Thank you for the interest you have shown in North Point Workshops. Our organization is made up of Christian families who support one another in their efforts to educate their children at home. Our support group and Workshop program are open to all area homeschoolers. Workshop instructors receive pre-enrollment; members of North Point Baptist Church receive priority enrollment in our Workshops, followed by non-church members. New families are very welcome and included as space is available. All Workshop participants must join North Point Baptist Homeschool Ministry support group. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
It is important for you to note that North Point Workshops are a true co-op. Parents are required to serve two hours in one of the following areas: lead teacher, co-teacher, class assistant, nursery assistant, preschool assistant, or floater. Parents have the option of using the hour as personal time, but must remain on thechurch campus. Other than a small registration fee, all of our Workshops are free or materials costs only, as our instructors volunteer their time and talents. To participate in the Workshop program families must have at least one school age child.
If you choose to attend our Workshops, please read all the information contained in the handbook and keep it in a safe place.
Enclosed you will find our Spring 2010 Workshop information. This information contains: the Spring Schedule with registration information, our Purpose Statement, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures, Statement of Faith, Workshop Descriptions, Instructor Bios, as well as the forms necessary for registration. In your information packet, the Family Application is first. Please fill this out completely. The Parent Agreement and Student Agreement forms are next. Please go over all Policies and Guidelines with your children and then have them sign these forms. All children in your family can sign the same copy of the agreement.
The Workshop Request is next. These need to be filled out with the classes that each child desires to take. Since we can not guarantee that all classes will still have space available when filling out your forms, all money totals from these forms will be transferred to the Payment Form on registration day, added, and a check made payable to North Point Homeschool Ministry for the total that day. New member registration must be done in person on Monday, December 7th 12-2pm at North Point Baptist Church’s Weekday Ministries Building at 119 Monticello Rd., Weaverville.
Families returning to the Workshop program from the Fall 2009 semester need only fill out the Workshop Request, Membership Form, Payment Form, Student and Parent Agreements. We're looking forward to having a great spring semester of North Point Workshops and hope you will join us! May the Lord bless your homeschooling!
Registration for NPBHM members** Friday, November 13, 2009, 4-5pm Registration for non-members** Monday, December 7, 2009, 12-2pm All Registrations will take place at: North Point Baptist Weekday Ministry Building
119 Monticello Road
First Day of Workshops Friday, January 29, 2010
Last Day of Workshops for Fall Semester Friday, April 30, 2010
Our volunteer instructors receive first preference in enrolling their children. Homeschool ministry members who are members of North Point Baptist Church receive priority enrollment in our Workshops, followed by homeschool ministry members who are not church members. Non-members are very welcome and included as space is available. To participate in the Workshop program families must have at least one school age child. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment for members must be done on member registration day(s). Non-member registration must be done in person by a parent or legal guardian of the participating child on the scheduled non-member registration date for a given semester. ALL fees MUST be paid at the time of registration.
**Workshop registration packets must be printed prior to registration dates from our web site
http://northpointbaptist.org/Homeschool.html . All paperwork must be read and filled out BEFORE registration. **
Inclement Weather Policy
North Point Workshops will make determinations about closings due to weather conditions by 11:00 a.m. on Workshop days. Workshop participants will be placed on an e-mail loop which will be our main means of communication. Please check your e-mail after 11:00 a.m. on Workshop days for any special notices about bad weather.
Who to contact if you have questions:
Workshop Administrator Leigh Ann Thibodeau 337-1087
Godsprincess97@charter.net Jr. High Coordinator Janessa Stach 645-5237
G2jstach@yahoo.com Sr. High Coordinator/ Andrea Clark 776-1520
Volunteer Coordinator email@example.com Workshops Overview
As homeschool parents, we feel that God has called and enabled us to homeschool our children. We feel that cooperatively we can provide enrichment opportunities that may not be possible on our own. North Point Workshops is a co-op that meets weekly on Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:40pm at North Point Baptist Church’s Weekday Ministries Building, 119 Monticello Rd., Weaverville. Our calendar year is broken down into two semesters. The fall semester is: August - November and the spring semester is January - April. Our Homeschool Ministry support group and Workshop program are open to all area homeschoolers. Workshop instructors receive pre-enrollment; members of North Point Baptist Church receive priority enrollment in our Workshops, followed by non-church members. New families are very welcome and included as space is available All Workshop participants must join North Point Baptist Homeschool Ministry support group. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our Workshops begin with an optional BYO lunch at noon. All families must arrive at 12:30 p.m. to help with the set up necessary for Workshops. All Workshop classes begin at 12:45 p.m. Lower Elementary Workshops (K-2nd grades), Upper Elementary Workshops (3rd-5th grades), and Junior High Workshops (6th-8th grades) and Senior High Workshops (9th -12th grades) are divided into three 55 minute blocks. Parents are required to serve at least two hours in one of the following areas: lead teacher, co-teacher, class assistant, nursery/preschool assistant, or floater. Parents have the option of using the other hour as personal time, but must remain on the church campus the entire time Workshops are insession. In addition, all families will be assigned cleaning duties each week to ensure that the church building is put back in order following our Workshop sessions and are required to remain after Workshops to complete them. Since we are a true co-op and not a drop off educational program, you must choose to sign up for all 3 class periods offered in order to participate in the co-op. This is to ease the difficulty in assigning volunteer hours. (Please note exception below for Sr.High level students only.)
