Homeschool Events List for October 6, 2013

My name is Susie Thurmond. I am the Owner/Editor/Writer of the St. Louis Area Homeschool Events List (inherited from Wayne Walker in 2008). This blog is NOT associated with any singular area homeschool group. I post almost anything sent to me. Think there should be more of your groups events posted? Give your leaders my email address (found at the bottom of this post). I will not share any private group events without permission from group leaders. Some groups are just more open to sharing their events than others.
I would like to request the assistance of some research assistants. The pay is terrible ($0), but the hours are great (as your schedule allows) and the rewards are fabulous (ensuring your community has information and choices). The best people for this position will be those who like to “do stuff”. No training necessary! Everyone is hired!  Just put my email address (see below) in your contacts and when you see something I could use, shoot me an email. In the body of the email please, I usually will not open attachments. Also, when you have time (I know that phrase is humorous to a homeschool parent), look over the website to look for broken links and incorrect or out of date information. I am looking forward to getting some volunteers! I do not charge anyone to post their events, nor do I receive payment for this blog, so also let businesses you frequent know to send me their classes and events. Illinois side this includes you, too!!!
Thanks to all for reading and subscribing. As usual, feel free to forward! :-)

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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

HOMESCHOOL ICE SKATING DAYS
Homeschoolers are invited to come out EVERY Wednesday to ice skate at Hardee’s Iceplex in Chesterfield.  Cost is $5 and includes skate rental. Skate as much as you want, anytime between 11:00-1pm.
There are picnic tables in the building so you are welcome to pack a lunch or small snack.
No advance registration necessary!  Just come on out!  🙂

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE NATIONAL CHURCHILL MUSEUM – not affected by shutdown
October 9, 2013
Homeschool families are encouraged to come between 9am-4pm to take part in creative learning stations throughout the Museum exhibits. Activities include letter string scavenger hunts, sensory treasure hunts, story pages, and word birds for the little ones; interactive exercises about 21st century technology for the middle school age children; and a creative writing exercise for high school age children. A bonus “Meet the Curator” activity includes a meet and greet with the Museum’s curator including a tour of our collections space, which will take place at 10:30am-11:30am and 2pm-3pm.
Families interested in participating are kindly requested to register at http://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/homeschool-days.html, call 573-592-6242 or email mandy.plybon@churchillmemorial.org. Advanced registrations allow us to make sure we have enough materials for everyone.
COST:    $3.00-$6.00 general admission based on age, Children 5 and under are free. Groups of 15+, all adults receive $3.00 admission
WHEN:  October 9, 2013 9am-4pm
WHERE: National Churchill Museum, 501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, MO 65251
WHO:   public and media
CONTACT: Mandy Plybon, Education & Public Programs Coordinator for the National Churchill Museum, 573-592-6242, mandy.plybon@churchillmemorial.org
www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org

Resource Fair for Educators, Group Leaders
When: 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Where: The Living World/North Entrance at Saint Louis Zoo
Educators, scout and other youth-group leaders are invited to learn about programs, resources and free materials from St. Louis area museums, cultural institutions and organizations at the Resource Center Network’s annual Resource Fair.
Some of the more than 20 exhibitors include Challenger Learning Center, Endangered Wolf Center, Humane Society of Missouri, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Judicial Learning Center and U.S. Courts, Missouri Department of Conservation, Saint Louis Zoo, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Wildlife Rescue Center and World Chess Hall of Fame. Admission is free. Free parking is provided on the North Lot on Government Drive. For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org/education or call (314) 781-0900, ext. 4554.

Masquerade Homecoming Dance
Who: grades 9-12
When: Friday October 11, 2013; 7-11pm
Where: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 4355 Butler Hill Rd, St. Louis MO 63128
Park and enter from the back
Cost: $10.00 per person, $15 after 10/7/2013
Dress Code: Semi-formal attire. Please dress modestly.
Girls- nothing too low cut or too short
Boys- dress pants with tie, jacket optional
How: Go to the SHARE website calendar to sign up for the dance, pay with PayPal, or sign up to volunteer

To Bee or Not to Bee: The State of the Honeybee
Fri, Oct 11; 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
OASIS @ the Visitor’s Center in Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112
Featured Speaker: Jim Jordan, Beekeeper
FREE to the first 10 registrants, $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students, welcome. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE is an ON SCIENCE SERIES PRESENTATION of the ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – ST. LOUIS and OASIS St. Louis.

