Looking for Kids to Be in Health Dept Video about Cadyville Rec Park

The Town of Platts rec'd grant money from the Health Dept. to make some recent improvements to the park including trail markers and maps and a kiosk.  

The Health Dept. is now making a video of people using the new & improved park, and they want kids!  They're sending someone to film this Monday, 12/21.  The Town Rec Director asked if we could get a group of homeschoolers together to be in the film while using the trails.  

If you would like to participate, please come to the Cadyville rec park Monday morning at 11am.  Please email me if you plan to come.  

Angela LaForest:  angelalaforest@msn.com

Homeschool Chi and Ski

Hello to all Winter Wishers,

 Mt. VanHoevenburg staff has given us an update to hold off with the December 17th registration. They want to make sure there is snow even for the equipment fitting and season’s pass initiating in order to provide a combined lesson on skis. I will be sure to pass on the new start date, as I receive it.

 Best Wishes, Janice Stainken

Lake Placid Ski Club: Cross County at Mt. VanHo

Hello Bill Koch Skiers and Skier Parents....

2 announcements---- the warm-ups are in and looking sharp..send a note to make arrangements to pick up...and...since we all need to get outside and play, how about checking out the jingle bell jog this saturday?, starts at 8:30 by the beachouse.. go to adirondackhealth.org, click on 'events' for more info. kids 12 and under  are free and do not need to pre-register...wear your santa hats....see you up there...

It seems that King Winter is having a hard time getting here, sort of trying to sneak up on us... We did get a taste of ski season, hopefully just enough to have everyone dig out their ski gear and see what fits and figure out who will be getting new gear this Christmas.

WE ARE ' THE LAKE PLACID SKI CLUB, BILL KOCH  LEAGUE, TIMBERWOLVES.'    (LPSC Timberwolves) Our main goal is to have a HOWLING good time while we learn the ski skills necessary to help us enjoy this outdoor playground we call home. 



 Go to  nyssranordic.com and look for BKYSL Memberships.   First year BKL skiers are free. The NYSSRA website will keep you posted regarding upcoming events and other X-C info.  Nyssra membership also entitles you to a membership in NENSA, our New England counterparts,  they have a lot going on across the lake, so make sure and check out  their website as well. You will also receive the NENSA e-newsletter, Foxtails.

We have at least 50 kids signed up for the program this year. for this program to be successful we count on the help of the parents.  Skiers or not, we can find something for everyone to help with. Having skiing parents will be very helpful, the kids skill levels are quite varied and the group will spread out fast. Hot chocolate and cookies are an 'integral' part of our ski days, we can talk about any non-skier parents that would be willing to help with that 'crucial' aspect of the ski sessions.

Nordic Skiing is a lifetime sport. It is a great way to enjoy our winter season with family and friends. Our  program emphasis is on having fun while learning to Classic ski.  skate technique comes as the kids develop better ski skills and fitness levels..We collaborate with NYSEF Nordic and the Olympic Authority Pathfinders to provide more skiing opportunities for our young skiers.

Our 2 main program dates are  Saturday mornings at Mt. van Hoevenberg. (MVH)  10:00 a.m. with a start date subject to conditions,..... and Thursday after school, which we usually start after the Christmas Holiday, location TBD.3:30 til 5:00.  we also try to have a couple Sunday Family Skis, which start at MVH and ends up over at Cascade Ski Touring for lunch. it has become a popular addition to the LPSC Nordic schedule. Stay tuned for any changes and more info.

Please check out our local ski shops for your gear needs and advice, Cascade and High Peaks have been very supportive of this program, you can return the favor by shopping local.   Tell 'em I sent you.

I have some books that I recommend for our younger skiers (Christmas is coming) Ollie's Ski Trip by Elsa Beskow, The Race of the Birkebeiners by Lisa Lunge-Larsen, Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett, Cross Country Cat by Mary Calhoun and new this year, The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert.  great stories,  ski themed...

stay tuned and work on your snow dances...

Pat Gallagher
(Coach Pat)   

Homeschool DownHill Skiing

It’s almost that time again - time for homeschool skiing at Titus Mountain! Titus has made some positive changes to their skiing program, and have both mountains open 7 days/week. Our ski season will start on Friday, January 15th and last for five weeks. Each Friday ski session will last from 9:30AM-4:00PM. For those interested, there is an option to extend the season. There is the potential to add more weeks to the season, if you would like. Skiing/Snowboarding dates are as follows (weather permitting):
January 15 
January 22 
January 29 
February 5 
February 12
**there will be no Homeschool Skiing 2/19 due to February Vacation
(if make-up is needed or if additional weeks are purchased) February 26 (5-week program make-up, if needed)
Skiing is for a minimum of 5 weeks with the potential to add more. These additions need to be made before the skiing season and is optional. Also, the pricing is for either the snowboarding or skiing program.
 Pricing is as follows:
 Students (considered ages 5 and up): 
**Lift & Lesson & Rental- $150 ($30 for each week added on to the minimum 5 week program) **Lift & Lesson- $100 ($20 for each week added to the minimum 5 week program)
**Lesson & Rental- $100 ($20 for each week added to the minimum 5 week program)
**Lesson Only- $50 ($10 for each added to the minimum 5 week program)

 For example, if your family would like to add 3 weeks to your families’ skiing program using the Lift & Lesson & Rental pricing, the cost per student would be $150 (5 weeks) with an additional $90 for the extra 3 visits making the total $240 per student.

**Lift & Lesson & Rental- $300 ($60 for each week added on to the minimum 5 week program) **Lift & Lesson- $175 ($35 for each week added to the minimum 5 week program)
**Lesson & Rental- $175 ($35 for each week added to the minimum 5 week program)
**Lesson Only- $50 ($10 for each week added to the minimum 5 week program)

 There is also an option of purchasing lunch tickets for $6/week for each student/adult wanting to participate. You may choose to purchase lunch tickets for as many or as little of the program you would like. If you choose to sign your family up for the lunch program, I do not need to know what you would like, just home many tickets and weeks.

