Homeschool Events List for December 29, 2013

St. Louis Homeschool Events List is now on Facebook! For those who are checking their newsfeed more often than email, I have you covered. Remember to check “Get Notifications” so you don’t miss a post; I won’t be paying for promotion. 🙂 Also, the Support Group pages have been updated. Please let me know if I have missed a group or have any incorrect information.

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. Don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

DaySpring has an immediate opening for the following:
>a part time 5th/6th grade teacher, teaching language arts and history two days a week and
>a Jr. High & High School Comp & Lit teacher.
This could be the same person for all four hours or it could be split between a couple of teachers.
Please let us know if you know anyone who may be interested, or you could pass this email on to them as well. The position begins in January so obviously we are anxious to get things settled soon!
They can contact Angie Mather, the Director of Academics at DaySpring Academy in Maryland Heights by email: or by phone: 314-291-8878.

The Bontrager Family Singers in Concert
January 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Please join us in welcoming the Bontrager Family Singers back to The Family Vision!
The Bontrager Family Singers are a family music group from eastern Iowa. The family consists of Marlin & Becky and their 10 children, ages 5-22 years. They have traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, sharing in word and song through a unique, refreshing gospel/bluegrass style. Together they have ministered in churches, camps, prisons and many other venues. Providing their own instrumentation, they bring to the stage banjos, violins, keyboard, mandolin, guitars, dobro, harmonica, and bass guitar. Their one and only purpose is to glorify their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in all that they do.
Admission is free; an offering will be received.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376

New Year, New Classes at Hacker Factory!
uControl HackerSpace offers fun activities each month designed to encourage students to join the Maker Movement. Experts share knowledge & ideas with exciting projects to encourage kids from 8 to 18 to see what they can make!
January Events:
Drawdio! – Combine art and music by creating your very own Drawdio!  This circuit-craft lets you use your sense of touch to hear the invisible electrical connections between you & your environment! Turn your pencil into a musical instrument that actually draws audio!  Play music on anything! Anywhere!  Intro to Soldering Workshop is a pre-requisite, but you can take both on the same day. PARENT ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
Intro to Soldering – Blinking Circuit Board:  Learn all the complicated science necessary to build a simple circuit.  Get introduced to basic soldering skills and complete the blinking circuit board.   Morning sessions only – PARENT ATTENDANCE REQUIRED.
Minecraft Chess – How do you combine two games played by almost 620 million people worldwide?  Minecraft Chess! In this workshop, we provide you with the means to build your very own Minecraft Chess set so you can pit Passive mobs against Aggressive mobs to see which group can reign supreme over your Minecraft world!
For class dates, times and to sign up visit:
uControl Hacker Space, Matrix DPS LLC, 15 Arrowhead Industrial Blvd, St. Peters, MO 63376

The National Geographic St. Louis Area Home Educators Geography Bee
WHO? All 4th – 8th grade homeschoolers in the St. Louis area.
WHAT? The 8th annual St. Louis Area Homeschool Geography Bee to qualify a winner for the MO State Bee. NOTE: This is the official National Geographic Homeschool Geography Bee in the area. They have asked that homeschoolers only conduct one bee in the St. Louis area. Also, if you are an Illinois participant and win the bee, please know that you will be representing the state of Missouri.
WHERE? The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
It is between Elm Rd and Grant Rd on Watson, just south of Hwy 44.
Here is a link to their map:
WHEN? Saturday, January 11, 2014 2:00 p.m.
WHY? To test your knowledge of both US and World geography, and because it’s lots of fun! Families are welcome to attend.
HOW? By filling out the registration form and sending it in as soon as possible! Also, your student may need to start studying geography to prepare for the bee. It IS a competition, and the contestant who has studied will be better prepared. For more information and Geobee Challenge practice questions, go to:
Your library may have atlases and reference materials for you to borrow. Or, you may purchase study materials such as: The National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide and Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Please send $5 registration fee (checks made out to SHARE) for each child to: Debbie Rehmer 10406 Ruby Manor Ct. St. Louis, MO 63123
* We’ll have refreshments after the bee. Please bring a sweet, salty or healthy snack. We’ll provide drinks!
Contact Debbie at 314.544.7303 or 314.913.0464 or e-mail: or Cathy Mullins at 314.769.7965 with questions.

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
January 6, 2014
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
*Children under the age of 1 are free.
*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following:
Cash * Check * Credit Card * Debit Card
*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
*Mark your calendar for the next date: February 3, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at

Jefferson County Regional Youth Symphony
The Jefferson County Regional Youth Symphony was founded in 2004 as a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation with recognized foundation status.
The purpose of the Youth Symphony is for musicians age 7 through 20 that play violin, viola, cello or bass to further their talent and perform as a group.  While exploring their talents and discovering symphonic and classical music, it is a unique opportunity to work, play, and grow together in musicianship.  Our goal is to make available the opportunity to experience and perform in a symphony orchestra.
The requirements for the Jefferson County Regional Youth Symphony are listed below:
-Musicians must be 7 to 20 years of age
-Play a violin, viola, cello, or bass (this is a string orchestra only)
-Know basic scales (C, G, D, A)
-Expected to practice
-There is an annual $25.00 filing fee for each member
>>Attendance Policy
Members shall be present at the designated time and lace for all rehearsals and concerts.  More than two absences without justification may cause the musician to lose membership.
>>Audition Information/Requirements
An Application must be filled out for the preliminary audition.  Please contact Carolyn Botilla, 636-337-8609.
Auditions will be held the second week of January 2014.
For the preliminary audition, the applicants will be asked to play a solo of their choice (no accompaniment), scales, and may be asked to play a short sight reading excerpt.  Applicants will be notified in writing as the whether or not they have made the final auditions.
>>The 2014 Season
All practice/rehearsals will be held each Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 (weather permitting) at the DeSoto Community Center, 400 Boyd, DeSoto, MO.  The winter season will begin January 16, 2014 and end with a concert in May.
For more information contact: Carolyn Eschbach Botilla, director and conductor, 636-337-8609

