Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum & War of 1812 Museums field tri

Friday Nov 14 10:30
Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum & War of 1812 Museums field trip
31 Washington Rd. Plattsburgh (near the traffic circle)

Open to all homeschooling families!
Suggested for grades 4+ or younger children interested in history.

Younger siblings welcome if they can participate quietly & keep hands off displays. :-)

Depending on the number of participants, we will most likely break into smaller groups to visit both museums (they are across the street from each other)

$2 per person, including the adults.

Please RSVP to Amanda Bokus at as soon as possible, so the museums can arrange for the appropriate number of volunteer staff members.

Karen Becker & Friends Concert (Dueling Pianos)

SUNY Plattsburgh Music Dept presents Karen Becker & Friends Concert

November 8, 2014
Saturday, 7:30 PM
E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall

The Becker and Thompson Duo returns to the North Country for a concert of music for two pianos by American composers, their first appearance since 2011.

The Duo was formed when both women were students at Juilliard. They have been heard in concert throughout the Midwest and northern New York, receiving critical acclaim at The Schubert Club in downtown St. Paul. With repertoire spanning from Stravinsky to Gershwin and beyond, this concert will feature selections by American composers Dave Brubeck, Paul Bowles and George Gershwin.

Sonja Thompson currently serves on the faculty of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and Karen Becker is an Associate Professor of music at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The Concert will be on Saturday, November 8th at 7:30 pm on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus in E. Glenn Giltz auditorium, Hawkins Hall. Admission is free.

Hope to see you there!

SUNY Plattsburgh Music Department
101 Broad St, MFA 220
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Raise Money for Your Local Library: Participate in Olivia's Challenge

Samantha Marocco's daughter Olivia did a reading challenge last year to raise funds for local libraries. This year she would like to include all the homeschoolers in the area in her challenge! Please read below for all the details. :-)

How it works is:

Kids: Keep track of how many books you read in the month of November using a reading log. Have your parents and/or grandparents pledge a small donation amount per book. At the end of the month, tally the amount of money earned and donate this amount to your local library! Have fun reading!

If kids read more than 20 books, additional book titles can be written on the back of the sheet and/or additional pages.

Parents and kids give their donation directly to their library of choice. Please email Samantha at with your total number of books read and donation amount, as last year a newspaper article was written announcing the total number of books read and amount of money earned.

You can include books read with, to, or by the child, as well as books on tape. Videos or movies don't count though. Fiction, non fiction, poetry- it all counts!

Books can be of any length that you decide is appropriate for your child's age and reading ability. You can also do a family challenge and add up the books read by every member of the family or do the challenge as individuals. Just be sure to have fun with books!

Poetry Out Loud

CCC is hosting Poetry Out Loud for the second year in a row and I wanted to make certain that home school students had a chance to participate. Poetry Out Loud is a great way to celebrate poetry and participate in a community event with other students.

Below is the listing that was sent out to area schools. Some of it isn't applicable, but the basic information is there for you and other families to look over. Because of how Poetry Out Loud is already structured, the Poetry Out Loud committee at CCC understands that it presents some barriers to non-traditional students. I'd love to be able to assist in any way possible from doing mini-workshops with interested students to helping set up a selection committee to decide which students will participate in the main competition.

Please let me know if anyone would like to participate in the competition itself or take part in preparatory workshops for the event! I'd love to see more community engagement and participation with this event.

If you have students who love
-- public speaking,
-- poetry,
-- or acting,
this opportunity is too good to pass up.

You may have heard of Poetry Out Loud.
It’s a national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It’s just for high school students.

Here in the North Country, students haven’t had the chance to participate until recently. We had only two high schools involved last year, but for the 2015 competition, we’re getting prepared early, and we hope your students will be excited to enter.

Check out last year’s coverage in the Press Republican http://(

The competition begins at your school, with winners competing at a regional recitation at Clinton Community College. Regional winners go to Albany, and the state winners go to Washington DC.

The Poetry Out Loud organization provides you with everything teachers need to get started!

Registering and participating are free. Go to<> to learn more and<> to register.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at<> or by calling 518-562-4175.

Thank you for your time and consideration-Carey

Co-op is going NUT Free

Attention co-op families!

We have a child with a severe peanut allergy this year & would appreciate it if families did not bring any peanut products or peanut butter sandwiches for potluck OR in any individual lunches eaten in the building.

Several members have sensitivities to other nuts as well, so we are suggesting potluck & bag lunch items just avoid nuts in general if possible, but peanuts are the "biggie".

Suggested substitutions would be Sun Butter or Soy Nut Butter. :-)

Thanks so much for cooperating!

Plattsburgh State Art Museum Preschool Story Hour


Plattsburgh State Art Museum invites you to join us for a free Preschool Story Hour on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10am.

I Spy Shapes - Let's go on a shape hunt!
Book: Just Line Around by Kinsy McVay

The program is especially designed for preschool age children (ages 3-5) and their caregivers.

Click below for more information and to RSVP.

