If you know homeschoolers in Kansas City…

Full Force Needed March 21 against Kansas City Daytime Curfew

The gauntlet has been thrown down to you. Councilman Wagner has submitted a new draft curfew ordinance that is just as bad as—or worse than—the original one.

But taking a stand for freedom, Councilman Sharp has submitted an entirely different plan: one that involves enforcing existing attendance law rather than making it a crime for a young adult to be in public.

The proposals of Councilman Sharp and Councilman Wagner represent two different ways of life. Wagner’s ratchets up government power and creates a disgraceful atmosphere in which young adults may be intimidated into hiding during the day. Sharp’s, on the other hand, makes the protection of inalienable rights a priority.

One of these two ways of life may prevail on Wednesday at the next committee meeting.

And it cannot be doubted that if a daytime curfew becomes ensconced in Kansas City, other towns will try to follow suit. After all, the current proponents of the curfew are saying Kansas City should follow the examples of daytime curfews in some smaller nearby towns.

Councilman Sharp needs your help!

Action Requested

If you live in Kansas City, or ever plan to visit there with your children, please attend the meeting of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The location is City Hall, 26th floor, 414 East 12th St., Kansas City, MO.

Remember to be calm and courteous. A respectful attitude sends a powerful message. Small children (strollers, diaper bags) should not be brought.

Parking will be difficult, so allow extra time. Consider car pooling. No knives, pepper spray, etc., may be brought in.

Background

Wagner’s new draft is known a “V1.” Sharp has submitted two drafts: “V2” and “V2b.” They can be viewed online. The version known as V2 is best. We will be asking Sharp to urge the adoption of V2.

Daytime curfews never live up to their promises. And they hurt homeschool families more than others because we allow our children free time while public schools are in session.

Homeschoolers have been harassed and frightened by policemen who treat them like suspected criminals for doing nothing more than being in public.

Families for Home Education and HSLDA are united in opposing daytime curfews. Thank you for standing with us for freedom in Missouri!

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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Homeschool Events List for 3/15/12

The updates are happening a little more quickly (just a few hick-ups) and I hope to be finished soon. Click on the tabs at the top when visiting the website, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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 information. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is 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.

Where are the Women?
Missing Pieces of the Peck Brothers Story
Sunday, March 18 from 2 to 3pm
Free and Open to the Public.
First Missouri State Capitol SHS, 200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO  63301
Until 2011, the Peck Brothers, owners of the building which housed Missouri’s First State Capitol, were interpreted as bachelors in a frontier town. Recent research has discovered the women who were part of their lives which resulted in a change of interpretation in the exhibits and a new way to look at the family life of these St. Charles pioneers.

Yellowstone Wolves: Restoration, Science, Management and the Future
Mon, Mar 26; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center @ Belleville East High School
2555 West Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 62221
LECTURE and BOOK SIGNING. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public welcome to attend. Registration not required.
Featured Speaker: James Halfpenny, Ph.D., carnivore ecologist, animal tracker, educator and author; president, A Naturalist’s World; Fellow, The Explorers Club
YELLOWSTONE WOLVES is an NABT BIOLOGY CLUB SERIES partnership of the Academy of Science – St. Louis, the National Association of Biology Teachers, Belleville East High School and the Belleville East HS Ecology Club. SERIES INFO AT www.academyofsciencestl.org

Documentary Film Screening
“Revenge of the Electric Cars” and Panel Discussion w/Leading Experts on Electric Vehicles
Mon, Mar 26; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Lee Auditorium @ Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63112
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public welcome to attend. Registration not required.
REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CARS is a SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP PRESENTATION of the Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum. SCREENING INFO AT www.academyofsciencestl.org

Monumental
A documentary to encourage Americans that we need to pray for our country. One night only, the 27th of March     http://www.monumentalmovie.com

TUMBLING CLASS
Beginning and Intermediate for 4 to 12 yr olds
These classes will develop strength, flexibility, skill and self-confidence.
Wednesdays:
Beginner Class (ages 4-7) 6:00PM to 6:45PM
Intermediate Class (ages 7-12) 7:00PM to 7:45PM
April 4th – May 23rd, 2012
Class held at Woerner Elemetary School, 6131 Leona St (Northwest corner of Carondelet Park)
coordinated by Bevo-Long Community School register at Bevo-Long CEC: 353-1034
$35 for 8 week session
taught by, Ms. Joyce (Wiegand) Segrue, joycewiegand@sbcglobal.net

YMCA Swimming Stroke Clinic
The South City Family YMCA at 3150 Sublette Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139 is hosting a Spring Swim Stroke Clinic for swimmers ages 6 – 14 years old, who are looking to improve their knowledge of the four competitive swim strokes.  Each clinic will focus on a different swim stroke. These clinics will be taught by the South City Storm head coach and SHARE member, Jamie Hamilton and veteran Storm team member, Jacob Daugherty.  Coach Jamie is a Level 2 ASCA swim coach and a member of St. Louis Area Masters swim team.  Jacob Daugherty is not only a member of the SCTY Storm team, but also a veteran swimmer of St. Louis University High School.   These clinics are great warm ups for the summer swim team season.  These clinics are not designed for children who are just learning to swim.
Class dates and times are:
April 14th – Freestyle, April 21st – Breaststroke,  May 5th – Backstroke, May 12th – Butterfly,  May 20th – Turns
Ages 6 – 10 years old will be from 1:30pm to 2:15 pm and ages 11 – 14 years old will be from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm.
Clinics may be purchased for $15 each or $60 for all 5 clinics.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE YMCA TO PARTICIPATE.   Space is limited so sign up soon.
For more information, contact Coach Jamie at 314-644-3100 ext. 244 or email her at jhamilton@ymcastlouis.org

NEW HOMESCHOOL DAY FOR JA FINANCE PARK DAY
Dear Homeschool Families,
We have scheduled another day for you to participate in the JA Finance Park program.   On Tuesday, May 15th at 9:00am your students will have another opportunity to come and learn about balancing a budget.
For those of you who signed up for our March 5th visit day and did not get to come, you will be able to make up your visit day.
If you are signing up for the first time, please register online at our website www.jastl.org
If you are making up a missed visit day, please contact me at this email address or call 636.728.0707 ext.  Thank you!
Much Success,
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
www.jastl.org

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS COUPONS
In like a lion and out like a lamb…The weather in March is always unpredictable. But come rain or shine; there is always fun in the forecast with the St. Louis Family Attractions Card! As the days begin to warm up, grab the new 2012 Family Attractions Card and head out for spring fun as it blooms around town at amazing locations like the Saint Louis Science Center, Grant’s Farm, The Magic House and Missouri History Museum. No matter the weather, the Family Attractions Card provides over $1,000 worth of savings around town! The printed Family Attractions Card is available for FREE at Schnucks, Shop ‘n Save and Dierbergs at customer service counters or you can print the coupons at home by clicking here.

