Homeschool Events List for August 21, 2013

More information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

English Country Dancing
August 23; 7-9pm
No experience required!
Suggested donation of $5 per person. All proceeds go directly to the SCCHE Window’s Fund
Trinity Lutheran School, 4689 North Highway 94, St. Charles, MO 63301
Contact: 636-928-4413  cstearns@swbell.net

TEACHER OPEN HOUSE
The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Teacher Open House from 4 – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing, St. Peters, MO 63303.  This is a wonderful opportunity for home schooling educators to get to know local cultural sites, learn about educational services including – St. Charles County’s nature and history based programs offered throughout the year, school field trips, outreach programs, classroom tools and much more!
Representatives from the following organizations will be participating and have handout information available:
1.    St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department – History and science teachers will learn about FREE school field trip opportunities to our Museum and County parks.  The Museum features an interactive transportation exhibit, On The Move…A History of Transportation in St. Charles County.  Teachers will also get information about how their students can explore Towne Park; home to the only certified Nature Explore Classroom in St. Charles County, the former restored “Pink Plantation” and enjoy additional nature and history based activities when they come out for a park field trip!
2.    Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center
3.    Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center
4.    First Missouri State Capitol
5.    St. Charles County Historical Society
6.    The Department of Energy
Please RSVP to St. Charles County Parks Marketing Coordinator Nancy Lee Gomer at ngomer@sccmo.org.  Attendance prize giveaways will be awarded and light refreshments will be served.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (636) 949-7535 x7646.
Nancy Lee Gomer, Marketing Media Coordinator
St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department
www.stccparks.org
Recreation Naturally!

Boy Scout Troop 387
WHO: Boys/Young Men 11 to 17 and their Families
WHAT: BBQ-Back to School Meet and Greet Informational Meeting for Scout families, please bring a dessert dish (last names A-M) or a (vegetable dish N-Z), serving utensils as needed
WHEN: September 5th @ 6:30 PM
WHERE: St John UCC (same as last year) near Manchester And Sulphur Spring (332 Old Sulphur Spring Rd, Ballwin, 63012)
RSVP: Doug Zirbel 636-222-4736 or doug_zirbel@hotmail.com
Our troop is hosting an open-house barbeque on Thurs, September 5 at 6:30 for any families with sons between ages 11-17 who are interested.  Our troop’s mission is to “prepare the youth of our troop to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law, and a Christian worldview”.  We meet in Ballwin near Hwy 141 and Manchester Rd on Thursday nights at 7 PM.

NEW HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP
Wentzville – Koinonia:  We are best contacted at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/FBCW-Koinonia/114982431944101 We have a mailing list of about 70 families but average less than that at any given event.
We typically have the younger end of the spectrum of kids coming to most events – from about 8th grade and below.  (The high schoolers just seem to have too much work to do to join us usually.)
Monthly, we have a Mom’s Fellowship (i.e. Pinterest party or dinner out, etc.), a field trip and a co-op day where this year we will feature a PE class, a boys club (their activities vary from month to month) and a girls club (they have the choice between two classes in the fall and two classes in the spring).
Our events are listed on our Facebook page.  Our first main event will be our Annual Kick-Off Family Picnic on Sept 7th, where people can meet the bulk of our group.

Learn Hands-Only CPR
The American Heart Association’s Mobile Hands-Only CPR Unit, supported by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, is coming to St. Louis, September 7th, 9th & 11th.
We’d like to extend a special invitation to you to attend a free 15-minute training on Hands-Only CPR.  Not only will you learn a skill that can save lives, there will be music, dancing and more fun on-site. Additionally, everyone who gets trained will take home a free CPR Anytime Kit to show friends and family what they’ve learned.
Register at one of three convenient locations:
Saturday, September 7, 2013; noon – 4:00 PM
Chesterfield Mall – Lower Level (near the food court)
Monday, September 9, 2013; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
St. Louis County Memorial Park (41 South Central Ave, Clayton, MO)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013; 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
St. Louis University – Busch Student Center (20 N. Grand Blvd.)
We hope to see you there!
Heart.org/handsonlycpr  Facebook.com/ahacpr  YouTube.com/HandsOnlyCPR

