Homeschool Events List for August 8, 2013

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Originally from FHE-Region 4
As the school year approaches, FORMS from school districts are surfacing in home educators’ mailboxes. These forms come with the request that parents fill out all the information and thereby register their homeschool with the district.  Some parents, uncertain of their legal rights and understandably loathe to bring trouble on themselves, hasten to comply.
It seems like a logical time to address this perennial problem. MISSOURI LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT YOU REGISTER WITH YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.
In recent years, school districts around the state have really stepped up their efforts to deceive (and I do not use that term lightly) home educating parents into believing that registration on an annual basis is required by the state.
This is an absolute falsehood. In fact, every time the school lawyers are contacted by HSLDA lawyers, they back down.  I have a copy of a letter that Scott Woodruff sent to the Ashland school district a few years ago.  Upon receiving Woodruff’s letter, the school quietly stopped harassing parents for that school year.  However they resumed the campaign to persuade families to register the following year. They go so far as to put an advertisement in the Ashland paper, putting the burden on homeschool families to register in order to not be considered truant!
You can look up on the DESE website to see that they correctly state that home educators are not required to register with the school districts.  They underline the word “may”.
Unfortunately, there are too many parents who comply with the erroneous demands of school districts; it emboldens the district personnel to continue to create these forms and to harass home educators.
>>What is in it for them?  MONEY.  There is some sort of formula through which they can collect more money from the state if they can list home educated children in their district as having registered with them.  Additionally, there is no shortage of those in the state system who have philosophical objections to families not enrolling  children in public school.  It is a control issue.
>>Why is it in our best interest to resist their demands?  To retain jurisdiction over our own children and the education programs we choose.  If we concede that the state should have the right to oversee our homeschool programs, then we will lose our footing as free and independent “schools”.  We will inevitably slide down that slippery slope of losing freedoms.  We have already seen in the last decade how legislators have tried to introduce bills that would  infringe on our freedoms. Bills that would require * mandatory testing * state teacher certification for parents *common core curriculum for all etc. etc.  It is not passé to be at the ready to defend our rights to choose home education!
Please KNOW the Missouri statute pertaining to compulsory school and particularly the section directly pertaining to home education.

We have a new Co-Op starting up this fall, the Collinsville Homeschool Co-Op or CHC. CHC will meet on Thursdays at Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia Street, in Collinsville, IL. Although classes will be held at a religious facility, the Co-Op makes no affiliation with any particular religion or doctrine.
Class offerings will be available for students in grades K-12. Nursery and preschool offerings will be made available only to siblings of enrolled students and teacher’s children. All parents are required to participate via teaching, assisting, monitoring, janitorial, etc.
CHC will offer four class periods from 9am-2pm, with a lunch break. CHC annual calendar includes 20 instructional days (10 per semester) and 2 special event days (1 per semester).
Membership Fee is $15 per student or $25 per family, paid per semester. Class Fee to be determined per class per teacher, paid to CHC and forwarded to teachers in single transaction.
Class Registration opens on August 19 for the fall semester; classes begin September 12.  We are having a Member Meeting and Class Fair on August 13 to introduce the Coordinating Team, answer questions, allow parents an opportunity to meet teachers and see class examples, and find out how to pre-register early.  We have a Facebook Group set up and a website ( with more information. Please visit both and be sure to join us next week!
Please be sure to RSVP if you are coming so we can know how many to plan for (chairs, refreshments, copies and hand-outs, etc.). Once you join the event, please post how many will be in your group. We hope you all can make it and look forward to meeting you face-to-face soon!!

Home School Art Classes
Open Studio – Open House
Sunday, August 25th – 2pm
3816 South Broadway Saint Louis, Mo. 63118
“Portraits in Trash” & Summer Art Show
Great time for Home Schoolers to visit!
Take a TOUR of our new POTTERY STUDIO
Register & Learn more about our ALL NEW 2013-14 Schedule!
Drinks & Snacks will be served
Starting this Fall, South Broadway Art Project will be open for Open Studio on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 12-6pm & Saturdays from 10-4pm.  We host Open Studio for Pottery, Painting & Drawing, as well as Sewing & Fashion Design.  Open Studio includes supplies & instructor.  SBAP is offering a discounted 8 class Open Studio punch card for home-schoolers.  Click here for more information:

Speech Class for Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6)
This class meets in tandem with the St. Louis Speech and debate classes, but it is unique as it is offered for younger students. The focus of this class is on providing gentle guidance in speech and ample opportunities for public speaking in a safe, encouraging environment.  We will discuss topics ranging from choosing a topic to speaking with clear articulation.  We also spend time writing and sharing simple poetry such as limericks and acrostics.  Grades: 4-6. Duration: 1-1/2 hours.
Location: West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
Schedule:  We will meet on Tuesdays, September 10-December 10.  We will not meet on Nov. 26-Thanksgiving week. Class time is 2:00-3:30.
For More Information: Contact Robyn Starkey at (618) 458-7324, . There will be an informational meeting on August 27 at 2:00.

