Waterpark Adventure for Homeschoolers- Jay April 27-30th

A mid-week waterpark adventure for homeschoolers is in the works for April 27-30th at Jay Peak in Jay, Vermont. There's also an option for a movie night/ice arena skating/etc.

Here's what Jay Peak is offering as a group rate:
There's a range of options and for a group of the size we're anticipating they can offer us a 40% discount on their slow-season rates.
All lodging includes a kitchenette.
Studio (sleeps up to 4 people) - $152.80/night
1 bedroom (sleeps up to 4-6 people depending on which room) - $217.55/night
2 bedroom (sleeps up to 6 people) - $303
3 bedroom (sleeps up to 8 people, this option is limited as there are only a few 3 bedroom rooms) - $ 424

Water park passes must be purchased also with these rates and are $12.43/day.

If someone wanted to come just for the day, the regular day rates for the water park would apply.

Kids under 3 are free
Families are welcome to stay as few or as many of the dates included.

If more than 100 families sign up, we will also have a free ice-skating party at the indoor arena.

In order for this to be finalized we need to have a big enough group committed to participating. Please confirm with me (Sarah Vaillancourt) lovermont@gmail.comor 518.293.7487 by next Friday February 27th, if this is something your family wants to do. With that confirmation, Jay will set up these rates in their system and give us a code to be able to book our rooms.

My contact at Jay is then dreaming up all kinds of fun for future years!!
Feel free to spread the word.

Sarah Vaillancourt
Photographer, Farmer, Mom

SAT Review Course at SUNY Plattsburgh

SAT Review Course, MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS,April 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29, 2015
Sponsored by
College Auxiliary Services, SUNY Plattsburgh

Take the review class that will help you do your best on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. As you know, many college admissions directors weigh the SAT score equally with an applicant's GPA. It is very important that a prospective college student make a serious attempt to maximize his or her score. SAT scores may also affect a student's eligibility to receive financial aid or other benefits.

Instructors are:
Donna Baker, English teacher at Plattsburgh High School and Bob Cavanaugh, Math Instructor, SUNY Plattsburgh who have extensive experience in tutoring HS students for the SAT.
The instructors will focus on specific test taking skills, as well as general concepts and pre-test preparation. Writing, Verbal and Math portions of the SAT will be covered.
This comprehensive preparatory course is designed to help you meet the challenges of the SAT and to give you the confidence you need to take the exam. You will become familiar with the SAT format and every question type occurring on the exam. You will also have ample opportunity to review and practice your skills.

Course Cost: $175. includes Barron's SAT Review Book

North Homeschool Co-op for February 18, 2015

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

Set-up for those teaching will begin at 10:15am.  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 promptly at 11:00am, and conclude around 2:30p when the 1:00pm afternoon 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 available on all class offerings below. For quick reference here is an overview of what is being offered this day:
11:00 - 12:00
Winter Circle Time -- PreK -- Samantha Marocco
World Passport: Japan -- K-3 -- Holly Warren Handwork: Embroidery -- 4-6 -- Jenn Cantwell History: Creatin First Person Interpretations -- middle/high school -- Jan McCormick

12:35 - 12:55:
Children’s Chorus -- PreK-3rd -- Holly Warren
Youth Chorus -- 4th & up -- Cheryl Lussier
Current Events Club -- middle/high school -- Tammy Neureuther

1:00 - 2:00:
Make a Homemade Koosh Ball -- all ages -- Holly Warren
Introductory Spanish -- 2nd grade & up -- Doug Zobel Life Skills: Job Applications & Interviews -- middle/high school -- Tammy Neureuther


Free Play Room:  Tanagrams

11:00a - 12:00p
Winter Circle Time
Come join in a circle of winter fun: finger plays, songs, and stories that focus on the wonder of winter! After the circle, children can participate in a snowman building craft or enjoy free play. Parents can also do a craft creating a finger puppet that matches one of the winter finger plays.

Teacher: Samantha Marocco Fee: $3 per student Class Size: 10 RSVP: Samantha Marocco, smarocco@gmail.com

Elementary (K-3): World Passport: Japan

Come explore the island nation of Japan. Listen to "A Pair of Red Clogs" & learn about the Japanese flag, how to write 1-10 in Japanese, participate in a group science experiment learning how clouds are formed, & make a Japanese style paper lantern to bring home. Teacher: Holly Warren Fee: FREE RSVP: Holly Warren, hollyjwarren@gmail.com

Gr 4-6:
Handwork: Embroidery
Students will learn how to embroider their own initials on a patch.

Teacher: Jenn Cantwell Fee: $2 for instructor to purchase embroidery hoops Class size: 10 RSVP: Jenn Cantwell, janican@yahoo.com

Middle/High School:
Creating First Person Interpretations
History Class for 5th and above -- class dates -- 1/21, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18

Students will choose a time period, and person to interpret. It could be an actual person or a soldier, Native American, doctor, a young person from a period in time, etc.
We will use the internet to browse historic newspapers, contact museum and library archives, look for histories to assist developing an accurate historic presentation.
As an example how I have used this in the past… I was paid by a historical society to research an actual person and I created a one woman show for a historic tea they had.

