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Thursday, November 13, 2014

TEACH graduation Class of 2015

If you have a high school graduate this year and would like to participate in our 27th Annual TEACH Graduation Night, message me here or email: krismays@aol.com Thanks!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Ballroom Dancing!

Love to Dance?! 

Have you ever been curious about local ballroom dancing opportunities for your students? Now is your chance to join us for a great evening of fun and to learn more about this incredible opportunity. 

We invite you to join us at our ballroom dance recital on November 15th at 7:30 pm. The evening will start with a half hour performance from the homeschool ballroom dancers (ages 8-18), followed by a ballroom lesson for guests. The festivities will end with open dancing until 9:30pm. There are also tickets available to just see the recital at 6:30 for 30 minutes. This will be a great opportunity for your family to have fun, learn a few new dance steps, and find out more about this great opportunity. 

Location: Evergreen Ballroom- 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point 
Tickets: $3 in advance and at door (if still available) 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 
Lori Vorgang 541.779.7975 
DeeAnn Todd 626.589.0844

Monday, November 3, 2014

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT from HSG

IMPORTANT MESSAGE from HSG:
As many of you know, the HS Gathering was established several years ago as a communication resource to support our Southern Oregon homeschool families. There have been countless field trips, Mom's Nights (aka, Gatherings), classes and workshops, and community events and activities announced both here and on our Facebook page. Last spring, HSG launched the HSG Homeschool Curriculum Swap & Re-Sale, a HUGE hit for Facebook users! And don't forget our 1st "in person" Used Curriculum Sale earlier this year.

My friends, this has been a labor of love! It has truly been an honor to serve the homeschool community through this ministry. That being said, I have prayed for months now for guidance on how to go forward with HSG that is compatible with changes in my own family. I firmly believe that the time has come to "pass the baton" to another family.

Prayer request- Please pray that another family will come forward soon to continue the work of HSG. If another is not found soon, I'm afraid HSG will be no more. Please prayerfully consider if that might be you! I am absolutely available to answer any questions as to what this would entail.

May God's will be done here now and forevermore!

Blessings to you all,
Tika Weeks
Administrator for the HS Gathering

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ballroom Dance Recital

Love to Dance?!

Have you ever been curious about local ballroom dancing opportunities for your children?  Now is your chance to join us for a great night of fun and learn more about this incredible opportunity.  We invite you to join us at our ballroom dance recital on November 15th at 7:30 pm. The evening will start with a half hour performance from the homeschool ballroom dancers (ages 8-18), followed by a ballroom lesson for guests. The festivities will end with open dancing until 9:30pm. This will be a great opportunity for your family to have fun,  learn a few new dance steps, and find out more about this great opportunity.

Location: Evergreen Ballroom- 6088 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point
Tickets: $3 in advance and at door (if still available)

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Lori Vorgang
541.779.7975

DeeAnn Todd
626.589.0844

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GET OUT THE VOTE EVENT 10/23 [Medford]

GET OUT THE VOTE EVENT:

On Thursday, October 23rd, we'll meet at the Jackson County Republican Headquarters from 4:30 - 7:30 pm to call folks with a reminder to turn in their ballots . We are going to be served pizza, so I would appreciate it if people would RSVP to me via email or phone---(541)245-2959. Help us to encourage others to exercise their right to vote!

~Veronika Comerchero

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Attn: Grants Pass Homeschoolers!

from James Art Ville:

"The Grants Pass Library has provided an alert system to notify home-schoolers of upcoming events and specials. This will likely take the form of emails being sent. However, it seems like they won't roll it out until they have more people sign up. This is that they sent to me:

Hello,
I will add you to my list. So far, my list is quite small and has not reached the point where it’s worth sending much out. If you could help build it, and get people to send me items to share, that would be wonderful!

Thanks,
Kate Dwyer
Outreach Education Librarian
Josephine Community Libraries
200 NW C Street Street
PO Box 1684
Grants Pass OR 97528
(541) 476-0571

In order to sign up requires sending an email to: kdwyer@JosephineLibrary.org with the subject line of "HOMESCHOOL ALERT SIGN-UP"

This would be an amazing resource for my family, and we need your help to make it worth their time and effort. Please consider signing up. Thank you."

