Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
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  MassHOPE Messenger - 07.04.18
See what upcoming opportunities are available to homeschooling families!

July 4, 2018    Happy Fourth!
Welcome to The MassHOPE Messenger, an up-to-the-minute e-mail summary of events and other opportunities for homeschoolers as well as other news items related to home education.
Please note that listing of items herein that are not sponsored by MassHOPE does not imply endorsement by MassHOPE. Due diligence should be exercised in determining what you consider appropriate for your own family.

Calendar of future MassHOPE events
April 25-27, 2018 - Temporary date, annual homeschool and family discipleship convention
New or Updated
  1. Save the date
  2. Free Fun Fridays
  3. Still time to enter poetry contest
  4. We've heard...
  5. Good Company Tutorials

  5. Public speaking course in central Massachusetts
  6. Study participants sought
  7. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
  8. Your news item HERE
  9. Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
10. Do you receive The Voice of HOPE?
11. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
12. Submit Box Tops for convention savings!
1.  Save the date...
...for special events at the Jenney Museum in Plymouth that our homeschool families would enjoy. They may even want to participate, as there will be a march through Plymouth of the fifty-one survivors of the first winter. Costumes will be provided. (!) Volunteers are also welcome. I have attached the details so far.
Thank you, Cathy Creed, for this information.

Celebrate Liberty 2018
August 2-4
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Presented by the Jenney Museum

The purpose of the Pilgrims coming to Plymouth was to
establish a political commonwealth governed by Biblical law.
 Their authority was in Biblical law and the Kingdom of Christ.
                                   This is where real liberty is found!
Join us as we celebrate the liberty that has made this the greatest country on earth.
Thursday, August 2, 10 a.m.  - 1:30 p.m.
Boston State House Tour
Friday, August, 3 6:00 p.m.
 Pilgrim Progress March
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Historic Educational Tours of Plymouth
Tour of the National Monument to the Forefathers
Dramatic & Musical Presentations
Hands-on Activities for Children & Adults
Reservations required for Thursday & Saturday events
Details will be posted on
Tours presented by historians Leo Martin, Director of Education at the Jenney Museum, and Dr. Paul Jehle, Executive Director of Plymouth Rock Foundation
To sponsor, volunteer, participate, or get more information, contact Nancy Martin at (508)747-4544 or
 Jenney Museum, 48 Summer Street, Plymouth, MA 02360                    
2.  Free Fun Fridays
Continuing through the end of August, Free Fun Fridays brings you weekly free admission to events, programs, museums, and special sites all over Massachusetts.
3.  Still time to enter poetry contest
August 1 is the deadline for submissions for the HSLDA poetry contest. See details at CONTEST.
4.  We've heard...
...that HSLDA is sponsoring yet another contest!!! This time, it's about your freedom to homeschool. What do you value most about it? Enter their July contest and answer in your own way!Go HERE to find out how to enter. Deadline for submissions is July 27.

5.  Good Company Tutorials
Good Company Tutorials offers 40 weekly classes for students in grades 5-12, including apologetics and worldview; various levels of public speaking, literature, and writing; six science courses; personal finance; algebra, geometry, and SAT Math Prep; logic; study skills; art and music; World History; and two AP courses. Besides our Attleboro location, we have courses beginning in Cranston, Rhode Island in September.  For more information, see

6.  Public speaking course in central Massachusetts
The Art of Public Speaking is a speech course for homeschool students in grades 7-12. It meets the first three Fridays of each month at LifeSource Church in Cherry Valley (Leicester). For class info, go HERE. Click HERE for online registration. Email questions to
7.  Study participants sought
From the HSLDA website: A doctoral candidate at Liberty University hopes to identify and describe the curriculum, instructional methods, and structure used by homeschooling families of gifted and twice-exceptional children. If you have homeschooled a gifted or twice-exceptional child for at least two years, you may be eligible to participate in the research. Contact Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock at (719) 238-3443 or
8.  Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
"Like" MassHOPE's Facebook page: You'll be encouraged in your homeschooling journey and will receive all updates for upcoming events.
9. Your news item HERE
Do you know of an event or activity in or near Massachusetts that would edify or interest the homeschool community? Email Anne Smith at ewsjfamily@startmail.comand we will review it for possible inclusion in the MassHOPE Messenger.

