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  MassHOPE Messenger - 08.15.18
See what upcoming opportunities are available to homeschooling families!

August 15, 2018
Welcome to The MassHOPE Messenger, an up-to-the-minute e-mail summary of events and other opportunities for homeschoolers as well as other news items related to home education.
Please note that listing of items herein that are not sponsored by MassHOPE does not imply endorsement by MassHOPE. Due diligence should be exercised in determining what you consider appropriate for your own family.

Calendar of future MassHOPE events
April 25-27, 2018 - Annual homeschool and family discipleship
DCU Center, Worcester

New or Updated
1. Hey, post-college-age singles! The hike has been rescheduled!
2. Public speaking course in central Massachusetts
3. We've heard...
4. Grace Notes Girls' Choir
5. Voice lessons at Ellen Allen Music Studio
6. Save the date...
7. September Home School Day at Old Sturbridge Village
8. HSLDA photo contest
9. Boston Nature Center homeschool program

10. Free Fun Fridays
11. New homeschool collaboration with St. Mary's in Worcester
12. PE classes at Springfield College
CHEC co-op in Princeton
14. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
15. Your news item HERE
16. Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
17. Do you receive The Voice of HOPE?
18. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
19. Submit Box Tops for convention savings!
1.  Hey, post-college-age singles! Hike has been rescheduled!
[The weather didn't cooperate on the original date, so the organizers are setting another, plus a rain date. To check on whether the event has been postponed or is still on, contact Anne Smith at (978)372-1339 or].
Could you, or someone you know, use a few - or a lot - more friends? Maybe you're committed to staying in your small local church but really want to widen your social circle. Maybe you have tons of friends already but could always use more! Join us! All ages are invited to this initial family event, but the organizers hope that this meeting will lead to the establishment of a group that meets regularly for fun and friendship. Think you live too far? Some are driving several hours to come. You should, too.
What: Open-to-all hike of Wachusett Reservoir/Clinton Dam
Date: Sunday, August 16
Rain date: Sunday, September 30
Time: 1:15 p.m.
Where: Meet at 1:15 at the parking lot of Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston. You may car pool or drive to the Route 110 Dike Trail Entrance (just up the road from the church). The hike will begin at 1:45 PM at the Dike Trail Entrance and continues 2.9 miles to the trail end at Clinton Dam. Hikers may walk part or all of the way (round trip is 5.8 miles). After the hike, we plan to travel to Rota Springs Dairy (Rota Spring Farm, 117 Chace Hill Road, Sterling, Mass.) for refreshments. Please remember to bring fluids, liquids, hydration, and snacks for the hike!
2.  Public speaking course in central Massachusetts
The Art of Public Speaking is a speech course for homeschool students in grades 7-12. It meets the first three Fridays of each month at LifeSource Church in Cherry Valley (Leicester). For class info, go HERE. Click HERE for online registration. Email questions to
3.  We've heard...
...that for the entire month of August, the Worcester Art Museum is free for everyone! and Old Sturbridge Village is free admission for kids!
(Thanks for the tip-offs, Katie-Sue Morway.)

4.  Grace Notes Girls' Choir
Grace Notes Girls' Choir Seeks New Members for 2018-2019 Season!
Grace Notes Choir is a unique, all-girls choral ensemble serving the homeschool communities of the North Shore. Directed by singer and voice teacher Ellen Allen and accompanied by piano teacher Emily Jones, Grace Notes Choir focuses on building vocal and choral skills in girls ages 10-18.  Students learn basic vocal technique, how to sing harmonies, how to read a choral score, and other essential musicianship skills - all while having fun, building confidence, and cultivating friendships in a close-knit community.
The group rehearses weekly on Fridays from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., at the home of Emily Jones in Beverly. The fall 2018 semester will begin September 21 and culminate in a holiday concert on Saturday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Manchester-by-the-Sea. The schedule for the spring semester will be announced at a later date.
Tuition for the fall semester is $175 per student, which includes a non-refundable registration/music fee. Tuition is due at the first rehearsal. Checks should be made payable to Ellen Allen.
Grace Notes Choir is a predominantly Christian group, but girls do not have to be Christian to join.  
To register or inquire further, please email Emily Jones at, or Ellen Allen at

5.  Voice lessons at Ellen Allen Music Studio
Do you want to land the lead in your school musical? Do you need guidance in preparing for college auditions? Do you want help preparing for your next solo performance (even if it's just karaoke night)?  Do you simply want to feel more confident singing in your school, church, or community choir?
Ellen Allen Music Studio offers private voice lessons that are tailored specifically to the needs and goals of each student. Whether you are young or old, new or experienced, chasing the spotlight or just want to sing for fun, Ellen's positive approach and focus on solid vocal technique will give you the skills and confidence to find your unique voice.
Ellen has helped her students prepare successful auditions for school productions, college/conservatory admissions, District and All-State festivals, choir concerts, and much more! No matter what your goals are, she is dedicated to helping you improve and succeed.
Ellen's qualifications include:
Two degrees in voice performance
Over a decade of teaching experience
Membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Performance experience in the greater Boston area
Ellen's studio is:
Conveniently located in Reading, Massachusetts
A friendly, supportive, and professional environment
A great community of fellow music-lovers
Register by August 31 and receive 10% off your first month's tuition!*

*Discount for new clients only.

