Wild Center Homeschool Day Reminder

The Wild Center had had a large # of RSVPs so far, and in order to make sure they have enough staff & materials on hand are asking that people please RSVP if you are planning to come & haven't done so yet.  :-)    Families who decide to go last minute or forget to RSVP won't be turned away, but letting them know you're coming will help them plan so everyone can have a great day! 

Homeschool Day at the Wild Center

Come Explore the Wild Center for Spring Homeschool Day

Wednesday May 6th 2015 10:00am-3:00pm

RSVP 518-359-7800, ext. 116 or email Patrick Murphy  at pmurphy@wildcenter.org 
All inclusive cost: $6 per student with one teacher free per family. All other adults $8.

10-3: All ages Art Studio- Self guided watercolor project with step by step instructions
10-3: Pk-Grade 4 Story Time- slect a book from the library and enjoy it

10:30-11:00: All Age Live Animal Encounter
11:30-12:00: Pk-Grade 4 Owl Moon: Meet a live Owl and experience science on a sphere in this interactive program
1:00-1:30:What in the World: Stop by and join a naturalist on a facinating journey around the world and through the far reaches of space.
1:30-2:00: All ages Otter Enrichment

Films Shown in the Theatre
11:00 & 1:00 Ride of the Mergansers-- all ages 11 minutes
12:00 A Matter of Degrees- 6th grade and up 25 minutes
11:30 & 2:00 Wild Adirondacks-- all ages 18 minutes
12:30  & 1:30 Above the Adirondacks-- all ages 13 minutes


Animals in Art: a Non-Credit Art History Course

Love Art? Eager to learn more? Then let Christopher Fasolino and Plattsburgh State Art Museum be your guides.
This non-credit Art History course will be held every Thursday from May 28 to July 23, with the exception of July 16. Each session will run 2-2:30pm and take place in Room 112 located on the first floor of Myers Fine Arts Building.
Space is limited so register early!
Thursday May 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT
Thursday July 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM EDT
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Plattsburgh State Art Museum; Myers Room 112
Plattsburgh State Art Museum
SUNY Plattsburgh; 101 Broad Street
Myers Fine Arts Building; Room 112
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Homeschool Celebration Night

You’re Invited to a Homeschool Celebration Night!

As we wrap up the year, I thought it would be fun to celebrate what we have accomplished, share ideas, and let the kids enjoy the spotlight.  Hope your family can join in the fun*:) happy

When:  May 16th, 2015 at 6:30pm
Where:  Cadyville Wesleyan Church (2083 NY State Route 3, Cadyville, NY 12918)
Who’s Invited:  Parents, Grandparent and Friends
RSVP: Please email (tamneureuther@yahoo.com) the approximate number of people coming by May 13th(May 10th, for the show)

What is this event:   The night will comprise of three events.

1.      Talent / Presentation / Show – here I ask you to email me your child’s name, age and what they would like to do (brief description) by May 10th to give our family time to create a program.  Kids are more than welcome to do more than one “act”.   My family will make a fun program for the night!  Ideas would be instruments, sing a song, recite a poem, do a skits, show a science experiment, poster presentation, a talk on any subject, or anything else your child decides he wants to do.
2.     Show and tell time!  Kids can display what they have done this year.  Here, I ask you to label the project with the student’s name and tell a little about it. The student can stay with his projects and talk about them if he wishes, or he can just look around at other projects.  Ideas would include lapbooks, posters, art work, papers, science experiments, book reports, poems, building projects, or whatever else they’d like.
3.     A reception - Everyone can bring a snack/treat to share (we’ll supply plates, cups, napkins and drinks). Please NO Peanut products so all can come and enjoy!

For planning purposes, could you email me approximately how many people will be attending and if your child is going to be exhibiting something (with your child’s first name).  Along with the information (name, age and brief description) if they are going to do an “act” in the talent / presentation show.  My email istamneureuther@yahoo.com.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 518-563-7036 or 518-569-3327.

Finally, I will be looking for a couple of families who would be able to come early and help set-up and a few families who would be willing to stay and help clean up after this event.  Thanks in advance.

CO-OP For 5/6/15 Cancelled

Due to the large numbers of co-op members who would like to attend the homeschool day at the Wild Center on 5/6/15 we are cancelling co-op for that day.  

VPR Classical: Musical Timeline- Weekly Music Education Brief Radio Spots

We are excited to announce a new educational series on VPR Classical: Timeline is an exploration into the development of Western music. Take a journey into the events, characters and concepts that shaped our Western musical tradition. Hosted by VPR Classical's James Stewart, we’ll start from the very beginning and trace the steps of music through history.

Starting Monday, April 27, broadcasts Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and Fridays at 7 a.m.

Central VT Homeschool Conference & Curriculum Swap, 5/23/15, 9am - 5pm, $15 at door.

This event is for all style homeschoolers -- religious, secular, textbook, classical, Charlotte mason, eclectric, unschooling, etc.

