Homeschool Events List for October 13, 2015

Memorial Celebration
Holiday Hiring
World Bird Sanctuary
Homeschool Storytime
Explore the Outdoors
River des Peres Trash Bash
National Geographic Bee

Everyone is invited to the
Memorial Celebration for JESSE MULLINS
October 18, 2015
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Twin Rivers Worship Center, 10575 Tesson Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
Come celebrate Jesse’s life with his family and friends
Wear something red if possible —it was Jesse’s favorite color!
The Mullins family will be available after the service to greet guests
“Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.” Jeremiah 1:5a
Jesse Philip Mullins was born on November 5, 1988. His parents were surprised by the diagnosis of Down syndrome, but knew their determined little boy could overcome any obstacles. When a series of strokes at age two left him with cerebral palsy and unable to walk or talk, Jesse didn’t let those challenges keep him from the “special work” the Lord had for his life. His joy for living in the midst of hardship was an inspiration to everyone he met. People were constantly touched by his cheerful nature, caring heart, funny sense of humor, and enthusiastic worship. It was impossible to remain sad or down after experiencing Jesse’s dazzling smile or seeing his arms raised to heaven during a favorite Christian song.
Jesse enjoyed all kinds of music and dance! He was a veteran performer with his buddies at Miss Lindi’s Studio Forte, and was a regular at SHARE dances hosted by favorite DJ, Mark Chrun. He and dear friend Miki were a popular couple at the Albert Pujols Family Foundation Prom for individuals with Down syndrome. Entertaining nursing home residents and performing with his Fun School, Homelink and Lighthouse friends was always a source of joy for Jesse. His creative costumes and song skits are legendary!
Jesse especially liked songs and music videos by Rob Evans, “The Donut Man.” His favorite song this past month was “Walking and Leaping” and we know he must’ve been looking forward to the day he would be in heaven with Jesus – “walking and leaping and praising God” in a perfect body with no wheelchair, G-tube, or braces!
In addition to his passion for music and dance, Jesse was a huge sports fan and loved teams and friendly competition of all kinds. Along with the Cardinals and Blues, he cheered for his family softball teams (Brendle Brigades!), and all the homeschool sports programs. He was an enthusiastic competitor in bowling, roller skating, P.E., limbo contests, board games, the Wii, wheelchair races, VBS activities, and game shows! (He was thrilled to have a chance to spin the wheel on the Price is Right a few years ago when the show came to St. Louis!) Jesse was always a shining example of what it meant to be a “good sport.”
Jesse was well-known at a variety of St. Louis area attractions, and his enthusiasm was welcomed and appreciated by every employee and volunteer. He was a regular concert-goer at Powell Symphony Hall where ushers reserved him a seat on the front row near his favorite instrument – the tuba! He was a frequent visitor to the Muny, Magic House, Grant’s Farm, Eckert’s Orchards, Purina Farms, St. Louis Zoo, and many more. Jesse had a great time riding the Zooline Railroad (another favorite!) on a recent trip to the St. Louis Zoo with his brother Josh and good friend Trina.
Jesse was a true super- hero in both his life and death. He left for heaven on September 30, 2015, at the age of 26, but donated multiple organs so others could have a 2nd chance to enjoy life to the fullest (as he always did!).
The Mullins family would like to thank Children’s Hospital and their specialists for years of invaluable guidance and support. They are also grateful for Mid- America Transplant Services and their helpful and caring Family Support Specialists. In addition, St. Louis University Hospital’s 7th floor ICU medical team are much appreciated for their compassionate and skilled care during the last week of Jesse’s life.
Jesse is survived by his parents Ed and Cathy, older brother Joshua, “Gram” Jean Mullins, Aunt Pam and Uncle Karl Grattendick, along with LOTS of wonderful relatives and cousins …and countless friends!
From the Mullins family… “Jesse, you made life on earth so much fun and we thank God for giving you to us, even if it was for only a short time. See you again, sweet buddy!”
Special thanks to Pastor Bob Wells and Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, and to the staff of Twin Rivers Worship Center.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a future donation to the Jesse Mullins Scholarship Foundation. A scholarship will be awarded annually in Jesse’s honor to a homeschooled high school student who has “demonstrated compassion for special needs individuals and a commitment to serve them through volunteerism and community service”. The foundation is awaiting 501c3 approval and should be accepting donations by the end of 2015.

We’re looking for talented individuals to join our team for the holiday season.
Who do you know that would make a good fit? Help us spread the word about our special upcoming Holiday Hiring Day at all Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta stores.
Visit to learn more.
Application link specific to Old Navy at the Meadows in Lake St. Louis:

