Homeschool Events List for August 2, 2016

Homeschool Volleyball
Homeschool Conference
Back to School Night
Horsemanship Workshop
Salvation Army Homeschool PE
Bible Quizzing
Pokemon GO Homeschool Group
Homeschool Gym/Swim Class
LHS South Choir
St. Charles Regional College Fair
Homeschool Craft Fair
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Girls Panthers Homeschool Volleyball
Now it is time!  If your daughter is 11 – 14 years old, we have a few spots left.  Our team is super fun, and our girls really grow to be close friends.  We have grown to become a very competitive team, as we enter our 5th season.  Please email me if you are interested.  Practices are starting this week!
Tony Latham

The IHM Homeschool Conference St. Louis
Friday, August 12th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
DoubleTree Hotel St. Louis at Westport
1973 Craigshire, St. Louis, MO 63146
Admission: Free
Speakers: Dr. Ray Guarendi, Mrs. Virginia Seuffert, Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Vendors include: Seton Home Study School ($30 discount per child for full enrollment at the conference), Brennan Innovators, HSLDA, Sacred Heart Books and Gifts, Stone Tablet Press, Teaching Textbooks, Holy Family Resources, Christendom College, and Pauline Books and Media.
To view the schedule, please visit:

Homeschooler-link will be having their Back to School Night, on Friday, August 19 from 7-9 PM. We welcome all teachers, students, and interested families to come and get acquainted with one another. We are having an ice cream social and light refreshments. Around 7:30 PM we will have a pinata for the kids. Please sign up on the website so we know how much ice cream to purchase!

There are 14 helpful Homelink informational web pages found at the “2016-2017 Homelink Classes” link on the top bar of the SHARE website. Everything (almost!) you need to know for registration is in the “Step 1 Important Class Registration Instructions” webpage. Please read it thoroughly BEFORE moving on to the other web pages and registering your student. If you have any problems with the website contact Cathy Mullins and she will come to your rescue!
We are so excited about the wide variety of classes offered at Homelink this year for all grades and learning styles!  2016-2017 Classes We pray they will work with your schedule and meet your academic needs. As always, there are some class conflicts that just couldn’t be avoided, no matter how many sleepless nights we spent juggling the time slots. If there is a conflict with a class for your family, contact Kerrie asap and we will see if there is anything that can be changed. Please put “Class Conflict” in the email subject line.
Homelink Orientation is on August 23 beginning at 6:30 pm.  See the Homelink Calendar for other important dates. NOTE: New families sometimes wait until Orientation to register for classes and their preferences are often full with a waiting list. If you are especially interested in a class, please try to register ASAP.
Hope you are enjoying the summer and have had time to recharge and prepare for the upcoming school year! Looking forward to seeing you at the Orientation on August 23, or at the Back-to-School Picnic on August 31.
We would love for you to join us at Homelink this year!    Kerrie (with Cathy & the Homelink teachers)
Cathy Mullins (314-796-7965 or
Kerrie Tate (314-791-0000 or

CHERISH Upcoming Events
Please join us to meet fellow Catholic homeschoolers and build community at these upcoming events sponsored by CHERISH – Catholic Home Educators Rest In the Sacred Heart.
-Friday, August 26th – 6:30 p.m.
Family Event – Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion and Rosary Procession, followed by Ice Cream Social
All the families will pray the rosary together while processing from station to station.  Afterward, we will all eat ice cream sundaes and socialize.  Ice cream and chocolate syrup will be provided.  Bring your favorite topping to share if you wish.  To RSVP or obtain more information, please contact Elaine Swackhammer at
-Monday, August 29th – 8:00 p.m.
Mom’s Night Out Social Event
Share some chips and salsa and socialize with other Catholic homeschool moms.  We will meet at El Maguey restaurant, 7139 Mexico Road, St. Peters.  This is a recurring event, meeting the first Monday of every month.  No RSVP necessary, just add it to your calendar and drop in and join us whenever you can.

