The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition News March/April 2012 Volume XXIII Number 4

Spring Workshop April 21

Join us at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester, for a day of workshops. Whether you've been homeschooling or you're considering it, you will find a workshop of interest to you.

Registration is at 9:00. From 9:30 to 11:30, we will have a panel of veteran homeschooling parents giving us a "Homeschool Sampler." For lunch you can "brown bag" it, or visit one of the area restaurants. From 12:30 to 2:30, you have a choice of either of two sessions. A panel of parents will talk about "Homeschooling Special Needs Students" in one workshop. In the "Homeschooling Through High School/Writing Transcripts" workshop, a panel of parents and students will explain how they put together high school programs. During the second half of this session, a group of parents will show you how they put together transcripts and how their students successfully applied to college. Throughout the day there will be tables set up with free catalogs and other information pertinent to homeschooling, as well as samples of curricula used by homeschooling families from all over New Hampshire.
Registration information is online at Preregistration is only $15. Registration at the door will be $20.
Special thanks to our sponsors: The Concord Fencing Club,; The New Hampshire Telephone Museum,; and Eric M. Katzman, DMD, of Dover (603) 749-2010.

Report of the Home Education Advisory Council

Abbey Lawrence

A Discussion with DCYF
At our January meeting Lorraine Bartlett from the Division of Children, Youth and Families spent half an hour discussing the Division's practices. She told us that DCYF would not investigate based merely on undocumented complaints of educational neglect, and that the number of cases in which homeschoolers are involved is extremely small.

Rules and the State Board
In February the Council approved a few minor clarifying changes to Ed. 315. The Final Proposal goes next to the State Board of Education on March 21.

I will present the Council's annual report to the State Board at its April 18 meeting. If you have any questions or concerns you would like me to discuss with the Board, please get in touch. Four members have recently left the Board: Fred Bramante, Daphne Kenyon, William Walker, and John Lyons. John was still listed at the website when I last looked, but his term expired January 31, and Mary Mayo confirmed that he is no longer a member, which leaves only four current members. The governor appoints Board members; Mary did not have any information about when those three vacant seats will be filled.

HEAC Vice Chairman Chris Hamilton follows legislation of interest to homeschoolers and provides a legislative report for the Council every month. Here is her latest compilation.
o HB545 – (New Title) relative to the administrative rulemaking process governing home educated pupils.
o 1/4/2012 -- House voted OTP/AM, #2716h
o 2/8/2012 – Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee, no hearing yet scheduled
o HB1571 - relative to educational evaluation of home schooled children. (Prime) J.R. Hoell
o 2/15/2012 – House voted OTP/AM, consent calendar
o 2/15/2012 – Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee, no hearing yet scheduled
o HB1589 - establishing a legislative committee to study and propose a recodification of the education laws currently in RSA title 15.
o 2/9/2012 – House Education Committee voted 14-0 OTP/AM, #0697h
o 3/7/2012 – House vote scheduled, consent calendar
o HB1162 – establishing a committee to study the effects of compulsory school attendance on children and families.
o 2/15/2012 – House voted ITL on a voice vote
o HB1167 – repealing the 180-day school year requirement.
o 2/14/2012 – Committee voted 15-0 OTP/AM, #0793h (new Title - relative to the calculation of days in the school year)
o 3/7/2012 – House vote scheduled, consent calendar
o SB272-FN , relative to truancy.
o 2/2/2012 – Senate Judiciary public hearing. The motivation behind the bill was the elimination of the use of the CHINS petition to address habitual truancy. At the hearing, the committee heard from several legislators and school officials in support of the bill. It also heard from several people involved in juvenile justice and disability advocacy that this was not a good substitute for the CHINS petition process. (Audio of the hearing is available at the General Court website.)
o 2/16/2012 – Senate Judiciary Committee executive session. The current proposal for the committee amendment would still allow children to be charged with truancy, but would require the proceedings to be private, and held in a venue separate from the trials of adult offenders. The date of the committee vote on the amendment is not published.
o HB219 - (New Title) restricting the rulemaking authority of the state board of education and establishing a legislative oversight committee to review the rulemaking authority of the state board of education.
o 1/5/2012 – House voted 214-100 OTP/AM on a roll call vote, #2755h
o 2/8/2012 – Introduced and referred to Senate Education Committee, no hearing yet scheduled.
o HB1377 – requiring postsecondary education institutions to compile and submit reports on remedial education courses.
o 2/9/2012 – Committee voted 11-5 OTP/AM, #0614h
o 3/7/2012 – House vote scheduled, regular calendar
o CACR31 – Relating to parental rights. Providing parents have the natural right to control the health, education and welfare of their children.
o 2/23/2012 – House Children and Family Law voted 11-3 ITL
o The date of the House vote is not yet scheduled; the bill is on the regular calendar, so there will likely be a floor debate.
o HB1139 – making changes to the unique pupil identification system.
o This bill allows a parent, legal guardian, or pupil who is 18 years of age or older to have access to the unique pupil identifier, allows home educated students to opt in for inclusion in the unique pupil identification system, and repeals certain provisions relative to access to unique pupil identification data.
o 2/14/2012 – House Education Committee voted 14-0 OTP/AM, #0600h
o 3/7/2011 – House vote scheduled, consent calendar
o HB1440 – relative to driver education.
o This bill permits a person who has attained the age of 15 and 1/2 years to fulfill the driver education requirement by enrolling in an online driver education course.
o 2/22/2012 -- House Transportation Committee voted 14-2 OTP/AM, #0968h
o 2/23/2012 -- Minority report filed, OTP/AM, #0645h
o 3/7/2012 -- House vote scheduled, regular calendar
Abbey Lawrence

