Homeschool Events List for 1/3/12


This year will be bringing some changes to the Events webpage/blog. Retired homeschooler Laura Kostial will no longer be keeping her website, due to changes with MSN, and has graciously agreed to let me move all of her wonderful information about everything homeschool in the St. Louis area to the Homeschool Events List site. This will take me a little time to do (there is a lot of information!) but remember to check the tabs at the top when visiting the website, to view all the updates. You will still find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts and the new additional information. 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at the bottom of this post if you have any questions or referrals and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

The Salvation Army Gateway Citadel Worship and Community Center Home School Physical Education
2012 Spring Semester – Information Sheet
The Spring 2012 semester will begin the week of January 3, 4, and 5.Below is a list of days and class times, as well as, fees for the classes. To simplify things, I have combined the membership and class fees. The fees cover the use of the facility and teacher costs. As in the past, we are willing to work with families who may need to pay monthly.
Class                Times               Ages
Tuesday           12:00 pm         5 – 8
Tuesday           1:00 pm           9 – 11
Tuesday           2:15 pm           12-17

Wednesday     9:00 am           5 – 8
Wednesday     10:00 am         9 – 12
Wednesday     11:05 am         13 – 18

Thursday         10:45 am         5 – 8
Thursday         11:45 am         9 – 11
Thursday         1:00 pm           12 – 18

Class Fees                   2011    2012    *½-Year Fees
One student                $70      $75      $55
Two students              $135    $145    $105
Three Students            $195    $210    $155
Four Students             $245   $265   $205
Five or more students $295    $315    $250
*Includes full 2012 membership(s) and spring semester class fees.½ year fees include partial membership and spring semester class fees.
Please register by e-mail to: Cort_Hubbard{at}usc.salvationarmy{dot}org Please include student’s name, age, and class preference. If you do not have e-mail, please leave a voice mail with Cort at (314) 631-0727 ext. 6130.The Gateway Salvation Army is located at 824 Union Road, St. Louis, 63123.
The home school spring break will be March 20-22.The last week of classes will be May 8 -10, unless there are make-up dates for weather cancellations. The home school physical education classes are cancelled when the Bayless school district is closed for inclement weather. The annual SHARE/HSPE Picnic will also be in May, celebrating 25 years.

If you would like to attend this event you need to call and reserve your spot (636) 225-2400
1/4/12 Lakeside Lanes – Brunswick 1:00 pm
1254 Dougherty Ferry Road Valley Park, MO 63088
This free event includes 3 games and shoes
This is the kick off party for the next session of the bowling club which will begin the following Wednesday 1/11/12. The bowling club bowls every Wednesday at 1:00, each student is $5.00 per week that they bowl and that includes 3 games, shoes and coaching. I hope if you have considered the bowling club you will come check out the open house day to see if it will work for you. Reservations are required so call Lakeside direct at (636) 225-2400.

Fenton Parks and Recreation at RiverChase of Fenton
990 Horan Drive, Fenton, Missouri 63026
Hotline: 636-349-2223
A physical education class that provides home school students the opportunity to participate in group activities.
Included in the program is fitness, sports, & health & wellness activities. Ages 5 to 14. Class meets each Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at RiverChase.
Session I Jan. 4 to Feb. 15
Session II Feb. 22 to Apr. 4
Session III Apr. 11 to May 23
$29 RM / $32 R, NRM / $35 NRM

Now is the time to register your Middle School or High School students for choir.  The Jubilation Chorale is a great place to develop your musical abilities, meet new friends, and use your talents to serve God.  If you love music, or think you want to further your music education in college then you should be in choir! Registration is now open for second semester.  Come check us out.
Meeting Dates:  The class will meet on Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:30 PM beginning 1/4
Place:  Canaan Baptist Church Choir room   5409  Baumgartner Rd. 63129
Age:  12 yrs (by 9/1/11) through 18 — grades 7-12
Cost:  $20 per month for the first child $35 per month for 2 or more children
Contact:  Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-402-5038  or  n2singin{at}swbell{dot}net

The Mid-County (Brentwood) YMCA is expanding its homeschool class offerings in January.  They will continue to offer the homeschool gym and swim for ages 3-12+ on Thursdays from 1-3.  They are adding a morning session on Thursdays from 10:15-12:00 for ages 3-6/7 that will be swimming and gymnastics.  The cost for either of these classes is $50 per child for a 7 week session for non-members.  The next session begins the first week of January.  Please contact Sandi Liming at the YMCA at 314-962-9450 with questions or for more information.

