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The Training Ground Transition is Complete

Thanks to almost a year of hard work and cooperation of family, club members, and friends, our club has moved out completely from the former TG building and transitioned to a community club model with a team of wonderful parent-leaders.

The Mancinis’ property in Bushnell’s Basin is now leased to a political campaign:  Rich Funke for NY State Senator.  Some of you might find it exciting to volunteer there for campaign events (hands-on Social Studies!), “keeping one foot in the Basin”!

As spring begins, we are happy to begin distributing the new TG logo drawstring bags (free) to members and sending care packages of goodies to our TG alums living away at college.  Thanks to Mrs. D’Angelo and Mrs. Pond, respectively, for coordinating these efforts for the TG community.

AND it is almost time for spring survey.  Be thinking about your general homeschool commitments for next school year and how you would like to be involved in the TG Club, both in leadership/service and participation in activities.  :)

 

Winter Course Registration Begins….

Now open for registration:  Teen Volleyball – Spring 2014.

Soon to be posted:  Art Classes (Mondays) with Mrs. Joanne Andrews.

Stay tuned for info about:  Winter socials and projects, Snowshoeing Day (equipment provided)….

Members and their families are welcome to submit information on activities they wish to host/coordinate, too!

Membership Continues & Activity Registration is Underway!

Our club offers enrichment activities for Christian homeschooled teens in grades 6-12.  If you are intending to participate in The Training Ground for 2013-2014, NOW is the time to submit your membership forms and payment to receive a password to view the details for fall courses & activities.

Members’ parents will also receive weekly email Updates regarding new opportunities posted throughout the year.

Currently, instructors & activity coordinators are taking email registrations for:  Teen Volleyball (ages 12 and up); The Pilgrim’s Progress (meets monthly for gr. 10-12); TG Book Club – River tales in a variety of genres for gr. 6-9 (meets monthly); Jr. High Backyard Games & Ice Cream Social (Sep); Jr. High Bowling Day (Oct); TG Yard Party (all members, Aug); and more to come!

Soon we expect to post information about:  Art classes, Kayaking Day, Sr. High socials and/or service projects; Jeopardy Game Days; Career Field Trips; etc.  TG Spring Running Club is also planned for 2014, and plans are underway to continue the TG Puppeteer ministry to the community.  We welcome parents and community instructors to help organize life skill courses or activities throughout the year.

Mark your calendar for the all-member TG Yard Party— Thursday, Aug 22, 1-3 pm, at the Mancinis’ home (rain date Aug 23), and we hope to see you there!  :)  Click the MEMBERSHIP tab for more information!

Membership Opens July 15, 2013

Woo hoo!  Beginning mid-July, current TG members may renew their annual membership, and new members are welcome to join the club!

By July 15, 2013, the Policy Manual and membership forms will be updated online to reflect the changes in the TG club.  Please read the policies and forms thoroughly before submitting your membership forms.

Note our NEW mailing address (on forms and on our contact page).

 

Training Ground Future

The Training Ground will transition soon to become a community organization —without an LLC status and without a designated building, but with the same standards and shared community of teen members.

The existence, structure, and scope of the club for 2013-14 entirely depends on volunteer parent involvement, leadership commitment, and responsible instructors working as independent contractors.

If you share the vision for a 2013-14 TG club specifically for Christian homeschooled teens, please contact Becky about your intended involvement OR simply to discuss potential areas of service to the organization.

 

Winter/Spring Course Registration: Dec. 5-7

TG Members may register online for second semester courses on December 5-7, 2012.  Courses will be posted a day or two early for preview only.

Be sure your account is paid up prior to registration.

We will host Career Exploration (with several guest speakers in a variety of fields), Guitar, TG Volleyball, CPR, Critical Thinking Online, Youth Toastmasters, literature, TG Running Club, Chess, Basketball, Proverbs 31 Bible Study & Service, Junior Class (11th grade) Leadership, Watercolor classes, and group game days.

We look forward to seeing you at the TG for classes and activities!

Save the Date! TG Barn Party & Talent Show – Oct. 27th

To celebrate our 10th year, we are bringing back an old favorite:  Our “smokin’ feast BBQ country supper, barn party, and talent show at the big barn at Long Acre Farms in Macedon!  The event is Saturday, October 27th, 6:00-8:00 PM.  All TG members are invited.  There is no required fee, but a $5-10 donation is suggested, and we want your talent for the evening’s informal entertainment!  Email Mrs. Mancini with your ideas, and fellow members if you plan to do an act together.  You can even reserve the TG for rehearsal time.

Fall Course Registration Begins August 6th!

TG Members who have joined/renewed for 2012-2013 are welcome to participate in our online fall course registration, August 6-8, 2012.  Some courses will still be open for registration after the 8th if there are spaces available.

NEW this year! Intro to Debate, The Pilgrims Progress classic lit & fellowship,  Group Guitar,  Art with Charity, and more.

Returning for our special 10th year! Mrs. Rupe’s Study Skills course, Jeopardy socials, Puppetry Training,  and Back 2 Genesis Creation Workshops.

Catch some favorites, too, such as Volleyball, Running Club, and Basketball. Jr. high students can take TG Book Club with biblical connections to Who is My Neighbor?

Courses are posted for PREVIEW ONLY beginning Thursday, August 2. Please do not register before Aug. 6. Course confirmations will be sent by email one week after registration.

We are still accepting memberships for the 2012-2013 school year. See our membership page for instructions and forms to print, complete, sign, and mail in. You may also contact Becky Mancini to arrange a tour.

TG Open House & Early Bird Membership – June 12

Come on board with the CREW for the Training Ground’s 10th year!*

Membership forms and policies will be updated online by June 1st so that you can submit your membership form, payment, and (new this year) “TG Teen Plus Ten” volunteer commitment.  You may mail those to The Training Ground (postmarked anytime in June means an early bird discount!), or stop in at the Open House to drop them off.  New members can get tours and ask questions (look for the TG hosts wearing their t-shirts and caps), and there will be refreshments, too.

OPEN HOUSE:   June 12, 2012, from 2:00-4:00 PM.

*Expect some TEN-FOLD blessings this year for TG members!  Each month during the school year, we will have special events or give-aways or a TG Speaker Series event, as well as essays to encourage you ofTEN in your journey in Christ.  We will run a TOP TEN list occasionally during the year and give TEN extra TG points to the person whose submission earns the first spot.  Best of all, we will delve into the Gospel of John, chapter 10, and learn what it means to be a sheep in the fold of the Good Shepherd.

We welcome TG alums to visit, speak, fellowship, instruct.  Some of our earliest grads are now married with children.  We’d love to see you throughout the year.

My goal is that we rejunvenate while we celebrate — that the Lord has granted us a decade of fellowship, training, and inspiration at The Training Ground club.

To God be the Glory!

Spring Choral Concert – May 8

Come enjoy an evening of patriotic music performed by nearly 25 of our own TG teens.  The concert will be at Pittsford Community Church at 7:30 PM and is FREE.

The choral director, Mrs. Misty Irwin, said she “would love to have as many members of the military past or present come and enjoy the music the students have worked so hard to learn.”

Also, we welcome all TG families, their friends, neighbors, and the community!

Mrs. Judy Monro will provide piano accompaniment.

Refreshments following.