In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Way to afford books for Vanguard

Hi everyone,

These are some ideas someone posted in another group about how to help families buy or get the books they need.  I just thought I would post it here, in case it could help you.  Use it if it does :)...

Ideas to Afford Books for Vanguard
  1. Start by praying that Heavenly Father will open a way and guide you how to get the books
  2. Library – Check early and put them on hold 
  3. Buy used books online (Amazon or other used sites have them starting around $4 including shipping). On Amazon check the fine print under the regular price.
  4. E-books are often cheaper than paper books
  5. Take your book list to the DI or other thrift stores. If you see extra copies pick them up and offer the deal to others 
  6. Sell pizza cards or another fund raiser that allows you to use the funds for education. Ashley Baird sells them from Papa Murphy’s. You can buy them for $1 and sell them for whatever price you want, like $7 or $10. 
  7. Sign up for an Amazon credit card (and then you can cancel it later) – they give you an instant $50 of books free
  8. When there’s a choice of buying or using a free online book, choose the free one
  9. Have your teen get a part-time job to help earn money for books (paper route, bagging groceries)
  10. Put the word out using email or Facebook to family and friends to see if they have certain books that you can borrow
  11. Ask another family in Vanguard if you can share books – maybe switch books mid-week
  12. Sign up for Harmony Education or MyTechHigh or another “charter school” that helps with homeschool costs. Harmony gives $300-400 reimbursement per student plus other reimbursement for curricula, and a lending library. 
  13. See if your husband can pick up a few extra hours at work

  14.  Marni Hall from the Kaysville Vanguard group offered another great website where she loves to find used books at great deals! 
  15. One more...

    Book trading.   I've been using this site for years and get a lot of my books this way.  There are several of this year's books available for the taking.

    Here is the info about it...

     If you're a reader, you know how books can accumulate after you have read them. They pile up and gather dust, and you know you won't read them again. You can try to sell them to used-book stores, but you wont get very much for them, even if they are in perfect condition. PaperBackSwap is a better way!

    All you have to do is create an account for FREE, list your books that you are ready to share, and send them out to other members when they are requested. Yes, you pay the postage to send your books out (between 2 and 3 dollars for an average-sized book), BUT you get a Book Credit for sending each book (each Book Credit is good for one book - you can order from any member in the club), AND when you request books for yourself, the senders pay the postage to send those books to you.

    It costs nothing to participate, except for postage - there are no membership fees. You even get 2 startup Book Credits free if you are the first account at your household - you can use those credits to order 2 books for yourself, right away!

    Give your books a better life - no more languishing on dusty bookshelves! Find new readers for them and get new books for yourself. Send a book, get a book. It's easy and it's free!

    Jen is a good friend to let you in on this! If you do sign up, please use the following link:

    If you use the link above to join and you become an active member, Jen will get a free Book Credit for referring you to the club!

    For more information about PaperBackSwap, you can visit our Help Center by clicking the link below:

    Best Regards,
    The PaperBackSwap Team


Opening Family Social!

Hello Vanguard Families!

Our Family Social date has been changed, please note the new date and times. We will be having it on Saturday, September 14th. from 5-7 p.m.

This is for all Vanguard youth and their families to attend. It will be a great way for all our families to meet and have fun together!

We will be planning some getting to know you games, possibly fun family games, and having a potluck. All to be announced as we get closer to the 14th!

The reason for these changes, is we were all feeling a little rushed and overwhelmed with getting Vanguard up and running. We felt it important to slow this activity down, so we could all enjoy it!

As for now, I do need everyone to email me back with the following information;

Number of family members in your family.
 If you have any food allergies, or preferences for the potluck.

Thank You
 Melinda Gilbert~

Song that goes with Civility

I heard this song just now, and thought it related to our Civility discussion for Journeyman:

That should be our CIVIL attitude: Need some help?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Master Class invite

You (Parents) and your Vanguard youth who are interested in joining Vanguard Master Class

are Cordially Invited to attend the first:

Master Class Vision


Saturday August 31, 2013

4:00-7:00 pm

Johnson home 3092 N 2400 E Layton UT

Dinner will be provided.

We will be discussing the following texts.

1) Read Autodidact’s Forward and Prologue

2) Read How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci excerpt #1 (found of yahoo group files)

3) Read Just Like Jesus: A Heart Like His

4) Read

These texts will give an overview of the year for Master Class.  Please refer to your Vanguard newsletter for

further inspirements to complete.

We look forward to an inspiring evening.  Please

come prepared to share.

Julie Johnson and Mary Biesinger

Please RSVP to or 801-888-3860

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Master Class Book list

Texts for use throughout the year:
Just Like Jesus   by Max Lucado
Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students by William E. Linney
Secrets of Great Communicators by Jeff Myers
Way to Be by Gordon B. Hinckley
Optional:  (reference)
How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael Gelb
Write for College published by Write Source
September:  Autodidactic by James W. Parkinson
October :Watership Down by Richard Adams
November:  Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
January: The Law by Bastiat, Common Sense by Thomas Paine..Online Articles
also avaliable on librivox
February:  The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy ..avaliable online
also avaliable on librivox
March:  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
also avaliable on librivox
April:  The Choice by Og Mandino


Hey everyone!