A Wildlife Encounter in Brookline

March 20, 2012, 1:30-2:30, Brookline Town Hall (30 minutes or less from Nashua!)

March’s program will be - The Human Factor - population, consumption, agriculture, bushmeat, presented in a child appropriate way, but poaching will be mentioned. The program will last approximately one hour and will include six animals presented by the professional educators of the W.I.L.D. Center and New England Zoological Park. This will be a program with some hands-on opportunities. (Some animals can not be touched due to state regulations.) If you would like to see a list of some of the animals that might be included, please visit:
Advance payment required; please contact organizer Melanie Kohli, assemble the following email address to send mail, melaniekohli at gmail dot com.
This program will be an hour in length and geared to ages 6 and up (please contact me if you wish to enroll a younger child in the hour long program). Younger siblings are welcome to join us at the end for a 5-10 minute preschool presentation.
$9.50 per child ages 5 and up for the hour long program. Parents and adult caregivers, and siblings one year and younger, are free. Siblings Ages 2-5 for the 10 minute preschool program, with touching animals: $2.00.

Programs for Homeschoolers at the Montshire Museum

The Montshire Museum in Norwich, Vermont, offers programs and special days for homeschoolers to explore science. Visit for more information.

Homeschoolers’ Day: Our Bodies, Our Health, Friday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Join other homeschoolers and their families for a day of science as we explore health, nutrition, and human biology through hands-on activities and investigations.

Homeschool Series: Astronomy, Thursdays, April 5 & 12
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; ages 6–8
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; ages 9–12
In this two-part series we will explore the night sky and daytime astronomy.
We will investigate the earth’s movement as we build a sundial and make observations using shadows. In addition we will explore the night sky in the Museum’s Starlab planetarium. ?Limited to 14 children.
Location: Montshire Classroom
Members: $40 Non-members: $44
Pre-registration required: register online.

Concerts for Children by the Portland Symphony

The Portland Symphony Orchestra's KinderKonzerts presents Peter and the Wolf at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg,
Maine, on Tuesday, April 3 from 10:30 until 11:15.
For more information call (207)935-9232 or visit

Fisher Cats Home School Appreciation Night May 11

Join the N.H. Fisher Cats in Manchester for their second annual Home School Appreciation Night on Friday, May 11 at 6:35 p.m. as the Fisher Cats take on the Binghamton Mets, the AA affiliate of the N.Y. Mets.

Tickets start at only $7 for seats right behind the dugouts. Other seating locations are available as well. If you have any questions or want to join us, please contact Josh Hubbard at 603-606-4108 or email at

New England Catholic Homeschool Conference May 12

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts will host the annual New England Catholic Homeschool Conference on Saturday, May 12. The program will include vendors selling homeschooling curriculum, representatives from various Catholic colleges, and four distinguished speakers who will offer suggestions, moral support, and advice based on real-life experience for homeschooling parents.

Please visit our website: to sign up or to find more information about the New England Homeschool Conference. To learn more about Thomas More College, please visit:

Rapunzel in Concord

The Junior Service League of Concord performs Rapunzel at Memorial Hall in St. Paul’s School, Concord, on Friday, March 16 at 7p.m. and Saturday, March 17 at 2p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

The JSL of Concord is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise money to aid and assist local women and children in crisis. All proceeds from the play will go toward accomplishing that mission.

Perform It! Theater Company’s 2012 production of Shakespeare's The Tempest

The six-time award winning Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company will be performing William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, May 9 through May 13 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
Wednesday morning matinee, open to the public, curtain time is 10:00 and
tickets are $8.00 a person.
Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:30, Sunday matinee at 2:00.
Ticket prices for the Friday – Sunday shows are:
In advance: Adult $12.00/ Children 12 and under $7.00
At the door: Adult $14.00/ Children 12 and under $8.00

The story overview: For the past twelve years the exiled Duke of Milan, Prospero, and his teenage daughter, Miranda, have been living on an island whose only other inhabitants are Caliban, the evil son of a witch, and Ariel, the spirit of the air. When Prospero realizes that a ship on the horizon is carrying his enemies, he conjures a great storm, a tempest, which causes the ship to crash upon the rocks casting the frightened passengers and crew into the sea and washing them ashore. With revenge as his primary motive, Prospero plans to kill his enemies but during the course of play, the magician realizes that forgiveness has far greater power than revenge and he summons the courage to forgive them.

