Lake Placid Center for the Arts: Magic Camp

Magic Camp with Gary Ferrar
July 14 - 18 from 9 AM to 12 PM.
Ages 8 - 13

Class fee: $100. 
Everyone receiveds an Intro to Magic Kit.
To register, call Anya at 518.523.2512 between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts Summer Camps

Session 1: July 7 - 11
Session 2: August 18 - 22

Classes Meet Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM until 12:00 PM
Fees: $100 per one week camp session
*On Friday at 12:00 PM, campers' family & friends are invited to a showcase of performances and artwork creations.
Registration is now open!  To register, call Anya at 518.523.2512 from 8 AM to 4 PM!

Storming the Stage with Jessica Deeb
Session I or 2; Ages 6-10
Kids will find their very own star power in this terrific theater camp.  The group will explore many aspects of putting on a show including staging, character development, singing, choreography, costume construction, and set design concluding with a 15-20 minute production on the final day of camp.

Camp Rock - Finding Your Voice with Kim WeemsSession I or 2; Ages 8-13Students explore vocal performance of popular music.  The workshop centers around developing each student as a singer and performer and culminates with a 15 minute performance during which all students are featured as soloists.  Learn vocal technique, choreography, works with microphones, stage presence, expression and energy.  The main point si to have fun singing songs you may never get to sing in structured music programs at school.

Away with Clay with Brooke NobleSession I or 2; Ages 8-13 Clay may come from the earth, but the sky's the limit in this fun-filled workshop!  Several techniques for construction will be explored and campers will leave with at least 3 finished projects.  Clay has the incredible ability to transform from a lump of earth to functional vessels, tiles, masks, boxes, sculptures, coil pots and more - there is no limit to the mess of fun kids will have.  After the projects have been fired, we will have a glaze day and students will use an array of bright, beautiful glazes to further enhance their newly created masterpieces.

Comic Book Creators with Vicki CelesteSession I; Ages 7-12Fly high in the sky and leap tall buildings in a single bound!  Learn how to create your own comic characters and develop those characters into a piece of comic art.  Come with an idea for a comic book or create one during th eweek.  This is one super class that will have everyone feeling like a hero.

Youth African Drum & Dance with SomaBeats & Wulaba DrumSession 2; Ages 8-12First stop: Guinea, West Africa!  We will learn the history of the people and celebrate the arts and crafts and rhythms of the dances of the villagers.  Bring a book to share, healthy snack and drink for every class.  Wear colorful clothes for the end-of-the-week show!  Drums will be provided or bring your own drum and percussion equipment.
 Limited financial aid is available, please call the LPCA for details & register early. Limited Space Available

Lake Placid Center for the Arts: Summer Free Entertainment Program

The Best in Entertainment for Kids of All Ages
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM in the LPCA Theatre
Free Admission!

July 2 • Gustafer Yellowgold
Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself knee-deep in absurd situations. Equal parts rock concert and animated storybook, this is one multimedia musical experience that entrances children and adults alike!

July 9 • Tim Dumas' Comedy & Magic!
Fun filled, high energy magic and comedy.  Watch as the children become the performers, laugh & are entertained!

July 16 • Lake Placid Sinfonietta presents Superheroes!
A morning concert for little ones that includes opportunities to wiggle, wonder, and wander through the instruments while the orchestra performs. Sponsored by Stewart's Shops.

July 23• Adk. Shakespeare Company presents David & Goliath
It’s brain vs. brawn as we travel back in time once again with Octavius, the boy who will one day become the Roman Emperor Augustus. Octavius finds himself in the shoes of the boy-king David as he and his friends journey to ancient Israel, only to find it under attack by a mighty army led by a fearsome giant: Goliath of Gath. To make it back home, the kids will have to discover that strength has as much to do with smarts as it does with size.

July 30 • Stephen Gratto & Family Variety Show!
Outside on the LPCA Front Lawn.  Juggler, unicyclist, stilt walker, rope walker, balloon sculptor and balancer, Stephen Gratto is a physical comedian and much much more. Classic vaudeville and circus skills including many feats of daring, bravery, side-splitting foolishness & audience participation! 

