Homeschool Events List for September 15, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

Northern Alaskan Polar Bears Denning Ecology: Insights & Implications
With Polar Bears International Research Biologist, Tom Smith!
MONDAY, September 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saint Louis Zoo, Living World Auditorium, One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
Featured Speaker: Tom Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University; Research Wildlife Biologist, Polar Bears International
Explore the little known world of maternal polar bear denning ecology on Alaska’s North Slope, the impact of climate change and options for polar bears in a warming world.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. Registration is not required.
To find out more, visit the Academy website at

Tuesday, September 24; 5:30pm – 7:30pm
James S. McDonnell Planetarium at the Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave.
Dr. Steven Blake
Tracking Wild Turtles
Food will be served from 5:30pm – 6pm.
Space is limited to 50 people.
Reservations are required.
To RSVP please contact:
Kerry Stevison, 314.289.4497

Teen Pact Info
Registration for the 2014 TeenPact Missouri state class is open! Have you seen our video yet ?
This year TeenPact will hold dynamic, hands-on government and leadership classes in 40 states. We are excited to help students become active citizens and grow stronger in their walk with God. Our mission is to train youth to –
~understand the political process
~value their liberty
~defend their Christian faith
~engage the culture
Missouri’s TeenPact class will be held March 3-6, 2014 in Jefferson City, Missouri. A Political Communication Workshop (optional) will follow on March 7.
During the week, our students will –
~meet government officials
~interview lobbyists
~view campaign disclosures
~improve their public speaking skills
~write their own bills
~conduct their own TeenPact legislature
~worship God & have focused devotions
All this while interacting with like-minded students and having more fun at the Capitol than they could have imagined!
Students will analyze public policy from a Biblical worldview and learn to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). They will leave inspired and challenged, equipped to impact our nation for Christ.
Other activities include:
~reading actual bills that are being worked through the legislature
~researching how political candidates spend their campaign money
~analyzing media content with an emphasis on worldview
~participating in student elections
~learning about the structure & content of our nation’s Constitution
I can personally attest that your child will leave TeenPact with a clearer understanding of government than most college graduates. There is no better way for high school students to earn their high school civics credit.
What about children under 13?
The TeenPact One Day Class is an abbreviated version of the Four Day Class, designed specifically for ages 8-12. This class focuses on
~the biblical responsibility to pray for our leaders
~mock legislative sessions facilitated by our staff
~the ‘bill-to-law’ legislative process, illustrated by skit
~public speaking for young students
Date: March 7, 2014
Double Early Bird Discount: Register by September 30th to take advantage of our combined discount of $30 off per student for the Four-Day class! (this includes the Early Bird Discount detailed below)
Early Bird Discount: If you register at least 60 days before your class, you’ll receive $15 off your Four Day tuition.
Presidential Discount: Receive $15 off if you qualify for our Presidential Discount! Please check our fees page for more information. If you are eligible, you will need to provide the coupon code during checkout to receive the discount.
Group Discount: If you register a group of 10 or more first-time students you will receive a volume discount of $15 off per student. Discounts may be combined.
If you would like more information on the Missouri class, please direct an email to our State Coordinator Beth Blunk at
This is TeenPact Leadership School’s 12th year in Missouri. I am thrilled at what God is doing in my generation as He raises up youth to “stand in the gap”! (Ezekiel 22:30)

UPWARD Basketball and Cheerleading
Home School Families, We would like to invite you to participate in our Upward Basketball/ Cheerleading  program, we feel that we have a VERY GOOD Christian based program where we teach kids the skills along with the basic fundamentals of Basketball / Cheerleading that they need to be competitive while also teaching them about Christ like values. Our Upward season runs as listed below:
September till November
Registration Deadline October 20, 2013
Monday Nov. 4 – K -3rd 6pm to 8pm
Tuesday Nov. 5 – 4th-6th 6pm to 8pm
Thursday Nov. 7 – 7th – 10th  6pm to 8pm
Practices Dates: Dec. 9 thru 13, Dec. 16 thru 20,
Jan. 6 thru 10, Jan. 13 thru 16, 20 thru 24, 27 thru 31,
Feb. 3 thru 7, 10 thru 14, 17 thru 21, 24 thru 28,
March 3 thru 7, 10 thru 14,
Opening Ceremonies: Jan 17
First Game: Jan 18
Season will run 8 weeks with a single elimination
Tournament held the 9th week for grades 5 thru 10 , winners to receive awards for first place. Standings will be kept during the season
If you are Interested in playing in our Upward program please feel free to contact our church office at:
Fellowship First Baptist, 2735 High Ridge Blvd, High Ridge, MO 63049   t. 636.376.4500
We also offer a Military Deployed Discount
Sign up a friend that hasn’t played with us the last two seasons and receive a $ 10.00 discount

National History Day Contest
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students.
Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.
In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, NHD also helps students develop the following attributes that are critical for future success:
~critical thinking and problem-solving skills
~research and reading skills
~oral and written communication and presentation skills
~self-esteem and confidence
~a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process
More than 5 million students have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.
The National History Day theme for 2014 is “Rights and Responsibilities”
The regional contest will be held Saturday, Feb 22nd at UMSL, and the winners there go on to the state competition in April at the University of Missouri-Columbia. These details will be updated on the web site next week, they are finishing the planning now.   Winners in each state go on to compete in June at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Home Schoolers can register to enter, or volunteer, or come to view the projects.  When you register, Maggie says to list the name of your home school, or just write “Smith Home School.”     <<go here for the info on MO  << this page includes great links for MO resources
There are two divisions :   grades 6 to 8 compete in the Junior Division, and 9th thru 12th  are in the Senior Division.
The five project categories are:  see the links at
Individual –> Paper
Individual or Group –>  Documentary,  Exhibit,  Performance, or  Website
For the state of MO:
The State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry St, Columbia,  MO  65201
The State Coordinator is Maggie Mayhan,   (573 ) 882 – 0189

World Martial Arts Academy  – Hazelwood
408 Chez Paree Dr.   Hazelwood, MO 63042 (Next to OutBack Steakhouse off of N. Lindbergh BLVD)
Phone: (314) 921-9000
9th Degree Black Belt Grand Master offering morning and evening classes in Tae Kwon Do, Self-Defense, Anti-Bullying, Stranger Defense, and Olympic Style Sparring.

Drew’s Guitar Studio
St. Louis (South City) or your home
Do you want to play the guitar but don’t know where to start?  Do you want to be challenged and improve your guitar-playing abilities?  Or do you simply want to sing and play your favorite songs on the guitar?  We can help!
At Drew’s Guitar Studio, we specialize in teaching you what you want to learn.  The lessons are very flexible and are crafted around your personal tastes in music, ranging from classical to jazz, rock, blues, and more!  Qualifications include over 17 years studying and playing the guitar, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Greenville College in Guitar Performance.  Monthly rates are very affordable, starting at just $55 per month for weekly half-hour lessons.  I can also provide lessons in your own home for a slightly higher rate!  Contact me or check out the websites below for more information.
4800 Goethe Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(860) 628-1257

St. Louis Speedskating Club
Contact: Kelley Knickmeyer
Speedskating is a wonderful individual sport in a club environment and is open to competitors of all ages.  St. Louis Speedskating’s season runs from September – March with practices available up to 4 days a week.  There are also optional ability based competitions throughout the season.  We welcome inquiries from all interested skaters.  The first practice is free for everyone.  Please contact us at:  For more information go to:

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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