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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.

March 15, Bham: Holi Festival Field Trip

Everest Studies In World Culture And Religion March Field Trip
March 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

More information and a schedule of events can be found at http://www.artsbma.org/event/holi-an-indian-celebration-of-color/ which include art activities, scavenger hunt, traditional Indian food (provided by Taj India), henna tattoos, live music and dance performances, storytelling, and throwing of the colors.  

Please join us at this PUBLIC event at the Birmingham Museum of Art as we learn more about Hindu culture and religion.  Holi is a festival celebrated in north India to mark the coming of spring.

Holi is a colourful festival, with dancing, singing, and throwing of powder paint. To learn more about the Holi festival - check here: http://www.holifestival.org/

As it is a public event, there is no need to R.S.V.P. - but if you want to meet up with other homeschoolers in the study program, you may email Danielle at 4neerdowells@gmail.com.

Coke Reward Points for Girl Scouts

Coke Rewards: Hey Friends, Dae (my daughter) needs Coke Rewards codes for her Girl Scouts troop (Everest Academy Cadette Troop -http://www.alabamahomeschooling.com/2013/11/hoover-everest-academy-cadette-girl.html ). I do not have to have the physical cap or box, I just need the codes. You can find the codes in the bottle caps or on the inside of the boxes. If you drink Coke products, please consider emailing them to me at everestacademy1@gmail.com. I would really appreciate it! Coke products include: 

Diet Coke
Coke Zero
Dasani Water
Minute Maid
Seagram's Ginger Ale
and more.


Bham: Railroad FREE Fitness Classes

Full Details: http://www.railroadpark.org/events-get-healthy.html

Get Healthy on the Railroad

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama's mission is to give employers, families and individuals access to quality, affordable healthcare. Blue Cross customers have greater peace of mind knowing this 75-year old company is helping protect their health and financial security. As a corporate leader in Alabama, Blue Cross is committed to positively impacting the health and education of the communities they serve. The sponsorship of "Get Healthy on the Railroad" allows the company to make a positive impact for the community and the overall health of the downtown Birmingham area. With this initiative, Blue Cross is doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons.
For more information on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama please visit www.bcbsal.com.

Class Descriptions (all classes are FREE!):

Crunk Fitness (Mondays at 6:00 p.m.):

Crunk Fitness is a fun, high-energy, hip-hop dance workout for all levels. It involves a combination of basic aerobics movements and funky hip-hop dance moves, broken down so anyone can do it. You can tone up-lose weight, transform your body, and have a blast!

The BOOTCAMP GROUP EXPERIENCE (Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.):

The BOOTCAMP GROUP EXPERIENCE is the class you will love to hate. By using just your body weight this workout routine will help tone your muscles, build your endurance, and boost your metabolism. This class will challenge you on all levels. The combination of bodyweight exercises and functional exercises will have you burning calories in no time.

Zumba (Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.):

Zumba at Railroad Park is a Latin inspired dance fitness class. It blends easy Latin dance moves with aerobic steps. The class is fun, energizing, and easy to follow.

Yoga (Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.):

Yoga is a form of exercise that strengthens and tones the body. It promotes balance and flexibility, and quiets the mind. Yoga is for the beginning as well as advanced student.

Happy Feet Fridays (Fridays at 6:00p.m.):

Get your feet moving in the right direction with a 60-minute low to high impact walk/run course designed to wake up, shape up, or maintain the inner athlete in you. Happy Feet Friday will teach you proper walk/run techniques to maximize your current fitness goals.
Walking is safe and simple, plus it lowers your blood pressure, reduces your risk for or helps you manage type two diabetes, manages your weight, improves your mood and helps you stay strong. So whether you're training for your next marathon or just wanting to get moving, Happy Feet will get you on the right track. All experience levels are welcome.

