Homeschool Events 4/6 to 4/28

In this issue:

4/6 – MO – The Story of Esther (also 4/7 & 4/8)

4/9 – MO – Junior Achievement Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day

4/9 – MO – Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

4/10 – IL – Homeschool Skate at Fun Spot in Belleville, IL

4/10 – MO – City Museum Field Trip

4/10 – MO – Twin City Homeschool Group Curriculum Sale

4/12 – MO – Bach & Jazz free performance

4/13 – Deadline for Holocaust Museum & Learning Center 2018 Art & Writing Contest

4/14 – MO – Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour

4/17 – MO – St. Louis Area Food Bank Service Days

4/19 – MO – SHARE Prom 2018: The Great Gatsby

4/21 – MO – Moonlight Masquerade Spring Formal

4/26 – IL – Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

4/28 – MO – Shine St. Charles Black & White Ball



North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

God’s Green Acre Ranch Association

Homeschool Quiz Bowl

National Bible Bee Summer Study



5/2 – MO – Cedar Hill Homeschoolers Curriculum Sale

5/3 – IL – Mad Hatter’s Metro East Homeschool Ball

5/4 – IL – Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

5/5 – MO – FHE New Homeschool Seminar

5/12 – IL – SCCCHE Annual Curriculum Sale

5/12 – MO – Kindergarten graduation – open to all

5/18 – IL – Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day


The Story of Esther

Join us for ESTHER, a FREE Musical Theater Performance that portrays Bravery, Truth, Will and Providence. It’s the true story that will engage our hearts, souls and minds. The skilled and talented Homeschool performers of Take 3 Theater are bringing this magnificent story to life. Plan to join the fun, joy, hope and entertainment!! There are 3 nights to choose from, or plan to attend all 3. We hope to see you there!!

DATES & TIMES: APRIL 6, 7, 8 (3 Nights) at 7:00 PM

LOCATION: The Rock Church, 15101 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO




Junior Achievement Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day

Monday, April 9, 2018

Ages: 12-8 year olds (7th – 12th grade)

JA Finance Park is a mini-city in which kids discover how the “real world” works. After 12 lessons taught in the home, students come to JA BizTown for a tablet-based simulation visit day and are prepared to make financial decisions, manage income, establish savings, make a budget in 21 categories, shop and make payments.

For more information and to register:

Or contact: Lori Marsh, JA Finance Park Manager | | 636-728-0707


Homeschool Day at Barron’s Gymnastics

Homeschool Day is an exclusive event for homeschool families on Mondays throughout the school year. We offer a reduced rate for an open gym environment that includes the Adventure Island Giant Inflatable. Barron also offers instructional classes during daytime hours for a discounted rate.

DATE: Apr 9, 2018

TIME: 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

PRICE: $11.00 + tax

FAMILY DISCOUNT: $7.00 + tax

AGES: 14 months through 22 years old

LOCATION: 5411 Jedmed Ct. St. Louis, MO 63129 | Phone: 314-892-6909

A parent or adult must assist children younger than 1st grade. Only adults assisting this age group are allowed in the gym after signing the blanket release located at front desk. Adults are not allowed on equipment. Parent viewing is available on the mezzanine. Register here.


Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen; there is a maximum of 60 children. If an event is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by email.


Homeschool Skate at Fun Spot in Belleville, IL

Tuesday, April 10 2pm to 4pm

Spring Celebration Homeschool Skate!

Admission is $7 and includes regular skate rental; upgraded skate rental is $2. Concessions will be open for purchase. Come visit us online at or in person at 1400 West Blvd., Belleville IL 62221.


City Museum Field Trip

Tuesday, April 10 at 9:45am

Enjoy a day at City Museum for only $7 a person (yes, the price has increased by a dollar), 3 yrs old and up (2 and under are free). Cash parking is available in the lot or metered parking on the street.

We have space available at noon to eat together – you may bring your lunch, snacks, water and coats inside since we have a group reservation. They provide us with an unlocked ballroom to stash our stuff & eat in. Floor seating only. The City Museum also has fairly reasonable food options, so you could buy lunch there as well. Your ticket gets you in all day, so stay as long as you’d like.

More information and signup here:!/showSignUp/70a054baaa72ea64-city


Twin City Homeschool Group Curriculum Sale

WHO: Twin City Homeschool Group in Festus/Crystal City

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time: 9-11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Faith Baptist Church, 11835 County Road CC, Festus, MO 63028, in the gymnasium.

