NOT Going Back To School Picnic

September has arrived, which means it is time to kick-off another great year with Grassroots Homeschoolers. As is tradition, we will start the new homeschooling year with our annual NOT Back To School Picnic on Wednesday, September 4th.

The picnic will be held at Frankfort’s Commissioners Park, located at 22108 S. 80th Ave. We will meet at the pavilion at 11:00 AM. Commissioners Park offers a great place play, with indoor restrooms.

The picnic is open to all families interested in learning more about our cooperative, and homeschooling in general. We will use some of our time, to plan upcoming Gathering Day Activities, as well as discuss possible field-trip ideas. Please come ready with your visions for the coming year, and what you would like to volunteer for. Also please share your ideas on how we can incorporate your family’s special interests in gathering day activities and/or outings. Grassroots is truly a grassroots organization: the more volunteers we have the more fun and education we can provide.

We look forward to catching up with our friends from last year, and making new friends this year. Our next gathering day will be on Wednesday, September 18th, at St. Paul’s church.

2019-2020 Calendar

Welcome to the Grassroots Homeschoolers’ 2019-2020 Event Calendar! Please visit our About page to learn more about our organization. All Gathering Day activities are held at St. Paul’s Church in Matteson, unless otherwise noted. Please review our Gathering Day Guidelines prior to attending an event.

Gathering Dates and Tentative Programs*
*Programs may change due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are not a member and are interested in receiving information about our programs and events, please contact a board member to receive meeting dates, times, and schedules.

Gathering Day Dates for 2019/2020

All families are asked to contribute $3.00 per Gathering for facility use
Visitor’s fee for non-Grassroots members is $13.00 per family
Please consider volunteering to help coordinate these fun-filled events!

Sept 4 – Not Going Back To School Picnic – Curriculum & Book Fair

Sept 18 – Health and Fitness Day – Nut Free (Allergen)

Oct 2 – Follow the Leader – Bully Prevention Program

Oct 16 – Dinosaur Discoveries – Featuring an iguana and box turtle

Nov 6 – Harvest Costume Party

Nov 20 – Thanksgiving Feast & Blanket Trading

Dec 4 – Holiday Craft Day

Dec 18 – Game Day & Group Social

Jan 1 – No Gathering – Happy New Year

Jan 15 – Art Expo

Feb 5 – Valentine’s Party

Feb 19 – Black History – Special Event

Mar 4 TBD

Mar 18 – The Magic of Science – Special Event

Apr 1 – Wacky Crazy Birthday Celebration

Apr 15 – Pet Day

May 6 – Science Fair – Featuring hands-on stations

May 20 – Talent Show & Ice Cream Social

Jun 3 – Graduation & Awards Night (Prep & Practice) – Open Gym

Graduation – TBD(Anticipating June 5th or June 12th)

Please see the monthly member’s newsletter for any schedule changes or additions
Events & activities may include an outside presenter in addition to the planned program
Dates and programs subject to change


2016 – 2017 Calendar

Welcome to Grassroots Homeschoolers 2016 – 2017 Calendar of Events. Please visit our About page to learn more about our organization. The calendar will be fully populated after our first Gathering Day, on September 7th.

Gathering Dates and Tentative Programs*
*Programs may change due to unforeseen circumstances, if you are not a member and receiving consistent communication, please contact one of the board members to verify meeting date, time and program prior to attending.

All Gathering Day activities are held at St. Paul’s Church in Matteson, unless otherwise noted. Please review our Gathering Day Guidelines prior to attending an event.

  • September 7, 2016 ~ Not Going Back to School Picnic
    • Commissioners Park ~ 22108 S 80th Ave, Frankfort, Illinois 60423
      • Meet at the pavilion near the playground. This is our annual Get together to Meet and Share with other homeschoolers. Come and help us plan activities, field trips and parties for the upcoming year. We move indoors on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Matteson.


  • September 21, 2016 ~ Open House


  • October 5, 2016 ~ Fall Fest


  • October 19, 2016 ~ Harvest Day


  • November 2, 2016 ~ Halloween Party
    • There will also be an outside presenter on “Incredible Bats”


  • November 16, 2016 ~ Thanksgiving Feast


  • December 7, 2016 ~ Talent Show


  • December 21, 2016 ~ No Gathering due to holidays


  • January 4, 2017 ~ Open Gym, Social time, Hot Chocolate and cookies


  • January 18, 2017 ~ Nations of the World Day


  • February 1, 2017 ~ Outside Presenter 


  • February 15, 2017 ~ Valentine Party


  • March 1, 2017 ~American Red Cross


  • March 15, 2017 ~ St. Patrick’s Celebration/Irish Day


  • April 5, 2017 ~ Science Fair


  • April 19, 2017 ~Earth Day (outside presenter)


  • May 3, 2017 ~ TBA


  • May 17, 2017 ~Pet Day



  • June 9, 2017 ~ Graduation/Awards Night

Grassroots Homeschoolers’ Gathering Day Guidelines

   Grassroots Homeschoolers’ Gathering Day Guidelines

Arrival & General Rules:

Read and review these Gathering Day Rules with your children at home and at the Welcome Table upon arrival.

Park in the back lot of the Church and enter through the Gym doors located through the fenced in play yard.

Doors to the Gym Open at 11:30am.

All members and visitors check in at the Welcome Table.

Members pay a $3 facility fee for each Gathering Day.

Visitors are required to fill out a visitor’s form and pay a $12 visitors fee.

Member’s Grandparents and spouses are always free.

The Welcome table will close at the start of our Gathering Day programs.

Please be sure to complete any business prior to its close!

Wear a name-tag (available at the Welcome table) and have your children wear them too. It makes it easier for us all to get to know each other and helps visitors and new members feel welcome.

Post Items of Interest on the bulletin board and submit them to the newsletter editors.

All are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy while visiting and making new friends before the scheduled Program.

Set-up a table and chairs for your family, or make arrangements to share this responsibility with friends.

Please clean up any mess you make and throw away all lunch debris.

Children are NOT allowed in the Hallways, supply rooms, or kitchen unless authorized and attended by an adult.

Parents/Guardians must remain on the premises with their children at all times.

Programming Rules:

Because our Gathering Days are held in a gym, the noise levels can seem chaotic at times. Please remind your children that work is being conducted in the Church Offices and we must keep our noise levels to a minimum.

Once the call for announcements begins, Parents must gather their families and participate or sit with them until the end of the scheduled program. If your child is not interested in the day’s activities/program, they are welcome to gather at the opposite end of the gym and play quietly until the activity/program has ended.

Children may play in the backyard area under close adult supervision, only when the St. Paul Preschool children are not occupying the space. Use of the playground equipment is prohibited.

All families are encouraged to help with any clean up needed after the program is complete.

Use of the Gym floor is permitted only after all Gathering Day Programs are complete.

Use of any St. Paul’s gym equipment is prohibited. Please bring your own gym balls or use the equipment proved by our group.

At the Close of the Program, or sooner if you will be leaving early, please take down and put away your families table and chairs, or make arrangements to share this responsibility with a friend.