WHAT TO EXPECT
Beginning at 9:00am, chapel will convene for thirty minutes, and then students will be dismissed into age specific groups where they will participate in three different consecutive classes. Afterwards we will have a sit down lunch together as a community, and the students will have time to play on the playground. In the afternoon, on a rotating basis, we we will offer AE classes (*Afternoon Enrichment), poetry readings, and for older students speech and debate.
IMPORTANT DATES for Fall 2022
Mandatory Teacher Meeting - Thursday September 1st 9:00-11:30 AM Co-op Meetings: Each Friday 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18
*Afternoon Enrichment: Fridays 9/16, 9/30, 10/21, 11/4 1:30-2:30 PM *Poetry Readings: 10/7 and 10/28
*Nature Walks: Wednesday mornings at 8:30 9/28 and 11/9 Location TBD *Family Camp at Camp Impact in Okeechobee, FL: October 14th and 15th *Iron Sharpens Iron : TBD
Winter Fair: Saturday December 3rd
*These are all optional activities that we encourage for the sake of fellowship but do require.
Afternoon Enrichment (AE) is an optional Friday afternoon program. It will last for approximately one hour from 1:30-2:30 at Feather Sound Church. The purpose is to provide some extra structured enrichment activities for families that wish to stay. This is a great opportunity for older students to interact and work alongside younger students. Some of our enrichment activities last semester included indoor and outdoor games, a bridge building contest, medieval catapult and slingshot building, and folk dance. Co-op families take turns hosting an afternoon enrichment and will be reimbursed for supplies.
All parents of children in Afternoon Enrichment will need to stay on campus during that time. If you have very young children, we just ask that you supervise them in the building or you may take them outside to play or help them participate.
Twice a semester, we provide an opportunity for children to recite or memorize a piece of poetry for the co-op. This usually takes place immediately after lunch on selected days. It is fun to provide motivation for children to commit a poem to memory- we have had children as young as four recite a poem!
Nature walks are scheduled to take place twice per semester at a park in Pinellas County. This semester, two nature walks have been scheduled for Wednesday mornings because of the heat. Sometimes we are able to invite a nature expert to talk to us or guide us on our walk. Kids enjoy exploring trails, observing nature, and climbing trees. This is an optional activity.
IRON SHARPENS IRON
This event is intended to equip and encourage our homeschooling moms. For one morning, we invite veteran homeschoolers to come and share their wisdom with us. Our hope is that moms will walk away refreshed and inspired to continue discipling their children.
At the end of each semester, we invite parents, family and friends to celebrate and highlight the students’ accomplishments. Classes will also display accomplished work and some classes will have an opportunity to perform in our program. This semester our drama class will be putting on a play!
The Winter Fair will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00 PM, though students will be required to come by 3:30 PM. Please mark your calendars- you don’t want to miss it!
Overseeing Leadership Board: Niki Parsley, Art Dykstra, Bruce and Nancy Prestidge, and Eric Schroeder
Director: Erica Coleman
Curriculum Director: Pam Trunk
Event Coordinator: Rose Quezon
Communications: Robin Dykstra
PHILOSOPHY OF LEADERSHIP
Jesus is our model of leadership as seen in the Gospels. The Master humbled Himself and served us by becoming human and living out His life on earth, washing our feet and laying His life down on the cross. This should be modeled by all of our leadership team, and our parents will be encouraged to model this to our students as well.
Modeling Jethro’s advice to Moses in the Old Testament, no decisions should be made by one person alone but by a body of delegated leaders. The Co-Team of leadership, Erica Coleman and Pam Trunk, come from very different homeschooling backgrounds, and each have over 8 years of experience with our children. However, because of our lack of experience in the older years, and because it is Biblical to have help from those who have gone before us, we have another delegation of men and women who will be overseeing our efforts: Niki Parsley, who headed up and started Chosen Co Op, is the head of the Board, Bruce and Nancy Prestidge (Navigator Missionaries), Art Dykstra (Pastor of FSC), and Eric Schroeder, Financial Overseer FSC.
