Homeschool Events List for January 31, 2015

FRC Team Open House
STEM Career Explorations
An Evening with Raptors
ACT review course
Wildlife in Winter
Maple Days at Koinania Ranch
Used Curriculum Sale
JA BizTown Homeschool Day
Famous Missourians website

Build Season Open House!
Hosted by FRC Team 1094 The Channel Cats
When: Thursday, February 5
From 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: 3855 Corporate Centre Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63368
Enter on the west side (dock side), at top of ramp
What: Our 2015 Robot and an interactive open house (no organized presentation)
Who: This event is for sponsors, parents, family, or anyone interested in checking out the Channel Cats!
Light refreshments will be served!
For more information, please contact us at

STEM Career Explorations
Science Careers Explorations with scientists and STEM professionals for students in Grades 6 – 8.
Who? Groups of 20-25, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students. Individual students and home school students/groups welcome. NOTE: Program can accommodate four groups of 20-25 students each per day.
Where? Missouri Botanical Garden Commerce Bank Education Center, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 (NE corner of Shaw and Kingshighway)
Wed, February 11– Room remaining for 50 Students
Thu, February 19– Room remaining for 40 Students
Fri, February 20–   Room remaining for 70 Students
Wed, February 25– Room remaining for 25 Students
Program Can Accommodate 100 Students on the Following Dates:
Thu, February 26, Wed, March 25 and Fri, March 27
Program is 9 am – 1 pm each day.
Pick one or more available dates. NOTE: Dates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
How? If you would like to select a group, or groups of 20-25, 6th – 8th grade students (unless otherwise noted above, program can accommodate up to 100 students per day), please fill out the registration form here OR contact Science Careers program director, Rose Jansen, at 314-537-7889 or email
Please provide: The dates you would like to attend, the name and address of your school, grade level(s) to attend, number of students per grade level group, and the name and contact information (school, cell, home phone numbers and email addresses) of the teacher chaperone(s) and school principal.
Each session during the program puts students in touch with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals to explore careers in science through interactive hands-on demonstrations. Students experience the interdisciplinary nature and impact of science today.
Bring: sack lunches and drinks for students, teachers and chaperones on the day of the program. Sharpened pencils.

An Evening with Raptors
Bird buffs, falcon fanciers, and anyone enraptured by raptors are invited to meet the objects of their admiration close up at An Evening with Raptors. This free event at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood takes place Friday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. and is open to all ages.
The first part of the evening includes an educational presentation on raptors—or birds of prey—and the sport of falconry. Falconry is the art of training raptors to capture wild game, so that bird and trainer essentially become hunting partners. The use of falconry can be traced back to 700 B.C.E., and by some accounts even farther back in time.
During the second half of the evening, visitors will get a chance to see live raptors close up as Missouri falconers bring their birds for a “meet and greet.”
“I find it very exciting to be that close a live bird of prey,” said Assistant Nature Center Manager Catherine McGrane. “They’re not behind glass or in cages or anything, just right there in front of you. You can get within two feet of them.”
There will be ample opportunities to see the birds in person and take photographs. McGrane encourages visitors to bring their cameras. The falconers will be on hand to answer questions about the birds and their sport, as well as display equipment used in falconry.
A kids’ craft station will entertain younger children, and a bird discovery table will allow people of all ages to discover these amazing birds by engaging the senses of sight, sound and touch. Department naturalists will be available to answer questions.
An Evening with Raptors is free but advanced registration is required. To sign up, visitors should call 314-301-1500.
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.

Complete 20-hour ACT review course
Beginning Saturday February 14, 2015.
Students can experience total preparation and maximize their score for the April 18, 2015 and June 13, 2015 ACT tests. The 8-week course will be held in Wildwood (near Lafayette High School) on Saturdays from 12pm-2:30pm or 3:30pm. It will include taking a full past ACT diagnostic test, an analysis of your student’s performance, a complete review of all four sections of the ACT test (targeting attending students’ weaknesses), taking a readiness ACT test, and a 90-minute strategy session with each student the week prior to the exam.
The cost for the 8-week course is $700 plus the cost of the review book (The Real ACT Prep Guide, $24). Your student will be thoroughly prepared for the ACT test, will diminish test-taking weaknesses, and will know EXACTLY what to expect on the day of the actual exam.
For many students, a mere 2-point increase on the ACT can make the difference of thousands of dollars per year through scholarship—or being eligible to enter their university of choice.
Michelle Gruender of Tutoring for Excellence has run a successful tutoring business for the past five years, ran the ACT review course at Sylvan Learning Center, and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. For more information, call Michelle at 636-584-9749 or email her at
Register as early as possible. Class is limited to 6 students.

