Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
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June 6, 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

June 9 - Formal graduation ceremony, Holden Chapel, Holden
June 16 - Used curriculum sale, Chapel of the Cross, Westborough
New or Updated
  1. Only 10 more days until the MassHOPE used curriculum sale
  2. Writing help available: tutoring/editing/proofreading
  3. We've heard...
  4. Office volunteers needed in Woburn
  5. Free evening admission Thursdays at Tower Hill this summer
New from HSLDA: #DadsSecretTalent video contest

  7. Transportation possible to New England Frontier Camp
  8. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
  9. Your news item HERE
10. Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
11. Do you receive The Voice of HOPE?
12. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
13. Submit Box Tops for convention savings!
1. Only 10 more days until the MassHOPE used curriculum sale
Come to Chapel of the Cross in Westboro on Saturday, June 16 for the largest one day used curriculum sale in New England. Go HERE for full details. Seller registration closes June 11.

2.  Writing help available: tutoring/editing/proofreading
Writing is not just hard work; it can be a downright scary task. If you are struggling with your high school or college assignments because you are hesitant about writing or have a hard time putting down your thoughts in a way that other people can easily understand, I can help! Get in touch on my website and let's talk about how we can help you work (yes, you will need to put in the work!) to build your skills and confidence as a writer.

3.  We've heard...
...that the next Old Sturbridge Village Home School Day is on Wednesday, June 27. Click HERE for details!

4.  Office volunteers needed in Woburn
From Robert Aufiero at Renew Massachusetts Coalition: 
The Renew Massachusetts Coalition relies heavily upon the help of volunteers to reach out to activists, donors, candidates, pastors, and concerned citizens. Can you help and get more involved by volunteering in our office?

We are a growing grassroots organization with a limited budget and are financed entirely by private donations. One way that we contact our supporters is through mailings. Since we have limited resources, we need to rely upon office volunteers to help us get letters and notices out to everyone on our list. While we do have a small cadre of reliable volunteers, we need to increase our number. This year, between the Bathroom Law repeal, items before the legislature, and information that must go out about candidates, we will send out more mail than we have ever before! We'll also have other areas we need help with, like phone calls, data entry, and various other projects. We need your help!

Our office is located in Woburn.  If you do want to volunteer, you may contact me directly at (781) 307-1494 or and I can send directions and make sure I am there at the time you're coming in to help. Thank you!

5.  Free evening admission Thursdays at Tower Hill this summer
Tower Hill Botanic Garden will offer free admission after 3 p.m. on Thursdays throughout June, July, and August. From 3 to 9 p.m. visitors can enjoy summer flowers throughout the formal gardens, woodland trails, a farm to table cafe, art shows, views of the Wachusett Reservoir, the Wild Rumpus stickwork exhibit, green spaces for picnicking and lawn games, a beer garden, and much more. Children and the young at heart can participate in scavenger hunts, self-guided activities, and the Discovery Backpack program. Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Drive, Boylston, Mass. For more information, please visit or call (508)869-6111.

6.  New from HSLDA: #DadsSecretTalent video contest
HSLDA is celebrating its 35th anniversary with fun contests for the whole family every month. Go HERE or HERE to find out how to enter. Deadline for submissions is June 29.
7. Transportation possible to New England Frontier Camp
This Christian camp for boys in Lovell, Maine will send its van to a central location if there are enough boys interested in transportation for any given session. Specifically, if you are within reach of central Massachusetts and interested in the week of July 29-August 4, contact Jaime Lee at Otherwise, contact Steve Rivers, the camp director, at (207)925-6735. There are four one-week sessions in July and August, and two four-day sessions for fathers and sons. Details are on the WEBSITE.
This is a wonderful camp. All four of our sons attended, and the youngest is currently the assistant director. Refreshingly rustic, too. Their address says it all: Quite A Road. - ed.

8. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
"Like" MassHOPE's Facebook page: You'll be encouraged in your homeschooling journey and will receive all updates for upcoming events.

9. 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 and 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.

10.  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.

11. 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

12. 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!

13.  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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Coming Events

June 9, 2018
Formal Graduation

June 16, 2018
Used Curriculum Sale

Date TBD
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