Homeschool Events 1/19 to 2/15

In this post:

1/22 – Missouri History Museum Homeschool Day

1/25 – City Museum Field Trip

1/26 – Turkey Hill Grange Dance (plus more 2018 dates)

2/3 – Gifted Resource Council’s Winter 2018 Learning Lab

2/5 – Magic House Homeschool Morning

2/5 – Pinkalicious the Musical

2/8 – “Academic and Elite Angst Over Homeschooling” Lecture

2/8 – “College, Careers, and Preparation” Panel Discussion

2/12 – Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

2/13 – Homeschool Skate at Rock-Roll-O-Rena in Arnold, MO

2/15 – City Museum Field Trip

 

Ongoing events:

Driver’s Training

Sky Zone Homeschool Jump

Private piano, voice, and flute lessons

Homeschool Gymnastics at Team Central in Maryland Heights

 

But first: A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me out so far with events! Please continue sending over any events, classes, or resources that you think could benefit the St. Louis homeschooling community.

 

Missouri History Museum Homeschool Day

Our city and state are culturally diverse places, thanks in part to the many immigrants who have settled here. At this month’s Homeschool Day, students will consider questions such as: Why do people immigrate? How do people build a community in a new place? What are some ways to make a positive impact in a new land?

Join us from 10am to 2pm on Monday, January 22! Click here to register.

Turkey Hill Grange Dance

Greetings, friends!

Our first dance of 2018 is coming up a fortnight hence on Friday, January 26. As is tradition, doors open at 6:30pm, with dancing 7-9pm. If anyone wants to stick around afterwards for extended visiting and additional dances, feel free to do so! Pricing remains at $5 per dancer with a maximum of $20 per family. Attire is simply nice-casual; this is not a themed event.

Turkey Hill Grange

1375 IL-15

Belleville, IL 62220

2018 Dance Schedule:

January 26

March 23

May 25

July 27

September 28

November 23

City Museum Field Trip

Thursday, Jan. 25 at 9:45am

Enjoy a day at City Museum for only $5 per person in January (will increase to $7 after Jan.), 3 yrs old and up (2 and under are free). Cash parking is available in the lot or metered parking on the street.

We have space available at noon to eat together – you may bring your lunch, snacks, water and coats inside since we have a group reservation. They provide us with an unlocked ballroom to stash our stuff & eat in. Floor seating only. The City Museum also has fairly reasonable food options, so you could buy lunch there as well. Your ticket gets you in all day, so stay as long as you’d like.

More information and signup here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a054baaa72ea64-city

Gifted Resource Council’s Winter 2018 Learning Lab

Saturday Learning Lab classes begin February 3.

Learning Lab offers enrichment classes for bright and talented students from pre-school through eighth grade. Classes are held twice yearly in the Fall and Winter on six Saturday mornings and afternoons. They will be held at Wydown Middle School, 6500 Wydown Blvd., Clayton MO 63105.

Learning Lab classes challenge students academically and creatively. Students make new friends while they explore a topic in-depth and/or develop new skills. Class sizes are limited to achieve optimal student/teacher interaction, and our teachers are chosen for expertise in their area and their skill in working with bright students.

Click here for more information on Winter Learning Lab classes, as well as an application and downloadable brochure.

Magic House Homeschool Morning

Monday, February 5, 2018, 9:30am until 11:30am

This will be the last homeschool morning of the 2017-2018 school year! Let’s make sure we have a great turnout so we can continue to get this amazing opportunity to visit the Magic House at an amazing price and have a great time allowing the kids to learn and exercise while you visit with another mom you know or get to know someone new.

The Educational entrance on the lower level is where we are to enter (unless otherwise directed). No passes are allowed and it is $3 per person for ages 2 and up (under 2 are free). Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Pinkalicious the Musical

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toes – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Date: Monday, 2/5/18 Time: 12pm

Location: St Louis Family Theatre Series/Florissant Civic Center Theatre,

#1 James J Eagan Dr. Florissant MO 63033.

Cost: $4 a person, pay Kim Schlanger Kuntz via PayPal using this link: paypal.me/KimKuntz to get tickets. We can not pay at the door, the money has to be paid in advance.

More information and registration here:

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a054baaa72ea64-pinkalicious

Academic and Elite Angst Over Homeschooling

Talk by Dr. Brian Ray, President of the National Home Education Research Institute and Homeschooling Father of Eight Children

Date: February 8, 2018 (Thurs.) 6:30P.M. – 8:30P.M. (doors open 6:00pm)

Place: The Family Vision

2020 Parkway Drive

St. Peters, MO 63376

636-447-6900

(Near Hwy 70 and Cave Springs Blvd Exit 225, http://www.thefamilyvision.org)

Contacts:

The Family Vision 636-447-6900, Lisa — Lisa Payne-Naeger lisa.naeger@me.com

Dr. Brian Ray – at NHERI, mail@nheri.org or 503-364-1490

Free Admission; a freewill offering for the nonprofit National Home Education Research Institute

will be taken up. Books, reports, & videos on sale.

Dr. Ray will help you consider the answers to questions such as the following:

  • Why are teachers’ unions and so many American professors worried about homeschooling?

  • What is the purpose and effect of public/state schooling?

  • Does research support the idea that home education is good for children and families?

  • Why should liberty-lovers and Christians homeschool?

  • Plenty of time for Q. and A. and discussion and even debate ☺

Bring the curious, the critic, your friend, your pastor/elders, journalists, and your children’s grandparents.

Dr. Ray will bring solid books and reports on homeschooling and child training for sale.

College, Careers, and Preparation” Panel Discussion

St. Clair County Christian Home Educators is having a Panel Discussion with Q&A on “College, Careers and Preparation”

Thursday, Feb 8 at 7:00 PM.

1st Assembly of God

900 Fair Oaks Dr.

Belleville, IL 62221

Free and open to all homeschoolers.

Sorry, no childcare.

http://www.sccche.org

Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

Homeschool Day is an exclusive event for homeschool families on Mondays throughout the school year. We offer a reduced rate for an open gym environment that includes the Adventure Island Giant Inflatable. Barron also offers instructional classes during daytime hours for a discounted rate.

DATE: Feb 12, 2018

TIME: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

PRICE: $11.00 + tax

FAMILY DISCOUNT: $7.00 + tax

AGES: 14 months through 22 years old

LOCATION: 5411 Jedmed Ct. St. Louis, MO 63129 | Phone: 314-892-6909

A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment. Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine. Register here.

CANCELLATION DETAILS:

Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen; there is a maximum of 60 children. If an event is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by email.

Homeschool Skate at Rock-Roll-O-Rena in Arnold, MO

We are located at 4153 Jeffco Blvd.

Homeschool skating on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 1-3pm. Prices: $4 to skate, $2 for regular rental, $3.75 for rollerblades. We will also have homeschool skating on Tuesday, Mar. 13.

Our facility has been in business since 1965. Now owned and operated by second generation Glen and Jo Donna Neifert. We take pride in our “Family Oriented Atmosphere”.

City Museum Field Trip

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 9:45am

Enjoy a day at City Museum for only $7 a person (yes, the price has increased by a dollar). Cash parking is available in the lot or metered parking on the street.

We have space available at noon to eat together – you may bring your lunch, snacks, water and coats inside since we have a group reservation. They provide us with an unlocked ballroom to stash our stuff & eat in. Floor seating only. The City Museum also has fairly reasonable food options, so you could buy lunch there as well. Your ticket gets you in all day, so stay as long as you’d like.

