December 2008 Out and About
December 2008 Out and About
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VaHomeschoolers Out and About - December 2008
Welcome to the December 2008 Out and About - a publication designed to connect homeschoolers to activities and events across the Commonwealth!
The end of 2008 is upon us. What an amazing year it has been. As always, there are fantastic things to do around Virginia. Several scholarship and contest entries await. Holiday traditions return with showings of The Nutcracker, Toyland, and The Legend of The Poinsettia. An engineering open house, and some winter camps round out the offerings.
Happy, happiest of Holidays, and may 2009 bring joy and peace.
As always, if you are interested in having an activity or event included, please see the submission guidelines included after the event listings.
In This Issue
- Online Resource - Polyhedra models
- Online Resource - Holiday websites
- Online Resource - Project FeederWatch
- Statewide Contest - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- Statewide Contest - Poetry Contest
- Statewide Opportunity - VaHomeschoolers 2009 Conference and Resource Fair
- Statewide Discount - Barnes & Noble Holiday Educator Shopping Event
- Statewide Opportunity - VCU Homeschool Scholarship
- Norfolk - Garden of Lights
- Middle Peninsula - Homeschool Football Team
- Petersburg – Toyland
- Richmond - "A Child's Christmas"
- )Richmond - River and Bay Explorers at Maymont
- Richmond - VCU School of Engineering Homeschooler Open House
- Richmond - MidWinter Shakespeare Camp
- Glen Allen - The Legend of the Poinsettia
- Burke - Meet the String Professors
- Fairfax - The Nutcracker Working Stage Rehearsal
- Fairfax - The Classical Nutcracker
- Fairfax - National Firearms Museum Extended Hours
- Centreville - New CHESS class offerings starting in January
Online Rescource - Polyhedra models
Polyhedra are beautiful 3-D geometrical figures that have fascinated philosophers, mathematicians, and artists for millennia.This site offers a few hundred paper models for free. Visit: www.korthalsaltes.com.
Online Resource - Holiday websites
December offers so many amazing celebrations and opportunities for learning about other cultures and traditions. Here are two websites that offer links to some of the internet resources available: www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/Socialstd/Wint_Holiday.html and www.springfieldlibrary.org/hols/holiday.html.
Online Resource - Project FeederWatch
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has just released its newly revised, free Homeschooler’s Guide to Project FeederWatch.
For more than 20 years, Project FeederWatch has been an easy, fun way for children to learn about birds and strengthen their skills in observation, identification, research, computation, writing, creativity, and more. FeederWatchers keep track of the numbers and kinds of birds at their feeders through the winter and report what they see to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
To download the Homeschooler’s Guide to Project FeederWatch, visit www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/Members/EduHomeSchoolResources.htm.
Statewide Contest - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites students in grades 7 - 12 to participate in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2009, the nation's longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts.
To learn more about the contest, visit the website at: www.artandwriting.org. Deadlines vary by region of the state, so check the website soon to be sure you beat the deadline for your entry.
Statewide Contest - Poetry Contest
Open to students from grades 1 - 12 and college undergradatues (or homeschoolers of applicable ages), this free contest sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia is open to students in all 50 states. Entries must be postmarked by Monday, January 19, 2009.
To learn more about the contest and how to enter, visit the Poetry Society's website at: www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org.
Statewide Opportunity - VaHomeschoolers 2009 Conference and Resource Fair
Mark your calendars for May 22-23, 2009 and join homeschoolers from around Virginia and beyond at the 2009 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair.
Held at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond and featuring author and homeschool mom, Kathleen Melin (By Heart: A Mother’s Story of Children and Learning at Home), VaHomeschoolers offers another great opportunity for homeschool support, information and fun designed for the whole family.
Statewide Discount - Barnes & Noble Holiday Educator Shopping Event
Saturday, December 6, 2008 offers a chance for homeschoolers to save 25% on books and cafe' purchases and 10% on DVDs and CDs at your local Barnes & Noble. If you don't already have an educator's discount card, take your VaHomeschoolers membership card or your Notice of Intent with you to obtain one at the day long event.
