YMCA Homeschool Gym & Swim RESTARTS for 2017

For ages 5-12
Classes run Tuesdays, 1/3/17 - 2/28/17
Gym time - 1:15 - 2:00
Swim time - 2:00 - 2:30
Fees per child: 
Prices are slightly higher because the session is longer. Can be paid over the phone at enrollment & or at the desk first class.
$40 members
$60 nonmembers
Call 518-561-4290 to enroll.
Students have 40 min of gym time, mix of structured & free play, then a 30 min swim lesson. The Y pool has free swim time following the lesson & students are welcome to stay for free swim as well. Parents can drop off for the lesson portion, but must be present to supervise their own child during free swim. The teacher is a mom of 6 herself & great with the kids!
Next session starts this upcoming Tuesday, so call soon if you're interested!

(Please contact the YMCA directly with any questions or concerns)

Homeschool Skiing at Titus

It's getting to be that time of year again!  I have received the homeschool skiing forms from Titus Mountain.  We will be skiing Friday's 9:30am-4pm starting January 13th- February 10th.

This year pricing is as follows:

Lift, Lesson, & Rentals** $150 (student)/ $300 (adult)
Lift & Lesson  $100 (student)/ $175 (adult)
Lesson & Rental $100 (student)/$175 (adult)
Lesson Only $50 (both student & adult)

**Rentals included boots & skis (or snowboard)

Titus asked me to remind parents of proper attire: layers, hat/helmet, mittens/gloves and no jeans. Jeans tend to soak in water making a skier/snowboarder cold and wet 😊

Please email me for forms and with any questions!  Also, please feel free to pass the information to anyone who is interested in joining us!  The more the merrier 😊.  Forms and payment will be due December 10th.

Thanks and have a wonderful Fall!

Dawn-Marie Hall

Alice T. Miner Museum lecture 'History Lost and Found"

November 10th at 7pm Adjunct professor Andrew Black will present the changes in Archaeological techniques over the years utilizing the artifacts from the Alice T. Miner museum, as well as artifacts from an 1812-1825 log cabin on the Great Chazy river for visitors to look thru and compare stories. 

From the Flyer about the event: 

SUNY Plattsburgh lecturer in anthropology Andrew

Black will discuss the Alice’s collection of archaeological

artifacts and the stories they can tell. The program will

conclude with suggestions for what to do if you find

artifacts on your property and how to identify what you

find. Free.

for more information

programs@minermuseum.org 518-846-7336

Pendragon’s Young Playwright’s Competition and Workshops

Announcing Pendragon’s Young Playwright’s Festival and Workshops!
Calling all 7th grade, 8th grade and high school aged playwrights! Playwrights across the Adirondack Park are being asked to submit original one-act plays and musicals to be adjudicated by the Pendragon team for a chance to be presented on a professional stage. The winning playwrights will work with a creative team composed of a director, dramaturg, designers, and actors to develop and stage the script. Participants should expect a vibrant discussion of the work, a full rehearsal with the artistic team, and opportunities to re-write their plays. The Festival culminates in a full performance of the winning plays and a script-in-hand public reading of the runners-up.

In order to be eligible, plays must be between 10 and 30 pages long, and can be on the subject of your choosing. Co-writing with other students is allowed. There are no fees to submit, and up to three plays per playwright/playwriting team may be submitted. Deadline for submissions is February 15. Pendragon will contact the winning playwrights in March, and the plays will be performed on May 6, 2016.

Attention Teachers! Pendragon is offering  free play writing workshops for your students to help them get started and stay on track. Taught by author Fred Balzac at Pendragon on November 12December 3 and Jan. 8

Contact Leslie at leslie@pendragontheatre.org if interested and for more information.

