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August 28, 2019

August 28, 2019


Dear HAHA Members,

I don’t know about you, but I had a fabulous time at Homeschoolibration! Thanks to about 250 of you for making it a great day. What a privilege it was to meet all of you. I loved watching moms enjoying time chatting with each other and seeing the happy, painted faces of children running around everywhere!  Thank you to those who helped to make it a great day - our face painters, Colleen Harlan and her team, and our Italian ice scoopers too! Thanks especially to our HAHA leaders, Aimee, Jessica, and Theresa, who helped to make this event happen.

We gained some new members as a result of HOMESCHOOLIBRATION! Yay!  As members of HAHA, I want to encourage you to familiarize yourselves with HAHA’s updated mission. Simply go to the website and before signing in, click on “About Us”.  There you will see an updated vision, mission & some goals we will be working toward. We are very excited about the future of HAHA and all that we can accomplish together. We will need volunteers to do it all, so if you’d like to get involved, be sure you have filled out the volunteer section of your profile.

NOTE - 2018-19 Members - If you have not renewed your membership by Aug. 31 you will be “parked”. Sounds like a banishment!  This means you will no longer have access to the benefits of membership...until you renew it again! So jump on that and git ‘er done!  

Last but not least, know that I am praying that God blesses each of you and your families as you continue into another year of home educating your children.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication to raising great kids. 


Here for you,

Kris



TAKE A LOOK AT THESE UPDATES AND NEEDS!


  • Applications for membership are now being approved much more quickly. 

  • Even though we typically take a break from HAHA sponsored field trips in the summer months, our field trip team kept the calendar filled with opportunities and activities for you and your kids all summer long!  

  • There will soon be an updated listing of evaluators with details. It would be a great help to us for you to notfiy your evaluator to go on our website and complete the form under "I am...", "An evaluator". Please do not complete it for them! 

  • There will soon be an updated, more complete listing of co-ops, hybrid schools, and other educational options for you to explore to best meet the needs of your kids.  If you know of a co-op, hybrid school, or other alternative schools out there, ask an authorized leader to go on our website and complete the form under “I am…”, "A Co-op or Group Representative". 

  • We will begin working soon on building a resource for those families dealing with struggling learners and special needs. (Need someone to help with this. Contact Theresa Fowler if interested.)

  • We are looking for a coordinator to begin a club program. It will be very easy to coordinate! Just like Park Days - a parent comes up with a club idea, a time, and a place to hold the club (their home, a park, etc.) Then it will be offered to our HAHA families. Clubs could include chess, lego, bugs, book, American Girl, fitness, special needs,cooking, ANYTHING! Parents can offer a club that their own children want and just invite others to join! (Email me if you are interested in coordinating this endeavor.)

  • As your representatives, Jessica and I will be attending a political event in September called “The Parents Know Best Rally” at the state capitol complex. We will begin making contacts and getting up to speed with what is going on in the political world regarding our rights as homeschooling parents. We’ll keep you posted.

July 13, 2019

Hello again HAHA Family,


I am writing to keep you apprised of our progress here at “HAHA headquarters”!  We’ve been hard at work structuring leadership in order to effectively carry out our mission, which I hope you’ve had a chance to read.  We now have almost all board positions filled and are waiting on the last one to respond. 


Beyond that, we have also added a volunteer section to your profile questions which you should have filled out if you have visited the website recently and signed in. That information will greatly help us recruit help for different programs and activities in the future.  I am well aware that there are so many of you who have gifts and abilities that would be an asset to our organization. We just have to find you, so go sign in to the member side of the website soon where you will automatically be prompted to fill out the volunteer section of your profile.


Another new development we are excited about is a brand new logo for HAHA.  We are currently in the process of deciding the final design. You will begin seeing the new logo on our website and correspondence very soon! 


Lastly, the HAHA leaders and I want to invite you to a special park day in August. Please see the Save the Date postcard below.  Be on the lookout for more details very soon!


Sincerely yours,


Kris Stoddard

HAHA President

June 28, 2019


Hello HAHA Members,


I know many of you have been wondering just what is going on with HAHA!  And I’ve been anxious to report something to you for several weeks now. I am finally able to do that.  I was recently nominated and elected to the position of president of Harrisburg Area Homeschoolers Association by the former Board of Directors.  I have accepted that position and I, along with an emerging team of amazing women, each one a fellow or former homeschooling mom, are hard at work, getting things set up so that we can fill the huge shoes that Jamey McClintock and others filled for many years.  As you can imagine, this is not easily or quickly accomplished, however, things are beginning to move along nicely. In that effort we are currently working to fill leadership positions and those leaders are building teams to assist them in their respective areas of operation. 


We are excited about the future of HAHA and the ways we will be able to serve you.  Some of those ways will be the same resources and activities you have come to depend upon and appreciate. Others will be new.  I want to encourage you to visit the HAHA website over the next couple of weeks to read HAHA’s mission, check out the calendar for new field trips and yes, even renew your membership or become a new member for the first time. (We will alert members when registration for membership opens.) There will also soon be information regarding a forthcoming activity in August specifically designed for current members and those interested in membership to come and meet the new leadership team as well as hear about the mission and vision for HAHA’s future.


In the meantime, we ask for your continued patience as we rebuild and get HAHA back up to speed and smoothly clicking along.  If you have any questions, feel free to email us at hahaofpahelp@outlook.com.


Thanks & God bless your summer!

Kris Stoddard