The MassHOPE Messenger is a biweekly e-newsletter that is sent free to approximately 2500 mailboxes. Unfortunately, it is not free to distribute. This cost increases each year, and MassHOPE has limited funds. Therefore we charge a nominal fee of $10 for unsolicited submissions from individuals, and from most organizations or groups unaffiliated with MassHOPE, who wish to advertise their for-fee services. Items will ordinarily run in two consecutive issues.

10.  Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
To order recordings from the 2018 convention, just click on ORDER FORM for a printable form; or go to and click on Convention, and then on Recordings on the list on the right. For previous years' recordings, go to the bottom of the Convention page.

11. Do you receive The Voice of HOPE?
MassHOPE publishes a quarterly print newsletter,
The Voice of HOPE. In addition to announcements you might also find in the Messenger, we provide three or four full-length articles on a variety of homeschooling topics. If you would like your name added, please send your name and "snail mail" address to

12. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
Do you shop at Amazon? If you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to MassHOPE! If you're not already signed up, you can do so more easily than ever. To start supporting our organization, simply click this link, which is unique to MassHOPE: HYPERLINK ""3220412. That's all!  From then on, when - and only when - you enter the Amazon website through, Amazon will automatically donate a 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to MassHOPE. Thank you for supporting the work of your Christian state homeschool organization!

13.  Submit Box Tops for convention savings!
Did you submit any of the 8,003 Box Tops for Education MassHOPE received during 2017? If so, we thank you! And if you requested partial 2018 convention credit, you were able to save on your registration fee. We tallied everything up, and here are the final numbers:

Value of submitted Box Tops:  $800.30
Designated for convention credit:  $264.80 (with one individual receiving a credit of $20.75!)
Designated for support groups:  $44.57
Designated for MassHOPE scholarships:  $490.93
Want to submit Box Tops for 2019 convention credit but aren't sure how to proceed? See the detailed instructions below.

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You can earn free or reduced admission to the 2019 convention AND support MassHOPE at the same time!  Bring your Box Tops for Education tabs (found on lots of products you may already buy) with you to any MassHOPE function, or mail them to us c/o Anne Smith, 85 Liberty Street, Haverhill, MA 01832. They should be postmarked by December 31, 2018, for 2019 convention credit. You may choose either of the following options, but please note with your submission which you have chosen:
1. Donate all of them.  The proceeds will be used for MassHOPE scholarships.
2. Receive credit for 50% of the value of your Box Tops toward registration for next year's convention. The remainder will be used for MassHOPE scholarships. In either case, if you designate a MassHOPE affiliated support group, one half of the MassHOPE portion will be donated to that group.

Box Tops should be enclosed in a sealed envelope. Submissions must include all of the following information: name, address, phone number, email address, number of Box Tops enclosed, option chosen, and (if applicable) name of support group that will benefit.
NOTE: If you have any electronic Box Tops that need to be submitted online, send them to us along with your cardboard Box Tops, and we will submit them online for you.

Please keep track of expiration dates. Box Tops take a LOT of time, and a LOT of work on our end to process.
Soon-to-expire Tops will probably not get submitted in time for us to receive any credit for them. We currently honor all those that expire no less than two months from when you mail them or drop them off. We cannot guarantee any others. AGAIN: Box Tops need to be at least two months from expiration. (If you submit Box Tops expiring in under two months we may be able to submit them in time for you to get credit, but we cannot guarantee anything.) Contact Anne Smith at (978)372-1339 or with any questions.

(Please do not send us Campbell's Labels for Education, Kellogg's Family Rewards codes, or tabs from any other collection program. We collect only Box Tops for Education.)
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