Competitive Co-ed Soccer Ages 15-18

We are trying to put together a co-ed indoor soccer team for ages 15-18. The team would begin playing games at the Crete Center the first week of February and continue through the end of April. They would play one game per week on either Saturday or Sunday. We would like to begin some optional practices before the season begins, and we have to sign our team up with the City of Plattsburgh Rec. Dept., so please let me know as soon as possible, but no later than December 5if you are interestedYou may contact Lisa Caito at lrcaito1@gmail.com 

Thank you!

Olivia's Reading Challenge

Olivia's November Reading Challenge! 
Kids: Keep track of how many books you read in the month of November.  Ask your parents and/or grandparents (or anyone else you would like to ask) to 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.  

Parents and kids give their donation directly to their library of choice.  Please email Samantha at smarocco@gmail.com with your total number of books read and donation amount, as in past years 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 audiobooks. Fiction, non fiction, poetry- it all counts! (Videos or movies are excluded.)

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!

Ski & Ride Program for Homeschool Families (Gore Mtn)

Greetings from snowy Gore Mountain!

Winter is making its approach in the Adirondacks, and we’re excited to share our Thursday lift & lesson program for homeschool students and their parents- a great opportunity to get the whole family out for exercise, fresh mountain air, and fun on the snow, all while building your skiing/riding skills. 

An all-day lift ticket and 90-minute class lesson are included each day.  Classes are grouped by similar age and ability level.  Lessons are in session 12-1:30pm giving you time for a few warm-up runs before, and the afternoon to practice your new skills if you wish.  Program meets January 12-March 2 (no program February 23).

Student lift & lesson: $172, with rentals $298
Parent lift & lesson: $232, with rentals $358
16/17 Season Passholder rate (student or parent): $127

Please contact our Snow Sports Director, Gail Setlock atGail@GoreMountain.com or (518) 251-2411, x1043 for more details and to register.  Feel free to share this message with everyone in your network. No minimum requirements – just lots of fun and great value!

Think snow!

Cindy Mitchell
Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Gore Mountain

Art and Spanish in November (Saranac Lake)

We will be holding 3 classes of Art and Spanish on the first three Thursdays in November at the Saranac Lake Baptist Church 11/3, 11/10, 11/17.

Spanish is taught by certified Spanish teacher, Doug Zobel, and is $30 for the 3-week session for the first child, and $15 for additional siblings for the 3-week session. Spanish will happen from9:30am-10:30am.

Art is taught by Joy Cranker, and we just ask for a few dollars donation to cover the cost of the nice, big, thick paper Joy buys for us each year. Art will be from 10:30am-11:30am.

Please RSVP to let us know that you will participate!

-Sunita, Joy and Doug

The Tempest performed by SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department

Come and join the SUNY Plattsburgh Theatre Department and discover Shakespeare’s own tale of discovery in one of his last plays, The Tempest.  Share Miranda’s sense of wonder as the world that has been her life suddenly becomes quite small.  And, what becomes of the Tempest of her father’s rage? Well you will have to come to Harman Theatre to discover that!

This special matinee of The Tempest is a great opportunity to introduce your junior and senior high students to the world of Shakespeare.  Written during the period of discovery in Europe, a time when Europeans themselves were becoming aware of civilizations outside their own, this play represents the ‘sea change’ affecting the cultural awareness of Elizabethan England.  The four hundred years between that time and now may seem like an enormous span of time, but compared to the sum of human history is really only a blink of the eye.  How much has really changed during that instant of time?

Please join us in the Hartman Theatre, located in the Myers Fine Arts building at SUNY Plattsburgh, Wednesday Nov 2, 9:30 for our special matinee.  The runtime on the play is approximately 2 hours including the intermission.  A cast and crew talk back will follow and optional backstage tours can be arranged. Tickets are discounted to $3 each for both students and chaperones.  We expect a large turnout, so do not hesitate in making your reservations.

If you are planning to attend the matinee, we encourage you to reserve your tickets as early as possible due to high demand. Please call our office at (518) 564-2243 to make a group reservation and take advantage of discount pricing.

