Events

Please check back often - this page changes constantly. We are always looking for more free events that support the homeschool community! If you have a free event you would like to be added to our page, you can email whooffice@washhomeschool.org

WHO Hosts a FREE Seminar  

Introduction to Homeschooling  
February 23rd - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Puyallup Library - 324 South Meridian, 98371 Puyallup 

Celiane LimesJoin WHO and long-time homeschooler Celiane Limes as she presents an informative and lively presentation on homeschooling in Washington State.  Parent of three homeschooled boys, Celiane will cover important topics in homeschooling, including the eleven required subjects, the declaration of intent, qualifying to homeschool, testing, resources, advantages to homeschooling, and more.  If you or someone you know is looking for more information about homeschooling, this is the place

This presentation, which is free and open to all, will take place at the Puyallup Public Library, 324 South Meridian, 98371 Puyallup, WA.   We hope to see you there!   While being able to attend these seminars in person so you can get your questions answered is ideal, we realize not everyone can make it.  We have an online video of the Intro to Homeschooling for those who cannot attend.  Just click here to watch it.


In honor of his years of dedication to Washington State homeschoolers, the Washington Homeschool Organization proudly announces the Annual
Emmett Comer Scholarship

In loving memory and honor of Washington State's most faithful and dedicated homeschool leader
Deadline March 31, 2015- Must be received and in the office by this date.


College Scholarship Opportunity for Washington Homeschoolers
Washington Homeschool Organization is pleased to provide the 2015 Emmett Comer College Scholarship for Washington State Homeschoolers. This scholarship competition is perfect for your family.

It's money for College
If your homeschooled student intends to go to college, they could win up to $1,000, thanks to Washington Homeschool Organization.

It's perfect for you
The Emmett Comer Scholarship is for members of WHO that have filed a Declaration of Intent to Homeschool and are graduating in 2015.
We recognize that many homeschoolers utilize Running Start in high school, so providing the Declaration of Intent for the year prior to Running Start is just fine.

It values every teaching style
The scholarship understands that every homeschool is unique. Just submit your parent-made homeschool transcript or other homeschool record.

It's easy to apply
The student needs to submit a brief essay on the benefits of homeschooling. The parents submit the student's transcript or homeschool record. The family completes a very short application form.

Check it out
Scholarship Application
The application deadline is March 31, 2015- Must be received and in the office by this date.



FEDERAL JUNIOR DUCK STAMP CURRICULUM AND ART CONTEST - Deadline March 15th

This environmental science homeschool curriculum is excellent, featuring beautifully designed lesson plans for different age groups that are sure to foster natural appreciation and understanding.  Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the curriculum culminates in a statewide art contest, making the program overall an enriching multi-disciplinary approach to education.

The art contest is open to ALL Washington State students grades K-12!  It can be done in tandem with the science curriculum or independent of it.  Between 4 age groupings, there are a total of 36 place winners who received ribbons, prizes, recognition, and whose art will be on display for a full year here at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Olympia.  The art is also featured in a traveling exhibit.  Participation is free, so its a really great opportunity for artistically inclined kids.

In Washington State, art entries are due by March 15, 2015.

This is a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For curriculum information, entry and reference forms, visit: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ or contact the Washington State coordinator:  Michael Schramm, Nisqually NWR, (360) 753-9467, michael_schramm@fws.gov


 

WHO Fourth Annual Design Contest - Deadline to Submit - April 1, 2015

Calling all homeschoolers ages 2 to 18. We need your creativity. Plan to submit a design that will be used on the front page of the 2015 WHO Convention Program! It is free to enter. Deadline to submit your design is April 1, 2015. Click here for the details.


2015 Student Expo - Dealine for Submission - May 1, 2015

Have your children created something they’d like to share with the Washington homeschool community? Sign up now for the 2015 Student Expo! The purpose of this event is to recognize the efforts and reward the accomplishments of our homeschooled children in Washington state, and to encourage their further studies. All homeschooled children between the ages of 6-18 are welcome to submit an entry, and come see their work on display during the Annual Homeschool Convention, June 12th & 13th, 2015, at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Prizes will be awarded based on judging with individual age and category awards for the following age divisions: Ages 5-9 Ages 10-13 Ages 14-18. Prizes will also be awarded based on a People’s Choice vote. Click here for the details


WASHINGTON SOCIETY OF THE COLONIAL DAMES SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 3, SO DO NOT DELAY.

The Colonial Dames of Washington offers four $1000 scholarships to all Washington State Social Studies and History teachers, grades 5 – 12, for program development.  Follow the link to our website to take advantage of this opportunity. 

 http://www.nscdawa.org/   Click on Student and Teacher Resources for the application as well as examples of lesson plans developed by previous recipients.


Pacific Lamprey Geocache Adventure

Ready for an educational adventure? Get the kids outdoors to learn about the Pacific Lamprey, one of the world’s oldest and most interesting fish! They can explore nature and learn to navigate using GPS at the same time with the Pacific Lamprey Geocache Adventure. Several hand-carved juvenile Pacific Lampreys are migrating from geocache site to site by way of human helpers, “swimming” along their rivers to eventually arrive at the Pacific Ocean. One was just released in Idaho and will be headed along the Snake toward the Columbia River (http://coord.info/TB58YF1). Another just started in the Yakima Basin and wants to travel along the Columbia (http://coord.info/TB58Y33). The third has made its way to the ocean and is ready to migrate back upstream along the Columbia and Willamette (http://coord.info/TB58Y59). Can you find one of these cuties and help it on its way? 

This is a project of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For more information, see http://www.fws.gov/pacific/Fisheries/sphabcon/lamprey/geocache.html or contact Rebecca Smith at rebecca_smith@fws.gov.