Speech, Debate, Biology, and Apologetics Classes
Are you looking for an opportunity for your 7-12 grade student to gain confidence and skill in public speaking? For many years, the St. Louis Speech and Debate Club has been offering classes for local home school students. Some students choose just to take an introductory class, but many return year after year, taking advantage of the club’s support as they participate in a competitive home school speech and debate league. For the 2013-2014 school year, the club is offering classes for both beginners and experienced public speakers. There will also be a high school biology class and an apologetics class. Both tracks of speech will meet during the Senior speech time and both debate classes will meet during the Senior Debate time.
Location: West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
Schedule:  We will meet on Tuesdays, September 10-December 10.  We will not meet on Nov. 26-Thanksgiving week.
Informational Meeting: August 27 from 2:00-2:30
For More Information: Contact Robyn Starkey at (618) 458-7324,
Class Descriptions-
-Intro. Debate: This introductory class will focus on the fundamentals of debate.  Both Lincoln Douglas and Team Policy Debate will be covered.  Students will be encouraged to utilize logic as a foundation for rhetoric & debate. Grades 7-12. Duration: 2  hours. (Teacher: Mrs. Robyn Starkey)
-Advanced Debate:  This workshop will focus on preparing students for tournament competition. Instruction will focus on debate strategy, delivery, and research skills and an understanding this year’s debate resolution. Regular practice rounds will form the backbone of this class as skill is developed primarily through practice.  Feedback and coaching will be provided. Grades: 8-12. Duration: 2 hours. (Teachers: Ms. Abby Fallon and Mrs. Robyn Starkey)
-Speech Class (Track 1):  This class will provide instruction in a variety of speeches as well as regular opportunities to practice impromptu speaking. Students will be required to write and present several speeches during the semester.  There will be ample feedback and coaching. Students will also have the opportunity to observe the speeches of other students and will find their own skills strengthened as they are encouraged to thoughtful provide feedback to their peers. Grades: 7-12. (A team of teachers led by Mrs. Robyn Starkey will teach this class.)
-Speech Class (Track 2):  For experienced speakers who plan to compete, this class will provide opportunities to present speeches being prepared for competition. The class will not meet every week, but will follow a rotating schedule that allows for regular feedback and practice. Grades: 8-12. (This class will be team-taught.)
-Junior Speech:  The focus of this class is on providing gentle guidance in speech and ample opportunities for public speaking in a safe, encouraging environment.  We will discuss topics ranging from choosing a topic to speaking with clear articulation.  We also spend time writing and sharing simple poetry such as limericks and acrostics.  Grades: 4-6. Duration: 1-1/2 hours. (Teacher: Mrs. Kathy Jacobs)
-Biology Lab: This class will focus on the biology labs to accompany home biology study using the Apologia Exploring Creation through Biology. There will also be ample opportunity to receive instruction on specific topics as needed.  Students will learn lab skills including writing detailed lab reports. Grades 9-12.  Duration: 1 ½ hours.  (Teacher: Dr. Julie Darby)
-Apologetics:  This class will serve equip students to give a defense of the Christian faith.  A non-denominational approach to apologetics will be presented.  For students who wish to compete in tournaments according to the Stoa Speech and Debate League rules, the class will provide a solid foundation for preparing for competition.  Grades: 7-12. Duration: 1 hour. (Teacher: Dr. Edward Sewell)

Homeschool PE Bowling Club
The St. Peters Brunswick Bowling Zone is offering a Homeschool PE Bowling Club again this fall with all new coaches
The league will run for 14 weeks beginning Monday September 9 at 2:00 p.m.
The cost for 3 games and shoes is $5 per student, per week.
Bowlers will receive individualized instruction as coach(es) will remain on the lanes for 75-100% of the time.
Coaching will begin 30 minutes prior to actual league start time of 2:30 p.m.
We had an opportunity to speak with the coach and he is very enthusiastic. The ideal number of bowlers to start the league is 20. If you would like, you may contact him directly with any questions or to register.
Nick Tarte
League Coordinator
Office: (636) 474-2695

Homeschool PE
Z Total Body, 932 Meramec Station Rd, St. Louis, MO  63088
Co Owners of Z Total Body, LLC, Lisa Huseman and Jen McCook are now offering exclusive Homeschool Physical Education Classes.  Together, they have over 30 years of experience in the fitness industry and lead healthy lifestyles by example in the community.
These physical and athletic development classes will empower parent and child through building self esteem character, and team play.  Fitness meets FUN while gross motor skills are incorporated with games, full body circuits, and DanceFit!
15 sessions/ Thursdays 10:45-11:45am
September 5,12,19,26 – October 3,10,17,24,31
November 7,14,21 – December 5,12,19
2013 Fall Semester Pricing
Mom $8
1st child $5
2nd child $4
3rd child $3
Save 20% and register for entire semester!

Green Homes & Great Health Festival
September 28, 2013
Help your family live green – and live healthier! Celebrate sustainable living and explore ways to maintain a healthy you and a healthy planet.
Bring your home improvement ideas and talk with over 100 green product and service exhibitors. Enjoy local foods and live music, and shop for handmade crafts in the Green Marketplace. Get a free flu shot and talk with experts about your health questions. Kids will enjoy solar car races, puppet shows and more! Help paint a Metro bus and explore the alternative vehicles on display. Learn from expert presentations and demos about the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes, our health and our living Earth. Read news release
Thank you to our 2013 Sponsors and Exhibitors!
Volunteers needed! Apply online or email for more information. Learn more
View highlights of past festivals
Hours & Admission
Saturday, September 28, 2013
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Included with Garden admission.
FREE for St. Louis City/County residents before noon!
FREE for Garden members.
Parking information

I would like to offer violin and piano lessons to homeschool students out of my home in Shaw neighborhood. Here is a little about my education background and studio..
I have received a Bachelors of Arts in Music and Violin Performance from Greenville College.
I will receive a Masters in Music Education from Boston University in September, 2013.
I have been teaching and building my studio (S.A.V. Music Studio) for three years and have 26 remarkable violin and piano students of all ages currently taking lessons.
Sarah Velasquez
(217) 201-2984

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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