February 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,


The cold is not stopping the events going on here at CRHSAP! Please read through this newsletter and RSVP by 1/26/18 to the events of your choosing using the links provided.


We hope that you are keeping warm and taking time to enjoy the beauty of the season. The days are getting longer and the sunrises and sunsets are absolutely stunning. If you need winter themed teaching activities, make sure and ask your resource teacher.


Sincerely,


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


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Important Reminder

There will be no K-5 Enrichment Classes February 26th or February 27th due to district inservice.


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Iowa Assessments - Please read and respond!

April 2nd - 6th, 2018

Grades 3-12


Please click on the link below to let us know if your child(ren) will or will not be participating in Iowa Assessments. If your child(ren) will be participating, please continue to fill out the form and list each student separately with the grade level she/he is enrolled in for the 2017-18 school year. More details will follow.


Click HERE to let us know if your family will be participating or not.


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CRHSAP NOW HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE!

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Scholastic Book Orders

To order online:

  • REGISTER at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs
  • ENTER the program’s activation code-LM3CY
  • CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks

Our third book order is due by February 23rd and will arrive about a week later.


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Homeschool Hatchery February Open Lab

Our Makerspace, the Homeschool Hatchery, will be hosting an "Open Lab" day on February 23rd 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 February 23rd Open Lab, click HERE.



We are also still taking RSVP's for the Open Lab on January 26th.


To RSVP for the Open Lab on January 26th, click HERE.


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YMCA OPEN SWIM

The First and Third Wednesdays

February 7th and 21st

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.

State Historical Museum Visit

Friday, Feb. 2nd, 10-11:30am

600 East Locust Street

Des Moines, IA


This visit is free, and all ages are welcome.


The State Historical Museum of Iowa has been a trusted source for the preservation and education of Iowa’s history since its founding in 1857, just 11 years after Iowa became a state.


Check out the following exhibits:

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  • Explore Iowa’s rich natural resources and the balance between using these resources and preserving them in Delicate Balance.
  • Discover what inspired more than 76,000 Iowans to fight for the Union and the role they played in the nation’s bloodiest war in Iowa and the Civil War.
  • Explore Iowa’s legacy with the silver screen from the early 1900s to today in Hollywood in the Heartland.
  • Discover the history of bicycling in Iowa including the story of the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) in Riding Through History.
  • Learn about life in Iowa before it became a state and the many changes that took place when settlers arrived in You Gotta Know the Territory.


To RSVP for the State Historical Museum Visit, click HERE.

Des Moines Science Center Visit

Friday, Feb. 2nd, 1-5pm

401 West Martin Luther King Junior Parkway

Des Moines, IA

At the Science Center of Iowa, there are no boundaries except the limits of your imagination. The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.


Explore the interactive exhibits, explore the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs in new and different ways, and join us for the live science program, Fire and Ice at 2:30pm.


All ages are welcome! The cost of this visit is $2.00 per student. The first adult is free, additional adults are $5.50. Please arrive by 12:50pm to pay Ms. Deann in cash before the 1:00 start time.


To RSVP for the Science Center Visit, click HERE.

Kirkwood WLC Presentation on Summer and Fall 2018 Internships

Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 1:30-2pm

2301 J Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Current Sophomores and Juniors eligible

Application deadline extended to February 15th at 3:00pm


The Kirkwood WLC Internship coordinator will be visiting our high school students to give a short presentation on the MANY internship opportunities available. These include areas like cosmetology, dental, theatre, marketing, engineering, graphic design, interior design, teaching, sports intern, and many more! Parents are welcome to join us for the presentation.


What’s this all about? Current sophomore and juniors are eligible for 60 and 90-hour internships through Workplace Learning Connection (WLC). YOU get to decide your interest area, and WLC staff will connect you with an area employer. This is also a fantastic opportunity to practice your application, interview and professional skills with low pressure.


Do a quick web search for “Kirkwood WLC Internships” to find their site and learn more. Applications are available on their website. Email Andrea at amalek@cr.k12.ia.us with any questions.


To RSVP for this event, click HERE.

Valentine’s Day Party at the Play Station

Wednesday, Feb. 14th, 1-3pm

200 Collins Road Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Come enjoy this holiday with friends! This party is for all children up through the 5th grade. Older siblings may attend to make this a family event.


Cost Options:

· $5.99 per child to play, decorate a cookie, and make a craft

· $3.99 per child for children who have a Play Station Pass and want to decorate a cookie and make a craft

· $3.99 per child to play only


Parents will pay at the Play Station upon arrival. They accept Visa, MasterCard (debit or credit), cash or check. Parents/guardians must accompany all children.


To RSVP for the Valentine's Day Party, click HERE.

State Hygienic Laboratory Tour

Friday, Feb. 16th, 1-3pm

2500 Crosspark Road

Coralville, IA

This tour is offered for students in grade 6 and older only. The tour is free of charge. Parents must sign up with their full name as it appears on their driver’s license, state ID, passport, or military ID. This ID will be shown to gain entry to this secure environment.


The State Hygienic Laboratory website states:

“The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa protects and improves quality of life by providing reliable environmental and public health information through the collective knowledge and capabilities of our organization.


Their vision is for Iowa to be a national leader in improving and sustaining quality of life through innovation, practice, and policy. Since 1904, the State Hygienic Laboratory has been at the forefront of public health issues in Iowa. As the state’s public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory serves all of Iowa’s 99 counties through disease detection, environmental monitoring, and newborn and maternal screening.


