Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017       

 

Student Announcements   

 

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

TUESDAY

Manwich Sloppy Joe

KK Fries

Green Beans

Banana

Milk

WEDNESDAY

Teriyaki Chicken

Rice

Roll

Winter Mix

Mandarin Oranges

Milk

THURSDAY

Taco’s Beef N Bean with Salsa

Corn

Applesauce Cup

Milk

FRIDAY

Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Romaine Salad w/ Dressing

Diced Peaches

Milk

 

Lunch Workers for May 8th-12th:  Emerson Lorring, Kyana Hutchinson, Tanner Henderson, Tyler Lands

 

NEW NEWS:    

 

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: tenacious adj.

Definition: 1. holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold, 2. highly retentive, 3. persistent or stubborn.

Example: Her last baby tooth was so tenacious she had to have the dentist pull it.

Synonyms: environmentalist

 

FACT OF THE DAY:

For bibliophiles, an infinite tower of books is a nightmare disguised as a dream—a huge collection of literature that you can’t get at because pulling a book or two out will cause the collapse of the tower. But it does make for a wonderful sight.

A real-life iteration of this dream-nightmare is on display at the Prague Municipal Museum. Artist Matej Kren’s “Idiom” is a long-term art installation where hundreds of books are stacked in a cylindrical tower. Mirrors placed at the bottom and the top give the exhibit the illusion of being infinite. A tear-shaped opening on one side of the tower allows visitors to peek in and experience what it would be like to drown in a book well.

Idiom was originally displayed at the Sao Paulo International Biennial in 1995, and found a permanent home in the entrance hall of the Czech library in 1998. This literary wormhole has become a local landmark in its own right, even featured on the cover of Science magazine in 2011.

Kren, who was born in Trencin, Slovakia, explores the theme of infinite knowledge offered by books in many of his works. “Gravity Mixer” is another book-themed installation, where Kren created a rotunda of books, and “Passage.   Check out more of his works by googling Matei Kren.

 

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

 

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

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

May 22       Field Day and school picnic

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017       

 

Student Announcements   

 

 

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

MONDAY

Corn Dog

Baked Beans

Lattice Cut Sweet Potato

Applesauce

Milk

TUESDAY

Manwich Sloppy Joe

KK Fries

Green Beans

Banana

Milk

WEDNESDAY

Teriyaki Chicken

Rice

Roll

Winter Mix

Mandarin Oranges

Milk

THURSDAY

Taco’s Beef N Bean with Salsa

Corn

Applesauce Cup

Milk

FRIDAY

Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Romaine Salad w/ Dressing

Diced Peaches

Milk

Lunch Workers for May 8th-12th:  Emerson Lorring, Kyana Hutchinson, Tanner Henderson, Tyler Lands

NEW NEWS:    

 

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: pagoda n.

Definition: a temple or sacred building of the Far East, usu. a tower having an upward-curving roof over each story.

Example: The Chinese restaurant resembled a pagoda.

Synonyms: church, temple

FACT OF THE DAY: In the midcentury, the house at 2619 Wisconsin Avenue was attractive to all sorts of homebuyers: It had a big front porch, three stories, and was located in a family-friendly, residential neighborhood. Most attractive of all—to the FBI—it sat directly across the street from the Russian Embassy. In 1977, the Soviet Union Embassy moved into a new building complex. It follows that, in the chaos of constructing the huge building, the FBI and the NSA would set up a secret spying station directly across the street.

According to most accounts, the house’s cover was negligible. The curtains were always drawn and no mail was ever delivered to the house, yet people were frequently seen coming and going. Cameras could be clearly spotted in the windows, filming all those who entered the Russian Embassy across the street. One local even reported seeing a long telescopic lens sticking out from a window late at night. In an attempt to up its anonymity, two FBI agents eventually moved into the house, though no one who knew of the house was fooled. The house’s owner was listed as “FBI” in public records, and its inhabitant’s occupation as “Clerk – really a spy.”

