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March 10 - March 16
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    1st LEGO League Jr. - IDEA ages 6-9 pre-registered 12:30-2:00pm

    12:30 PM-2:00 PM

    1st  Lego League Jr.  For AGES 6-9 (IDEA students only).

    What is FIRST© LEGO© League Jr.? Guided by adult Coaches and FIRST© LEGO© League Jr. Core Values, students work with LEGO© elements and motorized parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review. The program focuses on building interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking, and imagination.

    Meetings will be every Monday beginning Dec 10 and concluding April 29. The only Monday omitted will be April 1 because of state testing. Each  meeting will be from 12:30-2:00pm at IDEA. You must be pre-registered to attend.  For registration details please email Coach Candice. Please click the following link for her contact information (you will need your IDEA username and password to login):  https://www.ideafamilies.org/families/region-f/?p=485

    PAC Meeting 3:00-4:30pm

    3:00 PM-4:30 PM
    2157 Van Horn Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA
    2157 Van Horn Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA

    PAC (Parent Advisory Committee):  YOU’RE NOT ALONE – COME BE A PART OF OUR FAMILY! The PAC meets the 2nd Monday of the month from 3-4:30pm. This month we will be meeting off site ~ at Ft Wainwright: North Haven Community Center at 4268 Neely Road. There is plenty of room for the kids to play in the play area with toys, slides, etc. You will need to stop at the Visitor’s Center on the right as you enter post via the Steese Expwy and Airport Way intersection and get a pass. You will need your ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance but no sponsor. Just tell them you are attending the PAC meeting at the North Haven Community Center along with the address. Thanks Sandy & Jen, and all our wonderful PAC officers and PAC members! Questions? Email staff advisor Sandy Blewett sandy.blewett@ideafamilies.org or call 456-1368


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    Genealogy Club IDEA students ~ 12:30-1:30pm

    12:30 PM-1:30 PM

    Want to trace your family tree? Want to bring history alive? Do family tree DNA testing. Learn how to structure your family tree. Learn how to research and where to find family information. Join us for GENEALOGY CLUB. Meets once a week, 2nd semester – for 8 weeks.  Even though the Parent Meeting is on  Tuesday Jan 29 from 1-2pm, the club will meet on Wednesdays starting February 6. The schedule is as follows:

    FEBRUARY:  Feb 6 special time from 10-11am * Feb 13 from 12:30-1:30pm * Feb 20 from 12:30-1:30pm * Feb 27 from 12:30-1:30pm

    MARCH:  Mar 6 from 12:30-1:30pm * Mar 13 from 12:30-1:30pm * Mar 20 from 12:30-1:30pm * Mar 27 special time:  3-4pm (last meeting)

    All ages welcome. Parents will be important so please stick around. DNA kits are $100 each out of allotment. Coach is Candice. For contact information please click the following link:      https://www.ideafamilies.org/families/region-f/?p=485  Thanks Candi !

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    LEGO Robotics for grades 4-8 IDEA students from 1-3pm Thursdays

    1:00 PM-3:00 PM

    LEGO Robotics: For ages 9-14 (grades 4-8). IDEA students only. All meetings on are Thursdays from 1-3pm at IDEA. This is a competitive team which meets from Sept thru Feb. You must be pre-registered to attend this club. This is a competitive team from Sept thru Feb.  However if they go n to compete in Internationals they will continue to meet weekly through May.

    High School Art Class 3:30-5pm

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    There will be a class offered for interested students in basic drawing techniques, the elements of art, and the principles of design.  Focus will primarily be on skills rather than production, on pencil drawing with some additional media explored depending upon student interest. Class will be meeting the second and fourth Thursdays of the month for January, February, and March from 3:30-5 pm.  It is suggested that students try to attend regularly to benefit from the continuity of instruction.  Some flexibility with dates may be necessary, but families will be informed of this in advance if this will be the case.  The class will be directed towards students grades 9-12.  Mature middle-school students with an interest in art will be considered for participation.  Please contact Kathleen Kinney to discuss whether this class will meet your student’s needs. 