Statewide Opportunity - VCU Homeschool Scholarship
Virginia Commonwealth University''s School of Engineering will once again offer two scholarships exclusively for homeschooled students in Virginia. The tuition assistance scholarships will be awarded to a student who comes from a homeschool environment and enrolls as a first time freshman in any department of the School of Engineering in the fall semester of 2009.
Awardees will be selected by the School of Engineering based on the student's academic and personal qualifications and promise. In order to be considered for this scholarship, the student must apply for admission to VCU.
To learn more about the opportunities available at the VCU School of Engineering, visit: www.egr.vcu.edu.
Norfolk - Garden of Lights
Norfolk Botanical Garden will be aglow with the sights and spirit of the holidays during the 14th Annual Garden of Lights. This 2 ½ mile drive through winding paths lets you experience the magic of the four seasons coming alive with close to a million twinkling lights. The drive is open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00 per vehicle. For more information, visit: www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/events/gardenoflights.shtml.
Middle Peninsula - Homeschool Football Team
Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, and surrounding areas have a homeschool tackle football team forming. The team will be made up of homeschoolers and private schoolers who have not had the opportunity to play football.
The team is called the Hampton Roads Generals and is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes team. The team is currently looking for more players and/or donations to help fund the start up costs.
If you are interested in joining , getting on the email list, or donating, contact Connie Shaffer at (804) 693-0641 or email: mcjejj@.... For more information, visit: www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=hrg.
Petersburg - Toyland
Petersburg Public Library System celebrates Children’s Book Week with Rainbow Puppets and their production of Toyland, on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tabernacle Community Life Center. There is no cost.
For further information, please call the Children’s Department at (804) 733-2387 ext. 26.
Richmond - "A Child's Christmas"
The Richmond Men's Chorus will present its Holiday Concert: "A Child's Christmas," on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 7, 2008, at 4:00 p.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ.
Cost is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 seniors and students.
To learn more or to order tickets, visit: www.richmondmenschorus.org/holiday.htm.
Richmond - River and Bay Explorers at Maymont
Students in grades 8 - 10 are invited to Maymont to learn the skills it takes to be a great explorer and discover the James River and Chesapeake watersheds of pre-colonial Virginia. Indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) activities, such as a stream assessment and nature hikes, are planned.
Call (804) 358-7166, ext. 342 to register. Each camp day is $25, or you can attend all four days for $80. The camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
Camps begin on Tuesday, December 9, 2008. To learn more, visit the Maymont website here: www.maymont.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=214&srcid=276 and click on the River and Bay Explorer links on the calendar.
Richmond - VCU School of Engineering Homeschooler Open House
From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 6, 2008, experience the life of an engineering student at Virginia Commonwealth University at their Homeschooler Open House.
- Visit some of the Biomedical Engineering labs and learn about tissue engineering and research in nanomedicine.
- Get a taste of the hands-on research going on in the Mechanical Engineering labs.
- Suit up and make your own semiconductor wafer in the state-of the-art Clean Room facility. This activity is open to middle and high school students, with priority given to high schoolers. Space is limited to the first twenty students that reply to soersvp@....
- Discover exactly what interwoven toy train tracks and dozens of sensors can teach Computer Science students.
- Take a look at some of the research going on in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle lab, and what it means to the future of air travel.
- Talk with faculty, staff, department chairs and current students who were homeschooled.
- Learn more about a scholarship program designed specifically for homeschooled students in Virginia.
To learn more, visit: www.egr.vcu.edu/pdfs/home_school.pdf.
Richmond - MidWinter Shakespeare Camp
Think Shakespeare is just for adults?
In a Richmond Shakespeare's camp, students from 8 - 14 work together to perform a 20-minute version of a Shakespeare play. Half Shakespeare text and half narrative, it's all serious fun. Students increase verbal skills, focus and memorization as well as learning fun facts about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan world, all the while immersing themselves in some of the greatest stories in the English language.
Email or call Cynde Liffick at (804) 232-4000 or education@... for more information or to reserve a spot. Cost is $100/child. Dates are December 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2008.
To learn more about the Richmond Shakespeare Theatre, visit here: www.richmondshakespeare.com.
Glen Allen - The Legend of the Poinsettia
On January 9 - 11, 2009, The Latin Ballet of Virginia is proud to present The Legend of the Poinsettia, a performing arts interpretation of the Mexican legend of a pure-hearted young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. The Legend of the Poinsettia is as traditional in the Latin American holiday season as The Nutcracker is in the United States.
