Monday, December 1, 2014

FISH Meeting Notes from November (sorry! late posting!)

Our topics fromThursday (November 6th) were books and DVDs.  Here are a few of the ones that were brought up:


  • The Rest of God ~~ Mark Buchanan  (restoring your soul by restoring the Sabbath)
  • Tabitha's Travels / Jotham's Journey / Bartholomew's Passage ~~ Arnold Ytreeied, an Advent/Christmas Trilogy
  • Our Mother Tongue ~~ Nancy Wilson (a guide to English grammar)
  • The Gifts of Imperfection ~~ Brene Brown (Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are)
  • Christian Heroes Then and Now ~~ Geoff and Janet Benge  (missionary stories of David Livingstone, Corrie Ten Boom, George Muller, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and many more)
  • Living On the Devil's Doorstep ~~ Floyd McClung ( A strait-laced preacher's kid becomes a minister to hippies, drug addicts, prostitutes and other societal drop-outs, first in Kabul, Afghanistan, and then on the streets of Amsterdam, Holland.  You can find this on Sonlight readers books.)

DVDs: Biology 101 -- find this on for jr. hi/high school credit

Liberty's Kids --find this at and learn about history

The League of Grateful Sons -- (from Faith of our Father's Project)

God's Not Dead -- (came out in March 2014)

Building the Machine -- a 40 minute youtube video by HSLDA, a Common Core documentary

Other news:

Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon is having their Christmas musical performance December 5-7th (Fri, Sat, and Sunday). Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm.  The seats are first come, first serve so get there early!!  Sunday's performance is at 4pm.

January 19 will be our game night so keep that evening open.

PLEASE JOIN US THIS THURSDAY (DEC 4th) for our monthly meeting and annual cookie exchange!  Bring a few dozen cookies to exchange.  We won't exchange cookies until after 8, so if you can't make the meeting, go ahead and come for cookies.  See you there!

Homeschool Potpourri SALE in Kirkland

Homeschool Potpourri (homeschool curriculum resale store) located at 12815 NE 124th St, Suite F in Kirkland, WA is having a 40% off sale from Dec 1- Dec 6.  You can also take items to consign Monday - Friday, 10a - 4:30p.  See their website for more specific instructions on consignment sales.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pics from Pumpkin Party

Thank you Paul and Amy Weisz and family for hosting the pumpkin carving and serving us all chili and cornbread!! The weather cooperated well!!  :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Homeschool Potpourri Sale - Oct 20-25th

in honor of 


40% off sale
October 20 - 25

Not only is it National Book Month but also our shelves are overflowing so please join us for our literature sale.  All used children's  early readers and all other  used literature books (you know, that big section near the back and spread throughout the store)  will be 40% off.  We will also offer 20% off every other USED item in the store!  The sale starts Monday, October 20th at 10 am and continues  through Saturday October 25th at 3 pm.  Come in or call with your order.  Find some nice gift books for Christmas, or fill in books for  your Sonlight or other reading list.   Fall is a great time to read!

Hope to see you soon!

Todd Aukland
Homeschool Potpourri
12815 NE 124th Street
Suite F
Kirkland, WA 98034

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FISH Pumpkin Carving Party - Monday - OCT 27th!

Hey FISH Families! 

I am CHANGING the time of the pumpkin party and adding a few extra pieces of information! Please email Amy to let me know numbers as soon as possible!  :) Thanks!

The NEW TIME IS: 4pm starting- until 7-ish pm. I will not be home from Classical Conversations until 3:30 pm!  Also..

I was trying to think of an extra "fall-ish" craft and if you want to start gathering tin cans of any size or shape we will try to make tin lanterns.  They look very cool on your mantle, up your sidewalk or for carrying around on Halloween.  If some of the older kids can help younger ones.. that would be great!  If you bring extra tin cans, that would be great too!

So.. the "TO BRING" list is a little long, and please label your stuff so that you go home with it!  Also, boots are good because we will be outside rain or shine.  I will plan on starting dinner around 5-5:30pm.  I am hoping that dads can join us for all or part of the afternoon/evening.  Please invite your home school friends.. especially ones that are not currently plugged into a group.  Even if you have never been to a FISH meeting, but are on this list, please feel free to come!

