Field Trip to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Natalie Jarvis is organizing a free field trip for homeschoolers to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum on Friday, May 18 from 11-1pm. 

2634 Main St, Lake Placid, New York 12946

Please RSVP by May 11th to Natalie (via the North Country Homeschooling event on facebook) or Sunita (

-Sunita (on behalf of Natalie)

Farm Postings

From a local homeschooler:

2018 Hay – square bales:
Weather providing, we are anticipating cutting more square bales that we currently need this year. We do not have extra long term storage, so we are looking for interested folks that would like to arrange for field pickup or short term storage of hay. Field help and bartering options will be considered. We estimate cost per bale to be ~ $3.00/bale.

2018 Pasture/Grazing for Bovines available:
We have 5 continuous acres, plus more possible, that is available for cloven hooved grazing. It has been kept brush hogged and improved but is not ready yet to be hayed or have equine on it because there are finger size sapling remnants. There is town water and natural water options. Our family is interested in learning about dairy and possibly beef cows and would welcome knowledge/work sharing options with the lease. There is large predator pressure and therefore we do not recommend small cloven animals at this time.

Anyone wishing to discuss either opportunities can contact Janice Stainken by email: cpfarms@willex dot com
Our farm is in Willsboro, NY

Spring 2018 Dalcroze Music Education in the North Country

Spring 2018 Dalcroze Music Education in the North Country

Hi! My name is Sora Shpack. My sons and I moved to Plattsburgh a few years ago. I’m a flutist and
composer, and was a music teacher and performed as well. Similar to many of you, I was also a home
school mother for many years, home schooling my six children. During that time a number of families in our community and myself began a group home school program, we called “Round the Block School” and I was the music teacher for our group. Presently I’m in the process of training for a Dalcroze Music Education Certification, a type of musical education that is an experiential way of knowing music through the body. At the end of this letter I’ve included some information explaining in more detail about Dalcroze Education.

My proposal to the home school community in the North Country is an exchange in that I cannot at this time take money since I am not certified and yet, since I need some experience, I am excited to work with your children. Because I have a bachelor and two master degrees in music and have taught for over thirty years, I feel that while I will be exploring with Dalcroze, I’ll be able to keep your children’s music education both on track and going forward in a great way.

Possibilities for Dalcroze Education in the North Country

Length of Class: one hour
Frequency: Once a week
Ages: 4 years to 18 years. No children under 4 years. There is an excellent program for babies and
toddlers in town called Music Together.
Class size: Anywhere from 10 to 1 in a class, although 1 is not as much fun as being with other friends.
Grouping for classes: grouped by age with the smaller age span being the best for learning.
The ideal is one class each of children aged 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18.
A simpler option is one class each of: 4-7, 8-12, 13-18.
A still simpler version is one class each of: 4-8 and 9-18

For an exchange of my time and preparations for your children I’m hoping you can provide the
1. A room for class – at least 15’ x 15’ preferably with a piano, or second choice a piano
2. In many Dalcroze classes teachers use props. It is possible to teach without them, but
they are a lot of fun for the kids. I have Scarves, Chop Sticks, and a Floor Staff. If you
have and are willing to share with the class any of the following: Balls (larger for
younger children; smaller for older youth), Dowels, Bean Bags, Rhythm Sticks, Hoops,
Shakers, Ribbons, Streamers, Paper and Crayons, Drums, Tambourines
3. As part of my studies and certification, I need to video the classes for my own
learning. It will be necessary for you to sign a waiver stating that you agreed to this. I
will not need to identify your child by name for the video, but I will need your
permission. Once my mentor and I have discussed the teaching moments, I’ll delete the
video entirely.
4. Finally, I live in Plattsburgh so hopefully there is a space in Plattsburgh or someone
who travels out, can provide transportation for me or the cost of gas.

Insurance is another issue. Years ago, we didn’t worry about that. Hopefully this won’t be an issue, but I’m interested in your thoughts and ideas.

For those interested in trying out a Dalcroze Music Education, it would be great to set a date, time and place to meet you. I can give you more explanations and show some videos if you are interested or we can just go over the logistics and get the program going.

Looking forward to meeting you and your children!
Sora Jederan Shpack
10 Maryland Road
Plattsburgh, NY 12903

What is Dalcroze Education?