Presented at The Cultural Arts Center, this production includes colorful costumes, festive scenery, a variety of styles of joyful dances, and many Hanover Homeschoolers.
For more information on the ballet, visit The Latin Ballet web-site at: www.latinballet.com/Legendofponsettia.asp.
Discounted tickets for homeschoolers available through Parrish Mort for $11.00 each for any show. Tickets are regularly $20.00 adults - $15.00 children, students, and seniors.
For further inquiries or to order tickets, write Parrish at parrish@....
Burke - Meet the String Professors
Meet the Professor brings together string professors from Virginia universities and secondary school students interested in finding out more about the professors and their universities. The usual format is that selected students play for the professors in an open lesson while audience members (other students, teachers, and parents) observe. The university professors occasionally perform. No fee is involved.
All interested students, parents, and teachers are welcome to attend. For more information and to perform for the professors, contact Lynne Denig at: violynne@... or (703) 425-1234.
Meet the Professor takes place at Calvary Christian Church, 9800 Old Keene Mill Road in Burke, VA at the times noted below.
Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 2:00 p.m. Liberty University: Sean Beavers, guitar.
Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 2:00 p.m. Shenandoah University: Akemi Takayama, violin
Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 2:00 p.m. Old Dominion University: Lucy Manning, violin; Anastasia Migliozzi, viola; and Leslie Rogers Frittelli, cello.
Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern Mennonite University: Joan Griffing, violin and Lisa Wright, cello
Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 2:00 p.m. Virginia Tech: Alan Weinstein, cello
Fairfax - The Nutcracker Working Stage Rehearsal
Virginia Ballet Company and School offer admission to its Working Stage Rehearsal on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ernst Theater, NVCC, Annandale Campus. Open and Limited Seating. Advance Ticket Purchase Required. Tickets: $10.00.
This Working Stage Rehearsal offers an insight into the stage elements of producing a ballet prior to the opening of actual performances. Observe the dancers in rehearsal or mark dances, and witness the stage hands and light and sound technicians finalizing the presentation.
Order tickets online: www.virginiaballetcompany.org.
Fairfax - The Classical Nutcracker
A magical classic holiday tradition performed annually by Virginia Ballet Company and School since 1950! Enjoy the festivities of Clara’s party featuring over a hundred dancers in a wide array of colorful costumes. See the Nutcracker come to life and Clara help defeat the Mouse King. Journey through the icy forest as beautiful snowflakes whirl about and then join Clara when visions of sugar plums delightfully entertain in the Kingdom of Sweets.
Performances are Saturday. Sunday, and Monday, December 27 ─ 29, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day at the Ernst Cultural Center Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia. Ticket prices for adults are $30; students (age 13-22), seniors (60 and over) and children (12 and under) are $20. All seats are reserved. Order tickets online: www.virginiaballetcompany.org. For wheelchair accessibility and group rates call (703) 249-8227.
Fairfax - National Firearms Museum Extended Hours
The National Firearms Museum has extended a special inviation to Virginia Homeschoolers to come visit during the extended holiday hours for the holiday season. Designed with education in mind, The National Firearms Museum presents historical and educational content in a format that is both entertaining and instructive.
Free admission to the museum allows time to tour the thirteen galleries, examine the 2400 guns displayed, and peruse the 80+ display cases over several days or several weeks.
For more information and directions, visit: www.nationalfirearmsmuseum.org/default.asp.
Centreville - New CHESS class offerings starting in January
Memorize and Speak: The Lost Art of Oral Presentation Grade level 8 - 12 Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost is $186 for 16 week class (Discounts available) Copy fee: $20 Start date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Cultures and Customs - a study of political, cultural and geographic trends in today's world Grade level 9 -12 Mondays from 12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Cost is $186 for the 16 week class (Discounts available) Class fee: $20 Start date: Monday, January 5, 2009
SAT Math Prep Mondays from 10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Cost is $186 for the 16 week class (Discounts available) Start date: Monday, January 12, 2009
For complete class descriptions, visit: www.chessclasses.org/index.php?action=page_content&pid=23&title=New%202009%20Classes.
Contact Tara Taylor to sign up: admin@... or call (703) 753-1901.
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