Homeschool Events List for June 30, 2013

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Weber Road Library invites all homeschoolers…..
We are having a Hobbit Party for the teens at the Weber Road Branch on Tuesday, July 2nd at 6:00pm. I was wondering if you would be able to pass on information about this event to your families. Here is the information:
Tuesday, July 2, 6:00 p.m.
A Long-Expected Party
Join us as we have an early birthday celebration for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins with games, activities, and food! Wear your best Middle Earth costume for the costume contest. Grades 6-12. Registration required.
We will also be showing the newest “Hobbit” movie for part of the evening. Younger kids are welcome to come as long as their parents are o.k. with them seeing the movie “The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey” (it is rated PG-13).

Kellie McEnaney, principal at Willott Road Christian Academy writes……
We are getting rid of our used and extra curriculum at a sale on July 11th, from 9-12. We have mostly Abeka and Bob Jones material, but thought that some of the homeschool families might be interested in buying some of the curriculum at a discounted price. Our address is 1610 Willott Road, St. Peters, MO 63376.

New Co-op starting in Collinsville, IL
Location: Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Although classes will be held at a religious facility, the Co-Op makes no affiliation with any religion or doctrine.
All parents are required to participate in some manner (i.e. teacher or assistant teacher, janitorial, area/hall monitor, leadership team commitment, etc.).
Offerings will be provided for K12 aged children. Nursery and Preschool offerings are only made available for younger siblings of participants in the K12 classes. No public Nursery and/or Preschool offerings will be made available.
Tentative Calendar (pending facility approval):
07/15/2013 – Class Proposals due from all lead teachers to the Leadership Team for review/approval.
08/01/2013 – Class Schedule posted for all prospective members to review.
08/13/2013 – General Meeting for Registration and Membership Enrollment
08/19/2013 – 08/30/2013 – Class Registration open to all members
09/05/2013 – Lead Teacher and Leadership Team Orientation Meeting
09/12/2013 – First Day of Co-Op; First Semester begins
10/31/2013 – Fall Festival and Party (no Co-Op classes)
11/21/2013– Last Day of First Semester; Holiday Break begins
02/06/2014 – Second Semester begins
04/10/2014 – Last Day of Second Semester
04/17/2014 – Project Show-off and Celebration (no Co-Op classes); end of Co-Op year
Class Hours:
Setup: 8:30am – 9:00am
First Period: 9:00am – 9:50am
Second Period: 10:00am – 10:50am
Lunch/Recess: 11:00am – 11:50am
Third Period: 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Fourth Period: 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Clean-up: 2:00pm – 2:20pm
>>If a class requires more time than a single period allows, a block of two consecutive periods may be reserved. This must be noted by the Lead Teacher in the Class Proposal so the Class Schedule is updated properly.
20 instructional days (10 per semester) plus 2 special event days (1 per semester)
Tentative Fee Structure:
Membership: $15.00 per child or $25.00 per family
To be paid per semester per child enrolled. Any child participating must be an enrolled member.
EXCEPTION: Visitor accompanying a member for a single date.
Class: To be determined per class per teacher.
Paid individually to Co-Op and funds forwarded to teacher in single transaction.
LEADERSHIP TEAM still needs volunteers and TEACHERS are wanted to offer classes for all ages and subjects this Fall. Please contact Susan Baker Carsell if you are willing to teach a class, she is the Class Coordinator.

Calling all volleyball players! We have a great Summer Camp planned this year full of great fun and awesome coaches. Please consider joining us whether you’re preparing for a team tryout or improving your skills for your church rec games or just want to have fun and meet new friends.
Camp will be held at Westminster Christian Academy. July 31-August 3rd, Wednesday–Friday, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm, and Saturday, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Players will be divided into 3 courts according to age, ability and height. The cost is $68 per person with the following exceptions:
Only $48 for:
LIGHTS, Intensity, Panthers, and Patriot Soccer and Basketball players
A Second sibling
Only $38 for:
3rd or more siblings (up to 10)
A child of a pastor
Players 16 or older
People whose last name is Young
For those interested, CONTACT MISS PATTY FOR AN APPLICATION AT 10YAGERS (at) ATT (dot) NET. I am happy to answer questions.
Patty Yager, IMPACT, CAP I, and CAP II Certified
Athletic Director and Varsity Coach
St. Louis Christian Patriette Lights
Girls Varsity Volleyball Program

CPC’s Homeschool Network 9Up is offering 2 classes for the 2013-2014 school year, Apologia Biology with Dr. Julie Darby, and Logic with Mrs. Beth Unger.  Biology meets 8:45 – 10:15 am and Logic meets 12:30 – 1:45 pm, both on Thursdays.  Students are given assignments and work to do during the week.  Labs, discussions and lectures take place on Thursdays.  Students will earn enough hours for high school credit.   For registration forms and detailed information, go to  then connections, then children, then Homeschool Network, or email Linda at lindat (at) chespres (dot) org.  Classes need a minimum of students to be held, so sign up soon if you are interested!

