April 2018 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,

Spring will be upon us soon! It is a busy time for all of us here at CRHSAP, as we are currently in the process of enrolling returning and new families for the 2018-2019 school year. Current families should have received re-enrollment forms in the mail. If you did not get the forms, please contact Mary at 558-2088 and she will see that you get them. Returning these forms by March 30th ensures your continued enrollment in our program for next year, and assists our teachers and staff with planning.

If you know of families who are currently not in our program, that would be interested in finding out more about CRHSAP, please have them contact Deann Ongie at 558-1946.

We have more fun events lined up for our families in the month of April! Please read through this newsletter and RSVP by 3/23/18 to the events of your choosing using the links provided.

Thank you for allowing us to continue to serve you and your family!


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



There will be no enrichment classes March 12th - 16th due to Spring Break.

There will be no enrichment classes April 2nd - 6th due to Iowa Assessments.



If your family has or will to be moving to a new address, please contact our office at 558-2088 and let us know. We will need proof of residency at your new address—a utility bill, or anything with your name on it that was processed through the USPS. Thank you!


SPRING PROGRAM 2018- Please respond!

This year, our spring program will feature our K-2 students and our 3-5 students sharing new and exciting songs we have learned in music.

Rehearsal is Tuesday, May 1st from 3:30-4:30pm in the Wilson Auditorium.

Our program will be Thursday, May 3rd beginning at 7:00pm in the Wilson Auditorium.

Because we need to select children to do special parts, please respond by listing individual names and if they will participate in the rehearsal and the program.

Please respond even if your child will not be participating so that we can get an accurate count. Thank you!

To let Peggy know if your child will or will not be participating in the Spring Program, click HERE.



Wednesday, April 18th, 1pm

Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA, USA

Iowa City, IA

Hancher is a multidisciplinary performing arts presenter committed to connecting artists and audiences with transformational artistic experiences. For 45 years, Hancher has been the cultural hub of the University of Iowa campus—presenting world-class dance, music, and theater. Along the way, Hancher has extended its reach far beyond campus, engaging thousands of Iowans each year, on campus, throughout the community, and across the state.

The tour will be approximately one hour in length and includes Smith Lobby, Strauss Rehearsal Hall, backstage, Hadley Stage, Hancher Auditorium, and Stanley Café.

This tour is limited to ages 8 and older. No food or drink allowed. Space is limited, so RSVP soon!

To RSVP for the Hancher Tour, please click HERE.


Friday, April 27th, 12:45pm

210 Parkside Drive

West Branch, IA

The exhibits in the Museum galleries tell the life and times of Hoover from his birth, to his life as an engineer, Secretary of Commerce, President of the United States, and his post-presidential work.

The Hoover Museum features exhibits relating to American history in the Quarton Gallery. Opening on January 20, 2018 - Farm Life in Iowa: Photographs by A.M. Wettach.

Visitors to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum begin their tour of the permanent galleries in a rotunda area where a 16 foot red granite map of the world contains 57 brass sheaves of wheat – one in every country where Herbert Hoover fed people. Eight foot glass etched portraits mounted on the rotunda walls depict “the Great Humanitarian” from West Branch at the start and near the end of his fifty years of public service.

We will all see the movie at 1:00pm and then divide into 2 smaller groups. One group will go on the grounds with the ranger for the tour at 1:30pm. They will then come into the museum. The other group will have ½ hour in the museum and go on their outside tour at 2:00pm and come back in to the museum when they are finished. The museum will be open until 5:00pm for individual family exploration.


Children are free

Adults through age 61 are $10

Adults aged 62+ are $5

To RSVP for the Hoover Museum Visit, click HERE.


Our Makerspace, the Homeschool Hatchery, will be hosting an "Open Lab" day on April 20th from 1:30-3:00pm.

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.

