Monday, March 10, 2014

Fish Meeting Notes from 3.7.14

Thank you to the gals that were able to come last Thursday. It is always so enjoyable to gather, pray, and share.

Huge thank you to Professor Jude Apple and his students for making the science fair a success! Thank you also to the kids who performed. :-)

We are again encouraged to become members of HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Assoc.). They played a huge role recently in helping the German home school family to remain in the United States and not get deported. They help countless others. Even if they never personally assist us, it is nice to know you have been a part of helping another family that wants to school their own children.

If you have not watched Bill Nye (the science guy) and Ken Ham (from Answers In Genesis) debate evolution vs creation on youtube, you are encouraged to do so.  It is a great way to help our children navigate the waters of defending the Biblical account of creation.

Some books that were recommended:

"Trim Healthy Mama" by Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett
"Looking Good Every Day"  by Nancy Nix-Rice
"25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband"  by Jennifer Flanders
"Not A Fan" by Kyle Idleman
"Stuff Christians Like" by Jon Acuff ( also and also on youtube)

Other info: : international volunteer opportunity

April 24-26 is the Christian Heritage Conference at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond.  Amy Weisz is planning on going so contact her if you would like to carpool. 293 1379

We brought our favorite lotions and they were:
Tropical Traditions (online only)
Burt's Bees
Bag Balm

Saturday, March 8, 2014

FISH Meeting Notes from 2.6.14

The 9th Annual Christian Heritage Family Discipleship and Homeschool Conference at Overlake Christian Church will be held April 24-26.   Visit for more info.

Greathall Productions, Inc. sells award winning storytelling audio for kids.  Visit them at to check out their stuff.

Being a member of The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is highly recommended. You can visit their site at:

God's World News magazines give current news in understandable terms to different age groups.  See their site at

The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian is a recommended book.

Which Way USA is a Highlight product that is great for geography study.  See them at:

Zulily is a website that offers women's and kid's stuff at great prices. You can see what it's about at

For those with high school kids, Worldview Academy is offering their camp at SPU in July, the 20-25th, this year.  More info at :

Family Academy offers Outdoor School a couple times a year.  You can get on their mailing list for future events at :

We discussed a few field trips that we are interested in organizing.  If they materialize, I will send out the information with dates and times.

Science Fair/Achievement Night  

This coming Monday night, the 10th, is our yearly Science Fair/Achievement Night!

We will use the same schedule as the last two years:

5:30-6pm Set up projects and displays

6-6:45 judging of the science fair projects

7pm evening performances and awards

Please bring some sort of snack food (banana bread, chips, pretzels, fruit, etc) to the event.
Even if your kids are not participating, it is a great night to meet other home school families and support the kids that have done the projects and performances.

2014 Achievement Night a Success!

Thank you to Jude Apple and his team for judging the Science Fair!  And thanks to everyone who participated!  Here a few pics from last month's Science Fair and Achievement Night.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Get outside and play!

What an awesome challenge!  Just wanted to pass on this FREE opportunity to all of you.  Please pass it on to your friends as well.  No catch...just fun!

Starting February 1, 2014 Jen Turpin is conducting a Play Outside Challenge which last for 28 days.  The first and second prize drawing winners receive a $70.00 and $30.00 gift card to Johnny Picasso's for any of their product.  This includes coffee, tea, food, chocolates and pottery.  This challenge is free to play and fun to do. 

For more information you or anyone can go to Jen's new web site  This is you can sign up, and where you will participate in the challenge.  Anyone with kids of their own or kids in their life is welcome to participate.  This is just for fun!

WSU Beach Watchers recruiting applicants: age 16+

From the Program Coordinator for the WSU Extension Beach Watchers program in Skagit County:

I am recruiting applicants for this year’s program and thought the course might be a good fit for home schooled students ages 16+,  or parents with flexible work schedules who have a strong interest in environmental issues and community service. Beach Watchers is an educational training program with a focus on marine and coastal topics. It also serves as an entry point into a variety of local volunteer opportunities with our partner organizations. While most of our trainees go on to become active volunteers in some capacity, it is not a requirement unless one wishes to maintain an “active” status. We’ve had many participants simply take the course for the educational merit.

