Saturday, November 30, 2013


With the coming of the end of December some parents may return their kids to the regular school system. Should you be heading this way it's okay. However we will be doing a roll call on Facebook to make sure we keep our page and members up to date.

Also swimming sign up for the Tuesday swim class is Dec 11th so please be sure to get signed up for the next term if you are interested. J.Lees is still in charge of that group so contact her for further info please.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


 Due to lack of use I have deleted the library page.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Attention Members

M.E.S.S. has had a lot of new people join this year which is fantastic. I would like to share with everyone a couple of points. When I started M.E.S.S. a couple of years ago it was originally just to find more social opportunities for all the kids. Classes were great of course but social opportunities for just play weren't always so easily found. So M.E.S.S. was born of a need to find social ties for the kids. It has since evolved to be a full on homeschool group. Which is great!

 It is my hope to see all MESS members jump in with any ideas that you may have and share them with the group. When creating events it's okay to create similar events. Sometimes people can't make a specific date for one event and having another option is helpful. Newsletter articles would also be greatly appreciated. We all have different teaching styles, methodologies, ideas, please share! That's how we grow as homeschoolers and teachers.

As said in previous newsletters my family has asked that I step back and take some down time. So if anyone who is a member would like to post an event for the group I ask that you email all the details.
*Name of event
*Time of event
*cost of event if any
*limited number of attendees?
*if any help would be appreciated?
*venue for event
I will then happily create a facebook event page for the event. In this way we can keep the facebook page a tad less confusing for all.

Don't be shy about creating events. It can be as simple as setting up a field trip or play date. If you have just wee kids and are looking to make some connections, it's okay to set up an event for just the littles. If you have teens and want just teens to attend that's okay too. The group is here to facilitate everyone who is homeschooling or thinking of homeschooling.

As always remember to invite friends who may be interested!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Visually Fall Art Show Recap.

  This was the first kids art show MESS had put on and we learned a lot from it. We raised $70 for our local soup kitchen. Way to go! Many thanks to the kids number one, for putting so much effort into the artwork. Thank you also to my husband who worked on his off days to make the display boards and who helped immensely with set up and take down. A really big thank you to the mothers who helped arrange their kids works, brought treats to share, and were just generally awesome.The kids spent a great deal of time making some amazing art and had a lot of fun discussing their pieces with the guests!

Now without further adieu......the Gallery! (Note this is in no particular order...sorry for my bad camera work...and sorry I didn't get everything photographed)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Welcome Visitors!

If you have stumbled across this page via a link or other method we welcome you! This page is a homeschool group page for our area in Northern Ontario. Should you like more information please feel free to email Feel free to stay and look around!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Micheals Store Discount

  After lodging a formal complaint about our local Micheals Store for not allowing myself as a homeschooler the teacher's discount, I was rewarded with a positive response. The company does indeed allow  homeschooler's a 15% discount as long as you have proof of homeschooling. In other words if you bring your letter from the board of ed that you recieved after filing your letter of intent you will qualify.

After this experience I am encouraged to know that even though some people don't view us as teachers there are those who do.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Letters Of Intent.

 Please remember that in Ontario if your child was registered with the Board of Education it is your responsibility to send in your yearly letter of intent before the new school year begins. You can download and print the form from the OFTP They also have wonderful information for new to homeschool families about the policy regarding homeschooling in Ontario.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Whether to ignore the weather.

Recently we have been experiencing a lot of rain which has been putting a damper on outdoor events. Please know that we are very sorry for having to cancel our events. When possible we will try to reschedule and continue with events as planned. Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Group Changes

As of last night the S.Area Homeschool Association has decided to fold into our group. What that means is M.E.S.S. will be the sole homeschool group in the area. M.E.S.S. will continue to run as before. We welcome everyone to the group. If you are interested you can located us on Facebook as well. Above you will find links to our monthly newsletter, lending 'library', and free resources page.

We will be holding a large amalgamation party at the end of Sept to celebrate the new school year. Or for those who school year round to just have fun with friends. We encourage everyone to join who homeschools in the area as having a good support network can often be a great lifesaver when needed.  Our group is very active with a minimum of four events held monthly throughout the year. It allows everyone an opportunity to join in and make friends. We hope to see you at the next event!

If you don't have Facebook know that we will be working over the summer to update the website so that you can access easily the events that are happening. In the meantime we give a list monthly on the right of the page about the events and you can email to learn the details about each event. We do not post full names or places on the webpage as it can be read by anyone surfing the web.

Further if you wish to have an event listed please submit it via the facebook page to Amber or via the email before the last weekend of the month. We post at the beginning of each month so it gives everyone time to plan their month's accordingly. We realize though that this isn't always possible so we also do take spontaneous events and add them in from time to time. Also if you would like to submit an article you wrote, a recipe, anecdote, poem, funny, etc for the monthly newsletter please email before the last weekend of the month so it can be included. Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone throughout the year!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Look.

 You may be swinging by to check on the newsletter for the month and notice that things have changed. In an effort to clean up the page and make it more readable I have tweaked a few things. I hope you find the new layout easy to read. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Thank you.