Homeschool Events List for May 30, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

Interested in music lessons? The Community Music School offers one-on-one instruction on most instruments and voice, at three St. Louis locations. People of all ages and ability levels can be matched with one of the 80 master music teachers during New Student Registration.
Already enrolled at the CMS? Please feel free to forward this email to someone who might be interested!
Current students: don’t forget to re-enroll for summer and fall 2012. Click here to re-enroll:  New student walk-in registration is for NEW students only.
New Student Walk-in registration for the summer session (June 13-July 25) is available at these locations:
Webster Groves*: Saturday, June 2, 10 am-2 pm (535 Garden Avenue, next to the Loretto Hilton Center); Tuesday, June 5 at 10 am-1 pm and 4-7 pm (200 Hazel Ave., street entrance); Thursday, June 7 at 10 am-1 pm and 4-7 pm (200 Hazel Ave., street entrance).
Chesterfield (Faust Park off Olive Blvd.)*: Monday, June 4, 10 am-1 pm and 4-7 pm; Thursday, June 7, 10 am-1 pm and 4-7 pm.
University City (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Washington at Kingsland)*: Wednesday, June 6, 4-7 pm.
Persons can sign up for lessons after these dates by calling 314-968-5939. While student attendance at registration is optional, students are welcome to attend with a parent and see the facilities – they will not need to bring an instrument or music (no audition required). The six-week summer session is a great time to begin music lessons, whether you’re a beginner, a school music student wanting to stay in playing shape, or an adult returning to music. Camps and classes are offered also—check for details.
*Addresses for registration locations:
Webster Groves: 535 Garden Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119 (Saturday, June 2 registration only)
Webster Groves: 200 Hazel Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119 (Tuesday, June 5 & Thursday, June 7 registration)
Chesterfield (at Faust Park): Leon R. Strauss Center, 14941 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
University City: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 6800 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130
Founded in 1925, CMS offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities and serves the entire St. Louis metropolitan region and beyond. Classes are available at CMS headquarters located on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves, at Faust Park in West County, and in University City. For more information, call 314-968-5939.
>>The Community Music School of Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis and the Regional Arts Commission. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Firefly Festival
June 5, 2012
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Join us for this celebration of Earth’s living lanterns; the fireflies. Learn about their fascinating lights, and in the spirit of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Lantern Festival, take part in Chinese firefly crafts. Then, as night falls outside, we will light up the field outside the Butterfly House with a flashlight show in celebration of their twinkling lights. For families with children ages 6 and up with an adult. For a complete list of youth and family classes at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s family of attractions, visit
Cost is $6 person; $4 for Garden members.

