Free Pottery Workshop-- Service opportunity and Visual Arts Experience

The Strand Center for the Arts
is hosting an Empty Bowl making workshop !!!
23 Brinkerhoff Street  Plattsburgh NY 563-1604

We are holding 2 free workshops at the Jackie Sabourin Clay Studio for the community to make earthenware soup bowls for the SUNY Ceramic Studio’s Empty Bowl Project.  The proceeds for this will benefit Plattsburgh’s Local Food Shelf dinner to be held on November 14th from5 – 7 pm (place to be posted soon). 

There is no experience needed to make your bowl.   There will be instructions and demos at the workshops; a bowl generally takes one hour to complete.  All ages from 5 – adult are welcomed. Parents must accompany their children.   The completed bowl will be donated to the dinner.

The workshops will be held:  Wednesday, October 28, from 10 am – 12 noon    and Monday, November 2 from 4:00 – 6 pm, in the clay studio.

The clay and glazes have donated. 

Please join us at the clay studio at 23 Brinkerhoff Street for either workshop.  Enter in the stairs between the Center and Strand.  We hope to see many of you there!

Any questions please email Jackie Sabourin

CO-OP Correction for Wed Oct 21

Below please find a correction to the Pumpkin Decorating class description, and some information about a last minute Preschool class that is being offered.  Look forward to seeing everyone Wed!

11:00a - 12:00p


Itsy Bitsy Spider

Circle time reading Itsy Bitsy Spider & craft activity.

Teacher: Meghan Rini
RSVP:  Meghan Rini,
1:00p - 2:00p


Pumpkin Art
We will be carving and decorating pumpkins. Please bring smock or wear old clothes.

Parent participation is would be very welcome in this class.  Especially for the younger children.

Teacher: Shannon Stone
Fee: $4 per student
RSVP: Shannon Stone,

Homeschool ice-skating

Homeschool ice-skating at Ameri-Can North Sports Center, 90 Sharron Ave, Plattsburgh, NY.
Wednesday, Nov 11th (Veterans Day) 1-2:30pm.

$5 for adults and 1st child in family. $2 for each additional sibling.

Skates can be rented, (not a huge selection) for
$2 a pair.
If this works out and we get enough people to go we can continue throughout the winter with this arrangement. Shooting for 2nd Wed of each month. Let me know if you're interested, thanks.
Lisa Bergmann
rsvp to:
or text me @ 315-744-3105

North Country Homeschool Co-op 10/21/15

North Country Homeschool Co-op 10/21/15

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 to enjoy upstairs in the Fellowship Hall or next door at the playground!

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 --  Emilia Warren (set-up)
Folktales & Storytelling Games -- K-3 -- Lizzie Girard
Ancient Egypt -- K-3 -- Beth Notch
Little House: Farmer Boy -- 3-5 -- Holly Warren
Nutrition #1 -- 6-12 -- Maria MacKay

12:30 - 12:55:
Children’s Chorus -- any age -- Maria MacKay & Aaron Dupree
Current Events -- middle/high school -- Tammy Neureuther

1:00 - 2:00:
Pumpkin Art -- K-5 -- Shannon Stone
Forensic Science #2 -- 6-12 -- Amanda Bokus

Free Play Room:  Cars & Car Ramp

11:00a - 12:00p


Free Play Fun Day

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!


Elementary (K - 2nd):

Folktales & Storytelling Games

Dive into the world of folktales & storytelling!  In this class I will tell the Liberian folktale The Vingananee and the Tree Toad.  We will discuss common characteristics of all folk tales, what makes them special, and how this story fits the mold of a folktale.  We will also play a variety of storytelling games

Teacher: Lizzie Girard
RSVP: Lizzie Girard,

Ancient Egypt
Learn about the lives of the Ancient Egyptians.  We will discuss myths, monuments (sphinx & pyramids), mummies, language (hieroglyphs), and the importance of the Nile River.

Teacher: Beth Notch
Class Size: 12
Fee: $2 per student
RSVP:  Beth Notch,

Gr 3-5:

Little House: Farmer Boy

This class is the first in a series of classes over the fall & early winter semesters that will be based off of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series.  Students will explore late 19th century pioneer life through lapbooking & hands-on activities taken from The Prairie Primer.

Teacher:  Holly Warren
Fee: $2 per child
RSVP: Holly Warren,

Gr 5 -12

Nutrition #1
A two part class focusing on nutrition!  Come learn about all 5 food groups, their main nutrients, and the role those nutrients play in the body.  Learn the basics of reading a nutrition label.  Everyone will have the option of recording their food & exercise for a few days, and will also have the option of analyzing their records in the 2nd class.  See how different foods measure up when dealing with serving sizes.
Teacher: Maria MacKay
Class Size: 12
RSVP: Maria MacKay,

12:00p - 1:00p

Bag lunch period.

***Please remember that co-op has a nut free policy!  This includes not only items brought for bag lunches but also for holiday treats, snacks, etc.  If you are looking for a nut butter alternative, sun butter is OK to use! ***

We will meet upstairs in the fellowship hall and/or next door at the playground for lunch break.

