Teacher appreciation days


Teacher appreciation days coming up, check out the Office Max site for more locations and be sure to get to one for some goodies this weekend.

Otter Creek Shopping Center
202 South Randall Road
Elgin, Il 60123
Phone (847) 695-0761
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012
Spring Hill Fashion Court
370 North 8th Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
Phone (847) 836-0140
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012
Windpoint Center
321 North Randall Road
Batavia, IL 60510
Phone (630) 761-3920
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012
Algonquin Commons
1806 South Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone (847) 854-1088
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012
Poplar Creek Crossing
2570 Sutton Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60195
Phone (847) 645-9076
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012
Bloomingdale Court Center
368 West Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Phone (630) 307-6400
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012
Holiday Plaza
4747 North Harlem Avenue
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
Phone (708) 867-0123
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012
Willow Creek Retail Center
2211 Willow Road
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone (847) 657-6221
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012

ICHE Father/Son camp

Reminder:  Reservations for camp and your accommodations in Illinois  are separateand require 2 registration forms, please go to www.fathersoncamp.org to print your camp registration form,  and send in by the October 15th deadline for the Illinois camp.  Links for accommodation recommendations are also available at the camp website


October 25th – 28th, 2012

Speakers:  Norm Wakefield ( www.spiritofelijah.com )         and Ken Bevel ( www.courageousthemovie.com)


Capture a moment with your son

Now in its sixteenth year, this camp combines outdoor adventures and inspiring ministry for the purpose of seeing the hearts of fathers and sons turned towards each other and towards Jesus Christ.

We give all glory to God as He uses this weekend event to influence the lives of hundreds of future men.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

-Jeremiah 29:11-

Application deadlines:   September 15th (FSC East/PA)            October 15th (Illinois)

Reminder:  Reservations for camp and your accommodations in Illinois  are separate and require 2 registration forms, please go to www.fathersoncamp.org to print your camp registration form,  and send in by the October 15th deadline for the Illinois camp.  Links for accommodation recommendations are also available at the camp website

The camp is a not-for-profit event and is run by donations. Our expenses are great, so if God has given you the resources, you may send a donation with your application or contribute to the donation box at the camp.

Each year, our total expenses for the weekend range from $20,000 to $25,000.

P.O. Box 307
Russell, Illinois 60075
Illinois Christian Home Educators

Homeschool classes in West Dundee

Received this via email:

The Dundee Township Park District offers special hands-on animals classes for Homeschoolers at the Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee.  All of the details are available at our website www.dtpd.org The programs require pre-registration and fees are below.  Here are our special Homeschool educational classes available in the fall…

Animal Caretakers Club for grades 2-6

Join this club and take care of the Randall Oaks Zoo animals.  Brush the donkeys, make enrichment toys for the birds, socialize the reptiles, visit with the goats and much more!

Program # 428317-01
Wednesdays / 10-11 am

August 22 – October 10
$50 Dundee Township resident / $70 non resident

Program # 428317-02
Wednesdays / 10-11 am
October 17 – December 5
$50 Dundee Township resident / $70 non resident

Digestive Journey for grades 1-6

Take a wild tour through animal’s digestive systems.  We will learn about ungulates, gastric juices in reptiles, the function of a cecum, and much more.  Afterward we will have a snack and see how we break down food.  YUM!

Program # 428311-01
Friday / 10-11:30 am
September 14
$8 Dundee Township resident / $11 non resident

Zoo Math for grades 1-6

What does math have to do with running a zoo?  Plenty!  Come along for a journey of fractions, ratios, geometry, shapes, word problems, estimation, and plenty of mental math.  Math applications “in real life,” will be presented.

Program # 428311-02
Friday / 10-11:30 am
September 21
$8 Dundee Township resident / $11 non resident

Jumping Geography for grades 1-6

Where in the world are these animals from?  Australia, the desert of northern Africa, Thailand…the list goes on.  We will learn how the animals are specially adapted to, and are an expression of the environments that they are from.

Program # 428311-03
Friday / 10-11:30 am
September 28
$8 Dundee Township resident / $11 non resident

Veritable Vocabulary for grades 1-6

Come and see words in action!  Do donkeys see dichromatically?  Are deer crepuscular?  How does a cow’s eructation impact the ozone layer?  Is a duck nidifugous?  How does a ruminant ruminate exactly?  Enjoy the wonderful world of words!

Program # 428311-04
Friday / 10-11:30 am
October 5
$8 Dundee Township resident / $11 non resident

Hands-on History grades 1-6

How did donkeys impact the gold rush?  How did goats change the history of Neolithic farmers 11,000 years ago?  What did pigs have to do with the founding of England’s town, Bath?  Enjoy stories of how humans and animal history are intertwined in some pretty odd ways!

Program # 428311-05
Friday / 10-11:30 am
October 12
$8 Dundee Township resident / $11 non resident

For more information please call me at (847) 551-4310.   Thank you!

