Picnic for ALL Homeschoolers

S.H.A.R.E. PICNIC
Don’t miss the 28th Annual End-of-the-School-Year P.E. Picnic on Friday, May 29, from about 10:30 – 3:00 pm at Lemay Park, 236 Fannie, St. Louis MO 63125.
As always, the SHARE/P.E. Picnic is open to ALL homeschoolers, even if they don’t participate in P.E. at the Salvation Army. It is a great time to celebrate the end of the school year, fellowship with other homeschool families, and say thanks to Coach Cort Hubbard!
Can you believe this is the 28th year of Cort Hubbard’s Homeschool P.E. Program at the Salvation Army? The small program he started back in 1987 with only one class of 20 students has certainly grown! Coach Cort (along with his wife, Becca!) has always had love and respect for homeschool parents and their children – even back in the “Dark Ages” of homeschooling when most “regular” P.E. teachers and programs shunned us! Countless homeschool families have benefited from his guidance and support. Many former homeschoolers say that Homeschool P.E. with Cort is one of their favorite homeschool memories – and are now bringing their own children!
This event is free but PLEASE sign- up through the SHARE website so we can give the park officials a head count and plan the group games and DJ contests. Go to: www.sharehomeschool.com and click on the “SHARE/P.E. Picnic” link on the black bar at the top of the screen. You will be directed to the SHARE Calendar. Click on the May 29 box and a special sign-up window will appear. Go to the bottom of the window and hit “Click here to sign up.” Fill in the appropriate information, listing BOTH names and ages of your children in the 2nd part.
As we said on the flyer, Cort is awesome but can’t run the games all by himself! We need parents or older teens to help out with the 11:00 am – 12:00 noon group games. Contact Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com if you can volunteer and we will send you all the details. Please include your age-group preference for the games, and a current phone number.
Many thanks to homeschool dad Mark Chrun for agreeing to DJ for us again this year! Mark is a very busy firefighter, professional DJ – and countless other things! A SHARE event would not be the same without his enthusiasm and fun! Mark will start his music, games and contests about 1:00 pm near the Pavilion.
Please read the “IMPORTANT INFORMATION” section below in green for all the details you need to know. It will also be posted on the sign-up page.
Hope to see you there!   Kerrie and Cathy
P.S. The Homelink Interest Boards will be at the P.E. Picnic.

SHARE/P.E. PICNIC IMPORTANT INFORMATION
– The SHARE/ P.E. Picnic is Friday, May 29 at Lemay Park, 236 Fannie, St. Louis MO 63125 from about 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. Some families stay much later. Families can come at any time during the day, but it can be hard to join the group games if you are late.
– The P.E. Picnic is free and open to ALL homeschoolers. You do not have to be enrolled in P.E. classes at the Salvation Army or a member of S.H.A.R.E. to participate. BUT – Please RSVP via the S.H.A.R.E. website. Go to: www.sharehomeschool.com and click on the “SHARE/P.E. Picnic” link on the black bar at the top of the screen. You will be directed to the SHARE Calendar and a special sign-up window. Go to the bottom of the window and hit “Click here to sign up.” Fill in the appropriate information, listing BOTH names and ages of your children in the 2nd part.
– If your child is participating in the group games, it is best to arrive by 10:30 am for group instruction- and to find a seat/table in the Pavilion for your “stuff.” Please bring a dessert to share if possible, along with your picnic lunch, water bottles/beverages, sunscreen, “water” clothes or bathing suit, tablecloths, sports gear, squirt guns, water toys, toddler toys, blankets, cameras, etc.
– There will be an Information Table in front of the Pavilion where you can ask questions and sign a thank-you card for Homeschool P.E. founder and teacher Coach Cort Hubbard. We are also hoping that since the Picnic is free, everyone will be able to donate a monetary gift to Cort! We will put the bills and checks in a special card and give it to him when the games are over. Cort does SO MUCH for homeschoolers and gets paid very little! After you sign the card, you can put your dessert on the special snack table.
– The P.E. Picnic begins with “P.E. style” group games from about 11:00 am to 12:00 noon in the big field. Cort, Cathy & Kerrie will meet with each age group at about 10:30 near the Pavilion to give instructions. Parents can then take their children out to the field to join the age group they think is best. The age groups will probably be 5-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14 & up. The age cut-offs are flexible if your child wants to move up or down to be with friends or siblings. Cort and parent volunteers will have signs that direct you to a group. (NOTE: This can sometimes be a very confusing time for those who are late and/or have not played group games. Those in P.E. are familiar with the games and can jump in easily. If your child has never played a group sport or game or you are late, you should try to stay close by as a helper).
– We need parents or older teens to help with the games from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon. Contact Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com if you would be willing to volunteer and she will send you all the details. Please include your phone number and age-group preference.
– So sorry, but the group games are not for preschoolers. Your child must be five years old to participate. We don’t want younger children to get injured or feel frustrated. There is also a large, new playground right next to the Pavilion. The park sprinkler will be running for water fun.
– After the games are over at about 12:00 noon, we all go back to the Pavilion to give Cort his gift and eat lunch and have dessert. Everyone will have a 2nd chance to sign the card before we give it to Cort! You might want to bring a blanket and/or chairs in case there are not enough seats under the Pavilion.
– In the afternoon if it is not too hot, Cort and parents or students sometimes organize casual baseball/softball, soccer, football, or basketball games for those that are interested. Bring your sports gear! Parents are welcome to participate with the kids.
– When it is hot, the kids tend to prefer squirt gun battles in the afternoon instead of sports games. Pleased remind your child to be respectful of others and the “squirt gun battle etiquette” while at the park. NO shooting water in the bathrooms, pavilion area or on the playground equipment.
– Also at about 1:00, homeschool dad (and professional DJ) Mark Chrun will be in the Pavilion to DJ with music, games and prizes for all ages! (Including everyone’s favorite –the Limbo contest!)
– We have the Lemay Pavilion until dark and people are welcome to come and go as their schedules allow.
– Thank you for dressing modestly! No “booty” or extra-short shorts, “sagging” pants, skimpy tank tops, or camisoles. Avoid showing cleavage and/or midriffs. Older students wearing a bathing suit to play in the park sprinkler should also wear a cover-up or t-shirt.
– BE SURE AND CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR ANY CHANGES AND UPDATES!

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