From the Director

April & May


Happy April! Returning from Spring Break, the vibe around here is end-of-the-year-crazy! If you have a kiddo in a performance (Kindergarten, Choir, Keyboarding, Ukulele, Ballet, Drama, the Musical, Martial Arts, etc.) please be mindful of absences as their classmates are relying on them to practice so everyone is ready for Open House! 


7th Grade volunteer Teacher’s Assistant

For the last several years, we have had students return as volunteers during their 7th grade year. If your graduating 6th grader is interested, please have them take a moment to read the Job Description and complete the application (link in description) and return to me by April 15.  


Upcoming Events:

April 17-21: Group pictures (all students)

April 24-28: Wizard of Oz Dress Rehearsal (1-3rd period)

May 1-5: The Musical - The Wizard of Oz, tickets are $3, $4, & $5 and can be purchased before school (students are attending with their last period class, kids under 12 are free)

May 15-19: Open House 2 hours before normal dismissal (view schedule here)

Invitations:

·         Monday

·         Tuesday

·         Wednesday

·         Thursday

·         Friday

 May 15-19: Last Day of School, one hour early dismissal (late policy* will begin 1 hour early as well) & Indoor pickup

*Late Policy - reminder: Children who are left at the program 20 minutes past dismissal will be charged $1.00 per minute, per child. At this time, we will also begin calling all emergency contacts we have on file. If we cannot reach any contacts and the child is still at the program after an additional 20 minutes (40 minutes past dismissal) the authorities/social services may be notified.


The Scholastics Board is making one last 2016/2017 tour to each location with me this week so be sure to grab your flier & order your books! Orders are due on the 15th, you can read more information in the "archives" below.


Report Cards - I will email both first and second semester report cards before the end of May. I am SO sorry I let the 1st semester Report Cards slip through the cracks - teachers did their part, I just didn't get them put together quickly enough.


Wildcats for the Wright Cause Walk - This walk is a wonderful way for our Woodrow (including HSC) community to come together as we remember and honor those in our Wildcat family that have been affected by cancer. Funds raised from this event will go directly to the Wright Cause Benevolence Fund, which provides support to WWA/HSC families and staff affected by cancer. For more information, please visit http://thewrightcause.com/

This year the walk will take place on May 12 from 3:30-5:30, you can register by completing this form and returning it to me or Ms. Kelly. The shirts are awesome; I live in mine on the weekends!!! I'll be there with Berti and Charli, we hope to see you!


Cub Scouts

Hello from Cub Scout Pack 87, the ONLY homeschooling pack in the entire Denver Metro area! We are looking to get the word out to other homeschooling families about Pack 87. Is it possible your organization could help us reach out to boys 1st grade – 5th grade? We would be thrilled to submit a post in your newsletter, print fliers to be handed out to the boys participating in your organization or have a booth at a back-to-school event. (Or any other creative ideas that could introduce homeschooling boys to Cub Scouts.) Thanks in advance for your consideration & supporting homeschooling in this way!

Mindy Punt

720-635-0839


Archives... 

March


From the director


You should have received your link to register on the 28th, please do not share this link. Registration will open for new families on March 14th so if you are interested in having your child(ren) attend HSC next year, I recommend getting everything in before then.


7th Grade volunteer Teacher’s Assistant

For the last several years, we have had students return as volunteers during their 7th grade year. This year I have already had a lot of interest in the positions. If your graduating 6th grader is interested, please have them take a moment to read the Job Description and complete the application (link in description) and return to me by April 15.  


Job openings - we have a couple of open positions at HSC; check the employment page of our website if you or someone you know is interested in teaching at The Home School Connection.


The Scholastics Board is traveling to each location with me this week so be sure to grab your flier & order your books! Orders are due on the 15th, you can read more information in the "archives" below.




Upcoming Events:

Week of March 13th - Kindergarten graduation pictures! No need to do anything special but we will be putting your kindergartner in their cap and gown and photographing them for some special keepsakes to come!


Week of March 27th - No School, Spring Break


February

Wow, it's good to be back! I am working like crazy to get everything ready for registration so I feel like my head isn't really in the "newsletter" game so forgive me if I forget anything! 

A few things I know we have coming up: 

  • This week - Valentine's Party (You should have received an email from Ms. Kelly) 
  • Feb. 14th (ish) I'll send out pre-registration info. so you can get a jump start on registrations. There was also some information in the January newsletter which is archived below (under the calendar)
  • Feb. 20th - No School, Monday families only
  • Feb. 28th - Registration opens for Current Families only

Testing is coming up... 

