Thursday, May 6, 2021

Summer 2021

 Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Gulf Beach Homeschoolers! We are an active FREE group located in South Sarasota county. Our goal is to create a free to low cost, inclusive, educational, and social homeschool meet up group. We aim to set up field trips, park dates, classes/seminars with various organizations, and much more! For our potential members there are limited available events to join, especially during the summer. There will be beach and splash pad days and possibly a few other options. Once fall hits more options will become available. 

To see the events available please fill out the application form here and then check your email for the link to the calendar and the password to access the page. All events are password protected. Please make sure you also visit the Facebook page and fill out the questions here. IF you know someone in the group who is an active member you will have immediate access to the group! So please make sure you add their name. Sometimes we have members who are inactive and that could stall your entrance to the group so reach out to your friends and ask them to vouch for you. 

If you have any questions please reach out to us here. Make sure to check your email for additional updates and for the information for the calendar. Every 6 months you will be removed from the potential member list and will need to reapply. Please make sure that you are willing to drive south or north if you are not in South Sarasota county (Nokomis to North Port). 

Happy Summer! - Admin Team

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

One Meet and Greet Posted for December

Hello Families! Please see November Post here for all the general information about the group such as how to apply, what our policy and goals are, and where to find more information. 

I have updated the calendar to include one upcoming event for new families! If you have already filled out the application form please check your email for instructions and a link on how to view the upcoming event. If you have not filled out the form please do so and you will receive and email with more instructions! 

If you have any questions please contact us! Have a great Holiday Season! -Admin

Monday, November 23, 2020

December 2020 - Updated Information

Hello families! Please see November Post here for all the general information about the group such as how to apply, what our policy and goals are, and where to find more information. This post is to inform families that we will likely NOT have any new Meet and Greet opportunities until January. Many families are busy during the holidays and while we have a few activities set up many of them are ones that are NOT Meet and Greet opportunities. However, if you have friends or family in the group please talk to them and see if they can add you to the event. Most events are eligible for friends and family of current members.

I am sorry for the inconvience and we definitely are doing the best to include everyone but unfortunately we have to be selective for which events are open to everyone. Thank you so much and have a great day. please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Happy Homeschooling! ~Admin Team

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

New Member Update - November 2020

Our Mission is to provide social opportunities for our kids that are non-religious and educational that are free to low cost for our families. PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST. 

Welcome! Gulf Beach Homeschoolers is an all inclusive non-religious group aimed at providing social opportunities for our kids. We are a FREE group and attempt to keep all activities free to low cost. Our group is primarily located in South Sarasota County FL but have families join our activities from surrounding areas as well.

Why we require meet ups before being added to our Facebook Group: Simply to put a real face to the Facebook name. With the amount of fake profiles or profiles that seem to "collect" Facebook group memberships we believe it is important to focus on dedicated members. We are an event group that hosts events for kids and want to keep it as safe as possible. Our events are private and have limited space for families. Keeping the group small and filled with ACTIVE members is top priority for the group. Those that are actively wishing to join are more apt to attend a meet and greet and continue in our group. There are a TON of homeschool informational groups on Facebook, local and otherwise. This is not that group. We do have families looking for information and support we aim to focus on events. We encourage all families to reach out and find whatever resource is best for them. 

New Member Information - Few things have changed. 

1) We are requesting/requiring that all new joining members have at least one child who is 6+ years old. We are a school age group that occasionally does preschool sibling activities. While we love all our homeschool families we are seeing increases in younger kids joining who later go to school and have taken spots away from our long time families with older kids. Many of our events are geared for 6+ and only young siblings are welcome. Please note there are plenty of other informational homeschool groups out there and we encourage you to join those and reapply as your children get older.

2) If you have friends or family in Gulf Beach Homeschoolers who are active members you can join them for an activity, have them invite you to the group, and/or add them to question #2 out of the 3 questions on the Facebook group. The last two options does not guarantee entrance but can help expedite the process.

