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Two Information-Packed Homeschooling Seminars!
If you’re a new, prospective or veteran homeschool parent, these seminars are for you!
Independent Homeschooling and Alternative Learning Programs

  - Understanding the Difference and Why It's Important -
Homeschooling High School

Janice Hedin is a longtime homeschool parent and advocate whose children’s first day of “school” was college. She lobbied and helped craft our homeschool law. She served in leadership roles for the Washington Homeschool Org. Advocacy Committee and board. She is co-presenter of the popular homeschool qualifying course, OPTions for Parent Teachers.

Where: Benton REA Community Room, 6095 W. Van Giesen, 
West Richland, WA  99353.
Date:  May 9, 2014, Friday
Time:  Independent Homeschooling: 9:00 a.m. – 11a.m.
  Homeschooling High School: 12.30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost:  Independent Homeschooling: By donation 

  Homeschooling High School: $40.00 per family

Independent Homeschooling and Alternative Learning Programs:
     "With the creation of an administrative code by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's staff, Public School Alternative Learning Experience Programs were created. It's crucial to the preservation of our homeschool law that homeschoolers know and understand the difference between these programs and homeschooling. Learn about how and why this administrative code came about, how it has changed, its current wording and how it has and will continue to impact homeschooling in Washington."
Homeschooling High School:
* Careers and college admissions
* Credits, transcripts, diplomas, graduation
* Tackling higher level subjects
* GED, Running Start, teens in the workplace
* Take-home resource packet and more.
Registrations must be received by April 26th. Register before April 18th to be entered in a drawing.

Send registration fee, payable to Janice M. Hedin, indicating which seminar(s) you plan to attend to:
Janice M. Hedin, P.O. 796, Maple Valley, WA 98038
No childcare is available. Babes in arms and teens only please.
For more information contact Janice at 425-358-0155, Locally, contact Amber Mitchell 509-392-4798

Washington Homeschool Organization Third Annual Design Contest - Deadline May 1, 2014

Rules and Regulations

  1. Designs must be created by homeschoolers ages 2-18.
  2. Designs must be in greyscale (black and white and greys) on 8.5x11” paper.   
  3. You may design in colour, but the submission should be in greyscale.                                   
  4.  Preference given to bold designs.
  5. One submission per designer; multiple submissions from one family are permitted, and may be mailed together.
  6. Please use separate entry forms for each submission.
  7. Please put the designer's name VERY LIGHTLY in pencil on the back of the artwork.
  8. All design submissions must be original concepts and art. Design submissions cannot use existing trademarks or trademarked designs or phrases.
  9. WHO will not accept any designs that feature:   Existing registered trademarks or trademark slogans. Tobacco, Firearms, alcohol, profanity, and/or sexual connotations.
  10. Your design should include the words “Washington Homeschool Organization” and may (but does not have to) include the WHO logo. 
  11. The winning design selected will become the property of the Washington Homeschool Organization, and will not be returned.
  12. Winners will be announced at the WHO Convention, June 2014.

First place winner be featured on the cover of the WHO Convention Program.


If you have any questions about the contest, please contact:   
Telephone:  (425) 251-0439

How to Enter

There are two ways to submit your design. You can...

  1. Draw your artwork on paper, and mail it.
  2. Create electronic artwork in jpg or PDF format and e-mail it.
    (Electronic artwork can either be a scanned copy of hand-drawn art, or art that was created with software like Photoshop or InDesign.)  Electronic submissions should be of a high quality, but not exceed 5MB.

Mail artwork on paper to:

Washington Homeschool Organization
Design Contest
PO Box 66960
Seattle, WA  98166

E-mail electronic artwork to:

When you submit your design, don’t forget to include…

  1. Your artwork
  2. A completed entry form - Online Form can be found here - Printable Form can be found here


The deadline for design submissions is May 1st, 2014.

You can submit your designs via: 

U. S Postal Service. Must be postmarked on or before 1 March, 2014.
E-mail. Message must be received by midnight (PST) on 1 March, 2014

The winners will be announced at the WHO Convention, June 2014

WHO 2014 Student Expo - Deadline for Submissions, May 1, 2014

Student ExpoHave your children created something they’d like to share with the Washington homeschool community? Sign up now for the 2014 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 13th & 14th, 2014, 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 details and registration form.

Build Your Future

A hands-on career fair for construction and advanced manufacturing.

Our annual career fair showcasing higher education, specialized trade skills training, and employment in Construction and Advanced Manufacturing in Snohomish County. Construction: architectural design and engineering; construction supervision and management; construction trades skills; Advanced Manufacturing: product innovation and design; cutting-edge process technologies; enhanced supply chain integration... and much much more!

Wednesday April 30, 2014, 8am-2pm - More information can be found here:

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 and click on Foster Volunteer.

Colonial Dames of Washington Scholarship Applications

Now is the time to think about preparing your applications for the Colonial Dames of Washington Scholarships.  There are four $1000 grant categories for which any history teacher or support personnel who teaches grades 5-12 in Washington State is eligible to apply.   You may apply in more than one category. The maximum amount a scholarship can receive by each category is $1,000.00.  Categories for scholarships include:

  • Continuing education relating to American history
  • Curriculum development
  • Travel & tuition to attend educational seminars relating to American history
  • Teacher enrichment project/program
  • Classroom/Curriculum Supplies

The deadline is March 1, 2014 and any awarded grant must be used by December 3, 2014.  We are in the process of updating the website (which still shows the year as 2013) but be assured that your applications will apply to 2014.

To access the application, please go to

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dorothy Kehres at or one of the contacts listed on the website.

Bates Open House

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:

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:
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:

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:

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 or email questions to

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 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: You can tailor your search by the age range of the volunteer.


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