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April 11, 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 26-289 - Annual homeschool and family discipleship convention,
                     DCU Center, Worcester

June 9 - Formal graduation ceremony, Holden Chapel, Holden

June 16 - Used curriculum sale, Chapel of the Cross, Westborough
Convention and Graduation

  1. Volunteers needed
  2. Speaker spotlight: Mike Donnelly
  3. Silent auction
  4. Final call for graduation events

New or Updated

  5. Academic co-op in central Massachusetts
  6. Lobby Day at the State House rescheduled for April 24
  7. Free online course from Hillsdale College
  8. Springfield Symphony educational concert
  9. Still time to register for Massachusetts TeenPact with BILL JACK
10. Historic Beverly
11. FAITH Group science classes in Weston
12. Political opportunities for students
13. Enter HSLDA's poetry contest!
14. Your news item HERE
15. Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
16. Do you receive The Voice of HOPE?
17. TRIPLE your AmazonSmile donation to MassHOPE
18. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
19. Did you submit Box Tops in 2017?

1.  Volunteers needed
We are still in need of volunteers for the convention, in these three areas:
1. Children's program
Want to have a fun, rewarding experience and an impact on the lives of children at the upcoming MassHOPE convention (not to mention free lunch: pizza for volunteers each day)? Volunteer one full day (teen or adult) and receive free admission for the other day, OR
volunteer one full day (teen or adult) and receive free 2-day Children's Program registration for one child, OR volunteer two full days (teen) and receive free 2-day admission for the volunteer's parents. To apply, please email
2. Technical volunteers
MassHOPE has a great need for very specialized volunteers in two areas of our convention: audio-visual setup/breakdown, and the recording booth. If you are skilled and willing, or willing to be trained, would you please prayerfully consider helping us? Or if you know someone who might be willing (friend, young adult, relative, neighbor, fellow churchgoer, etc.), please pass this along, with instructions to contact us at
3. General volunteers
What do general volunteers do? Well, here are the five categories we list in the drop-down box on the volunteer registration form HERE: Exhibit Hall, Registration, Badge Checker, Greeter, and Book Check Room. Exhibit hall volunteers walk the hall and give exhibitors the chance to catch their eye or wave them down if they need anything. They might want someone to guard the booth while they run to the bathroom, or fetch water, coffee, or tea for them. Greeters and registration helpers work in the registration area, providing name badges to preregistered attendees, processing new registrations, and handing out badge holders and convention booklets to attendees. Badge checkers check badges to ensure that only registered attendees are allowed access to workshops and the exhibit hall, and book check room volunteers man a table where attendees can drop off items purchased that day and reclaim them later. Once you've registered for the convention, you can sign up HERE to volunteer. You will receive a small thank-you of two MassHOPE Bucks per hour worked.
2.  Speaker spotlight: Mike Donnelly
So many great speakers are already lined up to speak at the upcoming MassHOPE convention on April 26-28. Go to CONVENTION to check them out. Many are old favorites who have spoken many times at MassHOPE. This year we are pleased to bring back Mike Donnelly. Mike has long, strong connections with our region. He is not only HSLDA's staff attorney for Massachusetts, but he also grew up in New Hampshire and got both his undergraduate and law degrees from Boston University. Mike will be presenting a set of five varied workshops, addressing a range of legal, parenting, and homeschooling issues. Raised in a single-parent home, in the last of these sessions he will zero in on single-parent homeschooling. Check out his BIO at the HSLDA website.
3.  Silent auction
Returning this year is our silent auction! JOIN THE FUN! DONATE AHEAD OF TIME or BID WHEN YOU GET THERE!
Donations will be on display in the exhibit hall, so be sure to check them out and place a bid
if there's something of interest to you. Bids will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, with winners announced by 3:00 p.m. Items are to be collected by 4:30 p.m.

