Homeschool Events List for February 21, 2016

Used Curriculum
Upper Limits Homeschool Day
Art Unleashed
Invasive Species
Sky Zone Fenton
Winter Dance
Colonial Williamsburg
High School Scholarship
Open House for Volunteers
FHE Rally
Brain Discovery
Poster Contest
Holocaust Museum Tour
Zoo Homeschool Classes

St. Louis /St. Charles County Homeschool Curriculum sell/buy/trade

Starting Monday February 22 — West County Upper Limits will offer all homeschoolers an ongoing discounted rate.
2 hours of open climbing, harness, and shoes for $12 (over 50% off).
Mondays and Thursdays 12-2
1874 Lackland Hill Parkway St. Louis, MO 63146
Mention the home school open climb at the front desk
Waivers for minors need to be filled out by the minors’ legal guardians. This can be done online through our website before your visit or in the gym at the time of visit.
Children 14 and older can come without adult supervision. However, they still need to have a waiver filled out by their legal guardian before they climb.
As we generate more interest and participants want to learn and grow in rock climbing skills, we can create some options for some special rock climbing courses to teach them rope management and belaying skills.

Homeschool Program-Classes starting as early as February 22
Our homeschool classes are designed to enable students to explore a variety of mediums, while also making connections between the art they are creating and the world history they learn in the academic setting. Students will have the opportunity to explore both 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional art while learning various techniques for each of the materials they are working with during each session.
Complete class listing here:

Invasive Species
Tuesday, Feb. 23 @ 9:30 – 11 a.m.; Free
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood , MO 63122
(Ages 7 and up)
Sometimes plants and animals come into our region from outside. Some of these don’t do well here. However, invasive species grow vigorously in their new home, and crowd out many native species. Why? How can they out-compete species that are already so well adapted to this environment? We’ll consider some general reasons and some detailed examples. We’ll also play some games, make a craft and go for a walk in the woods. (Reservations begin Feb 9. by calling 314 -301-1500.)

Sky Zone Fenton
Offers Deep Discount to Home School Families
Sky Zone Fenton, 631 Gravois Road, Fenton, MO 63026 * 636.364.4444
Sky Zone Fenton offers a weekly home school hop every Friday from 1:30pm-3:00pm for 90 minutes of jump time. The first child is $10, and each additional child is $5. Reusable SkySocks are $2 per pair. Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park and the inventors of “fun fitness.” Sky Zone Fenton is located near Gravois Bluffs and offers open jump, dodgeball, basketball, Sky Slam, Sky Joust and Foam Zone to home school students needing PE credit or exercise in disguise. Capacity is limited and a parental waiver and SkySocks are required. Sky Zone Fenton is owned by Shawna and Bron Launsby, who home school several of their six children. Learn more at

Put on Your Boots & Bling for a Western Winter Dance hosted by S.H.A.R.E.
Friday, February 26th from 7 pm – 11 pm Doors will open at 6:30 pm
St. Andrews Catholic School Building (Homelink), 309 E. Hoffmeister – 63125
As with all our dances, it is open to homeschooled 9th – 12th graders. AND, keeping with tradition we are inviting 8th graders to the dance. Each may bring a guest who is non-homeschool or alumni.
* BBQ dinner will be served *
Cost: $15.00
Sign up early
Dress Code:  Dressy casual – jeans are ok at this dance
Girls: Dresses should not be too low cut in back or front and not too short.  You should be able to dance with your arms up or sit without showing too much upper leg.  No midriffs or full sides showing.
Boys: Jeans are ok, as well as dressier.  No “sagging” pants.
To register, go to and click on the “Boots and Bling” icon on the homepage or the “Winter Dance” tab on the top navigational bar.
We can’t have a dance without good volunteers.  If you would like to chaperone or help in any other way, please sign up at the link below:

Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Event
SPRING: February 27–March 6, 2016
FALL: September 10–25, 2016
Enjoy huge savings on engaging, immersive programs in American history. Act quickly to secure your special rates. For details, call 1-800-228-8878, or email
Just for you:
Bits and Bridles: Discover Colonial Williamsburg’s modern stable and rare breeds programs.
Lessons in Leisure: Mrs. Powell requests the pleasure of your company as she instructs young gentlemen and ladies in the real world of 18th-century life.
When the Sun Goes Down: Converse with African Americans from 18th-century Virginia and see how they spend their free time.
Sugar and Spice and all Things Nice—Confectionery in Colonial America: Venture into the world of colonial confectionery at the Powell House.

Women Legislators of Missouri are encouraging young women set to graduate from high school to apply for a $500 college scholarship. Each year the group selects one student from each of Missouri’s congressional districts to receive the award. Members hope to spread the word about the scholarship opportunity so that female students from all parts of the state will apply.
“This is a great opportunity for any young woman who is interested in continuing her educational career to receive some valuable financial assistance,” said Representative Kirkton.
The Women Legislators of Missouri Caucus created the senior scholarship program to provide financial assistance to students on the basis of leadership, academics and community service. Candidates must fill out an application and are required to submit a 500-word essay answering the question, “If you were a state legislator, what would you hope to accomplish and why?”
>>> A link to download the scholarship is located at <<<
Applications must be mailed to: Representative Patricia Pike, Missouri State Capitol , 201 West Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 or submitted via email to with the subject WLM Essay Contest. The submission deadline is Thursday, March 3, 2016.
The group will select recipients and then a hold a reception in their honor on Monday, April 18, 2016 in the State Capitol. Following the reception, the scholarships will be presented to the recipients in the Missouri House Chamber. For further information, contact 573-751-5388.

