January Newsletter

Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth
-- Martin Luther

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE

Welcome to 2015! The truth of the old adage that “Time waits for no one” seems to increase in its veracity with each passing year! Do you remember when “Y2K” was the big concern? Can you believe that the whole “Y2K Scare” happened 15 years ago! We rarely, if ever, even think about the Y2K computer “issue”, but back in the day, it was a big deal and a big concern to many. What seemed like such a world-changing event has fizzled into oblivion. As I thought about this, I remembered the scripture verse that states, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever”. May this new year find us all pursuing those things that do not wither or fade away but that will stand forever.

Brett Bowers

Principal-at-Large, Home-based Learning


SCIENCE CENTRE FIELDTRIP

TALES TO TELL: A STORY WRITING WORKSHOP WHEN: TUESDAY, JANUARY 27TH

WHERE: TELUS World of Science

WHEN: 10:00AM TO 12:00PM

WHAT: Students will be able to choose their own adventure as they travel through stations completing activities and challenges dealing with concepts in writing, grammar, spelling and reading. Once students have finished their writing adventure, they will experience an IMAX adventure on Alberta’s largest screen. Featured film with be Island of Lemurs: Madagas- car 3D

COST: $11.00

RSVP: To TinaMarie at tinamarieb@thee.ca by Monday, Jan 20th. Please indicate if you will need a purchase order.

Writing stories can be just as much of an adventure as reading them!


SKI/ SNOWBOARD DAYS

Ski days have been booked for the remainder of the year at both SNOW VALLEY and RABBIT HILL.

SNOW VALLEY

The cost to participate is $35 per child. This includes a lesson, rental, and lift ticket. Cost for accompaning adult is now JUST $20. This includes ticket and equipment rental. Families must arrive by 10am to check in with Tina Marie.

January 15th—Cancelled due to NO RSVP January 26th
February 5th & 19th
March 2nd & 17th

RABBIT HILL

The costs are $21 for lift ticket (lessons for students included), and $17 for ski/ snowboard rental and helmet.

Parents are responsible for their own children and can get the same rates (minus the
lesson {although they can often follow along, especially with the younger students}) as students.

Families must arrive at the hill by 9:30 am and will pick up their lift tickets from Elise Twa. Families are welcome to ski until 4:30 pm.

January 30th

February 9th

March 11th

REGISTER HERE


INTERESTED IN PLAYING ATHLETICS?

THEE is a member of ASAA—Alberta Schools’ Athletic As- sociation which allows Home School Students to participate in local schools athletic programs. THEE must know if any of your students are interested no later than November of each school year. Permission must be secured from the local school Athletic Director. THEE pays a membership on behalf of all students registered with THEE; however, there is an additional charge per student enrolled. This is based on the number of participants in the program. For more information please contact Noelle in the Accounting Department.


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WHEN: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH

TIME: 9:30AM—2:30 PM

WHERE: TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE

WHAT: Test your abilities to meet our challenges in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology!

Contact Tina Marie for more details and to sign up.


TEEN/ TWEEN TIME!

WHO: We are pleased to offer Tween/ Teen meet ups for any students ages 12-17. Non THEE Guests are welcome to attend as well!

WHERE: Millennium Place, Sherwood Park

WHEN: 10:00am—2:00pm Every 2nd Thursday of the month

First one will be Thursday, February 12th.

COST: $4.75 (12 yr) $7.25 (13-17)

Bring your skates (rentals available for addi- tional $4.50), swimming trunks, and lunch and hang with other THEE Homeschoolers your age. Students will be able to choose which activities they want to participate in that date.

Parents can drop and go as Tina Marie will be on hand to supervise. All students must be picked up by 2:00pm.

Registration is a MUST so that Tina Marie knows who will be in attendance. Register here

Call Tina Marie for more details or questions.


EDMONTON REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR

The 2015 Edmonton Regional Science Fair will be held on April 11th and 12th at the main campus of the Northern Alberta Insti- tute (NAIT) of Technology (11762 – 106 Street NW, Edmonton).

