Online Registration Begins Saturday, January 30 at 12:01am
Phone Registration Begins Monday, February 8 at 9:00am (M-F 9am-5pm)
Get more information and register online for the 2016 Winter/Spring AfterSchool Workshops

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.  

Pre-registration is required.

Online registration begins Saturday, January 30 at 12:01am.  You can register online by clicking here.

You may register by phone on Monday, February 8 at 9am by calling 518.523.2512.

Students may register for two 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 at518.523.2512.  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.

1812 Homestead Spring Offerings

We are again fortunate to receive a grant of $2500.00 from the Miles Hudson Veron Foundation to help schools offset the cost of their trip to the 1812 Homestead. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis, and may be used towards transportation expenses, or to subsidize the per child admission price. See enclosed flyer.

Contact us: Nina Welsh, Director Phone: 518-572-1726 Fax: 518--963-4165 P.O. Box 102, Willsboro, NY 12996

We have developed a wonderful Maple Sugaring Program for your class. We will make syrup the old fashion way, using the same sap collection methods that produced the abundance of maple syrup that the pioneers enjoyed. The children, divided in to five groups, will experience all stations.
1st group: will learn the production of tapping the trees.
2nd group: will carry the sap to boiling in the sugar house.
3rd group: will learn how the Iroquois used maple products.
4th group: will help our resident pioneer woman make maple goodies over the hearth in the
5th group: will go to the school house and learn why maple trees are so important.
The Stewart’s Shops give the 1812 Homestead a grant to enable schools and their students to participate in the Maple Sugar Program. Each student only has to pay $5.00 for the program. It’s been a tradition of the Homestead to make maple syrup since 1813.


The Maple Sugar program is designed for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. Other elementary grades can participate. The students will be divided into five groups. The groups will participate in:
A. Learn about maple trees B. Watch sap boil C. Collect sap
D. Taste real maple syrup E. Help make the syrup the American Indian Way.

Contact us: Nina Welsh, Director Phone: 518-572-1726 Fax: 518--963-4165 P.O. Box 102, Willsboro, NY 12996
May, June, September, October
After the maple syrup is produced and stored for the year we will return to our daily chores is the Pioneer Living Program. We begin in the school house, then to the shingle shop, take a tractor/wagon ride to our tree house, also hearth cooking, candle making, blacksmithing, rail splitting/fence building, and search for our animal decoys on our nature trail. And learn about all of the animals on our farm that you will feed and care for.
Both programs run from 9:15am to 1:00pm. The cost is $12.00 per person.



Family in Need of a Piano

We are in need of a good piano. Our present one has served us well, but has reached retirement.  Please contact us if you have one or know of someone who is looking for a new home for their piano.

Thank you.

phid007 at (remove the spaces and the at and replace with @) 

North Country Homeschool Co-op 1/20/16

North Country Homeschool Co-op 1/20/16

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
Miss Mary Mack & Fun with Music -- PreK -- Meghan Rini
All About Japan -- K-3 -- Chris Newcomb
Flower Fairy Class -- 3-5 -- Samantha Marocco
Shakespeare -- 4-12 -- Cheryl Lussier

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

1:00 - 2:00:
5 Character Traits: Gratitude -- K-3 -- Kelli Trombley
Sculpty Clay Figurines -- 4-8 -- Amanda Bokus
Intro to Spreadsheets (Part 2) -- 8-12 -- TJ Warren

11:00a - 12:00p

Miss Mary Mack & Fun With Music

Teacher: Meghan Rini
RSVP: Meghan Rini,

Elementary (K - 2nd):

All About Japan
This class will provide a brief introduction to Japan.  In addition to a read-a-loud about Japan, we will identify Japan on the map, learn some of its main geographical features, learn a few Japanese phrases, create some basic origami, sing a song, and discover some similarities between Japan & the United States.  I will share photos of my time in Japan, and bring some Japanese items.

