Hello Friends.

We have just finished up our 2nd week of the Winter session at Harrison Park, but it’s not too late to jump in on some classes, or just hang out and play.  Park district classes and benefits remain about the same as they did for the last session. In case you’re new to the group, I’ve reposted the schedule below. I believe there is still space open in the gymnastics classes. I’m not so sure about swimming instruction.

Programs for the Winter session run until week of 3/18/13. Families register directly with Harrison Park and the cost is $20 per child. That fee includes gymnastics classes, swim instruction, open gym and the use of the classroom space.  Sometimes a class may be offered that has additional fees paid directly to the instructor.

GYMNASTICS: Classes are taught by Ms Melissa.

Monday & Wednesdays
10:00 – 10:30am: 18-36 months (with parent or guardian)
10:30 – 11:00am: 3-6 year olds
11:00 – 11:45am: 6-13 year olds


10:00 – 11:00am: 6-13 year olds

11:00 – 12:00 Open family swim. Open to the community, not just a home school offering

OPEN GYM: All ages. No outside shoes on the gym floor, and food should be kept at the bleachers only.
Mondays 10am – 1pm
Fridays 10am – 1pm

CLASSROOM SPACE: We have access to a large classroom space that could be used for a myriad of things. It is available to the group Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10-1pm. Currently, there is an improve class on Fridays from 11-noon. We welcome families to use that space for joint study groups, foreign language, art, crafts, music, dance, whatever. Pitch an idea to the group, confirm the times with Tony (Park Manager), and run with it. We’d love your input and participation.

Lake Shore Homeschoolers is a cooperative of homeschooling families in the Chicago area inclusive of all homeschooling methods, race, religious, and political views.


Join us for a Homeschool Martial Arts class at Avondale Park! Here is the
description from the site:

*This is a combination of Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu. This class will
focus on the introductory elements of martial arts, there will be no
sparing or breaking only forms and the use of soft target shields. The
students will build self-esteem and confidence.*

The class is only $5 (for the whole session!) per child, ages 6-12 (payable
at the park). This is a great class to get your child’s body moving,
stretching, and strengthening. It will give your child the confidence in
knowing they have the ability to overcome obstacles. The teacher is super
friendly too! Hope you can join us!

*Avondale Park*

*3516 W. School*

*10:30-11:00+ a.m.*

*Meet in Gymnastics Center

Beginning Ballet & Beginning Modern
for homeschoolers
ages 11 – 18

Mondays, January 21 – April 29, 2013 (14 weeks)
Classes start on Monday, January 21, 2013
(No classes on Monday, March 25)

Beginning Ballet 10:30am to 11:45am
Beginning Modern 11:45am to 1:00pm

Chicago Ballet Center
3433 W. Diversey (near Kimball & Milwaukee)

Showing: Monday, April 29 at 11:00am

Fees: $210 per class
$390 for both classes
payable by the 1st day of class
(payment plans available)

To register: send an email to wini@WinifredHaun.org with your child’s name and age and the class(es) he or she would like to attend.

Contact: facebook or email: wini@WinifredHaun.org or 773-454-9843

All classes at Right Brain, 4001 N. Ravenswood, at the intersection of Irving Park and Ravenswood on the northeast side of the Metra tracks. Conveniently located just steps from the Irving Park Brown Line stop, and easily accessible via Irving Park, Damen, and Lincoln busses.
Visit Edge to register. http://edgeoforion.com/?page_id=17
All performance space TBA

Monday Class Time

Introduction into drawing Action Heroes 11am-12:15 pm
Super Hero D and D 12-1:30
Teen Academy Class Breakfast Club (leads) 1:30-3:30
Improv Comedy 3:30-5
The Graphic Novel and the Hero’s Circle 5:30-6:30
11-12:15 Introduction into drawing Action Heroes,
Orion Couling

Orion Couling will teach a basic class on the technique of drawing. with a focus on Line drawing and Charcoal, put together the iconic images that make up Graphic Novels! With an overall goal of making the program for Nefarious a mini comic book!
For Ages 7-16,
5 minimum, 12 Max,
7 weeks. January 14- March4th, no class Feb 4th

12-1:30 Super Hero D and D,
Rick Olson

Join GM Rick Olsen as we explore the exciting world of the Marvel universe. Will you join the Villains or Heroes as they struggle to control the earth’s destiny?
Ages 9-16 (permission must be asked if younger)
5 Minimum, 7 Maximum 8,
7 weeks. January 14- March 4th

1:30-3:30 Teen Academy Class Breakfast Club. ,
Orion and Rick
Monday is selected scenes for leads, full ensemble is Weds
Auditions in December
9 weeks, starts Jan 14,
performs week of March 11-16
$125 for Ensemble, and additional $50 if cast as a lead.

