Used Curriculum Sale

A used homeschool curriculum sale is scheduled for May 1 from 2-4 (set-up at 1:30) at the Newman Center in Plattsburgh. You can sell items or come just to browse/buy! 
For those wishing to sell items:

We had plenty of available table space last year, however, the room is small and can only accommodate so many tables so an RSVP is a MUST (regardless of whether you are bringing your own table or not). Space can only be guaranteed if I know you are coming!
Any unsold items must be taken home by you at the end of the sale.

If you have any questions or wish to reserve table space, please contact Jennifer Miller by email at or by phone at 561-0365. Be sure to leave your name and a contact number to reach you at.

Saranac School: New School Forming-Open to Homeschoolers

A small nature based k-12 school is in the planning stages in Saranac. The school will follow a democratic/sudbury/free/forest school model and be based at New Land Trust. Homeschoolers will be welcomed and can attend up to four days a week and still be considered homeschoolers. There are monthly meetings open to the public starting April 4th. If you're interested, please plan to attend these meetings if possible. If you know someone who might be interested, feel free to pass along this information. 

More information can be found at and/or

Homeschool Girlscout Club- Any Interst

If anyone would like further information or would like to set something up, please contact Cyndi directly.

I’m trying to get in touch with some Home Schooled Groups in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties to discuss the possibility of doing a Girl Scout presentation to the girls and parents.
I would love the opportunity to discuss a possible partnership and discuss some great program and event opportunities we can offer to the girls!

Cyndi Tucker
Senior Membership & Outreach Manager
Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
107 Hammond Lane, Suite 1
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Free Enterprise Speak-off

Homeschool high school students (or 8th graders taking at least ONE high school class) are invited to compete in the North Country Homeschooling Free Enterprise Speak-off, sponsored by the North Country Homeschooling Free Enterprise Team Plattsburgh State University on Feb 16th at 10:30 at the North Country Alliance Church, 9 Northern Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY. 

On March 9 (all day), 6 high-school teams and 14 regional college teams will compete in the Free Enterprise Competition held at Plattsburgh State. Each team is comprised of 5 students. A real world company will present a business challenge they are having. The teams will spend the day sequestered at Plattsburgh State planning a viable solution for the company. Each team will present a 10 minute solution presentation. The company will select the winning solutions. There are cash prizes for the winning teams. 

Part of the competition on March 9 is speak off competition, where one member of each team will give a 3-4 minute speech on "Why Free Enterprise Works". 

The North Country homeschooling team is inviting all interested high-schoolers to participate in the local homeschooling team speak-off. The winner will receive $100 + a spot on the North Country Homeschool entrepreneurship team. The winning member MUST be able to participate in the challenge on March 9th at Plattsburgh State. The event starts at 8 and lasts through dinner ending at 8:30pm. Team members must be able to commit to be there from 8am to 5pm during the competition time. 

The local competition for homeschoolers will be: Thursday Feb 16 at 10:30am at the North Country Alliance Church

Participants must give a speech entitled 'Free Enterprise: Why it Works."
The speech must be min of 3 minutes and max of 4 minutes. The speech should have an intro, 3 points and conclusion. Notes can be used however, they should NOT be read.The youth will be evaluated and judged by professionals from the community.

Please sign up by FEB 13 by emialing
or calling Melissa Sayward at 643-8530

SUNY Plattsburgh Performance of "Go Dog Go"

The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Theatre would like to invite regional home school classes to a special matinee of our upcoming production of Go Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. Please find the letter of invitation attached, which includes the date and time of show and the cost of attendance. Thank you in advance, and we hope to see you at the show.

Come and join the SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department and discover P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book
Go Dog. Go! as it comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. The dogs delve into
life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. They snorkel. They howl at the
moon. They ride a ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees. This is a rollicking free-for- all of
chicanine-ery. A big and little musical world of doggy fun. Like a pop-up book that comes to life – and never

This special matinee of Go Dog. Go! is a great opportunity to introduce your elementary school students to the
world of theatre.  Please join us in the Hartman Theatre, located in the Myers Fine Arts building at SUNY
Plattsburgh, Thursday, March 2nd at 9:30 AM for our special matinee.  The runtime on the play is
approximately 1 hour including the intermission.  A cast and crew talk back will follow and optional backstage
tours can be arranged. Tickets are discounted to $3 each for both students and chaperones.  We expect a large turnout, so do not hesitate in making your reservations.

