Christian Student Athlete Scholarship

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Scholarship for Christian Student Athletes!
Accepting Applications: September 1, 2015
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

Apply Now
www.playingwithpurpose.org

The SportQuest Playing With Purpose Scholarship Program is a national
program that honors and encourages high school student athletes who
excel athletically, academically and have committed their life to
following Christ. Through scholarships, college exposure, community
and national recognition, and more, we want to see them succeed and
make a difference in this world.

The Playing With Purpose message encourages athletes to serve rather
than being served, to lead with humility and engage culture. Please
help us recognize and reward the outstanding young men and women in
your school and community.

For more information please feel free to contact us:
Office: 317-270-9495 or Email: kris@sportquest.org

Young Filmmakers Contest

Submissions Due Jan. 18, 2015

“One Earth…Our Earth!” Young Filmmakers Contest Submissions, from college age to 3rd grade, are due January 17, 2016.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Files at lisa.b.files@gmail.com.  Click here for full contest rules.

Share the Young Filmmakers Contest with Students, Teachers and Parents! Give a voice to the next generation. Introduce the Young Filmmakers Contest to creative students in your community. Click here for a .PDF to share or print.

Teacher appreciation at Barnes and Noble

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As our Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days
approach (Oct 10-18), I wanted to take a moment to let you know that
Barnes & Noble Webster Place offers Homeschooling parents a 20%
discount on most book purchases made for the homeschool classroom year
round through our Educator Discount Card program. And, during Educator
Appreciation Days, the discount increases to 25%!

We have made applying for the Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card
easy for homeschooling parents – they can apply by simply identifying
themselves as parents who homeschool their children and completing the
Educator Discount Card application here at the store. No letters or
other information is required for homeschooling parents to participate
in this discount program.

Check this out at the Chicago location at 1441 West Webster Avenue.

You could also follow up with other local Barnes and Noble stores if this is not convenient.

SELAH meet and greet

Christian Life Center in Tinley Park is sponsoring
a Homeschool Support Group and their first “Meet-n-Greet” is the first
step in offering a central support group in the Chicago south suburbs.
Join us as we discuss the needs of our south side homeschoolers: i.e.
curriculum fairs & teacher workshops, student science and history
fairs, family movie nights, performance platforms (fine arts, poetry
slams, modest fashion show, etc.), family banquet and dance, and end
of year graduation service.

Open to all families that practice homeschooling or are interested in
finding out more about it! They will meet the first Friday of each
month throughout the school year for a family activity and the third
Tuesday of each month for a “Mom’s Night Out.” (No meetings in
December.)

First meeting this Friday, October 2nd at Christian Life Center, 6363
W. 183rd Street, Tinley Park, Illinois, 60477. Visit
selah-enrichment.org/support-group or contact
gwendolyn.bielicki@gmail.com for more information!

Manufacturing Day event in Schaumburg

American Foundry Society is hosting a manufacturing day event.

October 2, 2015 10:00am – 3:30pm

1695 N Penny Ln
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Visit the American Foundry Society and play in the sand with metalcasting. Learn how castings are made, applications and uses in everyday life, and the endless career opportunities possible. Participants will make their very own casting to take home, as long as supplies last.

Attention: Safety gear will be provided. No open toe shoes can be worn. Students under 18 years old must be accompanied by parents or teachers. Groups of more than five persons must register in advance.

This event has been designed with home schoolers in mind, since it provides a good science lesson for the kids and a field trip all in one! Each adult and child will be able to make a metal trinket in a sand mold and the older kids can even pour their own metal. Open to the public.

Call for more details and times. 847-824-0181

Or, click here to go to their webpage.

Homeschool Spelling Bee in South Suburbs

Dear Families,
I wanted to let you know that it is time to sign up for the 4th annual Homeschool Spelling Bee! We need to sign our group up and pay in the next few weeks (SCRIPPS charges $136 per group but thankfully ComEd underwrites some of the cost). Each family cost would be $10 no matter how many students per family participate.
So . . . if you are interested in the SCRIPPS official Homeschool Spelling Bee sponsored by this group of local homeschoolers please contact me at : dcjohnson723@yahoo.com The Bee is open to students (not participating in any other Bees) in grades 1 – 8. On one afternoon we usually run one Bee with the lower level grades (K-3 or 4) and one with the higher level grades (3/4 – 8). The winner of our Bee is eligible to keep moving on to the district & regional Bees with an opportunity to head to Washington D.C. and the Nationals!! Our winners the last 3 years have enjoyed the district Bees.
The Bee will be held the second Thursday of December, Dec. 10. We will be at Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights again this year. When you register with me, I will send you an email with the password info that gives access to the official website, spelling lists, rules, fun games to help with practice, etc.
If you “think” that you aren’t a good speller, THEN HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN HOW TO SPELL EVEN BETTER!! Nothing like a little friendly competition to spur each other on to greatness! Friends and family may come to cheer you on, and it is a fun afternoon together! Last year we had such a fun and encouraging crowd and it was great!!
Our group needs to be supported by enough families and signed up with fees to me by October 10th! so I will be waiting to hear from YOU!! Please feel free to pass this along to any homeschoolers in the South Suburban area who might be interested. They do need to live in Illinois 🙂
Blessings!
Cindy Johnson

