Homeschool Events List for February 13, 2017

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Homeschool Bowling
Running Start
City Museum
Homeschool Football
New Homeschooler Workshop
Stanford Achievement Test
Explore Music
Tales of The Underground Railroad
Set the Night to Music
College Fair
Violin and Viola Lessons

Homeschool Bowling
Come bowl with us! Open-play (non-instructional) bowling time slots are available on these dates from 12pm-3pm. All ages welcome – parents/caregivers welcome to bowl too. (Feel free to pass registration info on to friends.) You can sign up for as many hours and individuals as you’d like, but space is limited (only 8 lanes!) so signing up is necessary. Cost is only $1.50 per bowler, per hour, to be paid in CASH there. Shoes are included.
They are allowing us to bring snacks and sack lunches. (Please be careful and clean up after yourselves!) You can also purchase food and drinks from their very reasonable snack bar.
See you there!
Epiphany Lanes, 3164 Ivanhoe Ave, St Louis MO 63139
* If you’d like to make sure be included on future bowling invites, send Kim Kuntz your email address: kim.kuntz@yahoo.com *

Running Start
The Southwestern Illinois College Running Start program will host an informational meeting for homeschool students and their parents interested in the accelerated program.
The meeting will take place Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Liberal Arts Complex Room 2311-2313 at the SWIC Belleville Campus. Current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome to attend.
Running Start allows highly qualified students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from SWIC.
For more information and reservations, contact Jane Sparks at 618-235-2700, ext. 5490 or jane.sparks@swic.edu.

City Museum
When: Thursday, March 2nd and/or Tuesday, April 11th.  Come one or both days!
Sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054baaa72ea64-city1
Cost: Only $6 per person for the day. 2 years old and younger are free. Parking is $7 per vehicle in the lot or metered parking on the street.  All are welcome!  Invite friends & family to join, just please have all register.
What to bring:  Food & water! We have space available at noon to eat together – you may bring your lunch since we have a group reservation.  Floor seating only.
Day-of directions: Please arrive with exact cash no later than 9:45.  If I have everyone signed in and paid by 9:45, then I can complete the check in process so that we can enter by 10:00am.  Please arrive early and be prepared to wait until 10 for entry.
* If you are running late or would like to enter at a different time, please make arrangements with another friend who is entering at 9:45am to buy your entry for you.
Extras: I will notify you via email in case of inclement weather.  Please check your email the morning of, especially if the weather is iffy.
Contact me with questions: kim.kuntz@yahoo.com

HOMESCHOOL FOOTBALL
The 2017 Central Panthers Football team is preparing for its 5 season! The Middle School and Varsity teams are for boys grades 7 – 12 with age guidelines according to MSHSAA rules. If interested, please contact Bob Kusterer at 314-452-6328 or bob.kusterer@gmail.com for more information. Please watch for information regarding spring clinics, training, and registration deadlines.

NEW HOMESCHOOLER WORKSHOP
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017; 1:00 pm
FAMILY VISION LIBRARY, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO  63376
Are you new to the area, new to homeschooling, or considering homeschooling? Plan to attend this relaxed workshop to learn more and become better equipped for success! Veteran homeschool moms, and support group leaders will be available during this session.
The goals of this workshop are to:
– Inform…Know your options
– Connect… Meet others and learn about resources in the community
– Encourage… Enjoy the journey as you embark on this path
We’ll cover the following topics:
– MO homeschooling law
– How to get started?
– Curriculum Planning
– Helpful Resources
– Support
– The Most Commonly Asked Questions
– Q & A
This free workshop is hosted by St. Charles Christian Home Educators, but is open to anyone interested in homeschooling. Workshops last approximately 90 minutes, with a Q & A period at the end.
>>>To ensure we have adequate seating, please RSVP to JoyinHomeschooling@gmail.com
If you are a veteran homeschool mom and can encourage, and share your experience with others, we’d love your help at upcoming workshops.  We’re always looking for those who are called to help and minister to others on this journey!

STANFORD ACHIEVEMENT TEST
Grades 1 – 12
This event is open to all homeschoolers
Click here for 2017 Registration form and details
LOCATION: The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011
TESTING DATES: Wednesday May 31st, Thursday June 1st & Friday June 2nd, 2017
TIME: 8:30 A.M. to 12 noon
NOTE : Not all grades need attend each day . However, please plan on students attending each day from 8:30 till 12. We will let you know via email of any schedule changes.
TESTING FEE: $57.00 for first student in grades 4th and up, $54.00 for each additional student in the same family.
*$67.00 for first student in grades 1-3. $64.00 for each additional student in the same family.
*1st through 3rd grade tests cost $10.00 more from the publisher because the tests are in a different format than in grades 4 -12.
The testing fee includes the cost of the test, taxes, administration fee, scoring, postage and detailed report.
TO REGISTER: submit this completed form, along with a check made out to Kim Budnick
Mail to: Kim Budnick 310 Quinnmoor Dr. Ballwin, MO 63011
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: April 11th, 2016
For more information contact : Tawnia Jones, Kathy Side or Kim Budnick at stlouisstanfordtesting@gmail.com

