Homeschool Events List for October 6, 2015

Fort Belle Fontaine Day
Talkin’ Trash
Homecoming Dance
Explaining Cognition Mechanistically

Fort Belle Fontaine Day
Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
Fort Belle Fontaine, 13002 Bellefontaine Road, Saint Louis, MO 63138
Experience the change of the seasons with breathtaking views of the Missouri River from atop the river bluffs at Fort Belle Fontaine.
Enjoy tours of this important historical site, America’s first fort west of the Mississippi River and the last stop of Lewis & Clark on their Corps of Discovery journey. Activities also include children’s games, and history and nature programs. This is a must-do experience for the history buff and nature lover. Dress for the weather. Light refreshments will be available. Call (314) 544-5714 or e-mail Admission is free.

Talkin’ Trash
By Nicholas Kryah
YOU are invited! Tickets are free, but you must reserve them on-line at:
Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11
At Mainstage Auditorium at Clayton High School
-See more at:
Talkin’ Trash tells the story of a young boy obsessed with trash and recycling who moves to a rundown neighborhood next door to an elderly woman who struggles with compulsive hoarding. Their unlikely intergenerational relationship touches on issues of community, responsibility and friendship.
Talkin’ Trash is a world premiere play by Nicholas Kryah. The playwright was inspired by Sam Klein, a boy from St. Louis who was so fascinated by trash that he had his own recycling company by the time he was age twelve. Kryah decided to introduce this boy to an elderly woman obsessed with stuff and memories, whom the playwright had once lived next door to.
This play is appropriate for adults and kids age 5 and up. Running time, 50 minutes.

S.H.A.R.E. 2015 Homecoming Dance
Galaxy Gala
This stellar dance is open to homeschool 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
Each may bring a guest who is non-homeschool or alumni.
DATE: Thursday October 22, 2015
TIME: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
PLACE: Genesis Banquet Center – 2651 Telegraph Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125 – (314) 894-7073
COST: $12 per person (a convenience fee is added for paying via Paypal)
FOOD: A full buffet dinner will be served. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
DRESS CODE: Semi-Formal attire, please dress modestly.
Girls – nothing too low cut in front or back. Nothing too short. You should be able to dance and sit while still remaining modest. No midriffs showing
Boys – Slacks and dress shirt with tie. Jackets optional
With your registration and payment you are agreeing to respect and follow the rules we have set in place as well as Genesis Banquet Center.
~No inappropriate language either written or verbal.
~No suggestive or inappropriate behavior either while dancing or otherwise.
~No public displays of affection.
~No pocket knives or weapons of any kind.
~No alcohol or other illegal or inappropriate substances.
~Those with dress code violations may be asked to change.
~Once you leave the dance you may not return. If you need to go to your car, or outside please talk with a chaperone.
Respectful behavior is expected at all times towards chaperones, staff and other students.
How: Sign up for the dance at the SHARE website (
Just go to the Calendar page for October 22.
After you sign up, you can pay in the following ways:
Use the Paypal link
Send a check, made out to SHARE, to:
Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116
If you are a Homelink student, you can put your payment in the RED BOX on the parent monitor table.
It takes volunteers to orchestrate a large dance, so parents, please consider clicking the link below to sign up for miscellaneous jobs.

The Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution
Explaining Cognition Mechanistically
Wednesday, October 14 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World (Zoo North Entrance), 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required.
Featured Speaker: Gualtiero Piccinini, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy and Associate Director, Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri – St. Louis; founder of the on-line blog, and author of the soon to be released, Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account
Is cognition a kind of computation? Are our brains really like computers? Cognitive neuroscience aims to explain cognition, how we think, experience and sense the world around us, by uncovering computational and representational mechanisms across multiple levels of organization. This raises the question of what physical computation is– what does, and does not count as computing, and how representations come about. Recent advances in our understanding of both physical computation and representation help us illuminate the way that cognitive neuroscientists explain cognitive functions.

I am beginning the process of setting up a CoderDojo in the St. Louis/St. Charles area and I am looking for partners to help me set it up and get some kids interested in coding!
What is CoderDojo? You can find lots of information at the CoderDojo website itself at but I have pulled a quote from the site here:
“CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.
Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning, with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world.”
I think this club is a great fit for home-schooled kids and something the kids would love. If you see the same synergy please feel free to contact me at this email address or at one of social media sites. Thank you!
Stephen Berg
Web – or
Twitter – @CoderDojoSTL
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JABiztown Homeschool Visit Day
When: March 14, 2016 – JA BizTown Student Visit Day
February 1, 2016 – Curriculum Pick-Up – 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Junior Achievement, 17339 N. Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005 (Northwest corner of Boone’s Crossing)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enroll today: Enroll at beginning October 1, 2015. Maximum of 120 students – Register early!)
Cost: Additional information on JA BizTown may be found at
New curriculum will be provided for 2015-2016 for all families
1 student – $40.00
2 students – $60.00
3 students – $80.00
4 students – $100.00
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 12 lessons are taught at home. Parent training is online.
Parent Curriculum Pick-up: February 1, 2016 – Drop in between 1:00-4:00pm
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.
Homeschool students come to JA BizTown for a student visit day and are prepared to assume job responsibilities, manage bank accounts, and experience life as a consumer/employer.
Questions: Call Jenny Eickhorst, 636-728-0707, ext. 237 or

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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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