Visit to learn more; visit to start your studio membership today!

Contact Ellen at  for more information!

6.  Save the date...
...for an IEW workshop in Hyde Park, New York.
Dutchess County LEAH (Loving Education at Home) has invited Mr. Andrew Pudewa, creator of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curricula, to do several workshops for both parents and students this November. No IEW experience is necessary. What a great opportunity to get some first-hand experience with the IEW process! It's great for the newbies and old hats alike.
Space is limited. Early Discount prices end October 18, so sign up now! Teachers and parents may observe most workshops for free.
When: Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10, 2018
Where: Hyde Park Baptist Church, 10 Romans Road., Hyde Park, NY 12538
Presenter: Andrew Pudewa, Founder and Director, Institute for Excellence in Writing
Get all the details HERE.
7.  September Home School Day at Old Sturbridge Village
Thursday, September 6, 2018! Details HERE.
8.  HSLDA photo contest
August 16-31
#BackToHomeschool Photo Contest
Do you enjoy snapping a pic of your kids on their first day of school each year? Are you a Pinterest mom with the perfectly staged chalkboard-sign-holding kids? Or the git-er-done mom where every kid is (mostly) in the frame and only one kid couldn't find his shoes? Or is getting any photo a fond wish at this point? We've all been there!

Whatever way you like to launch your new school year, let's celebrate the new school year together! You can submit your back-to-homeschool photo using the details below.
  • Step one: Submissions can be posted on Facebook or Instagram until August 31, 2018, and must be tagged with #HSLDA35 and#BackToHomeschool.
  • Step two: Follow us on Facebook.
  • Winners will be announced on Facebook on Sept. 7, 2018.
  • o    1st place: $50 gift card
  • o    2nd place: $35 gift card
  • o    3rd place: $25 gift card

9.  Boston Nature Center homeschool program

Location: Boston Nature Center (BNC), Mattapan

Audience: Family (suitable for children 6 - 10 years)

Members: Adult free, Child $144.00

Nonmembers: Adult free, Child $192.00

Join a BNC Teacher Naturalist every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for our homeschool program.  Each ten-week session will have a guiding theme that will lead the exploration, discovery, and hands-on activities. 
This is a drop-off program and open to the public.  The maximum class size is 10 students, so sign up early!  Members $144; Non-Members $192.Registration is required.
Register online or call (617)983-8500 to register by phone.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

500 Walk Hill Street
Mattapan, MA 02126

Class dates are below. All classes meet on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

September 27; October 4, 11, 18, and 25; November 1, 8, 15, and 28; December 6.
10.  Free Fun Fridays
Continuing through the end of the month, Free Fun Fridays brings you weekly free admission to events, programs, museums, and special sites all over Massachusetts.
11.  New homeschool collaboration with St. Mary's in Worcester
Former homeschooler John Larochelle has worked with the administration of St. Mary's to develop some resources for the homeschool community. If you have any questions or concerns or need any additional information you can contact him at (774)276-0427 or You can also contact the principal, Adam Cormier, at
2018/2019 a la carte pricing for homeschool families
Academic courses: $450/course
Extracurriculars: $250
Athletics: $250/sport each season
St. Mary's Schools, 50 Richland Street Worcester, MA 01610
Quality Catholic education partnering with the homeschool community
12.  PE classes at Springfield College
Springfield College PE Registration Starts Now! The program will be held each Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. in the PE Complex Fieldhouse across both academic semesters. The fall semester runs from September 14 through December 7, excluding November 23. Children are broken up into small groups by age. The focus of the class will be the improvement of fundamental motor skills and movement concepts, which will be developmentally appropriate for each age group. The class is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The cost of the program is $20 for one student and $30 for a family (2 or more) for the semester. Checks should be made payable to Springfield College PE Majors Club. All checks must be accompanied by a completed waiver form (new students only) and a parking application, which can be obtained from Jennifer Stefaniak at Please mail all registration forms and checks to her at 10 Brookside Circle, Wilbraham, MA 01095.
13.  CHEC co-op in Princeton
Are you looking for a homeschool co-op in your area? CHEC is a Christian academic co-op for families in the central Mass. area held at Heritage Bible Chapel in Princeton. Serving families with children in grades preK-12, we meet for three 8-week sessions from September through May with a holiday break extending from just before Thanksgiving until just after New Year's. Our co-op day runs on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We offer each child three courses per week, and because parent participation is vital to our success, parents are asked to either help in two periods each week or teach one course for the duration of the year. Our areas of academic focus are primarily writing and science (IEW and Apologia are our go-to sources), but each year our group selects other fun and enriching classes to teach, as well. If you need high school science lab opportunities or academic support in writing, or are simply looking to join with other families on your homeschooling journey, please contact us! For additional information or questions, please contact Cristi Surprenant at
14.  Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
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15. Your news item HERE
Do you know of an event or activity in or near Massachusetts that would edify or interest the homeschool community? Email Anne Smith at ewsjfamily@startmail.comand we will review it for possible inclusion in the MassHOPE Messenger.

