Friday, February 22, 2008

INCH Cancelled Today

Due to the snow and freezing rain, INCH is cancelled today. Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

February PNO

A reminder that this Thursday is Parents' Night Out at 8pm at MJ's Coffeehouse in Annville! Come relax, visit, and share.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

T&D Cats Field Trip

Here is the information from Laura about our special discounted outing:

Well, we're on for T & D' S Cats of the World for Friday May 9th! I have us set to tour at noon, and plan to take a picnic lunch to eat at their covered picnic area before hand. I am planning to "pull out" here at 10:30 that should put us there at 11:30- giving 1/2 hour to eat our PB&J, and visit with the parrots in the outer zoo area.Here is the website link, there is tons of info there for families to access before hand ---
The group rate is....
Ages 3-12 is $4.00 (with the discount) and ages 13 and over $9.00 (with the discount), under 3 is free.

I cannot stress enough how much better this is than a zoo - you are truly close enough to count the whiskers on the tigers! About 2-3 feet away and they are seeking human contact, so they want to be near humans - unfortunately. The lemurs and ringtails alone entertain us for hours! they have an emus and deer feeding station where the girls love to collect the branching feathers of the emus -one quill two feather ends - very cool!

Here is yet more information from an earlier email:

We have a very special place we love, it is a big cat/tiger sanctuary near Williamsport - about 1 and 1/2 hours away- and it is so very wonderful. Ed worked with the MIL of the girl that gives the tours, Terry the owner is a terrific guy ex state police trooper, and he is just all about rescuing these lions and tigers (sadly now more animals) from bad situations, and giving them wonderful places to live. He now has quite a large collection of critters on a beautiful wooded estate. Lizzie's favorites are the Lemurs, someone bought them at an exotic pet auction thinking they would be cute house pets! They are in huge wonderful cages, and live in a family setting like in the wild, and you can get so close to them - they always are so entertaining.

Anyway, besides T & D's there are picnic facilities, as well as a yummy ice cream shop about a half hour away, this is a beautiful place, you are about two feet from the lions and tigers, and emus, and deer, and tons of other really neat critters.

I have done this for our field trip group before. The charge is minimal. We usually pick up something on the web site wish list to take along, this is a favorite activity for the girls to help them feel like they are involved in the rescue side, not just a zoo tour.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to email Laura at you!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Free Baseball Tickets!

It's that time of year again. Please share the info with others as you see fit--this is available to all homeschoolers.

The Lancaster Barnstormers has a really neat reading program where you read 4 books "outside the curriculum" over the next few weeks, sign your bookmarks to indicate as much, and let me know how many bookmarks you've completed (and therefore how many vouchers--for free baseball tickets--we need to order).

The game for homeschooled students is Thursday, May 29th. And if for any reason, you are unable to attend on the scheduled night, any and all unused ticket vouchers will be accepted on Monday, June 23rd.
Besides the free tickets, you also get the following:

* Students will be recognized on the field with a special parade
* School Spirit will be judged in a banner design contest (winning school gets an autograph party with Barnstormers players and Cylo--the mascot)

We've done this with friends (this past year) and it is GREAT fun. Minor League Baseball is really fun--lots of games, lots of giveaways. There is also a small playground right inside the park so you can play while you watch the game.

Anyway, if you're interested, please let me know so I have an idea of how many bookmarks to request. Please email me at and let me know how many bookmarks you'd like! Please note that I won't be replying to each email but will keep count and ask for extras as well.

Also, please mark on your calendars that you must let me know about your completed bookmarks by April 17th so that I can put in the order for tickets!


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

February Field Trip

Here's our information from Christy for this month's field trip:

This will be a short, really awesome field trip this month. We will be
going to visit WITF in harrisburg. The tour will begin at 10:00 am and
last about one hour, but we should try to meet at the studio about 15
min. early. (Directions and all tour information is below.)

As for supplemental information, my simple advice is to explore the
WITF web site with your children.
(Parents may want to take a look at the links on the education section
of their site.) Talk to them about how WITF is a publicly supported
network and what that entails. You can get information about this on
their site as well. The end portion of the tour (mock studio) sounds
like something my son will LOVE!

If any family would like to stop for lunch after the tour let me know,
and I will try to arrange something. If I don't hear anything, I will
assume we will just make it a short day this time.

(Side note: When discussing field trips last night, my husband mentioned
that TMI has a museum. I am not finding information anywhere about how
to tour this museum. It may not be in operation any more. Dickenson
college has a virtual tour of the plant online, and some historical
information about the plant etc. Does anyone know of this museum and
how to tour it?)

Date/time: Friday, February 8, 10:00 a.m.
Tour length: 45-60 minutes
Number of participants: 23 people or so (students ages 7-14, parents, and several younger siblings)

Tour guide: Kathy Silks, VP/Community Relations; ask for me when you arrive at the reception desk; one or more WITF tour guides-in-training may “shadow” the tour.

Tour description: A general (age-appropriate) tour of WITF and its multimedia operations, with hands-on activities in the interactive Demonstration Station TV studio.

Photos: Photos are permitted.
Tour evaluation: Please share the attached evaluation form (electronically or hard copy) with each family group so we can gather their feedback. Thanks!

Directions: Directions are available at Visitor parking is available to the right after you enter the WITF parking lot off of Keckler Rd. If visitor spaces are filled, your group may use the adjacent staff parking lot. If anyone travels in a van, there is plenty of room to maneuver and park.

Emergency numbers: If anyone in the group is running more than 15 minutes late or encounters any problems getting to WITF, please ask them to call the WITF switchboard at (717) 704-3000.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’ll look forward to meeting you and the kids and parents on Friday – we’ll have a wonderful time!

Warm regards,
Kathy Silks
Vice President / Community Relations
WITF Public Media Center
4801 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 910-2954
(717) 704-3000 (main switchboard)
(800) 366-9483 X2954 (toll-free)

Friday, February 01, 2008

INCH Cancelled Today

Due to the freezing rain, INCH is cancelled today. Have a nice weekend!