Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Whether you love them or hate them, Marshmallow Peeps have never been so fun! Please join us for our 
Literary "Marshmallow Peep" Show!

When: Friday, April 25, 1:30 PM
Where: The Lake Hazel Library

Here's the scoop: It's after Easter, so those sugar coated goodies are on clearance everywhere--snag a package from your local store and let them star in a diorama of your own creation, representing a scene from your favorite book!

The rules: All ages can participate, from tiny tots to grown ups! At least ONE peep must be present in your diorama. Bring your diorama(s!) and your books, and be ready to show them off!

It's fun! It's artistic! It's literary! It's PEEPS!!!!
Questions: Call Marissa at 208-841-1732, or shoot an e-mail to dhsa.news@gmail.com

Need some inspiration? Here are some highlights from last year's show!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events:

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General Conference April 5 and 6

 

 

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History Fair

Tuesday, April 8th

1:30-3:00 PM at the Boise Veteran's Home: 320 N Collins Rd, Boise, ID 83702

The Veterans Home loved having us last year and I am looking forward to another amazing History Fair this year!

 

 

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Mothers’ Meeting: Homeschool Q&A!

Thursday, April 17, 7 PM

(Please see our FB page/newsletter e-mail for location!)

New to homeschooling? Thinking about homeschooling? Been homeschooling awhile, but need some inspiration? If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Come for a fun, casual night of “talking shop” with veteran and newbie homeschool parents!

 

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Field Trip: World Center for Birds of Prey

5668 W Flying Hawk Ln, Boise, ID 83709

April 29

The World Center for Birds of Prey is offering two “homeschoolers only” tour and presentation days this year. Please join us on either or both of these days! If you plan to attend, please call the Center at 362-8260 to sign up so they so they can plan for adequate staffing.  If you commit to attend, PLEASE follow through, or find someone to go in your place if you cannot make it.  Admission: $3.00 per person. Live bird presentations are listed in the attachment below!

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Mothers’ Meeting: Join us for a fun and casual morning

 

Classes, Co-ops, Activities, and More:

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Tickets for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for educators and students:
Please email Jody Phillips at boisejlp@gmail.com before APRIL 15 (Shakespeare in the subject line) and reserve your tickets. The tickets are $15 (except for June 20th,--$18) The dates and plays are as follows:
FRIDAY June 6th As You Like It
FRIDAY June 20th As You Like It
Thurday July 10 Death Trap
Thurday Aug 7 Merry Wives of Windsor
Thurday Sept 11 Steel Magnolias
I can also get tickets to Les Miserables if I have enough who want to go. It runs in both July and Aug.

The 2nd Annual Idaho Leadership Education Mothers Retreat Thursday, May 15 - Saturday, May 17, 2014

All homeschooling moms are welcome! We will have a book discussion on Thursday evening and two presentations during the weekend to help you in your family and home. We will have plenty of time for relaxing and chatting as well. Moms only. New this year: A demonstration of sourdough baking!

Where: A cabin in McCall, Idaho  Cost: Early Registration is $65.00 by April 1st. Late Registration is $80.00 after April 1st. The price includes meals and lodging.

Book Discussion: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Please contact Melissa Wolfe at rdjazzer@yahoo.com to register. Spots are limited and we already have some filled! Register now to ensure your spot.

 

President’s Message:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

I recall hearing these very words as a young child. I did not question their validity; I don’t know that I even gave them much of a thought. It was just something we would call out if we needed a boost of courage during an ugly moment. It would often end the dispute and all was well. As an adult, I take issue with this statement.

Words have lasting effect for good or otherwise. And once spoken cannot be taken back.

Words contain power; they have a force that penetrates deep within. When used correctly, our words build, support and encourage. When used incorrectly, the damage is far greater than any stick or stone could inflict.

Words can help us to achieve our best and highest aspirations or leave us feeling distraught and defeated.

All too often, we don’t consider how meaningful and impactful the words we share with the world may be. Are we building or demolishing? Are we cheering and sustaining or discouraging and condemning? This world needs a little more tenderness, warmth and affection…and what better place to start than in our very homes?!

As we ponder the words that may come from our lips to the ones we most cherish in this world, we would do well to choose them wisely.

In our home, I have the words, “How you speak to your children will become their inner voice,” displayed where I see them many times each day. There is a purpose in this. I cannot say that I have always thought before speaking, or that I have always chosen the very best words to share with those I love. There are times of high frustration that I speak and wish I could take back the ugliness that flew from my mouth, but I cannot. Knowing all too well the lasting effect of harsh words, I strive to be better and to share words of kindness and encouragement with our kids.

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The words spoken to us as well as the words we tell ourselves, have a lasting footprint on our hearts. And just as the quote above states, the words we hear directed to us become our inner voice. I wish for the inner voice of my children to be filled with all the positives this world has and be spared the negative, heartbreaking thoughts they would be better off without.

When I think of how my words impact others, I draw in a deep breath, and choose biting my tongue near in half, if necessary, just to spare the negative effects of a nasty word during moments of strife and contention.

