Events List for 10/24/11

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Transcripts and High School Resumes for College
A College Prep Home Education
Monday, October 24 at The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This meeting will present parent educators and high school students with detailed information about high school record keeping, high school transcripts, high school resumes for college, and an opportunity to ask questions.   The details provided will include how to develop a transcript, what to include, how to calculate GPA, how many hours of school is considered a unit or credit, and extracurricular activities that are available to home educated students in the St. Louis area.

READ TO SUCCEED
Reward Reading with Six Flags Tickets
Six Flags and Discovery Education are excited to announce the launch of Read to Succeed 2011-2012.  We share your commitment to inspiring a lifelong love of learning in students and now, K-6 students who complete six hours of recreational reading can earn a free Six Flags ticket. Best of all, teachers win too!
To participate, please take a moment to register today:
>It’s easy and only takes a few minutes! View our Program FAQ for details.
>For step-by-step guides, easy tips on how to register for the program and information on how to log your students’ reading hours, view our Registration and Submission Guides.
>To get started, download our parent letter and student reading log.
>Then, check out the wide range of free classroom resources and fun family activities to build your students’ excitement for reading.
Read to Succeed is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, October 27 at 7pm EST to share what’s new this year and answer any questions you may have.  The webinar will be archived on the Read to Succeed website if you would like to refer to it later. Register now.

Kid’s Pottery Classes at Kruegers
Krueger Pottery Supplies’ Clay Classes are a great way for kids to have fun and get creative! We offer classes for kids of all ages and skill levels including wheel throwing classes and classes for youngsters. No experience is needed and classes include everything you need. Please wear old clothes and bring a towel. Camps include studio sessions and one glazing session. Sign up by phone or stop by the gallery to register.
Wheel Throwing (6 weeks, ages 8-14) $90
Wheel Throwing Saturdays 11:30am-1pm 10/29 – 12/3
Parent & Child Class (4 weeks, ages 5-9) $110
Parent & Child Sundays 1pm-2:30pm 10/23 – 11/27
Everything Clay (6 weeks. ages 7-11) $90
Everything Clay Wednesdays 4-5:30pm 10/26 – 11/30
One Hour, One Project (ages 5-11) $25
Holiday Ornaments Saturday 10-11am Dec. 3
Our classes are a great way for kids to have fun & get creative. No experience is needed. Repeat students will increase their skills. Please wear old clothes and bring a towel. Classes include everything you need.
Fall 2 – Kid’s Pottery Classes
Krueger Pottery Supplies’ Clay Classes are a great way for kids to have fun and get creative! We offer classes for kids of all ages and skill levels including wheel throwing classes and classes for youngsters. No experience is needed and classes include everything you need. Please wear old clothes and bring a towel. Camps include studio sessions and one glazing session. Sign up by phone or stop by the gallery to register.
Wheel Throwing (6 weeks, ages 8-14) $90
Wheel Throwing Saturdays 11:30am-1pm 10/29 – 12/3
Parent & Child Class (4 weeks, ages 5-9) $110
Parent & Child Sundays 1pm-2:30pm 10/23 – 11/27
Everything Clay (6 weeks. ages 7-11) $90
Everything Clay Wednesdays 4-5:30pm 10/26 – 11/30
One Hour, One Project (ages 5-11) $25
Holiday Ornaments Saturday 10-11am Dec. 3
Our classes are a great way for kids to have fun & get creative. No experience is needed. Repeat students will increase their skills. Please wear old clothes and bring a towel. Classes include everything you need.
For more information go to www.kruegerpottery.com

Free Family Financial Workshop
Parents, Kids, and Money Matters. This free educational workshop, designed for you and your children ages 4 to 10. It will help you reflect on the values you want your kids to learn, teach your kids about money and values, and learn practical tools to make teaching about money fun. There will be childcare for younger kids and ice cream sundaes will be served during the event. It will be held Thursday, October 27th at 6pm at Mount Calvary Preschool, 9321 Litzsinger Rd, Brentwood. To sign up contact Kathy Crum at kathleen.crum{at}thrivent{dot}com or 314-808-5345.

ST LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY USED BOOK SALES
If you come to the preview, bring verification that you are a member of the Friends of St. Louis County Library Foundation.  If you are not currently a Friend, you will have an opportunity to join.  To join the Friends any time, call 314/994-3300, Ext. 2281, email friends{at}slcl.org or join online at www.slcl.org/foundation
Book sale prices are $2 for bestsellers, .50 for hardbound/softbound, .50 for DVDs, CDs and Books on CD, .25 for paperbacks (5 for $1), and .25 cents for magazines (5 for $1).  There will also be some specially marked items.
Mid-County Branch — In Clayton
7821 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105
Friday, Oct. 28 9-12pm (sale – friends-only Preview)
Friday, Oct. 28 12-4pm (sale open to the public)
Saturday, Oct. 29 9-4pm (sale open to the public)
Monday, Oct. 31 9-8pm (bargain day!  all items will be 10 cents)
Weber Road Book Sale
4444 Weber Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123
Thursday, Nov. 3, (5-8:30pm)
Friday, Nov. 4 (9-4pm)
Saturday, Nov. 5 (9-4pm)
(There is no Friends preview at the Weber Road book sale)
Big Book Sale
Thornhill Branch, 12863 Willowyck Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146
Saturday, Nov. 5 (9-4pm)