All groups offered are supplemental to what is being taught in the home and are meant for enrichment purposes only. The groups offered vary from semester to semester, and are determined by the willingness of group members to lead. Members lead most of the groups; however, we also have people who volunteer their time and talents to lead.
All families who participate in North Point Workshops must join the support group. Support group membership is $20.00 per family per year. In addition, there is a workshop registration fee of $10.00 per family per semester. Some classes may have fees to cover material costs. Registration fees and materials fees are nonrefundable.
Purpose Statement The purpose of North Point Workshops is to provide high quality, academically challenging, spiritually uplifting enrichment workshops to supplement, support, encourage, but not replace, what is being learned at home. The spiritual objective of North Point Workshops is to provide a learning environment which supports and encourages Christian faith and discipleship.
Guidelines, Policies and Procedures North Point Workshops are a part of North Point Baptist Church’s Homeschool Ministry (NPBHM). Membership in the homeschool ministry is required to participate in the Workshop program.
It is extremely important to remember that North Point Workshops are a cooperative effort on the part of parents, their children, and instructors. We will not continue to exist if one of these elements is missing.
Parents should read and be in agreement with the Purpose Statement, Guidelines, and Policies and Procedures for the Workshops Program. As a true co-op, Workshop participants are REQUIRED to take part in the entire program; all three Workshop periods. This is necessary to facilitate proper volunteer staffing. (Please note exception below for Sr. High level students only.)A parent is required to remain in the building THE ENTIRE TIME their child is present at the Workshops regardless of the age of the child. (Parents with a strong need to co-op with another family can present this need to the Workshop Administrator or Assistant Administrator IN WRITING **PRIOR** to registration. These requests will be considered on an individual basis).
Sr. High Parent/Student Participation
Due to demanding schedules at this level, Sr. High students ONLY may choose to take one, two or three classes. Parents are still required to remain in the building the entire time their child is present at Workshops. Parents will still be assigned volunteer hours; one hour for each class taken, with a maximum of two hours for volunteering.
Children are responsible for attending each workshop for which they are registered. (Even if there is no charge for the workshop, the instructor has made a commitment and has spent time preparing for each student who is registered.) Adult absences of teachers, assistant teachers, etc. must be reported to the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as possible. Parents are asked to please notify instructors of their children’s absence. THREE absences, without valid excuses, will result innot being permitted to register for the next semester’s Workshops. Please view your participation in Workshops as a commitment and plan to attend all sessions if at all possible.
All families must arrive at 12:30 p.m. to help with the set up necessary for Workshops. There will be a sign–in sheet as you enter to ensure a prompt arrival time and families arriving after 12:30 p.m. will be considered tardy. Three or more unexcused tardies during the semester will result in not being permitted to register for the next semester's Workshops.
Our volunteer instructors are given first preference in enrolling their children. North Point Baptist Church members receive priority enrollment in our Workshop program. Enrollment for members must be done in person on the designated registration session(s) for members. Non- member parents must attend the non-member registration session. Workshop registration packets must be printed from the web site prior to registration day to speed the process. All paperwork mustbe read and filled out prior to registration. ALL fee payments must be made at the time of registration. ALLregistrations must be done in person by a parent or legal guardian of the participating child on the scheduledregistration date for a given semester.
You will have a one-week grace period after the final registration in which to make changes to your child’s schedule.
During this grace period, you must contact the Workshops Administrator to make schedule changes pending availability.
