Homeschool Events List for August 5, 2012

More  information about area events can be found at  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the coming changes.

St. Louis Patriots Boys Basketball Camp
We are pleased to announce the St. Louis Patriots Boys Basketball Camp for boys who will be entering grades 5-12 in the fall.
This camp will be held at the Missouri Baptist University Petty Sports and Recreation Complex/Lacey Gym.  Missouri Baptist University is located off of the north outer road of Hwy 40/64 between Mason and Hwy 270.   One College Park Dr., Saint Louis, MO 63141-8698.
The camp dates will be evenings:
Tuesday, August 21
Thursday, August 23
Grades 5-8  7-8:30PM;   Grades 9-12  8:30-10PM
The camp will be led by our Patriot coaches.
This camp is for boys entering grades 5-12.  We will be teaching basic and advanced individual and team basketball skills and strategies as well as having some scrimmage time.
Please preregister via e-mail ( with name, age, and fall grade of each boy participating along with parents’ names, home and cell phone numbers, and e-mail.  Please bring a basketball marked with your name, a water bottle, and a white and a dark shirt.  Cost is $5 each night to participate, payable when you arrive.
Future camps and tryout dates for homeschool boys entering grades 7 to 12 will be announced via e-mail and posted on the website as details become available.
We look forward to hearing from you!  Bring your friends!
The St. Louis Patriots Boys Basketball Staff

Summer Formal Dance
Thursday, August 23, 2012; 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Genesis Banquet Center, 2651 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63125
WHO? Homeschool High Schoolers (You may bring a guest.)
WHEN? Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:00-11:00 p.m.
WHERE? Genesis Banquet Center, 2651 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis, 63125
WHAT? This is a formal dance. Guys wear dress pants, shirt, and tie. Ladies wear long or short dresses not too low cut front or back.
Our usual rules of dress and conduct apply. Treat the building, and every person with respect.
HOW MUCH? $20, meal included. MUST RECEIVE CHECK BY AUGUST 14.
HOW TO REGISTER? Mail check, names of attendants, grade level, email and phone number to:
Heidi Keifer
127 Cherry Hills Meadows Dr.
Wildwood, MO 63040
QUESTIONS? If you have questions, please contact Heidi Keifer at 636-273-9565,

Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122
A spaceship has landed at Powder Valley! Are there aliens among us? Visit the ship to learn what you can do to help prevent harmful exotic species from disrupting nature’s delicate balance. Kids can crawl into a scaled-up model of a bluebird box, while older children and adults look through transparent cutaways to see a pair of bluebirds feeding their young ones. You’ll learn all about the havoc caused by bush honeysuckle, zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, the emerald ash borer, Asian carp, feral hogs, and more.

The South City Family YMCA Storm swim team is getting ready for its upcoming season.  The primary objectives of this competitive team is to have fun and to gain swimming skills. Our team is for the seasoned swimmer as well as the novice, and can serve as an introduction to competitive swimming. Team members must be able to swim one length of the pool without flotation. Emphasis is on stroke technique and form. Program times vary by training squad. (Ages 4 – 19 yrs.) Each member learns through commitment and hard work they can reach personal goals as well as their maximum potential.  All swim team member must join the YMCA to participate in the STORM swim team.  Membership scholarships are available.
Sign up breakfast meeting:
Saturday, August 25, 9:30am at the South City Family YMCA, 3150 Sublette Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139.  This meeting will include team sign up, suit fitting, equipment ordering, upcoming meet information, and volunteer opportunities.
For more information contact Jamie Hamilton, head coach, (314) 644-3100 ext. 244. or go to  to download swim team informational brochure, swim team pricing, practice schedule, and team parent handbook.
The SCTY Storm swim team is coached by ASCA coach Jamie S. Hamilton.  Besides homeschooling for 22 years and being a NSCF Personal Trainer, Jamie competes with the St. Louis Area Masters swim team in competitions in Missouri and Illinois.  Recently, Jamie competed in both the Missouri Show Me Games and the U.S. Masters 2012 Summer Nationals Championship in Omaha, NE.  Coach Jamie believes that she should not ask any swimmer to do anything that she herself is not willing to do.  Her coaching style focuses on integrity, sportsmanship, and character.
Again, feel free to contact Jamie Hamilton, head coach, (314) 644-3100 ext. 244 or go to the STORM team website for more information.

