Homeschool Events List for February 27, 2013

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Parental Rights Alert: HSLDA/ Action Item issued an alert, today, urging Missourians to contact the state legislature in support of HB 513.
Missouri House Bill 513 (HB 513) would preserve the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children. HB513 faces a crucial vote in the Missouri House Committee of Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, and that vote could come at any time.
Please visit and enter your zip code in the search box to find your state representative. Then, please call him or her and urge support for HB 513. Your message can be as simple as, “Please vote yes on HB 513. The rights of parents need to be protected by statute, not left to the shifting whims of judges.”

Autopsy: Forensic Pathology Investigates
With E. Stephen Bolestra, M.D. Director of Outreach, Department of Pathology, Saint Louis University; and Medical Lab Director, Belleville Memorial Hospital
Thursday, February 28, 2013  //  7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration not required. Middle and high school students welcome. Free parking in the Kirkwood High School lots.
For more information, visit the Academy website at
Medical lab director and forensic pathologist Dr. E. Stephan Bolesta provides a fascinating look at the science that traces the last chapter trajectories of lives lived and that gives voice to the end-of-life stories of the unidentified, the sufferers of unexplained disease, and the victims of foul play.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2013.
DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science– Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.

Perhaps you have heard about classical homeschooling, or have read The Well-Trained Mind and wondered how to apply all those great ideas in your home. Maybe you have a friend who is part of a Classical Conversations community, and now you would love to know more about it.
Please join us for an information meeting to see if Classical Conversations is right for your family.
Maplewood Community Information Meeting
Saturday, Mar. 2; 9:00 a.m.
Hosted by Melissa Trippeer, Challenge A Director
Panera Bread Company, 1909 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, MO 63144
Please RSVP by Friday evening to 314-322-2198 or
For more information, visit

Canopy Climb
Canopy Climbs give you an unforgettable birds-eye view of the world, while you are immersed in the canopy of majestic trees. Our expert instructors will introduce you to the extraordinary, diverse world of trees, while teaching you the basics of tree climbing mechanics, including climbing techniques, balance and safety. Climbers will have the opportunity to ascend and descend multiple times, exploring different parts of the tree’s structure, limbs and canopy.
Check out opportunities at

Third Annual Gala Dinner
The Family Vision Invites You to Put this on your calendar now!
Friday, March 15 at 7:00 PM
Our third annual gala will be a chance to have a fine dinner (makes a GREAT DATE night) and hear an update on the vision and goals of TFV.
Our keynote speaker will be Jeremy Smith, founder and executive director of Faith Ascent Ministries.
Jeremy has been part of our EntrepreLAUNCH series, speaking on sales and marketing.
Music will be performed by Justin Watkins on piano; Justin has performed previously for TFV events, and we are pleased to have him back for our gala.
Dinner is being catered by Tornatores!
The cost for this event is $25 per person. Please contact us by March 8 to sign up.
This is one of the great social events of the season. I look forward to seeing you and visiting with you.
John Thrower, President, The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
Office:    636-447-6900
Faithfully Equipping Generations

Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo
Special Pre-Registration Incentives:
If you pre-register “extra-early,” by March 15th, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for one of six prizes consisting of three $100 “Expo Cash” certificates and three $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitors of your choice at this 2013 Expo.
If you pre-register “early,” by March 31st, your family’s name will be placed in a drawing for six $50.00 “Expo Cash” certificates, redeemable at the exhibitor of your choice at this 2013 Expo.
You will be contacted if you are a winner, and you can pick up your Expo Cash any time at the registration table. (Only one prize per family)
Go to the “Register for the Expo” link on the Expo website for all the registration information you need to know.
New Homeschooler Seminars:
►6:00-7:00 p.m. session will cover basic homeschooling information and Missouri homeschool law. Presented by Nancy Bjorkmann.
►7:30-8:30 sessions will cover basic homeschooling information and both Missouri and Illinois law. These are two separate seminars. Missouri Law presented by Kerrie Tate and Cathy Mullins, local homeschool support group leaders. Illinois Law presented by Urban & Carrie Gaxiola and Deb Giles, Illinois support group leaders.

Bob Johnson Tutoring is conducting an ACT Workshop on Saturdays, March 23 and April 6 in Kirkwood.  More information–including times, location, cost, registration instructions, and testimonials–can be found at  Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

