Homeschool Events List for 2/2/12

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.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– SB 706 May Affect Homeschooling Freedom/Autonomy –

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
February 6; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: the price will only be $3.00 per person!!!!!
Dear Homeschoolers,
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.
>Mark your calendar for the next date: March 5, 2012
-If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at

During the month of February, I am offering a “Let’s Try Piano Special” for home school students.
4 weeks of private piano lessons, where we will touch on intro to piano, beginning music theory, styles and chording (chording for those interested in pursuing worship music/piano/keyboarding for church musicians, or modern bands/songwriting.)  I provide all the lesson books and materials.
Basically it is a “try and see if this instrument is something I/my child may be interested in” for the month of February, with an opportunity to continue lessons in March, but with no obligation.  🙂  I love piano and want to make this available for families who may be interested.  Ages 5 and up ~ it is never too late to learn.  Teens and adults very much welcomed!
Cost: $25.00 total
Location:  I am conveniently located near 141 & Big Bend
Call or email me for more information if you are interested.
Mary Stoinski   989-379-7246

If the group you are associated with does not conduct graduation ceremonies or if perhaps the date they have chosen does not work for your family, I just wanted to let everyone know that SHARE welcomes non-SHARE members to participate in their graduation ceremonies.  We hate to see anyone not get to celebrate these joyous milestones in their students’ lives. Updated information about all 3 events are below.  If you are interested, please contact me and I will update you with more details and add you to the email contact group of that particular graduation.
Cathy Mullins
1.  Highschool Graduation:  We have 24 grads right now and the deadline to “jump in” is February 14, 2012.
Date of ceremony:  Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Location:  Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, MO  63123
Price:  $120.00 includes cap, gown, tassle, (stole to be returned), diploma and cover, program printing, Memory Book, flowers for moms, gift to speaker, church rental and all reception costs.  Optional costs NOT covered:  announcements, photos, video, t-shirt, Sr. Pix, and social event cost.
2.  8th Grade Graduation:   We have 10 grads right now and have not yet set a deadline to participate.
Date of ceremony:  Saturday, May 5, 2012
Time:  3:00 p.m.
Location:  Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, MO 63123
Price:  $30.00 includes all ceremony and reception costs.  Optional cost would be group photo.
3.  Kindergarten Graduation:  We will be having our first planning meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125.  Right now we have about 13 little graduates who would like to participate.

February 5-9, 2012
Staenberg Family Complex, Arts and Education Building
2 Millstone Campus Drive (off Schuetz Rd., one block west of Lindbergh Blvd. in Creve Coeur)
February 5 – “Super Book” Sunday
Preview Day: 10am – 4pm
Admission: $10/per person (free for ages 16 and under)
February 6-8; 10am – 7pm
Free Admission
February 9 – Bag Day (Fill a bag for $5)
10am – 4pm
Free Admission

Lego Play Day
Friday, February 17;  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Have fun with friends and library Legos! This can be a wonderful time to visit with other parents while the children exercise their creative minds. No sign up needed–just come on in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Family Vision Library
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 633376

JA Finance Park, Homeschool Visit Day – REGISTRATIONS NEEDED!
Below is an email from Junior Achievement stating that only 12 people have signed up so far.  We need 50 participants to have a homeschool day.  If you are interested in signing up please contact them immediately.  This is a great opportunity for homeschool students.
Dear Homeschool Parents,
The response for A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park, Homeschool Visit Day on March 5th has been very low. Currently, we have twelve registrations and typically anything less than 50 participants constitutes grouping with another school to make it efficient for us to host a visit day. We have until February 15th to fulfill that requirement. At that time, you may need to make a decision regarding whether or not you are interested in a combined date or a refund.
To avoid this, can you assist me in getting the word out and let your fellow middle and high school parents know that we are hosting this visit day.
I will keep you abreast of the situation and let you know how we’re doing. Please let me know any questions or concerns you may have. Thanks for your understanding, help and cooperation in this matter.
Cheryl Bohlen
JA Finance Park Manager
Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, Inc.
17339 North Outer Forty Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63005
Office: 636-728-0707 x234/Fax 636-728-0708

How to Audition for a Musical
March 31st      1:00PM-3:30PM
Pillar Foundation: 15820 Clayton Rd.
Children: 7-11
Young Adults: 12-25ish
Cost: $30 per student
Build Confidence
Tips and Tricks
Practice Audition (optional)
Fear auditions no more!  Broadway on the Driveway’s annual audition workshop is designed to put you at ease and help you showcase your talents.  This stress-free class will take you inside the mind of a casting judge, and teach you how to prepare your audition like a pro.  Wear comfortable clothing for basic dancing.  Bring a CD with a 16 bar selection if you would like to do a practice audition and receive feedback (optional). Bonus!  Students will learn THE Music Man audition dance.
Visit Broadway on the Driveway’s website ( to see more.

Help support an EDU-COOL-TIONAL eighth-grade trip to Costa Rica!!! Now, you may be wondering, “Wow, this sounds like fun! But WHERE and WHEN can I go to this amazingly awesome TRIVIA NIGHT?”
Saturday, April 28, doors open at 6:30, game starts at 7:00
At the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion at 7401 Delmar Blvd.
Costs $15.00 per person. Will also offer mulligans, 50-50 raffle tickets, and heads or tails. Door prizes, and CA$H for the winners.
Light snacks and soft drinks provided. (You can bring snacks and drinks to share with your table.)
MC with experience, and varied, fun, general trivia for all ages.
Kid/teen friendly questions WILL be included.
For reservation or information, contact us at 314-862-2805, or at

