October update

Hi Everyone,

Reminders for October:

The parents meeting is October 19 at 7 pm in the upstairs small meeting room at the Rutland Free Library.

This Tuesday (tomorrow) at 1 pm, we are having a game day in the Fox Room at the Library.  Please join us, and bring your favorite board or card games.  We would love to know if you’re coming, so RSVP by comment or email.

October’s co-op date has been changed to October 20, and is tentatively going to be a hands-on presentation by VEEP on “Modeling Climate Science“.  You can get some introductory information here.  Please RSVP by comment or email if you plan to attend.

Thursdays are still park days at Meadow Street.  Generally, people are there from 12-2.

Lisa has arranged a field trip to the Wallingford Forge on October 28, Wednesday, at 2 pm.  Please RSVP by comment or email if you would like to attend.  Thank you, Lisa!


Arts Reach and our upcoming week

Hi everyone,

I heard back from the Castleton Arts Reach Coordinator.  Unfortunately, we were only able to get tickets for one show, which was the Flamenco Vivo show in November.  I’m especially disappointed that we couldn’t get tickets for Toying with Science,  but they did have a huge response for that show and said they hope to bring it back next year as well.  Please mark your calendars for Nov 17 at 10 am at the Casella Theater for Flamenco Vivo.  If you’re unsure if you had expressed interest in that show, email me and ask.

We have a Parents Meeting coming up next Monday, September 21.  7 pm at the Rutland Free Library, in the small meeting room upstairs.

As the Montshire held their fall homeschoolers day on this past Thursday, I don’t know if anyone made it to Park Day at Meadow Street.  It will be on for this coming week, though,  and I know some of us have plans to be there.

On Tuesday, Sept 29, we have our first fall co-op, which will be held up at Bonny’s home in North Chittenden.  We will be doing soapmaking, so if you are at all interested in chemistry, please plan to attend!  It is a lot of fun to make soap, almost magical.  If you are interested, we really do need to know ASAP for planning purposes, so please either comment on this post or send us an email.

I think that’s about it for now.   Hope to see you all soon!

Fall plans

Hi everyone.

Things are starting to come together for our little group.  I thought it might be a good idea to post an update even though not everything is totally set in stone.  Here is some basic progress info for things we’ve got planned for fall.

Co-op – will be held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 1-4 pm.  At the last parents meeting, we talked about having monthly co-ops instead of bi-weekly.  Bonny is going to host the first co-op, a soapmaking class, and I hope to have details for that up soon.  Co-op may be held at the Rutland Free Library, or elsewhere, depending on the offering.  Soapmaking will be held at Bonny’s house in North Chittenden.  Other co-ops we are planning to offer in the fall include cider pressing (and other apple-processing ideas), a program with Tom Estill, and a program hosted by VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Program).

Game Day – will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 1-4 pm, in the Fox Room at the Rutland Free Library.  We will have a variety of games including Chess, Munchkin, Ticket to Ride, Transamerica, Catan, Magic, and anything else anyone wants to bring or play.

Arts Reach – I have sent in our ticket requests and will evidently be sent an email in late September with information about what we will be able to attend.  I will let you know when I receive the information from their coordinator.

Park Day – will be on Thursdays at Meadow Street Park in Rutland, from approximately 12-2 pm or whenever anyone wants to go until they want to leave!

Montshire Homeschoolers Day – is next Thursday, September 17, from 10-3 pm.  So some of us may not be at park day!

Field Trips – Trish offered to try to set up a trip to the Rokeby Museum, which offers a discount for larger groups.  Please comment if you would be interested in this, so she has an idea how many people to plan for.  Janet tried to set up a trip to True Temper in Wallingford, but unfortunately they do not allow visitors in their facility.  We are also trying to set up a geology walk in Pine Hill Park.  If you have other ideas for trips or would like to try to set something up, leave a comment and let us know!

Parents Meeting – the next meeting is September 21, at 7 pm in the small upstairs meeting room at the Rutland Free Library.  Subsequent meetings will be held October 19, November 16, and December 14.  We hope to see you there!


Hi all.

I have scheduled the next parents meeting for Monday, September 21 at 7 pm in the small meeting room (upstairs) at the Rutland Free Library.

We haven’t set a schedule for co-op yet, as people’s fall schedules are still forming.  At the moment, one of the most promising days seems to be Tuesdays.  If you’d like to comment with thoughts about availability, that would be great.  I have heard from a few people but not everyone.  I’m sure it will be next to impossible to find something that will work for everyone every time, but we will do our best to find a time that works for most people.

Castleton has set their schedule for Arts Reach.  I will coordinate with the contact there.  In the meantime please use this link to check the offerings and let me know which ones your family is interested in.  You can do that either through email or through the comments section below. I will need to know the number of adults, number of children, and ages or grades of children (I believe Castleton asked me for grades last year.)

Bonny has offered to teach a soapmaking class for the first co-op in September.  She will host this at her home in Chittenden.  We have not solidified plans (especially since we don’t even have a day yet!) but it would be helpful to know how many people would be interested in participating.

Everyone was interested in a “not back to school” picnic/lake day/gathering for sometime in September.  Stay tuned.

We want to restart park days and potentially a bi-weekly game day also.

That’s about all for now.  See you at the next parents meeting!

Parents Meeting Coming Up!

Hi all.  Sorry about the short notice, but we have finally scheduled a parents meeting for August.  It will be this coming Monday (August 10) at 7 pm at the Rutland Free Library, in the small meeting room.  Hope you can make it!

Geography Fair

Hi all,

The Geography Fair is being held at the Rutland Free Library on May 7, from 1:30 to 4, including some time for set up and breakdown.  We can accommodate at least 14 kids and possibly more.  The basic structure is that each child will have table space to set up whatever they want to present (tri-fold exhibit, etc.) about the country or region that they choose.  Most tables are approximately 5-6′ long, and each person will have half a table.

Each person chooses a country/region/culture, and creates some kind of presentation.  It would be great if they also had some kind of stamp or sticker that is relevant to their presentation, so we could stamp passports as they make their way around the world!  Costumes would be a great addition!  We are hoping to avoid overlap between countries, so commenting with your chosen countries is helpful.  So far, I know we have Greenland, Sweden, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, and Mexico spoken for.

We plan to have some time set aside for each child to present (briefly) to the group (if they want to) because if they spend all the time visiting other exhibits, they won’t be there to answer questions or talk with others about their own work.  If they don’t want to present, that is ok, but they may want to wait to check out other exhibits until they’ve had time to interact with visitors to their own.

I think that covers most everything.  Please RSVP or comment to let us know you’re coming (we need to assign you a space!) and which country/region/culture you will be presenting!  Thank you.


Inspirations in Nature Series

Hi everyone,

Tom Estill, who led our co-op class on astronomy, is leading a series of nature-inspired walks in Pine Hill Park this spring and summer.  Though they are not specifically for homeschoolers, I know a lot of us will be interested in attending, so I put them on the calendar.  The first one, Owl Prowl, is April 25, at 7:30 pm.  The second is a bird walk, May 9 from 7-8:30 am.  There a couple more later in the summer.  Check out this link for more information.