REMINDER: Fall Soccer Sign Up


Here is the link to sign up ages 4-18 for the North Country Homeschool Soccer Team, which will practice at Kate Mountain Park in Vermontville on Saturdays in September and October 2017. All the details about the program are provided at this link, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Deadline to sign up: August 18, 2017

The cost will be less than $20 per child for the season, and I will make a discount for families with more than one child. I won't know the final cost until sign-ups are done, because the cost of field insurance varies with the number of kids participating. For this reason, please only sign your kids up if you are quite certain they will be participating. I need an accurate head count before I buy the insurance.

Thanks!
Sunita Halasz

Fall Homeschool Soccer Sign-Up

Here is the link to sign up ages 4-18 for the North Country Homeschool Soccer Team, which will practice at Kate Mountain Park in Vermontville on Saturdays in September and October 2017. All the details about the program are provided at this link, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Deadline to sign up: August 18, 2017

The cost will be less than $20 per child for the season, and I will make a discount for families with more than one child. I won't know the final cost until sign-ups are done, because the cost of field insurance varies with the number of kids participating. For this reason, please only sign your kids up if you are quite certain they will be participating. I need an accurate head count before I buy the insurance.

Tri Lakes Area Not Back-to-School picnic (Everyone invited)

The "Not Back-To-School Picnic" is on Wed. Sept. 6th at 10 am till noon or beyond at the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake.

Everyone brings their own lunch and any info, class ideas, field trip ideas, and questions they have to share for the coming year. 

We would love to know if you are interested in coming and hope to see you there. All are welcome, even if you live outside the Tri-Lakes area.

Enjoy Summer,

Joy

Ticonderoga Historical Society Essay Contest: Grades 10-12


For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017
Contact: William Dolback or Diane O’Connor, 518-585-7868 or tihistory@bridgepoint1.com

Cash prizes to be awarded
Historical Society Invites Students to Enter Essay Competition
Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society invites high school students in New York and Vermont to participate in its “Steamboats in the Champlain Valley” Essay Contest. This contest is designed to foster an understanding of the importance of steamboats in the development of the Champlain Valley as well as foster excellence in research and writing through the use of primary sources.
Participation is open to any student within Vermont or New York State who will be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade (or equivalent for home schools or independent study) as of September 2017. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded in both fiction and non-fiction categories. The deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, October 1, 2017, 5 p.m. EST.
The essay topic should address steamboats and their impact on the Champlain Valley. The Champlain Valley includes Lake Champlain, Lake George and the Champlain Canal, as well as the shoreline communities that touch those bodies of water. Possible topics could include: How steamboats spurred economic development; Steamboats and their impact on tourism; the life of a steamboat captain, or; the challenges of women steamboat captains. Students, however, are encouraged to think creatively and choose a unique topic related to steamboats.
Additional information regarding the competition may be obtained at:
http://steamboathistory.ticonderogahistoricalsociety.org/index.html
Funding for the project was made available in part by a grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership and sponsorship from the Lake George Steamboat Company.
Founded in 1897 and chartered in 1909, the Ticonderoga Historical Society advances the preservation and interpretation of history through its collections, programs and community outreach. The Historical Society makes area history an integral part of community life by connecting past and present.


Homeschool Soccer- Vermontville Team

Fall 2017 Homeschool Soccer Information! Here are the details, and I will post a link to the sign-up form in a few days.
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**Note the field location change**
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The North Country Homeschool Soccer Team is for all ability levels and focuses on skills development and healthy fun. For the age 12+ kids, we will have one (or possibly two) games against another area team. We're also going to try to organize one game for the 9-11 age group.

All kids must wear sneakers and shin guards and have a water bottle. Cleats optional.

COST: About $20/child for the season, hopefully a little less. I won't know the final cost until we have all our kids signed up because the cost of the insurance varies depending on the number of kids. Last year we only charged $8/child to cover the cost of insurance, but this year we need to buy fresh first aid supplies, goalkeeper equipment, more pop-up soccer goals, and kids also really wanted team t-shirts last year. All the balls, pinneys, and cones are donated to us by the Saranac Lake Youth Soccer Association so that's a big money saver.

