Homeschool Events for the week of 8/13

8/16 – MO – Orientation for Chesterfield Presbyterian Homeschool Network

8/22 – MO – Paid Opportunity for Homeschool Families (through 9/19)

8/23 – MO – Homeschool Open House at Lacefield Music

8/24 – MO – 1 Day Junior Achievement Finance Park Experience

10/1 – MO – Magic House Homeschool Morning

 

 

8/16 – MO – Orientation for Chesterfield Presbyterian Homeschool Network

Chesterfield Presbyterian’s Homeschool Network is about to begin their fall semester!

The learning center offers a full day of enrichment classes on Thursdays for grades K-8. Classes this year are art, music, geography, literature, writing (IEW), and science, as well as PE. Information and registration materials are on the church website, http://www.chespres.org under Children’s Ministries and Homeschool Network, or contact the director, Noel Kellogg, at noelk@chespres.org.

High school Spanish 1 and 2 and Apologia Biology, Chemistry and Physical Science will also be offered this fall through the Homeschool Network 9Up learning center at Chesterfield Presbyterian. Prices are $400 for Spanish for the year and $400 for Physical Science for the year, not including text and workbooks, and $500 for Biology and $500 for Chemistry for the year, not including text and tests and solutions manuals. More information is on the church website, http://www.chespres.org under Children’s Ministries and Homeschool Network, or contact the coordinator, Linda Thompson, at lindat@chespres.org. Orientation is August 16 and classes start August 23.

Team Central Gymnastics August – December

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 do not already get this signup emailed to you directly & 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.

Location: Team Central’s gym at 2675 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-gymnastics7

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

Parent must remain on the premise in the waiting area unless you arrange with another parent to take responsibility for your children while in class. Toddler area is NO LONGER provided for kids under 3!

Credit, debit, check out to “Team Central,” or EXACT cash when you arrive and check-in.

You can attend as many sessions as you’d like. Sign up for more than one! If you register & then can no longer come, please remember to cancel your registration because the gym looks at our registration to hire their staff. SIGNUPS ARE CLOSED AT NOON THE DAY BEFORE THE SESSION!

You should receive an auto-reminder email from signupgenius a few days before any session you sign up for. If you are not getting these emails, check your junk/spam folder and change your email settings to receive them in your inbox.

Session size max: 50 students, min: 8 students

Paid Opportunity for Homeschool Families

Beth is once again looking to homeschoolers to help PT students at Wash U learn how to do a posture evaluation. They will pay your children for their participation!!!!! Keep reading! 🙂 Cathy

Beth Bachman writes….

Hello,

I hope you have all are having a good Summer. I have a great opportunity for Home Schooled Students for this fall. As a former HomeSchooling mom and Physical Therapist, I have, for the past 25 years, partnered with the Washington University School of Physical Therapy to bring together our students and the Washington University PT students so the PT students can practice their posture evaluations in the PT lab with their professors.

Briefly, this is a Physical Therapy class in their doctorate program at Washington University who practice their posture evaluation skills on our children in classroom setting. It takes place in an open lab and moms are welcome to sit in the lab near their child during the eval. The location is 4444 Forest Park Blvd., just past the old Jewish Hospital building (BJC North). I will send directions and more details to those attending. Would your2nd-6th grade child(ren) like to participate?

Can you please reply to this email address,bethbachman1999@gmail.com and let me know if you are available for the Posture Evals for this Fall and which date(s) work best for you.

This year we will have 4 different dates with 10 students for each date. Please hit “REPLY” and let me know which dates you can attend. You must register with me to be able to attend.

Lab #1: Wednesday, Aug 22 from 1-3 pm

Lab #2: Wednesday, Sept 5 from 1-3 pm

Lab #3: Friday, Sept 14 from 8-10-am

Lab #4: Wednesday, Sept 19 from 1-3 pm

Payment: The home school students will be reimbursed $30 for every 2 students in a family. So if there’s one student in a family participating, they will get a check for $30/class. If there are 2 students in a family, they will split the $30/class. If there are 3 students in a family participating, they will receive two $30 checks/session.

Again, if you are able to participate this fall, please check your calendars and reply to this email address now to let me know if you are available for 1,2,3, or all 4 of the dates.

bethbachman1999@gmail.com

Blessings,

Beth

314-518-9336 cell

8/23 – MO – Homeschool Open House at Lacefield Music

My name is Faith Joyce, and I’m a homeschool alumni and musician myself, and have experienced the lifelong benefits of a quality music education. It is my passion, and Lacefield’s mission, to foster comprehensive musicianship in the next generation of children.

That’s why I’m excited to let you know about a new opportunity Lacefield has to offer homeschoolers.This month we are launching a Yamaha Music School at our South County location, and we want your homeschool group to get in on the action! The school will offer Yamaha Music Education System (YMES) courses, as well as private instruction in piano, voice, and guitar. We are also pleased to offer these courses at our St. Charles location.

Please join us on Thursday, August 23rd, from 10am to 12pm, for a Homeschool Open House. You’ll get a chance to learn about the YMES program, meet our teachers, get a free preview lesson, and have the opportunity to enroll for the fall semester.

Yamaha Music School Director

Lacefield Music

http://www.yamahamusicschoolstl.com

(314) 329-5320

Junior Achievement Finance Park Experience

Hello Junior Achievement Finance Park Home School Educators,

We are having a 1 day experience at JA Finance Park on Friday August 24, 2018. The day will run from 9:30am-2:00pm. There is no curriculum requirements and no charge to attend. Students need to bring a sack lunch and JA will provide a drink. Space is limited to the first 125 students (7th-12th)

Send email to lmarsh@jastl.org for enrollment form.

Lori A Marsh, JA Finance Park Manager

Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis

Dennis & Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center

17339 N. Outer 40 Road

Chesterfield, MO 63005

636-728-0707 ext 234

www.jastl.org

10/1 – Magic House Homeschool Morning

Once again the Magic House is graciously opening its doors so that only homeschoolers may attend.

However, due to poor attendance last year, we have been reduced to 3 days instead of 4.

Please continue to patronize these special days or we could lose them altogether.

Time: 9:30am until 11:30am

The Educational entrance on the lower level is where we are to enter (unless otherwise directed). No passes are allowed. Cash and credit cards are accepted. There will be two lines. When looking at the building the credit line will be toward the right (near the construction play area) and the cash line will be toward the left (under the trellis).

Please remember you are to stay with your children at all times – no one is allowed to be unattended. Remember no running is allowed. All morning drinks must be finished prior to entering the Magic House (closed water bottles are accepted). There is a coat rack on the second floor near the Bubble room/Blues area so please do not feel you need to stand in line and freeze during colder weather prior to entry.

Please share these dates with other homeschool families that would love to attend. Have a great time knowing that only trusted homeschoolers and workers are in the building. This gives your children the freedom to learn and exercise while you visit with another mom you know or get to know someone new.

Please email any questions that you might have to Michelle Sifford at: michellesifford@gmail.com Special thanks to Michelle for setting this up and moderating it again this year!!!

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St. Louis Homeschool Events 5/11-6/5

In this issue:

5/12 — IL — SCCCHE Annual Curriculum Sale

5/18 – IL – Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

5/19 – MO – Kids Fishing Day

5/21 – MO – Thrive Date Safe program

5/21 – MO – Stanford 10 Achievement Test

5/24 – MO – St. Louis Area Food Bank Service Days

5/25 – IL – Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

5/26 – MO – 8th grade graduation – open to all

5/30 – MO – St. Louis Shakespeare Festival – Volunteers needed through June

5/31 – MO – Historic Daniel Boone Home Homeschool Day

6/1 – MO – Deadline to sign up for Veritatis Splendor Consortium

6/1 – MO – Early registration deadline for Dayspring summer camps

6/4 – MO – Panthers Homeschool Volleyball Tryouts & Camp

6/4 – online – Online Homeschool Animation Course

6/5 – MO – SHARE Curriculum sale

 

SCCCHE Annual Curriculum Sale

The St. Clair County Christian Home Educators will be holding their annual curriculum sale on Saturday, May 12 from 8:00 AM to noon. We are located at

First Assembly of God

900 Fair Oaks Drive

Belleville, IL 62221

We invite anyone with curricula to sell to join us. There is NO COST to reserve a table.