Corn Maze Time Change

*** time change!-
We will plan to meet at 6pm for the teen corn maze night, park in front parking area & walk back to the corn maze. I'll meet families near the check in area by the maze.

Please RSVP to bokusfamily@westelcom.com so I know who I'm looking for.  thanks

Teen Social Night at Rulf's Corn Maze (in the dark).
Sat. October 15th 7-9 PM

Bonfire, snacks, flashlights in the corn maze.

bring a flashlight!

$7 adults over age 13, $5 ages 4-12, under 3 free
This is a drop off event for teens but if you have younger kids & want to
stay & do the maze with your family, that's ok too.

Homeschool Yoga Classes at Earthshine Yoga in Saranac Lake

We can hold adults-with-kids homeschool yoga classes at Earthshine Yoga in Saranac Lake, if people are interested. They would be fun, informal classes with lots of games to develop strength and flexibility. No prior experience necessary, no special equipment needed. We need at least 6 or more students including adults that want to participate. The charge would be $45 per hour to be shared per person participating. Please let me know if your are interested and I will take this further in scheduling a date if there is interest. Let me know how many kids and adults would like to participate and the ages of the kids.

Contact: Joy Cranker talkpiggy@aol.com

Lake Placid Center for the Arts: Weibrecht After School Programs-

The LPCA is proud to continue our Weibrecht AfterSchool Workshop Program.

Designed to give kids of all ages hands-on experience in a variety of artistic mediums, the Weibrecht AfterSchool Program pairs some of the area's best local artists with area students to produce some of the most interesting artistic pieces you will see all year.

Covering everything from basket weaving to pottery to juggling, every student is bound to find something that will pique their artistic interest.   


Students may register for any number of free workshops. Please check your dates carefully and be sure not to double book your child's workshops.

Many classes meet for several days. Students are expected to attend all dates listed for each registered class.

If you cannot attend a class after registering for it, please inform the office at 518.523.2512.  Failure to call prevents another child from having the opportunity to take the class.

All area children are invited to participate!

Please drop off & pick up kids promptly.

Leave your friends at home. We cannot accommodate extra kids in classes.

We ask that parents do not stay in the classroom.  But you are welcome to stay in one of the LPCA's waiting areas. 

Session 1 Workshops
Registration Begins:
Online: Monday, Oct. 3 at 9am
Phone: Monday, Oct. 10 at 9am
Workshops include: Birds of a Feather, Split Personalities, Moveable Mummies, Autumn Leaf Magnets, Pumpkin Books, Halloween Fun, Get Ready for Candy, Making Faces and Spooky Candle Shades.

Session 2 Workshops
Registration Begins:
Online: Monday, Oct. 17 at 9am
Phone: Monday, Oct. 24 at 9am
Workshops include: Coil-Crazed, Texture Town, Feel the Beat, Moving Fish and Colorful Shelled Turtles, Wise Old Owls, Leaf Bowls, Fall Fun, Clothespin Snowflakes, Sock Snowman and Butter Me Up!                         

Click Here to Register

Session 3 Workshops
Registration Begins:
Online: Monday, Nov. 14 at 9am
Phone: Monday, Nov. 21 at 9am
Workshops include: Starburst Ornament, DIY Kaleidoscope, Recycled Christmas, Weaved Cups and Getting Ready for Santa.                                                  

Saranac Lake History Day

History Day on October 21

Homeschool History Day is a big day in Saranac Lake! All are welcome, but think carefully before you decide to commit to this event which requires a lot of parental involvement! Sign up using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/prRqw3DpyGySjBxo2

Use this form to RSVP for History Day https://goo.gl/forms/prRqw3DpyGySjBxo2

We spend the morning hearing short oral presentations from the kids who dress up as historic characters or historic things that they researched. We have a potluck lunch and then spend the afternoon doing hands-on, multidisciplinary activities that provide clues leading up to the finding of a treasure.

