Homeschool Events List for 2/9/12

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

New St. Louis County Parks Gone Fishin’ 2012 Activity Guide is available now.  Please click the link below or copy it and paste into your browser to access the document:

The Hi-Pointe Theatre continues its celebration of their 90th year this week.
Romantic Favorite AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER will be shown
Saturday, February 11th, 10:30am
1005 McCausland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117
We hope you can be a part of the happy festivities.

Classical Conversations Informational Meeting
Believe it or not but it is already time to start planning for the Fall.
Classical Conversations of St. Louis is growing quickly and open registration is underway.  Come grab a cup of coffee and find out what all the buzz is about at our upcoming information meetings.
Classical Conversations combines a biblical worldview and classical tools for teaching students from 4yo through high school.
February Info Meetings:
>Eureka Campus (Foundations and Essentials, 4 yo through age 11)
Thursday evening, February 16
RSVP for a location and time.
Contact Melanie Carter
>South City Campus (Foundations and Essentials, 4 yo through age 11)
Thursday evening, February 23
St. Louis Bread Company, Carondolet
RSVP for time
Contact Vicki Jensen
Other campus in the area:
Chesterfield contact Colleen Grunwald
Foundations, Essentials, Challenge
Maplewood contact Susan Peck
Foundations, Essentials, Challenge A & B
Lake St. Louis contact : Angela Lockett
Foundations, Essentials, Challenge
O’Fallon, MO contact: Angela Lockett
Foundations, Essentials

DaySpring Academy Open House
The Best of Traditional School and Home School
February 20th -22nd
Monday & Tuesday anytime between 9am to 2:30pm Come Observe Classes in Action
Tuesday 7pm Information Open House – Time when you can ask questions, talk with other parents, teachers and staff, look over curriculum, get an explanation of the application process…
>University Model Education
Students attend classes with peers and a classroom teacher twice a week with an optional third day of electives, then work at home the other days with their parents supervising and/ or teaching
>Preschool through High School
>Many optional electives throughout the week
>Challenging curriculum with an investigative approach to learning
>Paradigm of professional teachers working in conjunction with parents
>Great deal of teacher-to-parent communication
If you plan on coming to class or the meeting, please RSVP to the DaySpring office (contact info below).
2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

If you want to get a good ground floor understanding of entrepreneurship this 7 session program is what you have been looking for.  Please visit here for more information.
Starting Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Family Vision is pleased to announce EntrepreLaunch, a new program designed to help young men and women develop the entrepreneurial spirit and skills. We desire to help train and launch young entrepreneurs into the business world.
EntrepreLaunch is for young people ages 16-20, who want to learn entrepreneurial business skills. Participants should have a business idea which they would like to develop (this is recommended for getting the most out of the instruction, but is not required).
EntrepreLaunch will contain seven two-hour training sessions, each covering a basic area of business development.  These sessions will feature professionals and entrepreneurs, who will teach participants how to navigate the process of starting and running a business.
I look forward to sharing this great new program with your young people.
Yours in Christ, John Thrower
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
Faithfully Equipping Generations

The Patriette Lights Girls’ Volleyball Clinic
Beginning February 24th, 5th Grade and Up
2:00-4:30 pm on Fridays
At the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, MO 63368
2 miles West of Chesterfield on 40
USA Volleyball Certified Coaches
Beginners and Experienced Players Welcome
Log Gym Hours
Basic Skills Training, Fun Games, and Scrimmages
Cost $80 for first person, $60 for additional family members
To sign up fill out the application and mail with your check to:
Patty Yager, 2 Clydesdale Ct., St. Charles, MO 63304
(314) 566-3667  or

Mario Kart Wii Tournament and Ping Pong Tournament
Saturday, February 25th; 7pm-10pm
Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 5252 S. Lindbergh Boulevard
Advance Registration Fees:
$5.00 for 1 Tournament–Mario Kart OR Ping Pong
$8.00 if you want to do both Mario Kart and Ping Pong
Early registration fee applies only to those fees received by or on February 19th
A LATE FEE of $2.00 is applied to all registration fees received after February 19th
Event registration and sign in will begin at 6:15pm Saturday, Feb 25th
Please fill out registration form (found here) and send with check payable to CM Back Row Ministries
All proceeds go to Back Row Ministries 2012 Out Reach Events!!
Please mail registration form (found here) and fee to:
Sarah Kempf, 5230 Arrow Ridge Pl., Imperial, MO 63052
Baked goods, chips, candy, soda and water available for purchase that evening.

Beginner Guitar Class in Kirkwood – My Music Room
Intro to Guitar: For the complete beginner. In this class you will learn how to hold the guitar, basic chords, simple strumming techniques, and tuning. By the end of the session, you will have a small repertoire of tunes, and several chords under your belt. You’ll be able to accompany a variety of vocal songs.
Prerequisite: None
Tuition: $150 for 8 sessions
(Enrollment and Payment for the class session is due at the beginning of the class)
Thursdays, March 8th – April 26th 10:00-11:00am and 7:00-8:00pm
(Must have at least 3 students)
To Enroll call 314-313-6094
Robin Lopate

