22 Oct

2015 MACS Elementary Fine Arts Festival -Troy


The 2015 MACS Elementary Fine Arts Festival will be held at Bethany Christian School in Troy, Michigan on Friday, February 27th, 2015.

Here is a list of all the categories that they have available:

•    Poetry Recitation
•    Scripture Recitation
•    Oral Reading
•    Vocal Solo
•    Piano Solo
•    String Solo
•    Brass Solo
•    Woodwind Solo (including recorder)
•    Guitar Solo
•    Percussion Solo (snare drum or mallet instrument)
•    Harp Solo
•    Piano Ensemble (1 or 2 pianos available)
•    Small Instrumental Ensemble (2-5 students)
•    Large Instrumental Ensemble (6 or more students)
•    Small Vocal Ensemble (2-5 students)
•    Large Vocal Ensemble (6 or more students)
•    Drawing
•    Painting
•    Photography
•    Craft – students may use a kit in this category
•    Sculpture
•    Printmaking
•    Calligraphy
•    Mixed Media

For music and speech entries, the student will perform his or her prepared piece for a judge and a small audience, and then the judge will give verbal feedback and work with the student on the performance. The judge will also provide a written critique. For art entries, the judges will be available to talk and provide feedback to the students. For all entries, the student will receive a rating and a corresponding rating ribbon. The festival is non-competitive, with the main purpose being to give an opportunity for the students to perform and receive feedback.

This program provides a goal to work toward, as well as an opportunity to receive feedback from excellent judges.

All students will be given a rating of I (Superior), II (Good), or III (Participant), and will be given a ribbon corresponding to their rating. In music and speech categories, the ribbons will be given out by the room monitor after the student performs. Large groups will receive their ribbons from their director. Students will not be competing against one another but will be striving to perform to the best of their own abilities. In the music and speech categories, the judges will give an oral critique after the student performs (in addition to a written critique), providing an opportunity for the judge to help the student progress forward from whatever level they have currently attained. At the discretion of the art judges, some “Best in Show” ribbons may also be awarded.

All participants must use the Elementary Manual for the current year, which will be available at macshome.org. This manual will be the authority for dress, conduct, and contest guidelines. All exceptions will be determined by the contest coordinator.

To register, please contact Grace Mieczkowski: grace.mieczkowski@fbctroy.org.  Online event registration must be completed and money and all other forms need to be postmarked by Friday, January 30th, 2015 to avoid any late fees. No registrations will be accepted after Friday, February 13th, 2015.

To register for the Elementary Fine Arts Festival as a group, please contact Grace by November 1st. To register as individual families, please contact Grace by December 31st. (just $2 for student registration and $6 for an individual event).

21 Oct

Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit Coming to Oxford Public Library 12/6


Here is some exciting news!  Between December 6, 2014-February 1, 2015,
the Oxford Public Library will be hosting a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit
called The Way We Worked. The focus of the exhibit is the role work has
played in the history of the United States over the past 150 years, and how
it has changed during that time. Oxford Public Library is one of only five
sites chosen in Michigan to host this exhibit, and is the only site in
Southeast Michigan.

All of the area schools and homeschool groups are invited to bring their students to explore the exhibit during the stated time-frame.   Field trips can be scheduled at this time. There is no admission fee for the exhibit.

Please feel free to call the library at (248) 628-3034 to set up your field trip or if you have any questions about the exhibit. You may also visit their website at www.MiOPL.org to learn more about it.

“It is important that our younger generation understands our past, the
sacrifices we have made, and likewise the role our successes and failures
have played in making us who we are. Exhibits like The Way We Worked have
been developed to do just that – to teach, to engage us in thought-provoking
dialogue, and to help us to be a better, more responsible people.” ~Bryan
Cloutier, Library Director and CEO, Oxford Public Library, 2014-15 Site
Partner of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit The Way We Worked

20 Oct

Homeschool Programs at Nankin Mills: Natural Plant Dyes 10/21

The Home School Program Series at Wayne County Parks Nankin Mills Interpretive Center continues Tuesday, October 21st, with Natural Plant Dyes.  The program is from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.  They will explore the history of natural dyes and try a dye project or two from natural objects.  They will also take a short hike to look some plants that could be used for dye. Pre-registration at Nankin Mills necessary, $6 per student and $2 per adult for Wayne County residents.  Add $1 each for out of county residents.  Ages 7-15.  Call 734-261-1990.
20 Oct

Free Tours at the Morely Candy Factory-Clinton Township


Are you in need of homeschool field trip ideas?  The Morley Candy Factory in Clinton Township, offers free tours Monday-Friday.

Families will start out watching a brief history lesson about how chocolate is made.  After the lesson, enjoy a tour along the production line. I am sure the sweet smell of chocolate in the air will be so enticing.  With that said, yes all visitors will receive a sample. Yay!

A reservation is required prior to the tour.  For more details and directions to Morely Candy Factory,  click here.

20 Oct

October Homeschool Costume Dance 10/24


The October Homeschool Dance is coming this Friday, have you found a costume yet?

REACH Homeschool Group will be hosting a monthly dance. This is open to all
ages! October’s dance will be a Costume Dance in honor of Halloween. Wear a
costume and have some fun!

Cost: $5/student

This is for all ages. Parents are welcome to stay and visit or
join in on the fun. Those 12 and over can be dropped off if needed. They will
require that contact info for the parents be left at the church. Those
under 12 must have a parent or guardian stay at the church.

A snack to share would be welcome.


Friday, October 24
at 7:00pm – 10:00pm

First United Methodist Church of Troy 
6363 Livernois Rd, Troy, Michigan 48098

RSVP to April Morris at klkb624@gmail.com.

*Mark your calendars, November’s dance will be on Friday, November 14th.
There will be no dance in December.