We will meet at Historic Saranac Lake's (HSL) Historic Saranac Laboratory at 9:30am with kids' presentations starting at 10am

We'll have a pot luck lunch together around noon (there is a full kitchen at the lab so bring things that need to be cold or things that need to be warmed up).

After lunch we will walk to the Cure Cottage Museum on Helen Hill with our guide from HSL. It's a short walk. Then we will walk back to our cars at HSL and drive to the Little Red cottage at the Trudeau Institute (maps will be provided) for some more touring.

At each location we have hands-on learning activities for the kids in all subject areas - history, math, physics, biology, art, etc. We should be done by 3pm.

Here's what you have do to prepare for the day:
1. RSVP and let me know you're coming. The cost is $2 per person.
2. Help your child prepare a 5-or-so minute presentation and costume about the thing or person they want to research.
3. Think of what food or drink you'd like to bring to the potluck lunch and offer to bring plasticware, dishes, cups, and napkins if you have them sitting around your house.
4. Once we have our attendance numbers, you can (but aren't required to) buy small "treasure bag" items to put into each child's goodie bag that they take home at the end of the treasure hunt. We do have some teens, so try to think of small items that would be useful for teens and younger kids too.

Dictionaries for Third Graders

One of the Kwanias Club's of Clinton County purchases dictionaries for all third graders in Clinton county. The club normally does this through the school districts. This year they would also like to offer the dictionaries to homeschooled third graders. 

Please email stonebeckacademy@gmail.com if you have a third grader and would like a dictionary. I will be passing the number of dictionaries needed to Dr. Nancy Church of Plattsburgh State who will be purchasing the dictionaries. 

This information is needed by Monday October 3, 2016 as the dictionaries will be ordered next week. 

High School Writing Retreat

High School Writing Retreat
October 28 & 29, 2016
@ Paul Smith's College
This highly successful and exciting program brings students from all over the North Country to work with acclaimed performance poets. We've been running the program since 2005, and every year sees more interest, and a new group of excited students.

Through unique creative writing exercises, students generate poems and essays and learn to read their work to an audience. This program exposes students to diverse writing styles and backgrounds from contemporary writers.

All high school students, classes, and home-schooled students are invited! This event is still free for everyone, thanks to our amazing sponsors: Adirondack Foundation: Benght Ohman Fund, Evergreen Fund, Saranac Lake Public Education Fund, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Saranac Lake Young Arts Association, and Stewart's Holiday Match. 

*Contact Baylee to register for the High School Writing Retreat!*

Teen Social Night at Rulf's Corn Maze

Teen Social Night at Rulf's Corn Maze (in the dark).

Sat Oct 15-7-9pm

Bonfire, snacks, flashlights in the corn maze. Bring a flashlight!

Maze closes at  9pm, expect a long line at checkin (We may want to arrive earlier than 7).

$7 adults over age 13, $5 ages 4-12, under 3 free

This is a drop off event for teens but if you have younger kids & want to stay & do the maze with your family, that's ok too.

we did this with youth group a few years ago & it was LOTS of fun! & very crowded

Raindate Sat Oct 22, same evening time slot

* Please note- This is the first in a series of monthly teen social activities planned for homeschoolers this year. If your family would like to arrange to run one for a future month, please let me know & we can "claim" our months.Some ideas include: game night, movie night, bowling, laser tag, trampoline park, hiking, snow shoe trip, painting party, etc

RSVP to Amanda Bokus at bokusfamily@westelcom.com for the corn maze & to set up future teen activities. Thank you.

Piano and Guitar Teacher Looking for Students

Hello, my Name is James VanEtten and I would like to offer my abilities as a music teacher. I teach theory and performance for guitar and piano...$25 an hour lesson in my home. I teach beginner through intermediate. Contact me at 518-572-0004 or PM my facebook page @ James VanEtten/FB

Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks

 The Alice T. Miner Museum Presents
Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks
Thursday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m.

