Homeschool Events List for May 16, 2013

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

WCCHE Used Curriculum Sale
Friday, May 17, 6 – 9 p.m.  and Saturday, May 18,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at the Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd. in Ellisville.
45 sellers will be ready for you to browse & buy.
Don’t miss the Coffee Cafe – coffee, iced coffee, chocolate milk, bottled water and homemade baked goodies will be on sale as a Learning Center fundraiser.  So, bring your sweet tooth and some change! A great place for getting home school tips from others on the journey of home education.
Childcare for buyers and sellers will be provided.
Any questions?  E-mail  Karla –

Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse Sale
2089 Corporate 44 Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
May 09 – May 24
Weekdays (May 9-24): 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturdays (May 11 and 18): 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Sundays
Check out their website for details:

Missouri Botanical Gardens, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
Since 1996, the Garden has collaborated with the Chinese Culture Education and Services Foundation to produce an event to celebrate Chinese culture. Hundreds of community volunteers work towards producing a weekend filled with colorful Chinese pageantry, art, music and dance, history and legends, and of course, wonderful food!
A 70-foot dragon and lion dancers open this springtime celebration that includes a Grand Parade and acrobatics, theater, martial arts, Chinese calligraphy, painting and authentic regional cuisine. Enjoy t’ai chi and tea tasting in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden, where special tours focus on the symbolism of many plant species and architectural details.
Purchase tickets now!
Saturday* and Sunday, May 18-19
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Due to festival programming, there will be no early morning walking hours on Saturday, May 18.
$12 Admission (ages 13 & older)
$5 Children (ages 3–12)
$5 Garden members (free for members’ children 3–12)
Regular admission rates also apply for the Doris I. Schnuck Children Garden.
Please note: trams do not operate during Chinese Culture Days.

Boys and Girls ages 8-18
For more information Call 636-220-6783
MBU – Carl and Doloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex, One College Park Dr. St. Louis, 63141
The Pointe at Ballwin Commons, One Ballwin Commons Circle, Ballwin, 63021
Week 1 5/29-5/31: Shooting Camp – $60; 9-Noon @ MBU
Week 2 6/3-6/7: Skills Camp – $185; 9-3 @MBU
Week 3 6/10-6/14: Skills Camp – $185; 9-3 @MBU
Week 4* 6/17-6/21: Skills Camp; 9-3 @ The Point @ Ballwin Commons; contact The Point to register 636-227-8950
Week 5 6/24-6/28: Skills Camp – $100; 9-Noon @ MBU
Please return the registration form found at the website to:
Ray Farrell, Head Basketball Coach
Missouri Baptist University, One College Park Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141

We have worked diligently to make Home School Football a reality.
We have scheduled a full season with area schools for the Junior High level. We are working on the Varsity season, having scheduled several games.
We have worked to get our fees as low as possible, but are going to have to go with the fees on the attached form.
Please consider this an investment in not only your son, but in the founding of Home School Football in Eastern Missouri.
We have several Newspaper interviews coming out, and are daily getting calls from around Missouri and neighboring states about what we are doing.  It is exciting to see this happening.
Please send in your fees for the Fall Season as soon as possible. We will be ordering Season Game Jerseys at the first of June.  If you can’t pay your fees for the season by June 1, if you are enrolled for the May 30th clinic, please notify me of your Jersey size so we can order and you can pay for the Season by July 1. The Clinic fees are paying for the Jerseys.
July 1, will be the deadline for Registration, because we have no protective equipment and must order it early.
Thank you for your cooperation, and please register A.S.A.P.
Help us to get others to sign-up.
Coach Schembre  314-807-6359
Link to Registration Form: –

Because I know many of you have been following the case. Bad news for Homeschoolers and Educational Freedom in America.
Breaking: German family denied asylum, HSLDA appeals
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama Administration’s denial of asylum granted to the Romeike family.
The Romeikes fled Germany in 2008 when they were subjected to criminal prosecution for homeschooling.  They were granted asylum in 2010 by Immigration Judge Lawrence O. Burman, but that grant was overturned by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2012. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit heard the Romeikes’ appeal on April 23 in Cincinnati, and issued today’s unanimous decision against the family.
“We believe the Sixth Circuit is wrong and we will appeal their decision,” said Michael Farris, HSLDA Founder and Chairman. “America has room for this family and we will do everything we can to help them.”
The court said that the Romeikes had not made a sufficient case and that the United States has not opened its doors to every victim of unfair treatment.
Although the court acknowledged that the U.S. Constitution recognizes the rights of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children, it refused to concede that the harsh treatment of religiously and philosophically motivated homeschoolers in Germany amounts to persecution within our laws on asylum.
“Germany continues to persecute homeschoolers,” said Mike Donnelly, HSLDA Director of International Affairs. “The court ignored mountains of evidence that homeschoolers are harshly fined and that custody of their children is gravely threatened-something most people would call persecution. This is what the Romeikes will suffer if they are sent back to Germany.”
HSLDA will appeal the Sixth Circuit’s ruling. Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.
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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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