Merry Christmas!

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!

Home School New Years Party and Pot-Luck
Friday, January 9, 2015 from 2:30-5:00PM

Friends, family and husbands are welcome!
Bring a chair, see you there!

Dorotea Park in Rohnert Park from 1PM – 5PM
(year-round, weather permitting)

Sign up for ongoing email updates, or connect with us on Facebook! 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.

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CHERP PARK DAYS are officially scheduled from 1:00 – 5:00PM every Friday, year round (except major holidays, and summers are sparse). Leadership Team meetings are held on the 1st Friday of every month (September – June) @ Dorotea Park, and start at 3:15PM. Membership donations are collected on the 1st Friday of September. We ask for a donation of $20 per family to help with miscellaneous event supplies and printed materials throughout the school year. This is never mandatory, and all families welcome to participate in social events regardless of their financial contribution.


Special Needs Conference: 12/4, 12/5 and 12/6



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.

Eastside Farm & Pumpkin Patch
is open now on the weekends!  Rob & Diane Wade are friends of ours and a homeschooling family!  They are located on Petaluma Hill Road between Snyder & RP Expressway!  Stop by – they are open on the weekends! Blessings, Susie Schneider

Redwood Empire Ice Arena offers free skate and family skate times throughout the week. This is a GREAT activity and the staff could not be more helpful, encouraging or inviting. Contact Shelly Earnshaw with questions about future coordinated events or to RSVP for future home school days at



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: Did you know? The Home School Foundation (the charitable arm of HSLDA), has a page. If we go to this page, instead of just, 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.

Also, they have great resources, AND contests…




Tuesdays: 12:00-2:00
$6.50 drop in
$50.00 10xpass
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 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!



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!

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Dear Mommies + Friends:

Have you heard about MOPS? This is an incredible group for any mommies with 0-5 year olds, and the older home school kids are welcome too! MOPS meets on Tuesdays at Faith Community Church @ 7352 Boris Court in Rohnert Park. They meet at 9:30 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s. Read more about MOPS and our friends from Calvary Church @


awanaAWANA helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. Our programs offer a proven approach for evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community. As a ministry leader for over 60 years, Awana is making an impact. A national survey found Awana to be as important to our alumni’s spiritual foundation as all other church activities combined. Among alumni who participated in our programs for at least six years, 92.7 percent still attend church at least weekly as adults!

Wednesday’s at Faith Community Church in Rohnert Park @ 7352 Boris Court. Registration and check-in at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:45 a.m. Bring your Puggles, Cubbies, Sparks and T&T clubbers (ages 3 – 12 years) for an amazing time of fellowship and learning the Bible.

The first fully chartered Trail Life USA troop in CA!
A place for boys to grow in faith as they learn to WALK WORTHY!

Visit Trail Life USA to
Find Out More… Start A Troop…  or Get Connected!

Learn more about our Membership Standards and Statement of Faith & Values


On my honor, I will do my best
To serve God and my country;
To respect authority;
To be a good steward of creation;
And to treat others as I want to be treated.

IMG_7651American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character development, nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences to its members. It serves as a catalyst for building young women of integrity and faith. It also broadens girls social development through extra-curricular activities. Questions? Contact Jenn Lynch at

Most guys want exciting outdoor adventure with their friends. We’ve got that! Trips and travel? That, too. Camping. Check. Physical and mental challenge? Yep. And awards? Of course!

Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character, and leadership program for young men. The K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.


Our vision is to be the premier national character development organization for young men which produces Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.


Our mission is simple and clear: to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.


“Walk Worthy”

Colossians 1:10  “… that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;…”


On my honor, I will do my best
To serve God and my country;
To respect authority;
To be a good steward of creation;
And to treat others as I want to be treated.

Learn more about our Membership Standards and Statement of Faith & Values

You can find our Program Overview video here and download an introduction to Trail Life USA here: Promotional Tri-Fold Brochure

If you’re interested in starting a Trail Life USA troop, you can do that here

- See more at:

Help the Stanley Family of Cotati


The Stanely Family lost their home and all their belongings.

They all got out safely but need our help with basic needs. Please donate anything you can.

The Stanley Family will be living in their small granny unit in the back of their home for quite a long time. If you know anyone who has an RV or travel trailer they do not use that might be a real help them as they are crowded into a very small space.

Here are some things that would be useful- with winter and back to school clothes in mind, not just summer:

Used laptop powerful enough for playing online games
Kitchen cookware and cooking implements, silverware ( we have dishes)
Everyday household tools
Blankets and comforters
Towels- all sizes
Power drill
TV, furniture and appliances ( please send photos to and we can arrange for pickup)

14 year old boy:  size 8 tennis shoes and socks,hiking boots  mens size small clothes ( sweats, flannel shirts, sweatpants, winter coat, casual jacket for mid range weather), wallet

12 year old boy: size 6 sandals & socks, hiking boots, boys size 14 clothes  sweat pants and shirts, winter jacket, casual jacket, wallet

Mom- everyday shoes, tennis shoes,  and sandals size 61/2- 7   ( not high heels), size 4 winter coat/jacket

Dad- size 36 waist for pants and XL for tops- flannel shirts, jeans, sweatpants and shirts, casual shirts (no tees), winter jacket, work boots and casual shoes/tennis shoes/work socks  size 11.

Also the father is looking to buy a reasonably priced used work truck that doesn’t need much work done on it and has good tires.

Cash donations can be made at any Summit Bank branch by going in and telling them it is for the Stanley Family of Cotati.

Online cash donations can be made at   Insurance is  not covering their needs so every little bit helps.

Drivers Education Poll

Our members would like to know what families have done for Driver’s Ed. Please respond here, and send an email with any details you think are important and would like to share with the home school community.

TCHEN 2014


Fellow Homeschool Famlies,

It’s never too early, you can sign up to help with TCHEN next year! Room hosts, Registration table helpers, and door monitors for the exhibitor hall are encouraged to apply. All volunteers need to be 18 or older or with and adult. Here are detailed descriptions:

Room hosts: after checking in at registration table, volunteer will bring water for the speaker, help attendees find seating and help speaker with handouts. Also will be compensated a free recording of your choice when hosting 3 or more workshops.

Registration help: help attendees check… in.

Door monitors:
welcome attendees to the exhibtor hall and make sure they have a bracelet.

If you would like to help, email TCHEN at info@tchen, or email Dawn Martin at

Thanks so much!