Chazy, New York – The Alice T. Miner Museum is pleased to announce a free program featuring author Sandra Weber, sure to inspire audiences with tales of the strength and courage of Adirondack women.
In this lively program of portrayals and stories, Sandra Weber presents the voices and wild spirit of Adirondack women. Dressed in period costume, Weber will deliver dramatic narratives of women such as pancake-flipper Mother Johnson, adventurer-activist Kate Field, poet Jeanne Robert Foster, and suffrage martyr Inez Milholland.

Sandra Weber of Elizabethtown has authored several books about the Adirondack region, including Two in the WildernessBreaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks (co-author, Peggy Lynn), Mount Marcy, The Finest Square Mile,and Adirondack Roots. Her article “Going Wild Over Thoreau” appeared in theAdirondack Reader, third edition and other articles have been published in Civil War TimesNYS Conservationist, Adirondack Life, Adirondack Explorer,Backpacker, Pennsylvania Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, and Highlights For Children. In addition to her writings, Sandra is also well-known for her dramatic portrayals of Mary Brown in “Times of Trouble” and of Mother Johnson, Jeanne Robert Foster, Kate Field, and other women in “Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks.”

Theatre Arts Day

DATE: 14 October 2016
TIME: 9:00-12:30pm
LOCATION: Lake Placid Center for the Arts

Join middle and high school in Exploring the World of Theatre through workshops in

*musical audition prep
*technical theatre
*arts administration
*monologue prep

RSVP to Courtney Allen by September 22, 2016
callen@northcountryschool.org or 518-837-5432

hosted by the North Country School

Hear a shoebox recipient talk about how a shoebox changed her life

Alina Aisina, an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox recipient from Central Asia will be speaking at various locations in the north country next month.

Many of our north country homeschoolers have been involved in the OCC shoebox collection over the past years. 

Come and hear her profound story of how a simple shoebox changed her life for the better.   She will be sharing her story at the following locations:

First Assembly of God
164 Prospect Ave., Plattsburgh
Thursday,  October 13th at 6:30 P.M. 

St Mary`s School
64 Amherst Ave., Ticonderoga, NY
Friday,  October 14th at 8: 15 A.M.

Mountainside Christian Academy
165 Route 9, Schroon Lake, NY
Friday, October 14 at 10:00 A.M.

Word of Life Bible Institute, Jack Wyrtzen Center
4200 Glendale Road, Pottersville, NY
Friday, October 14 at 12:00 P.M.

High Peaks Church
97 Will Rogers Dr.
Saranac Lake, NY
Friday, October 14th @ 3:30 P.M.

Shiloh Baptist Church
217 Webster St., Malone, NY
Friday,  October 14th  @ 6:30 P.M.

Rail Explorers- Ride the Railroad Field Trip

RailExplorers has offered to give homeschoolers a big discount ($10/person) on Friday, September 30 for their 9am ride from Saranac Lake to Lake Clear (CHECK IN: 8:45am at Saranac Lake Union Depot). Up to 52 people can be on this ride, and if we get more than 52 people, then they will open up the second ride of the day which leaves Lake Clear at 11:30am (CHECK IN: 10:45am at Saranac Lake Union Depot) and goes back to Saranac Lake. For more information and to sign up go tohttps://goo.gl/forms/IQtCZd7xhtPhQFS32

Swim and Gym

The Plattsburgh Y is offering a gym/swim program on Tuesdays at 1:30pm. The participants will be split into younger and older groups and one will do a group-swim-lesson and then a gym class. Then the groups will split about half way through. 

The fee is $40/8 week session for Y members
$60/8 weeks session of non Y members.
Please let Sarah Vaillancourt know (lovermont@gmail.com) asap if you're interested so she can get this started in the next week. 

