Homeschool Events List for March 31, 2017

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Homeschool Convention
MHM Homeschool Day
Ice Cream Social & Used Book Fair
Ninja Home School Event
Homeschool Picnic
Chemistry Class
Tartan Day – SATURDAY!
Smart Kids Robotics
Earth Day 2017
Save our Monarchs

This is just a reminder that the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo has been cancelled for this weekend, March 30-April 1.  The church will be closed and no one will be there.   BUT…..
Homeschool Convention
July 13-15, 2017
Reduced price tickets right now! ($25-35 at this printing) https://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com/registration/missouri/

MHM Homeschool Day
From ground-level activism to groundbreaking court rulings, St. Louis has been front and center in contesting racial inequities. Our next Homeschool Day, St. Louis’s Civil Rights Legacy, examines this history through theatre, workshops, and tours of MHM’s newest exhibit, #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis. Join us from 10am to 2pm on Monday, April 10, to discover St. Louis’s complex, compelling, and too-often-forgotten civil rights story.
Please register here to join us on April 10. We can’t wait to see you!
This Month’s Program Schedule

Ice Cream Social & Used Book Fair
This is a great opportunity for you to connect with other homeschool families. Mark your calendar and plan to come out and enjoy this wonderful family event.
Date: Monday, April 17, 2017
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Harvest Bible Chapel, 17795 Wild Horse Creek Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63005
Details: Go to the WCCHE website (www.wcche.org) and sign up for this event.
What is this event?
> Great opportunity to connect with other homeschool families
> Fun family event for the children to play outside then top it off with a yummy bowl of ice cream – FREE
> An opportunity to purchase a fun meal for your family without having to go out to fast food or a restaurant for dinner – Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for purchase.
> Opportunity to sell curriculum that you no longer need
> Opportunity to purchase curriculum at very reasonable prices
> An overall wonderful time to celebrate a great school year!!
Who do I Contact if I want to be involved?
Used Book Sale Tables: Contact Heather Kesselring to reserve a table if you wish to sell used homeschool items and curriculum. davidkess@hotmail.com 314-593-0047
> Book-sellers can arrive at 4:00 to set up their tables
> Costs:
WCCHE members – FREE for your first table / $10 for subsequent tables
Non-WCCHE members: $10/table
Help Serve Ice Cream: Contact Darlene Fallon at fallond@att.net or Krisi Maichel at krisimaichel@att.net if you would like to help serve the Ice Cream.
Set up and/or Clean Up: Darlene Fallon at fallond@att.net or 636-575-0774
For any other questions regarding details, contact Heather Kesselring at davidkess@hotmail.com

Ninja Home School Event
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 April 24th 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

SHARE/P.E. PICNIC IMPORTANT INFORMATION
– The SHARE/ P.E. Picnic is Thursday, May 25, at Lemay Park, 236 Fannie, St. Louis MO 63125 from about 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. Some families stay much later. Families can come at any time during the day, but it can be hard to join the group games if you are late.
–  This event is free but PLEASE sign-up through the SHARE website so we can give the park officials a head count and plan the group games and DJ contests. Go to: www.sharehomeschool.com and click on either the “SHARE/P.E. Picnic” link on the black bar at the top of the screen or the picnic clip art on the page. You will be directed to another window with info about the picnic. Go to the bottom of the window and hit “Click here to sign up.” Fill in the appropriate information, listing BOTH names and ages of your children in the 2nd part.
– If your child is participating in the group games, it is best to arrive by 10:30 am for group instruction- and to find a seat/table in the Pavilion for your “stuff.” Please bring a simple dessert to share if possible, along with your picnic lunch, water bottles/beverages, sunscreen, “water” clothes or bathing suit, tablecloths, sports gear, squirt guns, water toys, toddler toys, blankets, cameras, etc.
– There will be an Information Table in front of the Pavilion where you can ask questions and sign a thank-you card for Homeschool P.E. founder and teacher Coach Cort Hubbard. We are also hoping that since the Picnic is free, everyone will be able to donate a monetary gift to Cort! We will put the bills and checks in a special card and give it to him when the games are over.  Cort does SO MUCH for homeschoolers and gets paid very little! After you sign the card, you can put your dessert on the special snack table.
– The P.E. Picnic begins with “P.E. style” group games from about 11:00 am to 12:00 noon in the big field. Cort, Cathy & Kerrie will meet with each age group at about 10:30 near the Pavilion to give instructions. Parents can then take their children out to the field to join the age group they think is best. The age groups will probably be 5-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14 & up. The age cut-offs are flexible if your child wants to move up or down to be with friends or siblings. Cort and parent volunteers will have signs that direct you to a group. (NOTE: This can sometimes be a very confusing time for those who are late and/or have not played group games. Those in P.E. are familiar with the games and can jump in easily. If your child has never played a group sport or game or you are late, you should try to stay close by as a helper).
– We DESPERATELY need parents or older teens to help with the games from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon. Contact Kerrie Tate at kertatefieldtrip@aol.com if you would be willing to volunteer and she will send you all the details. Please include your phone number and age-group preference.
– So sorry, but the group games are not for preschoolers. Your child must be five years old to participate. We don’t want younger children to get injured or feel frustrated.  There is also a large, new playground right next to the Pavilion for preschoolers to enjoy. The park sprinkler will be on for water fun,
– After the games are over at about 12:00 noon, we all go back to the Pavilion to give Cort his gift and eat lunch and have dessert. Everyone will have a 2nd chance to sign the card before we give it to Cort! You might want to bring a blanket and/or chairs in case there are not enough seats under the Pavilion.
– In the afternoon if it is not too hot, Cort and parents or students sometimes organize casual baseball/softball, soccer, football, or basketball games for those that are interested. Bring your sports gear! Parents are welcome to participate with the kids.
– When it is hot, the kids tend to prefer squirt gun battles in the afternoon instead of sports games. Pleased remind your child to be respectful of others and the “squirt gun battle etiquette” while at the park. NO shooting water in the bathrooms, pavilion area or on the playground equipment.
– Also at about 1:00, homeschool dad (and professional DJ) Mark Chrun will be in the Pavilion to DJ with music, games and prizes for all ages! (Including everyone’s favorite –the Limbo contest!)
– We have the Lemay Pavilion until dusk and people are welcome to come and go as their schedules allow.
– Thank you for dressing modestly! No “booty” or extra-short shorts, “sagging” pants, skimpy tank tops, or camisoles. Avoid showing cleavage and/or midriffs. Older students wearing a bathing suit to play in the park sprinkler should also wear a cover-up or t-shirt.
– BE SURE AND CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR ANY CHANGES AND UPDATES!

Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
2017-2018 School Year
Tuesdays 9:40-1:00   First Evangelical Free Church
Mrs. Kacey Marner
Email for more information Kaceymarner@gmail.com
The Chemistry course is designed for homeschool high school students. The class will meet 3 hours a week for 16 weeks per semester. The first two hours of the course will focus on the content of Chemistry. This will consist of answering questions from the homework the previous week, a quiz, and teaching of new material through lecture and examples. Most weeks the last hour will consist of a lab where the students will have the opportunity to experience Chemistry first hand. The class includes over 25 labs as well as notes, grades, test, quizzes, labs, homework, and the text.

Tartan Day 2017 – Scottish Immersion Event!
April 1, 2017
Scotland! Have you always wanted to visit, do you have Scottish ancestry or just ‘Scottish-curious’ based on what you’ve seen in movies and heard in music? This event is for you!
Our event celebrates Scottish and Scottish-American culture and history. Immerse yourself in various aspects from kilts to cuisine to language. See demonstrations of dancing, music and even participate in a game of curling!
This is a perfect ‘drop-in’ event. Join us anytime between 1:30-3:30 or stay the entire time. This event is open to all, FREE of charge and is perfect for families (and a great opportunity for homeschoolers). We will have a children’s storytelling area and, while the event itself is indoors, there’s a beautiful park (Southwest Park) that shares the parking lot so bring a picnic lunch and make it an entire afternoon! There’s plenty for adults to do, as well, including giveaways and whisky education!
The Hearth room is located at 1155 S Rock Hill Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119 (behind the Hawken House and in Southwest Park). FREE parking, FREE event, lots of FUN! See you there!
PLEASE share this event and invite your friends!  Slàinte mhath!

Smart Kids Robotics
Register online now for the upcoming 6-week session of unique STEM robotics courses at Smart Kids Robotics starting the week of April 3, 2017! At Smart Kids Robotics, kids learn to use LEGO® Mindstorms® (the same robotics technology as used in FIRST® LEGO® League & World Robot Olympiad®) and advance their engineering and programming skills!
Online registration is now available: SmartKidsRobotics.com
(Limited participants per course during each 6-week robotics session.)
Register online for a robotics course during the next session beginning the week of April 3!
Looking for a summer robotics camp full of STEM fun? Check out the Smart Kids Robotics Summer Sumo Robotics Camp taught by Coach Goff this summer at The Neutral Zone (Chesterfield Mall)

Earth Day 2017
Earth Day 2017 will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Missouri’s 23rd Annual Earth Day offers a variety of fun and educational opportunities for students interested in finding out more about how they can improve the world around them.
This year’s theme is the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017! The Aug. 21, 2017 eclipse will be the first total eclipse of the sun to visit Missouri in 148 years! The 1869 eclipse only clipped the northeast corner of our state, but the 2017 eclipse will begin its sweep from the northwest corner of Missouri to Cape Girardeau. Solar Eclipse Resources
Erin and Matt, 94.3 Kat Country, radio personalities, will host on the main stage at the Earth Day event. Get ready for a couple of rounds of our new educational “Solar Eclipse Survivor” game!
In addition to numerous displays and activities about the environment, Missouri American Water will sponsor the World Bird Sanctuary for two very special shows (11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.).
You won’t want to miss this year’s Earth Day celebration! Teacher registration for students in grades 4 through 6 is now open.

SAVE OUR MONARCHS
Every school is invited to participate in the Save Our Monarchs Pollinator Garden Program. Once enrolled, schools will receive three (3) FREE Milkweed Seed Packets and one (1) Pollinator Seed Packet, containing 25 wildflower varieties, for students to plant in a Butterfly & Bee Garden!
Our goal is to get EVERY school to plant a 10’ x 10’ garden plot designed just for pollinators, including monarch butterflies and bees. There are about 35 milkweed seeds per packet. Just chose a sunny area at the school, or on the playground to do the planting.
So we encourage every teacher to SIGN UP HERE or send your seed request to:
Schools Program
Save Our Monarchs Foundation
PO Box 390135
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Our goal is to plant over 1,000  Pollinator Gardens across the US. This is a great hands-on experience for the students to follow the development of the garden and observe the daily growth of the Monarchs.
We plan to publish photos of all of the Pollinator Gardens  on Facebook.com/SaveOurMonarchs later this summer.
This program ends May 30, 2017.
JOIN US!

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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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