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STARS Open House 2015-2016

When: Tuesday, September 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150

Looking for a Christian homeschool co-op with friendly, wholesome families and rigorous academics?  Come preview STARS 2015-2106 classes and meet teachers, as well, at ourSTARS Fall 2015 Open House!

STARS features instruction for elementary through high school from caring and highly experienced teachers who are gifted at motivating students with a love for learning.  Our critical thinking approach curriculum includes Apologia Physical Science, Biology, Advanced Biology, Nutrition, Chemistry, Saxon Algebra I, Algebra II, Advanced Math, Jacobs Geometry, Intro to Effective Writing, Creative Writing, British Literature, World Literature, Essay Writing with SAT Prep, American History, Spanish, French, Russian, Latin, Art, Classical Guitar and Guitar Ensemble, Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet.  Science classes include intensive lab work. 

Tutoring is available as well in selected subjects.

We love to have fun at STARS!  Special activities include field trips for a day of instruction at renowned universities (MIT Spring 2013, Yale Spring 2014, and Duke Spring 2015), fall festival celebrations at local farms, and tours at area museums.


Want to know more? Check out our website at https://starsloveslearning.wordpress.com.
Questions? Email Anne-Marie Mingo at nova.stars@outlook.com with questions.

STARS Prom Mixer #2

A mixer is an evening event that gives people an opportunity to meet the leadership team, make friends, mingle with other attendees, and practice dancing! We will have instruction for beginners and practice for old hats, covering swing, waltz, and salsa. Please bring a friend!
 
Thursday, May 21
7:00-9:30pm
Springfield Church of Christ, 
7512 Old Keene Mill Rd., 
Springfield, VA 22150
 
We will be having a raffle as part of our fundraising for prom. If you attend this mixer, you’ll get one ticket. If you bring a friend, you’ll get another. We’ll also have a few for sale for a suggested donation of $1 each, as well as pizza and donuts. Prizes will include a Starbucks gift card, Chick-fil-A gift card, and more! 

PROM 2015

STARRY NIGHT HOMESCHOOL PROM – ALL HOMESCHOOLERS 14+ INVITED!

With decor inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting, you are invited to an enjoyable evening of traditional dancing, to include waltz, swing, salsa, and some folk dances as well – no previous experience required! This event will take place 8:00-12:00, Thursday, June 4th, 2015, at former 1950’s amusement park and historic site Glen Echo Park. With refreshments provided by a caterer who has worked with the White House and the State Department for decades, it be a night to remember! Mixers to practice dancing and get to know other attendees will be organized prior to the event. See link for details and an FAQ.
For more information, see: www.bit.ly/sfhomeschoolprom or contact Priscilla at sfhomeschoolprom+P@gmail.com

Open House/Registration 2015-2016 School Year

Interested parents and teens are welcome to attend our open house Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm, Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, Virginia. Meet the tutors, preview class materials, and interact with current students!

STARS features inspired instruction from top teachers in the metro area with decades of homeschooling experience to motivate your students and spark that love of learning.  Our rigorous courses include Apologia science curriculum with intensive lab work, including Physical Science, Biology, Advanced Biology, Nutrition, Chemistry, and Physics – Saxon Algebra I, Algebra II, Advanced Math, and Jacobs Geometry – Introduction to Literature, Creative Writing, World Literature, Essay Writing with SAT Prep – American History – Spanish and German language instruction – Art and Graphic Design – Knitting and Sewing – Classical Guitar and Guitar ensemble — Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet.  Tutoring is available as well in selected subjects.

STARS also organizes field trips, such as to Kennedy Center fine arts education programs and for instruction at a renowned and/or Ivy League college for a day, as well as seasonal extra-curricular events and parent support activities.

Please email Anne-Marie Mingo at nova.stars@outlook.com with questions and/or to RSVP (appreciated but not required!).

Correction to ShareNet Ad

STARS would like to invite you, on April 7th and 9th, 2015 between the hours of 10:30-1:30,  to an Open House for students and families to meet our newest tutor, Matt Rogers for instrument demonstrations, direct Q & A with him, as well as signing up for an opportunity to try sax, flute, or clarinet themselves.  Matt will be offering private lessons with STARS on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you would like to set up free 30 minute trial lesson, email him at Matt@MattRogersMusic.com.  We are so fortunate to have him join us and to have a musician of this caliber teach our students.  Matt has also been asked to be a soloist for the Easter sunrise service at the Lincoln Memorial and will be performing with Michael Tait of the Newsboys.  He would love to meet you and has invited students to come down to the stage afterwards to say hello. 

Below is more information.