Lunch Menu choices (choose 2 of the following):
Chicken Tenders
Regular Hotdog
Pizza Slice
Bag of Chips
Each meal option includes one of the following options- Milk, Bottled Water, or Hot Chocolate
 *No substitutions to the Lunch Menu please
* This is a lot of information. If you have any questions or would like skiing forms, please email me at dawnsslings@gmail.com. Payment is due at time of registration (skiing program and lunch). Checks should be made payable to me (Dawn-Marie Hall), as Titus requires one check from each group.
Registration is due December 20th. Please pass this information on to any interested homeschooling families not on the email group.

Dawn-Marie Hall North Country Homeschool Skiing Coordinator

November Home School Reading Challenge

If you  participated in this year's reading challenge, please send an email to Samantha Marocco at smarocco@gmail.com with the following information:

1) total number of books read per child
2) the donation amount
3) the library the donation is being given to

The Clinton Essex Franklin Library system generally adds an article in their newsletter about the reading challenge and includes the total number of books read by all the home schooled children and the total amount raised.   It has also been in local newspapers in past years.  Thank you to all who participated and we hope you had fun reading!  

Almanzo Wilder Farm in Malone, NY: Annual Christmas

Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead

North Country Homeschool Co-op 12/2/15

North Country Homeschool Co-op 12/2/15

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:

Holiday Preschool Class  -- PreK -- Amanda & Madison Bokus
Polar Express -- K-3 -- Lynn Bushey
Little House Christmas -- 3-5 -- Holly Warren
Nutrition (Part 2) -- 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:
Christmas Ornaments -- K-5 -- Holly Warren
Forensic Science #5/5 -- 6-12 -- Amanda Bokus

11:00a - 12:00p

Holiday Preschool Class

Enjoy circle time with Christmas songs, stories & finger plays.  Christmas sensory bins, playdough, ripped paper craft, finger painting (smock or old shirt suggested).  Bring bells for circle time songs if you have any.  We have a few to share.  
Teachers: Amanda & Madison Bokus
RSVP: Amanda Bokus, bokusfamily@westelcom.com

Elementary (K - 2nd):

Polar Express
Come join in a variety of Polar Express themed activities to welcome in the Christmas season.  

Teacher: Lynn Bushey
Fee: $2 per child
RSVP: Lynn Bushey, busheylm@gmail.com

Gr 3-8:

A Little House Christmas

Learn about how the pioneers celebrated Christmas, the history of St Nicholas, and hear the Christmas story from Farmer Boy read aloud as you make a traditional popcorn & cranberry garland.  Discuss ideas for simple, pioneer style, homemade presents (handouts of several ideas will be available for the student to choose from to take home).   **Please note:  As a nice tie-in to this class, the Almanzo Wilder Farm in Malone, NY is hosting their annual Christmas with Almanzo the Saturday following this class, 12/5/15 from 11am - 3pm. **

Teacher: Holly Warren
Class Size: 10
RSVP:  Holly Warren, hollyjwarren@gmail.com

Gr 6 -12

Nutrition (Part 2)
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, monster_mcgee@yahoo

12:00p - 1:00p

POTLUCK & 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! ***
There will be a holiday potluck at co-op this week.  Please bring a dish to share!  Either email Holly at northcountryhomeschoolcoop@gmail.com with what you plan to bring or reply on the 12/2/15 class event on Facebook.    Meatballs, baked hubbard squash, macaroni salad & rolls are already planned!  

12:30p - 12:55p

Children’s Chorus -- any grade

Students will be practicing songs for a Christmas recital at Meadowbrook Nursing Home on Tuesday, December 8th at 10:30.  Please arrive in the main entry/cafeteria area by 10:15a.  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, tamneureuther@yahoo.com or Facebook Tammy Neureuther

1:00p - 2:00p

Christmas Ornaments
Make ornaments to decorate your tree or give as gifts!  There will be several ornament crafts to choose from.  Students can rotate through tables and make a variety of simple ornaments to keep or give.  Please bring a smock or wear old clothing as some projects may be messy.  

Teacher: Holly Warren
Fee:  $2 per child
RSVP: Holly Warren, hollyjwarren@gmail.com

Gr 6-12:

Forensic Science/CSI #5
Final Class!  Students should bring a calculator & wear clothing that can get messy.  

Teacher: Amanda Bokus
Fee: $15 per student for supplies & booklets
RSVP:  Amanda Bokus, bokusfamily@westelcom.com

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.

Cross Country Skiing

Snow is in the air and temperatures are right for snow!! That means skiing!!

Dewey Mountain Youth Ski League will be holding an open house and registration for it's winter session on Thursday, December 3rd from 3:30pm - 5:30pm for children between the ages of 6 - 13 years old.

The Dewey Mountain Youth Ski League winter cross country ski program’s main goal is to develop a life long love of skiing by introducing skiers to all aspect and disciplines of Nordic skiing. Participants will become confident skiers through fun and games on skis, skill development exercises, and race participation, while developing a strong group dynamic as part of the Saranac Nordic team. 

Winter session meet 1 day a week on Thursdays from 4-5pm for all ages, and Tuesday and Thursdays from 4-5pm for older skier more self motivated skier from January thru mid March.

There are ski scholarship opportunities for families in need of equipment assistance.

More information and registration forms can be downloaded here:http://www.deweymountain.com/schedule-of-events.html

~The Dewey Coaching Crew

Dewey Mountain Recreation Center
Town of Harrietstown
Saranac Lake NY 12983