Southwest Wisconsin Homeschool Community Communiqué January 11, 2013
Now more free than ever before!
1. Solar Fireballs & Earth’s Magnetic Field, FREE Science Tele-class, and Free E-book offer
2. Winter Classes and Workshops at Kickapoo Valley Reserve and Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center
3. Auditions (Richland Center Talent Showcase, Tri State Homeschool Drama , Missoula Children’s Theatre)
4. Poetry and Short Story Contest
5. The Wonders of Physics Presentation and Physics Fair, UW Madison
6. Classes, Field Trips, Groups, Clubs *Note: please make contact with each as listed.
Well, the Flu Season is in full swing, a little earlier than expected. The CDC estimates that 24,000 Americans die from the flu each year. (But they are always quick to point out, that they really don’t have an accurate accounting of those numbers.) Massachusetts has declared a public health emergency as the city of Boston tried to deal with a harsh flu season, having already reported 18 flu-related deaths so far. The new flu strain, H3N2, is described as an “influenza-type upper respiratory” illness.
If you’ve got kids you can probably brace yourself for some type of sickness to hit your home – if it hasn’t already. Do you get flu shots? Do you use alternative and preventative measures? In an average year in the U.S., over 200,000 people are hospitalized due to influenza. So don’t just let it slide. Make an informed decision. Here’s an interesting little “quiz” with facts about the flu and immunizations.
This next bit of news is distressing if you’re trying to combat illness with extra doses of natural vitamins from citrus fruit: the effects of a citrus disease commonly called “greening” [Huanglongbing (HLB) or yellow dragon disease] are devastating. It has destroyed so much fruit (greening affects both oranges and grapefruit) that suppliers can only produce about 1/3 of what they had expected. Realistically, since there is no cure for the disease in sight, the future of Florida citrus is bleak, and may possibly be coming to an end in the near future.
So, here’s this issue of the newsletter. Stay healthy and warm, and we’ll talk again soon. ~Cat
1. Solar Flares, Earth’s Magnetic Field, and FREE Science Tele-class
After a long period of quiet time the Sun has sent us a greeting card. Starting with an incredible swath of plasma that erupted from the Sun on December 31st, 2012 over a four-hour period, to the last sizable activity last weekend (January 5-7) when the Sun erupted with a massive fireball 23 times the size of the earth. The length of the eruptions extend 160,000 miles out from the Sun; and with Earth being only 7,900 miles in diameter, this relatively minor solar wave of super-hot plasma would tower over our planet!
Fortunately, the Earth’s magnetic field gives us protection from solar blasts. Magnetic forces drive the flow of plasma, but without sufficient force to overcome the Sun’s gravity much of the plasma falls back into the Sun.
NASA/SDO released this short video which covers January 5 through 7 and shows coronal loops – the arcs extending off of the Sun where plasma moves along the magnetic field lines.
From the Earth’s magnetic field to home appliances, cell phones, and curing cancer.
Supercharged Science is having a FREE Tele-Class next week Wednesday, January 16th at 2 pm CDT. Homeschool mom and rocket scientist, Aurora Lipper, will teach you and your kids about magnetism. She’ll even show your kids how to build a working electric motor during the class. This is a chance for your kids to learn real science while having a total blast! For the details of this class (including what materials you’ll want to get ready in advance and how to participate in the class), just go here for the special info page.
and now that you’re in a science mood…
-> NASA has a neat site with several fun interactive games featuring brain teasers, space exploration, math and other subjects. Great for a “What can I do now?” afternoon! (h/t: Homeschool Freebie of the Day)
-> Visit Creation Conversations to download the free eBook Men of Science, Men of God. The free eBook offers 101 biographies of Christian scientists whose knowledge and discoveries are still used today. (h/t: Blessed Beyond a Doubt )
2. Winter Classes and Workshops
Kickapoo Valley Reserve in La Farge and Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center in Coon Valley have special winter education sessions that may be a good fit for your family. Very reasonably priced and worthwhile…
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is hosting a series of Friday afternoon workshops in February for homeschooled students. Workshops are geared for grades K and up, and are scheduled for February 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd. The cost is $5 per child per day. You can sign up for as many Fridays as you like. Registration deadline is January 18th. Contact KVR Education Coordinator, Jonel Kiesau at 608-625-2965 to register your child(ren).
Download the schedule here: KVR workshops for homeschool feb 2013
Norskedalen’s Winter Education Days is an ideal way for your students to learn about winter wildlife, including topics such as habitat and survival methods, as well as human activity, recreation and safety in winter. Dates this year are: January 30th, 31st & February 1st. The sessions are from 9am to 2 pm each day. Students go through several different stations of learning and recreational activities. The cost is $5 per student, adults are $5.50 each. (Hey Moms and Dads! Try out the snowshoes!) Any ages are welcome. Call Norskedalen at 608.452.3424 to register, or if you have any questions.