LHS-SC OFFERING PART-TIME HS CLASSES
Lutheran High School of St Charles County has recently enacted a new policy to allow students to enroll and take classes at Lutheran High on a part-time basis. If there is class you would be interested in having your student(s) take, please take a look at the Lutheran High website, www.lhssc.org for information about the school and a description of the courses offered. For further information, please contact William Roundey, Director of Guidance, at 636-922-5124 or roundey@lhssc.org.
FAQ’s:
Schedule: Lutheran High is using a 4×4 Block Schedule so full time students take four classes a day (80 minutes for each class) for a semester. Part-time students may take one class per term.
What class should I take: Students and parents are encouraged to meet with the guidance counselor to determine the proper course placement.
Cost: Lutheran High is supported and operated by an association of 9 Lutheran churches in St Charles County. A part-time student who is a member at an Association church will pay $400 per class. Other students will pay $500 per class. There is also a $100 registration fee each year.
iPads: Lutheran High is an iPad school and iPads are used in many classes on a regular basis. Student course selection will determine if a part-time student needs an iPad. Check with the Director of Guidance on this.
Expectations: Part-time students are expected to follow all school guidelines including attendance and dress code.
Sports and Extra-curricular activities: According to MSHSAA rules, part-time students may not participate in MSHSAA sponsored events (sports, music competitions) but they may join school clubs and activities which do not require an audition.
Graduation: To graduate from Lutheran High you must be a full time student for your entire senior year and meet all graduation requirements.  Part-time students are not eligible to graduate from Lutheran High School.
Grades and Transcripts: Part-time students may request a transcript of their grades to be sent on to other schools or colleges.

COTILLION CLASSES BEGIN IN APRIL
ATTENTION ALL 7th & 8th Grade Parents
All enrollment forms must be in the Community Education Office by March 26
Cotillion Classes are dance and manners classes offered by the Mehlville Community Education Department and are open to ALL 7th and 8th grade students in the Mehlville School District—including parochial school students. There are five classes and the cost is $60 per student. Please note: This is the only time Cotillion will be offered this year.
Students will learn basic dance steps—ballroom, swing, traditional slow, fast partner dance, line dancing—all to current popular music. Classes also include instruction in basic manners—proper introductions; phone, movie, theatre and concert etiquette; table manners and more.
A dress code is strictly enforced for Cotillion. Boys must wear dress slacks, dress shirt (tucked in with belt), tie and dress shoes. Girls must wear a skirt and top or dress (no spaghetti straps or strapless dresses), pantyhose or tights and dress shoes. (No flip flops.)
Classes will be held in the Wohlwend Elementary School gym on the following dates:
Wednesday, April 4—7:30-9:00p.m.
Wednesday, April 11—7:30-9:00p.m.
Wednesday, April 18—7:30-9:00p.m.
Wednesday, April 25—7:30-9:00p.m.
Wednesday, May 2—7:30-9:15p.m. (Class & Reception)
Please feel free to contact Community Education with any questions or concerns at 314-467-7821 OR communityed@mehlville.k12.mo.us Sign up now with form below.
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MEHLVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT COTILLION PROGRAM- Spring 2012
Student’s Name______________________________
School Attending___________________________ Grade______
CHAPERONES ARE NEEDED! Please complete and circle date you would like to help:
Parent(s)’ Name(s) ____________________________
April 4 April 11 April 18 April 25 May 2
Fee: $60—PAYMENT MUST BE INCLUDED WITH ENROLLMENT FORM.
Please include check made payable to: Mehlville Community Education
Drop off in school office or mail to: Community Education, 3100 Lemay Ferry Rd. St. Louis, MO 63125
A minimum of 50 students is needed with a close 50/50 boy/girl ratio or the class will be cancelled. If class is cancelled, checks will be returned. NO REFUNDS AFTER CLASS BEGINS.
I/we give permission for my son/daughter ______________ to participate in the Cotillion Program. It is understood that even with every safety precaution taken, there is a danger inherent in any activity and in rare cases, serious injury, paralysis and even death may occur. The Mehlville School District does not provide student insurance for these activities.
EMERGENCY CARE PROCEDURE
In the event of a serious accident or illness, an attempt will be made to contact a parent or guardian. If deemed necessary, 911 may be called. Parents are responsible for any expenses incurred while at the emergency room as well as for ambulance transfer.
PLEASE LIST ANY MEDICAL CONCERNS:______________________________________

_________________________ ________________________ ______________________
Parent/Guardian Signature – Home Phone – Work/Cell Phone – E-mail address

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.

Trivia Night Fundraiser Needs Attendees

HART FAMILY TRIVIA NIGHT FUNDRAISER
Our friends at church that are planning this fundraiser for the Hart Family absolutely positively need Reservations to be made by this coming Friday, March 16.  Right now, 7 tables have been reserved.  But they need at least 20 tables to make it a decent Trivia Night.  (They’ve done this a lot for our congregation’s school, so they know whereof they speak.)
If they can’t get 13 more table reservations in by Friday, March 16, they will have to cancel the function.
So, if you were thinking about pulling together a table of friends for this very worthwhile evening, don’t hesitate or delay!!!
As many of you know, a few years ago our Lord called home Larry Hart, devoted husband to Kathie, and homeschool dad to 9 amazing kids, currently ages 5 – 25.  Friends of the Hart Family have organized this Trivia Night to meet some of the continuing needs of the family.
Date:  Friday, March 23.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Questions start at 7:00 PM.
Location:  Trinity Lutheran School Gym, 4689 North Hwy 94, St. Charles, MO  63301
(On Hwy 94, about 5 miles north/east of the Hwy 370/Hwy 94 intersection, north of St. Charles)
Tables of 8 are $160.  Soda, beer, and popcorn will be provided.
For Reservations:
Please call Sandy Macke at 636-734-4764 ( sandra.r.macke@monsanto.com )
or Michelle Wilson at 636-946-4801.
There will also be a Silent Auction.  If you would like to help by contributing a theme basket, or items that could be included in a silent auction, be it goods or services, please contact Sandy or Michelle at the above numbers.

Homeschool Events List for 3/12/12

The updates are happening a little more quickly (just a few hick-ups) and I hope to be finished within the next couple weeks. Click on the tabs at the top when visiting the website, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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 information. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is 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.