At historic houses I created specialized tours around holidays researching what was going on in the town one hundred years earlier and incorporating it into the tour. You can create a special tour using journals and letters to enhance a special day or event.   Reenactors research what the life of a soldier, Native American, etc. What their average day was like, what they were paid, what they ate, etc. 

We will work together developing your character or historic persona and then video  your presentation. We can discuss how you would like your presentation video done. If you are able to do it at home, at a historic house, etc. and present it to the class that would be fine.  Those interested, please email Jan a person, idea or time period you are interest in so she can have some information ready first class.  If you have any questions and to register, please email Jan at jemick39@yahoo.com

 Teacher: Jan McCormick
Fee: $3 per class OR $8 for the series
RSVP:  Jan McCormick, jemick39@yahoo.com

12:00p - 1:00p

Potluck or bag lunch period.

***Please remember that co-op as a new nut free policy! This includes not only items brought for potluck, but also for holiday treats, snacks & bag lunches. If you are looking for a nut butter alternative, sun butter is OK to use! *** We will meet upstairs in the fellowship hall for lunch break.  Potluck lunch is open for everyone attending!  If your family has special dietary needs (vegan, gluten free, etc), please consider bringing a dish to share that you family can also eat!    Families who choose not to participate in potluck are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.  

If you’d like to participate in a potluck lunch please email Cathy Morin at woodchop2011@hotmail.com

Children’s Chorus -- (grades PreK - 3) Students will be practicing songs for the spring sing at Meadowbrook Nursing Home. Children's Chorus is open to all children as long as they are old enough to stand with the group & not be a distraction to the other singers.

Teacher: Holly Warren
Fee:  FREE
RSVP:  Holly Warren, hollyjwarren@gmail.com, or Facebook Holly Warren. No need to RSVP unless the student is a new participant.

Youth Chorus -- (grades 4 & up) Students will be practicing songs to learn for the spring sing at Meadowbrook Nursing Home.
Teacher: Cheryl Lussier
RSVP:  Cheryl Lussier, lussierinbox@hotmail.com, or Facebook Cheryl Corsetti Lussier. No need to RSVP unless the student is a new participant.

Current Events  -- (middle/high school)
This weekly group will discuss and explore what is happening locally, nationally and around the world.  Due to some of the content that may be discussed this will be for the middle school and highschool students only (with parental approval).  Students will be asked to contribute weekly.  This class will meet in the downstairs board room.

Teacher: Tammy Neureuther
RSVP: Tammy Neureuther, tamneureuther@yahoo.com or Facebook Tammy Neureuther

1:00p - 2:00p
All Ages:
Make Your Own Koosh Ball
Learn how to make Koosh style balls using just yarn & scissors! Each student will be able to make 1-2 Koosh yarn balls using the yarn they bring to class with them. A small amount of yarn will be on hand for any students who forget to bring their own. Additionally, if any families have clean, empty 1 gallon milk jugs they could contribute to this project please bring them as well. Teacher: Holly Warren Fee: FREE, but each student should bring 1 or 2 skeins of yarn in colors they like. RSVP: Holly Warren, hollyjwarren@gmail.com
Gr 2 & Up:

Introductory Spanish

This class is an introduction and exploration of Spanish language, culture and themes.  Students will be exposed to Spanish through games, stories, songs and art.  Classes will be held 2/4, 2/18, 3/4 & 3/18.

Learning another language strengthens critical- thinking and problem solving skills.  Language study also raises students’ cultural awareness and respect.  Additionally, language skills have been shown to positively affect standardized test scores, provide competitive career opportunities and wider possibilities in life.  Second language acquisition and its’ benefits are most effective when begun at the elementary level and continued thereafter.  

Some topics covered in this course are colors, numbers, body parts, animals, weather, greetings, adjectives and descriptions, action words, home life and classroom vocabulary.  

Classes will be conducted primarily in Spanish.
Teacher: Doug Zobel  Class Size: minimum enrollment 6, maximum enrollment 12
Fee:$10 per class for first child per family, $5 for each additional child.  
Doug is asking for a fairly firm commitment for students to attend all 4 classes (barring illness or emergency of course). RSVP: Dough Zobel, doug.zobel@gmail.com

Middle/High School:
Life Skills: Job Applications & Interviews
Students will learn about the process of filling out a job application, and tips to keep in mind when applying & interviewing for jobs
Teacher: Tammy Neureuther
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Tammy Neureuther, tamneureuther@yahoo.com

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.

They Built America! A Play about The Erie Canal at North Country Cultural Arts Center

This year the Capital Repertory Theatre program from Albany will be performing a play on the Erie Canal. 