As a mother, I would like the power of my words to be for good – to boost my children, to enlighten, to inspire, to motivate and invigorate, to embolden and fortify them against all that life may throw their way. The last thing they need is a mother to use words that might kill the beautiful spirit they possess, or to belittle and deprecate the amazing power they have within. So I will be shouting out all the beautiful words that come to mind as I think of how lucky I am to be the mother of this amazing family!

What words would you choose to share with your kids if you had but just a few words to leave them with???

Wishing you a month filled with powerful words that will create lasting bonds between you and your sweet families!

Hugs!

Stacey

Stacey

Friday, March 7, 2014

March 2014 Newsletter

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 Upcoming Events:

History Fair 

Tuesday, March 11th

1:30-3:00 PM at the Boise Veteran's Home: 320 N Collins Rd, Boise, ID 83702

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Come show the Veterans what you’re learning about American or World history! Bring a display, diorama, or dress-up and let the kids share their knowledge of history with some great people!

PLEASE RSVP  by email to LytleMomma@gmail.com to let us know how many of your kiddos will be participating and what they are doing. ALSO, if they need table space and if they would like a speaking time. Please keep presentations to 2-3 minutes. You are also very welcome to have a group of kids present together.

The Veterans Home loved having us last year and I am looking forward to another amazing History Fair this year!

Field Trip: World Center for Birds of Prey

5668 W Flying Hawk Ln, Boise, ID 83709

March 12 and April 29

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The World Center for Birds of Prey is offering two “homeschoolers only” tour and presentation days this year. Please join us on either or both of these days! If you plan to attend, please call the Center at 362-8260 to sign up so they so they can plan for adequate staffing.  If you commit to attend, PLEASE follow through, or find someone to go in your place if you cannot make it.  Admission: $3.00 per person. Live bird presentations are listed in the attachment below!

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Teen Activity: Movie Night!

March 14th, 7-10pm 

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We will be doing a movie night and will be voting between these movies: Princess Bride, Avengers, Despicable Me 2 or Tangled. Be sure to bring a treat to share and something comfortable to sit on. (Please see the FB page/check your e-mail for location.)

Mothers’ (and Dads!) Meeting: Saturday, March 15th, 9:30 AM

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What books have moved you, changed you, made you think? Made you laugh? What books do you return to time and again? Come share your favorite books! Read-alouds, picture books, novels, biographies, memoirs, and more!  Watch your e-mail (or the DHSA Facebook page!) for location!

Classes, Co-ops, and More:

Treasure Valley Commonwealth has openings for spring semester.

Wednesdays - 9:45 - 3
April 2 - May 28
The Journey church, near Overland and Maple Grove
TVC is run as a co-op, inspired by TJED or Leadership Education principles. Parents take turns teaching classes for kids of all ages, newborn to age 18.

Information meetings held each Wednesday in March at the Georgeson home, also near Overland and Maple Grove. 10:30 - 11-30, or 1:30 - 3. Contact Nancy attjed.treasurevalley@gmail.com for address. Children welcome.

For more information visit
http://treasurevalleytjed.blogspot.com/p/treasure-valley-commonwealth-spring.html

 

The 2nd Annual Idaho Leadership Education Mothers Retreat Thursday, May 15 - Saturday, May 17, 2014

All homeschooling moms are welcome! We will have a book discussion on Thursday evening and two presentations during the weekend to help you in your family and home. We will have plenty of time for relaxing and chatting as well. Moms only. New this year: A demonstration of sourdough baking!

Where: A cabin in McCall, Idaho  Cost: Early Registration is $65.00 by April 1st. Late Registration is $80.00 after April 1st. The price includes meals and lodging.

Book Discussion: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Please contact Melissa Wolfe at rdjazzer@yahoo.com to register. Spots are limited and we already have some filled! Register now to ensure your spot.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Love Springs Eternal Dinner and Dance

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Why should the kids have all the fun? We are thrilled to announce our Adults Only Dinner and Dance:
Love Springs Eternal

March 1, 2014

Don your formal, semi-formal, or church attire and join us! (Please see forthcoming e-mail/Facebook post for location and time!)

You do not want to miss this incredible evening, tailored just for you and your sweetheart!

We will start with a prime rib and chicken dinner, followed by dancing to your favorite tunes! And don’t forget to commemorate the evening with a free photo by professional photographer, Holly Hawkley!

$35.00 per couple

Please RSVP to Stacey Lytle no later than 10:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26th. (Please see e-mail/Facebook post for contact info.)

Please include in your RSVP your preference for either prime rib or chicken.  If you have a favorite song you would like included in our playlist, please provide us with the title and artist.

Finally, if you are willing to provide a dessert (of your choice) to round out this sumptuous evening, please let us know!

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Field Trip Cancellation:

The Obert Skye field trip scheduled for Wednesday, February 12th has been cancelled.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February 2014

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February 2014 Newsletter

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Mothers’ Meeting: Saturday, Feb. 8th, 9:30 AM

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What books have moved you, changed you, made you think? Made you laugh? What books do you return to time and again?Come share your favorite books! Read-alouds, picture books, novels, biographies, memoirs, and more!  Watch your e-mail (or the DHSA Facebook page!) for location!

