February 3, 2016
Thank you for the great work you do for Idaho Coalition of Home Educators. It's so important! I always look forward to the pie, and all the wonderful kids on the fourth floor who make home education sparkle like the crown jewel that it is.~Representative Lenore Hardy Barrett
PURPOSE: Legislative Day is a formal pie reception at the Capitol hosted annually by ICHE. The purpose of this event is to give our legislators the opportunity to see the quality achieved by home education in Idaho without government funding or regulation. This is accomplished by presenting academic, social, organizational, and testing displays. Most legislators attend specifically to meet their own constituents and to connect with those in their district who home educate.
PARTICIPATION: Those who privately home educate from around the state are encouraged to apply. Composite test scores of Idaho's privately home educated students are compared with private, parochial, and public school scores. For this reason, participation does not include private, parochial, or public schooled students, including those enrolled in virtual charter schools. Participants must be current ICHE members who will be representing only private home education to our legislators. Applications for participation are available on the website and must be postmarked by the deadlines specified below. Further questions may be emailed to the chairmen.
CONTENT: In past years, displays have included history, art, science projects, unit studies, 4-H, Chess Club, sports, and family projects. Teen Ambassadors tour legislators around the displays while students play classical background music. The hundreds of home baked pies provided by home educators and the opportunity to interact with these unique families make this event the highlight of the legislative session.
VISITORS: Adults with younger children who desire to visit Legislative Day with a view toward participating in upcoming years are invited to drop by for an hour. Please observe the dress and conduct protocols, and keep your children quietly with you. The space constraints of numerous display tables and heavy foot traffic make strollers prohibitive.
PROTOCOLS: We are guests in a professional office building conducting the official business of our state. Noise and activity must be kept to a minimum. Because the intent of Legislative Day is to make the most effective presentation and facilitate conversation with our legislators, children under ten years of age are not included in this event. Name badges will be issued and placed on each display table. Along with your students, an adult participant must remain at the display the entire time in order to visit with legislators. Out of respect for our officials, we observe the historic dress protocols the legislators have set for themselves. Appropriate dress for both adults and students is business attire. Females: dresses with sleeves, dress lengths at or below the knees, shoes, and stockings or dark tights. No pants or leggings. Males: slacks, collared dress shirts, and ties. No jeans or hats. Congressional Award medalists will be wearing their medals.
SCHEDULE: Display set up begins at 8:45 a.m. Breakdown takes place at 2:00 p.m. Limited metered parking requires quarters. The Capitol Terrace Garage at 770 W. Main Street is the nearest pay garage and may be entered from Idaho Street.
|Legislative Day Chairman||LegislativeDay@iche-idaho.org||Download Information page|
|Display Chairman||LegislativeDayDisplays@iche-idaho.org||January 23, 2016/Download Application | Consent Form|
|Pie Chairman||LegislativeDayPies@iche-idaho.org||January 21, 2016/Download Application|
|Music Chairman||LegislativeDayMusic@iche-idaho.org||December 1, 2015/Download Application | Consent Form|
|Teen Ambassadors||TeenAmbassadors@iche-idaho.org||January 9, 2016/Download Application|
|Consent and Authorization Form||Download Consent Form|
|Fill out the Consent and Authorization form for Displays and Music Applications|
A SLICE OF LIFE
Thank you to all from across the state who contributed pies, displays, music, planning, and especially family vignettes, photos, and recipes to the ICHE pie recipe book given to each legislator. A Slice of Life, Legislative Limited Edition, was warmly received by our legislative body with requests for more copies! Although additional copies are not available, you may compile your own book by printing out the pages and adding your family's recipe, photo, or vignette.
If you would like to exhibit your display at ICHE testing in March, or at the CHOIS convention in June, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Pass on the word to friends and get them involved, too!
Legislative Day Displays inform and impress visitors!