Thursday, April 28, 2016

End of Semester Information!

Hello Fabulous Homeschoolers!

Can’t believe it’s our last week of classes.  (Sigh…)

This email contains info concerning the talent show happening next Friday, next year’s tentative schedule including fall registration, and paperwork that will be available tomorrow.

May 6th is our Talent Show and we always have an excellent program, slideshow and delicious pot luck following!

1.     Julia is preparing the program.  Message from her…

I can't believe that the semester is almost over. I feel like it just flew by. That means only two weeks until the talent show.

Most of you have experienced this already, but for those of you who are new, let me fill you in. At the end of each semester, we have a talent show and exhibition to show off what the students have accomplished over the semester. The spring semester talent show will be on Friday, May 6th at 10:00 AM.

If you have items to display, please bring those by 9:30 that morning and we will have tables set up in the foyer for that purpose. If your class or individual students are performing, I need information from you by next Friday, April 29th in order to put the program together. Please send the following information by email to

Name of class and teacher
Title of performance (if any)
Name(s) of student(s) performing
Length of performance
Any preference on placement in the program (i.e. at the beginning, toward the end, etc.)

We are hoping to keep the talent show under an hour. In order to accomplish this, we are asking that performances be limited to about five minutes. If your performance will be more than this, please contact Rhonda or me and we will see what we can work out. Also, if you will be bringing music for your performance, please arrive no later than 9:30 to provide it to the sound person (my husband). He will cue it up for you and run it through the sound system.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Rhonda or me. We are looking forward to a great performance.

Julia Kercher

2.    Traditional Slide Presentation
Thanks to Jenni for putting together the slide presentation!  She is planning on using the pictures that have been posted on our facebook page, but if you have any other pictures you are dying to share, either post them on the facebook page, or e-mail them to her at  Thank you!

3.    Potluck/Spring Picnic – after the talent show
Thanks to Kimberlee for organizing our potluck/spring picnic!  Message from her…
May 6th is our Talent Show and we always have a pot luck! If your last name begins with:
A-H then bring a side dish
I-P then bring a main dish
Q-Z then bring a desert

Of course you may bring more than one item if you wish!

Fall Class Schedule

1.    This will be posted online sometime between the end of May and the middle of June!
2.    Right now, we are gathering information from all of you in what classes you would like to see continue, as well as classes you would like to see taught. (There will be a “Suggestion Box” placed near the door for you to add your ideas.)
3.    Sneak peek as to some classes possibly coming to Friday Classes next year!
a.    Bob Ross, Art and Literature, Dance, Tumbling, Theatre, Music lessons, Story of the World Book 3, K-3 Oral Communication, Toddler Storytime, High School Sciences, K-2 Human Anatomy, Hogwarts Year 4, 3-6 Exploring Creation Land Animals, Crochet, American Girl, 4H, Little Builders, Digital Photography, High School Economics, Foreign Language, Fencing, PE, US Geography focusing on the East Coast, Crafty Girls, High School Math, American History, Natural Disasters, Five in a Row, Preschool exploring community helpers, and others.
4.     Looking for teachers!
a.    If you would like to teach a class, please contact Rhonda at!

Fall Registration: Friday, Aug. 19, 9:30am – teacher registration, 10:00am – open registration to the public held at Oak Lake Church, [3300 N 1st St.]

Fall Calendar

            September 9, 16, 23, 30
            October 7, 14, 21, 28
            November 4, 11, 18
            December 2

End of Semester Talent Show December 9 @10:00am
[Note: End of semester talent show will be held on Dec. 16th if we need a make-up day due to bad weather]

There will be paperwork available concerning next year, tomorrow on a table near both entrances of the church. 

Thank you so much for all you have done this year!  Looking forward to another great year!


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Spring Fever!

With the weather getting nicer, the desire to roam, run, and explore has been enhanced. 
I thought I would just send out a few reminders!

1. There is a irrigation ditch around the church that is off limits.
2. The community garden in the back of the church as well as the compost piles are off limits.
3. Cones should be placed to provide a sight barrier for the kids. Please remind your kids not to go past the cones. There is a wide open area for the kids to run, kick balls, and play.
4. The parking lot is not a place for outdoor play. Try to keep play on the grass area.
5. Treat the building and surrounding area with respect.
6. All children playing outside should be within sight of our fabulous volunteer Outdoor Monitors. - no one should be wandering around the building.

Thanks everyone for making this semester great!
We are so thankful to Oak Lake E-Free Church for allowing us to meet in their facility free of charge. I will have a free-will donation basket available found at the kitchen as a huge thank you to them!

Half Way!

Hello Fabulous Homeschoolers!

Can you believe it?  
We are half way through the semester, and have had a great time! 

There are several items of business, yet all important.  So, thank you in advance for sticking with me in reading it all!

Message from Jackie Zimmerman
    Well last week I sent home a note letting you know that I would be missing our class on this Friday, March 4th.  I am very happy to let you know that a dear mother has stepped up to substitute for me.  Sooooo......Your precious children, WILL have class as usual this Friday, March 4th.  

    I hope you will take the time to let your child know that Mrs. Mrs. Michelle Gurnsey is willing to sub for Preschool Drama, and Emily Pruitt is willing to sub for Drama Beginning Readers and that thanks to their willingness they will still be able to have class!!!  

     I hope you will also take the time to share with them that they should be thankful and show their appreciation by being on their best behavior!  Stepping in, isn't an easy task, especially with such mobile youngsters in an active class!!  I do love your children!!!!*:x lovestruck

     I pray that your class time goes well!!  Even as I will be very busy, I will miss them!!
Have a Blessed Day, see you next week!
Jackie Zimmerman

Mar 4-Fantastic Footwear
This week ‘march forth’ into your future, wearing your funniest most fantastic footwear, sporting your coolest kicks-even if your right foot is different than your left! Just have fun with your feet!!