More information and signup here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a054baaa72ea64-city

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Driver’s Training

Hello. My name is Tom Heisserer. I am a homeschooling father of eight children. I have a fully insured driver’s training service in the St. Louis area. My background includes being a former Missouri State Highway Patrolman and a current accident reconstructionist and insurance claim investigator with a large insurance company. I have a current unrestricted Missouri driver’s license and am fully insured. I have taken the Protecting God’s Children class and have my background checked every two years through the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Training will include: reviewing the Missouri Driver’s License guide; taking practice written tests; learning how to change a tire; and one on one driver training in all types of traffic situations. In addition, I will provide instruction on what to do if you’re in an accident as well as what to do if you are pulled over by the police. I will keep a log of hours for the Missouri driver’s license test.

Whether you have a permit and no driving experience; or you have some experience and need to brush up on your skills before taking the driving test; or you need help studying for the written test before your permit; or even a newly licensed driver that could use a bit more practice I can tailor the training to you.

I will meet you at your house and provide training in my Ford Taurus which is equipped with a passenger side brake pedal.

For more information on availability, rates, or any other questions you may have please email me at 8jsdrivertraining@gmail.com or call 314-837-4337.

Sky Zone Homeschool Jump

STARTING AUGUST 18TH: Join us on Fridays from 1:30pm-3pm for Homeschool Jump! Homeschool students will get a discounted rate of $10 for 90 minutes of jump time, and each additional sibling is just $5 for 90 minutes of jump time! Check out our Hours & Calendar for availability!

https://www.skyzone.com/fenton/hours-and-calendar

https://www.skyzone.com/fairviewheights/hours-and-calendar

Private piano, voice, and flute lessons

My name is Lisa Smith. I teach private piano, voice and flute lesson at The Music Room in the Tower Grove neighborhood. I teach beginners through advanced students of all ages. Lessons are $30 for a 30 minutes lesson. 45 minute and 60 minute lessons are also available. I can be reached at Syrinx0813@yahoo.com

Homeschool Gymnastics at Team Central in Maryland Heights

Instructional Gymnastics 1 hour class, no previous experience necessary

These will be reoccurring monthly classes on the 1st Tuesdays, second Thursdays & last Fridays every month, Aug-May with a break during the summer months. Please note that the times may change a bit every month because the gym has a busy schedule that they are trying to fit us in. Please register for each class you’d like to participate in.

If you are not in the ARCH Co-op & would like to make sure to get all the future gymnastics invites, email Kim Kuntz at kim.kuntz@yahoo.com to give her your email address.

$5 for your first kid ages 3-teen, and $3 for additional kids

For more details and to register, please visit: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a054baaa72ea64-gymnastics6

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Introduction and contact information update

Hello St. Louis & Metro East area homeschoolers!

Suzie, who has been doing a wonderful job of running this site for years, is leaving the St. Louis area, so she asked for a volunteer to take over the site. I volunteered, and am looking forward to continuing her work of connecting homeschooling families to events and resources throughout the region.

Any help you can provide by passing along information you know about local homeschooling events, classes, groups, field trips, etc., would be greatly appreciated! This site has been a big help as I start my homeschooling journey, and I hope it can continue to be that for every homeschooling family in the St. Louis area. You can reach me at stlmoevents@gmail.com, or by messaging the St. Louis Homeschool Events Facebook page. 

–Shelby Blanchard Stogner

Homeschool Events List for September 8, 2017

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Meet Your Local Homeschool Resources
Indoor Archery
Blue Knights Basketball
Homeschool Roller Skating
Homeschool Bowling (x2!)
Gymnastics
City Museum
Dare to Draw
Reading, wRiting & Ravioli Program
Patriots Boys Basketball
Job opportunity
Faust Park Heritage Festival
Video Production Class
iGen Cyber Games
Science and Math help
Music Educator
Piano Plus
Children’s Chorus
Cinema for Students 2017 Program
Input on the Future of Your Parks

Meet Your Local Homeschool Resources

Did you have a wonderful time at the GHC convention?  We sure hope you did!  They covered just about everything; however, due to the limited space of having it in a church setting, many local organizations did not get to exhibit.  But don’t worry, next year the conference will be at the St. Charles Convention Center July 19-21, 2018, and there will be plenty of room for everyone to have a booth!
So, for this year, the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators (who used to do the Expo) has invited many local resources (both Missouri and Illinois) to a morning called “Meet Your Local Homeschool Resources”.  If you are new to homeschooling, new to the area, or just want to be reminded of who can help you enhance your home education, please stop by and visit these wonderful resources…. it’s free of charge!
WHO?     *Local Homeschool Support Groups     *Learning Centers     *Co-ops   *Homeschool Sports Teams    *Scouting Groups    *Fine Arts programs     * Tutors    *Instrumental teachers
WHEN?     Saturday, September 16, 2017      TIME?   9am -12:00 pm
WHERE?   Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 South Lindbergh (at Highway 40), St. Louis, MO 63131
COST?        Totally FREE!  No registration! Just come in and walk around   from table to table to become aware of what is available to you and your students.  If they were unable to attend, some groups have sent brochures.
GOT QUESTIONS?     Contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com or Marianne Brookman at stlexpo@att.net

LHYA Indoor Archery
Tuesdays 1pm – 2:30pm (10 & 20 yard)
Our indoor schedule operates on seasonal 8-week schedules Fall and Winter.  We are looking into ways to support a Spring season but do not have the coaching availability for that yet.  Each class is for 90 minutes. New enrollees begin at the 10 yard distance UNLESS their experience qualifies at 20 yards.  Enrollees are encouraged to make at least 6 out of 8 classes each season to allow maximum participation.  Mid-season openings are usually not filled until the following season.
Fees are $60 for the first child and $40 for each additional child based on members of the same household for each 8-week season.  Payment is due at the first class of each season.  Please give us plenty of notice if you will not be re-enrolling or need to cancel to allow those on the waiting list an opportunity.
To enroll, please complete the online form (http://goo.gl/forms/wACcoJxu4yJ5sKsg2).  Your information is kept private and used only for enrollment and program related purposes.​
Email: info@littlehillsyoutharchery.org
Phone: (636) 279-4659
https://lhya-public.sharepoint.com/

Blue Knights Basketball
The St. Louis Christian HomeSchool Blue Knights Basketball Organization is excited to announce registration for the fall session is now open for boys and girls ages 8-14 now through September 15. The cost for the Fall Session is $85/player. Practices begin in October. Games begin in November. For more information or to register email Lori at stlblueknights@gmail.com.
The Blue Knights offer competitive and developmental teams for HomeSchool boys ages 8-18 and girls ages 8-14. Try outs are required for competitive teams, but not developmental teams. Try Outs for the following competitive teams have already taken place for BOYS 12U, 14U & 16U as well as GIRLS 14U.
Varsity Boys Try Out information
September 12 1:30-3:30 pm @ St. Charles County YMCA (3900 Shady Springs Lane St. Peters, MO 63385)
September 13 3-5 pm @ OFallon YMCA (3451 Pheasant Meadow Drive OFallon, MO 63368)

Homeschool skate days
Please share with all your friends
We have planned to do the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  We have Sept. 12, Oct. 10, and Nov. 14 scheduled. We do not usually have one in Dec. Times are from 1-3 pm. It costs $4 to skate plus rental (unless you bring your own.) They prefer cash (but do accept credit cards) Rock Roll O Rena in Arnold   http://rockrollorena.com/wordpress1/

Homeschool Bowling
Brunswick Zone Lanes in Valley Park is beginning their Homeschool Bowling League this September.  This is open to any homeschoolers that would like to participate in a 12-week league.  Bowlers will be on the same team each week, with team and individual scores printed out so you can keep track of your progress and team standings.  All ages and skill levels are welcome!  Please call the lanes directly at (636) 225-2400 to sign up and ask for Coach Dave for details.

