Events List for 11/21/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. 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.

SAVE THE DATE!
7th ANNUAL GREATER ST. LOUIS AREA HOME EDUCATORS EXPO
First Evangelical Free Church of St. Louis County, 1375 Carman Road Manchester, MO 63021
March 22-24, 2012
Featured Speakers:
-Steve & Jane Lambert: Authors of the best-selling “Five in a Row” curriculum and homeschool parents and grandparents
-Jason Lisle, PhD: Astrophysicist, author, speaker, researcher and Planetarium Director for the Creation Museum
-Linda Lacour Hobart: Author of the award-winning “The Mystery of History” curriculum and homeschool mom of 5
-Heather Laurie: Founder of “Special Needs Homeschooling” and homeschool mom of special needs children
Thursday night will offer Free Admission to:
>Curriculum Exhibition Hall
>Our Annual Homeschool Variety Show
>New Home Educators Seminar
>Home Educating Thru High School Seminar
Friday and Saturday will showcase:
>Speakers, Seminars, and Workshops – for all types of homeschoolers
>Curriculum Exhibition Hall – three floors of exhibitors with a variety of curriculum and services
>Special Needs Workshops –help for struggling learners, gifted learners, & special needs of all kinds
>Children’s Program –special workshops by guest teachers along with music, games, crafts and skits
>Youth Film Camp –intensive, interactive program to teach practical filmmaking skills
>Homeschool Clinic – receive one-on-one advice from veteran homeschoolers
>High School Helps Area – valuable info and support for home educating in jr. high & high school www.stlhomeschoolexpo.com

SHARE SPELLING BEE
Just a reminder that the Spelling Bee deadline is approaching–December 2.
1.  Illinois residents are welcome and encouraged to participate.   The 14 eligible counties are: Missouri: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Warren, Washington. Illinois: Clinton, Franklin, Jersey, Madison, Monroe County, Saint Clair. According to the Post Dispatch and Scripps, you must be a permanent resident/homeschooler of one of these 14 counties during the 2011-2012 school year.
2. Lisa is going to allow Kindergarten students into the bee using 1st grade words and they can repeat the 1st grade level next year, if the parents choose to do that.
If you have any questions, please contact our Bee coordinator
Original post with complete information can be found at https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/events-list-for-11711/

ACT Workshop by Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting an ACT Workshop in O’Fallon on Saturday, December 3 from 12:30 to 4:30.  We will cover content and strategies for all sections of the ACT.  All participants will take home 5 full-length ACTs with answer keys and explanations.
More details–including location, directions, cost, reviews, and registration instructions–can be found at www.BobJohnsonTutoring.com If you have any questions, feel free to call Bob at 3one4-64six-95four8, or you can e-mail him at Bob{at}BobJohnsonTutoring{dot}com

HOMESCHOOLERS DISCOUNT
To all my homeschool friends~ Gather together a few friends and come to Koinania for a do it yourself retreat in November.  I have the Cottage all set up from a Scrapbook Retreat we had this past weekend and would like to share it with you!!  For the price of gas to get you here and sharing meals with your friends you can enjoy a time of working on your latest scrapbook pages or you can work on making and crafting your Christmas Cards or any Christmas gifts projects you may have going.  Call me for more info.  Check out our website!
God Bless You, Mary
Country Croppin’ Retreats – Scrapbook Retreats- 2 hrs SW of St Louis
Koinania Valley Ranch, 1231 County Road 66, Black, MO  63625
573-269-4544
http://www.cabinsinmo.com/missouri-scrapbooking.html

CHESS CLUB
Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.(immediately following PE class) at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club. Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule. This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE! If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 3one4-35two-13one9 or mjmaichel{at}juno{dot}com.
Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, St. Louis, MO 63123

NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course
A session of the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course is being offered in January for students ages 10+.  As a homeschool dad I am pleased to present this opportunity which is publicly available but primarily targeted toward homeschool families.
Presented by: Monty Schrunk, NRA Certified Rifle Instructor, Range Safety Officer and BSA Merit Badge Counselor
Location: Top Gun Shooting Sports, 4075 West Outer Rd., Arnold, MO  63010
Dates and Times: Friday and Monday, January 20 & 23, 2011; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
(students must attend both days – there will be a break for lunch)
Cost: $100 (total) per student with a $25 non-refundable deposit. This includes facility rental, all course materials, rifle usage, ammunition and everything else needed for the course.  Lunch is not provided.
Note to Parents: 1 parent per student is welcome to sit in during the course at no cost.  Parents can also enroll in the course at the $100 student price if they wish to receive the course materials, participate in the shooting and receive a certificate upon successful test completion.
Course Overview:
In today’s society many people are exposed to firearms only by what they see via television, movies and video games. These media often provide a negative view of firearms and an irresponsible idea of how they should be handled.
In truth, firearms are used in positive ways every day by thousands of people.  Like many devices, however, they are dangerous when handled incorrectly or inappropriately. Through proper exposure and education, taboos and misconceptions can be broken and people can learn to handle firearms safely and confidently while experiencing the enjoyment of shooting sports.
Through the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course, students will learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting. The course will teach the principal parts of a rifle and how different rifles function, as well as the components and function of rifle ammunition. Students will learn and practice 5 basic shooting positions, performing live-fire exercises in each position.  Students will receive a certificate of completion after finishing the course and successfully completing the course examination.
Students can enroll online at:  http://www.nrainstructors.org/SignupStudent.aspx?id=81139
For more information, please contact Monty Schrunk by e-mail at msguntraining AT att DOT net, by phone at 3one4-8zero0-75two0, or on facebook at www.facebook.com/msguntraining
About the Instructor:
Monty Schrunk and his wife, Janel, homeschool their two children. He was taught to shoot as a child by his father and began teaching others in 1992 as the rifle and shotgun instructor at Boy Scout Camp Lewallen. After taking some time off from firearms instruction, Monty was re-certified in order to serve as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts and to provide instruction for the homeschooling community as well as anyone else who wants to learn about the safe enjoyment of shooting sports.  Monty also enjoys other outdoor activities, has backpacked into the Grand Canyon twice and, for a period, led a wilderness camping ministry called “Christ in the Wilderness”, leading backpacking and canoe trips for youth.  He also enjoys riding his motorcycle and has held leadership roles in both the Patriot Guard Riders and the Road Riders for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry.

NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE
Sharing the website for this new Audubon Center in Alton.  http://riverlands.audubon.org/
They are having monthly guided bird watching hikes on Saturday mornings.  A homeschooling family visited, because this goes well with studies in Zoology I with Apologia.
Jane is the Education Director, and said she is open to doing programs for homeschool groups either on a regular basis or for special events like eagles in January/February.  She currently is working with a group in Illinois.
Jane also mentioned that since they are new, she is open to suggestions for programs, etc. as she works on the class catalog.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRS WAREHOUSE BOOK SALE
2089 Corporate 44 Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
(800) 635-7323
December 09 – December 21
Weekdays (December 9-21): 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday (December 10): 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday (December 17): 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays
http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/events/warehouse/index.asp?cid=sbf/e/20111113/email///CAWSE_Holiday_1_House//register//////&ym_MID=1375838&ym_rid=6150501
To register for a sale, click “Sign Up” and complete the new, easy to follow registration process.
When you complete your registration, you will receive a Fast-Cart Pass, which allows you to bypass the sign-in line at the sale, and a valuable coupon. One day before the sale begins, we’ll send you an email reminder.
Warehouse Sales are exclusively for school employees, school district personnel, homeschoolers, Book Fair chairpeople, and Book Fair volunteers.

STOSSEL IN THE CLASSROOM ESSAY CONTEST
Win a Trip to New York when your students tell us what they think about:
Politicians’ Promises Gone Wrong
225 Cash Prizes for students in the 2011-2012
Help your students earn Lots of great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom’s essay contest, for students aged 13-18! And we have super prizes for teachers, too!
Essay Topic: Why do you think politicians make promises? When they try to keep them, why are there often unintended consequences? Describe a promise made by a current politician or political candidate from any party, and discuss whether or not they will be able to keep that promise and what, if any, are some potential unintended consequences from that promise. Please use at least one example from the Stossel special or other Stossel report to support your response.
• 225 students will receive Cash Prizes totaling $23,000.
• 1st and 2nd place students will also win an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, a chaperone, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping of STOSSEL.
• Teachers whose students receive at least an honorable mention will receive an autographed copy of one of John Stossel’s best-selling books.
• Each teacher may submit an unlimited number of student essays (500-1000 words) on our web site between now and the Feb. 6th deadline.
For Complete Contest Rules, Prize Details, and Submission Info, Visit:
http://stosselintheclassroom.org/essaycontest.php
Stossel in the Classroom is a project of The Center for Independent Thought, 1112 River Oaks, Benton, AR 72019  Visit us online at http://stosselintheclassroom.org

LANDRY ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP
I’m a homeschool dad, former college professor, and founder and director of Landry Academy. We offer online classes and also local two day academic Intensives in St Louis for homeschooled students.  We’re offering a full scholarship to one of our St Louis Intensives for a student in St Louis.  Would you please consider forwarding this message to your homeschool group and homeschooling friends.
Details are here… http://www.landryacademy.com/sch-i.htm
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions.. Greg AT LandryAcademy DOT com or 8two8-two65-4one01.
Thanks.
In His Service,
Greg Landry, M.S.
Homeschool Dad
Founder and Director, Landry Academy
Former College Professor

SPASENIE
Appearing at West Hills Community Church in the Doxa Arts Centerfor a FREE CONCERT @ 6:30PM on Wednesday, November 23rd.  Spasenie, a euro pop band returns to West Hills, proclaiming their faith in Christ through inspiring music.  West Hills is located at 13250 South Outer 40 in Town and Country.
This Christian music group, Spasenie, from Belarus, comes highly recommend.  They are one of the most popular bands in Eastern Europe.  Their faith is inspiring and their music, performed in both Russian and English, is amazing (check them out at http://www.spasenie.com/SPASENIE_band.html and You Tube).   Some homeschoolers may know the Whitehead family (Gene, Inga, and their daughter Kayla).  The Whiteheads are about to leave St. Louis to be missionaries in Belarus, serving alongside the church where Spasenie is from.  In a country where sharing the gospel is illegal, sharing about Jesus through music and coffee house ministries is growing. We know that everyone who comes to this concert will be blessed!