WHAT: There will be curriculum (of course!) and the kids will also be selling crafts/baked goods/projects. Something for everyone! This event is free to attend. So far, we already have 20 sellers, so this should be a good one! Any questions, or if you need more information, please contact me directly.

CONTACT: Paula Koranda


Bach & Jazz free performance

Bach and Jazz is geared toward middle and high school students and features St. Louis musicians: jazz guitarist, Steve Schenkel and jazz pianist, Kim Portnoy. At Bach and Jazz, students will experience the similarities between improvised jazz and Bach’s music, giving them a better understanding of improvisation and how Bach still continues to influence our music today.

Bach was known as the master of improvisation. At this one-of-a-kind FREE concert, students will

experience the similarities between improvised jazz and Bach’s music, giving a better understanding

of how the Master of Baroque still continues to influence modern jazz. The hour-long educational concert will also include time for Q&A with the performers.

Featuring St. Louis musicians Jazz Guitarist, Steve Schenkel and Jazz Pianist, Kim Portnoy

There are two FREE performances of this exciting educational concert available to choose from as part of the 2018 St. Louis Bach Festival, presented by Centene Charitable Foundation:

Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:30-10:30am at First Baptist Church of Ferguson: 333 North Florissant Road, St. Louis, MO 63135

Thursday, April 19, 2018 10-11am at The Ethical Society of St. Louis: 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117

For more information on how to register students for this event, please contact Monica Orban:


Deadline for Holocaust Museum & Learning Center 2018 Art & Writing Contest

Students in grades 6 through 12 can win cash prizes; entries accepted through April 13

The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC) is seeking entries for the 2018 Art and Writing Contest. The contest asks creative middle and high school students to express the difficult and inspiring lessons of the Holocaust. This is the 15th year that the annual competition has been held in dedication to the memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in honor of the grandchildren of sponsors Dr. Ira (of blessed memory) and Judith Gall. Winning entries in each division will be awarded cash prizes and will be displayed at the Museum.

Click here for rules and an entry link.


Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour

The Secret Keeper Girl Masterpiece World Tour is for 7-12 year old girls and their moms that takes them back to the Garden of Eden where they’ll discover just what a masterpiece this whole world really is. It will show them that THEY are a masterpiece created by God. And every masterpiece must be protected. Learn the secrets of modesty and true beauty, while enjoying a girls night out. Tickets can be found at


St. Louis Area Food Bank Service Days

Work together at the St Louis Area Food Bank packing food in their warehouse. Area families and seniors depend on the food that our volunteers sort, box and repackage in our Volunteer Center.

Date: 4/17, 9am to noon

Where: St Louis Area Food Bank, 70 Corporate Woods Drive Bridgeton, MO 63044

Dress Code: Please wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes.

Shift: You are signing up for the whole 3-hour shift. Please commit to being there the whole shift. If you think it may be too long for kids, they do provide water, breaks & a places to sit. Everyone is welcome to work at their own pace.

Ages: Two years and up.


SHARE Prom 2018: The Great Gatsby

All homeschooled high school students (9th-12th grade) and homeschool alumni are invited to the SHARE Prom. Each homeschool student attending may bring one guest (space is limited, so this will be enforced). All attendees must be under 21.

Location: Andre’s West Banquet Center, 211 South Old Highway 141 Fenton, MO 63026

Time: 7pm – 11pm, doors open at 6:30pm.

Cost: $35 per person, paid before April 7th. For payments received April 7th to April 12th, cost is $45 per person. Dinner is included.

This is a non-smoking event and attendees will be required to sign a dress code policy. However, themed attire is allowed.

Don’t delay – register today! Space is limited and we always hit capacity early. The absolute deadline to register is midnight on April 12th – no late registrations will be accepted, and each individual attending must register.



Feel free to pass this information along to other homeschoolers…..thanks!


Moonlight Masquerade Spring Formal

Homeschooler Link invites you to the Moonlight Masquerade Spring Formal

Saturday April 21st, 2018

7:00 – 11:00 pm

Trigg Banquet Center (300 O’Fallon Plaza, O’Fallon, MO)

$25 per ticket includes dinner

This event is open to all homeschoolers regardless of group memberships. Photobooth available with free prints & digital copies provided after the dance.

Please go to for more information and to register – registration is due by April 14th.


Camp Manitowa Homeschool Field Trip Day

Camp Manitowa is inviting all homeschool families to a field trip like none other. Experience an adventure filled day at the Camp Manitowa 2018 Homeschool Field Trip Days. Take part in favorite camp activities, while having fun with your homeschool friends old and new.

