May 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,

We are fast approaching the end of the school year. Many of you may be winding down your formal schooling for the year, yet we know there is so much learning that goes on informally throughout the year. We hope you take advantage of all the teachable moments this summer.

On April 26th we will be hosting a Prospective Parent Meeting. If you know of families who would like to find out about our program, please have them call Deann (558-1946) to get information about this meeting. It is a great opportunity for people to come explore our homeschooling options.

Thank you to everyone who has turned in their 2018-2019 re-enrollment forms. We will be accepting enrollments from new families at our meeting on April 26th. To guarantee your continued enrollment in our program, please have your re-enrollment forms turned in no later than April 27th. Also, please read through this newsletter and RSVP by 4/27/18 to the events of your choosing using the links provided.

We want to remind you that the CRHSAP office closes for the summer on June 1st. Any final communication with our office will need to be taken care of before then.

Have a relaxing and fun-filled summer. The 2018-2019 school year will be here before you know it!


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



The last week of enrichment classes is May 14th-17th.

All offices are closed on May 28th for Memorial Day.

The CRHSAP office will close for the summer on June 1st.



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!



Returning 2017-18 and Picking Up 2018-19

We are looking forward to next school year and are already starting to plan for it. Because we do not distribute curriculum during the summer, please let your resource teacher know if you plan to return any of the 2017-18 curriculum by May 25th and if you want to pick up your 2018-19 curriculum by May 30th.

If you have re-enrolled in our program next year, you may keep your curriculum over the summer. Thank you for taking the time to contact your resource teacher no later than May 25th. This is extremely helpful!



The last day for checkout from the lending library is Friday, May 4th.

As the school year winds down, please remember to return all materials on or before Friday, May 18th.



Below are some opportunities to get involved in some fun activities this summer.

Free Bowling!

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

If you are interested, click HERE to for more information or to sign up.

Ceramics Center

Have your kiddos spend some time with the Ceramics Center this summer, learning new skills and being creative! This summer they have added one day workshops for children aged 7 and up. You may drop off your child and the staff will work with them to create a fun project with other kids. Cost is $20 per child. Projects will be available for pick up 3 weeks after the workshop.

For more information, click here.



Our HSAP Robotics Club is preparing for our 2018 fall season! We would like to invite all parents who have students going into grades 4 - 8 to consider joining our club. A Parent Informational Meeting will be held Thursday, May 10th from 6:30 – 7:30pm. At this meeting parents will gain important information that will help them determine if this program is a good fit for them, their children, and their schedule.

Mr. Wayne, the Robotics Club supervisor, will present information regarding changes to the program, the fall theme, proposed days and times of weekly meetings, costs/fees, time commitment, etc. Time will be allotted for questions and answers. Parents may sign their child(ren) up at this meeting or register them at a later date.

Our HSAP Robotic Club is affiliated with the FIRST Lego League. (See: )

To RSVP for the Robotics Club meeting, click HERE.

Iowa Raptor Project Visit

Friday, May 4th, 1:30pm

2095 Mehaffey Bridge Road Northeast

Solon, IA

Join us for an outdoor, guided tour of the Iowa Raptor Project in Solon, Iowa! 15 birds of prey are available for you and your family to view, each with their own personality and story to tell. The IRP is right along the beautiful forest and shoreline around Lake MacBride, so bring a lunch if you’d like to arrive early and enjoy it with the birds. In addition, our very own teacher, Andrea, will help to guide a tour and even bring out a raptor for us to see up close.

The mission of the Iowa Raptor Project is to connect students and community to the conservation of birds of prey and their natural habitats through research and education opportunities. IRP is a jointly sponsored program of University of Iowa Recreational Services and Kirkwood Community College. We achieve our goal to preserve raptor populations and habitats through educational experiences that awaken awareness, nurture appreciation and inspire action, as well as through field research on raptor nesting habitats, migration routes, and wintering grounds.

Two American Kestrels have just arrived, so you will be among the first to meet them!

EDIT: There is a 3.00 charge for each student and parent, Children age 2 and under are free.

To RSVP for the Iowa Raptor Project visit, click HERE.

Check out birds of prey at the Iowa Raptor Project!

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Friday, May 11th, 9am-1pm

201 Central City Road

Central City, IA

Experience the Fascinating Agriculture Industry!!

Each year the FFA chapters in Springville, Central City, Alburnett, North Linn, and Linn-Mar sponsor an activity called Ag in the Park. Experience animals, sample agricultural products, look at farm equipment, listen to presentations on topics such as safety, aquaculture, plants, soil and water conservation, pets, and beekeeping. STEM topics related to agriculture will be emphasized. It will take about 2 hours to see all of the stations!

A picnic area is available. (Bring your own sack lunches).

To RSVP for Ag in the Park, click HERE.


Friday, May 18th, 12-3pm

704 Emmons Street

Hiawatha, IA

Come join us for our annual spring picnic at Guthridge Park in Hiawatha! We will meet in the Red Pavilion. This is a leisurely time for parents to talk and for kids to enjoy playing together. Please bring your own table service and a dish or two to share. CRHSAP will provide water and cups. We will start eating at 12:30 PM. See you there!

To RSVP for the spring picnic, please click HERE.


Our Makerspace, the Homeschool Hatchery, will be hosting an "Open Lab" day on May 11th 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.

At the May Open Lab, a Maker-Mentor will be on-hand to guide students through two different projects.

Rachel Anderson - Rachel will be once again sharing the art of hand sewing. Students will learn how to hand stitch cloth pieces together to complete a project.

To RSVP for the May 11th Open Lab, click HERE.



The First and Third Wednesdays

May 2nd and 16th

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.



This is the last of four Scholastic book orders to be sent home this year. Thank you for purchasing books for your children. The program accumulates points based on the amount of money spent. We use those points to “buy” materials, which are used in the Lending Library and our professional collection.


To order online:

  • ENTER the program’s activation code LM3CY
  • CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks. I will verify all online orders April 27th.

Thank you!

Peggy Ziemer (, Scholastic Book Coordinator



The Eastern Iowa Airport

2121 Arthur Collins Parkway SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Hancher Auditorium

141 E. Park Road

Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

210 Parkside Drive,

West Branch, Iowa 52358



Remember to save your Hy-Vee receipts and Box Tops for Education over the summer! Receipts can be collected from all Hy-Vee businesses, including the drug stores and gas stations. The HSAP receives $1 for every $200 in Hy-Vee receipts collected, and 10¢ for every Box Top.

These no-hassle fundraisers help to provide money for the “extras” for CRHSAP that are not covered by other funding. We appreciate your help!



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, (, and/or Linda Noggle, Executive Director of Talent Management, (, Educational Leadership and Support Center, 2500 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA, (319) 558-2000.