Bowling
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-bowling1

Gymnastics
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-gymnastics5

City Museum
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-city2

Colorbridge Arts
A non-profit arts gallery and teaching artist collective located in the Southampton Neighborhood, provides customized studio-based classes for schools and families: in-school, after-school, homeschool, private and small group lessons, on and off-site, bringing the benefits of art to new places.
We have a 6 week homeschool drawing class coming up called Dare to Draw and would love to have more participants! Not to mention we could offer more classes if we have more response from families.
Some of our past offerings include:
Colorwheel Connections: Handmade Books About Human Beings
Represent Your Best Self: Puppet Making and Play Writing
Papermaking
Printmaking
Ceramics
You can also find out more about Colorbridge here: http://www.colorbridgeart.com/#/what-is-colorbridge-art/

Reading, wRiting & Ravioli Program
The Reading, wRiting & Ravioli Program was created to improve the reading skills of grade school students and provide another tool for teachers to ensure the success of our children. The Pasta House Co. developed this program in 1989 and has more than 450 schools and more than 3,500 teachers participating in the St. Louis area. Over the past 30 years we’ve had more than 600,000 students participate in the program. In return for spending time reading, students and teachers earn free food from any of our locations.
Teachers, to receive detailed information on how students can receive monthly award certificates for free food to The Pasta House Co., please fill out the form at the link to register your class: https://pastahouse.com/about/community/

Patriots Homeschool Boys Basketball
The St. Louis Patriots Homeschool Boys Basketball Program announces our Tryouts for the 2017-2018 season. Patriots basketball is for homeschool boys in 5th-12th grades.  We will be looking to fill openings at all levels: Middle School, Junior High, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.
Fridays, September 15 and 22 @ Parkway South Middle School, 760 Woods Mill Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011
Middle School and Junior High  (grades 5-8) 6:00-7:30pm
High School (grades 9-12) 7:30-9:30pm
Each boy should bring a basketball with his name on it, a water bottle, a dark shirt and a white shirt for scrimmaging.
To register for the tryouts, please email mjmaichel@sbcglobal.net with your son’s name, birthday, grade, parents’ names, and cell phone numbers.
There is no cost for these events.

High school job opportunity
My name is Eric Benting and I am the Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A of Sunset Hills. We will be hosting our 7th Chick-fil-A Sunset Hills Homeschooler’s Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 13 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Sunset Hills Community Center. I will share the Chick-fil-A story as well as our vision, mission and core values.  Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose is, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A”. We are looking for energetic team-members who lead with a servant’s heart and are excited to make a difference in the community and in the lives of others. Since we opened in November, 2013, we have employed many homeschoolers and find it to be a great partnership and relationship. Homeschool families really enjoy the friendly environment, the flexible hours we offer and they embrace our mission.
We will serve our delicious chocolate chip cookies that are baked in-house and refreshing iced tea while you learn more about Chick-fil-A and why it is such a rewarding place to work. The restaurant is located in Sunset Hills on Lindbergh Boulevard just south of Watson Road. We offer competitive pay, flexible schedules and are closed on Sundays. This opportunity is for employment at the Sunset Hills location only and for those who are at least 15 years old.
The address for the community center is:
Sunset Hills Community Center
3915 South Lindbergh Boulevard
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
If you would like to attend, please e-mail us at sunset.hills.fsu@chick-fil-a.com to reserve your spot.  Please include candidate’s name and total number in your party. Parents, please feel free to join us too! Thank you for your time and consideration.  We look forward to meeting you!

Faust Park Heritage Festival
Faust Historic Village gets back to its roots for an old fashioned folk festival held in the Historic Village. The 19th century homes will buzz with period dressed staff and traditional craft such as blacksmithing, pottery firing and other historical arts and crafts. Lots of activities for children. Hay wagons will be available to carry visitors around the parking lots from the main entrance. For more information call 314-615-8328. $5/adults, $2/child (4-12). 3 and under are free. Faust Park, Saturday, 9/16 and Sunday 9/17, 10 am – 5 pm each day.

Video Production Class
Ages 11 & up
Produce content from your own creative minds to showcase to the world! You will learn the fundamental elements of video and film productions. Students will learn the roles and responsibilities of those charged with the execution of a film, television production, how to read and breakdown a script, logistics, production management, working with crews, and scheduling. Students will gain experience in all aspects of the production stage of the moviemaking process, including operating digital video cameras and DSLR’s, setting up and operating lighting equipment, capturing location sound, and serving in all the main crew positions found on professional film sets. Dayspring Arts & Education
www.dayspringarts.org

iGen Cyber Games
The iGen Cyber Games are free events (located in St. Louis and in Lebanon, IL) geared towards middle-high school students and focuses on teaching them the basics of computer coding while keeping it fun for the students.  Below are the links to the two events:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/igen-cyber-games-tickets-31899099064
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/igen-cyber-games-tickets-31899086025?aff=es2
We would love to have some homeschoolers at these two events!

Bonneville Science Tutoring and Mathematical Enrichment
Philip Bonneville
Clayton, MO
Email: philipbonneville {at} wustl {dot} edu
Website: www.bonnevilletutoring.com
As of August 2017, I am a graduate of Washington University with a major in mathematics working as a tutor in the St. Louis area.  I offer tutoring in math, computer science, physics, and chemistry at the high school level and above, with a special focus on serving advanced students and/or homeschoolers.  Having been homeschooled myself, I would love to be able to support homeschooled students in the St. Louis area, whether just through individual tutoring or by offering homeschool classes if there is enough interest.  Please see my website for details on pricing, experience, etc.

Marjorie Flanagan
Piano, General Music, and Choral Music Educator
1049 Parkwatch Drive
Ballwin, MO 63011
mgflanag@gmail.com
414-378-9576

Marsha Medley, Piano Plus
An in-your-home-or-mine piano studio where humor and excellence are always included.  Music history and style are part of the lesson, and for those interested, there is music theory, ear training, improvisation, composition, and casual singing.
SUBSTANTIAL discounts available to those students who can come to my home in St. Ann on weekday mornings during the school year.
For detailed information on Marsha Medley’s education/experience, policies, rates and a blog on learning/teaching/playing the piano go to pianomedley.com.
Text or voicemail: 314-441-6748.

