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Monday, March 19, 2018

Some Highlight Events on The Homeschool Gossip's Calendars this week of 03/19/18

Here are just some of the HIGHLIGHTS events on The Homeschool Gossip's calendars this week! There are many more on the calendars (see below).
*The Homeschool Gossip's Teen Night at the Park! Music ~ Food ~ Games ~ Prizes
*Free Acting Lessons
*Homeschool Skate Day
*Wake Forest Middle & High School Spring Dance
*Bowling Specials - see calendar
*Homeschool PE - see calendar
*LKN Daily Elementary Playground Fun
*Latta Plantation Nature Center Events throughout the week
Young Explorers
Nature Dectectives
*Skiing and Snowboarding Specials!
Last two Homeschool Days at French Ski Lodge
*The Mecklenburg County Park & Rec Nature Centers have some great events scheduled!
*The Mt. Holly Branch Library has a great list of events planned!
*The Harrisburg Library has a great list of events planned too!
*Story Time at Matthews Christian Library
*Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Events ~ Has some AMAZING events this week! Check the calendar for details!
*Trampoline Homeschool Specials at W8Less, Urban Air Trampoline Park, Big Air Charlotte, Sky High & Defy Gravity
*Homeschool School Rock Climbing ~ Mooresville
*Pokemon & MTG Play times:
Pokemon League & MTG Youth Tournament at Parker, Banner, Kent and Wayne Comics and Games in Cornelius
& Play time at The Mighty Meeple in Concord
*More events are on The Homeschool Gossip's Events Page, in addition to what's on the calendar below!
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*Check out the HOMESCHOOL DAY'S & DISCOUNTS page for events this week and coming up!
*The Homeschool Gossip's March Teen Dance - Galactic Gala!
*PROM The 10th Annual LKNsec 2018 Prom Medieval Masquerade ~ April 27, 2018 ~ Huntersville
*PROM Rustic Romance ~ May 4, 2018 ~ China Grove
*PROM Evening in Paris - April 21, 2018 ~ Mooresville
*PROM ZOE Prom ~ April 13, 2018 ~ Mint Hill
*PROM Catawaba Valley Prom ~ "Hollywood Comes to Hickory" ~ May 4, 2018 Hickory
*PROM GHE Homeschool Prom "Fly Me to the Moon" ~ May 4, 2018 ~ Greensboro
*Upcoming Dances & Formals Announced!
Recurring Monthly Events
*1st Tuesday - Teen Artist Sketch Club Meeting: From Sept ~ April: Join the THSG Teen Artist Sketch Club for details
*1st Fri. - FREE Open House at MakerSpace Charlotte ~ All Ages
*1st & 3rd Fri. - Stargazing at Lucille Miller Observatory: All Year
*1st & 3rd Thurs - Cabarrus Homeschool Gamers Club Meeting 1:00PM: All Year
*2nd Tuesday - Free at The Schiele Museum 4-8PM: For 2018
*2nd Thursday - Homeschool Skating at Skateland in Hickory: Jan.- May 2018
*2nd Friday - Roller Skating at Frye's Skate Rink: All Year
*3rd Friday - Teen Climbing Meetup at Cliff Hangers Climbing & Fitness Gym: All Year
*3rd Friday - Bowling & Billiards at Bowling Pappas: All Year
*4th Wednesday - Teen Game Day 2:00 PM ~ All Year
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*The Homeschool Gossip's Homeschooling Q & A's Support Group - If you are a veteran homeschooler consider joining to help lend advice and support to those families new to homeschooling. If you have questions about homeschooling please join and post your questions, there are people to help answer them!
*The Homeschool Gossip's Service Projects Collaboration - Looking for Service Projects? Join the Service Projects Collaboration to join in and coordinate service projects for families with children of all ages.
*Educator Discounts available to Homeschoolers!
(Click the link above. They are listed half way down the page.)
*The Homeschool Alumni Network Page & Meet Ups Group!
The Homeschool Gossip's Alumnet ~ The Homeschool Alumni Network is a place to find resources, events and activities for older teens and twenty-somethings in the greater Charlotte and surrounding areas. (Rock Hill to Raleigh)!
*Visit The Homeschool Gossip Social Network to find groups to fit your family!
A network of social groups to help you connect with other homeschoolers through common interests and ages! Find these in the Groups section of facebook page and on the!
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Charlotte Speedway STEM Field Trip May 9, 2018

Hosted by Sarah Meri

Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, North Carolina 28027

This event is created under Moore Homeschoolers but due to the high cost and minimum number of participants being 45 I created this public event page to allow others to share it.

Wednesday, May 9th
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Geared to 5th-7th graders

Min:45 people
Max:120 people

The cost is $20 dollars per student, there is no cost for teachers or chaperones, up to a total of 10 adults (the cost is $10.00 per adult, after the 10 free). Free adult tickets will go in order of first 10 PAID RSVPs. ***1 Free Adult Passes Left***Reservation isn’t confirmed until payment is received.

