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Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
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March 25, 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 26-28 - 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

  1. It starts tomorrow evening!
  2. Register at door
  3.
***VOLUNTEER REWARDS BEING DOUBLED!!!***
  4. Speaker spotlights
  5. Reminder: PRINT YOUR WORKSHOP HANDOUTS AT HOME!
  6. Food and drink
  7. Silent auction
  8. Dough raiser

New or Updated

  9. Another free online course from Hillsdale College
10. Speech and debate regional championship ends this evening
11. Still looking for a graduation dress?
12. LIVE animation and drawing classes by former Disney animator
13. Science, technology, and robots in Worcester on June 10
14. Perform with Rising Stars Productions this summer
15. Come celebrate with RI HOPE!
16. We've heard...
17. Come hear The Master's Chorale in concert in Northfield
 
Continued

18. Free online course from Hillsdale College
19. Academic co-op in central Massachusetts
20. Still time to register for Massachusetts TeenPact with BILL JACK
21. Enter HSLDA's poetry contest!
22. Your news item HERE
23. Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
24. Do you receive The Voice of HOPE?
25. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
26. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
27. Submit Box Tops for convention savings!

1.  It starts tomorrow evening!
Three half-hour sessions will be held in the Perennial Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, next door to the DCU Center. They are all free and are open to the public. Israel Wayne will speak at 6:30, Mike Donnelly at 7:10 and Jay Wile at 7:50.

2.  Register at door
Didn't pre-register? You can still come; onsite registration is available.  Save yourself some time at registration by printing and completing the onsite form found on our website:
 
3. ***VOLUNTEER REWARDS BEING DOUBLED!!!***
Are you or your teens interested in serving your fellow homeschoolers? helping the convention run smoothly? being an important cog in a big wheel? Sign up HERE to volunteer. We have many key spots left to fill. Be a blessing to others, and receive $4 in MassHOPE Bucks for every hour you serve. (This is up from $2 in previous years.)
 
Register HERE to sign up for as few or as many hours as you would like. To help us plan and prepare, please complete this by 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, April 26). After that time the link will be closed and you will need to sign up onsite. Volunteers must register to attend the convention and be at least twelve years old at the time of volunteering. 
 
Thank you in advance. See you soon!

4.  Speaker spotlights
So many great speakers are lined up! Many are old favorites who have spoken at MassHOPE in years past, and some are fresh faces. Click  HERE to check them out.

5.  Reminder: PRINT YOUR WORKSHOP HANDOUTS AT HOME
On the WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION PAGE you will see that some descriptions are followed by an Adobe icon and the workshop title in blue. These all have handouts available. Click on the blue link, print the handout, and bring it with you to the convention.

6.  Food and drink 
Just a reminder: No food or drink can be brought into the DCU Center without a doctor's note. I know. We hate it, too. 
 
7.  Silent auction
Don't forget to visit the silent auction display. 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.
 
8.  Dough raiser
UNO's right across the street from the DCU Center has been gracious to us and has set up a "Dough" Raiser for MassHOPE over all three days (4/26-28) of the convention.  If you plan on dining at UNO's, please be certain to present a coupon to the server.  Coupons are available in the Registration area and the MassHOPE booth.  Thank you for supporting MassHOPE while you eat!

9. Another free online course from Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College invites you to take a free online course, American Heritage From Colonial Settlement to the Current Day. You can activate it via this secure link:
https://lp.hillsdale.edu/american-heritage. There is no cost to participate, and you can watch the lectures at your leisure.

10. Speech and debate regional championship ends this evening
This week, Monadnock Bible Conference Center in Dublin, New Hampshire has been hosting the championship tournament for Region X of the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. Go watch this inspiring event today with your children, and perhaps even serve as a judge for the final rounds (go to www.ncfcajudges.com). If you would like to learn more about the league and the speech and debate events, please visit http://www.ncfca.org. The event will be held at 257 Dublin Rd, Jaffrey, NH 03452.
 
11.  Still looking for a graduation dress?
Is your daughter graduating? Are you struggling to find a dress that's beautiful, comfortable, and modest? Homeschooled college graduate and Fashion Design Entrepreneur Rebekah Miller is looking to solve the problem she encountered when she graduated from high school. Check out her new spring designs at www.LeapingCatFashion.com
 
12.  LIVE animation and drawing classes by former Disney animator
Do you see in your child a love for animation or drawing and want more than a book can teach them? Come learn from the best at THE ANIMATION COURSE! Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and veteran homeschool Dad, offers 12-week LIVE - Online Animation and Drawing Courses for 11-18-year olds.  Recorded classes (with grading) also available for schedule flexibility. Weekly classes are one hour long and include personal video reviews by professional animators for individual learning! Fall, spring, and summer sessions available. Classes tend to fill up very quickly, so if you can, register soon! You can hold your child's spot with a non-refundable $50 registration fee. For more information and class prices, check us out at Facebook/The Animation Course or on our website - http://www.theanimcourse.com/theanimcourse.html. Please send inquiries to kayla@theanimcourse.com.




13.  Science, technology, and robots in Worcester on June 10
The family-friendly Touch Tomorrow festival will be held Saturday, June 10 at WPI, featuring hands-on experiments, research activities, and interactive exhibits for all ages. This event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click HERE for more information and to pre-register.

