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SHHE Group Events

SHHE needs your help.....

Where is our Lord calling you?

With such a variety of events and celebrations, volunteering is the best way to meet other SHHE families, grow in faith and learn more about yourself as your own gifts evolve.

To be fair and ensure our "domestic churches" remain our priority, each SHHE family is required to be on at least one event committe per year, organize a field trip, park day or other activity that other SHHE families would enjoy starting your second year in SHHE.

We are looking forward to seeing the ways our Lord has Blessed Sacred Heart Home Educators with your family!

 

Opening Mass...

...kicks off our homeschool year. All SHHE families are welcome to join in thanksgiving for the opportunity to teach our children and ask for His Blessing on our homes and all Sacred Heart
Home Educators. Bishop Olmsted and Fr. Paul Sullivan have been previous celebrants for Mass. A potluck is held after to welcome new families and engage with veteran members. This is our largest SHHE event of the year with many families in attendance. Opening Mass usually takes place the last Saturday of August in the morning. Previous years we have held this event at St. Simon and Jude Cathedral. Volunteers are needed for preparation, Mass coordination, setup, and welcoming. This is a great volunteer opportunity for West Valley SHHE members!

 

The All Saints Day Party...

...is our annual event welcoming all SHHE families and friends outside of SHHE.
Saints and biblical Costumes are worn while children engage in a Parade,
Catacombs Maze, Pumpkin Contest, Exciting Games, Prizes, Family Photos,
Great Fellowship and Much More! This event is held on Halloween each year beginning with the Litany of Saints and running until 8:30. We serve food and snacks. Candy bags are purchased ahead of time for interested families.  Volunteers are needed for setup, cleanup, games coordination, volunteer
coordination, registration, catacomb setup, and welcoming.

 

Spelling Bee...

...is a low pressure, fun event for kids in grades kindergarten through eighth grade usually scheduled in November.  Participants will receive spelling lists ahead of time to study and prepare.  We will have two age group competitions: K - 3rd grade and 4th - 8th grade.  The winner of the 4th - 8th grade group will be eligible to advance to the Regional Bee in the spring.  Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, providing snacks and water, acting as judges, and acting as pronouncers.

 

Birthday Party for Jesus...

...Talent Show, Bazaar and Chili Cook-off! Each year our Children are given the opportunity to share their talents and gifts with the Lord. Complete with MC?s children can present one solo act and participate in an additional group performance if desired. A bazaar is held for students to sell their handiwork made throughout the year and purchase items made by others. Parents have their own battle of skill as they work to find the most loved chili recipe in all of SHHE. A keyboard, microphone and sound system are available for performances. For our Bazaar, each family can request a table for their storefront and families with a great chili recipe bring a crock pot of goodness for testing. This event is held most often on the first Saturday in December.  Volunteers are needed for setup, cleanup, and coordination. 

 

Mother's Retreat...

...usually held in January or February, this retreat is held halfway through the homeschool year to renew our families through the hearts of our moms. This day of renewal includes Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, quiet time, speakers, the opportunity to talk to other moms, lunch, quiet time, even a light breakfast and coffee! Volunteers are needed for setup, cleanup, coordination. 

 

Father - Daughter Dance...

...An unforgettable evening in the lives of our Fathers and Daughters and even Grandpas! This annual event gets better every year. Each year, a different theme is presented and each year one dad is crowned the best dancer or limbo king. Usually held in the spring, this evening is filled with dancing, laughter, games, pictures and prizes. Volunteers are needed for setup, cleanup, planning, food prep, decorations and welcoming. 

 

Mother/Son Event...

...Boys of all ages and their moms are invited to join the excitement! Every year has been something new from adventure races to bowling. Fun prizes and food are always a part of the event.  This event is held on a Saturday morning in May or June at a park. Dads and/or teen girls volunteers needed. The more helpers we have the more fun the race will be. 

 

Arizona Catholic Homeschool Conference...

...This Annual event started by SHHE families is held every spring.  It is open to the public and hosts exceptional speakers and vendors from all over the US.  This event is for parents, grandparents, homeschoolers and those just looking into homeschooling.  It typically begins with Friday night mens and ladies night talks along with social time followed by all day Saturday events: morning mass, speakers and vedors open for purchases.  This event is held at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Phoenix.

 

May Crowning...