Per CO homeschool law, homeschooled children are required to test every other year beginning in third grade. I think there are some umbrella schools that have ways of avoiding this requirement??? As a homeschool family, you have options when it comes to testing:

1.       Taking the PARCC test at Woodrow Wilson Academy (if this is your choice please let me know by Feb. 20th)

Free for HSC families

Children will have to test at Woodrow with the WWA classrooms (on their schedule).

I’m not sure if this test is nationally standardized so it may not officially count as meeting your requirement. Last I heard, if that is the case, CO will make an exception for PARCC since it is our state’s assessment.

Results are not returned quickly (the tests that were taken last spring were not returned to families until December)

2.       An evaluation by a “qualified person” such as: a CO certified teacher, a private school teacher, a licensed psychologist, or a person with a graduate degree in Education… if you fall into one of these categories, YOU are a qualified person :o)  You can read more about this in my favorite resource, Colorado Homeschool Law in a Nutshell.

3.       Taking a Nationally Standardized Achievement Test, there are lots of options out there but here are a few that other HSC families have recommended:

California Achievement Test (CAT) – I’ve heard some great things about this test, only costs about $30, & you can administer it. Not all of their grades are always on their website but I've been told they're really helpful by phone!

Iowa Basic – This is one of the better known tests out there. Looks like it costs about $30 for the test and can be administered year-round by someone with at least a B.A. degree.

Woodcock-Johnson – another well-known test, I believe you have to be trained and qualified to administer this assessment (or hire someone to do so), the internet filter won’t let me open the website to give you more information but you can do a quick google search.

 

Once your child has completed the assessment/evaluation and your scores are received, you’ll need to file a copy with the district where you filed your intent to homeschool (if that is Jeffco, I would be happy to inter-school mail it for you). Again, I believe some umbrella schools can bypass this step.

 

Let me know if you want your child(ren) to test with WWA by Feb. 20th. 


Thank you all who have asked about the new baby; her name is Berti Mae, she was born on Nov. 16th. She is cuddly (unlike her big sister!) and a very smiley little thing... obviously I'm totally in love! 



Scholastic

Scholastic Book Club orders will be placed on the 15th of each month.  That still gives you 2 weeks to order. There will be a display board available at each location during the first or second week of each month, feel free to take the fliers you need when you drop off in the morning. Last month they didn’t send fliers so hopefully they’ll send them this month and Ms. Bobbi will have them next week. Orders that are placed online will be processed faster and are prefered!


If you are new, it is easy.  Just log into scholastics at https://orders.scholastic.com/LML4W


You can register each of your children under their specific grade level.  You can order books on any grade level you choose.  Our school code is:LML4W


Enjoy your reading!

Kiya Wycoff (HSC Parent)




January

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a wonderful winter break! 

Bobbi’s coming back soon!

Bobbi will be making her debut on Wednesday, January 25th but you probably won’t see her the first week!  She will be busy working at Woodrow Wilson Academy getting ready for registration, which brings us to our next topic.


Registration for continuing families begins Tuesday, February 28th.  This includes younger siblings of currently enrolled students.  For all new students, a copy of their birth certificate and immunization record or waiver is required.  Bobbi prefers to receive these via email or text attachment.  Also, if your child receives an immunization booster (typically at ages 6 and 12) it is very helpful if you resubmit the record.  Otherwise, there is no need to resubmit immunizations each year.  If your child has an immunization waiver you should have received an email explaining the new requirements.  If you did not, please contact Kelly immediately.  Registration for families brand new to HSC will begin 2 weeks later, on March 14th.  You will be receiving more registration information from Bobbi via email in February. 


Class changes may be submitted until Monday, January 30th at 4:30 p.m.  Please send requests to kmathews@wwahomeschool.org.  As always, requests will be processed in the ordered they are received.  Students must continue to attend their original class until the revised schedule has been sent to parents. 



Stock Show 

There is still time to sign up for our stock show field trip on Thursday, January 19th.  Ms. Antoinette will be joining everyone and I heard a rumor that Ms. Bobbi might be making an appearance!  It’s a self-guided tour so you can move at your own pace and do whatever you like.  Once you sign up, expect to receive an email from Ms.Antoinette this Friday giving you all of the final details.  It’s going to be a fun trip!


Monday Holidays

Monday Lakewood Families – Just a reminder that we DO NOT have school on January 16th and February 20th for MLK and President’s Days.  Enjoy your time off!


Staff Spotlight


Ms.Natalie




Ms. Natalie is our Education Assistant (EA) in Lakewood this year, and has previously worked in Westminster as well.  This is her 3rd year at HSC.  She has an eleven year old daughter named Amber who used to attend HSC on Mondays and is now enrolled at Addenbrook Classical Academy in Lakewood.  Natalie does A LOT of behind the scenes work that makes our teachers look so good!  She painstakingly cuts and preps materials for kindergarten, covers for teachers as a substitute, cares for sick and injured kiddos and helps with a variety of clerical duties.  Her calm and caring attitude is a major asset and we appreciate everything she does!


