HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


July 18, 2012


Senate Vote on CRPD Tomorrow

Urgent Action Needed
Urgent Action

Senator John Kerry plans to pass the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities before July 26. It is urgent that you call both Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner in Washington, DC, at 202-224-3121 and at their local offices. Ask them to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. There will be a formal committee vote tomorrow–Thursday, July 19.


This is an unprecedented attempt to ratify the CRPD without any serious consideration.

Michael Farris stated,   


“This is a radical attempt to take away parental rights. Make no mistake–if they succeed at ratifying this treaty, the Convention on the Rights of the Child is next. This is not a battle just for parents with disabled and special needs children. This is a battle for every parent.”


Click here for more information. 

Sports Access Meetings Scheduled

Football Player

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has formed a study group to discuss homeschool participation in interscholastic sports. The study group will hold a series of meetings open to the public. Parents and students who are interested in sports access are welcome to comment. The meeting schedule follows:

  • July 30, Richmond Marriott Hotel, 500 East Broad Street, Richmond, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • August 21, VSBA office, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, 1-3 p.m.
  • September 24, VSBA office, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, 1-3 p.m.
  • October 4, VSBA office, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, 1 p.m.

Because of heated debates during the 2012 General Assembly session and the likely introduction of a similar sports access bill by Delegate Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) in 2013, the VSBA president “recognizes that various stakeholders could benefit from a discussion of the issues and concerns related to homeschooled students participating in athletics. Such issues include, but are not limited to, residency, insurance, and pay-for-play requirements. The ultimate concern is a loss of local control by school boards.[VSBA emphasis.]


Other participants will include the Virginia High School League (VHSL), the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS), and the Virginia Parent Teacher Association (VAPTA). If you have any questions, please contact Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of government affairs at legislative@heav.org.


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It’s Time to File Your Notice of Intent!   

The deadline for sending test results to your local superintendent is August 1; your notice of intent deadline is August 15. Visit HEAV’s website for a downloadable notice of intent form, as well as advice on how to provide curriculum information and how to contact your division superintendent.

Wondering how to file? Not sure if you need to file? Visit the FAQ section on HEAV’s website. If you don’t find the answer to your question, please call us at (804-278-9200) or send us an e-mail support@heav.org


Get Your Homeschool Questions Answered 

Tuesday, July 31 at 8 p.m. 

Join us on Facebook for a virtual “Meet’n’Greet with Yvonne Bunn,” HEAV’s director of homeschool support, and author of the Update‘s weekly homeschool Q&A. Do have questions about testing, law changes, curriculum, or any homeschooling topic? Chat with Yvonne, and get those questions answered.


Plus, get a chance to win The Virginia Homeschool Manual on CD! This revised manual is the most complete, single reference on home education in Virginia. Divided into easy-to-use sections, the manual covers all the basics on how to begin–from choosing curriculum to learning styles to socialization to gifted education at home. We’ll be giving one away–FREE–on our blog during the “Meet’n’Greet.”


No Update July 25
Our Update team will be taking a small summer break, so there will be no Update July 25. Look for the next Update on August 1! During the break, our office will still be open, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. You can reach us at office@heav.org or 804-278-9200. We hope you are having a blessed summer!

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Acrylic Painting Summer CampAcrylic Painting Summer Camp

1/2 day camps – 15 hrs a week

Create art work on a wide variety of products like wood, fabric, ceramics and many, many others.

Date: August 6 to 27 | Time: 9 a.m. to noon

See flyer for details!

For location, contact neelimaganta@gmail.com

Phone: 804-716-2820(h) / 804-245-2199(m)


Move your student from Bible knowledge to spiritual application!Move your student from Bible knowledge to spiritual application!


Let us help you meet your teaching goals with an inductive Bible curriculum that students will be excited to do. Read incredible reviews and get FREE samples of Deeper Roots Jr. High and Sr. High Bible Curriculum at DeeperRoots.com. Save $10.00 on a Teacher’s Guide and Student Workbook. Use REDEEM code: HEAV during checkout.

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School Items Tax Free on August 3 – 5!!

Take advantage of the tax exemption during this three-day period! Purchases of certain school supplies, clothing, and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. Click here to learn more.


Missed the Convention? 

Get the MP3! Get the MP3! 

The 2012 convention is now available in MP3 format. Download it directly from the Resounding Voice website, or order the CDs.Learn more and order today! MP3s/CDs of individual workshops are also available. Don’t forget to download the MP3 guide and speaker handouts to get the most out of the workshops!

*Transcript Boot Camp, Film Camp, Tedd Tripp’s keynote, and Dr. Catherine Millard’s workshops were not recorded.