Here's who all's on the committees:

Family Activities- There's an opening social coming up.
Abby, Aubrey, and Tova

Service and Temple- Temple trips once/month
Katrinn, Tova, and Kel

Outdoor- Headed by Mr. Biesinger
Karissa, Joseph B, Clancey, Tennessee, Kel, Drew, Tova, Aubrey, Abby, Maggie

History- Try to remember to bring cameras :)
Tova, David, Miriam, Kess, Melydi, Clancey

Game and Movie- Must be related :) to what we are talking about that month :)
Zach, Aubrey, Abby, Drew, Kel, Tova, Kess, Joseph R, Joseph B, Karissa, Clancey, Tennessee, Melydi

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Schedule for August/September

Please check this weekly.  We will include changes in schedule here and via the yahoo group.  We will make phonecalls for changes of events that occur less than a week out.  Thanks!
August 24th Vision Hike: Meet at Sister Biesinger's house 6 am with everything you need. (See post)

August 24th Parent Mentor Retreat: 3-5 at the Lisonbees. (See post)

August 28th 9:30-12:30 Vision Day II with lunch and elections afterward

August 31st: Youth and Parents interested in participating in Master Class this year are invited to a Master Class Vision Evening.  The purpose of this evening is to give an overview of Master Class and inspiration to do the hard work in our lives to Become who Christ wants us to become.  Dinner provided 4:00-7:00.  Please RSVP to Mary Biesinger if you plan on attending.  See link to see what you need to do in order to attend.

September 4: Leadership Academy Lens: see link on side for Inspirements
CORE class: 9:30-12:30
Lunch break for those in Journeyman...please pick up your youth if they are not participating by 12:30.  Thanks! :)
Journeyman class: 1-3 pm, with Movie of "Akeelah and the Bee" right after for those in Journeyman who wish to participate.

September 6: MASTER CLASS for Week 2

September 11: Geo-Conquest Lens: see link on side for Inspirements
CORE class: 9:30-12:30
Lunch break for those in Journeyman...please pick up your youth if they are not participating by 12:30.  Thanks! :)
Journeyman class: 1-3 pm

September 13: Temple Trip with the Tindalls! :) 6 am  Bountiful Temple
MASTER CLASS for Week 3: see link on side for Inspirements
10:00-11:30 at Julie Johnson's house
4 pm meet at Presbyterian Church on Mountain Road in Fruit Heights (see post about Master Field trip for more info)

September 14: 8-9 am Parent Mentor Meeting

September 14: 4 pm Outdoor committee meeting at Barnes Park
September 14:  5-7 Vanguard Family Social! :)  at Barnes Park

September 18: Eureka Lens: see link on side for Inspirements
CORE class: 9:30-12:30
Lunch break for those in Journeyman...please pick up your youth if they are not participating by 12:30.  Thanks! :)
Journeyman class: 1-3 pm.

September 20: MASTER CLASS for Week 4: see link on side for Inspirements

September 25: Imaginative Arts Lens: see link on side for Inspirements
CORE class: 9:30-12:30
Lunch break for those in Journeyman...please pick up your youth if they are not participating by 12:30.  Thanks! :)
Journeyman class: 1-3 pm.

September 27: MASTER CLASS for Week 1 of October: inspirements to come.

Game night TBA after organization of Game Committee! 




Vision Hike

Dear Vanguard Youth,

At the end of each summer we like to kick off the new school year with a Vision Hike. This hike is meant to provide an opportunity for you to get to know the new members of your Vanguard group, as well as to inspire you and help you get a vision of who you can become.

We will be meeting at 6am on Saturday, August 24th at the Biesinger home: 655 Sunset Dr. Kaysville. From there we will be driving through Salt Lake and up Parley's Canyon to hike to the top of Big Mountain. The trail we will be hiking is part of the route the early pioneers took as they came into Salt Lake Valley.

The hike is 5.2 miles and should take us around 4 hours. Please bring good, broken-in shoes, snacks, 2 quarts of water and a smile. Optional items: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, insect repellant. In case of inclement weather: jacket, poncho. Please DON'T bring: electronic music devices/earbuds, electronic gaming equipment, assault rifles with high-capacity magazines, etc.

This hike is for the Vanguard Youth, but their parents are also welcome to attend. The end of summer is always full of activities- please make this one a priority.

Looking forward to meeting you,

Quinn Biesinger

Inspirements for VISION DAY II

AUGUST 28TH: 9:30-12:30 (with lunch and elections afterward)

Read Section I of "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" and do at least one of the baby steps.

Bring your Tome, scriptures, and anything you wanted to show last week that you didn't get to.

Check out the Leadership link on the side to find the INSPIREMENTS for the next week, Week 1 of September.

See you then!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Parent -Mentor Retreat!

Please note!  We have shortened the meeting, and will simply open up the time after for questions to cover individual questions and concerns.  Please take the time to attend, as people may ask questions you have not thought of yet and an open forum is a far better place to get everyone on the same page.  Thanks!

You are invited to attend the
First Annual Parent Mentor Retreat
for the
K2 Vanguard Chapter!
The purpose of this event is to:
-help give Parents key resources and understanding
to better help their youth succeed this year
-discuss relevant group issues like monthly mentor meetings
& possible younger Vanguard kids group
-review the schedule for the year
Please review the bylaws in the link above and make sure that
you agree with them, as we will be voting on them at the meeting.
Could you also please read the following is the same thing
your youth are reading for their first day of class :)! 
It will help us all be on the same page to understand how to help them.

We will be having this event on Saturday, August 24
from 3-5 pm, at the Lisonbee's house
   4334 W 1700 South, Syracuse, UT

We look forward to seeing you there!

#1 Read one or more of the following:
-Chapter 2 of "Increase in Learning" by David Bednar
-The article by Thomas S. Monson
-read about the scouting "Know, Commit, Practice" learning technique at