August Homeschool Newsletter

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MCESA is committed to consistently providing resources, leadership and support for the educational needs of all homeschooling families.

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Arizona Science Center

Homeschool Classes

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Arizona Science Center offers a variety of homeschool opportunities for students from August through May.

Classes are 90 minutes long. There are extended classes, which are two hours long, and noted in the class description. Classes that will be taught by a state certified educator are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Pricing per child

  • Non-members: $50 
  • Members:  $35

Some classes may include additional fees.



Bugs and Blooms    

Preschool - Kindergarten

 Observe the similarities and differences between various insects in the insect collection and learn their importance for pollination of the many plants that surround us. Create your own germinator pouch and biodegradable planter to take home. 

August 23, 2016    10:00am - 11:30am


Bugs Bonanza

Grades 1-2

 Observe the similarities and differences between various insects in the insect collection and learn their importance for pollination of the many plants that surround us. Create your own germinator pouch and biodegradable planter to take home. 

August 16,, 2016     10:00am - 11:30am




Ecology Adventures    

Grades 1-2

Get ready for some creepy, crawly fun as you learn about the six defining characteristics of insects, create your own insect from recycled materials and dissect a grasshopper. 
Day includes admission into The World of Giant Insects traveling exhibition and general admission to Arizona Science Center. 

August 19,, 2016     10:00am - 1:30am

$55 per child   |   $10 per adult chaperon




Grades 3-5

 What makes an insect an insect? And what makes an arachnid an arachnid? Take a look inside and outside to uncover the differences with a comparative anatomy dissection of a grasshopper and a scorpion. 

August 16,, 2016     10:00am - 11:30am

August 18, 2016      10:00am - 11:30am



Grades 3-5

 Become a botanist as we explore the vital role that flowers play in our ecosystem. Then, delve into the inner workings of a flower as we explore the pollination process through a flower dissection.

August 23,, 2016     10:00am - 11:30am



Insect Inquiry

Grade 6-8

 Can you tell the difference between an insect and an arachnid? Delve into classification as we dissect a scorpion and a grasshopper to compare their anatomy.


August 23, 2016    1:30pm - 3:30pm



Cellular Circus

Grade 6-8

 Explore the structure and function of the parts of a cell in this hands-on classroom experience.

August 23, 2016    1:30pm - 3:30pm

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Featured Exhibition at Arizona Science Center


The World of Giant Insects

May 28–Sept. 5, 2016

Arizona Science Center’s latest featured exhibition, The World of Giant Insects, transports you into a bug’s life getting up close and personal with interactive animatronic critters.

Stand under a giant Desert Locust as it springs to flight. Watch as the Chinese Praying Mantis spreads its menacing limbs or sit alongside a fat and squishy Lime Swallowtail Caterpillar munching on vegetation as it prepares to transform into a butterfly. Have you ever wondered what a mosquito’s mouth looks like? At 40 to 120 times life size, you have the ability to get up close and see for yourself.

This exhibition will amaze both adults and children, providing a unique and educational experience for the whole family that is not to be missed. With every aspect of the exhibition designed in collaboration alongside prominent entomologists to ensure scientific accuracy, and utilizing technology to create life-like movements and gestures, you will truly feel like you are being transported into another world. 

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Covenant Home School Resource Center


July and August Extended Hours at CHSRC 

Open all Saturdays  July 23rd-August 31st!!! 

As homeschooling grows, so does our ministry to this wonderful community! We are open Five days a week until the end of August.

 Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:00 am-4:00 pm   

We will return to our regular hours (Tuesdays-Fridays) in September. 

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book sale


CHSRC's Annual Post-Convention Sale

August 18th-20th 9:00am-4:00pm. 


40% off all already discounted used books


10% off all new books 

New Hold Service:  Save time, call us and have our staff members set aside books for you to pick up August 18th, 19th or 20th. A $5.00 hold fee will be applied to your purchase when you pick up items on sale dates.  Call us for more details (602) 277-3497

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Registration is open for 2016-2017 Classes at CHSRC 



Some of our supplemental classes are almost full! If you intend to take classes at CHSRC, we recommend you register ASAP in order to reserve your child's spot in class.  In our website you will also find specific information about our classes.  To register please complete the online registration form and submit the registration fee. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to e-mail us or give us call at (602) 277-3497.