FUNDRAISER FOR HOSPITALIZED HOMESCHOOL MOM
Dear Homeschoolers,
I don’t have much of an update on Jamie Haubner’s condition, but I sure keep thinking (and praying) about her.   I can’t imagine the damage that a big bull with a full set of horns could do to a small petite woman like her–makes me shiver to just think about it!
As of yesterday, Jamie was not making much progress.  In addition to being concerned about Jamie and caring for the rest of the family, her husband, Steve, is also worried about paying the bills.  They do have insurance but it has a very high deductible.  Therefore, the family has decided to begin some fundraising and the information on that is below.  Please share with all the homeschool families you know and please continue to keep Jamie in your prayers.
Thanks! Cathy Mullins
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Musical Concert for Jamie Haubner
Please come and enjoy some beautiful music in support of Jamie Haubner. Jamie is the violin teacher at SHARE Strings. She was recently severely injured by a bull on their farm and is still in critical condition at St. Anthony’s Hospital.
Appearing in concert will be Jamie’s daughters Ariel, Cathryn, Mari, and Rivkah playing strings and her son Quinn in a barbershop quartet.
When:  March 15th at 7 p.m. (This is next THURSDAY!)
Where:  LDS Church 4511 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis MO.
Why: Giving prayers, musical and otherwise, for Jamie’s continued healing.
There will be a free-will offering to help with Jamie’s medical expenses.
Everyone is Welcome!
P.S..  If you have any special talents and would like to perform, please email steve.haubner@gmail.com  to be included in the concert.
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If you are unable to attend the concert, but would like to contribute financially, you may do so by donating to the trust fund:
The trust is “Haubner Accident Fund”
Write a check to “Steve and Jamie Haubner Accident Fund” and send to:
Neighbors Credit Union,  58 Fenton Plaza,  Fenton, MO 63026

AIMS CLASSES
This year’s AIMS (Adventures in Medicine and Science) classes have been a great experience for area homeschoolers! I’ve had many calls and emails asking if there are still openings in the last few classes of the semester. Yes – there are openings but they are filling up quickly. See the complete schedule at the bottom of the email.
Note: This Wednesday, March 14th is “The Muscles, Bones, & Joints of the Human Body” Auditorium Presentation from 9:30 – 11:15. Cost is only $5 and Parent Chaperones are free. Let me know ASAP if you are interested. You can bring your payment to class. See details below on how to sign-up.
For those of you that haven’t heard about the AIMS Program…..it is an outreach of the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education Department of Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine and has been offered to area students since 1991. The AIMS teaching staff of science professors and physicians present a variety of human anatomy enrichment classes for jr. high and high school students (mature 5th & 6th graders count as jr. high).
The Auditorium Presentations and Hands-On Dissection Programs are wonderful supplement to ANY jr. high or high school science and/or health curriculum. A student does not have to be considering the medical profession or a science degree to benefit from the classes – they are for anyone that wants to learn more about the human body and how to keep it healthy (and who doesn’t?!).
All classes take place in SLU’s Paul A. Young Hall at 3839 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108. Auditorium Presentations are $5 and Dissection Labs are $15. Parent Chaperones are free, but must sign up ahead of time.
To sign up for one of the AIMS Auditorium Presentations and/or Dissection Labs, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share/ and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/class you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. Once your name is on the list SHARE pays for your spot. You must sign up individually for each AIMS class, even if they are on the same day.
Mail your check (made payable to SHARE) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave., St. Louis MO 63119. You can write one check for all classes, but be sure to make a notation in the memo section of the check. You can also drop off your payments to Kerrie at Homelink, support group meetings, field trips, etc. If you are signing up at the last minute, you can bring your payment to class (In an envelope with your name clearly marked).
For more important details about this event, go to the “AIMS Program 2011-2012” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the “AIMS PROGRAM IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage. Feel free to call, text or email Kerrie at 314-791-0000 or kertatefieldtrip@aol.com with any questions about this event.
Hope you can make it to one or more of the classes!  Kerrie (Tate)
SHARE-Sponsored Spring 2012  AIMS Classes
(If you missed the 2011 classes stay tuned – we will repeat them next year!)
Auditorium Presentations in RED   Hands-On Dissection Labs in BLUE
March 14, 2012, Wednesday
The Muscles, Bones, & Joints of the Human Body, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
March 20, 2012 Tuesday
Forensic Science/Autopsy, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
(For high school students only)
May 1, 2012, Tuesday
The Human Ear, Nose & Throat, and Eyes – 9:30 – 11:15 am – $5
(Eat your own sack lunch in the Dining Hall – 11:30 am -12:15 pm)
Pig Eye Dissection – 12:30-1:45 pm – $15

“A SALUTE TO THE BRAVE – HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN”
Presented by Broadway on the Driveway
Enjoy hits from the WWII Era, Big Band and Broadway featuring:
Swing St. Louis, BOTD cast members & BOTD students
Saturday, March 17th – 7PM
StarBridge Christian Center (18810 Highway 100, Wildwood, MO 63069)
FREE ADMISSION. GENERAL SEATING.  DOORS OPEN AT 6:45PM
Contact: info@broadwayonthedriveway.com  OR  636.541.2813
About Broadway on the Driveway:
Broadway on the Driveway is a Christian theatre company founded by former homeschooled sisters, Emily and Lacy Miller, in 1995.  Their mission is to provide clean, professional entertainment, and to encourage cast members and students to strive for excellence without compromising Biblical values. BOTD recently launched the Integrity in the Arts Award to recognize young people who have achieved excellence in the arts while maintaining Biblical values.  Nominate a young person: http://www.broadwayonthedriveway.com/ITA_Award.html
Broadway on the Driveway Classes: http://broadwayonthedriveway.com/Classes.html
Upcoming Events: http://broadwayonthedriveway.com/Events.html
3/22-24/12 – STL Homeschool Expo – Come visit our booth!
3/31/12 – How to Audition for a Musical Workshop
4/13-14/12 – Auditions for “The Music Man”
7/12-14/12 – The Music Man

Cougars in Missouri
Fri, Mar 23; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Missouri Department of Conservation @ Powder Valley Nature Center
11715 Cragwold Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
LECTURE and BOOK SIGNING. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public welcome to attend. Registration not required.
Featured Speaker: James Halfpenny, Ph.D., carnivore ecologist, animal tracker, educator and author; president, A Naturalist’s World; founder, Human/Lion Interaction Project; Fellow, The Explorers Club
COUGARS IN MISSOURI is a SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP PRESENTATION of the Academy of Science – St. Louis, the Missouri Department of Conservation, OASIS, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. LECTURE INFO AT www.academyofsciencestl.org

Cougar Ecology, Behavior & Verification Workshop
Sat, Mar 24 – Sun, Mar 25; 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Missouri Department of Conservation @ Powder Valley Nature Center
11715 Cragwold Road, St. Louis, MO 63122
TWO-DAY WORKSHOP. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For information on registration and fees, call Jim Jordan, Senior Coordinator of Continuing Education, UMSL at 314-516-7250, or to register visit www.umslce.org/index.php/catalog, type in Catalog Search Keyword: cougar.
Workshop Presenters: Dr. James Halfpenny, Carnivore Ecologist/Professional Tracker;
Mr. Jeff Beringer, Chair, MDC, Mountain Lion Response Team
THE COUGAR ECOLOGY WORKSHOP is a SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP PRESENTATION of the Academy of Science – St. Louis, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. WORKSHOP INFO AT www.academyofsciencestl.org

