Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mom's Breakfast Saturday

If you are a Catholic homeschooling Mom and need some quality time with other Mom's, please come to our breakfast this month. We always come away from breakfast a little less stressed and more refreshed!

This months breakfast is on Saturday, December 15th and they are always the third Saturday of the month.

We meet at the Village Inn on S Campbell, in Springfield, at 8:00 am. We usually wrap up 9:30 to 10:00 am, but feel free to leave earlier if you need.

Please RSVP, by email or by making a comment on this post. Hope to see lots of you there.

Map to Village Inn:

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Field Trip for 11/2/12

We don't have regular co-op activities this week, but instead will have a field trip to the George Washington Carver National Monument.
Cost: FREE!! admission
Date: Friday, Nov 12, 2012
Time: Tour starts/need to arrive at 2:00 pm
Meet: At SEAS parking lot at 12:45 pm to caravan, or just meet us at the Monument at 2:00 pm
Where: George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, Missouri 64840, (417) 325-4151 (see map below)

What: A guided tour, 30 minute film, museum and educational activities.

We will meet at SEAS and leave at 12:45 pm from the SEAS parking lot. We need to arrive at the Monument by 2pm for our scheduled tour. So we need to leave promptly at 12:45 pm. You of course can just meet us at the Monument at 2:00 if that works better for you driving wise. 

Please let us know that you will be meeting us at SEAS (or not) so we can make sure we have everyone before we leave.

Also, bring your own snacks if you need them!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Retreat Reminder.....Please RSVP

HFCHSA Retreat 

Featuring guest speaker
Ann Frailey
Ann comes to us from Vandalia, IL and is a gifted speaker,
author and homeschooling mother of 8. 
Her web site is www.akfrailey.com

Our retreat weekend begins Friday, October 5 with 5:30pm Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and potluck dinner following. Please plan to bring a side dish or main dish (drinks, salad, dessert and bread with be provided). Ann will present an inspired talk to families that evening. During Ann's talk we will have nursery for 5 and under.

Saturday, October 6 our "parent" portion of the retreat will begin at 4 pm and last till around 8 pm (maybe just a bit after), at St Elizabeth Ann Seton. We will meet in the Adult Education room for snacks and social time prior to Ann's first talk. After Ann's talk we will serve a delicious Italian dinner followed by Ann's last talk for the evening. We will then have Fr. McGann with us for Adoration, Confession and Benediction! There is a $10/couple charge to help us cover our dinner expenses. We will also have a basket for donations for the Frailey family. 

We are blessed to have such great spiritual opportunities! 

Please let me know if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly. 

Thanks and God bless!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Art Day at HFCHA is Coming Soon Too!

From Pam C......
Coming soon…


with:  Julie Straus

Friday, October 12
For the Youngers and the Olders groups.

Please let me know if you plan to attend (how many kids in each age group) so Julie will be able to plan accordingly.

We will be able to order items from Original Works with our children’s art on them.  (If you don’t know what that is, just ask me or any of the parents who participated last year, and we’ll be glad to explain.)

Thanks and hope to see you at Art Day!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Retreat is Coming Soon....

HFCHSA Retreat

Featuring guest speaker
Ann Frailey
Ann comes to us from Vandalia, IL and is a gifted speaker,
author and homeschooling mother of 8.
Her web site is www.akfrailey.com

Our retreat weekend begins Friday, October 5 with Mass and potluck dinner. Ann will talk to families that evening.

Saturday, October 6 our "parent" portion of the retreat will begin at 4 pm and last till 8 pm. We are planning dinner, talks and great spiritual opportunities!

Please let me know if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly. More details will follow.

Thanks and God bless!
Shelly & Tim

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mass & Field Trip this Friday

Everyone is invited to our Mass & Field trip this Friday. Even if you don't normally come to Friday co-op, you are more than welcome to join us for this fun day. The field trip is a wrapping up of John's nature studies class, but even if you missed some or all of his classes, you will enjoy this field trip.

We will be meeting at Catholic Campus Ministries, for Mass at noon on Friday, September 28th. Please let Shelly know if you will be attending as Father McGann has asked for a head count so he can be properly prepared for the extras. You can reach Shelly by email or call her.