Hacker Factory
This group of St. Charles area homeschoolers was formed to foster and develop an interest in technology among area students.  We are called Hacker Factory and we have planned lots of single day activities that will allow student to make fun things that will encourage an interest in science and technology.  The first of these activities is scheduled for September 7th.  Interested students will make and decorate Marshmallow Shooters – PVC pipe ‘guns’ designed to shoot mini marshmallows.  All materials will be provided (except for the marshmallows) and the students will be able to take home their shooters.  There will be target practice, a chance to tweak their designs for increased accuracy, and possibly a competition!
Saturday 7th September; 10am-12noon
Quail Ridge Park (Shelter number TBA by email closer to the time.)
Cost: $25.00 per child participant.
Click the link to sign up!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F45AFA92BA64-hacker1 If you would like more information about this event, please email us via the CONTACT link on the signupgenius link above or email Sarah at
sarah@stlhackerscouts.org
You can also join the STL Hacker Scouts facebook group for more info about Hacker Scout here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/stlhackerscouts/ or visit the website at http://www.stlhackerscouts.org
And if you have never heard about Hacker Scouts, you can read more about it at the national website: http://www.hacker-scouts.org or view this video made by Cisco: http://youtu.be/TAM33CikRzY

Smart Kids Robotics
Fun STEM learning using robotics… Introductory Robotics! Sumo Robotics! Advanced Robotics using the Java programming language!
The next session of 6-week robotics courses at Smart Kids Robotics begins the week of September 23 — registration is open now at www.SmartKidsRobotics.com.
Smart Kids Robotics is a fun, innovative learning opportunity for kids of all ages.  Smart Kids Robotics uses robotics in a unique high-tech, hands-on
learning facility to excite kids about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Our goal is to encourage adaptive expertise by inspiring kids to confidently pursue their ideas, collaborate and realize their accomplishments (and have lots of fun with robotics!)
Register for a fun, challenging robotics course and save $25 on paid registration before September 1, 2013, with coupon code: Save25InAugust.
Smart Kids Robotics participants have competed in local, national and global robotics competitions.  Experience fun STEM learning at Smart Kids Robotics!
Course schedule: http://shop.smartkidsrobotics.com/

HOMESCHOOL ART & PE CLASSES
The Pointe at Ballwin Commons, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle, Ballwin, MO 63021
Contact: Chris
636-227-8950
www.ballwin.mo.us
The Pointe is now offering a Homeschool Art program on Wednesdays from 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm. It is comprised of nine monthly sessions of four or five weeks. Classes begin the first week of each month.  Those interested are encouraged to register at least one week prior the start of the following session. Students will learn basic techniques regarding perspective, shading, color theory, and other basic art principles while learning how to use various mediums such as charcoal, pastels and ink.
NOTE: The Pointe also offers PE classes for homeschoolers. Contact Chris or check out the website for all the information.

Chesterfield Arts
444 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017
636-519-1955
Website:  www.chesterfieldarts.org
Chesterfield Arts offers a home school program in visual arts during the fall and spring semesters as well as camps in the summer.  Aside from arts education, Chesterfield Arts provides a variety of programming in the areas of visual, performing, literary and outdoor art.

POST SECONDARY EDUCATION FAIR
You are invited to attend the Sixth Annual Post-Secondary Education Fair for home-schooled students. This event will take place Friday, October 18, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 Nifong, Columbia, MO. This fair is a wonderful opportunity for home schooled students and parents to visit with many different universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, and vocational-technical/trade schools at one time. The 2008 -2012 fairs included 45 different types and styles of schools, not only from Missouri, but also from states as far away as Wyoming and Tennessee. The schools in attendance will showcase their degree and certification programs and the relaxed environment encourages students to converse with the school representatives. The fair not only gives students and parents information concerning schools and their offerings to our home- schooled students, but it also allows home schooled students to explore the variety of opportunities waiting for them in post-secondary education.
We will again offer the mini-seminar, “Preparing your High School Home-schooled Student for Post-secondary Education,” led by Cindy Campbell, a home school mom of three. Mrs. Campbell’s seminar was much appreciated by the families that attended the past two years. She guides and advises home schooling families as they prepare their home-schooled high school student for college. The seminar will address what subjects and records are needed to assist your students with their college preparation.
Hart Career Center, will again this year be offering free of charge, “Education and Career Interest Assessment.” This will be offered to each student that would like to take advantage of this service. It is voluntary and only for your personal benefit.
Woodcrest is located in an area that has many types of restaurants close at hand. The church has been very good to us and we would like to respect their building by asking that you eat away from the building and do not carry food/drink into the building. Closed water bottles would be fine to bring.
If you have any questions about this Post-Secondary Education Fair, please contact the sponsors,
Ron and Brenda Crowe, past home-schooling parents of three at email:  rcrowe@ktis.net…
Business number:  573-581-1377 (Allison-Crowe Overhead Doors)
Cell:  573-473-6110
WE ASK THAT YOU HELP GET THE WORD OUT TO OTHER HOMESCHOOLING FAMILIES.  PLEASE POST THIS ON THE HOME SCHOOL BOARDS YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN.  THANK YOU.

FUTURE DATES – Information coming later
JA BizTown Student Visit Day – March 17, 2014
JA Finance Park Student Visit Days – Monday, October 28, 2013 & Friday, May 16, 2014
I will post full information when registration opens (mid-September)

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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