Koresh Dance

Koresh Dance will be performing a School Day Matinee on Feb 27 at 10am at the LPCA. They have invited homeschoolers to attend a free dance workshop with them after the show at 11:30am. Here is info about the school day performance:
Please contact Tara Palen (tara@lakeplacidarts.org) at LPCA to register for the show and also the workshop if you are interested.

Tara Palen
Director of Education & Outreach
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
17 Algonquin Dr.
Lake Placid, NY 12946
518-523-2512 ext. 1004

Homeschool Ski Program at Titus

It's getting to be that time of year again!  I have received the homeschool skiing forms from Titus Mountain in Malone. This program is for ages 5 and up.  It will last 5 weeks on Friday's 9:30am-4pm starting January 18th and ending February 15th, one make-up will be scheduled for Friday 3/1.  Our passes are not valid during school February vacation, that’s why the make-up is scheduled for Friday 3/1.  Titus will provide 1 hour of lessons each week for each skier (adult or child) of any level with the cost of the lift ticket.

This year pricing is as follows:

Lift, Lesson, & Rentals** $165 (student)/ $315 (adult)
Lift & Lesson  $110 (student)/ $185 (adult)
Lesson & Ski Lesson Rental** $110 (student)/$185 (adult)- This is for season pass holders
Lesson Only $55 (both student & adult)- This is for season pass holders 

**Rentals included boots & skis (or snowboard) but not helmets

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 15th.

Thanks and hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall!

Dawn-Marie Hall

National History Day

Rich Strum via fortticonderoga.onmicrosoft.com 

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to Rich
Greetings from Fort Ticonderoga!

I hope the new school year is off to a good start for you and your students!

I wanted to touch base early in the school year and let you know about this year’s North Country History Day.

THIS YEAR’S THEME: Triumph and Tragedy in History
The 2019 theme books and other resources are all available on the Fort Ticonderoga website at:

This year Fort Ticonderoga is hosting a free National History Day Workshop for Teachers on Friday, October 12th. The workshop runs from 9:00 to 3:00 and features sessions introducing History Day to new teachers, how to integrate History Day into your curriculum, an introduction to this year’s theme, and a session on locating local and regional primary sources for your students. You can learn more and download a registration form at:

This year’s North Country History Day Contest takes place on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Registration for all entries will be due by February 8, 2019. The registration fee remains at $10 per student, which will be due with submitted registrations. Registration will be online beginning shortly after New Year’s Day.

I am always happy to provide advice and answer questions about History Day. I’m available to meet with administrators, teachers, and/or students. Please let me know if you’d like to schedule a visit to your school,

History Day is not a day, it’s an experience. As veterans, you know that History Day projects don’t just happen. Now is the time to plant the seed. Projects should be well underway by late October. I’ve found the “Teachers” section from the New York State History Day website to be a great way to organize the History Day program in your school. Here’s the link:

Thank you for your past support of North Country History Day. I look forward to working with you and your students again this school year!



Richard M. Strum
Director of Academic Programs
Fort Ticonderoga
PO Box 390
Ticonderoga, NY  12883
(518) 585-6370

Saranac Lake Homeschool Art Class

I hope everyone had a good summer.  I am trying to schedule Art for Monday mornings at 10.  I would like to have those interested to please sign up with the 1st name and ages of all children so I can finish making plans and ordering supplies.  I will need to have a count by Thursday so I can get my order in on Friday. 
So far I am planning some perspective drawing and painting projects.

I would like to add I am trying to schedule Art from 10 to 11 am on Mondays starting September the 24th.   There will be no class on October 8th, November 12th and the week of Thanksgiving.

Joy Cranker <talkpiggy@aol.com>

Homeschool History Day

History Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2018! 

We will meet in the morning at 9:30am at Historic Saranac Lake's Laboratory Museum for kids' presentations, which will start at 10am. Then, we will all share a potluck lunch together at noon. In the afternoon, we will caravan over to the Bela Bartok Cabin to learn about this famous historical musical visitor. We will most likely be done at 2:30-3:00pm. Here's what you need to do to participate:

1. Please RSVP by October 16 so that we have a complete head count.

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! 