3:30-5 Improv Comedy.
Miquela Cruz

Learn the key elements of Improv by an area professional. What makes those guys from SNL and Mad TV so funny? Their skills at Improv! Games will be played, laughter will bounce of the walls and you’ll come out a better actor to boot! Miquela Cruise is a company member of Cornsevatory Theatre as well several other prominent comedy theatres in Chicago.
Ages 10 to 18,
min 7 max 16,
8 weeks January 14th to March 4th

5:30-6:30 The Graphic Novel and the Hero’s Circle.
Orion Couling

This cerebral adventure will take a look at the graphic novel and comparison to mythology. From ancient Greek myth to Del Arte it will draw comparisons, expand the pool of knowledge and give you new way to see entertainment you love. Stories that could be examined are Wolverine, Superman, Batman, and aspects of the Crow.
Ages 9-16,
min 5 max 16.
Additional Fees may apply.
7 weeks. January 14- March 4th, no class Feb 4th

Tuesday Class Time

Nefarious- the Musical! Full Ensemble 10-11:30am
Nefarious- the Musical! Sr. Ensemble 12-1:30pm
Academy Hand To Hand Stage Combat 1:45-3:00
Mask Design and Latex 3-4:30
10-11:30 am Nefarious- the Musical! Full Ensemble –
music and staging.
All staff with David Zizic

With its Triumphant world premier in Chicago, Nefarious the super hero musical made name for itself for big laughs, big action and great music. Will evil Lilith open Pandora’s box and destroy Metropolopalis? Can Captain Bullet put a stop to her schemes? Audition and Find out! All who Audition will be cast!See separate audition page. Focus on Music and company numbers such as fights and music. Expands into SR ensemble for the last two weeks.
Ages 5-18,
12 Minimum 30 Maximum,
10 weeks. Jan 15th- March 19th.
Performs week of March 18-23

12:00-1:30 Sr. Ensemble Nefarious!
Orion Couling, Rick Olsen, Glenese Hand

As some of the younger members have headed on back to base, the Sr
Ensemble will persevere wit diligent work on blocking, scene study, character movement and butt kicking. ages (typically) 10-18, This class melds in to Full ensemble for the last two weeks! An additional fee of $35 payable after casting on the first day.

1:45 -3:00 Academy Hand To Hand Stage Combat.
Orion Couling.

With the option of testing for Dueling Arts International, This hand to hand course will teach you the same skill set used by the professionals. Final performances will mix these skills with scene work. A perfect companion class to Nefarious.
ages 10 to adult,
5 minimum, 12 max.
8 weeks, Jan 15th to March 12th.
No class Feb 4th.

3-4:30 Mask Design and Latex
Glenese Hand

Our technowizard in residence will throw down mad skills as you design mask for yourself and Nefarious. Secret Identities are imperative, making your job imperative and creative!
Ages 10 and up.
7 Minimum, 8 Maximum
8 weeks, Jan 15-March 5th.

Wednesday Class Time

Heroes and Villains 12-1
Mask and Movement 1-3
Teen Academy play 3-5
Glee Super Hero 5:15-6:15

12-1 Heroes and Villains!
Its arts, its crafts, its Action! Create your own action as we design our own hero or Villain! Cape design, Mask Making! Armor Placement, the proper Name and more. Using everyday objects you will step by step build that Epic Character and than become it in a mini play!
Ages 4-9,
5 Minimum, 8 Maximum,
7 weeks, Jan 16th-March 6th.
No class Feb 6

1-3 Mask and Movement,
Jeff Simmerling of Inside Out Studios.

