Homeschool Events List for June 18, 2014

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Parkway Annual Book Sale
Middle School/High School Choir
Summer Art Classes
The Wissmann Family in Concert
Photography Contest
Archery Class
Used Microscopes
UNCRPD

Parkway Annual Book Sale
Parkway West Middle School, 2312 Baxter Road, Chesterfield 63017
The dates of the sale will be on June 20th from 08:00 am until 04:00 pm and on June 21st from 08:00 am until noon.
There is NO admission charge and all books will be the same price as last year at $.50 each. The vast majority of books are hard backed books in good condition and we estimate there to be between 20,000 and 24,000 books. The books have come from the libraries of all the schools and cover reading levels from kindergarten to adult with a wide range of topics and titles with something of interest to everyone. Bring a bag or pouch to carry off your purchases because you will not want to buy just one or two.”

UPDATE!!- Middle School/High School Choir
PLEASE SEE ORIGINAL POST FROM 6/14/14 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (top of the list that day)
This choir will be geared towards students in 7th-12th grade, or ages 11-18 and will meet on Mondays for 75 minutes, from 3:45-5:00.
Vocal Velocity is a mixed concert choir whose focus is to glorify God in song as well as expose students to a variety of musical genres such as Baroque, Classical, Renaissance, folk tunes, hymns, spirituals, and Contemporary.   Students will be singing quality choral literature, both sacred and secular. Areas which will be focused on are: two- and three-part singing, the study of phrasing, articulation, breathing, diction, vocal placement, sight reading, and singing with proper use of dynamics.
The choir will perform at least once each semester, with the possibility of an additional performance during the Christmas season at a nearby retirement village/community center or church.
Concert attire will be required. More details to come…
Homework: Light. Theory worksheets given occasionally, song memorization, and listening (via recordings made available through email or other online format, or through CDs I will copy.)
I look forward to seeing you this Fall!
Thank you,
Lisa Mozingo
314-440-7247
lisa.mozingo AT gmail DOT com

Summer Art Classes for kids and teens
Linda Thompson and her son Erik are offering some art classes at the Ballwin Hobby Lobby in July.
>>>Week of July 21-25
Beginning painting. 10:30 am to noon. Ages 7-16. $45
Mixed media art. 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Ages 7-16. $45
Drawing from your imagination. 3:00-4:30 pm. Ages 7-16 $40
>>>Week of July 28-Aug 1
Intermediate painting. 10:30 am to noon. Ages 9-17. $45
Blackout poetry and mixed media collage. 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Ages 12-17. $45
Cartooning. 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Ages 9-17. $40
Class descriptions, supply info (some supplies are provided) and registration forms are available at the class signup area in the front of the Hobby Lobby store. For emailed forms and information, contact Linda at dclrthomp AT Aol Dot Com. (Email address is crazy to avoid spam. Fix before you email and put art classes in the subject line.)

The Wissmann Family in Concert
July 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Free
Join us for a special evening! The Wissmann Family showcases bluegrass, gospel, original selections, patriotic numbers, audience participation, and refreshing, creative arrangements of timeless hymns. Their array of instruments includes guitar, bass guitar, violin/fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonicas, hammered dulcimer, keyboard/piano, trumpet, flute, and harp. http://wissmannfamily.com/
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
www.thefamilyvision.org

2014 HSLDA Photography Contest
Summer is around the corner! Time to grab your camera (or smart phone) for HSLDA’s annual Photography Contest!
Offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest is open to all homeschooled students ages 7-19.  We try to choose themes that leave plenty of room for imaginative interpretation, so we invite you to be creative and have fun!
Category 1 (ages 7-10) theme: Interesting
Category 2 (ages 11-14) theme: Memorable
Category 3 (ages 15-19) theme: Ordinary
Each student is invited to enter up to three photos relating to the theme for their age category.
At hear it from the judges, you can view the judges’ comments from previous contests to get a better sense of what to look for or avoid when taking pictures.  Also, look at the winning photos from previous years to get an idea of what the judges are looking for!
Guidelines and entry forms can be found on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests, which include art, poetry, and essay writing.
“Why should my children study photography? It’s not academic.”
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” We are reminded of this each time we pick up a newspaper or storybook. A good photograph can capture reality and evoke emotion in a powerful way. One glance at a war-torn countryside or starving community may linger in a person’s soul and motivate them to great actions.
Journalistic photography has impacted the world, and a good photographer must learn the art of seeing the opportunities that exist all around and then decide the best way to capture them. Our contest offers students a chance to engage this discipline in a fun way that encourages them to think outside the box. If our children are to positively influence the world around them, a well-trained eye will help them spot both opportunities and exploitations.
Let’s train our children to recognize and harness the impact of a well-taken photograph.
Home School Legal Defense Association • P.O. Box 3000 • Purcellville, Virginia 20134-9000
Phone: (540) 338-5600 • Fax: (540) 338-2733 • Email: info@hslda.org
Web: http://www.hslda.org

Archery Class forming
Team Orion Archery will begin in September. We will meet each Tuesday morning at 10 am in Mascoutah, Illinois.
If interested, please contact Beth Strong at geraldshomeschool@outlook.com or her cell phone is 618-581-7295.