Contact Josh Peterson at sccche@gmail.com or call/text 618-806-5674

 

Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

Camp Manitowa is inviting all homeschool families to a field trip like none other. Experience an adventure filled day at the Camp Manitowa 2018 Homeschool Field Trip Days. Take part in favorite camp activities, while having fun with your homeschool friends old and new.

Camp Manitowa owns and operates two residential camps and retreat facilities nestled amongst the forests and lakes of Southern Illinois where campers gain confidence, independence and maturity, as well as make lifelong memories.

At Camp Manitowa’s Homeschool Field Trip Days, families can get a taste of camp life in one fun packed day.

  • Outdoor Education

  • Kayaking

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Canoeing

  • Hiking

  • Campfires

  • and more!

Your family can join us for one or all four field trips dates. Try one at each facility for the total camp experience!

April 26th & May 18th, 9am to 4pm: Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point, Makanda, IL

May 4th & May 25th, 9am to 4pm: Camp Manitowa – Rend Lake, Benton, IL

Cost: $10 per person/$50 max per family

We would love to have you experience Camp Manitowa with us. Bring your family and your homeschool friends for a fun day you won’t forget! For more information or to register, visit http://campmanitowa.com/retreats/homeschool-field-trips-at-camp-manitowa/

 

Kids Fishing Day at Meramec Spring Park

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in cooperation with The James Foundation is hosting Kids’ Fishing Day again this year on Saturday, May 19. It’s a day of free fishing and other fun activities for kids ages 15 years and younger at Maramec Spring Park, located near St. James. The park will open at 5:30 a.m. with fishing at 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

A chance to see Missouri’s fifth largest spring, free trout fishing, special drawings and a casting contest with prizes, and free hotdogs are among the activities that make it a full day of fun for young anglers.

A limited number of loaner fishing poles is available, but kids are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles and equipment. The entire upper half of the spring branch will be reserved for kids 15 years of age and younger. MDC will stock rainbow trout throughout the day so the fish will be biting. Volunteers, along with MDC staff, will be on hand all day to assist the kids with fishing.

A casting contest will be held at 11 a.m. with prizes to be awarded. Free hotdogs and soda will be provided courtesy of Phelps County Bank, St. James Sports Club, and the St. James Chamber of Commerce. Drawings for other prizes will be held throughout the day and will include fishing rod and reels, fishing equipment, and more.

Exhibits, games and activities will be offered from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the area around the registration tent, including fish print t-shirts, critter stamping, scavenger hunt, free tree seedling giveaway, first fish certificates, fish cleaning and cooking, and kid’s games. Fishing demonstrations and advice will be available along the stream.

For more information about the event, call the Maramec Spring Hatchery at 573-265-7801, or email Hatchery Manager Wes Swee at Wes.Swee@mdc.mo.gov. For more information about fishing, go online to http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing.

 

Thrive Date Safe program

The Thrive Date Safe program is going to be held at the Pillar Foundation on Monday, May 21 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. See the attached flyer for more information. There will be an informational component as well as a self-defense component.

What Date Safe offers:

The first part of Date Safe is an hour of education. This part focuses on preventing sexual violence, reducing risk and cultivating healthy dating relationships. Additional topics include rape culture, alcohol, consent and bystander intervention. The second part (session – same evening) is the self-defense training. The two part program is led by a certified RAD (Rape Aggression Defense Systems) Instructor who is also trained in Krav Maga, Judo, Kickboxing, and Military Combatives. This experience is made USER FRIENDLY – simple actions that anyone can grasp and use in a dangerous situation.

This is a great opportunity for single women from age 16 and up. Please share this opportunity with college age daughters and young career age women. Mothers are encouraged to attend this free event with their daughters. (Donations are accepted.) RSVP information is included on the attached flyer. Please note that the RSVP date has been extended to May 16.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Vickie Weller, collegeprep@earthlink.net

 

Stanford 10 Achievement Test

S.H.A.R.E. will be conducting the Stanford 10 Achievement Test on May 21-23, 2018.

It is for 3rd-12th grades.

Testing is done from 9 am – 12 pm each morning on those 3 days.

For more information and/or to sign up, please go to this link:

https://www.homeschool-life.com/283/custom/60992

 

St. Louis Area Food Bank Service Days

Work together at the St Louis Area Food Bank packing food in their warehouse. Area families and seniors depend on the food that our volunteers sort, box and repackage in our Volunteer Center.

Date: 5/24, 9am to noon

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 3-hour 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.

 

Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

Camp Manitowa is inviting all homeschool families to a field trip like none other. Experience an adventure filled day at the Camp Manitowa 2018 Homeschool Field Trip Days. Take part in favorite camp activities, while having fun with your homeschool friends old and new.

Camp Manitowa owns and operates two residential camps and retreat facilities nestled amongst the forests and lakes of Southern Illinois where campers gain confidence, independence and maturity, as well as make lifelong memories.

At Camp Manitowa’s Homeschool Field Trip Days, families can get a taste of camp life in one fun packed day.

  • Outdoor Education

  • Kayaking

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Canoeing

  • Hiking

  • Campfires

  • and more!

Your family can join us for one or all four field trips dates. Try one at each facility for the total camp experience!

April 26th & May 18th, 9am to 4pm: Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point, Makanda, IL

May 4th & May 25th, 9am to 4pm: Camp Manitowa – Rend Lake, Benton, IL

Cost: $10 per person/$50 max per family

We would love to have you experience Camp Manitowa with us. Bring your family and your homeschool friends for a fun day you won’t forget! For more information or to register, visit http://campmanitowa.com/retreats/homeschool-field-trips-at-camp-manitowa/

 

8th grade graduation – open to all

Even if you are not a SHARE member, you are cordially invited to participate in our 8th grade and Kindergarten graduation ceremonies. It has been out policy since the beginning to open our graduations to all.

8th grade graduation will be on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2 pm

Rehearsal date is Friday, May 25 at 6:30 pm.

Location is still yet to be determined.

Cost is $50 per graduate and includes ceremony, cake and punch/coffee reception for all your guests, program and memory book.

Please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com with more questions or if you would like to join us! We currently have 7 fine graduates!

 

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival – Volunteers needed through June

My name is Mack Finklea, Operations Intern here at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. I am currently organizing volunteer groups for our 2018 mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet. We would love to have wonderful homeschool groups join us again this season in Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park!

Romeo and Juliet runs June 1 – June 24, with preview performances on May 30 and 31. Our Green Show starts at 6:30 P.M., and the play begins at 8:00 nightly.

Volunteers will assist in nightly customer service tasks, such as passing out playbills and welcoming guests. Nightly group volunteer shifts run 5:30 to 8:00 PM, including a 15 minute Orientation. Volunteers are always encouraged to stay and watch the show!

If your homeschool group is interested in joining us in the Glen this season, please review the available dates below, and reply with your top three choices of dates. Once we receive your dates, we will get back to you with more details.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time: mfinklea@sfstl.com. Thank you!

*Please Note: You do not have to meet the exact volunteer amount. If your group is smaller than asked, we would still love to have you and will fill in with additional volunteers. If your group is larger than asked, the more the merrier. Everyone is welcome!