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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Events List for 11/14/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. 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.

On Thanksgiving Day I will be posting a special list of Christmas and Special Holiday happenings in the Greater STL area. If you have an event you would like to share with area homeschoolers, please email it to me at zana8796{at}yahoo{dot}com  Thank you!

S.H.A.R.E.’s Thanksgiving Skating Party!
WHEN? Friday morning , November 18, 2011; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: Skating Party
WHERE?    Rock Roll-O-Rena, 4153 Jeffco Blvd. Arnold, MO 63010
DIRECTIONS: Exit at Richardson Road from Hwy 55 and head east. Make a right on Jeffco and it’s just a few blocks down.
HOW MUCH? $3.00 per person
HOW TO SIGN UP? Sign up on the SHARE calendar OR just show up!!!  Link to calendar:  https://www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/events/events.cfm?memberid=283&public=1&private=
BTW…….no charge to watch! (The rink owners would love it though if you had a soda or something while you are watching the skaters! J)
>Price includes skate rental or you may bring your own skates
>If you want roller blades, you will need to pay an additional $3.
>Wheelchairs welcome on rink but not strollers
>Games will be played
>Concession stand will be open (food may not be brought in)
HOW SHOULD I PAY? You can pay in 4 different ways:
1. Give your money to Cathy if you will be seeing her.
2. Mail it to Cathy: 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116
3. Use these details to pay via Paypal:
A. Log into your Paypal account.
B. Click the “Send Money” tab.
C. Fill in Cathy’s email, Ekcjmullins{at}gmail.com
D. Fill in amount to send.
E. Click on “Personal Tab” (This is very important as payments made under Purchase Tab will incur a charge to SHARE)
F. Check-mark “Payment Owed”
G. Click on “Continue”
H. Check-mark “I will pay the fee”(unless you are linked to your bank account and then you don’t have a fee).
I. Scroll down to send the email. In the subject put “Skating Party” and also jot down the world “SKATING” in the memo area and any other kind of info Cathy might need to know (e.g. I’m also paying for Jane Smith’s children.)
J. Click on “Send Money” Done!
4.  Pay at the door.
WHAT ELSE? IF you are doing a shoebox, you can bring them this morning. However you are not required to participate in our Christmas Shoebox Project in order to skate!
GOT QUESTIONS? Don’t hesitate to ask! Ekcjmullins{at}gmail.com

2011 St. Louis Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show
The St. Louis Mineral & Gem Society hosts an annual show in November. We have exhibits by members, institutions and prominent collectors. Demonstrators teach about various facets of the hobby. Dealers from several states sell mineral specimens, fossils, lapidary and jewelry making supplies, finished jewelry, books about the hobby, hobby equipment, and other items.
A popular feature of the show is our Children’s Booth. Kids 12 years old or under may select rock, mineral, or fossil materials and assemble a collection in an egg carton. In two decades of shows, we have given away over 13,000 of these “Rock Collection Starter Kits”.
The 54th Annual St. Louis Mineral and Gem Society Show will be held at the White-Rodgers Community Center in Affton on November 18-20, 2011. Come join the fun and get your Christmas shopping out of the way!
Friday November 18th 4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday November 19th  10 am to 7 p,
Sunday November 20th  10 – 5 pm
Adults $3
Students with ID $1
Scouts and Brownies in uniform admitted Free
For more information go to www.stlrockclub.com

First Annual Family Vision Bake Sale
Friday, December 9th – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Come in all day and purchase cookies, brownies, and other baked goods! Proceeds benefit your favorite library, The Family Vision.
We are looking for donations of baked goods for this sale! If you will be able to bring your special-recipe cookies or other baked goodness, please contact us and let us know what we can count on your goodies!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, Saint Peters, MO 63376
Tel:  636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org
Psalm 78:4   Faithfully Equipping Generations

Greetings from The Grannie Annie!
In the past, you have expressed an interest in having your students participate in The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration. We hope that will happen this year! The Grannie Annie invites young people in grades 4 through 8 to discover and share stories from their family history — and to possibly have their stories published by The Grannie Annie.
Having students read stories that have been published in previous years is a great way to begin. All of the published stories are available on our website — and the stories are indexed so that you can easily find those that will enhance particular units of study. Once students begin exploring history in this way, they’re likely to want to discover their own family stories!
There is no cost for schools or individuals to participate in The Grannie Annie. And the benefits are invaluable: Students hone their writing skills, deepen their appreciation of history, strengthen their family connections, and develop a stronger sense of their own identity.
The Grannie Annie has resources to help students with writing and sharing their stories. The current Guidelines and Submission Forms are all ready for you to submit your students’ stories any time between now and the submission deadline:  February 1, 2012.
We encourage you to subscribe to our e-mail newsletter.  That’s the best way to keep up with Grannie Annie reminders and announcements. Please follow these simple steps today; the process shouldn’t take more than a minute or two:
1. For best results, enter familystories{at}thegrannieannie.org in your e-mail address book.
2. Click here, and then complete and submit the brief form you’ll receive.
3. Please be patient: You’ll receive an e-mail message to which   you must reply in order to confirm your subscription. It may take several minutes for you to receive the e-mail message.
Please e-mail or phone us if you have questions. We look forward to receiving your submissions and reading your students’ stories!
Fran Hamilton and Connie McIntyre, Co-Directors
The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration
Publishing family stories written by young people
http://www.TheGrannieAnnie.org
636-527-2822 or 1-888-641-5353

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.