Scholastic


Lakewood and Westminster may order Scholastic online this month (https://orders.scholastic.com) using the school code LML4W.  The board with paper brochures will be available in Evergreen, orders are due January 15th.

 December


From the director


If you missed the new pickup/late policy in last month’s newsletter, be sure to scroll down and check it out


December brings with it Open Houses (week of Dec. 12th) and our winter break (Dec. 19-Jan. 6). Invitations and more information about our Open Houses can be found below.

1st Semester Open House

Our 1st Semester Open Houses will take place during the week of Dec. 12th. This is our opportunity to show off some of the fun we’ve been having with your kids all semester!

We love to show off so feel free to invite friends and family, you can click on your day to view an invitation.


Please note the early dismissal times


Monday - Open House begins at 1:20 and dismissal begins around 2:30

Tuesday - Open House begins at 12:50 and dismissal begins around 2:00

Wednesday -  Open House begins at 12:50 and dismissal begins around 2:00

Thursday - Open House begins at 1:20 and dismissal begins around 2:30

Friday - Open House begins at 12:50 and dismissal begins around 2:00


Scholastic

Scholastic Book Club orders will be placed on the 8th of this month so that books will be in by Christmas.  That still gives you one more week to order. There will be a display board available at each location during the first or second week of each month, feel free to take the fliers you need when you drop off in the morning. Last month they didn’t send fliers so hopefully they’ll send them this month and Ms. Bobbi will have them next week. Orders that are placed online will be processed faster and are preferred!


If you are new, it is easy.  Just log into Scholastics at https://orders.scholastic.com/LML4W


You can register each of your children under their specific grade level.  You can order books on any grade level you choose.  Our school code is:LML4W


Enjoy your reading!

Kiya Wycoff (HSC Parent)


Staff Spotlight - Ms. Danielle (Westminster & Evergreen EA)


Ms. Danielle is our Educational Assistant in Westminster and Evergreen.  This means she helps teachers with any and everything, fills in as a sub when someone is out and does a lot of behind-the-scenes work for HSC.  This is her second year with us.  When she isn’t at HSC, she attends classes at Red Rocks Community College where she is studying literature.  A very busy girl, she also works for Woodrow Wilson Academy’s aftercare program and is a manager and server at Cracovia restaurant at 94th and Wadsworth.  If that weren’t enough, she also has cool graphic art skills and she designed the logo we use on our brochures and staff t-shirts (see below)!  We really appreciate all of her flexibility, effort and hard work!  

dholman@wwahomeschool.org





Ice Skating on Evergreen Lake

Once again HSC has several dates reserved for private and semi-private skating time at Evergreen Lake.  There is a large rink and several hockey rinks on the side.

  • Skating conditions are weather dependent and do sometimes change quickly.  
  • Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, even if the ice closes during our session.
  • You can call the skating hotline at  tel:720-880-1391 to check for updates, but since it is not open to the public, the hotline is not always current.  Jen Hoogendoorn will try to get information on Thursdays and send out an email update whenever possible, please email her directly if you would like to be on the list jenh@yeticycles.com.
  • Feel free to show up anytime after 9:00 am, you do not need to be there for the entire session.
  • Since the lake is not open to the public, it is not always groomed for us, so be prepared for changing conditions and snow on the ice at times.
  • The Lakehouse offers skates to rent and has hockey nets but does not have sticks, helmets, pucks or other equipment for use or rental.
  • Concessions are sometimes open, but not always.  Bring your own food and drink.

Bring your friends!  Please send this out to anyone else you know that is interested.  All are welcome.


She has us down for the following dates:

Friday, January 6

Friday, January 13 (this date already has a group scheduled, they know home school is also here)

Friday, January 20 (this date already has a group scheduled, they know home school is also here)

Friday, January 27 (this date already has a group scheduled, they know home school is also here)

Friday, February 3

Friday, February 10

Friday, February 17

Friday, February 24

Friday, March 3



Here are more details:

Skate days:  Fridays

Time:  9:00 am- 1:00 pm


Pricing:

$4.00 Skate Ticket without Rentals

$6.00 Skate Ticket with Skate Rental

Note: Season Tickets are not honored.

This pricing is NOT available during Winter Break or Holiday hours


We really appreciate Jen Hoogendoorn for organizing this great activity for us!  Please contact her directly if you have additional questions.


Jen Hoogendoorn

jenh@yeticycles.com

303.921.2875


November


Arrival & Dismissal

We’re all late sometimes; believe me, I get it! But please be considerate of your HSC staff and please do your best to respect arrival & dismissal times.