Teacher: Chris Newcomb
Class Size: Max 15
RSVP: Chris Newcomb,

Gr 3-5:

Flower Fairy Class

We’ll read poems and look at art by Cicely Mary Barker and do various art, vocabulary, parts of a flower, etc activities around them.

Teacher: Samantha Marocco

Gr 4 -12:

Shakespeare (Part 2 of 5)
Playing With Plays Presents Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" For Kids. The purpose of this short 15 minute play is to instill the love of acting and Shakespeare into kids. This play is an adaptation to make it easier for kids to understand, but also contains some of the more famous actual lines from the play.
We'll need a minimum of 10 kids to run this class. Classes take place on January 6th, 20th, February 3rd, 17th, and March 2nd. Each child will assume a role, so it is important that anyone interested in this class is able to make it to every session.

Teacher: Cheryl Lussier
Class Size: 10 minimum
Fee:  FREE
RSVP: Cheryl Lussier,

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


5 Character Traits: Gratitude

This is the second of a 5 class series covering different positive character traits.  Students will discuss what each trait means, ways to demonstrate it, and work on related activities.

Teacher: Kelli & Louis Trombley
Fee:  $5 per student. Will cover handouts for all 5 classes
Class Size: 10 max
RSVP: Kelli Trombley,

Gr 4-8:

Sculpty Clay Figurines
Make small sculpty clay figures.  Please bring a few individual packages of different colored sculpty.  There will also be some available to share.  Tutorials available for ideas.  

Teacher: Amanda Bokus
RSVP: Amanda Bokus,

Gr 6-12:
Intro to Spreadsheets
Learn the basics of how spreadsheets work.  Please bring a laptop if you have one, and a pencil & paper for note taking.  This is part 2 of 2 classes.  The 1/20 class will be Intermediate Spreadsheets, and continue to cover the topic in more depth.

Teacher: TJ Warren
RSVP:  Holly Warren,

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.

Music Together for Infants Toddlers and Preschoolers

Defensive Driving Class

Winter is definitely coming upon us, ... although not yet this week :)

When the roads get nasty and the temperatures drop we will again offer a warm and friendly money saving Safe Driving Course at the Saranac Town Hall and the Champlain Town Hall as well this February.

We will again be providing classes at these two locations from 9:00am - 3:00pm

  • FEBRUARY 20th, 2016  Champlain Town Hall

  • FEBRUARY 27th, 2016  Saranac Town Hall 

Cost is $29.00
Call Now to Reserve your seats : 518-578-9626 or send an mail to:

This is the best possible price in our area since the local high schools and colleges are charging up to $45.00 !!!

Take advantage of this Reduced Price, DMV monitored – 6 hour Defensive Driving Course.

And there is no need to pre-pay either as these others require. Just bring your driver's license, a pen, a bag lunch, and your payment the day of the class. 

This is a New York State (PIRP) Points and Insurance Reduction Program class and all attendees will receive 10% off their Collision, No-Fault and Liability Auto and Motorcycle Insurance as well as up to a 4 Point reduction from their Driver's License, DMV Point total.

We will help you to SAVE LIVES & SAVE MONEY! 

(We also offer those who may be interested in taking the NYS Approved ONLINE IPIRP option at

Thank you,              
Todd Rabideau

Looking for High School Girls for Indoor Soccer League

(Forwarding on behalf of Jen Clark. Please direct all questions to her at

Hey everybody, 
I'm looking to recruit some high school girls for an indoor soccer league out of Plattsburgh at the Crete Center. 
The session runs from February 7-April 17th.  My older girls play, and we need a few more!  It's Sunday afternoons for 8 total games, and $70 to register with the team.  
PLEASE let me know if you have anybody interested.  

They would ALWAYS be able to carpool with us to games, if that would help.

Ice Skating

Homeschool ice skating- Wednesday, January 13th between 2-3pm. Located at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center at 90 Sharron Ave, Plattsburgh, NY.

Adults and one child from each family is $5 each, $2 for each additional CHILD. Skates can be rented for $2

Homeschool Thursdays Season’s Pass / Chi & Ski Program 2016

Word had been received from Mt. Van Hoevenberg that ski season 2016 is on! 

