Northwest Arkansas Christian Home Educators Association

Monthly Archives: April 2014

2014 NWACHEA Used Book Sale

Mark your calendars: the NWACHEA Used Book Sale is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, 2014 at Mt. Comfort Church of Christ in Fayetteville

Note the location change this year – with easy access from I-49 (a.k.a. 540) – and NEW shopping times!

The sale will be Friday 7 – 9 p.m. AND Saturday 9 – 11 a.m. Volunteers will be able to shop Friday 6 – 7 p.m., prior to opening the sale up to non-volunteers.

You DO NOT have to be a member of NWACHEA to participate in the book sale as a buyer or seller. There is no entrance fee to shop. 


If you wish to sell books, you will need to purchase pre-printed labels that include all of the information required for the sale. Labels are $3 for a set of 50. Your books must be marked with these labels to be placed in the sale. If you wish to purchase labels, please contact Amy Calhoun(If you have NWACHEA labels left over from previous years, you may use them – but please let Amy know that you are planning to sell books this year.)

NWACHEA will retain a percentage of sales as follows:

Volunteers who work Friday 2 – 4 pm or Friday 4 – 6 pm or Saturday 11 – 1 pm – 5%
Volunteers who work Friday 7 – 9 pm or Saturday 9 – 11 am – 10%
Non-volunteers – 20%

Drop off for all items will be Friday, June 20th, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Mt. Comfort Church.

Unsold books must be picked up on Saturday, June 21st, from 12 – 1 p.m. Any items left behind after the sale will be donated or disposed of, at NWACHEA’s discretion. 


Due to suggestions from some of you, we have changed this year’s sale to include shopping hours on both Friday and Saturday. Please help us make the new schedule a success with your volunteer labor!

We must have enough volunteers to complete tasks in a limited amount of time, in order for the sale to operate on schedule. The 3 times slots listed (above) at the 5% commission rate are critical. If you do not have a preference, please consider volunteering for one – or more – of those. The Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. shift is particularly crucial. 

There are a limited number of available slots in each shift. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Marni Hendrix.

Volunteer times/tasks are:
* Friday 2 – 4 p.m. (marking chair locations, stacking chairs, setting up tables, sorting/placing books)
* Friday 4 – 6 p.m. (sorting/placing books)
Friday 7 – 9 p.m. (book straightening, working checkout table)
Saturday 9 – 11 a.m. (book straightening, working checkout table)
* Saturday 11 – 1 p.m. (sorting and stacking unsold books for pickup, breaking down tables, setting up chairs)

 * Please DO NOT bring younger children during these times. Volunteers will be moving furniture, carrying boxes, sorting books, and they cannot safely do these things with little ones in the area.

For any other questions, please contact Amy Calhoun.


NWACHEA K-3rd Spelling Bee – Registration Now Open!

Parents, please understand the deadlines and requirements that we have placed upon this event.  They exist to assure fairness for all of the students participating in the bee, as well as to save the coordinators extra work and confusion at the last minute as there are many items (paperwork, awards, etc.) that have to be prepared ahead of time.  Thanks for your understanding!


Friday, May 9, 2014
10:00 am
Grace Church, 2828 N. Crossover, Fayetteville

Grace Church is on the east side of Crossover road, between the stoplights of Old Wire and Township.  It is a brown building that sits back from the road a bit.


Friday, May 2, by 10:00 pm

Please provide Marni Hendrix with your child’s name and grade level, and your name and phone number. You may contact her by email or at 479-444-6405. Marni will let you know that she received your request to participate, and will send your child’s practice list. If you do not receive these within a few days, please contact her to confirm that your child is registered.


This event is free for NWACHEA members. At the time you sign up, let Marni know that you are a NWACHEA member, and whether you are registered with the Rogers or Fayetteville group.

For families who are not NWACHEA members, the fee is $5 per participating child, non-refundable after the registration deadline. Marni must receive your registration request andpayment by 10:00 pm on May 2. Please mail a check payable to “NWACHEA”, to the following address tobereceived by May 2 in order to secure your spot:

Marni Hendrix
1201 N. Truax Lane
Fayetteville, AR 72704

Non-members who registered by email will receive word from Marni, confirming that their check has arrived.


Rather than have a child get “out” when they miss a word, each child is eventually given a set number of words to spell (probably 10). The kindergarteners will be tested by themselves as a group, then the first graders, etc. Each child takes a turn spelling one word, going through all the kids in the group ten times. At the end, the child in each grade level that has spelled the most correct out of the 10 words wins for that grade level.

Students will be seated in a row of chairs at the front facing the audience, and each child will stand when it is his turn to spell, then sit back down.

Marni Hendrix have lists of the very words that will be given in each grade level, for the kids to practice at home. Unknown (unpracticed) words will be given in the bee if the coordinator has run out of words.

Some other things parents can have the participants practice:

When it is their turn, students should say the word, then spell the word, then say the word again to end their turn. They don’t HAVE to say the word at the beginning and end, but it is a very helpful signal to the judges to know they are done. Plus, it is good practice for the older bee protocol. If it is hard for them to juggle this protocol, then just have them say the letters only.

They do NOT have to indicate capital letters as in the word February.

They should THINK before they speak, rather than think with their mouth, because the judges will not be allowing the following:

“number. n, n, n, n….u, m, b, e, r. number”

“n,u,n, I mean m, b, e r. number”

“n, u, m….number, n, u, m, b, e, r, number”

“n, u, can I start over?”

Once letters come out of the mouth, that’s their literal spelling of that word.  This all sounds quite strict, but the primary aim is to be fair to every participant and once the judges let things slide, it becomes unfair very quickly.