Homeschool Events List for January 13, 2013

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Homeschool Band
Homeschool Band meets on MONDAYS at Bayless Baptist Church, 8512 Morganford, St. Louis, 63123.
The classes are endorsed by SHARE, but independent of our Homelink classes. Students must be SHARE members to participate in band (so that they are covered by our insurance plan).  However, there is no Homelink registration fee, as these classes do not meet at the Homelink location.  Many thanks to Bayless Baptist Church for their kindness in allowing us to use their rooms.
All levels of musical experience are welcome—beginning, intermediate and advanced.  Band instrumentation includes brass, woodwinds and percussion.  Mr. Heitmann, band director and teacher, is highly recommended by the homeschool community.
Classes are VERY reasonable at $20.00 per month.  Classes are 50 minutes long.
Recommended Grade: Varies–each student must be able to read the written word.  They do not have to read music, but must be able to physically hold their chosen instrument so it works properly.
Contact Steve Heitmann at 636-208-6914 or  for more information.
Teacher:  Steve Heitmann has a Music Education degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis along with lifetime certification in instrumental music for K-12. Steve has taught and performed music in all types of settings for many years. This is his 14th year of teaching band for homeschoolers. Steve is the orchestra leader of his church, where he also plays trumpet. Steve and his wife Cheryl are homeschool parents of 6 children, ages 11 to 25.
The band/guitar schedule for second semester will be as follows:
10:30-11:20 brand new beginning guitar class
11:30-12:20 Sept beginning guitar class
12:30-01:20 advanced guitar
01:30-02:20 Worship band
02:30-03:20 Sept beginning band class
>Beginning Guitar Class for first-timers       10:30 a.m.
The beginning homeschool guitar class is designed to help beginning students learn to play the guitar, read standard music notation and to pick simple melodies on the guitar.  We will also learn some very basic chords and strumming patterns.  We do prefer that each student have an acoustic guitar, but we will accept those students that already have an electric guitar.  You will have to carry your amp to class each week. Students must be physically large enough to hold the guitar and have basic reading and math skills.  This class will be limited to 12 students.  The cost is $20.00 per month.  It is recommended that students arrive around 10 minutes early so they can quietly tune their guitar in the hallway.  I will have books with me on the first day of class for purchase.
>September Beginning Guitar Class      11:30 a.m.
This will be a continuation of the first semester class.  The same suggestions apply to intermediate students as is written above for the beginners.  The cost is $20 per month also.
>Advanced Guitar  12:30 p.m.
Talk to Steve to see if your child could be at this level.
>Worship Band  1:30 p.m.
The worship group seemed to have started by accident, but the Lord has had this in Steve’s heart for some time. This will be starting very slowly. Horn players will be learning melody, horn parts and minor improve to selected worship songs.
>September Beginning Band Class    2:30 p.m.
This is a continuation of last semester.  The instruments in the homeschool beginning band include the electric bass, woodwinds, brass and percussion.  Students who have never played an instrument, cannot read music or desire to start a different instrument are welcome to join us.  Students must be physically large enough to hold the instrument that they choose to play and have basic reading and math skills.  We will be using the Standard of Excellence Book One.  The cost is $20.00 per month.   New students welcome!

This email is an addendum to our “Homelink Classes, 2nd semester” email. I accidentally added Reading Round-up to the schedule as a Fun School (Special Needs) class, but it is designed for all children, not just those with special needs. Please see the class description below:
Reading Round-up for Emerging and Struggling Readers -Thursdays, 9:00-9:45
This class is for any student who is either just beginning to read or needing a little help. We will be meeting in the classical library where students will learn to choose books that are appropriate for their current reading level. Students will learn to identify mistakes in reading as well as the skills needed for fluency and decoding. These are the skills necessary to advance to higher levels of reading. We will be reading individually and in small groups. Please bring a current book selection to the first class so that I can assess your child’s current reading skills.
Cost: $140 per semester for the first child. Each additional sibling is $130 per semester.
Teacher Info: Deanna Fisher has a degree in Disability Studies and is currently finishing a degree in Special Education from Fontbonne University. She currently home schools her 6 year old son and is a full-time caregiver for her adult stepson with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. Deanna worked for Special School District for two years and has decided to spend her teaching career helping homeschooled students with special needs.
If you have questions about this class or wish to sign up, please contact Deanna at 314-941-0922 or