 The training includes topics from water quality, watersheds, marine biology, oceanography, salmon, coastal geology, native plants, sustainable living, wildlife, native peoples’ cultural history, citizen science and much more. There will also be guided field trips to Padilla Bay Reserve, WWU Shannon Point Marine Center, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Skagit Land Trust properties, and Deception Pass State Park and likely a few others. We do require regular reading and some small homework assignments, as well as a final class project before graduation.  Trainings will be held from 9 AM-4 PM for 7 weeks in both a Spring & Fall session. The Spring session runs every Wednesday starting April 2  through May 14, and the Fall session begins September 3 through October 15. Each training day will be approximately 6 hours with one outside of class field trip per session, for a yearly total of 100 training hours. The course materials and facilities fee for 2014 is $100, but there is financial assistance to those who qualify.

Please see our website or contact me if you have any questions.


Catherine Buchalski
360 428 4270 ext. 223

Connections Conference 2014 - March 8 in Seattle - Raising a Gifted Child

Connections Conference 2014
March 8, 9am-4pm in Seattle

What's so different about raising a gifted child?
Keynote by Dr. Jann Leppien, PhD, 
Whitworth University, Center for Gifted Education

Learn from experts about gifted characteristics & needs
Gain specific parenting advice for the gifted population
Collect resource information on where to get help
Learn the Washington State laws regarding gifted education
Facilitated discussions with other parents over lunch (bring a brown bag lunch)

Attention kids ages 5-12! There is a Secret Mission available just for you. This elusive training course was designed to teach you the art of being a SPY! We will dive deep into the world of codes and secret messages, hone your capacity for stealth and evasion, and give you the chance to create and design your own spy gadgets. Do you have what it takes to be a secret agent? Join us for a fun filled day of excitement and espionage. Click here for more information. Space is limited to 60 kids, so register early!

Discount registration until February 9, 2014
Adult-$60, Partner-$5, Kids-$20
(After February 9: Adult-$65, Partner-$5, Kids-$30)
Partial scholarships and volunteer discounts available

Agenda, Sessions, and Conference Details

One-Page Flyer*
*Would you please help us advertise in your community? Print a few flyers and hang them in local libraries, schools, doctor's offices, etc.

Conference will be held at:
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
2445 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA  98134
Free, onsite parking available.
Graciously hosted by Seattle Public Schools

Parent Comments about Connections 2013:

"Amazing! A game changer for my family."
"Really enjoyed the entire program!"
"This program is great for parents who feel alone in the public school system. It's great to find out that my child is part of a group that can be defined and educated for."
"First time here. Very impressed by knowledge base and structure of program."
"Excellent, thank you."
"Thank you all so much for all your work putting this conference together - I appreciate this day and it is lifesaving to spend time w/other parents and find these resources.
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Home Educators' Day @ the Capitol FEBRUARY 24, 2014

Coming Soon!
Monday February 24, 2014
9:00am - 3:00 pm

11th Annual Home Educators’ Day at the Capitol
Celebration Under the Dome event

Come join us for a fun-filled, information packed, and uplifting celebration of our homeschool freedoms. A great day of civics for the whole family!
Informative and educational workshops    
Tours of the Capitol
Visit with your legislators
Hear from lawmakers
Great fellowship with other homeschool families
Space is limited so pre-register today: Click here for more information and to get your registration packet

The Annual Apple Pie Tradition continues. Thanks to our amazing volunteers, each year we have been able to bake and deliver 160 homemade apple pies to lawmakers!

Every year legislators and staff look forward to this event.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be a blessing to those in authority over us.  Volunteers from all over the state bake pies and bring them to the Capitol, where homeschool families deliver them with a thank you card. A great opportunity for you and your children to meet with legislators & staff, show case home education, and let our light shine.

There are many volunteer opportunities available for you and your family.
If you would like to volunteer to help, email CHN at
If you want to help with the Apple Pie Tradition, email
    This event is hosted by CHN and Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington
CHN is legislative liaison to Christian Heritage Home Educators