Jamestown's Uncovered Treasures PICK OF THE MONTH 



Jamestown’s Uncovered Treasures by Judy M. Brown

Jamestown’s Uncovered Treasures allows your child to enjoy truly imaginative, entertaining stories, while learning a lot about the first permanent English settlement in the New World.


The book contains a series of short stories about the early years of the Jamestown Colony. Although the stories are fiction, the characters are real and the stories include many historical facts. Each story centers on a real artifact uncovered by the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists from the site of the James Fort, and the facts related in the book come from maps, journals, and letters taken from a series of books.


Buy now and save 27% off the retail price! Special, member price is $7.99. Non-member price is $8.75. Get your copy today!


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Yvonne Bunn at New River Valley Christian Home Educators Resource Night  


Looking Back: What I Would Do Differently


Thursday, July 26, 2012

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

After homeschooling her now-adult children from K-12, Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of homeschool support, has experience with different teaching styles and many types of homeschool courses and curricula. She has listened to a multitude of stories and answered thousands of homeschool questions while working for more than 20 years with HEAV.

Yvonne Bunn, Director of Homeschool Support


Combining her personal experience with many years of HEAV counseling, Yvonne has learned what really works for homeschool success. Looking back, she would have done some things differently. You can gain from her experience and make your homeschool even better!

  • Identify seeds of destruction that can undermine your homeschool from day one!
  • Understand the benefits of working with your child’s individuality.
  • Learn how to implement important teaching strategies.
  • Find out how to use curriculum as a tool, not as your master.
  • Know the best sources of help without feeling guilty.
  • Discover the secrets of homeschool success.

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Article of the Week

Gearing Up for Another Homeschool YearCindy Rushton

This week we switch gears from reflecting on last year to planning for the next! The author subtitled her piece, “What I Am Going to Do on Summer Vacation,” so it’s not “hard-core” planning–don’t panic! Her topics include take time to retreat, rest, strategize, resupply for the battle, and more time to rest. It continues with renew, reorganize, refuel, and finishes with an “are you ready?” section.


Homeschool Q&A

Diploma Each Year with NOI

Q. Do I have to send my diploma each year with my Notice of Intent since the superintendent should have it on file from previous years?

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items  

1.1 Free Movie Screening: “IndoctriNation” – Virginia Beach – August 3
1.2 FAYM Chorus Camp – Fredericksburg – Register by July 31 

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2) General Interest Items 

View All General Interest Items

2.1 LEGO Summer Camp 2012 – Newport News – Register by July 23

2.2 Dog Scouts of America – Nationwide

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers
View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: The Hymns of Praise Library
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Frugal Baby Gifts
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Interactive Pattern Recognition Game
3.4 Science: Meteor Showers – July and August
3.5 Organizing: Eight Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home

3.6 Fun: 20 Fun Things to Do During a Homeschooling Summer

3.7 History: U.S. History in Color Photographs

3.8 Gardening: Free Fall Garden Planner


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4) Parting Thought – Life is Like That Sometimes

“I ventured into a local bakery, carefully examining all the rich looking pastries displayed on trays in the glass cases.

A clerk approached me and asked, “What would you like?”

So I answered, “I’d like that chocolate covered donut with sprinkles, a Bavarian cream-filled Bismarck, a raspberry jelly donut, two raised-glazed, and that cheese frosted Danish.”

The clerk smiled and slid back the door to begin retrieving items, then stopped as I let out a small sigh and added, “But instead I’ll take an oat-bran muffin.”

[And no, I don’t find this story very funny, either]”


– From Dr Bob Griffin; subscribe free of charge to his daily humor e-mail at www.grif.net or bob@grif.net.


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5) Worth Repeating 

“What is all too easily lost in traditional education is the overall purpose and plan of God, and the progress of his plan through the ages. Also overlooked, or at least minimized, are such things as the global church, world religions, the impact of culture, and so on.” 

-David Hesselgrave. Professor Emeritus of Mission, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The school’s 2011-2012 catalog says, “Dr. Hesselgrave has extensive experience as both a pastor and missionary. He spent twelve years as a missionary in Japan. Before joining the faculty at Trinity, he taught at the Evangelical Free Church Bible Institute of Japan and at the University of Minnesota. He is a past president of the Association of Evangelical Professors of Missions and is executive director of the Evangelical Missiology Society. He has written several books, including Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally, Planting Churches Cross-Culturally, and Counseling Cross-Culturally. 


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6) Verse of the Week 

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! [If] I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

– Psalms 139:17-18 (KJV)  

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Homeschool Laugh of the Week
Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.

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