STAR PARTY
Host: St. Louis Astronomical Society
When: March 29, 2012 (THUR)
Where:  Manchester Parks and Recreation star gazing, Terri Sue Fussner Field, 910 Hazel Falls Dr., 63021
Time: Sunset: 19:21; Civil twilight ends: 19:48; Astronomical twilight ends: 20:52
In other words, be there when it gets dark outside!
Viewing: You will see the moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Mars.(at 7:48 pm)
Location:  Location can be tricky to find. Jerry Kelly has scouted this location and says it is,”in Manchester, next to 141, off Big Bend. Take 141 North from Big Bend, to the NEXT Left Turn (Briarhurst) – Go west on Briarhurst One Block & then Right on HAZEL FALLS. Continue to the top of the hill, just before reaching a left curve in the street & at the Intersection of HOBBS MILL (which comes in from the Left), is the Park. From the street it doesn’t look like there’s a Park there, because it is about 10-15 feet higher in elevation than the street is & No Sign, big enough to read from the street & no road access or Parking Lot.”

Shakespeare At Sunset Summer Camp – June 2012
Why should Forest Park have the only outdoor Shakespeare Festival in town?  Join Young Actors Workshop as we present:
An Evening with the Bard:
Shakespeare at Sunset
Summer Camp – June 18 – 30, 2012
It is not too early to begin to think about summer opportunities!  If you have an aspiring actor or just a student who loves acting and would like to learn a little about the most famous playwright of them all, consider participation in Shakespeare at Sunset Summer Camp!  What an opportunity to study and perform some of the most famous characters in all of theatre along with making some new friends and developing valuable skills!
Students work daily on a variety of acting techniques and skills including vocal diction and breath support, stage presence, movement and blocking, memorization, character analysis and language in preparation for a weekend of outdoor performances of a complete Shakespeare play.  The exact title has not yet been selected but under consideration are “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Twelfth Night” and “Loves Labours Lost”.
Camp runs daily, Monday through Friday from 9:30am – 2:30pm as students are immersed in all things Shakespeare.  Students will have two weeks to rehearse, memorize and transform themselves into some of Shakespeare’s most well loved characters.  The culture and language of the day will be studied where applicable as well as theater history.    Each student in camp will play a role in the performance as well as participate in set and costume construction.
For registration/tuition information please email me at heathersartin@yahoo.com or you can visit www.youngactorsworkshop.wordpress.com for additional details.

WRITING WORKSHOP
Workshop: “Being true to your own inner voice & creating strong characters”
Description: Teen/tween writing workshop for ages 9-18 In a world full of vampires, wizards & zombies, improve your writing by creating rich characters that carry your story. Whether or not your characters are mythic figures, they need to be fully developed and real in order to support your plot and be relatable to your reader. In this entertaining and informative workshop, get the seven golden keys that unlock your talent in creating dynamic, believable characters and get must-have writing tips from published YA author, Angela Sage Larsen.
Thursday, March 22, 6:30pm
Teen Writing Workshop* & Book Signing
St. Louis County Library, Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., 63136
314-994-3300
REGISTRATION LINK: http://bit.ly/zXqPfM
Saturday, March 24, 2:00pm
Teen Writing Workshop* & Book Signing
St. Louis County Library, Natural Bridge Branch, 7606 Natural Bridge Rd., 63121
314-994-3300
REGISTRATION LINK: http://bit.ly/wcWDDc
Monday, April 2, 6:00pm
Teen Writing Workshop* & Book Signing
St. Louis County Library, Bridgeton Trails Branch, 3455 McKelvey Rd., 63044
314-994-3300
REGISTRATION LINK: http://bit.ly/ArPw9z
Saturday, April 14, 2:00pm
Teen Writing Workshop* & Book Signing
St. Louis County Library, Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63131
314-994-3300
REGISTRATION LINK: http://bit.ly/AzQVPi
For more information and other event listings: http://www.fiftieschix.com/schedule/

BAT FESTIVAL
From Onondaga Cave State Park  http://mostateparks.com/park/onondaga-cave-state-park
We will be holding the 1st annual Missouri bat festival at the park on April 20th and 21st:
The organization for bat conservation from Michigan will be here doing live bat programs for school groups on April 20th. On Friday, groups will get a free bat program and a free abbreviated cave tour along with lots of freebies from that organization and from Uhaul, Inc. They will have T-shirts for kids and other activities for the day. We are trying to schedule homeschool groups during the afternoon time slots since they do not have bus constraints. Anyone interested can contact me via email with the amount of people they are bringing. I will have a form for them to fill out an email back to confirm their attendance.
Rob will have about 10 different bat species; some from Missouri and the US as well as some flying foxes and freetail bats from other countries.
Saturday will be a day of activities, discounted cave tours, bat programs, music, vendors and an official unveiling of the Adventure Across America Uhaul truck depicting bats, echolocation and us!! Onondaga Cave State Park.
Both days will be from 9am to 5pm.
Maria  Potter, Onondaga Cave State Park
573-245-6576
maria.potter@dnr.mo.gov

St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center, Inc. and Play Your Art Out Studio
New Extended Hours
“Play Your Art Out”, SLTRC Studios & Reuse Center
March
Open Art Studio
Tuesdays 10:00-1:00
Wednesday 10:00AM -1:00PM
&
2:00PM – 5:00PM
Thursday/Friday Field Trip Day (by appointment only) schedule now open
Reuse Center
Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month  2:00-6:00
Every Saturday 10:00- 4:00PM
Chesterfield Mall Artropolis, 108 Chesterfield Mall, 291Chesterfield Mall Missouri 63017

MASTER DANCE CLASS
St. Louis/March 9, 2012 – Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce collaboration with the Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA) to present a 90 minute Master Dance Class taught by BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL  cast member Gregory Haney. This unique opportunity to learn choreography from the show, taught by a working professional will take place on Friday, March 30 at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue in University City. Class is scheduled 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.  A Q&A period is included in the 90 minute session.
Master Dance Class instructor Gregory Haney portrays La Cienega, the show-stopping transgender cheerleader. Mr. Haney was most recently a part of the Memphis cast. Other Broadway and Tour credits include Wicked and Tarzan. The BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL National Tour company is in residence in St. Louis March 27 – April 8, playing the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
The Master Dance Class is open to anyone who wishes to register. Participants should be at intermediate to advanced dance skill level. A small class fee applies. Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come, first served basis.
BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL Master Dance Class
Friday, March30, 2012
COCA
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
$10 Class Fee
Advance Registration by is strongly encouraged:
All registration is online at www.cocastl.org/master
For additional information contact: Kathryn Ballard, Executive Director Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation
314-367-1573 / Kathryn@foxpacf.org

CAMP WESTMINSTER
June 4-29 camps for grades K thru 8th
Get ready for fun in the sun this summer at Camp Westminster! Held at Westminster Christian Academy, Camp Westminster runs from June 4-29 and hosts a variety of half and full-day summer camps that include sports, arts and adventure camps for boys and girls in grades K-8. 24 camps to chose from. The camp staff, filled with dedicated and enthusiastic Westminster teachers and coaches, helps campers sharpen the skills that God gave them.
Those who register on or before March 31 will receive a 10% discount on camps with the promotion code EARLYBIRD. Extended Care is available in the morning and/or in the afternoon for a small additional charge. Visit http://www.wcastl.org/admissions/campwestminster/ for more information. See the beautiful new campus off Highway 40, just east of Hwy 141.