Where? St. Andrew Catholic Church Cafeteria, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63123
(intersection of Military and Hoffmeister…park in the parking lot behind the church complex and look for a sign on the school building)
When?  Thursday, August 30, 2012
Time?    7:00 p.m.
Who? Conducted by SHARE leaders: Cathy Mullins, Kerrie Tate
Price? FREE! But registration is required, so we know how many to prepare for!
Topics to be covered include:
~ Missouri State Law ~ Teaching Approaches ~ Logging hours ~ Tips and inspirations ~ Choosing Curriculum ~ Question/Answer Time ~ Lesson Planning
Note: No Childcare provided tonight. You may bring your children, however, they must sit quietly at the table with you.
Got Questions? Need to Register?
Please e-mail Cathy Mullins at so that we know how many to prepare for. You may also sign up on the calendar at the SHARE website:
There will be handouts and refreshments!

Kirkwood Children’s Chorale Auditions for Fall 2012
Membership is open to all children from any school district who love to sing, 2nd through 8th grade.
Call (314) 803-2007 or email Sarah Hon at today to schedule an audition time.

Wanted:  Animal lovers to help teach about the wonders of the natural world at the Saint Louis Zoo. Interviews are taking place August through October 2012 for docent training sessions beginning Saturdays in January 2013.
Docents are volunteer educators dedicated to helping school children and Zoo visitors understand and enjoy wildlife, ecosystems and conservation. These specialized volunteers generate enthusiasm about the natural world by conducting classes at the Zoo and in the community, leading educational tours, and teaching about Zoo animals.
No experience necessary! The Zoo offers a one day per week basic training course that runs for 13 weeks, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The training includes information about the Zoo, its animals and conservation programs, and the basics of informal education. The program also provides mentoring with experienced docents, hands-on training and continuing education.
The Zoo provides this training free of charge; however, docents must be at least 18 years old, interview and be accepted into the training program. Docents are required to volunteer a minimum of 62 hours per year.
This is a very special volunteer opportunity! Our next basic training class starts January 12, 2013, and will be held Saturdays into April 2013. If you think this might be the volunteer job for you, call to schedule an interview right away. Interviews will take place August thru October.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Kim Schaefer at (314) 646-4723, or Hannah Petri at (314) 646-4548. Visit the Zoo’s website at

The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund, is sponsoring a nationwide artistic competition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Contest submissions will be accepted from students 13-18 years old in three categories — photography, poetry, and digital short films.  There are first and second place winners (academic scholarships) in each category.
Details are available at
Submissions will be accepted beginning September 1, 2012 on the African American Experience Fund website. The submission deadline for all entries is Monday, October 15, 2012.

Contact: Laura Hecht
Classes are held on Mondays at First Baptist Church of Ellisville, for two 12-week semesters. All homeschool families seeking instruction in a Christ-centered environment may apply.  This is a learning center administered by home school moms.
>>>Please do not call First Baptist Church of Ellisville for information.<<<
A full listing of classes and course descriptions is available upon request. Students may enroll in any number of classes, from one up to a full day.  For breaks between classes, students can choose to sign up for study hall – a supervised, quiet environment, or go to the break room for shorter breaks and to eat lunch or a snack.
Elementary Grades
Art, Music, Drama, Vocal Ensemble, Spanish, Geography, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Science, & Kindergarten Adventure
Middle & High School
Art, Drama, Vocal Ensemble, Spanish, Classical Geography, American Literature, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Saxon Math, Apologia Science (General Science, Physical Science, Biology, & Chemistry), Health, Composition, Logic, Rhetoric, Humanities, Newspaper Club
Some classes require students to begin course work on their own before classes begin. Preliminary assignments are sent by the teachers via email.  See course descriptions for further details.