GRADES K-12 – May 1, 2012
The 6th annual SHARE Homeschool Art Show is a fun opportunity for young artists to see their work on display, view others’ artwork, and enjoy fellowship time with others who love art.  Ribbons will be awarded to place winners in each grade category (including separate categories for photography) and participant ribbons will also be given.
This contest is open to all homeschooled students, Kindergarten – 12th grade. We encourage students of all ages to submit pieces.  Let’s make this SHARE Art Show another great one!
Artwork will be judged twice.  First, privately before the Show begins.  All award ribbons will be held until the awards ceremony, so as not to influence the Children’s Choice awards.  The second judging will be “Children’s Choice:” students who have submitted artwork will vote on the pieces they like the best, and the winner in each category will receive a special ribbon.  All awards will be announced after everyone has had a chance to view the artwork.
-Friday April 13           Registration deadline (to allow us time to order ribbons)
-Friday, April 27          Deadline for project drop-off  (see drop-off contacts below)
-Tuesday, May 1          Viewing 6:00-7:00 p.m.;  Announcement of winners 7:00 p.m.
Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, MO  63123
(PLEASE protect your artwork with a plastic bag or other container.  If your artwork is fragile, you may drop it off between noon and 3 p.m. on Monday, April 30 at Bayless Baptist Church. )
You may bring your art project to any SHARE event OR to Homelink before April 27 or you may drop it off at one of these locations:
Cathy Mullins’ home, 3675 Montana, 63116.
(Montana Street is west of Grand Ave., between Meramac St. and Chippewa.)
It may be helpful to contact Cathy before you drop off:  314-769-7965 or
Rebekah Matt’s home, 165 Chatwood Terrace
(in Crestwood, one block south of the intersection of Sappington and Big Bend)
Please contact Rebekah before you drop off:  314-984-9173 or
1)  The pieces must be the original work of the homeschooled student. Up to 2 submissions per student.
2)  The winning pieces will receive ribbons before the event, to be awarded at the close of the evening.  During the show, special “Children’s Choice” ballots will be give to all children who have submitted artwork, and those winners will also receive a special ribbon.
3)   The pieces can be two dimensional or three dimensional..  Pieces do not have to be framed, but a simple cardboard mat can make any artwork look great!  PLEASE, for display purposes, keep artwork as lightweight as possible; if the piece is in a heavy frame or under glass, please attach adequate hanging wires or supply an easel.
4)  Artwork must not exceed 24 x 36 inches.
5)  Each piece must have the SHARE ART FORM attached to the back of it.
Located on bottom half of registration form.)  New this year:  Photography entries have a new, separate form.  Please use this form for photography only!
>>>Forms can be downloaded from the SHARE website:  Just click on “Art Show 2012” or on the May 1st calendar date.

4-H Beginning and Intermediate Horsemanship Clinics
Team Miller and the Dreamcatchers 4-H Club are offering a variety of courses to introduce riders to the basic techniques and theory involved in caring for, training, and riding horses. During these courses, students will have the opportunity to learn how to train and ride horses. They will be taught basic safety in both working on the ground with their horse and when mounted. They will be introduced to theory which will cover horse anatomy, parts of tack, and basic management practices. Students will also learn exercises which will prepare them to ride with a balanced seat.
Sessions are limited to students age eight and over. These students are divided into groups based on knowledge and capability so that each student gets a maximum amount of personalized instruction. These groups rotate through ground stations, theory stations and riding stations at each meeting. Upon completion of the Beginning course, students should be able to safely lead, groom, mount, dismount, and control their horse while riding in an arena. They will also be familiar with the parts of the horse, saddle, and bridle, and have a basic understanding of the management practices involved in owning and caring for a horse.
Students who participate in the Intermediate courses will continue on from the foundation established in the Beginner Clinics and continue to work on improving their seat and control, while learning more advanced forms of ground training.
Students who have horses of their own, or who have participated in our Beginner clinics may enroll in our new Intermediate Clinics. Intermediate students may even bring their own horse.
All students will be enrolled in 4-H as a part of participating in the course. This will enable them to access any of the 4-H materials needed to continue their study in horsemanship.
Our family enjoys participating in the many programs that 4-H offers, and we use their materials to supplement our home school curriculum. We are hoping that by providing these clinics we can introduce your children to the joy of working with horses and encourage more families to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities 4-H offers.
Our farm is located off Highway 30 near Cedar Hill, Missouri, about 30 minutes from Eureka.
2012 Spring and Early Summer Clinic Schedule:
April 9-13 ( Monday through Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m.) BEGINNER
April 18-19 (Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m.) INTERMEDIATE
May 11-12 (Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30-4:30 p.m.) BEGINNER
May 21-25 (Monday through Friday from 10:00-12:00 p.m.) BEGINNER
June 1-2 (Friday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00-4:00 p.m.) INTERMEDIATE
June 4-8 (Monday through Friday from 10:00-12:00 p.m.) BEGINNER
June 25-29 (Monday through Friday from 10:00-12 p.m.) BEGINNER
Cost: $100.00 (20% discount for siblings OR children already enrolled in 4-H)
For more information, please e-mail Wendy Miller at, or call 314-341-5300

Physical Fitness 101 – Ages 7 to 15
Physical fitness for homeschooled students and parents
This four-week class offer structured physical activities that will give children the building blocks for proper fitness development, and they will have fun doing it!  Activities are age-appropriate.  Parents may also sign up for a boot-camp style class and make getting physically fit a family affair.
Wednesdays, 1-2 pm, beginning April 11th at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC)
Child only registration: $20 ($23 for non-members) / Parent and child registration: $30 ($34 for non-members)
For more information, conact Ty Joyce at 636-734-8122, or contact the RSC at 636-474-2REC to register.

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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.