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Greetings from the President’s desk:

As this this year is drawing quickly to a close, with the November Elections looming, and the end of another school semester coming to an end, we must keep our eyes on the goal. Life avails many opportunities to get distracted with everyday life and the challenges they provide. These distractions and challenges can leave us distraught, angry, saddened, and ultimately off track.

ALL of us need a re-calibration, refresh, or renewal of our short term and long term goals. No matter whether you have just started your homeschool journey, or you are a seasoned homeschooler, we all need encouragement in our new life goals or a reminder on why we begun this journey in the first place. These needs are not met when the new homeschoolers are not in the presence of the seasoned homeschooler to get encouragement and guidance, and the seasoned homeschoolers don’t avail themselves to new homeschoolers, reminding them of why they are homeschooling in the first place. It is a healthy reminder to us all that, no one is an island to themselves. All our life’s actions or in-actions inevitably affect the lives of others, positively or negatively.

My encouragement this month is to seek out to make sacrifices of time and resources to make someone’s homeschooling journey better. This challenge goes out to both the new and seasoned homeschooler alike. As the planning of ENOCH’s 2017 Homeschool Conference (Saturday April 22 2017 @ Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ) is in the making, I encourage you both to make an intentional effort to be in attendance. Come to encourage and be encouraged.

We are excited to have Vicki Bentley, from HSLDA, as our Keynote speaker. Vicki Bentley is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over 50, and grandma to 20 wonderful grand-babies (so far). Vicki has homeschooled 17 children since 1988, alongside her husband Jim, and led a local support group of over 250 families for 14 years. She has served on the executive board and convention committee of the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and many mothers’ groups. She is the author of My Homeschool Planner, Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, High School 101: Blueprint for Success, and other homeschool and homemaking helps, and coordinates HSLDA’s Toddlers to Tweens and Group Services programs. Vicki has a heart for moms, with practical wisdom and encouraging words.

Please stay tuned in the months to come, as we inform you of our workshop speakers, and vendors that will be in at the 2017 conference. Let us be intentional in making ENOCH’s 2017 Homeschool Conference a success to every homeschooling family in New Jersey. Thanking you in advance for your part in making the 2017 Conference AMAZING for all.

Check out our below sites to remain connected with ENOCH and be aware of what is occurring statewide.


Please feel free to contact us!

Serving in God’s Kingdom,
David A. West
ENOCH President




You all know that ENOCH earns money by you sending us box tops, but did you know that you could also help ENOCH earn money by entering contests and shopping on-line? And you’re not going to believe how easy it is! Join Boxtops for Education and pick ENOCH as the school that you are going to support. Click BOXTOPS for EDUCATION and then "Sign Up to Support your School." In the lower right hand corner, put in the zip code 07735 and then click "FIND YOUR SCHOOL." Click on ENOCH's name and fill out the simple form! Explore the awesome site, enter some fun contests, let the kids play a game or two, do some online shopping, even print coupons for your next shopping trip with items that have BOXTOPS! Clip the BOXTOPS and send them on in! So far ENOCH has earned over $500. This has helped us greatly and we appreciate anything you could do for us.

Send Boxtops to:
Deborah O'Brien
c/o ENOCH of NJ
90 Nottingham Drive
Brick, NJ 08724



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All homeschooling families are encouraged to join Home School Legal Defense Association now and use ENOCH's special discount rate!

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Determination & Persistence

By Stephen on November 16th, 2009

This is a real life story of engineer John Roebling building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA back in 1870. The bridge was completed in 1883, after 13 years.

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before. Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son, Washington, and up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge. The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was also injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to talk or walk. “We told them so.” “Crazy men and their dreams.” “It’s foolish to chase wild visions.” Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built.

In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task.

As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment. It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.

He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again. For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed.

Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do. Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal. Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realized with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are!


The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God—the final authority for all truth and practice. In other words, it is God’s handbook for life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”



We are looking for a person or two who would serve as a liaison for HSLDA and ENOCH in serving the homeschool community and the politicians in Trenton. Liaison should possess knowledge in the legislative process in New Jersey, including how a bill is introduced, the hearing and voting requirements of the N.J. Assembly and Senate, as well as the governor’s final approval. Liaison must also be familiar with the regulatory agencies and law in New Jersey where such agencies or laws could have an impact on home education. These include the Department of Education, the Division of Family Services, and the Child Advocate’s Office. Other responsibilities would include: interfacing with HSLDA regarding legal threats to homeschooling freedoms in New Jersey; communicate to the ENOCH board regarding any local, state, national or international threats to homeschooling freedoms; communicate in writing – clearly outlining any threat to home education along with any recommended actions; communicate orally – to testify at Senate or Assembly hearings, and as needed with regulatory agencies; to recommend to the ENOCH board how and what to communicate to the public, including the press, regarding home education and any bills or laws related to homeschooling in New Jersey. Contact David West at president@enochnj.org.




My name is Sam Salo, and I run a tutoring studio that specializes in CLEP and college credit tests, video game design, and other subjects. I tutor online and in-person (in select locations). I offer tutoring to both help and augment a student's current classwork, and I also offer tutoring that can serve as a student's class in a particular subject. Below is a broad overview of the topics I teach. I have also included my Facebook page link.


