Homeschool Events List for September 17, 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

From Cathy Mullins, Homelink Coordinator
Just a quick thank-you to all who voted in round 1 of the contest.  We made the Top 10!!!  Now the big battle begins!!!!
The second, and final, round of voting will feature the top ten vote-getters from Round One. These ten schools will compete to achieve the most votes in two weeks. Voting will begin on Monday, September 16 and end on Friday, September 27. Same voting rules apply. Each logged in member may cast ten votes per sixty minutes. The school with the most votes at the close of voting on Friday, September 27 will win $5,000!
Tell your family and friends, get the word out, and support a homeschool learning center!
Go to
Thanks for the support! 🙂

Gather your group and join us at LifeLight Youth Theatre’s “Back to School” Swing Dance.
WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2013 from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.
WHERE: Zion Lutheran Church – Fellowship Hall- 3866 Harvester Road, St Charles, MO 63304
GREAT MUSIC, GOOD TIMES, CHEAP EATS at the concession stand. TICKETS are $6.00
This fundraiser benefits LYT’s upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast.
Free Lesson begins at 7pm.
Dress code- Feel free to dress in swing era dress and remember a modest dress code
For more information, call 636-294-2978

Gospel And Gaming-Free Education Conference
Hosted by Midtown Church and G3
When: Friday September 27th 7-9PM & Saturday September 28th 9AM-Noon (childcare provided Saturday)
Where: Memorial Chapel 6238 Alexander Dr. St. Louis, MO, 63105
What: What is the cultural phenomena of gaming? What does the bible have to say about how Christians are to interact with technology? How can gospel leaders faithfully care for the church, and reach out to this unreached group of over 180 Million people? Come one come all for the first annual Gospel and Gaming conference and get started on getting equipped to handle the toughest questions of our digital age.
Who: Everyone! All ages are welcome and material is appropriate for children and adults alike. This year is hosted by Midtown Church’s Mark Tucker and speakers include an international game designer, Thomas Henschell, Covenant Seminary’s Alexander Schmidt, and Jacob Toman, co-founder of and Gospel and Gaming.
Questions: Contact Jacob Toman, (517)-614-5396
Check out for more details.

Gateway Learning Connection Homeschool Institute – Enrolling Now
3920 Old Hwy 94 South, Suite 33, St. Charles, MO  63304
We understand the need for a balance between one-on-one guidance from you at home and the positive peer interaction available at our learning site. You will have all the benefits of homeschooling your child with the added support of our academic institute.
Our professional educators provide excellent instruction in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. The program includes two days of learning on-site and take-home lessons. Our objective is to build a foundation that cultivates life-long, curious learners.
There is an application process that will incorporate a meeting and possibly an assessment to determine appropriate placement. Class sizes are small and space is limited.
If you would like additional information, including pricing, availability, class schedules and descriptions, contact us at 888-959-8194 or visit our website
>>>Enrichment Classes at Gateway Learning Connection<<<<
We offer a variety of enrichment classes to supplement your homeschool curriculum. The classes are open the public, not just our institute students. They are held on Fridays, from 8:15 am – 6:30 pm. You may choose from one class, several or all.
The focus areas are Art, Music, Foreign Language, Creative Writing and Technology. Each course is instructed by a professional that has extensive experience in the subject matter. They will engage and encourage your child to use their imagination and have fun, all while learning a new skill.
Classes are 8-weeks in length and will fill up quickly. The costs are $160 per 8-week session for one class.  If your student is enrolled in 2 or more courses, the rate is reduced to $120 per 8-week session.  There is also a multi-child discount of 10% available.

Sponsored by the St. Louis Teen Eagles
November 1, 2013; 6:30pm
$100 per table of 10, Or $10 per individual walkins.
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
Teen Eagles proudly present the biannual Trivia Night! There will be prizes, food, games, and much more! Come out for a night full of trivia centered around the 20th century. Categories include: Music Beetles to Backstreet Boys, Movies: Silence to Violence, and Current Events: WWI to Y2K. So please join us for this night of fun! RSVP:  636-386-7722

