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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Feb. 26, Pensacola: Planetarium and Space Theater Field Trip

Pensacola State College Planetarium and Space Theater~Pensacola, FL

When: 2/26/14
Time: 11:15am
We will be seeing Perfect Little Planet. PLEASE ARRIVE by 11:15am. This presentation features a family from another star system looking for the ultimate vacation spot. Join them as they travel through our solar system and see it from a distinctly different point of view. Soar over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Uranus’ moon, Miranda, at breath-taking speeds. Sail through the beautiful rings of Saturn and dare the ferocious lightning storms on Jupiter.

After the movie we will have a night sky viewing on projector all around us, just as it is in real time. They will identify constellations and planets. We will probably be there around 1.5 hours in total.

We need at least 15 to attend (including parents) to have a showing, with a MAX of 99 people. Wheelchair accessible. ALL ages are welcome, show is for K – Adult.

I have a direct link for you guys to pay directly to The Pensacola State College Planetarium and Space Theater>>>

***NO REFUNDS ONCE YOU PAY PLANETARIUM (their policy)*** When you receive confirmation for payment please call me with your headcount.


We had a picnic following the presentation last time, I'm unsure on the weather. We can decide closer to time on that 😊

Ticket Prices per Show:
$4.00 - Pre-Kindergarten
$5.00 - K - 12th Grade
$6.00 - All Others

Planetarium Address: 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL, 32504
***In Building 21 located at the SW corner of the Pensacola campus, near the intersection of Airport Blvd. and Ninth Ave.***

Jen Rogers
South Alabama Activity Coordinator, Everest Academy

Trussville: Homeschool Music Lessons

OFFERING HOMESCHOOL LESSONS every Wednesday and Thursday at the Trussville Civic Center.
Keyboard, Guitar, Dance, Drums and Voice. Ages 3rd grade and up.
We also offer an Intro to Keyboard class for 1st and 2nd grade...as well as an Intro to Music class for K-2nd Grade.

Group Classes or Private Lessons are available.
Classes start at just $40 a month.

For more information, you can check out our website @ www.GENESISalabama.com.
Or you can always call @ 205.335.2153

About Stan Sheridan, Genesis Director:
Before starting the Genesis Group, Stan Sheridan was a professional musician for many years, appearing on the main stage at GMA’s Estes Park Music Week / on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and Videos / TBN's Praise the Lord / INSP and more. For the past several years, he has been a worship leader and pastor, as well as Director of Worship & Arts for the Soma Family of Ministries, which has led him to begin the Exodus Group (an organization designed to train and equip the local worship team). He is also founder of the Exodus Institute and Conferences, the Director and Founder of the Genesis School of Music and Creative Arts, located in Birmingham, AL, featured writer and author of Knowing God, a devotional. Stan has been married to Tracy since 2002, and they have three children: Emma, Macey & Will.

About Genesis School of Music and Worship Arts:
A weekly educational opportunity for students, ages 3rd-12th grade, offering instruction in dance, drums, guitar, keyboard, voice and video production. Genesis offers more than a music, dance or art class; they also work on stage development, worship arts and instruction, dramatic and arts creativity, and more. After only one semester, Genesis grew to over 70 students; this year (2013-2014), Genesis School of Music has added over 60 more students. Check out www.genesisalabama.com for more information.

Feb. 12 (Deadline Feb. 5), Pensacola: Nina & Pinta Homeschool Tour

Private Homeschool Tour of the Nina & Pinta~Perdido Key, FL

Come join us to tour the historically accurate replicas of the Nina and Pinta in Perdido Key!! Both The Niña and Pinta are sailing museums. See what it was like to be aboard a ship with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage of the Atlantic. Ships will be docked at the Oyster Bar Restaurant & Marina.

Please arrive by 9:45a
Address of The Perdido Key Oyster Bar Restaurant & Marina: 13700 River Road, Pensacola FL 32507
Cost is $5 per person for ALL AGES
DEADLINE for event 2/5/14, NO refunds after this date.
Please call Jen Rogers, 205-983-4028 to reserve your spot.

