Events & Activites

 

 

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Fall 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.

 

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:  Monday, May 8th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, was our final parent meeting of the 2016-17 school year. Our Parent meetings will resume in August, tentatively with our kick off on 8/26/17 at 3pm.

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. May Minutes: Click Here

Kickoff Dessert Potluck and Parent meeting at Legion Park from 3-5 pm on Saturday August 26th, 2017. Bring a fun finger food to share. Parent meeting will begin at 4pm.

Homeschool Co-operative Classes: 
We are excited to announce the dates of next year’s co-op classes!
DATES for next year are tentatively set for:
2017: Sept 21, Oct 5 and 19, 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)
Classes will be begin at 9:30 this school year.
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 if you are interested in regular meetings with other homeschoolers in the area! (There is an additional $7 fee to join the co-op itself this year, this goes to cover our new website for registration). Co-op registration will open to teachers first, then members of VHSA by the last two weeks of August! See inside for all the details:

 2017-18 Course Catalog for Valley Faith Co-op

 

Book of the Month Club:  Our Book Club will continue to meet over the summer. Make plans now to read these classic books and then come join us for a fun discussion time with parents and students. All ages are welcome; just read the book or listen to it being read aloud so you can participate. We will meet at the Carradine home each month. Dates and times are listed below. Questions? Call Lyn at 641-4557

August 4th at 7:00 PM
Windcatcher by Avi

Toadstool Park Hike and Research Center:  Rescheduled TBA from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Toadstool Park. Toadstool Park is located in the Oglala National Grassland just 18 miles north of Crawford, NE. On May 19 we will spend the day hiking the interesting landforms that make it a unique experience. There is a 3 mile hike to the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center and a a 1 mile interpretive loop. A visit to Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center is a visit to a modern archeologic excavation in progress.

The cost is $3 per vehicle for the day for Toadstool Park and $3/kid or $5/adult entry into the Research Center. We will meet at Monument Bible parking lot with 9 a.m. departure. Families will need to pack a lunch and their own water. Contact: Mindy Lively.

 High School Mom Coffee: Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 pm at Perkins.  Coffee and pie with other homeschool moms navigating planning for high school. 🙂 Hosted by Laura Leggott and Amber Newman

Flowerfield School Day:  Thursday, September 7th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in Harrisburg NE.  RSVP is required! Please contact Marcy Thomalla 308-635-1495

An important part of the 4th grade experience in Nebraska, is state history. This is why Flowerfield School is a great way to focus on Nebraska history, spending a day in an 1869 school! This once in a lifetime opportunity is open to 4th and 5th grade students who have never been to Flowerfield before. The cost will be $6-$12 depending on the number to go (we are splitting the fee). You will need to prepare a costume and lunch for the day. Parent Chaperons are also needed.

For more information:

http://student-events.www.esu13.org/modules/groups/group_pages.phtml?gid=1519574&nid=123582

http://www.bannercountyhistoricalsociety.com/flowerfield.htm

Fine Arts Academy:  June 20th-August 12th Tuesdays-Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm in Omaha.
See poster for more information.  Click Here
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 Brittany Todd at vhsaimpact@yahoo.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.