Please have your children at HSC during the 10 minute arrival window so teachers can begin classes on time.


It is so important that you are at school to pick your child(ren) up within 10 minutes of the dismissal. Many teachers have after-school commitments with their own children, appointments, other jobs, and many of us have an hour or more commute to/from at least one of the campuses. Also, please remember we have to unpack and pack our rooms/workstations each day and have to be out of the churches quickly so they can adequately prepare for evening activities.


New Late Pick Up Policy

Effective Immediately, children who are left at the program 20 minutes past dismissal (specific times below) will be charged $1.00 per minute, per child. At this time, we will also begin calling all emergency contacts we have on file. If we cannot reach any contacts and the child is still at the program after an additional 20 minutes (40 minutes past dismissal) the authorities/social services may be notified.


Mondays - Arrival Window: 8.30-8.40, dismissal: 3.20 (late charges begin at 3:40)

Tuesdays - Arrival Window: 8.20-8.30, dismissal: 2.50 (late charges begin at 3:10)

Wednesday - Arrival Window: 8.20-8.30, dismissal: 2.50 (late charges begin at 3:10)

Thursday - Arrival Window: 9.05-9.15, dismissal: 3.20 (late charges begin at 3:40)

Friday - Arrival Window: 8.30-8.40, dismissal: 2.50 (late charges begin at 3:10)

*All non-staff (excluding students) must be out of the building within 15 minutes of dismissal


I recommend using the buddy system and finding a friend or two you can call on days you’re running behind to see if they can hang with your kiddos and play outside for a bit until you get there. There was a link to the directory in this month’s newsletter email. That is a great tool to help you find a buddy!


Thank you for being respectful of the HSC staff & our families!

Ms. Bobbi’s Schedule

Since I am nearing the end of this pregnancy, I have decided to stop traveling to Lakewood & Evergreen as of Nov. 1st. If I were to need to leave, I would have to pull someone away from their class to drive me to the hospital which it is not OK with me when teachers should be doing what they do best (teaching!). I can do all of my work from WWA, I will still be just a phone call, text, or email away - and, you have the amazing Ms. Kelly (did you read about her last month? If not, scroll down past the calendar)! Westminster, you’re stuck with me a little while longer but Lakewood & Evergreen, I’ll see you in January or February!


HSC Phone - 720.289.9230

Ext. 0 will bypass the menu!

If you’ve called in the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed a big change in the phones. Now, you have to be a little patient as you listen to a greeting and extension options (bypass and get to me or Kelly by pressing 0) but it’s well worth it…

  • I CAN RECEIVE FAXES! No more waiting a week until I have an office day to pick up faxes. Just send a fax to the HSC number and it comes to me, in seconds (I know because I just tried it!)

  • I can send/receive texts. Which, I don’t want you texting and driving, those do work as a great way to contact me in the pickup line if you’re running a few minutes late.

  • You can leave specific teachers a voicemail. See their extensions here.

  • When teachers call you, it will be a familiar number (720.289.9230… so save it!) so for those of you who are like me and don’t like answering numbers you don’t know, problem solved!


Now, every building seems to be a cell-phone dead zone so I rely on wifi calling which, you know how that can be so the connection is still iffy in some locations but a drastic improvement!


WWA Community Life Night

Hello-
My name is Natalie Grigsby, Dean of Student Life for Woodrow Wilson Academy. I am hosting a Community Life Night Wednesday, November 16th at WWA. We will be viewing Screenagers, which you may have heard about on Dr. Oz and several notable publications. It is a one hour documentary focusing on the impact of screen time and children’s brain activity. There will be two screening times available, plus concessions. The link to preview Screenagers is included at the bottom of this flier.

Please look over the flier in hopes you will promote it to your community. Issues that are important in the home are important to us and that is what Community Life Night is about!

Please email me with any questions and I hope to see you and your families there!

Natalie Grigsby
ngrigsby@wwacademy.org


Field Trips & Community Groups!

Here are the upcoming field trips our Friday Lakewood families have organized:


Oct 25:  Colorado History Museum

Nov 8:  glow in the dark mini golf at Putter's Edge at Colorado Mills Mall

Dec 6:  Museum of Natural History in Morrison

Dec 20:  bowling at Brunswick Zone


You can email Melissa for more information


All HSC families are invited to attend; you don’t have to be a Friday family.


You can email Niki f you would like information about playdates with other Friday families.