Apple Pie Day at the Victory Rally [Medford] 10/3

Apple Pie Day in Medford?!

Apple Pie Day is an event that occurs every other year at the Capitol in Salem; it's an opportunity for home schooling families to meet their legislators, and for the legislators to meet the fine families they are representing.

This Friday, we have an opportunity to meet many of the candidates in this 2014 election right here in Medford. Bring your family to the Victory Rally at the Commons from 5-8pm, meet some folks, introduce yourselves as home schoolers. When our newly-elected legislators are in Salem, we want them to remember our faces and the values we hold dear.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Joni & Friend BBQ & Square Dance [Medford] 10/10

Friday, October 10
at 6:00pm
Rogue Valley Square Dance Center
3377 Table Rock Rd, Medford, Oregon 97504

Join us for a fun evening filled with lots of good food, great dancing and gratifying fellowship. Please RSVP by calling (541) 864-9864 or emailing jafsouthoregon@gmail.com

All Things Are Possible Celebration [Medford]

Friday, November 7
at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
FBC Ministries
649 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, Oregon 97504

INFORMATION FOR MEDFORD ONLY
Please join us at our All Things Are Possible Celebration on Friday, November 7 at FBC (First Baptist Church) in Medford. We will celebrate how God has blessed us through an increasing growth of ministry as well as raise funds so we can grow deeper and wider and impact even more lives with the love of Christ. You will not want to miss this opportunity to be inspired by testimonies from families and volunteers who have been impacted by the ministry of Joni and Friend Southern Oregon.

Our special speaker will be Brian Sakultarawattn, this year's Twin Rocks Family Retreat pastor. Be encouraged and strengthened by the testimony of this man who experienced 3rd degree burns over 97% of his body. He and his wife, Haley will share their message of hope, commitment and God's faithfulness in the midst of difficulty. Dessert will also be served. Please make your reservations now or call us for more information. Phone: (541) 864-9864
Email: jafsouthoregon@gmail.com

All Things Are Possible Celebration [GP]

Thursday, November 6
at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
1051 SE M St., Grants Pass, OR

INFORMATION FOR GRANTS PASS ONLY Please join us at our All Things Are Possible Celebration on Thursday, November 6th in Grants Pass at Crossroads Calvary Church. We will celebrate how God has blessed us through an increasing growth of ministry as well as raise funds so we can grow deeper and wider and impact even more lives with the love of Christ. You will not want to miss this opportunity to be inspired by testimonies from families and volunteers who have been impacted by the ministry of Joni and Friend Southern Oregon.

Our special speaker will be Brian Sakultarawattn, this year's Twin Rocks Family Retreat pastor. Be encouraged and strengthened by the testimony of this man who experienced 3rd degree burns over 97% of his body. He and his wife, Haley will share their message of hope, commitment and God's faithfulness in the midst of difficulty. Dessert will also be served.

Please make your reservations now or call us for more information.
Phone: (541) 864-9864
Email: jafsouthoregon@gmail.com

Community Service Op

Opportunity for "Teen" Service: The Pregnancy Care Center is holding their annual Fundraising Gala October 23, 24 & 25, and they need young adult volunteer servers, preferably ages 14-19 (they've been known to take mature 12 year olds). This is a good opportunity for your young adult to serve the community, hear a great speaker & accrue volunteer hours for their transcript/resume. What? You say your student does not volunteer their time for others? Now is the time to start! Show them how to be a well-rounded individual by encouraging (requiring?) them to serve others. This is a huge plus on their high school transcript and/or resume. Contact the GP PCC to sign up. http://gppregnancy.com/

Monday, September 15, 2014

Violin lessons

From Stephanie Emmons:

ATTENTION PARENTS: Has your child expressed interest in learning to play the violin? This is the perfect time to start them with the new school year! Your child will learn how to read notes, learn music theory, to have proper violin posture and most of all, to enjoy playing the violin. For the past 6 years, I have been blessed to be able to help children achieve these skills along with growing in confidence and perseverance. Lessons are at a convenient Grants Pass location. My rate is $15.00 per 1/2 hour lesson. For more info, please contact me at 541-660-4611. www.stephanieemmons.weebly.com References are available. I look forward to talking with you about the possibility of teaming up with you to help develop your child's music skills. -Stephanie Emmons

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT HOMESCHOOLING

From Veronika Comerchero:

OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT HOMESCHOOLING: The November elections are fast approaching. We have the opportunity to decide who will represent us in Salem---our families, our values, and our freedom to homeschool. Colonel Dave Dotterrer is running for State Senate. He believes parents have the right to decide what form of education is best for their children, be it private, public, charter, or homeschooling. We need an advocate in Salem who will speak for the homeschooling families of Southern Oregon. Please consider supporting Dave by participating in "Doors for Dave." When: Thursday, September 18th, 5 - 8ish pm Where: Republican Headquarters, 311 E. Main St., Medford What: Learn how to "walk a precinct" in support of a candidate and experience being a part of our country's political process. Who: All ages are welcome! Questions: Contact Evan Ridley (201) 880-0074 FREE pizza will be served! Please let us know if you would like to join us so we will be sure to have enough pizza. You may reply to this post or to Evan.

Homeschool Swim!

Cascade Community Pool in White City has added Homeschool Open Swim to their schedule for Thursdays, starting on September 18th, 1-3 pm. Children are $1.50, parents can watch for FREE or swim for an additional fee.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Homeschool Day 2014~ Dolphin Tale 2 (movie & optional field trip)

HSG families,
Please invite your friends and family to join us for this special event!

WHAT: Homeschool Day 2014~ Dolphin Tale 2
WHERE: Cinemark Tinseltown USA
651 Medford Center
Medford, Oregon 97501
WHEN:Friday, September 12th at 11 am (please arrive no later than 10:40 to assemble our HSG group).
TICKETS: $5.50 early bird pricing for all ages available at the ticket window or online
RSVP: To Tika Weeks at hsgathering@gmail.com. Please include in your email if you are interested in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tinseltown film booth before the movie starts no later than Th Sept 4th.

"Homeschoolers made a huge difference for the first Dolphin Tale movie. When our groups and communities showed up en masse to catch the matinée screenings on opening day, we caught Hollywood’s attention, helping make the original film a box office success and enabling Dolphin Tale 2 to be produced." ~ Homeschool Movie Club

Friday, August 29, 2014

Announcement from Shoestring Productions

Greetings from Shoestrings,               With summer quickly coming to a end, and September approaching us faster and faster, this brings a wealth of changes: The weather gets cooler, school starts back up, and a new year of drama begins. With the new drama year there also comes with it, new changes. This letter is to inform everyone on the changes that are taking place here at Shoestrings.               The biggest change that is taking place is that the former director Jeannie, is stepping down as director. She will still be a part of Shoestrings as a consultant, and as an overall volunteer. The new director will be Stephen Camden along with his wife Ashley, who has been involved in Shoestrings for more than fifteen years. Over the past few years he has been assistant director to Jeannie as well as the technical director. This leads into the next biggest change, there will be NO fall production this term. As the new director of Shoestrings, Stephen wants to change things up a bit and focus on other parts of theater and not just acting. This fall term will consist of class time every week, where each week we will focus on different parts of theater. Everything from acting, sound and lighting, set design, as well as script writing and analysis. There will also be take home projects and homework. In the spring there will be a production so that the kids can put everything they have learned into practice, and put on a great production. Because there will be no production fall term there will not be a opportunity to sell ads. This brings us to the last change here at Shoestrings, the cost of tuition. We have new expenses that we have not had in the past. The newest would be the cost of storage and insurance. In the past we have had our storage paid for, but that is no longer the case. The new tuition for this term will be $190, with a shrinking rate for each child after the first. This cost will cover storage and all other overhead expenses we have. Payment arrangements can be made. The last change that will be taking place is that we will require a parent or family member of a student to be there every week and stay for the whole duration of class. There will be a sign up sheet on the first day of drama that you can sign up for any date you would like. Also all parents are always welcome to stay every week. If a parent is not signed up for a certain date, drama will not be happening on that day.   All parents, of both new and old students, are required to attend the first meeting on the ninth. This is a oration day, where will go over all changes in more detail, as well as answer any questions you might have. After orientation feel free to stay as the students play theater games and get to know each other.   Drama will be starting on Tuesday instead of Thursday, beginning September 9th at 1:30pm to 4:30pm every Tuesday at West Main Church. We hope to see you all there.   If you would like more info please feel free to contact Stephen at:   Cell: 541-621-0148   Email: shoestring_theatrical_troupe@yahoo.com  