WHO: Ages 4-18. Siblings older than 18 are very welcome to participate as assistant coaches! We generally divide the kids into groups by age, but if your child would like to be with a different age group, there will be a place to indicate that on the sign up form. Last year a few younger kids who had well-developed skills wanted to be with older kids, and some older kids who were still just learning wanted to be younger kids. It can all be accommodated, and no one should feel uncomfortable, though parents should be certain that their child is safe to play with larger or smaller-sized people.

WHEN: 7 Saturdays, September 9-October 28 (no practice October 14 due to a really neat pumpkin trebuchet festival at the park). Ages 4-11 practice from 2-3pm, Ages 12-18 practice from 2-4pm.

WHERE: Kate Mountain Park, Rt. 3, Vermontville, NY. About 40 minutes from Plattsburgh, 20 minutes from Saranac Lake.

I changed the location so that it was closer to our house. I hope you'll still want to participate with us! But, if the distance is a problem for some families, please know that we won't be offended if you want to organize your own team at the Cadyville Rec Park. We can play games against each other! If there is someone who wants to organize this, I can provide you with the name of the Town of Plattsburgh Athletic Director and how to purchase team insurance.

Sunita and Steve Halasz

Homeschool Camp: Camp Cherokee (August 20-August 25)

Dates: August 20th - 25th, 2017. (Sunday, August 20th (dinner time) through Friday, August 25th (morning))

Location: Camp Cherokee (Lake Saranac: 433 Gilpin Bay)

Cost: For the week will be $471/family (not person) plus a meal for everyone including staff and being a helper at additional meal.
          Note: If you are interested in bringing another adult with you for the week (Grandparent), it is an additional $127.  Foster children are considered family children and included in the price.

Deposit: I am collecting a $100 deposit which is non-refundable to help the camp know the number of families that will be attending so they can determine the required staff. You may mail me your deposit: Tammy Neureuther 11 Carriagehouse Lane, West Chazy, NY 12992

Interested or Questions: Contact Tammy Neureuther (home 518-563-7036 or cel518-569-3327 or email tamneureuther@yahoo.com). We'd love to have you join the fun:)

This is my children’s favorite week of the year!

Extra details:
Sunday night’s pot luck dinner or we order pizza (everyone splits the cost); last year, we had enough families and Kari supplied Sunday’s meal. In addition, your family will be a helper at another meal. Depending on the number of families, I may ask everyone to contribute something towards a breakfast (box of cereal or gallon of milk) and help cleaning up for one extra meal. In the past, people have been incredibly helpful so clean-up is pretty easy with all the hands at work. As the number of teenagers increase, I will be asking them to help a little extra this year!

Activities (all included in the cost):
Ø  Pool with lifeguard
Ø  Horseback riding
Ø  Archery or Knife throwing
Ø  Ping Pong
Ø  Small Sand Pit (little boys liked it there!)
Ø  Vollyball/Sand area
Ø  Playground area
Ø  Motorboats with almost everything imaginable behind them (staff drives the boats)
Ø  Boat Area - includes kayaks, canoes, paddle boats (this is open all day but we need an adult on land and everyone needs to sign the boats out)
Ø  Chapel time

Other things you may want to know --

·        The kitchen is vegetarian; hence no meat – milk, eggs & dairy are fine.
·        You bring your own bedding, towels, etc (beds and bunks are provide). I’ll let you know what beds/bunks you will have in your room before you go.
·        Every family supplies a meal - so food is mostly covered. You can put the food you bring in the main kitchen where there is a walk in fridge and area to store food. (You may also want to bring extra snacks for your family in a plastic container if you store where you sleep or you can store anything you want in the kitchen)
·        Due to allergies, we have only allowed peanut butter in the kitchen and asked that an adult makes the sandwich, then they watch the child while they eat it. Afterwards, please wash everyone’s hands. If you have other allergy concerns, or this policy is not acceptable, please notify me and we will work together to insure everyone is safe!
·        You may want to bring stuff for s’mores – they are a hit on nights we have a campfire!
·        Bring your favorite board game - kids love to play games together on rainy days or in the evening.

Feel free to contact me with questions. You can email me at tamneureuther @yahoo.com or call me at (h)518-563-7036 or (c) 518-569-3327. My kids are looking forward to an amazing time with their friends, both new and old, and I’m looking forward to the peace and friendship I enjoy each year.