Homeschool Special: Wildlife in Winter
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Feb 24 – Tuesday – 10 a.m. – noon
(Ages 7 – 12)
What have you been doing all winter? Snuggling up under the quilts with hot chocolate and a movie? Or have you been out braving the cold, sledding, snow-boarding, and hiking? Maybe a little of both? What have the animals been doing? Missouri’s wildlife have a variety of ways to cope with winter, from migrating to a warmer place, to sleeping it off, to toughing it out, and many options in between. Come to Powder Valley, as we discuss what animals do in winter. Weather-permitting, we will go on a hike so dress for the weather. (Call 314-301-1500 to register. Reservations begin February 10).

Maple Days at Koinania Ranch
We are preparing for our almost Annual Event of Maple Days. If you or your group are interested in a Tree tapping good time just message me. You can reserve your time to come here. Must have advanced reservations. It is a great opportunity for your family, homeschool, moms group or church group to get out to the country, breathe fresh air, learn about Maple Tree tapping and just enjoy a great time for the family. The dates are March 7 and 8 and March 21 and 22. We will have midweek sessions as well. Anyone interested in staying overnight in one of our cabins during these 2 weeks of Maple Days will enjoy reduced rates to homeschool families. We also will have a need for helpers. If your family would like to help in exchange for free admission and or lodging please let me know. Call Mary for details. 573-269-4544 We are 2 hrs SW of Saint Louis in Black, MO. Looking forward to hearing from you!!!

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 9 am to 12 pm   Set up will be from 8am-9am on Saturday
Location: Chatham Bible Church, 6375 Howdershell Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042
Cost for sellers: Cost per table is $6 for non-HELPS members. Tables are first come, first serve until all sold out.
How to reserve a table: Reservations can be made by emailing Kim Quon at Sellers are responsible for pricing, making change and providing bags.
HELPS and Chatham Bible Church is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property.
What else: Snacks and drinks will be for sale. Proceeds from the sale of the snacks to benefit the HELPS home ec girls club.

JA BizTown Homeschool Day
When: March 17, 2015 – JA BizTown Student Visit Day
February 3, 2015 – Curriculum Pick-Up – 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Junior Achievement, 17339 N. Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enroll today: Enroll at beginning Sept, 25, 2014. Maximum of 120 students – Register early!)
Cost: Additional information on JA BizTown may be found at
New curriculum will be provided for 2014-2015 for all families
1 student – $35.00
2 students – $55.00
3 students – $75.00
4 students – $95.00
Ages: Ages 10-13 (Priority enrollment will be given to students that have never been to JA BizTown, if a waiting list becomes necessary.
What happens after I enroll my student for the homeschool visit day? Parents complete online training session and pick up curriculum. Approximately 15 lessons are taught at home. Parent training is online.
Students will apply for jobs and eventually get together in small business groups. We will organize multiple business groups by location throughout the St. Louis metro area. Students work in assigned business groups for 2-3 lessons. Details on meeting place & time for business groups will vary.
Questions: Call Jenny Eickhorst, 636-728-0707, ext. 237 or

Famous Missourians website
John Brown writes…
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve followed up with your school about my “Famous Missourians” web site, so I am doing that today! Please pass the site along to any students or staff that may find it useful.
It has been updated once again this year for students doing their 4th grade history projects. There are also some new sections about “Missourians Currently in the News” that can be used as a daily resource. That includes things like the Missourians who are playing in the Super Bowl or have made another newsworthy contribution to society.
If teachers do want to order a signed copy of the book, they can enter TEACHER at checkout and get 10% a book for their class.
Thanks so much for passing this along for your school to use.

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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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