The performance is geared towards grades 3-5, and runs for approximately one hour, 45 minutes of play-time and a 15 minute post-show programThe show will start at 10:15a, but doors will open at 9:45a

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the information below and I will confirm your RSVP! Again, tickets are complimentary  for both students and chaperons. 
  • School name
  • Main contact person's name and their contact info (a phone number as well as an email address)
  • How many students are attending in total
  • The # of adults/chaperones attending in total

If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me!
We hope to see you at the show!


Education Coordinator
The Strand Center for the Arts
23 Brinkerhoff Street
Plattsburgh NY 12901

Boys who are over 14 want to play baseball??

Are there any of the boys who are over 14 want to play baseball. The head coach for Seton Catholic is looking to see if he can have homeschool students play on the schools team. They are short a couple of players to field a team and he has thought maybe this might work out. Nothing is definate yet, because he needs to discuss this with the school. So, if anyone is interested in playing please let me know and I'll pass it along to him.


Saranac Lake Art and Spanish Classes

On Mondays in March and April, we will be having homeschool Art classes and Spanish classes in the Lake Colby School building, now an Adirondack ARC preschool. 

Art will be from 1pm-2pm, and Spanish will be from 2pm-3pm

The dates are:
Mondays: March 2, 9, 16 and April 6, 13, 20

The cost of Art class is free. The cost of Spanish, with certified Spanish teacher Doug Zobel, is $10 per class for the first child, and $5 for siblings.

These Spanish classes are the same as what is being offered at the North Country Homeschooling Cadyville co-op, just located closer to people who live in the Tri-Lakes.

Contact Sunita Halasz, sunitahalasz@gmail.com, 891-6440 with any questions and to let us know you're interested!!

Preschool Story Hour At Plattburgh State

Preschool Story Hour 
Art Dog by Thatcher Hurd
Tuesday, February 17, 10am
Regina Schoolman Slatkin Gallery; Myers Fine Arts Building

This program is part of a series especially designed for preschool age children (ages 3-5) and their caregivers. It introduces art concepts to young children through developmentally appropriate activities. During the 1.5 hour program, students have a picture book read to them in the galleries, look at original works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home.

Online Registration begins for the 2015 LPCA Weibrecht AfterSchool Workshops

Children learn most when they are motivated, challenged, and having fun...

After school workshops provide parents with a convenient way to grow their child's artistic interests in a unique hands-on environment.  Join us for a series of hands-on AfterSchool workshops conducted by professional artists from around the area.
Online registration begins Monday, February 2.  We strongly encourage everyone to register online to guarantee a space in the class.
Phone registration begins Monday, February 9.

Click here for a printout of all available classes.

About the program

  • Pre-registration is required for all workshops.  Online registration begins Monday, February 2.  Phone registration begins Monday, February 9.
  • Students may register for two free workshops.  A paid workshop does not count as one of the two.
  • A class will only have a waitlist once it has been filled.
  • Double check your dates carefully so that you don't double book your child's workshops.
  • Many classes meet for several days.  Students are expected to attend all dates listed for each class.
  • If a student must miss a class, please inform the LPCA office at 518.523.2512 immediately.  Failure to call prevents other children from having the opportunity to take classes.
  • Registration is one a first-come, first-served bases.  All area children are invited to participate!
  • Please drop-off and pick-up students promptly.
  • Do not bring un-registered friends.  We cannot accomodate extra students in classes.
  • We ask that parents do not stay in the classroom.  However, you are welcome to wait in one of the LPCA's waiting areas
For questions on any LPCA workshop, contact Anya at 518.523.2512.

CO-OP Yoga Class is Postponed

Due to illness, the yoga class is being postponed until later in the month.  Please make sure to RSVP to your child's 2nd choice class so the teacher has enough supplies for all!


SNOWBALL Events Month of February


There are many events that are either free or low cost. Check out the flyer for all the details. 

Snowball Edible Car Contest

Edible Car Contest

Saturday, February 28th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

at the Imaginarium (4709 U.S. 9, Plattsburgh, NY)

Registration Deadline is February 25th

Please note that all cars must be assembled prior to the start of the competition.

The Sixties in Saranac Lake and Beyond Panel Discussion

Monday, February 9: "The Sixties in Saranac Lake and Beyond" -- Historic Saranac Lake presents a special Winter Carnival panel discussion with Brian Mann, Howard Riley, and Ellen Rocco in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street, Saranac Lake. 5:00-6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served

Historic Saranac Lake Screening of The Forgotten Plague

 Tuesday, February 3: Film Premier -- Historic Saranac Lake presents a preview screening of The Forgotten Plague, a new PBS American Experience Film featuring the history of Saranac Lake. The film screening will open with a short video produced by Josh Clement of Mountain Lake PBS and writer Ed Kanze, the ninth in their "Curiously Adirondack” series. The event is free and open to the public. 7:30-8:45 pm at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 78 Will Rogers Drive, Saranac Lake. Please see the attached press release for more information.

Homeschool Co-op for 2/4/15