The FBI’s uses for the house may have gone beyond playing paparazzi. Operation MONOPOLY was a secret plan to dig a tunnel beneath the Embassy to record conversations taking place within the building, in the hopes of gleaning secret information. The problem was that the FBI had little knowledge of the Embassy’s layout. The agency hoped the tunnel would run underneath a conference or break room, but it was just as likely to lay beneath a storage closet.

The tunnel-digging was ill-fated from the start. Water regularly leaked into the tunnel, ruining the high-tech listening equipment, which rarely worked underground anyway. Though the FBI acknowledges the existence of the tunnel, they have never revealed which house in the neighborhood they began digging it from. Speculators believe it was either this observation house on Wisconsin Avenue or an abandoned house around the side of the Embassy on Fulton street. The truth may never be known for sure, as the tunnel has been sealed. The Wisconsin Ave FBI house may be about to meet its end as well: In 2016, Washington, D.C. officials announced the house would be the site of a future homeless shelter.

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

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

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

May 22       Field Day and school picnic

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

Posted in School Bulletin | Comments Off on Monday, May 8, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017       

 

Student Announcements   

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

FRIDAY

Pizza

Green Beans

Diced Pears

Choc. Chip Cookie

Milk

MONDAY

 

Corn Dog

Baked Beans

Lattice Cut Sweet Potato

Applesauce

Milk

TUESDAY

Manwich Sloppy Joe

KK Fries

Green Beans

Banana

Milk

WEDNESDAY

Teriyaki Chicken

Rice

Roll

Winter Mix

Mandarin Oranges

Milk

THURSDAY

Taco’s

Beef N Bean

with Salsa

Corn

Applesauce Cup

Milk

FRIDAY

Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Romaine Salad

w/ Dressing

Diced Peaches

Milk

 

Lunch Workers for May 1st-May 5th:  Emily Mitchell, Abigail Doepken, Gage Bradford, Nick Ambrosiani

 

NEW NEWS:     Guitar concert in our gym today at 10:00 –  Rick Brookes

 

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: warble v.

Definition: 1. to sing or whistle with trills, quavers, or melodic embellishments, as a bird, 2. to yodel, 3. (of electronic equipment) to produce a continuous sound varying regularly in pitch and frequency.

Example: Nate used his wa-wa pedal to add a warble to the guitar music.

Synonyms: cheep, tweet, twitter

 

FACT OF THE DAY: Times Square has a few very noticeable features. Bustling crowds, bright lights, honking car horns and shouting vendors. The sights, sounds and sensations have long pleasantly overwhelmed unaccustomed visitors to the world landmark, even as they make local eyes roll.

But one feature is known for being unknown.

It’s a hum–a strange, hard-to-identify sound resembling a distant moving and clanking of heavy machinery or some other technological machination not found in natural settings. It’s deliberately concentrated on a singular pedestrian island in the middle of the busy intersection, and the most observant of passers-by will undoubtedly notice it. Times Square is loud, but if you turn away from the glowing lights and ignore the cacophony of car horns, barkers, and tourists, you might notice a mysterious drone drifting from the subway grates below. It’s a curious metallic “wah-wah” that resembles a decaying gong, or a didgeridoo player hopelessly trapped in the sewer. It’s what I imagine being sucked into an eternal vortex sounds like.

In fact, the noise is deliberate. Rising up from what seems to be beneath the street, the hum was originally an art installation by Max Neuhaus, called Times Square, created in 1977 without signage or notification essentially to see if anyone on the world’s busiest street would notice. And like any piece of unmarked art meant to catch the attention of the public, almost no one did notice.

The hum has since become a tradition, and the stuff of legend, as almost anything that lasts for decades with little formal marking does. It was finally removed by the artist in 1992, only to be restored once again by a collaboration headed up by the Dia Art Foundation.

