Homeschool Events List for March 1, 2017

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Homeschooler Round Table
Chess Club
Digital Photography course
Saint Louis Wind Symphony
Spring Sunrise Observance
Unique Missouri
Peter Pan
Tinkergarten
Firefighter Night at the Ballpark
Stanford Achievement Test
Great Homeschool Convention
LifeLight Youth Theatre
Missouri River Academy – CORRECTION

Homeschooler Round Table
Wendy, one of the librarians at Kathryn Linnemann Library in St. Charles (2323 Elm St., St. Charles, MO 63301), has started a “Homeschoolers Round Table” event once a month.  Wendy is homeschooling her high schooler and thought programming targeting homeschooling parents would be helpful.  This month she took us through the eLibrary portion of the library website and I learned about the many great resources that are free with a library card.
She is trying different nights of the week to see what dates seem to work best for the most people.  The next two dates are:
Thursday, March 2; 6:30pm – REGISTER HERE
Tuesday, April 18th; 6:30pm – REGISTER HERE – After April 1

Chess Club
YOU’RE INVITED TO CHESS CLUB! Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club.
Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule. This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE!
If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 314-352-1319 or mjmaichel@juno.com

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
I’m a homeschool mom and photographer. I have an upcoming 4 hour course for anyone interested in learning Basic Digital Photography: A Beginner DSLR Introduction Course. It’s being offered to adults and high schoolers. The registration link is: www.basicdigitalphotographyclass.eventbrite.com
Lani Palmer www.LMTPhotography.com

Saint Louis Wind Symphony
Sunday, March 12, 3 p.m.:  Saint Louis Wind Symphony presents their fourth concert of the season at Chaminade College Preparatory School.  The theme of their concert is Pairs – four composers, four pairs of pieces.  FREE admission.  For more information visit: stlwindsym.org

Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance
March 19th, 6:45am
Meet at the Woodhenge reconstruction, just 1/4 mile west of the Interpretive Center on Collinsville Rd. An archaeologist will give a talk about the importance of Woodhenge and the significance to the Mississippians.
For more information call 618-346-5160 or check the website cahokiamounds.org

Unique Missouri
Please join us for a peak in to the fascinating people, places and events that make Missouri unique!
When: Friday, March 24th @ 1:00pm (Doors will open at12:30pm)
Where: Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4045 Holly Hills Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63116   (corner of Leona and Holly Hills – use the office entrance)
REGISTRATION REQUIRED to britneyhawk@yahoo.com by March 22nd. If you plan to attend, please RSVP, so that we know how many chairs to set up.
Epiphany Stars Homeschool Cooperative is excited to have Ross Malone – teacher, author, radio host and Missouri history expert – join us for a presentation titled “Unique Missouri”.
There are so many things right here in Missouri that are found nowhere else. So much of our history that is unlike any other place. Good or bad, important or downright silly, these fascinating people, places, and events make us unique. With lots of great trivia and lots to think about, Ross Malone’s powerpoint presentation will, no doubt, make you say, “I never knew that!” Join us for something to stir your imagination. There will be time for questions afterward, if you have any questions that you want answered, please include those with your RSVP. Mr. Malone will have his books available for purchase.

PETER PAN
Missouri Baptist University presents Peter Pan Music and Lyrics by Jule Styne, Mark Charlap, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Carolyn Leigh and Trude Rittmann Based on a play by Sir J. M. Barrie
March 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm
March 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm
March 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm
March 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm
$15 General Admission $12 Senior (65+)/Non-MBU Students
In addition to the above performances, there is a free matinee open to children with physical illnesses, their family and friends, and the hospital staff that serve them. If you or someone you know fits that description, please message us mbutheatre@mobap.edu for more information.
For a full listing of Fine Arts events, visit http://www.mobap.edu/calendar/