As an outdoor enthusiast, you can share your passion with others by volunteering for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). It’s an excellent way to help others discover your excitement for nature.
MDC is holding a New Volunteer Open House Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The event will offer the opportunity to learn more about MDC’s volunteer program first hand by speaking directly with MDC staff and active volunteers.
Volunteers serve a vital role at MDC in helping advance the agency’s mission of conserving and protecting Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources. They also assist MDC with the goal of educating citizens about natural resources and engaging them in outdoor activities.
MDC volunteers help teach kids and families how to fish, promote and ensure firearm safety at staffed shooting ranges, give programs that help the public learn more about nature, lead educational activities like hikes and outdoor explorations, teach the statewide Hunter Education Program, and greet nature center visitors. They also help with MDC special events.
The New Volunteer Open House will be an opportunity to learn more about volunteer opportunities, including training and service incentives.
To learn more, contact MDC Volunteer Coordinator Katie Zimmer at, or call 636-938-9548.
The Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located off I-44 at 1100 Antire Road in High Ridge. The event is free and no registration is required.

“30 Years of Success: Creating a Stronger Missouri”
12:30pm in the Capitol Rotunda
March 8th, 2016
Featured Speaker: Dan Hite of the Pillar Foundation
Dan Hite became the Director of The Pillar Foundation in 2011 and has enjoyed teaching Pillar classes since 2005. He is a native of St. Louis, MO and has lived in the metro area all but six years of his life. He and his wife, Leah, have one adult son, Ryan, who was homeschooled and just recently married. Dan is an ordained minister and has served as a pastor, church staff member, non-profit chairman and CEO, and seminary president. He enjoys teaching the Biblical Christian worldview in many academic disciplines.
Help us celebrate 30 years since the current “homeschool” law was passed in the last three minutes of the last day of the 1985-1986 legislative session.
Be encouraged, stand together, and show the Missouri State Legislators your support for Home Education!

Brain Discovery Homeschool Session
Registration for the spring Brain Discovery homeschool session is now open!  Thanks to those who filled out the scheduling survey – it looks like Thursday mornings work for the majority of you.  The 3rd-4th grade class will meet from 10-11amand 5th-6th grade class will meet from 11-noon.  If you have children spanning both age groups, you may choose to enroll them in the same class if that would be more convenient for your family.
Please fill out this registration form at your earliest convenience; it will close on March 10th or whenever the classes are full.  Feel free to spread the word to other homeschool families who might be interested!  Note that this is the same curriculum we offered in the fall, so it would not be appropriate for students who already completed that session.
Registered families will be contacted with further details about a week before the first class.  You can also check out our FAQs page in the meantime, and feel free to email us with any other questions.
Hope to see many of you next month!
Claire and Brian
Brain Discovery Co-Directors
Brain Discovery Program at Washington University in St. Louis

Fifth-Grade Students are Invited to Enter a Poster Contest About Tap Water!
Drinking Water Week, May 1-7, 2016, is an opportunity to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives and is celebrated each year during the first full week of May. To celebrate, the Department of Natural Resources is holding a poster contest for Missouri fifth-grade students!
Deadline: Entries should be postmarked by March 16, 2016.
Size: No larger than 11 x 17 inches.
Media: Artists may use any color or media (crayons, marker, pencil, etc.) to create their posters.
Information to include: Student name, teacher name, school name, address and phone number.
Where to send entries: Susan Bloomer, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Public Drinking Water Branch, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, Mo 65102-0176.
Prize: $300 for first, $200 for second, $100 for third.
Entries will be judged on three criteria: how original the entry is, how well the concept is executed and how well the poster relates to public water supplies. The poster should show how tap water is essential to our daily lives!
For more information, visit

Wed March 16th: Free “Goodbye Marianne” Performance and Holocaust Museum tour
The St. Louis Repertory Theatre’s Imaginary Theatre Company will perform “Goodbye Marianne”(recommended Grades 5th-7th) in conjunction with a tour of the Holocaust Museum.
“In 1938 Berlin, young Marianne Kohn arrives at school to find that Jewish students are no longer permitted, and her life begins to change in frightening ways. Soon friends and loved ones are disappearing, neighborhood shops are being burned, and even Marianne’s father must flee to escape the Gestapo.
Based on the author’s childhood experiences in Nazi Germany, Goodbye Marianne is a stirring account of loss and love, and one girl’s bravery in the face of a changing world.”
This is a touring production, performing in St. Louis on Wednesday March 16th only.
The program begins at 9.30 pm and finishes at 12.30 pm on Wednesday March 16th.
Program location is: The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (12 Millstone Campus Dr. St. Louis, MO 63146)
This is a two part educational event. You will see the show and then tour of the museum (or vice versa).
There is no cost to attend.
If you are interested, you can reserve tickets (by email) through St. Louis Repertory Theatre’s Education Program
Manager, Suki Peters
Suki’s email is
Please include your name, phone number and number of tickets you would like.
Link to the study guide and more information about the show can be found here:

I just wanted to let everyone know that the Zoo now has Monday and Friday Homeschooling Classes. I’m quite excited about it. The cost is $18 if you are a member and $20 if you are not that is per child. They have classes in March, April and May. They have morning and afternoon classes. They just started the Friday zoo classes this January. All the classes on their web site ( If you are looking for something new to do. It is fun!

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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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