Gateway Center for Performing Arts
Enrollment has opened for their Winter Musical Theatre Performance session for K-12!  Classes will run January 7-March 11th in Glendale.
Winter Semester:  January 7th – March 11th
Mini Musical Theatre – Grades K-1st
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Junior Musical Theatre – Grades 2nd-5th
Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Senior Musical Theatre – Grades 6th-12th
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
For full class descriptions and more information, please visit and learn more about how GCPA is shaping the St. Louis community through the performing arts.  Register online or by phone: | (314) 635-8608 | | 500 N Sappington Rd, Glendale, MO 63122

2014 English Country Dancing
for area Homeschoolers! (No partners or prior experience required!)
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!
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!
The facility will be the gym of:
Trinity Lutheran School, 4689 North Highway 94, Saint Charles, MO  63301
Registration required. Please visit for registration form and building usage policy.
Dances called each evening can be found here:

I hope you will take the time between now and January 6th to bring your family and friends to stroll the path to the manger in our Vieux Noel Christmas light walk through the Linden House yard. It’s lovely and takes just 15 minutes. Afterwards, come inside for a cup of tea and visit for a few minutes while you all warm up. It costs $1/person. We’re open from 6PM through 8PM each evening through Epiphany.
At the last Homeschool Tuesday I introduced the possibility of your 6th-12th graders participating in the National History Day Competition. We’re offering to mentor group and individual projects here at the museum. The 2014 theme is Rights and Responsibilities. We need to register our participants and project ideas in early January. So…this is your last call to say if you have a student who would like to become involved. I will be available at the museum on Monday, December 30th and on Thursday, January 2nd to meet with students to start brainstorming project ideas. Please let me know if you have anyone who will be interested.
The Homeschool Tuesday topics for 2014 are listed below. As always, the program will begin at 10AM and be over by noon. It will include a variety of activities and a focused tour of the site based on the topic. Please call, email or join the event on Facebook to reserve your spot – tell us how many people you will be bringing. Cost: $4/participants with a maximum of $10/family. Please call by January 3rd if you plan to attend the quilting program.
January 7th —Quilts
February 4th—Chocolate
March 4th—Militia (hopefully)
April 1st—Trickster Stories
May 6th—Three Sisters Garden
June 3rd —Rope Making
July 1st —Life on & in the River
August 5th — Marbles, Mancala & World Games
September 2nd —Tin, Lead, Copper, Brass, Pewter
October 7th —Embroidery
November 4th—Taffy & Ste. Catherine’s Day
December 2nd —Colonial French Christmas
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Next Generation Theatre Company will be holding their 1st annual talent show on January 31, 2014. We are looking for acts of all kinds that are family friendly and no longer than 4 minutes.
When: Preliminary auditions will be held on Friday, January 10th from 5:30pm-9:00pm and
Saturday, January 11th from 12:30pm-4:00pm.
Where: The auditions will be held at DaySpring School of the Arts, 2608 Metro Blvd. Maryland Heights, MO 63043.
Video auditions must be sent in by 9pm on January 11th and must be emailed to
There is no cost to audition.
Finalists will be announced by January 18th.
If chosen as a finalist, you will perform at the show on January 31st and be in the running for the grand prize of $200.
Finalists must also pay a small $10 entry fee.
To Request An Audition Time Visit
For Questions Contact Elizabeth Todd at
Next Generation Theatre Company  is part of DaySpring School of the Arts

Teen Science Cafe
Taylor Center – 4900 Manchester Ave, St Louis, MO 63110
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 (this is the reschedule of the cancelled December event)
Bad Air: The Dirt on Indoor Air Pollution
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Featured Speaker: Glenn Morrison, Ph.D., Professor, Environmental Engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology
Air pollution is getting worse, and can have a long term impact on our health…but we only have to worry about outdoor pollution, right? Join us as we explore the very real dangers of indoor air pollution with Dr. Glenn Morrison. We will learn about items that you may have in your home that can effect your health, how to reduce pollution in your home, and the steps that need to be taken for remediation of homes used as meth labs. Expect interactive discussion with a real scientist and hands-on activities!
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Registration required.
For more information, or to register, CLICK HERE, or call 314.533.8586.

Engineering and Robotics Classes Grades K-8
Bricks 4 Kidz Chesterfield offers S.T.E.M. Education for homeschool students grades K-8 in Robotics and Engineering. Registration is open for Homeschool Groups in South County, West County and Pacific locations beginning January 2014. These are 8-10 weeks classes.
Jr. Engineers (Gr. K-3) “Storm Chasers”Using LEGO® Bricks and Motors (please refer to website for more information.)
Robotic Engineers (Gr. 4-8) Students will build robots and learn basic programming using LEGO® Mindstorm Robotics and programming platform.
Please visit our website for more information. or call Pam @(636) 821-3154.

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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