Summer Session 2012 English Country Dancing
to benefit the SCCHE Widows Fund
All are welcome!  Partners not required!
All dances will be taught as we do them.  No prior experience necessary!
The English Country Dance quadrille is a precursor to American square dancing, but English Country Dance uses many other forms as well:  circles, longways sets, etc.
It’s the genteel dancing you’ll see in the many Jane Austen or Charles Dickens films, set in the early 1800’s.
We will be using volunteer callers for these dances.
All proceeds will go directly to the “SCCHE Widows Fund”.
Three stand-alone events.  Come to any one or all three, as your schedule permits.
Friday, June 8, 7-9 PM
Friday, July 13, 7-9 PM
Friday, August 10, 7-9 PM
Cost:  Suggested Donation:  $5/person per evening
The facility will be the gym of:
Trinity Lutheran School, 4689 North Highway 94, Saint Charles, MO  63301
Directions:  From I-70 or I-270 take 370 to Hwy 94.  Go north/east on Hwy 94 about 4 miles (about 5 minutes) to Trinity Lutheran School.  It will be on the left, shortly after a curve to the left and then back to the right again.  Look for a red brick school building with flagpoles out front.
Rules for the building include basic courtesy and common sense.  We will have the gym, rest rooms, and entry foyer.  Non-marking/court shoes are required.  We recommend you bring a water bottle for each person in your family.  All children must be attended by a responsible person at all times.  If they don’t wish to participate, they will be able to play quietly on the floor in the entry or along the edges of the gym while we dance, but they must stay off the dance floor and they must have someone with them to keep them out of harm’s way or from getting into mischief.
Advance registration helps us plan, but is not required.  Walk-ins welcome.
To register, please sign the liability waiver on the back, and return with a check made payable to
“SCCHE” with “Widows Fund” on the memo line.  Mail to:
Steve & Carol Stearns, 509 Rolling Hills Drive, Saint Charles, MO  63304
636-928-4413 (home)
314-402-6529 (cell)
Trinity Lutheran School Multi Purpose Building Usage Policy
1. Smoking or other forms of tobacco use are NOT permitted inside any of the buildings in the school complex.
2. Only clean gym/court shoes (no street shoes) are permitted on the gym floor during recreational activities.
3. Only authorized personnel are allowed in the equipment room.
4. When the kitchen is used, it will be left in a clean and sanitary condition suitable for the next use.  All tables and counter tops shall be wiped down with a damp rag and mild detergent.  All utensils, dishes, and other items shall be washed clean in soapy water and stored in their proper locations.
5. Speech and conduct must be appropriate for each activity and reflect Christian standards.
6. Animals are prohibited from the building unless specifically trained for assisting a disabled individual.
7. Individuals using the building and equipment are responsible for losses or damages.  It is the responsibility of each family to insure that all facilities are returned to the condition they were in prior to the activity.
8. At least one adult must be present at all times for every five minors.  Children will not be allowed to enter the building until adult supervision arrives.
9. Trinity Lutheran Church and School is not responsible for accident or injury.  All users are expected to use equipment properly and safely.  Examples of prohibited activities are hanging from basketball rims or nets, kicking or throwing balls, climbing on stacked mats, risers, chairs or tables, or using equipment in a manner inconsistent with its intended use or in a way that would be deemed unsafe.
10. The group is responsible for leaving the used rooms neat.  Specifically, all trash will be collected and deposited in the proper waste receptacles throughout the building.  If a custodian must be hired to clean up after the group, an extra fee will be charged.  If the premises are damaged, an extra fee will be charged and the security deposit forfeited.
11. Horseplay or loitering is not allowed.  Adults are responsible for the conduct of the minors under their supervision.  No one is permitted in any room other than the one they are scheduled for.
12. The Multi Purpose Building may remain closed during inclement or severe weather.  Closing the facility due to weather will be announced by way of e-mail and/or phone call to all families registered.  Every effort will be made to reschedule the activity at a later date.
Advance registration helps us plan.  To register, fill out form, clip, and send with payment___(checks made payable to “SCCHE” with “Widows Fund” on the memo line) to Stearns’ address above_
I acknowledge my responsibility and that of my family in using the facilities of Trinity Lutheran Church.  I agree to abide by the regulations as specified above.  I agree to exercise the utmost care in the use thereof; to leave the building and equipment in clean and orderly condition; and to provide adequate care and supervision of children who attend.  I agree that no controlled substances and tobacco products will be used in the facility.  I further agree that Trinity Lutheran Church is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur.
Signature: __________________________________________  Date: _________
(Printed Name)  ________________________________________
Phone:  _______________________________________________
E-mail: _______________________________________________
# Attending  Jun  8 ________
# Attending   Jul 13  _______
# Attending   Aug 10 _______

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Calling all high schoolers interested in competitive speech and debate!
We are happy to announce the formation of a brand new speech and debate club for the 2012-13 school year.  As if there weren’t enough wonderful things going on at The Pillar…now, there will be another!  On Tuesdays, September through May, students will gather for a brown bag dinner, followed by workshops that hone their speaking and debating skills.  No experience is necessary, just a great attitude and a teachable spirit.  You decide if you would like to participate in just debate, just speech, or throw caution to the wind and dive into both.  We really hope you’ll join us!
In the debate portion of club, we will focus solely on team policy debate, and prepare students to be effective in their debate of the 2012-13 resolution:  “The United States federal government should substantially reform its foreign military presence and/or foreign military commitments.”  That’s right!  Next year we will learn lots about military strategy and geopolitics…prepare to get off-the-charts smart!  Our guest speakers and coaches will be there to pave the way so we can learn together.
In the speech portion of club, students will be encouraged to achieve excellence in their choice(s) of speech events.  There are 13 speech events next year, so there is surely something for everyone!  The main genres are platform, limited preparation, and interpretive…lots of room for creativity!  Prepare to have off-the-charts fun!  Our coaches and skill building activities will lay a lasting foundation for public speaking so that everyone sees personal growth.
Since this activity is new to so many in our area, an informative meeting will be held at The Pillar on Saturday, June 16, from 2:30-4:30.  Parents and students can come learn about this worthy extra-curricular activity, meet the coaches, ask questions, and enjoy refreshments.  A syllabus for the club meetings will be available, and you can even sign up for the club at that time if you like.  We hope you can make it!  Please RSVP to Jean Kovatovich by email if you plan to attend.
In the meantime, you may want to check out Stoa, the national homeschool speech and debate league.  Also, we would highly recommend that debaters-to-be consider attending the local Ethos debate camp this August.  It’s not required, but the content and the coaches are second to none, and the week-long day camp is the perfect way to kick off the competitive season.
Questions?  Need more details?  Please contact Jean Kovatovich at
And remember to RSVP for the meeting at The Pillar on June 16!

