Events & Activites

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Fall / Winter 2017 Activities:

Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook page for all of the most up-to-date events, like park play dates and trips to the zoo! If you don’t have Facebook, and want to be added to an email list, email us at valleyhsa@gmail.com, or call Laura at 308-783-6107 to find out more about joining our group to receive our newsletter.

Membership includes access to our Calendar, but there is a sampling of our events below: To see our current Calendar click here!

Valley Home School Association (VHSA) General Membership is now open for 2017-2018 registration!  We are encouraged to see so many returning families this year, along with some new faces.  God is growing our group, but even more so, He’s growing our hearts and our children’s hearts for His Kingdom.  We invite you to jump on in and join us as God equips us to teach our kids and grow them up for Christ!

Registration has two options this year: a new, online membership registration option, and a print-sign-mail option.  To register online, click this link:  https://www.homeschool-life.com/2341/signup.  You will have the options to pay online or to mail a check.   To print, sign, and mail your registration in, click here.

As always, your $18 membership covers:

  • voting right in group decisions at parent meeting,
  • liability insurance at VHSA activities,
  • newsletters be email or mail,
  • first choice at event tickets, and
  • the opportunity to join our co-op classes

Parent Meeting:   12/04/2017   Our Parent meeting takes place in the large classroom at Monument Bible Church, typically on the first Monday of each month. This is where everything is planned and a great place to get to know one another. If you aren’t able to come without kids, we will have a room set up nearby with coloring pages, or they may bring a board game to share. Please come early, as we will have a special prayer time at 6:30 before the meeting. Please let us know if there is any way we can be praying for you specifically. Use the gym doors, turn down the hall to the right, classroom is through the double doors and on your immediate left. Call Laura Leggott with questions. 641 1226. To add something to the agenda, please email it to valleyhsa@gmail.com by Sunday afternoon prior to our meeting. Click here for November Minutes

Homeschool Co-operative Classes: 
 Remaining Co-op dates for this year are set for:
2017: Nov 2, 16, and 30,
2018: Jan 18, Feb 1 and 15, March 1, 15, and 29, (with a possible make up date reserved on 3/22/18)
VHSA is the umbrella association for a host of activities, events, field trips, newsletters, and co-op!  We voted at the end of our last school year to rename the co-op portion of VHSA to help differentiate between the two…We are please to present to you, Valley Faith Co-Op!  Attached is a copy of Valley Faith Co-Op’s course catalog for you to browse through :​ 2017-18 Course Catalog for Valley Faith Co-op
  • Co-op registration has taken place for the 2017-2018 year, and classes are already underway. If you are interested in a tour to consider being involved next year, please contact our chairperson, Laura Leggott 783-6107
 
Book of the Month Club: 
Book club will be on hiatus until January 12th when we will meet at 8pm to discuss This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. I would love to see folks participate in the writing contest telling an author how their book changed the life of the student or the world during our time off.

NOV 14
Terrific Turkeys
Tue 10 AM Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area
Gering

Heritage Musical Hour, November 15, 3-4pm

All VHSA homeschoolers are welcome to join us at Heritage Nursing Home in the chapel to share individual or group musical talents with the residents. Musical abilities of any level is welcome! This month (November) there is no theme, only what you’d like to perform and present. Join us there! Please text or call Mindy Lively with questions. 308-430-3132

Wildcat Hills Homeschool Days:  2nd Tuesday of every month, September 12th, 2017 through May 8th, 2018.  Some exceptions.

Christmas Card Making Party
December 1, 2017 Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Event Description: Join Denise Manual 632-0133, as we make Christmas cards for the residents of the Western Nebraska Veteran’s Home. We will also be setting up a date to go and deliver the cards (while caroling) in person on 12-11-17 at 2pm (meet at 1:50 to get assembled). We participated with this last year, and it was a wonderful time! If you have Christmas card making supplies (envelopes, cardstock, stickets, glitter), feel free to bring them! Many supplies will be on hand too, so come with or without, but do come! We hope to make cards for all 90 residents.
We will meet at the Globe Room at 1506 1st Ave. inScottbluff.
Riders in the Sky: Holiday Show

December 5, 2017 Time: 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Event Description: Dec. 5, 2017 – 1:00pm 50 seats reserved, for Grades: 2-6
For more than thirty years, Riders in The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. In addition, while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!” In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars (in Newhall, CA near Melody Ranch Studios) along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. No less important than their two Grammies, Riders have been the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers of the Year” seven times, and won “Traditional Group of the Year” and “Traditional Album of the Year” multiple times

***Please respect the age requirements. We enourage parents to share chaperoning with eachother so others can stay out with their littles. Remember that there will be an evening show for ALL ages. ***

These seats for our students are at no cost to us, but are sposored, so please remember to commit to coming if you RSVP. All attendees will be assigned to write thank you notes to our generous sponsors.