Children’s Chorus
The Masterworks Children’s Chorus is committed to a disciplined and professional approach to the understanding of music through musicianship, quality literature and performance… [The program is] based on the premise that all children possess the capacity for artistic expression if provided an opportunity for its nurturing. To achieve its artistic goals, the Children’s Choruses are directed by respected artist/teachers who believe in the importance of challenging young people to pursue excellence.”
With a staff of four fine professionals, our student/teacher ratio is excellent, and we have much to share with your child about the wonders of music and music-making. The character of our concert events may change, but the quality will not. We appreciate your confidence in our program to provide a rewarding experience for your child.
Weekly rehearsals are held at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville, IL.
For more information please call (618) 304-9094 or www.singmasterworks.org

Cinema for Students 2017 Program
We would like to invite you and your students to experience the art of cinema and all it can provide in the way of educational and creative development. Cinema St. Louis is offering Free Screenings during the 26th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival as part of our Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students Program. The screenings occur on Nov. 3 and Nov. 6-9, 2017. Full synopses of the films, including targeted grades, can be found by clicking here.
There will be 14 screenings on Nov. 3 and Nov. 6-9, beginning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or noon, at the Missouri History Museum (in Forest Park), Plaza Frontenac Cinema (in Frontenac), St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library (in downtown St. Louis), St. Louis University’s Center for Global Citizenship (in midtown St. Louis), or Third Baptist Church (in midtown St. Louis).
If you have any questions about the educational programming or the festival in general, please do not hesitate to contact me, Caitlin Worthen; I am the school-outreach coordinator of the Georgia Frontiere Cinema for Students programming. I can be reached at 314-540-4650 or CinemaForStudents@cinemastlouis.org. You may also call Cinema St. Louis operations supervisor Brian Spath at 314-289-4153. Brian can help coordinate reservations.
Fill out our online form here to secure your reservation or fax or e-mail me the reservation form located here –  you can fax the form to Brian’s attention at 314-289-4159​. If you have any questions regarding our in-school presentations with filmmakers, please call us. Our CFS documents and information will also remain available on our website.
To thank you for bringing your students to the program, we’ll provide all participating teachers with a pair of free ticket vouchers for the festival. I look forward to sharing this enlightening and educational experience with you and your students!

Give Your Input on the Future of Your Parks!
As users of St. Louis County Parks, we value your input.
We are developing a Park Master Plan to guide the next 20 years of development in our park system and we hope you will consider attending one of our five Open Houses in September to review draft recommendations.
Meeting dates and locations:
-Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5-8p, Pavilion at Lemay/Jefferson Barracks Park
-Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5-8p, Greensfelder Recreation Complex/Queeny Park
-Thursday, Sept. 14, 5-8p, North County Recreation Complex
-Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-4p, Crestview Middle School in Ballwin
-Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5-8p, St. Vincent Community Center/St. Vincent Park
The meetings are set up so that attendees can come and go anytime during the three-hour time frame. Presentations are scheduled at specific times during the meeting and information can be found on the meeting announcement.
To learn more about the needs identified in your favorite park, visit the documents page of our website.  Click on the park specific assessments button and then the park name.
Please consider sharing this announcement with friends and family who might be interested. For questions, please contact Beth Quindry, Public Outreach Coordinator at (314) 497-3126 and beth@shockeyconsulting.com.
www.stlcountyparksmasterplan.com

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you
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Homeschool Events List for August 16, 2017

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Try Cub Scouts
Sing at Lutheran South
Drama Co-op
Monarch Madness
Storytelling Workshop
Homeschool Skate
Chess Club
Sewing Classes
Art Classes

TRY CUB SCOUTS
Come try out scouts! If you have a son in 1st through 6th grade you are invited to join Cub Scout Pack 387 for our Raingutter Regatta. Your family can enjoy dinner with the pack, meet some of the families involved in Cub Scouts, and get your questions answered!
What: Cub Scout Pack 387 Raingutter Regatta
When: Thursday, August 17, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021
RSVP: Because this event includes dinner, please RSVP to scoutpack387@gmail.com
The Raingutter Regatta is an annual event for our pack, where cub scouts (and siblings) can decorate a small model boat and blow it down a raingutter race track.  If you’d like to participate, but aren’t up for boatmaking right now, we will have a couple of extra boats visitors can race. However, the boats are easy to make, so if you’d like a hands-on activity to do with your son, let us know when you RSVP, and we can give you the information you need to get a kit and make your own!
Cub Scout Pack 387 is a Christian, family-based organization for boys aged 6-11 (grades 1-5) where the majority of the boys are home educated. We meet two Thursdays a month during the school year, plus monthly pack activities for the whole family year-round. Boy Scout Troop 387 is also available for boys age 11-17. If you can’t join us for the Regatta, but are interested in the pack, send us an e-mail at scoutpack387@gmail.com and we would be happy to send you more information.

Sing at Lutheran South
The Lutheran High School “Junior Singers” invite students in grades 5 through 8 (ages 10 – 14) to “Sing at South” with them this year.  The Junior Singers are beginning their fifth year of singing success, combining voices from around the area as a select middle school choir.  Students from any educational setting are welcome, including public, private, and home schools in addition to Lutheran schools.  A singer-friendly audition is required where students sing “Row Your Boat” and “Happy Birthday” to demonstrate pitch-matching and rhythm skills. Weekly rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm in the LHSS Choir room at the school on Tesson Ferry near Gravois.  Students learn music reading and ensemble skills along with responsibility and group cooperation during the rehearsals which include musical games as well as choral pieces.  The choir performs at LHSS concerts throughout the year.  The Junior Singers are led by Greg Gastler, LHSS Choir Director, and assisted by Kelly McCord, LHSS Elementary Music Specialist.  Schedule an audition for your singer by calling Mr. Gastler at 314-833-1063 or by emailing ggastler@lhssstl.org. Auditions will be held at LHSS on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, August 28 & 29, with “last minute” auditions at 6:15 pm on Tuesday, September 5, before the first rehearsal.  Annual tuition is $60 payable to LHSS.  Adults are welcome to observe both auditions and rehearsals.  Check out the Junior Singer portion of the LHSS website at www.lhssstl.org/Page/Admissions/Get-to-Know-Us/Middle-School-Fine-Arts. Several former Junior Singers are currently singing in advanced choirs around the area. Come, audition with a friend, and “Sing at South!”

DRAMA CO-OP
You are invited to the Christian LIGHT drama cooperative kick off on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm!
What is Christian LIGHT? We are Learning, Investigating, Growing, & Helping Together. Christian LIGHT is a drama based cooperative that incorporates Language Arts, Music, Art & Technology.
Drama is more than theater. Theater is part of drama. The focus of theater is to perform. The focus of drama is to engage, explore presence, emotion, discover history and culture from another person’s perspective, develop communication skills, and discover hidden abilities by experimenting in art, music and technology.
Christian LIGHT is open to homeschoolers of all ages and grades. Christian LIGHT is a volunteer run cooperative. Therefore, the cost is kept at a minimum ($50 per family, plus $5 per student per year), and parent participation is required.
To register, please complete the form in the link below, and bring your registration fee, in cash, to the Kick Off on September 6th. You will be receipted.
Note, the schedule is listed at the bottom of the registration page.
http://bit.do/LightRegistration2017

Monarch Madness
Using mysterious powers rivaling a GPS, they navigate a landscape more vast than the span of the continental United States.  With instinct alone as their guide and in perfect sync, thousands journey through the air each autumn to one particular mountain range in Mexico. It’s a specific roosting site custom-made for their needs.
They’re not birds, but Monarch butterflies.
The showy, familiar orange and black Monarch butterflies are the only insects that make this amazing migration.  This incredible odyssey goes right through Missouri.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) along with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a host of other partners are celebrating the monarch migration with a special event in the St. Louis area.  Monarch Madness takes place Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.—3 p.m. at the DOE Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center in St. Charles.  The event is free and open to all ages.
Though monarchs are the front liners, the Monarch Madness event will celebrate all pollinating creatures that help our plants thrive.  The event will offer an interactive and fun way to learn about pollinator declines and what people can do to help.
The event will also feature kids’ crafts, games, exhibits, native garden demonstrations, butterfly tagging, food trucks, music, and more.  Visitors can purchase native plants and collect free seeds in ready-to-plant packages to grow monarch-sustaining plants at home.  Guests can also enjoy viewing and hiking the site’s 150-acre restored Howell Prairie.
Pollinator decline in the recent past is a source of growing concern among scientists.  It’s estimated that in the last 20 years, Monarch populations have plummeted more than 80%.  Dwindling habitat for these colorful butterflies is believed to be the source of the drop.
Though the numbers for monarchs may seem grim, people can do something to help.  Planting backyard butterfly gardens can help monarch populations recover.  Establishing milkweed and nectar plants will also give them a boost on their long journey.  Monarch Madness will help visitors learn how they can make a difference.  For more information, go to https://goo.gl/C8imS5.
Limited parking will be available on-site. Additional parking is available at neighboring Francis Howell High School with a short, half-mile walk along the gravel Hamburg Trail to the site. The Weldon Spring Interpretive Site is located at 7295 Highway 94, approximately two miles south of I-64/40. For more information, call 636-300-2600