Classical Conversations – Chesterfield 2013-14 Information
Classical Conversations – Chesterfield will meet on Tuesdays, beginning August 2013
West Hills Community Church, South Outer 40 Road (between Maryville Center and Mason)
Courses offered: Foundations, Essentials, Challenge A, Challenge B, Challenge 1, Challenge 2
Email Mickey Button to register and for more information.  Also, visit to learn about Classical Christian education.
Information meetings:
1/15/2013, 7:30 –  Panera Bread Company, 13275 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131
1/22/2013, 7:30 –  Panera Bread Company, 13275 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO 63131
please RSVP for information meetings
Open House
1/28/2013 9:00 – space is limited, register by email to reserve a spot
Several Classical Conversations communities have formed in St. Louis and outlying areas, for information about other communities see

SHARE monthly support group meeting – OPEN TO ALL
Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7 p.m.
It will be at our Homelink location, St. Andrew Catholic School cafeteria, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125. (If you have never been to this location, drive around to the back of the complex where there is a huge parking lot.  Look for a sign on Building #3.)  We are excited about this special meeting so we are opening it up to all homeschoolers in the area!  Our thinking is that there might be other families who are going through a similar situtation with their children, and it will help them so much to hear from others who have been there.  No sign-up or RSVP needed.  Just come in you want!
Our guest speakers will be Urban and Carrie Gaxiola.  The Urbans have been married for 26 years and blessed with 8 children, ranging in ages from 7 to 25 years old. They have homeschooled all of their children since birth and four of their children have completed their high school studies and graduated. The Gaxiolas were leaders of the St Clair County Christian Home Educators and held various positions from Reading Coordinators, New Homeschool Coordinators to leading the group for 7 years. They currently are focused on home educating their 4 youngest (7-16 years). God has been gracious to the Gaxiolas and homeschooling for them is not just a method of education but a way of life.
The topic for the meeting Thursday night is…“Homeschoolers Never Have Prodigals….Or Do They?”
Urban and Carrie send this preface to their talk:
Having been dedicated homeschoolers for 22 years, we have devoted our lives to educating our children and helping others along the way. Tonight will be no different as we share our hearts and our journey in raising our children.
We realize that we have a Sovereign God Who loves us and has a perfect plan for our lives and the lives of our children. Sometimes that journey takes unexpected turns, and even though we are homeschoolers, we are not immune to the attacks of the enemy, the self-will of a human being, and the pain that life can sometimes bring.
We will be coming to you to share the journey God has had us on for several years now as we have raised our children and things have not always gone as we had dreamed. Yes, sometimes homeschoolers have prodigals, and our family is no exception. But through it all, Jesus has been our anchor, our hope and our peace.
We have experienced the pain of a prodigal child and the joy of one coming back. What we have found is that we need a support system when the journey gets rough, and those dreams get delayed or even dashed. All too often we think we have the formula for our children turning out just right, and when it doesn’t, we feel lost, confused and, at times, very alone. Because we are homeschoolers, we tend to isolate ourselves for fear of shame and judgment when we have trouble with our children.
We are coming not to give you another formula, but we are coming to share the things God has taught us and continues to teach us about raising teens and young adults in a scary world. If you have children in this stage of life or you know someone that does, or perhaps you just want to listen to our story, then please come and hear our hearts! It’s a story of pain and loss, love and restoration, continued hope and a focus on Jesus as all in all!
Hope to see a great crowd that evening!  The Lending Libraries will be open.  They are a work in progress but filled with wonderful teaching resources.
Cathy and Kerrie

