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About Us

Welcome to the North Brevard Home School Association, Inc. (NBHSA). The information contained here will introduce you to our organization. If you have any further questions, please contact any Board Member.

Purpose

The purpose of the North Brevard Home School Association, Inc. is two-fold:

  1. To provide educational and recreational activities for the academic and social development of its member home schooling families.
  2. To provide support and encouragement to home schooling families.

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God existing in three persons: God the Father; God the Son, who is Jesus Christ; and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of the universe and all things in it. We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, one with the Father, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, came down from Heaven and lived a sinless life of obedience to God the Father, having been sent by Him for our salvation. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. The third day He rose from the dead ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father. He shall come again with power and glory and will judge the quick and the dead and His kingdom will be forever.

Structure

NBHSA is a Christ-centered, interdenominational, non-profit support group of home schooling families, led by a Board.
Volunteers from the general membership will fill positions required for the operation of the group. Some of these include:

President - The chief executive officer of the corporation; supervises and controls the affairs of the corporation and activities of the directors and coordinators. The President is subject to the control of the Board of Directors.
Treasurer – Responsible for handling money; documenting all cash receipts and disbursements.
Membership Director – Accepts applications for membership; collects and submits dues to Treasurer; issues membership cards; keeps membership records.
Fundraising Director – Responsible for all fundraising efforts; coordinates and maintains records for NBHSA fundraisers.
NBHSA Database Secretary – Inputs and updates information from Membership Director to NBHSA database. Information will be used for creation and distribution of membership directory, submission to FPEA and other reports as needed.
Website_Coordinator – Maintains NBHSA website.
Tuesday School Coordinators – Organizes teachers/co-ops, class schedule, accepts student registration, secures facility, and are the sole liaisons between NBHSA and facility owners.
7up Coordinator – Facilitates meetings pertaining to Jr. / Sr. High group; submits minutes to Board; informs members via newsletter.
Word of Encouragement Coordinator – Shares a word of encouragement and a prayer at monthly meetings, or engages others to do the same.
Greeter - Gives information to new guests; presents a special welcome at the monthly meeting.
Hostess – Organizes, sets up, and cleans up refreshments for designated meetings.
Used Curriculum Sale Team – Finds location for and organizes annual NBHSA used curriculum sale.
Testing Team – Consists of Testing Administrator and Testing Coordinator to coordinate annual standardized testing for members and non-members.
Yearbook Team – Creates yearbook for NBHSA.
Presidential Physical Fitness Coordinator – Compiles student data for fitness awards to be handed out at End of Year Party.
Political Updates Coordinator - Keeps members informed via newsletter / announcements of legislative activity pertinent to homeschooling.
Announcements – Accepts and organizes announcements to be presented at monthly meetings.
Mentoring Team – Provide support and encouragement to parents and guardians who are new to home schooling.

Questions and Suggestions

Before calling a Board Member with a question, please be sure the answer cannot be found in these guidelines or elsewhere on this website. Contained on this website are the phone numbers and contact information of persons with specific areas of responsibility to whom you may direct questions. If you call, please leave a message as to the nature of your business, and your call will be returned at the appropriate volunteers’ earliest convenience.

Please feel free to bring any constructive ideas for improvement of the group to any Board Member. You are welcome to share your ideas verbally, but written suggestions will be far more likely to receive follow up, because of the volume of input we receive at meetings.

Grievances

If you are having a problem within the group, please bring it directly to the Board. (Following the proper channels will result in constructive action instead of causing division or dissatisfaction within the group.) Leadership cannot remedy a problem which has not been brought to its attention.

Field Trips and Special Events

Please check with the Board before using the name of North Brevard Home School Association, Inc. for any purpose. All activities should be self supporting.

1. Organizing a Field Trip / Activity
If you plan to arrange a field trip, call or e-mail the Newsletter Secretary to tentatively place the activity on the calendar. When all details are firm, call or e-mail her again with all the pertinent information to be included in the newsletter. It is desirable that activities be scheduled early enough to allow for publication in two newsletters. This gives ample time for notification and registration of members who may have been absent from a meeting.

2. Participating in a Field Trip / Activity
Payment for all field trips and activities is to be made in cash when you sign up, unless otherwise specified. Please try to have exact amounts, to accommodate the person coordinating the event. Because of the policies of some places that we visit, refunds will not always be possible. In the event of extenuating circumstances, (illness, etc.), and with prior notification we will do our best to obtain a refund for you.

If you sign up for a field trip, please make every effort to attend. The places which we visit will have prepared for a specified number of people. We strive to maintain a good reputation, so when arrangements are made for a specified number of people and only a few attend, it reflects badly on the group. Understandably, circumstances beyond control will arise from time to time. If you are unable to attend a field trip or activity for which you have signed up, please make voice contact with the person organizing the event. A message left on an answering machine (or e-mail message) is not reliable contact.

The person organizing the field trip, or a monitor appointed by her, will have the designated authority to maintain order. Before beginning any activity, this person will identify himself/ herself, and take a moment to review some basic guidelines with the children, i.e., (1) No running, roughhousing, or shouting indoors (2) Listen quietly when someone is talking (3) Have fun!
If inappropriate behavior occurs on the part of any child, the responsible adult should be addressed first, and not the child, unless the child is in danger or putting themselves or property at risk. If you witness inappropriate behavior and are not comfortable addressing the responsible adult, please speak with the person organizing the event, or the monitor. This person has the authority to address the problem on behalf of the entire group. In the unlikely event a situation cannot be resolved, the responsible adult will be asked to remove the child.

Please note that each child participating in a field trip / event must be under the supervision and responsibility of an adult in attendance. Unless specifically stated in advance, there are no functions where children may be dropped off. If you agree to transport a student to an event, you will be considered the adult responsible for that child. We recommend that you do not take this responsibility lightly.

Any other specific instructions deemed appropriate for the activity will also be spelled out clearly to the children and their parents. We represent not only NBHSA, but the entire home school movement when we go anywhere as a group.

Testing

Should you wish to have your child tested, group standardized testing will be conducted annually. This cost is not covered in NBHSA annual dues; however, members will receive a substantial discount. You will also be required to assist with proctoring or childcare. Information and instructions will be given in a separate handout before the event.

Used Curriculum and Book Sale

A Used Curriculum and Book Sale will be held at the end of every school year. Information and instructions will be given in a separate handout before the event.

End of the Year Party

An “End-of-the-Year” promotion celebration will be held during the month of May, or at the end of the traditional school year. NBHSA will provide promotion certificates for each member child that signs up to receive one. Opportunity for sign up will be given at monthly meetings.

Tuesday School

Tuesday School requirements, schedule, and all pertinent information is contained in a separate handout and on the Tuesday School section of this website.

 

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