GHOST STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
Join us if you dare! MU Extension in Saint Louis County is hosting a GHOST Storytelling workshop featuring Master Storyteller, Bobby Norfolk, on Monday, September 11, 18, 25 & October 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for a 4-H member/ $40 for non-members. The cost includes the workshops, a t-shirt, mini concert and Festival Slam. Contact Amanda Meek at 314-400-7386 or meeka@missouri.edu for registration information. We are located at 132 E. Monroe in Kirkwood, Missouri. Visit our website at http://extension.missouri.edu/stlouis/ghost.aspx

HOMESCHOOL SKATE
2:00-4:00PM
September 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
April 10, 2018
Admission $7- Includes regular skate rental. Upgraded skate rentals: $2. Concessions open for purchases.
Fun Spot Skating Center, 1400 West Boulevard, Belleville, IL  618-234-4502
www.funspotrocks.com

Chess Club
Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (immediately following PE class) at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club. (No September meeting.)
Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule. This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE!
If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 314-352-1319 or mjmaichel@juno.com.
WHY IS CHESS IMPORTANT? Chess is a game for all people , the game helps to develop memory , improves concentration , develops concentration , imagination and creativity , chess teaches independence , chess develops the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions , chess inspires self-motivation , chess shows that success rewards hard work , chess helps to facilitate critical thinking skills, chess improves school work and grades , you get to meet like-minded people , chess is an inexpensive game to play , and chess is entertaining.

Sewing Classes for Children in Grades 3 and Higher
This is a six-week sewing class for students in grades 3 and higher that meets on Wednesday afternoons. These classes are designed to teach students beginning sewing skills and to reinforce skills for those who have already participated in these sewing classes. Beginning students will learn basic skills needed to sew simple projects. Students who have already learned the basics will review skills from previous classes and receive training with additional skills. The cost of all six classes is $150 and includes all the materials that will be needed.
Fall Session
Classes Meet on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
October 4th and 11th
Classes will be held at Brentwood Congregational Church at 2400 S Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, MO 63144.
These sewing classes will be taught by Stephanie Wyatt who is an elementary teacher. Please contact Stephanie with any questions or visit wyattssewingclassesandmore.com to learn more information.
Stephanie Wyatt
314-704-2955
wyattssewingclassesandmore@gmail.com
Call or email to reserve a seat.
Payment must be received before the first class to reserve a space

Art Classes: http://mailchi.mp/39d22c0e7d6f/new-classes-sharpen-your-observation-skills-while-expanding-your-connection-with-nature-and-wildlife

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you
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Homeschool Events List for July 30, 2017

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Teen Eagles
Homeschool Choir
Driver’s Training
Eclipse Viewing
Afternoon Book Bites
Home Educators Craft Fair
National Math Competition
SLCL Digital Classroom
Homeschool Support
Benefit Trivia Night

Teen Eagles
As a Teen Eagle, you will have the unique opportunity to learn about the legislative process, meet representatives and senators, attend conferences such as EPC and Eagle Council at discounted prices, and even lobby for important bills at the Capitol in Jeff City! You will also learn proper etiquette for meeting people, dressing appropriately for important events, making introductions, and attending banquets. In addition, Teen Eagles provides many leadership and service opportunities as well as the chance to develop and improve your public speaking skills.
We also plan fun activities throughout the year such as movie nights, game nights, trivia nights and more!
The first Teen Eagles meeting will be August 14th at the Pillar in Ellisville from 7:00-8:30 p.m. It will be an informative overview of the upcoming semester. We will swear-in new leadership, and there will be a Q&A session at the end of the meeting. In general, we meet the second Monday of every month, and will communicate any upcoming activities or events at our monthly meetings.
Teen Eagles is a great organization that I’m proud to be a part of. We do everything with the purpose of developing and equipping young leaders to positively influence our culture through a Biblical worldview. Come make a difference!

Registration Opening for Choir
Time to finalize schedules and register for all those wonderful classes! Music is such an important part of a well-rounded education that you’ll want to be sure you take advantage of the opportunity to include music and/or choir into your students schedule. Registration will be open for the Jubillee class, Jubilation Chorale and Jubilation Revelation. These classes teach so much more than just singing and note reading! We work to foster creativity, leadership, encouragement, cooperation, worship, ministry, history, discipline, commitment, thinking of others more than yourself, and so much more. Help your student find and develop God’s gift of music and sign up now!
Register early to help us plan for you. You may register on line beginning Monday July 31st at www.jubilationchorale.com
>Jubilee Class will begin Wed. Sept. 6 from 1:00-1:45 PM.
>Jubilation Chorale will begin class Wed. Aug. 30 from 2:00-3:30 PM.
>Jubilation Revelation will begin class Wed. Sept. 23 from 3:45-4:45 PM (limited class size)
You do not need to pay when you register. You are welcome to pay on line, mail your payment or bring your payment to orientation on Aug. 28th. Remember there is a convenience fee of 3% for paying on line which goes to PayPal.
For those interested in participating in the Jubilation Chorale or Jubilation Revelation, there will be a mandatory parent orientation meeting on Monday. Aug. 28 from 6:15-6:55 pm at Canaan Baptist Church. This is just before the Berea Academy orientation which begins at 7:00pm.
This will be another exciting year and we hope you will join us!

Driver’s Training
Hello.  My name is Tom Heisserer.  I am a homeschooling father of eight children.  I have a fully insured driver’s training service in the St. Louis area.  My background includes being a former Missouri State Highway Patrolman and a current accident reconstructionist and insurance claim investigator with a large insurance company.  I have a current unrestricted Missouri driver’s license.  I have taken the Protecting God’s Children class and have my background checked every two years through the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Training will include: reviewing the Missouri Driver’s License guide; learning how to change a tire; and one on one driver training in all types of traffic situations.  In addition, I will provide instruction on what to do if you’re in an accident as well as what to do if you are pulled over by the police.   I will keep a log of hours for the Missouri driver’s license test.
Whether you have a permit and no driving experience; or you have some experience and need to brush up on your skills before taking the driving test; or you need help studying for the written test before your permit; or even a newly licensed driver that could use a bit more practice I can tailor the training to you.
I will meet you and provide training in my Ford Taurus which is equipped with a passenger side brake pedal.
For more information on availability, rates, or any other questions you may have please email me at 8jsdrivertraining@gmail.com

Eclipse Viewing
Watch the August 21 solar eclipse in nature at MDC conservation areas. For an interactive map of the eclipse’s path across Missouri, approximate times to watch, a full list of recommended conservation areas for viewing, and details on each area, visit the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/eclipse. A printable map is also available at the bottom of the webpage.

Afternoon Book Bites
“Smile” by Raina Telgemeier
It will meet on the 4th Monday of the month at 1:30, beginning August 28th.
Monday, August 28, 2017 – 1:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.
https://www.slcl.org/content/afternoon-book-bites-smile-raina-telgemeier
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A book club with activities, snacks and discussion of this month’s selection. Pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation desk. Ages 9-12. Registration required. East Room.

