Homeschool Events List for April 12, 2012

The updates are happening a little more quickly (just a few hick-ups) and I still hope to be finished soon. 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 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Dorothy and her friends actually came to the Tuesday show AND they promise to return Saturday!!
So come on up and be a part of the party
Saturday, April 14th, 10:30am….last chance to see WIZARD OF OZ at our own 90 years and still shining Hi-Pointe Theatre.
1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis MO 63117
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the box office during regular theatre hours.

Waterloo Sheep Festival
Saturday, April 14, from 8 am to about 3 pm
There will be lots of activities to watch, like sheep shearing and sheep dogs working sheep, as well as the ever-popular sheep pellet bingo and sheep olympics 🙂 There should be lots of locally grown fiber available for purchase, and other things for the fiber enthusiast from equipment to dyes. There is also a very reasonably priced lamb lunch available for the meat eaters among you. The festival takes place at the Waterloo Fairgrounds. If you need directions, I think the website should have them –

Dear Homeschool Families,
We’re excited about our upcoming Homeschool Day on Monday, April 16!
Our theme this month is “Movement in Black and White.” We’ll explore civil rights history, dance, and even the colors themselves.
If you’re planning on coming, please click here to register today! Advance registrations help us to plan ahead and make sure there are enough activity supplies for everyone.
We’re looking forward to seeing you on Monday, April 16!
Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP.

Free event!!!  Spectators welcome!!!
We at FIRST, would like to invite you to celebrate with us at the annual FIRST Championship, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 25 – 28, 2012. More than 12,000 team members will participate in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Championship (400 teams); FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) World Championship (128 teams); FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) World Festival (78 teams); and the Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) World Festival Expo (40 teams). As always, our teams are invigorated, energized, and inspired to meet the challenges of this year’s games.
FRC teams will take to the field to compete in Rebound Rumble℠, where fast robots score basketballs in hoops and balance on bridges in the grand finale of the match. In the FTC BOWLED OVER!℠ game, robots must be robust enough to push a bowling ball uphill, yet sophisticated enough to pick up racquetballs and place them into crates, and stack the crates to score points. In the FOOD FACTOR® Challenge, FLL teams build, test, and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of food safety missions and improve the quality of food by finding ways to prevent food contamination. Our youngest scientists explore where food comes from and what it takes to keep our food safe, fresh, and healthy in the Jr.FLL SNACK ATTACK℠ Challenge.
Spectator schedule, St. Louis visitors’ info, FIRST on social media , Mobile resources coming soon… watch for details on the Web, Twitter, Facebook, and blogs
Championship Highlights
>FLL Friendship Day, hosted by the Saint Louis Science Center…teams from 30+ countries to be greeted by St. Louis FLL teams
>Scholarship Row featuring 40+ schools and organizations
>FIRST Sponsor & Alliance exhibits
>Supplier Showcase exhibits by 15+ FRC Kit of Parts Suppliers
>Hall of Fame display of FRC Chairman’s Award teams
>Dozens of workshops at the  FIRST Robotics Conference
>Commemorative merchandise
Please join us as we listen to what they have to say — and discover what all the noise is about.
Can’t Attend? View NASA Webcast via link from FIRST homepage

We are pleased to announce the third annual IMACS Math Challenge, the area’s first math contest sponsored by IMACS (Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science), in conjunction with the Math Olympiad. This is a great opportunity for students interested in math to get contest experience in a local venue. We urge students to sign up and experience the excitement and pride of showcasing their mathematics gifts and interest. The problems will be clever, engaging, challenging, and the atmosphere exciting.
Each child will receive a participation certificate, and the winners of each grade category will receive awards. If 5 or more students from a school register, we will acknowledge your school and send you a separate school certificate, suitable for framing and display.
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: Mt. Zion Church, 1485 Craig Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63146
Time: 12:30-1:00 registration
1:00 – 3:00 math contest
3:00 – 3:30 awards ceremony
Grades:  4th – 6th
Fee: In advance: $20 per person, includes snacks and drinks
At the door: $25 per person (if space is available)
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 25
Note: No calculators will be needed or allowed.
Contact Laura for the registration form to be filled out and returned with payment by Wednesday, April 25. Late registration, at the door on the contest date, will be available but may be limited due to space restrictions.  We highly recommend advance registration.
While this isn’t necessarily a test that students can “study” for, being familiar with math contest questions definitely helps. A sample test and confirmations will be mailed out as soon as applications are received. The earlier the applications are received, the more time students can have to practice and become familiarized with the setup.
For questions or additional information, please contact Laura Berry at (636) 519-0164 or

2nd grade and up
June 5, 10-12, $30
Claymation Movie
June 12, 19 and 26, 10:30-12, $75
(Maximum of 6)
Oil Painting
June 6, 13, 20 and 27; 9-11, $100
Metal Art
June 6, 11-12:30, $20
Mask Making
June 13 and 20, 11-12:30, $35
Contact Joy Lapicki at for information on registering for a class!

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.

The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

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