Facebook Group - please send a request to join Facebook Group. Please answer ALL questions or you will be deleted from your request and will have to request again. Follow the link Here: Facebook Group

Application Process MUST COMPLETE - If you do not fill out this application form you will NOT be able to access the events that are available for new members. After answering the questions please check your email as you will be sent an automatic response with further information. If you have any questions please email the Admin Team at gulfbeachhomeschool@gmail.com

Please follow the link here to fill out the Application - GBH Application

Gulf Beach Homeschoolers does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. As a Free Group we have the right to deny and/or remove any member without cause or reason given.

Thank you Admin Team.



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November 2019 - New Information For Potential Members

Hello ALL! We want to apologize for any potential members who have been trying to join. We have been going through a change with adding members as well as within our admins. To help with some of the lack of availability of meet ups for new members we are starting a new policy - if you have friends you personally know within the group PLEASE HAVE THEM RECOMMEND YOU! This will provide you with immediate approval. If you don't have friends within the group we are doing our best to start up Meet and Greets once a month. They will likely be in North Port at a Park. I do know have firm times or specific days so PLEASE check emails for emails from gulfbeachhomeschool@gmail.com 

Additionally, please email us through our contact information so we can try to help set up a time for you to meet us as well! So times we, the admins, attend various events such as library events that aren't group specific and if we meet you there we can approve you. So send emails to show us you are interested! Again sorry for the slow goings of getting approvals we are doing our best to try to adjust but many of us are multi-kid families, planning events, participating in different co-ops and trying to enjoy family time in general. Thank you for understanding and hoping to keep getting members approved. Thank you!

-Admin Team - Virginia 

Our Mission is to provide social opportunities for our kids that are non-religious and educational that are free to low cost for our families. PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST.

Welcome! Gulf Beach Homeschoolers is an all inclusive non-religious group aimed at providing social opportunities for our kids.  We are a FREE group and attempt to keep all activities free to low cost. Our group is primarily located in South Sarasota County FL but have families join our activities from surrounding areas as well.

This website was created for families looking to join our Facebook Group, which is our main source of organizing events and activities. All potential members MUST fill out the Application Form and request to join the Facebook Group where they MUST answer all three questions or risk being declined in 24 hours. We are looking for active members who are able to participate regularly as well as possibly volunteer to host field trips or other educational and social opportunities for our kids. Check out the typical events we host throughout the year here

Why We Require Meet and Greets Before Adding Members to Facebook  - We do require ALL potential members to attend a meet and greet aka an event hosted by the Admins, which is held in South Sarasota County ONLY. We want to put a face to the Facebook profile. We do a number of meet ups and want to make sure that ALL members receiving this information are current homeschoolers and real people not fake profiles. In our opinion this is important for the safety of our children and our homeschool group. We love that the area is a large homeschool community and there are a number of other Facebook homeschool groups in this area who do not require a meet and greet. We encourage all potential members and current members to utilize all of these resources.  We aim to add everyone we can to the group but we must meet you in person first. We rarely make exceptions to this rule BUT if you are unable to attend meet and greets in South Sarasota County (Venice to North Port) then please contact us to find out how we might be able to help.
**Update: We will know add you to the group if you know a CURRENT and ACTIVE member. Please have them recommend you. Thank you.** 11/2019

Update to the Email and Member Requesting Policy - From this point, 10/2018, on if a potential member has been on the email list and requesting to join the Facebook group (which you MUST do both) for a year that potential member will be removed from the email list and declined from the Facebook. This is due to a number of potential members who have NOT emailed back and have not attempted to come to a meet and greet event. Potential members who are unable to come to a specific meet and greet should contact us to find out if we can work some other way for them to meet up and join the group. No contact after a year is a reason for decline. If a potential member continues to request to join and does this for two years they will be put on the No Add list which will be cause for automatic declining followed by potential blocking. While this may sound harsh the Admin takes time away from their family to email, cycle through, and attempt to contact potential families completely on a volunteer basis. This is a free group and all members who are part of the Admin Team or members who host events are volunteering their time. 