Evergreen families, the next trip will be Friday November 11. We will be going to the fire station in Bailey. We will get the chance to see the trucks up close. The kids will learn some fire safety as well. We will meet at 11:00am at the fire station. I will be there about 10:45am. The address is 153 Dellwood Dr, Bailey 80421. I will need to know if you are coming by November 8, I will need the number of kids you will have with you. If you need any more info just let me know. You can RSVP or get more information by emailing Kaila.


Colorado Ski Country 5th & 6th Grade Passport

This week, our 5th grade HSC students will be given a CO Ski Country passport pamphlet (they only sent them for 5th graders???). If your child does not come home with one, we will not be saving any that are left behind nor will we carry them around for additional weeks but you aren’t out of luck, you can visit http://coloradoski.com/passport and sign up there! If you need proof of grade/enrollment, let me know.

We don’t always get enough of these to pass out each year so you can ask me about them next year but who knows what my answer will be, haha!


Scholastic

Scholastic Book Club orders will be placed on the 15th of each month.  That still gives you 2 weeks to order. There will be a display board available at each location during the first or second week of each month, feel free to take the fliers you need when you drop off in the morning. Orders that are placed online will be processed faster and are prefered!


If you are new, it is easy.  Just log into scholastics at https://orders.scholastic.com/LML4W


You can register each of your children under their specific grade level.  You can order books on any grade level you choose.  Our school code is:LML4W


Enjoy your reading!

Kiya Wycoff (HSC Parent)


Staff Spotlight - Ms. Antoinette, Kindergarten Assistant (Evergreen & Westminster)

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aroybal@wwahomeschool.org


Ms. Antoinette is the newest addition to the HSC staff family. She can be found on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays in our Kindergarten classrooms & she will be a familiar face in Lakewood while I’m on maternity leave. I know Ms. Jamie and Ms. Kelly are thrilled to have the extra set of hands & her calm, confident presence in their classrooms. Be sure to welcome Ms. Antoinette if you see her! To read more about Ms. Antoinette, you can visit the Staff page of our website to access her bio!



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October


HSC’s Trunk-Or-Treat

October 24-28

We will still hold all 6 classes, each class will be shortened by about 5 minutes (click here for schedules)


The pick-up line will NOT be offered during Trunk-or-Treat week. Please park and pick your child up from their last period teacher.


Students who are not participating:

If your family would like to opt out of this activity, please let me know no later than 8am the morning of!

Non-participating students may (please let me know your choice when you notify me that your child is not participating):

  • Work on an alternate activity inside

  • Be picked up early

If I don’t hear from you by 8am the morning of trunk or treat, students will have to attend the event. If you tell me you’ll be picking them up early but have not arrived by the beginning of the event, your child will have to attend with their last period class until you arrive.


Volunteers:

This activity is WAY more fun with parent-volunteers!  We would love to have a few parents who can pass out candy from your trunk. In previous years, some families decorated their trunk, some came up with a game to play, others just showed up to pass out candy/treats; have fun with this if you’d like to volunteer!

*If you would like to volunteer your trunk for passing out treats, please email Bobbi (bmckim@wwahomeschool.org)


Participants:

  1. If you would like your child to participate, please send a bag of treats (candy, pencils, pretzels, etc.) per family with your child in the morning so we can make sure we have enough treats for everyone!

  2. Costumes are not required for participation.

  3. Siblings are welcome to participate  - if a (non-HSC) sibling is participating, please provide an extra bag of candy (see #1)

  4. Send your trunk-or-treater(s) with a bag to collect their goodies. If you really like me, send a few extras for the slackers (not you) who don’t read the newsletter.

  5. In an attempt to be respectful to those families who choose not to participate and/or celebrate Halloween, students may not change into their costumes until the time noted on the schedule.

  6. HSC staff will NOT be available to help students with costumes. Your child should be able to get their costume on by themselves or parents are welcome to come early and help.

  7. Costume expectations – all children who would like to wear a costume to trunk-or-treat must follow the following expectations:

    1. Costumes must be appropriate for a school environment and for all ages of our program (kindergarten through 6th grade)

    2. Nothing offensive or disruptive

    3. If you think it might cause a problem for you or someone else, don’t wear it


In Case of Crummy Weather - we will bring the party inside (let’s hope that doesn’t happen… it’s not even close to as much fun!)


October Count

This is the two week window when we report attendance to the state to receive funding. We love being able to provide your children with quality teachers, classes, and materials; the funding we receive during this window is the ONLY reason we are able to do that.

The October Count window begins on September 24th through October 7th. Student attendance is very important during this window, students may not miss more than one day during these 2 weeks.

If your HSC student does need to miss a day of school during this window, please email a letter to the director with the following information:

  • Your child's full name

  • Date of absence

  • Reason for absence

  • That you plan on having your child enrolled at/attend HSC for the rest of the 2016-17 year (normal absences, illnesses, travel, etc. are implied)

  • Your signature

  • The director may require "proof" such as: Doctor's note, travel documents, etc.



