Urgent Alert: Call now on SB 321 which
Lowers Compulsory School Age to 5
SB 321 would decrease the compulsory school age from seven to five years of age. The bill will be heard before the Senate Education Committee this Thursday, March 5, at 1:00 pm. The Committee needs to hear from you about how bad this bill actually is.
SB 321 directly affects home educators.
The state will expect children to be formally educated at age 5.
Age 6 will likely become the universal age for 1st grade achievement expectations, rather than the current age 7 which allows late bloomers an extra year to become ready for formal 1st grade education.
In addition to the existing tests at grades 3, 5, 8 and 10, a fifth test might be added for homeschooled students at the end of first grade, or even kindergarten, since there would now be 4 years of instruction before the 3rd grade test occurs.
While these are the likely outcomes for homeschoolers if the compulsory attendance age is lowered, they are not lobbying points that would influence legislators. They don't really address the heart of the issue: some children are not ready to start formal education at age 5.
1. SB 321 will harm late bloomers.
Nationally, 6% of students 5-6 years of age are not enrolled (see report Figure 1-2). Many of these children need more time before they are thrust into a formal education setting.
Some children are not mature enough for formal education at 5, or even 6 years of age. Young boys, in particular, tend to develop more slowly than girls and thus would be vulnerable to too-early enrollment. Differing rates of maturation are normal.
There are no protections in this bill for children who are not ready for institutional education at 5 or 6. Their parents currently have the option of keeping them out of harm's way by keeping them out of school. This bill removes that option.
Forcing children who are not ready for formal education to try to do what is impossible for them will cause them to view themselves as failures, leading to lasting consequences. It will increase the frustrations of the classroom teacher as well.
2. Common Core standards are especially harmful to late bloomers.
Oregon has adopted the Common Core standards for student achievement. The Common Core requirements for kindergarten are demanding and can cause harm to late bloomers: The Washington Post had an informative article citing early childhood educators on the impact of Common Core on kindergarten. You may also find the report underlying this article to be of particular interest.
3. The education budget will suffer.
Mandatory universal full-day kindergarten across the state will require additional K-12 education funding when the State of Oregon is already facing difficulty adequately funding existing K-12 students' education needs.
Call to action:
Make sure you pray, call, and write. And if you can, testify.
1. Pray for the protection of the children who will be impacted by lowering the compulsory attendance age.
2. Call the members of the Senate Education Committee to voice your opposition to SB 321.
3. Write the members of the Senate Education Committee. Please tell them in your own words why you oppose SB 321. If you have a story of a "late bloomer" who struggled in kindergarten or first grade, be sure to share that with the senators. As always, be polite and respectful.
4. Testify. Testifying before the committee is even more powerful. Write out your testimony. Share your story. Stick to what you know. (If you are an early childhood educator who has experience with children this young, your testimony would be powerful, too.)
The hearing is scheduled for March 5 at 1 p.m. in Hearing Room C.
Here are some tips from the Oregon Legislature's website on how to testify . Sometimes it can be a little intimidating, but just remember to be polite, respectful, and to the point and you will do fine.
The Senate Education Committee:
Senator Arnie Roblan (Chair)
Senator Tim Knopp
Senator Herman E. Baertschiger Jr.
Senator Lee Beyer
Senator Sara Gelser
Senator Mark Hass
Senator Jeff Kruse
Thank you for standing with OCEANetwork in defense of the freedom for parents to do determine when their children are ready for formal education.
