New Events for 9/26/11

Remember to visit the website often, 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; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

The Mrs. Sara Jane Iles will begin sign up soon for the next 6 week session. It will begin the week of Oct. 25th. Please contact her if you are interested. She is amazing. My girls love her and so do I. She has said that the girls currently in the class get 1st availability. Please contact her if you are interested. For those who did not see the last email for her classes see below….. God bless you all!!
There is a wonderful Christian lady who teaches dance at Studio C. Her husband suggested she teach dance on the side to those who were not interested in the competitive side or the money was a factor. She started teaching ballet and jazz at South Side church of God. She charges 20.00 for 6 weeks.  This is truly a ministry for her . All of the money is donated to a ministry of her choice. She keeps none of it and the church lets her use the building for free. She has a dance and drama degree from England and takes what she does seriously. She felt there was a need for quality affordable dance. She does not do recitals (no expensive costumes and makeup) and the kids can wear whatever they want as long as it does not trip them up. She does not teach tap because it is on a slick floor. She has several classes on Tuesday as well as Saturday.  Please call her at 636-3two6-51zero1   There are no age restrictions. She said if you have an older girl at this point there are not enough for a class but she would do a private class. Same price.  She also said if you were in a position that you could not afford the class if your husband lost his job or something to talk with her and she would help.
God bless you, Zandra

The Patriettes homeschool girls basketball program is hoping to add a recreational/competitive team for Freshman and Sophmore girls for the 2011-2012 season. This team will be similar to the St. Louis Patriots (Boys) “JV League” team and would play a 10 game CYC schedule from January to March. Practices would be twice a week from the second week in November until the holidays and then once a week once the season starts. We would also hope to play a couple of warm-up/practice games in December.
At this point the team will have gym access in South City for practice, although we would be open to moving if someone can provide gym time at little or no cost in West St. Louis County or St. Charles County.  Games will be at various locations in St. Louis City and County.
Generally, this team will be for girls who:
-Like basketball and have preferably have played on a basketball team before
-Want to play on a team, but are unable to meet the skill requirements or the practice, game and travel commitments of the Patriettes’ competitive teams.
-Have not completed the 10th grade, and were born on or after 7/31/94 and before 8/1/97. We will consider 8th graders born between 8/1/97 and 7/31/98 on a case by case basis.
-Are willing to accept a team concept where all girls are guaranteed playing time.
There will be a maximum of 12 players on the team. Team fees will be based on the actual projected expenses at the start of the season divided by the number of players.
Anyone interested or who has questions can contact Ted Medler at tmedler[at] or at 3one4-4zero2-23six8

Thank-you note to Dolphin Tale participants
Dear Homeschoolers,
This is a thank-you note to all those who came to our special viewing of Dolphin Tale.  I hope that you and your family really enjoyed the movie.  Hopefully we will be able to do this again soon.
Jesse and I enjoyed the film.  I had to remind myself that this was not a Christian production company—it’s a Hollywood movie.  I would have liked it if “Hazel” had prayed to God and not her deceased mom, but all and all it was a very good flick.  Other good points:
1.  All the swimmers were dressed modestly at all times—no bikinis!!!!
2.  There was no big romance or “hanky panky” going on between the kids’ single parents.
3.  There was no lovey-dovey stuff between Hazel and Sawyer.  Loved it when she pushed him in the water at the end—much better than a kiss at their age!
4.  Someone posted that there was a swear word in one of the songs, but I honestly did not hear it.
5.  I thought the concept of homeschooling was applauded rather than criticized—that was refreshing!
Please tell all of your friends to patronize the movie at their local theater.
Be sure to check out facebook:  Dolphin Tale’s “HOMESCHOOL DAY” or “Homeschool Movie Club” to see what other homeschoolers around the nation think about the movie.  Also check out to see how they think it went.
Sign Up Execution:
I hope that sign-up and payment went well for most of you.  It was difficult to determine when to close sign-ups as I wanted to fill as many seats as possible.  I could confirm tickets with my SHARE group through a big group email, but it was hard to confirm with so many others as I didn’t have time to make an email group or confirm individually.  We only had two families that did not show up (as far as I know).  If you are one of these families, please let me know if you were there and did not check in with me or if I need to give you a Paypal refund:
Brinkley – 3         Grapperhaus –  3
We had a total of 259 in the 2D theater (260 was max in there)  and 83 in the 3D.
I’m open to any suggestions on improving sign-ups.  Just let me know.
Also, Ronnie’s 20 was very nice to work with…kudos to them!   And special thanks to Deb Giles for getting me excited about this whole endeavor!!!
Once again, thanks so much for your participation in this event.
Cathy Mullins Ekcjmullins[at] 3one4-76nine-79six5

