NIPA Announcements and Other Events


Assessing Our Child’s Mental Health  – A Workshop for Parents

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 pm 

The Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy (NIPA) and Eastside are hosting a workshop led by Rich and Christine Oswald.

Parents, you are invited to chat about the emotional and mental health of children and adolescents at this time in history. Do you ever wonder: How is my child adjusting to recent events? How can I tell if my child is overly stressed or overly anxious? How do I motivate my child? Is my child depressed or just going through normal hormonal changes? How do I know if or when I should seek professional counseling or assessment for my child? 

Join us as we talk about how to create spaces for expression and how to assess when our children might need some extra support.

Contact Michelle Shaw, to RSVP and for the Zoom link.

Online Mom’s Chat

Friday, April 16, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Need some space to visit with some other moms? Michelle Shaw, Margaret Shuman, and others would be happy to hear how things are going and share ideas and encouragement. Sign into Zoom and enjoy the conversation!

Contact: Margaret Shuman for the Zoom link,

Online Game Night

Friday, April 16, 8:00 – 10:00 pm

The Eastside Student Council will be hosting monthly game nights. We’re going to be playing various party games such as Pictionary, Trivia, and other games over Zoom. We’re using the Jackbox Party Packs, so everything is free and in-browser! Hope to see you there. (Computer is recommended, it’s hard to play on mobile.)

Contact: Gabriel Pett, for Zoom ID

Hugs and Hope Food Pantry

Park Place Church, 4576 Lenora Church Rd, Snellville, GA

Tuesday, April 20, 2:00-5:00pm

We will be packing food into family’s cars as they drive through this mobile pantry.  Bring a mask.   You can volunteer for any block of time between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  Anyone 10 and older is invited to participate.  Those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 12 to Michelle Shaw,, with your names and the ages of any children, so that we can plan accordingly.

NIPA Accreditation Online Information Meeting –

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 pm

The Northeast Independent Preparatory Academy (NIPA) – an accrediting organization – provides guidance counseling to help your student complete a satisfactory college prep course load, letters of recommendation for college and scholarship applications, and professional transcripts that are approved by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Attend to find out more about NIPA or about accreditation in general.

Please contact Michelle Shaw, to RSVP and to obtain the Zoom login information.

Online Homeschool Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 22, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

We’ve invited classroom teachers and veteran homeschoolers to share their ideas and experiences in an informal panel discussion. Join other parents in discussing homeschooling and related topics.

Potential topics, depending on audience interest: Transitioning to and from traditional school; New rulings on ACT/SAT requirements; Resources for struggling students and parents; Whether accreditation matters; Graduating early/gap year; Dual enrollment and Advanced Placement; Curriculum choices; Extra-curriculars and service opportunities; Other topics related to homeschooling.

No one of us can speak to all of these fairly, but as a group we can suggest angles and resources for parents who need to individualize the choices for each child. Bring your ideas and your questions! Any parents welcome.

Contact: Margaret Shuman for Zoom ID,

Online Student Hangout

Friday, April 30, 4:00 – 5:00pm

The Eastside Student Council is inviting you to come and hang out with other students online.  They’ll have some icebreakers to help create conversations so that you can get to know each other better.

Contact: Aiyana Wells,

Eastside and NIPA Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, May 22, 1:00 pm

Lilburn Alliance Church Sanctuary