NSHEA EVENTS 2017/2018

NSHEA Meetings and Events generally alternate between HRM and Annapolis Valley locations - so that we are accessible to as many homeschool families as possible within Board members' travel distances.

NSHEA is non-denominational and inclusive. It represents families that have a wide variety of reasons for educating their children at home and use many diverse methods to accomplish their goals.  As such, we are happy to attend a wide variety of Homeschool events.  If you are planning on hosting a Home Ed Event and would like us to attend in support please let us know :-)

UPCOMING EVENTS:                                                               

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Here are some of the Events we are planning and  (others we have been invited to attend)  in 2017/2018.  They are going to be so much fun so watch this space for finalized details of dates and locations!

August 9th and 23rd, 2017      

Fun At The Playbox  -  104-105 Evergreen Place, 530 Portland St. Dartmouth 

Join us every second Wednesday from Noon - 3pm at the Playbox in Dartmouth for some casual play and conversation! Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and excellent on-site cafe while the little ones play. Older kids can bring a hobby or board game to share!

Aug 29th, 2017      

Annual Not-Back-To-School Picnic  -  HRM Location to be determined

Join us from 11am - 1pm for a fun family picnic in celebration of not going back to school!  

September 27th, 2017 - 10:30am-1:30pm

Noggins Home Ed Family Fun Day  -  Noggins Corner Farm, Annapolis Valley

Come out and join us for our annual family fun day at Noggins Farm! Enjoy the unique playground, giant corn maze and tour the apple orchard by wagon. Kids pay $6.50 and get to fill a bag with fresh picked apples to bring home. Adults are free, but if you want some apples you can purchase a bag. Let us know if you intend to join us as we will be collecting names of adults and children in order to let Noggins know how many of us to prepare for. Payment will be collected at the entrance.                                                                  


PAST EVENTS 2016/2017

Here are some of the events we have organized or supported over the last year:

16 August 2017

Registration Paperwork Support Session - Keshen Goodman  Library, Halifax

An info session for anyone feeling unsure about what to do for registration in September, or for experienced home educators willing to share their expertise! 

15 June 2017                        

NSHEA Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 10 Graham Settlement Road, Head of Chezzetcook


19Apr 2017                             

NSHEA Spring Charity Drive at The Play Box

Another fun time with our generous home ed community this year!  We collected cash donations for the Open Harbour Refugee Association and 4 box loads of food for FEED NS!!  Thanks to all who attended and to The Play Box for hosting!

7 Dec 2016                             

NSHEA Festive Fun at the Play Box

Another well-attended Festive Celebration this year with raffle prizes donations from Scentsy, Jamberry Nails, Steeped Tea, Pillars of Health, THR!VE Education and The Playbox!  Many thanks!  Thanks as well to those who brought enough FEED NS donations to fill a small shopping cart.  Already looking forward to our next Event to help fill the FEED NS donation boxes at out Spring has Sprung Event in April!

14 Nov 2016                           

NSHEA Coordinated Mermaid Theater Schootime Production: Clip! The Solo Clown

The kids and adults were in stitches with Clip's antics.  Many thanks to non profit Mermaid Theater for providing the home ed community with the greatly reduced schooltime offerings.  Looking forward to upcoming Jabber and Two in the Coop.  What a wonderful and diverse theater experience this year!

21 Oct 2016                              

NSHEA Noggin's Farm Day (Wolfville, Annapolis Valley)

Another family fun day out at the farm again this year!  We got incredibly lucky given the weather forecast - rain clouds held off in the distance to allow us to apple pick, do the corn maizes, talk and play in the playground.  Thanks to all that came out and bring on next year's Noggin's Day!!

30 Sept- 1 Oct 2016               

Valley Homeschool Encouragement Conference  (Weston, Annapolis Valley)

Thanks so much to the organizers for inviting NSHEA to their second annual Faith based Valley Conference.  Everyone was so friendly and engaging and it was a real pleasure to get to know some more valley homeschooling members.  Very well organized with lots of fun prizes and delicious foods and a wonderful lunch! Attendees seemed to leave feeling united in their faith and inspired and prepared for their homeschooling journeys :-)

27 Sept 2016                          

NSHEA Coordinated Mermaid Theater's Schooltime Production of CATERPILLAR

Wonderful production!  Mermaid theater's magical puppetry theater offering, "Caterpillar" - inspired by Eric Carle's beloved children's classics: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear; and Papa, Bring Me the MoonI'm not sure which was more entertaining, the beautifully animated spectacular puppets or the entranced children! Can't wait to see the other three Schooltime productions opened up to homeschoolers this season!  Check out our upcoming events for more info :-)

16 Sept 2016                          

NSHEA Not Back to School Picnic and BBQ - THANK YOU!

