Thursday, September 29, 2011

Our List of Classes and Outings is POSTED!

And our calendar is updated, too. More is being added all the time!

If you are interested in participating in any of our activities, please let us know by emailing us at inchoflebanoncounty AT gmail DOT com.

Let us know you'd like to be added to our e-mailing list. We have an active mailing list for everything we do. Some of our classes and outings require a head count, so we need to know ahead of time who is attending. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011-2012 Schedule of Classes, Groups, and Activities

This information is from an email about our yearly planning meeting and calendar -- the online calendar is always the most updated source of information. Thanks.

We had a GREAT planning meeting and I thank all who were able to attend as well as those who sent in ways they can help via email. It's heartening to see so many people pitching in to help continue to make INCH the great group it is.

It was a productive meeting and I'm always glad that we can crank out a year's worth of activities in ONE evening. Amazing!

Before I type up the results of our meeting, I want to reiterate something I said:

Our hope is that ALL INCH families will contribute/help in some way, so that everyone can pitch in a little, rather than having just a few families doing a lotIf you'd like to contribute and are just not sure how, please let me know and I can give you a list of suggestions. Most of our activities/outings are for all ages, but now and then, we may have some activities/classes geared toward older children/teens. When that is the case, we do need some parents to help out with the younger ones. There aren't many weeks like that, but some. Also, there are some outings/field trips/activities that need to be coordinated and arranged, so if that suits you, we could certainly use your help. In addition, if there are any "extra-curricular" clubs or playgroups or one-time events you'd like to organize or host, that would be great, too. 

Basically, if you attend INCH activities (and we hope that you do!), we hope that you will give back to the group as well. It is very much appreciated by all when everyone pitches in. If you have not yet signed up to help out, please let me know. We also have 3 specific Friday needs in our calendar this year -- two would involve some coordinating efforts, one is as simple as arranging for a speaker and showing up. First come, first served on those. I will indicate them on the list.

(Also, please consider having your older children sign up to head up some of the activities. I know we have A LOT of capable kids in INCH who can do things just as well, if not better, than the adults. If you'd like to give them a chance to head something up, please talk to them and sign them up!)

I.N.C.H. Fridays

Our INCH meetings are every Friday from 10-12 at the Lebanon Library Community Room, unless otherwise indicated by a field trip or other meeting place (usually the Palmyra Recreation Center). We meet for classes and activities from October - May (we go to the park for Park Days from May (afternoons) through September). The Lebanon Library is very supportive of INCH and they let us meet there for free (they waive the weekly fee). In return, we thank them by volunteering 4 times throughout the year as a group for about an hour before our regular INCH meetings. I will be sending out information on those dates and adding them to the calendar as soon as they are confirmed.

We generally pack lunches and eat together in the community room after our INCH classes. We go to the YMCA, which is the building behind the library, after lunch.

All of this information will be entered on the INCH Google Calendar (available on our website: very soon.

First up, our 2011-2012 calendar of Friday INCH activities:

All of the classes are held at the Lebanon Community Library from 10 am to 12 noon unless otherwise noted. Dates for the Palmyra Rec Center in 2012 are tentative, pending approval. 

Oct. 7 - About Me Activities/Time Capsule (Jessica H. and Kristie W.)

14 - Pumpkin Patch Field Trip, Risser-Marvel Farm Market 10:30 am (Jessica H.)

21 - State Capitol Field Trip, 10:30 am at the State Capitol (Jessica H.)

28 - Remembrance Day (Peggy B.)

Nov. 4 - Cultural Studies (Lindy C.)

11 - Cultural Studies (Lindy C.)

18 - Flat Stanley (Stacy F.)


Dec. 2 - Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture (Mark F.)

9 - Music/Cooperative Games, PALMRYA REC CENTER (Peggy B./Lindy C.)

16 - Holiday Party (Kristie W.)

23 - HOLIDAY/NO CLASSES (Potential snow make-up date if needed)


Jan. 6 - Puppet Making (Cristin E.)

13 - Fire Safety Field Trip, location TBA (Kristie W.)

20 - Educational Games (Kristie W.)

27 - Flat Stanley (Stacy F.)

Feb. 3 - Math in Design (Bobbi S.)

10 - Math in Design (Bobbi S.)

17 - Music, PALMYRA REC CENTER (Peggy B.)

24 - Roller Skating, Mt. Gretna Roller Rink (NEED VOLUNTEER)

Mar. 2 - Bowling, location TBA (NEED VOLUNTEER)

9 - Science Fair (Mark F.)

16 - Meet the Plants (Cristin E.)

23 - Planets (Jaclyn H.)

30 - Science Fair Presentation, PALMYRA REC CENTER (Mark F.)

Apr. 6 - U.S. States (Rebecca G.)

13 - U.S. States (Rebecca G.)

20 - U.S. States (Rebecca G.)

27 - Poetry Slam (Jessica H.)

May 4 - May Day Activities, CLEONA PLAYGROUND (Peggy B.)

11 - Service Activities, location TBA (Kristie W.)

18 - Earth Day/Olympics, location TBA (Bethany C./Jessica H./Older Kids)

25 - Lake Tobias Field Trip, time TBA (Kristie W.)

Reminder Emails

I will send a reminder email to the group every month with that month's activities as well as a reminder of the names and email addresses of those who are coordinating each weekly activity that month. Whoever is in charge of each weekly activity will send out a reminder email with details and information about his or her respective activities (it's a good idea to send out a reminder within a few days of the RSVP date/event time). Anyone with questions should contact whoever is in charge of the activity about which you are inquiring.

For those with older children/teens, if you'd like to add them to the INCH email list, please let me know. I'm happy to do that.