I have gone up with my kids to act as their interviewer to prompt them for facts about what they researched. One year, my older son was being interviewed and my younger son just stood there next to him dressed up as the historical person's sidekick. (Hee hee hee. Oh memories!) The point is, anything goes, and there is no pressure. Just fun and pride in getting to share cool information with other homeschoolers.

3. If you are able, please bring a small treasure to put into each child's goody bag that they 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.

RSVP to me: Sunita Halasz (sunitahalasz@gmail.com)

Homeschool ballet classes

12:30 beginner level
1:30 intermediate level
$10.00 per class

Luna Rhythms 
72 Pine Street, Plattsburgh

Classes start September 20th!   
Beautiful large studio with a wood floor                                                                 

December performance scenes from the Nutcracker

"Not Back To School" Picnic

I hope you are enjoying your summer. The "Not Back to School" Picnic will be 10am at the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake, on Thursday, September 6th.  Bring a lunch and share information and plans for the coming year.

Pride & Prejudice School Day Matinee at LPCA 10/3/2018

The October 3rd Pendragon Theatre performance of Sense & Sensibility has been changed to Pride & Prejudice. This performance is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel by Kate Hamill. Kate Hamill is well known for her fresh and funny adaptations of Ms. Austen's work.  According to the New York Times, "Hamill…has a gift for condensing three-volume novels into galloping two-act plays. Her screwball Pride and Prejudice hasn’t met a rib it can’t tickle.” Highly theatrical, with actors playing multiple roles, this adaptation captures both the spirit and sparkle of the novel. Original music composed for this production by New York City based musician Ellen Mandel adds another layer of dramatic flare and features actor Evan Raines playing violin live during the performance with the rest of the cast providing various other soundscapes to underscore the action.

This production is recommended for grades 6-12, the cost is $3 per student, and the show begins at 10:00. As with the rest of our school day matinee series, reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and seating is limited. You can reserve your spot by calling Anya at 518-523-2512 or emailing me at tara@lakeplacidarts.org.

Tara Palen
Director of Education & Outreach

Lake Placid Center for the Arts
518-523-2512 ext. 1004

Homeschool Soccer

Remember to sign up for one of our two homeschool soccer teams ASAP. Both teams practice on Saturdays in September and October, and the cost for the season will most likely be $20 per child. 

Vermontville Team (Kate Mountain Park)Sign up form and info: https://goo.gl/forms/6msM1RakZFIdbfsd2
Ages: 6-18
Times: Saturdays, 2-3pm for under-12s; 2-4pm for ages 12-18
Coach: Steve Halasz
Questions? Contact: Sunita Halasz, sunitahalasz@gmail.com

Plattsburgh Team (Assembly of God Church Soccer Field, Prospect Street)Sign up form and info:  https://form.jotform.com/82224578198164
Ages: 12-18
Time: Saturdays 12-2pm
Coach: Phil Kneller
Questions? Contact: Melissa at stonebeckacademy@gmail.com

Homeschool Day at Adirondack Experience (9/12/2018)

Homeschool families are invited to join us, free of charge, for our annual Homeschool Day at the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.

There is no pre-registration for this event. There will be a check-in table in the visitor center on the day of the event. 

Our 2018 theme of “Our Natural Neighbors” will feature opportunities to learn about New York State animals, courtesy of the Utica Zoo (11am—2pm), the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge (11am—2pm) and Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. 

There will also be live birds of prey presentations in the auditorium by Silent Wings at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. Space is limited, so arrive early. 

