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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 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.

Aug - Oct, Pelham: ACT/SAT Prep

ACT/SAT Prep 

What: This course will cover strategies and tips for both the ACT and SAT tests.  We will discuss what to expect on the test, techniques to study, and strategies for approaching questions, as well as seeing lots of in-class and at-home practice exercises.

Who: My name is Brandy Dahlen. I have a master's degree in history from the University of Cambridge, and I have taught at UAB, Jeff State, and Excelsior co-op.  I have taught ACT/SAT prep for 10 years both as a tutor and in a classroom setting.      

When: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 beginning August 19 for 8 weeks.

Where: At my home in Pelham

Costs: This class is $200 for the 8 week session.  $50 deposit due upon enrollment to reserve a space with the balance due by the first day of class. Enrollment will be limited to the first 10 students. Class size is kept small to enhance discussion.

Contact: Feel free to contact me with questions at bldahlen@aol.com or 422-1748.

June 7, Millbrook: Hydrangea Fest and Flora Photography Workshop


Hydrangea Fest and Flora Photography Workshop

June 7, 2014  |  8 am to 6 pm


The Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook will be open to the general public on June 7, for a special Hydrangea Fest and Flora Photography Workshop. Lanark Gardens will also have a plant sale Saturday with proceeds benefiting the gardens at the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

Discover more about the unique, natural history of hydrangeas. Learn how to grow, prune, root and dry the flowers for crafts during the demonstrations. Bring your hydrangea gardening questions for expert advice! After hearing about the hydrangeas, enjoy a guided walking tour of the hydrangeas.

Join professional photographer, Quincey Banks for a flora photography workshop that is sure to be “worth a thousand words.” Starting at 9:00 a.m., Quincey Banks will share tips for creating successful nature flora photography using digital cameras. You will have an opportunity to try your own hand at photography on a naturalist-led hike and share your best photos with the group. After lunch, learn basic tips for point-and-shoot and cell phone cameras. This is your perfect opportunity to be a “little flashy” and capture nature’s beauty.

Schedule of events:  
9:00 A.M. - 10:30  A.M. – Quincey Banks will share tips and tricks for taking beautiful flora photos

10:30 A.M. - Noon – “Let’s talk about Hydrangeas” and a guided tour to see the Hydrangeas by Maria Pacheco-West, Lanark Grounds Specialist

8:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON – Plant sale: Lanark plants with the proceeds benefitting the gardens

May 31, Early Bird Deadline for Re-enrollment

Re-Enrollment with Everest

The school year ends every year on May 31 regardless to your date of enrollment. Each year a family must fill out and send in the re-enrollment form before August 31, including the fee for the upcoming school year. Re-enrollments not postmarked by August 31 will not be accepted. Please inform Everest Academy if you plan to enroll somewhere else as we are required by Alabama Law to send an official letter stating that you are no longer enrolled in Everest Academy.

Please note that are NO REFUNDS after you pay re-enrollment fees.  

Fee Schedule:
  • Early Bird Re-enrollment:  Postmarked March 1 - May 31: $90 per family
  • Regular Re-enrollment:  Postmarked June 1 - July 15: $100 per family
  • Late Re-enrollment:  Postmarked July 16 - August 15: $150 per family
  • Ridiculously Late Re-enrollment:  Postmarked August 16 - August 31: $200 per family
  • NO re-enrollments will be accepted after August 31.  Please note a notice goes into the BOE for all students who do not re-enroll.  Please do not suffer truancy issues because you do not re-enroll your child.  You can go through the new enrollment process after Aug. 31 upon approval.  
Re-enrollment Options:
*Please pick one option below. Please do not pay online and then mail in the form. Do either/or but do not mix and match.

Please note that are NO REFUNDS after you pay re-enrollment fees.  


Option 1
Make your payment online and fill out the paperwork online

Option 2
Print out your paperwork and mail it along with payment.  Please just send one copy.  If adding on a student, please include 3 copies per new child of the CSEF.  There is a $20 fee to add on students, so please include that with your payment.  (It is not $20 per student, just $20 total).  Please make all payments out to Everest Family Church.  

Adding on a student?
Make sure to let me know.


June 30, Deadline: Alfa Scholarship

June 30, Deadline Scholarship: I work for Alfa. On May 15 we announced a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors and post-secondary undergraduate students who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a two or four-year college or technical school in the state of Alabama. We are trying to get the word out to as many students as we can across the state. Would it be possible for me to have you post information regarding this scholarship opportunity on your facebook page? The deadline to apply is June 30. Alfa Foundation is giving around a total of $50,000. (50 - $1000 scholarships). If you would like more information before responding to me, you can go to www.alfains.com and there is a link to the scholarship information. Thank you in advance.

June & July, Vestavia: Mother/Daughter Night Out


July 10, TX: University of Dallas Homeschool Open House

Hello,

You were listed as the contact for Everest Academy, so I wanted to email you with some relevant information for your members.

University of Dallas is hosting a Homeschool Open House! We are hosting a totally free, homeschool-only event here on our campus on Thursday, July 10th. Check-in begins at 8:30 am and the event lasts until 3 pm. Attendees will have a chance to get a tour of campus, hear more about our programs including the Core Curriculum and our Rome semester, attend Mass with us, learn about Scholarships and Financial Aid, as well as hear more about the application process as is specific to homeschoolers (i.e. transcripts and standardized testing).

All highschoolers who are homeschooled are welcome; this event is open to rising freshmen through graduated seniors. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.


As an important note, this is being offered as an event that precedes the IHM North Texas conference held July 11-12th in Arlington, TX. If you are traveling to North Texas for this conference, consider coming a day early to get a great college visit in. We'd love to have you on campus! I look forward to meeting some good students! Please call or email with any questions.

Lacy de la Garza
Admission Counselor
1845 E. Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75062
Phone: 972-721-5266
Fax: 972-721-5017
udallas.edu

Sep. - May, Pelham: High School US History & American Literature Integrated Course

US History I and American Literature
What: This course is a integrated history and literature high school level course (9th-12th grades) intended to introduce the student to the major pieces and authors of the first half of United States history, within the proper historical context. This course will involve both writing and reading. We will be reading short and long fiction pieces from American Literature, as well as a full-range of primary documents from each time period. You will be learning how to read, think about, analyze, argue with, and present ideas about history and literature. In class, we will discuss the historical time period, as well as the works of literature we are reading.
Who: My name is Brandy Dahlen. I have a master's degree in history from the University of Cambridge, and I have taught at UAB, Jeff State, and Excelsior co-op.
When: Thursdays from 2-3 September-May
Where: At my home in Pelham
Costs: The course is $450/year or $250 per semester due upon enrollment. Enrollment will be limited to the first 10 students. Class size is kept small to enhance discussion.
Contact: Feel free to contact me with questions at bldahlen@aol.com or 422-1748.

July 14 - 17, Pelham: High School Essay Writing Seminar

High School Essay Writing Seminar
When: July 14-17 1:30-2:30 each day
What: We will cover the basics of good essay writing during this week including thesis, organization, and examples. Students will work on exercises at class, as well as at home to reinforce their skills. This workshop is appropriate for all range of writers, and I will provide one-on-one feedback on multiple writing assignments over the week. This workshop is open to high schoolers who have finished 9th-12th grades.
Who: My name is Brandy Dahlen. I have a master's degree in history from the University of Cambridge, and I have taught at UAB, Jeff State, and Excelsior co-op.
Where: At my home in Pelham
Costs: The course is $100 for the week due upon enrollment. Enrollment will be limited to the first 10 students. Class size is kept small to enhance discussion.
Contact: Feel free to contact me with questions at bldahlen@aol.com or 422-1748.


July 14 - 17, Pelham: Middle School Essay Writing Seminar

Middle School Essay Writing Seminar
When: July 14-17 12:30-1:30 each day
What: We will cover the basics of good essay writing during this week including thesis, organization, and examples. Students will work on exercises at class, as well as at home to reinforce their skills. This workshop is appropriate for all range of writers, and I will provide one-on-one feedback on multiple writing assignments over the week. This workshop is open to middle schoolers who have finished 7th and 8th grades.
Who: My name is Brandy Dahlen. I have a master's degree in history from the University of Cambridge, and I have taught at UAB, Jeff State, and Excelsior co-op.
Where: At my home in Pelham
Costs: The course is $100 for the week due upon enrollment. Enrollment will be limited to the first 10 students. Class size is kept small to enhance discussion.
Contact: Feel free to contact me with questions at bldahlen@aol.com or 422-1748.