And thus there it remains: The strange, unavoidable, barely noticeable humming noise heard by hundreds of people each day with only a minute portion of them actually noticing.  Go to 1:32 on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Add95D29CYw

 

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

 

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

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

May 22       Field Day and school picnic

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

Posted in School Bulletin | Comments Off on Friday, May 5, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017       

 

Student Announcements   

 

 

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

THURSDAY

Chicken Fried Beef Sticks

Mashed Potato & Gravy

Diced Peaches

Milk

FRIDAY

Pizza

Green Beans

Diced Pears

Choc. Chip Cookie

Milk

 

Lunch Workers for May 1st-May 5th:  Emily Mitchell, Abigail Doepken, Gage Bradford, Nick Ambrosiani

 

NEW NEWS:    

Thank you Joanne and Eddorah for the love and support you show the students and staff each day for the lunch and breakfast program to run so smoothly!  You are so appreciated for the fabulous jobs you do and all the smiles and encouraging words you give! 

 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We have the best teachers here at Seward El and love you all! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, day after day, week after week – you are utterly amazing!  We  you!

 

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.

 

OLDER NEWS:    

 

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: recharge v.

Definition: 1. to charge again with electricity: recharged the battery, 2. to refresh or restore; revitalize.

Example: I use my laptop so often I must constantly recharge its batteries.

Synonyms: charge again, refresh

 

FACT OF THE DAY:  Just a little more about pandas! Beginning in the late 1950s and through the early 1980s, the People’s Republic of China used the gift of a giant panda as a means of diplomacy; during those three decades, they gave over 23 pandas to nine countries including Great Britain, Japan, Spain, United States and Mexico. Most of these gifted pandas have perished (in captivity, giant pandas have an approximate 30 year lifespan compared to about 20 years in the wild), although at Mexico City’s Chapultpec Zoo, two “grandfathered” pandas who are offspring of former gifted parents, Shaun Shuan and Xin Xin, remain. However, other than these two, it is difficult to find a giant panda that doesn’t belong to China. Why? In the early 1980s, China changed its policy and decided to make a little money off of this one-of-kind creature that, up until recently, was really difficult to breed in captivity. Accordingly, today China charges around $500,000 to $1,000,000 per year for the loan of a giant panda, with, at least in the case of the United States rentals since 2011, a considerable amount of that money required to go to giant panda conservation efforts. As for the offspring of rented pandas, according to the terms of the loans, any cubs born to rented-out giant pandas are China’s property and must be returned to the country after roughly two years; in addition, if a cub dies while on loan and it is deemed to be because of human error, a penalty in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range may also be assessed. The Chinese government also requires a life insurance policy be taken out on each panda loaned out. In the United States, the contracted life insurance policy must be $1 million, set to be paid to the Chinese government should the panda die. In addition, according to the current U.S. contract, if the death is deemed to be from improper care or otherwise caretaker error, an additional $800,000 must be paid to China. Beyond the cost of acquiring them, giant pandas are also expensive for zoos to maintain, as they require special housing and, of course, enormous amounts of fresh bamboo – with an adult eating up to 40 pounds of the fibrous plant each day. (Note: if the bamboo isn’t fresh enough, the pandas simply won’t eat it, requiring that it either be grown nearby or imported regularly.) For reference on the total costs here, in the last two decades the San Diego Zoo claims, after all associated costs have been tallied, they’ve spent over $40 million on their giant panda exhibit. However, the president of Zoo Advisors, David Walsh, notes that “Yes, they are expensive to maintain and exhibit, but they are a tremendous draw. It does make economic sense, if you have the right market.” For example, in the year 2000, the first year the Atlanta zoo had giant pandas, it broke attendance records, and after its first cub, Mei Lan, was born in 2007, it saw another attendance surge of 25%.

