December 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.


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CRHSAP Families,


A chill is in the air and the holiday season is upon us once again! We still have some fun events in store for December. Please read through the newsletter and RSVP by 11/23/18 to the events of your choice using the links provided.


Have a joyous and wonderful holiday season!


Sincerely,


The CRHSAP Team

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


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CORRECTION! Classes are ON December 17th-21st!

OOPS! Our CRHSAP calendar that was handed out at the beginning of the year states that we do not have classes the week of December 17-21st. This is incorrect. WE WILL HAVE ALL ENRICHMENT CLASSES THAT WEEK. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • The weather has quickly turned quite cold! Please remember to bundle up your children as you send them to enrichment classes. They will need warm winter coats, hats, and gloves to stay comfortable at recess and while walking to and from the building.


  • If you have not completed/updated your Power School online registration, please do so ASAP!



  • Due to Thanksgiving Break, there will be NO ENRICHMENT CLASSES the week of November 19th-23rd.


  • Due to Winter Break, there will be NO ENRICHMENT CLASSES December 24th-28th, and no K-5 enrichment classes on January 1st and 2nd. The office will be closed from December 24-January 1st.

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YMCA OPEN SWIMS

November and December Open Swims

Stoney Point YMCA

300 Stoney Point Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Thursday, November 29th 10:00am - 1:00pm

Thursday, December 13th 10:00am - 1:00pm



We are happy to announce three more swimming dates in 2018! We are fortunate to work with the staff at the Stoney Point YMCA and offer swim specifically to our families. 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 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, CLICK HERE.

TO RSVP FOR OPEN SWIM ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, CLICK HERE.


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Dan and Debbie's Creamery Field Trip (Currently FULL)

Friday, Dec. 7th, 10am

1600 Main Street

Ely, IA

Our first field trip in December will be to Dan & Debbie’s Creamery in Ely, IA. Families will begin the tour at 10:00 am on December 7, 2018. They will show families their farm to table process and the latest production equipment.


Fees:

Kids 3 and under: Free (without ice cream)

Kids and adults: $4.00 (includes a scoop of ice cream)

Adults Tour Only: $2.00 (no ice cream)


Families are welcome to shop for milk, cheese curds, and other items in their store after the tour. Please RSVP promptly to make sure you have a spot. (Note: This is not a farm.)


THIS FIELD TRIP IS CURRENTLY FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PUT YOUR FAMILY ON A WAITING LIST, CLICK HERE.

Cedar Rapids Public Library Tour (K-5th Grades)

Monday, Dec. 10th, 10-11am

450 5th Avenue Southeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Have you been to the Cedar Rapids Public Library? We're sure you’ve checked out books there, but do you know all they have to offer? On December 10th, families with K-5 students are invited to participate in a tour to see what the CRPL has to offer. During the tour families will see the book sorting machine, 3D printer, laser cutter, the “Union” (for teens) and much more!


There is a limit of 15 students, so be sure to RSVP promptly to secure your spot. Parents, siblings, and strollers are welcome.


TO RSVP FOR THE DECEMBER 10TH (K-5) DATE, CLICK HERE.

Cedar Rapids Public Library Tour (6-12th Grades)

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 10-11am

450 5th Avenue Southeast

Cedar Rapids, IA


Due to lack of interest, this field trip is cancelled.

Barnes and Noble Fundraiser

Monday, Dec. 17th, 9am-10pm

333 Collins Road Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Invite friends and family to shop at our local Barnes & Noble on December 17th all day. We will showcase artwork, writing, the Robotics Team, and have an evening music performance at 6:30.


We are looking for volunteers to hand out candy canes with our special ID number for our fundraiser and to wrap gifts at the table provided by Barnes & Noble. Families are encouraged to share our ID number on social media, and have others shop online if they cannot make it into the store from December 17th-22nd. Event fliers are going home with students this week. Our ID number is 12394912.


Please sign-up to volunteer to distribute candy canes or to wrap gifts at the gift wrapping station. Please select as many options you are available for on the RSVP. Ms. Jeannie will organize volunteers and email your assigned volunteer time. Thanks in advance for all you do for CRHSAP!


TO RSVP TO VOLUNTEER AT THE FUNDRAISER, CLICK HERE.

"The Rainbow Fish"

Tuesday, Jan. 15th 2019 at 12:30pm

Dakota Street

Cedar Falls, IA

Suggested Audience: Pre-K through 2nd Grade


Description:
The Rainbow Fish, includes an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colorful story with two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. Mermaid Theatre’s widely-traveled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading. The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession.


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: November 30th

"Charlotte's Web"

Monday, Feb. 4th 2019 at 12:30pm

Dakota Street

Cedar Falls, IA

Suggested Audience: Grade 2-5


Description: Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.


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: December 13th

WORKPLACE LEARNING CONNECTION

ATTENTION Students in 11th and 12th grades: Coming soon, students may apply for 90-hour internship experiences for SUMMER 2019!


The Portal for applications opens December 10th, 2018 and closes 3:00 pm Friday, February 1st, 2018.


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.


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THE LENDING LIBRARY HAS A NEW LOOK!

Our Lending Library has been updated and reorganized! Stop in today to see all the materials we have to offer! Materials are available on a two-week rotation.
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EASY FUNDRAISER

Please continue to collect Hy-Vee receipts and Box Tops! They provide much-appreciated revenue for our program. Also, students who bring them in may pick a prize from our prize box! It's a win-win! Thank you for helping us provide materials for our program.




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JANUARY SNEAK-PEAK!

Here is a sneak peek of events coming up in January!


Iowa Children’s Museum, January 11

African American Museum, January 25


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FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH NOTICE

Did you know that you can apply for free or reduced meals at any time, not just at the start of school year? If you do not have a current meal benefit, you may apply online www.lunchapp.com or you may contact the school for a paper application. If you already have a current meal benefit, no action is needed.


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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.