Homeschool Events List for July 27, 2015

Bolduc House Homeschool Day
Employment Opportunity
Sales Tax Free Weekend
To Kill A Mockingbird
WCCHE Back to School Picnic
Speech and Debate
Home School Dance & Gymnastic classes
St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center

Pewter Homeschool Tuesday
Homeschool Tuesday will be next week, August 4, 2015. As usual we’ll meet at 10AM. The theme is pewter in our collection so we’ll take a brief tour to find pewter items on display and then we’ll walk three blocks to the ASL Pewter Foundry where we’ll see a demonstration of how pewter is made, look at molds for pewter from the 17th and 18th century and learn lots. We’ll think about what kids needed to learn and practice in order to prosper two hundred years ago. As always our cost is $4/participant with a $10/family maximum. We’ll be back before noon and you are welcome to picnic on our grounds if you want after we’re done. To register, email, call Robbie at 573-883-3105, or post to the Facebook Event.
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Dear Homeschool Families;
My name is Kathy McKinley and I am the Director at the Chick-fil-A in Arnold. We will be hosting open interviews on Tuesday morning, August 4th, from 8:30 am until 10:30 am. Join us at the store in Arnold located at #1 Arnold Mall, Arnold, MO, 63010.
We are looking for motivated team-members. We offer flexible hours, Sundays off, and a fun environment.
Come join our team!
Thank you very much.
Kathy McKinley

The Sales Tax Holiday is coming up – for three days, Friday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 9, certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and others are exempt from sales tax.
See: for a short video if you are not familiar with our MO “ritual.”
Here is the list of cities that are not offering the tax holiday — I noticed Clayton, Fenton, Kirkwood on the list, for example.
… and, the FAQ here may be helpful especially to those of you new to MO:

In light of all the attention generated by the release of Harper Lee’s second book, it only seems fitting that the Hi-Pointe honor her work in August. We are very proud to present “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Saturday, August 8th
10:30AM, Tickets $5.00
Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Avenue, St Louis, MO 63117

You’re invited to West County Christian Home Educators Annual Picnic, bring the whole family!
Saturday, August 22 4 to 8 p.m. , grilled meats provided by WCCHE, potluck provided by YOU 🙂
Dinner at 5:00
Schroeder Park ( a.k.a. Manchester Park )
359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021-5324 US
Families will re-unite with old friends and meet lots of new ones!
New members and prospective members can meet the WCCHE Welcome team and sign up for Kaldi’s newcomer night!
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 – plenty of room for soccer, softball, kickball, ultimate frisbee. Younger kids have a great time each year on the large playground. The picnic is the perfect time for a relaxed visit, lots of play, and information sharing to get connected for the new Home School year. We’ll see you there!! God Bless You!!
Visit to SIGN UP so we plan the right amount of food and supplies to buy. Once there, click on the calendar link (bottom left column), forward to August and click on the event. Sign up will be there. See WCCHE.ORG for more info on the West County Christian Home Educators, especially if you are looking for a home schooling support group.

Speech and Debate
Opportunities for the 2015-2016 School Year
Our homeschool speech and debate club is excited about the upcoming year! We will let you in on a little secret—competitive speech and debate is fun! Imagine…time with friends, the opportunity to talk about your favorite topics (with a captive audience), and a setting that allows you to discuss—or winsomely argue—deep political and philosophical topics. We offer a combination of instruction, discussion, and practice that prepares students (ages 12-18) to speak with confidence and poise.
Club Time: During club time, we will focus primarily on Team Policy Debate and Lincoln Douglas Debate, however, time will also be regularly devoted to developing public speaking skills and preparing speeches for competition.
Time: Tuesdays from 2:30-5:30
Location: West County Assembly of God
Dates: September 15-November 17; January 12-April 5 (This will include some breaks. There will be approximately 18 sessions total.)
Competitions: Our club hosts a St. Louis tournament in the spring and several of our families travel to tournaments throughout the Midwest. The level of involvement in tournaments is up to each family. Some choose to only compete in St. Louis, while others travel to multiple tournaments. One of the joys of speech and debate is the variety of friends our families have made in other cities.
Our group is affiliated with the Stoa Speech and Debate League ( which hosts a national competition each year which will be held in Springfield, Missouri this year. It is a great year to get involved!
Registration Deadline: September 2, 2015
Facility Fee: $100 (due by first day of class)
Club Fees: $20 per semester (payable in two installments, Sept. & Jan.)
*All fees are per student.
If you would like more information or would like to request a registration form, please email Laura at

South County YMCA offers Home School Dance & Gymnastic classes. Please call Joan Bryan, Dance & Gymnastic Director at 314-849-9622 Ext 236 or email
Joan Bryan, Director of Dance and Gymnastics
South County Family YMCA
12736 Southfork Rd, St. Louis, MO. 63128
314-849-4668 Ext. 236