Tinkergarten Spring Trial Classes
Tinkergarten is an organization that promotes child-led learning through outdoor play. There are 5 local Tinkergarten leaders in the greater St Louis area that will be holding free trial classes beginning at the end of March. If you’ve ever wondered if taking Tinkergarten classes would be a good fit for your child (ages 18months to 8 years old) or if you’d just like to have an opportunity to get outside and experience that sense of wonder alongside your child, be sure and sign up for a free trial class. They are 45 minutes, mixed age (so siblings can attend together) and are rich in developmentally appropriate activities to get all of your child’s senses engaged and learning. You can check for class offerings near you at www.tinkergarten.com/classes or contact Allison.toone@tinkergarten.com.

Firefighter Night at the Ballpark!
The St. Louis Firefighters are offering a special price on tickets for the Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:15 p.m. game against the Chicago Cubs.
You have two options:
Option #1:  Purchase a $63.00 face value ticket for the low price of $30.00 a ticket!
Option #2:  Purchase a $63.00 face value ticket AND attend a 2-hour tailgate party including food, drinks, and prizes for the fantastic price of $40.00 a ticket!
(Please note: The tailgate party is not held at Busch stadium through the Cardinals.   It is held at 11th & Spruce and being sponsored by the St. Louis City Firefighters.
Time: 5 p.m. Parking is NOT included in this package.)
Tickets are in sections 169, 170, and 172.  This link shows you the view:  http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/seating_3d.jsp
TO ORDER TICKETS, send a check made out to Mark Chrun with a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope.  He will send you the tickets and then cash your check.
Mark Chrun
8126 South Park Ct.
St. Louis, MO 63125
Got questions?  email Mark!
Email:    mcrjnc@sbcglobal.net

Stanford Achievement Test
SHARE will once again be conducting The Stanford Achievement Test on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings of May 22, 23, and 24, 2017 at St. Andrew’s School (Our Homelink location).
The Missouri Homeschool Law does not require standardized testing. It just says you must evaluate your learners in some way. I personally feel that this kind of testing can be very positive for homeschoolers. It helps both the students and the parents better understand the strong and weak points in the curriculum they’re using, and it familiarizes your child with a testing style that they’ll probably encounter eventually.
If your child takes a standardized test and doesn’t do well in a subject, it’s a great straightforward way of knowing that you need to approach that subject differently. Not everyone is a fan of testing and I can fully understand that; however, your children will probably have to take a standardized test at some point if they ever want to get into college. Most schools require that incoming students take the SAT or, at very least, they perform some type of placement exam. I feel that getting homeschoolers ready and comfortable with testing is a great gift that parents can give their children to better prepare them for higher education.
Once again you can register on-line or via regular mail. And you can pay through Paypal or check/cash.
>>>Go to the public page of the SHARE website and look on the top navigational bar for Stanford Achievement Testing In May. The first pop-out gives you all the information about the testing, including prices and the old-fashioned paper form follows that information.
>>>The second pop-out takes you only to the online registration form. Please note that since so many use this service who are not SHARE members, you will not be invoiced for testing.  Rather, you just use the link on the public page if you are registering online.  Then you will need to direct yourself to your own Paypal account in order to pay your unique payment.
Remember, due to space confinement, we are only taking 125 students, so it’s a first-come, first-served basis.
Also remember….do not confuse the Stanford 10 Achievement Test with the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) testing for college.  SAT testing for college is not done by us, but is offered through the College Board.  Info on that test can be found at http://sat.collegeboard.org/register
We have a need for proctors.  If you have a BS or BA degree in ANY field (it does not have to be in education) and want to be considered for proctoring, please contact Janel at yourtoylady@yahoo.com.  You will receive 1/2 off one child’s test if we are able to use you.  You will need to be preapproved by Bob Jones Testing Services and this takes several weeks, so please contact her ASAP.
Got questions about testing? Send them to Janel Schrunk at: yourtoylady@yahoo.com
Got questions about the online form?  Send them to me at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
Thanks!  And a special thanks to Janel Schrunk for once again taking on the difficult of job of coordinating this testing–it’s not an easy thing to do!  Janel, you are a gem!!!
Blessings! Cathy and Kerrie too!