One Soldier’s Story
Presented by John Notgrass
John’s grandfather Wesley Notgrass (1915-2007) joined the United States Army in 1941 and served for four years, one month, and seven days in the United States and Europe during World War II. Based on his grandfather’s recollections and wearing his grandfather’s uniform, John steps into character to share Wesley’s life story in a first-person narrative, from growing up in the 1920s and 30s through his experiences during the war. The presentation is illustrated with photographs from Wesley’s collection.
Faith Baptist Church of Dardenne Prairie
2300 Bates Road, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366
When: Friday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken.
John Notgrass is a speaker, singer/songwriter, and historical actor based in St. Louis, MO. He offers challenging messages about faithful living, shares original music, and gives first-person history programs about real individuals. He is available to present for churches, family events, historical societies, homeschool groups, and schools. Call 636-336-2521 or email for information about hosting an event.

Eureka Classical Conversations
Enrollment for the 2013/14 school year will open on February 1. Our campus offers Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge A.
A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Heritage Presbyterian Church (400 Alt Road, Eureka). Melanie Carter will be present to offer information on Foundations and Essentials. Debbie Keane, our Challenge A Director, will meet with parents who have junior high aged students. Please let one of us know if you are planning on attending.
Melanie Carter
Foundations/Essentials Director
Debbie Keane
Challenge A Director
Other campuses are available around the Greater St. Louis Area. Check out to find your closest campus.

Here are three dates you may want to add to your homeschool and family calendar. The place online that has the MOST up to date news is the Bolduc House Museum Facebook PAGE. You may also be amused by our mascot’s page: Zuts The Bolduc House Museum Squirrel (it’s a page, NOT a person.)
>Tuesday, February 5th – Homeschool Tuesday from 10AM – Noon – for K-12th graders. The topic will be “Slave Stories” and will focus on slavery in Ste. Genevieve prior to the Louisiana Purchase. Cost: $4/participant with a maximum of $10/family.
>Sunday, February 10th – Children’s Ball from 2PM – 4PM – bring your parents! This was a traditional Sunday afternoon activity during which the French colonial children gathered and learned the court dances of Versailles so that they would be able to behave well in society. Cost: $4/child and regular adult admission for parents
>Saturday, April 13th – Colonial History Day for Homeschooling Families – this all day menu of activities will be fun and educational. It will be our fourth such event. Cost: $35/family.
The website will be updated soon with even more information about our educational and homeschool programs and day camps so watch it at
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Lt. Col. J. Felix St. James Camp #326 Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War is offering a $100 scholarship to a student from Ste. Genevieve County who is entering college in the fall. The Private John E. Smith Scholarship is in memory of John E. Smith a Union soldier who died of some disease when he was just 18 years old. To get an application email Gary Scheel at
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum
125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

The Federated Republican Women’s Club of St. Louis is offering its second annual essay contest for female high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores living in the St. Louis area.  This year’s topic is energy policy (see question below).  The prize will be a $500 scholarship towards the student’s college tuition or for use at the college bookstore.  Submissions must be received by May 1 and the prize will be awarded at a FRW meeting on May 28. Please forward this information to your students and any club/organization that may be interested.
Please contact me with any questions or for the official rules and application.
Elise Kostial  elisekostial at gmail dot com
Chair, Youth Outreach Committee
Federated Republican Women’s Club of St. Louis
>>>>Energy policy is a critical issue in the United States today. The Republican party wants to reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign oil and promote the development alternative energy sources. However, the National Republican Platform states that, “The most powerful environmental policy is liberty, the central organizing principle of the American Republic and its people. Liberty alone fosters scientific inquiry, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and information exchange. Liberty must remain the core energy behind America’s environmental improvement.”
Explain the Republican position on energy policy and the importance of liberty to the party’s ideas for the advancement of those policies.

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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