Homeschool Events List for November 29, 2016

Ski Club
Scholastic Warehouse Sale
National History Bee
National Geography Bee

Deadline is Dec. 1, no exceptions.
It’s an unbelievable price and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For $129 each person receives a lift ticket and an individual pass that they will keep with them. This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs). It must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
There is also a Friday option. If you would like to ski on Fridays only, you can buy a Friday pass for $159. Friday is a high demand day, but still less busy than weekends. The same person cannot buy both a Mon-Thurs pass and a Friday pass.
For an additional onetime fee of $20 per pass, ski or snowboard rental will be included with each visit (once a week Mon-Thurs).
Joining the Penguins club is still less expensive than skiing two or three times without a pass. This is a fundraiser for the students of SHARE and the Homelink Learning Center. In the past they have used the funds to go to Japan and England.
Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling.
The deadline to join is December 1st at midnight. Hidden Valley makes no exceptions to the deadline.
To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit Click “Plan and Buy” along the top. Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, and then click the box to buy now. Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P. Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h. You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue “go shopping.” At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 16/17 ski passes. Select the pass you would like. Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $129. An alternative is to select the Friday only option for $159 and add it to the cart and check out. Only one deal per person. Don’t forget to add ski rental. (There is sales tax.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass. If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system. If not, you may need to create a new guest. New members do this by typing in the name, address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter his or her birthday. Check out is like most other things on line. You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
Season passes are for personal use only. Season passes CANNOT be transferred to another person. Misuse of season pass or violation of area policies and procedures will result in loss of privileges at all resorts and prosecution. All prices are subject to change without notice.  Season passes, including club passes, are Non-Refundable unless the pass holder is unable to ski/snowboard due to a medical reason or work transfer.  A letter on letterhead dated and signed by a doctor or employer is required for verification.  All refund requests must be received in writing, by Hidden Valley within 14 days of the medical incident or work transfer.  There is a $50 processing fee for processing a refund.  If the pass has been used, all visits will be calculated at current daily price and deducted from the refund as well as the processing fee.  Please note: Since this is a discounted pass program, after opening day, there will be NO REFUNDS or changes made to passes.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at If you still have questions, please email me at or call 314-607-8023.

Scholastic Warehouse Sale
December 9 – December 17
Weekdays, Dec. 9 – 16: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturdays, Dec. 10 & 17: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays
Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse
125 Cassens Court, Fenton, MO 63026
(800) 635-7323
Exclusively for librarians, teachers, school employees and volunteers, Book Fair chairpeople, and homeschool teachers.
This is a Build-a-Box event
Don’t Forget…
-Bring your SUPER SAVINGS PASS with you to the sale or let the cashier scan your pass from your mobile device or tablet.
-Many of our sales are located in fully functioning, working warehouses, and some areas will not be accessible to shoppers. The warehouses do not have extensive climate-control systems, so be sure to dress accordingly for the current season.
-If you plan to bring children, please keep them with you at all times.
-Payment Information – We accept credit cards, checks, purchase orders, and Scholastic Dollars™. Title I and grants are welcome!

Homeschoolers can register for FREE!!!!!
Welcome! This is your formal invitation to help your members join schools and home schooling families all over the country in an exciting and inspiring academic competition – The 2016-2017 National History Bee!
Why a History Bee?
The National History Bee offers a goal that students can achieve by studying and understanding the history of the United States and other countries.  It’s an exciting way to motivate an enthusiastic interest in one of the most important areas of study. And all home schooled students can participate FREE of charge.
The National History Bee reflects what students are currently studying.
The questions are based on the fifth through eighth grade social studies curricula used by schools around the country. All of the questions are written and edited by history teachers, professors and other social studies educators and deal with topics and information students are currently covering in their class work.
Here’s how the competition works:
– Students take an Online Exam supervised by their parents. All participants in the National History Bee must take an Online Qualifying Exam.  This is the same test that children take in the classroom and can be prepared for with study guides and practice tests ordered through our website
-Top Students Participate in One of 39 Regional Finals Around the Country
These face-to-face events give students the chance to meet, compete and network with each other.
-Regional Winners Compete for the Championship in the National Finals
The winners meet to compete for the 2016-2017National History Bee Championship.
The National History Bee makes it as easy as possible for students to participate whether they attend a traditional school or are taught at home. And remember, home schooled applicants can register for FREE!
Help us demonstrate how competitive home schooled children can be.
We encourage you to visit to find out more about this program now. Registration begins NOW and ends on December 18, 2016.  They can register online anytime during that period. Of course, the sooner they register, the sooner their children can start preparing to compete for the 2016-2017 National History Bee Championship! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at (850-888-8223) or by email at
Thank you for helping us make the National History Bee accessible to home schooled scholars. We know that your whole community, will find it a worthwhile endeavor.
Eric Huff, M.Ed.
Academic Competition Enterprises (ACE)

The Interceptors are seeking additional team members for the 2017 season. No shotgun experience is necessary, but candidates should bring a willingness to learn and develop skills, a desire to excel and an enjoyment of making noise and breaking things (in a controlled, safe environment). Interested students should be in grades 5-12 and must have the ability and maturity to learn and practice safe firearms handling. Practices will be on Tuesday evenings, starting early spring (begin date TBD); interested youth can come try out the sport before joining. If students choose to join, a commitment through at least one year is expected. E-mail Coach Schrunk at or call 314-800-7520 for more information, or to be added to an e-mail list to be notified when practices begin in spring.

The 2017 National Geographic St. Louis Area Home Educators Geography Bee
WHO?   All 4th – 8th grade homeschoolers in the St. Louis area.
WHAT?  The 10th annual St. Louis Area Homeschool Geography Bee to qualify a winner for the MO State Bee.
NOTE:  This is one of the two official National Geographic Homeschool Geography Bees in the area.  Also, if you are an Illinois participant and win the bee, please know that you will be representing the state of Missouri.
WHERE?  The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, 8749 Watson Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119
It is between Elm Rd and Grant Rd on Watson, just south of Hwy 44.
WHEN?  Saturday, January 7, 2017   2:00 p.m.
WHY?  To test your knowledge of both US and World geography, and because it’s lots of fun!
Families are welcome to attend.
HOW?  New this year—online registration!  Just fill out the online registration form and use either PayPal or check to help pay for Geo Bee costs.
GO TO: and look for the Geo Bee Logo on the homepage.  Or just click on the Calendar date of January 7th 2017 to register.
Also, your student may need to start studying geography to prepare for the bee. It IS a competition, and the contestant who has studied will be better prepared. For more information and Geobee Challenge practice questions, go to:
Your library may have atlases and reference materials for you to borrow. Or, you may purchase study materials such as: The National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide and Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
COST?  $5.00 per participant   You can use Paypal when you register or send a check made out to SHARE to:
Cathy Mullins     3675 Montana    St. Louis, MO 63116
-We’ll have refreshments after the bee. Please bring a sweet, salty or healthy snack. We’ll provide drinks!
Got questions?   Contact Cathy Mullins at 314.769.7965 with questions.
Personal note from Cathy:  I think that parents feel like their student has to be some kind of whiz at geography in order to participate in this event.  Not true!   First of all, it is a very low key event and the questions are mostly multiple choice (not all, but many!) so each student has a good chance of getting through the first couple of rounds!  Secondly, we average about only 12 students participating each year and it would really be nice to have more this time around.  Remember, however, that it is for 4th-8th graders only.
I guarantee that if you played one geography trivia game a week or just zeroed in on US geography (not world) only, your student would probably do well in this competition.   I am always amazed each year when I know more answers than I thought I would!!!!



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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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