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.
Organized by Bethany Johnson, who leads 6th Grade+, Barbee Decker who leads 3rd-5th Grade and Brandi Ogden, who leads Pre-K through 2nd grade. This club meets once a month, September-April. The book list is provided in August. Students discuss story elements such as characters, setting, climax, theme, and point-of-view are discussed.
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 has been held at the National Athletic Village (NAV) for the past few years and is usually during April or May depending on when the field is available.
Membership is 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. Liz Caddell and Kate Doyle will be leading a Unit Study on the United States in early 2020.
We currently have two CHES Speakers classes. One class meets every other Monday afternoon in Southern Pines and is led by Jennifer Whitaker. One class meets every other Thursday afternoon in West End and is led by Chanda Cole and Barbee Decker. 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 Science Club
Vanessa Fagan is leading an engineering class from September to December 2019 for Grades 4-7. Participants will meet for an instructional session that will include hands-on activities.