12:30p - 12:55p

Children’s Chorus -- any grade

Students will be practicing songs for a Christmas recital at a local 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: Maria MacKay & Aaron Dupree
Fee:  FREE
RSVP:  Maria MacKay, monster_mcgee@yahoocom

Current Events  -- Gr. 6-12

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, or Facebook Tammy Neureuther

1:00p - 2:00p


Pumpkin Art

Parent participation is would be very welcome in this class.  Especially for the younger students!

Teacher: Shannon Stone
Fee: $4 per student
RSVP: Shannon Stone,

Gr 6-12:
Forensic Science/CSI #2

Solve fun mysteries using science skills.  Analyze crime scene photos & lab reports, test hypotheses, collect evidence.  Lap components will include: dental impressions, fingerprinting, evidence collection & more!

Teacher: Amanda Bokus
Fee: $15 per student for supplies & booklets
RSVP:  Amanda Bokus, .  PLEASE RSVP BY 9/25/15.  Booklets & supplies need to be made/purchased.  Extra materials will not be printed “just in case” as the cost is prohibitive, so make sure to RSVP your student by the deadline!

Afternoon Free Play

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

Homeschool Ballet at the Strand Arts Center

Ballet classes at the Strand Arts Center
Tuesday 1:00 - 2:15 homeschool ballet class level II $10.00 per class
Thursday 4:45 -6:00 Ballet class $10.00 per class
One scholarship available for private classes
Contact Emily Sullivan, Education Director @ Strand Arts Center
or email Victoria Ainsworth

Homeschool Swim Wednesday, October 28th, 1-2:30pm

Homeschool Swim date confirmed at The Wellness Center at PARC, Wednesday, October 28th1-2:30pm (or we can do an hour form 1-2pm). Total price for 1 1/2 hours is $90, or $65 for just one hour. Not sure how many people can commit. It's a deep pool, but younger ones can go in in vests. As long as there are some adults in with the small children, they said it doesn't have to be EVERY parent with littles. I'm thinking $4 per child like we did at Comfort Inn? If too high or low, I can adjust for the next time, and refund some if too high.
Please contact Lisa Bergmann to join:

Outdoor Adventure Training Wed Oct 14

Come spend the day with Tricia Myatt (see bio below) at Point Au Roche,Wednesday, October 14th from 10am to approximately 2:30/3pm. Meet at the state park under the pavilion. The first half-hour will be spent watching a video about what to do if you get lost in the woods (Hug a Tree), the remainder of the time we will be walking through paths in the woods while Tricia will teach us how to make a shelter, a fire, and things you need to know to stay safe. Pack a lunch and come have some fun while learning valuable life skills!
Cost is $25 for first child, with each additional sibling being $15 each.
Please contact Lisa Bergmann to sign up or for questions:

Tricia Myatt – Bio
Born and raised in Plattsburgh, I have spent most of my adult life locally in practice as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. However, in the past five years I have turned my attention to my other passion – outdoor pursuits. I have volunteered extensively with the Champlain Valley Search and Rescue Canine Unit, gaining many certifications in High Angle/Low Angle Technical Ropes Rescue; Swift Water and Ice Water Rescue; DEC Wildlands Search Techniques; Navigational Trainings; Wilderness Survival Trainings; and Incident Command awareness and training. From this organization I entered school and graduated with my Bachelor of Science through SUNY Plattsburgh’s Expeditionary Studies Program in December 2014 and have re-entered the graduate program with a projected Master’s completion in December 2017. College gave me the opportunity to travel extensively and hone my skills and love of the outdoors to tangible levels. I have been sea kayaking in Wales and Outer Hebrides of Scotland, numerous areas around the coast of Maine, the San Juan Islands of Washington State and of course our very own Lake Champlain and other local bodies of water within the Adirondack Park. Hiking and rock climbing has brought me all over the Northeast and Western portions of the US and the UK. I hold certification through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) and Single Pitch Instructor (SPI). I am a Certified Wilderness First Responder; New York State Licensed Guide for camping, hiking, rock and ice climbing; a current Outdoor Living Skills adjunct instructor for SUNY’s Expeditionary Studies Program and Camp Director for the Freshman Odyssey Program. Recreationally, I am in pursuit of hiking all the Adirondack Winter 46 peaks and continue to rock climb and paddle locally in my spare time. Otherwise, I enjoy time with my family including two sons, 14 and 10 where the adventures always continue.

Annual Banker Orchard Field Trip

It's time again for the annual Banker's field trip! 

Next Tuesday, 10/6/15 at 11:00am. Please meet up with Holly at one of the picnic tables outside the store by 10:45am to pay for your family. It will run approximately 90 min. Families are welcome to bring a bag lunch & picnic after. 

This year, in addition to the regular talk about how apples grow, there will be a special talk from one of the orchard owners just for the Gr 6+ kids. He will be presenting some of the information they use when speaking with Paul Smith's students about farming practices. 

We will be outdoors the whole time, so please dress accordingly!

$6.50 per child for apple & pumpkin picking, plus cider, doughnuts & a bowl of food for the animals.

$3.00 per adult, for apple picking, cider & doughnuts. Adult can also pick a pumpkin by paying the extra $3.50

To RSVP, please email Holly at with how many people will be paying the child rate & how many people will be paying the adult rate.