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Pocomcrady Education Activities and the Crux Climbing on Fridays

The Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center has added on a morning activity on each day that we are meeting at The Crux. Each family should feel free to participate as often as they wish. You can do one afternoon, or one morning, or one full day or you can do every single opportunity or combination. There is no requirement. There is no minimum to how much your family attends. Please just come if and when you are able. Also note that there is an $8 fee, per person for each morning session and a $7 fee per climber for the afternoon sessions. **


Outdoor Education Center morning activities will begin promptly at 10:00am with doors opening at 9:30am. Morning programming runs until noon. Lunch will run from noon to 1:00pm. Lunch is provided. They will take a headcount in the morning and their chef will prepare something for the group. Cost for the morning session and lunch is $8 per person.

November 1- Homestead ( we have an 1812 homestead where we would make candles and bake either in a hearth or beehive oven like they did in the 1800s)
November 15- Winter Ecology
December 6- Winter Survival
December 20- Snowshoeing ( snowshoes provided)
January 3- Tubing ( we have a rope tow tubing hill on site)
January 10- Cross Country Skiing ( equipment provided)
January 24- Ice Fishing


Homeschool Indoor Rock Climbing @ The Crux:

Nov 1st and 15th
Dec 6th and 20th
January 3rd, 10th and 24th

Each session will be from 1-3pm

COST: $7 per child, per climbing session (Includes climbing and equipment)


North Country Homeschooling trips to Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center and The Crux

Information for anyone attending the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Days....
We here at Pok-O-MaCready Outdoor Education Center and The Crux Climbing Center are excited to start working with North Country Homeschooling starting this Friday November 1st!

Here are a couple things to note so that your all's arrival and time here can be set up for success: 
1. Attached is Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center's "Health and Parental Permission" form. If these could be completed, for all participating students before their arrival here, that would be awesome - if not we'll have the forms printed out and families will be able to complete them upon their arrival here. 
2. Parents and Guardians of students may eat the lunch provided free of charge. Optional $3 donation. 
3. Directions to Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center: 
Address: 1391 Reber Road Willsboro, NY 12996
From 87, The Adirondack Northway take Exit 33 for Willsboro, Lewis and Keesville: NY 22, US 9
Continue on NY 22 for about 5 miles. 
Turn Right onto Reber Road, here there will be signs for Pok-O-MacCready Summer Camps, Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center and The Crux Champlain Valley Climbing Center. Continue on Reber Road for one mile passing the sign for Camp PokoMoonshine and Turn Right at the Sign for Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center. There is a gravel parking area here with a gray building on the right-hand side with a wooden green "Office" sign. There will be signs directing everyone towards the large deck entrance for registration. We'll welcome, orient, complete paperwork and accept payments here from 9:30 - 10:00 AM. 

Ski swaps and homeschool XC ski days on the horizon

Once winter comes, we will be having weekly homeschool XC Ski days at Mt Van Hoevenberg (MVH) in Lake Placid on Wednesdays from 10am-1pm. MVH hasn't made the sign up form yet on their website, but the plan is to have it cost $50/child for the season, which would include lessons and a pass to allow the child to participate in other community programs too. We're not sure if that price includes rentals yet. Parents who ski with the group should also be able to get a discounted $50 pass, though the details on that are also a bit hazy. BUT, we wanted to share this info now because a whole bunch of ski swaps are coming up in the region, in case you were in the market for equipment. Here are some of them:

Workshop with Puppetry Group at LPCA

Tara Palen at Lake Placid Center for the Arts says there will be a free workshop on Thurs. October 17th at 6pm with *Manual Cinema,* a puppetry group. They are going to do a workshop/demo presentation for free onstage. If you are interested, you must email Tara in advance: tara@lakeplacidarts.org.
(The next day, Oct 18, Manual Cinema is performing Frankenstein: https://www.lakeplacidarts.org/performances/manual-cinemas-frankenstein)

