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Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. (Dt 6:4-7)

 

FAQs

Membership Information

Q:

What are the benefits of membership in SJHE?

A:

Member benefits include:

  • Access to the Members-only areas of the SJHE website (sjhe-va.org) – including forums, calendar information, membership directory, etc
  • Receive a weekly update of upcoming activities, feast days, birthdays, and anniversaries.
  •  Opportunity to attend SJHE-sponsored classes, field trips, and activities.
  • Opportunity to receive support, encouragement, and fellowship.
  • Receive a 20 percent discount on all teen dances and dance lessons when registering in advance via the SJHE website.

Q:

What are the responsibilities of membership in SJHE?

A:

SJHE members are responsible for the following:

  • Agree with the SJHE Mission Statement, and acknowledgement that they understand that the SJHE Statement of Faith constitutes the beliefs of this organization and agreement that they will not contradict these beliefs.
  • Holding information included in the membership directory in confidence.  No part of the directory is to be distributed to any non-member or non-member organization or to be used for personal businesses.
  • Maintaining their own family online profile to ensure accuracy and currency.
  • Making payments on time (i.e., within 30 days of SJHE registration, and at the time of an event signup where a fee is charged).  Non-compliance with this requirement will result in loss of benefits, including loss of access to the Members-only areas of the SJHE website.
  • Staying informed by checking e-mail and the website and attending general meetings of the group at large.
  • Acknowledging and respecting the dignity of each member and potential member and their right to be heard.
  • Following and ensuring that their children follow the SJHE Code of Conduct
  • Attending to their own family’s safety and well-being during SJHE activities in which parents are present.
  • Acknowledging the risks of attending, traveling to and from, and participating in social, athletic, service, educational, and all other activities and hereby assume all risks.  As a condition of membership in SJHE, all member families shall hold harmless St. John the Evangelist Church, its clergy, staff, and all parties associated with the governance or operation of SJHE from any claim of injury or loss which might result from participation, by any or all of the members and in any of the meetings, activities, or events.

SJHE shall not, as a group, lend its name to endorse or finance any outside operations (e.g. political groups or candidates, businesses, etc.)

The name St. John’s Home Educators shall be used only with the approval of the board.

Q:

What is the annual membership fee?

A:

The 2017/2018 academic year membership fee structure is as follows:

  • Early-bird Membership Fee ($27) – paid registrations completed by August 31 receive a 10 percent discount off the Full Membership Fee.
  • Full Membership Fee ($30) – paid registrations completed after August 31, and prior to February 1, receive no discount.
  • Pro-rated Membership Fee ($18) – paid registrations completed after January 31 will receive a 40 percent discount off the Full Membership Fee.

Q:

What if I can't afford to pay the registration fee to join SJHE?

A:

SJHE has established a scholarship fund to cover membership and other fees for those families who otherwise would not be able to join SJHE and/or participate in fee-based activities.  Current or potential SJHE members in need may contact a member of the SJHE Board, which reviews/approves the use of scholarship funds on a case-by-case basis.

Q:

What is the SJHE membership term?

A:

SJHE membership is a yearly membership, which runs from August 1 to July 31 of the following year.  However, new members are encouraged to join throughout the year.  

Q:

Are members required to volunteer in service to SJHE?

A:

While members are not required to provide service to the group, we also recognize that many hands will make our work light, so assistance is requested of everyone who joins SJHE.  

Q:

What is the SJHE Statement of Faith and what is it's purpose?

A:

The purpose of the Statement of Faith is to state the beliefs and worldview by which SJHE will operate.  Formal acceptance of the Statement of Faith is not required for membership in SJHE.  However, prior to being accepted, all members shall acknowledge, in writing, that they understand that the SJHE Statement of Faith constitutes the beliefs of this organization and that they agree not to contradict these beliefs.  All members of the Board as well as anyone who assumes leadership roles within the SJHE community shall be required to affirm, in writing, their personal agreement with, belief in, and acceptance of the SJHE Statement of Faith.  The SJHE Statement of Faith is as follows:

With firm faith, I believe and profess each and every thing that is contained in the Symbol of Faith, namely:

I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgment or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.

I also firmly accept and hold each and every thing definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals.

Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman Pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act. 

 

Q:

What is the SJHE Code of Conduct?

A:

The SJHE Code of Conduct is as follows:

As members of St. John’s Home Educators (SJHE), we represent home education, our families, our parish, and, most importantly, our Lord Jesus Christ. Our actions and attitudes should honor God and be consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of this code of conduct is to promote a Christ-like attitude in our homeschool community and to encourage the development of positive Christian relationships amongst each other.

All members are expected to represent SJHE with the highest standards of integrity and Christian character.  Therefore, at all SJHE-related functions, we ask that all SJHE members and students refrain from:

  • profanity
  • smoking
  • drug or alcohol abuse
  • fighting
  • possession of weapons
  • slander
  • physical or verbal insults
  • immodest or inappropriate dress

The following are additional guidelines for conduct at SJHE-sponsored activities/events:

Guidelines for Parents:

Parents are responsible for their own children’s behavior and must ensure that they are acting in accordance with these rules.

Supervision is necessary to ensure safety, to avoid accidents and to encourage the proper moral standards of our youth. Parents should stay with their children whenever possible, unless arrangements are made for another parent to supervise the children. If parents have designated another parent to supervise their children at an event, the activity coordinator should be informed of your designee.

If your child is misbehaving and you, as the parent(s) or the activity coordinator/chaperon is unable to address/correct the behavior, the event coordinator will ask the parent(s), if present, to take the child and leave the event. If a parent is not present, the event coordinator will contact the parent(s) and ask them to come and pick up their child. At least two leaders/chaperons will be assigned to stay with the child while waiting for the parent(s) to arrive. If personal harm is involved, the leadership of that activity and the group coordinator should be notified immediately, and the child(ren) removed from the area. Any cost to repair damages by a child is the responsibility of the parent.

Guidelines for Teens and Children:

To show thoughtfulness and respect for our parish:

  • Stay in designated areas. If an event is being held indoors, everyone must remain indoors during the event.
  • Talking in the restrooms should be kept to a minimum. No loitering in the restrooms. Restrooms must be kept clean.
  • Trash must be thrown away properly.
  • Any spills or messes must be cleaned up promptly and not left for others to handle.
  • No running, wrestling, loud active play or horseplay is allowed indoors. Outdoor play equipment (i.e., balls, skates, etc.) is not permitted indoors.
  • Be respectful of the landscaping and stay on designated paths.
  • Equipment and supplies should be used properly and reasonably, not wastefully. Any areas and supplies that are not designated for homeschool use are to be left undisturbed unless permission has been granted to utilize them.

To show respect for all participating families:

  • Be on your “best” behavior. Remember to be a positive example to others. It is especially important for teens to be good examples of positive behavior to the younger children. Members are encouraged to exemplify Christian love in all interactions at group activities in accordance with 1 Cor 13. Children should show respect for property, others, and especially, elders. Avoid disrespectful, offensive, rude or immoral behavior.
  • Whenever refreshments are being served during family events, parents are to accompany their small children to the serving table, supervise them while eating, and properly dispose of trash.
  • Children and parents should express thankfulness to organizers, tour guides, etc. before and after an event or field trip.
  • Everyone should consider others when they choose what to wear to group functions. It is better to be modest than to cause someone to be distracted or offended. Parents especially should be mindful of the moral obligations to ensure that the child complies with dress codes at all events.

To show respect for the group leadership and event coordinators:

  • Bring constructive input and opinions to the coordinator in a responsible and respectful manner.
  • Recognize the leadership as volunteers and afford them a good measure of grace and gratitude.
  • Avoid unnecessary gossiping about one another to leadership. Handle conflict privately and in a Christ-like manner.

If a board member is made aware that any of these offenses have occurred, steps will be taken according to the SJHE Bylaws (Conflict Resolution).

Q:

What is the SJHE Scholarship Fund?

A:

The SJHE Scholarship Fund contains monies donated by SJHE members to cover membership and other fees for those families who otherwise would not be able to join SJHE and/or participate in fee-based activities.  The SJHE Board approves the use of these scholarship funds on a case-by-case basis. Allthough not required, members who are able to do so are encouraged to donate to the SJHE Scholarship Fund.