New Dead-Line for Peru Library Homeschool Art Show

Due to a scheduling conflict with the library, Art will now be hung on Tuesday August 1st. Art will now remain up until Applefest and I have proposed that I will remove the art on Tuesday September 19th. Once I receive confirmation on that and reception info, I will pass it along.
Let's set a new deadline of July 29th. But feel free to drop it off there or to me anytime between now and then. Because of new deadline.... if you were on the fence but ran out of time... feel free to join. Just let me know so I can add you to reception list.

purplepyrz51 at gmail.com

Adirondack Experience at Blue Mountain Lake

The Adirondack Experience will be hosting its annual HomeSchool Day on September 13, 2017. I will be posting more information on our Facebook page as it becomes available. I will also be sending more information over the summer.

See you there!

Diane L Carver, Assistant Educator
Please follow School Programs on FaceBook.

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Education Dept.
9097 State Route 30
P.O. Box 99
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

Tales From Shakespeare Play- Sat Jun 10th at 6:30 PM free admission

THE CHATTERING CHIPMUNKS' 4-H THEATER GROUP
PRESENTS THE PLAY

“Tales From Shakespeare”















Written by William Shakespeare
and adapted for stage


Free Admission
Saturday, June 10, 2017 6:30 p.m.
North Country Alliance Church
7 Northern Avenue, Plattsburgh NY

UPDATE on Homeschool Art Show

I wanted to send out a quick update regarding the Homeschool Art Show at the Peru Library. 

The library has said that we CAN drop off art to the library. You can begin dropping off art anytime starting next week. I will be hanging it the end of June so I would like to shoot for a deadline of TUESDAY JUNE 27th. Once you drop off your art, please send me a quick email letting me know.  If you would rather meet up, I will still gladly meet you to pick up your art. Please RSVP if you wish to participate. Please note that my email has changed since last year. Thanks to those who have already RSVP'd and HUGE THANKS to those who have already given me art!! 

Still loads of time to get your creativity on. Take advantage of the rain! :)  Any kind of art may be submitted. Multiple pieces may be submitted. No age requirements. 

Thanks! 

(Original message below) 

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The Peru Library has invited the homeschool community to once again display our art for the months of July and August. All homeschooling families receiving this email are invited to participate. 

Hanging art NEEDS to be matted.  This can be homemade matting or you can purchase matting. It does not have to be anything fancy. Construction paper to cardstock to premade matting are all fine!  

Art does NOT need to be framed

There are display cases available for non hanging items.In the past, we have displayed textiles, pottery, felted items, craft items, notecards etc...

All art needs to be tagged with name (or initals), age and location (city, town or county) 

Everyone may submit multiple pieces. There is no age requirement. 

(Removed info about dropping off).

There has been a closing reception the past couple of years. (Details to follow).  Art has to stay up until the closing reception.  If you are unable to attend the reception, I will remove your art after the reception and make arrangements to meet. 

If you think your family may be interested, please let me know so I can have an approximate count. 

Any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 
purplepyrz51 at gmail dot com. 

Thank you! 

Adirondack Boreal Bird Training and Monitoring 2017

Thanks to a grant from Northern New York Audubon to Shingle Shanty and SUNY ESF, we are pleased to be able to offer up two boreal bird trainings this year as well as an opportunity on June 10th to do boreal bird surveys at various locations around the Adirondacks with experienced birders. 

This project builds off of the work that began under an EPA funded project to detect wetland response to climate change in the Adirondacks (the final report from that project can be reached by the link at the bottom of the page).

These trainings are to be held on the following dates and locations:
  1. Saturday May 27th, 2017 1 - 4 pm at Paul Smith's College VIC,8023 State Route 30
    Paul Smiths, New York 12970
  2. Sunday June 4th, 2017 1 - 4 pm at Adirondack Interpretive Center, 5922 State Route 28N
    Newcomb, NY 12852
The training sessions are a general overview of the project, an introduction to birds in the Adirondacks, an overview of the field methods for the survey and field time with experienced birders.  
If you are interested in attending the training in Paul Smiths on May 27th please RSVP to egaleotti@paulsmiths.edu 
If you are interested in attending the training in Newcomb on June 4th please RSVP to aic@esf.edu 

Once we get a feel for how many folks might be interested we will reach out with specific information on locations, times and leaders, for the June 10th boreal bird survey day.
Thanks for your continued interest in boreal birds and please share this email with anyone who might be interested!
All the best,
Steve Langdon

The project report can be found at : https://www.apa.ny.gov/Research/DetectingClimateChangeAdirondacks_96295000_FinalReport_20170321.pdf

Fort Ticonderoga Homeschool Day

Fort Ticonderoga Homeschool Day is scheduled for Friday, September 8th 2017. Pricing, tour information and reservation contacts can all be found in the link below.