"Are you looking for some great deals on curriculum? Want to know how a particular curriculum worked for others? Or do you need to make room for all the new curriculum you just bought?!
Be sure to register for the upcoming Home School Conference and Curriculum Sale!!
Central Vermont
Home School Conference
Saturday May 23rd 
9:00am – 5:00pm
Barre Evangelical Free Church
17 S. Main St Barre, VT 05461
Fee: $15 (at the door)
Curriculum Swap (4:20 – 5:00pm)
Topics for discussion: Constructing an Environment for Optimal Discovery and Learning, Brain Development, Fostering Self-Directed Learning, Update on Issues at the State Level, 5 Flavors of Home Schooling, Developing a Mission Statement and Avoiding Burn Out. Please join us as we seek to encourage one another and sharpen our skills for the journey before us!
Questions? Contact Cori Longfellow – Event Coordinatorcori.longfellow@gmail.com
Registration: Contact Renee Evans reneeevans99@gmail.com
Registration deadline: May 8th"

Life-guarding Re-certification Class

Coach Chuck of the Wellness Center is offering a re-certification course this Saturday (May 2, 2015) at 9:30am for those of you who are already lifeguards!
For more information please call the Wellness Center at 518-324-2024.

Lifeguarding Course Opportunity starting TODAY at the Wellness Center 4/28/15 through May, 5:30p - 8:30p, $200 fee

I am writing to let everyone know about a course that Coach Chuck is offering at the Wellness Center. Coach Chuck will be offering an American Red Cross Lifeguarding course that takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm - 8:30pm for the month of  May. The course begins tomorrow evening, and the cost per person is $200 (which just happens to be the cheapest class in the North Country). To enroll in the class you must be 15 years old by the end of the course; Lifeguarding is a great summer job and an excellent way for children to learn responsibility and real life job experience. For more information please call the Wellness Center at 518-324-2024.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts-Project Trio

Fri, May 8  |  10:00 AM  |  $2 per ticket

Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, Project Trio breaks down traditional ideas of chamber music - making an impact on audiences of all ages.

PROJECT Trio is a passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment! PROJECT Trio is a musical experience not to be missed....

LPCA Box Office      518.523.2512
Box Office hours are Wednesday -Saturday from 1 PM to 5 PM. We are located at 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid.

Tickets can be purchased anytime online.



Tuesday to Friday --  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Looking for a space to do some activities with your little ones? Come to The Strand Center’s Purple Room and use our space! Craft supplies are provided. PERFECT FOR SCHOOL VACATION BREAKS or anytime for home-school group activities and preschool home activities. Call to reserve a time-slot or just drop in and use our space!

$10 per use Non-member 

$5 per use Members

Call our Education Coordinator if you would like to reserve a private time-slot, 518.563.1604.

North Country Homeschool Co-op 4/29/15

North Country Homeschool Co-op 4/29/15

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 2:00p or 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

Preschool Free Play -- PreK -- Lynn Bushey
Yoga & Mindful Meditation -- K-3 -- Lizzie Girard & Janice Stainken
Fairy Tales on Trial -- 4th & up -- Cheryl Lussier & Amanda Bokus

12:35 - 12:55:

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

1:00 - 2:00:

Community Service: Earth Day Clean-up -- All Ages -- Holly Warren
Bicycle Repair & Maintenance -- Middle/High School -- Joe Moracco

*** PLEASE NOTE! Co-op also meets NEXT Wednesday 5/6/15 for our last day of regular classes. 5/20/15 will be our final meeting for this school year & will be our annual end of year field day. ***

Free Play Room: Legos

11:00a - 12:00p

Free Play Fun Day

Come join in a fun day of free play in the preschool room. Toys, books, arts & crafts will be set up for our youngest members to explore with Mom & Dad or on their own!

Teacher: Lynn Bushey

Elementary (K - 3rd):

Yoga & Mindful Meditation

This class is open to all ages & will be the final yoga class this year. Parents are encouraged to participate, particularly with the younger kids. The first 1/2 of this class will be yoga & the second 1/2 will be a mindfulness/meditation activity.
Teachers: Lizzie Girard & Janice Stainken Fee: FREE RSVP: Lizzie Girard, lizfaye@gmail.com

Gr 4 & Up:

Fairy Tales on Trial Fairy Tales on Trial is a 5-session class where kids will study character education using fairy tales & simulating investigation & trials. Students will use critical reading, analytical thinking and writing, speaking and drama skills. This class will meet 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29 & 5/6. Teachers: Cheryl Lussier & Amanda Bokus Fee: $2 per student to cover each students copy of the materials, to be paid at first class only.
RSVP: Cheryl Lussier, lussierinbox@hotmail.com

12:00p - 1:00p

Potluck or bag lunch period. ***Please remember that co-op has 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