The Community Music School of Webster University is pleased to present faculty members in recital, showcasing their abilities as outstanding performers as well as respected educators. Faculty performing on the recital include Johanna Ballou, piano, Donita Bauer, bassoon, Lindsey Jones, violin, Ann Homann Mottl, oboe, Mary Pentecost, piano, Marschnee Strong, piano, and Jeanine York-Garesche, clarinet, as well as Matthew Frederickson, trombone, Robert Souza, trumpet, with the Stonehenge Brass Quintet.
Works by Ewazen, Frackenpohl, Hindemith, Ibert, Liszt, Osborne, Praetorius, and Ravel will be performed in both solo and chamber groups including a woodwind trio and brass quintet. The recital will run approximately 90 minutes in length including a 10 minute intermission.
What: Community Music School of Webster University Faculty Recital
When: Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Where: The Community Music School of Webster University, 535 Garden Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
Admission: FREE and open to the public
More Info: Call 314-968-5939
Founded in 1925, CMS offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities and serves the entire St. Louis metropolitan region. Classes are available in University City, at Faust Park in West County, and at CMS headquarters located on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves. The Community Music School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is a certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater Saint Louis and support from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.

2nd Annual Family Vision Gala Event
Friday, March 2; 7:00 PM
Please join us for this very special evening.  Our guest speaker will be Brandon Mann, chairman and CEO of Ministries at Work.  Pre-dinner music will be provided by Eric Barfield on piano.  Enjoy our candlelight catered dinner as a couple, or come as a single adult and bring a friend.
The price is $25 per person. Register early!
RSVP by February 24, 2012
Proceeds benefit the ministry of The Family Vision
The Family Vision Library
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 633376

Piano lessons from experienced and caring teachers.
Private piano lessons are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays early to mid-afternoon in our home located a short drive from Wildwood, Grover, Glencoe and Eureka.  Tuition is $25 per half hour lesson once a week.  Beginners (must be age 6) to advance students are accepted.  A yearly Spring recital is presented.  Students are given a strong foundation in note-reading, theory and technique.
Bob and Marilyn Wardenburg 636 394 3422
Bob and Marilyn Wardenburg are both state certified music teachers.  Bob has a Masters degree in Music Education and Marilyn has a Bachelors degree in music education.  Both have taught in the Parkway School District for a number of years.  They have been giving private music instruction for nearly thirty years.  Contact them to schedule an initial consultation.

Summer Educational Camps
My name is Barry Crook and have been a teacher in the St. Louis Area for 15 years.  I live in St. Charles County, but I teach at North Kirkwood School District.
Four teachers from the Kirkwood School District have collaborated to offer four unique educational camps for the summer of 2012.
French Immersion in St. Louis
Writing and Exploration
Civil War
State Parks Adventure
We are differentiating for kids between the ages of 11-17.
The teachers are highly qualified and enthusiastic about the offerings.  We are offering the courses to all students in the St. Louis Metro area.
Our camps will be expeditionary in nature.  We will explore interesting locations while learning.  Even though each camp has a focus, all camps will integrate the ideas of inquiry, asking good questions, and several subject areas.
I am a Loeb Prize Winner for Outstanding Science Teacher from the St. Louis Science Center, an Outstanding Science Teacher from the Science Teachers of Missouri, a District Teacher of the Year, an Emerson Electric Outstanding Educator, and A Missouri Association of School Librarians State Award Recipient.
The teachers work along side me, are also highly distinguished.
For more information or questions please see our web page:
Even though these camps are based out of Kirkwood, I would be willing to brainstorm ways to make the camps more convenient for St. Charles residents.  Or we could tailor camps to meet specific needs.
Feel free to contact me through email at  or at this email address.
Thank you for your time, and I hope we can work together.
Barry Crook
Library Media Specialist
North Kirkwood Middle School, 11287 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122
314-213-6100 x7060

What:  Delta Dental Winter Zoo – Sundays, February 5, 12 and 19,2012
Delta Dental Mardi Gras, Zoo Style – Sunday, February 19, 2012   11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Living World at Saint Louis Zoo
Waddle to the Saint Louis Zoo to chill with the penguins at Delta Dental Winter Zoo on Sundays, January 29, February 5, 12 and 19, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the kids to celebrate our tuxedoed birds with penguin-themed activities, games, crafts, and more in The Living World. February 19 features a Mardi Gras celebration for the whole family.
What do penguins like to do on a cold winter day? Take a stroll outside, of course! When temperatures go below 50 degrees on Sundays, several king and gentoo penguins that reside indoors will venture outdoors at 2 p.m. for Penguin Parade presented by North Star Frozen Treats. They’ll be waddling down the path from the exit of P&P Provisions gift shop to the entrance of Penguin& Puffin Coast for about 30 minutes.
On Sunday, February 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., join the Zoo for the best family Mardi Gras celebration in town.  Delta Dental Mardi Gras includes mask making, jugglers, beads, live music and more.  Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Tooth Wizard and P.A.N.D.A.
Delta Dental’s “Tooth Wizard,” his pal “P.A.N.D.A.” and arch-enemy “PlaqueMan” will star in Land of Smiles stage show in The Living World at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each week (no 3 p.m. show on February 19). Land of Smiles entertains and educates children on the importance of maintaining good oral health habits, eating healthy foods and engaging inactive play. Each child attending the show will receive a free goodie bag containing dental health supplies to help put them on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Party with Radio Disney AM 1260 each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Play crazy games for cool prizes while listening to some hot tunes. Plus, find out how you can go home with an awesome Radio Disney prize pack!
Admission to the Zoo and Winter Zoo activities is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  All activities and games are designed for kids aged 2-10. No reservations are needed. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Winter Zoo is sponsored by Delta Dental of Missouri, North Star Frozen Treats and Laclede Gas, with support provided by Radio Disney AM 1260.
For more information about the Saint Louis Zoo, visit,,,

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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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