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.

SATURDAY – King Arthur Presentation & $29 Prom Dresses

KING ARTHUR PRESENTATION
Don’t miss this FREE St. Louis Classical Society program about the “true” historical King Arthur! Bruce Sikes and others will be giving the presentation at the Mid-County Library in Clayton THIS Saturday, March 10th from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. There will be knights in armor fighting with authentic steel swords…and much more! No reservations required. The Mid-County Branch Library is located in downtown Clayton, Missouri at 7821 Maryland Ave., 63105. The library has its own free parking garage. Call 314-994-3300 for more details.
Note: Bruce Sikes is a true “Renaissance Man” and he and his Academy Fencing Club has been a favorite of homeschoolers for many years!  Last year, Bruce judged the “Knight” competition at the Homelink British Faire, and presented his popular “Middle Ages” talk in the British Lit & Comp classes. For more about Bruce and his many endeavors, go to www.brucesikes.com and/or www.academyfencingclub.com

$29 PROM DRESSES
Hey Prom goers!
Karen Moleski just informed us of a great deal happening THIS SATURDAY, March 10.
It’s normally for underprivileged girls, but they are opening to the public for one day only.
It’s called the Cinderella Project and you can view the event right here:
http://cinderellastl.homestead.com/EVENTS.html If you jump back to the homepage, you can also see a video. It’s in Mid-Rivers Mall, but might be worth the drive to get a great prom dress for $29.00.

Homeschool Events List for 3/8/12

The changes are happening, slowly (there is a lot of information!). Click on the tabs at the top when visiting the website, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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.

The Family Vision Library – Closed Thursday, March 8th
The Library will be closed Thursday, March 8th for computer upgrades and transition to a new library operating program. This will allow us to better serve you our patrons.
We will reopen Friday, March 9th at 9:00 AM
Thank you for your support of The Family Vision Library.
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive, Saint Peters, MO 63376
Tel:  636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org

Project MEGSSS Now Accepting Nominations for Math-Talented 5th and 6th Graders
Start Date: January 1, 2012
End Date: April 30, 2012
For over 30 years, Project MEGSSS, a parent-run nonprofit organization in St. Louis, has been discovering, inspiring and developing the talents of middle school students with extraordinary gifts in mathematics. We offer “out of level” testing that may qualify a student for an introductory summer program and after-school and summer coursework for up to three years. This unique program appeals to students who enjoy math and want to be seriously challenged by a broadened and accelerated course of mathematics, some of college caliber. Nominations can be made online at http://www.MEGSSS.org by either parents or educators. Nomination is a no cost way to receive information and be invited to attend a parent info meeting. Telephone inquiries can be made at 314.842.5968. E-mail contacts regarding nominations can be sent to nomination@megsss.org.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert
Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 North Ballas Rd., 63131
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs in a variety of community locations including area universities and schools, churches, plazas and malls, retirement centers and parks. The Orchestra also performs in a variety of musical styles — classical, pops, Christmas pops, operettas, and oratorios. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek.

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
The weather is getting warmer and what better way to end the school year than a field trip to the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. The Mississippi and the Missouri rivers are best seen from the Tower’s 50, 100, and 150 foot levels.  Bring your class for a unique perspective on our rivers and showcase what is right here in their own backyard. At the Tower, students will see the third largest confluence in the world and discover how it has played a part in history, shaped our local communities and impacted our environment.
Astonishing Astronomy
Wed., March 14; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$5.00 per ticket.
Come to the Tower and see the giants of our sky come within 3 degrees of one another. This conjunction will provide a fantastic visual and photographic opportunity. Witness the brightest planets in our Solar System from 150 feet up above the rivers. They best viewing of the Venus & Jupiter Conjunction will be after the sun goes down. Come early to watch the sunset. Expert Steve Sands will be providing information about the sky. Reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot at the Tower for viewing, call (618) 251-9101 or email events@confluencetower.com.
Spring Events!
March through May
03/31 – Tower Wind Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
04/01 – Easter Bunny at the Tower, noon to 4 p.m.
04/19 – Arts by the Levee, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
04/21 – Earth Day Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
05/12 – Birthday Bash, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford, IL 62048
618.251.9101

Inside the Brain of Autism
Rockwood Parents as Teachers Presents Inside the Brain of Autism http://www.cityofwildwood.com/images/newsletter/trans.gif
Presented by Dr. Bradley Mears
Dr. Mears, a researcher, presents internationally on topics related to early childhood growth and development, specifically in the areas of developmental neurology and autism.
He serves as a board member for the Midwest Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Thursday, March 15, 2012; 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at
Lafayette High School in the Auditorium
17050 Clayton Road, Wildwood, MO 63011
This session will discuss exactly what autism is, how our understanding of autism continues to progress, and just why each of these amazing kids is so different. As a researcher in the area of autism and the father of an autistic child, Dr. Mears will talk through the truth, the fads and the misunderstandings that surround autism. This presentation is for parents/caregivers/professionals only.
There is a cost of $5 per person to help cover presenter costs.
http://www.cityofwildwood.com/egov/docs/1330118882_493652.pdf to register.

Annie Jr.
Presented by DaySpring School of the Arts
2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
www.dayspringarts.org   314-291-8878   office@dayspringarts.org
Set during the Great Depression, this classic musical theatre favorite follows the adventures of Little Orphan Annie as she discovers that family can be found where you least expect it.  Fueled by her desire to find her real parents, Annie wins over the heart of everyone she encounters.  Featuring all your favorite songs, such as: Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow, and Maybe.
Featuring DaySpring’s 5-13 year old Musical Theatre Students!
Friday, March 16, 2012     7:00pm
Saturday, March 17, 2012     3:00pm
Tickets: $7 children 12 & under, $10 adults, $13 reserved
-Available from a performer, the DaySpring office, or at the door.
Performance at
DeSmet High School Theatre, 233 North New Ballas Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141

Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, and the best part is that they are giving us a reduced rate!!
When: 3rd Monday of every month: March 19 ~ April 16 ~ May 21 ~ (no June or July)
Where: Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time: 10:30 am. – 12:00 p .m.
Cost: 1st child = $8.00
Each additional family member = $6.00
What:
1.5 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
Who:
Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment.
Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
How
All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT!
Registration available Online (http://barrongymnastics.com/special-events/homeschool-day/ ) or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
Barron’s must have at least 28 children to make this event happen.
They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

WCCHE Used Curriculum Sale
You are invited to attend the West County Christian Home Educators Used Curriculum Sale.
Monday, March 19th
at the Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011
Shop at more than 28 tables with a selection of used curricula and resources.
Sale hours:  6:00- 9:00 P.M.
Mark your calendars now
We hope to see you there!