OCEANetwork Legislative Team
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Dear home schooling families:I realized vaccination is a very emotional issue that people disagree strongly about. Those of you who know me are probably rolling your eyes right now. But please resist for just a moment. This issue is being used as a trojan horse to trample on parental rights, and if it passes, it will affect home schooling families, as well as every child in the state of Oregon. It will also set a precedent that will almost certainly be expanded to adults and probably other medical interventions. If the state can make you do things for your own good and the good of the community against your will, there really is nothing they can't add to the list of desired behaviors.OCEANetwork decided to be neutral on the bill, but HSLDA has come out against it as an unjustified attack on parental rights. Please read below.As I have been researching the subject again (after thinking with grown children I was done with the issue), I have discovered that quite a number of vaccines now are made with cells cultured from fetal tissue from aborted babies. So now we must ask, is it morally permissible to accept vaccines made in this way? (I had thought it was only chickenpox and Hep A, but it is also MMR and many others, possibly as many as 23, but I haven't been able to confirm it.) Even though "old" cell lines are used, the practice has led to a demand for more aborted babies to do research on. I think the technology has progressed so fast that we are behind the curve; I don't find any information on this at Right to Life Websites (Michigan RTL does have information but it is not dated and appears to be a bit out of date). I believe the official position of the Catholic church is that it is permissible to take these vaccines because the cell lines are "old" and vaccines are life saving. I did find this link which appears to be an appeal to change this policy. There is a lot of information in it, but I can't verify for sure its accuracy. (At least the Catholics have thought about it; it seems Protestants haven't done much work in this area at all...)Whatever you decide for your children, you should be free to make that decision without interference from the state. I pray Oregon Christians will get involved in the fight to keep our freedom to decide what medical interventions our children take.If this bill passes and you have children in Logos, your child will be required to take ALL vaccines on the schedule. The only exemptions allowed will be medical, which will be difficult to get. Even if you are a completely private home schooler, depending on how the language is interpreted, your child may be barred from participating in sports are other group activities...even private ones. The mandate applies to PRIVATE schools as well as public.If this bill passes, expect a push to mandate adult vaccines as a condition of employment, just as this bill requires childhood vaccines as a condition of education. The CDC has already said they want to move forward with requiring adult vaccines. I looked up the schedule; it's about 25 recommended. There are many new vaccines in the research pipeline, as many as 200. They seem to be added to the mandatory schedule as soon as they make it to market. I believe the current schedule for children recommends 69 doses for 16 vaccines from birth to adulthood (I keep seeing different iterations of this, but it's close.)There is a website for the no campaign: http://www.
noonsb442.com/and a facebook page as well.This is a religious freedom issue, we must not allow it to stand. (In many countries of Europe, with its Nazi medcial history, vaccines are not allowed to be mandated, including the U.K., Ireland, Germany and Sweden. Wouldn't it be ironic if we end up with much less liberty than across the pond? They don't seem to be dropping like flies from dread diseases either.)Currently the bill is in the Health Committee, which has only two Republicans. Tim Knopp is one. He has said the pressure is working; he knows of three legislators who have changed their position to no, but that's if the bill makes it to the floor. I don't know what Jeff Kruse will do, but I believe he is sympathetic. But we need a third vote. I'm told Chip Shields (contact info below) is the swing vote we can most hope to turn. On the positive side, many Democrat citizens are very opposed to this bill and getting active to stop it. So if enough citizens put the heat on Salem, there is a chance we can do it.Please contact the legislators below (phone is better than email because it takes their time to answer your call - of course remember to be polite), and forward to any other home school loops you know of, or friends who need to know this.It's probably best to keep the focus on the religious freedom and civil rights...unless you have a vaccine injured child and a personal story to tell. Arguing about science usually is not productive.And please pray that God will move the hearts of the legislators to stop this bill. At the moment it is being fast tracked and very popular.Trusting in God,Lynn Barton
Begin forwarded message:Date: February 27, 2015 at 12:15:31 PM PSTFrom: OCEANetwork <email@example.com>Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo: email@example.comSubject: Alert: HSLDA's alert on SB 442-3 Mandatory Vaccination
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February 27, 2015
HSLDA'S ALERT ON SB 442-3:ELIMINATES MOST VACCINE EXEMPTIONS - PARENTAL RIGHTS THREATENEDDear HSLDA Members and Friends:
An amendment to Senate Bill 442 has been proposed that will eliminate both the religious and the philosophical exemption for immunization. The proposed amendment will only allow an exemption for immunization because of a medical condition. Often a medical exemption is extremely difficult to obtain and can only be applied to a specific immunization.