We need your help!  Want to donate something? Know a business, attraction, or museum that would? Please email for details.
4.  Final call for graduation events
Do you have a high school senior this year?  MassHOPE has two ways of celebrating this milestone. There will be a graduate recognition ceremony on Friday, April 27 during the evening session of the annual convention, and there will be a formal cap and gown graduation on June 9 at Holden Chapel. If you are interested in learning more about the Holden event, please send an email to If you want to participate in the Convention event, please email Anne Smith at and register by Saturday, April 14, 2018.
5.  Academic co-op in central Massachusetts
CHEC/LINKS is a Christian academic co-op for families in the central Massachusetts area, held at Heritage Bible Chapel in Princeton. Serving families with children in grades pre-K through 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 from noon to 3:30 and offers each child three 1-hour courses per week. 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 you are simply looking to join with other families on your homeschooling journey, please contact us!  We also welcome questions and would love to meet with interested families at our open-house day planned for early May!  Please contact Cristi Surprenant at

6.  Lobby Day at the State House rescheduled for April 24
From Robert Aufiero
Northeastern Massachusetts Field Director, Renew Massachusetts Coalition
Lobby Day is Back On!
We are pleased to announce that our annual Lobby Day has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 24. You may remember that it was cancelled due to weather last month. Please mark your calendar!

We expect that all state representatives will be present, as it will be Budget Week. So you will have a chance to meet with your Representative and potentially your State Senator as well. Please note: if you already RSVP'd to come to Lobby Day please e-mail us to confirm that you are still able to join us.  If you have not yet RSVP'd and can come to our rescheduled Lobby Day, please let us know so that we can expect you.

Please come hear from conservative state representatives, and leaders of our movement, regarding topics such as Repealing the Bathroom Law, the Counseling ban, and the Health Curriculum. Meet YOUR state legislators and other neighboring legislators you might want to support in the future. Gain a greater understanding of how Beacon Hill works, and how you can help fix it.

Conservative Lobby Day
DATE: Tuesday, April 24
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location details forthcoming - stay tuned

RSVP by emailing
your name, voting address, email, and phone number to Robert Aufiero at We need an accurate count so we are able to provide enough material for everyone, including handouts, refreshments, breakfast, and lunch. It also helps if we can look up your elected officials before you arrive, as doing so at the State House in the middle of the event can be chaotic. So please do pre-register by email. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 24th.

Also, there will be buses to come in to Boston that morning from around the state. Please let us know if you would like to ride in on a bus and we can send you details.

Can't attend on Tuesday, April 24, but want to support our 200+ advocates as they take our message of conservative values to their legislators? 
Take 30 seconds to donate online today to help us cover the cost of food and materials. Thank you!

7.  Free online course from Hillsdale College
From Larry P. Arnn:

Dear Fellow American,

Donald Trump's election gave voice to the growing conviction of many Americans that their elected officials had strayed from their constitutional obligations in that they had been derelict in allowing the destruction of limited government. President Trump has identified a number of critical issues for our country: eliminating regulations, cutting taxes, creating jobs, enforcing immigration laws, and fixing healthcare. We will see if the President can play a critical role in shaping policy in these areas. Whether he is successful will have impact for generations to come.
But already there is much, and growing, resistance to what the President proposes be done.
This raises important questions: What is the extent and what are the limits of presidential power in regard to public policy? What is the proper relation of the president with the other two constitutional branches? And what is his relation to the "fourth branch": the enormous federal bureaucracy?
Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
In that spirit, I invite you to join Hillsdale College's 10-session online course, "The Presidency and the Constitution." You'll learn from our politics department faculty about the design of the executive branch in Article II; how Progressives contrived new, wide-ranging powers for the executive; and what it would take to restore limited government.
The opportunity for constitutional renewal in America is greater than it has been in decades. But it will require rededicated efforts by We the People - the true and only sovereign source of authority under the Constitution - to see this work through.

Register now for Hillsdale College's online course, "The Presidency and the Constitution." There's no charge to participate, and I know you will learn much that is valuable and useful
Warm Regards,
Larry P. Arnn
President, Hillsdale College
Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty since 1844
8.  Springfield Symphony educational concert
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra, with Maestro Kevin Rhodes, will be presenting the 2018 Education Connection Concerts in April. Kids will learn that classical music isn't just for adults and is, in fact, all around them, embedded in their favorite stories, television shows, and movies. This year's concert features three distinct parts:

1. Sergei Prokofiev's popular classic Peter and the Wolf, narrated by local meteorologist Brian Lapis from 22 News WWLP.
2. Concertos featuring student soloist winners of the Rhodes Competition: Ben Wolfson, of the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, performing the Allegro movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488; and Sungho Moon, of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, performing the Allegretto movement of Dmitri Shostakovitch Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb major Op. 107.
3. A quick selection of recognizable classical pieces from television and film.