I personally want to shout out a super big THANK YOU to all those who have pitched in to help in one way or another!  You are all awesome!  We have the best co-op ever!

To help with clean up, we are asking everyone to help with a few things...

1.  We are placing wipes at each table in the hang out room.  We are asking that when you leave co-op for the day, if you would be willing to wipe down the table, and chairs you used and put them away, it would be greatly appreciated!  The chairs and tables can be placed in the hallway leading to the nursery.  This would help so much with clean up!  Thanks in advance for your help!

2.  Please try to limit the eating of food and snacks to the mom's room, unless food is provided as part of a class.  This includes snacks in the nursery.  I understand toddlers and the need for snacks in the nursery, so, if you happen to see some food on the floor, please pick it up.

3.  Teachers: If you are the last teacher who uses a certain room, please take a few minutes to wipe down the table and chairs and empty the trash before leaving.  New trash bags can be found under the kitchen sink closest to the oven.  The church has asked that a empty trash bag be left in the bottom of the garbage cans.

4.  Thank you to all the mom's who are helping out in the nursery, creating a safe environment, and taking care of our little ones each week!  I appreciate the toys being picked up each week.  Remember if there is a toy that needs special cleaning, please set it in the tub on the counter for the church to clean.

We were approached by the cleaning crew leader of the church last Friday, who thanked us for cleaning.  She also mentioned that she had found some things we had marked off as being done, that weren't actually done.  She asked us to be more careful in our check sheet. 

Oak Lake Church provided a Cleaning Guidelines form and a section of where to find the cleaning supplies.  I am sharing this with everyone so you know what they expect of us.  I am also including a set up cheat sheet!

Cleaning Guidelines (this is a google doc)

I have the cleaning guidelines available as a word doc.  Let me know if you need it sent to you in this format.  Thanks!

If you need to sign up for Volunteer Spots, you can do so here Volunteer Spot

Bring your box tops!  We use them to help pay for insurance and supplies for the co-op!

Any questions, complaints, concerns, comments, or compliments, send them my way!

Thank you!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentines Day Celebration!

* This week, February 12th, we will have a table for kids/families to bring Valentines Boxes and share Valentines with each other. You do not have to participate if you do not want to.  There are 94 children at our co-op this semester, with 39 families.  Because we have so many children this semester, perhaps just bring something for the family and we will distribute that way.  If you would like to bring more valentines, feel free to do so!  Each family will need to bring a bag or box with the family name posted somewhere on your box or bag.

* Remember we have many children with allergies to a variety of items, such as dairy, nuts, artificial colors and flavors, soy, etc.

Here are some ideas for non-food valentines!

* Please continue to bring your Box Tops to co-op, we use the funds to help pay for insurance, etc. Thanks goes out to Lisa Spilinek for helping with our box tops this semester!

If you haven't had a chance to sign up to volunteer, check out the "Volunteer Spot"!  The link is found on the right hand column on the website!

Hope you are all enjoying your school year, and your classes at Lincoln Friday Classes Co-op! 

If you have any questions or concerns about things at our co-op, you can always talk to Rhonda, Janet, Lorraine, or Julia or email us at

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 Fun Theme Days!

Hello Lincoln Friday Classes Coop Families!

We have some fun theme days planned again this semester! Here’s the schedule of themes for each week! Looking forward to an exciting new semester!!

Jan 29-Winter Wonderland
Come dressed as a snow man, a snow ball, a snow flake-you name it, or wear your favorite boots, mittens, scarf or hat...pretend you’re an ice skater or jack frost… Come dressed to celebrate winter!

Feb 5-Hawaiian Luau
Wear your Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts & flower leys…this week let’s take a pretend vacation from winter weather to happy Hawaii!!

Feb 12-Valentine’s Day
This week we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day!  Bring valentines for your friends & something to collect yours in!  Wear your sweetest Valentine’s Day get up…we LOVE learning w/ YOU Valentine!

Feb 19-Pajama Day (the 2nd) ;)
We can’t have a semester without a PJ Day!  Come dressed in your coziest pajamas, coolest slippers or even a comfy robe!  Let’s laze while we learn! 

Feb 26-Mad Hatter Hat Day
We’re mad about hats!  Wear your favorite or your craziest hats, head ware or even hair! Don’t stop there…decorate your plainest hat to make it zany or, make one from scratch…thinking cap anyone? ;)

Mar 4-Fantastic Footwear
This week ‘march forth’ into your future, wearing your funniest most fantastic footwear, sporting your coolest kicks-even if your right foot is different than your left! Just have fun with your feet!!

Mar 11-St. Patrick's Day
Don’t forget to wear green!  Let your inner leprechaun out…today everyone is Irish…

Mar 18-Spring Jubilee
FINALLY! Let’s celebrate Spriiiing!! Wear bright & light colors…come dressed as a critter or a flower “waking up” for the season…think new life & fresh beginnings…

Apr 8-Backwards Day
What all can you wear backwards?  How opposite can you be? …mix & clash…& let’s see… how crazy will you be!

Apr 15-Throw Back Day
Dress up in your favorite era!  Poodle skirts, togas, disco pants?  Throw on your favorite vintage style & we’ll see you at school!

Apr 22-Groovy Earth Day
Get in the groove & wear your earthiest stuff!  Bring out your tie-die & bell bottoms, or come grounded in earth, dress up like a tree or be a recycling bin?… let’s celebrate Earth Day & wear something groovy!

Apr 29-Shining Stars

We’re all stars here at Friday Classes…dress up like your favorite character or be your own shining star bound for Hollywood!