In Oregon every child through grade twelve is required to be immunized if they attend a school or children's facility in the state. A certified child care facility or a program providing child care or educational services to children up to kindergarten entry are defined as a children's facility. Children being taught at home by their parent or legal guardian are not operating a school or a children's facility. Thus, homeschool students are currently exempt from Oregon's immunization requirements.
If the proposed amendment to Senate Bill 442 is adopted, parents across the state will no longer be able to claim a religious exemption to any immunization they find objectionable. No parents will be able to claim a personal objection to an immunization that they had researched and decided that they had strong objections to forcing upon their child.
In Oregon children 18 months or older are required to have at least 17 shots including several doses of DTaP, polio, MMR, Hepatitis A and B, and Hib. They must also be given the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. Once a child enters Kindergarten a parent must show proof that he has received at least 19 shots. By the time a student reaches the 7th grade he will have been required to show proof of receiving a total of 23 shots. The Oregon Health Authority currently recommends 9 other shots including three doses of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These recommended shots do not even include the flu vaccine.
We strongly believe that all parents should carefully research the immunization of their children regardless of whether they are legally required to immunize their children. Immunizations have a specific benefit and purpose. They also have a certain degree of side effects or risk. No one can better decide what a child needs than his parent. It is highly recommended that you discuss any concerns that you may have about immunizations with your family doctor.
Unfortunately, the proposed amendment to Senate Bill 442 is going to remove the right, and the duty, of parents to determine what is best for their child when it comes to immunization. While this bill does not currently impact homeschool families, we believe that this bill will have a very negative impact on parental rights and family wellbeing in general. We urge you to contact the Senate Committee on Health Care members listed below and voice your objection to the proposed amendments to Senate Bill 442. A work session on Senate Bill 442 is currently scheduled for March 9 and we expect the Committee to vote on the bill.
Please contact the Committee members listed below and give them this message in your own words:
"Please oppose Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 442. As a parent I believe it is vital to the health and safety of my children that we continue to have the opportunity to object to immunizations that we are opposed to due to our religious or personal beliefs. As my child's parent I have the right to carefully research and discuss the immunization of my child with my family doctor without being forced to have my child immunized against my will. Please ensure that Amendment 3 is defeated."
Remember to be courteous when communicating with the Committee members listed below. You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler and can instead identify yourself as a concerned parent and a voter.
Senate Committee on Health Care:Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, Chair (D-25)
Senator Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair (R-1)
OCEANetwork note: Senator Kruse has indicated he will be voting against SB 442-3. You can write to thank him.
Senator Chip Shields (D-22)
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-17)
We support OCEANetwork's neutral position as Senate Bill 442 does not directly affect homeschoolers at this point. We will continue to work together to monitor all legislation and keep you updated on any changes to this bill or others that will impact homeschool freedom.
Thank you for your prompt action on behalf of parental rights in Oregon!
HSLDA Staff Attorney
The Rogue Valley Symphony is playing in Grants Pass Sunday afternoon. Student vouchers (download your student voucher form HERE) allow one student and accompanying adult to get in free, with discounts for additional kids/adults. You are allowed to use multiple vouchers.
If you've never been to the RVS, treat your family to a musical feast. Voucher holders MUST arrive between 1:30 and 2:30 for the 3:00 concert at GPHS PAC. You might even YouTube the music ahead of time. No children under 5 allowed.
The music director (conductor) gives a talk about the music at 2:00. In the past, voucher holders were given a tour behind the stage. www.rvsymphony.org
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://www.beyondthemaskmovie.com/showing/10514
Beyond the Mask movie UPDATE:
I am disappointed to announce that due to the lack of response from Cinemark to bring Beyond the Mask to Medford's Tinseltown, HSG can no longer pursue the film as this year's feature for our annual Homeschool Movie Day.
Southgate Cinemas in Grants Pass is making progress to bring the film there and I would like to encourage you all to purchase your movie tickets there. A Facebook Event has been set up with the information you'll need and where to purchase your tickets in advance.