Following Mass we will head to the Springfield Nature Center for a sack lunch and a nature hike. Please bring your own sack lunch/snack. Here is a link to more information about the Nature Center, including its location.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Snack Rotation 2012-2013

We have 40+ kids now, when everyone comes it is close to 60 kids.

Allergies in our group: gluten and peanuts...please make sure at least some of the snacks you bring are allergy friendly.

Friday, September 14th - Shelly
Friday, September 21st - Krysta
Friday, October 12th - Pam C
Friday, October 19th - Tammy
Friday, October 26th -
Friday, November 9th - Liesa
Friday, November 16th - John
Friday, November 23rd - Off
Friday, November 30th - Pam S
Friday, December 7th - Teresa
Friday, December 14th - Lisa A
Friday, January 11th - Paula
Friday, January 18th - Paula
Friday, January 25th - Rachel
Friday, February 8th - Krysta
Friday, February 15th - Tammy
Friday, February 22nd - Jennifer
Friday, March 1st - Liesa
Friday, March 15th - John
Friday, March 22nd - Shelly
Friday, April 5th - Rachel
Friday, April 12th - Pam S
Friday, April 19th - Krysta
Friday, April 26th - Pam C

Thursday, September 13, 2012

John's Class Description

Here is a description of what John will be teaching over the next three weeks, and what the kids need to bring to class:

Class one: We will talk about God and his natural world. we will discuss the Popes writing on the subject and talk a little about Genesis. Then the topic will turn to, " Man, his responsibilities and impacts on the natural world. we will begin to learn identification with trees. I have activity books for the older group which we will work on time permitting.
Needs: pens

Class two: we will continue on the activity books and learn to identify flora and fauna as well as wild life from insects to aquatic to birds and mammals.  We will talk about the diversity that exists in Gods natural world. We will work on leaf rubbings.
Needs: pens and pencils with good leads. We will also need a good pencil sharpener or two.

Class three: we will meet at Trinity Hills. We will have class for an hour to refresh on identifications and orientation of the plan for the day. Next we will go on a nature hike which will include a test on identifications. We will end up down at the river to collect as much fossils and aquatic life as possible.
Needs:pens , water shoes and hiking shoes. a small net if they have one, drinking water.

First Day of Co-op

John is teaching the younger & older kids their adventures in learning class tomorrow. He needs an assistant or two. I was thinking of having Paula and/or Theresa (sorry if I spelled that wrong!) assist him.

Nursery will be Krysta & Tammy.

PE/Social time will be Liesa & Shelly. Paula is bringing the list of activities and I will bring an updated class list.

Anybody else will just fill in as needed.

Shelly is bringing snacks.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Roster Info Please

We need to get the roster for the year pulled together. If you are planning on attending Friday co-op, please email us with the following information so we can finalize plans. Even if you aren't going to attend on Friday, it would be nice to have the information too!

Name & Spouse Name
Your children's names and ages
Attending Friday co-op (y/n)?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Are you on the Fence?

Having trouble deciding to commit for this years co-op? We have decided to let families join us for co-op up to three times without paying dues. Hopefully you can tell if we are a fit for your family and can either commit to attending or not. After threey  visits for free we ask that you go ahead and pay dues for the year and continue to join us as often as you can. Also, for any family that joins us January or later, you will pay 1/2 dues.

As a reminder, dues are $15 for each child Kindergarten age or older. Dues should be made payable to HFCHSA and mailed or given to Krysta. Email her for her address if you need.

Also, we need someone to teach John's classes the first week. He will be able to go over what to teach with you. No need for your to come up with your own class to teach. And we have filled all teaching spots for the first half of the year and part of the second half. Will update the calendar soon.

First day of co-op is next Friday the 14th. Mom's breakfast is next Saturday the 15th......more soon.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Classes, Classes, Classes

First, John can't teach his class the first week of co-op. He is very willing to go over with someone what he was going to teach if someone is willing to take it over. I think it can be managed by just about anyone. Please let me know if you can take this on. Here is his class description so you can see what you would be doing:

Class one: We will talk about God and his natural world. we will discuss the Popes writing on the subject and talk a little about Genesis. Then the topic will turn to, " Man, his responsibilities and impacts on the natural world. we will begin to learn identification with trees. I have activity books for the older group which we will work on time permitting.
Second, I am going to be really working on our teaching calendar for the year next week. I really need to know if you have any times you can't teach,  when you want to teach, or whatever your needs are. I have several that haven't let me know anything at all yet. Please email me, or comment below.