2017 Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Craft Fair
Saturday, November 18, 2017; 10 a.m.—3 p.m.
West County Assembly of God, 13431 North Outer Forty Rd, Chesterfield, MO  63017
Free Admission! Raffles!
Gifts, jewelry, ceramics, doll clothes, seasonal, baked goods, knitted and crochet items, wreaths, face painting, cards, baby items, purses, soup and cookie mixes, candles and more!
To apply as a vendor, go to www.homeschoolcraftfair.com and download an application.

National Math Competition
The National School Improvement Alliance will conduct the Missouri State-wide Math Competition for 1st-8th Graders on September 16th in Kansas City, and November 18th in St Louis.  This year the event has been extended to include home school students.
Being good in math is about practice and to put in the practice time, students need motivation. This event is open to ALL 1st-8th Graders and is a great way to establish focus for math.
Competition Specifics:
During a nearly 10-hour day, thousands of elementary and middle school students will rotate in and out of the competition sites, where they will work to qualify for the Regional Event to be held in St. Louis (April 2018). Hundreds will qualify for the Regional.
Cost of Event:
There is a small entry fee of only $10 per student to help defray cost, but the hundreds that will progress to the Regional and/or National Events pay no additional fees. We only have 220 slots per grade level and some levels are starting to fill up. More information is at www.mathchampions.org.  If there are more questions, please call me at 404 391-0249.
Dr. Boykins, Competition Director

Homeschool with Success
Free course in the digital classroom available to St Louis County Library patrons
Homeschool with Success: https://education.gale.com/l-slcl/online-courses/homeschool-with-success?tab=detail
Courses are FREE for St. Lous County Library patrons and are professional and informative.  The courses each last 6 weeks and are completely digital (no in-person requirements) and asynchronous (any time of day/night).
You can browse the whole catalog here: https://education.gale.com/l-slcl/SearchResults.aspx

Homeschool Support article: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/homeschool-methodologies/120910-pros-and-cons-of-unschooling-is-it-right-for-you/

Benefit Trivia Night
For Medical Fund of Double Lung Transplant Recipient and St. Matthias Parishioner – Dan Fitzsimmons (homeschool dad)
Turkey Bowl, 50/50 Drawing, Silent Auction
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017; Doors open @ 6pm; Trivia Begins @7pm
$25/ Person: Popcorn, Pretzels, Beer, Wine, and Soda included with ticket price!!
St. Matthias Parish Center, 800 Buckley Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125
$5 per Raffle Chance Available NOW – Fully Functional 1964 Rock-O-La Jukebox OR Smoker with Kenrick’s Gift Certificate
Make reservations with Sandy 314-560-2792 or smaevents2017@yahoo.com
Tickets and Silent Auction items can be paid via credit card
Co-Sponsored by Catholic Financial Life Chapter 1038

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you
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Homeschool Events List for July 27, 2017

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Observatory Open House
Blast Off! Science Game Day
LifeLight Youth Theatre
Summer Book Fair
Speech and Debate
Homeschool Day Project Showcase
Middle School Quiz Bowl
Maverick Learning Center
High School Classes
Memorial Homeschool Co-op
Ambleside Christian Academy
New Homeschooler Seminar
Educator Appreciation Days
Homelink
Seeking English Teacher
Highschool Mini-Seminar

Observatory Open House
http://www.umsl.edu/~physics/About%20the%20Department/astro.html
The Richard D. Schwartz Observatory at UMSL, 7701 Florissant Rd, St. Louis 63121
Free and Kid friendly
July 29 at 9 PM – 10 PM; Public viewing of the first quarter Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, M13 Globular Cluster, Albireo, Ring Nebula.
August 26 at 8:30 PM – 10 PM; Public viewing of the first quarter Moon, Saturn, M13 Globular Cluster, Albireo, Ring Nebula.
September 30 at 8:30 PM – 10 PM; Public viewing of the first quarter Moon, Saturn, M13 Globular Cluster, Albireo, Ring Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy
October 28 at 7 PM – 9 PM; Public viewing of the first quarter Moon, M13 Globular Cluster, Albireo, Ring Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Double Cluster

Blast Off! Science Game Day in St. Charles
You’re invited to Science Game Day for Homeschoolers, a FREE event!
What: Learn science through card games and board games!
Who: Homeschoolers 6th-12th grade
Plus, younger kids are welcome with parental supervision!
When: Tuesday, August 1st, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Come and go as you please!
Where: The St. Charles Fantasy Shop (board game store), 2125 Zumbehl Rd., St Charles, MO 63303
Why: Educational, non-digital, hands-on games have an incredible impact on learning! By making the education process enjoyable and fun, we make the hard sciences more accessible for students.
Have a blast playing games which are being used in classrooms across the country and learn about Biology and Chemistry during a fun-filled afternoon!
Space is limited, so RSVP today at Blast Off! Science Game Day – St. Charles Facebook event!  Not on Facebook? Email Susan@geniusgames.org with the number of students you plan to bring!

LifeLight Youth Theatre
https://www.lifelightarts.com/home.html
Now is the time to complete/ finalize your 2017/18 LYT registration.
To complete your family’s registration for LYT Performing Arts classes, please complete the online form by following this link. CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION.
On this secure online form you will finalize your class(es) selection, pay the first month’s tuition, pay the per child yearly registration fee and supply fees associated with certain classes.
The online registration form is due August 2nd.
We will accept registrations after this date, if there is room in the class. *Veteran LifeLight families, please do not delay as there has been a higher than usual demand for new registrations and we try to honor your loyalty by giving you your requested classes first.
Classes begin Monday, September 11th and registered families will receive a “Welcome” email approximately 2 weeks before classes begin.

2017 St. Charles Friends of the Library Summer Book Fair
Friday, August 4th
9 AM – 12 PM (Friends Members only admission)
12 PM – 9 PM Open to general public
Saturday, August 5th
9 AM – 7 PM Open to general public
Sunday, August 6th
1 PM – 3 PM
Open to general public
Non-Profit day
$5 a bag day (most items)
NEW LOCATION: The Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63303
Free Admission

Competitive Speech and Debate
Our alumni students claim that this activity, above all others, prepared them for both college and life. As parent leaders, we agree—so much that we come back year after year to support and organize this club. We would love to have your family join us this year as we encourage one another to, “Speak boldly. Changing the world for Christ.” The goal reflects the mission of our competitive league: Stoa. To find out more about homeschool speech and debate, please visit the website: http://stoausa.org/. There you will find a wonderful video that gives a glimpse of the opportunities available through this activity.
Speech and Debate Opportunities for the 2017-2018 School Year
Time: Mondays from 2:30-5:30
Location: West County Assembly of God
Dates: Between September 11—November 27 and January 8—April 9 we will meet for approximately 18 sessions. (We purposely keep this flexible because of the tournament schedule, but in the past years we have ended up offering more sessions than we initially scheduled.)
Club Time: We offer a combination of instruction, discussion, and practice that prepares students (ages 12-18) to speak with confidence and poise. We are particularly excited this year to offer Skype coaching through Ethos Debate (http://www.ethosdebate.com/) for one hour of our debate time. During the remaining time, leaders will facilitate games, impromptu speeches, drills, and debates to allow students to hone public speaking skills. Our goal is to provide opportunities for every student to speak every week. Much of this practice will come through debate drills and impromptu exercises, but we will also help students prepare speeches for competition.
Competitions: Our club typically hosts a St. Louis tournament in the spring and several of our families travel to tournaments throughout the Midwest. The level of tournament involvement is up to each family. Some choose to only compete in St. Louis, while others travel to multiple tournaments. One of the joys of speech and debate is the special friendships our families have made with families across the United States.
Camp: We are hosting an Ethos Debate Camp August 22-24. Please see http://www.ethosdebate.com/2017-camps/st-louis-mo/ for more information.
Cost for Club:
Yearly fees: $260. Discount of $25 ($245) for early registration (due by August 5). Fees are due at time of registration.
Early Registration Deadline: August 5, 2017
Final Registration Deadline: September 11, 2017 (1st day of club)
If you would like more information or would like to request a registration form, please email Kathy at stlspeechdebate@outlook.com

