St. Thomas Aquinas Homeschoolers of the Rochester Area St. Thomas Aquinas Homeschoolers of the Rochester Area
 

FAQs

Q:

Can non-members attend STAHRA events?

A:

We always welcome any potential homeschooling parents/youth to attend a meeting or activity a couple of times before they commit to becoming members. Our STAHRA policy has been after two 'sample' meetings, we ask that the potential family join STAHRA if they would like to continue attending the meetings, clubs, etc. This is for liability reasons, but also, to assure those of us who have made a commitment to joining this Catholic organization that other members will be of similar beliefs and respect the intent of STAHRA as we put forth our efforts in the various activities we offer.  As this is the policy of our group, I would ask that we all help in administering it. If you invite a potential member, please let them know our expectation of them will be to join, if they want to continue in the group. If you are running a meeting or sitting on the sidelines waiting, welcome the new face to the group and by answering their questions, you will be helping them decide if STAHRA is a good fit for their family. As always, we offer scholarships to families who may have financial difficulty in paying for membership. Please let them know this as well.

Q:

Why is family information required for registration?

A:

The purpose of this STAHRA website is to facilitate gatherings, support, and face-to-face interaction among the members of the “real world” STAHRA group. In other words, STAHRA is not an Internet support group or simply an online forum. We are a real live support group, and as such, we would like to get to know you and vice versa.

In the interest of maintaining the strength and integrity of STAHRA as an organization that provides friendship, encouragement and support for Catholic homeschooling families in the Diocese of Rochester since our founding over 20 years ago, applicants are required to provide accurate family information, including children's names (nicknames okay) and approximate birthdates in order to determine age groups.

The website is secure, the group is private, and your family's details will be kept secure. Within our membership, we do everything we can to respect and protect each other's privacy. If you have a further concern about Internet safety, please refer to this Homeschool-Life Security document.

If you are not comfortable sharing this information within the safe confines of this group, then we may not be the group for you.