Dalcroze is an experiential way of knowing music through the body where the body is literally the
instrument of learning.
Dalcroze classes are musically comprehensive, integrating movement with
• solfège
• vocal, piano and rhythm instrument improvisation
• music theory
• music composition
• music appreciation

Dalcroze education is a process-oriented method governed by nice principles that distinguish it from
other educational methods:
• Music as stimulator, motivator and regulator in the classroom
• Movement as the means for learning – the body is the instrument
• Listening is an active experience
• Relationships of time, space and energy are a means for learning music concepts
• Learning is discovery-based (experiential)
• Experience occurs before analysis
• Imagination, improvisation and invention engage students in the processes
• The spirit of play (joy) runs throughout the method
• Social interaction works with music as a communicative and collaborative art

Dalcroze movement, called Eurhythmics, enables the entire body to express many layers of musical
information at one time. Dalcroze trains the body to attain supple and fluid independence – at the same moment, the feet can perform one idea, the hands and arms another and the voice yet another. When musical and physical skills are strengthened at the same time, navigating an instrument becomes much easier, communication in chamber music becomes more effective and orchestral ensemble skills improve dramatically.

DEC Hunting/Trapping Essay Contest

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
DEC Delivers - Information to keep you connected and informed from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Share or view as a web page || Update preferences or unsubscribe


Are you new to hunting or trapping? Have you mentored a new hunter or trapper?

DEC is looking for hunters and trappers who would like to share their story about their first memorable experiences afield or an experience where they introduced a new person to hunting or trapping.

Essays can be submitted in one of three categories:

  • Junior Youth Hunters/Trappers - currently in grade 6 through 8
  • Senior Youth Hunters/Trappers - currently in grade 9 through 12
  • Adult Hunters/Trappers - ages 18 and older

DEC staff will select the best essay in each category. Winners' essays will appear in the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which is read by over 500,000 people each year! The winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate.

All the information and a submission form can be found here

Please do not reply to this email. Replies go into an untended mailbox. For questions or comments, please contact me at the email address below.

NYSDEC and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) are not responsible for lost, misdirected or undelivered email.

Kelly Stang
Albany, NY 12233-4754                                                 
Visit Becoming an Outdoors-Woman on the web at

Art and Gym Time in Saranac Lake

Art classes taught by certified art teacher and art therapist and homeschool mom, Joy Cranker, are starting up in Saranac Lake, Tuesdays from 10-11am at the Saranac Lake Baptist Church. Following art class, we will have gym time from 11-12pm in the church's new gym!!!

Joy notes that the forecast for Tues, Jan 23rd doesn't look good at the moment. If it is bad weather, then we will start on Tues, Jan 30. Stay tuned to your email and FB for updates.
Joy offers these classes free of charge, though she does buy all the materials herself every year (and they are nice materials). I think it is nice if we each offer her a few bucks for the semester if we are able.

Directions to the SL Baptist Church: 

Homeschool Cross Country Ski Day

Homeschool X-C Ski Day coming up next week  Wed Jan 24, 1-4pm at Mt. Van Hoevenburg in Lake Placid!

I think the cost is $5 for kids, $10 for adults and rentals might actually be free. I am still verifying the details.
Starting at 1pm, we'll have ski games in the stadium field outside the lodge for about a half an hour, then we'll ski the trails together (you can leave your kids with us and ski alone, too, if you want!). The lodge has a full-service snack bar with snacks and whole, hot meals, so you could even plan to eat lunch there first (fyi - the meals are pricey but very delicious).

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national competition that is held every year in April. There is usually a local and a district competition before a student reaches the national competition. This year, if there is just 1 - 2 students from the North Country Homeschoolers that would like to participate, they would not have to do a local competition. They would compete at the district competition at CCC in February. However, if there are more than 2 students, then a local competition would be held to determine the two contestants that would represent the North Country Homeschoolers. 

Due to low statewide enrollment for this year's competition, POL is allowing groups to sign up through November 30th. The sign up is just to say the person/group is interested in competing (poems would not be needed until Jan). 

If anyone who has competed in the past wanted to compete again this year, they could.

Here is the website for anyone interested in learning more about the program The section under “Rules” will explain the competition. 
Anyone interested in the program may contact Carey Goyette directly.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carey L. Goyette , Professor
English Department Chair
History & Political Science Department Chair
Clinton Community College

Homeschool Skiing

It's getting to be that time of year again!  I have received the homeschool skiing forms from Titus Mountain.  We will be skiing Friday's 9:30am-4pm starting January 19th- February 16th.  

This year pricing is as follows:

Lift, Lesson, & Rentals** $165 (student)/ $315 (adult)
Lift & Lesson  $105 (student)/ $180 (adult)
Lesson & Rental $105 (student)/$180 (adult)
Lesson Only $55 (both student & adult)

**Rentals included boots & skis (or snowboard)

Titus asked me to remind parents of proper attire: layers, hat/helmet, mittens/gloves and no jeans. Jeans tend to soak in water making a skier/snowboarder cold and wet 😊

Please email me for forms and with any questions!  Also, please feel free to pass the information to anyone who is interested in joining us!  The more the merrier 😊.  Forms and payment will be due December 10th.

Thanks and hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall!

