The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News June 2016 Volume XXVII Number 10

2016 June Coordinator’s Report

Guest speaker and homeschooling author Rebecca Rupp entertained a small group of attendees at this year’s annual NHHC Spring Workshop, which was held on May 7 at St. Elizabeth Seton Activity Hall in Bedford. Some extracurricular and museum groups which cater to homeschoolers were on site to discuss their offerings, and complementary catalogs and handouts were also available. After a brief presentation on New Hampshire homeschool law, the afternoon panel provided multiple perspectives about starting and maintaining a home education program. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!

The next board meeting of the NHHC will be held at the Elkins Public Library in Canterbury on Wednesday, June 15 from 6:30-9:00pm. Members are always welcome to attend.

Expect to see ballots in your email inboxes later this month for the annual election of local area representative/board members, as well as a referendum vote on changes to the Coalition Constitution and Bylaws. We are still seeking a Secretary and a Representative to serve the Berlin/Colebrook area.

Amy Gall

Seacoast Christian Home Educators Annual Used Curriculum and Book Sale

June 18, 2016 9am-1pm
History Extras
Foreign Language
Grace Community Church, 159 Rochester Hill Road, Rochester, NH
Interested Sellers and General Info

Catholic Education Conference June 17

Northeast Catholic College in Warner invites homeschoolers to a Catholic Education Conference co-sponsored by Homeschool Connections. Speakers will include nationally known speaker Danielle Bean and homeschooling mom Debbie Harne. HSLDA will be among the vendors.

The event will take place on June 17 from 9:00 until 3:00. It is free to attend with pre-registration and children are welcome. Lunch will be available for purchase.

For more information visit!catholic-education-conference/c6iym

Tween and Teen Events in Townsend, Massachusetts

The Journey Tween and Teen group is organizing several special events with a Harry Potter Theme through June and July in honor of the new book coming out. Join us for HP themed science, math, art, history and more! Our events will culminate with a special HP fan fest that our group will run as a community service project. We invite New Hampshire and Massachusetts homeschoolers ages 11 and up to join us for one or all the events. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AS SPACE IS LIMITED – PLEASE EMAIL TOWNSENDBROOKLINEHOMESCHOOL@GMAIL.COM . Our group members come from all over New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Unless otherwise noted, our meetings are held in Townsend, Massachusetts, about 30 minutes from Nashua. Please see below for dates and time:

June 7 – (1-3 p.m.) – Marauder’s Map Event
Potions Class: The science behind Invisible Ink (exploring acids and bases), Group Game: Marauder’s Map Passage, Bonus Activities *

June 21 – (1-3p.m. ) To Be Announced

July 5 – (1-3 p.m.) TBA

July 19 – (1-3 p.m.) Harry Potter Life Size Clue (Live Action/Role Play Mystery)

July 28 – (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) Harry Potter Fan Fest – Special Community Volunteer Opportunity!

*possible bonus activities if time permits: Double Potions Class, The Daily Prophet Writing

Whales Tale Waterpark Homeschool Field Trip

Whales Tale Waterpark in Lincoln invites homeschoolers to a field trip at the waterpark on Wednesday, June 15, from 9:45 until 2:00 ($11 per person) or 4:00 ($15 per person.)

To register go to, indicating family name and how many persons in each category, then send payment to Jaime-Rose Kelly, 332 West Main St, Littleton, NH 03561, or drop off at Faith Bible Church in Littleton Monday-Friday, 9-12. Registration is due by June 10.

For more information visit, call 443-0973, or

Herring Climbing the Fish Ladder at Amoskeag Fishways!

Amoskeag Fishways at 4 Fletcher Street in Manchester invites you to watch thousands of river herring migrating up the Merrimack River to spawn. The fish ladder provides a passageway for migrating fish to swim around the Amoskeag Dam and continue upriver to their spawning habitat, and viewing windows allow a close look at this natural phenomenon. This year there are more herring than have been seen in over twenty years. Migration season is May 2 until June 18. Other fish you might see migrating up our ladder are American shad, sea lamprey, Atlantic salmon and juvenile American eels. Call 626-FISH for more information, or visit Open seven days a week, 9-5 during migration season.

Online eStart Courses for College Credit

Registration for the Fall 2016 eStart semester is now open; courses begin on August 29. This is a good opportunity for students to enhance their educational experience and get an early and affordable start on their college careers.

Financial assistance is available for eligible students; visit

Statistics (MATH251C) is offered at 50% the normal tuition cost.

Object Oriented Programming (CIS112G), a new course this fall, can be counted towards a Programming Certificate.

For more information, or to register, visit, or contact Ed Symes at 717-5965.

VLACS Parents Facebook Group

There is a new Facebook group for parents who use VLACS, or are interested in more information about it here in New Hampshire. For anyone interested the link is .This group is for any VLACS parents, whether part time, full time, middle school, high school and for those who have questions about VLACS. VLACS' offices gave their "thumbs up" for this group to start and any questions that we cannot answer will be sought out through them to insure accuracy. There will be no arguing or putting down of those who choose to use VLACS for their children's schooling. It is to be a safe place to discuss and ask any questions without ridicule, only support and understanding.

Volunteers Needed to Work With Horses in Therapy Program

UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Goffstown is a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to improving the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of individuals with and without disabilities by partnering with the power of the horse. Each week, UpReach serves 90 students with the valued assistance of over 130 volunteers.

The majority of volunteers serve as leaders and sidewalkers in the horseback riding and driving lesson program for children and adults with disabilities. A training session is required for those interested in supporting students and the minimum commitment asked for is one hour, once a week, for a term, same day and time each week; no prior horse experience is required. Opportunities are available Monday through Thursday, 10–7, Fridays 10-1. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Liz Devine at 497-2343, or visit

Young Bakers Wanted for Show on the Food Network

Levity Entertainment is casting for Season 3 of the Kids Baking Championship show on the Food Network. Many of the kids that end up applying for our show are homeschooled and love to bake. We are looking for kids between the ages of 8 and 13 that love to bake. For more information contact jdank@leg-corp or (424) 702-3867.

Open Your Home to a Spanish Student This Summer

Do you have an interest in foreign culture? Would you like to be a host family for a Spanish student for a month? Host families of all kinds--single parents, with kids, couples, working families--are needed to house students from June 26 to July 24.

Global Friendships Inc. finds families to host kids from around the world. These students arriving from Spain will go on three excursions a week, leaving from Somersworth High School, for the four weeks they are here. The rest of the time is spent with the families. The ages range from 13 to 17. Transportation is provided for all the trips.

To learn more, visit; contact Mark Bernier at 781-0607 or, or Jen Bernier at 502-1798.

Vision Screening in Ossipee/Tamworth Area

The Whittier Lions Club of New Hampshire will be offering free vision screening for the children of Effingham, Freedom, Ossipee, and Tamworth, with a goal to screen all children above the age of 6 months. For information about free vision screenings outside this area and referral to your local Lions Club, contact Erika Rezzuti at (603) 323-8282 or

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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