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

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Please Update Your Subscription!

Have you heard?

Yes, THESIS has moved to a new location!

All future posts, including any summer news, as well as August registration information for the new school year, the new calendar, and class schedule all will be posted to the NEW location.

There are currently 54 subscribers to this OLD blog address.

**As of this date, NO ONE has subscribed to the NEW blog address.**

Please take a moment to visit our new address and subscribe, so you will be sure to stay on top of relevant info this summer! You can subscribe to posts and comments, or choose to subscribe by entering your email address.

****Consider this your final notice.****

Have a nice summer!

Friday, May 1, 2015


Our blog has moved to another location. The address is very similar to this one, so please make a note of the change (in case you have it linked to your own personal blog or have a subscription to the  posts).

The NEW address is:

thesiswv.blogspot.com   (click to visit the new blog)

The only difference in the address being that "thesis" and "wv" no longer have a hyphen between them.

Also, please note that the new site has a "Field Trip Info" tab at the top. As new field trip information is posted to the blog, links to those postings will be added to this Field Trip Info page. Links to info for all current field trips will be included in this one spot.

Future posts, starting today, will be to the new location.

Thanks for making a note!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


The weather forecast predicts a beautiful day for tomorrow so we will be outside!  Thank you LORD!

Here are some details so all goes as smoothly as possible:

1.  Please park near the front of the building as we will be using the parking lot adjacent to the playground for activities.

2.  Remember to bring a side dish for our picnic of hotdog lunch at 11:30.  We can eat in the Fellowship Hall, or bring a blanket or chairs if you like for sitting on the grass.

3.  We discovered that a flag-raising ceremony is not suitable for that flagpole, but we can have an "opening ceremony" at the flagpole with  a pledge and a song before beginning the activities.

4.  Kids need to wear their nametags, both for the benefit of the older students who are running these games, and to hold their games card.

5.  There will be three areas:  Pre-K with game and activities just for these little ones (Lori Shaffer) 9 stations for elementary and above kids (Miranda Shields & Lorrie Young overseeing) and the ball field and cornhole areas for 6th grade and older. (Nellie Wilson)
6.  We will celebrate the close of the games and a great year of THESIS with a frosty treat at the end (around 2 pm.)

7.  The THESIS mailbox will be available for you to pick up or drop off any receipts, papers, etc.

Looking forward to  great day!
Liz, for THESIS

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Here are some things to be aware of for tomorrow, our LAST CLASS of the 2014-2015 school year:

  • Assistants needed  in both First Grade gym AND in First Grade Geography at 2:20!  Help!
  • Look around, especially on the counter, for last chance artwork and folder clearing.
  • Sign up for the late April and May events:  Field & Fun Day,  WVU Farm Day, WVU Challenge Course, Teachers' Luncheon, and Memorial Day cookout.
  • Teachers:  Take care of any reimbursements you need by submitting receipts or contacting me.  Thank you for your hours of patient dedication this year!

 ~*~ A Musical Presentation on Recorder ~*~
by THESIS Third Graders
2:45 pm in the Children's Church

All classes are asked to return to the Children's Church for this brief but anticipated recital!


***Friday April 17 is the last day to sign up and pay*** for the WVU Challenge Course event scheduled for May 1st.  So far about 12 students have signed up and are looking forward to a day of challenge, friendship, and adventure!

This day begins at 10 am and goes till 4 pm.  Cost is $40, a bargain compared to commercial adventure enterprises!

You will find the required release and permissions, as well as a map, on the THESIS counter. (Click here to contact Liz DeRoos with questions about this event.)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Field Trip to WVU Farm

WVU Farm will be hosting their annual Kiddie Farm Days the last week in April. 

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 29th. 

Our group reserved time for 40 students/15 parents to visit the farm at 12:30pm.

Cost:  $2.00 each. (Under 2 FREE)

RSVP by April 17th with payment to Karyn Burns

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Challenge Course for Upper Grades

The Challenge Course is comprised of high and low element structures.  There are activity stations on the ground, and high element structures such as the Alpine Tower and Giant Swing.

No experience is necessary to participate.

