Homeschool Events List for February 11, 2014

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Calls Needed – Oppose HB 1452 – Mandatory Kindergarten
Calls are needed to oppose HB 1492-Manditory Kindergarten for the St. Louis and Kansas City school districts. If your Missouri State Representative is on the list of Sponsor/Co-sponsors or on the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, please call them today asking them to oppose HB 1452.
1. FHE has always and continues to take a strong stand against lowering the compulsory attendance age (currently seven). Doing so not only infringes on the freedom of parents to direct the educational choices of their young children, but in many cases is detrimental to the academic success of children who are not ready (eg, sufficiently matured) for all-day instruction. HB 1452 is a back door effort to lower the compulsory attendance age from 7 years of age to 5 years of age by requiring a 5 year old to be enrolled in kindergarten.
According to HB 1452, a parent would have to determine if they are going to homeschool by the time their child is 5 years old AND HAVE THEIR CHILD ACTIVELY ENROLLED IN A COURSE OF STUDY COMPLIANT WITH 167.031.2 in order to not be in violation. Therefore, this creates a situation in which a parent could be harassed into registering their child with the recorder of deeds office or public school, which is optional (and NOT recommended by FHE or HSLDA) according to RSMo 167.042.
3. We must stop HB 1452 not only to protect the freedoms of parents in St. Louis and Kansas City, but all parents in the state. Although the “law” would only apply to KC & St Louis now, you can be assured that it would expand to the entire state later.
4. Note that as of 11 Feb 2014, HB 1452 is NOT scheduled for a committee hearing.
To find your Missouri State Representative go to the Legislator Lookup:
Below, an * indicates a Secondary & Elementary Ed Committee Member:
Bill Sponsor:
*Rep. Genise Montecillo – 573-751-9472
Bill Co-Sponsors:
*Rep. Kurt Bahr-573-751-9768
* (Vice Chair) Rep. Jay Barnes-573-751-2412
*Rep. Gail McCann Beatty-573-751-2124
*Rep. Michael Butler-573-751-6800
Rep. Randy Dunn-573-751-0538
Rep. Rory Ellinger-573-751-4265
Rep. Brandon Ellington-573-751-3129
*Rep. Doug Funderburk- 573-751-2176
Rep. Elaine Gannon-573-751-7735
Rep. Jeff Grisamore-573-751-1456
*Rep. Ron Hicks-573-751-1470
Rep. Denny Hoskins-573-751-4302
Rep. Penny Hubbard-573-751-2383
Rep. Jacob Hummel-573-751-0438
Rep. Chris Kelly-573-751-4189
Rep. Mike Lair-573-751-2917
Rep. John McCaherty-573-751-3751
Rep. Kevin McManus-573-751-9469
Rep. Bonnaye Mims-573-751-7639
Rep. Chris Molendorp-573-751-2175
*Rep. Judy Morgan-573-751-4485
Rep. Sharon Pace- 573-751-4726
Rep. Joshua Peters-573-751-7605
*Rep. Tommie Pierson-573-751-6845
Rep. John Rizzo-573-751-3310
*Rep. Lyle Rowland-573-751-2042
Rep. Clem Smith-573-751-4468
Rep. Rick Stream- 573-751-4069
Rep. Noel Torpey-573-751-3623
>>Elementary and Secondary Education Committee Members:
Rep. Steve Cookson, Chairman-573-751-1066
Rep. Jay Barnes, Vice Chairman-573-751-2412
Rep. Ira Anders-573-751-5701
Rep. Kurt Bahr-573-751-9768
Rep. Eric Burlison-573-751-0136
Rep. Michael Butler-573-751-6800
Rep. Mike Cierpiot-573-751-0907
Rep. Vicki Englund-573-751-3719
Rep. Doug Funderburk-573-751-2176
Rep. Elijah Haahr-573-751-2210
Rep. Ron Hicks-573-751-1470
Rep. Andrew Koenig-573-751-5568
Rep. Margo McNeil-573-751-5365
Rep. Genise Montecillo-573-751-9472
Rep. Mike Moon-573-751-4077
Rep. Judy Morgan-573-751-4485
Rep. Mark Parkinson-573-751-2949
Rep. Tommie Pierson-573-751-6845
Rep. Jeff Roorda-573-751-2504
Rep. Lyle Rowland-573-751-2042
Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst-573-751-4392
Rep. Bryan Spencer-573-751-1460
Rep. Kathryn Swan-573-751-1443
Thank you for helping to protect the freedoms of home educators in Missouri,
The FHE Board

