Last day of class – May 2

Due to moving, the last day of classes will be May 2. Share Fair will be May 9 from 10:30 – 1:30 at our current location, The Pittsburgh Project.

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Field Trip Reminder

Where: Pinball PA
2284 Brodhead Road, Hopewell TWP, PA
https://pinballpa.com

When: April 4, 2018, 11-1pm Please arrive 15 minutes early so that we can all enter as a group for the group discount.

Who: Everyone is welcome! (The space is a former K-mart- big!)

How much: $12 per player.

What:  A short historical tour of the museum to see how pinball & gaming machines were made, the history of video gaming/pinball, the difference in gaming “back then” compared to today, and how they look on the inside. We will be divided into two groups for this part: preschool/elementary & middle/high school.
After the tour, all the machines (pinball & stand up video games) are set to free play! A limited amount of crates are available for smaller kids to tote around and stand on.

A SPECIAL NOTE: For MORE learning: Bring your smartphones/tablets.  You can scan a code on EVERY machine within the Hall of Fame and see the history and background of the games..

Here is a fascinating video about the innards of of pinball machine – it’s science!
https://www.avclub.com/stern-pinball-teaches-us-how-to-make-a-pinball-machine-1819046902

There is a large area with tables for lunch.

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Fall Class Proposals

It is time for Fall class proposals. Please use this link, Proposal Form, or the form on our website to submit your proposal. We can’t wait to see all the great ideas! If you want to teach a class, but need an idea please let us know.  We will gladly help you come up with an class!

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Snow Day!

PALS is closed today.

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Closing and Delay reminder

A reminder of PALS Closing and Delay Policy… If Pittsburgh Public Schools have a delay or a cancellation we do not hold enrichment classes. School closings are listed on various local media, including the KDKA website.

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Field Trip Reminder

Where: Pinball PA
2284 Brodhead Road, Hopewell TWP, PA
https://pinballpa.com

When: April 4, 2018, 11-1pm Please arrive 15 minutes early so that we can all enter as a group for the group discount.

Who: Everyone is welcome! (The space is a former K-mart- big!)

How much: $12 per player.

What:  A short historical tour of the museum to see how pinball & gaming machines were made, the history of video gaming/pinball, the difference in gaming “back then” compared to today, and how they look on the inside. We will be divided into two groups for this part: preschool/elementary & middle/high school.
After the tour, all the machines (pinball & stand up video games) are set to free play! A limited amount of crates are available for smaller kids to tote around and stand on.

A SPECIAL NOTE: For MORE learning: Bring your smartphones/tablets.  You can scan a code on EVERY machine within the Hall of Fame and see the history and background of the games..

Here is a fascinating video about the innards of of pinball machine – it’s science!
https://www.avclub.com/stern-pinball-teaches-us-how-to-make-a-pinball-machine-1819046902

There is a large area with tables for lunch.

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#neveragain

The PALS board is proud to support Owen and our other young members who are participating in National Student Walk-Out day this Wednesday at 10am. If you have a middle/high school age child who you do not want to participate, please discuss this with them prior so there is no confusion. If you have a child younger than 11 years old, please note that for safety reasons, we will not allow them to leave the classroom unless prior arrangements have been made with the teacher to release them to a responsible party. At least one teacher will be expected to stay inside with any non-participating children. Please read Owen’s announcement below for more details:

Hi, this is Owen Chaffin. Myself and other students from PALS Homeschool Enrichment Co-op are organizing and participating in the #Enough National School Walkout at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 14th, during 1st period. We will listen to student speakers and return to class after 17 minutes in honor and remembrance of the 17 students and teachers who lost their lives last month in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. The #Enough walkout is a national protest all across the country organized by youth and a call to action for state and national leaders to enact meaningful gun control legislation that will keep all children and families safe from gun violence.

Even though we are homeschoolers that doesn’t mean that we don’t go to movie theaters, shopping malls or places of worship where senseless acts of gun violence could and already have occured. Many of us have siblings or friends and neighbors that do attend brick and mortar schools and many of us may have already attended or may attend in the future. Just because we do our schooling at home doesn’t mean that we can’t stand up for and in solidarity with our brick and mortar brothers and sisters. This walkout will add our voices to the youth chorus across America that is demanding that changes need to happen so that these tragedies stop. #neveragain

Please bring any homemade signs, banners or posters that express your feelings. Participation is optional and your choice. Wear orange in solidarity if you can. All students will be returning to their classes after the short program. For more information about the National Walk Out visit https://www.womensmarch.com/enough/

We will also be organizing a group of homeschoolers who want to march together in solidarity at the Pittsburgh #March4OurLives, on Saturday, March 24th in downtown Pittsburgh in conjunction with the other marches being held across the country. We will meet on the steps in front of the City Building on Grant Street at 10:00am. The March begins at 11:00. More details to follow.
For more information, please contact Owen Chaffin, age 13 at diglett33@gmail.com

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Pi Day!

Many thanks to Laura Barnard, who has suggested that we celebrate Pi Day together at lunch next Wednesday:

Let’s Celebrate Pi Day! This year, π or “pi” day, 3.14, is happening next Wednesday. It’s a day to honor everyone’s favorite irrational number, plus it’s Einstein’s birthday. That seems like a good excuse to share some tasty pie! Let’s bring pie to the lunchroom during lunch hour. If you are baking a pie, please bring a card with ingredients.  If you are buying a pie, check your bakery for $3.14 pie specials. We will have some disposable forks, plates and napkins, but if anyone has more, please bring them

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Changes at PALS Spring 2018

PALS members,

The Pittsburgh Project has made some changes. A non-profit is now renting the entire third floor, which will no longer be classrooms and therefore no longer available to PALS. Please let your children know that PALS members should not go into that space.

The LIT Room access has changed as well. We will now meet in the front LIT Room (the first door on the left as you enter the LIT suite), but not the back LIT Room (where we had classes last year). Also – please do not eat in the LIT Room because a person that has a severe gluten allergy will be in that space and could be seriously harmed by trace contact with food. We want to keep everyone safe. The back room in the LIT suite (where we had classes last year) has been converted to TPP administrative meeting space, Please let your children know that PALS members should not go into that space.

For those requiring a quiet spot for lunch, please use room 101. A friendly reminder aimed at keeping the quiet room quiet: children must be supervised by their grown-up while eating in the quiet lunch room.

Thanks for your cooperation as we all adjust to this new situation.

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Actual RSVP to Valentine’s day party

Disregard previous post.

to RSVP please go to this sign up genius page .

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044AA4A82BA7F49-valentines3

To figure out how many Valenines to make, revisit the page to see how may people signed up.

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