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Registration for the PSAT is now open! 


PSAT testing Location: Mountain View Christian Church 


CHSRC offers the PSAT/MNSQT Testing for 9th-11th Grades


11th grade students may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Due to the fact that we are the only PSAT provider exclusively for homeschool students in town, we welcome 9th grade homeschool students to test with us.  Even so please note, the College Board recommends 8th and 9th graders  to take the PSAT 8/9 instead of the regular PSAT test.  The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help the student and their parents figure out what the student needs to work on most so that they will be ready for college when they graduate from high school.  It tests the same skills and knowledge as SAT, PSAT/MNSQT and PSAT 10 - in a way that makes sense for their grade level.  Visit for more information.  


PSAT Testing date: October 15th, 2016


Students will be allowed to check-in starting at 7:30 am
Doors close at 8:00 am sharp 



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Beginner Homeschool Bowling Club 



Starting on September 14th from 3:00pm-5:00pm weekly, for $9 per week students can get 3 games, shoe rental and basic instruction in bowling fundamentals. The club will also get a graduation party as well as a certificate of completion at the end of the season. For more information, contact Desert Sky Lanes at the phone number below
Location: Desert Sky Lanes 7241 W. Indian School Rd Phoenix 


Contact: 623-846-2090



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Special Education Tip of the Week

What is the timeline for an evaluation in Arizona?


The federal regulations are clear that an evaluation must be completed within 60 days of the date the school received parental consent or within the timeframe established by the State. [34 C.F.R. § 300.301(c)(1)] Arizona State Board of Education rules clarify that for either an initial evaluation or a re-evaluation, if the evaluation was initiated by the school, the timeline for completion is 60 calendar days from the date the school received informed written parental consent. [A.A.C. R7-2-401(E)(3)] The rule further explains that when a parent requests an evaluation and the MET concurs, the 60-day timeframe for conducting an initial evaluation to determine special education eligibility “shall commence with the date that the written parental request was received by the [school] and shall conclude with the date of the MET determination of eligibility.” [Id.] Put another way, when the parent initiates a referral for an initial evaluation (or a re-evaluation) to determine special education eligibility, the 60-day evaluation timeline begins not with the date of informed consent, but with the date on which the referral was received by the school.

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Children's Museum of Phoenix Events


August 9 through August 14

10:00am - 3:00pm

The Art Studio is open daily. Children and their adults are encouraged to drop in and create artwork together!

With the Olympics, this is the month for Superheroes, honoring those traits that empower us. We will also review traffic safety rules, celebrate diversity, and be inspired by a famous artist. In addition, we will also focus on dental health, create a "Superhero Flag" that represents you!! Be inspired by Go Away Big Green Monster as you make monster faces. review dental health facts as you make a "Toothsaver Necklace"

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August is Superhero Month at the Museum! 




Give your smile super powers with programs that focus on brushing, flossing and making regular trips to the dentist to ensure healthy teeth! August programs are generously sponsored by Risas Dental and Braces. 


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AZ Ice






Peoria and Gilbert: Tuesday or Friday


Arcadia: Friday


8-weeks = $80.00


September 6th - October 28th, 2016


9:30-10:00am - Basic 1-2


10:00-10:30am - Basic 3-4


10:30-11:00am - Basic 5-6


11:00-11:30am - Pre - Freeskate


Price includes 8-weekly 30- minute class, FREE public session


on class day, 4 additional FREE public session passes,


and skate rental.



*An additional 15.00 yearly administration fee will apply to everyone as of


July 1 2015. This includes your USFS membership which is required to attend


classes and expires every year on June 30th regardless of your initial


membership date


Peoria Contact: Bridget Kaus, Skating Director:


Gilbert Contact: Mark Fitzgerald, Skating Director:


Arcadia Contact: Tim Totter, Skating Director:

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Flip Dunk Events



4pm-close everyday!!