After this grace period, any request to make changes to your child’s schedule must be submitted in writing to the Workshop Administrator for evaluation.
Please be sure of your commitment to attend Workshops prior to signing up. Teachers have voluntarily worked very hard to prepare the coursework for the number of students registered. If you choose to leave the Workshop program no fees will be refunded.
All groups offered are supplemental to what is being taught in the home and are meant for enrichment purposes only.
Therefore all age divisions will be strictly adhered to: Nursery (baby – 2 years old), Preschool (3-5 years old), Lower Elementary (traditional ages for K-2nd grades), Upper Elementary (traditional ages for 3rd -5th grades), Jr. High (traditional ages for 6th -8th grades), and Sr. High (traditional ages for 9th -12th grades). To participate in the Workshop program families must have at least one school age child.
As a true co-op, at the time of registration, parents will be required to sign up to help each week in one or more areas of Workshops as needed. Two hours of “volunteer” work will be required per week. “Volunteer” work includes but is not limited to lead teacher, co-teacher, class assistant, nursery/preschool assistant, or being a floater.
In addition, all families will be assigned cleaning duties each week to ensure that the church building is put back in order following our Workshop sessions and are required to remain after Workshops to complete them.
Due to the amount of work involved in making the Workshops run smoothly, we ask that whenever needed, parents be available to cheerfully help with other responsibilities that will arise from week to week. This may include but is not limited to extra cleaning duties, teaching a different class, and helping out during your free period.
(Please note exception above for Sr. High level students only.) Discipline and Student Conduct
All students will be held responsible for their actions and shall conduct themselves in keeping with their level of maturity, showing regard for established authority and the rights and welfare of others. We ask that students seek excellence, be honest, use clean speech, and be courteous and kind to all.
North Point Workshop members and their children are asked to adhere to the following standards when attending
Parents should monitor their children’s behavior at all times. Appropriate disciplinary measures should be taken, when needed, privately. Uncooperative or disruptive children should be removed from activities.
Respect for and obedience to authority is expected.
In the case of disciplinary problems during a given class period the following should be considered standard procedure:
1. Child is given a verbal warning by instructor which will be documented, signed, and put on file.
2. If unacceptable behavior persists, the instructor steps outside the classroom with the child to pray about his/her behavior. As soon as practical, one of the class monitors should notify the Workshop Coordinator that this action has been taken so that the parent may be apprised of the situation then it will be documented, signed, and put on file.
3. If unacceptable behavior continues to persist, the child will be dismissed from that class period. The class volunteer or instructor will accompany the child to his/her parent. If there is dismissal from class on three occasions, they will be required to remain with their parent during all Workshop periods. If unacceptable behavior continues, they shall be suspended from all Workshops for the remainder of the semester. In such case, no fees will be refunded. Participation in future Workshops will be on a probationary basis with conditions as determined by the North Point Leadership Team.
4. Parents must be willing to allow instructors to discipline their children according to the procedures outlined above and must be willing to abide by the instructor’s decision to dismiss their children from the workshop if the instructor deems it necessary.
Each child attending Workshops must be accompanied by a parent or designated chaperone that must remain on site for the entire time during Workshops.
Clothing must be modest, clean and neat. Appropriate dress for P.E. (if provided) is fingertip-length shorts that are not body conforming, along with loose-fitting t-shirts. Appropriate dress for classes is as follows: Please do not wear tank tops, strap tops, halter tops, "muscle" shirts, etc. or any short, body conforming shirts. A blouse or dress will be considered as having a strap top if the shoulders are less than 3" wide. Midriff (short) blouses may not be worn. Necklines must be modest. Pants or shorts must be worn at or near the waistline and not be tight fitting. Any shorts, skirts or dresses worn should be at least finger-tip length.
Unusual attire associated with immoral or improper ideas is unacceptable. Symbols or logos that communicate anti-Christian messages are unacceptable on clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. While we realize that a person's attire is not indicative of their spiritual worthiness, God's Word does give us standards of both dress and conduct (1 Tim. 2:9; 4:8, 12, 15-16; I Peter 2:12, 3:3-4).
Any student found with possession of any type of firearm, knife, tobacco, alcohol, or drugs will be asked to leave the premises immediately and proper authorities will be notified. Any such possession will result in immediate and permanent suspension from further participation in North Point Workshops without fee refund.
Unity is essential to meeting our purpose of honoring Christ. If anyone within the group or workshop staff offends you, or you have a concern with anything within our group, please follow the example outlined in Matthew 18:15-17. Please do not allow Satan to use disagreements as an opportunity to divide us.