Registration is open to all students in grades 4-12, inclusive, in the Edmonton area. Projects may have one or two participants.

The registration fee for students is $35.00 per project. Lunch will be provided in the cafeteria. Students can select either a hot dog or a veggie dog, and it will be served with chips, cookies, and juice. The registration fee also includes a Fair T-shirt. To receive one, please indicate your shirt size in registration.

Students will find useful information on the project information pages. Before registering, students should especially read the categories page and types page to see which competition cate- gory and project type would best fit their project, as they will need to choose one in registration.

TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT TINA MARIE. Registration deadline is MARCH 13TH.

For more information please go to http://www.ersf.ca/home


DO WE HAVE YOUR CHILDS CANADIAN DOCUMENTATION?

If you have received a letter from the office stating that we do not have proper documentation for your student, you need to contact Debbie at debbies@thee.ca immediately.

Proper documentation includes:

  • Canadian Birth certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Immigration Card

Regulations require that we have a copy of this information in each student’s file. If we do not have the required documentation Alberta Education will deny funding to the student. As a result of the regulation we must suspend the remainder of your funding until we receive the required documents.


EVENTS

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Winspear Success!

Thank you to the families that attended our tour of The Winspear on Tuesday January 20th.

What fun!

Did you know….the Beautiful Organ cost $1.2 Million when first built.  It is now valued at over 4 million dollars. Wow!

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November Newsletter

There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE

With the new school year well underway, I figured that I’d better get to writing our first newsletter!

I first want to say THANK YOU for choosing to home school with us and for giving us the opportunity to work with you and to support you in your home education work. dictionary defines the word, work, as “Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something”, and I believe that definition definitely applies to home education! invest countless hours of physical, emotional, and mental effort as you pursue your and your children’s goals to accomplish those things that are of value to you, your children, and your family. at THEE are privileged to be involved, even in small ways, with your work, and we hope and desire that we can support you in ways that are meaningful to you and your children.

May your work be blessed!
Brett Bowers, Principal-at-Large, Home-based Learning


The Home Education Exchange Newsletter — Semester 1

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NOVEMBER
11th – Office Closed for Remembrance Day
17-18th – Axis Conference
25th – Ski Day Snow Valley

DECEMBER
8th—Christmas Party
10th – Ski Day Snow Valley
22nd — January 2nd THEE office closed

MESSAGE FROM THE EVENTS TEAM!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be planning some fun and educational events for you and your students! Make sure to watch the newsletter, our FACEBOOK and twitter pages, and the website for lots of events being added over the next months. If there is something in particular that you think we should try, drop me a line and tell me all about it. Speaking of fun… I am looking for anyone who would like to help out at the Christmas party. How would you like to run a craft table? Or paint some faces? Give me a call if you can volunteer your time on December 8th.

Hope to meet you soon 🙂
~ Tina Marie Baldwin
Events Coordinator


What is “what in the world”? It is a collection of the previous month’s top national and international news stories with accompanying assignments, designed for students in grades 5 and up. We at THEE have a subscription that is emailed out to all interested families 9 times throughout the year. If you are interested in receiving this resource please email Debbie at office@thee.ca and include the email address you want it sent to. If you are currently receiving What in the World? Please let Debbie know if you want to remain on the list.

The Home Education Exchange has joined Facebook.
Check us out!
www.facebook.com/thee1992


NEED ASSISTANCE?

We are here to help you!
Brett Bowers, Principal at Large, brett@thee.ca
Deb Smith, Family Services Coordinator, office@thee.ca
Laura Taylor Engel, Enrolment Assistant, laurat@thee.ca
Natasha Hicks, High School Coordinator, natasha@thee.ca
Noelle Thorton, Accounts Manager, noellet@thee.ca
Tina Marie Baldwin, Events Coordinator, tinamarieb@thee.ca

Should you have questions regarding funding or payments please contact our Accounting Department.

Should you have questions regarding courses and credits, please contact our High School Coordinator, Natasha Hicks.

All other general enquiries should be directed to our Family Services Coordinator, Deb Smith.