Fort Ticonderoga Homeschool Day 9/7/18

Friday, September 7, 2018

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 the life at the 18th-century fort. Step aboard the 1920s replica tour boat, Carillon, for a 90-minute narrated boat tour along the Ticonderoga Peninsula to gain an in-depth waterway experience. Participate in the "To Act as One United Body" program and practice the basic drills and marches of American soldiers at Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War. Explore a new 2018 design in the six-acre Heroic Maze and answer clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history as you find your way through the maze. 
During the day, students can learn about British soldiers and sailors who anchored and encamped at  Fort Ticonderoga in 1781. While interacting with these British soldiers and sailors, students can ask about the different lives in the British Navy or British Army. What did they eat? Where did they sleep? How did fighting along Lake Champlain make life similar for soldiers and sailors? 
Students can explore the fort and museum exhibitions. They can take guided tours, learn about the fort’s history, and observe musket demonstrations. They can visit the historic trades shop, where shoes and clothing are produced by the fort’s staff, and learn about the global economy of the 1750s.
Comments from past participants:
"I wanted to thank Ft. Ticonderoga for Homeschool Day. My kids & I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a day at the fort. The demonstrations were wonderful, and we enjoyed learning about the history of the fort & the area. The guide explaining the geography of the area & lakes helped us to understand why the fort was so strategically desired." --2015 Homeschool Day Participant
"By the way, the day was AMAZING!!! No joke, it was absolutely everything we hoped for and more. We all want to come back! Thank you to everyone who put so much effort, planning, enthusiasm, and time into a perfect way to start the homeschooling year!!!" --2015 Homeschool Day Participant
"All of you at Fort Ticonderoga should be high-fiving each other!  Your homeschool day was incredible!  My family and I have traveled all over the Northeast and Midwest attending homeschool events at historical landmarks, national parks, national lakeshore, etc, and yours was one of the best!  We had an amazing time enjoying your majestic fort in it's beautiful surroundings on Lake Champlain.  The interpreters were informative and interesting.  Every staff member and volunteer was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this special event geared towards the homeschooling family.  We've been telling everyone how great Fort Ticonderoga is!  We'll definitely be back!"--2015 Homeschool Day Participant


Student general admission for Homeschool Day is $6/student with one free parent. Additional adults pay $14 each. Student rates apply to Grades K-12.
If you would like to add the To Act as One United Body program to your experience, it will be $10/student (includes general admission). 
A combination ticket that includes general admission, a 90-minute narrated boat cruise aboard the Carillon and the To Act as One United Body program is $16/student and $25/adult.

North Country History Day

The National History Day® program provides homeschool families with an excellent opportunity for project-based learning. Students create projects based on an annual theme and compete at the regional, state, and national level.

Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day for students is Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. Homeschool students who reside in these six counties are invited to participate. Learn More.

Plattsburgh Homeschool Soccer Team

Homeschool Youth Soccer for youth ages 12-18. 

PLACE: Assembly of God Church Soccer Field, Prospect Street, Plattsburgh
TIME: Saturdays 12-2pm 
DATE: 8 weeks beginning--- 8 September (through the first week of November)  
COACH: Phil Kneller 
*No practice October 6

Every family must bring a soccer ball and each youth needs shin guards. Cleats are encouraged but not required.

Registration form: https://form.jotform.com/82224578198164

Please contact Melissa at  stonebeckacademy@gmail.com for more information

Babbie Rural Farm Musuem

When: Wednesday, September 19th, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Where: Babbie Museum. 250 River Road, Peru NY

Cost: $3 per student / $6 per adult

What: There are six stations that the kids will rotate through, with a lunch break after the first three stations. Information about what the museum offers can be found at the link below. 

Contact: You can RSVP via the event created on the North Country Homeschooling FB page. Or, for questions or to RSVP via email, please contact  Natalie Jarvis at dsinstruction@gmail.com. Please RSVP by 8/31. 

Homeschool Day at The Wild Center

Information is in the link below. Contact The Wild Center directly to register (in link) or for any questions. Thanks! 

Homeschool Soccer Sign Up

Hooray! It's almost time for homeschool soccer! The fall 2018 Homeschool Soccer Team registration form is now live:
Details about the team are at this link, and feel free to ask me any other questions. Last day to sign up is August 18, 2017. Please only sign up if you're certain your children will play because all my planning is based on exact numbers.

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 (sunitahalasz@gmail.com)

-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

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