Jen Rogers
South Alabama Activity Coordinator, Everest Academy

Jan. 31 (Deadline Jan. 29), Montgomery: ASF Goodnight Moon Performance

Goodnight Moon

Adapted from the book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
Book, music and lyrics by Chad Henry
Step into the great green room as one of the most iconic children’s books of all time is brought to life. In this lively musical about children’s imaginations at bedtime, Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry and tap dancing bears.

DATE:  Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

TIME:  11:30 AM (Please arrive early and have children go to restroom before performance begins.  Review other rules and etiquette here:  http://www.asf.net/Education/Schoolfest/Theatre-Etiquette.aspx )

COST: $16 for students, $18 for adult chaperones but for every 15 kids, one chaperone is free. (we can do a drawing for the freebie on Thursday Jan. 30, if we get enough participants)
I am requiring a fully refundable $5 "holding fee" for this one, in order to assure a prior headcount.  You can Paypal me @  mandamama@gmail.com  and this $5 fee will be refunded the day of the event UNLESS you do not cancel by the DEADLINE (see below)  Please be sure to check the box on your Paypal account so that I do not incur added fees.  Thank you!

DEADLINE:  Please let me know you will be attending (or cancel) by Wed. Jan 29, 2014 (We can pay the day-of but I need to give them a head-count prior to our arrival.  It is imperative that you let me know, barring any unforseen illness/tragedy/accident.) 

PAYMENT FORMS: All are accepted by ASF the day-of. (For holding fee, see above;  if you do not have Paypal you can arrange to meet me or send me cash, but Paypal preferred)

AGES:  Recommended for K thru 3rd grade, but open to all ages.  Open to all Everest Academy members and any other home schooling friends. (the drawing for a free adult seat would go to Everest members first.)
Directions:  From TROY (47 Miles) and DOTHAN (103 Miles) and Tallahassee (192 Miles)
US 231 North to Southeast Blvd. (Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Right) Take a right on East Blvd. Go through seven to eight traffic lights until you see the Woodmere Blvd. turn on the right (PNC Bank on the corner). Take a right on Woodmere Blvd. Entrance to the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park is 1/2 mile on right.

You will receive information on car-pooling after you register.

MISC:  If anyone would like to make it a day and attend the zoo after the play, please contact me (see below) 

This is a bit pricey, but for us it will be worth it to expose my younger children to the ASF and art in the form of a professional play.  Remember, your holding fee WILL be refunded unless you don't show up; save gas by car-pooling; and get your friends to sign up so we can get a "free" chaperone fee!   Our family plans to do at least one ASF production each year.  

To Register, contact:  Amanda Martin

Tuesdays, Hanceville: Bible Study

Everest Family Church
Bible Study
(There are a few weeks it will be on Thursday, so please make sure to sign up for the Facebook page for updates!!!)
(Thursday inclement weather day)

Everest Family Church Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/209042009258492/

Bible Study Leader - Sherry Morrow
For more information, please contact Sherry Morrow at themorrowclan@yahoo.com.

August - November:  The Proverbs 31 Woman
December:  Advent Study
January - February:  Essential Oils of the Bible - Intro to Essential Oils and study of "Healing Oils of the Bible" by David Stewart Ph.D.
March - April:  Health & Nutrition in the Bible

This meeting will be held at:
Call to Life Ministries 
805 Main St SW Hwy 31
Hanceville, Alabama 35077

January 2014 iServe Project: Making Valentines Cards for Seniors

iServe Homeschool Service Club is for homeschoolers in the Greater Birmingham and surrounding areas who are interested in cultivating a desire to volunteer and serve in their community.

We plan hands-on service opportunities for our homeschool students, which vary by locations, dates, times, etc., according to the service opportunity coordinated, but all events will be in the Greater Birmingham area or surrounding communities in Jefferson, Shelby, St Clair, and Blount counties. We strive to coordinate opportunities for all ages, 0-99, but occasionally there will be restrictions for the venue or type of volunteering needed. 

