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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Classical Conversations info meeting

From Sarah Ochs:

    Are you a parent who is seeking to learn more about homeschooling? Do you have a desire to raise a child who loves learning and has a heart for Christ? Please come to an upcoming information meeting to discover how great an education can be through Classical Conversations. We are a community of homeschoolers who support and equip you as you homeschool your child. I am a homeschool mom who has been part of Classical Conversations for 7 years and I am excited to be Directing South Medford Classical Conversations this fall. I have been blessed by my wonderful community and want to share what a blessing Classical Conversations has been to my family.
Upcoming dates are:
Thursday April 23rd @6:30 p.m.
Tuesday May 5th @6:30 p.m.
        Thursday May 21st @6:30 p.m.
Tuesday June 2nd @6:30p.m.
Thursday June 18th @6:30 p.m.
All meeting are at Trinity Presbyterian Church 1332 Mt. Pitt St.
You can call me at (541)892-7579 or email sarahrosella@yahoo.com if you have any questions or to schedule a personal interview.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMERICA AT A CROSSROAD--A Constitutional, Economic and Cultural Exploration

“AMERICA AT A CROSSROAD--A Constitutional, Economic and Cultural Exploration”

Medford Library – 205 S. Central Large Conference Room

Taught by Joel Marks.

No charge.

All on Thursday evenings - 6:30 – 8:30 PM

April 9th 2015 - Making of America

April 16th 2015 - Capitalism vs. Socialism

April 23rd 2015 – Principles/Philosophies of the Founding Fathers

April 30th 2015 - Washington Creates America

May 7th 2015 - Father of the Constitution

May 14th 2015 - Founding Presidents

May 21st 2015 – Restoring America

For more information contact:

info@jcrpcc.com or call 541-770-5277

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wonders of Science Summer Camps

From Steve Holst:

Wonders of Science Summer Camps
We will be running two science camps the week of July 20-24th this summer at the Madrone Trail Charter School.  The morning camp is for younger students, and the afternoon camp for older students.  

If you know of anyone, or a group to pass these flyers along to that would be great. The webpage is ready for registrations at www.livingwatershomeschoolcourses.com
Thanks!  We would also appreciate your prayers that children's hearts would grow closer to God as their Creator through these camps.

Steve

CAMP FLYERS
·Wonders of Science Camp 1 flyer
·Wonders of Science Camp 2 flyer

[JCHE] Group Testing deadline approaching

JCHE Group Testing

Deadline to register is April 30th!

Testing is still the Monday and Tuesday before Memorial Day (May 18-19). The location has changed. We will be at the West Main Church of Christ. They have very graciously allowed us to use their facility for free. The cost for testing has not changed. Since JCHE changed to a free newsletter format, we will still honor those who paid for a subscription through May, 2015, and you will eligible for a discount.  If you have questions about the subscription dates for your family, please contact Therese Hoehne at 7thoehne@gmail.com or 541-826-3560.

Please share this information EVERYWHERE. The application and information letter are below. Call  Lorraine for more info- 541-826-3427.

The JCHE Testing Information Letter can be downloaded HERE.

The registration form may be downloaded here and sent to Lorraine:  (DOWNLOAD HERE)

Shoestring Prod. Presents "Cheaper by the Dozen"

SHOESTRING PRODUCTIONS THEATRICAL TROUPE PRESENTS:
“Cheaper by the Dozen”
Dramatized by Christopher Sergel
Produced in cooperation with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois

Based on a true story, this delightful and heartwarming comedy chronicles the adventures of the twelve Gilbreth children.  Their father, a world-renowned efficiency expert, runs his family with the same streamlined precision that he applies  to the businesses that consult him.  The  kids don’t always appreciate Dad’s unorthodox methods, but mutual love and understanding ultimately prevail.  Suitable for all ages.

Friday, April 24th, 7:00pm
Saturday, April 25th, 2:00pm
West Main Church of Christ, 1701 W. Main St., Medford OR 97501
(Between Columbus and 8th Street)
$8 General Admission
$5 for Students and Seniors (62+)
Tickets available at the door
For more information call 541-621-0148 or 541-779-0665

[JCHE] Used Curriculum Sale, 5/9

JCHE Used Curriculum Sale
Saturday, May 9th
9:00 - 2:00

The JCHE Used Curriculum Sale is fast approaching! Please note the early date! ( The coordinators are not available in June.)

