January 2019 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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Dear CRHSAP Families,


We hope you are eagerly anticipating the holiday season that is closing in on us quickly! 2019 will be here before we know it. Please read through the January newsletter and RSVP by 12/21/18 to the events of your choice using the links provided.


Stay warm!


Sincerely,


The CRHSAP Team

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


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IMPORTANT REMINDERS


  • Due to Winter Break, there will be NO ENRICHMENT CLASSES December 24th-28th, and no K-5 enrichment classes on January 1st and 2nd. Middle school and high school classes WILL take place the 3rd and 4th. The office will be closed from December 24-January 1st.


  • 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. K-5 students have outdoor recess when the temperature with windchill is above 10 degrees.


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




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YMCA FAMILY SWIM AND GYM

January Swim and Gym Times:

January 10th, 10:00am-1:00pm

January 22nd, 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.


In 2019, we will begin 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!


TO RSVP FOR THE JANUARY 10TH SWIM AND GYM, CLICK HERE.

TO RSVP FOR THE JANUARY 22ND SWIM AND GYM, CLICK HERE.


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WORKPLACE LEARNING CONNECTION NEWS

Internship Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2019!


This is for current Sophomores and Juniors. Seniors who graduate Winter 2018 & Spring 2019 will not be accepted.


The Portal for applications is now open and will close @ 3:00 pm Friday, February 1st, 2018.

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.


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Homeschool Hatchery Makerspace Open Lab!

Our HSAP is sponsoring an Open Lab Maker Space on Friday, January 4th from 1:30 – 3:00pm. Open Lab means that we pull out everything from low tech to high tech for our families to experience together. Open labs differ from the Maker Challenges we hold each year. These lean heavily toward self-selected stations, personally initiated projects, individual imagination and personal creativity.


Stations will be set up around the Wilson Cafeteria for students to create and make. Stations will include:


Repurposed Recyclables: Use your imagination to create new from old.

Deconstruction Zone: Students deconstruct small appliances to see what is inside and how things work. (Tools provided.)

Design and building: Keva Planks, Legos, Strawbees

Coding: Floor Robots and Hour of Code

Circuitry: Little Bits and Makey-Makey


TO RSVP FOR THE HOMESCHOOL HATCHERY OPEN LAB, CLICK HERE.


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HSAP'S GOT TALENT!

Showcasing our variety of student talents, we are having our 1st TALENT SHOW on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00pm, with a dress rehearsal on Tuesday, February 5th beginning at 3:00pm. Take time to sign up now. The deadline is Friday, January 18th. Be sure to include your name, what you will do, the name of the music, and what you will need from us (mats, microphone/s, music stand, etc.).


Let’s have a fun evening together and enjoy the many talents we have in our HSAP program! If you have questions, please contact Miss Peggy at 558-3897 or pziemer@cr.k12.ia.us.


TO SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR THE TALENT SHOW, CLICK HERE.

Mom's Night OUT at Panera!

Tuesday, Jan. 8th 2019 at 6:30pm

2665 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Mom's Night Out returns in January! Come join other homeschooling moms for a fun night of food and conversation. This month the dinner will be held at Panera Bread on the SW side.


TO RSVP FOR MOM'S NIGHT OUT, CLICK HERE.

Children's Museum

Friday, Jan. 11th 2019 at 10am-12pm

1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville, IA 52241

Join CRHSAP families at the Iowa Children’s Museum located in the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, IA. Students of all ages will experience a variety of activities. Exhibits for exploration include art, financial literacy, STEM, healthy kids, and school readiness. We will also participate in a Scavenger Hunt! Our time will begin at 10:00 am and end at noon.


One payment per family is due in the office to Mary Rasmussen prior to January 9, 2019. The cost for each participant over the age of 1 is: $4.00. This is a $5.00 savings per person! Full payment is expected for each family to ensure the special rate for our program. This is a wonderful opportunity to have fun at a less expensive price. The “Think Tank” toy store will also be open during our field trip (additional expense).


Check out their website for more information! https://theicm.org/


TO RSVP FOR THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, CLICK HERE.

Linn County Regional Center Informational Meeting and Tour

Friday, Jan. 11th 2019 at 1:30pm

1770 Boyson Road

Hiawatha, IA

This event is for 10th and 11th graders accompanied by their parents.


Kirkwood’s Linn County Regional Center features innovative programming called Career Academies that are provided through partnerships with several local high schools and area businesses. The unique cooperation gives high school students hands-on career experience and transferable college credit at NO COST to their families!


Career Academies are a sequence of rigorous academic and career/technical courses that

focus on career exploration and hands-on learning that align with industry and local workforce needs. These experiences allow students to experiment with a variety of subjects and learn their true passions before committing to one or two subject areas in college.


Sophomores and Juniors, along with their parents are invited to come learn about how eligible students in the Cedar Rapids Community School district enroll in courses through Kirkwood Community College at the Linn Regional Center. Students earn both high school credit & college credit while enrolled in the Cedar Rapids Home School Assistance Program.



TO RSVP FOR THE LINN COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER TOUR, CLICK HERE.

African American Museum

Friday, Jan. 25th 2019 at 1-2:30pm

55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Students in 3rd - 12th grades are invited to the African-American Museum on January 25, 2019 from 1:00-2:30 pm. The African-American Museum offers a deep learning experience for youth and adults. Special exhibits to study and explore in January are: "Endless Possibilities" and "Driven by Hope." Student price is $4.50 and adult price is $5.00; families will pay at the museum for this field trip.


For more descriptive information on their two exhibits please go to their website: blackiowa.org.


TO RSVP FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM TRIP, CLICK HERE.

"I Have a Dream" Kaleidoscope Series Performance

Thursday, Feb. 28th 2019 at 12:30pm

Dakota St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Suggested Audience: Grade 3-12


Description: This compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the "American Century" and the Civil Rights movement will inspire your students as they experience Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s struggle and his dream of lifting "our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood."


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: Thursday, January 10th

February Sneak Peek!

Mark your calendars for these events coming up in February:


Friendship Fun at The Playstation- Friday, February 15

Orchestra Iowa (6th-12th Only)- Monday, February 1


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Hy-Vee Receipts Update!

Our year- to -date total so far is $18,333.09!


Last year our final total in April was $29,083.00. Let’s see if we can exceed that this year!!! Remember to turn in your Hy-Vee receipts—do you have family members or friends who would like to donate their receipts to our program? It is an easy way to support our program! All receipts for this school year must be turned in by March 31, 2019.


Also, Box Tops collections are going very well—a big Thank You to all who are clipping and turning in your Box Tops!


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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.