October 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


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.


For the Birds

Grades 1-2 

Did you know all bird species are unique?  For example each bird's beak is adapted to help it gather the food it needs to survive.  Join us for a fun adventure in the life of a bird. Gather food and learn how feathers are different depending on the environment.

October 4,, 2016     10:00am - 11:30am 


Squid Dissection

Grades 3-5

Dive into the alien world of invertebrate zoology with a hands-on squid dissection. We will review basic dissection techniques as well as in depth coverage of squid anatomy and physiology.  Come write your name in squid ink using the mysterious squid "pen"!

Member Group Specimen: $40 (to work on group specimen)
Member Individual Specimen: $43 (to work on individual specimen)
Non-member Group Specimen: $55 (to work on group specimen)
Non-member Individual Specimen: $58 (to work on individual specimen)

October 11th,12th or 13th     10:00am - 11:30am


Squid Dissection

Grade 6-8

Dive into the alien world of invertebrate zoology with a hands-on squid dissection. We will review basic dissection techniques as well as in depth coverage of squid anatomy and physiology.  Come write your name in squid ink using the mysterious squid "pen"!

Member Group Specimen: $40 (to work on group specimen)
Member Individual Specimen: $43 (to work on individual specimen)
Non-member Group Specimen: $55 (to work on group specimen)
Non-member Individual Specimen: $58 (to work on individual specimen) 

August 11th, 13th or 18th    1:30pm - 3:00pm 

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As a thank you to teachers, Arizona Science Center is proud to offer educators a free Educator Membership, courtesy of APS. Participate in a Field Trip Orientation, attend the APS Back to School Resource Fair and Reception, or simply visit the Member Zone in the lobby with your school or district identification (paycheck is acceptable) or a home school affidavit. Participants will receive a complimentary single person membership to the Center.

Educators are eligible for a $30 discount when they upgrade their free Educator Membership to any Basic Level membership or above. In order to take advantage of this offer, educators will need to appear in person, with identification at the Member Zone. 

Upgrade your existing Educator Membership by calling the Membership office at 602.716.2029. This offer is available only to Arizona educators.

 For more information on benefits, visit: http://www.azscience.org/learning/free-educator-membership 

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Focused Field Trip Orientation

Oct 8, 2016 

9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Thanks to the generosity of our Community Supporters, Arizona Science Center is proud to offer a great educational, free field trip opportunity for students. Field Trips to Arizona Science Center provide a rich learning experience, support content standards, and create excitement for learning science through out hands-on activities! 

Please e-mail us at reservations@azscience.org .

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Homeschool Week at Sea Life


Homeschool Week November 7-11!

Explore the way plastic pollution moves through our oceans by creating a mini-ocean right here at Sea Life Arizona! In this lab students will learn and practice data collecting skills by recording what happens to plastics as they enter a marine habitat and what happens to the animals that call those habitats home. This lesson helps strengthen graph making skills while being hands on, engaging and wet!

For additional information and to reserve your space, please call us at 1-877-526-3960.

Limited space is available. Spaces must be reserved. The selected time slot represents the time of your lesson. Your ticket is valid for all-day entry into the aquarium.

*Upon arrival please be prepared to show your AFHE Member ID card, homeschool group membership card, affidavit of intent to homeschool, or HSLDA Member ID card.

    Questions? Call 1-877-526-3960

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    Legoland Discovery Center

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    Brick or Treat

    8th - 9th October 2016
    15th - 16th October 2016
    22nd - 23rd October 2016
    29th - 30th October 2016

    Something bricktacular this way comes...

    Join us weekends in October, beginning October 8th, for some family-friendly Halloween fun!

    Event includes:

    • Brick or Treat Factory Brick (while supplies last!)
    • Trick or Treater Scavenger Hunt
    • Costume Contests - Wear your best Halloween costume to participate in our costume contest! Contests are at Noon, 2 pm and 4 pm every Saturday and Sunday. 
    • Halloween Mask Build: Use your imagination to decorate a Halloween mask.
    • Pumpkin patch - Help our Pumpkin Patch grown by building your own Halloween pumpkin.
    • Special Minifigure Trading - Trade your MINIFIGURE with our employees to receive a special Halloween MINIFIGURE.


    Can't join us on the weekend? The following events will take place everyday in October:

    • Pumpkin patch and graveyeard
    • Special Minifigure Trading

    Located :   LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona
                      5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle
                      Suite 135
                      Tempe, AZ 85282

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    News From Covenant Homeschool Resource Center

    Regular Hours start September 1st at CHSRC

     Summer hours are over!