Classical Conversations for Dummies
The term “classical education” is a phrase that is becoming more common. What does it mean? To put it most simply, classical education is a model of rigorous and thorough education that equips a young student throughout their school days and into adulthood. At the core of this educational process, is the grammar stage.  During this period students soak in knowledge through memorization and learning who, what, where, and when of those facts memorized. As they start to test their boundaries in life, they move into the dialectic stage, and begin to grow in understanding. Students question how facts relate and explore cause and effect. The rhetoric stage occurs during their high school years.  Students draw upon the knowledge they gained during their grammar years and the understanding produced from the dialectic stage in order to formulate their opinions and have the ability to express them with grace, ease, and persuasiveness.
Classical Conversations breaks this process into a manageable plan for homeschooling families through three programs: “Foundations” for students ages 4 to 12 (or 6th grade); “Essentials”, which is taught in addition to Foundations, for students 4th-6th grade; and “Challenge” for junior and high school students.
Foundations meets once a week during the school year for 24 weeks. Class sizes are limited to eight students and their parents. A paid tutor uses games and songs to drill new memory work. Memory work includes geography, English grammar, math, science, history, Latin, the U.S. presidents, and a timeline of the world from creation to modern day America. The children learn about art, famous artists and composers, and practice different painting and drawing techniques. They also learn how to play the tin whistle, study the scientific method through science experiments and weekly perfect their public speaking skills.
Essentials engages the children in English grammar and writing while taking them beyond the worksheet. Students learn to develop the mental skills to sort and classify facts and learn the tools they need to become eloquent, effective writers. This is a program where English grammar is reinforced through conversations with adults who want their students to master the art of language studies. The Essentials program includes sentence diagraming, parts of speech, spelling, vocabulary, phonics, punctuation, writing lessons, and more. On top of this, part of class time is used to drill math facts in order to enable students to work with greater speed and accuracy in mental arithmetic as they prepare for success in Algebra and beyond.
The Challenge program is for students 12 and older. For 30 weeks they study six challenging subjects at home while practicing dialectic & rhetorical skills in a weekly class. An experienced home schooling parent tutors the students in math, foreign language, and science labs. Students also receive suggestions for improving their written work. Other coursework is shared through facilitated discussions. Each level is called a “Challenge” rather than a grade because students should be enrolled in the level they are prepared to study.
Look for our booth at the St. Louis Homeschool Expo on the lower level. Campus directors will be available to answer your questions.
Upcoming Information Meetings
Information meetings allow you to meet your area director, hear more about classical education for all ages, and obtain the details on your local campus.
Eureka/Wildwood Campus
Thursday Evening, March 8, 2012 and Thursday Evening, March 29, 2012
at Bread Co. 201 East 5th Street, Eureka, MO 63025
Please R.S.V.P. to Melanie Carter (eurekamocc@gmail.com) if you would like to attend one of these meetings.
Chesterfield Campus
Thursday Evening, March 15, 2012 at St. Louis Bread Co.
1650 Clarkson Road Chesterfield, MO 63017
Please R.S.V.P to Colleen Grunwald (lovelearning@earthlink.net) if you would like to attend.
Eureka/Wildwood Campus
Foundations & Essentials: Melanie Carter – eurekamocc@gmail.com
Chesterfield Campus
Foundations & Essentials: Colleen Grunwald – lovelearning@earthlink.net
Challenge A: Ginnie Stowe – ginnie.stowe@gmail.com
Challenge I: Angela Lockett – lockett.angela@gmail.com
South City
Foundations & Essentials: Vicki Jensen – home@thejensens.org
Maplewood
Foundations & Essentials: Susan Peck – susan@pecks.org
Challenge A: Melissa Trippeer – honeybee216@sbcglobal.net
Challenge B: Debbie Keane – keaneacre@aol.com
Lake St. Louis
Foundations & Essentials: Kim McKnight – kmcknight83@gmail.com
Challenge A:  Ginnie Stowe – ginnie.stowe@gmail.com
O’Fallon, MO
Foundations: Andrea Bond – andbond@libertystl.com
Troy, MO
Foundations Campus Coming Soon

Camp Invention
Hello fellow homeschoolers.  If you’re like me you’re thinking ahead to your next year of homeschooling so you can be prepared to shop at the Expo.
We’d love it if those plans included a very unique summer program Camp Invention.  Camp Invention is a National Program sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.  It presents campers will opportunities for critical thinking, problem solving and working as a team.
It is unlike any camp you’ve been to before!  The best part is it can be logged as 32 hours of science with no mess in your own home. For the details check the attached flyer.
WHO:  students entering 1st – 6th grade (about half are homeschoolers)
WHEN: June 18-22, 2012
TIME: 9:00 – 3:30
WHERE: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church and School  (55 and Butler Hill)
DIRECTOR:  Jocelyn Wofford (a SHARE homeschool mom)
COST: $215 – Register before March 30th for $25 off.  Can you be a volunteer?  Your child’s tuition will be $135!
REGISTER: at www.campinvention.org

HISTORY CAMP
“Hands-on History Adventure Day Camp,” is an opportunity for your campers to have five fun-filled days of exploring Missouri’s history with interactive experiences and a knowledgeable staff. Campers will learn 1800’s era skills, crafts and, of course, history.
The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 4-8 and is for children ages 8 to 11. It will be held at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, 200 South Main Street, St. Charles, Missouri.
Themes include ~Missouri Day: Campers learn about our great state’s history, take a tour of the site and meet/explore some of Missouri’s state symbols.
Westward Discovery Day: Campers will pitch a canvas tent, cook over a campfire, make rope and discover how explorers like Lewis and Clark spent their time.  Campers will learn to barter like traders did in the past.
Pioneer Living Day: Campers will see how daily life was lived in 1820’s Missouri by learning chores & games, and meeting some of the animals that helped pioneer families become sustainable.
History Detective Day: Campers will learn how historians and archaeologists use their skills to discover history’s mysteries. Map reading, a main street scavenger hunt, archaeology activities and working with some of the artifacts will allow campers to explore careers in history.
Show Me Day: Parents are invited to join their child for a period lunch cooked by their campers.  Campers will show their parents what they have learned.  Be prepared to play period games with your future historian.
Cost: $100 plus a $20.00 registration fee.  (T-shirt/bag and other goodies included)
Registration begins on Thursday, March 1. Call the site for forms and more information at 636-940-3322. Campers will need to bring a lunch each day except for Friday.  Space limited to 25 campers.

