Homeschool Events List for May 2, 2014

St. Louis Air Show
Safe Families seeking Homeschoolers
Basketball Camps
Survey Party
SCCHE Used Book Sale
Summer Bowling
Online Summer Courses
Youthspark Camps
Jubilation Chorale
Educational Field Trip
JA Finance Park seeking input

Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo
Spirit of St. Louis Airport, 18270 Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005
The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show and STEM Expo is back, this May 3-4, at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.
Headlined by the US Navy Blue Angels in their Boeing F/A-18s and Fat Albert, the event will also feature various acrobatic and military displays in the air, and a huge STEM Expo, Veteran’s Village and static airplane displays on the ground.
Perfect for all ages, this event will lift your eyes to the sky, and to the possibilities, as we celebrate the past, present, and future of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the St. Louis region.

MAY 6, 6:30-8:30
Do you have room in your heart to bring a child into your home that needs temporary housing? Home schooling families throughout St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson County, moved by the Holy Spirit, have done just that. Safe Families for Children is an organization that matches children in need of temporary housing with Christian families that have a desire to serve Christ by caring for them. Over 53% of our Host Families homeschool! Please visit our website and contact Sharon Riordan at Safe Families for Children in St. Louis: 314-609-1006 or We are truly in need of host families and other volunteers. (Most of our children are under five and stay an average of 30 days.)
– If you can’t host, you can volunteer to mentor moms, provide meals or resources to host families, etc.
– If you can’t attend the meeting but still are interested, please call or email and we can talk one on one.
-Please help us get the word out by forwarding this email.
The meeting is at:
Grace Church, 2695 Creve Coeur Mill Rd, Maryland Heights, MO
(If you can attend please call Sharon at 314-609-1006 or just show up!)

Coach Ray Farrell’s Basketball Camp @ MBU
Boys and Girls ages 8-18
For more information call 636-220-6783 or go to
MBU – Carl and Doloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex
One College Park Dr., St. Louis, 63141
Please send registration form (found at website) with a check payable to Ray Farrell and mail to-
Ray Farrell, Head Basketball Coach
326 Whitehall Dr., Ballwin, MO 63021
WEEK 1 MAY 28 – MAY 30
9:00am – NOON
9:00am – NOON
WEEK 3 JUNE 23 – JUNE 27
9:00am – 3:00pm
(valid for WEEK 3 only)

May 31, 2014
Events will run from 9am until 2pm – Exhibits open and free to the public
Survey Party will muster at 9:00 a.m.
Look for the Exhibit Tents set up on the Arch Grounds south of the south leg of the Arch.
In honor of the 250th Birthday of the City of St. Louis, the St. Louis Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors is proud to host a Reenactment of the Founding of St. Louis.
In recognition of this semi quincentennial anniversary, volunteers in period costume will perform a re-enactment of laying out and surveying the first 3 blocks of the village that was to become the City of St. Louis near the South leg of the Arch.
Professional Surveyors will conduct a GPS-guided walking tour on what is now the Arch grounds, locating the sites of which the earliest residences in St. Louis stood. We will be discussing the contributions these residents made to our city. Familiar Names like Chouteau, Gratiot, Laclede were among the founding fathers living in this area.
There will be demonstrations of modern surveying techniques, including the use of robotic instruments, laser scanners and terrestrial photogrammetry. Historic exhibits with maps showing the evolution of what started out as a trading post, to become one of the largest cities of the United States within 100 years. Exhibits of Early Survey Equipment.
This event offers a unique opportunity to experience both the past history and present methods of land surveying while learning about the founding of St. Louis. Please join us in our effort to honor those who laid the groundwork for this magnificent city.
Don’t miss this free and unique opportunity for the whole family to experience the retelling of the beginning of St. Louis.