One More…

In light of how many of us use the County Parks in conjunction with our curriculum…

SAVE OUR PARKS!!!!
PLEASE ATTEND THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2011
Rally at 4:30, Meeting at 6:00 pm
ST LOUIS COUNTY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
41 SOUTH CENTRAL AVE, CLAYTON, MO
St. Louis County is known for its natural beauty and attracts visitors from all over the country. St. Louis County has invested millions of dollars in the development of public parks to encourage this tourism, as well as provide a safe place for families to gather, children to exercise, and individuals an opportunity to enjoy Missouri’s natural beauty.
Now the St. Louis County Council and County Executive Charlie Dooley want to throw away the investments taxpayers have made in these parks by closing 40% of St. Louis County Parks as well as cutting funding to maintain those that will stay open.
IF YOU CAN NOT ATTEND THE MEETING, PLEASE CALL OUR REPRESENTATIVES AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.
County Executive Charlie A Dooley :314-615-7016 cdooley@stlouisco.com
Hazel Erby 314-615-5386 Herby@stlouisco.com (District 1)
Kathleen Kelly Burkett 314-615-7890  KBurkett@stlouisco.com (District 2)
Colleen Wasinger 314-615-5438 CWasinger@stlouisco.com  (District 3)
Michael O’Mara 314-615-5439 MOmara@stlouisco.com (District 4)
Pat Dolan 314-615-5441 PDolan@stlouisco.com (District 5)
Steve Stenger 314-615-5442 SStenger@stlouisco.com  (District 6)
Greg Quinn 314-615-5443 GQuinn@stlouisco.com (District 7)

Events List for 11/10/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings.  As well as the Homeschool Business Listings, several Educational Helps, and 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.

On Thanksgiving Day I will be posting a special list of Christmas and Special Holiday happenings in the Greater STL area. If you have an event you would like to share with area homeschoolers, please email it to me at zana8796{at}yahoo{dot}com  Thank you!

CHE UNITED BASKETBALL
Christian Home Educators United (CHE United) basketball registration is open for competitive teams for boys and girls in Grades 3-6 and Intramurals for boys and girls in Grades K-2.
Register online at cheubasketball.blogspot.com
by clicking the link for registration on the right side. Or, at this link:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dFpJMGxrMEhNeTRlZHAydklNS2NPWGc6MQ#gid=0
Although registration will be open until November 23rd, we would appreciate you letting us know right away at cheunitedbasketball@live.com if you are going to play but have not registered.  If we have enough interest and coaches, we may be able to open other teams, but need to declare them ASAP.
K-2 Intramural Basketball:  will be from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Tuesday nights beginning January 3 and continuing for 10 weeks.  This is a half-hour of instruction and a half-hour of game scrimmage.   Cost:  $40 and includes two tee shirts.   Please let us know if you are interested in helping coach this.
Grades 3-6 Basketball:  All practices will be held at Central Baptist Church in Eureka and will begin the week after Thanksgiving on November 29, with the exception of 5th/6th grade boys who will begin practice on Monday, November 21.   Grades 3-6 will play 10 games on Saturdays beginning in January through the CYC organization, playing against private schools in the West County area.  Half of the games will be at Central Baptist and half at the other schools.  The cost for Grades 3-6 is $80 and includes the use of a uniform which will be returned at the end of the season.  You have an option to pay a $30 deposit now with the full amount due by November 30.
Team Details for Grades 3-6:
Coach Tony Archer will be returning again for our 3rd grade boy’s team.  He will practice one time a week on Tuesday’s from 5:15- 6:45 p.m. This team is in need of an assistant coach.
Coach Mike Miller will be returning for our 4th grade boy’s team. He will practice one time a week on Tuesdays from 5:45-7:15 p.m.  This team is in need of an assistant coach.
Coach Tim Brumleve will be returning for the 5th grade girl’s team assisted by Coach Kathy Side.  That team will meet one time a week on Tuesdays from 7:15- 8:45 p.m.
Coaches Todd Ohlmann and Kevin Garrett will also be returning for the 5/6th grade boys’ team.  (The grade this team is declared at will be determined after registrations are complete.) His team will be practicing twice a week on Mondays AND Thursdays from 3:30- 5 p.m. beginning on Monday, November 21.
You may email any questions to cheunitedbasketball{at}live.com.
Thank you! The Board of CHE United

Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop
Monday, November 28
The Pillar Foundation (15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
For Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores (Limited space is available.  Registration is required. Juniors and seniors will receive priority.  To register send an e-mail with the student’s name, age, grade, e-mail address, and phone number to vweller1{at}mindspring.com )