So go through your books now to determine if you have items to sell, and mark your calendars. The sale will be the same format as the previous years in that you will label your books and then they will be put on tables according to categories.

The sale will be at West Main Church of Christ, 1701 West Main, in Medford, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 9th. If you are selling, it will be just $5.00 to sell, ( but free if you still have a valid JCHE subscription). Sellers will bring their books on Friday, May 8th between 2:00 and 6:00 pm.

You may download the Used Curriculum Sale packet from the JCHE website at http://jchenews.org/NewsletterDL2.html under the “ Newsletter Download section, which has all the information you will need and the master copy of the inventory sheet to copy.

To sign up to sell and volunteer, call Debbie Ripley at 541-601-9198, or Sally Boerman at (530) 842-6553.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Classical Conversations Challenge B

From Nicie Phillips:

Informational Meeting:

This past year I served as an Essentials tutor for Classical Conversations (CC). I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now going on to be a Director for Challenge B at the Neighborhood Church CC campus in Medford on Stewart Avenue. The Challenge B program is for students  ages 13-15 who are interested in a classical education in a learning environment filled with hard times and fun work- I mean fun times and hard work....

If you have a student who is interested in Challenge B or know of someone who would like to explore options, I am having an informational meeting at the Starbucks downtown Medford on April 7th at 6:00 pm.  I would love to share more about the Challenge program and Classical Conversations for all ages. 

Nicie Phillips

541-664-3234

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Classical Conversations Challenge A

From Emily Iboa (please contact her for the mentioned forms!):

Hello!

I have had the privilege of homeschooling my children for the past eight years, and been involved in Classical Conversations for the past six years. During that time, I have learned so much about the classical model through my experience tutoring both the Foundations and Essentials classes. My family and I have been blessed to be a part of a wonderful community, and treasure the friendships we have formed through CC. This next year, I am excited to be directing the Challenge A program at Cornerstone Church in Medford. This is a program for students who are at least 12 years old by September 1st. I am currently accepting registration fees and forms, and have attached the forms to this email. The $125 fee will hold your child's place for next year.

If you have any questions, or need more information, feel free to contact me: (541) 951-1217, or emily1715@hotmail.com.

May the Lord bless you!

Emily Iboa

Friday, March 20, 2015

Kids Bowl Free this summer!

Kids Bowl Free!

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

When you register, be sure to tell them The HS Gathering sent you by entering hsgathering@gmail.com where it asks who referred you. 

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

Roxy Ann [Medford] https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=3736

Caveman Bowl [Grants Pass] https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=3717

Monday, March 16, 2015

[Off Topic] Support Local Homeschool Student on his Nepal mission trip

Looking for quality pork? Talk to homeschool student, Shad Brown, and support him on his upcoming mission trip to Nepal!

Details available in his Craigslist ad:
http://medford.craigslist.org/grd/4934781196.html

Sunday, March 15, 2015

HSG News! March 2015

HSG families,
Lots of GOOD NEWS to share!

After a false start to the beginning of the year, I believe I've found a helper! Please welcome my 15 year old son, Ryan, as our new HSG Junior Administrator. He will be helping with event coordination, Facebook and blog posts, and other administrative tasks.

One of Ryan's first tasks was to pair up those of you participating in the HSG Secret Mama Pals exchange. If you completed your questionnaire, you should have received an HSG email earlier today. His help meant I could participate too! 

HSG Homeschool Movie Day 2015 ~ DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom was announced today! We have a small window of time to take advantage of group discount pricing so DON'T DELAY!

If your family is looking for community service opportunities, please consider serving at the upcoming Joni and Friends event, Sometimes Miracles Hide.

Blessings,
Tika Weeks


HSG Homeschool Movie Day 2015 ~ DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom

HSG Homeschool Movie Day 2015 ~ DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom


Join HSG homeschoolers at the 10am showing of Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom on Opening Day, Friday, April 17th at Tinseltown in Medford, OR.