Camp Manitowa owns and operates two residential camps and retreat facilities nestled amongst the forests and lakes of Southern Illinois where campers gain confidence, independence and maturity, as well as make lifelong memories.

At Camp Manitowa’s Homeschool Field Trip Days, families can get a taste of camp life in one fun packed day.

  • Outdoor Education

  • Kayaking

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Canoeing

  • Hiking

  • Campfires

  • and more!

Your family can join us for one or all four field trips dates. Try one at each facility for the total camp experience!

April 26th & May 18th, 9am to 4pm: Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point, Makanda, IL

May 4th & May 25th, 9am to 4pm: Camp Manitowa – Rend Lake, Benton, IL

Cost: $10 per person/$50 max per family

We would love to have you experience Camp Manitowa with us. Bring your family and your homeschool friends for a fun day you won’t forget! For more information or to register, visit


Shine St. Charles Black & White Ball

All homeschool students ages 13-18 are invited to attend the SHINE St. Charles spring prom, the Black & White Ball. Prom will be held Saturday, April 28 from 7pm to 11pm at Trigg Banquet Hall, 300 O’Fallon Plaza, O’Fallon MO. The cost is $22, including dinner.

A full court will be announced. Senior guests will receive a souvenir glass to commemorate the dance. To register, please visit and look for the Prom 2018 tab.



North County Secular Homeschoolers Park Days

It’s Park Day season!! We meet on Wednesdays from 12ish until 3-4ish at the following parks:

Join us on Facebook, and come out and play at the park!!

God’s Green Acre Ranch Association

God’s Green Acre Ranch Association is great for anyone with a girl aged 13-18 who is interested in horses. My daughter had been taking lessons for several years and participating in shows but we were not in a position to own a horse. We were able to join the ranch in September and my daughter loves it!

The girls go to the ranch on Saturdays from 9:30-3:30, where they are responsible for both household and barn chores, caring for their horse, riding their horse in the outdoor arenas or trail riding on the 165 acre ranch. There is also a girls’ board which has meetings every Saturday morning.

The girls hold board positions and facilitate these meetings with adult supervision. They sponsor and participate in horse shows in the summer and participate in parades throughout the year. Families are welcome to come on Saturdays as well and can explore the property or go fishing. Families are also able to utilize the property throughout the week, Saturday evenings, and Sundays. Some families have birthday parties, camp outs, etc. If you or someone you know is interested and would like more information, please contact Nancy Sarocco at 314-941-3410.

Homeschool Quiz Bowl

Now recruiting elementary, middle school, and high school quiz bowl teams for the 2018-19 school year. Quiz bowl is an exciting academic competition where teams of students use buzzers to score points for their team by answering a wide range of questions. Topics include history, literature, math, religion, science, geography and fine arts.

We will be training and practicing together approximately twice a month and competing in several Saturday competitions throughout the year. Practices will most likely be either st Charles or west/mid county. There may also be an opportunity to travel (possibly Atlanta, DC, or Chicago) if we qualify for nationals. Please contact Jen Farra ( for more information.

National Bible Bee Summer Study

Can you spare just 20 mins a day to study God’s Word? Then you have time for the summer study this year. Our family is a “HOST” Family this year and will be putting together just 3 “meetings” to help encourage you, equip you and share in your summer study. Once you sign up, you’ll recieve a “Discovery Journal” which walks you through what to do each day – memory verses, cross references, Greek words and more. You’ll be surprised at the richness of this and you may find your children start telling YOU things you didn’t know about the scriptures. (Ask me how I know!)

There really is no way better to spend your summer than diving into God’s word. This I can promise. And at just 20 mins. a day, everyone can do it. But you may find that the soon the desire becomes to spend more than 20 mins a day…

Learn more about how to register and sign up at

You can join our host group and get ready for a great 8-week study. And if your child loves that – he/she can sign up to try for the National’s which are held in San Antonio each year in late Fall. Makes a great family vacation even if your child doesn’t “qualify” for the Nationals – it’s the only family vacation we’ll take this year. And it was our children’s choice. Something amazing happens when you attend and hear the scriptures recited by kids from around the country, aged 7 – 18… you go home invigorated and ready to do God’s work in your home!

If you are interested, we would LOVE to have you. Just check the website above for more information, sign up online, and feel free to contact us with any questions at:


Sheri George