Join Discovery Days!

Thank you for your interest in Discovery Days Co-op!  Registration for the 2015-2016 school year has closed; however, there is still some space available in some age groups.  If you would like to join us, please complete the following Participation Form and we will see if there is currently space for your family.  If not, we will gladly add you to our waiting list.  We do our best to add as many interested families each school year as possible.

Waiting List – Participation Form

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Class Submissions and Returning Participation Notification for 2015-2016 Now Open!

We are now accepting Class Submissions for the 2015-2016 school year!
Class Submissions will be accepted from current co-op members as well as those who are already on our waiting list.

If you are currently a member of the co-op and wish to continue in the co-op next year, but you do NOT want to teach a class or two, we still need to hear from you!  You will need to complete a Returning Participant Form.

The deadline for Class Submissions and Returning Participant Forms is March 27, 2015.  If we do not receive one of these notifications from you by that time, we will assume you are not planning to continue in the co-op for next year.

If you are not a current member of the co-op, and have not already completed a New Participant form to get on our waiting list, please visit HERE.

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Big Changes at Discovery Days!

As many of our long-time co-op members have seen, Discovery Days grows larger every year.  This semester, more than 90 families are represented by our co-op and there are more families currently on the waiting list who would love to join.  Each Discovery Day Friday, we hold 83 classes, as well as four sessions of nursery care and four sessions of Moms’ Group.  A variety of support roles are also involved at each Discovery Day, in addition to a lot of administrative work that takes place behind the scenes outside of our co-op meeting days.

As the Co-op has grown in size, the requisite amount of administrative management has also grown.  This management has become very time-intensive to members of the leadership team, whose first priority needs to be to their own families and homeschools.   In order to maintain smooth functioning of Discovery Days without detracting from the homeschools of those managing the co-op, the following changes are being implemented:

(1) Discovery Days will now operate on a full school year basis rather than on a semester basis.  At registration time in May, families will be registering their students for the entire next school year, not just for the fall semester.  Students will remain in the same classes for the full year; they will not change classes for second semester. This change will greatly reduce the amount of administrative work required by the leadership team, as the lengthy class submission and registration process will only take place once each school year rather than twice.  This change will mainly impact two areas for member families – class submissions and payment schedule:

Class submissions – since students will be registering for a full school year of classes, this means that classes submitted must be for an entire school year as well.  Each class submitted will need to encompass the fall and spring semester.  Many of our classes are already structured this way, so for many teachers, nothing will change in this regard.  Two substitute lesson plans for each class will still be due at Orientation in August. At the start of the second semester in January, each teacher will need to still have two substitute plans on file for each class, so if any from the first semester were used, they will need to be replenished for the second semester. Payment of class fees to teachers will take place the same as they are currently; ie four times in the school year dependent upon appropriate substitute lesson plan submission.

Payment schedule – since registration will be for a full school year at a time, our payment schedule will need to be for a full school year at a time, as well.  Payment will be able to be made in three parts:  1/3 of your total will be due when you receive your invoice at registration in May; 1/3 will be due by July 1st, and the final 1/3 will be due at Orientation in August.  Your invoice total will reflect class fees for the full school year, as well as administrative fees to encompass both semesters.  As in the past, class fees are determined by each individual teacher and delineated in their class submission form.  The administrative fee structure will be as follows:  $10 custodial fee per family, $12 registration fee per family, and $36 building fee per child.  These administrative fees are the same amount each family has already been paying; they will just all be billed at one time rather than half of these amounts at the start of each semester.

(2) Class sessions will be shortened from the current length of 55 minutes each to only 45 minutes each.  The co-op will begin at 9:45 a.m. and end at 1:45 p.m.  A 30-minute lunch period will still be included just as in the current co-op schedule.

(3) Families will no longer be able to register to attend only two sessions.  You must attend either three or four sessions.  If you choose to only attend three sessions, you will be required to assist and/or teach for all three of those sessions (teachers of two classes are still only required to work those two sessions in which they are teaching).  In order to have a free session to attend Moms’ Group or visit with others in the co-op, you will need to attend all four sessions.  To clarify:  teachers of two classes will not be assigned to work anymore than those two sessions of their classes.  Teachers of one class will still be assigned to assist in some way for two sessions in addition to their teaching session.  Non-teachers will be assigned to assist in some way for three sessions.

(4) In order to maintain your place in the co-op for the next school year, each family will be required to formally notify us that you plan to return to co-op.  This notification will take place during Class Submission time in one of two ways:  If you submit a class or two classes to teach, that is the only notification we need.  If you are not submitting any classes to teach, but intend to remain in the co-op in an assisting or support role, you will need to submit a Returning Participant Form.  The link to this form will be provided at the same time that class submissions begin, and your form will have to be submitted during the same weeks in which classes are being submitted.  If we do not receive either a class submission or a Returning Participant Form from you during that time period, we will assume you are not returning to the co-op and we will invite in families from the waiting list to fill your position in the co-op.

It is the belief of the leadership team that these changes will positively impact the Discovery Days Co-op and enable it to keep functioning smoothly while at the same time not placing undue burden on those in administrative roles.  If you have questions regarding any of these changes, please feel free to discuss them with a member of the leadership team.