PollaPalooza at the Butterfly House
June 17, 2012
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
Did you know that every third bite of food is made possible by a pollinator? Come to the Butterfly House to learn all about how these small creatures impact our daily lives. See if you can pollinate your own flower, dance like a bee, or learn how to create your own pollination station in your own backyard. Bring the family and join us for a buzzing good time.
Admission: children (ages 3–12), in addition to Garden admission

Father’s Day Car Show
The Museum of Transportation, a unit of the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation, is pleased to once again host the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri’s annual Cars with Class: The Father’s Day Car Show, held this year on Sunday, June 17, from 11 am to 3 pm. This annual judged show has in previous years showcased over 80 automobiles over a variety of years and classes, from early brass and nickel-era vintage cars through more modern classics.
The show will be staged on the Museum’s south parking lot, and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the show as well as the new William R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Education and Visitor Center, opened by the Museum this spring. The Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri is one of the region’s preeminent collector car clubs and hosts the annual Easter Show at the MUNY in Forest Park. For more information regarding the Father’s Day show or the Museum in general, visit

Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Pre-registration must be postmarked by June 13!
The conference brochure is now online at  [If you want to print the entire brochure, it would be helpful to only print 3 pages or so at a time if you have Adobe Reader X (latest version) because some text can turn to gibberish if you try to print too many pages at one time.]
Contending for the Hearts and Souls of Our Families: God-Centered Families and God-Centered Education
Christian Home Educators Fellowship’s mission is to encourage, nurture, and equip families to train up godly generations for God’s throne room through life-transforming scriptural training and materials. Therefore, we are committed to providing our families with the best nationally known speakers and the finest educational materials available, thus fulfilling our foremost commitment to glorify God by continuing to establish Christ as our foundation—the Creator of covenantal families. Our hope is that our succeeding generation will become the next standard bearers in the battle for God’s glory!

Sixth Annual Freedom Celebration
to be held on
Friday, June 29th, 6:30 P.M.
~ Join us for food, fun, and fellowship!
~ Enjoy gospel and patriotic music with the Highland Heirs
~ Please bring lawn chairs, a finger food, and a dessert!
~ Please sign up early–we anticipate a great response.
Happy Independence Day!
Let Freedom Ring!
Happy Independence Day!
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

Are your children confident in their ability to share the claims of Christ? Are they able to articulate what they believe about Christianity and why they believe it?
Our friends at Faith Ascent have a wonderful denominationally neutral summer camp for high school age Christian teens. Faith Ascent Base Camp is four days and three nights of fun, fellowship, and equipping teens with the tools they’ll need to “gently and respectfully defend and articulate the reasons for the hope they have in Jesus.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Students stay in chaperoned dorms at Missouri Baptist University, attend lectures with published authors and trained instructors, enjoy the gym, lounge in the coffee house, and experience a taste of college life. College Credits are available!!!
Learn more –
Watch promotional video –
Contact their director – Jeremy Smith – Office: 314-587-3696 Email:

2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376       636-447-6900
Worldview Seminar
Tuesday, July 17
The Family Vision is pleased to welcome Israel Wayne for a one-day seminar on Christian worldview and apologetics. This teaching is geared toward young adults. Stay tuned for more details!

Masterworks Children’s Choruses
Are hosting a Summer Youth Choral Experience the week of July 23-27, 2012 in Belleville.  This will be an excellent opportunity for students interested in singing and music to gain new skills and performance experience outside of our regular concert season.
All students who will be in grades 2-12 next school year are welcome.  No audition is necessary.
Masterworks is committed to the development of healthy vocal training and traditional choral singing techniques.  Our program is unmatched by any in the area.  This summer’s program in particular will be fun and engaging, with an emphasis on more contemporary music including some pop, jazz and Broadway tunes.
We hope you will pass this information along to anyone who may be interested.  More information about Masterworks can be found at

Kids’ Night on Broadway
I just wanted to be sure you all knew about our upcoming Kids’ Night on Broadway event.
It’s a Buy One Adult ticket / Get One FREE Kid’s ticket to see The Lion King on Tuesday, August 21 at 8 p.m.
We (the Foundation) arrange pre-show activities in the lobby beginning at 6:30 and also arrange with Grand Center restaurants to offer special KNOB discounts on the same date.
We were given a very limited number of tickets for this event (in the $55 and $65 price points) and they are going very fast!  If you share this information with your Homeschoolers, please mention “WHILE SUPPLIES LAST”
KNOB tickets can only be purchased in person at the Fox Box Office M-Fri  10 – 6, Sa 10 – 2

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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