Dates:

Wednesday, May 30 (Preview Performance)

10 Volunteers Needed

Thursday, May 31 (Preview Performance)

15 Volunteers Needed

Friday, June 1

20 Volunteers Needed

Saturday, June 2

20 Volunteers Needed

Sunday, June 3

20 Volunteers Needed

Monday, June 4

15 Volunteers Needed

Wednesday, June 6

15-20 Volunteers Needed

Thursday, June 7

15-20 Volunteers Needed

Friday, June 8

20 Volunteers Needed

Saturday, June 9

20 Volunteers Needed

Sunday, June 10

20 Volunteers Needed

Monday, June 11

15 Volunteers Needed

Wednesday, June 13

15-20 Volunteers Needed

Thursday, June 14

20 Volunteers Needed

Friday, June 15

20 Volunteers Needed

Saturday, June 16

20 Volunteers Needed

Sunday, June 17

20 Volunteers Needed

Monday, June 18

15-20 Volunteers Needed

Wednesday, June 20

20-25 Volunteers Needed

Thursday, June 21

20-25 Volunteers Needed

Friday, June 22

25 Volunteers Needed

Saturday, June 23

25 Volunteers Needed

Sunday, June 24

20 Volunteers Needed

 

Historic Daniel Boone Home Homeschool Day

Home school students and their families can experience pioneer life by exploring hands-on programs and demonstrations throughout our historic village. Bring a sack lunch and spend the day learning about Daniel Boone and frontier life. Dip candles, play frontier games, marble paper, work with carpenters, and more. Enjoy the beauty of this historic site while getting in your core homeschool hours! To receive a free adult ticket when registering three children online, do not include the adult in the registration. Be sure to bring a copy of your receipt with you the day of the event. Reservations highly recommended!

DATE: May 31, 2018, 10am to 3pm

LOCATION: Daniel Boone House, 1868 Hwy F, Defiance, MO 63341

COST: $5 per person

Notes:

Please bring your photo ID with you to registration. Your name will be on the list.

This event is non-refundable and non-transferable. If the event gets canceled, a refund will be issued to registered participants.

 

Deadline to sign up for Veritatis Splendor Consortium

Veritatis Splendor, named for one of John Paul the Great’s most pivotal works, will be a one-day homeschool support consortium opening in September 2018. The consortium will meet 12 weeks each semester and provide a truly classical and wholly joyful support to homeschool families. Veritatis Splendor is open to all homeschool families, and can be a beautiful compliment to those families currently enrolled in Regina Caeli Academy, or an excellent stand alone one-day option for those homeschool families seeking a one day option. Four levels of activities will be offered: Grammatical I, Grammatical II, Logic, and Rhetoric. For more information and to sign up, please visit the website.

Early registration deadline for Dayspring summer camps

JOIN US THIS SUMMER FOR…

STEAM

MUSICAL THEATRE & DRAMA

ART

DANCE

MUSIC

PRESCHOOL

PERFORMING ARTS

Encourage & develop your

child’s special gifts!

No registration fee before June 1st

$15 per child after

10% sibling & multiple camp discounts

Visit our website to learn more

 

Panthers Homeschool Volleyball Tryouts & Camp

Panthers is a competitive home school volleyball program that participates in several volleyball matches and tournaments. The season is August – early November. We hold tryouts to determine the teams, and we do try to find a place for every athlete. However, because this is a competitive program, we do not guarantee placement for every girl. If you are selected for a team, it will require a commitment of 2 to 3 evenings per week and a couple of overnight, out of town tournaments. For more info, email Chrissi Bergt at: Stlpanthersvolleyball@gmail.com

DATE: June 4 – 7, 2018

 COST: $50 (includes t-shirt if received by May 4)

 TIME: NOON – 3:00 pm

 PLACE: St. Joseph Catholic Church Gym

1355 Motherhead Rd, Cottleville, MO 63304

 

Online Homeschool Animation Course

Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and veteran home school Dad, offers a 12-week LIVE – online Animation Course for ages 11-18. He also teaches 2 online Drawing Classes as well for both elementary and upper grade level students. Each assignment, whether completed in hand-drawn or computer animation, is given a review by a professional animator with feedback for the individual learning of each student! We are taking registrations now for our Summer Session (June 4th -August 20th)! We also have Fall and Spring Sessions available!

Classes tend to fill up very quickly, so we encourage families to hold their child’s spot with a $50 registration fee. We have live spots and recorded classes, so there are options available for many different needs. Our live and recorded classes – with grading – are $300. We have discounts available for siblings and multiple classes!

Please send inquiries to kayla@theanimcourse.com or check out our website: theanimcourse.com, Kayla can also be reached by phone at 661-755-5775.

Levels 1 & 2 Animation cover the principles (beginning and advanced) of animation

Levels 3 & 4 Animation cover story boarding and producing a student film

Level 1 Drawing covers the concept of “how to see” and some techniques of drawing

Level 2 Drawing covers the techniques for character design

 

SHARE Curriculum sale

WHO: S.H.A.R.E.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

TIME: 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM (gives you a morning or afternoon time to shop)

Set-up begins at 9:30 am

WHERE: Homelink Location, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church School Cafeteria, 309 Hoffmeister

St. Louis, MO 63125

COST: Sellers can donate to pay for room rental based on their sales.

Buyers come for free!

WHAT: We only have round tables, 1 per customer. Feel free to set up displays with shelves or stacked boxes. We have about 20 tables available, but we can always extend into classrooms on the upper floor.

HOW TO GET A TABLE: Email Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com

Homeschool Events 4/6 to 4/28

In this issue:

4/6 – MO – The Story of Esther (also 4/7 & 4/8)

4/9 – MO – Junior Achievement Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day

4/9 – MO – Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

4/10 – IL – Homeschool Skate at Fun Spot in Belleville, IL

4/10 – MO – City Museum Field Trip

4/10 – MO – Twin City Homeschool Group Curriculum Sale

4/12 – MO – Bach & Jazz free performance

4/13 – Deadline for Holocaust Museum & Learning Center 2018 Art & Writing Contest

4/14 – MO – Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour

4/17 – MO – St. Louis Area Food Bank Service Days

4/19 – MO – SHARE Prom 2018: The Great Gatsby

4/21 – MO – Moonlight Masquerade Spring Formal

4/26 – IL – Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

4/28 – MO – Shine St. Charles Black & White Ball

 

ONGOING

North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

God’s Green Acre Ranch Association

Homeschool Quiz Bowl

National Bible Bee Summer Study

 

UPCOMING

5/2 – MO – Cedar Hill Homeschoolers Curriculum Sale

5/3 – IL – Mad Hatter’s Metro East Homeschool Ball

5/4 – IL – Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

5/5 – MO – FHE New Homeschool Seminar

5/12 – IL – SCCCHE Annual Curriculum Sale

5/12 – MO – Kindergarten graduation – open to all

5/18 – IL – Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

 

The Story of Esther

Join us for ESTHER, a FREE Musical Theater Performance that portrays Bravery, Truth, Will and Providence. It’s the true story that will engage our hearts, souls and minds. The skilled and talented Homeschool performers of Take 3 Theater are bringing this magnificent story to life. Plan to join the fun, joy, hope and entertainment!! There are 3 nights to choose from, or plan to attend all 3. We hope to see you there!!

DATES & TIMES: APRIL 6, 7, 8 (3 Nights) at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Rock Church, 15101 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO

ADMISSION: FREE

MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/159927921325636/

 

Junior Achievement Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day

Monday, April 9, 2018

Ages: 12-8 year olds (7th – 12th grade)

JA Finance Park is a mini-city in which kids discover how the “real world” works. After 12 lessons taught in the home, students come to JA BizTown for a tablet-based simulation visit day and are prepared to make financial decisions, manage income, establish savings, make a budget in 21 categories, shop and make payments.