Car Wash supporting local 4-H robotics club

Location:       Tractor Supply Company (TSC) parking lot in Plattsburgh
Date:              Saturday, September 17, 2016
Time:              10am-2pm
Cost:               $5 for wash - $10 including towel dry
Benefiting:    4-H Robotics Club - CanAdirondack Engineers - FTC Team 8397

Please stop by and support this group of regional 7-12 grade robot enthusiasts as they raise money to compete in the 2016-2017 FTC Robotics competition. The team consists of students from homeschooled families, Seton Catholic, Plattsburgh High School, and Saranac High School. Even if you do not need your car washed, simply stop by and see what we do. Donations graciously accepted.

Almonzo Wilder Homestead

Thank you, Sheri Beck, for setting up this field trip to the Wilder Farm in Malone. Sign up for the field trip at https://goo.gl/forms/ACj2x5kWJg4Uus3W2

Wilder Farm Tour
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
At 10 am or 1pm (The tour lasts about 2 hrs.)

*The maximum for each tour is 40-50 people, so we have 2 times scheduled to accommodate our group.

Our tour costs $3.50 for students.  All adults are $6.00.

We are asked to arrive 15-20 minutes before the tour begins to get checked in and be ready to begin the tours promptly at 10am and 1pm.

Come travel through the Wilder home, barns, pump house, sheepfold, outer grounds, museum display, and general store where souvenir purchases may be made. You may also choose to walk to the Trout River where the Wilders washed sheep, cut ice, swam and fished. Lunch can be brought to the Homestead and enjoyed under the outdoor pavilion.

The farm is located at:
177 Stacy Road Malone, NY 12953 

When you sign up for this tour, give the tour time you prefer to attend (10am or1pm) and the number in your party.  The tour times will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dance Classes at The Dance Sanctuary in Saranac Lake

Here is an announcement of dance classes at The Dance Sanctuary, a new studio in Saranac Lake run by wonderful people.

In addition to their offerings below, we will be working with them to set up a short session, just for fun, of country-style dancing for homeschoolers during the school day (probably when it starts to cool down and our field trips peter out!). But that is separate from this full list of offerings below.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Miss Mandi & Miss Vanessa <thedancesanctuary@gmail.com>

Miss Mandi and I wanted to send you our current schedule and registration form for dance classes at our new studio in Saranac Lake. http://thedancesanctuary.com/

We start the first 12-week session of classes next Monday.

Please let us know if you have any questions! 

Miss Vanessa ( & Miss Mandi) 

LPCA: Lightwire Christmas

Lightwire Theatre:
A Very Electric Christmas
Mon, December 19 at 10am

Location: Lake Placid Center for the Arts

Cost: $2 person
Contact: 523-2512

Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky.

When a young bird gets separated from his parents, while flying south for the winter, his holiday adventure begins as he attempts to be reunited with his parents and make it home to celebrate Christmas.
Lightwire Theater, known for their signature brand of dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling and music designed to evoke imagery, debuted their first holiday show "A Very Electric Christmas" in their hometown of New Orleans in December of 2013. This show has unique elements that may be customized and/or localized for your City or State, i.e., the fleur de lis at the top of the Christmas tree, the logo on the helmet, etc.
This captivating and magical tale of adventure, friendship and love, centers around a young bird named Max, a familiar character to Lightwire Theater audiences and brings a whole new meaning to coming "home for the holidays."
Performed in complete darkness, this creative storyline features Nutcracker soldiers with candy-canes, naughty Rats, an electric Christmas tree surrounded by presents, glow worms, dancing flowers and other creatures that light up the stage.

LPCA: The Puppet People

The Puppet People's
A Christmas Carol
Wed, December 14 at 9:30am
Cost: 2 per person
Location: Lake Placid Center for the Arts

Warm your hearts with Charles Dickens' holiday classic. This puppet spectacular features beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, a giant 9-foot parade puppet and guaranteed smiles! Experience this literary masterpiece that reaches far beyond the holiday season.