Those interested in getting their homeschool season’s pass and rentals are encouraged to do so if they have not already.  If you have little ones that will be renting MVH equipment, they run out fairly soon due to all the lesson programs.  I have heard from several families that there may be equipment to lend out/sell within the homeschooling community, so be sure to inquire if interested.

Joe Kahn will be available starting this Thursday (Jan. 6) for anyone that can make the short notification.  Unfortunately, our family schedule is not flexible enough to make it this week.  Because of the time needed to get fitted and season’s passes purchased, I would encourage you to go anytime between now and next Thursday’s class (Jan.14) to get set up.  I am not sure where Joe will be holding the Chi portion of the class.  The staff in the lodge should be able to tell us.  We had talked about using the press building across the stadium from the lodge, we’ll see.

For those unfamiliar with the grounds at VanHo, season’s passes and equipment rentals are handled at the main lodge.  This is NOT the building you see when you first pull in by the flags and shooting range.  Keep going up to the large main parking lot driving further along the road then sharp left up the hill then left to the parking lot.  Park and walk up the footpath to the lodge / snack area. 

Look forward to seeing you there!
Janice Stainken

Present this email for easy processing of this discounted season’s pass price:

Homeschool Thursdays Season’s Pass / Chi & Ski Program 2016

HomeSchoolThursdays                                                                                                                        Join lifetime educator Joe Kahn for Tai Chi, Skiing and sun games with Home school students from Essex, Clinton and Franklin Counties. This season long program will offer a wonder of possibilities on our Olympic Trails and a dedicated space for home school enrichment and activities.

Time:     10-12                                    
Date:      Thursdays  January 7 to March 17
Cost:      $50 for youth / $100 for parents (includes season pass)                                           
Season Rental Price: $50.00
Kris Cheney Seymour

Josie’s Natural History Interactive Series                                                                                                  

Saturday’s and holiday weeks at our new woodland retreat, we celebrate the dream of Josephine Schofield. You will find naturalists, artists and leaders in our community for a series of unique natural history lessons about Mt Van Hoevenberg and the Adirondack Region. These will be an experience unique to our wonderful Adirondacks in spired by the dream of Josephine and Henry Van Hoevenberg.

The programs are led in part by staff from The Wild Center, Wildlife Conservation Society, faculty from Paul Smith’s College as well as other local naturalists, historians and entertainers.

Time:     11:00 – 3:00                        

Date:      December 12, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 / January 1, 2, 3, 9, 16, 23, 30 / February 6, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 27 / March 5, 12, 19
Cost:      Free

Ski for Free for 3rd and 4th Graders in NY

ISKINY Free for Kids

The ISKINY Free for Kids Passport program is available to 3rd and 4th graders.  Apply today for your 3rd or 4th Grader!
3rd & 4th Graders from anywhere - New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada, the Bahama's - really - can ski or ride free at the majority of New York Resorts this winter when accompanied by a paying adult. If you are a 3rd or 4th grader and you've never skied before, the Learn To Ski or Ride Passport is available for FREE.
Here are the two parts of the program, you can do one or both!
1) The Ski & Ride passport gives your 3rd or 4th grader 3 free tickets at each participating ski area, you buy a lift ticket your 3rd or 4th graders get one free, 3 times per participating ski area.
2) The Learn To Ski & Ride Passport gives your 3rd or 4th grader a beginner lift ticket, rental and beginner lesson for each participating ski area in that part of the program. No adult purchase necessary. This is for kids who don't know or are learning to ski or snowboard and are beginners.

APPLY ONLINE TODAY!!! IT IS  THE FASTEST WAY!!- You can Apply, upload the proof of grade and pay the processing fee all online now! Click Here To Do that Today! It is a $26 processing fee per child per type of passport ($51 for both passports per child) Be sure to include a copy of the report card or progress report with your application, you can take a picture of it and upload while applying online.

Our brochure and application for 2015-16 is now available - Download Here!  Feel free to make copies or pass it on to your friends.