Thank you! HSG will be moving on to our next consideration for Homeschool Movie Day and announcing details soon.
~ Tika Weeks
Monday, February 16, 2015
The following JCHE Testing Information Letter can be downloaded HERE.
JCHE Testing Monday & Tuesday
May 18-19, 2015 TIMES:
**NEW LOCATION-West Main Church of Christ 1701 West Main St. Medford, OR 97501
Please do not call the church for information.
SIGN-UP DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2015
KINDERGARTEN: Unknown, depending on # of students; we will call you;
FIRST GRADE: Unknown, depending on # of students; we will call you;
SECOND GRADE: Also unknown, depending on # of students; we will call you;
THIRD GRADE: Mon. & Tues. 8:30-11:00 AM (Approximate ending time)
FOURTH-FIFTH GRADE: Mon. & Tues. 8:30-11:30 AM (Approximate ending time)
SIXTH-EIGHTH GRADE: Mon. & Tues. 8:30-11:30 AM (Approximate ending time)
NINTH-TWELFTH GRADE: Mon. & Tues. 8:30-11:30 AM (Approximate ending time)
REGISTRATION: Please put these dates and times for testing on your calendar. Then fill out and mail your registration (DOWNLOAD HERE) to JCHE, PO Box 562, Eagle Point, OR 97524 OR email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call Lorraine Kimmel at 541-826-3427 or email if you have any questions about registration. This number is now my cell phone. Checks should be made out to JCHE. You do not need to send money now, but please get registered, so we can reserve a test for your child.
For questions about the test, call Nancy Olson at 541-601-2257 (days) and 541- 878-4238 (evenings only). Lorraine will not be available from March 14-March 29. We are going to Israel (WOW!). Thank-you, Lord.
Just for your information, I do not deposit any checks until the last morning of testing. It makes cancellations much easier.
On Monday morning, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time for your test, in order to check in, get name tags, etc. If you are volunteering, allow a few extra minutes. On Tuesday, you may come 10-15 minutes before start time. If you have a first through fourth grader, please accompany them to their room and help them fill out the cover of their test booklet or answer sheet.
IF YOU PASS ON A COPY OF THE REGISTRATION FORM TO ANYONE, PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY ALSO GET A COPY OF THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY GET BOTH PAGES OF INFORMATION. THANKS!
SUPPLIES TO BRING OR NOT BRING TO TESTING Please bring scratch paper, a healthy snack & drink, several sharpened #2 pencils, a book to read, and a self- addressed, stamped business (long white #10) size envelope for each child in the family. This is a relatively new change. If you prefer, you are welcome to send the envelope(s) in with your pre-registration.
DO NOT BRING MACHINES WITH EARPHONES OR CALCULATORS to testing.
We will mail your test results to YOU in the self-addressed, stamped envelope that you give us. YOU KEEP THE RESULTS. The copy you get is the only copy, so guard it well.☺ The ESD does NOT want the results. In fact, they may get irritated if you try to turn them in. They may request them from you in the future, however. If you decide to enroll your child in school or they are participating in sports, the school, or coach & or athletic director will want a copy of the scores. The ESD does NOT want forms for athletics. The schools require testing every year that a student wants to participate in sports or other school activities. If you have a problem or need a different form, call Nancy at (541-601-2257).
If your child will be 7 years old on this coming September 1st, he/she is NOT REQUIRED TO BE TESTED. You do
need to register each child the FIRST year that you home school them (when they turn 7 by or on September 1st). Do not re-register in subsequent years. The phone number for the Jackson ESD is 541-776-8590, if you
have questions for them.
Grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 are required to be tested by August 15th. We still recommend that you begin testing your child prior to 3rd grade. Third grade is late to discover that you have a problem that testing might have alerted you to.
We will have a childcare area for those who want to volunteer, but have children who are not testing, or moms who want to stick around.
Please remember we need to be considerate of those testing. This year, everything will be inside of the main building, so it is VERY IMPORTANT that we be as quiet as possible. There will also be a Pre-School going on at the same time. We will need to be sure not to interfere with that. Please do not smoke on church grounds.