-CLEPs and college credit tests; topics include achieving a degree through testing, taking individual tests, the taking of tests (the art and "science" of how to approach them), and more

-ACT/SAT testing

-Core junior high and high school subjects, including mathematics, biology, chemistry, English, writing, and literature

-Graphic design and photography

-Video game design, including game theory, introductory programming, and introductory mobile game design

Formats of tutoring offered:

-One-on-one sessions

-Groups (classes)

-Supplemental tutoring and teaching for a student's preexisting classes

-Teaching by invitation from a group or school

Notes about curriculums and online tutoring:

-If a student is using a curriculum for a subject, I will use that with my teaching. If a student needs a recommendation for learning materials, I can provide the learning materials and curriculum's.

-For online tutoring, I use Skype (or Google+, FaceTime, or another online whiteboard option). Through web cams and screen sharing, it is simple, fluid, and fun.

Facebook page and contact information:

-On Facebook: Facebook.com/rlctutoring
-Email: samsalostudios@gmail.com
-Phone: 262.721.8887


-My rates are $20-25/hour, depending on the subjects. I tutor both one-on-one sessions and group sessions, depending on the needs and requests of individual students and families.



Dear Home School Representative,

My name is Nicki Charles and I direct the Summer College and Summer Academy for High School Students. While many students who attend public and private schools are aware of our programs through their school counselors, we are hoping to raise awareness of our programs with students who do not attend these institutions. We would like to ask you to help us raise awareness of our programs by asking you to send out the information below either to students or parents in your organization, or by posting it in a newsletter or announcement to your constituents:

[SUBJECT]: Summer at Duke - 2017 Available Now!

Have the summer of your life while preparing for the sophisticated, vibrant and life-altering educational experience that is college!

If you are currently in grade 10 or 11, spend your summer at The Duke Summer College for High School Students! With a dynamic curriculum designed for your passions and talents, we set you up for Duke-caliber greatness in the setting of our gorgeous university campus. Make friends from all over the globe as you learn from the highly-trained, highly-intriguing faculty of Duke University and earn college credit.

Or you might choose to spend your summer at the Duke Summer Academy for High School Students for students currently in grades 9 - 12! This program for personal enrichment offers courses with a global perspective: The Global Entrepreneur, The Global Incubator, The Global Researcher, The Global Leader, and The Global Giver.

Begin preparing, as the competitive application period opens December 1.

Email us at summercollege@duke.edu or summeracademy@duke.edu with any questions.


Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Duke University
Director of Summer College, Summer Academy, and Honors Institute



Greater Newark Conservancy is inviting your home school groups to our special programming on Wed, Nov 16th, Home School Mornings, Young Naturalist Series. There are designated times for different age groups: 10:00am–11:30am (Ages 6-11) and 12:30pm–2pm (Ages 12+).


The Homeschool Naturalist program is offered as a two part series in fall and spring.The 90 minute visit to the Outdoor Learning Center will allow your homeschooler to explore a variety of nature topics using observation, citizen science, and journaling to deepen your nature experience and knowledge. Learners will discover the various habitats of NJ and learn to identify trees, animal tracks, and insects of NJ. Hands-on activities provide students the opportunity to learn through discovery.*Reservations required. Space is limited.

Program Brochure:

Visit our website to register and get more information about our organization.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Shahira Morell
Education Program Coordinator
Greater Newark Conservancy
32 Prince Street
Newark, NJ 07103
Phone: 973.642.4646 ext 12
Fax: 973.642.2218
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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”
-Benjamin Franklin

Dear Home School Association Leader,

Welcome! This is your formal invitation to help your members join schools and home schooling families all over the country in an exciting and inspiring academic competition – The 2016-2017 National History Bee! We’ve even attached a FREE poster that you can hang in our office and forward on to your members to encourage their participation in this exciting event.

Why a History Bee?

Ever notice how even kids who are normally couch potatoes will be willing, even eager, to train for a competitive sport like football? The chance of measuring their strength, skill and ability against that of their peers is always an effective motivator for youngsters. Just consider the popularity of recitals for young musicians and dancers, intermural sports and honor rolls. Now the National History Bee offers a goal that students can achieve by studying and understanding the history of the United States and other countries. It’s an exciting way to motivate an enthusiastic interest in one of the most important areas of study. And all home schooled students can participate FREE of charge.

Here’s just one example of a real life success story.

We recently heard from a parent whose son participated in the National History Bee in Nebraska a few years back. Like most home school parents, she wanted him not only to do well, but also to enjoy the process of learning. History lessons however, seemed to present a special challenge. Although she tried hard to make them interesting, her seventh grade son often found it hard to stay focused and interested. Fortunately, his participation in the National History Bee changed all that. Because he wanted to do well in the competition, he was willing and eventually, even eager, to dive deeper into his studies. He started trying to anticipate the questions that would be asked based on the material he was learning. Because the competition provided relevance to what, in his eyes, was boring information, it provoked his curiosity and sense of enjoyment about his studies in a way he hadn’t experienced before. This young scholar is now in 9th grade and already preparing to take the AP US History Exam during his sophomore year.