12:35p - 12:55p

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: Community Service: Earth Day Clean-up All students & parents are encouraged to come join us in a community trash clean-up to celebrate Earth Day. We will be cleaning up the church property, school grounds directly adjoining the church property, and walking a short way up the neighboring streets as well. Trash bags & gloves will be provided. Please dress for the weather. If it is nice out students will have time to play at the neighboring playground after the clean-up. Parents, please plan to walk with all kids who are Gr 2 & under! Since we will be cleaning neighboring streets, the more hands & eyes to watch the younger kids the better!
Teacher: Holly Warren
RSVP: Holly Warren, hollyjwarren@gmail.com

Middle/High School:

Bicycle Repair & Maintenance
Learn how to fix a flat tire, adjust brakes and shifters for improved performance, and adjust seat and handlebar placement for better fit and comfort.  Bring your bike if you wish. Teacher: Joe Moracco
RSVP: Samantha Moracco, smarocco@gmail.com

Afternoon Free Play
There will also be building blocks, basic art supplies, the free play room, and other items to help keep our youngest co-op members entertained throughout the afternoon.

Homeschooling Informational Meeting

Would you like to find more out about homeschooling in the North Country? Please join us on May 17, 2015 at 2:00pm for a parent's meeting where we'll discuss NY State homeschooling regulations, the first steps to take to begin homeschooling in NY, and any questions or concerns you may have as you consider whether homeschooling is right for your family. Experienced homeschoolers are welcome too!
This event will be held at the home of Cheryl & Steve Lussier in Morrisonville, NY.  Please contact Cheryl at lussierinbox@hotmail.com to RSVP.  Cheryl will get back to you with a confirmation & directions to their home. 

I Love My Park – May 2, 2015 at Point au Roche State Park

Point au Roche State Park is located at 19 Camp Red Cloud Road, Plattsburgh, NY. Directions: From the City of Plattsburgh, proceed five miles north on Route 9 to Point au Roche Road. From I-87 Exit 40 and points North, Point au Roche Road is one half mile south of the Spellman Road on Route 9. Continue on Point au Roche Road for two miles to second park entrance across from Point au Roche Lodge. The Nature Center is approximately ½ mile on Camp Red Cloud Road.
All activities are free, family-friendly, and begin at the Nature Center
All Day Follow the Philip C. Walker Nature Trail (Interpretive Brochures Available)
8:00     Bird Walk Led by Judy Heintz
9:00     Guided Walk to Beaver Dam with Alice Sample
10:00   Making Animal Tracks with Dr. Janet Puhalla, PSUC
11:00   More About Birds with Dr. Jake Straub, PSUC
12:15   Dedication of Memorial Tree for Craig Sample
12:30   Volunteer Park Improvement Projects
3:00     Short Hike to see New York’s Largest Green Ash Tree

The Snow Queen- Lake Placid Center for the Arts

Wed, May 13  |  10:00 AM  |  $2 per ticket

The Snow Queen, this year's family show, is a tribute to Hans Christian Andersen's short story that inspired the recent Disney hit Frozen.
Pendragon Theatre's magical version of the classic fairy tale, using puppets and actors, is sure to enthrall audiences of all ages. 


LPCA Box Office      518.523.2512
Box Office hours are Wednesday -Saturday from 1 PM to 5 PM. We are located at 17 Algonquin Drive in Lake Placid.

Tickets can be purchased anytime online

National History Day Competition -Middle and High School 2016

National History Day
National Website: http://www.nhd.org/
NY State Website: http://www.nyshistoryday.org/

Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.
The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.

Students can complete projects of their choice in one of the following categories: 

-written paper

Projects can be done either as a group or singly. Each year the North Country Competition is held on the 1st or 2nd Sat in March. 

We do a History Day orientaton as part of our annual Homeschool Day here at the Fort each fall. This year's Homeschool Day is scheduled for Friday, September 18th. A tentative schedule is available at this link:


I would also be happy to meet with you early in the coming school year to talk about the History Day program.

Thank you for your interest.

Rich Strum
Director of Education
Fort Ticonderoga
PO Box 390
Ticonderoga, NY  12883
phone: 518-585-6370
fax: 518-585-2210ore information about the competitions rules and guidelines is posted here.

Congression Art Contest for High School Students-- DEADLINE IS FRIDAY

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik's office welcomes homeschool high school students to submit artwork to the Congressional Competition. Information, deadline, entry form, release and all requirements can be found through her press release and the congressional page.

April 3, 2015 
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for New York’s 21st district. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 21st District.
“The North Country is home to many gifted students and the Congressional Art Competition is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The winner of this competition will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year where it will be seen by visitors from around the world. I look forward to seeing what our students can create!”
Artwork entered in the contest must be original in execution, may be up to 28 inches by 28 inches, 4 inches in depth and cannot weigh more than 15 pounds.  The artwork may be:
  • Paintings - including oil, acrylics and watercolor
  • Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
  • Collage (must be 2 dimensional)
  • Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen and block prints
  • Mixed Media – use of two or more mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography
Art submissions along with a Congressional release form must be submitted to one of Congresswoman Stefanik’s district office locations no later than April 24, 2015.   The Congressional release form can be found here and more information about the competitions rules and guidelines is posted here.