If you are planning to attend the matinee, we encourage you to reserve your tickets as early as possible due
to high demand. Please call our office at (518) 564-2243, or e-mail at, to make a
group reservation and take advantage of discount pricing.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.

YING-TRISEF Science Fair

Saturday, March 11
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam, New York 13676


Mrs. Wood has been able to secure funding from Dr. Nelson Ying to organize fairs all over the state so that no one has to travel too far to participate. Kids in grades 6-12 in Clinton, Essex, St. Lawrence, and Franklin Counties will now go to SUNY Potsdam for competitive science fair events that lead on to further competitions at the national level (prior to this, everyone had to go to Syracuse). For instance, this year's fair leads on to the Intel ISEF Science Fair in Los Angeles ( 

Mrs. Wood is a former homeschool parent herself and so she has lots of info about how a science fair project can fulfill many subject areas on an IHIP. She would love to see TONS of homeschoolers participating. Though the fair is competitive, it's only as formal as you and your child would want to make it. You can even do a demonstration of a concept rather than a formal experiment. 

Registration is $15 and includes lunch, and every participant goes home with a t-shirt and backpack. The deadline for registering is Feb 10. Mary-Eileen would love to chat with anyone with any questions. She's very nice.

Homeschool Support Group

Homeschool Support Group happening January 21st at 9am at Farmhouse Pantry in Saranac. Homeschooling grownups at any experience level are welcome to share their insights or ask questions. Those just starting out are encouraged to come and ask their questions. 

Contact Sarah Vaillancourt with questions - 

lovermont at gmail dot com  or cell 645-4177

Fairy Home Competition and Tour

Krebby’z Forest Kottages A Fairy/Troll Fantasy Home Tour Festival

June 3rd , 2017 10am -6pm See events listing

Join community members, youth groups, and families in constructing a home to be placed on exhibit
on the trails of Sellars Forest, Burke NY. These homes are to be constructing from organic materials,
please no store bought items. Twigs, stones, pinecones, pebbles, tree stumps, acorns, etc . Homes can
be held together with glues, twine, wire, small nails & screws. These homes may range in sizes of 4 inches to 4ft. They are constructed from the comfort of your home and brought to Sellars Park, Sellars RD Burke NY. They will be placed in age divisions and entered into the contest according to age divisions.

There is a $10 application for entry. Be sure to send an inquiry, for an application on the events page. Guest coming to view the homes admission is $3 for Adults and $1 for youth. Guests may enter the Forest multiple times for one admission.

There will be a tea with the Fairy Queen. Ages 3 and up and must sign up day of for the Tea. Charge is $1. Costume contest. A Troll race… Meet the Water Fairy, Fairy Godmother, Tooth Fairy, Tinkerbell and others. Visit the Dust shop to purchase Pixie Dust, Dust Bunnies, and house dust.

Special guest Michelle Dual Wagner of Saratoga Springs, will provide free gallery readings. Guest
Tom Comwell Ufologist ,will present his books and lecture on his findings as a Ufologist. Steve Kulls Squatch Detective, whom has made appearances on National Geographics tv show will present his findings and answer questions. Prepare for his books as well. Jack Kenna Paranormal Investigator and Comic Book Author will also present his findings. He has made many appearances on Haunted Case Files. And finally Stacey Horton Paranormal Investigator will be preset to share her findings and answer questions.

Food, Music, Venders, and the enjoyment of the great outdoors.

We look forward to welcoming you and your families to this gala Inaugural Event….

Please Call : If you would like to volunteer as we need many, or would like to ask a question

Homeschool Cooking Classes

Cooking/Nutrition classes starting Jan 10, at Shannon Stone's home in West Chazy

Beginners  - Tuesdays 3pm to 5pm
Advanced - Fridays 2pm to 4pm

$10 per class, includes food

Students will learn about kitchen and cooking safety, following directions, measuring, meal-planning, proper clean-up, and developing healthy eating habits.