FREE WUDT SHOW
I am writing to extend an invitation to you and your home schooled students to attend a FREE matinee show of Washington University Dance Theatre (WUDT) on our campus Friday, December 2, from 10-11am. There is no age limit for this show, but we ask that you figure out your own method of transportation to Edison Theatre located in the Mallinckrodt Center on WashU’s Danforth campus. Please RSVP by responding to this email or calling (314) 935-5858 by November 28 with the number of people attending.
More information on WUDT:
See dance that expresses the movement artists’ perspectives, observations and experiences of the bodymind in motion. Experience a show full of kinesthetic excitement featuring the works of guest and resident choreographers, which is performed by Washington University’s outstanding student dancers. Showcased dance genres includes modern, jazz and ballet, including works from 2 guest choreographers, former Principal Dancer of the New York City Ballet, Jock Soto, and Ting-Ting Chang, President and Artistic Director of DreamDance Foundation whose modern dance is influenced by her Chinese heritage.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Best, Caitlin Hearns
Administrative Assistant, Performing Arts Department
chearns{at}artsci.wustl.edu

VETERANS REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES
Friday, November 11, at 10:00 A.M. there is a Veterans Day Ceremony at the St Peters Centre Veterans Memorial (or inside City Hall if the weather is bad)
Wednesday, December 7, at 10:00 A.M. there is a Pearl Harbor Remembrance at the St Peters Cultural Arts Centre (inside the City Hall)
1 St. Peters Centre Blvd, St. Peters, Missouri 63376

VETERANS FREEBIE
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is honoring veterans with special programs and free admission on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.
Special programs will be featured in the Museum of Westward Expansion from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., centering on the military’s presence in the 19th century west. The roles of the 1804-06 Corps of Discovery (Lewis & Clark Expedition), military surveyors, and soldiers on the frontier will be ongoing and interactive, and presented throughout the day.
The National Park Service honors this nation’s veterans and military families at a variety of National Historic Parks, Battlefields, Cemeteries and sites commemorating their service to this country and the freedoms enjoyed by all United States citizens.
In honor of our nation’s veterans and military families, the National Park Service will waive the $3 entrance fee to the Gateway Arch on Veterans Day. This fee waiver also applies to other agencies within the Department of Interior as well as lands managed by the Department of Agriculture’s National Forest Service.
Please Note: The fees to ride the tram to the top of the Gateway Arch and for viewing the films at the park will remain in effect on this day.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial’s Museum of Westward Expansion is located beneath the Gateway Arch. For more information, call 314-655-1700.

TEEN EAGLES
Please Join the Teen Eagles for our Next Meeting Monday, November 14th at 7pm!
Please come join the Teen Eagles for our next meeting, Monday, November 14th, 7:00pm at the Pillar in the Valley, 229 Chesterfield Business Pkwy, Chesterfield, MO 63005 Our keynote speaker, Jim Hancock, will be reflecting on highlights from the book Do Hard Things.
Do you wish your teenager was involved more in the political arena? Does your teen wish to interact with other purposeful Christian teenagers? If so then you should check out the St. Louis Teen Eagles! Teen Eagles is a group of serious-minded Christian teenagers who are committed to living lives set apart for God’s use. Together we are honing our leadership skills through involvement in the political process.
At Teen Eagles you can experience:
-Practical public speaking and debate skills
-Lobbying state, national and international leaders
-Educational trips across the country
-Planning and executing professional meetings and events
-Campaigning and hands-on political exposure
-One-on-one Christian leadership training
-Learning from many inspirational speakers
Teen Eagles is a very unique opportunity to engage teenagers in politics and change the world we live in!
We hope to see you there! You are welcome to come and observe the meeting. It is not required that you join for your first couple meetings!  Join us for dessert and social time following the meeting! Families are welcome!
For more information you can contact Tim Jones, Teen Eagles Adult Leader by email or phone:
teeneagles{at}gmail.com
63six-38six-77two2

MIND TALK
Midwest Institute for Neurological Disorders (MIND) offers monthly talks on a variety of topics related to kids who have neurological difficulties, learning problems, autism, etc.  This month’s talk is on Tourette’s and Motor Tic Disorders and will occur on Tuesday, Nov 15th at 7:00 pm at MIND which is in the Chesterfield Valley (Boone’s Crossing) – way down as far East as you can go (by Ethan Allen).  Map Questing the address will only get you as far as Wal Mart.
If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP by calling MIND (636) 537-9800 as space is limited.
MIND’s address is:
144 Chesterfield Commons East Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63005
There is a map on MIND’s website:  www.mi4nd.com

Snow White Ballet
Presented by DaySpring School of the Arts
Poisoned by jealousy and greed, Queen Allmeera fiercely rules her kingdom and sets out to destroy the most fair and beautiful Snow White. The young orphaned Princess must face her deepest sorrows and risk losing everything dear to her to overcome the cruel vanities of her wicked Step-Mother. Will the venomous apple destroy Snow White’s untouchable loveliness? Can Snow White ever escape the dark powers Allmeera possesses? Will the unwavering love of a simple stable boy be strong enough to rescue Snow White from her ice coffin? Mirror, Mirror on the wall; who is the fairest of one all? DaySpring’s Dance Department Presents “Snow White” a new ballet by Robyn Hartley. Performance also includes selections from La Bayadere.
Saturday, November 12th at 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 13th at 3:00 pm
DeSmet High School Theatre, 233 North New Ballas Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141
Tickets available at the door: $10 Adults and $7 Children (12 and under)
Call DaySpring for with questions or more information 314-291-8878

12 O’CLOCK HIGH
In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Hi-Pointe theatre will be showing the 1940’s classic, “12 O’clock High,” this Saturday the 12th of November at 10:30 am.  This film is renowned for its historical significance and tells the tale of US Army’s 8th Air Force in the early days of World War II and their daylight bombing raids over Nazi Germany.
On this special Saturday…..
>10% of all ticket sales will be given to the Rolo-Calcaterra American Legion Post
>Harry Hamm, KMOX entertainment Critic will introduce “12 O’Clock High”
>And the 8th Air Force re-enactors will be present in authentic uniform.
Doors open at 10:00am, tickets are only $5.00.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity.
Click here for more details.