The MassHOPE Messenger is a biweekly e-newsletter that is sent free to approximately 2500 mailboxes. Unfortunately, it is not free to distribute. This cost increases each year, and MassHOPE has limited funds. Therefore we charge a nominal fee of $10 for unsolicited submissions from individuals, and from most organizations or groups unaffiliated with MassHOPE, who wish to advertise their for-fee services. Items will ordinarily run in two consecutive issues.

16.  Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
To order recordings from the 2018 convention, just click on ORDER FORM for a printable form; or go to and click on Convention, and then on Recordings on the list on the right. For previous years' recordings, go to the bottom of the Convention page.

17. Do you receive The Voice of HOPE?
MassHOPE publishes a quarterly print newsletter, The Voice of HOPE. In addition to announcements you might also find in the Messenger, we provide three or four full-length articles on a variety of homeschooling topics. If you would like your name added, please send your name and "snail mail" address to

18. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
Do you shop at Amazon? If you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to MassHOPE! If you're not already signed up, you can do so more easily than ever. To start supporting our organization, simply click this link, which is unique to MassHOPE: HYPERLINK ""3220412. That's all!  From then on, when - and only when - you enter the Amazon website through, Amazon will automatically donate a 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to MassHOPE. Thank you for supporting the work of your Christian state homeschool organization!

19.  Submit Box Tops for convention savings!
Did you submit any of the 8,003 Box Tops for Education MassHOPE received during 2017? If so, we thank you! And if you requested partial 2018 convention credit, you were able to save on your registration fee. We tallied everything up, and here are the final numbers:

Value of submitted Box Tops:  $800.30
Designated for convention credit:  $264.80 (with one individual receiving a credit of $20.75!)
Designated for support groups:  $44.57
Designated for MassHOPE scholarships:  $490.93
Want to submit Box Tops for 2019 convention credit but aren't sure how to proceed? See the detailed instructions below.

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You can earn free or reduced admission to the 2019 convention AND support MassHOPE at the same time!  Bring your Box Tops for Education tabs (found on lots of products you may already buy) with you to any MassHOPE function, or mail them to us c/o Anne Smith, 85 Liberty Street, Haverhill, MA 01832. They should be postmarked by December 31, 2018, for 2019 convention credit. You may choose either of the following options, but please note with your submission which you have chosen:
1. Donate all of them.  The proceeds will be used for MassHOPE scholarships.
2. Receive credit for 50% of the value of your Box Tops toward registration for next year's convention. The remainder will be used for MassHOPE scholarships. In either case, if you designate a MassHOPE affiliated support group, one half of the MassHOPE portion will be donated to that group.

Box Tops should be enclosed in a sealed envelope. Submissions must include all of the following information: name, address, phone number, email address, number of Box Tops enclosed, option chosen, and (if applicable) name of support group that will benefit.
NOTE: If you have any electronic Box Tops that need to be submitted online, send them to us along with your cardboard Box Tops, and we will submit them online for you.

Please keep track of expiration dates. Box Tops take a LOT of time, and a LOT of work on our end to process.
Soon-to-expire Tops will probably not get submitted in time for us to receive any credit for them. We currently honor all those that expire no less than two months from when you mail them or drop them off. We cannot guarantee any others. AGAIN: Box Tops need to be at least two months from expiration. (If you submit Box Tops expiring in under two months we may be able to submit them in time for you to get credit, but we cannot guarantee anything.) Contact Anne Smith at (978)372-1339 or with any questions.

(Please do not send us Campbell's Labels for Education, Kellogg's Family Rewards codes, or tabs from any other collection program. We collect only Box Tops for Education.)
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