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Spring CleaningNow, as spring is here, it is time to take care of some Spring Housecleaning for Brevard Christian Home Educators.Our final meeting for 2013-2014 will be the BCHE May Business Meeting on May 5th at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is for the election of BCHE Board Members for the coming year. Board Members are asked to attend Board Meetings (typically hour long meetings schedule 4 or 5 times through the school year). Please see below the positions, term length, and brief description of duties.
Treasurer (2 year): The Treasurer will collect and dispense monies, maintain financial records, and submit quarterly financial reports to the secretary.
Secretary (2 year): The Secretary will take minutes of the business and board meetings and will maintain the corporation's records.
Communications Director (1 year): The Communication Director will maintain email distribution list and distribute group information. Handle incoming firstname.lastname@example.org communications.
Member-at-Large (1 year): The duty of the Member at large is to represent the membership.
Area Representative (1 year): The duty of the Area Representative shall be to maintain communication with and represent the needs of support groups as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Janet Jackson, current Treasurer, Melissa Murrish, current Secretary, and Tyler Ross, current Member-at-Large have agreed to allow their names to be placed in nomination to return in those positions. BCHE is currently accepting nominations for the positions of Communications Director and Area Representative. Please contact the Board at email@example.com if you are interested in one of these positions.
One opportunity for service this year remains. Each year, BCHE tries to provide a Promotion Ceremony for students in kindergarten through 11th grade; this allows each student to receive a Promotion Certificate and share a talent or skill with the other families. We are in need of a volunteer to coordinate this event. This individual would need to secure a facility and date, publicize the event through BCHE channels, and coordinate student's talent and refreshments. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, don't miss the final Park Days for this school year. The first is April 7th, at Noon, at Rotary Park on Merritt Island. What better place to be on a Florida Spring Day! Our last one will be on May 5th, at Noon, at Rotary Park on Merritt Island. Our Central Area Representative, Karen Sheldon will have another lovely afternoon planned! Enjoy lunch and the fellowship of other homeschool families.
Year End Testing ResultsStanford Testing for this school year is now completed. BCHE owes a mountain of gratitude to all of the volunteer proctors, monitors, and helpers that make testing possible. In particular, we are so appreciative of the following individuals:
Janet Jackson, for organizing registration for testing, enlisting and assigning proctors/monitors, and organizing the annual End of Testing Pizza Party.
Rene Hunt, for preparing demographic information on all test forms and preparing completed tests for mailing to the scoring company.
Melissa Murrish and Susie Adams, for helping tidy and refresh the testing facility at the end of each day.
Faith Presbyterian Church and Pastor Bobby Adams, for graciously opening their facility and granting us free reign to use all buildings as needed.
Test results should be available for distribution about 6 weeks following testing (late April to early May). Watch for email from our Communications Director regarding these results.
Understanding Your Child's Test Results
BCHE, CHA, Central Brevard Christian Co-op.... Which ones am I part of???Now, to address the confusion that surrounds BCHE, Inc. (Brevard Christian Home Educators, Inc.), CHA (Christian Heritage Academy), and the Central Brevard Christian Co-op.
BCHE's existence and purpose are explained in its handbook: "We are in association for encouragement and mutual edification of those who recognize the scriptural imperative and constitutional right to so educate their children. We place a strong emphasis on spiritual maturity and training along with the other educational disciplines. Our common goal is to see our children excel in every area of growth: spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally and socially." Membership in BCHE qualifies you to have access to year-end Stanford Testing, Graduation, and other activities (field trips, support group meetings, etc.).
Your membership grants you the opportunity to enroll your student in Christian Heritage Academy. There are additional tuition fees and documentation requirements. This is a non-traditional private school accredited by the National Private Schools Education Alliance since 1996. CHA's stated mission is: "provide record-keeping, provide information on requirements and resources, provide library resources, in order to assist parents in providing a Christian education, and do this in a spirit of excellence that glorifies the Lord."
The Central Brevard Christian Co-op is a structured tutoring organization that has no formal ties with BCHE. Much of the leadership and membership of BCHE participates in the Co-op, and the web-based information for the Co-op can be accessed through the BCHE website. Membership in BCHE does not automatically allow a family to participate in Co-op, nor is the reverse true. The BCHE Board has granted permission to the Co-op to share its website, realizing that in doing so, it would be mutually beneficial to both organizations. Information about the Central Brevard Christian Co-op can be accessed by using the "Co-op" tab on the BCHE homepage.