August 6 • Pirate School!
Ahoy matey!  Bring all your cabin-boy sized landlubbers to the LPCA and we’ll make pirates out o’ the lot!  This highly interactive, high-energy show will teach everyone how to be an adventureous swashbuckler on the high seas! 

August 20 • Salute To Arts Day!
Join the LPCA for the Tenth Annual Summer Celebration! Featuring a variety of family friendly artists and activities from 10 AM to 2 PM including magic, musicians, face-painting, crafts and more!

Slapstick Science at PSU

Dr. Quinton Quark Presents his favorite show... “Much Work with Little Effort”, the all-time favorite science presentation where kids learn that with physics, they can do anything! Hoisting 200 pounds (like their teacher) over their heads, lifting 1000 pounds of classmates, or throwing the portly Dr. Quark 8 feet high is simply a matter of understanding Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, Friction, and Simple Machines (pulleys, levers, and screws are demonstrat-ed).

The mission is to teach everybody that science is fun and to promote science to the next generation of scientists.

 Date and times: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kindergarten - 2nd grades:  9:30 - 10:30 am
3rd - 6th grades:  11:00 am - 12:15 am

Location: Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh
Parking: Available in Hawkins Hall Parking Lot on Cornelia St.
Cost: $2.00 per student; teachers and chaperones FREE

See you then!

College Auxiliary Services, SUNY Plattsburgh,
101 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Phone: 518-564-3054; Fax: 518-564-4092
Sponsored by: College Auxiliary Services, SUNY Plattsburgh

This is the link for the online registration:

Homeschool Books for Sale

Books for Sale: ---BARRON'S MATH THE EASY WAY, 4TH EDITION -     $3

---CONTEMPORARY CHEMISTRY- A PRACTICAL APPROACH; WALCH PUBLISHING; student text, chemistry labs text, and teacher's guide --all for $20


---SHORT LESSONS IN U.S. HISTORY, 4TH EDITION; WALCH PUBLISHING; student text & teacher's guide -- both for $10

---BARRON'S BIOLOGY THE EASY WAY student text; BOB JONES UNIVERSITY activity dissection w/ teacher's guide and VHS tape -- all for $15

---ALPHA OMEGA LIFEPAC SCIENCE homeschool curriculum kit grade 8-- (like new) I paid $50, will sell for $20 


I also have some various workbooks for $1 to $3, and some items I would love to give away, as next year will be my last year of homeschooling. Email me at 

Homeschool Co-op Planning Meeting-- Vote on the Date

Doodle is a free service for scheduling group meetings.  There is no need to create an account.  If you are interested in attending the planning session for homeschool co-op for next school year, please click on the link above and vote on which day/time works best for you.

This meeting will be for discussing upcoming classes, co-op policies & coordinator positions.

We will be meeting at the Cadyville Wesleyan Church in order to accommodate those families who can't find child care during weekend or evening hours.  There will NOT be classes held during this meeting time, but the children will have a safe place to play while the adults meet to discuss plans.

If you enjoy coming to co-op, please take a moment to vote!  :-)

Homeschool Swim Tuesday March 25

There will be another homeschool swim time at the Comfort Inn this month from 12:30p - 2:30p this Tuesday, 3/25/14.

Please note that the cost per child has increased by $1 due to the Comfort Inn's staffing situation (regular price for open swim is normally $10 per child, so still a great deal by comparison!).   

Make sure to bring $4.00 per child to swim from this point on!  

Shelburn Form-Passport to Learning

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.

  • 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. 
  • 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.

  $5 per child, first adult free, $5 all other adults.

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

INFORMATIONPlease contact the Academic Programs Coordinator at (802) 985-3346 x3395 or for more information.


Plattsburgh State Art Museum

Plattsburgh State Art Museum is holding a special FREE  homeschool day this spring: Monday, May 12th.