The HS Gathering ~Southern Oregon has coordinated with DisneyNature for a group rate ticket price of $5.25 (adult or child) available only through advanced ticket purchase with HSG. 

Steps to register:
1.) RSVP to HSG via Facebook event AND by email at hsgathering@gmail.com (Subject: Monkey Kingdom tickets)
2.) Your RSVP must include the total number of tickets for your party and your contact information.
3.) A PayPal invoice will be sent to you for the advance ticket purchase from the HSG email account. Please be watching for it! Your choices for payment include:
ONLINE via PayPal (check, debit, or credit cards accepted)
BY MAIL via USPS (mailing address will be in the invoice & must be received no later than 3/23/15)
IN PERSON to my Medford address( also included in the invoice).
Your registration is complete when payment has been received :)

**This event is open to HSG Homeschoolers and their FRIENDS & FAMILY, so SHARE!**

Any questions, please contact Ryan Weeks or Tika Weeks.

Sometimes Miracles Hide {Call for Volunteers!}













Sometimes Miracles Hide is a luncheon for mothers and a carnival for their children with special needs. While the mothers are meeting, we provide lunch and a carnival for their children. 

There are many areas in which you can serve. 
> Buddies
> Game Booths (Friday and Saturday)
> Kitchen (Friday and Saturday)
> Servers
> Registration

To sign up please go to VolunteerSpot where you will find complete information about each area in which you can serve. 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on 
VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/s7Adhj
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to
register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send
you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
- or -
Call Rachel @ 541-535-8479 or email rachelolstad@gmail.com


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Shoestring Prod. Presents: "Cheaper by the Dozen"

SHOESTRING PRODUCTIONS THEATRICAL TROUPE PRESENTS: “Cheaper by the Dozen,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel Produced in cooperation with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois Based on a true story, this delightful and heartwarming comedy chronicles the adventures of the twelve Gilbreth children.  Their father, a world-renowned efficiency expert, runs his family with the same streamlined precision that he applies  to the businesses that consult him.  The  kids don’t always appreciate Dad’s unorthodox methods, but  mutual love and understanding ultimately prevail.  Suitable for all ages. Friday, April 24th, 7:00pm Saturday, April 25th, 2:00pm West Main Church of Christ, 1701 W. Main St., Medford OR 97501 (Between Columbus and 8th Street) $8 General Admission $5 for Students and Seniors (62+) Tickets available at the door For more information call 541-621-0148 or 541-779-0665

Friday, March 13, 2015

JCHE Crater Lake Snowshoeing Field Trip

JCHE CRATER LAKE SNOWSHOEING FIELD TRIP

Led by a Crater Lake Ranger, ages 6 to adult are welcome to participate in a Crater Lake Snowshoeing Field Trip. This exhilarating snow hike will begin at 10 am on Tuesday, April 28 at the Rim Village. Please use your honest judgment regarding your family's ability to engage in this vigorous hike. Please do not bring a child under 6 years old. The Rangers are being lenient on us, trusting our judgment. Carrying children in backpacks is not advisable. Admittance to the park, the snowshoes and the guided hike are free to us! Please come only if your entire party is participating in the field trip. (Otherwise you are expected to pay the $10.00 admittance.) We will learn about geology, winter ecology, watersheds and engage in a snow science project. The hike ends about 1pm. Bring your own lunch to eat after the hike. Wear snow boots, waterproof boots, or hiking boots. A bread bag can second as a waterproof lining over the sock. Do not wear tennis shoes. Bring dry shoes, socks, clothes to change into after the hike. All participants should be able to traverse in snow. All families must have a parent chaperone. You can opt to traverse the shorter hike while others finish the longer route. A parent could take the shorter route with your younger children and send your Jr. High/High School age child to finish the route under the supervision of another adult. When you register, I will send you pre-education links, information and a park map. Please contact Laura Hreha by April 24 via laura_hreha@yahoo.com or 541-858-2017. There is room for 30 students and 10 chaperones or a 5 student to 1 adult ratio. Should be fun...snow or no snow!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Urgent action: SB 321 to change Compulsory Age

from OCEANetwork:
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.

