Newer Co-op in Elgin

Organization Email Address:

Organization Website:

A little more about them:

Why are we different? We offer a full complement of
core & fine arts classes to homeschoolers in a Christian environment.
Our Teachers are highly qualified in their fields of study.

We meet every Wednesday during the school year at the Larkin Avenue
Baptist Church 1158 Larkin Avenue, Elgin, IL 60123 from 8am to 3pm.

See our website for information about classes, schedule & fees

Debate Club

Ethos Debate is excited to announce the launch of Ethos Excel, a national, online Stoa and NCFCA Debate Class/Club offering instruction in Lincoln-Douglas, Team Policy, and Parliamentary Debate. (This is a wonderful alternative for families who would like their children to be involved in debate but need some flexibility.)
How it Works:
Every other Thursday we will meet online for a 2 hour class. At the end of each class, homework will be assigned to be turned in by the next meeting. On the weeks we do not have club, we’ll schedule online debates between students to be judged by our elite coaches. And finally, you will have access to 6 private coaching sessions which will be scheduled for you throughout the semester. (You need to have gone to a debate camp or something similar, because this class isn’t geared on “teaching you to have your first debate round,” but is launching you on long-term mastery of debate.)
Exact Dates and Times:
Start Date: September 10, 2015
Team Policy: 3:00pm (CT) every other Thursday, starting September 10
Lincoln Douglas: 10:00am (CT) every other Thursday, starting September 10
Parl: 3:00pm (CT) on off Thursdays (starting September 17).
Why study debate with Ethos?
1. The Instructors – National champs and coaches of national champs, who are exercising their debate skills in the real world (like PR for the Air Force, CEO for a startup, consulting, and presentation coaching for professionals). Debate class becomes real education, not just a competitive edge.
2. Past Success – The coaches have started 5+ debate clubs, coached 5+ national champions at college and high school, coached the Patrick Henry College debate team to a national title, and placed top 5 in the nation in 10+ events themselves (at college or high school).
3. Progressive Curriculum – We’ll take students through Classical Rhetoric principles, modern communications tactics, wisdom and philosophy of persuasion, the toughest theory, the most audience-oriented strategies, case writing, and negative strategies and techniques.
Cost: $275 per semester, optional Parliamentary Debate + $125. (Prices go up 15% on August 16, 2015.) Ethos Excel will include approximately 36 hours of coaching + grading, brief sharing, connections etc. Look at it from an academic standpoint. You’re paying less than you’d pay for an online junior college class.
For more information, click on the following link:

Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance

Received via email:

The Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance invites musicians of all
ages, to audition for the Academy and Philharmonic orchestras for its
2015-2016 season. Strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion players
should prepare a solo or étude, scales, and excerpts for the
audition. Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, August 30th (or by
appointment) at Our Savior Church in Aurora. (The FVAMP is not
affiliated with any church denomination.) To schedule an audition
time, contact the FVAMP at 630-476-9072 or
The Fox Valley Academy of Music Performance is a non-profit musical
organization which includes the Academy Orchestras (ages 7-18), and
the adult Philharmonic Orchestra. Ensembles rehearse at various times
on Sundays from September to May. Members of the FVAMP represent more
than sixteen different communities in and around the Fox Valley and
Chicagoland area. Call or visit our website for more information

Crossroads Football looking for players

From Roger Scott of Crossroads football.

He is seeking more high school boys interested in playing football.  There is some sense of urgency in his request as he has just over a week to determine if they can field a team to play against area schools.  He is also teaming up with Aurora Christian for any middle school boys interested in football.

Again, there is a sense of urgency in this, so he is asking for any interested families to contact him immediately at the below:

Roger Scott


New information added to lists

If you are in the Tinley Park area (or even the greater Chicago area), you should know about SELAH.Some of their activities are open to all, and they also have classes and meetings.

Here is some of what they have to offer as a co-op and support group:

SELAH takes full advantage of the greater Chicago
area, which is full of opportunities to experience history and
literature. Our carefully planned Homeschool Field trips that are
subject related and offer students the opportunity to tangibly observe
what they are learning in their courses. Our field trips are open to
ALL homeschool families. We look forward to meeting new families along
the year!