October 8th, Spartan Preview Day; 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M.
On October 8th we will welcome hundreds of students and parents to our campus for our college visit day. It is an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about MBU. In addition to the usual campus tours, informational meetings and giveaways we will be having a special informational meeting for our homeschool students and their parents on making the transition from dual enrollment student to freshman student at MBU.
This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the application and enrollment process, scholarships and deadlines.
If you are interested in attending please RSVP online at or call us directly at 314.392.2290.
>We’ll also have information available to those interested in dual enrollment at MBU. Feel free to invite friends who you think might be interested.

If your child has hearing loss, you may qualify for an important research study with Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray.
Children must meet the following study criteria
1) Children must be between ages 4 to 14
2) Children must have some degree of hearing loss
3) Children must not have major health concerns
4) Children must use English as their first language
The purpose of the research is to better understand how children with hearing loss develop auditory visual speech perception compared to children with normal hearing. There will be 4 outpatient visits (lasting about 2 hours per session). Your child will be asked to sit in a soundproof booth and provide responses to visual and auditory stimuli along with completing a number of standardized tests. Risks associated with this study are no greater than a typical hearing test, which include the risk of boredom and fatigue (frequent breaks will be provided with juice and candy reinforcement). Guardians will receive $50 per session ($200 for the four sessions); your child, a small toy prize as compensation for their time and effort. You and your child may help us understand the effects of hearing loss on the development of speech and language.
Hurry, Call Cathy Schroy at (314) 747-7148 if you are interested in having your child participate in this study.
Privacy is a policy of Washington University. All results are kept confidential, but can be made available to guardians.

Our New St. Louis County Parks Fall/Winter Activity Guide is available now.  Please double click the link below or copy it and paste into your browser to access the document.

Special Coffee House Night with John Notgrass
Friday October 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Join The Family Vision for a special Coffee House Night with John Notgrass.  John will be performing original songs on guitar.  This will be a special evening.  There will be baked goods and coffee.  Admission is Free.  Call the Family Vision to sign up.
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

Avalon Theatre Company is presenting two free performances of its educational outreach production, Portrait of My People.
Saturday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm – Free Night of Theater in conjunction with TCG’s national audience building initiative. Limit 2 tickets per person. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, visit Avalon’s website: and click the Free Night of Theater icon on the homepage. Fill out the short reservation form and you will be contacted with confirmation. You may also call 314-351-6482.
Sunday, October 16 @ 2:00 pm – Free performance for educators and organizations (churches, scouts) to preview show for bookings. Call 314-351-6482 for reservations.
Through personal stories and family photographs, Erin Kelley, a direct descendant of noted Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, shares her experiences of growing up in a Native American/multi-racial family. PORTRAIT OF MY PEOPLE explores modern identity and offers a fresh perspective of multiculturalism and Shawnee and Cherokee history which engages students (ages 8 and up) and adults alike. A talk back follows each performance.
PORTRAIT was part of Avalon’s 2009 season, received a Kevin Kline Award nomination for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences, and enjoyed a successful engagement at the Missouri History Museum in 2010. Running time: 45 minutes. Talk back: 15 minutes.

Deutch Country Days
From 9 am to 5 pm on October 15 & 16, 2011
The hills outside of Marthasville literally come alive with the sights and sounds of the 1800’s.  The early German immigrant’s functional lifestyle is authentically recreated as juried artisans, in period attire, demonstrate natural dyeing, German fractur, sad ironing, koppolei, wood turning, hide tanning, candle dipping, and rug the hills outside of Marthasville literally come alive with the sights and sounds of the 1800’s.  The early German immigrant’s functional lifestyle is authentically recreated as juried artisans, in period attire, demonstrate natural dyeing, German fractur, sad ironing, koppolei, wood turning, hide tanning, candle dipping, and rug braiding — just a handful of the eighty primitive skills exhibiting the early German life and trades.
Period music, whistling steam, wood smoke and the sweet fragrance of cooking sorghum fill the crisp, autumn breeze.  While watching elite craftspeople, you can savor German home cooking and try your hand at stuffing sausage!  A dated antique sorghum press driven by Missouri mules and a steam-powered sawmill complete the historic walk into Missouri’s German yesteryear.
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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, 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 blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

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