Great Homeschool Convention
Registration link: https://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com/registration/missouri/
Be sure to scroll all the way down to read about a special holocaust survivor who is speaking on Friday night and all the FREE BONUSES they are offering—something the Expo could never do!
And, if you can volunteer, you will get free admission! Only about 100 volunteers are needed, so it’s first-come, first-served, but check this out:
Volunteer and receive a Family Convention Registration!
As you might imagine, to keep a homeschool convention of this size running smoothly requires an awful lot of coordination. Each year, we are in need of about 100 volunteers per convention to cover shifts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each convention.
This presents a great opportunity for a homeschooling mom or dad to help out for a few hours, and in return, their family can attend the entire homeschool convention.
Here’s how it works:
Either Mom or Dad volunteers and works one 4-hour shift. Your family is then credited with a Family Convention Registration for the entire homeschool convention, including tickets for your immediate family to attend the REAL FAITH for the REAL WORLD Teen Track sessions. Please note: children (ages 12 and under) are required to have a parent with them to attend these sessions.
Fill out the form and our volunteer coordinator will contact you within a week. You do not need to register for the convention online if you are volunteering; the volunteer coordinator will automatically register you for the convention.
Pretty cool, huh? It’s amazing how a larger-sized company can do so much more than our little Expo could ever do. I think you are going to be very happy with GHC this year.
WEBSITE HINT: The website can be a bit confusing, until you look at all the options that are at the bottom of the page in the black footer. Check it out for info on Volunteer Application, Children’s Program, Teen Track, Exhibitor listing and more. Please note that things might be different for us than for the other GHC conferences because we jumped in at such a late date. Mr. Dean and his staff are working hard with not as much time as they would usually have to make the St. Louis GHC conference the best it can be.
Mark your calendar now for July 13-15th…same location–E-Free church on Carmen Road.

LifeLight Youth Theatre
SING- DANCE- ACT with LifeLight Youth Theatre this summer.
It’s time to think Summer Camps! LYT summer performing arts camps offer a unique combination of education, performance and community. You might also say process meets product , meets fun and friends. Below is brief breakdown of our summer June- August.
We have half day and full day camp options.
>>>JUNE CAMPS
AUDITION WORKSHOP for Ages 9-12 & 13 & Up
June 6, 10:30am- 12:30pm or 1pm- 4pm
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 9- 12
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 13 & UP
STORYBOOK BALLET CAMP Ages 3-4, Ages 5-8
JUNE 12- JUNE 16
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 3-4
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 5-8
DANCE INTENSIVE for Ages 9- 19
JUNE 12- JUNE 16
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 9-12
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 13 & UP
DISNEY MUSICALS DIVAS & DUDES- Ages 5- 12
June 26- June 30
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 5-8
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 9-12
LYT TAKEOVER BROADWAY – Ages 12 – 19
June 26- June 30
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 12 & UP
>>>JULY CAMPS
THE SOUND OF MUSIC BROADWAY PERFORMANCE CAMP
July 10- July 14
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 5-7
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 8-12
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 13 & UP
>>>AUGUST CAMPS
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN BROADWAY PERFORMANCE CAMP
JULY 31- AUGUST 4
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 9-12
CLICK HERE FOR AGES 13 & UP

Missouri River Academy – CORRECTION
July 9th-13th, New Haven, Missouri
Connect with the natural and cultural history of the Missouri river through adventure, exploration, 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. Knowledgeable and experienced instructors will guide you through hands-on activities that will give you the understanding, skills and confidence to enjoy, make use of and protect the Missouri River. Learn more at: http://www.riverrelief.org/updates/entry/2017-missouri-river-academy/

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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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