NOT Going Back To School Picnic

September is a very special month when we rev up our engines and prepare 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 held annually on the first Wednesday of September. Print out our flier and mark your calendar!

The picnic will be held at the St. Paul Church gymnasium, located at 6201 W. Vollmer Rd, Matteson, IL. The picnic begins at 11:30 AM. Masks are optional during indoor play sessions.

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!

Grassroots Not Going Back to School Picnic Image

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2022-2023 Calendar

Welcome to the Grassroots Homeschoolers’ 2022-2023 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.

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!
Members may be asked to bring supplies or projects to share
Children who wish to make a presentation about the topic of the day or any topic they are interested in are encouraged to do so at any gathering

Grassroots Calendar 2022 at a Glance

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Appended Disclaimer

Photo Gallery

Our Photo Gallery is a work in progress; just like life. 🙂

Please enjoy these pictures from a few of our wonderful Gathering Day events.


Grassroots Homeschoolers Halloween Party
Grassroots Homeschoolers Halloween Party


Grassroots Homeschoolers Science Fair
Grassroots Homeschoolers Science Fair


Grassroots Homeschoolers "Soil Sammies"
Grassroots Homeschoolers “Soil Sammies”


Grassroots Homeschoolers Pet Day
Grassroots Homeschoolers Pet Day

Grassroots Homeschoolers’ Gathering Day Guidelines

Grassroots Homeschoolers Gathering Day Guidelines

Arrival and General Rules

  • Member families should become familiar with the rules upon joining the group and
    remind their children as needed.
  • All participants must sign a liability waiver for St. Paul’s to use the gym.
  • Park in the back lot during gathering day times.
  • All members and visitors check in at the Welcome Table upon arrival.
  • Members pay a $3.00 per family fee for facility use at each gathering day.
  • Visitors are required to fill out a visitor form and pay a $13.00 visitor fee. Visitor fee
    ($10.00) will be applied toward membership fee at the first visit only. Two visits are
    the maximum without becoming a Grassroots member.
  • Only spouses and grandparents are included in the membership fee. Other guests must
    pay the visitor fee.
  • Set up a table and chairs for your family or make arrangements to share this
    responsibility with friends. All tables and chairs, balls and toys must be put away.
  • You must clean up any lunch mess your family makes and throw away all disposable
    lunch packaging. Please keep food in the table area only.
  • Children are not allowed in the hallways, supply rooms or kitchen unless authorized and
    attended by an adult. When church members are using the kitchen we don’t enter.
  • Parents or guardians MUST remain with their children at all times. No drop offs allowed.

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 all must control behavior that affects the noise levels.
  • If your child is not interested in the day’s program or activities they are welcome to
    gather at the opposite end of the gym and play or talk quietly until the program has
    ended. Parents are asked to talk quietly during programs, as well.
  • Parents need to help younger children during hands on activities.
  • Families should help with clean up after activities and help us leave the gym clean.
  • Open gym time is permitted only after the end of the day’s program or activity, and is
    allowed only when announced.
  • There is no wild running or ball throwing, chasing or rough play in the table area.

♦       For existing members, click to Download Guidelines Form       ♦
♦       For new members, click to Download Enrollment, Release, and Guidelines Form       ♦

About Grassroots Homeschoolers

We Are Grassroots!

Grassroots is open to anyone with an interest in homeschooling. Based in Matteson, Illinois, we are a non-denominational, nonsectarian, registered non-profit organization. Our mission is to support and nurture homeschooling families. We provide a social network of growth and camaraderie as well as practical information to our community members and all others who are either actively involved in homeschooling or considering embarking on the homeschooling adventure.

We are a diverse group with members spread across the entire Chicago Southland region. Participants range in age from pre-K all the way up through high school, and we even have a few baby brothers and sisters who join in the fun. Grassroots is a family-friendly organization.

What We Do Best – Gather, Grow, and Inspire

Our gathering days are the first and third Wednesday of each month. From September to May, Grassroots meets in the gymnasium at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 6201 Vollmer Road, Matteson, IL 60443. The church is located on the south side of Vollmer Road, approximately 3/4 miles west of Interstate 57, and parking is available in the back lot. The south entrance to the gymnasium is open by 11:30am on each gathering day.

Each time that we meet, we offer an educational and entertaining program. From guest speakers and parents sharing their expertise to a science fair and holiday parties, Grassroots strives to engage children at their levels while still challenging them to greet and embrace new ideas.

The gathering day also gives parents a chance to talk with one other, to seek out support and information, and build friendships with other homeschooling families.

For more information regarding Gathering Days, please see: Grassroots Homeschoolers Gathering Day Guidelines.

Membership and Volunteering

Grassroots annual membership fees are $80 per family plus $10 per child. Please note that there is an additional 4% fee for all electronic transactions. These membership fees go toward bringing in guest speakers, craft supplies, and holiday parties; they also fund our newsletter. Published monthly, our newsletter features detailed information on gathering day programs, events, and field trips.

Volunteers are what make a group successful. Therefore, we have a participation policy. We ask that all parents who are able donate some of their time to enriching the Grassroots experience, whether through leading a craft session, giving a gathering day presentation, or volunteering time behind the scenes to ensure that Grassroots can continue offering the kinds of opportunities and experiences that our children need and desire.

Members are also encouraged to plan field trips or other activities outside of our gathering days. Check with your local museums, parks, and libraries – with advance scheduling, homeschooling groups often enjoy special discounts or free admissions.

Grassroots is truly a grassroots organization: the more volunteers we have the more fun and education we can provide.
If you think you might be interested in joining us but would like to try us out first, we always welcome visitors. There is a $13 visitor fee per day per family.

Enroll With Grassroots Today!

To begin your family’s enrollment, please download the Grassroots Enrollment, Release, and Guidelines Forms. Complete all forms and bring them to a Gathering Day.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Gathering Day!

For more information on joining Grassroots Homeschoolers, please contact one of our organizers:

Arlene Olson or Carla Guel at: