A day of Airsoft is being organized for anyone age 13 and up. We would like to encourage fathers to stay and play as this can be a great time for dads as well. Please invite any of your friends who are interested in playing airsoft (the more the merrier). However, we are asking that kids be at least 13 due to for safety reasons.
A paint field in Glendale has been reserved for all day on Saturday the 31st of January. We should be ready to start at about 10am and be done around 3 pm. The cost is $10 per person.
It is recommended that you have an airsoft gun capable of at least 350 feet per second. You must have a face mask for safety. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and bring plenty of water to drink.
We are hoping for a day of fun and fellowship for all! If you are interested, please send your RSVP to Rebecca Kokos at her email address, and she will send you directions.
Updates for this year's PSAT which will be held October 15th:
The PSAT is a test used in the junior year/11th grade of high school to help students practice and prepare for taking the SAT in 12th grade as well as helping to designate those 11th grade scholars who should receive additional college scholarships via the National Merit Scholarship Program:
National Merit Scholarship Corporation - NMSP
In the past, 9th and 10th grade homeschoolers have taken the PSAT as practice tests, to get a feel for how it all works and to see their scores improving. Many have taken the PSAT at Umpqua Valley Christian School (UVC) out in Dixonville (east Roseburg).
This year, however, UVC only ordered 30 test booklets based on the size of last year's sophomore year class. This year, they have 22 sophomores/juniors who will be taking the PSAT, if I'm understanding correctly what the man in charge of the PSAT at UVC told me over the phone.
They will allow homeschoolers who are in the 11th grade (Junior year) to be next on their list to take the PSAT out there at UVC. They will need payment turned in by October 8th, either mailed to their office or hand-delivered to their office.
Homeschooled students who are younger than 11th grade cannot be guaranteed a place to test at UVC until after everyone else has registered and paid (deadline of October 8th).
If you have 9th or 10th graders who will be taking the PSAT next month, you won't be able to wait until Oct. 8th to find out if they'll be allowed to take the test at UVC, because if that doesn't work out, it will be too late to sign up for the other high schools in the area.
You may want to have your high schoolers take the PSAT at your local high school this year, to guarantee each of them a spot to take the test. If you are going to have students younger than the 11th grade sign up to take the PSAT, I'd recommend that you call the high school closest to you this next week to register them. All students taking the PSAT, regardless of their grade level, will need to pre-register at one of the local high schools to take the PSAT.
At Roseburg High School, the man with whom you will speak is Mr. Jim Early, a guidance counselor. He is very helpful, and for homeschoolers, he won't require homeschooled students to bring a state-issued I.D. card or even a homeschool student body card with them, which is really nice, because for the 9th and 10th graders, or those students who don't yet have a driver permit/driver license, a state-issued I.D. card costs $44.50! Yikes.
Mr. Early needs paid registration for the PSAT by Tuesday, September 30th. To find the Career Center, go into the main entrance/main building at RHS, go to the left, and it's supposed to be down that hallway.
If you have any questions, please call Mr. Early at 440-4155.
Our first homeschooled teen event for the 2014-2015 school year! Homeschooled students ages 13-18 are invited to meet up with us at Cinema 7 this Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:10 p.m...in the inside lobby area to watch "The Identical"! The movie begins at 3:20...well, after all of the advertising and previews, etc. ☺
After the movie, around 5:15-5:20, we're going to head over to the NE Stephens Abby's Pizza for dinner. Giant 16" pizzas serve 4-6 people, so plan to bring $7 for pizza, plus extra if you want a beverage and/or appetizer. Your family members are welcome to join us for dinner if they'd like. Transportation from the theater to Abby's unfortunately won't be provided since none of us own a giant bus. Ha!
Here's a link to Abby's downloadable menu: http://abbys.com/2014/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Alt_Menu_For-Web.pdf
If you plan on joining us at the movie theater, please let Julieanne know (440-2122 or email her) so we can be sure to look for you in the lobby at the theater. Thanks!
Umpqua Valley Youth Orchestra with Kristin Parks, conductor, has scheduled its final registration and parent meeting (for all students) and auditions (for returning students) for next Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 4 p.m. Here's the link for forms and more information: http://www.umpquavalleyyo.org/registration.html
UVYO is an excellent strings program that benefits all students, from those who have never even touched a stringed instrument, to those who are young adults and in college!
I'm excited to let you all know about two upcoming Audubon Society-sponsored field trips!
Dates: Sunday, August 24th and Saturday, October 25th –both led by Matt Hunter
UMPQUA ESTUARY PADDLE--FALL MIGRATION, SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014
The Umpqua River Estuary is an Oregon Important Bird Area (http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/iba/iba-map/umpqua) located in coastal Douglas County. We will take an 8-mile journey in your own canoe or kayak from Salmon Harbor, riding the tide upstream, taking out at the Gardiner boat ramp in the afternoon. This trip is timed to coincide with the peak of shorebird migration.
We don't expect many waterfowl in the river on the way up (too early); however, we expect large numbers of juvenile Western Sandpipers, and good numbers of Least Sandpipers, Black-bellied Plover, and Semipalmated Plover. We may also see Marbled Godwits and Whimbrel. Large numbers of Double-crested Cormorants and several species of gulls are expected. Large groups of Harbor Seals, with their varied colors and patterns, are typically observed, as are a few Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets.
You can see photos from last year's trip on a similar date here:
and a complete checklist with notes for that trip here:
Logistics: If you need an extra person in your canoe/kayak or want to go but don't have a watercraft, let me know and we'll see if we can put some folks together!