March - August, Bham: Fresh Air Family Gross Out Camp

Gross Out Camp Spring and Summer 
Spring special-- Bring a Friend and Save $25
Join us at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This all ages camp offers hands-on biology in creek beds, bamboo forests, koi ponds, bog gardens and all of the wonderful natural areas of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Dissect a pitcher plant to find bugs, meet a tree (scientific observation) and search for crawdads and salamanders. 
Learning has never been this fun! 
It’s science, but please don’t tell the kids! Fresh Air Family is offering 11 award-winning Gross Out Day Camps.  Sessions at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 9 AM to 5 PM, with before and after care available
Members $200, non-members $225  (Membership is $35 for families)   $50 discount for members who bring a friend! Sibling discount $150,     $25 before and after care. 
Session 1: March 24-28 Spring break! All ages.
Session 2: June 2-6 -- Grades 1-4
Session 3: June 9-13  -- Grades 5-7
Session 4: June 16-20 – Grades 1-4
Session 5: June 23-27 -- Grades 1-4
Session 6: June 30- July 3 -- All ages (short week $150)
Session 7: July 7-11-- Grades 1-4
Session 8: July 14-18 -- Grades 5-7
Session 9: July 21-25 – Grades 1-4
Session 10: July 28- August 1 – Grades 1-4
Session 11: August 4-8 --All ages

To register, please email Lexi@FreshAirFamily.org

Feb 14, Trussville: Annual Valentines Skate Party! Open to ALL Homeschoolers

Calling ALL Homeschoolers!
It's time for our Annual Valentines Skate Party!

Date: Friday, February 14
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Trussville PlayStation
The PlayStation has graciously extended our regular 2nd Friday skate session an extra hour at no additional charge.

Details: This event is sponsored by Everest Academy & Trussville PlayStation and is open to ALL homeschoolers. We ask that each family please bring a dish/treat to share at the potluck goodies table and drinks for your own family.

Each child participating in the Valentines exchange (optional) should bring 20 Valentines in a quart size zip-bag* and a bag of candy or Valentines goodies for at least 20 children. You will not need to bring a collection container as we will provide Valentines bags for your child(ren)'s treats when you check-in at the Valentine exchange table. Be sure to visit the Valentines exchange table in the party area no later than 3:00pm to participate in the Valentines exchange!!

*It is very important to use a quart size zip-bag because we will be reusing these bags to fill with the candy/goodies that will go into your child(ren)'s Valentines bag. 

COST: $3.00/skater, includes regular skates ~ additional for speed skates ($2) & inlines ($3)
Non-skaters do not pay. No charge for under 3yo. There is a minimum amount of $30 to use a credit card, so you might want to bring cash! 

Visit this link for more details about the regular homeschool skate sessions at Trussville PlayStation: Homeschool Skate & Laser Tag Sessions

March 7 (Deadline Feb. 28), Dothan: Wiregrass Museum of Art Field Trip

Field Trip to Wiregrass Museum of Art

Details:  Everest Academy homeschoolers and any interested area homeschoolers will take a guided tour and then do a craft.  Ages are preschool and up, with age appropriate options available.  If we have enough (over 15 children), we can form two groups, an older group and a younger group.  While one group tours, the other works on a craft and vice versa.  This is a wonderful little gem in our area, so let's support  our local arts!  After the museum, head to Kiwanis park for lunch and playtime. 

Date:  Friday, March 7, 2014

Time: 10AM (doors open at 10, so arrive on time but be aware you won't be able to go inside any earlier than 10)  We of course want to begin our tour as close to 10 as possible.  The tour and craft combo only take about an hour together;  about 30 minutes each.

Cost:  $5 per child, $3 per adult chaperone (little ones who will not be doing a craft are free)

DEADLINE:  Deadline for signup, payment, and cancellation is Friday, February 28th!  We do have a minimum/maximum that can/must attend, so no refund after Feb. 28.  

