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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hello everyone,

First of all, this is important information to anyone planning on joining us this coming school year. I hope you will take a few minutes to read through and let me know if you have any questions concerning any of this information.

Registration and Parents Meeting: August 11, 2009 At Gateway Fellowship, 10728 W. 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN This is very important!! We are asking that everyone come to registration on August 11. It is very important that registration fees be paid by August 11 in order for us to order all teacher books and supplies in time for classes. This will also be the time when any missing paperwork is completed. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will not be able to be at this registration.

August 11, 2009
10:00 am Registration for highschool students
10:30 am Parent meeting for parents of HIGH SCHOOL students

11:00 am Registration for enrichment students

We do not want to turn anyone away due to finances. Individual plans may be arranged if you are in financial need.

Parent's Meeting: The purpose of this meeting is to let everyone know in advance what the guidelines will be for co-op classes. Teachers will have an opportunity to explain their classes and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about classes. Please remember that everyone is a volunteer and everyone's time is precious. Please make an effort to be at this meeting.

Books: You can go to the blogsite: to get the book requirements for highschool classes. You should go ahead and order them so your student has them by class time, August 25. Be sure to use the correct ISBN to ensure the proper book. We will be placing a group order for the Drama books (this is for the students wanting highschool credit class). You can place your order at registration for these. If you have any questions about the books, please contact us as soon as possible.

Donations Needed: In order to keep our costs low, we need everyone to contribute some of the consumable supplies; so we have come up with a list of needs for our classes. Thank you in advance for your help with these items.

All Enrichment Class Families: We are having an art supply drive at registration. The pack should include: scissors, glue, crayons, washable markers, ruler, pencils and anything else you would like to throw in. If each family contributes one pack, we will be off to a good start.

ALSO Donations needed: The following items are needed throughout the year. Would you please consider putting these things on your shopping list and bringing them in when you can: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Paper Cups, Construction Paper, Copy Paper. We will be sending out an additional list with some science supplies we would like to borrow if anyone has those items.

Enrichment Teachers: We are still in need of a couple of parents to help in the enrichment area. Specifically, we need a parent who will be willing to lead 3-4th grade students during gym time for the first 6 weeks. This is informal instruction; we need an adult that will be a leader. We will provide game ideas.

We need parents to lead/teach students in six week sections on any topic of interest to them. These "class" times are approximately 40 minutes and would be for students from 3rd-7th grade. We currently have someone interested in teaching Latin, Creative Writing and Art. Do you have a special area of interest you would consider sharing? Ideas: logic, P.E., certain period of history, specific science topic, etc. Let us know. Because our group is growing, we need everyone to take part.

We also have a need for a P.E. teacher for highschool second semester. If you are interested or know of someone who would be interested, please let us know.

SERVANT HEARTS NEEDED: At registration, we will have a sign-up sheet listing opportunities for service. Please consider where you can serve. Some of the openings are: yearbook, sign-in/registration person, Care Contact, Phone Tree Organizer, Highschool paper grader, Mom's Night organizer, student newsletter, blog contributor, facility maintenance organizer etc.

Well, I think that is about it for now. We are working hard to make this a great year and we hope you will partner with us in bringing the best educational experience we can to your student while building good relationships. Let me know if you have any questions.

Joy Miller