For more information and to register: jastl.org

Or contact: Lori Marsh, JA Finance Park Manager | lmarsh@jastl.org | 636-728-0707

 

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: Apr 9, 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 Fun Spot in Belleville, IL

Tuesday, April 10 2pm to 4pm

Spring Celebration Homeschool Skate!

Admission is $7 and includes regular skate rental; upgraded skate rental is $2. Concessions will be open for purchase. Come visit us online at www.funspotrocks.com or in person at 1400 West Blvd., Belleville IL 62221.

 

City Museum Field Trip

Tuesday, April 10 at 9:45am

Enjoy a day at City Museum for only $7 a person (yes, the price has increased by a dollar), 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

 

Twin City Homeschool Group Curriculum Sale

WHO: Twin City Homeschool Group in Festus/Crystal City

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Faith Baptist Church, 11835 County Road CC, Festus, MO 63028, in the gymnasium.

WHAT: There will be curriculum (of course!) and the kids will also be selling crafts/baked goods/projects. Something for everyone! This event is free to attend. So far, we already have 20 sellers, so this should be a good one! Any questions, or if you need more information, please contact me directly.

CONTACT: Paula Koranda paulakoranda@gmail.com

 

Bach & Jazz free performance

Bach and Jazz is geared toward middle and high school students and features St. Louis musicians: jazz guitarist, Steve Schenkel and jazz pianist, Kim Portnoy. At Bach and Jazz, students will experience the similarities between improvised jazz and Bach’s music, giving them a better understanding of improvisation and how Bach still continues to influence our music today.

Bach was known as the master of improvisation. At this one-of-a-kind FREE concert, students will

experience the similarities between improvised jazz and Bach’s music, giving a better understanding

of how the Master of Baroque still continues to influence modern jazz. The hour-long educational concert will also include time for Q&A with the performers.

Featuring St. Louis musicians Jazz Guitarist, Steve Schenkel and Jazz Pianist, Kim Portnoy

There are two FREE performances of this exciting educational concert available to choose from as part of the 2018 St. Louis Bach Festival, presented by Centene Charitable Foundation:

Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:30-10:30am at First Baptist Church of Ferguson: 333 North Florissant Road, St. Louis, MO 63135

Thursday, April 19, 2018 10-11am at The Ethical Society of St. Louis: 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117

For more information on how to register students for this event, please contact Monica Orban: educationdirector@bachsociety.org

 

Deadline for Holocaust Museum & Learning Center 2018 Art & Writing Contest

Students in grades 6 through 12 can win cash prizes; entries accepted through April 13

The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC) is seeking entries for the 2018 Art and Writing Contest. The contest asks creative middle and high school students to express the difficult and inspiring lessons of the Holocaust. This is the 15th year that the annual competition has been held in dedication to the memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in honor of the grandchildren of sponsors Dr. Ira (of blessed memory) and Judith Gall. Winning entries in each division will be awarded cash prizes and will be displayed at the Museum.

Click here for rules and an entry link.

 

Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour

The Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour is for 7-12 year old girls and their moms that takes them back to the Garden of Eden where they’ll discover just what a masterpiece this whole world really is. It will show them that THEY are a masterpiece created by God. And every masterpiece must be protected. Learn the secrets of modesty and true beauty, while enjoying a girls night out. Tickets can be found at https://purefreedom.brushfire.com/skg-masterpiece-world-tour/440633.

 

St. Louis Area Food Bank Service Days

Work together at the St Louis Area Food Bank packing food in their warehouse. Area families and seniors depend on the food that our volunteers sort, box and repackage in our Volunteer Center.

Date: 4/17, 9am to noon

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 3-hour 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.

 

SHARE Prom 2018: The Great Gatsby

All homeschooled high school students (9th-12th grade) and homeschool alumni are invited to the SHARE Prom. Each homeschool student attending may bring one guest (space is limited, so this will be enforced). All attendees must be under 21.

Location: Andre’s West Banquet Center, 211 South Old Highway 141 Fenton, MO 63026

Time: 7pm – 11pm, doors open at 6:30pm.

Cost: $35 per person, paid before April 7th. For payments received April 7th to April 12th, cost is $45 per person. Dinner is included.

This is a non-smoking event and attendees will be required to sign a dress code policy. However, themed attire is allowed.

Don’t delay – register today! Space is limited and we always hit capacity early. The absolute deadline to register is midnight on April 12th – no late registrations will be accepted, and each individual attending must register.

TO REGISTER FOR THE PROM, VISIT www.sharehomeschool.com

TO VOLUNTEER, EMAIL joetracyclark@charter.net.

Feel free to pass this information along to other homeschoolers…..thanks!

 

Moonlight Masquerade Spring Formal

Homeschooler Link invites you to the Moonlight Masquerade Spring Formal

Saturday April 21st, 2018

7:00 – 11:00 pm

Trigg Banquet Center (300 O’Fallon Plaza, O’Fallon, MO)

$25 per ticket includes dinner

This event is open to all homeschoolers regardless of group memberships. Photobooth available with free prints & digital copies provided after the dance.

Please go to www.homeschoolerlink.com for more information and to register – registration is due by April 14th.

 

Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

Camp Manitowa is inviting all homeschool families to a field trip like none other. Experience an adventure filled day at the Camp Manitowa 2018 Homeschool Field Trip Days. Take part in favorite camp activities, while having fun with your homeschool friends old and new.

Camp Manitowa owns and operates two residential camps and retreat facilities nestled amongst the forests and lakes of Southern Illinois where campers gain confidence, independence and maturity, as well as make lifelong memories.

At Camp Manitowa’s Homeschool Field Trip Days, families can get a taste of camp life in one fun packed day.

  • Outdoor Education

  • Kayaking

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Canoeing

  • Hiking

  • Campfires

  • and more!

Your family can join us for one or all four field trips dates. Try one at each facility for the total camp experience!

April 26th & May 18th, 9am to 4pm: Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point, Makanda, IL

May 4th & May 25th, 9am to 4pm: Camp Manitowa – Rend Lake, Benton, IL

Cost: $10 per person/$50 max per family

We would love to have you experience Camp Manitowa with us. Bring your family and your homeschool friends for a fun day you won’t forget! For more information or to register, visit http://campmanitowa.com/retreats/homeschool-field-trips-at-camp-manitowa/

 

Shine St. Charles Black & White Ball

All homeschool students ages 13-18 are invited to attend the SHINE St. Charles spring prom, the Black & White Ball. Prom will be held Saturday, April 28 from 7pm to 11pm at Trigg Banquet Hall, 300 O’Fallon Plaza, O’Fallon MO. The cost is $22, including dinner.

A full court will be announced. Senior guests will receive a souvenir glass to commemorate the dance. To register, please visit www.shinestcharles.com and look for the Prom 2018 tab.

 

ONGOING

North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

It’s Park Day season!! We meet on Wednesdays from 12ish until 3-4ish at the following parks:

Join us on Facebook, and come out and play at the park!!

God’s Green Acre Ranch Association

God’s Green Acre Ranch Association is great for anyone with a girl aged 13-18 who is interested in horses. My daughter had been taking lessons for several years and participating in shows but we were not in a position to own a horse. We were able to join the ranch in September and my daughter loves it!

The girls go to the ranch on Saturdays from 9:30-3:30, where they are responsible for both household and barn chores, caring for their horse, riding their horse in the outdoor arenas or trail riding on the 165 acre ranch. There is also a girls’ board which has meetings every Saturday morning.

The girls hold board positions and facilitate these meetings with adult supervision. They sponsor and participate in horse shows in the summer and participate in parades throughout the year. Families are welcome to come on Saturdays as well and can explore the property or go fishing. Families are also able to utilize the property throughout the week, Saturday evenings, and Sundays. Some families have birthday parties, camp outs, etc. If you or someone you know is interested and would like more information, please contact Nancy Sarocco at 314-941-3410.

