The CHES Kick off is usually held in September to welcome new members and to kick off the new school year! It is organized by members of the CHES Board and is held outdoors. Families are encouraged to attend. We usually have a "potluck" themed meal, games, and/or door prizes. This event is open to CHES members of all ages. Families who are considering joining CHES are encouraged to attend.
The CHES Book Club is offered for children who are in Pre-K through hight school. We meet once a month, September-April and the book list is provided in August. Students discuss story elements such as characters, setting, climax, theme, and point-of-view are discussed. We had three separate classes last year and would like to add an additional class this year. We need a couple more parent volunteer leaders!
Organized by the Field Day Committee, has been ongoing for 14 years. The very first field day was organized as part of a Greek Unit Study in which the Olympics (field day) was the Finale. Field Day is open to all CHES members ages 3 and up. Both moms and dads are encouraged to help out on the day of the event. Registration begins in January/February. Field Day is usually during April or May. Due to COVID, we were unable to have this event in 2020 but plan to have it in 2021.
All CHES Members are encouraged to plan field trips, but there is a committee that makes sure that field trips are planned for CHES members. There is at least one field trip planned during each month throughout the traditional school calendar (September - May)
We have discovered that unity and common ground established by being active in CHES, has allowed some of our members to create their own small co-ops with members who are like minded and who may have children the same age. Plans are underway to have a Unit Study on the Election in October 2020.
CHES Speakers is patterned after the junior version of Toastmasters International and its focus is to encourage public speaking among youth. At each meeting, each member has a vital role to play. Roles change from meeting to meeting. While each member will not speak in front of the group each week, he/she will be actively involved. Throughout the course of the year and depending on the number of students in the group, a student could deliver up to 5 speeches in a year.
CHES Debaters (NEW): This is a club where students will learn the basics of debate, the format of a debate, the logic behind debating, and get actual practice debating their peers. This club will meet once or twice per month from September to May. The first half of the school year will focus on learning about debate, and the second half of the year will focus on participating in debates. The ideal student for this club would be in grade 6+, although a mature, well-spoken younger student is welcome as well. Also, all debate topics will uphold Christian principles. This club is limited to 12 participants. There will be a small fee for this club to cover the cost of photocopies and ribbons. Liz Caddell Is one of the leaders for this group. We would like to have one other parent volunteer leader for this group.
CHES Science Club
We have offered a science class for the past few years. We are working on plans for the next school year.