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

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.