August 9, 2012

Good Morning, ice cream4
Does this HOT summer weather send your family indoors for school work?  The 2012-2013 School Year is just around the corner.  Our PEACH Kick-Off is scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00pm at the Church of Christ on McDermott Road. 
At the Kick-Off you will also be able to renew your membership and then have the opportunity to sign up for great field trips!  Special homeschool vendors will be present to give out information on sports, art classes, music and more!   There will be ice cream and the whole family is invited! 

Thursday, August 23 @ 7 PM PEACH Kick-Off

Remember, members can find more details for any of these and other events on the PEACH Yahoo site.   When you renew your membership you will recieve an invitation to rejoin the Yahoo group.

PEACH Field Trips   symphony

2012-2013 School Year  

Our field trip coordinator, Tami Cooke and her team have been working on great trips for the 2012-2013 School Year.  Several have been posted to the Yahoo group and many more will be announced at the PEACH Kick-Off.  When you renew your membership you can access the Clip n' Mail's from the PEACH Yahoo Site.   


Some of the great upcoming field trips including touring the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Planetarium, Dallas Children's Museum, Casa Manana shows, Dallas Morning News Tour and many others! 


Don't forget you can sign up for all of these field trips at the PEACH Kick-off!  

American Heritage Girls

PEACH Troop TX -0266  


American Heritage Girls
PEACH's American Heritage Girls 
had a great second year with an enrollment of 26 girls which is the perfect number for a new organization!  We are gearing up for 2012-2013 and look forward to an exiting year of growing "women of integrity" as the Lord leads! We were blessed with a committed leadership team and have added more leaders to enhance your daughter's scouting experience. 

PEACH Drama Club  Drama_Club

Middle School & High School


PEACH offers a Christian Student Led Drama Club, which allows for leadership opportunities in the field of Theater including Directing, Stage Management, Back Stage set development, acting, sound, and lighting.




This is a student led Drama Club for Middle, High, and College Students Siblings of the Drama Club Students may be permitted to participate in the back stage, with props, and cast position based on needs of the Club at the discretion of the Drama Advisory Team.


Although this is a Student Led Drama Club, parents are an integral part of our success. This is not a drop off program. At least one parent is responsible for staying at Drama or having another adult be responsible for their child during meetings. Parental involvement is expected.


PEACH's Drama Club will kick off on September 7th, 2012 more information is available to PEACH Members on our Member Exclusive PEACH Yahoo group.  


PEACH Girl Scouts

Homeschool Christian Girl Scout Cluster 

Girl Scouts Thin Mint  
PEACH's Girl Scout Cluster provides a nurturing Christian environment where our girls build skills for success in the real world.  We work so that girls can develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self worth.  Girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of personal responsibility, the value of goal-setting, the spirit of teamwork, and the thrill of accomplishment.
Our Girl Scout Kick-Off Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 5th, members can find more details on our PEACH Yahoo group.  

PEACH Pacers Running Club
Beginning this School-Year  

Marathon kids running club  

PEACH Pacers Running Club - to launch at Kick Off for 8 year olds and up. We will have sign up sheet at our PEACH Kick-Off along with health waivers. This will run alongside Marathon Kids - online health and exercise program.
To spark a flame in our kids the love of exercise,
whether it be running, swimming, tennis, or anything else.
Just to get active!

To encourage healthy living on a family level,
but starting with the kids.

More details are available on the PEACH Yahoo Group.

PEACH Classic Book Club  

2012-2013 Book List


PEACH offers a Classical Book Club for members 6th through 12th grade.


Students meet every other month to discuss books of excellence while learning Biblical discernment in reading literature, all in a moderated discussion environment.  

 Black Ships Before Troy

Students learn to enjoy reading and discussing excellent literature.  They are encouraged to participate but not feel self-conscious by having to answer questions "on the fly".


Our first book will be Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff, so begin reading and come prepared to discuss this book at our first meeting Thursday, September 27th.


This Years Books Include:

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander: The Book of Three

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

 Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott

Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

Ben Hur by Lew Wallace


More information is available on the PEACH Yahoo Group.

PEACH Cub Scout Pack 226.

Christian Homeschool Pack

 boy scouts 


PEACH's Pack 226 is a Christian-based homeschool Cub Scout pack which meets on Monday evenings.   Our pack offers weekly den meetings using BSA tested and approved monthly activity guides; monthly pack meetings to recognize achievement; and BSA Council and District sponsored events.  For more information, members may visit the PEACH Yahoo Group.

Box Tops for Education

Bring to the Kick-Off


box tops for education

Don't forget to bring your Box Tops for Education to the PEACH Kick-Off. We  will have our donation box set up!  Box Tops collected are used for our $500 College scholarship each year. 

Meals for Moms

Currently providing meals



PEACH's Meals for Mom has a need for one of our members who just had a baby.  Please see the recent Yahoo message with details.  