**NEW**Security and Safety
Due to the location of our Weekday Ministry Building, we are implementing a new policy. At 12:30pm we will be locking the front and side doors to the building. If you are running late, please call our Volunteer Coordinator: Andrea Clark @ 776-1520 to let her know you are on your way.
Children of all ages must have an adult present outside while on the playground.
Children of all ages may not walk across the street alone. Parents need to get snacks/drinks before or after co-op
Guideline and Policy Violations
Any parent or child who is found to be in violation of any of the Workshop policies and/or guidelines will receive one verbal warning. Another violation may result in dismissal from Workshops on that day. A third offense may result in suspension from all Workshops for the remainder of the semester. In such case, no fees will be refunded.
Participation in future Workshops will be on a probationary basis with conditions as determined by the North Point Workshop Administrator.
Workshop participants will be placed on an e-mail loop which will be our main means of communication. Members are responsible for reading their e-mails to learn important announcements related to the Workshops. If technicalproblems occur, please let the administrators know so that telephone arrangements can be made.
Homeschool Ministry Statement of Faith
We believe that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the word of God verbally inspired and wholly without error in all that it declares and, therefore, is the supreme and final authority of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe God is the one Being Who eternally exists as three Persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All of the Persons are equal in power and glory (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and man (John 1:1, 4), born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18), and sinless in His life (Hebrews 4:15). He died vicariously on the cross as a substitution for sinful men (Hebrews 9:15). He rose bodily from the grave (John 20:1-9, 24-31; Acts 2:24), and now reigns with the Father (Acts 2:33; Hebrews 10:12). He will return visibly and personally to the earth both in salvation and judgment (Matthew 24:30, Acts 1:11, Hebrews 9:28).
We believe all humans are sinful by nature (Romans 3:23; 5:12) and can only be forgiven by the expression of trust in Jesus as Savior (John 3:16) brought about by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5-7).
We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:1-17).
We believe that the family is the basic governmental, social and spiritual unit created by God. In it the child gradually learns self-government, social relationships, and develops a relationship to the Creator and Savior (Ephesians 6:1-3;
Colossians 3:20). Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
We understand family to mean one male and one female parent with one or more children all related by the institution of marriage, though we recognize the exception of a single parent.
We reject homosexual marriages or homosexual orientation because it is contrary to Scripture and the intentions of God in Creation (Romans 1:18-32). As well, we reject transitory co-habitational relationships as being equally in violation of God's laws and incapable of providing long-term nurture and instruction needed by children as commanded by God (Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21). In view of this, no homosexual or merely co-habitating "parents" are eligible for membership of NPBHM.
Parental Rights and Responsibilities in Education
We believe the ultimate responsibility for education of children belongs to parents (Deuteronomy 4:9; 4:14, 6:1-25;Ephesians 6:4). Thus, we believe this is an inalienable right given by God which the State can neither create, destroy, nor alter. Parents may allow another to teach some of the cognitive information that children need to know, but all education must be under the control and supervision of the parents.
We believe education in the home to be the best form of education, but we recognize that many parents may choose not to educate at home for valid reasons and we support the right of parents to direct the education of their children in ways other than home schooling.
Nature of Education
We believe that all education is religious in nature since one's view of the world and life inevitably is involved in teaching (Proverbs 2:1-8, 3:1-2, 6:20-23; Matthew 28:18-20). Every discipline of knowledge, whether it be subjects such as mathematics, science, or history, will have as its final reference point a theistic or humanistic view of reality (Colossians1:15-20, 2:8-15), and there is no neutral academic discipline.
Thus, we believe that all social, physical and cognitive knowledge should have as its beginning the fear of God and as its end the Glory of God (Proverbs 1:7; Romans 11:33-36).
Spring 2010 Workshop Descriptions
Nursery/Babies (All Three Periods) Care for your young children during workshops. Staffed by Workshop parents.
Cost: $10 (covers snack)
Class Size: Min. none / Max. 10
2 Year Old Class (1st Period) Instructor: TBA
2 Year Old Class (2nd Period) Instructor: Leigh Anne Thibodeau
2 Year Old Class (3rd Period) Instructor: Leigh Anne Thibodeau
Children will enjoy a wide range of sensory stimulation activities such as arts, crafts, music, and games.
Cost: $10 (total for all three periods of the 2 year old class)