Explore Music! SPAIN
February 12th from 12:30-3 p.m.
East Academic Building,
545 Garden Ave. Webster Groves, MO, 63119
On the Campus of Webster University.
Parking is available in the parking garage located on Garden Ave. directly across the street from the East Academic Building.
FREE and open to the public.  For all ages.
Flamenco has been described both as a way of life and a fusion of cultures, as expressed through music, dance, and song.  Its roots are in the multiple cultures of South Spain.
At Explore Music! SPAIN we will learn about the history of Spanish and Flamenco dance, listen to live Flamenco guitar and song, learn a Flamenco dance move or two, taste delicious Spanish cuisine and take part in cultural activities and crafts.
The St. Louis Cultural Flamenco Society will be our guide on our journey to Spain, with guest artists Marcos Jimenez, Internationally known Flamenco artist, native of Seville, Spain; Liliana De La Caridad Fagoaga, native of Cuba, trained in all three forms of Spanish dance; Esther Pardo from Murcia, Spain, danced as a soloist and principal roles in Spain, Cuba, France and Germany; Edwin Suarez from Colombia, studied and share the stage with great artists from Spain; singer Macarena Jurado De Heras, native of Seville, Spain, started singing Flamenco and the Copla at a very early age, performs around Spain, Portugal, France and the USA; and guitarist Ricardo Diaz originally from San Francisco, studied in Madrid Spain and has performed with world-renown Flamenco artists throughout the country.

Henry “Box” Brown and Tales of The Underground Railroad
Journey back to the historical era of the Underground Railroad. Bobby Norfolk breathes life into this amazing story of a slave turned hero, along with other tales of ordinary people taking extraordinary risks in the name of freedom. Ages 8 and up.
Library location addresses: http://www.slcl.org/branches
Rock Road Branch – Monday, February 13, 4:00 p.m.
Natural Bridge Branch – Tuesday, February 14, 2:00 p.m.
Eureka Hills Branch – Thursday, February 16, 4:30 p.m.
Jamestown Bluffs Branch – Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
Thornhill Branch – Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.
Mid-County Branch – Saturday, February 25, 2:00 p.m.
Samuel C. Sachs Branch – Monday, February 27, 4:30 p.m.

Set the Night to Music
Friday, February 17, 7:00 p.m.
Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63136
Saxophonist and songwriter, Rod Tate will perform a mixture of smooth, contemporary, worship jazz and R&B. The evening will also feature Love Jones the Band performing a variety of music including soul, funk, pop, R&B and jazz. Refreshments will be served. All ages.

UPCOMING COLLEGE FAIR INFO
The Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) will sponsor a college fair on Sunday, April 23rd from 1-3pm at Maryville University in West County.  College admission reps from schools across the country will be in attendance.  Admission for students and families is free.  This is an ideal fair for all juniors and interested sophomores. Mark your calendar!  You will not want to miss this event!
While pre-registration is not required, students may want to consider pre-registering for any upcoming fair.  When students pre-register their personal information prior to the fair, they will print and bring a bar code that the admission rep can scan. This saves students the time of filling out information cards repeatedly at each school’s table.  Registration for the Maryville Fair will open in the near future.  Students can visit the link below to register once registration opens. Students should register for any fair they are interested in attending that is on the list.
Register for Upcoming College Fairs
UPCOMING ACT DATES
Sharpen your pencils!  ACT deadlines for the spring and summer are getting ever closer!  The next test date is February 11th and late registration has passed for that test date. However, you can still inquire about standby testing. Click on the link below for information on February’s test as well as dates and deadlines for April and June.
April is a great time for juniors to begin testing.
ACT Test Dates: Click Here
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING NOW?
Freshman – Concentrate on keeping your grades up and picking good courses when registering for next year.  Also, start to keep a running list (including details) of all your activities both in and out of school. Consider getting more involved in leadership or volunteer activities.
Sophomores – In addition to those items on the freshman list, begin to do preliminary searches of potential colleges.  Use a website link like Big Future to help you narrow your list (see link below).  This spring and summer, start to visit schools near your home to compare attributes like size and setting so you have a better idea of what type and size school you may want.  Then, expand your search from there to include other states and regions.
Juniors – Now is when it all kicks in!  Create a wish list of attributes you want in a school–location, size, major, setting, etc.  Use a search engine like Big Future or school-based online program like Naviance to help you focus your search.  Meet with a counselor so they can help! Then it’s VISIT, VISIT, VISIT!  Also, don’t forget to register for ACT testing this spring.
Seniors – It is crunch time for you.  Assuming you have already applied for admission and financial aid, meet with a counselor for any doubts or questions you have.  Also, submit your housing contracts and let your college of choice know you are coming (and decline the rest) by May 1.
Link to Big Future College Search Online

Violin and Viola Lessons
South City Strings, 5106 S. Hampton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109
South City Strings is a private music lesson studio for violin and viola located in south St. Louis. Beginners and students with previous experience are both welcome. Instruments are not provided.
Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes once a week. Most students start with a 30 minute lesson.
Very young beginners, ages 4-5, may start with a 15 minute lesson. Morning and early afternoon times available as well the late afternoon and early evening. Cost is $15-$60 depending on lesson length. Special home school rate available for specific lesson times. Please inquire for more information.
I use traditional, classical methods and music with elements of the Suzuki method. I also teach fiddling. All students will have technical studies regardless of their musical style preferences. I love all kinds of music and am happy to tailor your instruction to include your musical tastes in our basic studies. In addition to classical, I have studied and performed fiddling, folk, blues, rock, and mariachi.
Coaching sessions for auditions and other performances are also available for those that don’t wish to enroll in regular lessons.
Students are encouraged to perform in studio recitals, which are held 2-3 times per year.
I have been teaching since 1999. You can find reviews from former and current students at Front of the Beat.
Instructor, Melissa Hayes
(314)972-3200
southcitystrings@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/South City Strings
Violin Lessons

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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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