Affordable Quality Used Microscopes For Homeschoolers!
Larry Winkleman has been servicing and repairing microscopes for over 40 years. He has provided countless homeschool families affordable high quality used microscopes they can use at home and at college. He personally inspects and approves every microscope. Buying from Larry Winkleman means buying from an honest caring microscope expert and a long time supporter of the homeschooling community.
Current Specials:
Bausch & Lomb HSM $150
American Optical Series 60 $140
Parco Model 950 $125
Bausch & Lomb ST $100
(See homeschoolscopes.com for pictures or to purchase.)
Email your questions and comments to info@homeschoolscopes.com or call 936-828-8747.

Because this concerns families…
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is raising its ugly head once again. If this treaty is passed, parental rights for parents of children with disabilities is at risk. We already have excellent laws in the United States to protect our disabled citizens. We should not give our national sovereignty or our parental rights to the UN.
Write an e-mail or write a letter (a letter is the best option) to your U.S. Senators asking them to oppose the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
>>Senator Roy Blunt- Missouri
Mailing address: 260 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Email: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form?p=contact-roy
>>Senator Claire McCaskill- Missouri
Mailing address: Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
Email: http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=contact
>>Senator Richard J. Durbin- Illinois
711 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2152
Contact: www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
>>Senator Mark Kirk- Illinois
524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2854
Contact: www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=contact
Letter writing takes longer than a phone call, but this is an all important issue. Please hold off on phone calls for now.
See the following message from HSLDA for more information.
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June 12, 2014
Bad News: UN Disabilities Treaty has Returned—Stronger than Ever
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
We have bad news. The dangerous UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), that you narrowly defeated through calls and emails in 2012, has returned. It has come back stronger than ever, and its supporters are preparing to ram it through the U.S. Senate.
This United Nations treaty says “in all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Not “parental rights,” as our U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. But “best interests of the child,” a legal term only used during divorce and abuse and neglect cases. Government officials could use this section to override parental decisions for their child with a disability. Other provisions of this treaty threaten U.S. sovereignty, promote abortion rights, and require a national registry of all children with disabilities (the term “disability” isn’t even defined).
Freedom at Risk
The UNCPRD isn’t about protecting people with disabilities—our nation’s own laws and strong leadership overseas already do this. It’s about whether we will surrender our freedom to an unelected, unaccountable United Nations.
You defeated this treaty in December 2012. But the supporters were looking for a way to win the second time and ratify the UNCRPD. And they believe they have found it with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bond v. United States, which was issued last week.
Bond v. United States dealt with a jilted wife who used household chemicals in a bungled attempt to poison her rival. But it quickly turned into a major constitutional case dealing with the Chemical Weapons Ban treaty, congressional action, and the Constitution.
The Supreme Court made the right decision and found that it was ridiculous for the federal government to prosecute this hapless chemical user. But the Court’s decision was very narrow, and never addressed the treaty power found in the U.S. Constitution.
Only three justices—Scalia, Thomas, and Alito—brought this issue up. And they—like HSLDA—are very worried about how treaties can threaten our system of limited federal government and our constitutional freedoms. We encourage you to read the decision here. You can read the concurring opinions of justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito starting after page 21.
Aggressive Lobbying
Supporters of the UNCRPD such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (NJ) seemed to not even have read this decision in their haste to urge ratification of this United Nations treaty. In the days since the decision, countless organizations have issued press releases calling for swift ratification of the UNCRPD. Supporters of the treaty are aggressively lobbying on Capitol Hill at this very moment. This treaty is roaring back, possibly as early as the week after Independence Day.
HSLDA’s federal relations staff and our allies are fighting back on Capitol Hill as hard as we can. But ultimately, only you can stop this treaty. We ask that you immediately take a moment to email your two U.S. senators and urge them to protect our nation’s sovereignty against the United Nations, to protect parental rights, and to vigorously oppose the UNCRPD. If you have the time to send a letter, that would be even better.
We know emails and letters take time. But this battle is crucial. Let’s hold off on phone calls for now so we can save that powerful action for when a vote is scheduled. But please make your voice heard by sending a letter or email in your own words. Then please forward this email to three of your homeschool friends and ask them to do the same.
You can find the addresses of your two U.S. senators by using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox, and you can send an email to your two U.S. Senators at this page. You can find out more about the dangers of the UNCRPD on our website.
Thank you for standing with us to preserve our freedom in the face of the United Nations and transnationalists in the U.S. Senate. This is going to be a tough fight. By the grace of God and the tireless work of parents and concerned citizens like you, this treaty was defeated in 2012. I believe we can defeat it again.

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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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