New Events for 8/8/11

Remember to visit the website often, a link can be found at the top of this email. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop since it has become SO EASY! My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

Misinformation Notice

The Sunday StLPost has a small article on page A15 under the Heads Up section.  It states “Parents who home-school children should file Home School Declarations with their County Recorder of Deeds OR school district”.  This information is purposely misleading in that we are not required to file any declarations, but it leaves that little fact out of the article. Only if you are removing your child{ren} from the public school system are you required to notify the school district superintendent upon that removal, but not at any time in the future.

Homelink Learning Center, sponsored by S.H.A.R.E.

Registration is now open for the 2011-2012 school year! Homelink offers a wide variety of classes designed to support the home education experience. Registration/Orientation is August 16th and classes begin on September 6th and 8th. Homelink meets in the former St. Andrew Catholic School building, at 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125. For more information, go to the S.H.A.R.E. website at and click on “HOMELINK CLASSES  2011-2012.” You can also contact Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink {at} aol {dot} com or 314-791-0000.


Discovering Great Artists – Grades 3-6

Discovering Great Artists – Grades 7-10


German 1 – Grades 9-12

German 2 – Grades 9-12

Japanese 1 – Grades 7-12 (offered next year)

Japanese 2 – Grades 8-12

Japanese 3 – Grades 9-12

Japanese 4 – Grades 9-12

Spanish 1 -Grades 9-12

Spanish 2 – Grades 9-12

Spanish 3 – Grades 9-12

Spanish A – Grades 3-6

Spanish B– Grades 6-8


Mystery of History, Year 3 –  Grades 4-6

Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nation

Mystery of History, Year 3 –  Grades 6-8

Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nation


Classical Writing – Grades 4-6

Classical Writing – Grades 7-9

Classical Writing – Grades 9-11

Lightning Literature and Composition Level 1 – Grades 7-9

Lightning Literature and Composition Level 2 – Grades 9-11

Modern Literature and Composition w/History – Grades 10- 12

Newspaper Club – Grades 6-12


Pre-Pre-Algebra (Keys to … Series) – Grades 5-8

Pre-Algebra (Saxon)

Algebra 1 (Saxon)

Algebra 2 (Saxon)

Geometry (Saxon)

Advanced Math (Saxon Pre-Calculus & Trig)


Real-Science -4-Kids -– Grades 4-6

General Science with lab (Apologia) – Jr. High

Physical Science with lab (Apologia) – Grades 8 or 9

Biology with lab (Apologia) – Grades 9-12

Chemistry with lab (Apologia) – Grades 9-12

Physics with lab (Apologia)- Grades 9-12


Home Economics – Age 13 and up

Photography 101 – Jr. High & High School

Advanced Photography – Jr. High & High School

Yearbook – Age 13 and up

Worldview – High School

Zumba Exercise (for women) – Age 13 and up


Fun School – all ages

Farm School – all ages

WCCHE Family Picnic – Welcoming New and Prospective members

The West County Christian Home Educators celebrates back-to-school time!!

Saturday, August 20th, 4 to 8 p.m., Schroeder Park

Come and meet our new members!  Re-connect after a busy summer!

Play on the playground, Capture the flag, Soccer, Frisbee Golf, Kickball, Sand Volleyball, Basketball

New>> Bocce (lawn bowling )

Sign-up at , sign-up is requested so we have enough supplies, you do not have to be a member.

Last name A to N please bring a side dish to share, M to Z bring a dessert. Burgers and hot dogs, and plenty of cold water will be provided!

Bring your own chairs, or favorite picnic blanket and come and visit!

Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021-5324 US – Near the intersection of Hwy 141 and Manchester Rd.

SCCHE Learning Center Registration Is Open

Registration for the SCCHE Learning Center classes is in full swing.  The Learning Center meets once weekly (Tuesdays) at First Baptist St. Peters (3533 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376) and offers high school level classes (and a few junior high classes) for homeschoolers.  Classes include sciences (physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics – all with complete labs), math (algebra, geometry, trig, pre calculus), US History, philosophy, Spanish I – IV, French I and II, creative writing, composition, writing basics, health and fitness, computer, art, photography, and whatever I forgot.  The schedule is cut and pasted below. The links in it are active so anyone (SCCHE member or non-member) can click on them and go to the class descriptions for the different classes.  You do have to be a member of SCCHE to sign up for the classes (membership is $15 a year), but anyone is welcome to join the group.  The membership fees are required because of insurance coverage necessities.