Thank you for your part in making Discovery Days a wonderful co-op for all families involved!

Discovery Days Leadership

Kim WillisFinancial Administration
Lynn Webb – Registration & Records
Angie WagonerCommunications
Dana SnyderPlanning & Special Events
Elizabeth ShealyClass Submission Administration

Jody MeyerSubstitute Administration
Angela Sigmon Building Coordination

 

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Join Discovery Days!

Thank you for your interest in Discovery Days Co-op!  Registration for Spring 2015 has closed.  If you would like to join us for the fall semester, please complete the following Participation Form and we will add you to our currently short waiting list.  We do our best to add as many interested families each semester as possible.

Waiting List – Participation Form

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Some Classes Now Full

The following classes are now full and cannot accept further registration for spring 2015:

Lower Elementary

Classy Constellations

Imagination Station

Ballet Basics

Ancient Egypt Explorers

Fit Kidz-LE

Beginning Piano Adventures

Beginning Spanish

Gamers

Signing in Style

African Adventure

Atelier Art (4th session)(1st session currently still available)

Introduction to Mallets and the Snare Drum

Upper Elementary

Imagination Station

Delectable Delights-UE

Nerf Battles-UE

Newton’s Laws

Ancient Egypt Fun

Archery – grades 4th-8th

Beginning Piano Adventures

Beginning Spanish

Painting with Words

Signing in Style

That’s so smART

Discover Zoology

Fit Kidz-UE

Introduction to Mallets and the Snare Drum

Middle School

Book Club for Fun (Intermediate Book Corner is still available)

Delectable Delights-MS/HS

Robotics

Movies as Literature

Newton’s Laws

Archery – grades 4th-8th

Are You a Poet Who Doesn’t Know It

Train Your Brain-MS/HS

Youth Chorus

Discover Zoology

Nerf Battles-MS/HS

High School

Delectable Delights-MS/HS

Robotics

Movies as Literature

Apologia Chemistry

Are You a Poet Who Doesn’t Know It

Train Your Brain-MS/HS

Youth Chorus

Nerf Battles-MS/HS

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Registration Reminders

Registration for Spring 2015 begins December 1st!

There are seven things you will want to remember as you register for spring 2015. Please read all of the following:

  1. You should register on the day you are scheduled. If you register too soon, your registration will be returned and you will need to resubmit it on the day you are scheduled. If you register too late, others will register and you may miss out on some class opportunities. The list of designated registration dates can be found here: Spring 2015 Registration Schedule
  2. Make sure you designate the top three choices for every session. It is important to not only pick your child’s class preference but also to give his/her second and third choices. If a choice is full and we do not have an alternate, we will place the student in the class that has the least amount of students.
  3. If your student was in the fall semester of a class that is continuing for spring, and he/she wishes to remain in the class, you must select that class as your first choice for that session. That spot is held for your student until you register, but if you select a different first choice, your student will be moved to that new first choice (pending class space). To stay in the class, be sure to select it as your first choice.
  4. Be aware that if a class does not have at least five students enroll in it, the class will need to be canceled and those students moved to other classes. We will notify you as soon as possible if this happens with a class that you are teaching and/or that your student has been enrolled in. The speech therapy classes are an exception to this rule. It has not yet been determined if specialized music classes taught by Miguel Pico and Katelyn Reinhart will adhere to the five-minimum rule; this will be left to their discretion.
  5. Children ages 0-2 MUST be registered for nursery in order to use the nursery at any time during the semester. This includes nursery children of your own, those you babysit and bring with you to co-op, and any temporary situations in which you have a nursery child with you. You will be able to leave registered children ages 0-2 in the nursery during the sessions that you teach, assist, and that you visit the Moms’ Group.
  6. We will do our best to keep you updated on which classes become FULL and no longer available to further registration. Please check the website https://discoverydays.wordpress.com/ before registering on your appointed day to know which classes are no longer open so you can adjust your class preferences accordingly.
  7. Registration is a process. Our system is not automated. We must go in and enter the information into our database system. Therefore, there will be a delay in receiving your registration confirmation. If you have not received your registration confirmation by the end of registration on December 10th, please contact Lynn Webb at cubrock@charter.net.

We hope your registration process goes smoothly. We try to make every effort to offer class choices for each and every student. This is only possible through a true co-op experience with parents offering to teach such excellent classes. Thank you all for the work you do!

 

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Registration for Spring 2015

Registration for the Spring 2015 semester begins December 1st!

The official class choices and descriptions, listed in the sessions they will be taught, are available to view on our website: https://discoverydays.wordpress.com/classes/

As you study these class offerings over the next few days, please keep in mind that you will be registering each child to attend one class per session, but you will need to also give a 2nd and 3rd choice of class for each session in case your 1st choice is already full.

The date of registration for each family depends upon how many classes the family is teaching. Registration will be in the following order:

Returning Teachers teaching 2 classes – December 1st

Returning Teachers teaching 1 class – December 2nd

Returning Teachers co-teaching 1 class – December 3rd

New Teachers teaching 2 classes – December 3rd

New Teachers teaching 1 class or co-teaching 1 class – December 4

Returning Assistants – December 8

If you are not sure on which day you should be registering, please see the list here:

Spring 2015 Registration Schedule

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