Christmas Coffee House Night
Friday, December 2,  6:30 PM
Come get in the mood for Christmas with us! Join us for live acoustic music as we celebrate Christ.  This is an excellent way to kick off the Christmas Season.  It is always a great night.  Coffee and baked goods will be provided (baked goods donations are appreciated!).  Come and join us!
Contact The Family Vision to sign up!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, Saint Peters, MO 63376
Tel:  636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org
Psalm 78:4   Faithfully Equipping Generations

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.

Nationalized Homeschooling?

I thought this was important enough to share no matter your political leanings. To subscribe to this homeschool blog visit http://homeschoolingunited.wordpress.com/

Federal Government Moves Closer To Regulating Homeschooling Across The Country

You read it here first. Homeschooling United has reported, extensively, on Race To The Top (RT3) and the government’s efforts to regulate and mandate your educational freedoms right out from under you. Now, World Net Daily (WND) reports how the federal government may have designs on controlling homeschooling educational freedom. Home School Legal Defense (HSLDA) issued a statement earlier this week encouraging you to contact your elected representatives because there is legislation in the hopper that may bring homeschooling under the same required regulation as its institutional school counterparts.

The concern is about Democrat-driven plans in the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, a massive federal program last reauthorized in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act.

The WND article also outlines clearly the feared outcomes of such legislation: the fear of loss of local, state and parental control, and pressure to succumb to nationally aligned curriculum and testing standards.

If you live in Missouri, you need to know the Common Core has been adopted by Missouri DESE. While legislation hasn’t pursued regulation for homeschooling, yet, the legislature does, year after year, continually introduce bills to increase the amount of compulsory school age required for children, across the board, which would also include homeschooling. Last session saw over 2000 pieces of legislation written and at least 130 bills related to education. None of the legislation in the last session was aimed at advancing local control of schools/education. Much of it was written to advance Educated Citizenry 2020, Missouri’s version of Race To The Top. While no education legislation was passed in 2011, the upcoming session is sure to see a hard push to accomplish agendas that failed in the legislature last spring.

Events List for 11/7/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings.  As well as the Homeschool Business Listings, several Educational Helps, and 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.

On Thanksgiving Day I will be posting a special list of Christmas and Special Holiday happenings in the Greater STL area. If you have an event you would like to share with area homeschoolers, please email it to me at zana8796{at}yahoo{dot}com     Thank you!

HSLDA Attorney Scott Woodruff to Speak at St. Clair County Support Group Meeting!
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
Scott Woodruff, HSLDA senior counsel, will speak at the St. Clair County Christian Home Educators Monthly Support Group meeting on November 10, 2011, at 7 p.m. This meeting will be held at the First Assembly of God, 900 Fair Oaks Drive, Belleville, IL 62221.
Additionally, Scott will speak to teens at the Master’s Lyceum on Friday morning, November 11, 2011.
For more information about these events, please contact JC or Julie Harrison at Harrison{at}sccche{dot}org or visit them online at http://www.sccche.org/
We are keenly aware that our parental and homeschool freedoms are best preserved when we all stand together to defend them. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Sincerely,
J. Michael Smith, HSLDA President

ACT WORKSHOP
Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting an ACT Workshop in O’Fallon on Saturdays, November 19 and December 3 from 12:30 to 4:30.  We will cover content and strategies for all sections of the ACT.  All participants will take home 5 full-length ACTs with answer keys and explanations.
More details–including location, directions, cost, reviews, and registration instructions–can be found at www.BobJohnsonTutoring.com   If you have any questions, feel free to call Bob at 3one4-64six-95four8, or you can e-mail him at Bob{at}BobJohnsonTutoring{dot}com

Talent Opportunity
Do you have the gift of interpretive dance or drama?  Perhaps you excel at playing an instrument or singing?  Do you wish you had somewhere to share your God given gift with others?  Jubilation Chorale is looking for a limited number of performers to participate in our Christmas celebration on Monday night December 12, 2011.   Auditions are open to all junior high and high school students who have achieved a level of excellence in their art and have a heart to use their talent to lead others in worship.  Each piece will be chosen on the basis of its quality and relevance to the program.  All auditions must be completed by Wednesday November 23, 2011. This will be an Advent/Christmas Service full of music and dramatic readings that will celebrate the birth of our Messiah. Please contact Laura Scheidhauer at n2singin{at}swbell{dot}net or call 3one4-two93-8one12 to set up an audition.

