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  MassHOPE Messenger - 10.10.18
See what upcoming opportunities are available to homeschooling families!

October 10, 2018
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, 2019 - Annual homeschool and family discipleship
convention, DCU Center, Worcester
June 8, 2019 - Formal graduation ceremony, Holden Chapel, Holden
 New or Updated
  1.  From HSLDA: What is your homeschooling anniversary story?
.  Winter getaway at Great Wolf Lodge
  3.  Amazing Grace Christian Dance Company in Hopkinton
  4.  Guest speaker on PLAY in Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  5.  Library book sale in Marlborough
  6.  Vocal artist competition for the Nashoba Valley Chorale
  7.  Group discounts at Wachusett Mountain through CHEC
  8.  1st annual STEM week statewide, October 21-27
  9.  Suzuki violin lessons in Southbridge

10.  Jobs-focused essay contest from HSLDA
11.  Fall campaign assistance needed
IEW workshop in Hyde Park, New York
13.  Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
14.  Your news item HERE
15.  Miss a workshop? or forget to buy a recording?
16.  Do you receive The Voice of HOPE?
17.  Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
18.  Submit Box Tops for convention savings!
1.  From HSLDA: What is your Homeschooling Anniversary Story?
Tell yours in 150 words or less. For details of this and upcoming contests, click HERE. Prizes!
2.  Winter getaway at Great Wolf Lodge
This year, Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg is offering MassHOPE families two dates to choose from!
In need of a kid-friendly resort near Boston that offers fun for the entire family? Need to feel the fun of summer in the dead of winter?  Look no further than Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg. The friendly staff at Great Wolf Lodge New England is out to prove that their resort is so much more than just an indoor water park. Regardless of the weather your family will be in store for an incredible water park experience, with special amenities like food, games, shopping, and spectacular rooms.
Two dates are available this year: 1/21/19 through 1/22/19, and 1/28/19 through 1/29/19
$129/night - Deluxe queen suites (lodge fee waived)
DETAILS: There is a one-night room and tax deposit at the time a reservation is made. All rooms are blocked for Deluxe Queen Suites at a rate of $129 plus 9.7% sales tax. These rooms are equipped with two queen beds, pull-out twin sofa, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker, and sleep up to five people. Room also includes access to our ropes course and our two water parks. Guests may arrive early to enjoy the facilities of the resort by stopping by the front desk for wrist bands as early as 1 p.m. (although room check-in begins at 4 p.m.).  On the day of departure, waterparks may be used until closing (although room check-out is at 11 a.m.). Standard cancellation policy will apply: $40 cancellation fee if cancelled more than 72 hours prior to arrival. If reservation is cancelled within 72 hours of arrival there is a one-night room and tax cancellation fee. If there is a family with more than five, they may contact Katie Dutch at (978)516-0138 for a discounted room rate on a larger room.  Pricing and availability are not guaranteed for larger room types.
INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS: Individual guests must make their own reservations by calling the toll-free Central Reservations Department at (866)980-9653 by January 1, 2019. They must identify themselves as being associated with MassHOPE, with Reservation Codes below. All reservations must be guaranteed by the individual and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Each individual has up 72 hours prior to arrival date to cancel the individual room with a $40.00 cancellation fee per room. If the individual cancels the room within 72 hours of arrival date, 100% of the first night's room rate plus tax will be charged to the individual's credit card or taken from the deposit.  1/21/19 Code: 1901MAHOPE21
1/28/19 Code: 1901MAHOPE
3.  Amazing Grace Christian Dance Company in Hopkinton
We are a Christian Dance Company which strives to bring glory to Jesus through dance.
We offer Beginner Ballet, Intermediate Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Advanced Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Contemporary. We meet on Tuesday and Thursday Nights at Community Covenant Church, 3 W. Elm St, Hopkinton.
For more information, please email Jan Misarski at, or call (508)344-5616.
4.  Guest speaker on PLAY in Dartmouth, Massachusetts
On Wednesday, November 28th from 6-7:30pm, The Encompass Community at Friends Academy, 1088 Tucker Road in North Dartmouth, will host guest speaker Peter Gray, for a presentation and discussion about self-directed learning and the importance of play throughout childhood.This event is free, but donations are graciously accepted. Childcare for ages 4+ will be provided. Family-friendly art activities for children will be available in the adjoining room.For more information, contact
Elizabeth Gouveia, M.Ed.
Director, Encompass Community For Independent Learning 
@ Friends Academy
1088 Tucker Road
N. Dartmouth, MA 02747
978.223.8402 (cell)
The Encompass Community is a grant-funded initiative of the Center For Education Innovation. They are located on 65 acres of wilderness at Friends Academy in Dartmouth and offer enrichment and resources to homeschool families and life-long learners of all ages.
5.  Library book sale in Marlborough
Marlborough Friends of the Library is hosting their Fall Book and Bake on October 13 from 9-4 at the library, on 35 West Main Street. Sale will be downstairs in the Bigelow Auditorium.
Children's softcover books $0.25
Children's hardcover books $0.50
Young Adult/Adult paperback $0.50
Young Adult/Adult Hardcover $1.00
6.  Vocal artist competition for the Nashoba Valley Chorale
The Nashoba Valley Chorale is inviting young voice students (aged 15-25) to audition for solos at their winter concert on January 19, 2019. Singers will be auditioning to perform the solos in Mozart's Regina Coeli with the Nashoba Valley Chorale and a professional chamber ensemble. The winners get a professional recording, private mentoring with the conductor, and the chance to perform for 500 people. Find details on the website:
7.  Group discounts at Wachusett Mountain through CHEC
Group Discounts for Skiing and Snowboarding at Wachusett Mountain!