2014 English Country Dancing
(No partners or prior experience required!)
Friday, January 10, 7-9 PM
Friday, January 17, 7-9 PM
Friday, January 24, 7-9 PM
Friday, January 31, 7-9 PM
Friday, February 7, 7-9 PM
—(skip Feb 14)—
Friday, February 21, 7-9 PM (Snow Day make-up if needed; Review before Ball if not)
Friday, February 28, 7-10 PM – Ball
Total Cost:  Early Registration & payment (must be received before Jan 10) $60/family for all six/seven classes
or $4/person (aged 5 and over) per class.  Pay for no more than six classes.
At-the-Door Registration & payment (Jan 10 or later) $72/family for all six/seven classes
or $5/person (aged 5 and over) per class, for every class attended.
(This $4 or $5/person cost applies to guests you bring that are not part of your family; they must have a separate registration.  Only your children’s grandparents and people living under your roof are included as part of your family.)
There is no charge for younger children; they are most welcome, but you must be responsible for them!
John & B. Ramsay will again lead us, and we’ll continue to use the gym of Trinity Lutheran School in Orchard Farm!
We’re again planning one “Snow Day” into our schedule!  If we don’t need to use it, it will be a free day of dance review for everyone!
Please note that we are going back to our original Friday evenings 7:00 – 9:00 PM time.  It was just too long an evening to do the two separate sessions back-to-back.  However, we will still focus on training new dancers for the first hour, saving the more complex dances for the second hour, after the break.
Also, our caller, Dr. Ramsay, (now a mere 83 years young!) would really like to see more of our young people calling dances, or perhaps participating by playing their instruments for a dance or two.  He has already come up with a rough draft of the dance lists for all six/seven sessions.  I will also attach that list.  He plans to teach each dance the first time, and then would like up to twenty persons to volunteer to each call one specific dance for the rest of the series.  So each volunteer would only need to call one dance, but would do it multiple times over the series.  Same with playing live music.  That way they would get to know it very well, and get very comfortable calling/playing it!
The facility will be the gym of:
Trinity Lutheran School, 4689 North Highway 94, Saint Charles, MO  63301
Directions:  From I-70 or I-270 take 370 to Hwy 94.  Go north (east) on Hwy 94 about 4 miles (about 5 minutes) to Trinity Lutheran School.  It will be on the left, shortly after a curve to the left and then back to the right again.  Look for a well-lit, red brick school building with flagpoles out front.
Rules for the building include basic courtesy and common sense.  We will have the gym, rest rooms, and entry foyer, (plus the kitchen on the last evening for our Ball).  Non-marking/court shoes are required.  (If we need to pay extra for cleaning or damages, the price goes up, of course.)  All children must be attended by a responsible person at all times.  If they don’t wish to participate, they will be able to play quietly on the floor in the entry or along the edges of the gym while we dance, but they must stay off the dance floor and they must have someone with them to keep them out of harm’s way or from getting into mischief.  We’d like to be welcomed back next year, too!
To confirm your reservation, please sign the liability waiver below, and return with a check for $60 (or as calculated at $4/person aged 5 and over/class) made payable to Steve or Carol Stearns:
Steve & Carol Stearns, 509 Rolling Hills Drive, Saint Charles, MO  63304
~~~Trinity Lutheran School Multi Purpose Building Usage Policy~~~
1. Smoking or other forms of tobacco use are NOT permitted inside any of the buildings in the school complex.
2. Only clean gym/court shoes (no street shoes) are permitted on the gym floor during recreational activities.
3. Only authorized personnel are allowed in the equipment room.
4. When the kitchen is used (just for the night of the Ball), it will be left in a clean and sanitary condition suitable for the next use.  All tables and counter tops shall be wiped down with a damp rag and mild detergent.  All utensils, dishes, and other items shall be washed clean in soapy water and stored in their proper locations.
5. Speech and conduct must be appropriate for each activity and reflect Christian standards.
6. Animals are prohibited from the building unless specifically trained for assisting a disabled individual.
7. Individuals using the building and equipment are responsible for losses or damages.  It is the responsibility of each family to insure that all facilities are returned to the condition they were in prior to the activity.
8. At least one adult must be present at all times for every five minors.  Children will not be allowed to enter the building until adult supervision arrives.
9. Trinity Lutheran Church and School is not responsible for accident or injury.  All users are expected to use equipment properly and safely.  Examples of prohibited activities are hanging from basketball rims or nets, kicking or throwing balls, climbing on stacked mats, risers, chairs or tables, or using equipment in a manner inconsistent with its intended use or in a way that would be deemed unsafe.
10. The group is responsible for leaving the used rooms neat.  Specifically, all trash will be collected and deposited in the proper waste receptacles throughout the building.  If a custodian must be hired to clean up after the group, an extra fee will be charged.  If the premises are damaged, an extra fee will be charged and the security deposit forfeited.
11. Horseplay or loitering is not allowed.  Adults are responsible for the conduct of the minors under their supervision.  No one is permitted in any room other than the one they are scheduled for.
12. The Multi Purpose Building may remain closed during inclement or severe weather.  Closing the facility due to weather will be announced by way of e-mail and/or phone call to all families registered.  Every effort will be made to reschedule the activity at a later date.
______(to confirm reservation, fill out form and send with payment to Stearns’ address above)________
I acknowledge my responsibility and that of my family in using the facilities of Trinity Lutheran Church.  I agree to abide by the regulations as specified above.  I agree to exercise the utmost care in the use thereof; to leave the building and equipment in clean and orderly condition; and to provide adequate care and supervision of children who attend.  I agree that no controlled substances and tobacco products will be used in the facility.  I further agree that Trinity Lutheran Church is not responsible for any accidents or injuries that may occur.

Signature: ____________________________________________Date: _____

(Printed Name)  _________________________________ # in Family age 5 and over:  __

Phone:  ____________  E-mail: __________________________ # Sessions ______

Total paid: $________

Next year, the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City will host a 40-minute interactive theatrical program called “Civil War Archives Alive!”, which shows students what life was like for Missourians during the 1860s and how the bloodiest war in American history affected citizens and soldiers on both sides. The show will be presented by the education performance group Second Chance Foundation.
After the show, students can tour the Missouri State Archives, where all of Missouri’s surviving historical documents are kept. I’ve toured the archives many times myself, and it never fails to amaze me how rich and varied the history of our state is. It’s a wonderful learning opportunity for students.
Performances and tours are free of charge and any fourth or fifth grade class in Missouri is invited to attend. The program will be held on the following dates at the Missouri Archives in Jefferson City, with performances scheduled each day at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.:
-Thursday, March 13, 2014
-Thursday, March 20, 2014
– Thursday, April 3, 2014
-Wednesday, April 9, 2014
-Wednesday, April 23, 2014
-Tuesday, May 6, 2014
-Tuesday, May 13, 2014
-Thursday, May 15, 2014
I strongly encourage schools to attend if possible. Missouri has a unique past, especially during the Civil War, when guerrilla fighters like “Bloody Bill” Anderson fought “Jayhawks” up and down the Kansas/Missouri border (a legacy that lasts to this day, as seen in the famous rivalry between MU and KU), and outlaws like Jesse James became folk heroes.
The program requires a reservation. To RSVP, or for more information, contact the Secretary of State’s office at (573) 526-5296 or email

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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