• Hello Fabulous Fast Track Families!


    Hmm…this newsletter seems to be trending farther and farther away from its Friday publishing goal. I try not to stress because I know that homeschool families understand that some days simply do not go as planned. So here you go!  Friday’s newsletter – hot off the press on Sunday!


    We have a lot of resource ideas for you this week.


    First of all, Ms. Suzi has done some research for us on all the resources you can find at our very own public library. She has summarized the resources into a Google Doc that I will share in a second email, but here is her intro: www.ketchikanpubliclibrary.org        907 225-3331

    On the Ketchikan Public Library home page hover over Find Stuff at the top of the page.

    Click on Resources for School at the bottom of the drop down menu.

    Click on the flyer Homeschooling/Preschoolers/Resources at the Ketchikan Public Library

    You can print this flyer or save to your computer for further reference. Thank you Ms. Suzi!


    Another family shared this resource in their progress reports:  1000 Hours Outside


    Oh my goodness!  I LOVE this concept.  This is an excerpt from their website: Our original foray into extended nature time was influenced by a friend who was influenced by Charlotte Mason. Charlotte Mason was a British educator who lived from 1842 to 1923.  She had many philosophies about children and education that still stand strong to this day. Mason recommended that children between the ages of zero and seven spend 4 – 6 hours outside every day.  This amount of time is backed time and again by research that shows the astronomical health, social, and developmental benefits that accompany time in nature


    This is also from the 1000 Hours Outside website: The entire purpose of 1000 Hours Outside is to attempt to match nature time with screen time. If kids can consume media through screens 1200 hours a year on average then the time is there and at least some of it can and should be shifted towards a more productive and healthy outcome!


    Looking for ideas for older students?

    The website www.whatkidscando.org is packed with ideas to empower adolescents to make a difference in our world. This is from their website: Based in Providence, R.I., What Kids Can Do (WKCD) is a national nonprofit founded in 2001 by an educator and a journalist with more than 60 years combined experience supporting adolescent learning in and out of school. Using digital, print, and broadcast media, WKCD presses before the broadest audience possible a dual message: the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunities and supports they need and what they can contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously.

    From the WKCD June 21, 2016 publication, take the time to read:  The “2016 Summer Bucket List.” It has a pile of ideas for living life more fully – at any age.

    I feel like the time of Covid is the perfect time for our homeschool students to take on highly personal projects. Launching from home, they can brainstorm and research everything they need to take up a cause and become one of our country’s best experts on the topic of their choice. WKCD has many inspiring stories.


    As the holidays approach, are you looking for meaningful acts of giving and service?  The residents in our Pioneer Home, and in the New Horizons Long Term Care Unit of Peace Health Medical Center would welcome cards, and letters, and even Zoom entertainment! The activities director from New Horizons told me she would welcome your big screen entertainment in any shape or form. Call Ms. Lori at 228 -8801 with your ideas and Fast Track will help you bring the project to our elders. ( Ideas: video post cards of music performance, Reader’s Theatre, or puppetry?)

    Remember that our Pottery Art Walk will be from 4:00 – 5:30 on Wednesday as long as safety protocols allow. Call us at 617 9136 or 228 -8801 when you arrive. We’ll greet you at the superintendent’s entrance of Ketchikan High School.  (Our door is near the culdesac of the parking lot.) We’ll do a brief health screening and direct you to the displays in the hallway near the Fast Track office.  Please wear masks and maintain social distance.  If your child has not finished glazing his or her project you can make an appt. to join us for a makeup lesson sometime in the weeks ahead. Call our office.

    Deadline to enter Youth Art Projects with upcoming Main St Gallery Show is Nov. 20. Go to KAAHC website to register. 

    Robotics – Thank you for joining us for our first Zoom session. We have “mission models,” to construct, and while these can be built at home, they include a real life “supply chain,” complication. All of the little “model packs,” may need just a few more critical pieces that come with the classroom set. This wasn’t a problem in the past because we were always in the classroom.  So while we were planning on passing out all of these little building sets, we may need to shift that project to your in-person small group day. Coach Henke and I will be calling all potential participants with more information this week.

    Battle of the Books – Keep on reading!  Yes, we do have practice questions available now. Ms. Suzi will help us get those distributed this week.

    Spelling Bee?  Do we have any participants this year? If you are interested or have questions, please call our office. 228 -8801  What does it entail? Grades 3 – 8 are invited. Each student practices an impressive list of words. We will host a school wide Bee in January and the winner will compete against the winners of our other schools. Basically, you practice, practice and practice. If you have a good word memory, you could shine in this event no matter what age you are.

    Quarter 1 Progress Reports – A Big Thank You to our parents for your work on these. If you still need to turn in work samples, we’ll be calling with reminders…again and again and again.  We can Zoom with you, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. If your reports are in, know that we are working through them steadily. Here's the data: 112 Complete!  21 Submitted - waiting  for our review!  26 - Building...looking for those work samples. 18  - not started. We can HELP. We are good at helping. 

    Be WELL Fast Track Families!  We are loving this special year with so many families supporting each other during one of the greatest trials of our lifetime. We are standing by to help.