Homeschool Events List for 1/30/12

The changes are happening, slowly (there is a lot of information!). **HINT** Hover over the tabs at the top when visiting the website, to view all the additional pages. You will find more events under Ongoing Offerings, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Homeschooling United: Compulsory School Age Mandates On Steroids? –

Maple Sugar Days Festival
Rockwoods Reservation is holding its annual Maple Sugar Days Festival Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10-3 pm. (Located South on Hwy 109 in Wildwood).  This event is free to the public. Learn how to ID maple trees, observe the process of tapping and syrup making and discover history of this art; very informative and fun for all ages. There will also be samples of maple sugar, maple syrup on pancakes, kettle corn, taffy and hot chocolate.  You may enter for a raffle to win maple sap collecting buckets, sap taps, and pure maple syrup.  Rockwood Reservation has many beautiful trails (not conducive to strollers) that your family could take in for the day as well.  Last year parking was at LaSalle Middle School with shuttles running into the reservation.
No reservations necessary but dress to be outside about one and a half to two hours.

S.H.A.R.E.’s 50’s – 60’s – 70’s FAMILY DANCE
Come celebrate three decades of music and dance with your family and friends. That’s right! Bring the whole family. (see special note)
WHEN? Friday, February 10, 2012; 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
WHERE? The beautiful gymnasium of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister, Lemay, 63123 (Yes, Homelink location!)
COST? $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family cap (pay at the door)
And bring some kind of food based on your favorite decade (see below for ideas)
DJ? The one, the only, Mr. Mark Chrun!
SIGN UP? Sign-up on the website calendar ( , or email Cathy Mullins at
>Bring a food item from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s to SHARE
If your last name begins with:
A-H Bring your favorite fruit, candy, or snack item
I-O Bring your favorite dessert
P-Z Bring your favorite appetizer
SHARE will be providing drinks, and root beer floats
>>Wear: Outfits from the 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s (you should have seen last year!!!!) Wear one outfit all night or bring three and switch styles as we switch decades!
First 1 ½ hours 50’s music and a bubble gum chewing contest
Next 1 ½ hour 60’s music, hula hoop contest and twisting contest
Final 1 hour of 70’s music and a 70’s game of some kind
Funny prizes will be awarded.
>Anyone wishing to help with setup, clean up, or serving refreshments should contact Pat Zink.
Cell 314-540-2957
>Here’s a link to help you find food items from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s
~~SPECIAL NOTE~~: Even though this is a family event, children over the age of 13 may be dropped off; however, do not drop off any children UNDER the age of 13…if you have children ages 12 and below, just bring them with you!!!! We plan to do lots of dancing and hope you will too.
For the last 2 years we have had SO MUCH FUN at this event!!! This has become my most favorite SHARE event—it’s like a wonderful family wedding with all of your crazy relatives! If you like to dance, you don’t want to miss this!!! But please note, you are not required to dance. Some folks just prefer sitting and listening to the oldies and that is just fine!

4th Annual Valentine’s Day Cake Walk
Friday, February 10; 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Bring the whole family and join us for The Family Vision’s Fourth Annual Valentine’s Day Cake Walk! Bring a cake or cakes and enjoy this fun time of walking and winning a cake to take home.  Sign up begins February 1.
The Family Vision Library
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 633376

My name is Erika Zehner and I’m the program director for our Homeschool class at Olympiad Gymnastics located in Ellisville, MO. The current class that we offer is on Thursdays from 2:30pm to 3:20pm. It is a 50 minute class that includes gymnastics on four different events and fitness skills that can be used throughout a lifetime. This class is the only class running at that time of day so they have the entire gym to themselves. It is offered to girls and boys ages 5 to 16. The class has an instructor that is able to be flexible with the different skill levels and age groups. We also offer a special discounted rate for this class as well. It is a very fun class and I was just wondering if there was anyway we could have something posted on your website. I’d really like to grow the program and possibly open up another class or two so that I have multiple options for parents. We offer a free trial the first class so that the family is able to try it out and see whether or not it is something your child/children are interested in.

HELPS 2nd Annual Used Curriculum Sale
When & Time?   March 17th, Saturday, Sale from 9am-noon
Where? NEW LOCATION! Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 3515 Shackelford Road, Florissant, MO 63031
Why? Come sell your used curriculum and books to earn extra money to spent on new ones at the Expo or come shop used curriculum so you will know what you still need to purchase at the Expo.
Set up is Saturday from 8-9am, Sale is from 9-noon
Cost?  $4 for HELPS members, $6 for all other homeschoolers
Refreshments will be sold to benefit HELPS girl’s home ec club
Registration starts NOW and goes until all tables are sold!
To reserve a table, send an email to Laura at

Grades 1 – 12
Location: The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd, Ellisville, MO  63011
Testing Dates:  May 29, 30 and 31, 2012     TIME:  8:30 A.M. to 12 noon
Testing Fee:  *$59.00 for first student, *$54.00 for each additional student in the same family.
The testing fee includes the cost of the test, taxes, administration fee, scoring, postage and detailed report.
Deadline for Registration:  March 26th, 2012
Questions?    Contact
Tawnia or Kim at
Visit for the 2012 Stanford Testing Application
Members of the WCCHE group have been coordinating Stanford Testing sessions for many years.
The tests dates are usually at the end of May and the applications for the current year are available on the WCCHE website in February and March.
NOTE: Parents may now self administer Stanford Tests themselves.  Please see the bju website for information on how to become and administrator and order tests for your homeschool.
For further information on testing options available for your students or specific information on the Stanford Test please visit