From ancient times to modern dance to batman, mask have a unique way of telling their own story. Jeff Simmerling’s mask have been used around the world and Chicago Shakespeare. Don’t miss the opportunity to work with a true master!
Ages 10 to 18,
8 min 12 max,
8 weeks. Jan 16th-March 6th

3:00-5 Teen Academy play, see Mondays post.
Full Ensemble

5:15-6:15 Glee Super Hero.
David Zizic
From the Batman theme song to the Foo Fighters we will sing our heads off as Edge continues its musical exploration! Performance at Pre-show of Nefarious!
Ages 8 to 18
7 minimum, 20 maximum,
8 week Jan 16-March 6th.

Teen Movie Nights

Teen Movie Night resumes this year with Alfred Hitchcock.
Open to NUG teens ages 13 and up.

Movie nights will take place at our house in Sauganash (send me a message for address), on Fridays (see schedule below) from 5pm to 8 pm. Movies will begin at 5:30, with extra time for socializing.
We will have snacks and beverages on hand for everyone.

Cost: $25 per teen to cover movie rental and snacks.

Schedule of Movies:

January 18: 39 Steps
January 25: Spellbound
February 1: NO MOVIE
February 8: Rope
February 15: Dial M for Murder
February 22: Rear Window
March 1: NO MOVIE
March 8: Vertigo
March 15: North by Northwest
March 22: The Birds

If your teen(s) would like to participate, please send me their name(s), and mail me a check for $25 (for each participant).
Once I know how many teens sign up for the entire 8 sessions, I may be able to accommodate some drop-ins with prior notification. The drop-in cost will be $5 per person. Contact Justyna for details justyna@rapidtransitcycles.com

Sandra organizes the trampoline field trips.. Here is a message from her with details.

It’s almost time for trampoline fun at Sky High, scheduled for the second Friday of every month through April. The cost is $10 CASH per person for TWO hours of jumping time, (usual cost is $11 first hour and $8 each additional hour). Jumping is open to ALL AGES, from parents, (hint hint), to walking toddlers, (there is a designated area for six year-olds and under).

FIRST-TIME PARTICIPANTS PLEASE FILL OUT AND SIGN A RELEASE WAIVER WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED AHEAD OF TIME at http://nil.jumpskyhigh.com/downloads.php or filled out at Sky High, (please arrive by 10:45 am if you aren’t able to download waiver ahead of time).

I will be collecting $10 CASH from each participant at the door so PLEASE ARRIVE BY 10:45 A.M. SO WE CAN CHECK IN AND START ON TIME, (especially if this is your first time and do not have a waiver on file).
PLEASE RSVP me directly at momofmiantonio@yahoo.com if you plan on joining us or have questions.

Sky High Sports
Trampoline Park6424 W. Howard Street
Niles, IL 60714

Fridays, 11am to 1 pm – (arrive by 10:45 am please)
Mar. 8
Apr. 12
Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!



This class will be taught by our own Greg Calozzo at iO. iO is pleased to offer a new YOUTH AND TEEN program, built especially to prepare youths and teens for advanced ensemble play. Make friends and have fun while learning how to play and perform iO’s signature long form, the Harold. All levels are movement and participation based. Our philosophy? The best way to learn is to do and PLAY!
Starting Wednesday, January 9th
Teen Improv 1 – Wednesday 4:30pm-7pm
Teen Improv 2 – Wednesday 1:30pm-4pm
Tuition is only $200 per 8-week session.
TEENS 13yo+
In Teen Improv 1, Teens are introduced to the building blocks of ensemble work: agreement, scenes, character development, and playing at the top of their intelligence. Based on principles first recognized and applied by Del Close, teens will play their way into understanding and executing the iO signature long-form, the Harold. Making offers, agreements, and connections… all while being supportive and supported by others. Challenging and fun.
Teen Improv 2 – continues to build on the foundation work laid down in Teen Improv 1.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW by clicking here.
Have several children to enroll? $25 sibling discounts are available ($175 per student per session). For more information or to register, call Training Center Director Lee Brackett at 773-880-0199 or email classes@ioimprov.com.
NOTE: To enroll multiple students from the same household and wish to obtain the sibling discount, you must call the training center to register at 773-880-0199!

