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, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.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 and schedule a convenient time.
For more info on speech and debate in general check out
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

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
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

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

“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

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
Please let me know if you have questions or comments.
Rachel E. Marshall, Public Education and Community Outreach Administrator
(314) 244-2410

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

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

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

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:
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 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   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.
Tomi Schwandt
Financial Assistance Counselor, Scholarship Coordinator
St. Charles Community College

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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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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