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.

LPCA: Illstyle & Peace

DATE: 10/7/2016 10am 
LOCATION: Lake Placid Center for the Arts
COST: $2

For Tickets: 518.523.2512

Don't miss this Philadelphia-based company working in contemporary, West African, and old-school hip-hop styles, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing.

lllstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2002 by Brandon "Peace" Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, and old-school hip-hop styles, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing.
With incredible energy and personalities to match, the dancers of Illstyle & Peace demonstrate that by perseverance and focus, you can reach your highest goals. Tracing hip hop dance styles from the late 70's through today, this acclaimed ensemble teaches positive messages, including "Think It—Do It—Become It." The groups celebrates the art and movement of hip hop and includes a funky blend of locking, breaking, popping, tap and house dancing, vocal percussions, D.J.ing, and modern and traditional dance forms. An emphasis is placed on the similarity of some hip hop moves to those found in ballet, modern and traditional dance forms.
lllstyle & Peace Productions has toured to critical acclaim nationally and internationally and is committed to delivering positive messages to all audiences.
"Watching these dancers was like watching the greatest ballet virtuosos, each fighting gravity and the appearance of effort, and demanding and getting the impossible from the human body. They were fabulous." -The New York Times

LPCA: Circo Aereo: The Pianist

DATE: Wednesday 10/5/2016
LOCATION: Lake Placid Center for the Arts
For Tickets: 518.523.2512
Engaging and energetic, the riotous solo circus show is the story of a concert pianist whose quest to perform the recital of his life becomes a total catastrophe. The hapless pianist juggles, shuffles and stumbles from one incident to the next in a hilarious and unforgettable performance for kids and adults alike.
At the peak of high society entertainment sits The Pianist‘s pianist. Impeccable in every aspect he glides graciously through life never placing a foot out of step. He is, in a word: perfection. Or at least… that’s what he thinks.
The Pianist is a solo comic contemporary circus piece by Thomas Monckton (Moving Stationery) and Circo Aereo (Finland). The show is centered on, in, under, and around one of the most magnificent of all musical instruments, the grand piano. Accompanying this elegant apparatus is the poised pianist himself. Only he is so focused on impressing everyone that before he realizes it, his show has transformed from the highbrow concert he hoped for into the spectacularly amusing catastrophe that is The Pianist. To salvage his somewhat unsalvageable dignity the pianist draws on his imagination and comes up with some rib-tickling and absurd results.
The Pianist mixes classical clowning with contemporary circus to produce a charming piece of comedy about the lure of luxury.


LPCA: The Glass Managerie

For grades 5 to 12.
DATE: Wednesday 28 September 10am
COST: $2 a person
For Tickets: 518.523.2512

Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

Sweet Expectations: Young Women in Harmony

WHEN: October 29, 2016 from 9:00 am — 4:00 pm

WHERE: Plattsburgh Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

WHAT: Sweet Expectations, a Young Women in Harmony workshop is an event
where girls, ages 12 and above are able to learn about 4-part a cappella barbershop style singing in a group setting. Sheet music and learning tracks are provided in advance. On the day of the workshop, participants will arrive and spend the day working with an experienced clinician. Songs will be polished, choreography added, and the students will perform at 4:00 in the Plattsburgh Presbyterian Church. Joining them will be the Champlain Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines and several other local singing groups.

Sponsored by Champlain Valley Chorus Sweet Adelines


(Includes t-shirt, sheet music, learning tapes)

Participants will bring a bagged lunch, drink and snacks. DEADLINE: October 12, 2016 Although designed for the students, educators are welcome to attend and become more familiar with barbershop style music.

Six Nations Indian Museum Field Trip

Date : Friday Sept. 16th
Time: 10am
Where: Six Nations Indian Museum 
             1466 County Route 60, Onchiota, NY 12989
Cost: $5 per adult and $3 per child.

 If you could RSVP with how many are going and rough ages of the kids by Friday Sept 9th.  That way I can give the museum a better idea of how many to expect

You can either email me: animaldocny@yahoo.com, call my cell 518-569-5981 or pm me on facebook.