So, please go look at the yearly schedule and see where you might want to teach. For the first half of the year we only have a few weeks to fill. Four to be exact from October 19th to November 16th. Anyone got a four week class they want to do?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dues for this year

Dues have been established for the 2012-2013 school year. These are the fees to attend Friday co-op activities.

For children 5 and up dues will be $15 per child. There is no charge for children 4 and under that will only attend adoration and then be in the nursery.

You may go ahead and send your dues payment to Krysta if you want. Please make your check payable to "HFCHSA". If you need Krysta's mailing address, please email her.

If you know you will be attending co-op activities, but aren't ready to pay yet, please drop Krysta and email to let her know. This way she can do her planning.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Co-op Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule for the 2012-2013 Friday co-op days will be the same as last year. We will start activities at 1:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm. The breakdown of activities is:

Start at 1:30 pm, meeting in the gathering area and moving to the Sanctuary for Adoration.
At about 2:30 pm the older kids go to learning class, and the younger kids go to social/PE class & have a snack.
At 3:30 pm  the older kids have a snack and go to social/PE class, and the younger kids go to learning class.
Dismissal will be 4:30 pm.

We are very blessed to have Fr. McGann lead us in adoration again this year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Meeting Minutes

If you see any corrections that need to be made please post a comment. If no comments have been made 30 days from this post the minutes are deemed accepted.

Minutes of HFCHSA Meeting July 16, 2012, 6pm at SEAS Dining Room

In attendance were: Krysta Bauer, Shelly Pichler, Liesa Klump, Pam Sullivan, Tim & Tammy Blacke and Paula Foster.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

School Pictures

Please contact Pam Coates if you are interested in having school pictures done.

Written by Pam Coates:

Pictures will be taken on Thursday, August 30, 9:45 a.mRooms 2 and 3 (across from the old gym, next to Debbie Randell’s office – same as last year).

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Changes......and Requests

Haven't even started the year yet and we have changes. The calendar is going to change because rooms were not available at SEAS for all the dates. I will post when our revised schedule is out.

School picture information is coming very soon.....just have to write the post.

And now for requests......we are asking everyone to help out with teaching the Adventures in Learning classes during co-op. Every one of us has skills to teach on some subject that the kids will enjoy, yes, even you!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Calendar for Co-op Activities

These are the dates we are doing our Friday co-op and apostolate activities for the 2012-2013 year. What I mean is that all of our activities are under the Apostolate, but only some of the activities are co-op activities.

Co-op activities are for families that decide to become members, by paying dues and sharing in the work.

Catholic homeschooling families that do not become members, are welcome to join us for all apostolate activities that are not labeled as co-op. Some of these other activities may involve a fee.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What is the year going to look like?

Our planning meeting last night was very fruitful. We managed to pretty much get all the important decision making done. Until official minutes are available, here are some highlights.

We will continue to meet for co-op activities on Friday afternoons. Our exact time is not set yet as we gather a little more information, but it will be close to 1:30 to 4:30pm. Dues have not been set yet, but they are unlikely to increase this year.

The big change is the calendar for the year.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Meeting Location Change

SEAS is cleaning floors in the area we were going to meet in, so they changed our meeting rooms.

We will meet in the large cafeteria, and the nursery will be in the preschool room.

It would probably be best to enter the doors on the south side of the building, that enter into the new school addition....the ones that also have a canopy.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Planning Meeting Soon

Mark your calendars to attend the planning meeting on Monday the 16th of August, from 6-9pm, in the SEAS Adult Ed room. Nursery will be provided.

This meeting is for all parents with any interest at all in any of the activities we do throughout the year. We will be discussing our Friday co-op time, as well as our other activities that are available to all whether they join us on Friday or not.

We hope to have lots of parents attending, with lots of input on what they want for the coming year. See you there!