Homeschool Quiz Bowl

Now recruiting elementary, middle school, and high school quiz bowl teams for the 2018-19 school year. Quiz bowl is an exciting 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 approximately twice a month and competing in several Saturday competitions throughout the year. Practices will most likely be either st Charles or west/mid county. 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.

National Bible Bee Summer Study

Can you spare just 20 mins a day to study God’s Word? Then you have time for the summer study this year. Our family is a “HOST” Family this year and will be putting together just 3 “meetings” to help encourage you, equip you and share in your summer study. Once you sign up, you’ll recieve a “Discovery Journal” which walks you through what to do each day – memory verses, cross references, Greek words and more. You’ll be surprised at the richness of this and you may find your children start telling YOU things you didn’t know about the scriptures. (Ask me how I know!)

There really is no way better to spend your summer than diving into God’s word. This I can promise. And at just 20 mins. a day, everyone can do it. But you may find that the soon the desire becomes to spend more than 20 mins a day…

Learn more about how to register and sign up at www.biblebee.org

You can join our host group and get ready for a great 8-week study. And if your child loves that – he/she can sign up to try for the National’s which are held in San Antonio each year in late Fall. Makes a great family vacation even if your child doesn’t “qualify” for the Nationals – it’s the only family vacation we’ll take this year. And it was our children’s choice. Something amazing happens when you attend and hear the scriptures recited by kids from around the country, aged 7 – 18… you go home invigorated and ready to do God’s work in your home!

If you are interested, we would LOVE to have you. Just check the website above for more information, sign up online, and feel free to contact us with any questions at: keithgeorgefamily@gmail.com

Blessings,

Sheri George

CORRECTION — Metro Rec Plex Homeschool Day

Metro Rec Plex Homeschool Day

Metro Rec Plex in O’Fallon IL is opening their doors for home schoolers to enjoy their facility on March 20, 2018. From 10-12 there will be ice skating and from 12-2 they are opening their pool to us.

The price is $4 per person for either the skating or the swimming session. If you want to do the whole day, it is $7 per person.

RSVPs are required for this event — please RSVP to ephillips@metrorecplex.com with the number of people attending and whether they will be swimming, skating, or both. 

Homeschool Events 3/8 to 4/7

In this issue:

Panthers homeschool football

3/8 – Homeschool pre-prom dance lessons (8 weeks)

3/16 – MO – Take 3 Theater presents Phantom Tollbooth Jr. (2nd performance 3/17)

3/17 – MO – FHE New Homeschool Seminar

3/19 – MO – SLHN Open House

3/20 – IL – Metro Rec Plex Homeschool Day

3/30 – Deadline for St. Louis Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival

3/30 – MO – Discover Nature Schools K-2 program (Pre-K program 3/31)

4/6 – MO – The Story of Esther (also 4/7 and 4/8)

4/7 – MO – FHE High School Seminars

 

Ongoing events

Sky Zone Homeschool Jump

Homeschool Gymnastics at Team Central in Maryland Heights

KOR Komplex Homeschool Classes

North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

 

Upcoming events

4/9 – MO – Junior Achievement Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day

4/9 – MO – Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

4/10 – IL – Homeschool Skate at Fun Spot in Belleville, IL

4/10 – MO – City Museum Field Trip

4/10 – MO – Twin City Homeschool Group Curriculum Sale

4/13 – Deadline for Holocaust Museum & Learning Center 2018 Art & Writing Contest

4/14 – MO – Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour

 

Panthers Homeschool Football

For a superb opportunity to grow young boys into responsible, team playing young men, check out the Panthers Homeschool Football team! Students will learn that others count on them. When they make a mistake or don’t show up when they are needed, the whole team suffers. When they really work and do their best, the whole team benefits.

They will receive encouragement and support from the coaches and teammates. It’s a great opportunity to learn responsibility, accountability, and how to encourage others when they are down. The coaching staff is fabulous and works to train the boys firmly and with discipline, but also so each one knows the coaches care about them individually.

To find out more, contact Head Coach Bob Schembre at 314-807-6359, or visit the website at http://www.memhsfa.com. Registration is open for this upcoming season, and there are two football camps coming up as well. We need both middle school and high school players! Hope to see you on the team!!

Homeschool pre-prom dance lessons (8 weeks)

This class runs for 8 weeks, Thursdays, March 8th – April 26th. Time: 6-7 pm.

This class is for students age 14+ (no exceptions).

The topics will include:

• Dance Etiquette

• Basic Dance Steps

• Popular Dance Moves

• Traditional Dance Basics

• Partner Basics (how to lead, how to follow), and more.

• This class will provide your young adult with an often-overlooked basic life skill. It will also give them an opportunity to learn with other young people their age in an appropriate setting.

The class is run by:

Gabriella’s Step by Step Dance Studio

310 East Main Street

Belleville, IL 62220 US

Website: http://www.ballroomdancetoday.com/home.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BallroomDanceToday?ref=br_tf

COST: $40 per participant for the entire 8 week session. Payment is due at the time of registration. We will need 10 students signed up for this class to run. Please share with other families that may be interested.

TO REGISTER: Contact the studio to hold your spot. We must have 10, but spaces are limited. Phone 618.340.1694 ​

Take 3 Theater presents Phantom Tollbooth Jr.

Talented Homeschoolers of Take 3 Theater are presenting a FREE Musical Performance of The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. Join the fun and entertainment of this performance based on the children’s book of a young boy’s magical journey which proves that life is the greatest adventure of all.

DATES & TIMES: March 16, 7:00 PM & March 17, 3:00 PM

LOCATION: Mission Community Church, 316 East Central Street, Pacific

ADMISSION: FREE

MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880496412001283/?event_time_id=1880496415334616

The Phantom Tollbooth Jr., An adaption for the Musical Theatre of Norton Juster’s novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, Music by Arnold Black, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Book by Norton Juster and Sheldon Harnick.

This one act version of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth was adapted from an opera created by the same authors. The commissioning of the opera was made possible by a grant to Opera Delaware from Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund.

The Story of Esther

Join us for ESTHER, a FREE Musical Theater Performance that portrays Bravery, Truth, Will and Providence. It’s the true story that will engage our hearts, souls and minds. The skilled and talented Homeschool performers of Take 3 Theater are bringing this magnificent story to life. Plan to join the fun, joy, hope and entertainment!! There are 3 nights to choose from, or plan to attend all 3. We hope to see you there!!

DATES & TIMES: APRIL 6, 7, 8 (3 Nights) at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Rock Church, 15101 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO

ADMISSION: FREE

MORE INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/159927921325636/

FHE New Homeschool Seminar

Join us for this free seminar March 17 from 1:30 to 3:30. We will be covering MO law, record keeping, curriculum ideas, learning styles, organization and more.

Daniel Boone County Library, 300 Clarkson Rd, Room #3, Ellisville, 63011

Please register for the seminar you will be attending by sending an email to Kim Quon at fhemoregion5@gmail.com.

SLHN Open House

The St. Louis Homeschool Network (SLHN) is hosting an open house on March 19, 2018 from 6-8 PM at Grant’s View Library! Come get all of your questions answered and check out our secular co-op, park days and resources!

Metro Rec Plex Homeschool Day

Metro Rec Plex in O’Fallon IL is opening their door for home schoolers to enjoy their facility on March 20, 2018. From 10-12 there will be ice skating and from 12-2 they are opening their pool to us.

The price is $4 per person for either the skating or the swimming session. If you want to do the whole day, it is $7 per person.

