2.1 First Landing Reenactment – Virginia Beach – April 29
2.2 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – May 2
2.3 Yarn Doll Day – Chesterfield – May 6
2.4 Modeling the Future Challenge – Webinars Begin May 8
2.5 Outdoor Family Fun Day – Hagerstown – May 17
2.6 The Battle of New Market 153rd Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – May 20 & 21
2.7 Special Needs Assessment and Testing – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is July 9

 

2.1 First Landing Reenactment – Virginia Beach – April 29

The First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a free, family event. First landing reenactments will be held on the beach from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate the beginnings of our nation’s heritage on the 410th anniversary of the 1607 beach landing. The whole family is invited to enjoy bouncy houses, food vendors, chorus groups, a military quintet, games, face painting, and a visit from state delegate Jason Miyares.

Limited parking at the facility is $5.00; overflow parking will be available at the neighboring John B. Dey Elementary School, where shuttle buses will be available for the five-minute ride to the park.

For more information, email firstlandingfestivals@hotmail.com.

www.firstlandingfestivals.com

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2.2 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – May 2

Virginia Baptist Resource Center
Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is a free orientation session.

Learn how to become a foster parent through HopeTree Family Services’ Treatment Foster Care program. HopeTree’s Foster Care program helps meet the needs of children and youth who require individualized care and attention in a stable, Christian, family setting.

For more information, contact Shannon Updike at 804-201-9006 or shannonu@hopetreefs.org.

http://hopetreefostercare.org/event/richmond-foster-parent-orientation-8

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2.3 Yarn Doll Day – Chesterfield – May 6

Chesterfield County Museum
6813 Mimms Loop
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, May 6, 2017, drop in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: This is a free family event, appropriate for all ages.

See how children made their own toys 100 years ago and view displays of dolls made from materials found around the home and garden, such as corn husks, nuts, pine tags, and paper. Children will learn how yarn was spun and make an old-fashioned yarn doll to take home.

www.chesterfieldhistory.com

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2.4 Modeling the Future Challenge – Webinars Begin May 8, Registration Opens June 8

The challenge is open to public, private, and homeschooled students in grades 11 and 12. Submissions may be the work of up to three students. Each student or team of students must have an adult coach noted on the submission. Coaches can be any adult, 18 years and older.

The first informational webinar for educators and coaches will be held on May 8, 2017, at 1 p.m. This is a support resource which will provide helpful information, but is not required for registration. Student registration opens on June 8, 2017 and submissions are due November 25, 2017.

The Modeling the Future Challenge (MFC) is a new academic competition being developed by The Institute of Competition Sciences for the Actuarial Foundation. Students are challenged to develop and present their own mathematical models describing how they envision a new technology or industry will change the future. Successful submissions to the MFC will provide findings supported by mathematical computations. Students will apply mathematics to better understand cutting-edge industries and technologies. They will also learn about how to access highly soughtafter career opportunities such as actuaries, as well as those in other mathrelated fields.

The 2017-2018 challenge topic is autonomous vehicles, one of the fastest-moving and most game-changing technologies of our time.

Finalists will be invited to New York City for the Modeling the Future Symposium, where they will meet with actuaries, learn about college and career opportunities, explore the city, and present their models of the future to a panel of actuarial professionals for a chance to win one of four scholarship awards. Top coach awards and school support grants will also be awarded to the coaches of the top four teams, and to the school with the most complete submissions.

For challenge details, eligibility, submission requirements, timeline, support resources, and registration information, visit the website.

www.mtfchallenge.org

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2.5 Outdoor Family Fun Day – Hagerstown – May 17

Antietam Recreation
Hagerstown, Maryland

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $10.75/person; children who must be carried are free. Please note all admissions are purchased at the door; only cash is accepted. Gate opens at 8:45 a.m. A short orientation will be held at 9:15 a.m.; activities begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and will be held rain or shine.

Activities include a petting zoo, pool, slip-n-slide, boat slide, cable ride, canoeing and kayaking, horse rides, moon bounce, creek activities, tennis, and game room.

A parent workshop will also be held, led by Mrs. Becky Wyand, a long-time homeschool consultant, educator, and grandmother. She will share life lessons from her journey and tips that help create an effective homeschool parent. The two sessions include Q & A time; a break will enable parents to rejoin their children for lunch and to watch the show.

Please note: Though the children’s activities are fully supervised, parents of younger children should not leave them alone to attend the workshop. It is recommended that parents who wish to attend the workshop coordinate with another family or assign an older sibling to participate with younger children.

Families should bring a picnic lunch if they wish; a snack bar will be open with drinks, hot dogs, snow cones, etc. available for purchase throughout the day. Activity participants should wear a bathing suit under clothing, a t-shirt to wear over low-cut or two-piece suits, a towel, a dry change of clothes, and old sneakers. Label items to help prevent them from getting lost.

For more information, visit the website.

www.antietamrecreation.com/homechool-events

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2.6 The Battle of New Market 153rd Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – May 20 & 21

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $8/person (ages 10 and older) per day in advance; $10/person (ages 10 and older) per day at the gate. Children nine years old and younger are free.

Battles will be staged at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

See one of the oldest continual reenactments in the nation and experience Civil War soldier life as you visit on-going demonstrations and living history presentations prior to and after the battle each day. Explore the sights and sounds of the Civil War with artillery, cavalry, musket firing, camp life, medical corps, and more. Enjoy treats from a variety of food vendors and shop for souvenirs on Sutler Row.

To purchase advance tickets, call 866-515-1864.

For more information, visit the website.

www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events/#d.en.12510

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2.7 Special Needs Assessment and Testing – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is July 9

Grove Avenue Baptist Church
Richmond, Virginia

Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Assessments are by appointment only; pre-registration and payment is required. Deadline is July 9, 2017. Cost: Varies depending on the assessment test/s requested; beginning at $150.

These cognitive and academic assessments are administered by the staff of Sail Away Ministries. They are about understanding your child, what makes him tick, what keeps her from learning, what identifies your student’s strengths and weaknesses accurately, and what leads him to an optimistic destiny. Reliable evaluations can deliver the kind of understanding that produces significant shifts in learning outcomes. These assessments not only identify student learning strengths and weaknesses accurately, but also pinpoint academic accomplishments and gaps. They form a basis for action plans individually crafted to fit each student’s unique development needs.

To register and request an appointment time, visit www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/events/events_view.cfm?memberid=1180&public=0&eventid=2609708.

To make a payment to reserve your appointment time, visit https://icheckgateway.com/PaymentPortal/Default.aspx?P=2ac29866a27e44fb9158.

For more information about Sail Away Ministries, visit www.sailawaylearning.com.

For specific testing questions, contact Brenda Murphy at 865-376-7005.

General questions can be directed to Stephanie Konicki at homeeducators@grovechurch.net or 804-740-8888.

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