On the day of the trip, Sunday, August 24, we will meet at the Salmon Harbor west basin boat ramp at about 7:30 a.m. (launch fee is $5 per craft, and you need to have your invasive species permit on hand, too). Those of us coming from central Douglas County can meet near Dakota Street Pizza (west of I-5 at Sutherlin) at about 6:00 a.m. to caravan.
We expect to take out at the Gardiner boat ramp between about 3 pm and 4 pm, but river and bird conditions and decisions of the participants will dictate timing. We will have a shuttle from Gardiner down to Salmon Harbor to retrieve our vehicles. Bring lunch and/or snacks and water. Life jackets and a whistle are required by Oregon law and I recommend you wear your life jacket on this trip. There are no restrooms on this stretch of river, but we can access some "cover" if need be.
NOTE: If the weather looks forbidding on the scheduled day, we will announce an alternative day (one day before or after), the week prior to the trip.
If you are interested in this trip, please call or email Matt Hunter, 541-670-1984, firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for this trip. If participants are interested, we can have dinner afterward in Reedsport.
Registration is going on right now for this next school year's membership in Umpqua Valley Youth Orchestra!
You'll find registration and audition information here, at their new website, www.UmpquaValleyYO.org.
Keep in mind that this is one of the only youth orchestras in the U.S. that allows young students who have never even touched a violin to learn how to play in group lessons with the orchestra teachers! Classes go from Pre-Beginning to Advanced levels.
Early registration will need to be paid by Tuesday, July 1st - just two weeks away.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask.
We're very excited to share with you that our upcoming Homeschool Used Curriculum Sale will take place on Friday, June 13th, 2014!
Our thanks goes to Wellspring Bible Fellowship for allowing us to use their gymnasium for this sale.
So if you've never been to a homeschool curriculum sale, here's how they work:
For those planning to sell homeschool curriculum and educational books/games/items, please call or email me to register. There's no fee to sell materials, but we need to have the right amount of tables set up ahead of time. I'll need to know how many tables you would like me to set up. These will either be 8- or 12-foot banquet tables or 8-person round tables. . . or a combination of both. Label your books and materials with a price tag and your initials (in case a book wanders off your table and we need to locate the owner. The "removable" labels work well for this.) Arrive at Wellspring Bible Fellowship at 8 a.m. (not before), and begin setting up your books and materials. You will need to have a family member or friend stay at your table throughout the morning to take money for items. I would recommend only taking cash unless you know the person well and as a seller are comfortable accepting a check.
Each seller is asked to bring at least 1 or a few items (or more) that will be available for free/donation to families.
Annual Homeschool Testing (provided by Diane Dunas - 459-9311 - testing slots are still available) will be taking place that morning at Wellspring. Families will be coming in to register for testing in the gymnasium - and they will hopefully see all of your books and materials for sale and linger and purchase! ☺
For those who are interested in buying curriculum and educational games and supplies, the sale will take place from 8:30 a.m. until around noon. There are no fees to be a part of the curriculum sale, so invite your friends to join us!
Here are some postcards you can print off and use to invite your friends to the curriculum sale. Just click on the graphic, below, and they will be available to download and print:
If you have any questions about the sale, please contact Julieanne (440-2122; or email). Thanks!
Spring Curricula Sale: Friday, June 14th from 1-3 p.m.
It's almost time for our upcoming spring/summer homeschool curricula sale/exchange!
Where: Wellspring Bible Fellowship - 2245 NW Kline St in Roseburg (map)
Set-up time for sellers is noon; please plan on arriving at noon to help set up tables, etc. if you are planning to sell some materials and books.
Children are welcome! Some board games will be available to give them something to do while you browse through books and materials for sale, although parents are still responsible to keep an eye on their children.
Advice for Successful Selling
There are two main areas that will determine whether you items will sell:
*how you price your books and materials
*the type of materials you are trying to sell
If your items are priced too high, you have a greater chance of not selling your item.
The following items have VERY LITTLE chance of selling:
The following items have a better chance of selling if they are EDUCATIONAL and NO MORE THAN THREE YEARS OLD:
Questions? Please call Julieanne at 440-2122.
This school year's final group testing date for standardized tests will take place on Friday, June 14th at 9:00 a.m. The state of Oregon requires homeschoolers to be tested in the 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th grades. Test results are required to be submitted to the Douglas Education Service District (ESD) in order for students to receive their Notice of Enrollment form that is required to apply for a driver permit or driver license in the state of Oregon.
The Terra Nova test, published by McGraw-Hill, will be offered to homeschooled students this year in a group testing format on June 14, 2013.
*One important change:*
This year, because the ESD has been requesting test results from families, I will include with the results, a report that contains *ONLY* the total battery score which you can use to give to the ESD, as opposed to the comprehensive report. I will generate this this additional report for the ESD on my own; consequently, I am raising the test price $2 from last year, from $45 to $47.
Private testing is also available for $80. Please call to arrange that.
Diane Dunas - BS, Psychology, BA, Elem. Ed., MA Special Ed. - State certified test administrator
TERRA NOVA TESTING - GRADES 1-12
The Terra Nova Survey test includes these subjects:
This is the minimum of what the state requires.
There is another option to have your child take the Terra Nova Extended test, which includes Social Studies and Science. This adds on about an hour to the time, and children will take a lunch break before they begin. There is an additional $20 charge for this.
DATE: Friday, June 14th, 2013
TIME: 9:00 am – 11:30 (please sign in by 8:45).
LOCATION - Roseburg Evangelical Free Church at 1553 NE Vine Street (down the street from Coastal)
COST: $47 per child - for the third child in the family, cost is reduced to $42. Terra Nova Extended tests are $67 per child and a $5 discount for the third child in the family.
For questions, or to register/reserve a spot for your child, please give me a call.
Diane Dunas (phone 459-9311)
DC Homeschool Central