The program corresponds with our annual Expand The World program.  Participants will:

         - explore cultures from around the world
         - discover legends from the ancient and modern world,
         - learn with the objects on display.

Our group will be booked for a tour sometime between 9:30 am - 11:15 am, once we RSVP to them with our group details (size, ages, etc).  If there are enough kids who attend, we will break into 2 tours.  One for older kids, and one for younger kids, so the museum can provide activities & information at each group's level.

To attend this event please RSVP to Holly at by Friday, April 11th, 2014.   Please include the number of students attending, as well as their ages/grades.

Living History Book and Science Unit Studies for Review at CO-OP

The North Country Homeschool Co-op was recently contacted by homeschooling mom & author Susan Kilbride about reviewing one of her living history books and also her science unit study book.   She has donated our community a copy of Our America...A Pilgrim Adventure, the first in her living history book series, as well as a copy of her book Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers.

Both books will be available for families to look over at the next co-op meeting on 3/19/14. Also, an upcoming co-op science class will be taught using her science book!

Additionally, she is offering a discount on any of her books, to celebrate her new history book about the Revolutionary War, which is coming out this month!  Full details on that below.
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The next book in my Our America series is published! The Revolutionary War Adventure continues Finn and Ginny’s search for their lost parents. To celebrate I'm having both a 40% and a 25% off SALE that your readers might be interested in learning about.

On March 11th and 12th, the Kindle versions of the last three books in the Our America series will be on sale for 40% off.

Links to the Amazon books that will be on sale on March 11th & 12th:

The King Philip’s War Adventure

The Salem Adventure

The Revolutionary War Adventure

Also, I'm having a 25% off SALE!!!

To celebrate the publication of The Revolutionary War Adventure, on March 11th & 12th all of Sue’s paperback books (including The Hawai'iana Project) will be on sale for 25% off! Just go to the Special Orders page of her website and type in the code: HAVY4KRQ at checkout to receive the discount. Orders will be placed through CreateSpace, a division of Amazon.

Link to the special orders page where all Sue's paperbacks will be on sale March 11th & 12th:

Mother's Day Card Art Contest

Dear home schooling families,

Birthright invites you to participate in an art contest to design the Mother's Day Card we offer to our donors and friends.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 14th.  

The prize is $50 to the student whose work is chosen and a $25 gratuity to the parent or teacher eliciting the effort.

Birthright invites you to participate in our
2nd Annual Mother’s Day Card Art Contest
We are holding a Mother’s Day art contest to promote the dignity of motherhood and the blessing of children.
We are looking for a painting or drawing of a mother and baby that we can offer as a card for our donors to use in honoring their own mother and for us to use in promoting the work of Birthright.
  1. There should be no words used in the artwork.
  2. The artist’s full name, teacher’s name and name of school should be clearly printed on the back of the submitted artwork.
  3. The artwork can be done in any digitally scannable medium, i.e.: acrylic paint, watercolor paint, colored pencil, markers, crayon, etc. Students should color thoroughly so no pencil sketch marks show.
  4. The submitted artwork should measure 9x12” and may be done on drawing paper, Bristol Board or canvas board.
  5. Entries must be received by March 14th to be eligible. They may be mailed or delivered to:
66 Clinton St.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Office hours are Monday through Friday: 10am-2pm.
  1. The artwork chosen will become the property of Birthright to be displayed in our office and used for printing cards. Artwork not used will be available to be reclaimed at the Birthright office.
  2. The artist whose work is chosen will be recognized in our April newsletter. They will also be given a prize of $50. The winner’s teacher will be given a gratuity of $25 for encouraging their students to participate in the contest.
Picture books and art masterpieces can be used as studies in composition. Ideally, we hope to see a picture that shows joy and bonding between mother and baby.
Birthright, the world’s first crisis pregnancy center, was founded in 1971 by Louise Summerhill in Toronto. It is now an international organization with hundreds of centers where women can find respect, emotional support and practical assistance. Birthright services are free, confidential and available to any woman regardless of age, race, religion, marital status or financial situation.
We offer:
  • free pregnancy testing
  • maternity and baby clothes
  • referrals to other agencies as needed for medical and legal help, housing, etc.
  • information on pregnancy and childbirth, parenting skills, adoption, etc.
  • baby food and formula as available

