Local Practicum Childcare

Hello families!!

I recently sent out a Community Newsletter to all our current and new families with the registration links for both the Area and Local Practicums in June. I hope you were able to sign up for both or at least one!!

For the Local Practicum, Renee and I will be hosting together and would like to offer our current families childcare. If having childcare allows you to be there, please let us know so we can start planning. We will pay 2-3 teens to watch our kids and will split the cost per child.

Please get registered for Practicums soon!! They are coming up quick and if you’ve never been, it’s a great way to be enriched, encouraged and blessed!!


Foundations/Essentials Director

An Exciting Summer Opportunity

Hello everyone!

As our family makes summer plans to road trip, we came across an exciting opportunity that we thought others may want to know about. The Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas is hosting a dinosaur excavation digging experience for homeschool families!!!

You can see more details here: http://www.creationevidence.org/events/homeschool_excavations.php

Although those dates don’t work for us, we are considering being a part of the dates open to the public at the end of June to early July. You can see that info under the “Dino Digs” section and click on “Excavations Page”.


Fall Enrollment is now OPEN!!

Good evening families! 

I just wanted to send everyone a quick message to let you know that registration is now open for the fall semester! Prior to applying, I’d like to do a family interview with you so I can learn how to best serve you this coming year. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better and look forward to the upcoming school year together. Please click the link below and choose the day/time that works best for you and your spouse to meet via zoom with me to secure your spot for fall. If you prefer in person, I’m happy to arrange that as well. Following that interview, I will send out the application so you can enroll for the fall semester. 

Lastly, we are having our Community Policy and Procedures handbook looked over at this time to be sure we are set for any laws changing to protect our families and community. You will receive an email prior to your interview, please look it over and have any questions ready.

Please let me know if you have any more questions!


Jessica Chartraw

Stick in the Sand Inc.

Director Foundations/Essentials 

CC of Rice Lake

Week 24 Community Day Schedule

Hello dear CC families!

Can you believe Monday is our last community day for the school year?! It feels like its flown by! I am so blessed by each of you and your families, and I want you to know how much I appreciate each of your contributions that make our community what it is. Thank you!!!!!

This week will look a bit different than what is typical, so be sure to look at the schedule closely. I’m including our itinerary below so you can plan accordingly.

We plan to have lunch in the Soul Garage. If you wish to order Little Caesars pizza for lunch. Please place your Little Caesars pizza order online. Then send me a copy of your order via email or text so I can pick them all up at 11:20am. (Note: Lunch will be from 11:30-12:30pm.) Beverages are available for sale in the Soul Garage if you wish, otherwise feel free to bring your own.

**Please take note that the WHOLE COMMUNITY is asked to remain from 12:30-1:20pm to run through the program schedule with our students immediately following lunch.**


9-9:30am: Opening Assembly

9:30-10am: Orchestra- Whole Community in Tree Room

10-11:30am: New Grammar, Science and Presentations in Classrooms

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch in Soul Garage

12:30-1:20pm: End of the Year Ceremony practice in Soul Garage for Whole Community

1:20-3pm: Essentials Class

Let me know if you have any questions. Happy Easter!


CC SERVES spirit week 2021

I am so excited for the opportunity to serve our community next week!! Here are the details for the Cat Coalition.

I spoke with the Jean, the amazing lady in charge of the Cat Coalition today. She is so thrilled to have us come help!

Wednesday and Thursday are the two days they could use help next week. The time fram is 8:30A to 12:30P. I know this is when most of us like to get school in so I’m looking for families to volunteer and maybe be flexible to flip flop school this one week.

Which day is better for you? If we have enough families, it would be great to send some on both days to help. We will be cleaning litter boxes, wiping walls, weather permitted raking and picking up trash outside, and snuggling all the cats too!!!

If you have animal allergies, no worries! I’m speaking tomorrow with the Rice Lake principal to work out teacher cards and we do have Operation Christmas boxes to fold as well.

Please get back to me before Monday so I can confirm with Jean how many we will have each day to serve them!

Thank you for being excited with me and willing to serve our community!


Summer Practicum Day 1 Registration is Open!

“Day 1” Area Practicum registration is open. This event is happening in Chippewa Falls, June 5th. Practicum events are FREE! Attending my first Practicum before starting to homeschool is when I knew this is what I wanted for my kids and began my search for a community!

Here is the registration link for Day 1:

Practicum looks a bit different this year! CC listened to our feedback and reformatted Practicum into 3 individual day events! This solves many of the overwhelming aspects of planning Practicums such as kids’ camps/childcare are now optional, a one-day commitment versus 3 consecutive days, and tutors don’t have to miss the rich afternoon content that would happen in large group while tutors attended academic orientation!

“Day 1” Area Practicum will include diving into the classical model through the lens of the theme “The Art of Grammar- Attending to the Essentials.” For those who have attended in previous years, this content is what we would cover in the morning sessions of the 3-day Practicums consolidated into one day. This is a great event for all, whether someone has been homeschooling for 25 years to those looking into homeschooling for the first time. Childcare will not be provided.

“Day 2” Local Practicum will be happening in Rice Lake along with Ladysmith, Jim Falls and Hayward communities joining us. This will be a hands-on day of conversation and practical tools regarding the ways we learn/utilize the classical model. For those who’ve attended previous years, this content is what would have been covered in the afternoon exercises of the 3-Day Practicums now consolidated into one day.

“Day 3” Academic Training will be hosted in Saint Croix Falls and possibly one in Rice Lake. This is a required training for Tutors and Directors. This is the equivalent of our tutor academic orientation that previously happened in the afternoons during a 3-day Practicum now consolidated into one day. Tutors, more info on this to come. 🙂

Here is a short clip from parents who’ve attended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3BeJ59IDIw&t=58s

Reach out to me if you have any questions!