Buy 1st hour & get second hour FREE!!

Must mention "OLYMPICS" at register 


1515 E. Bethany Home Road Phoenix 85021


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Legoland Discovery Center


LEGO® Factory Tour

Discover how our LEGO® bricks are made, how they get their shape and color! Our interactive game requires your help to guide the factory workers through each stage of the LEGO® brick making process; Mixing, heating, molding and decorating! How much color and creativity can you bring to the screens?


LEGO® 4D Cinema

Come and ride alongside your favorite LEGO® Characters in our 4D Cinema. We take our 3D films and add an extra special dimension to bring the experience to life. Look out for wind, rain, snow, lightning and don’t forget to reach out and touch the stars! 

Come and experience our 4D cinema experiences – Spell Breaker and Legends of Chima. Which of your favorite LEGO characters will you see?


LEGO® Racers: Build & Test

Challenge Nitro Predator, Star Striker, Bone Cruncher and Crazy Demon at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona in our LEGO® Racers: Build & Test. Let your imagination take over as you build your vehicle and take it to the ramps. Test your car and see how you can make it go faster! Once you have built your race car, time its speed on our test track. With times recorded to the hundredth of a second, it might be a close competition between you and your friends!

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We Make History

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We Make History is continuing a special American Heritage Festival discount rate of only $8 per pass for our fellow homeschoolers!


Our 14th annual American Heritage Festival is coming up this November! Read how to get yours below as well as information on joining George Washington in the American Revolution!


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Homeschool Classes & Field Trip Activities


The Pioneer Museum in Flagstaff is located in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent. Exhibits reflect Flagstaff and northern Arizona history, as well as ranching, logging, and transportation. Two-for-one admission the first Tuesday of every month (ongoing).  ***Free admission the first weekday of each month for Arizona residents*** 
Hours: Mon–Sat 9 am–5 pm; closed Sunday  
Address: 2340 N. Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, Arizona  86001
View Google Map  Contact: Customer Service

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German language classes for children, teens, and adults. Private and groups lessons available.  
Address: 4509 East Desert Trumpet Road
Phoenix, Arizona  85044
View Google Map  Contact:Heike Davis
480 940 5793

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OotM Is a creative problem solving competition that teams of students solve a problem and pops their solution in the form of am 8 min play. they have to build the devices props, costumes, write the dialogue. then their is a spontaneous portion, were the team is given a problem and a short time limit and a scored on their team work, creativity and solution.  
Address: Mesa, Arizona  85213     
Contact:Brian Calaway
602 488 0879

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I.D.E.A. Museum Events


Wednesday, Aug. 17 | 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Homeschool Historians: Salvador Dali

Registration fee includes one (1) participating child, one (1) adult and siblings under age 5.  Ages: 5 - 12

Cost: Members, $7; nonmembers, $15 | Min 5, Max 15 

Thursday, Aug. 25 | 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Messy Creations: Nebula Jars

Join us in this sensory workshop making nebula jars that can be used as meditation bottles. Registration includes all-day museum admission for both parent and child.

Ages: 2 - 5 (Child must be accompanied by adult.)

Cost: Members, $5, nonmembers, $13 | Min 5, Max 12 

September,Thursday, Sept. 1 | 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Infant Messy Creations: Sensory Sci-Fi

Explore, sense and play without the clean-up. Make art with your baby using safe materials!

Registration includes all-day museum admission for both parent and child.

Ages: 6 months- 24 months (Child must be accompanied by an adult.)

Cost: Members, $3; nonmembers $11


Friday, Sept. 9 | 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Messy Creation: Cosmic Space(crafts)

Rocket ships, UFO’s and bubbleships, oh my! Join us as we make Boovy spacecrafts that can transport your imagination out of this word! Registration includes all-day museum admission for both parent and child)

Ages: 2 - 5 (Child must be accompanied by adult.)

Cost: Members, $5; nonmembers, $13 | Min 5, Max 12

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Discounted Educational Products


We aspire to provide affordable education to everyone. That’s the idea behind Educents.

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