SCCHE Used Book Sale
Monday, June 2, 2014
Grace Community Chapel, 1311 Mexico Rd, St. Peters, MO 63376
You do not need to be an SCCHE member to participate (either to sell/buy or both).
To sell your books:
You need to reserve a table, bring your books with you and set them up to sell at that table.
8-foot tables cost $10.00 for SCCHE members / $15.00 for non members to reserve; round tables are $7.00 for SCCHE members / $12.00 for non members to reserve; Proceeds go the Widow’s Fund.
You may share a table with another homeschooler.
You may price books and other educational items with garage sale stickers. Only non-food items may be sold. If you have crafts that is fine but remember there is a large homeschool craft fair held in the fall of the year.
You may bring crates and use them as shelves on your table. There will also be room under the table for storage or more display room. Bring a large cloth to cover the table if you want to hide your storage area.
You may be creative within the space you have.
To reserve a table:
Fill out the Reservation Form and mail it along with a Self-Addressed Stamp Envelope to Michelle Sifford then email Michelle the day it was mailed, email verification is very important.
You must pay for and reserve a table ahead of time. No table reservations taken on the day of the sale. Reservation is not complete until payment has been received. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by 8:00pm.
SCCHE member sign up now – 5/20/14; non member sign up 5/10/14 – 5/20/14
Mail completed Reservation Form, payment and SASE to: Michelle Sifford; 256 Ashford Oaks Dr; Wentzville, MO 63385
Email Michelle the day Reservation information was mailed to:
Table confirmation:
Michelle Sifford will email confirmation and mail early bird tickets (you must mail a SASE for complete reservation).
Only two early bird passes per table are allowed. Any additional early bird passes at a table need to pay $3.00, this is for adults not young children. Young children that are with you need to be noted before hand for a name tag.
Complete reservation: mail completed Reservation form, table payment (payable to SCCHE) and SASE to Michelle SIfford by Tuesday, May20, 2014 by 8:00pm.
Widow’s Fund books:
We will have the Widow’s Fund books in the old chapel area.
If you want to donate your books to the Widow’s Fund to sell or if you would like to help donate some time to help pricing books please contact Margaret Porch.
Widow’s Fund donations need to be made before the book sale. Since Margaret will have to price them all, please plan to donate any Widow’s Fund books at least two weeks ahead of time.
Michelle Sifford –   or
Margaret Porch –

Just wanted to remind all the bowlers who come on Wednesday mornings that our bowling season is now over.   Below is the information for the summer schedule and everyone is invited to return or come for the first time! A bowling alley is a nice place to be in very hot weather–it’s cool inside!
When? Wednesday mornings beginning June 4, 2014
Time? 11 a.m. (note change in time!)
Where? Imperial Bowl, 6045 W Outer Rd, Imperial, MO 63052
Who? Anyone in your homeschool family! Moms, Dads, Kids!
How much? $5.00 per week; this includes shoe rental (you can pay weekly)
Contact? Ed and Nancy Ockrassa @ or 314-537-4771

I’m Sarah Pride, and I invite students age 12 and up to join me this summer on my online learning platform. We will learn the essentials to give you a running start toward your own adventures.
Summer courses run June 1 to August 15. Cost is $250/class.
Courses Offered
Intro to Latin
Ages 12 and up. In this class, I will ease students into the Latin language and lay a foundation for future success. We will learn present, future, and imperfect verb tenses and how to decline nouns and adjectives, and we will use these tools to find and decode bits of Latin in the world around us.
SAT Prep
Ages 12 and up. We will take practice tests, followed by a series of exercises designed specifically to strengthen your student’s weak areas in timed writing, language arts, or math problem-solving. I earned near-perfect scores on the PSAT, SAT, and GRE, and I have succeeded in improving others’ scores as well through my tutoring over the years.
Functional Web Design: HTML, Graphics, and Basic CSS
Ages 12 and up. Text is the Internet and downloadable software. Success in today’s world depends greatly on the ability to communicate well through many different kinds of media. This class will teach you what you need to build the sites you want. It will equip you with the basics and show you where to go to get more knowledge for any particular project. The point is to get the job done? no more, no less.
Ages 14 and up. Text: Story by Robert McKee. Other excerpts will be provided. Behind every excellent movie lies an outstanding script. This class will touch on the theory behind stories and behind screenwriting in particular. We will discuss the theology and philosophy of beauty, goodness, and truth. We will analyze movies as literature and learn the mechanics of proper formatting. Last, we will plan for each student to produce one 10-12 page script for a short film.