Please contact Shannon Stone with any questions or to sign up.

YMCA Homeschool Gym & Swim RESTARTS for 2017

For ages 5-12
Classes run Tuesdays, 1/3/17 - 2/28/17
Gym time - 1:15 - 2:00
Swim time - 2:00 - 2:30
Fees per child: 
Prices are slightly higher because the session is longer. Can be paid over the phone at enrollment & or at the desk first class.
$40 members
$60 nonmembers
Call 518-561-4290 to enroll.
Students have 40 min of gym time, mix of structured & free play, then a 30 min swim lesson. The Y pool has free swim time following the lesson & students are welcome to stay for free swim as well. Parents can drop off for the lesson portion, but must be present to supervise their own child during free swim. The teacher is a mom of 6 herself & great with the kids!
Next session starts this upcoming Tuesday, so call soon if you're interested!

(Please contact the YMCA directly with any questions or concerns)

Homeschool Skiing at Titus

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 13th- February 10th.

This year pricing is as follows:

Lift, Lesson, & Rentals** $150 (student)/ $300 (adult)
Lift & Lesson  $100 (student)/ $175 (adult)
Lesson & Rental $100 (student)/$175 (adult)
Lesson Only $50 (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 have a wonderful Fall!

Dawn-Marie Hall

Alice T. Miner Museum lecture 'History Lost and Found"

November 10th at 7pm Adjunct professor Andrew Black will present the changes in Archaeological techniques over the years utilizing the artifacts from the Alice T. Miner museum, as well as artifacts from an 1812-1825 log cabin on the Great Chazy river for visitors to look thru and compare stories. 

From the Flyer about the event: 

SUNY Plattsburgh lecturer in anthropology Andrew

Black will discuss the Alice’s collection of archaeological

artifacts and the stories they can tell. The program will

conclude with suggestions for what to do if you find

artifacts on your property and how to identify what you

find. Free.

for more information 518-846-7336

Pendragon’s Young Playwright’s Competition and Workshops

Announcing Pendragon’s Young Playwright’s Festival and Workshops!
Calling all 7th grade, 8th grade and high school aged playwrights! Playwrights across the Adirondack Park are being asked to submit original one-act plays and musicals to be adjudicated by the Pendragon team for a chance to be presented on a professional stage. The winning playwrights will work with a creative team composed of a director, dramaturg, designers, and actors to develop and stage the script. Participants should expect a vibrant discussion of the work, a full rehearsal with the artistic team, and opportunities to re-write their plays. The Festival culminates in a full performance of the winning plays and a script-in-hand public reading of the runners-up.

In order to be eligible, plays must be between 10 and 30 pages long, and can be on the subject of your choosing. Co-writing with other students is allowed. There are no fees to submit, and up to three plays per playwright/playwriting team may be submitted. Deadline for submissions is February 15. Pendragon will contact the winning playwrights in March, and the plays will be performed on May 6, 2016.

Attention Teachers! Pendragon is offering  free play writing workshops for your students to help them get started and stay on track. Taught by author Fred Balzac at Pendragon on November 12December 3 and Jan. 8

Contact Leslie at if interested and for more information.

Competitive Co-ed Soccer Ages 15-18

We are trying to put together a co-ed indoor soccer team for ages 15-18. The team would begin playing games at the Crete Center the first week of February and continue through the end of April. They would play one game per week on either Saturday or Sunday. We would like to begin some optional practices before the season begins, and we have to sign our team up with the City of Plattsburgh Rec. Dept., so please let me know as soon as possible, but no later than December 5if you are interestedYou may contact Lisa Caito at 

Thank you!

Olivia's Reading Challenge

Olivia's November Reading Challenge! 
Kids: Keep track of how many books you read in the month of November.  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.  

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!

Ski & Ride Program for Homeschool Families (Gore Mtn)

Greetings from snowy Gore Mountain!