Enter your original literary work and you could win a prize!
Calling all kids and teens ages 8-18 with a talent for creative writing! The library is holding a contest for all writers. There will be prizes for the winners.
How to enter:
Write one story, starting with the sentence: “It started out like any other family road trip…”
Send an e-mail with your original literary work attached to or between March 1 and March 31.
In the body of the email, include the following: name of entrant, age, current SLCL library card number, library branch, phone, email, parent/guardian name, school.
Also include the following statement: Yes, I have read the official contest rules and followed them. I agree that the attached story or poem is my own work and contains my own original ideas.
The Write Stuff Contest Official Rules and Guidelines
Students age 8-18 are encouraged to enter.
Entrant must have a valid SLCL card.
Limit one submission per person.
Write one story, starting with the sentence: “It started out like any other family road trip…”
Entry can be funny, serious, etc. Judging will be based on originality, story flow/continuity and mechanical elements (grammar, punctuation, spelling).
Story must be between 250-500 words long for ages 8-14 and between 500-1000 words long for ages 15-18. (title does not count)
Please send entry as a “.doc” or “.rtf” file.
Each entry must be typed and double-spaced (no fancy fonts please).
Do not write your name or place any other identifying marks on the story pages.
Entries must be received between Friday, March 1 and close of business on Sunday, March 31.
Winners will be chosen in three categories: Ages 8-10, Ages 11-14, and Ages 15-18.
Winners will be notified by Friday, April 19 and posted at within a week.
First place entries will be posted in their entirety on the Kids Blog and Read Alert teen blog.
Judges decisions are final.
Awards will be given for 1st ($50), 2nd ($25) and 3rd ($15) place in each category. Winners will receive certificates.

The MO Department of Natural Resources poster contest
In recognition and celebration of Drinking Water Week, May 5-11, 2013, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the American Water Works Association are holding a poster contest for Missouri students in the fifth grade.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners: $300 for first place, and $200 for second place and $100 for third place. Contest entries should be postmarked by *March 25, 2013*.
The artwork size must be no larger than 11×17 inches. Each entry should have the student’s name, the teacher’s name and the school name, address and telephone number on the back. Students should also be sure to sign the front of the artwork.
Entries will be judged on three criteria: how original the entry is, how well the concept is executed, and how well the poster relates to public water supplies.* *The poster should convey a message celebrating tap water!
A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. We often take water resources for granted unless we are living through a drought or when depleted water supplies threaten a community’s future. Water plays a vital role in our daily lives, and this year we are celebrating what only tap water can deliver.
Mail entries to Susan Bloomer, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, P.O. Box, 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. For more information, call 800-361-4827 or 573-526-1825.

2013 Congressional Art Competition
Competition Guidelines
Open to high school students only
Artwork must be two-dimensional, but may include any of the following medias:
-Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
-Drawings: pastels, colored pencils, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers, etc.
-Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
-Mixed Media
-Computer Generated Art
Framing is optional for the district contest.  However, the winning piece MUST be framed before shipping to Washington, D.C. and must meet the framing requirements listed below:
-Each piece cannot weigh more than 15 lbs (including the frame)
-Each piece must be framed by the artist and be no larger than 28 inches high  x  28 inches wide  x  4 inches deep  (including the frame)
-“Snap on” frames are not allowed.  Metal Frames with Plexiglas are recommended.  No glass allowed.  Oil or acrylic on canvas may be framed without plexiglas covering.
-Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.  Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo (other than the student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition’s rules and will not be accepted.  Work entered must be in the original medium (not a scanned reproduction of the piece).
-The winner’s artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for the entire year and cannot be returned to the students earlier.  Therefore, students should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes.
-Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission.  In accordance with this policy, pieces depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.
-Entry must be framed and delivered to the MO-2 district office by 5 PM on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Address for MO-2 district office: 301 Sovereign Court, suite 201, St. Louis, MO 63011
-The Student Information & Release Form is available on Congresswoman Wagner’s website: under the “Services” tab click on Art Competition. These forms must be signed and attached to the back of your framed artwork and delivered by 5 PM on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
-The winner will be determined by the judges and notified by May 3, 2013.
Washington DC Congressional Art Competition Reception
-Each congressional district picks a winning art piece to be hung in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  There will be a ceremony over the summer to unveil all of the winning artwork from across the country.  The date has yet to be determined.
-The winner is awarded two round-trip tickets to Washington, DC for the ceremony. ~~(more information will be available in the coming weeks)~~
If you have any questions, please contact Jaci Winship at 636-779-5449 or

Homeschool Opportunity: Integrity in the Arts Award!
Broadway on the Driveway is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Integrity in the Arts Award!
In an effort to promote Christian integrity in the arts among young people, this award has been established to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the arts while maintaining Biblical values and integrity.  Nominees for consideration should have the following qualifications:
1.  Must be age 25 or younger when they began their contribution to the arts
2.  Nominee’s contribution to the arts should display leadership, originality, involve or reach a significant number of people, and maintain integrity in content supporting Judeo/Christian values
3.  Deadline: May 31st
Nominate a young person:
Award recipient will receive a cash prize and plaque and will be recognized prior to Broadway On The Driveway’s 19th annual summer musical “It’s A Wonderful Life The Musical” (July 2013).
NOTE: This award is not limited to homeschooled students.  Feel free to forward nomination details to any Christian young person striving to make a positive impact for the Lord through the arts.
Contact Lacy Miller

JULY 24-27, 2013
Our 4th annual Faith Ascent Base Camp will take place at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, MO. College credits are available!
Faith Ascent Base Camp is four days and three nights of fun, fellowship, and intense preparation for the spiritual and intellectual challenges Christian teenagers will encounter in the real world (especially college).
More details at:

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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