 

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

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

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

May 22       Field Day and school picnic

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

Posted in School Bulletin | Comments Off on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017       

Student Announcements   

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

WEDNESDAY

Chicken Taquitos

Refried Beans

Applesauce

Baby Carrots

Milk

THURSDAY

Chicken Fried Beef Sticks

Mashed Potato & Gravy

Diced Peaches

Milk

FRIDAY

Pizza

Green Beans

Diced Pears

Choc. Chip Cookie

Milk

Lunch Workers for May 1st-May 5th:  Emily Mitchell, Abigail Doepken, Gage Bradford, Nick Ambrosiani

NEW NEWS:    

 

Thank you Joanne and Eddorah for the love and support you show the students and staff each day for the lunch and breakfast program to run so smoothly!  You are so appreciated for the fabulous jobs you do and all the smiles and encouraging words you give! 

 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We have the best teachers here at Seward El and love you all! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, day after day, week after week – you are utterly amazing!  We  you!

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.

 

OLDER NEWS:    

 

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: horizontal adj.

Definition: 1. at right angles to the vertical; parallel to level ground. 2. flat or level: a horizontal position. 3. being in a prone or supine position; recumbent. 4. near, on, or parallel to the horizon. 6. of or pertaining to a position or individual of similar status (n) 1. anything horizontal, as a plane, direction, or object.

Example: The prisoners’ uniforms had horizontal stripes.

Synonyms: flat, across

 

FACT OF THE DAY:  The Peabody Orlando is looking to fill one of the most unique jobs in the hospitality industry: duck master.

The lucky new hire will be in charge of overseeing the hotel’s five mallards, parading them through the lobby twice a day and informing guests about the duck’s daily lives.

It sure beats putting mints on pillows.

There are only two other duck masters in the world; one at the original Peabody in Memphis and one at the Peabody in Little Rock.

The tradition of the famous Peabody marching ducks began in 1932, when the Memphis hotel’s general manager Frank Schutt and his friend Chip Barwick returned empty-handed from a weekend hunting trip. As a prank the men put their live duck decoys in the fountain in the hotel’s lobby. The reaction from hotel guests was nothing short of enthusiastic. Since then, every day at 11 a.m., the ducks are led by the duck master down the elevator from their “Duck Palace” on the roof to the marble fountain in lobby. The ceremony is reversed at 5 p.m., when the ducks march back down the red carpet through crowds to retire for the evening.

“We’re looking for a captivating and talented individual with a love for animals and passion for working with people,” said Alan Villaverde, managing director of The Peabody Orlando. “Our Duck Masters are known and loved around the world.”

  • Ducks were not the first residents of The Peabody’s lobby fountain. Rumor has it that turtles and baby alligators each briefly graced the fountain in the 1920s.
  • The Peabody Ducks are five North American mallards – one drake (male) with a white collar and green head and four hens (females) with less colorful plumage.
  • Duck is not served anywhere at The Peabody and has not been seen on the hotel’s menus since its 1981 reopening, quite possibly making Chez Philippe the only French restaurant in the world that does not offer duck.
  • The Peabody Ducks do not have individual names. However, the very first team of ducks were Peabody, Gayoso and Chisca – named for the three hotels owned by the Memphis Hotel Company in 1933.
  • When off-duty, the ducks live in their Royal Duck Palace on the hotel’s rooftop. The $200,000 structure is made of marble and glass and features its very own fountain with a bronze duck spitting water. It also includes a small house – a replica of the hotel – where the ducks can nest with a soft, grassy “front yard.”
  • The Peabody Marching Ducks have appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “Sesame Street” when Bert and Ernie celebrated Rubber Ducky Day, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and in People magazine and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
  • The Peabody Ducks have been both a question on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and in the board game Trivial Pursuit.
  • Original Duckmaster Edward Pembroke held the position for 50 years.
  • Raised by a local farmer and a friend of the hotel, each team of Peabody Ducks lives at the hotel for only three months before retiring from their duty and returning to the farm, where they are free to live as wild ducks. With a return to the great outdoors in mind, the hotel recognizes its resident waterfowl as wild animals and does not domesticate them or treat them like pets.

