Therefore you shall lay up these words of Mine in your heart and in your soul. You shall diligently teach them to your children... Deut 6:6-7

FAQs

I'm new

Q:

I'm new to homeschooling in Alberta and have lots of questions! 

 

A:

Please use our About Us, Homeschooling in Alberta, and Resources pages to get started. If you're in the Edmonton area, consider being our guest at two meetings to see if HSCF would be a good fit for you and your family! We are a Christian parent support group, not a homeschool board. 

 

 

Q:

How do I become a Member of HSCF?

A:

The following is from our registration application form. Upon payment & approval, your information is stored in our HSCF Member Directory. If the JOIN link is not available, we are not processing new memberships at that time.


Who:

If you are a homeschooling parent, are planning to homeschool, or have homeschooled in the past, AND you agree with our statement of faith, you can apply! 


Payment:

The cost for a current membership is $40.00 payable online. To pay by cheque or cash, please attend a regular Monday night meeting. You will be able to login as a member after we have received your payment and approved your application.

All memberships expire June 30th. The annual fee is not pro-rated for months missed, so we do not generally activate new memberships in the spring. Our membership year runs from July 1 - June 30. 

If you have any questions regarding membership, please email us. 

Please be sure to read About Us and our Statement of Faith before requesting membership.


The Fine Print:

Acceptance of applications is at the discretion of the HSCF Board. If this application is not accepted, your membership fee will be refunded. We reserve the right to withhold membership privileges if a member misrepresents or misuses this membership in any way.

By registering, you are giving your consent to receive HSCF member emails & acknowledge that our website uses analytical info. 

HSCF assumes no liability. If your family chooses to participate in HSCF group events, please be informed about the nature & safety of each and of the appropriate conduct expected; you as the parent are solely responsible for your child/ren at all times. It is understood that families will take photos. If you are concerned about a particular photo that appears on our website, please let the photo gallery coordinator know.

Q:

Do I have to agree with the HSCF Statement of Faith?

A:

Our name & mission statement affirm our purpose! Members come from a wide variety of church affiliations, but are united in our statement of faith, goals and philosophy based on Biblical principles and historic Christianity. Agreement with our statement of faith is therefore required for membership. Members are encouraged to feel at home practising our faith together & guests may expect prayer and/or scripture, etc. at meetings & activities.

 

 

Q:

Do I have to volunteer if I join HSCF?

A:

No, but...

Our vibrant group is run entirely by volunteers! Mentoring volunteers as we pass the baton to each other is integral at HSCF so that we can accomplish our Mission Statement together. Consider & pray about how you can volunteer. We understand that some years it's possible, and other years it just isn't.

Members, we have a Volunteer page that lists all sorts of opportunities to serve one another. If you've been with us a while, why not check it out!  

Our group is a registered society. We have an Executive (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary & Board Member at Large) who serve up to two two-year terms, plus a Board of Coordinators who give further leadership - all busy homeschool parents. Mentoring volunteers as we pass the baton to each other is integral; so don't feel you need to take on a job alone! 

Come to be blessed, and to be a blessing to others!

 

Q:

Where is the meeting?

A:

  • Regular Monday Night Meetings are held at: Crestwood Presbyterian Church 14304 - 96 Ave., Edmonton, AB T5N 0C4

  • The Science & Heritage Fair in April may require a larger venue, so confirm ahead year by year.

  • The Track & Field Day in June is held at: Strathcona Athletic Park 1100 N Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4Z7

Member Login or Profile Issues

Q:

I forgot my login information or am not able to login.

A:

Use the "Forgot my Login" link in the login area on the home page. You must enter the exact email address you used when first signing up.

If your membership has lapsed, please request membership again using the Join link. Membership is effective from July 1st to June 30th each year.

Still having trouble? Email us

 

Q:

What does it mean if my HSCF membership is "parked"?

A:

It probably means that your brand new membership hasn't started yet. Our group runs from July 1st - June 30th each year.


  • If you are a new member joining in late spring, your access will open by early July when our fiscal year begins.
  • Rarely, a membership may also be parked for having too many library fines, outstanding field trip fees, or a misuse or misrepresentation of membership.

The membership committee may be contacted here. 

What about email?

Q:

How should I set my email preferences on the registration form?

 

A:

The 'Weekly Email Update' is an automatic email that comes to your inbox on Saturday mornings. It will remind you of current events on the HSCF calendar, and let you know of any updates on the website pages. For busy families, this weekly reminder is a good way of keeping connected to HSCF. 

The 'Forum Emails' are the regular notes that we send to each other & will arrive directly to your inbox. Choose to receive each email immediately OR bundled in a daily digest. (If you prefer to say "no" to forum emails, they won't come to your inbox, but you can still access them on our website by going to Group Email. ) 

The Forum 'Categories' allow you to chose which emails you receive. If you'd rather not receive emails about 'Field Trips', for example, uncheck that box.