The April Open Lab includes activities lead by “Maker Mentors”. These are adults affiliated with our HSAP who have a maker mindset and a desire to share their passion with others. Danny Rosenthal will be bringing Vibe VR goggles and allowing makers to experience a whole new world through Virtual Reality. Rachel Anderson will be sharing the art of hand sewing. Students will learn how to hand stitch cloth pieces together to complete a project.

To RSVP for the April 20th Open Lab, click HERE.



The World Food Fest has been hosted by CRHSAP for many years and remains one of the program’s favorite annual events. Please read the information below about how to participate. It is a delightful way to involve everyone in your family in a meaningful learning experience.

When: April 12th, 2018. Setup is at 6:00pm, viewing and tasting is from 6:30-8:30pm.

Where: Wilson Middle School Cafeteria


1. Choose: Choose a country you would like to study. You can choose one country as a family or each student may choose his/her own.

2. Display: Share what you have learned with others in the form of a display. For instance, you might include maps, written reports, artwork, or products, and/or artifacts from the country. Displays can include a tri-fold board or computer presentation. Each display will have a 3’ by 3’ table space.

3. Samples: Prepare food that represents your country. Please bring enough to share with 150 people.

4. Cookbook: Each family will receive a cookbook which will include recipes from all the participants. Your recipe page may also include artwork and written information about your country. This is due no later than Friday, March 30 at 2:00 pm in order for the book to be published by the day of the World Food Fest. Submit all text and illustrations in black ink only on an 8 ½” by 11” white paper. It is very important to leave a 1” margin on all sides.

5. Flag: Make an 11” x 17” paper flag of your country. This is also due in the CRHSAP office by Friday, March 30 at 2:00 pm. Your flag will be taped to the table beneath your display. Your resource teacher can get you the colored paper you need.

6. RSVP: Please indicate on your RSVP if you need electricity and if you want a packet of display ideas. Your resource teacher can also work with you on this project.

Please Note: Attendance at the World Food Fest is open only to participants and their families.

To RSVP for the World Food Fest, click HERE.



Job Internships for Grades 11 & 12

(in 2018-19 school year)

Interested in an internship in the fall of 2018?

Applications due April 6th!

Students in 11th and 12th grades may apply for 45 and 90 hour internship experiences. Interns can learn new skills, apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting, develop employability behaviors that prepare them for the workplace, and gain insight that will help them make more informed career choices. More information and applications are available at www.workplacelearning.org.

Applications are now being completed online. Internship applications for fall 2018 are due April 6th, 2018. Questions? Contact Andrea Malek at amalek@cr.k12.ia.us or 319-558-4673.



Submission deadline: Friday, March 30th

Calling all writers and artists! ANYONE in grades K-12 can submit their work to the CRHSAP writing anthology, for publication in April 2018. This year, we will also be accepting artwork. Send in your poems, prose (that includes sentences and short paragraphs, young writers!), original riddles, short stories, and artwork.

Submission guidelines:

  1. Include a title of your piece.

  2. Include the name and grade of the artist.

  3. For artwork, include the medium.

  4. Email work to amalek@cr.k12.ia.us or hand deliver it to the home school office (if you’d like it returned, you will be responsible for picking up the work again at a later date).

Publication guidelines:

  • A polished composition is highly recommended. For example, carefully re-write a poem on blank white paper (rather than lined notebook paper). You might also want to include drawings or artistic embellishments in the margins.

  • Short stories and book excerpts should be limited to 2 pages. However, small exceptions can be made.

  • To submit 3D artwork (e.g. clay or dioramas), take a well-lit picture of your piece on a solid-colored background.

  • Think outside the box! Well-written reports, persuasive essays, calligraphy, hand-drawn characters with a short back story, limericks, and many other types of work are welcome.

Final composition will be at the discretion of the anthology editor.



The First and Third Wednesdays

April 4th and 18th

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.



Indian Creek Nature Center

Att’n: Rachel Bailey

6665 Otis Rd SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


217 Collins Rd NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402



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.