Horsemanship Workshop
Aug. 26th-28th, 2016
Friday 5:00-8:00; Saturday 9:00-12:00; Sunday 2:00-5:00
One day workshops can also be scheduled at your convenience with a group of 4 or more.
The Dreamcatchers 4-H club is offering horsemanship workshops to introduce horse enthusiasts to the basic techniques and theory involved in training and riding horses. Participants will be taught basic safety while learning and practicing exercises that will help them develop a balanced seat. They will also be introduced to the Parelli Natural Horsemanship techniques used for working with horses on the ground and while riding; concepts which will help them to understand how playing with their horse leads to the development of a relationship that is based on love, language and leadership.
Participants will be divided into groups based on their knowledge and riding capability. These groups will rotate through a variety of stations at each session where they will learn to be able to safely lead, groom, mount, dismount and play the Seven Basic Parelli Training Games while mounted and on the ground, and then begin applying the principles learned from these games while riding. Plus almost everyone gets to experience the trot and canter.
The farm where we meet is located off Highway 30, near Cedar Hill, Missouri, about 30 minutes from Eureka, St. Clair, DeSoto, and Hwy 270 and Gravois Rd.
Cost: $125.00 (10% discount for siblings or children already enrolled in 4-H.)
Students must be 8 (Birthday by Jan. 1, 2016) or older to participate.
Contact Wendy Miller at 314-341-5300 for more information or e-mail to Check out the Dreamcatcher 4-H Group on Facebook and learn about all of the fun programs 4-H offers here in the St. Louis area!

> The Homeschool Physical Education Program is sponsored by the Salvation Army, and takes place at the SAL Gateway Citadel Community Center, 824 Union Road, St. Louis Mo., 63123. This is the 30th year of the classes, taught by founder Coach Cort Hubbard.
> Teacher/Coach Cort Hubbard has a Bachelors Degree from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, a Masters Degree from the University of Mississippi, and a K-12 teaching certificate. There is not enough room to list Cort’s experience and accomplishments!
> Homeschool P.E. course description – “These classes promote physical exercise, skills development, and sportsmanship. The typical Homeschool Physical Education class will begin with prayer, followed by calisthenics, coordination skills or jogging, skill development (teaching session), and fun games which often incorporate the skill being taught. The specific material a student will learn is based on their age and skill level, seeking to introduce new skills, or improving on skills already acquired.”
> Fall 2016 classes are on Tuesday or Thursday, beginning September 6 or 8, and ending December 13 or 15, 2016.
> Classes often fill up quickly, especially on Tuesdays.  Do not wait to register or your preferred time slot might be taken! Classes are divided by age groups, but there is some flexibility allowed. Due to class size and safety issues, it is not always possible to move your child to an older or younger class.
> To sign up and hold your spot, fill out the Registration Form (found HERE) and mail it to Attn: Cort Hubbard/HSPE, Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, St. Louis MO 63123. OR – you can email Cort your registration information at Please include ALL of the necessary info – guardian/parent name, email address, phone number, student age and class choice. Parents will need to fill out the official P.E. Emergency Contact Form on the first day of class, and payments are due at that time.  Checks are made out to the Salvation Army, not SHARE. If you have any questions about class placement, ask Cort by email or call him at 631-0727 ext. 6130.
> The cost of Homeschool P.E. is VERY reasonable – only about $4.00 per class! To participate in Homeschool P.E. classes, each student must be a “member” of the Salvation Army, but Cort has incorporated the membership price into the class fees. The cost for P.E. per semester is the same as in past years – $56 for one student, $107 for two students, $157 for three students, and $50 for each additional student.
> Many of you have asked about how you can purchase Quarterback King – the awesome game that Cort invented. Go to for all the details. Cort also has a few of the games in his office at the Salvation Army for purchase.

The St. Louis Fall Bible Quizzing season is just around the corner!  Go to our website,, for information about our quizzing program and to register for the fall.  Practices are just one Monday night and one Saturday afternoon each month at Grace Community Chapel in St. Peters, and the cost for the fall is $30 per quizzer.
Bible Quizzing involves Scripture memory, competition, and great community with other young people and families.  Any students ages 9-19 are welcome to join us, and if you’re still not sure if you want to commit, feel free to come to our first practice on Saturday, September, 10, from noon to 4 pm, and check it out.

