CHERP is your home school link to social  and structured activities in (and around) Sonoma County.
Christian Home Educators of Rohnert Park welcomes all students, families + friends! Listed below are general announcements and a variety of information that our members have shared…

1st Friday Planning Meeting: November 6, 2015 @ 3:30PM.

EVERY FRIDAY @ DOROTEA PARK (year-round from 1:00-5:00ish) in Rohnert Park. Please join us, bring a chair and hope to see you there!

The 1st Friday of each month is a planning day.
(September – June)

We plan fun things for the kids, share ideas and resources and talk about upcoming events.

CHERP PLANNING / WEBSITE DESIGN / MANAGEMENT / COMMUNICATION:  If anyone would like to help with planning or communication for this group, please feel welcome and jump in anytime. During our 1st Friday gatherings each month,  we will host simple games and a pot-luck. 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


Don’t forget to file your PSA in the next couple of weeks (unless you have this handled through another group or organization)



When you have some free time, please look through our website ( ). Let me know if you find any additions / changes / updates /activities / contacts / links that need to be addressed. This is a strong resource for our community and your help to keep current is greatly appreciated. Send comments or questions to

Speaking of change, we want to refresh the website! Is there anyone out there who might like to submit a new design for our members to review?

Notes from our 1st Friday meeting, on 10/2:

Don’t forget to file your PSA!…/…/affidavit/AffidavitInstructions.asp

We will make and share Homeless Bags at our next monthly meeting on Friday, November 6th at Dorotea Park @ 3PM. Please bring any item(s) you can donate and we will work together to fill up packages for those in need this winter (water, snacks, pens/paper, tissue, etc). There will be zip lock bags and crafts on hand for all to decorate and create thankful notes that can be included in each package.

Also November 6th, we’d like to have Jenn Welch spend time with kids and families to promote safety and simple self-defense strategies. As part of her Damsel in Defense training, she’ll share important reminders and wisdom about how to look out for ourselves, and others.

HEADS UP: Discovery days are back again at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

North Bay Science Discovery Day <>

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Ask about their Science Olympiad and Science Challenge!



Saturday, November 21 from 9AM to 3PM…

Come and shop for Christmas!!!

Faith Community Church in Rohnert Park
7352 Boris Court

Find Mary Kay, Young Living Essential Oils, homemade quilts and crochet, knitting and lots more. Connect with Patricia Hayward if you’d like a table to set up shop during this event!

FREE! Saturday, December 12th Community CO-OP @ FCC Proudly Presents

The Lord’s Kitchen” a Home School Play Production

JUMP into January! On January 8th CHERP members, friends and family are invited to attend this pot-luck style gathering with games and good cheer to last throughout the year.

Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00PM: Piano Recital @ Faith Community Church. Contact Tricia Hayward with any questions:

TCHEN: Friday & Saturday on May 20th and 21st in Santa Rosa.

Can you help for an hour or two in our Kid Zone for CHERP? We entertain the kids so parents can be free to focus on the event. smile emoticon Send a message to .

CHERP Graduation & Promotion: Stay tuned! We’ve got graduates abroad and a mid-month event on the horizon.

Thanks for reading, sharing and prayers! Let us know if there is anything else you’d like to talk about or bring up during our next 1st Friday meeting!


I am coordinating meals for the Schneider Family following Brent’s surgery in August. They live in the G section of Rohnert Park so I thought maybe some of the CHERP families could help out. Here is the link to the meal sign-up:

Please share this with others who might be able to help out!
Thank you!

Jan Finkle


Classical Conversations, Challenge 1, age 14

Families and friends: We still have room in Santa Rosa, for our Challenge 1, Foundations and Essentials classes.. Please share this with you community of friends…:)

Challenge 1…. Scope and sequence






The Program: Challenge I is a rigorous curriculum designed to help students develop their thinking and learning skills. Tutors lead students in rich discussions, which become the fundamental mode of learning during seminars. Challenge I includes a large volume of reading and writing in order to help students put these new skills into practice and to explore the theme of freedom. Finally, students build persuasive speaking skills as they are introduced to team policy debate and delivering speeches. Tutors lead discussions on topics that range from Newton’s laws of motion to various forms of government, economics, geography, and philosophy. Students read, study, and write papers in order to be prepared for class discussions. Tutors make an effort to teach the students how to learn the subjects so that they eventually will be able to teach themselves any subject. That is real freedom…


Natalia Stingley
Support Manager, Bay Area, NorCal

CC Connected: Something for Everyone


Welcome back to school! Everyone is buying their books, organizing their rooms, and starting their communities. Your Classical Conversations community provides wonderful support one day a week, but what about the other four days a week? CC Connected provides online support for those days.

Did you know?
HSLDA offers CHERP member a discount. Also, they provide lots of legal information, such as updates to things such as the SB 277 Vaccine Law – No Change This School Year.


This fund raiser can earn a nice bit of money:


observatoryObservatory / Docent Recruitment + Schedule

Docent Recruitment: RFO continues to become more and more popular with number of events and visitors, but our docent classes are actually getting smaller.  When you’re with friends, enemies, neighbors, family, pets, etc., please keep RFO in mind as a great place to volunteer.  I’ve attached the fall training schedule to this email: if you know of anyone interested, please have them contact me at

For those giving presentations at events, please mention that we’re always looking for volunteers: this is especially good to do at RFO events because the visitors there already have an interest.

Official training starts September 10th, but we do informal training throughout the year so people can join us at any time..

CCD Basic Training: For docents wishing a refresher session on running the CCD, that single training session has been moved from Thursday August 13th to Wednesday August 19th.  It’s a regular Docent Training night; the CCD session will start at 8PM.  Please let me know if you’re interested.