Birthright of Plattsburgh is a chartered chapter of Birthright International. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and funded by private donations and charitable grants. We receive no government funds, nor are we affiliated with any denomination, government agency or political group.
Birthright is not just another voice telling a woman what she should or shouldn’t do. Our volunteers are here to listen to each woman’s assessment of her situation and help her to identify resources among her family and friends, in the community and in herself.
Our office at 66 Clinton Street is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30am-4:00pm and by appointment. Birthright also maintains a 24/7 hotline at 1-800-550-4900. If you would like to receive our newsletter, e-mail us at

Homeschool Day at The WILD Center in Tupper Lake

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
10:00am - 3:30pm

Naturalist Programs Offered:
10:30 am - 11:00 am - Live Animal Encounter - All Ages - Theater

11:30 am - 12:00 pm - Owl Moon - PreK - 4th grade  - Planet Adirondack
Meet a live owl and experience Science on a Sphere in this interactive program that walks students through the popular book Owl Moon.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - What In The World?  - 5th grade and up - Planet Adirondack
Stop by and join a naturalist on a fascinating journey around the world and through the far reaches of space.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Otter Enrichment - All Ages  - Otter Falls
Explore how river otters live at the museum and in the Adirondacks.

A series of films in the Flammer Theater:
Flight of the Butterflies…………………………………….11:00, 2:00Experience the most incredible journey on Earth…and one man’s search to unravel its mystery. (44 minutes)
A Matter of Degrees…………6
th grade and up……….12:00
Travel back to the age of mastodons and ice to see the difference a few degrees can make. (25 minutes)…………………………………..

Ride of the Mergansers………… Pre K-4th gr ………….12:30
Watch merganser chicks make their way into the world. (11 minutes)

Wild Adirondacks……………… All Ages ………………….3:00

All inclusive cost is $6 per student, 1 teacher per family free, other adults $8.  Please bring a bag lunch as the museum cafe will be closed that day.   However, the museum store will be open.

Please RSVP 518-359-7800 x 116 or email

Home-school Science Fair

The following announcement is from Sunita of the Saranac Lake Homeschoolers:

The official date of the Homeschool Science Fair is Thursday, May 22 from 2-4 pm in the Cantwell Room (basement) of the Saranac Lake Free Library. This is a non-competitive event. Kids, and even parents, of any age can show off one or more project on any topic, even topics only peripherally related to science. This is all about fun and sharing what we're having fun learning about. If kids don't have an interest in preparing a project, they should still come and visit the displays! Set up 1-2pm, event from 2-4pm.

Please RSVP to Sunita ( by May 10 (or sooner!!!) with what kind of a presentation you are bringing, and if you have any needs like access to an electrical outlet.

Homeschool Co-op Schedule for March 5, 2014

Please come join us at the Wesleyan Church on Rt 3 in the village of Cadyville.

Set-up for those teaching will begin at 10:30am.  Classes start at 11:00am, and conclude around 3:30p when French classes finish. Feel free to come for the whole time or just for the portion your family wants to participate in. Bring a lunch or participate in the community potluck! Full details, fees & RSVP information available for everything below.

If the weather is fair please bring winter clothing for your kids so they can play outside at the playground next door too!

Community Service Activities for March:

1) We will be collecting items for local animal shelters, and are working on arranging a field trip once the weather is warmer to the Elmore SPCA. A full "wish list" for supplies the shelter needs can be found on the Elmore SPCA website at: . A box will be available at the sign-in table for donations to be dropped off at. 2) Tables will be set up to make St Patrick's Day cards in March for local shut-ins and nursing home residents.

