October 2017 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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Happy Fall!

We hope that you are all having a successful start to your homeschooling year! Remember we are here to be a resource and a help to you as you navigate the waters of schooling your children at home. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.


Each month we will notify you when the latest newsletter is ready to view. The newsletter contains new information on upcoming activities, so please take time to read it carefully every month. Please RSVP by 9/29/17 to the events of your choice using the links provided.


It is a joy to work with all of you!


Sincerely,


The CRHSAP Team

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


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CORRECTION

In the September newsletter, the time of the Homeschool Hatchery Open Lab on October 25th was listed as 1:30-3:00pm. This is incorrect. The time of the open lab on this day is 10:00-11:30am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


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CRHSAP FAMILY DIRECTORY

Each school year CRHSAP publishes a family directory which lists your family name, your students' names, which day your child attends classes, the town or quadrant of Cedar Rapids you live in, your phone number, and your e-mail address. This information is used to set up car pools and contact families.


Providing this information is optional, and CRHSAP will NOT publish or share information in this directory with anyone outside of the program.


CLICK HERE TO ENTER INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FAMILY INTO THE DIRECTORY.

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Picture Day!

Annual School Pictures

Friday, October 6

9:00 -12:00

Location: Room 123 at Wilson Middle



On Friday, October 6th, HR Imaging Photographers will come to Wilson School to take school photos. They will begin taking pictures promptly at 9:00 and will continue until noon. As soon as your family arrives, all of your children will have their pictures taken one at a time. Three-year-old preschoolers through 12th graders may have their pictures taken.


Student IDs are available to all students through this company. A picture packet purchase is not necessary to get an ID.


HR Imaging forms and payment envelopes will be sent home on students’ lockers prior to picture day. If your children do not attend HSAP classes, you may request forms from your resource teacher. We will also have payment envelopes available for you to fill out on October 6th. Credit card payment is accepted when you have contacted the number on the HR Imaging form prior to October 6th. Exact cash, check or money order are all accepted as payment on Picture Day.


TO RSVP FOR SCHOOL PICTURES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


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Literature Learning Fair


When: Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Location: Wilson Middle School, Rooms 123 &124


Set-up: 6:00-6:30 pm

Visit other students' “literary favorites”: 6:30 - 7:15pm

Oral presentations: 7:15-8:00 pm


Be part of the first Learning Fair of the school year by participating in the Literature Fair! This fair will be an opportunity for students to share their excitement for literature by choosing a book(s), author, or a subject in any genre of literature to create a presentation about. Students will have space for a display and 5 minutes for a spoken presentation. This is a wonderful opportunity to build speaking skills in the safe environment of the Home School “family” audience. All grade levels are encouraged to share their knowledge with an age-appropriate display.


Home School will provide table space for students to display their materials. A tri-fold board with written information works well. This display should get the attention of the audience, have a title, and inform viewers what the student has learned and why they chose their subject. The display and presentation can be as creative as the students make it to be! Students are asked to stay by their display to share information with others from 6:30 – 7:15.


Set-up will begin at 6:00 in the Wilson school cafeteria, and guest viewing will begin at 6:30. Presentations will follow. When you RSVP, please ask your Resource Teacher for a Literature Fair Packet which will help you with ideas.


Don’t miss being part of this exciting evening. Our Learning Fairs are a very special part of CRHSAP. If your family chooses not to create a project, please still come to enjoy the evening.


TO RSVP FOR THE LITERATURE FAIR, CLICK HERE.


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Virtual Reality Experience: Google Expeditions

Wilson Middle School

Friday, October 27th

K-3rd grade students: 11:45am-12:45pm

4th-12th grade students: 1:00pm-2:00pm


Put on a pair of goggles and be transported to another place! With resources provided by the GWAEA, our CRHSAP students will have the chance to participate in a Google Expeditions experience, led by Ms. Andrea. From rainforests to roller coasters, several locations and adventures will be explored.


We only have enough VR goggles to accommodate 20 students in each session, so sign up soon! Registration priority will be given to students who do not attend enrichment classes (they’ll have VR opportunities in class), but everyone is encouraged to RSVP in case there is space. Have a place in mind you want to “visit”? Email amalek@cr.k12.ia.us


FYI:

· Students in the same family may attend one session together, rather than splitting up their kids by grade level. Please designate your preferred session, and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

· This is a “drop-off” event, but parents are welcome to stay with their students if they’d like to see the technology in action.


TO RSVP FOR THE K-3 EVENT, CLICK HERE.


TO RSVP FOR THE 4-12 EVENT, CLICK HERE.

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Homeschool Hatchery November Event

Our Makerspace, The Homeschool Hatchery, will be hosting an "Open Lab" day on November 10th 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.


TO RSVP FOR THE NOVEMBER OPEN LAB DATE, CLICK HERE.

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Tour of Kalona- The Quilt Capital of SE Iowa

Friday, Oct. 27th, 1pm

715 D Avenue

Kalona, IA

“Take a step back in time and discover a simple way of life unhindered by the bustle of the modern world.”


Join us for a tour of the Historical Village of Kalona. We will have someone to give us an overview and then we will go independently as families or small groups at their own pace. We will look into quilts and textiles, rocks and gems, weaving, gift shops, and the Iowa Mennonite Museum.


Cost (pay in Kalona):

Adults-$5.00,

Ages 7-high school-$3.00

Children 6 and under-Free


If you would like to come early, you may bring your lunch and eat in the park. If you have time, you can enjoy a walk through the city streets and see the quilt squares crafted into the sidewalks. Strollers welcome.


TO RSVP FOR THE KALONA TOUR, CLICK HERE.

YMCA OPEN SWIM

The First and Third Wednesdays

October 4 and 18

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.


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WORKPLACE LEARNING CONNECTION

Job Internships

Grades 11 & 12

Applications due October 26th at 3pm


Connect today to tomorrow’s career!! Gain work experience and know if a particular career is right for you through a 90-hour internship program with Workplace Learning Connection.


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.


Applications are now being completed online. Internship applications for winter and spring are due October 26th at 3pm.


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Donations Needed!

CRHSAP is looking for the following materials:



  • Old smartphones (with charging cable) for use in Virtual Reality/Google Expeditions
  • Broken/old/discarded small electronics (ex. GPS, toasters, blenders, electric pencil sharpeners, etc.) for use in the Demolition station of the Homeschool Hatchery Makerspace.



Bring any materials to the HSAP office. Contact Wayne Fritch at wfritch@cr.k12.ia.us with any questions. Thank you!


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"Thank You!" Information

If you would like to send a Thank You to the Grant Wood AEA or Bloomsbury Farms for allowing us to tour, the information is below.


GRANT WOOD AEA:

Media Staff

Grant Wood Educational Staff

4401 6th Street SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


BLOOMSBURY FARMS:

Staff for tours

Bloomsbury Farms

3260 69th St. Atkins, IA 52206

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

1.) If you have not completed/updated your Power School online registration, please do so ASAP! Thank you!


2.) We will have NO K-5 classes on October 2nd and 3rd.


3.) Our copier is available for use by families who rent our curriculum. The copier is typically free from:

Mondays 10:00am-2:00pm

Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesdays 8:00am-10:00am

Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm

Fridays 8:30am-2:00pm


Please limit copies to 25 per visit. Thank you!


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