Homeschool Events List for August 15, 2016

YMCA Book Fair
West County Homeschooler Meeting
Competitive Speech and Debate
Alice in Wonderland
7th & 8th grade Band
Eagle Forum Special Opportunity
CORRECTION-Barron’s Homeschool Days
MHM Homeschool Days
Field Trip Idea
Baton Twirling

YMCA Book Fair
CALLING ALL BOOK LOVERS AND FRIENDS! Join us at Queeny Park for a fun weekend of book shopping, while supporting YMCA youth programs. We have thousands of new and gently used books in every category imaginable, from Childrens to Adults, and will be open from 9am-9pm, August 19-23.
Shoppers and volunteers are needed so please spread the word and invite your family and friends.
What:    38th Annual YMCA Book Fair
Where: Greensfelder Recreation Complex, Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011
When:   August 19-23
Time:     9am-9pm each day
Details:  August 19th $10 Admission for Preview Day
August 20th  Free Admission
August 21st  Free Admission
August 22nd 1/2 Price Day, Free Admission
August 23rd  $10 Box Day, Free Admission
Find your (or your child’s) next adventure at the 2016 YMCA book fair!
We hope to see you at the fair! For more info visit the YMCA Book Fair website.

Hi Everyone! If you know someone who is:
-New to homeschooling
-New to the area
-New to West County Christian Home Educators (or want to be new!)
Then help us spread the word!
Informational Meeting Q&A
When: Monday August 29th 7:00pm
Where: The Cupping Room at Kaldis in Chesterfield Commons. 17211 Chesterfield Airport Road, 63005
What: Brief intro to MO law, requirements, & logging hours, then a brief history of WCCHE and all we offer, followed by answers to your questions.
Who: Hosted by the WCCHE Welcome Committee for anyone and everyone.

Competitive Speech and Debate
Our alumni students claim that this activity, above all others, prepared them for both college and life. As parent leaders, we agree—so much that we come back year after year to support and organize this club. We would love to have your family join us this year as we encourage one another to, “Speak boldly. Changing the world for Christ.” The goal reflects the mission of our competitive league: Stoa. To find out more about homeschool speech and debate, please visit the website:
Speech and Debate Opportunities for the 2016-2017 School Year
Time: Tuesdays from 2:30-5:30
Location: West County Assembly of God
Dates: September 13-November 15; January 10-April 4 (We will take some breaks for tournaments. There will be approximately 18 sessions total.)
Club Time:  We offer a combination of instruction, discussion, and practice that prepares students (ages 12-18) to speak with confidence and poise.  Games, impromptu speeches, and prepared presentations allow students to hone public speaking skills. Our goal is to provide opportunities for every student to speak every week. Much of this practice will come through preparation for debate, however, time will also be regularly devoted to preparing speeches for competition.
Competitions: Our club hosts a St. Louis tournament in the spring and several of our families travel to tournaments throughout the Midwest. The level of tournament involvement is up to each family. Some choose to only compete in St. Louis, while others travel to multiple tournaments. One of the joys of speech and debate is the special friendships our families have made with families across the United States.
Cost for Club:
Registration Deadline: September 13, 2016
Yearly fees: $150 for the first student in family; $110 for second student in family; $40 for additional students in family. Fees are due by the first day of class.
If you would like more information or would like to request a registration form, please email Laura at

Auditions for “Alice in Wonderland” (ages 5-18) are Monday, August 22nd from 6pm-8pm OR Tuesday, August 23rd from 6pm-8pm.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings starting August 30th and Performances are Saturday, December 17th.  Cost is $180/child*
August 31st – Wednesday September 28th.  You can get a safe, encouraging and fun intro to singing, choreography, acting and performing with Lil’ Broadway (Wednesdays 5pm-6pm ages 4-7) or Broadway 101 (Wednesdays 7pm-8pm ages 8-12) and Aspiring Singer-Performers need to check out Popstar 101! (Wednesdays 6pm-7pm ages 8-12)  The cost for any one of these three classes is $50.*
Our Voice, Keyboard and Guitar lessons are the best in town!
Homeschool Discounted Lessons are $20/half hour.
CD-Recording Birthday Party – where Your child is the Star!  It’s a Dance Party with Party Starter who takes song requests and each child goes home with a CD of the song they record!  Cost is $225 for 15 guests.
CALL (314) 875-9024 OR email!
Classes, Lessons and Most Rehearsals at RockShow Academy: 8809 Gravois Rd, Affton, MO  63123
*We offer sibling discounts and multiple class discounts except on Private Homeschool Lessons

August 28, 4:00-7:00pm
The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
What is Touch a Truck?
It’s a vehicle fair for families! We’ll have fire trucks, tractors, and other large vehicles for kids to explore, and inflatable games, food, music, and more!
REGISTER (registration is helpful for organizers)

7th & 8th Grade Band
Mr. John Miller and his staff at Lutheran South High School in Affton have a Select Band program for 7th and 8th graders in the St. Louis area. Interested students have been playing for 2-3 years and are chosen by audition. It is open to any students in the area, including homeschoolers. Cost is very reasonable ($30/semester). Registration starts August 29 and rehearsals start September 12. Please contact Mr. Miller at, or Mrs. Miller at 314-833-1076 for more information.