Summer Science Blast
The Saint Louis Science Center offers the cure for the “common camp” with its Summer Science Blast program. The summer line-up includes a variety of stimulating science sessions for everyone from preschoolers to teenagers, sure to keep kids excited about learning all summer long.
For even more information about Summer Science Blast, plus fun science activities to try at home, visit www.scienceoffcenter.org.
New this year! Register online for Summer Science Blast camps, starting January 1 for Members, February 25 for everyone else.
To download a PDF of the Summer Science Blast brochure, click here.
Don’t want to register online? Click here to download a form to print, fill out and mail.

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.

Homeschool Events List for 3/5/12

The changes are happening, slowly (there is a lot of information!). Click on the tabs at the top when visiting the website, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ 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.

Gateway Speech and Debate Tournament
I would like to invite you all to do good for the household of faith (gal.6:10). On April 11-14, right here in Ferguson, will be the gateway speech and debate tournament. About 150 homeschoolers from the region will spend 4 days at the Ferguson church of the Nazarene in fellowship and the pursuit of academic excellence! They will be sharpening their talents and endeavoring to become communicators for Christ. They will entertain, inform, and challenge.
The only thing they need is AN AUDIENCE.
At a tournament like this the kids come prepared to debate and perform their speeches all day. In between rounds they make friends and laugh.  It is a wonderful experience.
YOU (and your children) are invited to join in on the fun! For every speech and debate we need 3 judges. 3 people with ears who can give their opinion as to how skillfully the student communicated.  That adds up to about 500 judging slots to fill. This year our junior division alone needs 48 judges!
What’s exciting for homeschoolers is that your own kids will learn so much as observers! There will be literature and poetry acted out (interpretive speeches), current events, debates on taxes and freedom, our faith defended and even funny renditions of stories that will make you crack up! Your kids are guaranteed to learn something!!
To be a judge you just need to come for at least three hours, but many people judge several rounds because their kids enjoy it so much.  And let me tell you that the students doing the speeches are all dressed up and so professional that it makes you proud to be part of the homeschool movement.
So take a break from your regular routine and join us. We need YOU and YOUR experience!! We need your ears and your opinion! And it counts as school for your kids!! (Your own kids would need to sit quietly and listen for about an hour and a half at a time).
I’m attaching a brochure that explains the particulars. You’ll even get a delicious meal and snacks when you judge.  You’ll be treated royally because we can’t do it without you!! And you can invite your neighbor or mother or friend or ANYONE! We want our kids to learn to communicate with EVERYONE!
By the way, if you’ve ever thought of hosting a foreign exchange student, we have homeschoolers (with their parents) who will need housing during this tournament. We’ve done it every year and have had a blast!! It’s amazing what fast friends you make with believers from all over.  So if you have room in your home for as few as 2 people, please let me know!
You can register online at https://motournament.homeschooldebate.net and schedule a convenient time.
For more info on speech and debate in general check out www.stoausa.org
Thank you for considering this! As a member of St. Louis Speech and Debate we need to personally recruit 10 judges, so could you email me and let me know if you registered?
Thank you!
Blessings, Janine Wilkins
wilkinsfamily6@yahoo.com

Top o’ the morning’ to Ye,

It is time to get in the spirit of St. Paddie’s day with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in THE QUIET MAN.
I’ll take the low road and you take the high road to the Hi-Pointe Theatre
Tuesday, 1:30pm, March 6th, or Saturday, March 10th, 10:30 am
‘cause we’ll be havin’ a bit o’ fun for sure.
The cost is only $5 and there is a great discount card you can be a buyin’ from Brian himself.
You’ll be doin’ yourself a great favor by being there don’t cha know!
Too-ra-loo-ra loo-rah!!!
See you at the movies
Jo-Ellen McDonald
314-645-1372
Please call if you have questions
BONUSES: You may enter to win great Irish prizes and if you come Saturday Harry Hamm will be introducing and you’ll want to  listen for some students playing Irish tunes on bagpipes and drums.

Polar Bear Population Projections: Reliability in the Face of Uncertainty
Tue, Mar 6; 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Living World Auditorium @ Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63110
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public welcome to attend. Registration not required.
Featured Speaker: Steven C. Amstrup, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Polar Bears International
POLAR BEAR POPULATION PROJECTIONS is a CONSERVATION CONVERSATIONS SERIES partnership of the Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo. SERIES INFO AT http://www.academyofsciencestl.org

Journey Through the Arctic
Wed, Mar 7; 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Living World Auditorium @ Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63110
LECTURE and BOOK SIGNING. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public welcome to attend. Registration not required.
Featured Speaker: Debbie Miller, journalist, teacher, Arctic explorer, conservationist, photographer, and award-winning author of Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
JOURNEY THROUGH THE ARCTIC is a SCIENCE SEMINAR SERIES partnership of the Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo. SERIES INFO AT http://www.academyofsciencestl.org

“Nature Play” Schedule
Spring 2012
Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health, development and well being. Worldwide research continues to report that as children continue to have less contact and time outdoors, they lose touch with the natural world. “Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment.
Many “nature play” programs will take place in our Discovery Garden which became a certified Nature Explore Classroom in 2011!
Tuesday, March 20………. Green Thumbs Up!
It’s never too early to discover a green thumb for planting! Explore our greenhouse, learn how plants grow and plant a seed for your spring garden.
Tuesday, March 27…………….Trail Trekking
Hike our forest trail to discover what belongs in the forest and what does not. Use your observation skills to complete the trek!
Tuesday, April 3…………… Insect Safari
Students will use investigation tools to go on a “safari” for insects in our outdoor spaces! And will create an insect to take home.
Tuesday, April 10…………… I Spy…A Mystery!
Follow clues to figure out where to find nature’s hidden treasure! Use a journal that you will create to “record” clues and treasures that you find.
Tuesday, April 17………….. Will You Speak for the Trees?
Find out the importance of trees by reading “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss and discover the different kinds of trees around the Center.
Tuesday April 24………….Garden Party
You are invited to a party in our garden! Join us for tea and treats made out of plants from our gardens and meet our special secret guest!
Tuesday, May 1………..Nature Bingo
Can you match the items in nature to our special bingo cards? Use your senses to win a prize!
Time:  3:45-5:00pm
Ages:  Pre-K through 2nd grade
Cost:  $8 per student/ program (includes all materials)
Payment must be received in advance of the registered class. Pre-registration is required for each program!  Space is limited!
To register for a class, contact: Kathleen Evans at 314-725-8314 X 105 or kevans@thegreencenter.org