Application Process:  For all potential members - please take a moment to fill out the Application Form located on the Application Page.  After the form is complete an Admin will contact you within 2 to 4 weeks about our next Meet and Greet park play date/potluck which you are required to attend before we add any New Members to the Facebook Group. Meet and Greets only happen once a month typically at the middle to end of the month. 

Gulf Beach Homeschoolers does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. As a Free Group we have the right to deny and/or remove any member without cause or reason given.


Thank you Admin Team.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

August 2019

Happy Homeschooling! New information please read!

Hello all! This post should be active till most of next year so please read all information to make sure to be aware how to join the group! We still require meet and greets and these will happen once a month or more. During summer months May to August there will be NO meet and greets and the Facebook group will not be available to non-members. Finally, if you have a friend in the group you are welcome to come to ANY event that is available to members. Please have them add you to the going list on the event page. If you have ANY questions please email us at gulfbeachhomeschool@gmail.com 

New events are starting at the end of August so please fill out the application and check emails regularly. Thank you!

Our Mission is to provide social opportunities for our kids that are non-religious and educational that are free to low cost for our families. PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST.

Welcome! Gulf Beach Homeschoolers is an all inclusive non-religious group aimed at providing social opportunities for our kids.  We are a FREE group and attempt to keep all activities free to low cost. Our group is primarily located in South Sarasota County FL but have families join our activities from surrounding areas as well.

This website was created for families looking to join our Facebook Group, which is our main source of organizing events and activities. All potential members MUST fill out the Application Form and request to join the Facebook Group where they MUST answer all three questions or risk being declined in 24 hours. We are looking for active members who are able to participate regularly as well as possibly volunteer to host field trips or other educational and social opportunities for our kids. Check out the typical events we host throughout the year here

Why We Require Meet and Greets Before Adding Members to Facebook  - We do require ALL potential members to attend a meet and greet aka an event hosted by the Admins, which is held in South Sarasota County ONLY. We want to put a face to the Facebook profile. We do a number of meet ups and want to make sure that ALL members receiving this information are current homeschoolers and real people not fake profiles. In our opinion this is important for the safety of our children and our homeschool group. We love that the area is a large homeschool community and there are a number of other Facebook homeschool groups in this area who do not require a meet and greet. We encourage all potential members and current members to utilize all of these resources.  We aim to add everyone we can to the group but we must meet you in person first. We rarely make exceptions to this rule BUT if you are unable to attend meet and greets in South Sarasota County (Venice to North Port) then please contact us to find out how we might be able to help.

Update to the Email and Member Requesting Policy - From this point, 10/2018, on if a potential member has been on the email list and requesting to join the Facebook group (which you MUST do both) for a year that potential member will be removed from the email list and declined from the Facebook. This is due to a number of potential members who have NOT emailed back and have not attempted to come to a meet and greet event. Potential members who are unable to come to a specific meet and greet should contact us to find out if we can work some other way for them to meet up and join the group. No contact after a year is a reason for decline. If a potential member continues to request to join and does this for two years they will be put on the No Add list which will be cause for automatic declining followed by potential blocking. While this may sound harsh the Admin takes time away from their family to email, cycle through, and attempt to contact potential families completely on a volunteer basis. This is a free group and all members who are part of the Admin Team or members who host events are volunteering their time. 

Application Process:  For all potential members - please take a moment to fill out the Application Form located on the Application Page.  After the form is complete an Admin will contact you within 2 to 4 weeks about our next Meet and Greet park play date/potluck which you are required to attend before we add any New Members to the Facebook Group. Meet and Greets only happen once a month typically at the middle to end of the month. 

Gulf Beach Homeschoolers does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. As a Free Group we have the right to deny and/or remove any member without cause or reason given.