The National History Bee reflects what students are currently studying.

The questions are based on the fifth through eighth grade social studies curricula used by schools around the country. All of the questions are written and edited by history teachers, professors and other social studies educators and deal with topics and information students are currently covering in their class work.

Here’s how the competition works:

Students take an Online Exam supervised by their parents

All participants in the National History Bee must take an Online Qualifying Exam. This is the same test that children take in the classroom and can be prepared for with study guides and practice tests ordered through our website www.aceqb.com/historybee

Top Students Participate in One of 39 Regional Finals Around the Country

These face-to-face events give students the chance to meet, compete and network with each other.

Regional Winners Compete for the Championship in the National Finals

The winners meet to compete for the 2016-2017National History Bee Championship.

The National History Bee makes it as easy as possible for students to participate whether they attend a traditional school or are taught at home. We’re sure that your members will find this event well worth their time and effort. Not only does it help empower individual students, it also expands the ways your member families can connect with a wider educational community. And remember, home schooled applicants can register for FREE!

Help us demonstrate how competitive home schooled children can be.

We hope you’ll encourage your members to visit www.aceqb.com/historybee to find out more about this program now. Registration begins NOW and ends on December 18, 2016. They can register online anytime during that period. Of course, the sooner they register, the sooner their children can start preparing to compete for the 2016-2017 National History Bee Championship! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (850-888-8223) or by email at info@aceqb.com.

Thank you for helping us make the National History Bee accessible to home schooled scholars. We know that your organization, members and indeed, the whole community, will find it a worthwhile endeavor.

Eric Huff, M.Ed.
Academic Competition Enterprises (ACE)

PS: The attached FREE poster was created to announce this program to students and their families.




Back for its fifth run, the annual Dimensions puzzle hunt at MoMath unites puzzles, mathematics, and problem solving. Team up with your most creative friends, sharpen your pencils, and don your thinking caps for an evening of fun and hidden challenges at the National Museum of Mathematics.

This year's puzzle hunt features a casual track for beginners and an expert track for experienced solvers. Do you have an eye for what's out of place in the Museum? Be the first team to find the hidden puzzle and earn extra bonus points. And while you might not all receive the same puzzles, every player will go home with custom-made dice, goodies, and extra puzzles.

Dimensions 2016 will take place on Saturday, November 5th from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm (solutions due at 8:00 pm). Be sure to follow MoMath on Twitter (@MoMath1) and Facebook for pre-game surprises!

Learn more and register at puzzlehunt.momath.org. Space is limited, so sign up now.

National Museum of Mathematics

Support MoMath at momath.org/contribute
(212) 542-0566
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
United States



Jayne Irvine is a vocal and piano instructor working out of her studio in Brick, NJ.

She has a Master of Arts from the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York with an emphasis in vocal and choral pedagogy and has been teaching privately for five years in NYC and NJ. She works with students from age 6 and onward in learning music. She currently offers in-home and in-studio piano, voice, and group voice lessons. She primarily teaches private lessons, but also offers vocal and choral pedagogy classes, workshops, and master classes.

The first lesson is always Free! If you want to know if she is the right fit for you, book a Complimentary lesson at: info@jaynesmusicstudio.com

To learn more about Jayne, including testimonials, teaching style, and background, visit:


Jayne's Music Studio- Fostering a life-long love of music



2016 Valeo Innovation Challenge Contest is available for the students worldwide who have completed their high school education.

The Contest Deadline is January 31, 2017.

We thought your students might find this information useful.

Valeo Innovation Challenge Contest

USA Scholarships
Scholarships and Financial Aid Adviser

For more information of Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards and Competitions you can also check the given link:


We have another round of the 'HTML 101 for Homeschoolers' online class coming up. This one is starting November 7th (and again on December 5th) and I wanted to share the link in case some of your parents might be interested in it for their kids.


There's no charge for parents and kids to start and explore the class to see if they like it - (small fee if they want the full class, class project, and certificate), it's self-paced (but moderated with feedback and a certificate), and completely online.

Thanks in advance for sharing (and please let me know if you have any suggestions for helping connect other homeschool parents to this class)!

Alexandria Home school Dad to 2



Upcoming Student Matinees for the remaining 2016 season at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

A Child's Christmas in Wales - will conclude our 2016 season, with Student Matinees December 7th and 8th at 10:00am. Based on Thomas’ classic story about his childhood holidays in Wales in the early 1900’s, this beautiful piece about a time gone by rejoices in the simple joys of childhood, the spirit of goodness, the comfort of family, and the magic that music and the imagination bring to us all.

If you would like more information about our student matinees, please feel free to contact the Education Department.

We hope to see you at the theatre!


Becca Grek
Education Associate

(973) 845-6745
THEATRE/BOX OFFICE: 36 Madison Avenue • Madison, NJ 07040
ADMIN/PRODUCTION OFFICES: 3 Vreeland Road • Florham Park, NJ 07932



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