If you are interested in any of these classes, please contact Phebe Martin (SCCHE Learning Center Coordinator) for more information on how to sign up.  Phebe’s email is phebe.martin{at}gmail{dot}com.

Have a blessed day.
Margaret Porch









Health and FitnessTere Myers Biology 101Margaret Porch Algebra 101Kathy Cumbie Philosophy 101Bob Feeler Chemistry 201Cheryl Hotchkiss US History 1877 to presentTravis Thompson



Spanish 101Jeana Dixon Geometry 202Kathy Cumbie French 101Amy Scott ACT Prep 101 (Aug 30-Oct 18)ACT Prep 102 (Oct 25-Dec 6)Travis Thompson


Biology 102Margaret Porch Chemistry 202Class is full.  Additional
registrations will be 
added to waiting list.Cheryl Hotchkiss


Spanish 201Jeana Dixon Trig/ Pre-Calculus 301Kathy Cumbie French 201Amy Scott Creative WritingLeslie Korhammer



PhotographyClass is full. Additional
registrations will be added to waiting list.Isaac White
Biology 103Margaret Porch Algebra 201Class is full.  Additional
registrations will be 
added to waiting list.Kathy Cumbie
Physical Science 001Bobbie Albertson Physics 301Class is full.  Additional
registrations will be 
added to waiting list.Cheryl Hotchkiss
CompositionLeslie Korhammer



Spanish 202Jeana Dixon Art 201Cathy Cummings Writing BasicsLeslie Korhammer


Computer 101Phebe Martin Physical Science 002Bobbie Albertson Health and Fitness
has been moved to 8:30 time slot


Spanish 102Jeana Dixon Art 101Cathy Cummings

Riverchase Community Center Offering PE Classes

To see info. and sign up click here:

Homeschool Bowling Party
Wednesday August 31, 2011; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Brunswick Lakeside Bowling, 1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63088-1400
Phone: (636) 225-2400

Reservations are required, last year they filled up and offered another time, but it is unsure if they will do that this year so if you are interested you should call right away.
Homeschool Bowling Club will be held on Wednesdays at 1:00, cost is $5.00 and this includes 2 games of bowling, as well as shoes. We will have a coach that will work with the kids, all ages are welcome.


Christian Outreach School (COS) located in Hillsboro is now offering classes for homeschoolers.

They are having an open house and welcome all who are interested in finding out more about the program. (Specifics below).

Join us for the following events!

Monday, August 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—Open House

Monday, August 15, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.—BBQ, Open House, & Family Meeting

In Jesus,

Mrs. Shirley Keener, Principal

Christian Outreach School, 4450 Outreach Drive, Hillsboro, MO  63050


Fax shares land-line: for best results, call prior to use.

christianoutreachschool [at] gmail [dot] com

Christian Outreach School is accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association, a member of the National Council of Private School Accreditation.

Student Nondiscrimination Policy–Christian Outreach School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or physical disability in the administration of its educational policies or school-sponsored programs.  However, the school does reserve the right to use appropriate selection criteria in fulfillment of its stated purpose and philosophy of education.


Scouting Overview – Pack 387 is a Christ centered, mostly home schooled pack, welcoming of the WHOLE FAMILY. Boys work through a structured program to learn many practical life skills like first aid, handling knives and tools, fitness, science, outdoors, as well as exposure to many career paths to spark their interest (i.e. engineering, surveying, etc). We work on badge requirements and have a Bible-based message at each regular Pack meeting which start in September. Pack meetings are twice per month (usually boy and parent(s)), and we try to have one family based activity (sisters and other siblings included!) once per month.

Raingutter Regatta – We have one “Summer” activity left, which interested boys are welcome to attend: the Raingutter Regatta. The boys make little wooden boats from a kit and race them by blowing them down a rain gutter filled with water. Mr. Aholt may even bring his rocket-powered boat for the exhibition category!

Thursday, August 18th; 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Where:  Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO

Guests are welcome to just come and watch, or make a wooden boat and participate in the race.

