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Thursday, June 4, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm


Millennium Hotel Buffalo
2040 Walden Ave.
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Mrs. Colleen Hammond

Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith...

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Mrs. Amy Kalscheur

Mrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling...

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Mr. Nick Marmalejo

Mr. Nick Marmalejo hails originally from the Chicagoland area. After graduating Christendom College in 2001 with a major in history, Nick chose to make his home in the mountains of Appalachia. His life’s work has led him into several occupations, such as high school disciplinarian...

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Mrs. Dorothy Pilarski

Mrs. Dorothy Pilarski is a Catholic mother, writer, television personality, speaker, radio host and consultant. Her radio program "Dorothy Pilarski on the Radio" airs on Radio Maria and Radio Teopoli. Her energetic entrepreneurial style has been the driving force behind her company, Communicate Creative Services. She has co-developed...

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History of the Catholic Community

HCC brings the story of the Catholic people alive and makes this story relevant to students. Teach Catholic history via our social studies, language arts and math lessons. Lessons include detailed plans, engaging activities and ideas for follow-up. Manuals ($25), student packets ($5), and themed lesson packets ($5) available.

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Lighthouse Catholic Media

Our mission is to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith. We do so by providing CDs, books and video-based study programs for individuals and parishes to grow in their faith. We have a web-based subscription program, FORMED, for parishes including movies, audio talks, downloadable books and video based study programs available to everyone right in their own homes on their own internet devices. Spanish and children's content included. Stop by the table and see!

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Northeast Catholic College

Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.

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Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy

Recommended by the “Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College”, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom offers an excellent post-secondary Catholic liberal arts education of unmatched affordability in a small, vibrant, and faithful Catholic community.

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Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters creates and sells the Truth to Inspire audiobook stories of the saints, the Rosary Musical, Learn Spanish with Grace, the Little Flowers Girls' Club music, handmade olivewood and crystal rosaries.

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Seton Home Study School

Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving over 15,000 enrolled students, Seton assists families by providing books, lesson plans, grading services, counseling services, and a wealth of online resources. At the conference, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).

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Seton Used Books

There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.

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Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.

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Thursday, June 4

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Teaching Values to Your Children

Colleen Hammond

This talk offers ideas and suggestions on how parents can help children’s all-around development. It discusses which virtues to focus on at a particular age in a child’s development.

1:30pm – 1:50pm

How to Teach "That" Kid

Amy Kalscheur

Some children take to schoolwork like a fish takes to water. For others, they might show a complete lack of interest or find the work so difficult that they get discouraged. How do we help them? This talk gives practical ideas for teaching the difficult learner.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Teacher Survival 101

Nick Marmalejo

This talk covers tips and strategies on setting personal ground rules and principles for maintaining morale and avoiding burnout. Certified teacher, former disciplinarian, and a homeschooling father of 3, Mr. Marmalejo will provide his personal pathways and insights for handling the daily trials and joys of homeschooling.


3:00pm – Coffee and Cookie Social

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Motherhood Matters

Dorothy Pilarski

Motherhood has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Women are being pulled in a hundred and one directions dealing with historically different levels of stress. How can mothers sort out the onslaught of cultural messages about motherhood? How can they protect their children from the never-ending barrage of media influences?

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Colleen Hammond

Does it seem that your child can never remember to say please or thank you? How about learning to greet guests politely, or answering the phone? This talk will answer some frequently-asked questions on raising children with manners.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom

Amy Kalscheur

Is it just me? Am I alone in this? In “Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom,” I open up and tell you about the real reason why I homeschool, the mistakes I’ve made, and the thing that irritates me the most. Through my personal witness, I hope that you can learn the lessons I’ve learned, and rest assured that you’re not alone out there.

6:00pm – Conference Ends