Homeschool Events List for August 4, 2014

To all of my readers- Thank you for understanding my need to take a longer summer break this year. Now I’m back in the swing of things and there is A LOT to post, so expect to hear from me often over the next week. Hope all of you have been able to enjoy this wonderful (and unusual) weather! ~Susie

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Bolduc House Museum
Trail Life USA
Annie
WCCHE Picnic- new members welcome
The Pillar
Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading
Story Time
English Country Dance
NRA Basic Shotgun Course
Homelink 2014-2015
2014 BOOK FAIR
Koinonia Homeschoolers
Swim Team

Bolduc House Museum
Hi Homeschoolers!
Tuesday, August 5th is our Marbles, Mancala and the Bowl Game Homeschool Tuesday event. In other words, come to play at the Bolduc House Museum. We’ll make and play a variety of games that were played by the French, African, and Native American children who lived in Ste. Genevieve before the Louisiana Purchase. You will be able to take three games home to continue to enjoy with the rest of your friends and family. Please call or email (or “join” the event on Facebook) so we will have the right amount of supplies on hand. As usual Homeschool Tuesday costs $4/participant or $10/family. It always involves a mini-tour of the museum that is focused on our topic. We hope to see all of you here on Tuesday. The event begins at 10AM and will be finished before noon.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
bolduchouse.org

TRAIL LIFE USA
YOU ARE INVITED!!
TROOP MO0110
RECRUITMENT EVENT
COME LEARN ABOUT TRAIL LIFE USA
LEARN ABOUT OUR UPCOMING FUNDRAISER
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014
6:30PM Fundraiser Meeting
7:00 Trail Life Informational Meeting
ZION LUTHERAN FELLOWSHIP HALL, 3866 Harvester Rd, St. Charles, MO 63304
Contact Cheryl Bates for more information: batesacademy@gmail.com, 636-345-2283

ANNIE
Leapin’ Lizards! don’t miss this classic Broadway musical which is fun for the entire family. You are invited to LifeLight Youth Theatre’s Summer Workshop performance of Annie Kids (a shortened version perfect for all ages).
One show only on August 8 at 7:00pm at Grace Community Chapel, 7661 Mexico Road, St Peters, MO 63376
Tickets are $10 at the door. Box Office opens at 6pm, Doors open at 6:30pm, Show at 7pm. Our last 2 summer workshop performances have sold out, so come early. Seating is general admission.
Please invite your friends and family to join us.
Sincerely,
LifeLight Youth Theatre
treasure1@charter.net

2014 WCCHE Picnic
August 9 – 4:00-8:00 PM
Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Ballwin, MO 63021
Join us for the 2014 WCCHE Picnic!! There will be lots of good food and fun to be had by all. There are always a few hundred WCCHE Home School Family members who show up for the picnic. You don’t want to miss it…so, plan to join us!! WCCHE will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks, and each family can bring a dish to share. Last names beginning with A-O, please bring a SIDE to share. Last names beginning with P-Z, please bring a DESSERT to share. Bring lawn chairs and outdoor games if you’d like. The picnic is the perfect time to meet new friends, visit, play, share information and get connected for the new Home School year. We’ll see you there!! God Bless You!!  SIGN UP HERE

PILLAR CLASSES
Many of you have already registered for next year’s classes, and we are looking forward to welcoming you next fall and/or spring! For those of you who have not yet registered, please note there is still limited space available in the following classes: Understanding the Times American Christian History Worldview Foundations Spanish II Gettin’ Into Greek Introduction to Sign Language U.S. Government & Constitution The Truth Project Public Speaking (1st AND 2nd sem.) Sewing Study Skills Playing God: Bioethics ***PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGE*** INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE is open to 7th grade through adults and is a wonderful class for the whole family to take together! Please refer to our website for other details. http://thepillar.org/ The Pillar Foundation 636.386.7722

Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading
Are you looking for ways to get your children active and involved in a Christ-centered atmosphere that builds character, leadership, social skills and athletic ability?  Try Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading this fall!  We are in our 7th season of providing the Upward experience for area homeschoolers as well as other schooled children pre-K through 10th grade or approximate ages 4-16.
Practices will be one night per week and games are on Saturdays at Kellogg Park in Maplewood, MO.  The season runs approximately 10 weeks and cost $75 per participant.  Each player is provided with a quality jersey, flags and wrist play band for football and the cheerleaders will receive cheer uniform, poms and megaphone.
You can take advantage of a $10 discount and an additional $10 discount for mult-children by registering online at http://registration.upward.org/UPW55926 before August 10th.  If you would like more information on our scholarship or fundraising opportunities, feel free to contact us at the number below.  Evaluations will take place mid-August.  Please see the attached brochure for more information or to mail in your registration form.
If you have questions, you may contact Kristi at 314-650-3361 or Jay at 314-578-2124.