Adirondack Center for Writing Annouces:
High School Writing Retreat. High school students, classes, and homeschooled students are invited to join for a day of performances, workshops, and general awesomeness. Featured performance poets and workshop leaders are Roya Marsh, Jon Sands, and Arhm Choi Wild. Thursday, October 31st-Friday, November 1st 9am-3pm at Paul Smith’s College, Gabriels

Homeschool Day at Great Adirondack Corn Maze October 25, 2019


Tucker Farms is offering a discount to homeschoolers on Friday, October 25 for their Great Adirondack Corn Maze. $6 for kids, $8 for adults. http://www.tuckertaters.com/corn_maze.html

Please RSVP to sunitahalasz@gmail.com with the total number in your group by October 21, 2019 so that I can give them our head count.

Please arrive between 12-4pm. They have another big group coming in at 6pm, so they'd like to have us out of the maze by then.

Location: Tucker's Farm, Hobart Rd., Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake: Homeschooler Discount for "Athena" and Children's Auditions Announcement

From: Pendragon Theatre
Subject: ATHENA!

The "Athena" play is recommended for teens. https://www.pendragontheatre.org/athena

We would like to offer the homeschoolers a deal of $5 per student/ $10 adults to attend ATHENA on ANY of the remaining dates.  If you all can organize a time to come as a group that is not Sunday (with a "talk back" anyway) we can have a pre-show talk with the cast and director.  That way, the students can know what to look for during the show (such as parallels with Athena of Greek Mythology, for example).   Folks can come as individuals, too. They just need to tell Kent they are homeschoolers when purchasing tickets.  Remaining shows are:  October 18, 19, 25, 26 @ 7:30 PM and October 20, 27 @ 2 PM.

This brand new adaptation of the holiday favorite finds theatrical impresario, Mr.Toad, of Wind in the Willows fame, producing and directing his version of Dickens’ tale. In spite of a bumpy final dress rehearsal, a cast-wide cold and last minute cast replacements, the show goes on when quick thinking children rise to the occasion to produce a Christmas Carol that is uniquely faithful to the original story.
There are roles for as many as 20 actors and all parts, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, will be cast with actors between the ages of five through eighteen.
Auditions will be held at the theatre on October 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. and October 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin the first week of November.
Performances are slated for December 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28.

Audition scenes will be available for preparation at the box office. Questions? Call Pendragon Theatre 518-891-1854.

Annual Homeschool History Day

Our Annual Homeschool History Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2019! 

RSVP with the number of kids you are bringing by email to Sunita at sunitahalasz@gmail.com.

The cost is $5 per family, which gives you admission for the day to the Historic Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum and also serves as a donation to our hosts at the museum who will also be our guides for our afternoon activities.

Morning activities will take place in the John Black Room (basement) of the museum. In addition to the upstairs part of the museum (the laboratory), there is a display called "The Art of the Cure" in the John Black Room, so be sure to take time to look at it!

Please arrive at 9:30am to put your potluck food in the fridge and give your treasure to the treasure bag fillers. The museum has a full kitchen.

Kids' presentations will start at 10am. Then, we will all share a potluck lunch together around noon.

In the afternoon, we will caravan over to the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake to learn about and honor some of fascinating people buried there who influenced local and also world history. We will most likely be done at 2-2:30pm. Here's what you need to do to participate:

1. Please RSVP by October 15, at the latest, so that we have a complete head count for participants to use for treasure contributions.

2. Kids are NOT required to prepare a presentation (because being in the audience is an important role too!), but if they would like to choose a historical person, place, or thing to dress up as and present about for about 5 minutes, it really is a fun way to practice no-pressure public speaking! Parents can feel free to stand up with their kids while they present and help prompt them or act as their interviewer to help them remember the facts they researched.

3. If you are able, please bring a small treasure to put into each child's goody bag that they will get at the end of the day. In the past, people have brought things like pencils, stickers, apples, etc.