Display of History of the Abolition of Slavery
To note the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and its lasting impact, the U.S. Courts and The Judicial   Learning Center will be hosting a national touring exhibition.  The  Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Free at Last: A History of  the Abolition of Slavery in America will be displayed on the 3rd Floor of   the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse. The engagement will run 4 weeks, from March 23 – April 20, 2012.
Important documents, speeches, letters, and photographs will draw visitors into an interaction with   history, inviting them to trace the debate over slavery in the United   States from the framing of the Constitution until its abolition during the Civil War.  One thematic section, titled “Slavery, the Courts and the Law,” gives attention to the Dred Scott decision and its effects.  The Eighth Circuit Library will display a panel exhibit highlighting the legacy of the Dred Scott decision on the 28th Floor, to run concurrently.
The exhibit will be free and open to the public. Group visits will also be available and encouraged, and educational materials will be shared with interested teachers.  One or more public programs will be offered – details to be announced in the near future.
For more information about the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, visit www.gilderlehrman.org
Please let me know if you have questions or comments.
Rachel E. Marshall, Public Education and Community Outreach Administrator
(314) 244-2410 Rachel_Marshall@ca8.uscourts.gov

TRIVIA NIGHT
DaySpring School of the Arts invites you to……Arts & Smarts Trivia Night & Silent Auction
Friday, April 27, 2012
JCCA Community Center Ballroom
Doors Open @ 6:15 pm, Trivia begins @ 7:00pm
2 Millstone Campus Dr. at Schuetz, 63146
Tables of 8‐10 ~ $15 per person before April 13th, $20 after ~ 10 Rounds of Varied Questions ~ Cash prize for winning table ~ Silent Auction with great items ~ Prize for best decorated table ~ BYO Food and Drink (snacks & soda available) ~ Attendance prizes & other games ~ Mulligans can be purchased $5 for 5 per table
Presenting LIVE Jazz Band “Three Hits and a Miss”
Tickets can be purchased through the DaySpring office 314-291-8878 www.dayspringarts.org

BEGINNER VOICE CLASS
I have been directing Young Actors Workshop and Shakespeare here for the past 2 years and have gotten to know so many wonderful families and students! In response to many inquiries I am offering a Beginning Voice Class this semester.
We are just completing an 8 week winter session. The class is small and the size is limited in order to help students feel comfortable and to offer as much individual attention as possible. But, I do have several openings for new students to join us for the spring session beginning March 8.
What: Beginner Voice Class –  Spring Session
Who: ages 12+
When: Thursdays 12:45- 1:45pm  – March 8 – May 10   (8 week session)
Where: First Free Church, 1375 Carman Rd,  Manchester Mo
Spring Session 2 will continue to practice and build on principles and concepts learned in the first 8 weeks including proper breathing, voice placement, pitch recognition and ear training along with group and individual vocal work.. Students who are serious and wish to go on with this session will be advised to purchase the Royal Stanton Steps to Singing for Voice Classes book I have used in session 1 and the Lingua  Angelica CD for practice at home.  ( I have located both on ebay!) We will not be using them the first class but shortly after we begin.
Singing in front of others can be frightening and what we are doing in class will help take the nerves and intimidation out of it and make it fun and enjoyable!  We laugh and sing and have a great time together.  We build confidence and better posture, too!
These are beginning concepts and students need not have any vocal training or music education to participate in Beginning Voice Class.
For tuition information and to register please email me at heathersartin@yahoo.com

FAMILY FUN DAY
Children 12 years old and younger are invited to join us for a special afternoon of creating whimsical crafts at the Foundry Art Centre on Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 1-3pm. Parents are encouraged to join their children in the creative process. Cookies and lemonade will be served and at 2:00pm enjoy the performance of Stories Around The World Puppet Show by storyteller and puppeteer, Joy Nack!
Family Fun Day is open to the public and free of charge. This event has been underwritten, in part, by Ameren. The Foundry Art Centre is located at 520 North Main Center, at the north end of Riverside Drive in historic Saint Charles. For more information, please contact the Foundry at 636-255-0270 or at www.foundryartcentre.org

2012-2013 Scholarship at St Charles Community College
The St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees Scholarship Program and the SCC Foundation are now offering scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year, in which more than $250,000 in scholarships will be available!  Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 2, 2012.   Both scholarship programs are competitive.
The Board of Trustees Scholarship program is a tuition waiver for students at St. Charles Community College at the in-district tuition rate. Recipients who live out-of-district will need to pay the difference between the in-district and out-of-district rate per credit hour total.  To qualify a student must meet one of the following:
3.0 cumulative GPA on their most recent transcript
A score of 2700 on the GED Exam
A score 23 or higher on the ACT
The scholarship is automatically renewed for up to three additional semesters (excluding summer terms) if a 2.50 cumulative GPA is achieved and at least 6 credit hours are completed.  Students complete just one application for consideration for one of the Board of Trustees scholarship types:
Academic
Need-Based (Complete FAFSA application required)
Fine Arts (Fine Arts applicants are required to submit additional documentation or complete additional requirements.  For information and points of contact, visit http://www.stchas.edu/scholarships and select the appropriate scholarship)
Dan Barklage Honorary Scholarship
Recently, the Board of Trustees established a scholarship for military families.   To qualify for the Honoring Military Families scholarship, the student must be a legally dependent son, daughter or spouse of a current military service member or of an honorably discharged veteran.  They must also meet the Trustee scholarship qualifications listed above (GPA, GED, ACT).  We are excited to offer a scholarship to recognize and support the educational aspirations of the military family members who have shared in the sacrifices of service to this country.  If you know of any students who may qualify, we highly encourage them to apply!
The SCC Foundation also offers several scholarship opportunities for students.  There are more than 50 named scholarships whose awards vary on academic achievement, financial need and career choice.  There is something for everyone!  Completing the application and submitting the required documents will apply the student for all Foundation scholarships in which they are deemed eligible.
The deadline to apply for all scholarships is April 2, 2012.  More information and application packets can be accessed online at www.stchas.edu/scholarships   Please note the scholarship programs have separate applications and requirements.
As the new Scholarship Coordinator, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Tomi Schwandt
Financial Assistance Counselor, Scholarship Coordinator
St. Charles Community College
636-922-8268
tschwandt@stchas.edu

Cahokia Mounds Lecture Series 2012
Cahokia Mounds Museum Society | 30 Ramey Street | Collinsville | IL | 62234
Jonathan Reyman, Ph.D. will be the guest lecturer on March 11 at 2 pm. He is currently Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and Editor of the annual newsletter, Teocentli. His lecture, “Pioneering Archaeology at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico: George H. Pepper, Richard Wetherill, and the Hyde Exploring Expedition (1896-1901)” provides an overview of the Hyde Exploring Expedition’s work at Chaco Canyon.  The lecture will be held in the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center. This is a free lecture, the third and final installment of our “Winter Lecture Series”, hope you can make it!

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