Standardized Testing May 6-7, 2019

The Family Schools Program is joining Classical Conversations of Damascus this year for standardized testing.  The Stanford 10 test registration is now live. The cost is $50.  Please register early. Testing will be Monday May 6th and Tuesday May 7 from 9am -1pm at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Damascus. The test will be offered to grades 3-12. The 11th and 12th grade students take the exact same test. I will consider adding second graders if there is enough interest. If you have a college degree and can proctor one or both days please let me know. It’s very easy!  Email: If you any questions please let me know. And please share with anyone that you may think is interested. The test is open to anyone- not just homeschoolers. register here

Used Curriculum Sale

We are excited to invite all to our Used Curriculum Sale, Friday, May 3, 2019, from 6pm to 9pm in the Events Center at Covenant Life Church.  We need shoppers and sellers.  Please let us know if you are wanting to sell by submitting this form.  There is a facebook event created on our Family Schools Program of CLC facebook page.  Please let us know if you plan to attend via the facebook event.

FSP Showcase

We are having our annual FSP Showcase on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm.  We have lots of demonstrations and displays that will celebrate all the work our FSP homeschool students have accomplished this year.  We ask all FSP families to participate by signing up to display your student’s projects and/or work.  Students may display a project board, art work, writing pieces and/or anything else they want to show off here at the end of the year.  Some students may want to present as their displays.  Science demos, history re-enacting/costuming and art demos are some options we would love to see.  Our SOAR co-op will be offering presentations all evening in the Edwards but we would love to have other students offering presentations in the display area also.  Here is a link to the sign up form.  Each student must complete this form so we can prepare enough display area.  We are looking forward to seeing all your hard work be celebrated!

SOAR Co-Op Open Houses this Spring

Our amazing SOAR co-op invites you to come spend the day with them this spring.  On March 19th and April 2nd we are opening up our SOAR classes to visitors.  If you are thinking about adding SOAR to your homeschool or just learning more about SOAR, make plans to come out on one of those days.  Our SOAR leadership is also open to visitors at other times, so if you can’t make it to one of our open houses feel free to contact us to set up another visit. Check out this open house flier the SOAR group has put together for you.  It explains a lot about what will be happening next school year.  Registrations for next year will open in April. SOAR Open House Flyer (2) Also, here is information on registration for SOAR for 2019-2020 SOAR Registration info  

Inclement Weather Policy

With the weather being so unpredictable this time of year: Just a reminder that if MCPS is closed we will not have our FSP Tutorial Classes or SOAR at Covenant Life Church that day. If MCPS has a delay the tutorial classes that start at 10am will be the first class of the day.  SOAR will meet as scheduled, if MCPS has a delay.

Homeschooling 101 for Dads

Send the Dads to our March 8, 2019 Teacher  Training Night.  This is especially for them!! We will have David Finch, a long time homeschool dad and former pastoral leader for FSP, with us to encourage, inspire and spur on the Dads of FSP.  So often we get questions from the Dads about what they can do to support the homeschooling happening in their realm.  David has lots of wisdom to share – you won’t want your hubby to miss this!  We will meet in the Edwards room from 7pm to 9pm.  Hope to see lots of dads there!

Homeschool Info Night – March 5

Do you know someone who is interested in homeschool? or who wants to join a support group like FSP?  We have a night set aside to talk with prospective families about homeschooling, state requirements and regulations, how an umbrella group supports your homeschooling, and general information on what it looks like to homeschool today.  If you know anyone who might benefit from this info night please put them in contact with us!! We would love to answer any questions and help families see how amazing homeschooling can be.

Mandatory Mid-Year Support Meeting – Feb 28

We will be welcoming Vicki Bentley of HSLDA to our mid year meeting again this year! We are excited for you to hear from her.  She is an author, speaker and homeschooling veteran with nearly 30 years of personal and professional experience in the homeschool world.  Because the topic of organization seemed to be of interest at the kickoff meeting, Vicki will present “Organizing Your Home: Creating a Lifestyle Learning Environment” along with some time management points.  You won’t want to miss it!  We ask that all FSP families come to our kick off and this mid year meeting.  Please make it a priority to attend.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!!

Onsite Mid Year Reviews

We are coming up on the end of the first semester.  The scheduled end of the semester is January 18th.  We have reserved classrooms here at Covenant Life for Saturday January 26, 2019 from 9am to 1pm.  Your reviewer will be contacting you to schedule your mid year review.  This is a time to check in with you to see how your year is going and if you need any further help or support.  This is not a time to bring lots of work samples or grades.  It is more a time for your reviewer to get an update from you and make sure you are moving at a pace that will allow you to complete the year well.  Please be on the lookout for an email from your reviewer.

FSP’s Got Talent!!

This year our community Talent show will take place this Spring – new date February 22, 2019 7:00 to 9:00pm in the Edwards Room here at CLC.  Bring snacks to share! HOW CAN YOU BE A PART? Figure out what your gifts are. We aren’t looking for a “new hobby,” but for something that you are already amazing at. Groups are awesome! They allow us to see more of you, and your creative ideas!  Find your friends and show us what you’ve got!  Individual performances are welcomed.  Come up with a name for your group or talent. When practicing keep these rules in mind: Individuals are allotted 1-2 minutes per performance Groups get 3-4 minutes SET UP IS INCLUDED IN YOUR ALOTTED TIME! Choose edifying music -Pick appropriate attire for your show If using pre-recorded music, we will need it by March 16th preferably in digital form. Please register through the sign up link to be a part of the talent show. We’d love to see many people participating in this event! Bring a refreshment to “sell” at the show. All proceeds will go to FSP.   THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION!!! All participants’ names will be entered into a...

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