PATRIETTE LIGHTS
This past volleyball season the St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights had a Junior Varsity team and a Varsity team. There is a lot of interest in the home school community in girls volleyball. Last year on Intensity we turned away 50 plus girls. This season alone I have turned away 40 different girls. That was very hard to do! So next year we hope to grow by adding 2 junior high teams to our program – one to play in CYC and one to play the private Christian schools.
The players are abundant but coaches and gyms are very hard to come by. Please contact me if you are interested in coaching a team next year or if you have a gym to offer our program. We would ask that all coaches have a daughter on the team. The volleyball season runs August to November.   Thanks,
Athletic Director of the St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights Girls Volleyball Program

S.H.A.R.E. 2012 Spelling Bee Announcement
When:  January 14, 2012, Saturday
Where:  Bayless Baptist Church
8512 Morganford Road
St. Louis, MO  63116
Who:     Please see Eligibility rules in the attached S.H.A.R.E. Spelling Bee Rules.
Why:  Spelling bees are beneficial for students in many ways.  Preparation for the spelling bee teaches students how to establish and achieve the goals of increasing vocabulary through memorization and word usage, and demonstrating this knowledge in a public setting.  Other benefits include building confidence through public speaking experience, developing good sportsmanship in a friendly, competitive environment and demonstrating the academic excellence of home school education.  Home school students should be encouraged to seek out a challenging opportunity like a spelling bee as part of their education.
Prizes:  1st, 2nd, 3rd place ribbons for each grade level in the Spelling Bee
Participation certificates for everyone in the Spelling Bee
Every participant will have the opportunity to subscribe to Britannica online at 50% off of a year’s subscription
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals for Spell Off
Spell Off winner will receive her/his choice of the following:  A) one of two FREE One year online subscription ($69.95 value) for Encyclopedia Britannica or B) FREE PowerspeaK12 foreign language course (http://www.powerspeak.com)
1st and 2nd runner up will have the opportunity of choosing from the remaining 2 prizes listed above. (1st runner up = 1st choice after winner, 2nd runner up – will receive remaining prize)
Spell-Off winner will advance to the St. Louis Post Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee with an opportunity of advancing to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC
Registration:  Begins:  November 2, 2011 Ends:  December 2, 2011.  The cost is $4.00 per student.   Please make checks out to S.H.A.R.E.  Please read the S.H.A.R.E. Spelling Bee Rules BEFORE registering your child.  Registration forms and fees must be postmarked by December 1, 2010.  Please send the completed registration form and fee to the Spelling Bee
8:30 a.m.  Registration.  Please check in at the Registration Table.  Let us know your child is present and pick up the name tag specially made for your child by Cathy.
8:45 a.m.  Opening prayer
9:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00   1st phase of the S.H.A.R.E.  Spelling  Bee.  This part of the bee will be done orally.  All participants must be in attendance prior to the start of the 1st round of the Spelling Bee to avoid any distractions, unless prior approval has been granted by the Spelling Bee Coordinator.  IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE LATE, PLEASE CALL ME OR CATHY ON OUR CELL PHONES IMMEDIATELY UPON REALIZING YOU WILL BE LATE.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be determined in each grade.  Participant certificates will also be given.  If your child wins 1st place in their grade, please let the Spelling Bee Coordinator know if you are planning to participate in the Spell-Off.
12:00 p.m.  Lunch break.  Bring a picnic lunch if you are staying for the Spell-Off.   If your student is not going on, you may leave, but we encourage you to stay and applaud our winner!
12:45 p.m.  2nd phase of the spelling bee.   A Spell-Off will take place for the 1st place winners in each grade level who are interested in advancing to the Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee.  This part of the bee will be written.  The winner of this Spell-Off will advance to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Regional Bee.
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER:  The Spelling Bee Coordinator will send out an email by 6:00 am the morning of the bee if the bee is going to be cancelled   If you do not have email access, please contact the Spelling Bee Coordinator to find out if there will be a bee that day.  Back up date in case of inclement weather is Saturday, January 21, 2012.
Spelling word lists will be emailed to you upon receipt of the completed registration form(s) and fee(s).  If you do not have internet access, please include the email of a relative or friend whom you can retrieve this information—that saves the Spelling Bee Coordinator mailing time and cost.
Please consider sharing this with any homeschoolers you know that does not have internet access.
>>Please note that students may participate in only one official home school spelling bee for the 2011-2012 school years to be eligible for the Post-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee.
NOTE:   Due to changes in the Scripps National Spelling Bee rules, the S.H.A.R.E. Spelling Bee is permitted to advance only ONE student to the St. Louis Post Dispatch Spelling Bee.  The 14 eligible counties are:  Missouri: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Warren, Washington. Illinois: Clinton, Franklin, Jersey, Madison, Monroe County, Saint Clair.  According to the Post Dispatch and Scripps, you must be a permanent resident/homeschooler of these 14 counties during the 2011-2012 school years.  Residency will be verified.  We encourage all homeschoolers from other counties who wish to advance past the local level to consider entering an official spelling bee in their area.   If you are unable find one and are not interested in advancing to the next level, you are welcome to enter the S.H.A.R.E. Spelling Bee.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch Spelling Bee will be held at Maryville University.  The Written semi-final bee will be held on March 10, 2012 and the Oral final bee will be held on March 17, 2012
How Can You HELP?  In order for the spelling bee to take place, volunteers are absolutely necessary.  We are once again asking parents and family members to volunteer their time before, during, and after the bee.  Positions that need to be filled are:  registration table, judge, pronouncer, word researcher (dictionary), and clean up.   Please see the description of these roles in the attached rules.

