Homeschool Events List for June 4, 2012

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

The next session of 6-week robotics courses at Smart Kids Robotics begins the week of June 4 — registration is open now at
Smart Kids Robotics is a fun, innovative learning opportunity for kids of all ages.  Smart Kids Robotics uses robotics in a unique high-tech, hands-on learning facility to excite kids about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Our goal is to encourage adaptive expertise by inspiring kids to confidently pursue their ideas, collaborate and realize their accomplishments (and have lots of fun with robotics!)
Register for a fun, challenging robotics course and save $25 today!
Course schedule:
Smart Kids Robotics is currently located in Ballwin, MO

We will hold our monthly Homeschool Tuesday from 10-noon on June 5th. The activity will be Native American Ceramics and if there is time and the weather is good we’ll play a game of Indian Football as well as see our Indian exhibit in the Stone Cottage. You can register for the event at or by emailing or calling to say you plan to come.
Some of you made some clay figures at the April Colonial History Day for Homeschoolers. These have yet to be fired because, as our instructor, Professor Liz Manns, explained, the thicker pieces still felt cool to the touch this weekend which means that they are not dry enough to survive the firing. Please be patient with us so that your students’ work will be made permanent. We’ll let you know when these and the pieces you all make next week are ready to be picked up.
We will not hold a Homeschool Tuesday in July because of the Independence Day holiday.
We are holding our Volunteer Teen Interpreters Day Camp the week of June 11th – Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4PM for 12-16 year olds. Following the camp, which is free, the participants will be asked to contribute a minimum of 30 community service hours back to the Bolduc House Museum. You can register your teen on the website as well.
Looking forward to fun times here with you!
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum
125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Whitaker Music Festival
Wednesdays, May 30-July 25, 2012
Music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Last entry at 9 p.m.
Free admission after 5 p.m.
The Children’s Garden remains open with free admission from 5 to 7 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110

Lakeside Concert Series
Kicks off with Keltic Reign June 8
Maryland Heights’ free summer concert series begins with a show by Keltic Reign on June 8. The band’s musical influences are drawn from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ireland and Scotland for a blend that it describes as “Keltic with a kick.”
The concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Tremayne Shelter at Sailboat Cove in Creve Coeur Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating and refreshments for a great show for the entire family.
Concertgoers are reminded that westbound Dorsett Road remains closed due to sidewalk construction, so motorists will need to take the McKelvey detour to access the park.

Impressions of the Civil War in Missouri
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site Welcomes Artist Dan Woodward and “Impressions of the Civil War in   Missouri”
“Impressions of the Civil War in Missouri,” an art exhibition by local artist Dan Woodward, opened at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site on May 25, 2012, as part of the site’s on-going series of programs commemorating the sesquicentennial of America’s Civil War.
The public is invited to a special reception program with the artist on June 9, 2012. Woodward will give a short talk on his Civil War art at 1p.m., then will answer questions at a reception following.
As a Missouri native based in Rolla, Woodward’s interest in recording the “quickly vanishing world of natural wilderness   and historical identity” served as a motivation in creating this exhibit, which uses impressionist images to represent events that occurred in Missouri during the Civil War.
This traveling exhibit of 32 paintings and sketches runs through July 20, 2012.  It will be on display at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site visitor center.  The exhibit will be open during regular park hours of operation, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
This artist reception and exhibit is one of an ongoing series of special activities at this unit of the National Park Service, also known as White Haven.  Ulysses S. Grant NHS is located at 7400 Grant Road in south St. Louis County.
Arlene Jackson, Chief of Interpretation
Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site
(314) 842-1867 Ext 223

We are moving “Down Under” for a year and are having a HUGE BLOW-OUT SALE with truly Rock Bottom Prices. Pennies on the Dollar! On St. Louis Homeschool Resources Merchandise!
Homeschool materials from such publishers and distributors as BJU, The Learnables, Saxon, Handwriting Without Tears, History Odyssey, Spectrum, Horizons, The Critical Thinking Company, MCP, Peace Hill Press, Creative Teaching Press, Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, G.U.M.
And SO MUCH Miscellaneous!
June 13-16
Wed, Thurs 10 – 7
Friday and Saturday, 10 – 2
Also for sale:
Nice and/or New Household goods, clothing, kitchen supplies, shelving, couch, tables, also, SO MUCH Miscellaneous!
Please share this on all of your homeschool groups.
These are honest-to-goodness bargains!
2636 Irondale Drive, St. Louis MO 63129
Please call Karen Loethen with questions: 314-487-1291

