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FAQs



What is RHC

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What is Redwoods Homeschool Community?

A:

RHC is a member based community of homeschool families. We desire to build community and enrich each family's homeschool journeys by providing opportunities for social and academic activities and programs. We are not a co-op, but a support community. We are from many towns but our "central" locations are Bristol and Meriden, CT. 

Although Redwoods Homeschool Community is a non-profit, Christian organization, all homeschooling families are welcomed. We ask that our families be respectful of this position while attending RHC activities, events, and programs, regardless of personal religious or non-religious affiliation.

Redwoods Homeschool Community is a way to connect with homeschool families and build community through social activites such as recess, First Friday Fun Days, holiday parties, and Mom's Nights. We also offer enriching and academic activities and programs such as field trips, Winter Clubs (cooperative), Friday Electives (cooperative), and Teen Council.

As a member, we ask each primary homeschooling parent to volunteer in some capacity by either Volunteer teaching or serving on an Action Committee.

As a homeschooling parent you are ultimately responsible for your children's education and the offerings of RHC are intended to support and enrich the instruction that you are doing at home.

We meet in various locations, depending on the program or activity. Our "big, crazy, yet totally doable" goal is to have a Homeschool Community Resource Center, one location, in which to provide our programs, classes, and activities and more.

 

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What's the meaning behind the name?

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We aim for Redwoods Homeschool Community to be a strong, supportive, and thriving community of homeschool families.

"You would think that a 350-foot-tall tree would need deep roots, but that's not the case at all with the Sequoia sempervirens. Redwood tree roots are very shallow, often only five or six feet deep. But they make up for it in width, sometimes extending up to 100 feet from the trunk. They thrive in thick groves, where the roots can intertwine and even fuse together. This gives them tremendous strength against the forces of nature. This way they can withstand high winds and raging floods."

(cited from:   http://sunnyfortuna.com/explore/redwoods_and_water.htm#:~:text=Redwood%20tree%20roots%20are%20very,against%20the%20forces%20of%20nature.)

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What is your Mission and Vision?

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Redwoods Homeschool Community is a Christian group dedicated to creating community building opportunities for homeschool families to gather, learn, and give back.

Our vision is to be a "second home" for homeschool families. We aspire for homeschoolers to feel encouraged, equipped, and engaged in their home education journey.

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Are you a non-profit organization?

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At this time we are a self-delcared nonprofit. We will be working to pursue non-profit 501(c)3 status during this school year. Our goal is to build community and serve homeschoolers and in the future that may mean having a building in order to better meet those goals.

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Do I have to be Christian to join?

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No, we welcome all homeschool families. However, as a Christian group we ask that, while attending RHC functions, participants be respectful of this position in behavior, speech, and dress. Participants shall follow the Code of Conduct. We do not ask for or require a statement of faith from members.

Only RHC board members sign a statement of faith. RHC embraces Biblical principles and we seek to honor God in our endeavors and will look to Him to lead and guide our community. 

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What is your Code of Conduct?

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Our Code of Conduct includes general guidelines pertaining to the participation in RHC, illness policy, general behavior expectations, dress code, communication information, member privacy policy, and conflict resolution policy.

You can find the Code of Conduct by clicking "guidelines" at the top of the page. Then click the underlined "code of conduct."

Q:

Does RHC provide curriculum?

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No, RHC is not a school. We do not provide curriculum. RHC provides enrichment opportunities to enhance your family's home education experience. We have many veteran homeschoolers who would be happy to answer curriculum questions in the member forum.

RHC Membership

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Who can join?

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  1. Memberships are family memberships consisting of only the immediate family members.
  2. All members must be currently home educating at least one student who is in grade K-12th in a bona fide manner according to Connecticut state law. Families with their oldest child who is 4 or younger at the start of the current school year (August 1st) may purchase a “Seedling Membership.”
  3. Parents are asked to volunteer in some capacity by either volunteer teaching or serving on a committee
  4. There is no specific faith requirement or curriculum/ education philosophy requirement. 
  5. Members shall follow the Code of Conduct
  6. Membership expires June 30th and is approved after: attending a meet and greet or reference checks, submitting membership form, and receipt of membership fee

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What does a RHC membership cost?

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The 2021-2022 school year membership cost is $65 per family. The cost covers the use of this website (features include a forum, calendar, classifieds, class registrations and dashboard, integrated payments, and accounting), administrative and banking fees, and insurance costs.

Q:

What is your refund policy?

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Memberships - There are no refunds on membership fees. If you would like to leave the group before the end of the school year, you may email us at [email protected]

Field Trips - There are no refunds on field trips unless the field trip is cancelled by the venue or by RHC.

Winter Clubs - We do not offer refunds. The exception is if you sign up and make a payment for Winter Clubs and decide within the registration period that you will no longer be able to participate. 

Q:

I am a member, why is there an additional fee for some events/activities?

A:

We are a new community and guessing membership size, and therefore a budget, is quite the balancing act. For the 2021-2022 school year we intend to keep the membership fee as low as possible in order to cover only the basics. The RHC board follows an annual budget that seeks to use membership funds and donations wisely in providing key opportunities and events for members as well as covering the logistical expenses of running a non-profit organization such as website fees, insurance, venues, etc. 

While we have a few free offerings such as recess, holiday parties, teen council, etc, we also have activities and programs that are of special interest such as classes, co-op, and select fun days. Therefore, the costs incurred are determined by the programs and events in which you choose to participate. Field trip costs are determined by the venue.

Programs offered may have an additional fee and registration if: 1.) we meet in a building/venue, OR 2.) a volunteer or paid instructor leads or teaches, OR 3.) supplies are necessary for the program, or any combination of those factors. Program fees are intended to cover the expenses for the program and to facilitate the development of further programs.

Occasionally, we will plan special events for the greater homeschooling community such as our Curriculum Sale and Art Show. These types of events will offer discounts for our RHC members, while non-members will be asked to pay a higher cost. This is because members have "paid into the pot" so to speak. There are typically fees associated in planning events (venue, supplies, etc), and this allows for us to provide benefit to our members while also providing great events to the homeschool community. 

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How can I join?

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1. Click "join" at the top of the page and complete the membership form.

2. Attend a "Meet and Greet" or provide 2 homeschool references.

3. Make a payment. 

Complete these three steps for membership approval. You will then be able to log into our "Members Website" and have access to all that RHC has to offer.

For the security of our member families and children we will not approve membership until we have met your family. 

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What if I have more questions?

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You may email your questions to [email protected] 

Leadership of RHC

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Who are the Redwoods Homeschool Community Leaders?

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RHC leaders are a board currently of three members. Kim Mariani (President), Pam Hoffman (Vice President) and Pam Gerardo (Treasurer) are all homeschool moms who volunteer and help run RHC as a team.