Our January project will be making Valentines cards to deliver to senior citizens on Valentines' Day. 
Please click on this link, iServe Club, for more details about join iServe.

Jan. 31 (Deadline Jan. 28), Madison: Stevi B's Pizza Tour Field Trip

Madison Stevi B's Pizza Tour Field Trip
Friday, January 31
10 a.m.

Children $6.50 (tour, boxed pizza to take home, 10 tokens, buffet and drink)
Adults $ 7.50 buffet and drink

We will arrive at 10 a.m. before the store opens and tour the kitchen. Each child will learn how to toss the pizza dough and then make their own pizza to box up and take home. Afterwards, we will eat at the buffet and students will have 10 tokens to use in the game room.

Registration and payment deadline is Tuesday, January 28th.

Mail payment to:
Tracie Stephen
122 Antique Rose Dr.
Madison, AL 35758

or send paypal payment to
Tracie Stephen

A Message From Girl Scouts

After New Year’s Girl Scout Cookie season is the next reason to celebrate! Support a troop in your community by letting them set up a cookie booth for an hour or two at your business.

Did you know that when you buy Girl Scout cookies you help girls do things they never thought possible like travel, explore new ideas, and learn business skills?

Girl Scouts make the world a better place. Be a supporter of girls in our area as they learn money management, business ethics, people skills, goal setting and decision making. Find your cookies at girlscoutcookies.org.

There are many ways you can volunteer for Girl Scouts. Opportunities are flexible and the commitment is up to you. Here are three current opportunities:

1. Speak once or twice in 2014 about what you know.
2. Facilitate our award-winning programs including anti-bullying, self-esteem building and STEM, to name a few.
3. Work with adults only by training facilitators.

Girl Scouts make the world a better place. To be a supporter and to serve girls as a volunteer, contact Heather Pike at hpike@girlscoutsnca.org.

Once upon a time, girls could only be in Girl Scouts if they joined a troop. Now we have independent Girl Scouts who also have unlimited access to our Pathway opportunities. Visitgirlscoutsnca.org to find out more!

For $15 any girl, anywhere in North-Central Alabama, can be a Girl Scout. Of course we still encourage troops, but this is a great way for older girls especially to fit our travel, community service, events and camping experiences into their busy schedules.

Girl Scouts make the world a better place. To be a supporter and to learn more about membership, contact Tanika Rice at trice@girlscoutsnca.org or Hannah Wallace athwallace@girlscoutsnca.org

Interested in a Hunger Games tournament? Does a Pinterest Party sound like fun? Maybe you would enjoy going to Dauphin Island and learning about Marine Biology or just strolling through the Birmingham Zoo.

These are just a few Girl Scout Pathway opportunities offered to girls in 36 counties across North-Central Alabama. At the last zoo event, more than 1,000 girls enjoyed this learning experience!

We need opportunities locally that only you can provide. Consider opening the doors to your business, church, school, etc., for an event, series or troop meeting.

Girl Scouts make the world a better place. To be a supporter and to open the mind of a child to possibilities through programs, please contact Cortnie Draper at cdraper@girlscoutsnca.org.

Feb. 22, Huntsville: Huntsville Havoc vs. Mississippi River Kings Field Trip

Date: Feb. 22, 2014

Event: Huntsville Havoc vs. Mississippi River Kings at the Von Braun Civic Center

Time: 2p.m.

Cost: $11 per ticket (Reserved Seats in the Silver Section)

Description: Come and enjoy a hockey game with your family and fellow homeschoolers. I have reserved discounted seats in the silver section for our Homeschool Family Day. Our group will sit together and be recognized at some point during the game. 

Registration and payment deadline is Feb. 1, 2014. 

