Homeschool Events List for September 14, 2015

Homeschool PE
Outer Solar System
SHARE Bowling Day
Workshop for Educators
Blues Bookworms
Raging Readers
Post-Secondary Education Fair
A Christmas Carol
Essay Contest

Homeschool PE and FIT Program
Offered by the Pointe at Ballwin Commons
PE is for ages 7-12 and focuses on different sports each month. The group will swim once a month. Meets Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30pm
FIT is for ages 11-17 and is a personal fitness class for middle and high school students. Meets Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm
Registration is month-to-month. Cost varies monthly based on the number of weeks met. A 15% discount is available for each additional child if you register 2 or more from the same household.
Sessions are:
Sept 2-30
Oct 7-28
Nov 4-18
Dec 2-16
Jan 6-17
Feb 3-24
Mar 2-30
For more information, contact Emily Chamberlin, at or 636-207-2328.
To register online, go to:
The Homeschool PE & FIT program is listed under “Youth Programs.”
The Pointe-City of Ballwin is located at: #1 Ballwin Commons Circle, Ballwin, MO 63021

Out of the Dark and Into the Cold
Exploring the Outer Solar System in the 21st Century
Tues., September 15, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Featured Speaker: William B. McKinnon, Ph.D., Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis; NASA New Horizons Mission Co-Investigator, GGI Deputy Team Lead, Pluto Underground
In March 1965, NASA’s Mariner 4 mission returned the first close-up pictures of the surface of Mars. Fifty years later NASA’s program of robotic exploration has reached the frontier of the Solar System– Pluto! What does it take to get a spacecraft launched on such a journey? What do NASA and other space agencies have planned to explore the outer solar system in this new century? How can students get involved? Come find out in this fascinating talk from a scientist on the front lines of space exploration!
Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to middle & high school students and adults. Parking free in Kirkwood High School lots.

SHARE Bowling Day
New Information for Fall 2015 Semester
~No teams…just come when you can—one time or every time.
~You can still bowl with your friends!
~High games will be listed on a Leader Board based on gender and age. See if you can maintain your status!!!!
~Winners will receive gift cards at the end of the semester.
~A great way to socialize! Bring friends and/or make new ones!
Time? 10 a.m.
Where? Show Me Lanes, 4575 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63129
What? 3 games!
Who? Anyone in your homeschool family can bowl! Moms, Dads, Kids!
How much? $5.00 per week; this includes shoe rental (you pay weekly, not by semester)
Questions? Contact Cathy Mullins at, 314-769-7965 or JUST SHOW UP
High Game Winners will receive gift cards at the end of semester!

National Park Service Workshop for Educators
Osage History and Enduring Culture
Old Courthouse, downtown St. Louis
Free: Thursday, September 17, 2015; 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
All Educators,
We had the opportunity to bring Dr. Andrea Hunter back to St. Louis to discuss Osage Culture. Many of you were able to attend the earlier workshop. Please pass this opportunity on to any of your colleagues that were not able to attend last time and share with them the value of attending.
Dr. Andrea Hunter, Director, Osage Nation Historic Preservation Office
National Park Service Staff, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
When Pierre Laclede established his fur trading post in St. Louis he had exclusive rights from France to trade with the Native Americans in the Missouri River Valley and the territory west of the Mississippi. This was the land of the Osage Indians, the largest and the most powerful group in the region. They numbered eight to ten thousand people controlling a 100,000 square mile hunting area bordered by the Missouri River on the north, the Mississippi River on the east and Arkansas River on the south.
Dr. Hunter will provide a brief history of the Osage Nation from the origin of the tribe, based on tribal oral tradition, to its current status on a reservation in Oklahoma. Dr. Hunter will also discuss archaeological research that has been conducted on several Osage sites in Missouri.
For more information about this workshop, or to register, please call Diane Weber at 314-241-1244 x107 or e-mail at

Blues Bookworms program
The St. Louis Blues FREE reading program, Blues Bookworms, is available for all classrooms, grades K-6, that are located in the Greater St. Louis Area.
The program runs October 1- January 8. Every classroom that participates will receive bookmarks for each student and a Bookworms poster for the classroom!
~How it works:~
Each month, students record the number of minutes read using the Student Tracker Form provided by the Blues. Forms should be initialed by a parent/guardian and submitted to teachers. Teachers then record their classroom minutes on the Bookworms poster that the Blues will provide and submit their list of total classroom minutes online to the Blues each month using the downloadable Classroom Tracker.
After winter break on January 8th, teachers will submit the names and total number of minutes read by their students (in addition to the number of minutes read Dec.1-Jan.8).
~How students SCORE!~
Students that read a total of 1,000 minutes or more will score with a buy one, get one ticket voucher to the Blues Bookworms game on Monday, Feb. 22. Those students will be recognized as a group on the Scottrade Center scoreboard and will have the opportunity shoot on goal after the game. If you cannot make the designated Bookworms game then a backup game will be provided on Thursday, Feb 18, but there will be no shoot on goal after the game.
A special ticket discount will be available for family members, teachers and students that did not reach 1,000 minutes.
The overall top reader from each grade will receive four (4) FREE Plaza Level Blues tickets to the scheduled Blues Bookworm Game on Feb. 22. The top readers will also be featured on the big screen during the game.
~Work as a team to achieve!~
Every class that reaches or goes beyond 250 minutes read per month per student will be entered into a drawing for a Blues celebrity appearance. If a classroom is selected to receive a Blues Celebrity appearance and there are multiple classrooms in that selected school enrolled in the Blues Bookworms Program, all classrooms in that school that have reached their monthly goal will be invited to participate in the visit. The more classrooms registered per school, the better the chance of receiving an appearance!
View the Bookworms webpage!
~Blues Bookworms Team ~

