Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HSLDA Weekly Update

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As more institutions try to capitalize on the success of homeschooling, we're working to keep the focus on children.—Mike Smith, HSLDA President
Would you trade a day of your child's life for a computer?
School Funding "Scam" Shut Down by Governor's Office
Could an offer of a free laptop for one day in public school be a win-win for homeschool families and the school district? Read more.
Education Secretary Thinks Outside the Lunchroom at Homeschool Cookout
DeVos called homeschoolers "dedicated" and said the federal government should "support and applaud the choices families make for their kids." Read more.
Official to Homeschoolers: Sorry, Didn't Mean to Harass You
A dispute over homeschool reporting requirements was resolved amicably when HSLDA stepped in. Read more.
How to teach science.
Homeschool Heartbeat
Science—3 Ways to Engage Your Student
Science is a subject that many homeschoolers are afraid to touch. But it shouldn't be! This week on Homeschool Heartbeat, author and scientist Paige Hudson debunks some common myths about homeschool science and shows how you can effectively and engagingly teach it to your child. Listen to the program.
Saved on constitutional literacy DVDs.
Students have until November 1 to submit essays.
Would You Rather be a Mule? Tell Us Why!
Animal lovers, travel enthusiasts, and young philosophers—here's your big chance! You can write about your passions and win cash prizes in HSLDA's annual student essay contest, which will accept entries through November 1. Guidelines and entry forms.
Enjoy a More Peaceful and Productive School Year
Discovering Relational Wisdom 2.0, an interactive online course developed by Ken Sande of RW360 and Peacemaker Ministries, teaches Christian parents and children how to develop healthy relationships and conflict resolution skills. HSLDA members: Save up to 50% when you sign up!  Learn More.
Legislative update
If you live in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, or New York, click the link below to learn about legislation that could affect your freedom to homeschool.
Homeschooling In The News
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Donate to the Homeschool Freedom Fund

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Birmingham Zoo News

Birmingham Zoo News

World Rhino Day

September 22, 10am-2pm
You’re invited to join us for World Rhino Day on Friday, September 22 from 10am-2pm! Enjoy special keeper chats at 10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm as well as learning stations throughout Trails of Africa and a special visit from Matt Lindenberg, founder of Global Conservation Corps and the Rhino Man project. In addition, the Birmingham Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers will be selling unique items and all proceeds will be donated to conservation! World Rhino Day activities are free for Zoo Members and included in general admission for guests.

La CelebraciĆ³n

September 23, 10am-3pm
Join the Zoo on September 23 to celebrate the culture of Birmingham’s growing Hispanic and Latino community at La CelebraciĆ³n presented by Abogados Centro Legal! Animals of Central and South America will be featured through bilingual keeper chats, animal encounters, arts & crafts, and other activities throughout the Zoo. Guests are invited to come and enjoy special enrichments for the animals, music, a dance lesson and more!  This event is in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, but also a welcoming event for all parts of the Birmingham community. Be sure to see Dora the Explorer and Diego from 10am-2pm at the Zoo! This rain or shine event is included in admission for Zoo guests and free to Zoo Members!

Bowling for Rhinos

September 24, 6 - 9pm
The Birmingham Chapter of the Association of Zoo Keepers presents Bowling for Rhinos on Sunday, September 24 from 6-9pm at Vestavia Bowl. Tickets include bowling, shoe rental, t-shirt, door prizes and silent auction entry. 100% of proceeds go toward rhino conservation through the International Rhino Foundation and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Highest bowling score will receive a behind-the-scenes tour with the Zoo's rhinos!

$20 adult ticket
$10 child ticket (12 & under)

Teacher's Night at the Zoo

September 26, 5:30 - 8pm
Calling all teachers! You're invited to join us for a night out at the Zoo designed just for educators! This one of a kind evening will feature ambassador animals, examples of new and improved program opportunities, a special keeper chat, door prizes and more. STI PD credit is available, and dinner and drinks will be provided.

Birmingham Zoo ROCKS!

October 7, 9am-5pm
You're invited to join us for Birmingham Zoo Rocks on the new Henley Park event lawn from 9am-5pm on Saturday, October 7. Children who bring their own painted rock will receive FREE admission to the Zoo on October 7. There will be painted Zoo rocks in Henley Park - leave your painted rock in Henley Park and take a new one!

Boo at the Zoo Presented by Wells Fargo

October 15, 19-22, 26-31, 5pm-9pm
Make plans to head to the Birmingham Zoo for Boo at the Zoo presented by Wells Fargo! Watch as the Zoo transforms into a destination of spooky attractions for 12 nights of Boo at the Zoo. New this year, come experience the excitement of the all-new Red Mountain Theatre Company Haunted Hayride and Tour* beginning at the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter, and enjoy free games, strolling characters, Ghoul School, storytelling and inflatables on the new Henley Park event lawn.
Be sure to come dressed in your favorite family-friendly costume to ride the Spider Slide, jump on the Eerie Express Pirate Train, see a Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show, ride the ghost rollers, take a spin on the Scarousel, collect candy on Trick-or-Treat Lane and SO much more! Enjoy live music every night by Feel the Beat Entertainment as you boogie at the Monster Mash dance party under the Safari Peak. Boo at the Zoo presented by Wells Fargo is one spook-tacular event you won’t want to miss!
*requires additional ticket

Pumpkins, Pancakes and Princesses

October 28, 8am-9am
Hear ye, hear ye! Adorn your crown or tiara and join us for a special meet and greet between your little prince and princess and our court of princesses at this royal breakfast! The first ever Pumpkins, Pancakes and Princesses will take place on Saturday, October 28 at 8am in Trails of Africa.
Tickets include a breakfast of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, orange juice, photo opportunities with a multitude of princesses, Zoo admission, an unlimited ride wristband, a regal craft project, and a pumpkin souvenir. Special appearances will be made by some of your favorite costumed characters!  Each child will receive a gift upon arrival.
Costumes are encouraged, and tickets are limited so purchase yours today! Special thanks to The Enchanted Princesses.
Non-Members- $30.00-Adults, $25.00-Kids
Members- $25.00-Adults, $20.00-Kids
*Tax included

The Birmingham Zoo - Alabama's Must-See Attraction 
Mission: Inspiring Passion for the Natural World...
The Birmingham Zoo is an independent, not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
Birmingham Zoo, Inc. | 2630 Cahaba Road | Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205.879.0409 | Fax: 205.879.9426

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DEADLINE TODAY to sign up for the Apple Butter Canning at M.C. Farms

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Hi everyone! If you have a student in 7th grade or older - be sure to sign up for Apple Butter Canning at M.C. Farms on Saturday, Sept 23 at 1 pm. DEADLINE is TUESDAY, Sept 12. It's only $5.50 and each student will take a can of Apple Butter home  M.C. Farms is off of Hwy 9, about 2 miles from where Hwy 9 meets Hwy 78 (at the base of Cheaha Mtn)... only 15 minutes from Oxford! Here's the link to sign up:

2017-09-13 Homeschool Fitness Fun - TOMORROW

Friday, September 15, 2017 - Park Day at Germania Springs Park