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Upcoming Events

Wharton Center Ticket Deadline!!!
August 25 - Monday

Homeschool Skating
September 12 - Friday
01:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Back to School Picnic
September 12 - Friday
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Mother - Daughter Spa Night
September 19 - Friday

Dad's Breakfast/Book Study
September 20 - Saturday
08:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Special Needs/Special Blessings
September 23 - Tuesday

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...

FYI:  If you are needing to print the pdf forms from the website, download them to your computer first.  If you do not, you may end up with a lot of weird symbols and such.

2014 Membership Forms:

Membership Application  - Application is for new and renewing members.
Volunteer Service Sheet  - please fill out and send with your application!


Wharton Theater Tickets - Registration Deadline August 25

Tickets are available for CHESS members ($6.00/ticket) and Non-CHESS members ($7.00/ticket.)
Order form has all available shows, times. 


CHESS Back-To-School Picnic - Friday, September 12

The Back-to-school Picnic will be held again at Patriarche Park in East Lansing on Friday, September 12 from 6:30-8:30pm. Patriarche has a brand new playground and large grass areas for running around or playing soccer. We're planning on gathering the kids for a kickball game on one of the baseball fileds....parents can play too!

Grillers will be there preparing your burgers, hotdogs, and brats.  All you need to bring is a large dish to pass and a $1 per person entrance fee. CHESS also provides your drinks and ice cream sundaes for dessert.

This has always been a really fun event, and it's a great way to connect with other families. I hope you will consider joining us. Please RSVP by email or text to Susie Danziger, 517-214-0545.

We will have donation table set up for St. Vincent Catholic Charity. They are a local, non-profit organization dedicated to human services in the mid-Michigan area. St. Vincent cares for the needs of children, families and adults living in crisis, and helps them to find hope and safety so they can transform their lives. We're looking to collect for them miscellaneous new baby item, diapers, backpacks, and back to school supplies, etc.


CHESS Hayride/Apple Picking - September 27

Cost: $10.00 per family
Where:  MSU Orchards, Clarksville, MI
RSVP Date:  September 15
Contact:  Lisa Flowney

Are you looking for a great way to connect with other CHESS families on an autumn afternoon?  We have the great opportunity to “tour” the orchards at the MSU Clarksville Research Station and do some apple picking!  The 440-acre site hosts research on small fruits and tree fruits as well as potatoes, chestnuts and a variety of other crops.  We will be escorted by the farm manager, through the orchards on a hayride, learn about some of the research that goes on there, and pick some of their delicious fruit.  (Be sure to bring some bags to carry your apples home.)
Parking is on the grass near the buildings.  


  • 10:15 Arrival Time for Group 1- Check-in at table
  • 10:30 Group 1 Pick Apples
  • 11:45 Arrival Time for Group 2 – Check-in at table
  • 12:00 ** both groups will have a picnic lunch at this time. **
  • 1:30 Group 2 Pick Apples

Please bring a picnic lunch, a blanket or lawn chairs for your family to use and sign-up to bring a snack item, from the list below. 

  • 1 gallon of Apple Cider
  • 1 dozen donuts - (peanut free)
  • 1 bag of Apples  (for caramel apples)
  • 2 containers of caramel dip for dipping apples

Cups, plates and napkins will be provided.

If you can join us, please let us know right away!  Email Lisa Flowney by Monday, September 15th, tell her how many will be coming with your family, the time you prefer to pick apples and what snack you will be bringing.  Apple picking times will be on a first come first serve basis.  
The $10.00 field trip payment can be made by:

  1. Sending a check to:  CHESS,  c/o Miriam Woods, 707 Cherry Street, Charlotte, MI 48813   OR by using
  2. PayPal.

The MSU Orchards are located at 9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, 48815.  Take I 96 to exit 59 (Clarksville), turn left on Nash Rd (1/2 mile), turn right on Portland Rd (1 mile).

**Please note that other great field trips are being planned for this school year, so be watching for details to come in the CHESS Classifies and Monday Memo!


CHESS Enrichment Day Openings

Southside Enrichment Day - New this Fall!!
Join us Tuesday afternoons at Capitol City Baptist Church from 1:00-3:30pm.  We will have class offerings for ages newborn through 5th grade. The kids will rotate through gym, art and Destination Imagination.
Enrollment Form for Southside ED

Northside Enrichment Day
There is still space available at Northside Enrichment Days at Grove Bible Church in St. Johns.  We meet on Fridays.
Enrollment Form for Northside ED