CHERP is your home school link to social and structured activities in (and around) Sonoma County. Christian Home Educators of Rohnert Park welcomes all school-aged families + friends! Following are some general announcements and a variety of information that our members have shared.
CHERP @ Dorotea Park EVERY Friday Afternoon
SPRING CLEAN SWAP – Friday, March 6th from 2:30-4:30PM
Everything that you would not throw in the trash, bring for the swap! Please bring a blanket to set out your stuff. Anything left over will be hauled off and donated to Crossing the Jordan after the event.
EVENING OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION – Sunday, April 19th from 6-8PM
Students of all ages are invited to present projects or performances at Faith Community Church in Rohnert Park on this night. Parents: please register your student(s) online/below using our simple contact form online, or send a message with any questions to Jess: email@example.com
TCHEN – Friday and Saturday, May 15th and 16th
Mark your calendars and don’t miss this annual event designed to inspire, and educate!
Find current details online: http://www.tchen.org/
Help wanted @ TCHEN: Last year, CHERP members volunteered some of their time to watch over little ones so that parents and families could more easily attend the conference and spend some undivided time with vendors and friends. If you have an hour (or so) to spare – before or after your time at the event – to help with kids, please let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHERP Website: I’ve been making updates as they come in… and you might have noticed that things are getting a little sloppy (I sure have)! Sometimes the code gets a little finicky and over time text seems to get smushed together and begins to take on a mind (and format all its own). It’s time for a complete website refresh, and possibly makeover. I’ll be working on this during my ‘spare time’ but, If anyone is interested to help with this project and ongoing task just let me know. =)
During our 1st Friday gatherings each month, we will host fun games and a simple pot-luck event. Sometimes, our members might share their experience and wisdom about homeschooling and/or the services they provide locally within our home school community. Please send a message with any comments, questions or suggestions to email@example.com.
Friends, family and husbands are welcome!
Bring a chair, see you there!
(year-round, weather permitting)
CHERP is your home school link to resources within Sonoma County online. It is our goal to provide current,accurate information. Please help and let us know if you find any details that could be updated, or deleted. It takes a village! www.cherpgroup.org
You can sign up for ongoing email updates, or connect with us on Facebook! You can ask to be removed from this list at any time. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. FYI: Leadership Team Meetings are held the 1st Friday of every month (September – June). Weekly attendance changes like the season. Membership is open to all and FREE.We do ask for a $20 donation per family at the 1st Friday meeting of each traditional school year. This is never mandatory, and simply helps with ongoing costs/supplies/food/promotion for social events throughout the year.
YOU’RE INVITED! Students can sign up and register to present their projects or performances on Sunday, April 19th at Faith Community Church in Rohnert Park.
YOU’RE INVITED! Please join us for the 2015/16 Fall Semester.
CO-OP @ Community of Grace in Santa Rosa
Offering classes through May 20, 2015
Consider Community of Grace to help you home school your children. It is their pleasure to assist you in the important journey to which you have been called. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays each week.
Have you heard of Just Serve?
(a tool to reach the poor and needy)
Sharing enthusiasm for a new service website. The intent is to partner volunteers and groups and service projects. Anyone can post. The posts are carefully reviewed by the site to ensure they are appropriate. Cherp can post: “hey we are going to be at the soup kitchen at this address we need 10 more helpers”. Sort of thing. Also any non profit can be a partner to coordinate with other partners on larger service projects. The idea is the more of us groups reaching out, the more people can be helped. Check it out and pass it along if you like. No money is exchanged through or as a result of this site.
Visit this page to find out what’s been scheduled!
Redwood Empire Ice Arena offers free skate and family skate times throughout the week. Larger groups of us to 50 students can be coordinated!
This is a GREAT activity and the staff could not be more helpful, encouraging or inviting.
Filing the Private School Affidavit (October 1st – 15th): Every year the Private School Affidavit (PSA) must be filed between October 1st and 15th. If you are enrolled in a Private School Satellite Program (PSP), the school’s administrator files one affidavit for the whole group.
