Adirondack Boreal Bird Training and Monitoring 2017

Thanks to a grant from Northern New York Audubon to Shingle Shanty and SUNY ESF, we are pleased to be able to offer up two boreal bird trainings this year as well as an opportunity on June 10th to do boreal bird surveys at various locations around the Adirondacks with experienced birders. 

This project builds off of the work that began under an EPA funded project to detect wetland response to climate change in the Adirondacks (the final report from that project can be reached by the link at the bottom of the page).

These trainings are to be held on the following dates and locations:
  1. Saturday May 27th, 2017 1 - 4 pm at Paul Smith's College VIC,8023 State Route 30
    Paul Smiths, New York 12970
  2. Sunday June 4th, 2017 1 - 4 pm at Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N
    Newcomb, NY 12852
The training sessions are a general overview of the project, an introduction to birds in the Adirondacks, an overview of the field methods for the survey and field time with experienced birders.  
If you are interested in attending the training in Paul Smiths on May 27th please RSVP to 
If you are interested in attending the training in Newcomb on June 4th please RSVP to 

Once we get a feel for how many folks might be interested we will reach out with specific information on locations, times and leaders, for the June 10th boreal bird survey day.
Thanks for your continued interest in boreal birds and please share this email with anyone who might be interested!
All the best,
Steve Langdon

The project report can be found at :

Fort Ticonderoga Homeschool Day

Fort Ticonderoga Homeschool Day is scheduled for Friday, September 8th 2017. Pricing, tour information and reservation contacts can all be found in the link below.

Shelburn Museum Vermont: Passoort to Learning Homeschool Day

The Shelburne Museum Passport to Learning Homeschool Day is Monday, June 12th

 Passport to Learning is a fun day filled with workshops. You can participate in workshops and/or tour the museum. 

See the link for pricing, workshop information and contact information. 

Third Annual Homeschool Art Show

The Peru Library has invited the homeschool community to once again display our art for the months of July and August. All homeschooling families receiving this email are invited to participate. 

Hanging art NEEDS to be matted.  This can be homemade matting or you can purchase matting. It does not have to be anything fancy. Construction paper to cardstock to premade matting are all fine!  

Art does NOT need to be framed

There are display cases available for non hanging items.In the past, we have displayed textiles, pottery, felted items, craft items, notecards etc...

All art needs to be tagged with name (or initals), age and location (city, town or county) 

Everyone may submit multiple pieces. There is no age requirement. 

I will be personally collecting and hanging the artwork. Please do not drop off your art to the library. I will begin collecting art in June.

There has been a closing reception the past couple of years. (Details to follow).  Art has to stay up until the closing reception.  If you are unable to attend the reception, I will remove your art after the reception and make arrangements to meet. 

If you think your family may be interested, please let me know so I can have an approximate count. 

Any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 
purplepyrz51 at gmail dot com. 

A Taste of Broadway in the North Country

I am writing to enthusiastically invite you and your students to a free performance of The Art of Living, an original musical comedy play, on the morning of Thursday Oct-5 at the Strand Center Theatre located in downtown Plattsburgh.  This invite was sent out to most schools in the area and already over half the seats of the Strand Center Theatre are booked.  Please act quickly.

Attached is a PDF invitation with details about the day that you can easily share with your teachers or parents. 

As a lifelong teacher (and current art teacher at Rouses Point Elementary) I am thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to our community's students. In addition to getting to see a live performance of an original play, they will get to ask the cast and creative team about the process of bringing a show from concept to performance. They'll also get to see the recently renovated historic Strand Center Theatre in action!  

Along with the PDF invitation, I have attached a flyer about the performance and a copy of the script. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like any additional information about the show by emailing my at I very much hope to see you at the theater!

Dan Gallagher

February 6, 2017


I am excited to share that my original musical comedy, The Art of Living, will be hosted by the Strand Center Theatre this October. As a lifelong educator, it was important to me that this also be an opportunity to provide a unique experience for students in the area. We will be presenting a free performance for school groups, where kids can learn about the creative process of a musical comedy and also experience a live show at the beautiful, historic Strand Center Theatre.

What: A free performance of The Art of Living, an original musical comedy play written by Dan Gallagher,

Plattsburgh native and Rouses Point Elementary School art teacher. After the performance, there will be a Q&A with the cast and creative team.

Who: This special performance is open to student groups and their teachers. The show is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

When: Thursday October 5th, 2017 at 10:15am. It is recommended that you arrive 45 minutes early.

Where: The Strand Center Theatre, 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh NY.

Notes: No food or drink is allowed in the theater. School busses can unload in front of the theater, but there is not parking on site. The Durkee Street parking lot is large enough to accommodate busses.

If you would like to attend, please confirm by email to with the name of the school, a contact list of the teachers, and the total number of students and teachers who will be attending. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I hope to see you there!

Educator Development workshop series kicks off this summer

Creative Classrooms
BluSeed Studios offers
professional development
for teachers

BluSeed Studios  has launched the Creative Classrooms Project, a workshop series specifically designed to help secondary education teachers learn new skills and earn up to 20 hours of professional development credits.
These workshops are taking place this summer and fall and are appropriate for teachers of all disciplines and artistic abilities, with the option to do them over one or two days. The retreat-style program provides in-depth exploration of a particular artistic technique or practice, as well as dedicated time for peer review, discussion and critique. In addition, working in small groups led by professional artists and educators from regional Universities and Colleges, participants can identify new ways to enrich their classrooms.  
The instruction takes place in a non-institutional setting at BluSeed Studios, enabling participants to relax and reboot their teaching practices, says BluSeed Artistic Director Carol Marie Vossler.
“The workshop objectives are threefold: To learn new creative processes that correlate with STEAM core standards, share classroom values and strategies with the other attendees as well as ‘take a deep breath’ and experience the beautiful Adirondack setting,” she said.  
Creative Classroom workshops are eligible for Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) certification credits through a partnership with the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA). Funding for this program was provided by a grant through the New York State Council on the Arts.
More information and the 2017 workshop schedule can be found at Contact BluSeed Studios at 518-891-3799, email sunny.rozakis or visit

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!