Story Time: What Can I Learn from the Ant?
August 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Join us for a FREE story time! True Christian Homeschool Co-op of Florissant, Missouri presents “What Can I Learn From the Ant?” Join us as we share several stories featuring ants, sing a few songs, complete an ant craft and explore Proverbs 6 to discover what we can learn from the ant. For more information please visit www.childrensvillagechristianschool.org or call 314-445-5829.

Summer English Country Dance Fundraiser:
https://www.facebook.com/events/481108228686362/

NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course
End Summer with a Bang! (literally)
Age Level: Ages 12+
Friday, 8/15, 10:00am-7:00pm – Classroom portion at Top Gun’s training center, 4075 West Outer Rd., Arnold, MO 63010.
Saturday, 8/16, 9:00am-11:00am – Shooting exercise at St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, 18854 Franklin Rd. Pacific MO 63069.
Course Description:
The goal of this course is to learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. Topics covered are:
Identification of shotgun parts, action types, and demonstration of how each functions.
NRA rules for safe gun handling; explain and demonstrate how to handle a shotgun safely
Ammunition: components of a shotgun shell, types of shotgun ammunition and their intended use, matching ammunition to the correct shotgun and dealing with ammunition malfunctions.
Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of shooting a shotgun
Safely shoot a shotgun on a range, shooting at a moving target using the five fundamentals of shotgun shooting.
Identify and safely use the materials needed to clean a shotgun
Explain ways to pursue shotgun-shooting activities after the course
Explain the criteria for selecting a shotgun
Identify various shooting organizations and explain how to become involved with them
Students who successfully complete the course, demonstrate the skills learned and pass the final exam will receive a NRA certificate of completion.
Attendee Info:
One parent may attend, as an unregistered observer, with each registered minor student at no additional charge. However, only registered students will receive course materials, participate in shooting exercises and be eligible to receive a course completion certificate.
Cost: $80 per student. This covers all course materials, range time and ammunition.
Class Size: Maximum 10 students
Additional Information:
No live ammunition is permitted in the classroom at any time. Firearms and ammunition will be provided for the course; students wishing to use their own firearms should notify the instructor in advance.
Registration:
Online registration is open at http://www.nrainstructors.org/SignupStudent.aspx?id=267338. Contact Monty Schrunk at 314-800-7520 or msguntraining@att.net with any questions.