St. Louis 250 Celebration at MHM
Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Bring the whole family to celebrate with us on February 14, 15, and 17. See our website for full schedules of events. Check out the new 250 in 250 exhibition and enjoy:
Carriage rides
Music by Kristin Tanner, Half Deaf Jeff, and Mark-O-Polo
Make-and-take workshops
Balloon art
Face painting
Cupcake decorating
Meet and greet with local artist Cbabi Bayoc
And SO MUCH more!
Storytelling at the Museum
Storytelling programs engage our youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings by using traditional and contemporary story books.
These programs are free and take place on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30am. Check with the Information Desk for locations.

Shake Hands with Shakespeare: Interactive Literature
Students will be reading aloud the brilliant words of the Bard as we explore character, theme, plot, literary functions and figures of speech, historical significance and relevancy to today.  Discussion will be a large part of class as well as reading the complete play aloud to hone the skills of diction, articulation, dramatic tone and oral interpretation.
This is a great way to read Shakespeare and understand the material while taking the fear out of words and phrases that seem complicated and foreign.
Using the No Fear Shakespeare Series, students will have a side by side translation of each line for a complete and thorough understanding of each work.
WHAT:  “HENRY IV PART 1” – Session II (Feb 17-Mar 31)
“HENRY IV PART 2”  – Session III (April 7 – May 12)
WHEN:  Mondays  9:00 – 10:15am
WERE:  78 Meadowbrook CC Est  Ballwin
WHO:  ages 12+
Tuition: 80. per 6 week session
Materials:  No Fear Shakespeare Series copy of each play
Class size:  limited to 10 students
To register:  email

Have you ever wondered how lasers work? What about what they’re used for? Believe it or not, you probably use lasers on a daily basis. From computers and disk readers to military use and general exploration, this light-base technology has become essential to socity. In this cafe, join Dr. Jack Glassman as he explains how lasers work through hands-on activities and explores real life applications of his research!
>>THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 5:30-7:30
Academy of Science – St. Louis
Location: Center for Emerging Technologies – 4041 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle & high school students.
Registration is required, register here.
>>>THURSDAY, March 6, 5:30-7:30
St. Louis Science Center, Taylor Center Building, 4900 Manchester Ave, St Louis, MO 63110
FREE and OPEN to ALL 8-12th grade students. To register, email Kerry Stevison at

Lego Build & Play
February 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Have fun with friends and library Legos! This is a great time to visit with other parents while the children exercise their creative minds. All ages are welcome; we have an assortment for all ages, including larger DUPLO pieces for the little kids, and LEGO Technic pieces for ages 12 and up.
No sign up needed—just come on in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376

The Enrichment Academy a non for profit in partnership with Missouri Ballet School Introductory Semester
The Missouri Ballet School provides a platform for Home Schooled and Home Educated children to flourish in a stimulating and creative environment with professional dancers. All classes will be taught by Missouri Ballet Theatre Company members.
Ballet classes for girls and boys ages 3 and over will begin with an introductory Semester March 11th – April 10th. Beginner – Intermediate level classes will be offered.
Tiny Tutus Dancers 3- 5 years
Curriculum combines the basics of Ballet, Tumbling and Movement & Music Tuesday & Thursday 12:45-1:45 pm March 11th – April 10th 5 Week (10 classes) $75.00
Class 1 Dancers 6-9 years Tuesday & Thursday 12:30 pm -2:00 pm March 11th – April 10th 5 Week (10 classes) $100.00
Class 2 Dancers 10 years and older Tuesday & Thursday 12:30 pm -2:00 pm March 11th – April 10th 5 Week (10 classes) $100.00
The semester will conclude with an “in house” performance featuring all the dancers. Spring 2014 performance, The Wizard of Oz. Date: April 10th
Now Enrolling for the Missouri Ballet School Camp
July 7th -10th 5:30-7:30 pm
The Enrichment Academy/Missouri Ballet School along with the Missouri Ballet Theatre resides in the dance studio of St. Peters Academy of Dance, 93 Vantage Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Call Today to enroll in the introductory semester of the Missouri Ballet School. For more information call St. Peters Academy of Dance at 636-970-3203

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).
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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