Winter is making its approach in the Adirondacks, and we’re excited to share our Thursday lift & lesson program for homeschool students and their parents- a great opportunity to get the whole family out for exercise, fresh mountain air, and fun on the snow, all while building your skiing/riding skills. 

An all-day lift ticket and 90-minute class lesson are included each day.  Classes are grouped by similar age and ability level.  Lessons are in session 12-1:30pm giving you time for a few warm-up runs before, and the afternoon to practice your new skills if you wish.  Program meets January 12-March 2 (no program February 23).

Student lift & lesson: $172, with rentals $298
Parent lift & lesson: $232, with rentals $358
16/17 Season Passholder rate (student or parent): $127

Please contact our Snow Sports Director, Gail Setlock or (518) 251-2411, x1043 for more details and to register.  Feel free to share this message with everyone in your network. No minimum requirements – just lots of fun and great value!

Think snow!

Cindy Mitchell
Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Gore Mountain

Art and Spanish in November (Saranac Lake)

We will be holding 3 classes of Art and Spanish on the first three Thursdays in November at the Saranac Lake Baptist Church 11/3, 11/10, 11/17.

Spanish is taught by certified Spanish teacher, Doug Zobel, and is $30 for the 3-week session for the first child, and $15 for additional siblings for the 3-week session. Spanish will happen from9:30am-10:30am.

Art is taught by Joy Cranker, and we just ask for a few dollars donation to cover the cost of the nice, big, thick paper Joy buys for us each year. Art will be from 10:30am-11:30am.

Please RSVP to let us know that you will participate!

-Sunita, Joy and Doug

The Tempest performed by SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department

Come and join the SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department and discover Shakespeare’s own tale of discovery in one of his last plays, The Tempest.  Share Miranda’s sense of wonder as the world that has been her life suddenly becomes quite small.  And, what becomes of the Tempest of her father’s rage? Well you will have to come to Harman Theatre to discover that!

This special matinee of The Tempest is a great opportunity to introduce your junior and senior high students to the world of Shakespeare.  Written during the period of discovery in Europe, a time when Europeans themselves were becoming aware of civilizations outside their own, this play represents the ‘sea change’ affecting the cultural awareness of Elizabethan England.  The four hundred years between that time and now may seem like an enormous span of time, but compared to the sum of human history is really only a blink of the eye.  How much has really changed during that instant of time?

Please join us in the Hartman Theatre, located in the Myers Fine Arts building at SUNY Plattsburgh, Wednesday Nov 2, 9:30 for our special matinee.  The runtime on the play is approximately 2 hours including the intermission.  A cast and crew talk back will follow and optional backstage tours can be arranged. Tickets are discounted to $3 each for both students and chaperones.  We expect a large turnout, so do not hesitate in making your reservations.

If you are planning to attend the matinee, we encourage you to reserve your tickets as early as possible due to high demand. Please call our office at (518) 564-2243 to make a group reservation and take advantage of discount pricing.

Corn Maze Time Change

*** time change!-
We will plan to meet at 6pm for the teen corn maze night, park in front parking area & walk back to the corn maze. I'll meet families near the check in area by the maze.

Please RSVP to so I know who I'm looking for.  thanks

Teen Social Night at Rulf's Corn Maze (in the dark).
Sat. October 15th 7-9 PM

Bonfire, snacks, flashlights in the corn maze.

bring a flashlight!

$7 adults over age 13, $5 ages 4-12, under 3 free
This is a drop off event for teens but if you have younger kids & want to
stay & do the maze with your family, that's ok too.

Homeschool Yoga Classes at Earthshine Yoga in Saranac Lake

We can hold adults-with-kids homeschool yoga classes at Earthshine Yoga in Saranac Lake, if people are interested. They would be fun, informal classes with lots of games to develop strength and flexibility. No prior experience necessary, no special equipment needed. We need at least 6 or more students including adults that want to participate. The charge would be $45 per hour to be shared per person participating. Please let me know if your are interested and I will take this further in scheduling a date if there is interest. Let me know how many kids and adults would like to participate and the ages of the kids.

Contact: Joy Cranker