HOMELINK 2014-2015
For those of you that may not know, Homelink is a SHARE-sponsored, volunteer-run learning center that was founded ten years ago by homeschool parents. It meets in the St. Andrew Catholic School building in the South County area (309 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125). Homelink offers once–a-week enrichment classes taught by qualified teachers/tutors in a “group tutorial” setting. There are some wonderful classes for the elementary grades but the majority are for jr. high and high school students. Most classes run for two semesters (32 weeks).
Homelink has been a valuable resource to homeschool families by providing…
– Supplemental classes in a supportive, Christian environment.
– Outside educational accountability for students.
– Assistance in classes which are more difficult to teach.
– Opportunities for students to learn and work in groups
– An atmosphere for friendships to develop among like-minded students and their families.
For more details, go to the SHARE website at www.sharehomeschool.com and click on ‘Homelink Classes” on the black bar at the top. Scroll down to “Course Descriptions.” You will also find updated links to General Information, How to Register, Registration Forms, Homelink Schedule, Teacher Biographies, and the Homelink Handbook. Later we will add a Special Needs/Fun School page, an Elemntary Classes page and a few others.
(We will also have a page for the Salvation Army Homeschool P.E. schedule when it comes out in late July. Since the Salvation Army is only a few minutes away from St. Andrew, many Homelink students go back and forth to P.E. classes and we try to coordinate the class times. Coach Cort Hubard –can you believe we got our schedule out before yours for the first time in 10 years!!?)
Each page is a PDF file that pops out from the main link. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open the files. Go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/ to download Adobe Acrobat for free. If you have Adobe but still have difficulty opening these files, please contact Cathy Mullins and she will email you a Microsoft Word version.
You can imagine how difficult it was to make the classes fit together for all the students and teachers – especially if they can only come on one day! We welcome your input if you have a conflict in ANY of your preferred classes! There is no guarantee that we can change the schedule, but we will try to make adjustments if enough students have the same conflict. Email Kerrie Tate with feedback and/or questions. Please include details and your phone number.
As you look over the schedule you will see that there are a few classes that have a “question mark.” This means that we are not 100% sure which is the best time slot for that class– and are trying to decide where it should go. If you are interested in a “question mark” class, we would appreciate your immediate feedback so we can choose the best spot. We will try to offer the class at the time when the most students can participate. As always, if we don’t get enough students, some of the classes might be canceled. We will keep updating the schedule on the website.
You may notice we have not yet listed ASL (American Sign Language) or Personal Finance on the schedule or in the course descriptions. We are still in the planning stages for both of those classes and will try to send out an update by the end of July. We will be contacting you if you were on the Interest Boards for either of these classes.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Homelink Orientation on Monday, August 25th from 6:30 –9:00 pm in the St. Andrew Gym. If you are really interested in a class it is best to register now and NOT wait for Orientation –some classes fill up quickly.
If you sign up for a class and the time or day changes, we will let you know immediately and (of course!) give back your Class Deposit Fee.
Looking forward to another GREAT year at Homelink!
Hope you can join us! Kerrie, Cathy & the Homelink teachers
Homelink Coordinators:
Kerrie Tate (kertatehomelink@aol.com or 314-791-0000)
Cathy Mullins (ekcjmullins@gmail.com or 314-769-7965)

2014 BOOK FAIR
Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17
St. Charles Convention Center
The Friends of the Library book fair is back and better than ever with three days to shop for your favorite titles. Friends of the Library members with paid membership as of August 12 will enjoy advance shopping hours on opening day before the sale opens to the public!
Friday, August 15
9:00am – 12:00pm: Friends Members Advance Shopping Hours
To enter at 9am, Friends memberships must be received by Tues, Aug 12. Memberships may be purchased at the sale AFTER the 9am opening.
12:00pm – 9:00pm: Sale Opens to the Public, Free Admission
Saturday, August 16
9:00am – 7:00pm: Free Admission
Sunday, August 17: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Free Admission
Sunday prices-$5/bag (most items) Standard size plastic grocery bags provided on site.

Koinonia Homeschoolers: Wentzville
August 24, 2014 4:40 – sunset
Join us at our annual family kick-off picnic to start the new year! We will be at Indian Creek Campground. This is a great time to get to know our group and find out the activities planned for the year.
Theme of the picnic: “My Favorite Things”
Koinonia will provide drinks, paper products, buns, meat.
Last names A-K, please bring your favorite side dish.
Last names M-Z, please bring your favorite dessert.
We have the pavilion next to the creek so bring your creek shoes, water play toys, bug and crawdad catching devices and any outdoor play toys such as frisbees, sport balls, etc.
We will eat, have a quick run-down of the events we have planned for the year and just play and fellowship! It’s a great time for families to get to know each other or catch up from last year. fbcwkoinonia@gmail.com for more info

SWIM TEAM
The Gateway City Avengers is a small, year-round USA Swimming competitive swim team located in south St. Louis City. This smaller swim club approach provides for individual coaching attention as well as plenty of training space which allows all swimmers to excel to their highest levels. The Gateway City Aquatic Club is a not-for-profit organization: a Christian sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center. The Avengers are supported by a team of highly motivated and dedicated parent volunteers as well as a group of private and corporate sponsors. When a swimmer becomes a member of the team, they learn the meaning of courage, goal-setting, dedication, determination, responsibility, sportsmanship and teamwork. Our swimmers learn that you achieve what you work for, not what you wish for. Some Avenger swimmers may swim fast enough to become Olympic champions, but ALL Avenger swimmers will develop a life-long commitment to excellence, to discipline, to sacrifice, and high character living.
Open registration for membership with Gateway City Aquatic Club Avengers swim team begins Monday, August 25, 2014. If you are interested in joining the Avengers swim team, please call 314-884-0824 to schedule your swim evaluation for squad placement and availability. You may also visit our website at www.gatewaycityaquaticclub.shutterfly.com for information on practice squads, times, and more information on joining the team.

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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  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 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, 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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