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

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

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

May 2         Primary Music Program, 6PM

May 3         Early Release, students excused at 1:30

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017       

Student Announcements   

HOT LUNCH MENU

TUESDAY

BB-Q Pork Hoagie

Lattice Cut Sweet Potatoes

Mixed Fruit

Milk

WEDNESDAY

Chicken Taquitos

Refried Beans

Applesauce

Baby Carrots

Milk

THURSDAY

Chicken Fried Beef Sticks

Mashed Potato & Gravy

Diced Peaches

Milk

FRIDAY

Pizza

Green Beans

Diced Pears

Choc. Chip Cookie

Milk

Lunch Workers for May 1st-May 5th:  Emily Mitchell, Abigail Doepken, Gage Bradford, Nick Ambrosiani

NEW NEWS:     Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! We have the best teachers here at Seward El and love you all! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, day after day, week after week – you are utterly amazing!  We  you!

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.

 

OLDER NEWS:    

 

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: horizontal adj.

Definition: 1. at right angles to the vertical; parallel to level ground. 2. flat or level: a horizontal position. 3. being in a prone or supine position; recumbent. 4. near, on, or parallel to the horizon. 6. of or pertaining to a position or individual of similar status (n) 1. anything horizontal, as a plane, direction, or object.

Example: The prisoners’ uniforms had horizontal stripes.

Synonyms: flat, across

FACT OF THE DAY:  If the Moon Didn’t Exist

If Earth didn’t have the moon, our days would only be six to twelve hours long, and a year would be more than a thousand days. Try keeping up with that calendar.

There are a few other things that would cease to exist if the moon was gone. For one it would be much darker. The next brightest object in the sky is Venus, and a full moon is about two thousand times brighter than Venus. There also wouldn’t be lunar eclipses. Since the moon would be gone, there would be no object in the sky to block out the sun.

A missing moon would also effect the tides. They would decrease to about a third of what they are now. Finally, the tilt of the earth would change over time without the moon being present. The moon keeps the earth at an axis tilt of 25.3 degrees. With the moon gone, the tilt of the earth could increase or barely tilt at all. This change could make it so there were no seasons, or the seasons would go from one extreme to the other.

Without the moon helping to keep the earth on a steady tilt, scientists have even imagined that life on earth may not have evolved the way we know it, so the next time you look up at the night sky, realize that the moon is making life here on earth shine bright.

The moon is moving away from the Earth at an average of 3.87 cm per year. It once sat much closer to the Earth – a mere 22,500 km away, as compared with the 384800 km (according to NASA) that sits between the Earth and the Moon today. Without the moon, the Earth might slow down on its own, but it would take much more time.

On early Earth, when the Moon was newly formed, days were only five hours long, but with the Moon’s braking effect operating on the Earth in the form of a tidal bulge for the last 4.5 billion years, days have slowed down to the 24 hours we are now familiar with, and they will continue to slow down in the future. You might wonder why the Sun doesn’t have an effect on Earth’s rotational speed, since it’s obviously much larger than moon. The answer lies in the fact that it is simply too far away to have a significant influence on the tides of our planet.

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

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

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

May 2         Primary Music Program, 6PM

May 3         Early Release, students excused at 1:30

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

Posted in School Bulletin | Comments Off on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017       

Student Announcements   

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

MONDAY

Cheeseburger

Steamed Broccoli

Fresh Apple

Milk

TUESDAY

BB-Q Pork Hoagie

Lattice Cut Sweet Potatoes

Mixed Fruit

Milk

WEDNESDAY

Chicken Taquitos

Refried Beans

Applesauce

Baby Carrots

Milk

THURSDAY

Chicken Fried Beef Sticks

Mashed Potato & Gravy

Diced Peaches

Milk

FRIDAY

Pizza

Green Beans

Diced Pears

Choc. Chip Cookie

Milk

Lunch Workers for May 1st-May 5th:  Emily Mitchell, Abigail Doepken, Gage Bradford, Nick Ambrosiani

NEW NEWS:     HAPPY BOSSES DAY MR. KINGSLAND!!  YOU ARE SO APPRECIATED!!

 

OLDER NEWS:    

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: flatter v.

