Events List for 11/7/11

Remember to visit the website often, 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
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!
J. Michael Smith, HSLDA President

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   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.

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 (
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.

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:
The total cost for the program is $34.95 which includes the book, DVD and online access to additional videos.

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: – a microsite where prospective students can see what sets Freed-Hardeman apart from other institutions –  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, 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

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.

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