Homeschool Day Project Showcase
Missouri History Museum
Are your homeschoolers proud of something they’ve made? Have they researched something fascinating that they want to share? Come show it off at our first-ever Homeschool Day Project Showcase on Monday, September 18!
This is an opportunity for your students to educate other homeschool families about projects they’ve worked on related to science, history, or art. It’s also a chance for students to practice presenting and explaining their work to small groups.
Our project showcase will be set up like a science fair so families can walk around and interact with all the presenters. Students are welcome to share something they’ve already done rather than make something new.
Please note:
Nothing can be bought or sold during this project showcase.
Students will have one table that measures approx. 6 feet by 2 feet.
Students will have access to a power source if requested.
Students will need to bring any laptops or tech equipment with them, if needed.
Multiple students from the same family may apply.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but are limited to 25 total participants.
Apply Now

Middle School Quiz Bowl
We are in the process of starting up a middle school (grades 6-8) quiz bowl team. Quiz bowl is an academic competition where teams of students use buzzers to score points for their team by answering a wide range of questions. Topics include history, literature, math, religion, science, geography and fine arts. We will be training and practicing together twice a month and competing in approximately five competitions with other Missouri middle schoolers throughout the year. There may also be an opportunity to travel (possibly Atlanta, DC, or Chicago) if we qualify for nationals. Please contact Jen Farra (jenfarra@gmail.com) for more information.

Maverick Learning Center
11150 Old Saint Charles Rd, Saint Ann, Missouri 63074
At Maverick, we offer an extensive variety of classes for K-12 students. Utilize our classes as a supplement or your entire curriculum. We offer hour to hour-and-a-half long classes that will help you become organized this school year. Our classes are very reasonably priced.  Join us as we start this new school year!
https://www.mavericklearningcenter.org/course-descriptions

High school classes still accepting students
Chesterfield Presbyterian Church’s Homeschool Network 9Up program is still taking registrations for the upcoming school year.
Here’s the short and sweet version:
All classes are on Thursdays and are taught at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church on Clayton Road. There are 2 14-week semesters.
Students follow a day by day syllabus for each class.  Thursdays are for labs, discussions, lectures, class projects, etc. All classes are taught at a high school level from a Christian worldview by seasoned teachers who maintain high standards for their students.
Classes offered this year are:
8:30-9:30-High school composition, $250/year, taught by Carol Scanio
9:30-10:30-British Literature, $250/year, taught by Carol Scanio
10:30-11:30-Fall semester:  Government, $125/semester; Winter semester: Economics and entrepreneurship, $125/semester, both classes taught by Carol Scanio.
9:30-10:30-Saxon Algebra 1, $350/year, taught by Cindy Bianucci
10:30-12-Apologia Physical Science, $400/year, taught by Cindy Bianucci
10:30-12-Apologia Biology, $500/year, taught by Aili Grasso
12:30-2-Apologia Chemistry, $500/year, taught by Aili Grasso
12:30-2-Apologia Physics, $500/year, taught by Cindy Bianucci
2-3-Saxon Algebra 2, $350/year, taught by Cindy Bianucci
More information can be found at www.chespres.org under children’s ministries and then homeschool network and then the google page. Have questions?  Call Linda at three one four 276 five five 8 four

Memorial Homeschool Co-op
A Christian, parent-led coop that meets on Wednesday mornings at Memorial Presbyterian, just west of Forest Park.  We have hands-on classes and field trips for 3 years old -5th grade in subjects ranging from science and art to social studies.  Affordable fees are charged to cover supplies and to pay parent teachers.  Free nursery is provided. Please email Catha for more information at pureriskcjg@yahoo.com

Ambleside Christian Academy
Registration for Fall 2017 is now open for Ambleside Christian Academy! We started out last year as a forest school, with Jeff Bader teaching nature/drawing, and Cort Hubbard teaching PE. This year we have expanded to include other programs as well! Students can be enrolled in 1-4 days per week, allowing parents to customize an educational plan for their children. In addition to the forest school, we now offer Field Trip Days, which include two days per month where students are immersed in the creativity of a master – learning from museums, buildings with amazing architecture, artists, small businesses, charities, and more! The other two days a month students study architecture and entrepreneurship, and spend most of their day in studio time, working alone or in small groups to design and implement a project inspired by the master works. We have also added our Checkpoint workshops, where we focus on communication and relational skills, as well as math, writing, grammar, Latin, and memory work. We have lots of details on our website if you want to learn more! amblesidestl.com

New Homeschooler Seminar
When?  Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time?  9 am – 12 pm
Where?  St. Andrew Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125 (4 mins from Hwy 55 and Bayless exit)
Please drive around to the back of the church complex to a large parking lot and look for signs. (Sorry, no childcare provided.)
What? Everything you need to know about homeschooling in Missouri and Illinois.  This is a general homeschool seminar and will not go in to detail on homeschooling for high school.  But it will explain homeschool state laws, record keeping, planning, curriculum, resources, and more!
Cost? FREE, but registration is required, so that we know how many to prepare for.
How to register? Go to www.sharehomeschool.com, scroll down till you see Homeschooling ABC’s image, click on link.

Educator Appreciation Days
Barnes & Noble, 8871 Ladue Road, Ladue, MO 63124
Every Sat & Sun in August, your local Barnes & Noble store will host Educator Appreciation Days. Enjoy 25% off most items INCLUDING personal shopping. –10% off in the café.  At B&N Ladue, we’ll have raffles & giveaways, too…We hope to see you there! Homeschool families may enroll in the FREE Educator Discount Program to receive special savings, information about ongoing events & resources.   Year-round you’ll receive 20% off of all eligible items for educational use.

Homelink registration is now open
Go to:  www.sharehomeschool.com
The website has a completely different look and my hope is that it will be much easier for you to navigate…lots of big pictures to click on rather than a list of tiny pop-outs. Plus, it makes it much easier to navigate on your smart phone, although I don’t recommend signing up for classes that way as it is so much easier from a laptop or desktop.
Registration is pretty much the same as last year but we have made some changes. Here are the basic steps for registering for classes:
Quick Overview to Signing Up for Homelink classes
Log in if you are a SHARE member. If you are not a SHARE member, you will need to join in order to take Homelink classes (insurance requirement).
Join or renew SHARE membership.
Fill out online Homelink Registration Form—very important as this is our emergency contact info.
Sign-up for all the classes you need and choose an Operation Fee that applies.
Pay what you owe. A minimum of $25.00 must be paid for each class. Your student will NOT be officially enrolled in a class unless that deposit is paid.