    Starting September 1st our regular hours are:

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

    And usually one Saturday a month same hours.

    Saturdays we are open for the rest of 2016

    Saturday September September 17th,

     October 15th and November 19th.

    We aren't open any Saturday in December or January.  

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    New to Homeschooling?

    Have you made the decision to homeschool?  Or, at least you are considering it? Covenant exists to serve you!  Feel free to call us to talk homeschooling over the phone.  Even better, come visit us at our resource center. Our staff is comprised of former homeschool moms and a graduated homeschool student!  We will be happy to answer all your questions, to encourage you and if you are ready, to show you some curriculum.  We have new and used curriculum. For sure, families find great bargains here at CHSRC! Call us at (602) 277-3497 or  e-mail us if you have any questions!  

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    Preparing your homeschool teen for college can be overwhelming. Don't worry! Get the information and support you need at "Going the Distance," a free seminar for homeschool parents and teens presented by Grand Canyon University.

    Date: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
    Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: In front of GCU Arena

    "Going the Distance" features continental breakfast, campus tours and a Thunder Vision program, followed by a session titled "Establishing the Foundation" led by famed homeschool author Carol Gary! This event is part of a three-part series designed to get you fully prepared for college. 

    Mark your calendar for the upcoming parent sessions:

    Session 2: Developing the Plan for Your Teen 
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
    Location: Building 6-105/107

    Session 3: Finalizing the Details 
    Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
    Location: Building 6-105/107

    Child care will be provided for all sessions.

    For more information and to reserve your spot now, please contact Daniel Cruz, GCU ALPHA Manager, at daniel.cruz@gcu.edu.


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    Raising Special Kids


    Do students who transfer to Arizona from another state have to be reevaluated to determine whether they continue to be eligible for special education services?        

    “If a child with a disability (who had an IEP that was in effect in a previous public agency in another State) transfers to a public agency in a new State, and enrolls in a new school within the same school year, the new public agency (in consultation with the parents) must provide the child with FAPE (including services comparable to those described in the child’s IEP from the previous public agency), until the new public agency (1) conducts an evaluation . . . (if determined to be necessary by the new public agency); and (2) Develops, adopts, and implements a new IEP, if appropriate, that meets the applicable requirements in §§ 300.320 through 300.324.” [34 C.F.R. § 300.323(f)]

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    Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival


    Corn Maze & Fall Festival – 2016

    October 1st – November 6th

    Monday-Thursday 9am – 9pm
    Friday-Saturday 9am – 10pm
    Sunday 10am – 6pm

    Pricing: $9 per person ages 2 & younger free - Last admission ticket sold 1 hour prior to closing.

    Admission Includes:

    • 7 acre Corn Maze
    • “New” Giant Jump Pad
    • “New” Giant Tube Roll
    • “New” Mini Zip Line
    • Extreme Air Pillow
    • Giant Tube Slide
    • Mini Hay Maze
    • Spider-Web Climb
    • Duck Races
    • 1 Barrel Train Ride (Open daily)
    • 1 Tractor Train Ride (Operates only on Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm)
    • Animal Area
    • Pumpkin Bowling

    Located:     Vertuccio Farms

                       4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85212


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    Home School Day – Oct 14th 9am-1pm

    $5 admission with non-perishable food bank donation. Ages 2 yrs and under free. Includes all activities and train ride. Additional fees for pumpkins and concession.

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    Schnepf Farms

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    Hours:  Every Thursday – Sunday in October beginning October 1st.

                  Thursdays 10am-9pm

                  Fridays & Saturdays 10am-10pm

                  Sundays 10am – 9pm October 30th is the last day.

    Admission:  $18.00 plus tax at the gate or $15.00 at any FRY’S (children 2 & under free)

    For Discount Tickets visit the website: http://www.schnepffarms.com/event/pumpkin-chili-party-2/

    Admission Includes:

    • Hayrides
    • Roller coaster
    • Swinging lady bugz
    • Honeybee adventure
    • Flying farmers ride
    • Carousel rides
    • Jumping pillows
    • Petting zoo
    • Country road rally
    • Rock climbing wall
    • Miniature golf
    • Bonfires
    • Marshmallow roasting
    • 4 acre corn maze
    • 10 acre celebrity corn maze
    • Farmhouse museum
    • Hillbilly Bob’s Pig Races
    • Entertainment
    • Extreme Canine Dog Show
    • Lil Farmers Play Yard
    • GYPSY Time Travelers (NEW SHOW)
    • Mountain Slides
    • Pumpkin Launch
    • Fireworks (Friday & Saturday nights)
    • Country Air