Deadlines are 5 days before event, Will open tickets to non members 10 day before events, so all members should sign up sooner than later. RSVP via email (valleyhsa@gmail.com) on the Valley Homeschool Calendar Page (preferred)

https://www.homeschool-life.com/2341/events/events

Reminder: Your tickets are sponsored, not free. Please let us know if you are unable to attend 48 hours in advance, so the Midwest Theater can fill our seats with other students.

Where: Midwest Theater
1707 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361 US

Valley Faith Co-op Program and ALL VHSA Christmas Party!

Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Event Description: The students of VHSA’s Valley Faith Co-op are busy preparing a Christmas program for their parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors! We’re inviting you to join us! We will listen to and sing Christmas carols with the choir, enjoy watching what some of the classes have been up to this first half of co-op, enjoy hot chocolate together while we visit, and do some fun Christmas activities together as families. This will be a warm, fun-filled Christmas night where we can enjoy getting together with other homeschool families and friends and fellowship.

If you’d like to be a part of planning or helping in any way, please contact Elizabeth Haas.

Deliver Christmas Cards and Caroling at the WN Vet’s Home

December 11, 2017 Time: 2:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Event Description: Join Denise Manuel, as we DELIVER Christmas cards for the residents of the Western Nebraska Veteran’s Home. We will go and deliver the cards while singing Christmas Carols on 12-11-17 at 2pm (meet at 1:50pm to get assembled). We participated with this last year, and it was a wonderful time! We hope to deliver cards for all 90 residents. Questions, call Denise Manuel 632-0133

Where: WN Vet’s Home, 1102 W 42nd St
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
meet 10 min early to get assembled to sing!

Pristine Pines
Date: December 12, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM
Event Description: Pretty, prickly pines! Come along and learn about their amazing adaptations for living in the Wildcat Hills! Discover their unique seeds, leaves and root systems!
Where: Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area
210615 NE-71
Gering, NE 69341 US
A valid Nebraska Game and Park permit will be required for this free program. For more information call the Nature Center at 308-436-3777.

The Child: The Child is available for showing in your home, church, or other venue. If you would like to arrange a showing either public or private of this excellent film on the issue of parental rights, please contact Lyn at (308) 633-5009 to make the arrangements.
Newsletter deadline: Please send all submissions to Natalie Spearman at Valleyhsa@gmail.com by the 10th of each month exactly as you would like to see it in the newsletter.

Valley Home School Group Activities :

Field Trips: Each year we strive to have several field trips available to homeschoolers. Suggestions are Welcome.

Past Field Trips: Zoo Quest, Harms Center, Flowerfield Pioneer School, KDUH, local museums and grocery stores, Brown Sheep Co., Body Walk, Wildcat Hills Nature Center, Bird Banding, a Court Trial, Gering Photo, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Airlink, Buck’s Horse Ranch, Scottsbluff Vision, Sherard’s Hearing and the Fire Station, Field Trip to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Midwest Theater Educational Matinee:  Texas Gypsies, Astronomy Night:  with Chet Lowry from the Lowry Observatory, Business and Industry Tour

Classes: Classes are developed and arranged by homeschool parents. Classes vary according to the yearly interests of the group and are to enhance not replace your homeschool curriculum. We are also now offering some classes on a regular basis through a homeshcool co-operative. See the blog page for more information.

Past Classes: Gymnastics, Dance, Speech, Logic and Debate, Choir, Art, Crafts, History, Investment Club, Chess Club, Poetry Club and Homeschool Seminars.

Social Activities: We find many ways to fellowship!

Past Activities: Tae Kwon Do, Walking, Biking, Soccer, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Bowling, Holiday Parties, Contests, Talent Shows and Game Nights.