2013 Desert Show: Plants and People of the Western U.S. Deserts
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
June 29 to August 4, 2013; Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Sponsored by the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society
Step into a fascinating desert environment emphasizing the important role desert plants play in our lives. See cacti varieties and learn about the use of plants by American Indians for textiles and food in this unique show highlighted by plant collections not regularly displayed at the Garden.
Arid and semi-arid regions account for a third of the earth’s surface and contain some of the world’s most important hotspots of plant diversity. The plants that thrive in these regions show an array of fascinating adaptations to the harsh environments in which they grow. Plants of the arid regions exist at the extreme limits of tolerance of environmental conditions; therefore the slightest change to the environment can result in the loss of plant diversity, making them one of the most at-risk ecosystems in the world.
$5.00 per person (ages 3 and up) in addition to regular Garden admission ($8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents; free children ages 12 and under)
Free for Garden members and their children
St. Louis City/County residents enjoy free Garden admission on Wednesday and Saturday mornings before noon.

DEAL ALERT!!! It’s a BOGO 50% off!!! Two weeks for $157.50! Space is limited and you must register in advance for both weeks.
DAYS: Monday thru Friday
TIMES: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
DATES: June 10th – August 9th, 2013
Multi-Child Discounts Available
Register for next week’s academic summer camp “Let Your Imagination Soar” at the regular price of $105 and pay only $52.50 for the following week, “All Around the World – A Cultural Exploration”! That is two weeks of our absolutely awesome camps for $157.50!
Keep your child focused on education while they participate in our fun, interactive and educational academic full-day workshops this summer!  Your child, grades 3 – 5, will have the benefit of receiving excellent instruction in our private, safe and air-conditioned environment. Class sizes are small and your child will benefit from the one-on-one instruction from a professional educator that has developed unique, engaging and exciting activities to reinforce the concepts that are being taught in your homeschool environment.
Children will have the unique opportunity to explore, investigate and experience a variety of curriculum that will keep them occupied and energized throughout the summer! Each week a variety of themes and subjects are covered (see description and schedule listing below).  Campers should bring a sack lunch and Gateway Learning Connection will provide a snack, beverage and the opportunity to learn through play, as well as, meet some awesome new friends! Register for one week, several weeks or all!
Gateway Learning Connection, 2338 Highway 94 South Outer Rd., St. Charles, MO  63303
888 – 959-8194
Descriptions and Schedule
July 1st
Let Your Imagination Soar – Dive into a variety of literature genres and embark upon an amazing journey into the magic of reading and writing.
July 8th
All Around the World – Learn about different customs and the lives of people in different countries around the world.
July 15th
A Reading Celebration  – Read popular books and participate in hands-on games and activities that will focus on reading, comprehension skills. Even the most reluctant reader will enjoy this experience.
July 22nd
Number Knowledge… The Mystery of Math – Your child will have fun learning a variety of math skills and strategies. They will be actively engaged in numerous fun activities involving numbers that will have them well-prepared for math.
July 29th
Let Freedom Ring – Travel back in time and learn about the history of the United States. Uncover interesting facts about our country and people of importance.
August 5th
Science, Science Everywhere  –   Your child will absorb many interesting science concepts that can be found existing in the world around them. They will enjoy exploring through hands-on activities and science experiments.

Let’s just keep celebrating Independence Day with James Cagney in YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
Showing at the inimitable HI-POINTE THEATRE
Saturday, July 13th;  10:30am.
Thanks to all of you who help keep this great old movie house the high point of theatrical experiences in St. Louis!!

Summer Family Fun Day Celebrates Ice Cream!
Free | Saturday, July 13 | 11am to 1pm
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri
July is National Ice Cream month. More than a century ago many people had ice cream cones for the very first time in St. Louis at the 1904 World’s Fair.
What better way to celebrate than with free frozen treats at the museum? Treats will be served at noon while supplies last, but stop by any time to hear live music by Celia and Mark-O-Polo and make ice-cream-themed crafts!

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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