...To honor our Blessed Mother, we gather to sing timeless songs “Hail Holy Queen”, “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman”, “Sing of Mary”, and “Immaculate Mary”. A group rosary is prayed and each child brings flowers to offer. Each family brings sack lunches for a picnic after. Dads, grandparents, and religious are all welcomed and encouraged to attend. This event is held on a Friday afternoon (after boys/girls club) in May at Daumler Park near Resurrection Parish in Tempe.  All SHHE families welcome! Volunteers are needed for music, setup and email coordination. 

 

SHHE Year End Mass...

...Honoring our Graduates, homeschool teens completing 8th or 12th grade are honored at a Mass/reception. This is also a great wrap up to our homeschool year. Friends and family are
also invited to honor the achievements of our students.  ALL SHHE families are encouraged to attend so your child get to see what honors are in store for them as they work vigourously in their homeschooling adventures. This event is held this year on May with Mass presided by Fr. Paul Sullivan and followed by a potluck lunch. 

 

Family Campout...

...Our annual Camping trip is a much anticipated event for new and seasoned campers within our homeschool group. Different locations are chosen throughout Arizona where families share in a SHHE rosary Friday, dads' pancake breakfast, a talent show, crafts with kids, hikes, Mass and much more.  This event is held on a weekend in June. Invitations through email are sent in the spring for reservations. Everyone that camps will assist in some way, however additional volunteers are needed for location and volunteer coordination as well as information sharing. 

 

Member Sponsored Event- Mom's Night Out...

...Catholic Mothers just know how to have a good time. This is an opportunity for moms to share ideas on Catholic homeschooling, while encouraging one another over dinner (probably dessert) and great discussion. Mom's nights out are held once a month in the East Valley on the 2nd Thursday of the Month at 7pm and in other locations, too--check the calendar.

 

Member Sponsored - Traditional Cooperative...

...The traditional Co-op offers families the opportunity to engage in Music, Science, Arts and Crafts, PE, American History, Public Speaking/Apologetics, Faith Formation: Old and New Testament, and Games. There is a nursery on site, and classes are for Kindergarten on up (12-13ish). This Co-op is held at St. Andrew's in Chandler on alternating Fridays opposite Boys and Girls Club from 9:45am - 1:00pm.  

 

Member Sponsored - Classical Co-op...

...This classical style co-op offers the littlest ones in the family through 6th grade the opportunity to share in the same curriculum at home and in the co-op classroom. We also offer fellowship and classes for 7+.  K-6th subjects integrate weekly themes through Art Appreciation, Religion, Music, History, Memory Work, Student Presentations and Science all done in a 3 year cycle.  This co-op is held at St. Anne's in Gilbert on Mondays from 8:30am - 11:30am and concludes with an optional Mass. Registration occurs during the summer and openings possibly available during winter break. 

 

Boys and Girls Club...

...At Boys and Girls club our children make friends their own gender and age while creating things like swords and helmets, rosary hangers, saint dolls, flower holders and much more all while learning and growing in their faith. Little Flowers is a program used for many girl groups, and Blue Knights for boys. The program used is decided upon by the leader. Held at Resurrection Parish in Tempe on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the Month from 9:30 - 11:00. Registration held in the summer.

 

Mother of Mercy Co-op...

...Mother of Mercy Homeschool Co-op (MOM) is a co-op under SHHE, serving the Phoenix Northwest Valley starting August 2016.  We will be meeting from 9-11:30am on three Friday mornings per month from August to May at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church (9728 W. Palmeras Dr, Sun City).  MOM is designed to support the children’s homeschool education in K-6 primarily, using the Catholic Schoolhouse curriculum (catholicschoolhouse.com). The classes offered will include art, science, and history. Students in 7-8 grades are welcome to join in a separate classroom. Toddlers and babies too are welcome to come and play in an area designed for them. Parents are required to stay during the full session and will be scheduled to teach in the classroom or assist in some other way.

Member Sponsored - Gilbert Gaveliers for God...

...Gavel clubs are a way of providing the Toastmasters experience to groups who may be ineligible for regular membership due to member age. Following similar Toastmasters club meeting protocols, they use club officer titles and education manuals. However, gavel club members are called “Gaveliers”. Gavel clubs also provide Toastmasters members and clubs with an excellent opportunity for community service. Gilbert Gaveliers for God is open to High School age students (9th-12th grade) who are serious about improving their public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are held bi-monthly, September to May of each year. 

The Website... 

...The website helps us come together as a group when we can't all be there in person.  There are many tasks, large and small, that need your help.  Few jobs require any technical knowledge and all help us form a stronger community online.  Some roles are seasonal and some are year-round.