 


Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

The 20th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition is scheduled for February 7th, 2015 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle Washington. This is expected to be the best year ever and we look forward to seeing you there! http://seattleasce.org/ymf/popsicle_bridge.php

For more information, please email Seeattle.asce.ymf@gmail.com


2015 South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon!

Each year in early May, Thurston Conservation District hosts this event at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge for teams of 3-5 high school level students from the Thurston, Lewis, Pierce, Kitsap, Mason and King counties. The competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue. Winners from the regional level will progress to the Washington State Envirothon, and eventually to the North American Envirothon Competition in Missouri where they are eligible for scholarships and prizes! This year we have a tentative date set for hosting this event on Thursday, May 7th, 2015.

 If you are interested in bringing a team/teams to the regional Envirothon, please let me know! I will send out team registration packets in January 2015! Also, please forward this email to any other contacts that may be interested in participating.

Students are encouraged to begin studying their natural resources (aquatics, soils, forestry, fish and wildlife) as well as the 2015 Envirothon current issue – Urban/Community Forestry

For more information on the current issue key topics, please visit http://www.envirothon.org/files/2015%20Resources/North_American_Envirothon_Learning_Objectives.pdf

For more information about the current issue and helpful study materials, please visit http://www.envirothon.org/current-competition.html and http://www.envirothon.org/curriculum-guidelines.html

Feel free to contact me for more information! Or visit:  http://www.thurstoncd.com/envirothon.htmll


Purfect PalsHelp Homeless Shelter Cats!

Purrfect Pals is a no-kill cat shelter and sanctuary in Arlington and has more than a dozen off-site adoption sites in partner pet stores in the Puget Sound area.

We need volunteers to come in for two hours once a week to clean cubbies, scoop litter pans, refresh water and food, play with cats, and talk to visitors.  It’s a great way to learn more about animals, about having a “job,” about being responsible, and about giving back to your community.

Teen/parent teams are welcome at all of our locations and teens 16 and older are welcome at our Petco stores.  We have off-site programs in:

 

  • Arlington
  • Bellevue
  • Everett
  • Issaquah
  • Kirkland
  • Lynnwood
  • Marysville
  • Renton
  • Sammamish
  • Seattle/Northgate
  • Seattle/North Aurora
  • Tukwila
  • Woodinville

We also need foster homes for raising kittens and caring for sick cats.  For more information and a link to our online application, please visit our web page at www.purrfectpals.org and click on Foster Volunteer.


Young Women Empowered (Y-WE). Our leadership, mentorship and arts programs for girls are low-cost or free and would be a great addition to any homeschool curriculum. One particular program which might be of interest to the youth and families you work with is our theater intensive program called Y-WE Speak. Girls get to see professional shows at the Seattle Rep, take theater workshops, and ultimately create and perform a show of their own on the Rep stage. You can read more about this program at: http://youngwomenempowered.org/programs/speak/

I wanted to let you and your staff know that  Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) is offering two free sample events at Seattle Rep for ANY girl (ages 12+) who wants to see a free professional show, take a free amazing workshop, and learn about the programs Y-WE offers. Girls do not have to sign up for Y-WE if they attend and they will not be heavily recruited. It's just an opportunity for them to check it out and for us to spread the love and resources we have to offer with the greater community! Some other youth orgs are bringing groups of their girls as a field trip. If you know girls or staff who would like to attend, please pass this event link along to them: http://youngwomenempowered.org/events-2/upcoming-events/
I would be happy to reach out directly to theater teachers and anyone else within the school whom you think would be a good contact for this opportunity. 

You can also RSVP individually or as a group by using this link: https://youngwomenempowered.wufoo.com/forms/ywe-speak-2013-taster-rsvp-form/

Pierce College Science Dome

The Science dome is  an immersive and interactive 38’ dome-shaped screen that allows you to; view the night sky from anywhere in the known universe on a cloudy day, be immersed in an alien environment with breathtaking full-dome images, explore the Egyptian pyramids, fly through the human body and so much more. For more information, check out the website: http://wp.pierce.ctc.edu/blog/sciencedome/


Pacific Science Center WetLab Academy Seminars/Workshops

Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, Washington, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center. Our award winning, Gold LEED® certified facility offers classrooms, wetlabs, a tree house, Visitor Center and hiking trails that all highlight the beauty of the surrounding wetland.

Wet Lab Academy

High school students have the opportunity to step away from the traditional high school chemistry curriculum at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. Utilizing our state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment, students perform scientific investigations taking advantage of the living laboratory of the Mercer Slough Nature Park.

The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is located at 1625 118th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. To register call (206) 443-2925. For updated schedule information visit http://pacificsciencecenter.org/Mercer-Slough/wetlab-academy-seminars.html or email questions to wetlabacademy@pacsci.org.


Volunteer Options for Home Schooling Youth 16 and Over – Read to Young Children

More than half of all kindergartners in our state are entering school without the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills they need to be successful. Research shows that those who start behind often stay behind. The good news is that reading with kids on a regular basis can make a real difference. That's why we are inviting you to become a Volunteer Reader for United Way of King County.

We're looking for friendly, responsible people to read with young kids—one-on-one (not group reading)—at select sites throughout King County. Volunteers are needed during weekday daytime hours, and need to be at least 16 years old.  By committing to read 1 hour a week for a minimum of six months, you can have a profound impact on the lives and outcomes of young children in our community.

For more information including sites and shift times go to www.uwkc.org/readers or call 206.461.3700.

Looking for other volunteer opportunities?

You can find this and thousands of other volunteer opportunities on the United Way of King County Volunteer Center website: www.uwkc.org/volunteer. You can tailor your search by the age range of the volunteer.

 

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