HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


July 31, 2013


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Tax Free Days This Weekend! August 2 – 4


Take advantage of the tax exemption! 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. Learn more here. 



1. Test Results Are Due August 1.   Test Results and NOI Due

According to § 22.1-254.1, if you have complied with the homeschool statute, your student’s test results, an evaluation, or an assessment are due by August 1.    


2. Your Notice of Intent Is Due August 15.    

Even though summer is still in full swing, don’t forget that the deadline to let your division superintendent know you will be homeschooling (August 15) is fast approaching. The HEAV website has Notice of Intent information, as well as a Notice of Intent (NOI) form you can download and use.




Homeschool Day at the Virginia State Fair is coming up on Friday, October 4, 2013. HEAV’s partnership with the State Fair allows you and your family to attend at a discounted price! View more details about Homeschool Day at the State Fair! Tickets must be ordered through the HEAV office by September 18, 2013.


The Home School Foundation Needs a Virginia Ambassador


The Home School Foundation, the charitable arm of the Home School Legal Defense Association, offers assistance to homeschooling families in a variety of ways.

HSF Ambassadors work together to identify needs and organize and implement local service projects such as repairing a widow’s roof, helping a single mom with yard maintenance, or organizing fundraisers to benefit homeschool families.

Sound interesting? Please visit www.homeschoolfoundation.org/volunteer.

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Paul D. Camp Community College Classical English Classes


Enroll in an online freshman composition class through Paul

D. Camp Community College!! Taught by a 22-year veteran

homeschooling mother with a passion for teaching English

from a classical perspective, this course is transferable to a

four-year college. Class runs August 21 through December

16. Questions? Contact Mary Ellen Gleason at 757-569-6740

or mgleason@pdc.edu.


NCG Insurance Agency Affordable Liability Insurance Protection for Home School Group Activities


You have questions about your group activity liability insurance needs. We have the answers! Call us or visit our website today. We offer affordable and comprehensive insurance protection for your group-sponsored activities. Home School Insurance Solutions is available exclusively through NCG Insurance Agency.


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“How to Begin Homeschooling:  

What You Really Need to Know”

August 8 – Richmond

August 10 – Norfolk

August 15 – Lovingston


Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions answered and use the information from this seminar to prepare for a successful homeschool experience! Maximize your success with practical ideas from Yvonne Bunn, a veteran homeschool mom who has helped thousands of families begin homeschooling.


“Homeschooling Through High School: The Path to Success”

August 14 – Richmond

Learn where to get help, how to schedule important testing, and how to develop an acceptable transcript. You’ll leave this seminar with confidence to move forward and tools to develop a high school plan that will work for your student.

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FREE “Introduction to Homeschooling” Seminar

Richmond Regional Home Educators Kickoff

Midlothian, August 3, 2013, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

New to homeschooling? This is the time to get your questions answered! Kathy Kamibayashi, HEAV counselor and veteran homeschool mom of two graduates, will present “Introduction-to-Homeschooling” at the RRHE Home Educators Kickoff next weekend. In this free how-to seminar, Kathy will present the ins and outs of the Virginia homeschool law (along with a liberal dose of entertaining stories!), share her personal experience, and follow up with a Q&A. For more information, visit http://www.rrhe.org.


Receive up to a $25 Gift Card When You Join Sam’s Club

HEAV members receive a $25 gift card when joining or renewing a Sam’s Club Advantage Plus membership, or a $10 gift card when joining or renewing a Sam’s Club Business membership.

Not a member of HEAV? Join today for $35 and qualify for your $25 gift card–plus receive lots of other great benefits! Thank you for your membership support–it helps us protect, promote, and support homeschooling in Virginia. 


They’re Coming!

The UCS checks are being mailed this week, so you can expect to receive them soon. Many thanks to all who participated in this year’s Used Curriculum Sale!

 Special Price is Extended Until Wednesday!


Just $99 Plus $4 Shipping & Handling

The Convention MP3 Set is a great way to listen to ALL the recorded convention workshops. With it, you can experience the benefits of the convention at your own pace, wherever you like! Convention MP3 sets also make GREAT gifts.

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Article of the Week

Lay Aside the Weight of “Not Feeling Like It” – Jon Bloom

The author reminds us that it does take more effort to do right than to omit it or to do wrong. Sometimes we need some encouragement to follow the Lord’s example, don’t we? If this blog entry touches your heart–and especially if it doesn’t!–read more “Lay Asides” via links at the end of the piece.


Homeschool Q&A

Driver’s Ed in Planning District Eight

Q. I understand my teen and I must take a new 90-minute course in order for her to get a driver’s license. Where do we take the course?

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1) Homeschool Items

1.1 Richmond Regional Home Educators August Kickoff – Midlothian – August 3
1.2 Fairfax Kings Football Season – Manassas – Practices Begin August 5
1.3 Workshop: Rachael Carman from Apologia Ministries – Richmond – August 15
1.4 Tedd Tripp Parenting Seminar – Purcellville – Register by August 25

1.5 Homeschool Plus Online Registration – Norfolk – Ongoing

1.6 Patrick Henry’s Red Hill Homeschool Living History Days – Brookneal – Register by September 23

1.7 Article – “Ten Things to Try When You’re in a Homeschool Rut”

1.8 Meeting Room Available – Richmond – Reserve Now/Begins September 9

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2) General Interest Items
View All General Interest Items
2.1 Liberty University Civil War Seminar – Lynchburg – Register by September 9

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

3.1 Christian Resources: Praying for Our Children Monthly Calendar

3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Women Auto Know

3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Christmas in July–Hurry!

3.4 History: Civil War Reenacting Events

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4) Parting Thought – As the New Academic Year Begins

Many people begin “the good fight of faith” but forget to add patience, persistence, and endurance to their enthusiasm.
– Anonymous


Did it ever dawn on you that Anonymous is now famous? Keep working hard and maybe you too will be anonymous one day! Work to glorify the Lord instead of to get the credit yourself.

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5) Worth Repeating 

“Judge each day not by its harvest, but by the seeds you plant.” 

– Anonymous

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6) Verse of the Week   

For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations.

– Psalms 100:5 (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.