4. Please bring a dish to pass. Please let us know if your kids have any allergies we should be aware of.

Occupational Therapist Career Presentation

PhD Candidate  Jenna Leveille will be at the North Country Alliance (7 Northern Avenue, Plattsburgh NY) on Monday, Oct 7 at 3:30 pm to speak to the homeschooling community about her job as an occupational therapist.

She writes: 
"As a former homeschooler and private school student myself, I remember not having much direction regarding career counseling while in high school. I was in college for two years before I found occupational therapy and wished I could have been working toward that degree during that time. 

I would love the opportunity to discuss my profession of occupational therapy with the homeschool community. If any students may be interested in the healthcare field or would like to know what occupational therapists do, I would love to share this with them. The talk will be very interactive and will share how occupational therapists help individuals with many different types of health conditions by having the students simulate these conditions."

Although geared towards junior high and high school students, anyone who may have an interest in the career is welcome.  

One Day Accapella Workshop

The Champlain Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines is sponsoring a one day workshop on October 5, 2019. Sweet Expectations is a chance for girls to sing a cappella in the barbershop style. This year's guest director is the director from the Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, Jenn Hunter. 

A $10 registration is required ASAP, due to t-shirt orders and a chance to work on the music ahead of time. Information can be obtained from Diane Sabourin at 518.569.6188 or sabourdm@gmail.com.

Six Nations Native American Museum

Tammy Neureuther and Samantha Marocco have organized a homeschool field trip to the Six Nations Native American Museum in Onchiota, NY.

Six Nations Museum: Onchiota, NY
11am on Monday, October 7th 
(12 and under $3; and 12 and over $5)  

****Please RSVP to Samantha Marocco at smarocco@gmail.com

Adirondack Youth Orchestra (AYOA)

The Fall  2019 Season for the AYOA will get underway on Sunday September 15th. The rehearsals and concerts will again be held at the Peru High School.  For information on the groups and rehearsal times, please  check out the AYOA website (www.ayoa.org) for all the details. 

After last season’s successful Father’s Day concert in the park , we hope to provide more performance opportunities for our student musicians this upcoming year.  Help spread the word to local businesses in need of  small or large ensembles for special events!  

We also have some exciting new enrichment opportunities for our string musicians this season.  More information will be provided on opening day.  
Cumberland12 has donated ten sets of movie passes to the AYOA.  We would like to use them to help in recruiting new members to the group.  If you or your child knows someone that is interested in joining us for the spring please feel free to invite them to a rehearsal.  Have them put your child’s name on the bottom of the attached registration form and we will send you a pair of movie passes.

Looking forward to welcoming back our conductors and student musicians! 

Thank you for your continued support in the AYOA,

Linda Hooper-Morgan 
AYOA Board of Directors. 

Notes from Saranac Lake Homeschool Meeting

9/7 North Country Homeschool Soccer League full, but inquire if interested.  8 weeks; ages 5 - 18; 2:00 - 3:00 younger kids; 2:00 - 4:00 older kids; every Saturday in September and October.  Game on October 12, 1:30

9/10 Adirondack Experience Homeschool Day

9/19 Marionettes Program, LPCA, 10:00.  Part of ongoing LPCA series - $3/person, adult or student

9/20 Global Climate Strike: Riverside Park, Saranac Lake.  Part of nationwide walk-out. Noon until 2:00.  High school walking in at 1:00; for students and adults; hopefully 3 groups, including one homeschool group to meet at library.  

10/2  Reception for Peru Library Homeschool Art Show, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

10/16 Wild Center Homeschool Day

10/22 History Day.  A.m. presentations (optional); noon - potluck lunch; p.m. Pine Ridge Cemetery tour and scavenger hunt

Guest Speakers: Diana Fortune and Sarah Maroun, VP academics at NCCC.  Opportunities available to homeschoolers at NCCC. (Informational handouts.)

For facility use or a homeschool day, speak to Chad Ladue or Jared Dumont.

