S.L.I.M.E. Homeschool Co-op

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Please join us!

Before you register, please consider the commitment that you are making to both your family and our group. Please read the following Membership Guidelines before requesting membership, so that you are fully aware of all the rules in order for the co-op to function smoothly.


The name of this club is S.L.I.M.E 4-H. This club is part of the Kent County 4-H Program and has been given permission by the United States Department of Agriculture to use the 4-H name and emblem.

 

The purpose of 4-H is to support the development of its members through Club Meetings, Project Work, Demonstrations, State Fair Exhibits, Community Based Service Learning and other community activities.


Membership Requirements and Guidelines

Membership in a co-op demonstrates a willingness and desire to participate and serve the group as a whole. A co-operative organization is just that and the success of our group depends upon YOU!

S.L.I.M.E. is a secular organization open to all homeschooling families with at least one child in grades PreK-12th in Sussex and lower Kent County. The co-op meets every Tuesday from September thru May, taking January off for winter break.


The members and leaders of this club will not discriminate against any youth wanting to join the club, regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

  

Members must be at least 5 years old and not have passed their 19th birthday. 4H age is determined on January 1 of the club year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31). Adult supervision (nursery) will be available for children 4yrs and under


There will be a $50.00 (non-refundable) fee per NEW family, due at the time of registration. Registration fee for RETURNING families will be $40 per family.  4-H registration opens in September and must be filled out for all participating students AND adults. Per 4-H rules, ALL adults will go thru a state background check. Registration must be completed by first class, Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The non-refundable registration fee is also due by this date. You understand that by requesting a membership for S.L.I.M.E., you are doing so with the intent to participate from September until May. Membership must be renewed annually at the start of each co-op year. If you leave the co-op at any time, during any session, you will no longer be considered a "member", and your privileges will be revoked. Certain conditions for leaving for an extended period of time and then returning will be considered on a case by case basis and reviewed by leadership committee members.


Extra fees above and beyond registration are limited but may include field trips, special events, etc. or class fees for labs, textbooks, reading books, art supplies, etc. Field trip, special event, etc. fees will be due by specified due date. Children will not be allowed to participate in their classes until fees are paid in full. Please contact leadership if financial arrangements are necessary, for special consideration. Parents are responsible for badge fees as needed throughout the year.


Parental commitment is required for participation, either teaching where you are comfortable or talented or helping out in classes as assigned. Parents must also be willing to help with other jobs/tasks as needed. Children must register for all class periods and are not to interfere with their parent helping or teaching. Each adult will be assigned a specified closing clean-up area. These will be your family’s responsibility to complete. If there is more than one person assigned to an area, the responsibility is shared.

Please register with the intent to participate from September until May. If you know you will be on vacation or have other appointments/obligations on any co-op days, please notify the Director in advance. Please try to avoid making non-emergency appointments/plans on co-op days.

 

Dropping your children off is not acceptable. Adult attendance is expected unless there is an illness or unforeseen circumstance. If you are unable to attend, please notify the Director immediately. Should an emergency arise, or parent is sick but your child is well enough to come to co-op, you may ask another parent to oversee your child, provided they are in elementary school or higher grades.

 

Parents will be notified if disciplinary problems arise. If there is an issue with a child, teachers are to notify the director who will first speak privately with the parent and child. If the problem persists and cannot be corrected, the child may be removed from the class until the problem is corrected.

 

We ask that all parents actively keep a lookout for children who are running, rough-housing, or being disrespectful to venue property. Children are NOT to be left unattended.

 

All parents are responsible to enforce the Student Responsibility and Expectations Policy. Parental assistance is mandatory and necessary.

 

S.L.I.M.E. reserves the right to terminate membership of any member when deemed necessary.

 

Student Responsibility and Expectations Policy

 

(Parents please review these yourself and with your child(ren) prior to the first day of co-op.)

 

1. Show courtesy, thoughtfulness, and respect to all teachers/parents, other students and the building and premises.

2. Be willing to accept guidance and correction from adults and/or teens in charge of classes and activities.

3. Remain within designated boundaries of the host location. You may NOT use areas of the church/premises that we have not been invited to use.

4. No foul, abusive, or crude language. No cruel joking around. 

5. No bullying. This will not be tolerated in any form.

6. Running rough-housing, horseplay, climbing on/being disrespectful to property, biting, kicking, slapping, and/or pushing is not permitted, even in jest.

7. Participation in classes is mandatory. Please come to class on time, be respectful to both the teacher and other students, participate cheerfully, listen to your teacher, and complete assignments.

9. No cell phones, electronic games or personal music devices are allowed in/during class unless given permission by the teacher.

10. Use only designated areas for eating and drinking, and clean up after yourself.

11. Students either need to be in the Fellowship Hall or in their assigned classrooms. Students are not to wander hallways, foyer, sanctuary, or outside without supervision. 

 

Visitors

Families who are interested in attending co-op are welcome to visit. They must schedule their visit with the Director. We also welcome guests to our Mom’s Night Outs and field trips/special events, when there is space available.

 

Attendance

 

Attendance is necessary in order for us to run smoothly and be effective. Please take this into consideration when scheduling non-emergency appointments and vacations. When you do not come to co-op, the burden of your responsibilities will fall to those who already have their own responsibilities.

