Homeschool Co-op Schedule for April 30, 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.  Also, teachers, please remember to bring an envelope marked with your class name, fee, and some change to place on the sign-in table!

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 April:
We will continue 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.

Free Play Room:  Magna Tiles

11:00a - 12:00p
Preschool --
Art with Packing Peanuts
Kids will be able to form a snake in the shape of the letter S, or make their own creations.  There will also be ooey, gooey oobleck to squish & squeeze.

Teacher: Olivia Gillett
RSVP:  Olivia Gillett  or Facebook Olivia Gillett

Elementary --
Egg Drop Experiment

Students will use a variety of packing materials to try to “protect” a raw egg, which they will then drop from the top of a ladder (under adult supervision of course!).   What materials protect the egg the best?

Teacher: Holly Warren
Fee: FREE, but please bring any small boxes, egg cartons, bubble wrap, masking or packing tape, or any other packing materials you may have laying around to donate!
RSVP:  Holly Warren, or Facebook Holly Warren

Upper Elementary/Middle School --
Biology Dissection

This is the fourth in a series of 5 dissection classes, which will be held on 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30 & 5/7. For this class students will be dissecting the cray fish specimen.  Parents please make sure your students have taken a moment to review any documents or videos you receive via email prior to the class date.

Classes will focus on students learning about the various body systems through the dissection & observation process.  For this class, older students will meet in Classroom #3.  Please bring safety goggles & a smock/apron (or wear old clothing).

Teachers:  Amanda Bokus & TJ Warren
Fee:  Pre-paid

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 Cathy Morin at or on Facebook at Cathy Morin.

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 May. This class will meet upstairs in the sanctuary.  If your child brought home their music folder to practice, please make sure to bring it for class!

Teacher: Holly Warren
Fee:  None
RSVP:  Holly Warren, or Facebook Holly Warren

1:00p - 2:00p
American Girl Club

Come learn about Molly (1944) and how families here in the U.S.A. planted Victory Gardens to help support the nation during WWII.  Students will have a chance to plant an item to bring home for their own mini-Victory Garden.  They will also work on a Molly page for their American Girl lapbook.

Teacher: Melissa Floyd
Fee:  $2 per child
RSVP:  Melissa Floyd, or Melissa Floyd on Facebook

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!   There will also be a Capsella Science kit set-up in the older kid board room for them to work on throughout the afternoon.
2:00p - 3:30p

French classes
Final Class this spring semester!    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

Homeschool Summer Camp, Camp Cherokee

Homeschool Summer Camp, Camp Cherokee --  8/17-8/22  

Homeschool Camp will be Sunday, August 17th through Friday, August 22nd (morning), at Camp Cherokee (433 Gilpin Bay).  Families who attend absolutely love this camp located on beautiful Lake Saranac.  
The cost is $453 per family (NOT person) plus you supply a meal for everyone including the staff (we also bring something to share for Sunday night which is a pot luck dinner or we order pizza – this is what we did the last couple of years).  In addition, your family will be a helper at another meal.  Depending on the number of families, everyone may be asked to contribute something towards a breakfast (box of cereal/drink) and help cleaning up for one breakfast.  In the past, people have been incredibly helpful, so clean-up is pretty easy with all the hands at work.    Additional notes:  If you’d like another adult with you for the week (grandparent, etc) it is an additional $115. The cost of an additional child, not part of your immediate family (13 and under) it is $95 for the week.  Foster children are considered the family's children and included in the family price.

Tammy Neureuther is the coordinator for homeschool camp at Camp Cherokee.  She will be collecting a $100 deposit which is non-refundable to help the camp know the number of families that will be attending so they can determine the required staff.  If we let them know early enough, and the group is large enough, they will be able to provide extra staff to help our group.

You may mail your deposit to:              
  Tammy Neureuther  11 Carriagehouse Lane West Chazy, NY 12992

Activities (all included in the cost):
Pool with lifeguard
Horseback riding
Ping Pong
Small Sand Pit near the cafeteria/pool/ping-pong area Volleyball (aka: one huge sandbox! lol)
Motorboats with almost everything imaginable behind them (staff drives the boats)
Boat Area - includes kayaks, canoes, paddle boats (this is open all day but we need an adult on land and we sign the boats out)   We also have done the following in the past, mostly led by homeschoolers (staff has participated in Talent night, etc)
~ "classes" taught by a parent (this has not been done in the last couple of years, but it's completely up to us – ideas in the past have included photography, cake decorating, drawing)

~ Roast Marshmallow, Fire, Chat time

~ Chapel time (my children love the songs)

~ Mom's homeschool sharing time -- bring your favorite idea, game, product, etc to share (we have not done this the last couple of years… but could if anyone wanted)

~ Talent night

~ Lots of games semi-organized games - volley ball, kickball, soccer and capture the flag were a hit in the past.  We also played quite a few board games especially when it rains.  I suggest you bring your favorite!
~ "Spooky" stories by the campfire for the older kids

Other things you may want to know:

~ The kitchen is vegetarian; hence no meat – milk, dairy & eggs are fine.  We have children attending with peanut allergies & have modified the kitchen routine accordingly.

~ You bring your own bedding, towels, etc (beds and bunks are provide).  Tammy will let you know what beds/bunks you will have in your room before you go.

~ Every family supplies a meal - so food is mostly covered.  You can put the food you bring in the main kitchen where there is a walk in fridge and area to store food. (You may also want to bring extra snacks for your family in a plastic container if you store where you sleep or you can store anything you want in the kitchen)

Feel free to contact Tammy with questions.  You can email her at tamneureuther or call her at (h)518-563-7036 or (c) 518-569-3327

Camp is tons of fun!  Come try it out if you haven't had a chance yet.  As Tammy said when she sent me this message,  "My kids are looking forward to an amazing time with their friends and I’m looking forward to the peace and friendship I enjoy each year."   :-)

Imaginarium Fieldtrip

Imaginarium fieldtrip on April 29th starting at 10am.

$4/person, 2 & under free, membership passes will be accepted.

Please RSVP by the 21st  to Sarah Vaillancourt at, or facebook, or call 293-7487 .