Patriette Lights Need Players
Tryouts, June 15th, 2:30 pm
The Patriette Lights girls volleyball program has openings for 34 players but only 21 girls have indicated that they are trying out. We need more players!
We are happy to have girls who have never played on a team before who are beginning beginners because they receive lots of training from their coaches on how to play the game. We have 3 teams so we have a place for all levels.
CLUB PLAYERS – Club players (those who play competitively in the off-season) are moved up a level in our program. In other words, if they are Junior High age then they will most likely play JV (unless they request to stay with their age group). JV age club players will be bumped up to Varsity.
SERVING –  Rumor has it that you will never make our teams unless you can already serve overhand. That is not true. Most of junior high players will likely not serve overhand. There is even a girl on Varsity who has opted not to. However, we will teach the girls to serve overhand and be comfortable with it over time.
UNAVAILABLE ON JUNE 15th? – No problem. Just let me know and we’ll work out a different tryout date.
SHORTS – We do not wear spandex. Our girls will wear regular shorts.
The St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights Varsity, JV, and Junior High Volleyball Tryouts
Friday,  June 15th,  2:30 -4:30 pm
Conveniently located at C4, 12691 Conway Road, Near the intersection of 270 and 40
Our #1 Priority – To Honor Our God in our Sports Activities
Volleyball Certified Adult Coaches
Positive Learning Environment
Focus on the Education of the Game
Volleyball Terminology, Skills, and Strategies taught
Fun Contests and Games Used for Learning
$40 per Month plus Uniform Cost
(3 months for JH, 5 months for JV and Varsity)
Fundraising Opportunities to Reduce Fees
One Spend the Night Tournament for Varsity Only
One mandatory yearly team Bible study
JV and Junior High average only 2 events per week
Join us for a fun-filled season!
To Hold Your Spot at Tryouts,  Please fill out and mail the Tryouts Application to:
Patty Yager 2 Clydesdale Ct.,  St. Charles,  MO 63304
Cell (314) 566-3667  
Patty Yager, Athletic Director and Varsity Coach St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

Sifting through Ashes: A History of Fire Investigation
Tue, June 19; 7 p.m. – 8:30 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.
Featured Speaker: Ronald Gronemeyer, Senior Investigator of Fire Origin and Cause, MK & Associates, LLC; retired Chief Investigator and Fire Captain, Fire Investigation Unit, City of St. Louis Fire Department
Presented in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum exhibition, FIRE! Friend and Foe on display at the Museum, May 19, 2012 through Sept. 3, 2012.
is a SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP PRESENTATION of the Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum.

Summer at DaySpring
2608 Metro, St. Louis, Missouri 63043
Encourage & develop your child’s special gifts
Get quality & wholesome education in the arts
Age appropriate & challenging teaching with professionals in a nurturing setting
Artistic & technical training while having fun learning and performing
This Summer…
Shakespeare Family Festival
Performing Arts
Circus & Film
Academy Enrichment
Registration forms are available on our website.  Please call us if you have any questions at all.
Sibling and multiple camp discounts: 10%
Registration Fee: $10 per child, $20 per family

Student Travel School (STS) Foundation is looking for host families for our High School Foreign Exchange Students for the 2012-2013 school year.  All family types are welcome to apply including:  Single individuals, empty nesters, older couples, young couples with or without children, and single parents. Host Families provide separate bed, family meals and a safe and nurturing environment.  Student brings their own spending money and health insurance.  If you are interested in opening your home and heart, or you know of a great family that might be interested, please call STS Area Rep, Julie Orr at 314-298-1228.
Thank you and God Bless.
Julie Orr, Area Rep
STS Foundation

St. Louis Gateway Synchro is the only synchronized swim team in the St. Louis metro area and one of only two teams in the state.  We are a small team consisting of girls age 6-18 who swim at various levels (beginning through advanced).  We regularly send swimmers to the Age Group Synchronized Swimming National Championships.  This past weekend our team traveled to Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin to compete in our Regional Championship and our 16-17 age group team qualified to go to the National Championships in Ohio at the end of June.  We also compete against the Kansas City Sea Sprites every year at the Show-Me State Games in Columbia, Missouri.
Synchronized Swimming requires tremendous athleticism as well as dedication and responsibility.  Our team is a welcoming group.  We have girls on our team who live all over the great St. Louis area and who attend both public and private schools and some who have been homeschooled.  Our current youngest member is 7 and the oldest is 17.  My daughter has been involved with St. Louis Gateway Synchro since she was 6 and has developed close friendships as a result of her involvement with the team.  Please contact me at the email and phone number below if you would be interested in learning more about St. Louis Gateway Synchro.
Heidi Klosterman
Synchronized swimming links:

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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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