2015-’16 Field Trips: Shakespeare Field Trips on Navy Pier, “The
Nutcracker” Ballet, Chicago Botanical Garden, Little Red School
House Nature Center, Pizza Tour, Children’s Theater, Chicago
Children’s Museum, and so much more in the works!

This coming school year we are offering courses in: Art, Dance,
Fashion & Costuming, Guitar, Leadership & Communication, Martial Arts,
Music Production, Shakespeare, Speech & Debate, Student Government &
Yearbook, Theater, Web Design and Authoring, Youth Band. Also student
film, music and poetry clubs!

Check out SELAH’s website for lots more information.

Ballet in Frankfort

Received via email:

Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, a christian ballet school in Frankfort
IL, would like to offer a once a week, daytime class specifically for
home school families.

The class would be open to ages 9+ and it would
serve as a Physical Education or Fine Art credit for your students’

Ballet 5:8 is a unique organization, with the mission to
share the gospel through the arts. This mission informs the way we
teach, the music we use and the excellence that characterizes our

We would love to partner with your family by providing a
safe, encouraging environment for your student to grow in their
knowledge and love of dance.

If you are interested in this class and would like more details,
please contact us at or
708.329.8773. We would love to hear from you!

Julianna Slager

Online driver’s ed for young adults

If you are looking for more affordable options for your teens to get their drivers license, keep reading!
In order to qualify the driver must be willing to wait a little bit to get their license, but this might be a great option for a teen that isn’t itching for their license, or a family that can wait a bit. These online courses tend to run around $80 rather than the hundreds that you will shell out for an onsite class.
Adult Driver Education
Adult Driver Applicants
Effective July 1, 2014 Public Act 98-167 requires Illinois driver’s license applicants ages 18, 19, or 20, who have never previously been licensed or completed an approved driver education course, to complete a six hour Adult Driver Education Course.
The Adult Driver Education Course can only be taught by providers certified by the Secretary of State. Courses may be taught in a classroom setting or online, depending on the certification of a provider. Completion of an Adult Driver Education Course from a provider NOT LISTED, will not be accepted.
Upon successful completion of this course a certificate of completion will be provided to you and then you may visit a Secretary of State Driver Services facility to complete your vision, written and road test.
Provider Listing
Name of Company Website Type Telephone Number
Top Driver Classroom / Online 800-374-8373
Advanced Driving School, Inc. Classroom / Online 618-451-1700

Illumination Celebration at Wheaton College

Received a notice about this event via email:

Illumination Celebration!

Illumination Celebration!

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1 – 4pm

Location Meyer Science Center Building

In celebration of the United Nations’ International Year of Light, Wheaton College hosts a free open house featuring science- and light-themed fun! The event takes place on campus at the Meyer Science Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

This family-friendly event invites children and families to learn how light-based technologies work, enjoy interactive, hands-on labs, and (weather permitting) use our state-of-the-art equipment for solar observations.

The Meyer Science Center is located at 430 Howard Street in Wheaton; parking is available in the Howard Street parking lot, or on the east side of the Billy Graham Center. For more information, please call the Office of Media Relations at 630.752.5015.

West Suburban Homeschool Band

We are the West Suburban Home School Band, also known as the WSHSB. Our organization follows the model of a community band and includes all wind instruments, woodwinds and brass, as well as a full percussion section. There are 4 band levels, Cadet, completely beginner, to highest level, the Symphonic Band, comprised of students who are in high school, qualified junior high students, and adult musicians. Membership has grown from 46 students/26 families in 2001, to over 150 members from over 80 families in 2014-2015. We are located in suburban Illinois, about an hour away from Chicago, DuPage County.

Our band open house takes place on April 9th, 2015, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 30 W 350 E Army Trail Rd, Wayne, IL 60184.
We encourage anyone interested in a band program for their children to come and check our group out.

If there is any more opportunity for spreading the word about our organization, please let us know.
Anyone interested in joining the band should contact the director, Karen Borow, at, 630-231-6155, or visit our website

Please help us in spreading the word about the WSHSB to your group.

Thank you,
Ann Borow
Public Relations Representative for the WSHSB