14.  Perform with Rising Stars Productions this summer
From Kim Lamoureux, Rising Stars Artistic Director:
Musical Theater Camps for Homeschoolers
Rising Stars Productions Announces Its 7th Annual Season 
 
Calling all theater lovers ages 10-18! Now in its 7th season, Rising Stars Productions' Signature Musical Theater program follows the time-old tradition of a musical revue, and consists of an exciting variety of songs from many different Broadway musicals.  Over the course of one week, students rehearse daily with our top-notch professional staff as they learn to sing, act, and dance their way toward a dynamic performance at the end of the week!

We are offering our camp in three Massachusetts locations this year, with two specifically geared toward the local homeschooling community. We keep our program sizes small so that each student can develop the skills and confidence he or she needs to shine!

Our signature, non-competitive audition process is the secret to the success of our programs. The program's musical selections are chosen based on the auditions, so the result is a unique program each year that is tailor-made to your child's strengths and talents. Whether your child wants to be a star soloist or simply have fun as an ensemble member, our program will enable them to embrace their role with skill and confidence - all while having fun!

Students ages 10-18 are eligible to enroll.  We welcome all levels - even beginners!
 
Program Highlights:
-Individualized attention
-Professional vocal and dance instruction
-Acting and scene skill development
-Professional staff members with a minimum of an Master of Music degree or equivalent experience, and extensive performance experience both locally and internationally
-Professional sound equipment
-Live instrumental accompaniment
-Intensive, immersive learning experience - students take an entire program from page to stage in one week!

Camp Locations

Beverly
Rising Stars North Musical Theater Intensive
June 11-15, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Final performance: Friday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Dane Street Church, 10 Dane Street, Beverly
Cost: $250
Registration deadline: May 1
Auditions: May 11

Gardner
Rising Stars Camp West
June 25-29, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Final performance: Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church,  28 Green Street, Gardner
Cost: $225
Registration deadline: June 1
Auditions: June 2 and 3

North Reading
Rising Stars Camp
July 23-27, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Final Performance: Friday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading
Cost: $300
Registration deadline: June 15
Auditions: June 20 and 21

(978)895-2743

15.  Come celebrate with RI HOPE! 
From Cindy Clarkin,  RI HOPE Chapter Sponsor, The Institute for Cultural Communicators

You are invited to the RI HOPE Chapter and Tournament Showcase. Come see and hear the Young Communicators for Christ and the RI HOPE Students who will be competing at the International "Speak Freedom" Championship and Convention (iCON) on June 25-29 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. The program will be followed by an ice cream social.

Date: Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Faith Fellowship Community Church (260 Victory Highway, West Greenwich)

Interested in joining ICC and/or RI HOPE next year? Contact Cindy Clarkin at Clarkin@ICCinc.org or (401)392-3612.

16.  We've heard...
...that Coach Rudy Crichlow is offering spring and summer non-competitive beginner basketball training for homeschoolers in Needham. The cost is $15/lesson.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 a.m. It will run from April 24-June 28, with the exception of June 12 and 14, and on into the summer. Please email 
mteres04@outlook.com for more details.

17. Come hear The Master's Chorale in concert in Northfield
The Master's Chorale is a 63-member choir made up of students from The Master's University in Santa Clarita, California. Following their concert at the Moody Center in Northfield, The Master's Chorale will travel on to New York, City for a performance at Carnegie Hall. 
 
This special event in the Moody Center auditorium is organized by Community Bible Church of Northfield. Admission is FREE; donations are appreciated. The historic auditorium at the Moody Center seats 2,000 people. It is located on the beautiful Northfield campus founded by D. L. Moody. The physical address is 36 Winchester Road, Northfield, Massachusetts. For more information, contact Bob Emberley at (413)498-4404, (603)903-4836, or rwemberley@gmail.com.
 
The concert will be Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 p.m.

18.  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

19.  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 info@checlinks.org.

20. 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 massachusetts@teenpact.com or cathycreed1@gmail.com.
 
21. 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.

22. 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.

23.  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 MassHOPE.org 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.

24. 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 newsletter@masshope.org.

25. 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: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-HYPERLINK "http://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3220412"3220412. That's all! From then on, when - and only when - you enter the Amazon website through amazonsmile.com, 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!

26. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
"Like" MassHOPE's Facebook page: facebook.com/MassHOPE?fref=ts. You'll be encouraged in your homeschooling journey and will receive all updates for upcoming events.

27.  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'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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HOW TO SUBMIT BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
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 ewsjfamily@juno.com 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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The MassHOPE Messenger is published by Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators(MassHOPE). Visit our website at masshope.org/.
 
Any questions about items in this e-news can be sent to either or info@masshope.org.If you know someone who would like to receive our news, or if you wish to unsubscribe or change your e-mail address, please contact us at info@masshope.org.  Items for possible inclusion in the newsletter should be sent to volunteer@masshope.org. MassHOPE reserves the right to edit or reject any items submitted for the e-news.



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HOW TO SUBMIT BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION (update)
You can earn free or reduced admission to the 2018 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, 2017, for 2018 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.
NEW: If you have any electronic Box Tops that need to be submitted online, submit 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 ewsjfamily@juno.com 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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The MassHOPE Messenger is published by Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators(MassHOPE). Visit our website at masshope.org/.
 
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