SPECIAL INFORMATION:  Please note that the Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition will be going on in March, for grades K-12 and we will get to see the winners.  (Deadline to enter Feb. 14)  There are also various free things going on during the month, aside from this special home school tour.  Check out this link for more info:


Location and Directions: 
126 Museum Ave, Dothan, AL 36303
  • Cross Streets: Between E Main St/Columbia Hwy and N Cherry St/N College St/N Appletree St

Contact Person:

Feb. 14, Sheffield: Shoals Valentine's Day Party

Shoals Valentine's Day Party
All homeschoolers welcome!!!

Friday, February 14th

Sheffield Public Library

-Please bring a snack to share (finger foods).
-Each child will need to bring a decorated box or bag for Valentine's if possible.
-Valentine's for each child to exchange. (Please R.S.V.P. for a number)
-Drinks will be provided, however if you would like to bring your make sure it's CLEAR liquids only.
-Older children who do not wish to participate in the card exchange are still welcome to come. :)

Sheffield Public Library
316 N. Montgomery Ave.
Sheffield, Al

Please R.S.V.P. Darlakayhicks@aol.com or text 256-412-4464.

July 14 - 25, Bham: LatinSummer Birmingham Program

Introducing “LatinSummer Birmingham,” a two-week summer enrichment program that provides students in grades 1-7 a unique chance to learn about Latin and the classical world! Creative and enthusiastic instructors will provide a wide array of exciting and hands-on activities that introduce students to many varied aspects of classical and conversational Latin, Greco-Roman mythology, and Roman culture and daily life. No prior knowledge of Latin or Classics is required. An all-new curriculum awaits both new and returning students! 

The popular LatinSummer programs have been offered many times over the past decade in locations across the nation. LatinSummer Birmingham will run from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm on weekdays from July 14 – 25 at Samford University in Homewood. LatinSummer is sponsored by the nonprofit Ascanius: The Classics Youth Institute and the Samford University Department of Classics. Registration fee is $275 with significantly reduced rates also available depending on financial need. Tee-shirts provided! Registrations are accepted by mail or online through May 31. For more information and to register, please visit www.ascaniusyci.org/birmingham - this summer, let’s carpe diem and do as the Romans did!

Children's Theatre

This is just a notice of reschedule date.  The deadline for sign up was back in August.

March 13, 2014
11:00 a.m.

Little Miss Muffet at Bham Children's Theatre
Reschedule Date

For more information, please contact Amy Boyd at medic91spc@yahoo.com .

February 2014 iServe Project: Valentines 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 February project will be delivering Valentines cards to the senior residents of Golden Living Center in Trussville. 
Please click on this link, iServe Club, for more details about join iServe.

Foreign Exchange Program

I have several exchange students looking for host homes for next year!  Hosting a student is a great learning and cultural experience for your family, and a great compliment to homeschooling.  My family has thoroughly enjoyed our hosting experiences. 
I am looking for families willing to host a student for 6 weeks, a semester, or the full academic year.  Host homes need to be able to provide somewhere for the student to sleep (but they can share a room), a way to school (but they can ride the bus), and meals when you eat at home as a family.  The student comes with their own spending money and health insurance. 
I would love to answer any questions you have or send you some profiles to look at if your family is willing to consider opening your home to a student next year.  

Also, we are now accepting applications for your student who are interested in studying abroad.  We have a variety of programs from 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, a semester, or a full academic year.  Your student can choose the country they would like to visit, and there are no language requirements before they travel.  If you have a student aged 15-18 who might be interested, please contact me.

Thanks for your consideration!
Brandy Dahlen
World Heritage Local Area Representative

Ongoing iServe Project: TCNP Monthly Clean-up Days

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 iServe Club has adopted the yard area around the Nature Center at the entrance to Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. This is an ongoing project since there is a lot of work to do to get this area "in shape". Afterwards, we will visit monthly for maintenance of our adopted area. 
Please click on this link, iServe Club, for more details about join iServe.