GOT HSLDA? CHERP members receive a 20% discount for annual membership. Please send a message to request this number: email@example.com Did you know? The Home School Foundation (the charitable arm of HSLDA), has a smile.amazon page. If we go to this page, instead of just amazon.com, a portion of our purchase goes to the charity. Several families purchase their curriculum through Amazon, and make household purchases as well. It’s an easy way to support homeschooling. It even works with Amazon Prime. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1354365
Also, they have great resources, AND contests…
HOMESCHOOL SKATE @ CAL SKATE
$6.50 drop in
Parents skate free
Outside food & drink OK but must be put away by 2:00.
Algebra Anyone? I am putting out feelers for an Algebra class starting in the fall. I have two teachers that are possible but no answers or prices yet. This is just my beginning efforts to see if there are students that are interested. Is there an interest in having an Algebra class here in Santa Rosa if I could find a teacher at a reasonable price? Please contact Alice Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 528-1124.
“Behold, I am the God of all flesh:
is there anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27
Member Message: This reminder encourages me as I gratefully embrace another year of serving God by ministering to my family. I hope it will encourage and bless my sisters in Christ, as you are each faithful to God’s calling on you to homeschool!
Having Margin in Your Life… “Just Say No!”
Can you imagine reading a book where the words went right out to the four edges of the paper? How unsettling that would be to try to read! The margin is there for a purpose. It gives us space to hold the book comfortably. It gives us breathing room to take in all of the words. It provides area for necessities, such as page numbers and chapter titles, reminding us where we are. Why, then, do we feel the need to cram our lives full by trying to accomplish everything that comes along and ‘appears’ to need our attention, then guilt ourselves when we feel overwhelmed?
If there is one thing I have come to realize, it’s that there will ALWAYS be need. You are needed, and that’s wonderful. But, you do NOT need to fulfill every need that is requested of you. Priority is crucial, and you’ve been given a job as mother and teacher of your children. You are also the maker of your home. Keep that pyramid of priority in view, so you can organize the requests into their proper place. Your family is a ministry that has been given to YOU to serve! There will always be time to extend to other ministries when time truly frees up enough. The Bible says that on Day Seven, He rested. Did God need sleep or even rest? Probably not, but I believe He did this as an example to us! He also only gave us 24 hours in a day, and from what I can gather, that ain’t changin’ any time soon!
Margin comes in many areas… How much time do we dedicate to visiting with friends and extended family? How many ministries, commitments, or programs do we participate in? How clean do I expect my house to be? I come from a house where my mother was a STICKLER for clean everything. She used to hang sheets to dry in the summer, …and iron them! She loved the smell of the outdoors and the pressed lines. That was fine for her, but I’m lucky if I get the sheets changed once a month! And although dinner was always on the table at 5:30 and the kitchen fully scrubbed down within a half hour after dinner, I consider it successful that we eat some time before bedtime and the food is put away. The dishes may not always be completely taken care of, but we almost always eat together, and often with anyone who happens to be over at the time. I had to pick and choose what battles to take on, just as I did with the children since they were toddlers. Like I mentioned before, there will only ever be 24 hours in the day, as long as we are on this earth, and spending them wisely is a challenge in itself. Consider what it important to yourself and YOUR family, and once you’ve determined what you can truly handle, remember to add margin. Do not embrace guilt in using the world “no,” or at the very least, “not at this time.” You (and your nerves… and most likely your family!) will be thankful later!
2014 FALL FLOWER BULB FUNDRAISER
They pay out funds raised in January and June to schools/groups that have raised more than $50 (If you raise less than that in any period, we simply roll the funds over). The fundraising page for our CHERP GROUP is all set up and ready to go. Sharing this link with friends, family and other parents at school is the fastest way to start raising funds:
Once on the page, supporters will be able to take simple actions toward making their lives more mighty, and, of course, when they shop we’ll donate 1
Please let CHERP know if you have announcements, events, messages, resources or group activities that you would like posted to the CHERP website! email@example.com