Katherine Ellinghausen

Natural Areas/Program Supervisor

Dundee Township Park District

750 N Randall Road, West Dundee, IL  60118

Office  (847) 551-4310

Cell  (847) 997-8894

Classical Conversations meeting in Bolingbrook

Some info from the Naperville Home Educators Yahoo group on an upcoming informational meeting:

What: Classical Conversations Challenge A Info Meeting
When: Tuesday July 24, 2012
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room B, 300 W. Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, 60440
Challenge A is coming to Bolingbrook! If you would like more information, join us for this informational meeting. Challenge A uses the tools of memorization and discussion to help kids develop their skills in six different areas: logic, grammar, debate, research, exposition and rhetoric.

Homeschool workshop in Oak Lawn

Sponsored by: Christian Home Educators of SW Chicago

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church
9701 Brandt Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL

When: Sat., Aug. 4, 2012, 10:30 am – Noon

In this free informational workshop we will discuss
the many aspects of homeschooling:

  • Why homeschool?
  • Illinois Homeschooling law
  • Learning styles
  • Teaching methods
  • Questions and Answers with veteran homeschooling parents and teens

Please RSVP by July 31st to Patty at 815-534-0913
to reserve your spot and workshop packet.

Light refreshments will be served.

West Suburban Home School Band

From: The Patriots

West Suburban Home School Band

Summer is the best time (albeit not the only time) to think about
joining the award winning West Suburban Home School Band. We always need
new students to learn and develop, replacing those who graduate or move

Membership has grown from 46 students/26 families in 2001, to 160+
students/100+ families in 2011-2012. Students are home schoolers,
elementary through high school age. There are four band levels to
accommodate those with NO MUSICAL TRAINING whatsoever to those with
advanced experience and abilities. We also accept both experienced and
beginner parents. Auditions are required for all levels but Cadets.

Those who wish to audition for Concert Junior, Concert Senior or
Symphonic level as part of the WSHSB Annual Summer Chair Competition
must submit an audition video by August 9, 2012. AUDITIONING FOR A
also be limits in instrument sections within each band level. The
Concert Season roster is set by the end of August. However, once the
audition video deadline has past you are still able to join by
submitting an audition video with the following understanding. You will
be placed in the band where we feel you fit best and you will be at the
end of the roster for your instrument. THOSE WHO DO NOT SUBMIT AN
MEMBER OF THE BAND. Supplemental Senior and Symphonic audition materials
were released on July 11, 2012. However, it is still not too late to act
to give those who will need to audition, time to prepare.

AS SOON AS you consider joining contact the director, Karen Borow,
630-231-6155, and visit our website, www.wshsb.com
<http://www.wshsb.com/> .

Getting involved in the political process

This past year my son took a class on elections at our co-op and as part of the class they helped out in an local campaign headquarters and stuffed bags, put together signs, and in the process became more informed about politics and the political process.

The following is from an email I received seeking homeschoolers who would like to get involved with the Republican party as they try to identify and register voters. If this is something you would be interested in for yourself or your older student read on:
In 2010, the Illinois Victory Program was one of the largest voter identification and get out the vote campaigns in the country.  It directly led to the election of Senator Mark Kirk, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and 5 new Republican Congressman.
This year, we have brought back the Illinois Victory Program to once again defend Republican incumbents and win competitive races across the state.  The body of work created and foundation of knowledge that will be gained through Victory will benefit not just Republican candidates in this election cycle, but will be part of the long-term process of turned Illinois around for future Republican candidates for many years to come.
You can help here in Chicago by volunteering at the Victory Center in Lincoln Park. Our victory office is located at 2768 N. Lincoln Ave at Lincoln and Diversey.  Join Fellow Republicans Monday through Saturday and help call voters statewide to ensure Republicans claim victory in November.
There is a phone from home option if that is too far of a drive. Check their website for more details, Illinois Victory Program.

Midwest Museum of Natural History

The Midwest Museum of Natural History has some upcoming events that may appeal to you. If you mention that you heard about it here when you register, you can get the member price (except for Nature Down and Dirty). Details and registration info can be found at www.mmnh.org.

Safari Sprouts, ages 3-5, siblings are welcome

Every Wednesday 10:15-11:15 am

$8/child, adults free, no registration required

Fee includes Museum admission for the day

Games, crafts, stories, and live animal visits!

Storytime, ages 2-5, siblings are welcome

Every Friday, 11:00 am, no registration required

Free with Museum admission

Fossil Workshop: Micro-Fossils, ages 8+

Thursday, July 19, 7-8:30 pm

Thursday, August 16, 7-8:30 pm

Non-members: $12

Members: $10, 1 adult free per family ($5 extra adult)

Learn about the fossils beneath our feet and the clues they give us to Illinois’ past. Find and identify micro-fossils and take home whatever you find! Registration required.

Live Reptile Care, ages 10+
Saturday, July 21, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Fri, August 17, 1-3:00

Non-members: $18/child

Members: $15/child, 1 adult free per family ($5 extra adult)

Fee includes Museum admission for the day

Learn how to properly feed and handle live snakes, turtles, and lizards. Registration required, class fills quickly.