HSC Community Events/Groups

I finally got the email lists published for those interested in organizing our community groups so if you signed up (you can do so in the Back to School portion of the email (scroll WAAAAAAY down)) you should hear from them soon, if you haven’t already!


A few extras:

Tuesday - Facebook Group

Lakewood - STEM Club (click here for the flier)

Kumon of Denver (HSC Parent)

Private Piano Lessons

Private voice, piano, and violin lessons  - contact Rachel

Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) - contact Elisa


Please visit the Resources page of our website for more!


If you have an event you would like to have a community group published on the monthly newsletter, please let me (Bobbi) know by the last Wednesday of the month for approval.


Scholastic

Scholastic Book Club orders will be placed on the 15th of each month.  That still gives you 2 weeks to order. There will be a display board available at each location during the first or second week of each month, feel free to take the fliers you need when you drop off in the morning. Last month they didn’t send fliers so hopefully they’ll send them this month and Ms. Bobbi will have them next week. Orders that are placed online will be processed faster and are prefered!


If you are new, it is easy.  Just log into scholastics at https://orders.scholastic.com/LML4W


You can register each of your children under their specific grade level.  You can order books on any grade level you choose.  Our school code is:LML4W


Enjoy your reading!

Kiya Wycoff (HSC Parent)


Staff Spotlight - Ms. Kelly, Assistant Director & Kindy Teacher

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kmathews@wwahomeschool.org


Ms. Kelly is HSC’s assistant director. That means she and I (Ms. Bobbi) work together on all of the administrative stuff that goes on around here. When I am absent or unavailable, Ms. Kelly is the go-to person. She will also take over all of my duties when I am out in December and January for maternity leave.  Ms. Kelly also does a fantastic job teaching kindergarten in Evergreen. To read more about Ms. Kelly, you can visit the Staff page of our website to access her bio!

September 

From the Director

I hope the beginning of the school year has treated each of you well. I know I've had a great time with your kiddos! This will be the spot to visit for all of your information about HSC throughout the year. If you haven't had a chance to read through the Back to School information, please scroll to the bottom of this page (you will find it below the calendar). Each teacher has their own page (above) which will help you stay informed about everything that is going on in each of your child's classes. Typically the newsletter goes out on the first Monday of each month but there are a couple of events early in the month I don't want you to miss out on.  I promise not all newsletters are this long, September is just BUSY!

September Events (see calendar below for more information) 

5th - No School, Labor Day

5th - All class changes due by 4pm (any 1st semester class change request after 4pm on the 5th will not be honored), view open classes on our website

6th & 7th - Optional Vision & Hearing screening @ Woodrow Wilson Academy click on the calendar event (below) for more information

7th - Optional Kidsight screening for Kindergartners & 1st Graders @ Woodrow Wilson Academy click on the calendar event (below) for more information

16th - Curriculum Sale/Swap (more information below) 

19th-23rd - Talent Show: Visit Ms. Lauren's Theater page for more information

Sept 24-Oct 7 - October Count window, all of you agreed to the attendance requirements during this window when registering. More information below. 

26th-30th - Pictures, since this is a required attendance day, retakes will not be offered (info below)

October Count

This is the two week window when we report attendance to the state to receive funding. We love being able to provide your children with quality teachers, classes, and materials; the funding we receive during this window is the ONLY reason we are able to do that.

The October Count window begins on September 24th through October 7th. Student attendance is very important during this window, students may not miss more than one day during these 2 weeks.

If your HSC student does need to miss a day of school during this window, please email the director with the following information: 

  • Your child's full name
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence
  • That you plan on having your child enrolled at/attend HSC for the rest of the 2016-17 year (normal absences, illnesses, travel, etc. are implied) 
  • Your signature
  • The director may require "proof" such as: Doctor's note, travel documents, etc. 

Class Changes: 

When requesting a class change, please do so via email & include the following information: 

  • Day your chid(ren) attend HSC
  • The Semester/Period they would like to change
  • The class they are switching from
  • The class they would like to switch into, you can view class schedules here to see which classes have openings but keep in mind that I am making changes everyday, I keep them updated but someone may have requested a change before you so just because there is a spot open online doesn't mean it will still be open when I go to make the change. 

Curriculum Swap

Each year we host a curriculum sale/swap. This is an opportunity for you to purge curriculum you no longer want/need & shop for items that you need for the upcoming school year(s), many items will be free, and the rest will be reasonably priced. 

