February 2019 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.


Dear CRHSAP Families,

It seems that true winter is finally here! February may bring more winter weather yet, but that hasn't stopped us from planning some fun and educational events for the upcoming months. Please read through the February newsletter and RSVP by 1/25/19 to the events of your choice using the links provided to join in the fun. We hope to see you at some of our events!



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


Important Reminder:

  • Now that our weather had turned more seasonal, you may need to bundle up your kiddos even more for cold temperatures and snow play. We will go out for recess unless it is below 10 degrees with windchill.




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: March 14th, 2019. Setup is at 6:00pm, viewing and tasting is from 6:30-7:45pm.

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. A great resource for information about the country of your choice is http://online.culturegrams.com/ Use the login 1053hsap and aea10 to access this resource.

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 a small sample 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 1st at 12:00 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 1st at 12:00 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.




February Swim and Gym Times:

February 14th- 10:00am-1:00pm

February 26th- 10:00am-1:00pm

The Stoney Point YMCA is continuing to partner with our program in 2019 and is adding an exciting addition! In addition to pool access, we will also have access to their gym on our scheduled days. The addition will provide families with an opportunity to play a variety of games and sports with other HSAP families. The YMCA will provide balls for us to utilize.

The YMCA is now asking families to pay a visit fee of $3.00 per family directly to the YMCA. Please know this continues to be a huge discount for us. The fee helps cover the costs of lifeguards during our swim time and it opens the gym for our use as well. Along with the fee, the YMCA is asking families to fill out an emergency card. Their priority is our safety. We hope you will continue using this space and encourage more home-school families to join you.

The RSVP will look a bit different because we will add a time for gym. Please choose which activity you would prefer first and second. Thank you!





Internship Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2019!

This is for current Sophomores and Juniors. Seniors will not be accepted.

The Portal for applications is now open and will close @ 3:00 pm Friday, February 1st, 2019.

Start the application process as soon as possible. The applications for internships take longer to complete.

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.workplace-learning.org.


Mom's Night Out at Noodles and Company!

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 6:30pm

310 Collins Road Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Mom's Night Out is on again for February! Come join other homeschooling moms for a fun night of food and conversation at Noodles and Company off of Collins road.


GWAEA Hearing Van Screening

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 11am-12pm

2301 J Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

If you would like your child to have their hearing screened, the GWAEA Hearing Van will be coming to Wilson to screen CRHSAP students from 11:00-noon on February 6th. To sign up, click the link below and choose two times that will work for you. This will help the GWAEA to serve everyone more quickly. Miss Jeannie will let you know your assigned time before the day of the screening


Valentine's Day Party at The Play Station

Friday, Feb. 15th, 1-3pm

200 Collins Road Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Come to The Play Station on Friday, February 15th for friendship and fun! Our event is from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Children aged 12 and under can climb the three - level play area. The cost is $3.99 + tax for play, or parents can pay a little extra to participate in cookie decorating and a craft for $6.99 + tax. Also, the Play Station offers a variety of food for purchase. Families will pay upon arrival. We hope to see you there!


Orchestra Iowa

Monday, Feb. 18th, 9:30am

119 3rd Avenue Southeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Social media in music? Yes! Maestro Hankewich will lead Orchestra Iowa in a performance of Schumann’s 4th Symphony and explain how the concert hall, many years ago – before the smartphone – was a form of social media.

Please join the HSAP on Monday, February 18th at 9:30 am for a spectacular music performance. This program is geared to students in grades 6-12 only. Adults are expected to attend with students. If your 6th-12th grade child would like to attend but you have younger children that you must attend to, consider sending your older children with another CRHSAP family who are able to attend. This is a free event through the Cedar Rapids Community Schools.


Maker Mentor Makerspace Event!

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 6-7:30pm

2301 J Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Place: Wilson Cafeteria

Join us for an evening of family making! We have several families from within our HSAP community that have a passion for creating, designing, building, programming, and making. They will be on hand to share their products and learning with others. From low tech to high tech, everyone will leave this event knowing that they can be a maker!

Circulate through various stations where families and students are showing their maker mentality. Look over the products they created and try your hand at making something similar.

Maker Stations will include things like:

· Sewing

· Stop motion animation/Claymation

· Mural Painting

· Greeting card creation

· 3D printing

· Raspberry Pi/Arduino/Artificial Intelligence

· Lego Building

· Plastiyarn

Note: If you have a maker mindset and would like to share your passion and products get in touch with Mr. Wayne for details on how to be a ‘Maker Mentor’ at this event. (e-mail: wfritch@cr.k12.ia.us phone: 319-558-1031)


"Frindle" at the GBPAC

Monday, March 25th, 12:30pm

Dakota Street

Cedar Falls, IA

Suggested Audience: Grade 3-7

Description: Based on the book by Andrew Clements. Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. When he ends up in Mrs. Granger’s language arts class, he has his best idea ever. He decides to create his own word…FRINDLE! Before long Nick’s word creates a buzz in his school, his town and then to his surprise it spreads all around the country, and a power struggle erupts with the strict Mrs. Granger. Will the word “Frindle” win? Based on the multiple award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements this quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have your young audience inventing their own words.

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 (exact 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.

ALSO, there is an optional THEATER TOUR following the performance. Registration required. Contact Amy at 319-273-3679 or amy.hunzelman@uni.edu at least two weeks prior.

Payment Deadline: Friday, February 8th

"Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly" at GBPAC

Friday, March 29th, 12:30pm

Dakota Street

Cedar Falls, IA

BIG NEWS: We have 25 FREE tickets to use for Diary of a Worm, Spider and a Fly, March 29th performance at 12:30. You must sign up by the Feb 8th deadline, and you must stop in and pick up the tickets in the HSAP office after they have been ordered (usually takes several weeks before we receive the ticket voucher). First 25 to be registered will receive the free tickets.

Suggested Audience: Grades K-3

Description: The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug's world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books. Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt. Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science and tolerance of others, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY is a joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside... You might just find that a bug’s life is not all that different from your own! Based on the books Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, written by Doreen Cronin.

For a study guide of related materials, click HERE.

Sign-up Deadline: Friday, February 8th


"Pete the Cat" at GBPAC

Tuesday, April 2nd, 12:30pm

Dakota Street

Cedar Falls, IA

Suggested Audience: Grade PK-2

Description: When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners - and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

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 (exact 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: Friday, February 15th

Fundraising Update

  • A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Barnes and Nobles fundraiser. We were able to raise $802.94 for our program!
  • To date our Hy-Vee receipts total $25,778.80. Last year we ended at about $29,000 that we got a portion of. Can we beat our total? All receipts must be turned in by March 31st.
  • Keep collecting those box-tops as well! Every bit helps.



Here is a sneak peek at some of the events we have coming up in March!

Potter’s Obsession - March 4th, 2019, 10 am – Noon

Brucemore - March 29th, 2019, 1:00 pm



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.