Book and Field Trip Club for Tweens
Wednesdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost $30.00

Book Clubs
Book Club meets at the Walter-Billings home. Located near Milwaukee, Irving Park and Cicero in Chicago.

We will meet, discuss and do activities based on the books that we are reading. Please try to make sure your child has the opportunity to read the book before coming to the book club meetings. It is much more fun for everyone when all the kids are excited about the book they have just finished. It does not matter if your child is able to read the book themselves, they can read it with a parent or listen to it on audio book. If there is some unforeseen circumstance and your child was not able to finish the book, please still do send them to the meeting.

Field Trips
I will help with transportation arrangements and organizing parent chaperones for the field trips.

January 23 – The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone
January 30 – Field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago to visit the miniature rooms
February 6 – Off week
February 13 – Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
February 20 – Bud Not Buddy at the Chicago Children’s Theater at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts 1016 N. Dearborn St. Chicago (**There is a 10:00am show and a 12:15 show, I will try to get tickets for the 10:00am show but are limited tickets so we may have to attend the 12:15 show)
February 27 – Off week
March 6 – The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L Frank Baum
March 13 – Oz The Great and Powerful film being released March 8th. We will go to see the movie at a local theater TBA – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623205/
March 20 – Off week
March 27 – The Evolution of Caluprnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6202556-the-evolution-of-calpurnia-tate
April 3 – Field Museum – Journey with Darwin and the Dawn of Evolution Program
April 10 – Off week
April 17 – All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7926.All_of_a_Kind_Family
April 24 – Visit Jane Addams Hull House Museum 800 S. Halsted, Chicago IL 60607
May 1 – Off week
May 8 – Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/638689.Elijah_of_Buxton
May 15 – Graue Mill Underground Railroad Tour 3800 York Road Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

To register please send me an e-mail off list at juliwalter.billings@gmail.com
Child’s name
Child’s age
Parent’s name
Cell phone
e-mail address

Northside Unschoolers parent meeting update from Amy:

Our monthly parent meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday- when it
was scheduled the topic was “Family Mission Statements”. While this is
a great topic, considering that most of us are jumping back into the’
classes and activities starting up mode’ next week, I am changing the
topic to the always useful and important:

Maintaining Family Harmony

Wednesday, Jan 9, 7-9
Irving Park Methodist Church, corner of Keeler and Grace (entrance on
in the basement

Come share tips, tricks and tools for keeping your homeschooling and
family life harmonious. What works for you? Tea? Yogic Breathing?
Exercise? Earplugs? How do you make sure that each member of the
family gets enough and gives enough?

There are no topics planned for future 2013 meetings. What would you
like to see meetings address in the future?

NUG meetings are generally fairly intimate affairs with a mix of new
and experienced homeschoolers, which allows for all meeting attendees
to contribute to the topic at hand. Past topics have included Family
Mission Statements, What does Unschooling look like?, Trusting your
Kids, Feeding your Family, Avoiding Burn Out, Unschooling through High
School, Striking a Balance between Over and Under Scheduling your Kids
etc, etc, etc.

Give a shout for what would help YOU get through 2013 feeling supported!

Amy E

Starting in January at Lincoln Square Fencing, we will be offering daytime, youth-oriented fencing classes, specifically geared towards introducing students in homeschool programs to the sport of fencing.

Our curriculum is based on a French program using a built-in progression of attacks, defense, and preparatory actions. In this class we work with our students using exercises that improve stamina, agility, and mental focus in order to train them in proper athleticism, footwork and blade control.

The program is headed by Coach Clinton Smith, a professional member of USA Fencing and certified nationally-ranked fencing referee with over two decades of experience training and coaching fencers.

Registration for our home-school program is available on our website at: http://www.lincolnsquarefencing.com/register/

Class space is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations beyond the current class size will be contacted to schedule extra class sessions.

Cost for our 8-week, hour-long program is $125, which includes use of equipment and a non-competitive membership with USA Fencing. Classes will begin Monday, January 21st, starting each hour from 1-4 and will be organized by age groups 5-7, 7-10, 11-12, and 13+, depending on registrations.

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