When: Tuesday October 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Plattsburgh State Art Museum
Plattsburgh State Art Museum, SUNY Plattsburgh
Myers Fine Arts Building, Lobby
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Fort Willam Henry Homeschool Day

Good afternoon:

I am writing to let you know about a program dedicated to the Home Schooler!

On Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014, Fort William Henry is hosting a Home School Day, 10 am – 3 pm. Learn what is was like to live at the fort during the 18th century. See cooking demonstrations and try some of the soldier’s food, talk with the tailor to learn about the different uniforms and how they were made. Join the Kings’ Army and drill with the soldiers. Learn about the Brown Bess musket and how the cannon is fired. Also learn why the fort was here, who built it and what happened here in August 1757 that changed the course of history.

This special event is $5 per child and $10 adult admission. For more information please call 518-964-6647. Each parent will receive a packet of information on the French and Indian War for further study at home.

Please join us!


Melodie Viele
Fort William Henry
48 Canada St
Lake George, NY 12845
Tel: 518-964-6626

Open House for the General Public at the Clinton County Landfill

Free landfill tours & a catered pig roast.

Come learn where your trash & recycling go!

Sand Rd, Morrisonville
Friday Oct 24, 10AM

November Tween/ teen Movie Night

Sat. November 22, 2014
5-8PM at the
Bokus house in West Chazy

Come watch Holes, the action- comedy family film based on the book by Loius Sachar. Rated PG.

Finger food potluck dinner.
I'll provide chicken nuggets, everyone else bring a finger food to share (pizza rolls, tortilla roll ups, veggie tray, fruit kabobs, etc.- Deviled eggs already planned)

This is a drop off event for the big kids.

RSVP to Amanda at or on the North Country Homeschoolers Facebook page events tab.

Homeschool Spanish Classes

Doug Zobel is planning to start up Spanish lessons for homeschoolers, and wonders if we can gauge interest level from our group. It would be one hour, one day a week. If there were a lot of younger kids also interested (preschool age), then he would consider offering a preschool-oriented class. I know I am totally interested with my two kids (He's a great teacher!). He would hold these lessons in a tutoring room located at St. Bernards school in Saranac Lake. Please write back ASAP so we can get this going! Contact information is below.

And, by the way, even if you've already started French or some other language with your kids, it won't hurt them at all to add Spanish into the mix! In fact, in Europe kids learn a whole bunch of languages all at one time.


Historical Adventures for the Whole Family

After last year’s successful Underground Railroad Experience, PMOEC is happy to announce two more historical adventures! Both of these community events will give participants a chance to experience hands-on history guided by Pok-O-MacCready’s instructors and local historians.

On Friday October 17th, we will once again be partnering with The North Country Underground Railroad Museum and the 1812 Homestead to immerse families in the life and times of freedom seekers, abolitionists and bounty hunters in the Champlain Valley.  The Museum’s Linda Richardson will also go in depth on some of the more famous North Country abolitionists.

And on Saturday November 1st, for the first time as a community event, we will be presenting our Revolutionary War Simulation.  Participants will be transported to 1777, where they will be asked to support either the British or the Patriots.  Along the way, they will meet five different historical characters, with five very different views on the war.  Our guest presenter, Craig Russell, will also show us how the Champlain Valley influenced the tides of war.

Each event will cost $5 and includes hot beverages and refreshments.   

Please RSVP for these events, and if you have any questions, contact me!

Brian DeGroat
Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center

The Crux, the Champlain Valley Climbing Center

Northern Region Director
New York State Outdoor Education Association

One Act Opera Amahl and the Night Visitors

Everyone is invited to a special one-act opera of Amahl and the Night Visitors--with a spectacular cast drawn from Cardinal Singers and College Chorale, members of our department's Choral-Vocal program.

DATE: Thursday 20 November 
TIME: 10am
COST: $3 per person 
LOCATION: E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium (Hawkins Hall).

This opera in one act, written by American composer Gian-Carlo Menotti, tells the story of a mother, who open their small house to the Three Kinds en route to Bethlehem. Full of humor, joy, and tenderness, Monotti's opera will touch the hearts of audiences of all ages. With an exceptional all-student cast drawn from College Chorale and Cardinal Singers, the production will be headed by Jo Ellen Mina, and Timothy Morningstar. 

Contact: Rachel Burke 518-564-2447 at Plattsburgh State to make a reservation. 

Board Game Evening

Sat October 18
Bokus Home

Board gaming evening for kids grades 4+ (Dominion, Catan, Ticket to Ride, Axis & Allies, Risk, Munchkin, & many more!- depending on number of kids, we'll probably have a teen/ adult game going & a separate tween game too)

Potluck dinner.

Parents welcome to stay or drop off. Younger siblings welcome to come hang out, unless the group gets too big for our space.

Hoping this will be the first of once a month gaming get togethers for the "big kids".  

Planning second game night for Nov 15. We can rotate houses if anyone is interested in that, or look for a larger space if need be.

Contact Amanda at for more info & to RSVP.