TEACH mtg: Living Lessons: Learning from Everyday Life and the Occasional Field Trip

NOTE: No membership is required to attend TEACH meetings!
YOU'RE INVITED :)

Living Lessons: Learning from Everyday Life and the Occasional Field Trip
Thursday, September 4 at 7:00pm
River Valley Church 405 NE Sixth Street, Grants Pass OR, Family Center A

Wondering how to get the most out of your homeschooling experience? Lessons don't have to begin and end sitting around the kitchen table. Thankfully, homeschooling is a lifestyle that allows for learning opportunities wherever you go. Learn to expand your classroom to the world around you! Plus, you'll also learn how to plan a field trip from start to finish.

Tika Weeks, of The HS Gathering of Southern Oregon, homeschools her 2 boys and has taught classes and workshops to children and adults for over 20 years. From arts and crafts, to science and history, Tika is always looking for ways to combine subjects and take learning outside of the box and walls of her home.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Local Educator Discounts

HSG families,

Hopefully you know that there are many businesses here in Southern Oregon that offer Educator Discounts to homeschool parents. Sometimes you'll need "proof" and others just for requesting it, but either way it's good to take advantage of these special offerings. Not only does it offset our expenses as homeschoolers, but it lets the businesses know that we are loyal customers to those that recognize our teacher status!

Here is the list I have of businesses we have here locally, plus a few available online:

SCHOOL SUPPLIES (including Arts & Crafts)
  • Office Depot offers teacher discounts and rewards via their Star Teacher Rewards program.
  • Staples gives 5-10% back in teacher rewards, depending on the purchase.
  • FedEx(Kinkos) saves teachers 15% on qualifying purchases and printing.
  • Jo-Ann Craft & Fabric Stores gives teachers 15% all purchases (more on select events).
  • Michaels offers 15% savings to teachers every day.
BOOKS & MEDIA
ELECTRONICS & SOFTWARE
  • The Apple Store is very generous with their student and teacher pricing. (online)
  • Adobe Software offers discounts on products like Photoshop and more! (online)

OTHER DISCOUNTS
Walmart & Target offer once a year Teacher Appreciation Days. Check their websites for the next dates.
Dutch Bros gives free coffee drinks to teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day ;)

Of course there are many more not listed, so feel free to comment below and I'll add them to our list!
What is your favorite local business offering and Educator Discount?

Back to (HOME)School Gathering

A new school year begins with a rush of activities and planning for the year. It can get a little hectic, if you're anything like me :) Don't forget, Mamas, to schedule in some time for you too!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
6:30-9pm in Gold Hill (exact location available when you RSVP)

The "Gathering" is essentially a Mom's Night Out- a time for fellowship, encouragement, and laughter! Usually accompanied by yummy food ;) It's FREE, but you are asked to bring a small snack to share, if you can.

Bring a friend and be sure to RSVP so I know you're coming! (My address will be privately sent to those that RSVP in advance.)

Blessings to you and yours,
Tika Weeks
Admin@HSG
hsgathering@gmail"dot"com
(541)778-721five

Monday, August 25, 2014

Homeschool Day 2014- Dolphin Tale 2

It's been 3 years since HSG celebrated Homeschool Day by going to see the first Dolphin Take movie. Mark your calendars for Dolphin Tale 2!

More details coming soon...