The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News January 2017 Volume XXVIII Number 5

Meeting of the NHHC Board of Representatives Wednesday, January 25

The quarterly meeting of the NHHC Board of Representatives will be held Wednesday, January 25 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury. Members are welcome to attend this meeting. We will be discussing the spring workshop, issues that have come up in representatives’ districts, and other NHHC business. For more information, please contact Amy Gall at 838-5081 or

2017 NHPTV Kids Writers Contest for Grades K-5

The NHPTV KidsWriters Contest is open to students in grades K-5, and runs from January through March 31. They are asked to write and illustrate an original story. The contest writing activity sheets and a contest guide are available in the resources section of the contest web site. Contest Rules and Entry Form (PDF)

Hogwarts-style Yule Ball January 27

Attention all Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang students: You are cordially invited to celebrate the wonderment of winter Hogwarts style at the Yule Ball for homeschool wizards and witches.

Come dressed in your finest suit, dress, or dress robes, on January 27, 2017, 6:00 to 10:00, $15.00/pp, at 669 Union Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Hogwarts wants each of you to put your best foot forward, so please attend our waltz instruction led by Professor Maria Huard, of international acclaim throughout the wizarding community for her ballroom dancing. Instruction begins at 6 p.m. Please, comfortable footwear only, no high heels for the instruction portion of the evening. Points taken from houses who arrive late; points awarded to houses whose members are all on time, or early. Please email song requests to by Wednesday, January 20.

To attend, register at The Yule Ball is a combined tween and teen dance for wizards and witches ages 12 to 18. Wizards and witches may bring their own snack as long as it’s nut free. The staff of Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Académie de Magie Beauxbâtons, and The Durmstrang Institute (??????????)

Winter, Weather & Wildlife: Homeschool program at Beaver Brook Association in Hollis

Wednesdays January 4 - March 15, 10-1:30
In this class students will investigate how ice forms and use microscopes to examine snowflakes, conditions permitting. We will expand our study to search where animals overwinter and follow and identify their tracks. We will study "Winter, Weather and Deer" to explore in detail how a particular species adapts to winter, physiologically and behaviorally, and how winter affects their survival rate. What do insects do in winter? What is the effect of a January or spring thaw? Wear your snow boots, bring a snack and lunch, water bottle, and lots of questions.
No class March 1.
For students ages 6-13. $350 for 10 weeks. 10% off for BBA members. 10% off for siblings.

Gymnastics for Homeschoolers in Windham

Gymnastics for Homeschoolers program at Gym-Ken Gymnastics in Windham, New Hampshire. Thursdays 11:15 – 12:15, for ages 6 and up. The next 10-week session begins on Thursday, January 26 at 11:15 a.m.

Ten 1-hour sessions introduce students to the basics of gymnastics, using the sport of Olympic-style gymnastics to help them develop self-confidence and body awareness, physical fitness, sportsmanship, and self-discipline. Our mission is to teach gymnastics and fitness in a fun and safe environment.

Students should wear athletic wear or leotard and bring a water bottle. $175 per 10 week session (1 class/week). Gym-Ken Annual Registration ($30) required valid through August 2017. Tuition is pro-rated for students who join after January 26. For more information go to or email or call (603) 434-9060. We will need a minimum of three students to start the class.

Test a New Chemistry Program

Chemistry lovers 14 and older who would like to beta-test an online platform for chemistry studies, please comment, message, or email Olga Solovyova on . Your feedback is much needed. Testing is free of charge. All testers will get a free chemistry kit (safe for home use) + VR glasses for 3D molecules observation.

Homeschoolers invited to Education Days with the Fisher Cats

Join hundreds of schools from throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine, as they take part in an educational setting while attending a professional baseball game. Spend the game exploring all the events and educational booths that will be set throughout the concourse.
The Fisher Cats encourage you to plan your lesson plans around your field trip to the park.
Here are some ideas:
• Statistics: Calculate the batting averages, earned run averages, and slugging percentages for Fisher Cats players
• Physics: Discuss kinetic and potential energy and how pitchers make a curveball "curve"
• Arithmetic: Create a budget, and using the prices of concession stand products, calculate how much you spent and received in change
• Geometry: How many right angles can you find at the ballpark? What shapes make up the playing field?
• History: Discuss how the Fisher Cats got their name. Discuss why "#42" is retired on the right field wall
The dates this year are April 12, May 24, and June 7. Contact Stephanie Fournier to get tickets. | | p: 603.606.4105 | f: 603.641.2055

Gallery Tours at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord

Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society's education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire's "Temple of History" and hear stories about the objects on display that make their history come alive. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you just can't see anywhere else. This month, tours are available on Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Friday, January 20 at 12 noon.

Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis; no more than twelve people per tour.

Massachusetts Society for Medical Research Competition for New England Students

The 26th annual student competition of the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research is accepting submissions through May 8, in the form of essay, poster, or website, about a medical research discovery.

All New England students in grades 7 – 12 are eligible to enter – public, private, parochial, or home school. Students in grades 7 and 8 are entered as Level I and students in grades 9 – 12 are entered as Level II. For more information visit

Pianist Eric Lu Performs at UNH February 7

The UNH Celebrity Series is pleased to present pianist Eric Lu on February 7 at 7:00 p.m. Eric Lu, who has already established himself as one of the finest pianists of the younger generation, will perform a program that will include Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K. 511; Schubert: Four Impromptus, Op. 90, D. 899; Chopin: Preludes, Op. 28, Nos. 13-16 and Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52; Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83.

In 2013, at the age of 15, he was admitted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he currently studies. In the recent years, Lu has received top prizes at a number of major international competitions. In August of 2014, he received the 1st prize at the 9th Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. In 2013, Lu triumphed at the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition, receiving the 1st Prize, along with the special Schubert Prize. Moreover, in 2010, Lu won the 1st Prize of the prestigious 12th Ettlingen International Competition in Germany.

We invite the community to join us for these performances in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre in Durham. Tickets prices are $30 General, $10 UNH Student with ID and Youth under 18. Tickets for the series season can be purchased on line at, or by calling the Box Office at 603-862-7222(PCAC). The hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 12:00– 5:00, as well as one hour before each event. Visit the Celebrity Series web page:

Remember, check our website for more activities and announcements!

NHHC Newsletter Staff

Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816, 539-7233,
Stefanie Marsh, layout and web posting.

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