“All your children will be taught of the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace,” (Isaiah 54:13).

Monday, May 27, 2013

THESIS Memorial Day Cookout TODAY!!

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Just a quick reminder that today, at 3:00 p.m., we gather for our annual THESIS cookout at the DeRooses! There is a slight chance of rain, but unless we get a deluge, the party is still on!

If you missed the first post with details (including what you are to bring), you can read it here.

(And Liz said her pool IS open, for those who want to brave the chilly weather and swim today.)


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Announcements: Annual Blue & Gray Reunion in Philippi

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Annual Blue and Gray Reunion
May 30 - June 2, 2013
Downtown Philippi

THESIS Families,
Friday May 31 is Kids' Day at the Annual Blue & Gray Reunion.  You can find driving directions on the website, and parking help below.  This is an "on your own" field trip to enjoy at your own pace with your own family.  Please stop at the Gazebo and pay $1 per school-aged child when you arrive.  Events and history stations begin at 9 am and continue through early afternoon, to be enjoyed in any sequence that you like.  

Have a wonderful time!  

Parking: There are no officially designated parking lots of which I’m aware, but there are several places scattered throughout the town. One lot is located at the corner of Pike St and N High St, about 2 blocks behind and past the Courthouse. Another possibility is behind Sheetz (beside the covered bridge) or before you get to Sheetz in the small lot which is adjacent to the railroad tracks/river. Hardee’s and Rite Aid have parking places much farther away from the history stations.

Experience a piece of America's history. You can relive the year 1861, when the first land battle of the Civil War was fought. Re-enactors will highlight important moments in our history. Civil War campsites will be erected for the public to enjoy. Other activities will include artillery, little soldiers' battles, amputation re-enactment, parades, crafts, a Civil War ball, 5k Run, a Quilt Show at Mountain Treasures and food everywhere.

Friday is Kids' Day. Along with the normal activities, there will be living history stations with Abe and Mrs. Lincoln, nurses, quilting, cooking, music, games, General Lee, court room proceedings, and more.

The re-enactment of the first land battle of the Civil War will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. Following the battle, a re-enactment of the historic Hanger amputation will take place in sutler row. A discussion of commonly used Civil War medical practices will also take place. There will be a medical display including a federal doctor's field kit, repro medical supplies, commonly used herbal remedies, photos, and other medical artifacts.

Visit the Blue and Gray Park, featuring the five flags that flew over Philippi, Virginia, during the first land battle of the Civil War. Walk over the Covered Bridge. Tour the Barbour County Historical Museum. Travel back 145 years, dress for the occasion, feel like it is 1861.

Monday, May 20, 2013

THESIS Annual Memorial Day Cookout!

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THESIS Memorial Day Cookout!
DeRoos Homestead
Monday, May 27 3 pm

What's Provided:  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the fixings
 beverages, yard games, swimming pool

What to Bring:  Side dish and dessert to share
chairs or blanket
swimming stuff

You're not too late to RSVP if you missed the sign-up.
Call Liz for RSVP or directions: 304-657-1354.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Homeschool Tip Tuesday

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Do you ever feel like this when you think about how homeschooling is going? Especially when someone (your husband?) asks what you got done during the day?

Or maybe you find that your days go faster than you want them to, and at the end of them you are not sure what, exactly, you did—you just know you are exhausted.

Those feelings can leave you stressed and rob you of confidence, because life doesn't seem fulfilling if we aren't (or don't feel) productive.

There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is that our heads are full of too much information!

I have a suggestion that may help you:   Keep a journal.

Interested in knowing more? Click here

Monday, May 13, 2013

Summer Workshops

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Hello THESIS Members,

I have dates and details for 4 workshops thus far, so please READ and then CONFIRM your reservation  by e-mail to me so I and the workshop givers can plan for the right amount of materials.   Feel free to invite others as long as they are included in the reservations.

 All workshops to take place in Trinity's kitchen, except where noted.  Child care provided on-site by teens for $5 per child, but you must reserve this as well.  All workshops projected to last 2-3 hours, so you may want to bring snacks or lunch.

1.  Cheesemaking demonstration with Emily Lewis.  Thursday, June 6. 10 am.  No cost.  This is a sampling workshop of soft and hard cheeses you can learn to make yourself!  You will go home with samples of the day's cheese, and armed with information to produce your own!

2.  Soap-making with Beth Anderson.  Saturday, June 15. 10 am.  Cost $10, so please reserve early so Beth can order supplies.  We will offer lavender, rosemary, happy camper, and patchouli orange oatmeal.  The price is $10, and you get to take home 10 bars of soap.  You will work in teams of 3.
Beth's soap normally sells for several dollars per bar, so this is a true bargain!

3.  Canning 101 with Charli Jo Utt.  Saturday, July 13. 9 am.  Cost $5.  Each participant is asked to bring 6 quart canning jars plus lids and rings.  Green beans will be provided, if ready, or carrots may be substituted.  You can can!

4.  Herbal Medicine with Barbara Barker, date and details TBD.  Please submit your questions and requests along with your reservation.  Barbara works with dozens of herbs both culinary and medicinal.  She can demonstrate and go over the differences between teas, tinctures, capsules and glycerites, herbal dosages,and  herbal preparations.  Information will include her own's family's  experiences, plus favorite websites and favorite books.

5. Basic blogging how-to with Selena Campbell. Saturday, July 6. 10 am, in room E-K. No cost, but you must have a notebook computer to work from in order to truly benefit from this workshop. (Workshop size limited to 25).

Ready to take your reservations and questions!  Looking forward to keeping in touch via workshops this summer!
Liz, for THESIS

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Used Curriculum for Sale

Hi Everyone,

If you are not able to make it to the used curriculum sale on Thursday, July 25, from 9-noon (setup at 8:00 in Trinity's fellowship hall), you are welcome to put your items for sale in a comment at the end of this message.

In order for someone to contact you about your item(s), please include the following:

  • Title and grade/level of curriculum
  • What subject it is, if that isn't obvious
  • Your price
  • Your name
  • Your phone and email

To protect your email address from being hijacked, please use the following format:

your_address(at) domain (dot) com

For example, mine would be:  

campbells (at) ma (dot) rr (dot) com

The first comment is for curriculum being sold by Barbara Sims.

If you ARE planning to come to the sale, please contact me with your name, and the number of tables you will need. We will use the round tables normally in the fellowship hall, unless someone specifically needs a rectangular one.

Trouble posting comments? Questions? Contact Selena Campbell

Monday, May 6, 2013

Announcements: Upcoming THESIS Events


Hello THESIS Families!

I hope you enjoyed your free Friday last week. My kiddos and I went to Cooper's Rock State Forest and hiked some trails. If you've never been there, it's a great place to explore. The "Underlook Trail" is a fun one for elementary kids.

Please note these upcoming events:

Saturday, 18th -- CHEWV Conference

Monday, May 27th -- end-of-year picnic at the DeRoos's (weather dependent)

Tuesday, June 11th -- Teacher's appreciation/planning luncheon (for those who taught and assisted this past year and those who are interested in teaching next year!)

Thursday, July 25th -- THESIS 2nd Annual Used Curriculum sale (if you know anyone who would like to participate by selling, please have them contact Selena Campbell).