CHEWELAH H OME LINK N EWSLETTER J ANUARY 2010 Dear Chewelah HomeLink Families , This past month I had the opportunity to take my son and one of my daughters snowboarding for the first time in their lives. Both approached the adventure of learning to snowboard in quite different ways. My son Riley MONTHLY HOMELINK PARENT MEETING SCHEDULED counted the days until that first lesson arrived. My daughter Madysen, on the other hand, waited There will be a parent meeting to discuss future with quiet determination and some amount of opportunities for Chewelah HomeLink and how we fear. When the day arrived, my son went into his can better serve the students of our community. If lesson with an expectation of being able to be the you would like to get more information about what next Shawn White (Olympic snowboarder) after we can offer, or want to share your own ideas, one hour of learning and no hours of practice. My interests, or concerns, mark your calendars for daughter just wanted the lesson to go smoothly February 11th at 6pm in the HomeLink Building, next with zero chance of falling down. My son, over to the Chewelah School District office. the course of the hour lesson, took to the sport with some ease, so much so that he decided to CHEWELAH HOMELINK PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK assert his independence from me by going on the ski lift by himself. DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR EXTENDED HOURS Too cool for Dad, you see! My daughter, however, HomeLink is open later for students to work on took more time to become comfortable with the coursework and utilized the computer lab. We are idea of snowboarding. So much so that she open from 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. The office wouldn’t let me leave her side, unless I promised will be un-staffed from 3:00pm-3:30pm. Check out to keep her from falling. She did, and then we did. the online HomeLink calendar for up-to-the-day Over and over again. Until the point where she changes in HomeLink office hours. realized that maybe snowboarding wasn’t for her. She eventually said, “Dad, next time, I want to try skiing.” Reflections Fair-January 28 I realized from this learning experience that no Consider entering a project into this year’s two children learn the same way, nor do they have Reflections Fair-a celebration of the Arts. This the same experience as one another. I will year’s theme will be “Beauty is . . .”. Students continue to keep this in mind as we continue to in grades 1-5 are eligible to enter a project into grow a HomeLink program that honors the variety this year’s fair. Entry rules are available at the of ways in which we learn and takes steps to blue desk at Gess Elementary and must be ensure that all families continue to get the processed by Monday, Jan. 25th. Call Chris resources and instruction they need for their Carpenter @ 685-6800 ext. 4102 for more children. information. The fair will be Jan. 28th @ 6:30pm in the Gess Gym. Bring your family to Sincerely, this wonderful community event. Matt McLain HomeLink Principal Leeaarrniingg Liinkss L n n L nk MONTHLY REVIEW NEWS Monthly Reviews for Student Learning Plans have arrived. Just go to chewelah.schoolwires.net/homelink and click on the “Monthly Review” link on the left-hand side of the page. If you choose this option, you will not have to meet face-to- face with your teacher of record, but you may be contacted if information submitted is incomplete or student is not making progress. Online submissions need to be completed A website where science and art meet to offer by the 3rd Friday of each month. If you do not submit your students a place to learn, explore, and ponder! monthly review online, we will continue to schedule your http://www.exploratorium.edu/index.html monthly meeting face-to-face. SENIOR SPOTLIGHT GO TO CHEWELAH.SCHOOLWIRES.NET/HLSENIORSPOTLIGHT FOR INFORMATION REGARDING SENIOR CULMINATING PROJECT, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND INFORMATION ON IMPORTANT TESTING DATES. A great place for gaining knowledge about history’s greatest treasures! http://www.si.edu/museums/ Are you interested in going to Washington, D.C.? JMS teacher Becky Washington is planning an educational Yahooligans trip to our nation’s capital June 16th-June 20th. This trip is designed for 6th-8th grade students. Visit Jamestown, Mount Find kids games, sports, and music. Sponsored Vernon, the Washington Monument, WW II Memorial, the by Yahoo! Smithsonian, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, and more! Contact Becky at 