Pokemon GO Homeschool Group
Join our new Pokemon GO Homeschool STL Facebook group for teens. We’d like to plan regular outings in the STL metro area for hunting Pokemon and learning along the way. Parents are welcome to join in the fun, of course. This group is volunteer driven so any member is encouraged to organize an event. We are just getting started, so our first gathering will likely be social, so the teens and parents can get to know everyone. Posting tips and resources is very helpful to the group and also encouraged. We are all about fun, learning, and safety. Come join us!

JCC 2016 Fall Homeschool Gym/Swim Class
2 Millstone Campus Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146
9/14 – 12/7 (12 weeks – NO CLASS 10/12)
Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:00
45 min Gym
45 min Swim
$151.00 (2nd Sibling Discount 10% off)
– The J is an interactive and multi-generational facility, welcoming all people
– The Sports, Recreation & Aquatics department has been providing quality sports & aquatics classes for over a century
– Professional staff who are experts, friendly and engaging and love working with kids
– Children can excel and feel secure in a safe and friendly environment
– Gym and water games and skills taught will be engaging and offer hands-on activities
– Increases PE/Fitness options
– Improve gross motor skills
– Develop self-confidence
– Offers opportunities for socialization and friendships
Please contact Nick D’Orazio or Heather Cheseman at 314-442-3296 to get signed up!

Lutheran High School South Choir looking for homeschoolers
Thank you so much for your continuing cooperation sharing news about the music opportunities at Lutheran High School South. Below is a note for your families about the new season for the LHSS Junior Singers “select” middle school choir, beginning its fourth season.  More information will follow mid-August, but we know some families like to plan ahead. The LHSS website is “under re-construction” and Junior Singer information will appear there “soon”.
The Gastlers – Greg and Jenny
“Sign Up to Sing”
Singers in 5th through 8th grades are encouraged to sign up for the Lutheran High School South “Junior Singers” choir of select voices. Students from around the area gather at LHSS each Tuesday evening to rehearse and grow their vocal gifts together in this ensemble.  The Junior Singers perform at LHSS Choir events and tour locally in January.  Sign up to sing for Mr. Greg Gastler, LHSS Choir Director, by contacting him at 314-833-1063 or Preferred audition dates are Monday and Tuesday afternoons, August 29 & 30, at LHSS. The first Junior Singer rehearsal is Tuesday, September 6, at 7 pm, with “last minute” auditions beginning that evening at 6:30. “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.” (Martin Luther)

St. Charles Regional College Fair
September 22, 2016
College Center 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376
College Fair for High School Juniors & Seniors (Note: Home Schooled students not wait until Junior year to attend – since you want to craft your home school curriculum / schedule to meet requirements for the college you want to attend, you need to know ahead of time.  Consider visiting campuses of prospective colleges the summer before your junior year, and check out summer programs on campus for the summer before senior year.)
Choosing Your College – What Is Important to You?
Ask questions of college representatives that will help you determine which college is right for you. This list of commonly asked questions may help you.
-Does this school offer the majors you are considering?
-What is the tuition and what kind of financial assistance is available?
-Where is the college located?
-What kind of housing is available?
-Are there jobs on campus?
-What are the job placement/career opportunities of graduates in the majors you are considering?
-What is the enrollment and student/teacher ratio?
-What kind of library facilities are available?
-What kind of extracurricular activities and athletics are available?
-Is there any kind of religious affiliation?
Remember, only ask the questions that are important to you!
St. Charles Community College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Please email with your accommodations request. It is recommended that you contact the college 10 business days prior to the event. See Accessibility for Campus Guests.
Contact Information   RACHAEL BOLL,   ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR,  636-922-8600 ,

November 5, 2016; 10am-3pm
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Attendance prizes! Raffle drawings & games! Concessions available!
Have a craft to sell? Register HERE.
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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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