We are super excited to add Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet to our music opportunities.  Victoria has been a big fan of Matt Rogers and we have finally worked out an opportunity for him to join us.  You will find his bio below as well as contact information for him.
Matt Rogers (Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet) holds a degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University and has been teaching and performing in the D.C. area for over 20 years.  He has performed with national acts including Roberta Flack, Allen Vizutti, Doc Severinsen, Travis Cottrell, Mandisa, Beth Moore-Living Proof Ministries and other nationally-known ministries.  In addition, he has opened for artists including The Mighty Cloud, Salvador and Jaci Velasquez.  He was the Grand Prize Winner of the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) National Instrumental Competition in 2000 (Estes Park, CO).  Locally, Mr. Rogers has performed on numerous occasions at McLean Bible Church, The Falls Church Anglican, Truro Anglican Church, as well as many others, including Capital Church, his home church.  Mr. Rogers specializes in all levels and styles of saxophone as well as all styles through an upper-intermediate level in flute and clarinet.  Composition, arranging, & transcription instruction available.  Theory, sight-reading, rhythmic training and technique building are all standard in weekly lessons.  Mr. Rogers is a member of MENC and NVMTA and is VIRTUS trained and certified.
STARS is located at 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA.

New Music tutor at STARS starting 3/3/15!

We are super excited to add Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet to our music opportunities. Victoria has been a big fan of Matt Rogers and we have finally worked out an opportunity for him to join us. You will find his bio below as well as contact information for him.

Matt Rogers (Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet) holds a degree in Saxophone Performance from George Mason University and has been teaching and performing in the D.C. area for over 20 years. He has performed with national acts including Roberta Flack, Allen Vizutti, Doc Severinsen, Travis Cottrell, Mandisa, Beth Moore-Living Proof Ministries and other nationally-known ministries. In addition, he has opened for artists including The Mighty Cloud, Salvador and Jaci Velasquez. He was the Grand Prize Winner of the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) National Instrumental Competition in 2000 (Estes Park, CO). Locally, Mr. Rogers has performed on numerous occasions at McLean Bible Church, The Falls Church Anglican, Truro Anglican Church, as well as many others, including Capital Church, his home church. Mr. Rogers specializes in all levels and styles of saxophone as well as all styles through an upper-intermediate level in flute and clarinet. Composition, arranging, & transcription instruction available. Theory, sight-reading, rhythmic training and technique building are all standard in weekly lessons. Mr. Rogers is a member of MENC and NVMTA and is VIRTUS trained and certified.

Mr. Rogers is available to teach at the STARS campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM-2PM beginning on Tuesday, 3/3/15. For your convenience, Mr. Rogers allows for a trial lesson of 45 minutes for the reduced rate of $25. Should you decide to continue, you may arrange a time to study with him at the STARS campus via email at:
matt@mattrogersmusic.com
703-855-6288

Payments are monthly and will be given to Anne-Marie Mingo made out to Mr. Rogers’ company: NBW Productions, LLC, at the last lesson prior to the start of the month you are paying for. Submitting post-dated checks for us to keep on file in the office is encouraged.

If you do not already own an instrument, please contact Mr. Rogers directly for rental or purchase recommendations.

Duke SPLASH – Spring 2015 SAVE THE DATE!

As some of you may know, every year some families from STARS take their students on a road trip to a renowned university that is hosting the SPLASH program on campus. This program gives students the opportunity to dabble in 50-minute classes (about 5 over the course of a Saturday) on diverse topics taught by undergrad students, grad students, and even professors themselves! The program itself is usually only $15-30 for the whole day, but it seems that this year Duke will be offering it for free due to some generous donors. Woohoo! While this trip is not specifically sponsored by STARS, families from STARS go up together and meet up at their discretion. We’d love to see you there!
 
2013 took us to MIT and for 2014 we went to Yale, and classes of interest have included “Neuroimmunology”, “Physical Security”, “A History of Firearms from 1886 to Present”, “Cosplay, Propmaking, and Design”, on dancing, dreams, the chemistry of explosions, the science of movie stunts, Chinese, and more! This is a great opportunity to explore interests, discover new ones, see the campus from the inside, and we also usually find a historical site of interest nearby to see as well. This year, we are heading south to Duke University in North Carolina.
 
Find more information at http://dukesplash.learningu.org and save the date: Saturday, March 21, 2015!

Also you can “like” their page on Facebook – “Duke Splash”

 
Please feel free to email me with questions as well, I too went both years and will be chaperoning this year. 🙂 
 
Sincerely,
Priscilla Rosario
Student Activities Coordinator 
STARS
nova.stars@outlook.com
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