Seeking English Teacher
Homelink (the learning center connected with SHARE) is looking for an English teacher (just got word that the one we hired in May, cannot do it now).  Classes are scheduled for Thursdays and so far we have students in the following classes:
American Lit & Comp  (high school)
British Lit & Comp   (high school)
Intro to Lit & Comp (middle school)
Creative Writing  (middle school)
You would not have to teach all of these classes if prep work seemed too much.  I think we could choose one in each grade level, narrowing it down to 2 classes.
Of course it would be perfect to have someone with an English degree or a degree in Education, but we all know that a homeschool mom who is diligent can do just as well as someone with a degree.  So we are open to that.  You would determine how much you will charge for the class, but we will not know exactly how many students you will have until at least August 22.
We are hoping to find someone who is just crazy about literature and has a real zeal to share that love with homeschool students.
Feel free to email me at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com with your resume, your reasons for wanting the job, and/or to just ask questions.  Or, you can call me at 314-769-7965.

Highschool Courses, Credits & Transcripts Mini-Seminar
ARE YOU UNSURE OF WHAT CLASSES YOUR HOMESCHOOL STUDENT NEEDS TO GRADUATE?
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO COMPOSE A TRANSCRIPT?
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME 1 ON 1 HELP IN MAPPING OUT YOUR STUDENT’S SCHEDULE FOR THE HIGHSCHOOL YEARS?
These are the 3 major concepts that will be addressed in our upcoming mini-seminar!
A team of veteran homeschoolers will be able to assist you with your specific transcript!
WHAT? A mini-seminar concentrating only on courses and credits needed for graduation & keeping a transcript.
WHEN?   Saturday, August 12, 2017
TIME?  9am-noon
WHERE?  St. Andrew Catholic Church (Homelink location), 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125 (drive around to the back of the church for a huge parking lot)
WHO?  All homeschooling parents are invited (Sorry, no childcare available.)
COST? $5.00 to cover room rental and copy costs.  If this is a hardship, let us know, as scholarships are available.
HOW?  To register, go to www.sharehomeschool.com and scroll down a bit till you see the flyer that you can click on. If the $5 is a hardship, just finish your registration form and skip the Paypal part.
Questions?   Ask Cathy at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you
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Homeschool Events List for June 27, 2017

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STL Food Bank Volunteers
CORRECTION-Chemistry Class
Jefferson Sale
Paws for Reading
Remarkable Raccoons
Build a Better World
Fishing Lesson
Juggling Jeff
Historic Village
WCCHE Picnic

St. Louis Area Food Bank Service Opportunity
Work together at the St Louis Area Food Bank packing food in their warehouse.
You can make a difference in your community!
Area families and seniors depend on the food that our volunteers sort, box and repackage in our Volunteer Center.
Whether you’re volunteering as an individual or as part of a group, spending a few hours at the Foodbank makes for a great field trip or team-building experience.
Our Volunteer Center bustles with activity five days a week and the results are real.
Last year, volunteers packaged 5.6 million pounds of food.
Where:
St Louis Area Food Bank
70 Corporate Woods Drive Bridgeton, MO 63044
Dress Code:
Please wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes.
Shift:
You are signing up for the whole 9-12pm shift.  Please commit to being there the whole shift.  If you think it may be too long for kids, they do provide water, breaks & a places to sit.  Everyone is welcome to work at their own pace.
Ages:
Two years and up.
Date: 07/07/2017 (Fri.) Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm CDT Location: 70 Corporate Woods Drive Bridgeton, MO 63044
Please click this link to register:  St. Louis Area Food Bank Service Day

CORRECTION-Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
2017-2018 School Year
Tuesdays 9:40-1:00   First Evangelical Free Church
Mrs. Kacey Marner
Email for more information Kaceymarner@gmail.com
Unfortunately my email would not receive emails the first 2 weeks of June and I fear that it may have affected the class enrollment. We are in the process of determining whether the class will make for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. We are asking those interested to make written commitments by July 10th and then if the class makes to follow up with the deposit in the next few days.
The Chemistry course is designed for homeschool high school students. The class will meet 3 hours a week for 16 weeks per semester. The first two hours of the course will focus on the content of Chemistry. This will consist of answering questions from the homework the previous week, a quiz, and teaching of new material through lecture and examples. Most weeks the last hour will consist of a lab where the students will have the opportunity to experience Chemistry first hand. The class includes over 25 labs as well as notes, grades, test, quizzes, labs, homework, and the text.

Jefferson Sale
July 11 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Why the Jefferson Sale? Because prices are so low at this book sale, a two-dollar bill—the portrait of our third president—is sure to get you something good.
We have to clear out a lot of books. They’re good books, but we just don’t have the space. Maybe you can help find a new home for some of them. Maybe the low prices will help you out. Be sure to stop by during our Jefferson Sale.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376   www.thefamilyvision.org

Paws for Reading
Ages 5-11
7/17/2017, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Did you know that dogs love to hear you read? Bring a book, or choose one of ours. Practice reading out loud to these furry friends!
Click for Required Registration
Thornhill Branch, 12863 Willowyck Drive, St. Louis, MO   Small Meeting Room

Remarkable Raccoons
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122
July 18, 2017 09:30 am – 11:00 am
(Ages 6 and up) Raccoons are remarkable for their resourcefulness, adaptability, and intelligence. Have fun learning more about them with activities, games, and crafts. (Reservations begin June 28 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Build a Better World
Ages 6-11
7/18/2017, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Use recyclable materials to create wondrous structures. Click for Required Registration.
Rock Road Branch, 10267 St. Charles Rock Rd., St. Ann, MO   Meeting Room 1

Discover Nature – Fishing Lesson #1
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, Lake #15
Jul 18, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The program is designed for young anglers, and children participants must be 7-15 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Adults are encouraged to fish alongside their children.
This first class includes instruction as well as hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn parts of a fishing pole, how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing pole, how to fasten basic fishing tackle, and how to properly handle and release a fish. This lesson must be taken before registering for any of the other lessons. Register online at DiscoverFishingSTL.com

The Juggling Jeff Show
7/27/2017, 10:00 AM
Comedy, improv, juggling, jump roping and audience participation await you at this interactive show.
Groups, please contact hosting branch for registration and to inquire about space availability for all summer programs.
Grant’s View Branch, 1010 Meramec Station Rd., Manchester, MO   Meeting Room 1

Historic Village Open House
Saturday, July 29, 2017 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd Chesterfield MO 63017
The historic homes in the Village will be open for free tours on the select weekends this summer. Guides in period dress will be available to answer questions about the structures, as well as, the heritage gardens that are lovingly attended to by dedicated volunteers. Varying number of buildings may be open due to staffing. For more information call (314) 615-8328.
Admission is free

West County Christian Home Educators Picnic
Sign-up Required
August 12, 2017
04:00 PM (We’ll eat around 5:30ish)
You don’t want to miss this upcoming event. The Back-to-School Picnic is an annual event.
-It is a great way to meet new friends and re-connect with others.
-It’s an opportunity to be encouraged by veteran homeschool families.
-It’s a great opportunity to acquire information about your homeschooling adventure.
-There will be tables set up so you can get information and sign up for various extra-curricular activities in the homeschool community.
Mark your calendar and plan to come out and enjoy this wonderful family event
This event is open to all perspective, new, and veteran homeschool families.
Location: Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021
Details: Go to the WCCHE website (www.wcche.org) and sign up for this event on the calendar. Barbeque will be provided by West County Christian Home Educators
What to bring:
-Last name A-L Bring a side dish and a beverage to share
-Last name M-Z Bring a dessert and a beverage to share
-Bring lawn chairs
How can I Help at this event?
-Help set up or clean up:
-Help with Decorations: Contact Darlene Fallon at fallond@att.net
-Help with Grilling
-Help with supplies
For any other questions regarding details: Contact Heather Kesselring at davidkess@hotmail.com or text her at 314-593-0047

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you
.