Students need to get plenty of rest the night before testing. They will be more alert and able to concentrate better if their snack and drink is not sugary or simple carbohydrate.
SMALL GROUP TESTING
Think about how your child did last year and whether or not a large group will distract or hinder your child from showing what he/she really knows. If you decide that large group testing is not for one or more of your children, small group testers this year are: Nancy Olson (541-601-2257), Cindy Dick (541-772-4012), and Cecile Enright (541-821-6035). There are about 4-6 children testing at a time and the cost is $47.00/child.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Jackson County Right to Life annual oratory contest will be held the 9th or 10th of March, 2015.
The contest is open to any Southern Oregon high school junior or senior. The speech is to be at least 5 and no more than 7 minutes focussing on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, embryonic or adult stem cell research. Focus on one of these topics.
The winner will compete at the State level on April 11, 2015 at the Portland Oregon Right to Life Conference. The winner there gets $400 and a paid trip to compete at the National Right to Life Conference in New Orleans on July 11, 2015.
Any junior or senior wishing to participate should immediately contact Dale Sauer at 541-535-1810 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
(From Medford School District)
Medford School District will be conducting their division spelling bees sometime in April this year. If you have any homeschool inquiries about the spelling bee from homeschoolers whose attendance area is MSD, you can have them contact me and I will be happy to direct them to the contest for their division.
Per the Oregon Spellers rules: “Home School/non-affiliated Students: Home schooled or otherwise “non-affiliated” students compete in the District competition in their appropriate Division.”
You can also direct them to this website for further information: http://www.oregonspellers.org/
For the Kids,
Medford School District 549C
Curriculum and Assessment Office Assistant
*Curriculum *Assessment *Music *
(541) 842-1015 Work
(541) 842-1090 Fax
815 South Oakdale Avenue
Medford, OR 97501
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Thanks to Aja, one of HSG's new helpers, for these activities!
YMCA play group. Monday's 10-11 and Thursdays 9-10. The gym is open and kids get to ride bikes, play ball, go on bounce track.... On Thursdays there is a story time after
Tues. K9 buddies. Kids read to dogs.
Storytime Wed 11-12
This coming Sat and every first Saturday at Home Depot they offer free projects kids can build. 9-12
This Wed. and first Wed of the month the ScienceWorks in Ashland is free.
These are all on going.
They are all free.
Winter's Wonderland kids nature programs
A weekly Saturday program will be offered at Pacifica community center and botanical sanctuary in the Williams/Provolt area. Kids age 6-12 can spend Saturdays outside, engaging with the winter landscape and learning about the cycles and patterns in nature and how they relate to our everyday lives. A rotating collective of skilled and fun-loving local instructors will provide meaningful mentorship and guidance. Saturdays in February (7, 14, 21, 28th) 10am-3pm cost is $30 weekly, siblings discounted optional 9 am drop off with notice for $5 additional weekly fee Kids will be asked to bring a bag lunch and snacks, a water bottle, raingear, extra socks, waterproof shoes Explorations include: -nature awareness games and exercises -nature observation, tracking, birds and wildlife, winter botany -survival skills like friction fire and primitive shelter -creative play in nature, fairy houses -songs and storytelling for earth wisdom -community and interpersonal relationships, deep listening Nature connected kids grow into nature connected communities! CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org 541-660-4295 for more information to register
Looking for more violin students ages 7-up. I love teaching kids and helping make music fun. I teach theory and use classical/fiddle books. Technique is so important how to properly hold a bow and have excellent posture. Your child will learn how to read music while having fun.
Lessons are $15 for half hour lessons. Location is local in grants pass.
Sign up by Valentines Day to get $5 off your child's first lesson!! Contact me for more info or check out my website stephanieemmons.weebly.com Thanks!