Pinson: Jennifer Bohan

Pinson ~  Jennifer Bohan

Hi! I'm Jennifer Bohan. I have been married to my husband, Alex, for almost 17 years. We have two awesome kids, Emma, 11, and Jason, 9. We also have a tortoise, 2 hermit crabs, and a beautiful outside kitty that adopted us about 4 or 5 years ago. We have always homeschooled so it's just life for us and I wouldn't trade it for anything! I love being with my kids, sharing and learning right along with them. We are a very active family and enjoy being outside exploring our world hands-on though hiking, field trips, work shops, etc. Emma loves all things art, science, and soccer. She is always sketching, writing, or reading something. Jason is our VERY energetic ninja. When he is not at the dojo, he is kicking, stretching or climbing up something and making my heart skip a beat! Never a dull moment around here. We also all share a love for all things LEGO from building to Robotics and we are a family full of gamers. 

This will be my first year as an activity coordinator and my 4th year with Everest. I am looking so forward to planning some super fun activities, hanging out with old friends and meeting some new ones! 

June 1 - August 31, Bham: Sign up for McWane Homeschool Classes

Good Morning!

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend.

Registration for 2014-2015 Home School opens on Sunday, June 1st. Many of you have asked why we open it on a Sunday. It is simply a matter of keeping the date the same no matter the day of the week. It is always June 1st. We have found that it makes it easier for everyone if we all know that June 1st is the date to remember.

At this time registration is by phone only. We are working on the online version and it possible it will be ready but please make arrangements to be able to call our reservations department to avoid any disappointment. That number is 714-8414 and we do have staff here on Sunday to take your call.

We will only be offering one session of labs this year and if it is anything like last year they fill up fast.

If you have specific questions about the program or the curriculum please contact me directly. If you have questions regarding the reservation process please call 714-8414.

Thank you and have a great summer. See you in the fall.

Kathy



                Pre K -6th GRADE DATES

Lab Session Dates
Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm


Lab # 1
September 16
Lab # 2
October 14
Lab # 3
November 11
Lab # 4
December 2
Lab # 5
January 13
Lab # 6
February 3
Lab # 7
March 3
Lab #8
April 14




















                7th-12th grade DATES

Lab Session Dates
Wednesdays 2:00-4:30pm


Lab # 1
September 10
Lab # 2
October 8
Lab # 3
November 5
Lab # 4
December 10
Lab # 5
January 7
Lab # 6
February 11
Lab # 7
March 11
Lab #8
April 8

May 29, Pinson: Bowling Party

Open to all homeschoolers!!!

May 29
End of the Year BOWLING Party
3pm 

Games are $1.50 per person per game. Shoe rentals are $3. Plan to bowl 2 or 3 games! 

Please RSVP so I'll know how many lanes to reserve! Contact: Sue Taylor at faithmyeyes@msn.com with "bowling" in the subject line. 

Superbowl 
4416 Pinson Valley Parkway
Bham, AL 35215 

May 29, Huntsville: Tie Dye Party

May 29
Tie Dying Party
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
McGuken Park in SE Huntsville
Open to all homeschoolers

Please join us for a tie dying party from 9-11 on May 29th at McGuken Park in SE Huntsville. I'll bring primary colors of dye, as well as a few secondary colors. You bring your own shirts and rubber bands or ties of your choosing. If you want special colors, you can bring those too. 

This park has a covered table area, bathrooms, a great playground, and a large field. The water fountain has not worked when I've been there, so please bring your own drinks. If you'd like, you could also bring a picnic lunch.

It helps me if I know who to expect so I can bring enough dye. Please either click on "going" on the Facebook event at HSVHomeschoolhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/339390709497252/
or text Kari Mackay at 505-917-5252.  I hope you can join us! 

*If it rains, we will do it on my covered front porch. I live less than five minutes from the park. I will send my address to those who RSVP. 

P.S. Here's a resource you might find helpful. 

Ongoing, Pinson, AL: Turkey Creek Homeschool Volunteers group ~ a service opportunity open to all homeschoolers




** CALLING ALL OUTDOOR VOLUNTEERS!! **


A Facebook group has been created by Briana Moore for those interested in volunteering at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson, AL. This group will be used for coordinating work days and other volunteer opportunities at TCNP. 
If you are interested in helping out at TCNP, please join the group:

If you are not already friends with Briana on FB, please message or email her that you are requesting to join. For security, this is a closed group, and she will have to approve all requests to join. If she doesn't know the person or receive a message, the request to join will be deleted.

This group is open to ALL homeschoolers, regardless of church school/religious affiliation. All events will be coordinated only through this Facebook group and event details will not be emailed on an individual basis. All ages are welcome, but some work may be limited to older volunteers (i.e., using machines like leaf blowers or weed-eaters). Group members are not required to attend every work day event, but it would be great if you did! 