  • Invitation (please feel free to invite your friends to attend!) 
  • If you have items to sell or donate to other families, please click here for instructions - The organization/responsibility for this event falls mostly on my shoulders so along with all of my other duties, I cannot keep track of everything without you doing your part. 
  • Friday Families, please read

School Pictures 

Ms. Heather (our Graphic Arts teacher) is also an amazing photographer. She will take the kiddos photos in the morning (typically during 1st or 2nd period). A week or so later, you will receive a digital file of the photo to do with whatever you please. Ms. Heather does this for our families at no charge to you but I will tell you that she does like to stop at Starbucks in the morning if you want to to say "thank you" that way. Otherwise a kind word is much appreciated! 

Community Groups

If you haven't had a chance to sign up for carpooling or a community group, please do so in the Back to School section (below). If you signed up, I will be sending information to organizers soon (soon after class changes are done... oh, Sept. 5, 4pm CANNOT come soon enough!!!!) 

If you are interested in having your son join a Cub Scout group, here is some information for you! 

If anyone wants to get started in Cub Scouts, it's not too late to sign up! Pack 87 is specifically for homeschooled boys in grades 1-5 (or ages 6-10).  In fact, we are the ONLY homeschooling pack in the entire Denver Metro area. We like to get the whole family involved in our adventures whenever possible.  Come join us for hiking, swimming, community service projects and much much more!  Our first pack meeting of the school year is on September 1. If interested, please contact Elisa Palm at elisapalm@gmail.com or 303-570-7910.  

Scholastic

Scholastic Book Club orders will be placed on the 15th of each month.  So the next Scholastics order will go in on the 15th of each month.  That still gives you 2 weeks to order. There will be a display board available at each location during the first week of each month, feel free to take the fliers you need when you drop off in the morning. 

If you are new, it is easy.  Just log into scholastics at https://orders.scholastic.com/LML4W

You can register each of your children under their specific grade level.  You can order books on any grade level you choose.  Our school code is: LML4W

Enjoy your reading!

Kiya Wycoff (HSC Parent)


Update from the Enneking house... 

A few of you are really on top of it and caught my announcement in the staff bio's on our website but in case you missed it, Charli is getting a little sister around Dec. 1st! 


Back to School, 2016

Welcome to The Home School Connection! If you are a returning family, we are so glad to have you and your child(ren) joining us again this year! If you are new to HSC, we want to offer you a very warm welcome and we feel so honored that you are sharing your child with us one day each week. I know they’ll have a wonderful year!

We are excited to offer your child a variety of fun and educational classes. In order to help you gain more information about the classes and teachers, the teacher’s biographies are available on our website, if you have any questions, they have provided you with contact information; I know they would love to hear from you.

This newsletter entry highlights important details about the program. I know it's a lot to digest, but it will live on our website and here for the remainder of the year (I will move it down the page each month). Please let me know if you have any questions after reading over this newsletter. I am looking forward to working with you and your children. Should you need anything, please feel free to call or email!

Happy 2016-2017 :)

-Ms. Bobbi

720.289.9230

bmckim@wwahomeschool.org


Back to School Events
Visit our Calendar  page for dates/times!

Sign up to join a field trip, play-date, or park date group here

Sign up here if you would like to carpool with another HSC family. 

Westminster Families - click here for information about a LEGO Club! 


Classroom Maps

Monday          Tuesday          Wednesday          Thursday          Friday

 
School Schedules 
LAKEWOOD - Mondays, 8:40-3:20 or Fridays, 8:40-2:50
WESTMINSTER - Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 8.30-2.50
EVERGREEN - Thursdays, 9.15-3.20



Drop Off Procedure
  • Doors will open 10 minutes before classes begin so children can get items put away and be ready when class begins.
  • Students will put their lunch in the buckets located in or near the lunch room
  • Children are expected to be in class by the start time (8:40 - Lakewood            8:30 - Westminster            9:15 - Evergreen) so teachers can begin on time.
  • Parents can walk students to their first period class. 
  • Parents can drop off without coming in (please do not let your child cross the parking lot by themselves).
  • First period teachers will sign them in. 

USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE PARKING LOT - WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP EVERY CHILD AND EVERY FAMILY SAFE!!! 