Laura Hintze will be teaching Homeschool Violin Group Classes on Monday mornings at Bayless Baptist Church (8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123). Assuming there is enough interest for both, the entry level class will meet from 10:30 to 11:20 am followed by the intermediate class which will meet from 11:30 am to 12:20 pm.
As you can see we will be working with a very tight timeframe so please have your instruments and music ready to go at the appointed class time. Classes will begin September 3 and will meet every Monday until mid-May except during the month of December (with possible other breaks TBA).
The first class will consist of individual placement auditions. This is no stress and students should play something with which they are comfortable but adequately represents their skill level. We will be using the String Builder books by Samuel Applebaum and possibly the Suzuki books (we won’t be using the Suzuki method, but the songs in the books are good ones to learn from).
The class fee is $20 per student per month, with students providing their own instrument and books. The fee is due the first class of each month with a $5.00 late fee for lessons paid after the first lesson of the month without prior arrangement. Classes are open to students over the age of 6. Students will be expected to practice a minimum of 20-30 minutes each day, depending on age and skill level. Parents are welcome and encouraged to observe and take notes as well as play and learn alongside their child.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Laura Hintze at 801-368-7767 or
Laura has played the violin for over 25 years, trained classically and dabbled in fiddling and folk music. She has been a member of the Ricks College Symphony Orchestra, Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra, Brigham Young University Folk Ensemble, and Webster University Symphony Orchestra, among others. Laura has been teaching the violin for over twelve years. Laura is also an attorney and mother of two-and-a-half kids!

DaySpring School of the Arts Registration Open!
2608 Metro Blvd, Maryland Heights
Gateway House of Prayer in South County
Visit our website to view our 2012-2013 Class Schedule, now posted!
Classes start September 4th.
Be on the lookout for emails regarding Orientations & Fun Events.
PERFORMING ARTS    Musical Theatre, Drama, Circus Arts, Film, and Backstage
DANCE   Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap and a Ballet and Tap Program for the young child
MUSIC   Private Music Lessons in most instruments, group classes
ACADEMY   Core Program and Enrichment classes for Homeschoolers & Preschool
NEW THIS YEAR:   Drum Club, Music Technology, Full Day Preschool, Intro to Backstage (specifically for younger students) and more!
Descriptions, Class Times, Teachers Bios, Prices and Registration Forms at or call 314-291-8878

The Fall 2012 Homeschool P.E. schedule has arrived! This is the 26th year of Homeschool P.E. at the Salvation Army, founded and taught by everyone’s favorite coach and teacher, Cort Hubbard. The small program Cort started back in 1987 with only one class of 20 students has certainly grown! Many former homeschoolers say that Homeschool P.E. with Cort is one of their favorite memories – and are now bringing their own children!
Homeschool P.E. offers a (very inexpensive!) way for your child to learn valuable physical AND social skills that will last a lifetime. Whether your child is an athlete on a select sports team, or an artist that has never kicked a ball…Homeschool P.E. has something to offer. For families that would like to meet others in the homeschool community, P.E. is definitely a good place to begin! As we’ve learned from Park Day and other activities, children have an easier time making friends when they are “doing” something together in a consistent way. Countless families have formed lasting friendships through their time together at P.E. See the “10 Great Benefits for Families” section below (in bold) that used to be on a poster and flyer when the program first started!
Cort Hubbard and the Salvation Army are the sponsors of Homeschool P.E., but SHARE helps to spread the word! Since the Salvation Army building is near Homelink (St. Andrew) we try to coordinate with some of the class times and organize carpools. Attached to this email are Cort’s files with P.E. Registration Forms, schedule, pricing, and other details. You can also download the forms from the SHARE website. Go to and click on “SAL P.E. 2012.” FEEL FREE TO FORWARD THIS INFO TO ANY HOMESCHOOLERS YOU KNOW!

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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