Pencils, Crayons and Notebooks Oh My!
St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center, Inc. and Play Your Art Out Studios
Teachers gearing up for your classrooms or Students getting your school supplies, visit SLTRC and think about the environment. Gently used and sometimes new supplies are donated to our Centers. We make available to the public for a small service fee. During the Month of August shop at one of our locations and pick out 2 FREE binders when you purchase a new Pound Pass.
Chesterfield Mall Lower level
South end of Mall park between Macy and Sears
Every Tuesday 3-7 pm and & Every Saturday10:00-4:00
South County
315 Lemay Ferry Road, Lemay Missouri
Every Monday and Wednesday 3-7pm
Third Saturday of the Month
More Info visit our website

The Family Vision will be again offering the EntrepreLAUNCH classes for students 15 years to adult beginning
Wednesday, September 16 through October 28
Why discuss a $15.00 hour minimum wage? Start your own business and earn based on your effort!
The classes are seven consecutive Wednesdays from 10 A – 12 P. This is a great introduction to entrepreneurship. Our instructors are business and ministry leaders. For your investment, you will gain valuable insight from those that have succeeded before you.
>Session One: How to Write a Business Plan – Wednesday, September 16
The most important aspect of beginning a successful business is having a well-developed business plan. What do you want to do? How will you do it? What resources or materials do you need? How much money do you need to get started? How much can you realistically expect to earn? These and many other questions must be researched and answered for a successful business plan, and this session will show you how. The instructor is Jerry Eulentrop, Franchise Development Director for Sportsclips. Jerry has been in the franchise development business for several years. He knows firsthand what it takes to get a successful business off the ground. Come and learn from a man that develops businesses every day.
>Session Two: Introduction to Bookkeeping – Wednesday, September 23
Knowing where your money is going is vital to succeeding in business. An entrepreneur must understand the basics of income and expenditures in order to sustain his business. There are many different tools and methods for business bookkeeping, including software, and some of these will be introduced in this session. The instructor for “Introduction to Bookkeeping” is Sally Rapp, President of Rapp Payroll Solutions. Sally has been in in the accounting and payroll business for many years. Rapp Payroll has been listed as the Best in Business for 2013 and 2014 in the St. Louis Small Business Monthly Magazine.
>Session Three: Government Requirements: An Overview – Wednesday, September 30
In order to operate a business legally, an entrepreneur needs to know and comply with the federal, state, and local government requirements. This session will cover basic business licensing, tax identification numbers, reporting requirements and other related areas. The instructor for “Government Requirements: An Overview” is Mr. John Thrower, President of The Family Vision, a non-profit Christian ministry which provides equipping resources for personal and family life. In operating The Family Vision, Mr. Thrower has dealt with various government entities and will explain what to expect and how to accomplish your goals.
>Session Four: Skills and Methods of Marketing –   Wednesday, October 7
What is marketing? How is it done? Should you market only your product or service? Should you also market yourself? This session will explain different marketing approaches, and will equip you to reach your target market. The instructor for “Skills and Methods of Marketing” is Mark Moebius, the CEO of RockSTL, an online Christian Radio station. Mark has been a success in the marketing business, he is an innovator in the social media sector. Mark is engaging and will give you an excellent overview of what it takes to help bring your business into success through effective marketing.
>Session Five: Business Ethics and Character, – Wednesday, October 14
Are your business life and your Christian life two separate areas? Which is more important to you: honoring God in your business or getting the sale? What makes a Christian businessperson? These questions must be answered if you are to be a Christ-honoring entrepreneur. This session is built on the book, Doing Business by the Good Book, by David L. Steward, CEO of Worldwide Technologies, with outlines provided by Ministries @ Work, a ministry that equips local businesspersons to live by Biblical principles in all of life. The instructor for “Business Ethics and Character” is Mr. John Thrower (see “Government Requirements: An Overview” for biography).
>Session Six: Communications in Business, – Wednesday, October 21
How do you communicate with customers, employees and vendors? How do you make a good first impression? How do you handle phone communications, email and letters? Even if you know what you want to do and how to do it, you will not succeed unless you can communicate your expertise and enthusiasm to others. This session will give you confidence in communications. The instructor is James Stull, Director of Development for The Family Vision.He has served as a private school teacher for 23 years, ran an independent business and knows what is required to be successful in spoken, written, and electronic communications.
>Session Seven: Sales Tips and Techniques – Wednesday, October 28
Salesmanship is vital to entrepreneurial endeavors. How do you get appointments? How do you present your product or service to a potential customer? How do you handle rejection from a potential client? This session is an overview of the skills and techniques needed for good salesmanship.
The instructor is Fred Zielonko, Regional Manager for Bott Radio Network (KSIV AM-FM).Fred has a depth of experience in sales in the St. Louis radio market that goes very deep. Fred has served with KMOX and KTRS.His expertise will be of great value to you as you learn how to sell yourself and your business to others.
The cost for all seven sessions is $70 per student. Call today to sign up!
The Family Vision
2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

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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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