DATE: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
TIME: 9:45 a.m.
COST: $8.50 per student

Our program curriculum materials include a teacher's resource guide and student newsletters. Please use these resources to prepare your students for what's in store for their trip to Springfield Symphony Hall. Space is limited for this special event, so reserve your spot today!

For more details or information about reservations, contact Patrick McMahon at
413.733.0636 Ext. 119 or
9. Still time to register for Massachusetts TeenPact with BILL JACK
Bill Jack of Worldview Academy will be the Program Director this year! We are excited to have him on hand for TeenPact. His lessons are always interesting and informative!
Deepen Your Relationship with Christ***Earn High School Credit***Make New Friends***Meet Your State Representatives***Pray for Them***Learn by Doing***Run for Governor!

TeenPact trains young people to embrace their call in the next generation of leaders by giving them the tools, teaching, and opportunities to do so. Each TeenPact program is marked by spiritual discipleship, student leadership, and a commitment to excellence.
What: TeenPact Leadership School (Click HERE for specifics.)
Where: The State House, Boston
When: April 30 - May 4, 2018
Who: Ages 13-19 (April 30 - May 4 DESCRIPTION with optional May 5 class on POLITICAL COMMUNICATION)
         Ages 8-12 (May 4 ONE-DAY CLASS)
How: Click HERE.
Why: Read the testimony of an alumnus of the Massachusetts TeenPact program:
The godliest peers I had growing up were those I knew through TeenPact. Going to TeenPact classes and alumni events strengthened me spiritually, shaped my growth and maturity as a person, and sparked a passion for influencing government and culture and gave me a venue to put that into practice. The educational experiences TeenPact offered were not only challenging and impactful but also loads of fun.
Questions? Email Cathy Creed at or
10.  Historic Beverly
HISTORIC BEVERLY has a number of different events, house tours, walking tours, and special programs such as the Maritime Trade game that might be of interest to homeschoolers. There are also some special children's programs scheduled for April vacation week.

Lucy Keller from the Historic Beverly Education Program would love to work with the home school community to see how they can support its education efforts. This summer, she's hoping to develop an education committee to include public, private, and home school advocates. This group would focus on developing more programs that really touch on the information and subjects of interest to the education community. Please let her know if you are interested in volunteering to work on such a committee. You can contact her at [] or (978) 922-1186, x202.

11.  FAITH Group science classes in Weston
Are you looking for a laboratory science class in the MetroWest area?  FAITH Group will offer full-year high school biology and physics courses for the 2018-2019 school year. Our small classes are taught from a Christian worldview by qualified teachers.  Additional one-semester electives are also being planned for the same days.  FAITH Group meets on Fridays in Weston. Please email Jenny Lynch at if you have questions or would like an information packet and registration form.
12.  Political opportunities for students
From Chanel Prunier at Renew Massachusetts Coalition:
I want to let you know that we have two upcoming candidate and campaign manager schools for interested students. If there are any homeschool students interested in a paid summer job or internship managing a campaign, they can email me at and/or attend one of the schools to learn about campaign management and see if it's something they'd be interested in pursuing. One school is on a Saturday, and the other is on Friday to accommodate those who have conflicts every Saturday.
13. Enter HSLDA's poetry contest!
HSLDA is now accepting submissions for its annual poetry contest from students aged 7-19. Click HERE for all the details.

14. 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.

15.  Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
To order recordings from the 2017 convention, just click on ORDER FORM for a printable form; or go to and click on Convention, and then on Recordings on the ribbon mid-page. For previous years' recordings, go to the bottom of the Convention page.

16. 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

17. 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: ""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!

18. 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.

19.  Did you submit Box Tops in 2017?
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'll soon be saving on your registration fee. We just finished tallying 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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