Free Play Room: Gear sets & Magnatiles

11:00a - 12:00p
Preschool --The Rainbow Fish
Circle time reading of The Rainbow Fish. Students will then make their own rainbow fish & participate in a painting project.
Teacher: Shawna BlairFee: $1 per studentRSVP: Shawna Blair, or Facebook Shawna Blair

Elementary --
Let's Explore the Ocean!
Come explore the ocean, make little shell gardens using grass seed, an ocean sensory box, window oceans, & ocean placemats.  Check out a surprise live ocean creature, and experiment with how the salinity of water affects buoyancy.

Teacher: Kerri Lamarche
Fee: $2 per child
RSVP: Kerri Lamarche,, or Facebook Kerri Lamarche

Upper Elementary/Middle School --
Kinex Engineering: Build a Kinex Roller CoasterStudents will work as a team to assemble a Kinex roller coaster. Should take approx 60-90 min to assemble. See a short YouTube video of the coaster being built here:

Teacher: TJ & Holly Warren Fee: FREE RSVP: Holly Warren, or Facebook Holly Warren

12:00p - 1:00p
Potluck or bag lunch period.  If your family has special dietary needs (vegan, gluten free, etc), please consider bringing a dish to share that you family can also eat!   Everyone, even families who choose to bring their own lunches, are encouraged to join in the community lunch time up in the Fellowship Hall. If you’d like to participate in a potluck lunch please email Holly Warren at or on Facebook at Holly Warren.  

12:45p - 1:00p
Children’s Chorus --
This class is open to all the children.  The only requirements are they must be able to participate without distracting the other kids!   We will continue practicing a number of songs to be sung at Meadowbrook, and possibly another local nursing home (suggestions, anyone?), sometime in April or May. This class will meet upstairs in the sanctuary.
Fee: $2.00.  This is a one time fee to cover folders & print music for the children to use at practice, home & when we sing in public. If you paid this fee at last week's class please do NOT pay it again! We will take a few moments at the start of chorus to label each student's folder.

1:00p - 2:00p
American Girl Club -- The American Girl we are learning about for this class is Kirsten, a pioneer girl from 1854. For this meeting, we will be upstairs in the fellowship hall, discussing the book, working on the Kirsten lapbooking page, and also in the adjoining kitchen candle dipping. New students & those who have not read the book yet are still welcome to participate. Extra copies of the lapbooking page for our January AG, Josephina, will be available for those students who missed the January class as well.

Teachers: Amanda Bokus & Holly Warren Fee: $5 per child to cover candle dipping supplies RSVP: Holly Warren, or Facebook Holly Warren

Boys Book Club -- Come join in a discussion & activities for Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis.
Teacher: Tammy Neureuther

Fee: $1 per student RSVP: Tammy,, or Facebook Tammy Neureuther

1:00p - 3:30p
Board Games & Afternoon Free play --
Board games for the preschool & elementary age children will be set up in the preschool room downstairs. There will also be building blocks, basic art supplies, and other items to help keep our youngest co-op members entertained throughout the afternoon.
Board games for older kids (ages 9+) will be set up in the board room for the afternoon. Bring your favorite game to share!

2:00p - 3:30p
French classes will continue for the winter/spring semester, taught by Carole Dubois. It is not to late to sign-up, so please email Carole or come to co-op this week if you are interested. There will be two 45 min classes offered classes offered. One from 2:00 - 2:45 for younger kids (ages 5-8), and one from 2:45-3:30 for older kids (ages 9+). All classes will be offered at the beginner level, but two classes will allow Carole to offer more advanced projects for the older kids and keep a good student/teacher ratio.

The rate is $10 per lessons. She is willing to do a multiple child rate of 50% for second child. (If there's more in your family you can discuss with her.)

You can also contact her directly with other questions at her email:

Local Homeschooler Will Be Performing in Peru HS Musical

Local Homeschooler Reece Bernard will be performing with the  Peru Drama Club's in their upcoming performance

Bye, Bye Birdie   

When: March 6 & 7 at 7:30pm and March 8 at 3pm & 8pm
Where: Peru High School Auditorium
Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per child
Length: Approximately 2 1/2 hours