All homeschool students in grades 3-12, as well as parents/chaperones are eligible for the CHEC ski/snowboard student program. Our group skis at Wachusett Mountain from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays starting on January 4, 2018. The dates are January 4, 11, 18, and 25; February 1, 8, and 15, and March 1.

OR, you may opt to purchase a discount Season Pass through our group and ski at your convenience!

Here are the highlights:

FEES (before 12/5/18):
  • 8-week lift badge $130.00
  • 8-week ski/board rental $110.00
  • 8-week helmet rental $24.00
  • 6 one-hour lessons $60.00
After 12/5/18 lift badges go up to $150. 
All beginners and novices are required to take lessons.
Lessons are typically at 10:30 a.m.

Bronze Season Passes may be purchased for $269 (after 12/5/18-$369). Discount gold and silver season passes are available, as well.

Card of Wachusett (COW cards) are available at discounts, too. You can purchase a $50 card for $45 through our group!

How do I sign up?
Registration opens Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Step One: Go to
Step Two: Parents enter this Program Code to access order form: CHCH

If you have any questions contact your group coordinator:
Kristen Raskett
call or text: 508-736-2515
Please feel free to share this info! It's on facebook, too! And let me know how I can help you this ski season!

8.  1st annual STEM week statewide, October 21-27
In an effort to boost students' interest and raise awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, the Baker-Polito Administration has declared a statewide STEM Week. There will be lessons, events, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the week at various venues. Click HERE to view programs in your area.
If you're in central Massachusetts, and the schedule doesn't interfere with church, you might want to attend the kick-off at Roll on America, sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg. On Sunday, October 21 from 11:30-5:30 p.m., students will reverse engineer a roller skate and learn how each part functions to make the skate. They will learn about friction and discuss how surfaces in the rink are made of different materials and how that affects the skate in motion. They will perform an experiment to test the friction of the skating floor versus the carpet. Students will have a chance to showcase their creativity and design a new feature for a skate. An afternoon of skating will follow the 50-minute hands-on lesson. Perfect for all ages and grades. No admission charge for the first 200 participants arriving by 11:45. To reserve a spot, email Kelly Hartnett at

9.  Suzuki violin lessons in Southbridge
Alicia Rattin is a professional violinist with the Hartford Symphony, has a master's degree in Suzuki Pedagogy, and is also a homeschooling mom. She currently has openings for lessons at her home in Southbridge.  You can contact her at (978)790-1856 or

10.  Jobs-focused essay contest from HSLDA

Accepting submissions through November 1, in three age categories. See Rules & Guidelines HERE for instructions.

11.  Fall campaign assistance needed
The Renew MA Coalition is a socially and fiscally conservative organization supporting pro-life and biblical values. The organization is involved with a variety of efforts and projects, including the ballot question to repeal the Bathroom and Locker Room Law. The Coalition is looking for volunteers as well as paid assistance to distribute voter guides and to knock on doors in targeted areas. Hours are flexible: weekdays, weekends, part time, or full time. More formal internships are also available, and we're happy to tailor student efforts to meet requirements for course credit or volunteer hours. Please email for more information and to start a discussion about how you can help stem the tide of liberalism in Massachusetts.

12.  IEW workshop in Hyde Park, New York
Dutchess County LEAH (Loving Education at Home) has invited Mr. Andrew Pudewa, creator of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curricula, to do several workshops for both parents and students this November. No IEW experience is necessary. What a great opportunity to get some first-hand experience with the IEW process! It's great for the newbies and old hats alike.
Space is limited. Early Discount prices end October 18, so sign up now! Teachers and parents may observe most workshops for free.
When: Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10, 2018
Where: Hyde Park Baptist Church, 10 Romans Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Presenter: Andrew Pudewa, Founder and Director, Institute for Excellence in Writing
Get all the details HERE.
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14. 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.

15.  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.

16. 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 to add your name, please send your name and "snail mail" address to

17. 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!

18.  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. (Submissions received from January 1-December 31, 2019 will count for credit toward the 2020 convention.) 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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