Pick Up Procedure
  • We offer both a walk-up and a drive-through option for afternoon pickup. We encourage families to do whatever works best for them.  
  • Pickup times vary by day/location. Lakewood Mondays - 3:20, Westminster Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2:50, Evergreen Thursdays, 3:20, and Lakewood Fridays, 2:50. 
  • Parents should pick up within 10 minutes of dismissal time. Please be prompt as we only rent the churches for a small amount of time after dismissal, and keep in mind too that the teachers and directors have kids and families that they are excited to get home to after a wonderful day with your kiddos!  
    • It is helpful to find a buddy at school who can hang out with your kids on the playground if you are running late, just ask the director to add them to your pickup list. 
    • Parents and emergency contacts will be called if you are more than 15 minutes late. 
  • Children will be dismissed to parents or others the parent has authorized by their enrollment paperwork or an email to the director. 
  • If the teacher does not know the person who is picking up, they may ask for ID (so please warn those on your pick up list).
Pick up procedures by location:   Lakewood          Westminster          Evergreen

We love to see the community building that happens after school on the playground so after you pick them up, feel free to let your kids hang out and play for a while after school so you can meet and visit with other homeschooling parents!

USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE PARKING LOT - WE ALL HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP EVERY CHILD AND EVERY FAMILY SAFE!!!  


Medical

Students requiring medication (including Tylenol, inhalers, Benadryl, & Epi Pens) will need a completed form prior to medication being allowed at school. This form must be completed by your doctor and is available from Ms. Bobbi or Ms. Kelly. The Home School Connection cannot give any medication without a completed medication form. Students are not allowed to carry medication unless such an agreement has been made between the student, parents, doctor, our Nurse, and the director. If you need a medication form, talk to Ms. Kelly prior to the first day of school so we’re all set when school begins!

 Asthma          Allergies           All Medications (including over the counter – read more here)


Stay Connected at HSC

Our Website

· Monthly Newsletter

· Current Class Enrollments

· Event Calendar

· Staff Bio’s and contact information

· Resources for homeschooling families

· FAQ page

The link is delivered monthly to your inbox

· Calendar of events

· Classroom Newsletters

· Teacher Requests (usually recycled materials)

 

· Pictures of what we’re up to in our classes

· Reminders of important dates

· Funny kid quotes

· Interesting facts about the teachers

· Local events

 

 



What should my child bring to HSC each week? 

Before you send anything to HSC, please make sure all items are labeled with your child’s (or family) name, Lost & Found is donated every 4 weeks!

  • Snack (Kindergartners should bring 2 snacks) * **
  • Lunch * **
  • Water Bottle - Help protect property & make sure the water bottle does not leak! Water Bottles should be filled with WATER! Please no juice, milk (oh, those get gross!), or any other beverages.
  • Weather appropriate clothes (we will play outside for recess as often as possible so please help your child dress appropriately!)
  • Tennis Shoes if required by one of your child’s classes. 
  • Other class-specific required items (instruments, cameras, etc.)

*Microwaves, silverware, plates, napkins, etc. are NOT available for student use so please make sure your child’s lunch and snack are ready to eat!

**Our Evergreen campus is a nut-free facility. Please be respectful of this policy and refrain from sending your child with items that contain nuts.

All other schools supplies will be provided by The Home School Connection.

From time to time, teachers may request materials (usually recycled) for a project - make sure you check out the newsletter each month to find out what they need!


Toys, Mp3 Players, Cell Phones, Etc.

Leave them at home! 

Over the years at HSC & in classrooms, I have seen many of these very special items disappear, I don’t want this to happen to your child so they are not allowed at The Home School Connection. If a HSC staff member becomes aware of a student having one of these items, Ms. Bobbi will hold on to (to ensure safe-keeping) it until the end of the day. Students are welcome to use the HSC phone if they need to call a parent during the day. There may be times during the semester when a teacher requests these items for an activity in their classroom. Students who would like to participate in that activity must follow the guidelines given by the teacher.


Absences

If your child will be absent, please call or email the director no later than 9:45 on the day of the absence. While we know that HSC is supplemental to the education you are providing your children at home, many of our classes require steady attendance to be successful. If your child misses 3 (three) or more weeks in a semester without notification of the HSC Director, they will be unregistered from the program. If they would like to return to HSC, they will have to be reregistered at the next semester if there is space available. 

The only exception to this is during our October Count window. This is the two week window when we report attendance to the state to receive funding. We love being able to provide your children with quality teachers, classes, and materials and the funding we receive during this window is the ONLY reason we are able to do that.

The October Count window begins on September 24th and ends on October 8th. Student attendance is very important during this window, students may not miss more than one day during these 2 weeks.


Expectations at The Home School Connection

Each year, students & teachers work together to design expectations for each class. All students will be included in & expected to follow these guidelines. Each teacher will let you know what their student’s created in their first newsletter. When students struggle to follow the expectations we will utilize the Recovery Process:

  1.    A kind reminder of the expectations
  2.    Recovery break (student is removed from the activity - in or outside of the classroom)
  3.    A visit to the director who will decide what actions need to be taken in order to ensure the individual’s success for the remainder of the day.
The Home School Connection expects everyone to "Respect the PONY: Property, Others, Nature, Yourself"