Eagle Forum Special Opportunity
We are excited to announce a special opportunity for homeschooling families!
Eagle Forum is opening all Eagle Council sessions (excluding meals) FREE of charge to homeschool students and families. Eagle Council will be held at the St. Louis Airport Marriott September 16-18, 2016. Please find a tentative schedule below.
Friday, September 16
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Presentations from Eagle Forum’s state leaders on their projects and accomplishments.
9:30 p.m. – Workshops
– Don Hinkle will address Religious Liberty
– Steve Sutton (Leadership Institute) will provide training on getting involved in the conservative movement, messaging, working on the Hill, and the Four P’s of Excellence.
Saturday, September 17
9 a.m. – 11: 45 a.m. – General Sessions
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – General Sessions
9:30 p.m. – Workshops
– A report on the Collier County Abstinence Program by Renate Ferrante and Kathleen Sullivan
– Tammy Kobza will address politics in Iowa.
Sunday, September 18
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon – General Sessions
Speakers to include the following:
John Eidsmoe, attorney and professor of constitutional law; Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center; Jude Eden, former Marine Sergeant; Greg Autry, entrepreneur, writer, and educator; Stephen Baskerville, Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College; Brett Decker, author; Faith Whittlesey, former Republican politician and White House Senior Staff; and many others.
If you would like to attend any of our sessions, please contact me at or 3 14-721-1213. I will need the name, email address, and state of residence for each attendee.
The registration deadline to attend these sessions is Friday, September 9th. Spots are limited so sign up quickly.
St Louis Airport Marriott, 10700 Pear Tree Dr., St. Louis, MO 63134

CORRECTION- Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
Homeschool Day is an exclusive event for homeschool families on Mondays throughout the school year. We offer a reduced rate for an open gym environment that includes the Adventure Island Giant Inflatable.
Dates (All Mondays): No homeschool days in August, December, May, June and July
Homeschool Day Open Gym – September 12, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – October 10, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – November 14, 2016  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – January 9, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – February 13, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – March 13, 2017  Register
Homeschool Day Open Gym – April 10, 2017  Register
Time: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: $11.00 for 1st child, $7.00 for additional children within same family
Ages: 14 months through 22 years old
-1 hour and 15 minutes of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
-Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30? Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Trampolines, 18? Rope Climb.
-A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment.
-Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine.
-Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
-They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
-Refunds only given for illness and we must be notified before the event begins.
-If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT! Registration available online or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
NOTE: These days should not be confused with the homeschool gymnastics classes Barron Gymnastics offers during the daytime at a reduced rate.

Announcing the 2016–2017 Homeschool Day Calendar!
Dear Homeschool Families,
Get ready for a new school year with FREE Homeschool Days at the Missouri History Museum!
Good news: This year we will begin Homeschool programming one month earlier! Our first Homeschool Day will be September 19th’s Team Players: Growing Your Homeschool Community. This day will be filled with team-building challenges, a brand-new gallery tour, a civics workshop, community and individual crafts, and more!
Homeschool Days take place once a month on Mondays. All activities are available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like.
Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! We simply ask that you please RSVP by registering at Registration opens 2 weeks prior to the Homeschool Day date. Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone. We communicate information about the programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter at to make sure you stay in the loop.
September 19- Team Players: Growing your Homeschool Community
October 17- Get Your Kicks on Route 66
November 7- The Amazing World of Toys
December 5- Get in the Holiday Spirit
January 23- Making a Museum
February 20- Historic St. Louis
March 20- Women’s History
April 10- St. Louis’s Civil Rights Legacy
May 15- Remembering War and Honoring Veterans

As y’all plan your year, you may be looking for how to build in service to the community. One great place to volunteer is with the St. Louis Area Food Bank   – take a look at the online sign up system: Various shifts available Tuesdays-Saturdays
They sure make it easy to get plugged in! You can coordinate a group from your learning center or co-op, your church or just go as a family. If you want to bring a large group and cover a whole shift, you often have to plan months in advance, but it is sooo worth the effort.  They ask for a commitment to a 3 hour shift, but you do get a break mid-shift. You can work with your kids, as there are jobs that even young ones can do. A word of caution – it is like eating potato chips — once you try it, you will want to go back over and over again.
The Food Bank does a great job of explaining how their services fit in the plan to help those who are hungry, so the kids are able to understand why they are doing the work.
The work is usually sorting food donations to remove damaged goods, and packing food cans and boxes into sturdy cardboard for distribution. They give you very clear instructions. Extra bonus, if you fill the whole shift, so all of the workers are with your group, you can also request they play the radio station you prefer. Thank you for the suggestion, Jo Ann

Baton Twirling
I’ll be teaching introductory baton twirling classes this fall through Parkway-Rockwood Community Education Sports.  We’ve had several homeschooled kids on our twirling team and would love to let everyone know about the intro classes.  (New this year, we are not only holding classes in Ellisville Elementary, but also in Chesterfield!)  The sessions are only 6 weeks, which allows kids to decide how much they love twirling.  (If they want to continue, they can sign up for another session.)
Here is a link to the community ed page with all of the details — hopefully you will share it with your home school community!
Lisa Bartfeld

Please visit and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
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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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