Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Campfire Kids

October 8 – Campfire Informational Meeting. 10:30am at the Altoona Library. Campfire is for both boys and girls ages 2 years-12th Grade. This will be a homeschool group. The Program Director for Campfire and the group’s leaders will be at the meeting. Craft provided for the children. Club meetings will be Thursdays from 10:30am-12pm, twice a month at the Altoona Library.  The first meeting on Thursday, October 22nd. Contact info: Nicole Seay --

Website work

Everyone, be my editor and look through the new website. My 9yo found one error as she stopped by to tell me something!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Before the newsletter comes out...

...I want you to know that registration is open for Middle Eastern Marketplace and Recycle Me. Recycle Me is located at our new website. We're putting final touches on the new site, and we'd love to have it tested before we switch over for good, so go ahead and poke around. If you find anything janky, let our office know at Thanks!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nutcracker at the Civic Center

The message mentions an enclosed registration form -- you will need to ask Kathy for this form. It isn't transposing prettily when I try to send it to groups. Sorry for this extra step. -- JULIA



September 15, 2009
Dear Home School Educator

The Iowa Dance Theatre is excited to once again present a special performance of The Nutcracker Ballet to school children.  The performance will take place on Friday, December 11, 2009 at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm at the Des Moines Civic Center.  The cast will present a shortened version of this holiday ballet, which will include narration of the story, and should last just under one hour.  Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time.  You will need to find your own parking.  Upon your arrival at the Civic Center , please check in with the Iowa Dance Theatre volunteers right inside the lobby doors.

Admission is $3.00 per person.  Advance payment is mandatory in order to be admitted to the performance.  The deadline for payment is November 30, 2009.  If you are able to assemble a larger group of homeschoolers, one adult may be admitted free of charge for every ten students.  Please send the payment to:

            Iowa Dance Theatre
            909 NE Canterbury Drive                   No later than November 30, 2009
            Ankeny , IA  50021
            Attn:  Kathy Polson

We need advance notice of people with special needs (wheelchairs, etc.) so that I may coordinate accessibility with the Civic Center personnel.  No photography is allowed in the theater, and proper theater etiquette would be appreciated.

Please fill out the enclosed form and email to or mail to the above address.  If the number of students and/or chaperones changes after you send the enclosed, please notify us by November 30, 2009.  No 'paper' tickets are issued, rather this is handled as a reservation system.  In our efforts to reach as many in the home school community as possible, please feel free to pass along this information to other home school families.

The Iowa Dance Theatre is very excited about The Nutcracker this season.  In a unique alliance with area dance schools, we will have over 220 performers representing 30 dance studios from central Iowa and beyond!  Iowa Dance Theatre is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to bringing educational, artistic, and performance opportunities to central Iowa 's talented dancers.

We look forward to your participation in this theatrical event.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Polson at (515) 963-8311 (home phone) or (515) 554-7104 (cell).


Kathy Polson
Coordinator - "Nutcracker" School Performance
Iowa Dance Theatre

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Update 9/15/09

Now available on the website --
  • Teacher Aid for Water Cycle/Dewey the Water Drop

  • Teacher Aid for Renaissance Day
  • Middle Eastern Marketplace registration 
  • Teacher Aid for Marketplace

Friday, September 11, 2009

Teacher aids for Renaissance Day

Noting that the Teacher Aid is a work in progress for Renaissance Day. As Mary Lynn and I consult this week, we'll probably add more to the Teacher Aid. You may want to check the link after the program for additions, especially as we add a section on Calligraphy and Sports and Games. -- Julia

Teacher Aids now available

Teacher Aids for Renaissance Day and Dewey the Water Drop Water Cycle are now available on our website.

Kevin and Amy gave a great presentation on Knights. Everyone is encouraged to share their photos in our flickr photo pool. This is will be done through invitation only. If we missed inviting you, please let us know at A little peek:

Monday, September 7, 2009


Reminder have been send, but just in case you didn't get it --

Parking will be on 14th Street or at Stilwell Junior High School for Knights.

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Prairie Heritage Week Sept. 6 - 12

Julia asked how kid-friendly the following event would be. The response is below the event details. Three Sisters has no other information. Please contact Michele with questions. Thank you.

Prairie Heritage Week
Warren County NRCS & Warren County Conservation Board

September 6th –12th

Prairie Seed Collecting
Collect seed for prairie reconstruction!
Monday, September 7th 9am-12pm
*contact Michele to register

Prairie Talk & Walk
Annett Nature Center
Tuesday, September 8th 6pm

Evening Prairie Walk
Rolling Thunder Prairie State Preserve!
Saturday, September 12th 6pm

Indianola Public Library
Prairie Books on Display!
Free Prairie Information!
Throughout September

For questions or more details contact Michele @ 961-5264x112
Kids are more than welcome and I'd love to see kids come out for these events. 

The seed collecting event will be simple, we'll point out a few plants that are ready for harvest and show you how to collect the seed-pull it off and toss it in a bag-many plants will be the perfect height for kids!  If you have children that like to grow plants the landowner is letting people take home some seed to grow for themselves too.

The talk on Tuesday will be about historic prairies, the bison that roamed them, the deep roots, wildlife that uses prairies, how prairie cleans water, etc.  It could be a little much for really young kids but will only be 20 min. and then there will be a trail walk through prairie where we'll point out different plants and talk about their uses.

The Rolling Thunder Prairie walk won't have any trails, really young kids may be afraid to walk through the plants.

I would recommend the library display for some rainy day, there are a number of new children's books and the display will be up all month.

Let me know if you have anymore questions and we'd love to see you there!