    Please reply to Kathleen.kinney@ideafamilies.org with this subject heading to let her know of your interest, student names, grades, and best way to contact you.  Thank you for your interest. 


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    3rd Quarter Work Samples Due K-12 students

    12:00 AM

    1st Quarter Work Sample are due by Friday, March 15, 2019

    1)  Turn in complete 3rd quarter work samples to the IDEA office on or before Friday, March 15, 2019.

    2)  If your students need to do a work sample demonstration in person at the office then make an appointment with your contact teacher to do so.

    3)  This is also an excellent opportunity for your students to write and submit a short paragraph about any photos you submit as their PE work samples.

    4Appointments must take place on or before Friday, March 15, 2019.

    5)  Work samples must be complete

    6)  If you turn in your work samples at the reception desk they will date stamped.  You can also turn them in after hours at the drop box (looks like a silver/gray mailbox) under the IDEA sign in the parking lot.

    7)  Please make sure your student’s first AND last name, grade and Contact Teacher are legibly listed on EACH page of your Work Samples.  We have over 950 students being served just out of our Fairbanks office so we really need this information on each page so your students can receive proper credit for their work.  Thank you for helping us with this.

    8) If you have questions please check with your contact teacher

    9)  For more ideas please go to the IDEA website or click the link below:  You will need your IDEA username and password to login       https://www.ideafamilies.org/families/sample-ideas/

    IDEA office hours:  Monday – Friday  8:30 am – 5:00 pm  Phone:  374-2200  Toll free outside of Fairbanks:  1-877-582-4332


    Fairbanks IDEA  2157 Van Horn Rd.   Fairbanks, AK 99701

    Quilting Club ages 10 and up in IDEA 10:30am-12pm

    10:30 AM-12:00 PM

    For IDEA students age 10 and up

    No drop offs ~ a parent must attend with their student

    Mandatory Parent Meeting:  Friday, Sept 7 from 10-11am @ IDEA

    CLUB DATES:   Starting October ~ the first & third Fridays from 10:30am-12pm @ IDEA

    October 5 and 19  * November 2 and 16 * December 7 and 21 * January 4 and 18 * February 1 and 15 * March 1 and 15 * Last meeting:  April 19

    Decorative Plastic bag Holder Workshop & Sack Lunch 12-2pm

    12:00 PM-2:00 PM

    Come and earn how to make decorative plastic bag holders. Makes a great Mother’s Day gift. Plus bring your own lunch.  Also please bring 1 fat quarter of fabric or 1/4 yard. Students 10 and under need parent to help them. Over age 10 need parent on premises (NOT a drop-off event). Presenter is Melissa Mitchell.

    Music Fun Club grades 4-7 IDEA students 2:30-4pm

    2:30 PM-4:00 PM

    2 more new clubs are starting:  K-3 Music Fun Club and 4-7 Music Fun Club. The volunteer coach is certified teacher and music instructor Francis Lupton with 27 ½ years teaching K-12 music in the local public schools. She has been a part of the local Performing Arts community for over 30 years. She is also an IDEA vendor.  Each club is limited to 28 students. The clubs will include a wide variety of experiences:  Learning the general fundamentals of music through instruments, music games, dances, songs, drama, etc. Our staff sponsor is contact teacher Kathleen Kinney. Everything will be provided.

    K-3 Club will meet the 2nd Friday of the month as follows:  Han 11, Feb 8 and March 8, 2019. 4-7 Club will meet the 3rd Friday of the month as follows:  Jan 18, Feb 15 and March 15, 2019. Parents can stay and observe or drop and go.

    To Register please send me (Sandy) sandy.blewett@ideafamilies.org or text (907) 888-0852 the following information which will be shared with the coaches. Please mention which club this is for as we have several new clubs starting and we want to be sure your students are registered for the club you want.

    Parent first and last name

    Student first and last name

    Student grade level

    Parent phone number

    Anything else you would like us to know


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