Thank you Admin Team.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Summer 2019 (June to August)

Summer 2019 (June to August) - Dear Potential Members! Thank you for your interest in our local homeschool group. Please make sure to read this full blog post so you understand what is needed to join our group. We have had many new families join our group and we are thrilled to welcome them! I would like to remind you that our group is a local group for families in Venice to North Port and surrounding areas. During the summer months we are randomly active and very limited in our activities. Between families going on vacations out of state, local schools being out so libraries, museums, parks, etc are typically filled, and in ability to receive discounts for group purchases we tend to take our times for our families. Many of us take this time to catch up on book-work homeschooling or at home projects. We will have some random beach and splash pad meet up days that the Admin Team will attempt to email to share with the potential members. We will likely only give a few days to a week notice. Once Fall hits our event calendar will fill up again and we will begin our more common event activities. We advise families to please wait till fall to fill out the application form if you aren't around during the Summer or are likely to miss the emails. We are also going through some changes as an Admin Team and will be a little disorganized as transitions with new members to the Team take over some of the responsibilities. Thank you for understanding and we hope to meet you in person as soon as a time is available! Have a great summer! 

Our Mission is to provide social opportunities for our kids that are non-religious and educational that are free to low cost for our families. PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST.

Welcome! Gulf Beach Homeschoolers is an all inclusive non-religious group aimed at providing social opportunities for our kids.  We are a FREE group and attempt to keep all activities free to low cost. Our group is primarily located in South Sarasota County FL but have families join our activities from surrounding areas as well.

This website was created for families looking to join our Facebook Group, which is our main source of organizing events and activities. All potential members MUST fill out the Application Form and request to join the Facebook Group where they MUST answer all three questions or risk being declined in 24 hours. We are looking for active members who are able to participate regularly as well as possibly volunteer to host field trips or other educational and social opportunities for our kids. Check out the typical events we host throughout the year here

Why We Require Meet and Greets Before Adding Members to Facebook  - We do require ALL potential members to attend a meet and greet aka an event hosted by the Admins, which is held in South Sarasota County ONLY. We want to put a face to the Facebook profile. We do a number of meet ups and want to make sure that ALL members receiving this information are current homeschoolers and real people not fake profiles. In our opinion this is important for the safety of our children and our homeschool group. We love that the area is a large homeschool community and there are a number of other Facebook homeschool groups in this area who do not require a meet and greet. We encourage all potential members and current members to utilize all of these resources.  We aim to add everyone we can to the group but we must meet you in person first. We rarely make exceptions to this rule BUT if you are unable to attend meet and greets in South Sarasota County (Venice to North Port) then please contact us to find out how we might be able to help.

Update to the Email and Member Requesting Policy - From this point, 10/2018, on if a potential member has been on the email list and requesting to join the Facebook group (which you MUST do both) for a year that potential member will be removed from the email list and declined from the Facebook. This is due to a number of potential members who have NOT emailed back and have not attempted to come to a meet and greet event. Potential members who are unable to come to a specific meet and greet should contact us to find out if we can work some other way for them to meet up and join the group. No contact after a year is a reason for decline. If a potential member continues to request to join and does this for two years they will be put on the No Add list which will be cause for automatic declining followed by potential blocking. While this may sound harsh the Admin takes time away from their family to email, cycle through, and attempt to contact potential families completely on a volunteer basis. This is a free group and all members who are part of the Admin Team or members who host events are volunteering their time. 

Application Process:  For all potential members - please take a moment to fill out the Application Form located on the Application Page.  After the form is complete an Admin will contact you within 2 to 4 weeks about our next Meet and Greet park play date/potluck which you are required to attend before we add any New Members to the Facebook Group. Meet and Greets only happen once a month typically at the middle to end of the month. 

Gulf Beach Homeschoolers does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. As a Free Group we have the right to deny and/or remove any member without cause or reason given.


Thank you Admin Team.