2012 Stanford Achievement Testing
When? Monday through Wednesday, June 4, 5, and 6, 2012
9:30 a.m-12:00 p.m. (approximate time–may vary according to grade level)
Where? St. Andrew Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125 (Homelink location)
Who? Any homeschooled child who is in grades 3-12 this present school year.
Note: You do not need to be a member of S.H.A.R.E. to use this service.
First deadline:
If you turn in your forms and payment before March 27, you only pay $57.00 per child.
$57.00 per child (includes test fee, postage and insurance for returning the tests books and completed test forms to BJUP, postage & envelopes for returning test results to you, payment for proctors and drinks for the students— please bring your own snacks and #2 pencils!).
Second Deadline:
If you turn in your forms and payment after March 27, the cost is $62.00 per child.
How? To sign up your child for testing, please go to the SHARE website and download the forms.
Look for “Achievement Testing 2012” on the side bar of our public page.
SHARE Website:
THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR SIGN-UP AND PAYMENT IS APRIL 10…no exceptions…it takes time to order and receive tests.
Note: An administrative late fee of $5.00 will be charged to those who register and then cancel…sorry!

A Homeschool Study May Appear in your Mailbox …
William A. Estrada, Esq., Director of Federal Relations, HSLDA
We want to give you a heads-up that the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics is conducting a survey called the National Household Education Study (NHES). The purpose of this study is to find out where and how students in the United States are being educated.
Since 1999, the NHES has had a homeschool component. There have been three “Homeschooling in the United States” studies, in 1999, 2003, and 2007. They have all shown that homeschooling has grown, and have been very useful in demonstrating the growth and reasons for homeschooling. You may view the results of these studies on our research website on the right side of the page.
The NHES is not mandatory. There is no requirement that you or your family respond. However, we do not believe that there is any threat to your homeschool freedom should you decide to respond to this study. Household addresses were gathered randomly from the U.S. Postal Service’s database of every address in the nation. For more information, please see the statement from the National Center for Education Statistics below:
“The chief goal of the National Household Education Study (NHES) is to describe Americans’ educational experiences, thereby offering policymakers, researchers, and educators a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The NHES is unique among Department of Education studies in that it collects information on school choice, parent involvement in education, early childhood education and other topics directly from parents of public, private and homeschooled children. To monitor educational trends over time, NHES conducts repeated measurements of the same phenomena in different years. The 2012 collection will start in January and end in late June. More information on the study and reports from past data collections can be found at .”

New Local website
Check out this website made by St. Louis Homeschoolers for St. Louis Homeschoolers…

Converting Photons to Electrons
Converting Photons to Electrons: Current Status and Likely Future of Solar Photovoltaic Energy Around the World
Wednesday February 1, 2011
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium
Whatever happened to solar energy? Will we ever see solar panels on rooftops here in St. Louis? In order to answer these and other questions, DOE National Center for Photovoltaics Director, Dr. Greg Wilson, discusses recent photovoltaic technology developments and compares the costs of electrical energy produced today by all sources, fossil fuels and renewable, in locations around the world. Along the way, he shares how light is converted to electricity (and conversely, how electricity is converted to light) and how global climate change is already changing the economics of energy.
Brought to you by The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo.

I am an economic education specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. We produce a variety of history, economics, and personal finance education online learning modules that might be a nice resource for home school parents. All of our resources are free to use.
Our online courses:
Our economic concept podcast series:
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter – Classroom Edition:
Personal Finance Flashcards:
Great Depression website and education resources:
Please let me know if you have questions.
Scott Wolla
Economic Education Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Research Division

St. Louis Numismatic Association 48th Annual Greater America Coin Fair
February 10–11—12, 2012
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel
10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63134
110 Coin Dealers
Free Attendance Prizes
Collectors – Dealers – Public
Free Parking
For More Information and Driving Directions to the Show Visit Our Website

*The Way We Worked
February 11 through March 11, 2012
Work and workplaces have gone through enormous transformations between the mid-19th and late 20th centuries. Experience these changes through a first time partnership between the National Churchill Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Missouri Humanities Council, and Callaway County. We are one of only six sites in Missouri who will host this exhibition, entitled The Way We Worked. The full exhibition will be complemented by an exhibition that focuses on work in Callaway County.

Twin Oaks Presbyterian School baseball/softball
Twin Oaks is now registering for baseball, softball, and golf for this spring season! Baseball and softball is open to both boys and girls in grades Pre-K-K (training league) and 1st-8th grade. The Pre-K/K training league meets on Saturday mornings and works on skills with some scrimmage play. Baseball and softball players practice once or twice a week and play CYC games on Saturdays. Golf is open to both boys and girls in grades 2-4 (training league) and 5-8 (Junior League). To register, go to Twin Oaks` website and click on “Athletics”. Then, select on-line sports registration and follow the directions. Early bird fees for 1st-8th grade baseball/softball (payment by 2/10): $75
Regular Registration fee for baseball/softball (payment after 2/10): $100
Regular Registration for Pre-K/K: $50
2nd-4th grade golf training league fee: $121
5th-8th grade Junior golf league fee: $151
We are looking forward to a great spring sports season!

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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