This is my 10th year of homeschooling and one thing I've discovered is that I'm not the only homeschool mama to hit a slump when January or February rolls around. Year after year, I hear the same things from my homeschool mama friends. Some of you may feel like quitting midway through the school year and just need a push of encouragement to get you through. Others may be frustrated that their lessons plans look more like scratch paper. And of course there are those of us that are simply ready for the sunshine again.
I found a solution.
After hearing about this secret pals idea a little too late to join in, I thought maybe there'd be a few of you that might be interested. Here's the scoop:
HSG Secret Mama Pals
What it is
Once a month (or more often if the mood strikes you) you will send out an encouraging note, an inspiring Word, or a small gift to your Secret Mama Pal. *This is meant to be a blessing not a burden. Please don't let tight finances keep you from giving and receiving this encouragement! Prayerfully consider your participation and be creative :)
Fill out the questionnaire below and email it to me at email@example.com.
Make sure to be detailed so your Secret Mama Pal has a clear picture of who you are and what you like! This will run through June, when you'll reveal yourself :)
Optional: For those of you on Instagram and/or Facebook, please post a picture when you receive a gift and use the hashtag #HSGmama.
Your full name:
Your mailing address:
How many kids?
How long have you been homeschooling?
What homeschool style do you use?
What curriculum do you like?
When is your birthday?
Others details about you-
Your style: home? Fashion?
Things you collect:
Do you do ministry work?
Special diet or allergies?
Please add any additional details you would like your Secret Mama Pal to know about you.
DEADLINE TO PARTICIPATE: FRI, FEB 27, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
As a member of the Board of Directors of Pacific Bible College I am hoping to get some feedback from the home school community as to what classes you would like to see PBC offer this fall, both for high school and college age students. Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback by completing this 5 question survey!
Pacific Bible College Home School Survey
Friday, January 30, 2015
Earlier this week, I received word from Gathr Films regarding the upcoming Beyond the Mask Movie:
"Unfortunately, Cinemark is not interested in working with our screenings at this time. We hope that, in the future, we are able to reach an agreement with their corporate offices. For this reason we will be unable to fulfill your request for a screening at the Tinseltown in Medford, OR."
If bringing quality family films with strong morals and values is important to your family, I strongly encourage you to let Cinemark hear your voice. Please take a few minutes to contact Cinemark corporate offices by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-Cinemark.
Thank you and God bless,
The HS Gathering ~Southern Oregon
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Homeschool Ballroom Dance Class
Our ballroom dance class is in need of boy dancers from the age of 8 to 13 years old. We meet at the Evergreen Ballroom in Central Point, Wednesdays from 2pm - 3pm. Spring session runs February 18th – May 29th. (10 Weeks) Family dance performance will be held on May 2nd. It’s great fun. Contact DeeAnn at (626) 589-0844 or e-mail email@example.com.
I'm sure we can all relate to trying something new and finding it didn't quite work out the way we'd hoped. Such is the case with our recent admin changes. No worries though, the Homeschool Gathering will NOT be going anywhere!
I would still like to find a one or two homeschool "scouts" to contribute posts and local activities to our homeschool community. I am definitely looking for one volunteer with younger elementary aged children. (Activities for that age-range have kind of fallen off my radar as my children got older.) You don't necessarily have to plan field trips (but you can) I just need someone on the lookout for activities that would appeal to that age and send them my way. IF THIS MIGHT BE YOU, please email me ASAP.
Thank you for your patience and continued support!
Blessings to you and yours,
Admin for HSG
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
To place your reservation: order online or call 800-606-0424.
Monday , April 13, 2015
9:30 am - SOLD OUT
11:30 am - only 16 seats left!
We may be able to add a performance at 1:15 pm,
if there is enough interest - please contact us!
Explore a magical barnyard world at the Arable farm where animals talk and miracles happen. This story of courage and friendship, based on E.B. White's touching novel of a lovable pig named Wilbur and a kind spider named Charlotte, has inspired readers for decades.
Suggested for grades K-5
Single Advance Tickets $9.00 each
Group Advance Tickets (15+) $5.25 each
Discounts available for groups of 200 or more!
To place your reservation:
order online or call 800-606-0424