  1. Please be sure you arrive ON TIME, at 11 am for announcements and report to your classes on time. SLIME starts at 11am.  We are depending on you. Everyone is contributing to the co-op, even the helpers. If you are running late, please notify the Director immediately. Continued lateness will result in a review of your membership by our advisory committee and may result in the termination of membership.
  2. S.L.I.M.E 4-H starts promptly at 11am on every Wednesday. Please be prompt. 2 late arrivals (arriving after 11:10) will be equal to 1 absence. Failure for any members to not be present more than 4 times will result in review of your membership and may lead to the termination of your membership. We understand life happens, but our co-op depends on its members to run smoothly.
  3. We do realize that illness and unforeseen emergencies may arise. If this happens, it is YOUR responsibility to notify the Director before co-op to let them know you will not be there. It is the teachers responsibility to assist in helping substitute teachers with a lesson plan if possible and seeing that they have the required materials to teach the class. Failure of any member to not

 

Sick Policy

*Please do NOT come to co-op if anyone in your family has had the stomach bug in the last 72 hours, especially if you have more than one child!

1. Please do NOT bring yourself or your child to co-op or events when sick, period.

2. The CDC recommends a child/adult must be free of all of the symptoms listed below for at least 24 hours:

a. Fever.

b. Fever and sore throat, rash, diarrhea, earache, irritability or confusion.

c. Diarrhea

d. Vomiting (defined as 2 or more times in a 24 hour period)

e. Body rash with fever.

f. Sore throat with fever and swollen glands.

g. Severe coughing.

h. Eye discharge.

i. Yellowish skin or eyes.

j. Any other communicable disease (including but not limited to: skin infections, childhood diseases such as chicken pox, measles, etc.)

3. Child/Adult must be on antibiotics for at least 48 hours.

4. When in doubt, please apply the ‘Golden Rule.’

 

Dress Code Policy

We ask that parents and students alike dress in a manner appropriate for being out in public, attending school, etc.

Multimedia/Photo Policy

1. Members of S.L.I.M.E.  may use various media to record our classes and events and to recognize families and their participation and accomplishments, such as yearbook, graduation, performances, field trips, etc. We will not identify you or your child specifically without written parental consent.

2. By becoming a member of S.L.I.M.E., you are granting us permission to use you/your child’s image/likeness and voice in different forms of print, digital or electronic. This includes but is not limited to public display of flyers, special events, advertisement, internet or print.

3. We cannot be held responsible for what other co-op members may do with their own photos/videos that they have captured.

 

Class Cancellations/Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, please check radio, TV, or internet and follow the Woodbridge School Districts closure decisions. If there is any type of delay with the school district, we will still run as scheduled. If it is necessary to cancel classes for any other reasons, you will be notified.

 

Field Trip/Special Events Guidelines

1. All students participating in field trips/special events must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You may not drop your child(ren) off.

 

2. Please look over all information, considering age appropriateness and other requirements and suggestions, on field trips/special events and ask questions before you sign up. Do NOT sign your child(ren) up if they will be unable to attend. Please do not use the field trip/special event as a form of punishment for you child(ren). Most locations have age, group size and other requirements that we must meet. It is unfair to the other members who are participating, and it reflects poorly on our co-op and homeschoolers in general.

3. If, for some reason, you cannot attend a Field Trip/Special Event that has already been paid for, you will not be reimbursed. If you have “tickets”, please make every effort to make sure someone goes in your place, especially if we have received a group rate for those “tickets.” Empty seats reflect poorly on our group. You may sell your tickets, but if it comes down to it, please consider giving your tickets to someone else. This is YOUR responsibility, NOT the responsibility of the person coordinating that particular field trip/special event. Illness or unforeseen circumstances may be considered for a refund. Please contact the field trip/special event coordinator to discuss your situation.

4. Arrive at the specified location on the day of the field trip/special event at least 15 minutes early so that you can be at our designated area on time.

5. Parents are responsible for the appropriate behavior of their children and any children they bring. Please be courteous of all tour guides, personnel, building and equipment. Remember that you are a representative of the homeschool community. We do not want our children’s or our own behavior to reflect poorly.

6. Please dress appropriately.

7. Please plan ahead of time any items you need to bring (lunches, sunscreen, jackets, bug spray, etc.).

8. Inform your children what will be taking place during our field trips/special events and what is expected of them so that they will be prepared as well.

 

9. S.L.I.M.E. members are welcomed to invite friends to a field trip/special event, but when there are a limited number of spaces, S.L.I.M.E. members will get first consideration.

 

Field Trip/Special Event Guidelines for Children

(Parents, please review this with your child.)

1. Be courteous and polite at all times.

2. Respect all others and the property at the location of the field trip/special event at all times.

3. Obey your parents/teachers and follow all rules at the location of the field trip/special events.

4. Listen carefully and attentively to instructors, guides, and staff.

5. Be patient in waiting your turn.

6. Please be cheerful and do not complain.

7. Be thankful to all those who helped during the field trip/special event. Don’t forget to say “thank you” to the people conducting the class, event, or tour.

 

Policies, guidelines, and requirements set forth herein include but are not limited to every word in this guideline and are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the leadership committee. Please know that these policies are designed for the benefit and safety of you, your child(ren), our co-op, and our host facility. Should you have any questions regarding the membership policies, please contact the co-op leadership.