These work days will be hands-on, getting dirty work days!
Please come ready to get dirty.

If you need more information, please email Briana Moore: self-educated@earthlink.net 

May 31, Cleveland: Hike to Cornelius Falls

MEMORIAL HIKE TO CORNELIUS FALLS
Saturday, May 31, 2014



Join Friends of the Locust Fork River and Birmingham Sierra Club for a moderately difficult hike along the banks of the beautiful Locust Fork River to Cornelius Falls.
Some folks like to go slow and talk wildflowers.
Other folks scoot ahead to get in more play time at the falls.
We'll eat our own brown bag lunches on the sunny rocks at the falls.
It's a great time of year to play in the falls, so bring wading shoes and swim wear if you like.
To carpool from Birmingham, meet at 8:30 AM at JJ's BBQ
(used to be Golden Rule) on Highway 79 (see map below).. Call Ken (205-540-3930) for details on the carpool.


There will be a second rendezvous at Tonka Hardware / Shell Station (Hwys 79 & 160) in Cleveland at 9:30 AM. (see map below). We will then carpool to a location on private property where we will park the cars and leave for the hike around 10AM, returning about 2:30.

For more information call Stephen at 205.919.6231

May 30, Dauphin Island: School's Out Beach Party

May 30
School's Out Beach Party
Dauphin Island West End
10:00-6:00

All homeschoolers welcome!!!  Join us for fun in the sand and surf! We will meet gulf side of the west end of Dauphin Island. There is a parking fee of $2.00 and a $3.00 per person over 12 yo. We won't collect this, just pay at the gate.

For more info, contact Beth Emley at bethandjeff02@comcast.net.

2013/2014 Everest Events ~ Wow!

2013/2014
Events

My mind has been blown!!!  I just counted up all of the Everest-sponsored events for the 2013/2014 school year including park days, iServe events, LEGO Clubs, Girl Scouts, Teen Scene, Jr. Teen Scene, High School Workshops, How-to Homeschool Workshops, parties, skate days, NERF Clubs, swim days, Turkey Creek cleanups, Air Walk, Children's Theatre, Alabama Symphony, Alabama Ballet, Disney trip, World Culture & Religions, Bible studies, Auburn Art Exposure, field trips, parties, etc...  I lost count, but it was a CONSERVATIVE 484 (four HUNDRED and eighty four) events!!!  Wow!  Just wow!

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June Events

June
Everest Academy Events Listing
Come & Join In!!!
Everest Academy always has a ton of activities being organized. Please be sure to include who & what the payment is for on the comment line of your personal checks or in the comment section when using PayPal to send money. Everest has approximately eleven activity coordinators, so please make sure to pay attention to who is organizing the field trip.

Very important note!!! If you are interested in organizing a field trip, please feel free to do so! Everest would be happy to advertise it for you. The more activities we can offer to the Alabama Homeschooling community, the better!

Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.

We are just beginning to add events for the coming year. For an idea of what to expect, please check out our past events:
2013/2014 Events


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2013/2014 Cullman iServe Community Service

Cullman iServe Community Service Club is for those in the Cullman and surrounding areas who are interested in serving in the community.

This group is in place for members to plan hands-on service opportunities and coordinate/announce information through events created on the Facebook page. The opportunities vary by locations, dates, times, etc., according to the service opportunity coordinated, but all events should be in and around Cullman. We strive to coordinate opportunities for all ages, 0-99, but occasionally there will be restrictions for the venue or type of volunteering needed.

While we encourage participation in as many events as possible, participation in every event is not required. Family participation is also highly encouraged, and no event will be set-up as a "drop-off" event (parents will be responsible for all participating children under 16 years of age or children without their own transportation).The iServe Club, sponsored by Everest Family Church, is open to all and will follow the Everest Academy Participation Policy

All information for the group will be posted on a closed Facebook page. Please request membership at https://www.facebook.com/groups/247891475383276/ . If you do not personally know Deb Spradlin, please send an email to everestacademy1@gmail.com at the same time you request membership. Any requests to join the group without prior contact will be deleted.

