There is no fee to join this group. We may, from time to time, request donations to cover expenses that occur for the group, but we will generally try to limit these requests.
Joining our group is easy. Simply review what we are all about, read the code of conduct; and, if you agree that this group will meet needs in your family, request to join the group by copying the registration information and emailing to email@example.com. Upon receipt, you will be granted access to the password-protected pages of our site and added to our mailing list for communication regarding group events or community activities.
Website membership requires completing a profile, but you may omit any information you are not comfortable sharing online. Feel free to join under your school name or some other user name, if you prefer.
***NOTE: If you do not receive contact from us within a week of your submission, please call the number listed on the registration form.
Southwest Virginia Home Educators
(Copy information below and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
EMAIL & PHONE #:
CHILDREN HOMESCHOOLED (INCLUDING PRE-K)/DOB/AGE/GRADE/SEX:
Do you want your family listed in our group directory? YES or NO (only available to members)
Registered as a legal homeschooler with the school district? _____
Homeschool Legal Defense Association member? _____ (Not required, but recommended - www.hslda.org. Ask for details on receiving our group discount.)
I have read the Code of Conduct for SWVAHE, agree that my family will honor this code of excellence at all functions, and that failure to do so may result in restriction from future activities. I am currently in compliance with the legal status of home schooling in Virginia (or your state of residence) or, in the case of families with preschoolers, plan to do so. I understand that failure to comply with any of the above, at any time, will result in membership denial or termination. If registered in Virtual Academy, I understand that I am not a legal home educator, but can still attend SWVAHE events.
Further, I release Southwest Virginia Home Educators., its leaders & representatives, and/or any institutions or facilities at which we hold meetings or activities from all liability for any injury to my family or dependents as a result of participation in homeschooling field trips, events, or activities.
Signature - (type name as your agreement to the above) Date:
(SWVAHE reserves the right to deny membership to a prospective member by decision of the administration or based on non-compliance to the application.)
Our desire is that all members behave in an EXCELLENT manner. Webster defines excellence as “the possession chiefly of good qualities in an unusual degree; surpassing virtue, merit, worth, value.” God told the saints in Philippi through Paul & Timothy to think about the things that are excellent or praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8); therefore, our code of conduct is written to encourage our members to behave in such a way.
Conduct of all members – parents, students, & guests – should be respectful, not disruptive or destructive (neither physically nor emotionally). Our words should encourage; not tear down. Discretion should be our goal to achieve the excellence that will honor God. Discretion, as defined by Bill Gothard, is “the ability to avoid words, actions, and attitudes that could result in undesirable consequences.” Basically, we need to say and do the right thing in the right way at the right time. [~Women of Excellence by Cynthia Heald]
Our members are asked to dress modestly with decency and propriety. This means different things to different people. Basically, cover the “3 B’s”: breasts, belly, & bottom. Please keep in mind the visual nature of boys & men. Our goal should never be to cause them to stumble. As advocates of both breastfeeding and modesty, we would like to ask nursing mothers to use discretion when nursing their babies at our events.
These guidelines are in place so we can provide an educational and social atmosphere that is not a distraction for our children, parents or other guests that attend our events. We are in no way trying to dictate your choices at other times, but do appreciate your attention to these matters when you are attending a SWVAHE event or activity. We are a diverse group of educators with a variety of opinions on appropriate behavior so pleasing everyone will be an impossibility. However, as we strive to be a unified body, we ask that you focus on the issues that unite us, rather than those that divide us.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” ~ Colossians 3:12-14.