FAITHFUL WORKOUTS
When we home school it is easy to put most of our time into academics, but are we focusing enough on spiritual growth and development, physical fitness, and nutrition? Faithful Workouts for Youth is a new program aimed at encouraging these areas that are sometimes neglected in our daily schooling schedules. With the Faithful Workouts for Youth program students can earn PE credits and learn how a relationship with God, exercising, and eating right will make us healthy in all aspects of our lives.
The curriculum includes a workbook (also available in an online format) and exercise DVD that are easy to use. The workouts are concise, fun, uplifting, and they glorify God in their message and music. The exercise routines are made specifically for pre-teens and teens. No special weights are needed – just an exercise band. In the workbook students will read and answer questions about faith, fitness and fuel (nutrition).
The best way to fully understand this program is to listen to Fitness and Nutrition Expert Michelle Spadafora’s message by checking out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwnZAxqPWpo
The total cost for the program is $34.95 which includes the book, DVD and online access to additional videos. http://www.faithfulworkouts.com

UNIVERSITY LOOKING HOMESCHOOLERS
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Jared Gott and I work as the Director of Recruitment for Freed-Hardeman University.  We are a small, private, Christian school located in Henderson, TN.  We work with many homeschool students and with groups throughout the year, but we’re relatively unknown to different schools outside of West Tennessee.  I wanted to email you to let you know that we would love to work with your homeschool organization, with your students, and with any parents that are looking for college options.  We can send you any information that you require, or if it’s easier, we can contact the members of your organization.  In case you have an emailing list, feel free to send the recipients these two links:
www.why.fhu.edu – a microsite where prospective students can see what sets Freed-Hardeman apart from other institutions
www.fhu.edu/apply –  FHU has a free application and once a student applies, we can check on their scholarship possibilities
Let me know if you have any additional questions or information requests, and I’ll be more than happy to help you out.  We want to serve your homeschool organization the best way we can and help you guide your students into their postsecondary careers.  Thank you for your time.
Jared Gott, Director of Recruitment
Freed-Hardeman University, 158 E. Main St., Henderson, TN 38340
731-989-6551  jgott{at}fhu{dot}edu

PICTURE THE MUSIC
Picture the Music, a program presented by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association, now in its 22nd year.  This program is for students ages K-6th grades and incorporates art and music.  This educational activity invites your students to listen to a specific selection of symphonic music and then create their own artistic interpretations through paintings, colorings or drawings. Picture the Music helps develop the listening skills of children and encourages the integration of music and visual art.
Each school or home school can submit up to seven art works which are then judged by a group of art professionals.  One hundred submissions are chosen.  Those students are then honored at an awards ceremony which will be held next March on the stage of Powell Hall.
Visit www.stlsymphony/org/picture for a complete description of the program and instructions for participation. Questions? Call 314-286-4189 or email picturethemusic@stlsymphony.org

LOCAL HOMESCHOOL MOM CYBER-BOOK RELEASE PARTY
This is a homeschool mom of three and leader of Across the River Christian Home Educators (ARCH in Troy, IL).  She has homeschooled from the beginning and has graduated one so far.
Please come celebrate with me!
My first novel, PERIL: A Fast Track Thriller is scheduled to release on Nov. 18
Since one of the main characters is a homeschool mom, I want to celebrate with fellow homeschoolers.
Please join me for an on-line celebration
Friday, November 18, 7:00-9:00
My Facebook Author page – Suzanne Hartmann – Author
There will be all kinds of fun:
– give-aways
– a reading from the book
– a character interview
– I will sign books
Books will be available at a 25% discount during the release party only.
PLEASE RSVP via e-mail to: shartmann5{at}yahoo{dot}com
My novel is Christian suspense and written from a Christian worldview, with themes of honesty and the importance of trusting God even when His guidance doesn’t make sense. It is written for adults, but teens will like it too because it is full of fast-paced action and a twist of “psuedo-science.” I would probably give it a PG-13 rating because it does contain some non-graphic violence, but has no profanity and is otherwise family-friendly.
PERIL: A Fast Track Thriller
A top-secret agent struggles with trusting God to protect her many secrets when she must use her enhanced abilities while escorting a Muslim king-turned Christian to the White House and the Talladega Superspeedway, which not only draws the attention of the media, but also a NASCAR champion…and makes her a terrorist target.

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.

Magic House Monday Morning!

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
November 7!
9:30-11:30 a.m.

EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be
$3.00 per person!!!!!

Dear Homeschoolers,
After some conversation with the nice folks at the Magic House, we have convinced them to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!

Please note the following:

*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)

*Children under the age of 1 are free.

*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.

*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following:
Cash * Check * Credit Card * Debit Card

*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.

* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS, NOT JUST S.H.A.R.E. MEMBERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price will be raised.

*There is no September, December, nor January event.

*Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

*Mark your calendar for the other dates to follow:

February 6, 2012
March 5, 2012

*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com