Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017       

 

Student Announcements   

 

HOT LUNCH MENU

WEDNESDAY

Pizza

Corn

Applesauce Cup

Orange Juice

Milk

 

Lunch Workers for May 23rd & 24th:  Rainy Henderson, TJ Smith, Angel Wagner, James Unrein

 

NEW NEWS:     Have a fabulous summer break! Be safe, play outside lots and we’ll see you back on August 22nd!

 

Seward Community Library / Museum

Join us this Summer at the Seward Community Library & Museum for Family Movie Nights as part of our annual Summer Reading Program. Light refreshments provided.

Thursday, June 8th @ 5:00PM : MOANA Thursday, June 22nd @ 5:00PM: Queen of Katwe Thursday, July 13th @ 5:00PM: SING Thursday, July 27th @ 5:00PM: The Jungle Book

 

OLDER NEWS:    

 

City of Seward Library Summer Reading Program

Join us at the Seward Community Library & Museum for the Summer Reading Program for preschool and elementary school students. This year’s theme is BUILD A BETTER WORLD. Families are invited to the annual Kick-Off Party on Saturday, May 27th from 1:00PM- 3:00PM for free food & fun! This program provides a fun way to include reading and related activities in summer family time, and helps children maintain and improve reading skills.

 

Other special youth programs at the Library Museum include:

  • The Sleeping Beauty performed by Stevens Puppets on Tuesday, June 13th, at 10:00 AM
  • Family Movie Nights at 5:00PM on Thursday, June 8th, June 22nd, July 13th, and July 27th
  • Lego Club Wednesdays at 4:00PM
  • Closing Celebration Saturday, August 5th at 2:00PM

 

All programs are free of charge.  Special thanks to the Seward Community Library Association for helping us sponsor the Summer Reading Program. For more information contact the Library at 224-4082.

 

PARENT NEWS:

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

LEARNING CORNER

 

WORD OF THE DAY: adhere v.i.

Definition: 1. to stay attached; stick fast; cling, 2. (of two or more dissimilar substances) to be united by adhesion, 3. to hold closely or firmly: to adhere to a plan.

Example: The child adhered to her mother’s side.

Synonyms: stick, cling to, cohere

 

FACT OF THE DAY:   What connects Earth’s largest, hottest desert to its largest tropical rain forest?

The Sahara Desert is a near-uninterrupted brown band of sand and scrub across the northern third of Africa. The Amazon rain forest is a dense green mass of humid jungle that covers northeast South America. But after strong winds sweep across the Sahara, a tan cloud rises in the air, stretches between the continents, and ties together the desert and the jungle. It’s dust. And lots of it.

For the first time, a NASA satellite has quantified in three dimensions how much dust makes this trans-Atlantic journey. Scientists have not only measured the volume of dust, they have also calculated how much phosphorus – remnant in Saharan sands from part of the desert’s past as a lake bed – gets carried across the ocean from one of the planet’s most desolate places to one of its most fertile. The data show that wind and weather pick up on average 182 million tons of dust each year and carry it past the western edge of the Sahara at longitude 15W. This volume is the equivalent of 689,290 semi trucks filled with dust. The dust then travels 1,600 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, though some drops to the surface or is flushed from the sky by rain. Near the eastern coast of South America, at longitude 35W, 132 million tons remain in the air, and 27.7 million tons – enough to fill 104,908 semi trucks – fall to the surface over the Amazon basin. About 43 million tons of dust travel farther to settle out over the Caribbean Sea, past longitude 75W.

A new paper published Feb. 24 in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, provides the first satellite-based estimate of this phosphorus transport over multiple years, said lead author Hongbin Yu, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Maryland who works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. A paper published online by Yu and colleagues Jan. 8 in Remote Sensing of the Environment provided the first multi-year satellite estimate of overall dust transport from the Sahara to the Amazon.

This trans-continental journey of dust is important because of what is in the dust, Yu said. Specifically the dust picked up from the Bodélé Depression in Chad, an ancient lake bed where rock minerals composed of dead microorganisms are loaded with phosphorus. Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plant proteins and growth, which the Amazon rain forest depends on in order to flourish. The phosphorus that reaches Amazon soils from Saharan dust, an estimated 22,000 tons per year, is about the same amount as that lost from rain and flooding, Yu said. The finding is part of a bigger research effort to understand the role of dust and aerosols in the environment and on local and global climate.

Nutrients – the same ones found in commercial fertilizers – are in short supply in Amazonian soils. Instead they are locked up in the plants themselves. Fallen, decomposing leaves and organic matter provide the majority of nutrients, which are rapidly absorbed by plants and trees after entering the soil, but some nutrients, including phosphorus, are washed away by rainfall into streams and rivers, draining from the Amazon basin like a slowly leaking bathtub.

Yu and colleagues focused on the Saharan dust transport across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and then beyond to the Caribbean Sea because it is the largest transport of dust on the planet.

 

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

 

Seward Parks and Recreation Department

Bear’s Den B&B Bear Bell Run Fri, June 9th – One mile race just for kids along Waterfront Bike Path for ages 3 – 11. Check in at Branson Pavilion at 10:30  race starts at 11am. Register at S&R (519 4th Ave). Call 224-4054 or email aledford@cityofseward.net for more information.

 

Youth Soccer

The sun is shining, days are getting longer…..and SPRD is busy planning our upcoming soccer season.  We have the following spring & summer soccer events in the works!

 

  • Seward Youth Soccer League Soccer Play Day at the Elementary Soccer Field Wed, June 14th at 2pm. Kick off another great season of youth soccer at SPRD’s Soccer Play Day.  Kids ages 3-12 are invited to learn drills, go through skill stations and play games. Soccer play day is a great introduction to the sport and a great refresher for the soccer league veterans.

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

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