VEEP Co-op Scheduled, game day reminder

Hi everyone.

Today is game day.  I hope you can join us at the Rutland Free Library (Fox Room) from 1-4 for board and card games.

We have scheduled another presentation from VEEP.  Laura is great with the kids and the programs have impressed us all.  This year, we are doing the workshop called “Button Up: Weatherization and Thermal Energy”.  The program is geared for kids in grades 6-12.  It will be ok for slightly younger kids to participate, but only if they have a parent willing to help them through the program.  This one is more intensive than previous programs Laura has offered.  It also has some great potential for follow up activities.  You can read a synopsis of the program here.  The program will be held at the Fox Room during our Tuesday scheduled time – 1-4 pm on Tuesday, November 1.  Please RSVP by commenting on this post.


Parent Meeting Scheduled

Hi everyone,

I reserved the small meeting room upstairs in the library for Monday, September 19 from 7-8:30 pm for our next parent meeting.  Really hope lots of people can make it.  There’s a lot to discuss, including recent developments in home study administration, assessments, etc.  as well as a request for information about extracurricular activities for homeschoolers.

We have a game day scheduled for next Tuesday, September 13, 1-4 pm in the Fox Room.

Any interest in field trip to Maritime Museum mentioned in an earlier post?  Anyone? Bueller?

Not Back to School

Hi all.

The “not back to school” picnic is going to be held on Thursday, September 1 at Echo Lake (Camp Plymouth State Park) in Ludlow.  The park opens at 10 am.  Our family will plan to be there most of the day, probably until about 3 pm, but likely will arrive around 10:30 or a little later.  Please see link for park information.  It would be great to know who is coming, so use comments to RSVP if you can.

Also, there is a woman who teaches art classes who would like to offer them in the Rutland area.  I believe she could offer a monthly class to our group if enough people were interested.  Originally, Lisa was going to host these classes in her home in Wallingford but has decided against that.  I would be willing to use one of our Tuesday Fox Room reservations to host this class if other people are on board with the idea.  That would still leave us plenty of time for game days and co-op offerings.  Here is a link to her website for more information.  Please use the comments section to let us know if you are interested in a monthly art class.

Still no word from Castleton about their Arts Reach offerings for this year.  And sadly, my attempt to set up a field trip at Ann Clark (the cookie cutter people) failed.  They are evidently not set up for group tours.  Too bad, I thought seeing how they made cookie cutters would be pretty cool.

Does anyone have any thoughts about parent meetings?

That’s all for now.  Hope to see you at the lake next week and at our first Game Day at the library on September 6!


Anybody thinking about upcoming year?

Hi all,

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to think about some homeschool activity for this year, even though it’s still pretty early in August.  With that in mind, I reserved the Fox Room on Tuesday afternoons again, and this year we have it every week!  So, our tentative plan is to alternate Game Days with co-op/educational opportunities or presentations when people want to offer them.  So put Tuesday afternoons from 1-4 on your calendar, beginning September 6.  Hope to see you there.  The first one will definitely be a Game Day. Bring board or card games with you.  Kids of all ages will be there.  Some parents will probably hang out too.

We haven’t made a plan for Parent Meetings at this time.  They were not well attended last  year, and I have a lot on my plate.   I’m willing to set them up for this year, and I’d plan to attend if others want to have them, but at the moment I don’t see a lot of demand for them.  If you want to have these meetings, please speak up (via comment or email) asap.

I have been in touch with a few places about field trips.  Is anyone interested in attending a field trip to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for the following program?

Digging, Diving and Documenting: The Process of Nautical Archaeology  Discover Lake Champlain’s rich legacy of shipwrecks and the evolving strategies to preserve, document and manage them. In this hands-on multi-disciplinary program, students learn about the techniques and challenges of documenting underwater sites, and discover the importance of artifact location on board the gunboat Philadelphia II. Learn about the equipment used in underwater exploration and the techniques used in our laboratory to conserve artifacts removed from the lake. Students will “dive” in and become underwater archaeologists while documenting a “shipwreck”. This program recreates the process of nautical archaeology as realistically as can be done without going underwater.

If you are interested, please comment or email me.  This trip is geared towards kids in grades 4+.  There is a fee involved, which is $5 per child.  I believe adults would also have to pay $5, and the program lasts 2.5 hours.  I have not scheduled a date at this time, but will as soon as I have an idea of how many participants would be involved.  This would very likely take place on a Thursday, if that helps.

We would like to set up a “not back to school” picnic at a state park/lake (Maybe Echo).  A date has not been selected, but speak up if you’d like to participate.

I have been watching Castleton’s website for news of their Arts Reach offerings, but nothing has been updated for this year.  I will continue to check on that and will make arrangements for our group again this year if people are interested.

Lastly, there have to be new homeschoolers out there in this area.  If you know of people just starting out who are looking for information or ways to meet other homeschoolers, please point them to this website and feel free to forward emails I send you.  No need to ask me – I am happy to support and include new homeschoolers and get more people involved in our little community.

That’s all for now.  Except this one last thought…I am not “in charge” of this group.  If you want an active homeschool community, please feel free to jump in at any time with ideas or just set something up and invite people.  I keep hearing of people wanting to know if this group “still exists” or if “they are doing anything” (meaning us!) and I don’t really understand where this concept comes from.  Nothing in a community happens without the active participation of a number of people.  We’d love to have your participation!  It’s not *my* group, it’s *ours*, so please don’t hesitate to speak up, plan something, invite people, spread the word, ask for help, whatever it is you want to see happen.  And if you want it put on the website, just email me.  The website wasn’t updated a lot last year, and that is partially because nobody asked me to put anything on it.  I’m more than happy to use this web presence to publicize what I can, so let me know what you want put on it!  Thanks!  I’m looking forward to a fun year with a great group of homeschoolers!

December update

Hi all,

Just a quick note to let you know that the parents meeting is coming up on Dec 14 at 7 pm.  As usual, it will be held in the small upstairs meeting room at the Rutland Free Library.  My son has a short concert also at 7 pm, so I will not be at the meeting until at least 7:30, but it can start without me!  If you arrive and the room is still locked, please see whoever is at the help desk in the main library, and they can unlock the room for you.

We don’t have a specific co-op topic this month, so we will have a game day/craft day/holiday celebration instead, Dec 22 from 1-4 pm.  It will be very low key and fun!  Bring games, craft supplies/ideas, and a holiday snack to share.  I will try to be there at 12:30 to set up.  We have the room until 4 pm but we have cleanup time scheduled until 4:30.

I have done all the library room reservations for the Parent Meetings, Co-ops, and Game Days from January through May.  I have added them all to the google calendar, but the dates are below if you’d like to put them on your calendar!

Parent Meetings will be on the first Monday of the month (except February, which is the second Monday) at 7 pm in the upstairs small meeting room at the library.  Dates are:  January 4, February 8, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

Game Day will be the second Tuesday of the month, from 1-4 pm, in the Fox Room at the library.  We actually can arrive at 12:30 for setup and have until 4:30 for cleanup.  Dates are: Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10.

Co-op will be the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 1-4 pm, in the Fox Room at the library.  We actually can arrive at 12:30 for setup and have until 4:30 for cleanup.  Dates are: Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 22, Apr 26.  I didn’t schedule one for May, for some reason.

Oct 20 Co-op

Hi all,

We will be having a presentation by VEEP tomorrow, October 20, at 1 pm in the Fox Room of the Rutland Free Library.  The topic is climate science.  Hope to see you there.  It looks like a great program.