We still may have a contest on best "free-hand" carved pumpkin, and best "stencil" carved pumpkin.  My kids have gotten some great stencils for carving on line.

TO BRING- (all totally optional!)
-pumpkin and a tin can for all adults or kids who want to carve or make one
-carving tools (label please)
-printed stencil
-hammer- for lantern making (label too!)(one per maker is best, but we can share too!)
-large nail for lantern making
-veggies, sour cream, grated cheese, or finger dessert to share

-chili (vegetarian and regular) (gluten free)
-corn bread
-paper goods
-water to drink

I would love to have you, and don't want you to feel that you have to bring anything!  We can all share or bring a little extra!  Hopefully the kids can play outside until it's dark!  :)

Take care, Amy
 ph 293 1379

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kangaroo Farm Field Trip - Friday October 10th

Hello everyone!

The plans have been firmed up to go on a tour of the kangaroo farm tour in Arlington, WA.

10030 State Route 530 NE
Arlington, WA 98223

Here is a link to their website.

I called them this morning and they don't have anyone scheduled to go on the 12:00 noon tour tomorrow 10/10/14. That is the one we plan on going on.  We are going to meet down there at 11:45 or so.  If you happen to arrive late for the tour then you have to wait for the next one.  The tours take about 40 minutes and at the end there is a baby kangaroo you can hold and pet!!

So far I know that there are 10 of us going.  If we have 15 or more people show up then it is 7 dollars each.  Regular prices are on the website.  (They do NOT accept credit/debit cards...)  We are planning on eating lunch afterwards at a local restaurant but anyone is welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat there or bring snacks or whatever.  The lady I talked to said that there is a chance of rain tomorrow so plan accordingly...i.e. boots/jackets.

We are looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there!!  If you have any questions, give me a call at my number below.

Ellen ~ 299 2909

Monday, October 6, 2014

FISH meeting notes 10/2/14

From Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

Pumpkin carving for the FISH families will be at the Weisz home the 27th of this month!!!! :-)  We will start at 3pm (come when you can) and then have dinner together around 5-5:30pm.  Bring the whole family! This is BYOP (bring your own pumpkins) and bring your own tools and stencils.  Hope to have a small prize for the best carving with a stencil and without.  Feel free to bring finger food for dessert.  They will provide chili dinner (one vegetarian chili) and cornbread.  Please RSVP to Amy at 293 1379.  If someone would like to volunteer to do an easy craft with the young ones, let Amy know.

Planning to have our Science Fair/Achievement Night again in February.  The date has not been set yet but watch for that soon.

The home school swim team has one more week for this session and then will start up again for another session.  Call the Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center for dates and prices.

On October 10th, the Ellen Evans family is going to the kangaroo farm in Arlington.  They plan on taking the noon tour.  If you would like to join them, call Ellen at 299 2909.

Check out the Red Barn Art Studio online at  Katie is willing to do a FISH class if there is enough interest.

Hillcreek Christian School is offering The Creative Writing-Nanowrimo enrichment class beginning tomorrow (Oct 6!).  They meet at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mt Vernon. This class is open to all ages. It centers on completing a short novel during the "National Novel Writing Month of November. Students will learn some story-writing basics such as developing character, creating a story structure, writing scenes, developing themes, and so on.  They will use their new knowledge to write a mini-novel starting on November 1st and finishing by November 30th.  This will be taught by Sonja Ostling on Tuesdays at 9:30am for 60-90 minutes. The dates are October 7, 14,21,18. November 4,11,18,25.December 2nd.  The cost is $75 with a $20 discount for siblings. You may just show up tomorrow (room 102) or contact Sonja at

Finally, we are planning a FISH Game Night on January 19. More details in the future.

FYI:  There is a women's self-defense class locally being taught by Cari King.  The cost is $40. It is called Street Smart Women's Self-Defense.  Call the city to register. It is being held in November on the 6th and the 13th from 6-9 pm at the Senior Activity Center on 22nd Street.