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME
The World Chess Hall of Fame, which just opened last month in the Central West End, wants to reach out to the local homeschooling community. Families are welcome to come by anytime (please see our website for more information regarding exhibitions, hours, etc.), but in particular we wanted to get the word out about two upcoming free family events:
Family Saturday at the WCHOF
Saturday, Nov. 5
11am, 1pm, 3pm
Come explore the secrets and mysteries behind currently exhibited works on a tour just for families, then join us after the tour for a craft project! The Hall of Fame is open from 10am-5pm on Saturdays, with sessions beginning at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. The tour and project will last approximately one hour. Our craft is recommended for ages 5-12, but children of all ages are welcome!
Family Film Night
Friday, Nov. 11
6-8pm
Kick off your weekend with a free family film at the World Chess Hall of Fame!
Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Searching for Bobby Fischer tells the true story of a young chess prodigy (Max Pomeranc) who, under the watchful eyes of his father (Joe Mantegna) and his brilliant but intense instructor (Ben Kingsley), tries to succeed and nurture his gift without succumbing to the pitfalls of win-at-all-costs competition.
Searching for Bobby Fischer is rated PG, with a running time of 109 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information on either of these events or the WCHOF in general, please contact Claire Grothe, Program Coordinator, at claire.grothe{at}worldchesshof.org or (3one4) 3six7-9two43  ext.1zero5.
World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108
www.WorldChessHOF.org

UPDATE – FSC TEAM TRYOUTS/PLAYER EVALUATION
Saturday, Nov.19th , CENTENNIAL COMMONS (indoor soccer field) 10:30am-1:30pm*
FSC currently has 2nd grade boys on our U9 (3rd grade) boys team. But they are grandfathered in for our Club Teams program. Our future 1st and 2nd Grade teams will be part of the growing A.D.T.L program we have recently started.
If FSC already has teams, why are we having tryouts?
We are continually trying to increase the number of players in our Club as long as we have the coaching available. FSC is hosting a tryout for many players who are just now hearing about our Club and are considering playing competitively. These new players need to see what our players are learning and what type of people are coaching them so that they can decide if they want to play for us. We also need to evaluate their abilities so we can place them appropriately. This is why your children are expected to be present. We will hold another tryout for the Spring season. If you cannot attend the tryout, please let us know.
What goes on at the tryout?
We will group the children according to age. We will then play small sided games and run through some basic skill drills.
Does this mean my child has to re-tryout for the FSC since I cam to the summer tryouts? No. Your child has already made the Club. Once a child “makes” the FSC Club, they are in for life!…in a matter of speaking. FSC is trying to increase the size of the Club and fill in rosters to reach the maximum numbers per roster. (U12 and below teams roster size is 12, U13 and roster above size is 16)
What level of player is FSC looking for to attend?
We are a Select Level Club and are looking for children who show the ability to play at competitive levels, and parents who understand the commitment level that is expected from them. The FSC player profile for tryouts lists these qualities:
PLAYERS
Better than average speed.
Focused minds ready to learn.
High level of interest in soccer.
Can get along with other children.
PARENTS
People who understand that playing select soccer carries with it more responsibility than REC soccer – attendance-wise and financial.
Social, Friendly, Mature, Community-Oriented personalities.
People who can accept that our Player Development philosophy is a process, is not a short term destination.
People who share in the same goals we have set for the children who participate in the FSC.
Tony Reynoso, FSC Director
(314) 921-4110 ph
www.franciscansoccer.org

HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST
The Daughters of the American Revolution-O’Fallon Chapter is holding its annual history essay contests.  Last year the winner was a home schooled young lady.  We are asking you to share this opportunity with your members.  There is no submission fee.  It is a great way to recognize students’ work and for students to learn about American History.
There are two essay contests.  One is for students grades 5-8 and the other is for students grades 9-12.
Visit here for Christopher Columbus essay requirements open to grades 9-12.
Visit here for American History essay requirements open to grades 5-8.
The deadline for both contests is Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Should you require additional information or have any questions, please contact Vicki White at (3one4) two69-6eight98.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
All essays must be sent to:
Vicki White, 2800 Kristopher Bend, St. Charles, MO  63303
vickiwhite121{at}charter{dot}net

Puzzle Warehouse is now offering a Christmas-themed fundraiser
If your church youth group, sports team, missionary trip, etc, has need of a fundraiser, check out the fundraiser link on their website, http://www.puzzlewarehouse.com/fundraising .   The brochure that Susan, the owner, has put together with Christmas puzzles and games is fabulous!  The profit per item is very high (up to $8.50 per item sold), plus people are now in the Christmas gift “thinking” mode, so it’s a perfect time for this.  She plans to put other themed fundraisers together or one more suitable for year-round as well.  Check out their site or call the store and speak with Susan Way if you want more info. So help support this business that’s owned by a homeschool family!  Or you can always go shopping in the largest jigsaw puzzle store in the world, right in your backyard – Kirkwood!

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 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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