CHICK-FIL-A SUNSET HILLS LOOKING TO HIRE HOMESCHOOLERS
Dear Homeschool Families:
My name is Jill Hume and I am the Human Resources Director for the new Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza. We are thrilled to be opening our doors on November 14th to offer the great food and service of Chick-fil-A in Sunset Hills! Eric Benting, Owner/Operator, is a West Point graduate, served in the Army and had a career in the medical device industry before partnering with Chick-fil-A. We are excited to make a difference in the community and in the lives of others. This starts with building and developing a team of talented ambassadors committed to hard work and service to others.
We are looking for energetic team-members who lead with a servant’s heart. Eric and I would love the opportunity to meet you! We will have a hiring trailer on-site in October.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
Jill Hume
Human Resources Director
Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza
314-288-5020

Green Acres: Sustainable Agriculture in Old North St. Louis
Sat, Oct 12; 10 a.m. – Noon
MEET @ 13th Street Garden, 2718 North 13th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106
13th Street Garden & Farmers’ Market Walking Tour
COST: $12 per person and includes lunch. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students, welcome. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
GREEN ACRES is an ON SCIENCE SERIES PRESENTATION of the ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – ST. LOUIS, the Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group, and OASIS St. Louis.

CONGRESSMAN TODD AKIN
Monday, October 14, 2013 At 7:00pm
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
Please come join the St. Louis Teen Eagles as they welcome former Congressman Todd Akin who will speak on how Conservatives can still save America.

ART CLASSES
~October 17, 2013; 1 – 3 PM
Kid’s Card Class
In this class your child will make two cards and a pumpkin bag.  Photos of the projects are on
our website www.fbcarnold.org/artsandcrafts in the paper crafting section.  The cost of $12 includes
everything your child needs to make the projects.  This class is designed for children age 8 and up.  Dina Lanzendorf is the instructor.  She is very patient, up beat and loves children.  It will be a fun two hours for your child.  You can register on line at the site above or call 636-296-7729  ext. 148 to sign your child up for the class.
~October 18 – November 8, 2013
Oil Painting class for children “Country Schoolhouse”
Fridays, Noon – 2 PM
Cost is $30 + supplies
This class is designed for children age 10 and up.  (Talk to the instructor if you have an 8 or 9 year old who is interested).  Trina Stephens is the instructor.  Trina has been teaching oil painting to home school children since 2003.  Your child will learn the basics of color value, color mixing, brush techniques and much more all while having fun and creating a masterpiece!  See photo of the painting, get a supply list and sign your child up on line at www.fbcarnold.org/artsandcrafts.  You can also call Trina directly to sign your child up for the class or with questions at 636-296-7729  ext. 148.
Trina Stephens
Coordinator Arts and Crafts
First Baptist Church Arnold

JABiztown Homeschool Visit Day 2013-2014
When:  March 17, 2014 – JA BizTown Student Visit Day
February 3, 2014 – Curriculum Pick-Up – 1pm-4:30pm
Where:  Junior Achievement, 17339 N. Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO  63005  (Northwest corner of Boone’s Crossing )
Time:   9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ages:  Ages 10-13 (Priority enrollment will be given to students that have never been to JA BizTown, if a waiting list becomes necessary.)
Cost:
First Time Families (binder is required) OR Returning Families who would like a new binder
1 student – $30.00
2 students – $50.00
3 students – $70.00
4 students – $90.00
Returning Families –Binder may not be needed (parent brings binder)
1 student – $25.00
2 students – $45.00
3 students – $65.00
4 students – $85.00
Enroll  today: Enroll online at www.jamvi.org (Maximum of 120 students – Register early!)
Additional information on JA BizTown may be found at www.jamvi.org
What happens after I enroll my student for the homeschool visit day?
1. Parents complete online training session and pick up curriculum.
▪   Approximately 15 lessons are taught at home.
2. Parent Curriculum Pick-up:  February 3, 2014 – Drop in 1:00-4:30pm – (at JA offices)- 3:30pm – Parent tour of JA BizTown
3.  Students will apply for jobs and eventually get together in small business groups.  We will organize multiple business groups by location throughout the St. Louis metro area.
•Students work in assigned business groups for 2-3 lessons.
•Details on meeting place & time for business groups will vary.
4. Homeschool students come to JA BizTown for a student visit day and are prepared to assume job responsibilities, manage bank accounts, and experience life as a consumer/employer.
Questions:  Call Jenny Eickhorst, 636-728-0707, ext. 237 or jeickhorst@jastl.org