Dawn-Marie Hall

Annual Marocco November Reading Challenge

How it works:

Keep track of how many books you read in the month of November using a printout of the attached reading log. Ask your parents and/or grandparents (or anyone else you would like to ask) to pledge a small donation amount per book. At the end of the month, tally the amount of money earned and donate this amount to your local library. If you read more than 20 books, additional book titles can be written on the back of the sheet and/or additional pages. Parents and kids give their donation directly to their library of choice.

Please email Samantha at with your total number of books read and donation amount, as in past years a newspaper article was written announcing the total number of books read and amount of money earned.

You can include books read with, to, or by the child, as well as audiobooks. Fiction, non fiction, poetry- it all counts! (Videos or movies are excluded.) Books can be of any length that you decide is appropriate for your child's age and reading ability. You can also do a family challenge and add up the books read by every member of the family or do the challenge as individuals. Just be sure to have fun!

Wilderness First Aid Class in the ADKs

The classes are Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder, They are certifications that really help get jobs at summer camps or as a travel guide, or just to keep day-hikers safe in the High Peaks.

Our minimum age is 16, and it is a hands-on immersive educational experience that homeschooled students might really enjoy. It is also a great things for parents and their teenagers to do together.

NOLS Wilderness First Aid 
December 9-10, 2017 | $225 |
Meals and Lodging available Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center Willsboro, NY

• The WFA is an introductory class; no prior medical experience is needed. You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective treatments for common injuries and illnesses, and how to decide when it's time to evacuate your patient.

NOLS Wilderness First Responder 
December 15-23, 2017 | $725 |
Meals and Lodging available Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center Willsboro, NY

•The WFR is an in-depth look at patient assessment, traumatic injuries, environmental topics, and medical emergencies. A comprehensive class with far more hands-on practice than a WFA, the WFR includes CPR and epinephrine administration certifications. Graduation from a WFR turns an EMT into a Wilderness-EMT. Graduation from a WFR turns an EMT into a Wilderness-EMT.

More more information:

or contact the instructor: Allie Malonie:

High School Writing Retreat

You're invited!

High School
Writing Retreat

October 26, 27 at Paul Smith's College

Sign up now!
Three of the most experienced and exciting spoken word poets in the world are leading our twelfth annual High School Writing Retreat.

During this two-day event, students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands. High school students, classes, and homeschooled students are invited to join for a day of performances, workshops, and general awesomeness. 
Any student is welcome to join, no experience necessary! This event is free, lunch will be available for purchase on campus. If you or your class can only attend for one day, please plan to join on October 26. Any classes or individuals that are interested in joining should contact the Adirondack Center for Writing at
About our workshop leaders

Thanks to our sponsors.

This event is provided by Adirondack Foundation-Benght Ohman Fund, Adirondack Foundation-Evergreen Fund, Adirondack Foundation-Saranac Lake Public Education Fund, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Saranac Lake Young Arts Association, and Stewart’s Holiday Match.
Copyright © 2017 Adirondack Center for Writing, All rights reserved. 
You are receiving this email because you are a fan of literary arts in the Adirondack region! 

Our mailing address is: 
Adirondack Center for Writing
PO Box 956
Saranac Lake, NY  12983

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. 

Harvest Fest & Civil War Living History at the Wilder Farm

Attached is a link that will take you to our Website that has more information:
This link will take you to the schedule we have for the days' events:

Teen Night at the Corn Maze Saturday October 14

Saturday October 14, 2017

Welcome teens to the night corn maze. Come enjoy a bonfire and music. Bring a flashlight and a few bucks for snacks and cider (if you want). 13yrs and up, $7 each. 12 and under $5 and will need an adult. Teens can be dropped off and chaperoned by Kerri Lamarche from 7-9pm.

Free Dictionaries for Homeschool 3rd Graders

The Kiwanis Club offered free paperback dictionaries to all the area 3rd graders each year. 

Please email Melissa at if you have a 3rd grader who would like a dictionary. 

Thank you

YMCA Homeschool Gym & Swim

For ages 5-12

Classes run Tuesdays (Now through the end of October)
Gym time - 1:15 - 2:00
Swim time - 2:00 - 2:30
Fees per child:
$45 members
$65 nonmembers
Call 518-561-4290 to enroll or if you have any questions. 
Students have 40 min of gym time, mix of structured & free play, then a 30 min swim lesson. 

Summary of Fall Homeschool Events

Fall is a busy time of year for field trip opportunities and fun events for homeschoolers. I wanted to send out a reminder email for all of the different adventures that are planned! Please refer to the links below, previous emails, facebook postings or the blog for details.