Pay Pal the fee via ”send money to family and friends” to
Please specify your FB name, and what you are sending $ for in the notes. If you are not part of Moore Homeschoolers FB page please specify that as well. Please message me as well if you are not part of our group :) Sarah Meri

Payment due by April 15th! If there are not enough participants by April 15th everyone will be refunded by midnight on the 15th :) There will be no refunds after April 15th. You may sell your spot or gift it to another.

The STEM Field Trip will last approximately 2.5 hours. The students will rotate through 5 stations – each activity will take 25 minutes and we’ve allowed 5 minutes to rotate to the next station. It is geared for 5-7th grades


Track Tour
The students will take a guided tour and will see the banking of the track and other engineering/design features of the 1.5 mile speedway. Students will determine the speed of the van based on the time it took to go around the track.

The materials for this station are: three block cars made with a different material on the bottom (indoor carpet, Formica, rubber conveyor belting); adjustable ramps with the same surface as the cars; spring scale; spray water bottle.

The objective is to determine the inclination, angle and rise to run, at which each combination of tire surface (bottom of the car) and road surface initiates sliding. In addition, the conveyor belting surface can be misted with the water bottle to illustrate why race cars with slicks don’t race in the rain.

The materials for this station are: 2 adjustable ramps; die cast cars; tape measures; stop watches. The purpose of this station is to explore the velocity of a car moving down a slope as the angle increases. The speed of the car is to be determined as it rolls down the ramp at varying angles.

This station uses a US Legends Car; scales; jack. With the car placed on scales, the students will learn that the weight of each wheel refers to the fraction of the total weight carried by each wheel. They will also learn about “cross weight” and what how the fraction of weight changes per tire when the wedge bolt or jack bolt is adjusted.

Radio Controlled Cars (RC Cars)
This station uses an RC car; bumpers; stop watches; 1 extra set of tires. The students will race the car from a pre-determined Point A to Point B and then back to Point A; change all 4 tires (this extra set of tires will be of a different texture); race the car down the same path. Students will time each race and make determinations based on each tire texture.

During each exercise, the students will record the data, and then make a prediction based on that data. This curriculum is based on a 5th- 7th grade level.

Lunch is not included but students may pack a lunch and eat after the rotations are finished in their outside pavilion.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

TEEN NIGHT AT THE PARK ~ Friday March 23, 2018 ~ Huntersville!!


Calling all teens and Alumni to Huntersville, 
for a night of music, games and food in the park!
We're even going to have a "Teen Twist" on an egg hunt with Prizes!

Come and hang out with us, play some games, eat some food, listen to some tunes and win some prizes!

Who: Teens 14 & Up and Alumni
When: Friday March 23, 2018~ 4:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: North Mecklenburg Park ~ Softball Shelter (First parking area on the left.)
16131 Old Statesville Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078 (The park is further down the road from where he have the dances at the Arts & Cultural Center.)

  • Tickets need to be purchased prior to the night in the park so that we can make sure we have enough food, games and prizes...and pay for it.
  • Tickets will be emailed to you prior to the Friday night
  • If you are unable to purchase tickets, then the event is sold out. 
  • Tickets are non-refundable, but you are able to give them to someone else, please contact to change the name on the tickets.
  • In the event of inclemate weather we will have a rain date scheduled.
  • The cost of tickets is to help offset the cost of renting the venue, music, food, games and prizes being provided by our volunteer hosts.

Details, Rules & Guidelines

We'll have music, tables, a wide selection of board games and outside games for those who may like to play. Snacks and refreshments as well.

Around 7:30 PM we will have our "Teen Twist" of an egg hunt with prizes!

You may "Drop-Off" at this event or parents are welcome to stay.
  • All attendees must check in on arrival. A chaperone will be just outside the shelter checking people in.
  • Parents are welcome to stay, we just ask you bring your own folding chairs and hang out in the parent areas, so as not to take away space from the kids in the shelter.  The venue is just not large enough to accommodate all the guests, their parents and siblings. There are many other amenities at the park that are available for you to enjoy. There are some restaurants in close driving distance, as well as a Video Game World if you have younger siblings with you.  A map with nearby attractions will be provided. 
  • Attendance is conditional upon respectful behavior at the discretion of the hosts. 
  • Parents will be notified of any disruptive behavior. 
  • There are volunteer parents that will be running and chaperoning the teens as they hang out and have some fun.  

  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINKS! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 
  • There are no outside food or drinks allowed in the shelter, or near the games, to keep this is a Nut-Free allergen event. 
  • If you have other allergen concerns, please contact prior to Wednesday March 21, 2018.

  • All of the music played at this event are clean radio edited versions of the Top 100 Hits.
  • We can not take song requests. Music is purchased before the dance and is being provided by volunteers rather than a professional DJ.

Great gift idea for homeschoolers!

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