This script is one of Will Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces. Many scholars feel that The Tempest was Shakespeare’s final farewell to the stage as he retired soon after producing the play at the Globe Theater.

Perform It! is a non-profit theater company, which has been bringing Shakespeare alive through the hearts and minds of young people for the past eighteen years. The yearlong, two-semester theater program begins in September with weekly theater classes and culminates in May with a full-scale production of one of Shakespeare’s plays. There are forty-six student actors in the company and all are homeschooled.

Among the many awards this unique theater company has received Perform It! is the recipient of the 2009 Moss Hart Memorial Award for Best Theater Production in New England from the New England Theater Conference as well as receiving the Best Youth Theater Company in 2006 from the New Hampshire Theater Awards.

For more information or to reserve tickets contact

Touchstone Farm in Temple Offers Discount for Homeschoolers

Touchstone Farm in Temple offers a variety of horseback riding lessons for horse lovers of all ages and skills. We invite you to come meet the staff and horses and tour the farm. The first ten home school students who sign up for a ten-week lesson program will get an additional 10% off. Please mention this ad.

An Open House is scheduled for March 10 from 1 until 4 at the farm. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about riding lessons, camp and any other program we have to offer. For more information please visit our website or give Lisa a call at 603-556-1021.

2012 Congressional Arts Competition

The 2012 Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for legislators and the public to recognize and encourage artistic talent in our nation. The contest is open to all high school students. Each student contestant must submit original artwork to the congressional representative who represents the district in which the student lives. The winning artwork from each district will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol.

Representative Frank Guinta represents New Hampshire's First Congressional District which includes Hooksett, Bedford, Goffstown, Manchester, and Merrimack, Belknap County (except the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton), Rockingham County (except the towns of Atkinson, Salem, and Windham), all of Carroll County, and all of Strafford County. Students from this congressional district can get more information about the competition from this website:

Representative Charles Bass represents New Hampshire's Second Congressional District which includes Sanbornton, Tilton, Atkinson, Salem, and Windham, Hillsborough County (except Bedford, Goffstown, Manchester, and Merrimack), Merrimack County (except the town of Hooksett), all of Cheshire County, all of Coos County, all of Grafton County, and all of Sullivan County. Students from this congressional district can get more information about the competition by contacting Representative Bass's Nashua office at 70 East Pearl Street (phone: 603-595-7701).

Competition guidelines, entry forms, images of winning artwork from last year's competition, and general information are available from

Music Programs and Camp in Concord

Concord Community Music School offers many early childhood programs including: Take Three (ages 4 to 6); Suzuki violin (beginning at age 4); Purple Finches children’s chorus (beginning at age 5); recorder (ages 5 to 8); percussion (ages 6 to 8); and Music & Movement (ages 6 months to age 6). Take advantage of this amazing offer for students new to Music & Movement: Register online and use code mmspring2012 to receive $50 off your tuition. We accept new students throughout the semester, so it's never too late to register!. Our spring semester ends June 2; our summer semester begins June 4.

In addition, our Creative Arts Camp will be held July 16-20 and July 23-27; parents can register their children for one or both weeks. Students in grades 1-6 will be grouped by grade level (grades 1-2; 3-4; and 5-6) and rotate through planned activities that include: singing, choreography, instrumental music, dance and creative movement, visual arts and outdoor games. An extended day option is available.
To register or for more information, visit or call 603.228.1196.

BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure

offers a program on bat conservation, geared for students in grades 4 to 8.
Check out all of the resources at the the BatsLIVE web site at

Camp Lincoln Homeschool Open House

Join other home school groups on May 11 at YMCA Camp Lincoln in Kingston for a day filled of fun with other home school groups. Activities include the high ropes course and the challenge course, and there are nature trails and the lake. Cost: $5/person or $13/ family. BBQ lunch available for $3/person (Veggie burgers available.)
Contact Cory Evans at 642-3361 or

Merrimack County Conservation District and AmeriCorps new GREEN Corps

offers environmental programs for homeschooling groups. In addition, high school students are invited to participate in
Envirothon, a science competition and learning/networking opportunity. For more information, contact Vicky Stafford at 223-6023 or

Homeschool Week at Hulbert Center in Vermont

Homeschoolers age 9-17 are invited to spend a week at Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. The next program is March 18-23. For more information or questions, contact Becky Proulx, Program Director, Hulbert Outdoor Center, 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, Vermont at 802-333-3405.
for photos and descriptions.

Remember, check our website for more activities and announcements!

NHHC Newsletter
Abbey Lawrence, Editor, PO Box 97, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
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