The Home Education Exchange
201, 2 Athabascan Avenue
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4E3
(780) 467-5511
www.thee.ca


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WELCOME NEW STAFF!

Laura Taylor Engel, Enrolment Assistant (Seasonal)
Natasha Hicks, High School Coordinator
Noelle Thorton, Accounts Manager
Tina Marie Baldwin, Events Coordinator


PLEASE JOIN US!
THEE FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY

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WHEN: MONDAY DECEMBER 8, 2014
TIME: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
WHERE: STILL MEADOWS RANCH, 51427 Range Road 210, Sherwood Park, AB
COST: $25 per family

Please RSVP to Tina Marie by November 28th at 780-467-5511 or tinamarieb@thee.ca
You can also RSVP by completing the online form found on our FACEBOOK page.

Hay rides ~ Pony Rides ~ Lunch ~ Crafts ~ Face Painting ~ Balloons

How to get to Still Meadows Ranch
Take Wye Rd south and turn onto Range Road 205 (not on Range Road 210). RR 205 bends, turns into TWP 515, bends again, and then turns into RR 210.


FREEZER MEAL WORKSHOP

Contact Tina Marie if you would like to participate in a December Freezer Meal Workshop. Date and time to be determined based on registered participants.

SKI DAYS

Tina Marie has booked a ski day for November and December. To RSVP please contact Tina Marie directly at 780-476-5511, or head to our FACEBOOK page and use the online RSVP link.
The plan is to add many more days for January, February and March depending on interest. We have chosen to use Snow Valley as our Venue this year as they have a beautiful hill and are very organized with their school programs.

The cost to participate is $35. Hope to see you there!

NEW SOAR STUDENT DATABASE

Challenges and Triumphs!
During this past August and September, we configured a new student database that meets the requirement set by Alberta Education that all schools in Alberta use a “PASI-enabled” database by September 2014. is the name of the new Alberta Education Student Information System (SIS), and each school in Alberta must now be using a database that can “talk with” PASI in real time. The set-up, configuration, and data-entry processes for making ready our own PASI-enabled database, which has the name, “Soar”, was a huge task and required two months of steady data entry and configuration by two full-time staff members. met the deadline for data submission to Alberta Ed, but in the process, I do know that many of you were left waiting for such basic information items like your confirmation letter. apologize for the many “bumps in the road” during this school year’s start up, but we had no choice but to let some priorities and tasks wait until we had the new Soar database in place and functional.

With Soar now up and running, we are focusing our efforts at customizing the database in many various ways, and we are all looking forward to being able to tap into the database’s many features to better and more efficiently serve you.

BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR ITEMS

We’ve received several questions regarding perceived delay in receiving such items Student ID Cards and the first reimbursement cheque, and we wanted to explain why we cannot provide such things until later in October and November. We cannot start working on these, and other items until the start of the 2nd week of October because parents can change their enrolment choices up until September 30th, which is call the “September Count Date”. The proverbial “dust” does not settle on September 30th, but continues to be stirred up for at least another week or two due to all the additional, and sometimes unknown, changes to enrolment that will only surface once the Count Date has passed; such changes and “enrolment conflicts” become evident through the provincial student information system, called PASI, only after September 30th.

RIDDLE ME THIS?

There was a competition where the contestants had to hold something. At the end of the event, the winner was a person who was physically disabled (he had no hands or feet). What was it that the contestants had to hold?
Email or call Tina Marie with your answer and be entered into our “DATE NIGHT” prize draw. This includes 2 movie passes, popcorn and drink.

SAVE A TREE

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WELCOME TO OUR FIRST EDITION

We hope you enjoy reading our first newsletter! Keep up to date with news, events, interesting articles, contests and more!

If you like what you see, be sure to contact Tina Marie and make sure that the email we have on file for you is current and correct. We will only be snail mailing a hard copy of the newsletter twice a year. And though, we will be emailing an electronic copy EVERY month! We have noticed many emails already bouncing back to us, so please do verify your email address with the office.