935-6635 for more information, or http://kids.yahoo.com/ stop by HomeLink to pick up a program schedule and find out the necessary deadlines. If you have websites that you use for Approximate cost: $1975.00 educational purposes, please share them with EDUCATIONAL EXCURSION OPPORTUNITY us, and we will feature them in our monthly newsletter. The dinosaurs are coming! The Spokane Arena will host “Walking with Dinosaurs” April 7-11, 2010. Seats to this event ONLINE CURRICULUM AVAILABLE cost $39.50. If you are interested in attending this Did you know that we offer online curriculum spectacular event, give Lisa a call @ 685-6800 ext. 1007 or go for grades 3-12? We currently are using to our website to reserve your spot. Odysseyware and Apex Learning to meet the needs of our diverse student population. If you are considering taking an online course, let us work to help you meet your educational needs. Also, we also offer ALEKs Math courses online. These courses are personalized to the individual student’s abilities and helps students learn in a variety of ways. Several of our HomeLink families are currently using this online tool. Let us know if we can help your student find math success. FOR YOUR INFORMATION If you haven’t checked out our HomeLink website, you’re Wednesday courses now available missing out on a lot of valuable information regarding courses we offer, course schedules, online forms, and other Students (3-12) in the Chewelah HomeLink documents you might find useful. If you have suggestions program can now take classes on Wednesdays for what should be on our website, don’t hesitate to email at the Crossroads Church. Classes are or call us. We want to make finding information as easy as sponsored by Columbia Virtual Accademy, and possible. student’s can use their allocation fund to pay for the course fees for these educational HOMELINK CLASSES IN FEBRUARY courses. Go to www.wingsnw.com/wings/cva Latin to see course availability and times. Our Latin class, taught by Walt Stichart, is offered on Course include: Electricity and Magnetism, Tuesdays at 12:30pm in the HomeLink building next to the Survey of Literature, WA State History, District office. Mysterious Places in Ancient History, Rocket Science 101, U.S. Study with lapbooks, Chess Club, and many more! Classes begin February Bowling 3rd. If interested, call Lisa @ 685-6800 ext. 1007 ASAP to enroll. Bowling class is offered on Thursdays @ 1:45pm at the Chewelah Bowling Alley. Winter Ecology Day Planned Foreign Language Coursed Available Online We have the opportunity to participate with the Newport HomeLink program in the Winter We are pleased to announce foreign language online Ecology Day held at 49 Degrees North, planned th courses using Rosetta Stone. This program offers studies in for February 24 /25th. This will be an event for 31 different languages. Students interested in signing up 7-12 grade students. Students will get hands-on experience with the winter habitat of the for a class can call the HomeLink office. Northwest. They will get the chance to learn avalanche safety, survivor training, group dynamics, and actively participate in a snowshoeing adventure. This event will offered Tae Kwon Do at a low or no cost to HomeLink families. Don’t be left out! Call HomeLink today to reserve your Classes are Monday-Friday offered hourly from 3pm-7pm at spot for this winter adventure. Bradley’s Tae Kwon Do. Reminder: Cost: $50.00 /month; $40.00 / month for each additional student from the same family Please complete your weekly contacts and monthly reviews. These are required by both State Law and the Chewelah School Board. Failure to make these contacts may affect your student fund allocations and enrollment status. See WAC 392-121-182, Section 6. We have a pdf on our HomeLink website for your Intro to Irish Dancing Classes to begin convenience. Look for it under “Alternative Learning Experience WAC”. This class will be offered Monday mornings at 8:30 at the Chewelah Civic Center by Jeanne Nixon, long-time You can register for many of our classes by dance instructor and community member. Classes will going online and clicking on the calendar link be February 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Minimum of 7 students and a maximum of 15. Minimum age 8 and browsing available dates for classes. Our years. No maximum age. $35.00/month. Come in classes can easily be added to student comfortable, stretchy clothing - shorts or sweat pants learning plans. Ask us how! and stocking feet. Make a difference!
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