The 'Classifieds' are emails generated by the Classifieds tool about what other HSCF members are giving away, selling, or wanting. You can choose to either bundle these in a digest or visit the Classifieds link on our website instead of receiving them immediately. 

Members, you can change your email preferences at any time by clicking on "Profile" in the top menu. By registering, you are giving your consent to receive HSCF member emails & you acknowledge that our website uses analytical info. 

Be sure to have lifeline@homeschool-life.com included in your contacts. It is not spam! Homeschool-Life is our website company. If you stop receiving HSCF emails, please check your spam folder and update your contacts. 

 

 

What about field trips?

Q:

What about Field Trips & Activities?

A:

To Sign Up for a Field Trip:

  • Unless otherwise noted, field trips are a benefit of membership. We post some events on the Public Calendar so guests can see the types of activities parents may have organized.
  • Members, go to the Calendar and click on the event you want. A new window will open with field trip details & sign-up instructions, a list of who else is planning to attend, map to the location, etc.
  • Please note that some activities will be posted on the calendar simply for your information, not as planned field trips. Please feel free to ask on the group email about any event that doesn't have a coordinator.

To Organize a Field Trip and Invite Others:

  • See the Field Trips link. We welcome your creativity, connections & input! Field trips at HSCF are initiated & organized by parents.

More about this website

Q:

What can I find on the members-only side of this website?

A:

Here's a list! 

Q:

I am a homeschool group leader & would like to know more about having a website like yours.

A:

We are very satisfied with our website company, Homeschool-Life, based in Wisconsin. It was developed by homeschool parents with a keen understanding of what homeschool families & leaders actually need in a secure, membership-based website. No facebook required!

Visit Homeschool-Life, and if your group decides to try a website, please let them know that HSCF in Edmonton referred you!

Our HSCF website administrators would be happy to connect with you and share ideas to benefit everyone.

Q:

Can you tell me how this HSCF website works?

 

A:

Sure! You can watch these youtube videos in the Help Manual to find out more from our website company, Homeschool-Life.

There are FOUR main areas of this website, each with its own HOME page.

 
  1. The Public Pages
  2. The Private Pages
  3. Your Family Website Pages

 

1.   The Public Pages (HOME has the slide show.)

These website pages are available to everyone, "the public".  After your HSCF membership has been approved, please LOGIN to the private members' side of our website. If you like, check the box to stay logged in on that device. Most HSCF activities are for members only, as a benefit of membership; however, some activities may be shown on the public side so that non-member families can see if HSCF might be a good fit for them too!


   
2.   The Private Pages (HOME has the HSCF logo.)
 

You'll see your name at the top once you've successfully logged in to the PRIVATE HOME page. (Only current, paid HSCF members in good standing have access to the private pages. Our membership year is July 1 - June 30.) Please take time to browse the website and its many features!

Use the PROFILE link in the very top menu: 

  • to keep your family & membership information accurate,
  • to check your email preferences,
  • to change your privacy settings, 
  • to create and edit your Family Web Site,
  • to type a short description or information that appears under your name on the Family Directory.

Always LOG OUT if you are using a public computer, e.g. at a library or while travelling. But while using your own computer or mobile device, bookmark our website and check the box to stay logged in so that HSCF is handy next time you need it!


 
3.   Your Family Website Pages (HOME will be blank until you create it.)
 

You need to be logged in as an HSCF member first. You'll see in the FAMILY DIRECTORY that each family has optional Website Pages available to use. You can build unlimited pages, and include your photos and your favourite links. (Look under Englers for an example in the family directory.)

What you type in the 'short description' box in your profile will appear for other members to see in the Family Directory along with your name. But use the 'long description' box to create your website home page: post a photo and/or type what you'd like to have as your family's website home page.

To create and maintain your own family's website, click on PROFILE. Right near the top of your profile page is: "click here to edit my family's website".

Once you have created a family website, you can opt to share it with friends or family outside of HSCF. Create a separate username & password specifically for your non-HSCF guests to use. Invite them to Login on our website using the outside guest user name and password you created for them. Outside guests do not have access to any private member pages of our website - only to your own Family Web Pages with your permission. Never distribute your own HSCF membership login information to others*.


 
4.  The Administrative Pages (HOME is blue.)
 

Are you a website Administrator? If so, you need to be signed in as a regular HSCF member first. Click on the ADMIN link in the very top white menu. Login with your Admin user name/password. Let the webmaster know if there's an area where you should have been granted access, and we'll remedy that.

One of the best advantages of this website is that the volunteer work is shared around & members are able to use their gifts to serve! 


 

 *Please note that all web pages on our HSCF site, including Family Web Pages, must honour copyright laws, must not be illegal, immoral, etc., or be contrary to our Terms of Service. Please do not distribute your Membership or Admin logins to others, as this compromises our HSCF privacy. Misuse or misrepresentation of Membership may result in your privileges being withheld.