2012-2013 HSAA High School Soccer

Girls Soccer Tryouts


Monday, Aug. 13 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Friday, Aug. 17 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Monday, Aug. 20 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

5601 Duck Creek Dr * Garland, TX

Seniors of 2012, you are welcome to visit tryouts and share your HSAA experience with the new players.

Please be sure to bring lots of cold water and/or sports drinks.

Registration forms will be handed out at tryouts. The costs for the season will be $300 for dues and approximately $325 for uniform package. These costs are itemized in the registration forms.

For questions regarding High School Girls Soccer, please contact:
Trey Hoegenauer, (469) 964-1781,
Marcelle Bordelon, (972) 489-1642,

Christian Family HEAD Used Book Sale

Saturday, August 11th - 10am to 3pm

  peach withbooks


At the Christian Family HEAD Used Book Sale - AUGUST 2012

3018 N. Beltline Road
The chapel faces the back parking
lot of the SFBC complex.
DROP-OFF: Friday, Aug 10 4pm
SHOP: Saturday Aug 11, 10am


PEACH members are invited to sell and shop the sale!  For more information Contact Cindy, HERE.

In This Issue
Field Trips
Am. Heritage Girls
Drama Club
Girl Scouts
Running Club
Book Club
Cub Scouts
Box Tops
Meals for Moms
Girls Soccer
Book Sale




Braum's Book
Buddy Program


 Braums Book Buddy

Braum's offers a wonderful reading incentive program for youth grades 1st thru 5th.  Jennifer Cash is our coordinator for the Braum's Book Buddy program will have all necessary materials at our August kick-off. 
Click HERE for
more details. 
Staples Teacher Appreciation Day
 staples logo
Staples stores across North Texas will host a
with a gift bag and lots of coupons this Saturday, August 11th from 9am to Noon
.  Click HERE for more details.  
August at the
Dallas Arboretum



Now is the perfect time to bring family, friends or out of town guests for up to 66% off regular daytime admission! During August, daytime admission for all guests is just $5! Click HERE to visit them online.  
Spell to Write &
Read Texas in Frisco 



The Spell to Write and Read Texas trainers are coming to Frisco August 24-25th to teach a seminar!!! If you are interested in this curriculum, this is THE PERFECT time to learn. The program is not an easy one to look at and understand without spending time reading the book and asking questions because it is not set up like a lot of other choices on the market. Yes, it does take more effort on the teacher's part than other programs, but I believe that the rewards are far worth it for the students. This training opportunity in Frisco is a dream come true for me and I am so excited to have this training available!  
Click HERE for more info.
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Carole Joy Seid
A Literature Based Approach to Education
September 15th
Click HERE for details
Send Questions
to Dana
Educator Evening in the Fort Worth Cultural District 

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 4-7 p.m.
Click HERE
for details.
Items for the
next Flash
If you have something that needs a little 'publicity', please click HERE to submit information for inclusion in a weekly PEACH Flash.
Helpful Links

Home School Friendly Events Around Plano

Click on the following links for more information on these upcoming events, opportunities, and activities.  



  • 9Olympic Gaming at Schimelpfenig Library
  • 10 - -Meet the Museum at Sixth Floor Museum
  • 11 - FREE Target Fun Day at Latino Culture Center
  • 11 - FREE Tour at Crow Collection of Asian Art 1pm
  • 12 - FREE Target Family Fun Day at Amon Carter Museum
  • 14 - Texas Discovery Gardens FREE Tuesday
  • 15-16 - Street Art Camp at Dallas Museum of Art
  • 18 - FREE Tour at Crow Collection of Asian Art 1pm
  • 18Library Legos at Schimelpfenig Library
  • 21 - Texas Discovery Gardens FREE Tuesday
  • 23 - PEACH 2012-2013 Kick-Off
  • 25 - FREE Tour at Crow Collection of Asian Art 1pm
  • 27 - Monday Night Mindstretchers at Schimelpfenig Library
  • 28 - Texas Discovery Gardens FREE Tuesday

    Click HERE to see additional Homeschool friendly events in the area



    The PEACH Board of Directors are looking forward to seeing your family at the Kick-Off!   We are so excited at the almost 150 member renewals we have already seen!  We are looking forward to renewing your  family's membership at the Kick-Off or you can save time and renew now.  It's exciting looking at all the great choices available for PEACH members this year.   Dates have also been set for our PEACH Super Science Night, PEACH Recital, PEACH Used Book Sale and even the End-of-the-Year Picnic, so begin marking your calendars!


    Lisa Kirkwood
    PEACH Communication Director

    Information and advertisements in the PEACH Newsletter and PEACH Flashes do not necessarily indicate endorsement by PEACH. Information is provided to PEACH members as a way to assist in home schooling their children. PEACH members are expected to verify information and investigate for themselves whether participation would be appropriate for their particular family situation.