Homeschool Events List for February 22, 2017

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Missouri HB793
MOBOT
Maverick Learning Center
No More Trash Contest
Free Guitar Lessons
Bolduc House Homeschool Day
Melting Mayhem
Alexander Hamilton Story
KoR Komplex Homeschool Day
Egg Incubation Begins
RB the Garden Nanny
Missouri River Relief

MISSOURI HB793
This year Rep. Kurt Bahr has introduced a bill, HB 793, which would improve upon our present “homeschool” statute. When your family visits your Representative while at the Rally, this will be an issue you can encourage your Representative to support.
>Eliminates the optional voluntary registration of a home school with “the Recorder of Deeds or chief school officer of the public school district”.
>Prosecuting Attorney can only request home school records if there is “reasonable suspicion” for the prosecutor to believe the law has been violated.
>Establishes privacy rights for home school students which currently exist for public school students.
>Makes a slight change to reduce the over burdensome record keeping. It would give homeschools a choice of keeping 1) the plan/journal, record of evaluations, and portfolio, or 2) offering 1000 hours of instruction. Now parents are required to keep both which is a “double duty”.
The Missouri statute concerning home education has not had any major changes since it was passed in 1986. At that time the Missouri statute was the best homeschool law in the nation. Other states were able to use the Missouri statute as an example and improve upon it. It is now time for Missouri to bring our “homeschool” statute up-to-date.
When the law was originally passed homeschooling was a rare occurrence so was not well accepted. Homeschooling has now been proven as a viable option and is widely accepted.
It will take all of us working together, as the homeschoolers did in the 1986, to see this through.
Come join us on March 7, 12:30pm, in the Capitol Rotunda. Let’s show our support for home education in Missouri and our support for HB 793.
For more information visit the FHE website, www.fhe-mo.org.
Note: Allow extra time to get into the Capitol because of the added security.

MOBOT
Spring is Coming!
It may still be cold outside, but you can start planning fun activities for your kids and family now. Check out our Youth and Family classes this spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Butterfly House, and Shaw Nature Reserve.
Bring your preschooler and enjoy Garden Buds this spring. Learn how plants grow up, down, and all around to find the sunlight in Climbers and Creepers. Or celebrate the arrival of spring in Japanese style by making a Sakura picture in Cherry Blossom Time. Register by March 3 for three or more spring Garden Buds classes, and your child will receive a free t-shirt!
Older kids can also search for the first signs of spring during Early Bloomers, part of the Great Green Adventures series.
April 1-2, 2017; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Events and activities at Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Regular admission applies.

Maverick Learning Center
http://mavericklearningcenter.org/index.html
Registration for Spring 2017 is open!
We meet at Credence Church, 211 Boone St., Troy, Missouri
Credence Church is located off of Main Street in Troy, MO. Credence Church has been working with Maverick by offering us their facility during the week. Church services are held on Sunday mornings at 10am.
At Maverick, our staff is here to offer support to children with specific emotional and/or educational needs. We offer classes designed for non-traditional and traditional students that are both challenging and individually based. Our second goal is to provide support to these families by having a monthly newsletter and Facebook community page.

No More Trash Contest
MDC and MoDOT invite schools to fight litter through “No MOre Trash!” can contest
Deadline to enter contest is March 17.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private, and home-school students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in the Show-Me State — and to have creative and educational fun — by participating in the 2017 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest. The annual contest is sponsored by MDC and MoDOT as part of the state’s “No MOre Trash!” statewide litter campaign.
The contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media. Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules, and effective use of theme and logo.
First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring school.
There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online with up to three photos to nomoretrash.org by Friday, March 17. Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, and educational information can also be found at nomoretrash.org.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates about four pounds of trash each day. “Missouri’s six million residents produce nearly 26 million pounds of garbage in one day. That’s more than nine BILLION pounds of trash per year!” said MDC NMT Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Much of that trash shows up on our streets and roadsides, natural areas, and waterways. Litter harms our fish and water quality, plants, and hurts wildlife. Litter also hurts property values, landscape appearance, and our overall quality of life.” Jerek added that littering is illegal in Missouri and can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.

Free Guitar Lesson Sessions
3/18 & 3/25
Childbloom Guitar Program of St. Charles County
7829 Mexico Rd, Saint Peters, Missouri 63376
Experience the Childbloom Difference with our free two week, no obligation trial period. Guitars will be provided. Only 10 spaces available call 314.712.5050 to reserve your child’s spot today!

