November 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.


Lead Teacher:

Deann Ongie


Resource Teachers:

Wayne Fritch

Jeannie Johnson

Cheryl Scherbaum

Kristin Schmaltz

April Tierney

Peggy Ziemer


Secretary:

Mary Rasmussen


Newsletter Editor:

April Tierney


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CRHSAP Families,


We hope that you are having a productive and enjoyable fall! The changing seasons always provide opportunities for fun and learning. Check out this newsletter for some ideas, and please RSVP by 10/26/18 to the events of your choice using the links provided.


We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for the opportunity to be included in your children's education.


Sincerely,


The CRHSAP Team

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


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IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • If you have not completed/updated your Power School online registration, please do so ASAP! School fees need to be paid as well.


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

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NEW DIGITAL MENU!


This year, the Cedar Rapids Schools' lunch menus have gone digital! We will continue to follow the menu at Wilson, but paper menus will no longer be offered. To check the lunch menu, you can either bookmark this website: https://cr.nutrislice.com/menu/wilson or download the app on your phone. (Search for "Nutrislice")




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Barnes & Noble Book Fair is Coming UP!!!

Mark your calendars for Monday, December 17th! Our book-fair day at Barnes & Noble is an all-day event for home-school families and staff. We will be asking for families to volunteer to work at the wrapping table, hand out prizes, and at an activities table. Please RSVP if you are interested in signing up for a time-slot for the activities. (Specific time slots will be announced at a later date.) All money raised during our book fair comes right back to the Cedar Rapids Home-School program for gym equipment, books for our Lending Library, picnics, and much more.


TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE BOOK FAIR, CLICK HERE.


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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 8th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

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 8TH CLICK HERE.

TO RSVP FOR OPEN SWIM ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, CLICK HERE.

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

Central Fire Station Visit

Friday, Nov. 2nd, 10-11am

713 1st Ave SE

Join Ms. Ongie on Friday, November 2, 2018, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am to tour the Central Fire Station! Students in grades K-5 are invited to learn what it is like to be a firefighter. Tours include looking at equipment, fire trucks, and learning more about how to plan for escape. Students will also be able to look at some of the gear firefighters use to protect themselves inside a burning building. Please use the RSVP to sign-up as early as possible. We have a maximum number of 35 for the tour.


TO RSVP FOR THE FIRE STATION VISIT, CLICK HERE.

Makerspace Challenge Event: Lunar Launcher!

Friday, Nov. 2nd, 1:30-3pm

2301 J Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

We are kicking off Home School “Hatchery” Makerspace season with a Challenge Event called Lunar Launcher! Each participant will be challenged to build their own Launcher from materials provided. Various projectiles will be launched and distance measurements will be taken. This Maker Challenge is best suited for students 3rd grade and up.


TO RSVP FOR LUNAR LAUNCHER, CLICK HERE.

NOVEMBER MOM'S NIGHT OUT DINNER

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 6:30pm

4100 River Ridge Drive Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Calling all moms! Are you in need of some "me" time? Come join other homeschooling moms for a fun night out! This month the dinner will be held at Vito's.


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

Picture Re-take Day

Friday, Nov. 16th, 9-10:30am

2301 J Street Southwest

Cedar Rapids, IA

Picture retakes with HR Imaging is scheduled for Friday, November 16, 2018 between 9:00 am – 10:30 am in the Music Room. Please pick up an order form from Mary in the office prior to retake day. Students will receive a free id card with their pictures.


TO RSVP FOR PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY, CLICK HERE.

Orchestra Iowa – “Meet Tchaikovsky!”

Monday, Nov. 19th, 9:45am

123 3rd Avenue Southeast

Cedar Rapids, IA


Together with Orchestra Iowa, Ms. Peggy and Ms. Jeannie would like to invite students in grades 3-5 ONLY with one accompanying adult to attend a free youth concert series at the Paramount on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 9:45 am. The concert will start promptly at 10:00 am. Home-School families will need to RSVP before November 15, 2018. We have forty seats available, and all families attending will sit with our group. We cannot wait to hear what Maestro Hankewich will share!



TO RSVP FOR ORCHESTRA IOWA, 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

Lending Library- Exciting news!

When you step into our homeschool library, we hope you will notice some of the many changes that have been made!


  • It has been arranged with books and curriculum on each subject together in one area.
  • As new selections are added, we will post that information in the library.
  • There is an area where students can read or color while accompanied by a parent.
  • ALL materials will now be on a 2 week check-out cycle. This will give availability to more families.
  • The check-out procedure remains the same: put the date on the card from the book, sign your name, and put the card in the box. Enjoy!
  • We will continue to offer and add materials to the top two shelves of the freebie area.


As you sign out these materials, we thank you for taking care and returning them in good condition.


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Scholastic Book Clubs


Scholastic Book Club Flyers have gone out on student lockers. There are many new selections offered every month. Families can order on-line with our code LM3CY or fill out the order form from the flyer along with cash or a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs.

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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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December Sneak-Peak!

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


Dan & Debbie’s Creamery, Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10:00 am.

Cedar Rapids Public Library, K-5, Monday, December 10, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Cedar Rapids Public Library, 6-12, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Book Fair, Barnes & Noble, All-Day Event on Monday, December 17, 2018.


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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.