Definition: 1. to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention. 2. to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively. 3. to show to advantage: a hairstyle that flatters the face.

Example: His every comment seemed to flatter her.

Synonyms: compliment, recognize

FACT OF THE DAY:  Boston Library’s Car Wash for Books! Library books change hands all the time, and in the process, they end up getting pretty dirty, hence: the Boston Public Library’s book-sized “car wash,” which gets rid of dust and grime.

In a video the library recently posted to Twitter, the automated system, called a Depulvera, pulls books through a familiar looking series of stations to get their books clean. In the video, a book can be seen being pulled down the line by a conveyor system that drags it through a couple of steps, reorienting the book past a series of spinning brush bars, and finally out the other end, through a curtain of hanging plastic strips, just like in a full size car wash.

According to HuffPost, the machine, which can clean and dust around 12 books a minute, is not used on the library’s rare books, but is instead employed to take care of their closed stacks, most of which don’t have dust jackets.

The video is a nice peek behind the scenes at what keeps libraries running. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/book-cleaning-machine-library_us_5900a308e4b0af6d718a4cc0

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

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

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

May 1         School Board Meeting, 6PM High School

May 2         Primary Music Program, 6PM

May 3         Early Release, students excused at 1:30

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

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Friday, April 28, 2017       

 

Student Announcements   

 

 

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

FRIDAY

Corn Dog

Cheesy Rotini

Green Beans

Strawberry Cups

Milk

MONDAY

 

Cheeseburger

Steamed Broccoli

Fresh Apple

Milk

TUESDAY

BB-Q Pork Hoagie

Lattice Cut Sweet Potatoes

Mixed Fruit

Milk

WEDNESDAY

Chicken Taquitos

Refried Beans

Applesauce

Baby Carrots

Milk

THURSDAY

Chicken Fried Beef Sticks

Mashed Potato & Gravy

Diced Peaches

Milk

FRIDAY

Pizza

Green Beans

Diced Pears

Choc. Chip Cookie

Milk

 

Lunch Workers for April 24th-28th:  TJ Smith, Landen Casey, Arabella Stefan

 

NEW NEWS:    

 

Today is the last day for Open Library this school year. Enjoy the lovely spring weather outside for the month of May!

 

 

OLDER NEWS:    

 

 

 

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: steadfast adj.

Definition: 1. fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze. 2. firm in purpose, resolution, faith, etc. 3. unwavering, as resolution, faith, or adherence.

Example: He was a steadfast friend who never left my side.

Synonyms: absolute, sure

FACT OF THE DAY:     Duct tape or Duck tape??

This amazing tape can trace its roots to the 1940s and World War II when the Johnson & Johnson company developed a waterproof, cloth-backed tape to seal ammunition cases. According to Kilmer House, the official historical blog of Johnson & Johnson, the idea for duct tape came from an ordnance plant worker named Vesta Stoudt. Stoudt had two sons in the Navy at the time, and she realized that the thin paper tape used to secure the cases wasn’t strong enough to keep them closed. The tab of tape that the soldiers used to open the boxes would tear off and break easily. Stoudt came up with an idea to use a waterproof, cloth-based tape to secure the cases. She told her supervisors about the idea, but they did not implement it. Stoudt decided to write a letter to President Roosevelt to tell him about her idea instead. She explained to the president that she had two sons in the military and that they couldn’t have boxes of ammunition that took too long to open. After a few weeks, she received a reply from the War Production Board saying they were sending her idea to the appropriate division. The War Production Board later commissioned Johnson & Johnson to make the new tape.

Duck tape was known before this time but it had no adhesive properties. It was known as plain cotton duck cloth that was used as far back as 1899 as decorative trim on clothing. The same cotton duck cloth, or duck tape, was used for wrapping steel cables or electrical conductors in the early 1900s.

It’s not exactly known why the new product used by the military was called duck tape, but the theory is that the tape was backed by duck cloth and was waterproof like a duck. It was soon being used by the soldiers for just about anything, from repairing weapons to repairing vehicles.