    Does NOT include:

    • Train Rides
    • Pony Rides
    • TheOutbreak AZ (Zombie Hayride Paintball)
    • Food
    • Pumpkins
    • Some crafts
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    We Make History

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    Howdy y'all!     We Make History's annual

    Arizona Barn Dance

    is coming Saturday, October 15th to Mesa and will be a very, very lively, family oriented evening of western-themed music and social dancing for all ages featuring rollicking tunes and smiles as wide as the prairies!

    Grab your hats, slip into your jeans and pull on your boots! Historic western attire, modern western attire and vintage western attire are all welcome.

    The dancing will be lively but simple and we will teach you. We are "first-timer-friendly". :o)

    The advance rate is only $12.50 per pass. Find out how to get yours at www.arizonabarndance.com

    This dance is an annual favourite and may fill up so please sign up early!

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    Our 14th annual American Heritage Festival is the largest family-friendly, educational living history event in the Western United States spanning many centuries of American history!
    This is a great learning experience for all ages!
    Email us and ask about advance discount passes.
    November 19th    Mesa, AZ

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    Celebrate the "most wonderful time of the year" at We Make History's 16th annual Victorian Christmas Ball!
    Advance passes are now available at www.victorianchristmasball.com.
    November 26th    Mesa, AZ

    Community Service Opportunity for all Ages
    Our living history team is active, family friendly and portrays soldiers and civilians of both sides of both the American Revolution and the Civil War.
    Click the links below for more info and email us with interest as we will be holding a training day soon for new recruits.

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    Flip Dunk Sports


    Tramp - o - ween Night!

    Date: Saturday October 22nd

    Time: 6-9pm

    Cost: $25 pre-register/ $35 day of

    Includes: Slice or pizza, drink, holiday treats, and ghoolish games!!

    Ages: 5 & up

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    4pm-close everyday!!

    Buy 1st hour & get second hour FREE!!

    Must mention "SPOOKY" at register  

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    Children's Museum of Phoenix


    Museum will be closed

     October 24th - October 13st

    During this time, they will be busy cleaning, repairing and painting the museum's exhibits from top to bottom! Come play and learn again on Tuesday, November 1st.

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    FREE Admission

    Friday, October 7 | 5pm to 9pm

    Join us First Friday Night October 7th from 5pm to 9pm for  FREE playtime in the Museum thanks to the generous support of our friends at  Target. 

    This Target Free First Friday Night will include these popular programs: 

    Junior League of Phoenix presents: R.O.C.K.E.T.S. | 5:00-8:00

    Join us for some hands-on science learning!  

    Storytime with the Phoenix Public Library | Shows at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30

    Share books, stories, songs, rhymes and music in this fun interactive program that builds early literacy skills. This program is designed for children birth to five years old accompanied by a favorite adult.

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    Zooglobble Concert Series: Mister G

    Saturday, October 8 | 10:30-11:15 

    Latin GRAMMY winner Mister G is a SUPERSTAR in the world of children's music and he is coming to the Children's Museum of Phoenix! Don't miss this AWARD-WINNING, KID-FRIENDLY ROCK STAR!  This concert is FREE with paid Museum admission. 

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    The following programs are paid programs and Museum admission is not included. Space is limited so register today! 

    Sunday, October 9
    10:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00

    Spooktacular Finger Puppets

    $3 Members

    $4 Non-members

    To register    

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    Art Studio Projects

    October 1-9

    Be inspired by Leaf Man to create leaf collages. Scared of monsters in the bedroom? ... create a silly monster after reading Mercer Mayer's book There's a Nightmare in My Closet. Learn about Op Art as you create an optical illusion. Use oil pastels to draw creatures of the deep! 

    October 10-11

    Create a colorful Day of the Dead skull; make a spooky tree out of a paper bag and; learn about the desert tarantula spider as you make one! 

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    Join us for the opening of 

    StarBar!         Tuesday, October 4, 2016 

    Set on the 2nd floor overlook, the StarBar is a new learning adventure at the Children's Museum of Phoenix. This immersive, creative space will offer facepainting starting in October. Children will be able to get masterful with facepainting....as in painting their own faces!  Who will they be when they are done?  Come find out at StarBar! 

    StarBar activities are free with paid Museum admission. 

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