Shelburn Museum Vermont: Passoort to Learning Homeschool Day

The Shelburne Museum Passport to Learning Homeschool Day is Monday, June 12th

 Passport to Learning is a fun day filled with workshops. You can participate in workshops and/or tour the museum. 

See the link for pricing, workshop information and contact information. 

Third Annual Homeschool Art Show

The Peru Library has invited the homeschool community to once again display our art for the months of July and August. All homeschooling families receiving this email are invited to participate. 

Hanging art NEEDS to be matted.  This can be homemade matting or you can purchase matting. It does not have to be anything fancy. Construction paper to cardstock to premade matting are all fine!  

Art does NOT need to be framed

There are display cases available for non hanging items.In the past, we have displayed textiles, pottery, felted items, craft items, notecards etc...

All art needs to be tagged with name (or initals), age and location (city, town or county) 

Everyone may submit multiple pieces. There is no age requirement. 

I will be personally collecting and hanging the artwork. Please do not drop off your art to the library. I will begin collecting art in June.

There has been a closing reception the past couple of years. (Details to follow).  Art has to stay up until the closing reception.  If you are unable to attend the reception, I will remove your art after the reception and make arrangements to meet. 

If you think your family may be interested, please let me know so I can have an approximate count. 

Any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 
purplepyrz51 at gmail dot com. 

A Taste of Broadway in the North Country

I am writing to enthusiastically invite you and your students to a free performance of The Art of Living, an original musical comedy play, on the morning of Thursday Oct-5 at the Strand Center Theatre located in downtown Plattsburgh.  This invite was sent out to most schools in the area and already over half the seats of the Strand Center Theatre are booked.  Please act quickly.

Attached is a PDF invitation with details about the day that you can easily share with your teachers or parents. 

As a lifelong teacher (and current art teacher at Rouses Point Elementary) I am thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to our community's students. In addition to getting to see a live performance of an original play, they will get to ask the cast and creative team about the process of bringing a show from concept to performance. They'll also get to see the recently renovated historic Strand Center Theatre in action!  

Along with the PDF invitation, I have attached a flyer about the performance and a copy of the script. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like any additional information about the show by emailing my at info@dangallagherplaywright.com. I very much hope to see you at the theater!

Sincerely,
Dan Gallagher


February 6, 2017

Hello,

I am excited to share that my original musical comedy, The Art of Living, will be hosted by the Strand Center Theatre this October. As a lifelong educator, it was important to me that this also be an opportunity to provide a unique experience for students in the area. We will be presenting a free performance for school groups, where kids can learn about the creative process of a musical comedy and also experience a live show at the beautiful, historic Strand Center Theatre.

What: A free performance of The Art of Living, an original musical comedy play written by Dan Gallagher,

Plattsburgh native and Rouses Point Elementary School art teacher. After the performance, there will be a Q&A with the cast and creative team.

Who: This special performance is open to student groups and their teachers. The show is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

When: Thursday October 5th, 2017 at 10:15am. It is recommended that you arrive 45 minutes early.

Where: The Strand Center Theatre, 25 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh NY.

Notes: No food or drink is allowed in the theater. School busses can unload in front of the theater, but there is not parking on site. The Durkee Street parking lot is large enough to accommodate busses.

If you would like to attend, please confirm by email to info@dangallagherplaywright.com with the name of the school, a contact list of the teachers, and the total number of students and teachers who will be attending. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I hope to see you there!