We had a lovely day for our First Annual NSHEA NBTS Picnic and BBQ in Hantsport's lovely Memorial community Center Grounds.  Splash pad was even in action and accidentally on purpose used :-)  Much fun was had tree climbing, running around the lovely greenery and adventuring to the playground.  Thank-you to everyone who came out - much appreciated!  Looking forward to our second one already!!

25 Jun 2016                           

Annual Homeschool Family BBQ Picnic and AGM (Dartmouth Commons)

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate another great homeschool year!  It was a lovely day of sun and Communal Oven BBQ hotdogs/veggie dogs, lemonade, tree climbing and chillin' in the shade of the sprawling trees.  Fun!  We held our AGM and elected the new executive board - very keen!  It's going to be another great year for NSHEA :-D

10-11 Jun 2016                     

HEMS Homeschool Conference and Resource Fair (Sackville)

Congratulations to HEMS on another successful and informative, homeschool conference.  We at NSHEA really appreciate the opportunity to connect with homeschoolers and speakers alike at homeschool events like this and very much enjoyed doing so again this year.  Looking forward to next year's conference already! Special thanks to Paul Faris from HSLDA for helping out at our table! 

7 May 2016                           

Fourth Valley Homeschool Expo (Middleton, Annapolis Valley)

Lovely Event!  So nice to see such involved and varied displays of learning and special interests/talents  Thanks to the organizers and attendees for the invite.  Already looking forward again to next year's Valley Expo!

6 Apr 2016                            

NSHEA Spring Charity Drive (The Play Box, Dartmouth)

Many donations for Hope for Wildlife/Homeward Bound and Feed NS were collected.

A special thanks to one member's generous child, who collected donations for Hope for Wildlife in lieu of birthday gifts this year - a whopping $125 form a very generous 4 year old!! Thanks also to those of you who were able to bring blankets, towels, and other pet care supplies! Thanks very much to another member's lovely daughter who volunteers at HfW who will be delivering the donations for us.

Thanks to another helpful, generous member for bringing some lovely books to give away as well as dropping off the donations to Feed NS! One lucky member won our 50/50 draw and thanks to all who participated. $15 was raised from the pot and that is much appreciated as it goes towards maintaining free NSHEA membership! What a great afternoon!

8 Mar 2016                            

Joint Meeting with the Deputy and Associate Deputy Ministers and REO (Dept of Ed Offices, Halifax)

Denise Bell (REO) arranged a getting to know you meeting with Deputy Minister of Education Sandra McKenzie, Associate Deputy Minister of Education, Karen Gatien, herself, and NSHEA, HEMS Reps.  Lisa McManus from HSLDA joined us as well for a very positive and productive meeting. Detailed minutes will soon be disseminated to members and we plan an information session to feed back more details to the wider Home Ed community.

25 Mar 2016                          

NSHEA Home Ed Mermaid Theatre: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Windsor, Annapolis Valley)

World Renowned Mermaid Theatre invited home ed families to participate in their school matinee production of The Very Hungry CaterpillarMagical for children and adults alike with interesting question and answer session afterwards.  Mermaid Theater is keen to include Home Ed Groups in it's schools programs so we look forward to hosting another event like this one in future!

17 Feb 2016                           

NSHEA Skate at the Emira Oval (Halifax Commons)

We were storm stayed that day and the Oval was closed.  We tried valiantly to reschedule but with our very early spring temps and other HE events, we didn't manage to.  We will look to do another skate next year though - we are determined!

10 Feb 2016                           

NSHEA Playbox BMO Fundraising Event (Play Box, Dartmouth)

We were very grateful that a BMO Bedford branch financial manager offered NSHEA this wonderful fundraising opportunity.  Attendees opened  BMO accounts for their families and get deposits up to $50 matched by BMO.  AND for each account opened, BMO donated $50 to NSHEA.  Thank you to the many families who opened the 48 accounts for this Fundraiser.  And a big thanks to BMO Bedford for helping NSHEA cover operating costs which, in turn, allows us to continue serving the NS the Home Ed community while maintaining free membership!