BEING ON TIME
Chapel starts promptly at 9:00am. We encourage families to arrive at 8:45, so that you have time to check in and pray with us before chapel begins. Please make necessary adjustments to your schedule such as making lunch and packing backpacks early. We all understand how it is with small children, so plan accordingly.
We highly encourage our families to bring lunch and enjoy eating together after morning classes. There will be tables and chairs set up in the Fellowship hall in order to encourage children to sit and eat. Students will not be permitted to play indoors until lunchtime is over. Lunch begins at 12:15 and at 12:40 students will be dismissed to play outdoors and enjoy free time.
Parents are responsible for watching their children during this time. If you are sending your child outside, please make sure they are under the supervision of yourself or another parent.
Every parent will be given a role while on our campus during morning hours. Administrative, teaching, and assisting roles are all very important, and not one role is greater than the other. We all work together to serve. Servant leadership is the heart of our campus.
We are aware that it may be necessary for you to make a phone call or send a text while volunteering. We ask, however, that you please keep this at a minimum, particularly if you are in a classroom. This will encourage bonding and
communication between families. We only have such a short time together. CAN I DROP MY CHILD OFF?
All students grades eight and below need to have a parent or guardian present on campus each Friday. Exceptions need to be cleared by Erica or Pam.
Aside from obvious safety issues and the need for parental supervision, we believe one of the hallmarks of our co-op is the close knit community and family-like atmosphere. Our Fridays at co-op are precious because of the relationships our children and their parents are able to cultivate. Because of this, we want parents to be present and 100% involved.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. Matthew 18:27
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Matthew 7:12
Our co-op is made of children of various ages. We desire for our students to understand the importance and value of one another. As parents, we also want to model good Christian friendships by making sure to be kind with our words, respectful, and to avoid gossip.
We don’t expect perfect behavior but we can all be striving to imitate Christ in what we say and how we act toward one another.
Our Remnant class rules are:
1. Keep hands and feet to yourself
2. Be respectful
3. Follow directions
4. Take care of materials
5. Stay on task
SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
If your child needs special attention to keep themselves on task during class, or they have a history of behavioral issues or special needs, please speak to Pam or Erica. Parents have brought in special aids to assist their students, and we are very open to having your student join our co-op if the appropriate help is there for your student.
Due to the nature of our times, please be very respectful about bringing any sick children to co-op. We trust you, as the parent of your child, with the ability to rightly discern the difference between “just the sniffles” or a contagious sickness.
TUITION: $110.00 per school age student per semester. If you have more than two school-age children, tuition will be 50% off after the second child.
This year we have added on a small fee for preschool students (ages 0-4) of $30. This fee covers any supplies needed. Since we pay our preschool teachers, this helps offset that cost as well.
Funds will go to our teachers for their preparation time outside of class, special events, internet site communications, and any printing or administrative fees. Also included in your tuition is a $25 building fee per family to bless Feather Sound Church for expenses such as bathroom supplies, air-conditioning, etc.
There is no registration fee, but half of the tuition is due at the time of class registration, and the
rest of the tuition will be due by our first class, September 9th, 2022. Tuition money is non-refundable.
SUPPLY FEES: Supply fees are an additional cost and will be determined by your child’s teacher. Supply fees will be due by June 1st. You can expect each class to have a supply fee between $10-30.
We are currently using the BAND App for all general co-op and class information. This is a free app that you can use on your phone and computer. We have found it helpful to keep all co-op texts, messages, class information, syllabuses, and even co-op photos in one place.
To be a purposeful Christian community, encouraging one another towards moral, intellectual and spiritual excellence in order to glorify God and be His servants of light in a dark world.
Feather Sound Church
13880 Feather Sound Drive
Clearwater, FL 33762