An Environmental Protection Agency-certified facility, the Hygienic Laboratory conducts testing of drinking water as mandated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. The staff also works with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to monitor waterways throughout the state for contaminants and to assess air quality in real-time and through lab testing”.


Following the guided tour, we will participate in a stem activity.


To RSVP for the State Hygienic Laboratory Tour, click HERE.

Grant Wood AEA Hearing Screening

Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 11am-12pm

2301 J Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA


Every year Grant Wood AEA offers a hearing screening to children in our home school program. If you would like to have your Preschooler-12th grade home school children screened for hearing by GWAEA, please bring your children to our Home School office. Staff will then escort each parent and their children to the hearing van. The screening will take place between 11:00AM-12:00PM.


To RSVP for hearing screening, click HERE.

Eastern Iowa Airport Tour #1

Friday, Feb. 9th, 1-2:30pm

2121 Arthur Collins Parkway Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Do you know what happens from the time you buy an airplane ticket until you get to your destination? Have you wondered what kinds of jobs it takes to get you safely from Cedar Rapids to another part of the country? Join us as we check out the ticket counter, the baggage return, and safety areas. The tour is free of charge. Parking is $3.00 for 31-60 minutes and $1.00 for each additional ½ hour.


Because our space is VERY limited for this tour, we are limiting our RSVP sign up to one parent and CRHSAP students enrolled in grades kindergarten and up.


To RSVP for the February 9th airport tour, click HERE.

Eastern Iowa Airport Tour #2

Friday, Feb. 23rd, 1-2:30pm

2121 Arthur Collins Parkway Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Do you know what happens from the time you buy an airplane ticket until you get to your destination? Have you wondered what kinds of jobs it takes to get you safely from Cedar Rapids to another part of the country? Join us as we check out the ticket counter, the baggage return, and safety areas. The tour is free of charge. Parking is $3.00 for 31-60 minutes and $1.00 for each additional ½ hour.


Because our space is VERY limited for this tour, we are limiting our RSVP sign up to one parent and CRHSAP students enrolled in grades kindergarten and up.


To RSVP for the February 23rd airport tour, click HERE.

Demonstration Table at the Cedar Rapids STEM Festival

Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 4-7pm

1770 Boyson Road

Hiawatha, IA

All 6th-8th grade students in enrichment classes are invited to help lead a demonstration booth at the annual Linn County STEM Festival at the Linn Regional Center. Our CRHSAP will be participating as a vendor to share fun physics activities based on what we’ve learned in class. The Festival runs from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 20th. Students can sign up for one-hour time slots during that time period. Questions? Email Andrea at amalek@cr.k12.ia.us or check out https://se.iowastem.org/linn-county-stem-festival for more information.


The goal of the STEM Festival is to bring science, engineering and mathematics to life by assembling experienced STEM exhibitors to provide an afternoon full of hands-on activities.


All families and students K-12 are invited to attend the event!


To RSVP for your child to participate in the demonstration table, click HERE.

Rockwell Tour with Project Lead the Way

Tuesday, March 6th, 11:45am-2pm

400 Collins Road Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

This tour is part of a series for high school students focused on sharing engineering based careers at Creative Corridor companies. Students hear from professionals engaged in open-ended problem solving and the world of engineering design process using innovative technology and creative software. Topics covered include sustainability, mechatronics, forces, structures, aerodynamics, digital electronics and circuit design, manufacturing, research and the environment from an engineering angle.


The Rockwell tour RSVP’s are due with this month’s newsletter. Unfortunately, they do not accept late registrations. All participants must be U.S. citizens, and students age 18 or older must bring a valid driver’s license or passport.


Space is limited to 10 students. Sign up soon!


To RSVP for the Rockwell Tour, click HERE.

Kaleidoscope Series at the Gallagher Bluedorn- "Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic."

Monday, April 9th, 10am

Dakota Street

Cedar Falls, IA

Description:


"Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic" is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), - Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds.


Tickets for this performance are $1 a piece. Just a reminder that if you sign up for this performance, you are agreeing to purchase tickets whether or not you attend. Tickets are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible. Please stop by our office to pay for your tickets & pick up your voucher before each performance. Call 558-2088 with any questions.


To RSVP for "Feathers of Fire," click HERE. The deadline for sign-up and payment is February 2nd.

Kaleidoscope Series at the Williams Center for the Arts- "The Three Little Pigs."

Thursday, April 5th, 12:30pm

317 8th Avenue Southeast

Oelwein, IA

Please note that this performance is at the Williams Center in Oelwein.


Description:


Theatre IV's "Three Little Pigs" is a lighthearted musical with a twist on the classic tale. In this adaptation, the Wolf is not evil, but misunderstood. The Three Little Pigs are very frightened of the Wolf and don't want to be friends. The Wolf wants to be their friend and decides to invite them to his birthday party.


Tickets for this performance are $1 a piece. Just a reminder that if you sign up for this performance, you are agreeing to purchase tickets whether or not you attend. Tickets are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible. Please stop by our office to pay for your tickets & pick up your voucher before each performance. Call 558-2088 with any questions.


To RSVP for "Three Little Pigs," click HERE. The deadline for sign-up and payment is February 2nd.

Thank You Information for January Events

Mt. Vernon Road HyVee

Att’n: Kim Proctor

4035 Mount Vernon Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


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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.