World Bird Sanctuary Open House
125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park, MO 63088
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October, 2015
10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission and Parking is FREE.
Free adults and kids activities!
Every year we celebrate our mission with you at our annual Open House. We share what we do to our deliver on our mission and give you an all-access pass to public and behind-the-scenes areas to find out who we are and how we achieve our success.
Our Open House this year is bittersweet. As we celebrate all that is World Bird Sanctuary – we will also be reflecting on the man who made it all possible.
Our 2015 Open House is dedicated to celebrating the legacy of our Founder, Walter Crawford, Jr., who passed away earlier this year. We hope that you will join us.
Open House is your opportunity to learn first-hand all about World Bird Sanctuary and the work we do to save threatened bird species and their habitats through environmental education, wildlife rehabilitation, propagation and field studies.
Special activities include:
Behind-the-scenes guided tours of our breeding barn, animal behavioral and training center and the wildlife hospital. These areas are closed to the public for the rest of the year.
Shows featuring live animals native to the southern hemisphere presented in our amphitheater three times daily, including: Red-legged seriemas, king vultures, flying macaws, talking parrots, bateleur eagles, tawny eagles and more!
Raptor project concerts.
Photo opportunity – have your photograph taken while holding a live owl!
St. Louis Sprout and About Activity C center for Kids, and special kids programs featuring live animals!
Whole Foods Market Prize Wheel!
Renewal by Andersen fun photo booth and facepainting!
Be sure to catch the bus to the “Lower Site” where you will meet special birds in our endangered species breeding program and our animal behavior and training center)

October 22, 2015
I’m a homeschooling mom, and I want to invite everyone to a homeschool storytime that I am organizing as a fundraiser for a national literacy organization called Jumpstart. We will be reading Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, watching a puppet story, and doing crafts and other themed activities.
I have a 7 year old, and have noticed there aren’t many library or storytime programs for older children in my area, so I thought I would start one. 🙂 I’m a reading specialist, with a background in children’s literature, so this is my passion.
The event is sponsored by The Center of Clayton, and we will be holding the storytime there in the meeting rooms.
Here is a link to Jumpstart Read for the Record (It’s a yearly event to try to break the world record for the number of people reading a single book in one day.)
The event is free, but I do want to have a general idea about how many people will be attending. I have set up a Facebook community page for our “Page Parties” so that families can register for the event.
Page Party – Facebook Community Page
I would so love to see you there!
Thank you,
Tracy Reynolds

Explore the Outdoors: St. Louis
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) are partnering to bring a special event to the St. Louis area. “Explore the Outdoors” will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the nature center. This regional event will help acquaint St. Louis residents with outdoor opportunities in the area.
Visitors will have the opportunity to attend both indoor and outdoor sessions and learn about important conservation topics from leading experts. The programs will be split into two groups: the indoor seminars and the outdoor “Get Outside” sessions. The entire days’ worth of activities is free and open to everyone.
The seminars will cover:
Live raptors and birds of prey demonstrations courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary
Outdoor photography with MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong
Keeping up with the Outdoors, with radio personality Ray Eye
Missouri State Parks presentation on the Katy Trail
A Nine Network “Water Matters” program about Missouri Stream Teams
The Get Outside sessions will include:
Hiking St. Louis, with author Robert Rubright
Birding 101 with Mitch Leachman of the St. Louis Audubon Society
Fly fishing and fly casting demonstration with MDC fisheries [biologist?] Mark Van Patten
Pollinators and Native Plants
Hunting and fishing opportunities in the St. Louis region
Canoeing and kayaking
Information stations from various conservation partners
For more information on the Explore the Outdoors event, go to Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.

River des Peres Trash Bash
Missouri Stream Team will be pitching in to help put on the thirteenth-annual River des Peres Trash Bash Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their goal is to enhance neighborhoods by helping to improve water quality in the area.   Along with Stream Team, four other sponsors are partnering to put on the family friendly event. They include the Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG), the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and the City of St. Louis. Everyone is invited to join the fight to clean up the rivers and creeks within the River des Peres watershed.
Volunteers of all ages are needed to clear litter and trash from several sites including Gravois Creek, Shady Grove Creek, Deer Creek, Engelholm Creek, McKenzie Creek, River des Peres, and the Mississippi River.
Registration will take place from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. at three locations – Fultz Field, located along the River des Peres Greenway on River des Peres Boulevard between Morganford and Gravois in St. Louis City; the Heman Park Community Center located at 975 Pennsylvania in University City; and the University of Missouri-St. Louis Urban Ecology Trailer, located at the South Campus on East Drive.
The clean-up will last from 8:30 a.m. to noon with a celebration and appreciation BBQ lunch at Fultz Field from noon to 2 p.m. Volunteers will also be rewarded with musical entertainment and prizes for the “best” trash finds in three categories—most expensive, largest, and “weirdest” trash.
According to GRG, during the 2014 Trash Bash volunteers cleared five tons of debris from within the River des Peres Watershed, which included 100 tires, 1.5 tons of scrap metal and 3.5 tons of trash.
For more information or to register in advance, visit or call River des Peres Watershed Coalition at 314-503-1919 or 314-603-8834.

National Geographic Bee
Homeschooler Link is hosting the National Geographic Bee for homeschoolers in our area. This event is open to all homeschool families, regardless of group membership. To qualify, your student must be in grades 4-8. The grade levels will be based on the ages for the grades your child would normally be in. This competition has seven different categories of questions and several have a multiple choice answer. The students with the most correct answer out of seven proceeds to the next round. This is not a “miss one question and you’re out” type of competition.
There will be an informational/practice meeting on Thursday, October 29th at 12:30 at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church in St. Peters (please come to the back of the building to enter). We will give students some questions from a previous years challenge so they can get a feel for what it is like. This is a free event, so why not come and give it a try! We will hold our actual competition in November, date to be determined.
Where: Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 907 Jungermann Road, St. Peters, MO
When: Thursday, October 29th
Time: 12:30
NOTE: For further information, see the October 8 Events List

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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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