Field Trip: Leven Thumps author Obert Skye at the College of Idaho in Caldwell!

Wednesday, February 12th at 1:00pm

Author Obert Skye will speak about the power of imagination and talk about the characters in his books, including some “behind the scenes” information about his stories!
The price: $2.00 a person. This is geared towards 3rd- 9th grade
(Under five is free) pay at the door
The Place:  College of Idaho
Seating is limited so please save your spot ASAP by contacting Kimberly Wing at sosiouxmeto@msn.com or 921-8556

 

Dr. Picklestein—science, chemistry, imagination!

Friday, February 21 at 11:15-12:30

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Come and join us for an entertaining hour with Dr. Picklestein! He will entertain us with chemistry experiments geared for kids of all ages.  This is a free event (parking is about $3) but you have to reserve your seats.  This field trip fills to capacity every time it is offered. Please contact Kimberly Wing at sosiouxmeto@msn.com to RSVP and for location information as soon as possible.

 

Teen Activity for February! 

Attention:  Starting time & day of the week are different for this activity!

Feb. 22nd (a Saturday) 7:30 - 10:00 pm

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Bring a snack to share and join us for an amazing Mad Libs team experience!

Please watch for an e-mail with the location!

 

We know how to party! Save the date for a Couples’ Dinner and Dance: the evening of March 1, 2014! More details coming soon!

 

Our annual History Fair is coming up on Tuesday, March 11th.
It will be held from 1:30-3:00 PM at the Boise Veteran's Home: 320 N Collins Rd, Boise, ID 83702

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Bring your displays, dioramas, and dress-ups and enjoy a walk through history with some great people! Please keep your oral presentations to 1-2 minutes.
We look forward to seeing you there!

President’s Message: 

As the month of January closes, three thoughts come to mind that I’d like to share with you.

· Wherever you are, Be There.

· I get to!

· Let go of “that”…

Wherever you are, be there.

 

I have been striving to BE IN THE MOMENT, to really be where I am, in presence and in heart. There are times that we are physically present with our kids or our spouses, but our minds, our thoughts, and our attention wander elsewhere. I don’t want to miss out on the things that are right in front of me and I realize that those who are most important in my life deserve my full attention when I am with them. This is applicable in ALL situations of our lives. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, with whomever you are engaged…be there, FULLY.

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I get to!

This thought is a big one for me. Years ago, I watched as the health of a dear friend of mine deteriorated until the disease she had been stricken with took her life much too soon. I can still hear her voice as she answered a question I had posed to her as she sat in her wheelchair one afternoon. My question had been a simple one, inquiring of what was most difficult for her and how I could help. Her response touched me in a way I had not expected and has forever changed my heart. She had one little boy that she adored, with the progression of her disease, her days of playing with him had changed. As she pondered my question, her eyes looked upward, a smile crossed her face and then a tear welled in the corner of her eye as she told me how much she missed being able to sit on the floor and play with her little one. She still did all she could with and for him, but life had changed for her.

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For the next several weeks, I rolled on the floor with my babies, I played Legos and Barbie’s every time I was asked; I was consumed with the time I had taken for granted and wished to capture every second of the time I had with my beautiful children.

I also changed my thought pattern…I get to make breakfast for my kids, I don’t have to. I get to take them here and there and everywhere, I don’t have to. I get to do math with 5 or 6 kids all at the same time while they are all at differing levels, I don’t have to…I made this choice and I get to! Having this pattern of thought helps me to be more grateful and aware of the blessings that surround me.

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Let go of that…

“That” being anything you cannot control, change or fix.

Why hold onto these things any longer? Let them go…let the happiness and the peace in. We already hold so many things that we are responsible for, allowing ourselves to let the things go that just weigh us down unnecessarily is a gift we owe to ourselves.

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My hope for each of you is that you focus on the things that bring joy to your lives. Wishing you a month filled with magical moments!

Stacey

Stacey

Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 2014 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events:

Teen Activity: January 10th - Next Friday! 7-10 PM

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Game night at Trina Brough's home in Meridian.
Please bring a finger food to share and join us for a night of fabulous fun and the best company!
If you would like the address for the event please contact
Ruth Gedeborg Hansen 466-0667 or Tami Christensen Hull 724-0289.

 

Mothers’ Meeting: Saturday, Jan. 18, 9:30 AM

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Hot chocolate, warm friendships! Things don’t get much better than chocolate, unless it’s chocolate with friends! Join us for our casual, morning Mothers’ Meeting. Connect with old friends and make new ones! We’ll meet at Janet Cox’s home in Nampa. Please contact Janet at 454-9848 for directions!

 

Winter Party: Eagle Library conference room on Tuesday January 28th from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

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Come join us for some fun! More details coming soon! Cost: $1.00 per participating child.

 

President’s Message:

As we begin a “New Year,” it is not uncommon during this time to throw out the old and bring in the new; get rid of those things that didn’t work magic in our homeschool and make a few changes. As you prepare for a fresh start this January, may you keep those things that have worked and have the courage to let go of what hasn’t.

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Wishing you and yours the best year ever!

Love,

Stacey

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