Deadline for St. Louis Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival

Cinema St. Louis (CSL) and the Saint Louis Science Center are excited to announce the first edition of a science fiction and fantasy short film contest – an opportunity for regional filmmakers to let their imaginations shine.

This juried competition will award cash prizes to the top three entries: $500 for Best of Fest, $200 each for Best Sci-Fi and Best Fantasy selections. The winning shorts will then be featured at the Science Center’s First Friday program on Friday, May 4, 2018, and will screen in the Science Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater. In addition to the three cash-prize winners, additional works will be chosen to screen throughout the First Friday program.

Click here for contest rules and a link to enter.

Discover Nature Schools early learning program

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites K-2 teachers to an upcoming workshop that will provide free training on improving conservation education in their classrooms, home-school classes, or youth groups. The Discover Nature Schools: Nature Unfolds workshop will take place on Friday, March 30, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the MDC St. Louis Regional Office at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D in St. Charles.

“The Discover Nature Schools program is an excellent way to get students of all ages outside and to enrich their learning through outdoor experiences focused on Missouri plants, animals and natural systems,” said MDC Conservation Education Consultant Kim Cole.

This workshop will prepare educators to teach Nature Unfolds, the hands-on, standards-based unit for grades K-2. Teacher’s guides and classroom sets of student guides and science notebooks are provided for free, and eligible schools can receive non-competitive grants for field experiences and classroom materials that support Nature Unfolds. Space is limited and participants must register by March 27 to ensure enough supplies.

To register for the workshop, visit the Teacher Portal: https://goo.gl/4o6sdm.

Pre-school workshop

The preschool workshop will take place on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the MDC St. Louis Regional Office at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D in St. Charles. Space is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, March 28. This workshop will prepare early childhood educators to teach Nature Revealed, a hands-on unit for preschool students that is based on Missouri Early Learning Goals and the Project Construct framework. MDC will supply free teacher guides and additional resources to support the curriculum.

To register for the workshop, visit the Teacher Portal: https://goo.gl/wqLjGJ.

For questions about either of the workshops or more information about MDC’s Discover Nature Schools program, contact Cole at Kim.Cole@mdc.mo.gov or 636-300-1953, ext. 4126 or visit https://mdc.mo.gov/education.

FHE High School Seminars

Join us for this free seminar. We will be covering graduation requirements, transcripts, GPA’s, ACT/SAT tests, scholarships, and more.

April 7, 2:00-4:00

Daniel Boone County Library, 300 Clarkson Rd, Room #3, Ellisville, 63011

Please register for the seminar you will be attending by sending an email to Kim Quon at fhemoregion5@gmail.com.

 

ONGOING EVENTS

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

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

KOR Komplex Homeschool Classes

We offer homeschool classes on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 9am to 11am.

This is a two hour event, where we take them through a brief warm-up, followed by a demonstration of the obstacles. We have 30+ obstacles and a parkour section. Parents can come and watch or drop off. The price is $10 per child and it is ages 5 and up. All parents must sign a waiver for their children. We also have regular open gym times – check our website for details!

North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

It’s Park Day season!! We meet on Wednesdays from 12ish until 3-4ish at the following parks:

Join us on Facebook, and come out and play at the park!!

Homeschool Events 2/24 to 3/13

In this issue:

2/24 – MO – FHE High School Seminars

2/28 – MO – SHINE St. Charles Graduation Information Meeting

3/1 – MO – Gifted Resource Council’s Academic Challenge Cup Creative Convention

3/2 – MO – Deadline to sign up for spring break programs at The Green Center

3/5 – MO – Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

3/5 – IL – Running Start Homeschool Information Meeting

3/6 – MO – Clementine (Family Theatre Series)

3/6 – MO – Dierbergs Homeschool Cooking Class (6 week session)

3/8 – MO – Free basic archery instruction for teachers & homeschool parents

3/10 – MO – HELPS Used Curriculum and Used Book Sale

3/12 – IL – Reach for the Stars! Homeschool reading pledge drive

3/13 – MO – Homeschool bowling with ARCH Co-op

3/13 – MO – Homeschool Skate at Rock-Roll-O-Rena in Arnold, MO

 

ONGOING

Sky Zone Homeschool Jump

Homeschool Gymnastics at Team Central in Maryland Heights

KOR Komplex Homeschool Classes

North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

 

FHE High School Seminars

Join us for this free seminar. We will be covering graduation requirements, transcripts, GPA’s, ACT/SAT tests, scholarships, and more.

February 24, 1:30-3:30

Daniel Boone County Library, 300 Clarkson Rd, Room #3, Ellisville, 63011

Please register for the seminar you will be attending by sending an email to Kim Quon at fhemoregion5@gmail.com.

 

SHINE St. Charles Graduation Information Meeting

Do you have a senior who is interested in graduation with SHINE St. Charles? At this meeting we will go through information about SHINE’s graduation scheduled for May 26th and you’ll be able to ask any questions you have. Please sign up so we know how many people to expect.

Date: February 28, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

Where:

Meeting Room B

McClay Library

2760 McClay Road

St. Charles, MO 63303 US

Please visit our calendar at www.shinestcharles.com to register.

 

Gifted Resource Council’s Academic Challenge Cup Creative Convention

Looking for an enrichment opportunity to broaden your child’s creative problem-solving skills in a friendly team competition?

Gifted Resource Council’s Creative Convention, for children in grades 2 & 3, requires no advance preparation other than practice in creative problem-solving and working as a team. Creative Convention teams of up to five 2nd and 3rd graders work together to develop, design and construct a solution to a lifestyle problem.

These STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities challenge children in a fun environment, fostering cooperation and creativity. Imaginations soar as children use STEM skills to build their creative engineering designs. Registration ends soon, so register a team today!

GRC’s 34th annual Creative Convention will be held at UMSL’s Millennium Center on Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd, 2018.

Competition Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $90 per team

More information for those interested in registering a team can be found on our website at www.giftedresourcecouncil.org under the Academic Challenge Cup tab. You may also call the GRC office at 314.962.5920 or email us at info@giftedresourcecouncil.org

 

Deadline to sign up for spring break programs at The Green Center

Spend your spring break at one of The Green Center’s Nature Explorer Spring Break sessions! Second, third, fourth and fifth grade students are invited to attend one or more sessions that will take place on March 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20 & 21 from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Our sessions will get your child outdoors and learning about the plants and animals that live around them! They will hike and investigate natural habitats such as our tall grass prairie, forest and wetland ecosystems. Students get to learn about our resident chickens, create art projects with natural items, plant spring vegetables in our diversity garden beds and much more throughout the week.

Grades: 2-5

Cost: $25 per day (includes all materials and a snack)

Registration must be received (with payment) by Friday, March 2. For more information, contact Kathleen at 314-725-8314, ext. 105, or by email at classes@thegreencenter.org.

Visit our website for a registration form and information about our summer camps.

 

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: March 5, 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.

 

Running Start Homeschool Information Meeting

The Southwestern Illinois College Running Start program will host an informational meeting for homeschool students and their parents interested in the accelerated program.

The meeting will take place Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Liberal Arts Complex Room 2311-2313 at the SWIC Belleville Campus. Current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome to attend.

Running Start allows highly qualified students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from SWIC.

For more information and reservations, contact Jane Sparks at 618-235-2700, ext. 5490, or jane.sparks@swic.edu.

 

Clementine (Family Theatre Series)

Clementine is having a terrible week, but this spunky eight-year-old doesn’t let her daily visits to the principal’s office get her down! Come join America’s favorite curly-haired carrot-top as she navigates the hilarious waters of friendship, family, school and mischief on an epic third grade adventure you’ll never forget.

