5:30pm and Session 2 at 6:30pm.

April 24      1:35 – 2:35 PTA music/drama group http://www.sewardakpta.com/shows

April 27      1st Grade Lowell Point Field Trip, 8:30 arrival

April 28      Kindergarten Lowell Point Field Trip, 9:00 arrival

April 28      Title 1 preschool screening – 9:00 – 3:00                                                     

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