October 2018 Newsletter

Cedar Rapids Home School Assistance Program

2301 J Street SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Phone: (319) 558-2088

http://homeschool.cr.k12.ia.us



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.


Lead Teacher:

Deann Ongie


Resource Teachers:

Wayne Fritch

Jeannie Johnson

Cheryl Scherbaum

Kristin Schmaltz

April Tierney

Peggy Ziemer


Secretary:

Mary Rasmussen


Newsletter Editor:

April Tierney


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HAPPY FALL!

We hope that you are all having a successful start to your homeschooling year! Remember we are here to be a resource and a help to you as you navigate the waters of schooling your children at home. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.


We have some exciting events planned for October! Please RSVP by 9/28/18 to the events of your choice using the links provided.


It is a joy to work with all of you!


Sincerely,


The CRHSAP Team

Deann, April, Cheryl, Jeannie, Kristin, Peggy, Wayne & Mary


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IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • If you have not completed/updated your Power School online registration, please do so ASAP! School fees need to be paid as well. You can pay them online at https://www.schoolcashonline.com/
  • Picture Day is October 5th from 9:00-Noon.
  • Due to district In-service, there will be no K-5 enrichment classes October 9th and 10th.



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New Digital Menu!


This year, the Cedar Rapids Schools' lunch menus have gone digital! We will continue to follow the menu at Wilson, but paper menus will no longer be offered. To check the lunch menu, you can either bookmark this website: https://cr.nutrislice.com/menu/wilson or download the app on your phone. (Search for "Nutrislice")




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CRHSAP FAMILY DIRECTORY

Each school year CRHSAP publishes a family directory which lists your family name, your students' names, which day your child attends classes, the town or quadrant of Cedar Rapids you live in, your phone number, and your e-mail address. This information is used to set up car pools and contact families.


Providing this information is optional, and CRHSAP will NOT publish or share information in this directory with anyone outside of the program.


CLICK HERE TO ENTER INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FAMILY INTO THE DIRECTORY.


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CRHSAP Picture Day

Friday, Oct. 5th, 9am-12pm

2301 J Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Location: Room 123 (Writing/Math Room) and Lending Library


On Friday, October 5th, HR Imaging Photographers will come to Wilson School to take school photos. They will begin taking pictures promptly at 9:00 and will continue until noon. As soon as your family arrives, all of your children will have their pictures taken one at a time. 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 will be sent home on students’ lockers prior to picture day. If your children do not attend HSAP classes, you may request forms from your resource teacher. We will also have payment envelopes available for you to fill out on October 5th. Credit card payment is accepted when you have contacted the number on the HR Imaging form prior to October 5th. Exact cash, check or money order are all accepted as payment on Picture Day.


TO RSVP FOR SCHOOL PICTURES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


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Fall Family Fun Night

Thursday, Oct. 4th, 5:30-7pm

2301 J Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Fall Family Fun Night - Da Vinci Style!


Mr. Wayne, Ms. Cheryl, Ms. Kristin, and the rest of the CRHSAP staff are getting revved up to put on this great family event October 4th!


Leonardo Da Vinci was most known for his art, but did you know he was a prolific inventor as well? This year our CRHSAP Fall Family Fun Night will have a Da Vinci theme. We will have a variety of exploration stations that will challenge all age levels. For example, in one station participants will get the chance to engage in mirror writing to mimic Da Vinci's famous writing style. Families are welcome to travel from station to station creating and inventing to their hearts content. If this interests you, please RSVP using the link below. Hope to see you there!


TO RSVP FOR FAMILY FUN NIGHT, CLICK HERE.


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“The Incredible Adventures of Captain Spoon, the Forgetful Pirate”

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 12:45pm

1243 20th Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Join Playtime Poppy and the Jefferson High School cast of “The Incredible Adventures of Captain Spoon, the Forgetful Pirate” for a vignette of the production, theatre games and some literary fun! Students in K-5th grades are free, everyone else is $2. Please bring exact change to the play and a CRHSAP teacher will collect your payment. Space is extremely limited, only 30 seats are available, so RSVP today!


TO RSVP FOR PLAYTIME POPPY, CLICK HERE.