Mail payment to:
Tracie Stephen
122 Antique Rose Dr.
Madison, AL 35758

Contact Tracie Stephen for more information or to arrange payment through paypal. 

Feb. 13, Auburn: Make & Deliver Valentine's

What: Gathering to make Valentines to deliver locally (suggestions??)

Who: Anyone - especially teens

When: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 2:30-3:30 pm (possible delivery afterwards)

Where: JCSM - Art Museum on S. College

This event will follow the teen Art Exposure program, so I expect there to be some teens present. Younger participants are welcome, too, with a parent. Some supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring anything lingering in your craft closet.

No RSVP needed, but please let me know if you have a suggestion for delivery of our cards, preferably somewhere that not "everyone else" will choose.

For more information, please contact Nancy Melkerson at n_melkerson@hotmail.com .  

Feb. 14, Foley: Valentine's Party

Valentines Day is such a wonderful time to remember that LOVE is truly what matters most. What could be better than an entire day set aside to celebrate friends and loved ones and the spirit of goodness?

Please join us for some Valentine's Day fun! We will be serving a light lunch~sandwiches, chips, and drinks. Also, it would be great for everyone to bring a homemade sweet or treat. Decorate a bag, shoe box, or cereal box so your child can collect their Valentine's cards from everyone. I would like to have a sign up for food items so they aren't duplicated. We will need a headcount by 1/31. So please call to RSVP your spots by the 31st. Thanks!

The church that we are having the party at runs a food pantry, PLEASE bring at least one canned food item per family to help stock their pantry. They are so kind to allow us to use their facility free of charge.

***We have children that have sensitivities to dye as well as children with anaphylaxis to peanuts.***

Date: 2/14/14
Time: 11a-1:30
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
506 North Pine Street
Foley, AL 36535

Contact: Jen Rogers

Jan. 31 (Deadline Jan. 15), Hoover: Hoover Crescent Islamic Center Tour

As part of our Studies in World Religion series, we will be looking at the Islamic religion (Muslim) in the month of January. As part of the experience, we will be attending prayer service at the Hoover Crescent Islamic Center on January 31, 2014. We will need to arrive by 12:30 PM for a short welcome and then we will be watching the congregation prayer from 1:00 - 2:00. After the prayer, we will be provided lunch, a mosque tour, and question and answer session from 2:00 - 3:00. This field trip is most suitable for upper elementary students and above who are able to remain quiet during a one-hour prayer session.

Sign up by January 15 by emailing exact number of adults and children to Danielle at 4neerdowells@gmail.com.

Jan. 17 (Deadline Jan. 16), Dothan: Landmark Park Planetarium Combo

Landmark Park Planetarium Combo

DATE: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

TIME: 10:30 to Noon (arrive by 10 to pay, park and walk in to begin on time) This video presentation lasts 45 minutes or longer. Please prepare accordingly, with snack time before and a picnic lunch for after. We will have a picnic lunch, weather permitting (bring your own.) 

DETAILS: January is half price month. Students will get the full planetarium experience with the video presentation, plus be able to walk the grounds and picnic. We can choose our video and package here http://landmarkpark.com/happenings.html ...but The Little Star that Could is recommended. 

COST: $3 for each student (see ages below), $1.50 for each homeschool parent (non-members) going in the planetarium. ( If they are park members the parent is free, but the student will still need to pay the $3.) 

AGES: The Planetarium is not recommended for UNDER age 6 yrs due to the sound effects, dark lighting and distractions. A mom will be available, or some parents can choose to walk outside on the nature trail or play in the park while the older students are participating.

DEADLINE: I need to give them a headcount prior to our arrival. Please let me know if you are attending NO LATER THAN Thursday, Jan. 16 by noon. You can pay the day-of at the park. 