1. RSVP to Neil Amiri, Cubmaster  ngamiri {at} ieee {dot} org

2. Buy your “Raingutter Regatta” boat kit (under $5) from the Boy Scout Shop West County, 11481 Page Service Dr, 63146 (optional)

3. Dinner will be cooked by the wolf den.

4. Please bring a side dish or a dessert.

There will be awards given for the following categories:

Original Design

Most Patriotic

Most Unique

Fastest traveling boat

Contact Info

We have openings in all dens. Boy Scouts can be a great way for your son to make some Christian friends, and have other dads be a positive influence in his life as he grows into adolescence. Please email with any questions – ngamiri {at} ieee {dot} org

For His glory, Neil Amiri, Cubmaster

Band Instrumental Music Instruction Hosted by Lutheran North

Beginning through Advanced band instruction is being offered to homeschoolers through the Lutheran High School Association Elementary Band Program. The instruction takes place twice a week in coordination with the existing programs in the Lutheran schools. Several locations and schedules are available. Individualized instruction is provided in a group setting. Students progress at their own rate but also participate in group playing and performing. Students who are at least10 years old by Aug. 1st are welcome in the program. Younger students could be accepted with administration permission. No experience in necessary. Students with prior band instrumental experience will be worked into the program at the appropriate level. For information email Steve Tirmenstein at stirmenstein{at}lhsn{dot}org or call Lutheran High School North 314-389-3100 and ask for home school band information.

Electronics for Homeschool kids age 8 to 108!  

Please see the testimonial page!

Quick Study Labs will begin classes for Fall 2011 on August 15 and again on August 29 for those who would like to start school just a little later.  Classes are limited, so please register early.  If you intend to start on August 29th, please wait till August 15th to register.

The list of classes at QSL continues to grow.  Please let others know.


  1. The Edison Project (start here) For kids with the Edison Trait.
  2. Introduction to Electronics
  3. Advanced DC and AC  (for students who have completed Edison Project and Introduction to Electronics)
  4. Green Technology (summers only)
  5. Green Technology 2 (summer 2012) Build a working solar station to operate small appliances during power outages!
  6. Kid’s Club and Summer Club (summers only FREE)
  7. Music with Mackie (guitar lessons)

For more information see the website at:


Register now for Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and Butterfly House fall and winter classes.

Archaeology Resource from National Parks Service

For ages 6 and up, the National Parks Service and the Midwest Archaeological Center have put together a “Junior Ranger Archaeology Program” for kids to learn more about the archaeological process.  All kids have to do is complete designated activities in the book for their age, and mail it in to the MAC for a certificate and a badge.

Family Culture Days

August 28, 2011

Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center Saint Charles, Missouri 63301

Art activities for children! Exhibits and demonstrations by artists – fine art and traditional ethnic folk art

Opening remarks by Sally Faith, Mayor of St. Charles & Jacob Prado, Mexican Consul in Kansas City

Featured Hispanic artist Gloria Parsley discusses the theme of her exhibit – Nostalgia, an Open door to Mexico.

Live entertainment by featured musician Javier Mendoza in the Foundry’s Grand Hall along with ethnic food, music, cultural dancers and cultural display.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

You marveled at “Lord of the Rings”….You laughed with them in “Robin Hood”….You were mesmerized by “A Man For All Seasons”….Now come and be entertained by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, performed by a troop of teens and young adults united by their homeschool roots.  This special production also features an original score by Christopher Poetz, another talented homeschool student.  Patchwork Theatre Project, headed by Denise Trull, is presenting this production as a benefit for the Wimmer-Brown family.  In addition to all proceeds, Bottom’s Donkey Ears and a Fairy Princess Crown will be raffled.
Only two performances next weekend—Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, August 14 at 3:00 pm in the air-conditioned Grace and Peace Fellowship, 5574 Delmar Blvd.  Admission is $5 per person
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Debbie Kopff
314-544-139 or tbkopff[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Dinosaur Big City Movie

Free Preview Screening of the New One-hour Dinosaur Big City Movie
Join the Nine Network and the St. Louis Science Center for an evening with dinosaurs at the Science Center!
Dinosaur Big City is packed with big dinosaurs, big musical numbers and big fun! Buddy and the Pteranodon family begin their journey on the Dinosaur Train, gathering all their Theropod friends to travel to a really big Theropod Club Convention in the “Dinosaur Big City!”
Friday, August 19, 2011
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Screening begins at 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis Science Center, May Hall, 5050 Oakland Avenue • Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
The event is free to the public but reservations are required.
Call (314) 289-4424 to reserve your spot today!

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  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the list 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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