Microsoft Store, 1155 St Louis Galleria, Suite 2417
Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and Designers (recommended for ages 11-13), so choose the camp that fits your student’s interest and sign up today.

Jubilation Chorale
South County’s Home School Choir JUNIOR HIGH/HIGH SCHOOL
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place: Canaan Baptist Church Choir room (5409 Baumgartner Rd 63129)
Age: 12 yrs (by 9/1) through 18 — grades 7-12
Cost: $20 per month for the first child $35 per month for 2 or more children
Contact: Mrs. Scheidhauer at 314-293-8112 or
The choir will focus on music literacy, practicing good vocal production, singing 4 part harmony, sight-singing and performance etiquette. Although most of the class will be participation in the choral ensemble, it may also include written assignments and both singing and written tests. No audition is necessary for participation in this class but a vocal evaluation will be done to determine the ability level of the students and individual placement within the group. Literature will include a variety of musical styles and time periods. The choir will have the opportunity to perform several times each semester.
Host school: Clinton Christian Academy
WHEN: Friday, September 12, 2014; no charge
WHERE: Northeast Baptist Church, 7th & Lincoln Street , Clinton, MO 64735
TIME: 1:00 p.m.; 45 minute presentation
Tim is a young, energetic informative speaker about America’s Godly Heritage
Please RSVP to by June 30, 2014 with the number of students coming suggested ages grades 5-12
Dr. Tom & Sandra Spooner

JA Finance Park program
To all Homeschool Families of 8-12 grade students,
I’m very excited to tell you about the newly, redeveloped JA Finance Park program. Please VIEW INFORMATION HERE and let me know if this is a program you’re interested in participating in for the 2014-15 school year.
I would like to set apart two JA Finance Park visit days, for our homeschooling community if there is a need. Please respond and let me know the best time frame for you and I will consult with you on how we can plan a successful visit day opportunity. I am able to work with small groups, but, you will have to be buddied up with other schools.
I hope to hear from you soon, so that we can begin planning. Thanks for your time and consideration.
Cheryl Bohlen
JA Finance Park Manager
Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, Inc.
17339 North Outer Forty Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63005
Office: 636-728-0707 x234/Fax 636-728-0708

ARKOUMENE by Luke Harned
My name is Luke Harned. Not that that means much to anyone—were I to say “My name is Bill Gates,” it wouldn’t be quite accurate, but at least I could attract an audience more easily. But allow me to tell you a little about myself…
I’m an eighteen-year-old homeschool student and the oldest child in a family of nine. I’m a conservative Christian and I’m very concerned about the state of America, especially in regards to the next generation. But what I’m most well-known for is my full-length novel, Arkoumene [ar-KYOO-meh-nee]—it’s a fairytale/fantasy novel for kids and teenagers, and it’s fully illustrated. I started writing it when I was 16, and it was published through iUniverse about a year later.  I don’t have space enough to tell you all about the story—you can learn more about that here—but it’s been really well accepted by people in the Christian community, including a handful of public figures.
My motive for writing Arkoumene was to give the kids of America a story with a point. Most fantasy novels are nothing more than an escape from the real world. Arkoumene is different—it presents a strong message of a meaningful existence and our duty to the Creator. (Learn more…)
But don’t take my word for it—you can begin reading right now! Sign up to my newsletter, and I’ll send you a free sample edition of Arkoumene.
Bye now! ~Luke
Arkoumene: One Boy’s Adventure
Available in hardcover and softcover
Also available on most e-readers, including Kindle and Nook
$29.99 Hardcover
$20.99 Softcover
$3.99 Kindle edition
Prices are approximate. Subject to change.

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln 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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