Summer, Nationwide: FREE Museum Entrance for Military Families

Military families nationwide can enjoy free admission to 600 museums nationwide through the Blue Star Museum project. Go here to check it out and see what museums are participating. The offer allows active duty military and their families to get into museums for free all summer long.
The actual participation dates are Memorial Day to Labor Day.  You can search the Blue Star Family database for sites to hit during your summer road trips. 
Here are the Alabama sites participating:
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
Jule Collins Smith Musuem of Fine Art at Auburn University
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
McWane Science Center
Demopolis Gaineswood National Historic Landmark
Dothan Landmarks, Foundation, Inc./DBA Landmark Park
Eufaula Fendall Hall
Fairhope Eastern Shore Art Center
Foley City of Foley Museum Archives & Model Train Exhibit
Fort Rucker US Army Aviation Museum
Greensboro Magnolia Grove
Marbury Confederate Memorial Park
History Museum of Mobile
Alabama State Capitol (free for everybody)
Freedom Rides Museum
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
Fort Mims Restoration Association
Paul W. Bryant Museum Tuscaloosa Museum of Art: Home of the Westervelt Collection
Wetumpka Fort Toulouse - Fort Jackson Park

May 26, Montevallo: Memorial Day Activities at American Village

Memorial Day Activities at American Village

May 26, 10 a.m. | The National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor is now open. This beautiful building is patterned after historic Carpenters Hall of Philadelphia, meeting place of the first Continental Congress, Sept. 5, 1774. A historic marker at Carpenters Hall says, "Within these walls, Henry, Hancock and Adams inspired the delegates of the Colonies with nerve and sinew for the toils of war." The public is invited to the National Veterans Shrine to experience the stories of our. 10:30 a.m.: Calling all soldiers! Step forward, sign the muster sheet and join Washington's Army (Constitution Green). 11 a.m.: Hear Patrick Henry, “Trumpet of the Revolution” (Colonial Chapel). 11:30 a.m.: A musical salute to America's Veterans (Liberty Hall). This convocation will include music by the Montevallo Community Chorale. Dave Baird, ABC 33/40 news anchor, will be the special guest. Be sure your visit also includes a trip to the Oval Office, Colonial gardens, Concord Bridge and Randall Museum of American History. Play games on the Green, meet George Washington and Phillis Wheatley. Witness a Purple Heart ceremony and wreath laying at the Veterans Shrine. American Village | Free | 205-665-3535 | americanvillage.org/site/PageServer

July 1 Deadline, The Electra Awards for Art, Poetry & Prose

The Electra Awards, a new national literary and art competition, offers cash prizes for outstanding original work in the fields of art, poetry and prose. “The Electra Awards celebrate the power of art to delight, to ignite, to unite,” according to Birmingham Arts Journal editors Jim Reed, Irene Latham and Liz Reed. The competition is sponsored by the Journal in conjunction with Alabama Power Company.

Entries may be submitted from May 1 through July 1 at www.birminghamartsjournal.com

The winners will be selected by a panel of jurors in each field. A total of $2,700 will be awarded on Oct. 30 at the Alabama Power Company Archives Museum in Birmingham.

“We are honored to lend the iconic name and image of Electra to this competition,” said Alabama Power Corporate Archivist Bill Tharpe. “We share a great pride in Alabama and that drives us to support projects like this that make our state even better.”

The Birmingham Arts Journal is a quarterly literary and arts magazine that began publication in 2003 and is sustained by gifts and subscriptions. Artists and writers from throughout the world have appeared in the Journal, which is managed by volunteers.

Winners and entrants will be published in future pages of the Journal as further recognition of their artistic merit.

For more information, contact Jim Reed at jim@jimreedbooks.com or 205-326-4460.

Please share with those who may be interested.

June, Bham: Teen Poetry Workshop

Homewood Library Will Host Teen Poetry Workshop Starting May 24
 
Starting Saturday, May 24, the free teen poetry workshop that is usually held at the downtown Birmingham Public Library, will be held at the Homewood Public Library until the Birmingham location's air conditioning unit can be fixed. The East Building of the Birmingham location reduced its hours to close at 12:00 noon. The move was necessary because of rising temperatures and a broken unit. As a result, the teen poetry workshop had to be moved. Homewood graciously agreed to host the event until repairs can be made.

The teen workshop will be held every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. It is free and open to all middle school and high school age teens. The Homewood Public Library is located at 1721 Oxmoor Road in Homewood. Real Life Poets, a non-profit creative writing organization, partners with the Birmingham Public Library to offer the workshop.Occasionally the workshop may be cancelled due to conflicts with other events. Contact John Paul Taylor of RLP to confirm the workshop is being held; the e-mail is johnpaul@reallifepoets.org and telephone is 205-585-8271.

The teen poetry workshop will return to the Birmingham location after repairs are made. Parts have been ordered for the air conditioner, and repairs will be scheduled once parts arrive.

This workshop is funded by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Please share with those who may have an interest.