Daytime Homeschool Support Group

Who: All families who home-school are invited to get together and share advice and ask questions about paperwork, curriculum or anything homeschooling related. The group is open to new and veteran homeschoolers alike. 

Children of all ages are welcome.

When: 2nd Monday of the month starting at 2:00pm

Where: Black Brook

Contact: Kari Zurlo or on facebook for exact directions

Next meeting: 9 September 2013

Passport to Learning

Pack your bags for an educational adventure at Shelburne Museum!

Passport to Learning is an exciting series of ten interactive workshops for students in grades K-8 that meet educational standards from Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Grade Expectations/Common Core State Standards and introduces students to concepts and themes in art, language arts, math, science, and social studies through a facilitated exploration of Shelburne Museum.

We offer Passport to Learning each spring and fall. We are currently accepting reservations for September 23 through October 18, 2013. Monday, October 14 is reserved exclusively for homeschooling families.
      * We can accommodate up to 200 students per day.
      * Group arrivals are staggered to aid traffic flow through the workshops.
      * Workshops run concurrently from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The last workshop session of the day begins at 1:30 p.m.
      * Workshops begin promptly on the half hour.
      * Each workshop closes for a 30-minute break during the day.
      * Workshops run on a first-come, first-served basis.
      * Workshops can accommodate between 10 and 20 students at a time. We encourage classrooms to divide into small groups of 4 to 6 students each, with at least one chaperone per group.
      * You may choose to complete as few or as many workshops as you would like. We recommend that students in grades K-2 attend 2-3 workshops and students in grades 3-8 attend 3-5 workshops in a visit.
      * Every student receives a passport upon arrival. At the completion of a workshop each student receives a stamp in his or her passport.
      * Every student receives a pass to return to the Museum for free with one paid adult.
Passport to Learning costs $5 per student and $5 per chaperone. School staff or one parent per home-schooled family are admitted free. Please note that if you are a home-school family arriving before 10 a.m., you must pay with cash or a check.

To register your classroom or your homeschooling family for Passport to Learning, please use our online registration form at

Please contact Daphne Zencey, academic programs coordinator, at (802) 985-3346 x3395 for more information.

Daytime Homeschool Support Group

Everyone is welcome. New AND current homeschoolers. Kids are welcome too. Come and chat about curriculums, paperwork, regulations, etc... Bring anything you want to ask about. Bring paperwork you want help with.

WHEN: 2nd Monday of each month (NEXT MEETING IS 9/9/13)

TIME: 2pm

WHERE: Zurlo home in Black Brook. Contact Kari for directions.

CONTACT: Kari Ostrander Zurlo on Facebook,

Please RSVP (email/phone/PM/comment on FB) if coming. Thanks

Field trip aboard the Adirondack Scenic Railroad

We will be riding the train from the Saranac Lake Depot to the Lake Placid Depot and back again. There is a 45 minute layover at the Lake Placid station. There is a cafe car on board or bring your own snacks/drinks if you wish.

DATE:  Friday October 11th

TIME: NOON (Train departs at 1pm but they have requested that we are there at NOON to process our admission. Once each family pays, you can board the train, tour the museum or check out the ADK carousel next door.)

WHERE:  Saranac Lake train station

COST: Group rates:  Round trip:  adults $15.00, seniors $13.00 & youth (2-12) $8.00  (Each family pays for themselves at the train station. Cash, MC, Visa, Discover)

RSVP: This particular trip needs to meet a minimum count so I need a committed head count by 9/27/13. After 9/27/13 I ask that declines not be made.

Please RSVP to Kari Zurlo or on Facebook.

North Country Homeschool Contact List

North Country Homeschool Contact List is being updated!

This is a list of local homeschool families who are choosing to share their contact info ONLY with EACH OTHER for the purposes of planning events, park days, and generally just keeping everyone in touch.  :-)   NO information on this list is shared with the public or on the internet in any way.

If you wish to be on (and receive a copy of) the North Country Contact List please email the following to Kari Zurlo

Last name
Parent names
Names and ages of children

Again, only those providing the info will receive a copy.

If you have already provided the info you do not need to provide again.


Wednesday September 25th @ 10:00am  (Museum closes at 5:00pm. We will meet at 10am. Stay as long as you wish. Staff recommends you allow at least 3 hours to explore.)

Self guided tours

There are picnic areas and/or a cafe

Admission is FREE for students/siblings/parents

Questions? Please contact Kari Zurlo at or on Facebook

Please RSVP prior to Sept. 15th.


Field trip to the WILD! Center

The Wild Center is a self guided facility. We will meet at 10:00 and then your family can explore at your leisure. Skunk Encounter time to be determined. Explore indoors and out. Center closes at 5pm.

When: Wednesday Sept 11th @ 10:00am.

Cost:  $4 per child (except 3 year olds and under are free), 1 teacher free per family, other adults are $8.   There is also an optional Skunk Encounter for an additional $2 per child.

RSVP or questions:  Kari Zurlo at or Kari Ostrander Zurlo in the Facebook group. Please RSVP prior to Sept. 4th.

Homeschool Ballet Class

Homeschool Ballet Class to be offered on Tuesdays 1:30 p.m.

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts
23 Brinkerhoff street , Plattsburgh

(Additional classes will be taught as well)
3:30-4:30 ages 6-8
4:30-5:30 ages 9-14
cost $54 per 6 week session

Teacher: Victoria Ainsworth

"Victoria has the expertise and experience to not only demonstrate correctly but to analyze and alter the class exercises to best benefit the immediate needs of the students at the precise moment- something that teaching from a prefabricated class manual  cannot achieve."

Victoria  studied with great teachers and prestigious ballet schools-Les Grandes Ballets in her early teenage years followed by  American Ballet Theater, Joffrey and privately with such prominent  artists as George Chaffee, Igor Schwetzoff, Nicholas Orloff , Nina Stroganova, Maya Piletskaya, Melissa Hayden  and more.

Victoria performed classical ballet in Stuttgart, Havana, Frankfurt, New York, Koln, Vienna, Bonn, Montreal  etc. Victoria  was the personal protegee of Kaleria Fedicheva.

Homeschool Day At Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga's next Homeschool Day for homeschool students and their parents will be on Friday, September 6, 2013, from 9:30am-5:00pm. Homeschool families will have an opportunity to take part in a series of programs while learning about life on the colonial frontier during the early days of the French & Indian War.
During the day students can learn about the French troops who came to Ticonderoga in the fall of 1755 to begin construction of Fort Carillon. Interacting with these French soldiers, students can ask about the life of an 18th-century soldier. What did he eat? Where did he sleep? What did he wear? Where did his clothes come from?
Throughout the day homeschool families can explore the Fort and museum exhibitions. They can take guided tours, learning 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 staff, and learn about the global economy of the 1700s.

In addition, special programs for homeschool groups take place in the historic trades shop at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. Programs at 12:00pm and 1:00pm illustrate the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared. Students in grades 6-12 can learn about how to be a part of the National History Day program at 11:30am.

In the King's Garden, students can participate in the "Lady Bug Investigators" program at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm, and take part in the self-guided activity "Watercolors in the Garden" from 10:00am to 4:00pm. In addition, Fort Ticonderoga's Heroic Corn Maze will be open for homeschool families from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

To register your homeschool students to participate, please call Nancy LaVallie, Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga at 518-585-2821. The cost is $6 per student. One parent per family is admitted free of charge. Additional adults pay the adult group rate of $12.