November 2017 Newsletter

Cedar Rapids Home School Assistance Program

2301 J Street SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Phone: (319) 558-2088

The mission of the Cedar Rapids Home School Assistance Program is to provide an educational alternative that considers the best interest of the student, benefits home schooling families, meets the educational requirements of the school district, and complies with state law.


CRHSAP Families,

We hope that you are enjoying the new format of the newsletter. Like last month, please read through this digital newsletter and RSVP by 10/27/17 to the events of your choice using the links provided.

We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We feel fortunate to assist each and every one of our families and are thankful for the opportunity to be included in your children's education.



Deann, Andrea, April, Kathie, Laura, Peggy, Wayne & Mary


Important Reminder

Due to district schedule and staff in-service, there will be NO K-5 enrichment classes on October 30th and 31st.

Also, there will be no middle or high school classes on November 22nd and 23rd due to Thanksgiving Break.


School Picture Retakes

Location: Wilson Middle School

Room 123 (9:00 -10:30 AM)

On Friday, November 17th, HR Imaging Photographers will be coming back to Wilson School to retake school photos. They will begin taking pictures for families that missed the October 6th date or those families that are not happy with their pictures. Please arrive between 9:00 and 10:15. Three-year-old preschoolers through 12th graders may have their pictures taken.

Student IDs are available to all students through this company. A picture packet purchase is not necessary to get an ID.

HR Imaging forms and payment envelopes were sent home on students’ lockers earlier this fall. We will also have payment envelopes available for you to fill out on November 17th if you no longer have the envelopes. If you intend to pay by credit card, please contact the company before November 17th as stated on the HR Imaging form. Exact cash, check or money orders may be your payment option on Picture Retake Day.



Dan and Debbie's Creamery Tour

Friday, Nov. 17th 2017 at 1:30pm

1600 Main Street

Ely, IA

Join us as we take a tour of a creamery in Ely featuring farm fresh dairy products including cheese curds, hand crafted ice cream, and cream top milk. Come see how products are made and shop for the freshest supply of dairy products.

Cost: $2.00 per person for the tour, $4.00 for the tour AND ice cream


Kent Park Outdoor Adventures

Friday, Nov. 3rd 2017 at 10am-1:30pm

2048 Highway 6 NW, Oxford, IA 52322

Families with students of all ages are invited on a field trip to Kent Park. Everyone will first attend two outdoor sessions with their student age group: bird watching and an exploratory hike. After a sack lunch picnic together, we will then help collect seeds for Kent Park staff to plant next spring. Families may take home a mixed seed packet to plant their own prairie flowers at home!

Bird Watching: Take advantage of the bird blind at Kent Park! Students will view birds up-close and practice their observation skills using binoculars.

Hike: Students will explore a variety of habitats in a loosely structured hands-on lesson, and take note of animal signs, senses, plant traits, insect life, and more. The emphasis will be on exploration, observation, and question-asking.

Seed Collecting: Help a prairie grow by collecting seeds! Beforehand, a JCC staff member will describe seed collection and JCC’s restoration projects. This activity is appropriate for all ages and inherently allows students to explore the details of the plants around them and the inner workings of the prairie they are immersed in.

Bring outdoor clothes and a sack lunch. Little ones and strollers welcome, although you may not be able to take them off trail. Program will be held at the Conservation Education Center (CEC): follow the signs to the northeast corner of the park to find it.


Homeschool Hatchery December Events

Our Makerspace, he Homeschool Hatchery, will be hosting two "Open Lab" days in December. The first will be Friday, December 1st from 1:30-3:00pm, and the second will be on Wednesday, December 13th from 10:00-11:30am.

Open Lab days encourage family “hands on time” with Maker Materials received from the Alliant Energy Foundation and other donors. The materials supplied will vary each open lab day. Participants could experience floor robots, coding centers, cardboard and LEGO build stations, the demolition center, green screen/stop motion photography, and virtual reality expeditions.



We are also still accepting RSVP's for the November Open Lab on the 10th. Click HERE if you would like to sign-up for this event.



The First and Third Wednesdays

November 1st and 15th

Time: 1:30-3:00

Helen G. Nassif Center

207 7th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

The YMCA generously opens their pool for CR-HSAP families during their open swim times. This opportunity is free. When families go, please show your membership card or if you are not a member of the Y, please sign in on the CR-HSAP sheet located at the front desk.

Below are the YMCA Rules:

1. A parent needs to accompany their children at this event.

2. Any non-swimmers must wear a floatation device; plan to bring your own.

3. The non-swimmer must have their parent in the water and within an arm’s length reach at all times.

4. Inflatable items are not allowed.

5. Pool toys are allowed, but use may be constrained depending on patron usage of the pool during that Open Swim time.

6. Lifeguards have the authority over all of the posted pool rules and rules that only appear in the YMCA’s handbook.


Get a head start on holiday shopping with Scholastic Book Club!

CRHSAP offers parents the opportunity to purchase books through Scholastic Book Clubs. They offer a tremendous selection of books and other educational resources at reasonable prices. This year, in an effort to “go green” we are transitioning to online ordering and will not be sending home flyers.

To order and pay online, click HERE and under the “Parents” heading click “Get Started.” Enter the code LM3CY to find Peggy Ziemer and connect to the class. From there you can browse the catalogs for many grade levels.

We will close ordering for this month on November 27th and orders will arrive approximately a week after the close date, ready for holiday gift giving. If you have any questions, Ms. Peggy at (319) 558-3897 is happy to assist you.


Save Your Hy-Vee Receipts!

The Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee stores have kindly provided a local fund raising program for area schools called Cash 4 Students the past several years. Once again, we are participating in this fundraiser this year.

The program is simple and based on the collection of Hy-Vee grocery receipts starting April 1, 2017 and running through March 31, 2018. Simply save your Hy-Vee grocery receipts and turn them into the CRHSAP office. At the end of the school year, a donation from Hy-Vee will be made to CRHSAP based on the receipt total. The amount donated will be $1 for every $200 in receipts collected. Start saving your receipts today!



We need a parent volunteer to tabulate the Hy-Vee receipts and keep a running total to hand in to Hy-Vee in April. We can let you know how volunteers have organized this task in the past if you would like more information.

Please contact Deann Ongie at if you would be willing to take on this duty.


Easy Fundraiser

We all shop for groceries, sometimes two or three times a week ---- or more. Now turn those shopping trips into easy cash for CRHSAP. Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper® and Kleenex®, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and then turn them into the CRHSAP office — each one is worth 10¢ for our program.

To see a complete list of all products that have Box Tops on them, click on this link

This truly is a no hassle fundraiser and each box top helps to provide money for the “extras” for CRHSAP that are not covered by other funding.


Thank You Information for October events

Kalona Welcome Center

715 D Ave.

Kalona, Iowa 52247


District Non-Discrimination Policy

The District and the Board will not discriminate in educational programs on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, socioeconomic status, national origin, religion, disability, age (except for permitting/prohibiting students to engage in certain activities) or genetic information.

The District and the Board will not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information.