Contact: Amanda Martin

June, Auburn: Adventures in Math and Science Summer Camp

AIMS 2014

The Adventures in Math and Science summer program is an academic-oriented summer camp for rising 7th-10th graders. Apply online today at www.asms.net!
Don't waste your summer! Spend it at The Adventures in Math and Science summer camp at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, AL. Learn while you have fun! Kayak Mobile Bay. Design a maze. Build a smart phone app. Solve a crime. Prepare for the ACT. Learn how to make jewelry. Build a robot. Launch a rocket...and much more! 

Who can enroll? Students entering the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Applications, more information, and course descriptions are online at

This year, AIMS will run for two sessions! Session 1 (June 9-13) is an overnight or day camp. Session 2(June 16-20) is an overnight or day camp. 

Tuition for overnight camp is $375 per week and is all- inclusive. Tuition for day camp is $275 and includes lunch. The cost to stay the weekend between Sessions 1 and 2 is an additional $175 (includes trip to water park). 
Course Sampling 
ACT Prep, Algebra Review, Painting, Ballet, Legend of the Vampire, CSI: Mobile, Colorguard, Taekwondo, Weight Training, Rock and Roll History, Robotics, Field Biology, Psychology, Labs of Doom, Rocketry, Origami, Star Trek History, Light Metals and Enameling, Creative Nonfiction Essays, and many more. 
Applications, more information, and course descriptions are online at www.asms.net. ASMS is the state's only fully residential and public high school for highly motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 

2013/2014, Auburn: Monthly Art Exposure Program (grades 1-12)

Art Exposure Program
for Grades 1-12

Art Exposure
Spring 2014
2nd Thurs (except April)

Art Exposure was created several years ago to provide homeschoolers with the opportunity to experience art in a variety of ways. Students have a gallery talk each month followed by a hands-on art activity related to the gallery talk. Parents are required to remain in the museum with the morning (elementary) class; parents are allowed to stay for the afternoon (teen) class. Participation is by pre-registration and is expected for the entire semester.

Jule Collins Smith Museum, 901 S. College St, Auburn, AL

Fall 2013 Term:
Sept 12 
Oct 10 
Nov 14 
Dec 12

Jan 9: Painting - Mondrian influences
Feb 13: Photography - light & contrast
Mar 13: Preparatory work - mini exhibit
Apr 17 (3rd week): Claymation
May 8: Mosaics

10-11:30am: Elementary/grades 1-5
1-2:30pm Teenagers/grades 6-12

$15 per student ($30 family max) for the semester

To Nancy Melkerson, n_melkerson@hotmail.com, by Wednesday, January 8

World Culture & Religion Series

Everest Family Church
Studies in World Religions

Introduce your students to the historical and contemporary interrelationships between religions. Whether you are interested in exposing your students to various religions as part of a study in the apologetics or as a study in sociology, Everest Family Church invites you to participate in a mindful study in the world's religions over the course of this year. Using the text "How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies," we will be taking multiple field trips to engage ourselves in the beliefs of others. We will be studying a variety of world religions both Christian and other.

For more information, please contact Danielle Dowell at 4neerdowells@gmail.com

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Jan. 13 (Deadline Jan. 10), Auburn: Publix Tour

Publix Field Trip
Monday, January 13
10:00 am- 10:30am

Target Age: Pre-K-4th grade (older and younger children welcome as well)

Cost: FREE

Location: On the corner of East University and North College St. (NOT Moore's Mill Publix)

Details: They will take our group to each department of the store and tell a little about what they do at each place (and give us samples along the way).

Deadline: Please RSVP no later than January 10. 

Please RSVP to Rebecca Miller at rebeccalmiller@gmail.com no later than January 10. There is no minimum or maximum for the group, but they want an estimate in advance.

Hoover, Everest Academy Girl Scout Troop

Girl Scout Troop. Though we don't meet in the summer months, this troop is looking to expand into a multi-level troop for fall. If your daughter is interested in joining our troop for the fall, please contact Danielle at 4neerdowells@gmail.com or 205-492-7455. Meets in Hoover, but girls from all areas are welcome to join.

Open to all homeschoolers regardless of church school covering.