Dear Members and Friends of CHESS,
Over the last several years a few other homeschool support groups have formed in the Lansing area, and it has recently become apparent that there may be some confusion about these groups and what it means to be a member of these groups.  The purpose of this letter is to clarify a few things about CHESS that may be helpful to you as you make decisions about your homeschooling journey and about engaging with other homeschool families to support and enrich your experience.  Continue reading...

CHESS Membership Forms are available!!!

2013-14 Membership Form  -  If you can not attend the Open House, there is an Early Bird Rate you can use.  You can only get the Open House membership rate if you attend the Open House. New and renewing members use the same form.

Volunteer Form - If you are a renewing member, please send this form also.


Parents’ Night Out -  Thursday, March 20

CHESS has teamed up with Teenworks to provide 2 evenings of fellowship and learning!

Come share light refreshments, make new friends, and trade ideas about what works in the homeschool adventure. We will have a panel of veteran homeschoolers from the Lansing area sharing their keys to success.  Our first evening, which was rescheduled due to bad weather, will be this Thursday, March 20, and we will be covering “Creating a Christ-Centered Homeschool”.   All are invited to attend – you can include those who may be considering homeschooling.

When: Thursday, March 20
Time:  7:00-9:00pm
Where:  Teenworks Building, 205 W. Scott St., Grand Ledge, MI
FREE childcare will be provided!!!

CHESS Spelling Bee - Friday, March 21

West Lansing Church of Christ at 6:30pm

The Spelling Bee is a fun time for the whole family – participants and observers alike!

Come be a part of the fun!

Standardized Achievement Test Registration - Deadline MARCH 31

It is that time of year again!  CHESS is pleased to offer our annual standardized testing (using the Stanford Achievement Test) for all interested homeschoolers.  The Stanford Test is a great way to measure a student's achievement in concepts and subject matter commonly taught at a given grade level and reveals possible strengths and weaknesses.  It provides scaled, percentile, grade-equivalent scores, graphed percentile bands, skills performance ratings, and Lexile Framework for the achievement tests.  Also offered is the OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test) for 4th grade and up.  The OLSAT is taken with the Stanford in one additional timed test 1-hour sitting and reports verbal and nonverbal scores. 

DATES: Wednesday, May 28 through Friday, May 30, 2013 (High school students test on Wednesday and Thursday only.)
*f.y.i. for those who are new -- all students test all three mornings, 2-3 subject areas per day.

TIME: 9:30 AM (arrive at 9:15 AM) - 12:30 PM (approximately)
The OLSAT is given following the Stanford Achievement Test on Friday and takes approx. 1 hour.

LOCATION: South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917

Stanford Achievement Test:  2nd - 12th grade [Note - 11th and 12th graders take the same test]
OLSAT: 4th - 12th grade 


  • CHESS members:
    SAT: $40 first child / $35 each additional child
    SAT + OLSAT: $60 first child / $55 each additional child
  • Homeschool families that are not members of CHESS:
    SAT: $45 first child / $40 for each additional child
    SAT + OLSAT: $65 first child / $60 each additional child

REGISTRATION:  Please send your registration and payment to:
SAT Testing  c/o Anne Dimick, 2408 Darby Drive, Lansing, MI  48906
To register, please include:

  1. nformation sheet with the following:
    -Parent name, address, phone number, and email address.
    -Each child's full name, date of birth, and grade level of the test your child will be taking.
  2. Check payable to CHESS for the total amount due.

You will receive a registration confirmation, a mid-May reminder, and any updates by email.  Test results are also now sent to you by email.  You do not need to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope.  For families without email access, you need to provide a stamped self-addressed envelope.   

Please do not post on Facebook with my personal information.  Thank you.




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Parent's Night Out
April 24 - Thursday
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Homeschool Bowling
April 25 - Friday
02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

MNO: Curriculum Crash Course
April 29 - Tuesday
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Special Needs-Special Blessings
May 21 - Wednesday
06:30 PM

Homeschool Bowling
May 30 - Friday
02:30 PM - 04:00 PM