Other Clubs and Activities (other than our usual Friday stuff):

Most of these groups are starting in October or later, unless otherwise noted. Emails will go out about each club/group.

20 Things Research Club - 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 at our house in Annville. This REALLY fun club is for those 10 and up -- anyone turning 10 this school year is welcome. More details to follow. (Stacy F.)

10 Things Research Club - 1st Tues. afternoon of every month (starting after January 2012) at the Waldron's house. (This is for the under 10 crowd, minimum age 5-ish, talk to Kristie about any questions on that). (Kristie W.)

Annual INCH Halloween Party -- held at the Rebecca G.'s house, hosted by her family, always a Halloween extravaganza (seriously). October 29th. More information to follow from Rebecca.

Mini-Golf Outing -- Sometime this fall and/or next spring. Waiting to hear back on group rates from mini-golf place. Details to follow. An activity for the whole family. ALL are welcome. (Stacy F.)

Teen Nights - 4th Wed. of every month from 7-8:30 at our house in Annville. This club is a chance for the kids to simply be social and have fun planning and participating in activities and games and movies, etc. This club is for those 12 and up -- anyone turning 12 this school year is welcome. More details to follow. (Stacy F.)

Book Club for 7-10 year olds -- held at the Kristie W.'s house on every 3rd Tuesday afternoon from 1-2:30. More details to follow. (Kristie W.).

Book Club/Story Time for 4-6 year olds -- held at the Kristie W.'s house on every 1st Tuesday afternoon from 1-2:30. This will start in November. More details to follow. (Kristie W.).

Weis Market or Giant Food Stores Tour -- FREE Weis Mystery Tours™ or Giant Food Stores field trip program. 90-minute program. In these engaging tours, Pre-K through 6th grade students venture into supermarket aisles and explore the five main food groups through an interactive mystery story. We might have some flexibility on the ages, so that more are included. Time/Date TBA. (Stacy F.)

Valentine's Dance -- to be held on a night in February, entire families/all ages are welcome, food, music, and fun! More details to follow. (Kristie W.).

Paxton Cemetery (Revolutionary War Era) Tour and Lecture -- Hopefully in October. More details to follow. (Bethany C./Peggy B.)

Thursday Afternoon Playgroups - to be held at the Rebecca G.'s house, each week will be for different age/interest groups. More details to follow. (Rebecca G.).

Unlimited Laser Tag Activity - More details to follow. Waiting to hear back on group rates and options from Laser Tag Factory. (Stacy F.)

Rounds Parties -- to be held at Peggy's house, more details to follow (Peggy B.).

More Playgroups -- more information to follow (Holly M.)

Impromptu Play dates, Game nights, Movie nights, potlucks, Park days, and get togethers -- anyone, anytime.

Chess Club - more information to follow (Melissa S.)

Contra Dancing -- held every 3rd Saturday of the month in Lancaster, more details to follow, ALL are welcome (Peggy B.).

Glee Club -- This group will meet twice a month at our house and will put on a spring recital. This club is for those 10 and up -- anyone turning 10 this school year is welcome. It meets on 1st and 3rd Sundays from 10am - 12pm. (Mark/Stacy F.).

Homeschool Art Classes -- taught by a retired art teacher (Miss Jenny). Kristie W. will send out details as soon as she knows.

Homeschool Yoga Classes -- a yoga instructor in Annville is considering offering these to our group. More information to follow as I hear more.

PNO (Parents' Night Out) - MJ's Coffeehouse in Annville, Every 2nd Tuesday from 6:30-9. ALL parents are welcome. (This is not just a mom's group).

After the New Year --

Some of the dads would like to start a Dungeons and Dragons group for the kids (and the big kids :P). More details to follow.

If anyone has any group/club they'd like to host or run, please just go for it. Send out an email and start it. We're that kind of group. :)

Thanks, INCHers!!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

2011-2012 Information Coming Soon!

(That's what I meant to say). :P




Friday, April 22, 2011

PARK DAYS -- coming soon!

Park days are starting soon!

We meet every Friday
from June through September
all day every Friday!!

And in May, we start meeting in the afternoons
to ease into our summer of fun!


Please be sure to get on the mail list
for more details
on Park Days
as well as everything else we do.

If you're on the mail list, you should be getting about 1-5 emails weekly
(sometimes less, sometimes more).

If you're not on the list, please join!

Just write us at inchoflebanoncounty AT gmail DOT com.


And don't let the name fool you.
Many of our members come from other counties besides Lebanon,
including Dauphin, Perry, North Umberland,
Schuylkill, Berks, Lancaster, and more!

All are welcome!

We have many, many wonderful families
and children of all ages, including many teens!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Science Fair Information

Here is information on our science month. You can get on the I.N.C.H. email list to receive information about times and places for each week. Please email inchoflebanoncounty AT gmail DOT com and specifically ask to be added to the email list to receive updates on our activities.

March 4
We will meet together and discuss scientific experiments and research, including the scientific method.

March 11, Field trips (***Please note as this is not the usual week for field trips)

March 18
This is a week for children to come and do any research they need to do. Also, if there are groups doing projects together this would be a great time to come together to coordinate details of their projects. 

March 25
This is our actual Science Fair. Children should be ready to display the results of their projects as well as make a brief presentation about what they researched during the month. Feel free to invite friends and family with whom your children would like to share their projects.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

January is our MONTH OF FUN!

Get signed up with our mailing list to stay updated on all of our fun events and clubs!

This month, during our usual Friday class time, we're doing ALL fun stuff:

January 7th - Bowling
January 14th - Lazer Tag
January 21st - Roller Skating

Hope to see lots of people there! We'll pretty much have the whole place to ourselves just about every time! Yay for homeschooling!