Spring Semester Classes Available
Young Actors Workshop (Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm)
Shakespeare Scene Study (Thursdays 2:00-3:30pm)
Shake Hands with Shakespeare: Interactive Literature (Fridays 9:30-11:00am)
All classes begin the week of January 5.
check out for complete details.
email me at with any questions.
Class sizes are limited and multi-class discounts are available.

We are sorry to report that the remaining Homeschool Skate sessions for 2012 will be canceled.  Due to a lack of attendance, we are no longer able to open on the first Fridays for the 1-4pm session.  We apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your participation in the past.
Great Skate will be open on Friday, April 6 from 1-4pm (Good Friday), but every other date has been canceled (Jan 6, Feb 3, March 2, May 4.)
Please call if you have any questions, 636-441-2530.
Thank you,
Great Skate

Teacher Appreciation Days
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Receive 20% off purchases on January 7 & 8, 2012
Must have a Jo-Ann Teacher Rewards Card. For sign-up information visit here.

Just a reminder that the SHARE Geography Bee is being held THIS Saturday and everyone is welcome to attend whether you have a participant or not.
WHERE? The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119It is between Elm Rd and Grant Rd on Watson, just south of Hwy 44.  Here is a link to their map:
WHEN? Saturday, January 7, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Beginning Recorder Class
Mondays at Bayless Baptist Church beginning January 9th:
Beginning Recorder Class  from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Ages 8 and up.  Younger students and special needs students are welcome with a parent or other helper to assist them.
-Learn Basic Skills
-Read Musical Notation
-Fingerings for Soprano Recorder
-Ensembles, Duets and Solos
-Games and Drills to reinforce skills learned
-Voluntary participation in Nursing Home Ministry and Recital
Class Prices and Fees
$20.00 per month
$13.50 for Yamaha Soprano Recorder and Book
To sign up or get more information, please call Trisch at 314-775-5294, of e-mail to trischbreed{at)yahoo{dot}com

The Winter Session of Reinbrook Studios’ Art Class is now taking sign-ups online at    Classes are held at Faith Church St. Louis on Hwy 30 one mile west of I-270 (former Life Christian Church location) on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30.  The session consists of 12 weeks of classes that begin Tuesday, January 10.  (There will be a spring break the week of March 20.)  The final class will be April 3 (unless there is a snow day added).  Reinbrook Studios follows the Rockwood School District or Faith Church St. Louis as far as snow days are concerned, so if they are closed, we will have no class.  Tuition is $95 and is due to Reinbrook at the first class.  Payments are an option but must be approved by Ms. Margie, the owner.  See their website for supplies needed. Refer any questions to Kathy at ksb5{at}charter{dot}net
**Editors note: There are also classes at other locations. See their website for information.

Free Guitar Classes: Tuesday Nights
Class begins January 10, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in rooms 202 and rooms 205
Classes offered:
>Joyful Noise (Class for beginners) This class is from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
This is a note class for beginner students. Students will learn to read music and will be introduced to some theory.
>Joyful Strings is a chords class
This class is for individuals who would like to play the guitar using chords. (students are not required to read notes)
There will be a beginners chords class and an advanced chords class this year.
-Beginners class is from 7 pm to 7:30 pm
-Advanced class is from 7:30 p.m.. to 8:30 p.m.
>Joyful Noise Guitar Class:
Purchase book:  Alfreds Guitar Method 1 Book (with CD is useful if you have a computer)
Bring a music stand, an electronic guitar tuner, a 3 ring binder and pencil
>Joyful Strings Class:
Purchase Book: JUMBO Easy Guitar Songbook by Hal Leonard
Bring music stand, an electronic guitar tuner, a 3 ring binder and pencil to class
***Please contact Don or Sharon for details when you sign up for class.***
Contact information:Don or Sharon Cummins call  314-353-1420 after 5:30 pm
or drsjcummins{at}gmail{dot}com

Metro Theater Company and the Missouri History Museum present
The Civil War comes into sharp focus in this exciting musical play set in 1863. Three young boys are at the center of the story:  Jackson, a drummer in the Union army; Rufus, a southern boy orphaned by the war; and George Washington, an African American making his way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
With lively action, rich music, evocative costumes, and just the right amount of humor, BATTLEDRUM offers young people a compelling point of entry into the complexities of the war that divided our nation. The production climaxes with a stirring drum line performed by the entire cast.
January 10–29, 2012
School Matinees are Tuesday–Friday at 10am
Tickets: $8 (school group rate)
Duration: 55 minutes
Age Recommendation: Adults and Young People grades 4 and up
Missouri History Museum Box Office: 314-361-9017

Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting an SAT Workshop on Saturday, January 14, and an ACT Workshop on Saturdays, January 28 and February 4.  Both workshops will be in Ballwin.
More information–including times, directions, cost, reviews from past workshop participants, and registration instructions–can be found at
If you have any questions, feel free to call Bob at 314-646-9548, or you can e-mail him at Bob{at}BobJohnsonTutoring{dot}com
Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

It’s not too late to sign up for the next 10 week Session of the Bowling Club.  Thursdays, beginning January 19, 2012, 1pm – 3pm.  Includes 3 games & Rental Shoes and a Person Coach.  It’s a great weekly activity, especially in the winter time.  Cost is $5 per person / per week.  2 Person Teams – but they will pair you up with a new friend if you don’t have a complete team.  Contact Suzi Tozer at the Brunswick Zone Chesterfield.  314-469-6550 /{at}brunbowl{dot}com.