Jewelry Making, ages 8+
Saturday, July 28, 3-4:15 pm
Thursday, August 2, 10:30-11:45 am
Fee includes Museum admission for the day
Non-members: $12/child, 1 adult free per family ($5 extra adult)

Members: $10/child, 1 adult free per family ($5 extra adult)

Learn about jewelry from around the world and make three pieces to take home. Registration required.

Nature: Down and Dirty

Saturday, August 4, 1-3:30 pm, Ages 7-13

Meet at Sycamore Park

Sycamore Resident: $15/child

Non-resident: $20/child

Registration required through the Sycamore Park District: http://www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com/

The woods are bursting with life – if you know where to look. Learn how to spot animal tracks, nests, and other signs of life. Identify plants, insects, and birds. Dig in and uncover what’s happening underground, and get your feet wet (literally) investigating the river.

Fossil Dig, ages 6-adult

Saturday, August 11, 9:30-11:00 am

Saturday, September 29, 9:30-11:00 am

Dig for fossils at Vulcan Quarry, keep what you find. Registration required, class fills quickly!

Non-members: $20/person or $55 for a family of 3-4

Members: $18/person or $50 for a family of 3-4

Midwest Museum of Natural History

425 West State St, Sycamore IL 60178

815-895-9777 www.mmnh.org

Tues-Sat, 10-5:00

Sunday 12-5:00

closed Mondays

Six Flags Home School Day

From their website:
Six Flags hosts the 17th annual Home School Day event on August 27. Enjoy a fun filled day at the park with your family and friends. A special all-you-can-eat Home School Day picnic is also available in our private picnic grove. Contact SFGAMspecialevents@sixflags.com for additional information.

Make Six Flags Great America your outdoor learning lab. We offer teachers and students curriculum guides to make the day an educational experience. Learn More about our Educational Tools.

More details from a mailing I received:
When: Monday, August 27, 2012, 10-6 are the regular park hours. 6-8 is exclusive ride time for those that purchase the Home School Day ticket, good on certain rides. Hurricane Harbor is closed by this point in the season.
Where: Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
Located on I-94 at Route 132 (Grand Ave.)
Cost: Kids 2 and under are free.
Everyone else — $28 each with promocode HOMESCHOOL
Also, if you are coordinating for your group you can earn one free ticket per 20 purchased.
Parking — $20
Picnic Grove Meal — $11.50 each (available from 4-5pm
Processing Fee — $10
Tickets must be ordered in advance
If you have questions or need more info  call: 847-249-1952 or email SFGAMspecialevents@sixflags.com

SciTech needs

Received this via email (maybe you have some items that need a new home, and what better place to donate them?):

SciTech Logo PNG

SciTech Needs Donated Items! 

Oops, our last email was a little confusing!  We have rearranged the list so that you can understand our needs better!

Here’s a wonderful way to help the SciTech Museum and put those unused shop items to great use!  The SciTech Museum is rebuilding exhibits and you can help!  SciTech is a 501c3 charity looking for the following items:

  • 10 inch compound miter saw
  • 10″ circular saw blades with carbine tips for all materials
  • 3 cordless drills
  • 2 pistol cordless screwdrivers
  • Wood lathe
  • Metal lathe
  • 48″ metal brake
  • 2×4 wood
  • 1×1 – 1×10 wood
  • Plywood sheets
  • Medium Density Fiberboard sheets 1/2″ to 1″ thick
  • 2 sets of wood working chisels
  • 1″ to 3″ in diameter clear Plexiglas tubing – all lengths
  • Clear and colored lucite sheets
  • Plastic drain pipes in different sizes
  • Wet/dry sandpaper (extra fine – course)
  • 1/2″ & 3/4″ electrical pipe
  • Electrical rough-in boxes for single and double gang
  • Electrical switches
  • Electrical Outlets
  • 12 & 14 gage electrical wire (different colors)
  • 1/2″ & 3/4″ copper piping Flexible vent lines – 4″ and 6″
  • Sloan Valves
  • Copper fittings, connectors, elbows, caps, valves
  • SOS Pads
  • Shop rags/towels
  • Picture hanging supplies
  • Transformers for fluorescent lighting
  • LED lights
  • Multiple drawer tool cabinet on wheels with extension drawer guides
  • Spray Paint of all colors, Paint Primer, Paint Brushes, Paint Rollers, Paint Sprayer with compressor
  • Paint Spray Booth
  • Two shelf plastic service carts 38″x26″ with flat top shelf and 3 1/2″ top tray
  • 18 Gauge Brad Air Nailer for 3/4″ to 2″ long brads & assortment of Brads Up to 12
  • Air Brush Gun with Air Brush Compressors
  • 1/2 HP Deep Well Jet Pump
  • Flat screen monitors of all sizes
  • 28V Cordless Combo Tool Kit with a drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw
  • Spray rubber cement adhesive
  • 1/2″ to 2″ pvc pipe
  • Foam Board and Gator Board Sheets
All items need to be in good working condition.  Please contact: Gloria at:  630-859-3434 x214 or at scheduling@scitechmuseum.org
Thank you!!
The SciTech Museum Team