Duck tape was sold after the war in hardware stores. In 1950, the Melvin A. Anderson Company acquired the rights to the tape, and it began to be used in construction to wrap air ducts. This was when the color changed from Army green to silver to match the color of the ductwork. Following this time the tape supposedly began to be called “duct tape”, but the first mention of duct tape wasn’t until 1960, and The New York Times didn’t call it “duct tape” until 1973.

So it’s not precisely known if the proper name of this versatile tape is duct tape or duck tape. Is also not known if people actually started calling it duck tape in the 1940s and 50s. Things may have been muddled even more when, in 1980, Manco, Inc. branded their duct tape as “Duck Tape ”.

Duct tape now comes in various colors and designs. There is even scented duct tape. Whether it’s called duct tape or duck tape doesn’t really matter. When the need arises to make a quick repair or to stick something together, you can call it whatever you want.

 

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

 

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

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

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

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

May 1         School Board Meeting, 6PM High School

May 2         Primary Music Program, 6PM

May 3         Early Release, students excused at 1:30

May 24       Student’s last day

May 26       Teacher’s last day

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017       

 

Student Announcements   

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

THURSDAY

Vegetarian Chili w/ Pretzel

Romaine Salad w/ Ranch Dressing

Banana

Milk

FRIDAY

Corn Dog

Cheesy Rotini

Green Beans

Strawberry Cups

Milk

 

Lunch Workers for April 24th-28th:  TJ Smith, Landen Casey, Arabella Stefan

 

NEW NEWS:    

 

OLDER NEWS:    

 

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: indolent adj.

Definition: 1. having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful. 2. inactive or relatively benign: indolent ulcer.

Example: The indolent man drove his car down the driveway to pick up the mail.

Synonyms: lazy

 

FACT OF THE DAY:

Scientists in 2014 created the darkest material in the world called Vantablack. Then they bested themselves and made a version that was even darker.

Vantablack was created by a British company called Surrey NanoSystems, and it originally absorbed all but 0.035% of visual light when it first came out in 2014. The company then developed a new version of Vantablack that could be sprayed directly onto other objects. This version is so black that there isn’t an optical spectrometer (a device that measures the wavelength of light) available anywhere in the world with the sensitivity to test it. The material can even absorb light from a laser.

Vantablack is composed of millions of carbon nanotubes that are so small that each individual nanotube has a diameter of about 20 nanometers. That is 3,500 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. When light hits the surface of the Vantablack it enters the space between the millions of nanotubes. As light moves within the nanotube structure, it gets absorbed and can’t be reflected. This results in a black surface that comes as close as we know to what a black hole would look like since it reflects almost no light. It’s believed that one square centimeter of the surface holds one billion nanotubes, according to Surrey NanoSystems.

The appearance of Vantablack produces dramatic effects since there is almost no reflection from light. When it is put on a three-dimensional object, the object actually appears to be two-dimensional. Since Vantablack coats another surface, it’s almost impossible to see what it looks like. Any folds or creases on a surface appear flat or as if nothing is there. The human eye is unable to detect any surface changes without the reflection of light.

Vantablack is made through a process in a chemical vapor deposition chamber that uses lamps to increase the temperature of the surface to 430º Celsius. According to Surrey NanoSystems, this allows a carbon “nanotube forest to grow,” and the name derives from the term Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays. Of course it’s much more complicated than that.

Vantablack can be used for many applications where light is not wanted. Some examples the company gives for its use include sensors, satellite calibration, infrared cameras, and luxury products. It’s even being tested in the world of art.