Mock Trial camp coming to Wheaton

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Hello,

My name is Drew Chambers and I am an NFCA/Stoa alumnus, now attending Wheaton College. I wanted to contact Ignite to let you all know of what I think is a fantastic opportunity for high school speech & debate competitors!

In high school, I had the privilege of competing in the national mock trial league, in addition to other styles of forensics, and I can definitely say that doing so made me a more well-rounded communicator. After competing in high school I joined the Wheaton mock trial team and have so much enjoyed my team competing in college.

This October our mock trial team is hosting a mock trial camp for high school individuals or teams! Our team is ranked 13th in the country (out of 650 teams) and #1 in Illinois and the camp will be coached by our experienced competitors. The camp cost $120 per individual and includes two days of coaching, all meals during the camp, and a t-shirt; a really fantastic value especially compared to some private debate coaching or summer camps. All proceeds go to fund our team travels during the competitive season.

I would encourage you to check out our brochure here and please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns!

Thank you so much,

Drew

Fermilab Science Adventures — September – December 2015

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The Fall Science Adventures classes are open for registration on our website. http://ed.fnal.gov/sciadv

In addition to many favorite classes, look for these new adventures:

October 24, 2015 — How Can That Be? for grades 2-5

December 12, 2015 — What Makes You So Special? for grades 4-6

For teachers, parent volunteers and library staff

September 23, 2015 — STEM Family Night Planning Workshop for grades K-8

Gain knowledge about many free resources to help you plan your own school or library Family STEM Night. Become qualified to borrow the Fermilab Hands-on Science equipment.

Get to Know the Lederman Science Center

Explore Fermilab science from a kid’s point of view! Bring your family for a guided tour of Lederman Science Center exhibits on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to noon. No registration is required. Recommended for children ages 10 and up.

Spread the word to your friends.

To be added to our e-mail notification list, contact sdahl@fnal.gov.

Fermilab Science Adventures is now a Facebook Group.

If you are a Facebook member, go to the top search box and search for “Fermilab Science Adventures” to join. As a member, you can read and post questions and comments and have online chats with members of this group.

Contact Program Staff

Susan Dahl, sdahl@fnal.gov

Andrea Cox, avarry@fnal.gov

Nature programs in Joliet

Joliet Park district is offering home school Fridays at Pilcher Park Nature Center.

What: Ecology, biology, and geology topics
Cost: $50 / $55
When: Every Friday, September 4th – September 25th 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Another session will run October 9th to October 30th and November 6 to November 27th.
Who: Kids ages 6 to 12 years old.

For more information visit www.jolietpark.org or call 815 741-7275

College fairs

With fall comes back to school, and already time to plan for the next school year, especially if your student has college on the horizon.

Christian College Fairs will be arriving soon:

Oct. 5, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Timothy Christian School 1061 S Prospect, Elmhurst, IL 60126
Oct. 6, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Chicago Christian High School 12001 S Oak Park Avenue, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Oct. 7, 2015 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rockford Christian High School 1401 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL 61107
Oct. 7, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Westminister Christian School 2700 W Highland Avenue, Elgin, IL 60124
Oct. 8, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Aurora Christian School 2255 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506
Oct. 9, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Moody Bible Institute-Alumni Student Center 820 N LaSalle Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60610
Oct. 13, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cornerstone Christian Academy 22017 E 1200 N Road Bloomington, IL 61705
Oct. 14, 2015 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Christian Heritage Academy 315 Waukegan Road, Northfield, IL 60093

Also, there are a number of college fairs throughout the fall and the Chicago area. Find the link to Illinois College Fairs here.

And, the National Association for College Admission Counseling has an even bigger list of events.

If this is not of interest to you yet, enjoy the year.

Treasure the moments. Our oldest just left for his first year of college and of course those years went way to fast. We’ll keep planning for the future while enjoying each day we have them to the fullest!