October Mom's Night Out Dinner

Monday, Oct. 15th, 6:30pm

2228 16th Avenue Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Calling all moms! Are you in need of some "me" time? Come join other homeschooling moms for a fun night out! This month the dinner will be held at Leonardo's.



To RSVP for Mom's Night Out, click HERE.

Bloomsbury Farm Field Trip

Friday, Oct. 19th, 10am

3260 69th Street

Atkins, IA

Join us for a fun day filled with activities, mazes, a corn palace, hayrack rides, and more! Entry fee is $6 each. (Children 2 and under are free.) You may bring a lunch, cooler, or wagon and eat while there, too. They also have a small gift shop with fun fall items! Our visit begins at 10:00 am. Please RSVP below to let us know you are attending. Ms. Peggy and Ms. April will be at the entrance to collect money. We cannot proceed inside until ALL have arrived and made payments (be sure to bring the EXACT amount needed for your family).



TO RSVP FOR BLOOMSBURY FARM, CLICK HERE.


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Kaleidoscope Series- "ARCATTACK-ELECTRICITY"

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 12:30pm

Dakota Street

Cedar Falls, IA

Suggested Audience: 5th-8th grade


Description: Spectacular electrical effects demonstrate core principles of electricity including: Static electricity, charging by induction, electrical fields and forces and how lightning works. Science demonstrated with Tesla coil driven music.


For a study guide of related materials, click HERE.


Tickets for the performance are $1 each. To sign up, stop in the office and pay $1 per ticket (cash or check) OR send money with your student in an envelope with instructions on which performance you are attending. Tickets are limited, so stop in or send payment as soon as possible. Call 558-2088 with any questions.


Payment Deadline: Thursday, September 27th.

YMCA OPEN SWIM

October Open Swims

Stoney Point YMCA

300 Stoney Point Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Wednesday, October 10th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday, October 25th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm



We are happy to announce two dates in October for home-school family swim. We are fortunate to work with the staff at the Stoney Point YMCA and offer swim specifically to our families. In September, six families took advantage of the pool and enjoyed the relaxing environment, availability of equipment, and warm water. If you decide to attend, you can bring your own goggles, pool balls, and inflatable nets. They do offer a variety of kick boards and noodles for use. Please make sure you follow pool rules and respect lap swimmers. They encourage all swimmers to swim with a buddy and will give a deep end swim test if requested.


When you attend, please show your membership card. If you are not a member of the Y, please sign in on the CRHSAP sheet located at the front desk.



Below are the YMCA Rules:

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

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


TO RSVP FOR OPEN SWIM ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10th, CLICK HERE.


TO RSVP FOR OPEN SWIM ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25th, CLICK HERE.




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SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS

We will have 4-5 Scholastic book orders this year. Thank you for purchasing books for your children. The program accumulates points based on the amount of money spent and we use those points to “buy” materials, which are used in the Lending Library and our professional collection.


To order online:

  • REGISTER at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs.
  • ENTER the program’s activation code-LM3Cy.
  • CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks.
  • Pay with your credit card.


If you would like to receive a paper copy of available books, please sign up on the RSVP with your last name and the grade levels that meet your families needs. You then can use the online system to order or turn in your order or to the homeschool office. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHECKS ARE MADE PAYABLE TO Scholastic Book Clubs. The due date for this month's order is October 26th.


If you sign up, your child will receive the paper copies on their locker or from your resource teacher.They are grouped: early childhood-pre-K, Kindergarten-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th+.


Peggy Ziemer

Scholastic Book Coordinator


To request paper copies of the flyers, click HERE.


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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. 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!

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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

www.boxtops4education.com/earn


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.


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THANK YOU INFORMATION

If you would like to send a Thank You to the Grant Wood AEA or the Dubuque River Museum for allowing us to tour, the information is below.


GRANT WOOD AEA:

Media Staff

Grant Wood Educational Staff

4401 6th Street SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM:

Attn: Melissa Wersinger

350 East 3rd St

Dubuque, IA 52001

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NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the Cedar Rapids Community School District not to 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 and in employment opportunities on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination.


If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Rod Dooley, Executive Director of Equity, (RDooley@cr.k12.ia.us), and/or Linda Noggle, Executive Director of Talent Management, (LNoggle@cr.k12.ia.us), Educational Leadership and Support Center, 2500 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA, (319) 558-2000.