 

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

 

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

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

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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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017       

 

Student Announcements   

HOT LUNCH MENU

 

TUESDAY

Pizza

Garlic Toast

Corn

Fresh Baby Carrots

Mixed Fruit

Milk

WEDNESDAY

Egg Roll

Fried Rice

Fresh Broccoli

Hummus Dip

Pineapple

Milk

THURSDAY

Vegetarian Chili w/ Pretzel

Romaine Salad w/ Ranch Dressing

Banana

Milk

FRIDAY

Corn Dog

Cheesy Rotini

Green Beans

Strawberry Cups

Milk

Lunch Workers for April 24th-28th:  TJ Smith, Emily Mitchell, Landen Casey, Arabella Stefan

NEW NEWS:    

 

Due 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!

 

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: inquiry n.

Definition: 1. a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge. 2. an investigation, as into an incident. 3. a question; query.

Example: The fire department’s inquiry will find out what started the fire.

Synonyms: investigation, survey

FACT OF THE DAY:     Kevin Giddings, 54, is the owner of Milborrow Chimney Sweeps in West Sussex, England. Despite some big name clients, including Buckingham Palace, his job is reasonably straightforward. Most days, he and his employees do house calls, which involve fixing fireplaces, cleaning boilers, and, of course, sweeping chimneys.

A few times a month, though, Giddings’s profession entails slightly different duties. On those days, he dresses up—in a top hat, black gloves, a cravat, and a dress jacket with tails (he puts the jacket on right over his boiler suit). He sits his black cat, Sooty, on his shoulder, and picks up an old-fashioned wooden chimney brush and smears soot all over his face. And then, once he’s all kitted up, he heads off to a stranger’s wedding.

Everyone knows that a luck-seeking bride needs things old, new, borrowed, and blue. But in Britain, if you’re trying to tip the scales toward wedded bliss, you’d best make sure you also have a genuine chimney sweep. For a small fee, often around £100, you can ensure that one shows up to shake the groom’s hand, kiss the bride, take photos, and generally spread sooty cheer. “Our job is to wish good luck to everybody,” explains Giddings. “It’s one of the best parts of being a chimney sweep.”

“It’s thought to be lucky to have a sweep at your wedding,” explains Liz Leicester of Pete the Sweep in North Yorkshire, whose husband, Mark Leicester, makes such appearances. But as with most superstitions, the roots of this one are hard to trace. One common story, which Leicester and Giddings both told me, involves King George II, a puppy, and an errant horse. Basically, they say, during a royal procession, a dog nipped at the legs of the king’s steed, and the horse spooked. A chimney sweep then appeared out of the crowd, brought the animal under control, and disappeared again. “The king wasn’t able to thank the sweep personally,” says Leicester. “So he said that from that day onward, sweeps should be regarded as lucky.”

If you look at real-life British history, luck and chimney-sweeping make somewhat strange bedfellows. Beginning in the late 1600s—after the Great Fire of London decimated many of the city’s old buildings, and people built new ones with skinnier chimneys—adult sweeps began hiring young boys, often orphans, to scuttle up inside of the chimneys to clean them. The insides of chimneys aren’t very healthy places, and many of these so-called “Climbing Boys” ended up with burns, irritation, and respiratory diseases—or “Chimney Sweep’s Cancer.  Life was so bad for young sweeps that in 1864, Parliament passed a law banning the use of climbing boys.

Lucky chimney sweeps show up in literature from Mary Poppins (in which a grumpy Mr. Banks refuses to shake a sweep’s hand) to Ulysses (in which a minor character invokes “soot’s luck”). According to Time magazine, on the morning of his 1947 wedding to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip “popped out of Kensington Palace at 11 o’clock [and] shook hands with a chimney sweep.”

Sweeps today love to keep up the tradition. It makes for a solid side hustle in the summer, generally a slow time for sweeping: Leicester says they’ll do at least a wedding per week from about April through September, and at one point, Giddings estimates he was getting about 100 gigs every year.

Seward Parks & Rec &TYC News

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.

TYC

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

 DATES TO REMEMBER

April

April 25       PTA Benefit Dinner – more info at:    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pta-benefit-dinner-featuring-cascada-de-flores-tickets-33232284658?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTE3NjI3ODUvaW5hbGFza2E3M0Bob3RtYWlsLmNvbS8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend

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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