Raging Readers Program
Teachers and School Administrators: please e-mail to enroll your school for the 2016 program!
Registration Deadline is October 30, 2015
If your email address has changed, please send us an email ASAP with your updated information!
The program is designed for K – 6th Grade. They do their e-mail blast Mid-October so that it can be in the kids hands to start the program by November 1st. They ask that all information be turned back into them before Christmas Break.
Send your info to Be sure to put Raging Readers Program as the subject of the email.
For more information, please call (618) 786-2345 or e-mail

Seventh Annual Post-Secondary Education Fair
For home-schooled students
This event will take place Friday, October 30, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 Nifong, Columbia, MO. This fair is a wonderful opportunity for home schooled students and parents to visit with many different universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, and vocational-technical/trade schools at one time. The 2008 -2014 fairs included 45 different types and styles of schools, not only from Missouri, but also from states as far away as Wyoming and Tennessee. The schools in attendance will showcase their degree and certification programs and the relaxed environment encourages students to converse with the school representatives. The fair not only gives students and parents information concerning schools and their offerings to our home- schooled students, but it also allows home schooled students to explore the variety of opportunities waiting for them in post-secondary education.
We will again offer the mini-seminar, “Preparing your High School Home-schooled Student for Post-secondary Education,” led by Cindy Campbell, a home school mom of three. Mrs. Campbell’s seminar was much appreciated by the families that attended the past six years. She guides and advises home schooling families as they prepare their home-schooled high school student for college. The seminar will address what subjects and records are needed to assist your students with their college preparation. Mrs. Campbell’s oldest child has worked as an ASL interpreter and is now concentrating on being a mom, her middle son received a full-ride-scholarship and graduated from Westminster College and has now earned his doctorate at MU on a full scholarship and is working in Maryland for our government, and her youngest attended Westminster and completed his degree at MU and has entered into his career as an Occupational Therapist.
Hart Career Center, will again this year be offering free of charge, “Education and Career Interest Assessment.” This will be offered to each student that would like to take advantage of this service. It is voluntary and only for your personal benefit.
Woodcrest is located in an area that has many types of restaurants close at hand. The church has been very good to us and we would like to respect their building by asking that you eat away from the building and do not carry food/drink into the building. Closed water bottles would be fine to bring.
If you have any questions about this Post-Secondary Education Fair, please contact the sponsors,
Ron and Brenda Crowe, past home-schooling parents of three at or at their business 573-581-1377 or 573-473-6110

A drama class from the ARCHE Co-Op will be performing a stage production of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” this December.
The performance will take place at the beautiful and newly renovated (and just around the corner from the Fabulous Fox) Sun Theatre at 3625 Grandel Square on Saturday, December 12th at 7:00 PM
The rendition will include traditional Christmas music as well as some new favorites, plenty of costuming and choreography, all presented by a cast of talented home schooled students.  What a fun celebration to add to your Christmas season!
We thought you might like to gather your group and come see the show with our group rate tickets.
There are 2 choices for group tickets:   Group Balcony seats – $5.00 each or Group Floor seats are $7.50 each.
To qualify as a group you only need to purchase 5 or more tickets with a single payment.
Tickets may be reserved online with this online form.
After submitting your form, you will receive an email with instructions for payment, and your tickets will be mailed, or held at will-call for the night of the performance.
The group tickets sales ends on November 1st, so don’t wait – start signing up your group now!
After November 1st, all seats are $10.00 each

HSLDA’s 14th annual Essay Contest
This contest is open to all homeschooled students from ages 7-19.  It offers cash prizes and runs through November 1, 2015. Our themes for this year’s contest all focus on how we express gratitude.
View Contest Info & Guidelines
Students, write an essay in the form of a letter that directly thanks a person who has shaped your life for the better! That person could be a civic servant such as a sheriff, state representative, or firefighter; a co-op teacher, parent or grandparent, or church leader; or anyone else who comes to your mind.
We encourage you to let your essay be more than a contest entry; consider sending your letter to the person who blessed you. You never know how much of an impact your gratitude may have!
-Category 1 (ages 7-10) – Using the principles of a descriptive essay, write a letter expressing gratitude to someone who has influenced your life. A strong essay will vividly describe the details of what this person’s role is and what they have done for you.
-Category 2 (ages 11-14) – Using the principles of a narrative essay, write a letter expressing gratitude to someone who has influenced your life. A strong essay will share a compelling story that documents how this person’s actions have impacted you and/or your community.
-Category 3 (ages 15-19) – Using the principles of a cause and effect essay, write a letter expressing gratitude to someone who has influenced your life or your community. A strong essay will clearly connect the addressee’s actions to the specific positive outcomes that they caused in your life.
To get a sense of what to look for or avoid in your essay, you can view the judges’ comments or read the winning essays from previous years’ contests!
You can find guidelines and entry forms on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests for homeschoolers in artpoetry, and photography.

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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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