Educator Development workshop series kicks off this summer

Creative Classrooms
BluSeed Studios offers
professional development
for teachers

BluSeed Studios  has launched the Creative Classrooms Project, a workshop series specifically designed to help secondary education teachers learn new skills and earn up to 20 hours of professional development credits.
These workshops are taking place this summer and fall and are appropriate for teachers of all disciplines and artistic abilities, with the option to do them over one or two days. The retreat-style program provides in-depth exploration of a particular artistic technique or practice, as well as dedicated time for peer review, discussion and critique. In addition, working in small groups led by professional artists and educators from regional Universities and Colleges, participants can identify new ways to enrich their classrooms.  
The instruction takes place in a non-institutional setting at BluSeed Studios, enabling participants to relax and reboot their teaching practices, says BluSeed Artistic Director Carol Marie Vossler.
“The workshop objectives are threefold: To learn new creative processes that correlate with STEAM core standards, share classroom values and strategies with the other attendees as well as ‘take a deep breath’ and experience the beautiful Adirondack setting,” she said.  
Creative Classroom workshops are eligible for Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) certification credits through a partnership with the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA). Funding for this program was provided by a grant through the New York State Council on the Arts.
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More information and the 2017 workshop schedule can be found at www.bluseedstudios.org./creativeclassrooms. Contact BluSeed Studios at 518-891-3799, email sunny.rozakis @bluseedstudios.org or visit www.bluseedstudios.org

Used Curriculum Sale

A used homeschool curriculum sale is scheduled for May 1 from 2-4 (set-up at 1:30) at the Newman Center in Plattsburgh. You can sell items or come just to browse/buy! 
For those wishing to sell items:

We had plenty of available table space last year, however, the room is small and can only accommodate so many tables so an RSVP is a MUST (regardless of whether you are bringing your own table or not). Space can only be guaranteed if I know you are coming!
Any unsold items must be taken home by you at the end of the sale.

If you have any questions or wish to reserve table space, please contact Jennifer Miller by email at momofjka3@hotmail.com or by phone at 561-0365. Be sure to leave your name and a contact number to reach you at.

Saranac School: New School Forming-Open to Homeschoolers

A small nature based k-12 school is in the planning stages in Saranac. The school will follow a democratic/sudbury/free/forest school model and be based at New Land Trust. Homeschoolers will be welcomed and can attend up to four days a week and still be considered homeschoolers. There are monthly meetings open to the public starting April 4th. If you're interested, please plan to attend these meetings if possible. If you know someone who might be interested, feel free to pass along this information. 

More information can be found at saranaccommunityschool.wordpress.com and/or

Homeschool Girlscout Club- Any Interst

If anyone would like further information or would like to set something up, please contact Cyndi directly.


Hello,
I’m trying to get in touch with some Home Schooled Groups in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties to discuss the possibility of doing a Girl Scout presentation to the girls and parents.
I would love the opportunity to discuss a possible partnership and discuss some great program and event opportunities we can offer to the girls!



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Cyndi Tucker
Senior Membership & Outreach Manager
Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
107 Hammond Lane, Suite 1
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
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Free Enterprise Speak-off

Homeschool high school students (or 8th graders taking at least ONE high school class) are invited to compete in the North Country Homeschooling Free Enterprise Speak-off, sponsored by the North Country Homeschooling Free Enterprise Team Plattsburgh State University on Feb 16th at 10:30 at the North Country Alliance Church, 9 Northern Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY. 

On March 9 (all day), 6 high-school teams and 14 regional college teams will compete in the Free Enterprise Competition held at Plattsburgh State. Each team is comprised of 5 students. A real world company will present a business challenge they are having. The teams will spend the day sequestered at Plattsburgh State planning a viable solution for the company. Each team will present a 10 minute solution presentation. The company will select the winning solutions. There are cash prizes for the winning teams. 

Part of the competition on March 9 is speak off competition, where one member of each team will give a 3-4 minute speech on "Why Free Enterprise Works". 

The North Country homeschooling team is inviting all interested high-schoolers to participate in the local homeschooling team speak-off. The winner will receive $100 + a spot on the North Country Homeschool entrepreneurship team. The winning member MUST be able to participate in the challenge on March 9th at Plattsburgh State. The event starts at 8 and lasts through dinner ending at 8:30pm. Team members must be able to commit to be there from 8am to 5pm during the competition time. 

The local competition for homeschoolers will be: Thursday Feb 16 at 10:30am at the North Country Alliance Church

Participants must give a speech entitled 'Free Enterprise: Why it Works."
The speech must be min of 3 minutes and max of 4 minutes. The speech should have an intro, 3 points and conclusion. Notes can be used however, they should NOT be read.The youth will be evaluated and judged by professionals from the community.

Please sign up by FEB 13 by emialing 
stonebeckacademy@gmail.com
or calling Melissa Sayward at 643-8530