Microsoft extends technology classroom pricing to homeschoolers

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Microsoft Education Product Policy allows nonprofit NFS to offer in-classroom technologies and pricing (previously reserved for traditional public school facilities) to Homeschool families.
First year of program – over 1,800 families obtained laptops through NFS.

Based on Microsoft Education Product guidelines, the NFS Board voted to categorize homeschool families as schools and to implement Homeschool Group Purchasing in May of 2014. The program goal is to facilitate access of in-classroom technologies for individual Homeschool families.

NFS Board “our organization is only four years old. In that time we have stressed moving forward to meet the technology needs within all educational venues. The first year of the Homeschool program has been a great success. We had no idea that so many homeschool families would participate. There have been hick-ups, our phone and Lab staff were, at times, overwhelmed by the response. For the 2015/16 school year NFS has expanded capabilities to meet the expected demand.”

Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers/software at the same wholesale pricing the NFS program affords to traditional public school facilities.
  
Homeschool families can purchase from NFS as individual families or form a group for a Group Order. In both cases the families must provide Homeschool documentation (type is dependant on the State of residence) to NFS. This is required to receive the full package of Microsoft Office software and lower laptop costs.
About Notebooks for Students
Notebooks for Students (NFS) is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, Ca. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all educators and students. NFS is an Authorized Microsoft Education Reseller.

Tuesday 7/28/15

CONTACT:

David Puzo

Notebooks for Students

2588 El Camino Real F253

Carlsbad, CA 92008

(800) 991-7631

“Last Days in Vietnam” Preview Screening at WSRE

lastdaysWSRE will present a special preview screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. This screening is free and open to the public. RSVP is encourages but not required.wsre.org/lastdays

Directed by Rory Kennedy and airing in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the film will premiere on PBS as an AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presentation on Tuesday, April 28 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on WSRE. Also, Kennedy is scheduled to speak as part of the WSRE Public Square Speakers Series on Tuesday, May 19.

WSRE & PBS Kids & Family Day at the Gulfarium

Gulfarium title graphic 2-editedEnjoy crafts, a scavenger hunt, a bounce house and discover all the fun that Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park offers! See the dolphin and sea lion shows, explore the animal exhibits and aquariums.

Meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters:
The PBS KIDS
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Curious George & The Man with The Yellow Hat
SuperWhy
Cat in the Hat

Saturday, March 21, 10am-2pm

For more info: http://bit.ly/1weAogT

Local PBS station offers tours to homeschoolers

wsreWSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast has reserved April 10, 2015 for community station tours. Reservations are being accepted-each tour can accommodate up to 12. Are your students interested in taking a 45 minute tour of our local PBS TV Station and learning more about how it runs?

Please contact Kasey Jones at 484-1212 or wsreadmin@wsre.org to get availability and reserve a spot today.

Arts for Life! Scholarship available to home school students

arts for life applicationThe Arts for Life! Scholarship Program annually awards $2,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in visual art, music, dance, drama or creative writing. Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 375 gifted high school seniors.

Application Deadline:

February 2, 2015

Eligibility:

Students who are graduating from a public, private or virtual school or a home education program in Florida in the Spring of 2015.

Application Process:

Students must submit a completed application, a brief essay explaining “How the arts have positively influenced my life” and a portfolio of work in visual art, music, dance, drama or creative writing. Students can apply online at http://artsforlifeaward.org/apply/.

College Matching Program:

In addition to the program’s $2,000 cash award, winners will be automatically eligible to receive a matching in-kind scholarship worth a minimum of $1,000 if they attend one of the participating Florida institutions for higher education: Broward College, College of Central Florida, Flagler College, Florida College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Institute of Technology, Jacksonville University, Nova Southeastern University, Stetson University and University of Florida.

More Information:

Visit http://artsforlifeaward.org/ or contact Lisa K. Raguso at lisa@excelined.org or (850) 345-6284.

Lisa K. Raguso

Program Director

Arts for Life!

New Cooperative Education for Homeschool Families

A new homeschool cooperative began this Fall for homeschool parents. A la Carte Education is “a diverse community of teachers and parents working together to provide the best education for our children.

There are still a few openings in the co-op for interested families. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the website: http://alacarteeducation.blogspot.com/p/home.html

CANCELLED: “Tell Me a Story” Presents: “Night Catch”

 

 

Sorry Folks, “Tell Me a Story” has been cancelled. Stay tuned as it may be rescheduled for next month.

Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families

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Beat summer boredom this year with music!

Piano teaching2Pensacola Studio of Piano is offering both preschool music classes (ages 3-5) and private piano lessons (ages 5-adult) this summer, and there’s still time to enroll! Preschool music classes are much more than just adult-led singing and play time. Your child will learn about different musical instruments, note types and values, piano key names, and more, all in a fun, positive environment. Classes each have only 3-6 children to ensure that each child is involved and learning. Private piano lessons open up the world of music to students using fun music books and positive reinforcement. Students will get a solid foundation in the basics of music while playing creative, exciting music that appeals to kids in the current generation.

Summer classes and lessons will begin the week of June 23. Please contact Krysten Skutt at krysten.skutt@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/PensacolaPianoStudio for more information about pricing and available lesson times.

 

K.U.D.O.S. (Kids Understanding Deployment Operations)

K.U.D.O.S.KUDOS is coming up on Saturday, April 26th, from 7:45-1:00.  It should be a fun time for the kids!  If you would like to sign your kids up, you can call the A&FRC at 884-5441.

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