Fort Ticonderoga Homeschool Day

Spend a day at Fort Ticonderoga and take part in a series of programs designed for homeschool families! While interacting with soldiers, students can ask about life at the 18th-century fort. Step aboard the 1920s replica tour boat, Carillon, for a 75-minute narrated boat tour on Lake Champlain to gain an in-depth waterway experience. Raise your hand in allegiance and enlist in the Continental Army during the immersive “To Act as One United Body” program and practice formation tactics, drills, and marches. Explore a new 2019 design in the six-acre Heroic Maze and answer clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history as you find your way through the maze.
Pre-registration is not necessary. To purchase Carillon Boat Tickets and To Act as One United Body tickets, visit the booth located near the Log House Welcome Center upon arrival to Homeschool Day.


Scheduled For:

Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 9:30am5:00pm


General Admission: $6/student, 1 free parent, $12/additional parent.
Carillon Boat & General Admission Combination Ticket: $12/student, $14/parent.
To Act as One United Body Program: Additional $4/student.
Student rates apply to Grades K-12.

Wild Center Homeschool Day

Greetings from The Wild Center! 

I hope you all have had a fantastic summer. I wanted to take a moment to share out an exciting opportunity for Homeschool families at The Wild Center this Fall. We will be offering a Homeschool Day on Wednesday, October 16th from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 

Wednesday, October 16th 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
We invite homeschool students to join Wild Center Educators for hands-on STEAM experiences; featuring amazing adaptations of Adirondack animals, engineering challenges, and exploration of our planet. Dive into science through games, art, and interactive programs while you explore our campus inside and out.

  • Please register online for the quickest check-in the day of the event, using the button below.
  • Onsite registration will be available the day of the event as well. 

Homeschool Day is sponsored by a generous grant from The Landon Family Foundation.

See you in October!
-Michael Trumbower, School Programs Coordinator

Homeschool Art Show Update

Deadline for submissions is August 31st. 

Art will be on display from Tuesday 9/3/19 through Tuesday 10/1/19. 

Closing reception for artists, families, and friends on Tuesday 10/1/19 from 4-6pm

This show is always such a neat display of projects. You can enter anything you have previously created or you can create something in the next couple of weeks. It can be art created in a family setting around your dining room table. It can be art created with others in a co-op or class. Anything! ANY and ALL art is welcome. All homeschoolers are welcome to participate. Public school siblings too! There is no limit to the number of pieces that you submit. 

Hanging art needs to be matted per Becky. This can simply be poster board or large pieces of paper behind the art. It doesn't have to be professionally matted. It does not need to be framed and b/c of the library's setup, and the weight of some of the frames, it is sometimes easier if the pieces are not framed. There are display cases for non hanging pieces.

Each piece of art needs to be tagged with name or initials/age/town.

No Back to School Picnic

The No Back to School Picnic will be at the Adirondack Carousel on Thursday, September 5th at 10 am. It is a chance to connect and share information on homeschooling and the up coming year. Everyone brings their own lunch. There is a play ground, carousel, and things to do which often includes a game of capture the flag.

Meadomount School of Music Summer Performances

For anyone interested in taking in some classical music from budding musicians this summer, consider a visit to Meadowmount School of Music. Regular summer concerts run Wednesdays, Fridays, & Sundays starting at 7:30pm. They have additional special concert offerings. Tickets cost $10.00 for adults / $5.00 for students and senior citizens. Children under 8 are free.

Lake Champlain Weekly recently wrote up an article on the history of the remote school. It was in the June 26th – July 2nd issue. Here is a link to the article:

It is an easy drive not far off exit 32 from the Northway Rt 87. The town is listed as Westport but it seems more like Lewis.  Dress is informal and is attended by performers’ fellow students as well as the public. There was no formal announcements, just promptly at 7:30 a student and their accompanists came onto the stage and performed for generally ½ hr. each for a total of one hour. A program did describe the performer’s bio and music.