The Challenge Course instructors will develop activities for us based on any goals we have, e.g. teamwork, leadership, better communication, etc.

  • This field trip is for students aged 12-18 only. 
  • Date/time -  Friday, May 1, from 10 am - 4 pm. 
  • Full day cost is $40.  
  • We need to have 20 participants to go.

Want to see it?  http://youtu.be/CxMLD6n3n-o

Look for sign up on counter at THESIS.
Full payment required by April 17 to Liz DeRoos.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


As described in our Inclement Weather Policy, we will NOT have classes tomorrow, since Marion County has closed school. 

If you have not already done so, please subscribe to alerts for Marion County school closings. Any time Marion County closes school, we will not have classes. 

(If Marion County has a delay, we will have regular classes. The exception being if it is during testing or another early event, in which case we will observe the delay.)

Weather permitting, we will be back to our regular class schedule for next Friday, March 13th.

Friday, February 27, 2015


Snowy Greetings to you!

Please note that the science fair is still on for today. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity at 10pm, as previously noted.

Any questions? Please contact Liz DeRoos.

See you there!

Monday, February 16, 2015


Due to the impending storm, THESIS has cancelled tomorrow's presentation by "Eleanor Roosevelt".  We have rescheduled her for Monday, March 2, at 1:30 pm and will send out reminders ahead of time.

Stay warm and enjoy some hot cocoa!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

We Need Grace -- Because Real Life Isn't Always Fun

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ," (1 Corinthians 1:3 NASB).

How's your school year going?

I hope you are having a joy-filled, lovely year with your children. Those dear ones that God has blessed you with, who fill up your home with love and laughter and messes. The ones you prayed for and are thankful for and are grateful for the chance to have at home with you to educate in the ways of the Lord.

But sometimes it isn't easy, is it? And it can be downright hard. Maybe you are discouraged and feel frustrated and are wondering whether you made a mistake in choosing this home educating path.

Can I tell you something? You are not alone.

Even the seasoned (that sounds better than older) homeschooling moms still struggle. Not just with balancing things or with keeping the house clean, but also with wanting to ring the necks of their precious blessings on occasion.

Maybe you are stuck in the cycle of the "shoulda's." Or maybe you have fallen into the terrible pit of comparison, and you have been spinning your wheels and wringing your hands because you don't feel like you are doing it "right." 

Well, that is just a big, fat lie.

We are all different and unique for a reason. God didn't want a cookie-cutter army of robotic people who march to the same drum beat. If He did, He would have made us all the same. That goes for our gifts and our style and our way of doing everything. Including how we teach our children.

But it is so tempting, whenever you feel less-than, to look up at a certain mom and judge yourself as failing, or to look down at another mom and judge yourself a success. Please stop judging.

When you go there, you forget your first love. We can't judge each other and build each other up at the same time. And it rubs off on our kids in the form of bad attitudes and pressure to perform.

"Let’s not trample what we’ve been given in order to get to what we wish we’d got." 

The biggest thing you learn from homeschooling (if you haven't learned it yet) is that we are always teaching our children something. And the greatest lesson we can teach them is about grace: His amazing grace, grace undeserved; showing grace, giving grace.

And the biggest grace-challenge is to be gracious to ourselves. Because life isn't always fun, and we need grace to get through each day!

{{{Just a little cyber-hug, in case you need it today. }}}

Grace to you, all the home educating mamas (and papas) out there! You are doing a great job!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Testing Reminder

All home educated children must be assessed at the end of each school year, according to WV law, either via testing, or a portfolio evaluation by a certified teacher. Assessment results must be submitted to the Board of Education's superintendent in the county of residence by June 30th of each calendar year.

New to testing? Get lots of helpful info by clicking here and  here.
If you are planning to test with the THESIS test center, please be sure to register by Friday, February 6th, and notify Liz DeRoos, the Marion County coordinator, that you have done so.

Click here to register through CHEWV for testing, where you will find links to register for test center testing or private testing, with both online and mail-in options available.

Test dates for our test center are March 23-25. 2015.

Questions about testing with THESIS? Contact Liz DeRoos.