Ice Cave Hike Saturday, February 9, 2013, 12:30 to 4 pm. * This is open to the public * Kickapoo Valley Reserve S3661 State Highway 131La Farge, WI 54639. Visit several rarely visited ice caves and frozen waterfalls. Participants will learn some geology, biology, and history of the Kickapoo Reserve along the way. The hike is rated moderate to difficult. * This is similar to the Ice Cave Hike offered as part of the Homeschool Workshops * Dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera! Instructor: Chuck Hatfield, amateur geologist and ice cave enthusiast. Fee: $5/Person; $4.50/KVR Friend; $2.50/Kids 12-18.
The Richland County Veterans’ Memorial Building Committee together with Community Players of Southwestern Wisconsin is sponsoring the 5th Annual Talent Showcase, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM. This will be an opportunity to perform in the vintage setting of the “old” City Auditorium in downtown Richland Center. For those selected for the Showcase, a rehearsal will be held either Friday evening February 15th or Saturday morning, February 16th. We will contact you with the time. All performers must attend and run through their pieces at this rehearsal. The Committee reserves the right to adjust the program order at that point if necessary. All applications must be received or postmarked by January 15, 2013, and acts will be contacted by February 1st as to their selection. Details here.
Tri State Homeschool Drama – Auditions for the Spring Drama, “Pickwick Papers”, based on the novel by Charles Dickens and set in 1830’s England are scheduled for Friday, January 18th from 12:30 – 3:30 in Platteville. Anyone desiring to audition should request the audition lines. This drama is open to area home-educated students in grades 9 through 12. A reading of the play is scheduled for January 25th and rehearsals will begin the first Friday in February. Full cast rehearsals will be on Fridays, with additional rehearsals on Monday or Tuesday afternoons for scenes or individual cast members as announced. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th, 2013. The final two weeks preceding performances will have additional rehearsals, some during ‘after school’ hours in the Platteville High School Auditorium. Contact.
The Audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of THE SECRET GARDEN will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm at The Heider Center in West Salem. The 60-70 minute Performances will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm and will be presented at The Heider Center Auditorium. The students in the cast will be called for dress rehearsal before the first performance that day. All those cast must be available for all scheduled performances. Information: Heider Center (608)786-2550.
4. Poetry/Short Story Contest
The Monroe Women’s Club is once again sponsoring a Poetry/Short Story Contest for all students, grades 1-12. All entries must be submitted by February 1, 2013.
Here are the 3 files with all the details:
GFWC 2012 Poetry,ShortStory Contest letter
GFWC 2012 Poetry,ShortStory Contest -formatting
GFWC 2012 Poetry,ShortStory Contest instructions
5. The Wonders of Physics Presentation and Physics Fair, UW Madison
The 30th annual presentation of The Wonders of Physics will be held in 2103 Chamberlin Hall (1150 University Avenue) at the University of Wisconsin Madison, at the following dates and times:
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Free tickets are now available for all shows and can be obtained here, or by calling 608-262-2927 or by Email. Be sure to specify the show you prefer and the number of tickets. You may print your own tickets or pick them up at the show.
The 6th annual Physics Fair , featuring hands-on activities, demonstrations, and lab tours, will be held on Saturday, February 16th, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm at the same location as The Wonders of Physics presentation. Admission is free.
6. Classes, Field Trips, Groups, Clubs
*Note: please make contact with each as listed for more information. In the interest of privacy, some contact information is not published in the newsletter. “Email for more info” means that your request will be forwarded to the person or group.
- Homeschool Family Gym Get-togethers in Viroqua – The G.Y.M. is open for Homeschoolers with the next 8 weeks penciled-in for our use! Varying dates and times have been tentatively scheduled. We can bring balls, floor games, jump ropes, radio controlled toys, or whatever you have. This is a chance to run off some of that energy, or give moms a chance to walk or jog while the kids play. We can make as much structure – or not – as we need. Cost will be minimal (depending on what you can afford) as a donation to the building fund for keeping the lights and heat on. Contact.
- Hillsboro Christian Sports and Fellowship – every Friday night. Email for more info.
- Hillsboro Christian Men’s Group (open to any Christian man, any denomination, age 18+) meets every 2nd Monday evening of the month. Email for more info.
- Wolves Field Trip, at Necedah Wildlife Refuge Wed., January 16th,10am – noon. Free. 1st through 12th grades. SIGN UP.
- Hillsboro Area Homeschool Mother’s Meeting Every 3rd MONDAY evening of the Month (Special Notice: January’s meeting will be on Tuesday the 15th.) Email for more info.
- Richland Center Area Homeschool Support Group Meeting Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:30pm. Email for more info.
- Home School Ski Day Field Trip to Cascade Mountain organized by the FISH Home Education Network, Thursday, January 24th. Group rate would be $21.50 per person. Register by January 22nd.
- Lyme disease support group meeting Friday, January 25th from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Hillsboro library community room. Email for more info.
- Mauston Library Book Sale Jan. 25th 9 – 5pm, Jan. 26th 9 – 3pm, Jan. 28th 9 – 8pm. Open to the public.
- The Annual Homeschool Book Sale is coming in April or May. Stay tuned for more information.
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Southwest Wisconsin Homeschool Community Communiqué
January 11, 2013