Tri-Lakes Area Not Back to School Picnic at the Saranac Lake Carousel (All invited) Sept 6th

Adirondack Experience Homeschool Day (this is a link to Facebook ~ Homeschool Day at Adirondack Experience (Museum at Blue Mountain Lake ~ September 13th

Annual Homeschool History Day (Saranac Lake ~ All are invited) October 26th

Homeschool Camp 2018

We had another fabulous week at Camp Cherokee Homeschool Camp! We already have a date for 2018 camp ~ August 19th. Mark you calendars!  Some of the kids are already counting down. It really is an amazing week spent with other homeschool families. Please feel free to ask any questions. 

Here are some of the details...

Homeschool Camp Cherokee!
Location: Camp Cherokee (Lake Saranac: 433 Gilpin Bay)
Cost: For the week was $471/family (not person) (price to be determined for 2018)
          Note: If you are interested in bringing another adult with you for the week (Grandparent), it is approx. an additional $127.  Foster children are considered family children and included in the price.
Each family provides a meal for the group. In the past, we have had baked ziti, bean burgers, pizza, grilled cheese, etc... Camp is vegetarian. Kitchen has walk in fridge and commercial stove/oven which makes for easy meal prep. You are never alone in preparing your meal. You have a helper family and many times, there are numerous people jumping in and helping with set up, prep, and clean up. 
 Activities (all included in the cost):
Ø  Pool with lifeguard
Ø  Horseback riding
Ø  Archery or Knife throwing
Ø  Ping Pong
Ø  Vollyball/Sand area
Ø  Playground area, soccer and baseball field
Ø  Motorboats with almost everything imaginable behind them (staff drives the boats). Pontoon boat rides.
Ø  Boat Area - includes kayaks, canoes, paddle boats (this is open all day but we need an adult on land and everyone needs to sign the boats out)
Ø  Chapel

Sleeping arrangements:
There are multiple cabins to choose from. 
·        You bring your own bedding, towels, etc (beds and bunks are provide).

Please feel free to ask any questions!! Thanks! 
Contact Tammy Neureuther

Adirondack Youth Orchestra Association Fall Season

As the new school year approaches we are getting ready for the Fall Season.  Opening day for all five groups will be September 10th.  However, if your son/daughter was in the AYO or AYV last year, you will be receiving an additional email regarding a jump start on their season.
The registration fees are remaining the same again this year.  The AYO fee for the combined Fall and Spring Season is $100 and the fee for all the other groups is $60.  As in the past, if you submit your registration by August 25ththere will be a $10 early registration discount.  Additional discounts are available for multi-group participation and for having multiple children participating.  A copy of the registration form is attached.
Also attached please find a business advertising form for our concert programs.  The fees from this advertising are one of our sources of revenue that help us keep the registration fees low.  If you are able to contact any local businesses that may be interested in advertising in our program it would be a great benefit to the kids and the organization.   
Here is the current schedule for the Fall Season.
-For the AYO and AYV only  Three day “boot camp” on 8/27, 8/28 and 8/29. 
        The AYV will meet on all three days from 6pm – 7pm in the Plattsburgh High School Orchestra Room.
        The AYO will meet on all three days from 6pm – 8pm in the Plattsburgh High School Bank Room.
-Opening Day for all groups – 9/10.
        3:30pm -  Check in and registration at the Plattsburgh High School Auditorium.
        4:00pm – Parent meeting In the Auditorium.
        4:00pm – Student meeting in the Band Room (all groups).
Immediately following the student meeting, the band room will be used for audition warm-ups while the auditions (for those who have not submitted NYSMMA forms with their registrations) are taking place in the conference room (instrumental) and orchestra room (vocal). 
5:00pm – Rehearsals begin.
        AYO will be in the band room (7:00pm dismissal);
        AYM will be on the stage (6:00pm dismissal);
        AYS room TBA (6:00pm dismissal);
        AYV will be in the orchestra room (6:00pm dismissal);
        AYC room TBA (6:00pm dismissal).
-Regular Rehearsal Schedule (any changes during the year will be communicated by the conductors):
        AYO will meet from 5:00pm – 7:00pm;
        AYM will meet from 6:00pm – 7:00pm;
        AYS will meet from 5:00pm – 6:00pm;
        AYV will meet from 3:30pm – 4:30pm;
        AYC will meet from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
-Rehearsal Dates:
        9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5.
-Dress Rehearsal (all groups may not need a dress rehearsal):
-The Fall Concert will be held at the Plattsburgh High School Auditorium on 11/12 at 2:00pm.
Additional information:
-Please feel free to share this email with fellow parents that have children that may be interested in participating in the AYOA. 
-For those of you that like to purchase items through Amazon, they will donate to the Adirondack Youth Orchestra Association if you make your purchases through their AmazonSmile website at:
Enjoy the remainder of your summer,
AYOA Board
“This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered locally by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.”