New Docent Training Schedule: Sept./Oct. 2015

Session 1: Thursday, September 10, 7:00 PM
introductions, facilities tour, docent expectations
24″, 8″ and CCD telescope training

Session 2:  Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 PM*
public night set-up: barn and kiosk,
Docent Website 24″, 8″ and CCD telescope training

Session 3:  Saturday, September 19: Public solar and radio astronomy 2:30 PM (or earlier, anytime after 10AM).
Meet the VMOA Board 3:00 PM
Planet Walk 3:15 PM
Docent Meeting and potluck 5:00PM
public star party 8:00PM

Session 4:  Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 PM
small scopes
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Team Sugarloaf
Docent Safety

Session 5:  Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 PM
RFO/VMOA history
Docent Handbook
24″, 8″ and CCD telescope training

Session 6:  October 7, 7:00 PM
opening and closing the facility
public interaction and presentations

 *This date is reserved as the rain check date for the fall Observing Lab.  If the Observing Lab needs this date, we’ll reschedule this NDT session for a later date.


da7d3-scottishdanceDance class starts September 16 – June 2016. Hard shoe or step dancing has flourished throughout Canada since immigrants from the British Isles arrived with the music and basic movements in the 18th and 19th century and has just recently experienced renewed interest in the rest of the world.  Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia, has preserved a style of dancing that appears to have its roots in Scotland, along with the fiddle music that accompanies it. Hard shoe dancing, or step dancing, is rhythmic, aerobic, casual, and most of all, fun!  It is characterized by coordination of both legs and feet to produce percussive sound that accompanies fiddle music, with a relaxed and informal carriage of the upper body.

Scottish Step Dancing Video:


Dance class starts September 16 through June 2016.
Location: Monroe Hall: 3535 Industrial Dr, Santa Rosa

Wed. Sept 16th 11:00 – 11:45 for Beginning Youth and Family, 11:45 -12:45 for Experienced (invite by Mr. Wallace)

$7 – 8 per person per class, but the cost goes down as add family members or classes. Example:  3 people dancing 1 class wouldn’t be $21, but perhaps $18.  Any more than 3 pp are FREE!en_guarde_fencing
We have classes year ‘round for youth fencers (7-12 years old), and for teens (13+).For hundreds of years fencing has captured the imagination of generation after generation of young people. Who hasn’t imagined themselves with sword in hand, fending off hordes of enemies with a quick and daring blade?En Garde Fencing works hard to make fencing affordable and fun for all our students. Once you see how easy it is to get started, take a look at our list of classes and come try us out! We teach group classes for ages 5 and up. It is not necessary to buy equipment to begin fencing. We provide basic fencing gear at no extra cost as part of your membership. We will work with you to see what’s within your budget and make every effort to welcome you to our sport.Our class schedule is as follows:Wee Warriors (5-6 years old): Fri. 4-5PMKids class (7-12 years old): Wed. and Fri., 5-6:30PM and Saturdays 10-11:30AMTeen and adult class (13+): Mon., Wed. and Fri. 7-9PMSeptember to May: Homeschool Youth class from 2-3PM on Wednesdays.

Join us for a fun and very unique experience!

lords_kitchenThe Lord’s Kitchen

Play Production: Saturday, December 12th
The time is to be confirmed.

COMMUNITY CO-OP students will perform at Faith Community Church for family, friends and our community. No fee. Tell your friends! Invite your Family! Share with your neighbors!

Find current details online:

HELP WANTED @ TCHEN: CHERP members volunteer their time to make this inspirational and resourceful conference possible! If you have to spare and get involved, please connect with Dawn Martin:

graduation cap
faith_communityDo you have a senior that will be graduating in 2016? Please join US at FCC for a celebration to remember! This ceremony is open to all graduating seniors including students of any age who wish to be recognized for their promotion to the next grade level… RSVP to Tricia Hayward:

Find CHERP on Facebook!




IMPORTANT NOTE FOR INDEPENDENT HOME SCHOOL FAMILIES: Did you know you must file 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…


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!

Connect on Facebook!




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:

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.

fun, friends, fitness and faith

EVERY FRIDAY @ Dorotea Park in Rohnert Park
“Bring a chair, see you there!” 1 – 5pm


On most rainy days, you can  find CHERP
@ Faith Community Church in Rohnert Park

Friends from CHERP are at the park most Friday’s, between 1 and 5pm. Schedules , like the weather, vary; please join us throughout the school year! We have Leadership Team meetings scheduled for the 1st Friday of every month, at 3:15pm. Anyone is welcome to attend with questions/comments/ideas…  On the 1st Friday of each month, starting February 6th, join us for a P.E. + POT LUCK + PLAN event! We also coordinate clothing and curriculum swaps on occasion. If you would like to host/plan an event, send an email to!

Thinking of Home School?

…or new to the Sonoma County area?

Connect with CHERP!

Here’s useful information our members have gathered over the years…

Bay Area Support Groups
ISP’s, PSP’s + Charter Schools
Transition from Traditional School
Beginning to Home School
Important + Inspirational Things to You Need to Know About Homeschooling
Catalogs, Supplies, Resources + Information
Correspondence Courses
Resources + Websites
Local Book + Supply Stores
Note: HSLDA + CHERP members receive teacher discounts at many locations!
Creative Book Reports
Home Education Magazines

Note: some pages are password protected to maintain the privacy of our members. If you would like to become a CHERP member and gain access to all password protected pages, please send a message to

CHERP Membership is open to ALL teachers/parents/students!
Simply connect with your email address and tell your friends…

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!