Date: Tuesday, 3/6/18 Time: 12pm

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

#1 James J Eagan Dr. Florissant MO 63033

Cost: $4 a person & we have a reservation of a block of tickets that will go to the first to pay Kim Schlanger Kuntz via PayPal using this link: paypal.me/KimKuntz

More information and registration here:

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

 

Dierbergs Homeschool Cooking Class (6 week session)

Dierbergs West Oak in Creve Coeur, MO is excited to be offering a 1/2 credit cooking elective for home schooled students grades 9-12! This 6 week program will run on Tuesdays from 10 am—1 p.m. on March 6, 13 and 20 and April 4, 10 and 17. There will be no class on March 27.

TOPICS WE WILL COVER

  • Knife Skills and Kitchen Safety

  • Food Safety and Basic Nutrition

  • Grocery Shopping for Efficiency and Cost

  • Creating a meal plan.

  • Basic cooking skills including: Vegetables, Poultry & Meats, Sauces,

  • Baking, Egg Cookery, Stir-fry and Fruits, Sandwiches and Salads.

COST & REGISTRATION:

Cost for the 6 week program is $225 per student.

Registration will be done through the Dierbergs School of Cooking website: www.dierbergs.com/school, or by calling 314-432-6505. Registration will begin Tuesday, February 13 at 9:00 a.m.

 

Free basic archery instruction for teachers & homeschool parents

[note from Shelby: I confirmed with Education Outreach Coordinator Eric Edwards that homeschool parents are eligible to participate in this program]

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) basic archery instructor training class for teachers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive in Chesterfield.

This is a free training class and is meant for teachers (& homeschool parents) who are interested in incorporating MoNASP instruction into their school’s curriculum. Teachers must attend the entire training session to receive the Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Certification. BAI training is required for schools to participate in MoNASP and to qualify for related grant money. MoNASP is taught as a two-week unit during the school day and makes the school eligible to compete in a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) tournaments on a local, state, national and international level. Schools must qualify for the NASP competitions. NASP is a national program that teaches International style target archery to students in grades 4-12.

Statistics show school archery programs improve school attendance, increase participants self-esteem and physical activity, helps kids relate to learning subject matter and gets them outdoors to discover nature. Participants also learn an activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives in the form of recreational target shooting or bow hunting.

To register for the workshop, visit https://goo.gl/8Us4rp. For more information, contact MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist at Dennis.Cooke@mdc.mo.gov, or call 314-301-1500 ext. 4218. Registration deadline is Feb. 28.

For more information about MoNASP, visit https://goo.gl/SRxq7T.

 

HELPS Used Curriculum and Used Book Sale

Homeschoolers Encouraging Learning and Providing Support, also known as HELPS, is a board-run home school support group whose goal is to provide educational encouragement and support for those families that home school their children.

We’ll be holding our Used Curriculum & Used Book Sale Saturday, March 10, from 9am to noon at Trinity Church in Florissant, MO. This event is open to the public, and non-members are able to sell their materials. Visit us on Facebook for more details.

 

Reach for the Stars! Homeschool reading pledge drive

Sign up for the Reach for the Stars reading program, and help your children develop a love of reading while giving back to the community!

Participants work to collect pledges from friends and family in exchange for reading at least 300 minutes from 3/12-3/26. The money your children collect from pledges goes to two places: 1. Back to them! They can use 50% of the pledge money to purchase books from the Usborne and Kane Miller catalogs (over 2000 titles!). The other 50% of the pledge money will be used to purchase books for donation to Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Centers in Granite City.

Our kickoff party will be held March 12 from 1pm to 3pm at Pride Gym in Collinsville. The event is free of charge to all reading program participants. Visit our Facebook page to sign up!

 

Homeschool bowling with ARCH Co-op

Come bowl with us! Open-play (non-instructional) bowling time slots are available on these dates from 12pm-3pm. All ages welcome – parents/caregivers welcome to bowl too. (Feel free to pass registration info on to friends.) You can sign up for as many hours and individuals as you’d like, but space is limited (only 8 lanes!) so signing up is necessary. Cost is only $1.50 per bowler, per hour, to be paid in CASH there. Shoes are included.

Location: Epiphany Lanes, 3164 Ivanhoe Ave, St Louis MO 63139

Date: 3/13

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-bowling

 

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

We are located at 4153 Jeffco Blvd.

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

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”.

 

ONGOING

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

 

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

 

KOR Komplex Homeschool Classes

We offer homeschool classes on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 9am to 11am.

This is a two hour event, where we take them through a brief warm-up, followed by a demonstration of the obstacles. We have 30+ obstacles and a parkour section. Parents can come and watch or drop off. The price is $10 per child and it is ages 5 and up. All parents must sign a waiver for their children. We also have regular open gym times – check our website for details!

 

North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

It’s Park Day season!! We meet on Wednesdays from 12ish until 3-4ish at the following parks:

Join us on Facebook, and come out and play at the park!!

STL Homeschool Events – Vendor & Non-homeschool events

In this issue:

Vendors

1. Dyslexia-friendly tutoring using Barton Reading and Spelling

2. Chegg free ACT & SAT prep resources

3. Free government, economics, and American history curriculum from Certell

 

Non-homeschool events

2/20 – MDC’s Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic

4/15 – STL Day on the Runway

 

General info & programs

1. NextGen+ Leadership Program

2. Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis

3. D’Frohliche Schuhplattler, German Dance Group

4. Eugene Field House Museum

5. Panthers Homeschool Football Team

6. MEGSSS Math Enrichment Program

7. SLCL Sensory Story Time for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

 

Vendors

 

Dyslexia-friendly tutoring using Barton Reading and Spelling

My name is Andrea Holmer and I am a homeschooling mother of 4. I have a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Special Education and many years of teaching experience.

I learned about a year ago that my third child has dyslexia. After extensive research I chose to begin using Barton Reading and Spelling with her. It has been going so well that I have been inspired to become certified with the program in order to help other struggling students.

I am currently looking for 1 or 2 students (between the ages of 6 and 12 years) who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, or are highly suspected of having dyslexia, to tutor at a reduced rate of $20 per hour while I prepare for certification (anyone I begin tutoring now will continue to receive this rate for the entire duration of their tutoring relationship with me, even following my certification). This would require a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week for at least the first 3 levels of Barton. This could be anywhere from 3 months to 1 year depending on the age and progress of the student.

If you are interested, you can contact me through email at amh222@charter.net or phone/text at 314-324-8748.

Chegg free ACT & SAT prep resources

With Chegg Test Prep, students can get instant access to hundreds of expert SAT, ACT, and GRE test prep guides. One of our most popular guides to date is our top 50 strategies for SAT test day article. And we’re only getting started!

We know how stressful testing can be for students. With our free test prep resources, we aim to support students (particularly of low-income families) and help relieve some of that stress.

You can learn more about us here:

SAT Test Prep: https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/sat

ACT Test Prep: https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/act

Free government, economics, and American history curriculum from Certell

Certell (certell.org) is an education nonprofit dedicated exclusively to producing free, full-semester curriculum for teachers who have a passion to engage students. Certell does this by creating meaningful content that positively shapes students’ futures. The content is dynamic, thought provoking and relevant—and they do an amazing job of using current, popular media to convey powerful concepts. This content helps students embrace the common sense, life-changing principles they will take with them into adulthood.

While the curriculum is targeted to the high-school level, it can also be adapted for use by middle school or college educators. Certell’s unique approach and creative curriculum covers such important subjects as:

Common Sense Economics (full semester)

Common Sense Government (full semester)

Common Sense American History (two full semesters)

As we mentioned, all of Certell’s content – from learning management system (LMS) curriculum packages to eBooks to Bell Ringers – is free. This means:

• Free to download

• Free to adapt and teach as-is “right out of the box”

• Free to adapt into your existing curriculum on a lesson-by-lesson basis

• Free eBooks for your students

New teachers just getting started and seasoned educators who are now teaching a new subject — as well as all educators in between — will appreciate Certell’s thoughtful, empowering and easy-to-understand approach. We encourage you to try the Certell curriculum for yourself: Use it with your students, and tell fellow educators about this tremendous, free resource. You can learn more by going to certell.org.