Lobbying points:

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)
Sen.ArnieRoblan@state.or.us
503-986-1705

Senator Tim Knopp
Sen.TimKnopp@state.or.us
503-986-1727

Senator Herman E. Baertschiger Jr.
Sen.HermanBaertschiger@state.or.us
503-986-1702

Senator Lee Beyer
Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us
503-986-1706

Senator Sara Gelser
Sen.SaraGelser@state.or.us
503-986-1708

Senator Mark Hass
Sen.MarkHass@state.or.us 
503-986-1714

Senator Jeff Kruse
Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us
503-986-1701

Thank you for standing with OCEANetwork in defense of the freedom for parents to do determine when their children are ready for formal education.

Rodger Williams
OCEANetwork Legislative Team

If you know a friend who would be interested in this topic, please forward our alert or send them the link above to view it online.

You can help OCEANetwork protect and support home education in Oregon by becoming an OCEANetwork Supporting Family.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HSG News Flash

HSG families,
This is not typically the kind of post you'll see here on HSG, but an important issue effecting parental rights has been brought to my attention. Since part of our mission here at the Homeschool Gathering is to keep homeschool families informed on "of interest" topics and events, I've decided this needs to be shared. 
The following is the email I received from Lynn Barton, fellow homeschool mom, shared with her permission, and the recent email from OCEANetwork. It is lengthy, but I would encourage you to read it, research it, pray about it, and take action as you see fit.

Thank you and God bless,
Tika Weeks
Administrator for the HS Gathering of Southern Oregon

-------- Original message -------- 
From: Lynn Barton
Date:02/28/2015 6:20 AM (GMT-08:00) Subject: Alert: HSLDA's alert on SB 442-3 
Mandatory Vaccination  

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 PST
From: OCEANetwork <mail@oceanetwork.org>
Subject: Alert: HSLDA's alert on SB 442-3 Mandatory Vaccination

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

February 27, 2015
HSLDA'S ALERT ON SB 442-3:
ELIMINATES MOST VACCINE EXEMPTIONS - PARENTAL RIGHTS THREATENED
Dear 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.

 

Requested Action

 

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)
Phone: 503-986-1725
Email: Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@state.or.us
Phone: 503-986-1701

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.

Phone: 503-986-1701

Email:  Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us

 

Senator Tim Knopp (R-27)
Phone: 503-986-1727
Email: Sen.TimKnopp@state.or.us


Senator Chip Shields (D-22)
Phone: 503-986-1722
Email:  Sen.ChipShields@state.or.us

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-17)
Phone: 503-986-1717
Email:  Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@state.or.us  

 

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!

 

Sincerely,
Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

 

Rogue Valley Symphony [GP] 3/1

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

Pacific Bible College conference topics

HSG families,
Pacific Bible College, here in Medford, is reaching out to the homeschool community to offer more for our students but that can't happen unless we give them some input. Please take a moment and make a suggestion.
Thanks,
Tika Weeks
Admin @HSG

 ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- 
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:44:20 -0800 

Dear Home School Families, 

I am contacting you regarding the suggestion that PBC host a conference this spring on the topic of Christian higher education. The date we are projecting for this is Saturday April 18th, which will include a morning and afternoon session with a light lunch/refreshments served in between. We are planning to have Deanna Chadwell, our writing professor and department head of general studies, offer a lecture that morning. 

We are currently taking suggestions for the afternoon lecture, which we hope will be given by a guest from one of our regional affiliates such as Corban, Multnomah, or Simpson. Faculty have made some suggestions for guest speakers already, but we wanted to ask for your input as well since the idea for the conference originally came up in conversation with you all. 

Also please feel free to offer input as to what you might like to see offered at this conference: how can PBC best showcase itself to address the needs and concerns of the home school community or of the Rogue Valley graduating high school class in general? 

Thank you for your partnership! 
Dan Nicholas 
Student Services Coordinator 
Pacific Bible College 
 Medford, OR 
(541) 776-9942

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beyond the Mask movie UPDATE

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
HSG Admin