There are still open seats for students ages 10+ in the NRA Basic Rifle Shooting course being offered on January 20th and 23rd, 2012.  If you or someone you know is interested in shooting, or maybe is getting a new rifle for Christmas and would like to learn to handle a rifle safely and confidently, please act now to sign up for the course or pass this information along.
Location: Top Gun Shooting Sports, 4075 West Outer Rd., Arnold, MO  63010
Dates and Times: Friday and Monday, January 20 & 23, 2012; 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.
Online Registration:
Note to Parents: 1 parent per student is welcome to sit in during the course at no additional 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.
Monty Schrunk
NRA Certified Rifle Instructor and Range Safety Officer
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JA BizTown Homeschool Visit Day
When: March 5, 2012 – Student Visit Day
January 17, 2012 – Parent Training & Curriculum Pick-Up
Where: Junior Achievement, 17339 N. Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO  63005
Northwest corner of Boone’s Crossing
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enroll by completing the JA BizTown homeschool enrollment form at or mail the online form to the address above.
Cost: for one student $30, reductions given for siblings attending together
Ages: Ages 10-13 (Priority enrollment will be given to students that have never been to JA BizTown, if a waiting list becomes necessary.
What happens after I enroll my student for the homeschool visit day?
1. Parents attend a training session and pick up curriculum.
Approximately 15 lessons are taught at home.
2. Parent Curriculum Training:  January 17, 2012 – 6pm – (at JA offices)
3. Students will apply for jobs and eventually get together in small business groups.
>We will organize multiple business groups by location throughout the St. Louis metro area.
>Students work in assigned business groups for 7-8 lessons.
>Details on meeting place & time for business groups will vary.
4. Homeschool students come to JA BizTown for a student visit day and are prepared to assume job responsibilities, manage bank accounts, and experience life as a consumer and employer.
Questions or to request a presentation on JA BizTown at a Homeschool event:  Call Jenny Eickhorst, 636-728-0707, ext. 237 or

Start Classes this January at DaySpring School of the Arts!
It’s not too late, there’s still time to sign-up for new and existing classes.  Registration now open!
Choose from Musical Theatre ages 5-18, Dance beginning at age 3, Art, Home School Enrichment and our Core Program, Film, Drama, Circus Arts, and of course Private Music Lessons.
Call today 314-291-8878 or email
There’s still room in…
Musical Theatre – Monday nights, Wednesday morning, and Saturday afternoon
Drama – Monday nights and Wednesday daytime
Petite Allegro – ballet and tap for the young child ages 3-11, openings in all of our classes – Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Ballet, Tap, Modern & Jazz – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
We have several other qualified music teachers, new to DaySpring, who are also looking to build their studios…
Katie Beim-Esche – Voice, Rex Bauer – Guitar,
Andrew Gibson – Percussion, Alisha Beseth – Violin,
Melissa Littlepage – Guitar & Composition
We also offer lessons in piano, cello, clarinet, oboe, flute, viola, and more.
We’d love to start evening or Saturday Art class, if you’re interested please contact us.
New Class at Maryland Heights!
Lego Engineering – ages 8 & Up
Wednesdays 1:15-2:30
Build on your knowledge of construction and love of Legos.  Lego’s Engineering II focus on Compound Machines and the concepts required to build them.  This class is appropriate for both new and returning students.  For those returning students it builds on previously learned concepts and applies them to Compound Machines with new structures to build; for new students it will serve as an introduction to building concepts.
New Class at Maryland Heights!
Junior Doctor – ages 5-9
Wednesdays 9:00-10:15
Explore the amazing human body and learn about the remarkable things that happen inside you every day!  This class lays a foundation of biology knowledge and vocabulary for the young scientist.
We also offer…
Storybook Puppets, American Girls, Junior Doctor, Art, Musical Theatre, Drama, Presidential Fitness, Ballet, Lego Robotix, Photography, Music Classes, Circus Arts
DaySpring Crestwood… We have rescheduled our Crestwood classes for next semester including a new Art class.

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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