Best wishes for a successful new semester and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Rob Schimenz

Executive Director

Stossel in the Classroom

 

Non-homeschool events

 

MDC’s Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the opportunity for youths to discover upland gamebird hunting at the Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic. The program will introduce new hunters between the ages of 11-15 to the sport with the emphasis on ring-necked pheasants.

The program begins with a classroom clinic at the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Participants will then take to the field for the pheasant hunt itself, hosted at the Missouri Gun and Quail Club located in Wright City. The hunt will occur on Saturday, Feb. 24.

“The clinic will cover some biology, firearm handling, and how to clean the birds. We’ll even give participants some recipes to help them prepare the pheasants for eating,” said Bryant Hertel, MDC Busch Outdoor Education Center manager. He also added that the hunt itself would be a great way for first-timers to sample the sport of upland bird hunting.

All participants must be Hunter Education certified and have not attended the program in the past. The guided hunt is for first-time participants only. Participants must attend the clinic to attend the hunt, and should have some familiarity with shotgun handling.

The clinic and hunt are both free. However, advanced registration is required by going online to https://goo.gl/zYs96B. The August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94.

STL Day on the Runway

For the first time ever, the public is invited to spend the day on St. Louis Lambert International Airport’s airfield in support of Special Olympics Missouri athletes. Bring the family and come join the fun at STL Day on the Runway!

The estimated time for the event is 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Team up and pull together for this Law Enforcement Torch Run® signature event that will feature:

  • 5K race and family fun walk on the runway
  • Plane Pull® : Build a team of between 15 and 25 people with friends, family, co-workers and test your strength by pulling a FedEx Cargo Plane, estimated to weigh 190,000 lbs.! Participants in the plane pull must be at least 12 years old. Teams must raise a minimum of $1,500 by event day.
  • Family Festival – A fun family atmosphere with activities for children and kids of all ages, including a mini pulling event, displays that give you a sneak-peak behind the scenes of the Airport and highlight some of the tools of our community’s first responders.
  • Entertainment, opportunities to participate in activities with Special Olympics Missouri athletes, food trucks/food vendors, and more!

REGISTER NOW https://somo.org/stlday

 

General info & programs

 

NextGen+ Leadership Program

St. Louis Christian College has approved the launching of a new program called the NexGen+ Leadership Program which is designed to match the Missouri A+ program. This is a huge advantage that homeschoolers have not had before do to the rules and regulations of the Missouri Program.  SLCC has removed those barriers.

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Significant tuition savings for eligible students
  • Connect with Christian leaders for career mentoring and networking
  • Education from a Christian worldview
  • Christ-centered campus

To explore a student’s eligibility, the student must apply at www.stlchristian.edu or call the admissions department at 1-800-887-7522, ext. 8110.

Please help me to help fellow homeschool parents and their kids get a good Christ-based college education by encouraging all senior level students to apply for free immediately at www.stlchristian.edu. SLCC was recognized as a very inexpensive college at http://www.affordablecolleges.com/rankings/bible-colleges/. This makes it even better for homeschoolers.

Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis

The Youth Group of the German Cultural Society of St. Louis is dedicated to the performance of German folk dancing and culture. The Jugendgruppe consists of boys and girls ages 13 years old up to 21 years of age. It is a relaxed, yet serious, atmosphere as they learn dances from the different regions of Europe. We would love to have you come and see how much fun it is to dance and be part of our group!

The group is led by Rosemarie Ficken. Practices are held at our hall on Jefferson Ave. on scheduled Sunday afternoons, or at our facilities in Jefferson County at Donau Park. Please email us for a practice schedule at stljugend@gmail.com. More information is also available at our facebook page.

D’Frohliche Schuhplattler, German Dance Group

Ages 4-80’s

This group was formed in 1976 for the purpose of upholding Bavarian culture and traditions through Schuhplattler (dancing), music and authentic Bavarian clothing. Membership is minimal. Practices are usually held twice a month on Fridays at Laclede Groves, 732 S. Laclede Station Road. Non-members are welcome to check us out. We are always looking for new members that are interested in German dancing. Please contact Nancy Plunk at 314-610-9765 to confirm practice times. Also visit our webpage.

Eugene Field House Museum

The Field House Museum in Downtown St. Louis is a historic house museum whose primary focus is to educate visitors on Eugene Field, the “Children’s Poet”, and his father, Roswell Field, a landmark attorney on the Dred Scott case. Tours of the historic house allow children to immerse themselves in 19th century life in St. Louis and creates an environment that encourages learning. These topics are still relevant for today’s society and are highly recommended as part of a curriculum.

For those who can’t make it to the museum for a tour, we also have a Touch Trunk with hands-on activities that can be checked out for free. To complete this experience we have available pre-made lesson plans for $10. These can be tailored to all age groups and are an excellent resource for teachers.

A good starting point for more information is at this link: https://fieldhousemuseum.org/education/ or we encourage teachers to contact the museum directly at 314-421-4689 or info@fieldhousemuseum.org. We can be reached there anytime during museum hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sundays from Noon to 4:00 PM.

Panthers Homeschool Football team

For a superb opportunity to grow young boys into responsible, team playing young men, check out the Panthers Homeschool Football team!

My sons have been involved for over three years now, and being on the team has given them encouragement and support from the coaches and teammates that they have gotten no where else. They have learned that others count on them. When they make a mistake or don’t show up when they are needed, the whole team suffers. When they really work and do their best, the whole team benefits. They have learned responsibility. Accountability. Manning up to their mistakes and working hard to make sure they don’t do it again. Encouraging others when they are down and celebrating when they are up. Losing graciously and winning graciously. Playing without cheating or trying to hurt the opponents.

The coaching staff is fabulous and works to train the boys firmly and with discipline, but also so each one knows the coaches care about them individually.  To find out more, contact Head Coach Bob Schembre at 314-807-6359, or visit the website at www.memhsfa.com. Registration is open for this upcoming season, and there are two football camps coming up as well. Hope to see you on the team!!

MEGSSS Math Enrichment Program

I run a small nonprofit that provides enrichment programs in math for 5th-8th grade students (specifically, high-ability in math). We have had many homeschool families use us as a resource over the years. In fact, our prior ED was a homeschool parent. I’m newer to the organization, but I believe we’ve collaborated in years past. We are currently in our nomination season. Teachers or parents can nominate their students to participate in our qualifying test for our gifted (Elements) summer and after-school program for 2018-19. We also offer a summer program (MathJam) where no nomination or testing is necessary.

Let me know if there are ways we can let your population know about our programs. We’ve been challenging students with the next level of math curriculum for nearly 40 years in the St. Louis area.

https://www.megsss.org/

https://www.megsss.org/programs

Best,

Maureen Hergenroether

Executive Director

Project MEGSSS, Inc.

SLCL Sensory Story Time for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

St. Louis County Library offers Sensory Story Time for families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a welcoming environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities.

The program uses props, toys and tactile objects, to offer children a variety of ways to process the information being presented. In an effort to help kids feel more comfortable, SLCL also provides noise canceling head phones and blue light covers to mitigate sensory stimulation such as fluorescent lighting and loud noises.

SLCL staff have put together a social story about the various activities that will take place at Sensory Story Time. Parents report that providing a visual road map helps children with autism transition from one activity to the next. Social stories are linked below.

Weber Road Branch

2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Social Story (pdf)

Prairie Commons Branch

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Social Story (pdf)

Daniel Boone Branch

1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30 p.m. starting in July 2018.