HOMESCHOOL TUESDAY AT THE BOLDUC MUSEUM
IN ST. GENEVIEVE—EVERYTHING FRENCH!
WHEN:  Tuesday, March 21, 2017   1-3 pm
Welcome to New France-the OTHER Colonial America! In order to study Missouri history, we will teach about the French people who settled in our little village and try to get the children to “know” them by immersing them in French culture! We have lots of fun activities planned! Cost is $4 per student, $10 per family.
There is still room and time to register for the March 21 program. Pre registration is required. Call Sandy at 573-535-0276 to register, or for more information.
OR EMAIL participate@bolduchouse.org.
Homeschool programs are offered on the first Tuesday of each month @ the Bolduc House Museum, 1:30-3:00. Cost is $4 per student, $10 max per family. Please contact Sandy for more information.
Bolduc House Museum
125 S Main St, Sainte Genevieve, Missouri 63670

Melting Mayhem
3/22/2017; 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Create with shrinky dinks and perler beads
Ages 9-18 Sign up here
McClay Library, 2760 McClay Rd, St Charles, MO 63303

Alexander Hamilton:  The American Rags to Riches Story
3/23/2017; 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Sign up here
Learn how the humble beginnings of Alexander Hamilton, born in the Caribbean and abandoned as a child, planted the seeds of opportunity for this founding father. Ironically, he, in turn, created opportunities for others by helping to create a government he could never run as President. Ages 8 & up. Families Welcome
McClay Library, 2760 McClay Rd, St Charles, MO 63303

KoR Komplex
First timers to KoR Komplex will take an intro class. Everyone who takes the intro class MUST sign up 3 days prior to save their spot. Spots limited to 35 kids, only sign up if you are for sure coming so we can make sure all kids who want to come get their chance!
We will be offering this class on Monday March 27th from 9am-11am. Can sign a waiver in advance along with pay online to save time when coming in! Show up 15 minutes prior to check in.
If your child has already taken the intro class they can sign up for the same class and have open gym. Sign up still under Home School ONLY INTRO CLASS/OPEN GYM.
Cost $10 per head pay in retail “kid obstacle intro class”
WE ARE SHUTTING DOWN THE GYM DURING THIS TIME SO ONLY HOME SCHOOLERS WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THE GYM FROM 9AM-11AM.
SIGNING WAIVER *MUST BE SIGNED BY PARENT OR LEGAL GARUDIAN
Head to www.korkomplex.com
Hover mouse over “home” and click on “new client” will show.
Click “My kid is new to kor komplex! I am parent/legal guardian.”
Complete waiver
SIGNING UP FOR CLASS
Head to www.korkomplex.com
Hover over “home” & click “sign up for classes”
Login in with username and password created when you signed waiver
Find Home School ONLY INTRO CLASS/OPEN GYM.
Click “sign up”
You can pay online or when you come in. (Purchase Kid Obstacle intro class)
Contact us @ 636-724-8166

Egg Incubation Begins!
March 29
It’s an annual spring tradition at TFV! To celebrate new life and God’s Creation, watch as baby chicks hatch and grow! The chicks are expected to hatch April 19.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org

RB the Garden Nanny
www.rbthegardennanny.com
March 31 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Come learn how to create knock-out containers or faux succulent terrariums for your 2017 garden and home!
Learn from Florissant’s July 2016 Garden of the month homeowner, Renee Barry. Renee is a former home school mom, who home schooled her two boys from kindergarten thru high school. She is now studying for her 2017 Master Gardeners certificate. Come learn about her gardening business, RB the Garden Nanny, where she services individuals and companies with their gardening needs – containers, garden beds, islands and more. www.rbthegardennanny.com
Also learn the art of filling a container with Fillers, Spillers and Thrillers. Watch as one is demonstrated for you. Why go another season with boring pots. Learn what “NOT” to do and what “TO DO” to have knock-out containers that will have heads turning that are stunning from spring to frost. Learn also how to make awesome “FAUX” succulent terrariums. There will be terrariums available for purchase for your enjoyment!
You don’t want to miss this!
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org

Missouri River Relief
Are you a High School Student in 8th-12th grade wondering how to spend your summer? Register for the Missouri River Academy, a 5 day, 4 night 8th-12th-grade student summer camp from July 9th-13th in New Haven, Missouri.
In July 2017, we will be hosting an overnight summer river camp to connect 8th-12th graders to the Missouri River.
>>Missouri River Academy –July 9th-13th, New Haven, Missouri
Connect with the natural and cultural history of the Missouri River through adventure and investigation.  Discover the river ecosystems and the natural forces that shaped them. Understand how human choices have affected the river’s rhythm and flow. Experienced instructors will show you how to integrate the Missouri River in your classroom in a way that engages students and strengthens their learning.  Learn more at http://www.riverrelief.org/updates/entry/2017-missouri-river-academy/
In September 2017, we will be hosting a workshop to connect informal educators, classroom teachers and the community with the Missouri River.
>>Integrating the Missouri River In Your Classroom – September 14-15, St. Charles, Missouri 
Connect with the natural and cultural history of the Missouri River through adventure and investigation.  Discover the river ecosystems and the natural forces that shaped them. Understand how human choices have affected the river’s rhythm and flow. Experienced instructors will show you how to integrate the Missouri River in your classroom in a way that engages students and strengthens their learning.  Learn more at http://www.riverrelief.org/updates/entry/2017-integrating-the-missouri-river-in-your-classroom/
Kristen Schulte, Education Coordinator
Missouri River Relief, a non-profit dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River
www.riverrelief.org

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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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