FIRST ROBOTICS
From Lisa Payne-Naeger, retired home educator
I want to let you know about a great opportunity for your kids!
http://www.rivercityrobots.org/
If you haven’t considered joining a robotics team, you should reconsider. River City Robotics has teams for every age level, and interest level. Yep, that’s right. I said interest level. Joining a robotics team isn’t just for the future engineer. The activities and opportunities are much more vast, and there is literally something for every kid in the FIRST Robotics organization.
While building, driving, programming, and more, are activities that kids can learn, there are more activities and skills than just those, on a robotics team. Think of FIRST Robotics as a community that runs like a small business. There opportunities for kids who like to shoot video, write business plans, participate in exhibitions, volunteering in the community, appear on local television to promote team activity, and the list goes on and on. Kids on the RCR team work to promote their team in the community, raise funds, build, compete, and provide support for satellite teams. There are unlimited opportunities for your kids to gain leadership skills, and work as a team under the best group of mentors I have ever had the pleasure of being associated with.
Click on the above link and check out the accomplishments of the Channel Cats and other RCR teams. This organization is truly student driven and I can tell you from personal experience that I have watched the shyest kids blossom and become truly confident and directed because of their experiences and association with this organization.
So, regardless of your child’s age, there is something for everyone under the RCR umbrella. Please check it out. You won’t be sorry.

FREE LAPTOPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
I know nothing about this, just passing on.
Feel free to include our website at www.wendlfoundation.org on your resource and links page. Our nonprofit distributes laptop computers to homeschoolers in St. Louis that qualify for the federal free and reduced student lunch program.
victor wendl (vwendl@wendlfoundation.org)
Our website has a link to a number of free homeschooling online resources at the web pages below.
http://www.wendlfoundation.org/Education/FreeOnlineEducationResources.aspx
http://www.wendlfoundation.org/Education/VirtualOnlineSchoolsFAQ.aspx

DUAL ATTENDANCE OPPORTUNITY
South Tech High School Admissions Representative writes…
We are only a half-day school so students take their core classes elsewhere (at their sending school, home school, etc) and then sign up for one Career and Technical Education Program through us during their junior and senior year for 3 hours.  If students are residents in our sending districts they would be eligible to apply for South Tech.  For example, if they are a Parkway District resident, even if they are home schooled, they can attend South Tech.  The only catch is that transportation may not be provided.  Our buses would run back to the high school (Parkway West, South, etc) but not directly to the student’s house after their morning class.   We have a few home school students taking advantage of our programs now but I wanted to be sure everyone was aware of the opportunity.  Most of them count as practical arts or elective HS credit but some courses do have an opportunity for college credit.  Depending on the course it may also count toward some of the students core classes, such as Vet Tech having an embedded Anatomy and Physiology credit.   If anyone is interested in taking a tour or learning more just let me know.   Our website is www.southtechhigh.org
Thanks and Best Regards,
Katie Miller
Admissions Representative, South Tech High School
Phone: 314-989-7472
KAMiller@ssdmo.org

GREAT GODFREY MAZE
The Great Godfrey Maze is open. This year’s theme is “Keep Calm and Farm On’ as a farmer on a tractor, a windmill and a barn have been cut into the maze to give visitors a farming experience.
Mark your calendar for special events at the maze where you can get lost in space and enjoy some corny fun. The annual Fall Corn Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Activities will include: the cow (rocket) train, craft vendors, live music, tractor show and more.  Festival admission is free.  Regular fees apply to maze and maze activities.
In October, the Haunted Maze opens for those brave enough to venture in. Let the force be with you as you navigate the maze during the Halloween season on Fridays and Saturdays in October.  The Haunted Maze will be open from dark to 10 p.m. on Oct.4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.  Regular fees apply.
General admission prices are $6 for 12 and up, $4 for ages 6 through 11 and children 5 and under are free. Operating hours for general admission are: Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to dusk.   The Maze is available for group tours and birthday parties during regular operating hours.  The Maze is also available for school groups and private rentals, Monday through Thursday by reservation.
The Great Godfrey Maze is located in Robert E. Glazebrook Park at 1401 Stamper Lane, a half mile west of Route 67 (Godfrey Road) in Godfrey, Ill.  For more information, call (618) 466-1483 or go to GodfreyIL.org

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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