Homeschool Events List for January 25, 2013

More information about area events can be found at and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please do not link to individual posts without permission. Linking to the website is always fine. My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information.

On Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site will host award winning author Patricia McKissack.  Ms McKissack will present a program for families about her books, which span over 200 years of African American experience.
The program will be held at the park visitor center at 7400 Grant Road, St Louis, MO 63123.  The program is free, however, reservations are required due to space limitations.  Please call (314) 842-1867 X230 for reservations and additional information.
Students and teachers (with ID) in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of Scraps of Time: Away West or Dear America: A Picture of Freedom!  Other books will be available for purchase.  A book signing will follow the program.

Thursday, February 14; 1-3pm
Great Skate, 130 Boone Hills Drive, St. Peters, MO
~Bring your decorated valentines box and valentines to share!
~Enjoy skate games and door prizes!
~Admission is $6 and includes skate rental and a small drink
In the past, this event has been scheduled by various local groups.  This year, we decided to include all groups and open it up to all homeschoolers. Please call us at 636-441-2530 to let us know how many skaters you’ll be bringing.

There is still room in the Auditorium Presentations, but the Dissection Labs are filling up quickly. See a complete list of class offerings at the bottom of this email.
The next Auditorium Presentation is “How the Body Works: A Study of Human Organs & Systems” on Tuesday, January 29th from 9:30 – 11:15 am. It is one of the most popular classes and will be taught by a former school teacher that is now a medical doctor. The cost is only $5 per student and Parent Chaperones are free.
All classes take place in SLU’s Paul A. Young Hall at 3839 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108. Auditorium Presentations are $5 and Dissection Labs are $15. Parent Chaperones are free, but must sign up ahead of time.
To sign up for one of the AIMS Auditorium Presentations and/or Dissection Labs, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/class you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. When your name is on the list SHARE pays for your spot. You must sign up individually for each AIMS class, even if they are on the same day.
Mail your check (made payable to SHARE) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave., St. Louis MO 63119. You can write one check for all classes, but be sure to make a notation about class choices in the memo section of the check. Please put “AIMS” on the outside of the envelope. You can also drop off your payments to Kerrie at Homelink, support group meetings, field trips, etc.
For more details about this event, go to the “AIMS Program 2012-2013” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the “AIMS PROGRAM IMPORTANT INFORMATION” webpage. Feel free to call, text or email Kerrie at 314-791-0000 or with any questions about this event.
SHARE-Sponsored 2012-2013 AIMS Classes
January 29, 2013, Tuesday
How the Body Works: A Study of Human Organs & Systems, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
February 19, 2013, Tuesday
Forensic Science/Autopsy, 9:30-11:15 am, $5
March 20, 2013, Wednesday
The Human Heart and Lungs, 9:30 – 11:15 am, $5
Pig Heart Dissection – 11:30 –12:45 pm – $15 – LAB
May 8, 2013, Wednesday
The Human Ear, Nose & Throat, and Eyes – 9:30 – 11:15 am – $5
Pig Eye Dissection –11:30 – 12:45 pm – $15 -LAB

Project MEGSSS’ 35th annual nomination season opens this month! Discovering, inspiring and developing the talents of middle school students with extraordinary gifts in mathematics–this is Project MEGSSS’ (Mathematics Education for Gifted Secondary School Students) mission, and we ask for your help at this time each year.
Generally, nominees are 5th or 6th grade students scoring in the 98th percentile in math and the 95th percentile in reading on standardized tests, although we do regularly test 7th & 8th graders interested in attending our summer programs and have tested some students as early as 3rd and 4th grade who have been successful. If there is any question as to whether or not a student will qualify for the program, we recommend nominating the student and then attending a parent information meeting with your child.
Our online nomination form is provided at in the nomination tab. There is no cost or obligation to nominate a student. A nomination simply gives us enough contact information to mail a packet and invitation for parents and students to attend an informational meeting. Parent information meetings will be held over the next three months in various locations, and we invite you to attend one if you wish to know more about our program.
As a home school parent who found out about MEGSSS “through the grapevine,” I want to encourage you to share information about the program with other home school groups and parents of mathematically gifted students. St. Louis one of a very few places in the United States that offers a nonprofit program of this caliber. MEGSSS provides “above level” mathematics testing, leading to a student’s participation in a rigorous summer enrichment program. For students with busy schedules, two summers of our mathematics program is excellent and challenging enrichment. However, successful completion of the summer program makes the student eligible for our after-school programs, which meet one day per week for up to three years, studying a unique program of math designed to challenge gifted students while introducing them to a broad array of math topics. Financial aid is available to students of modest means because of the generosity of The Saigh Foundation and the Employees Community Fund of the Boeing Corporation.
Finally, we have some exciting program options for families this summer, in addition to our traditional introductory MEGSSS program. Parents have long requested full day programming and camp-style enrichment, and we plan to offer some enrichment choices to round out the day/week. As part of these extended days, we will also offer homework help sessions daily, for students who need a little extra encouragement and support. In addition, we are now in St. Charles, Webster Groves and Creve Coeur during the school year, making access a little easier for families.
Cynthia Hoffman, Executive Director, Project MEGSSS

Volunteers needed to help work on publishing Holt’s Growing Without Schooling as a print and e-book. For your efforts, you will be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the book.
See here how easy the process is (although requires some time):
Password: GWS
Pat Farenga, Carlo Ricci, and Steve Tedesco are working to publish in book form and as an e-book the magazine John Holt started (Growing Without Schooling). To date we have made progress with help, but it has become clear that if we want to complete this in a timelier manner we need more help. In order to do this we need to convert the PDF files that we have into Word documents. This is not difficult, but time consuming. It can take 6 or 7 hours per issue and we will offer support throughout and we will send you a straightforward 11 min training video to explain how to do it (see above)-we are hoping that we get enough people so that each person would volunteer to convert one issue.IT IS REALLY EASY, but time consuming and that is why we need the help. As well, if you get stuck we will always be available to help and answer questions.
So, if you are willing to help, please contact Carlo Ricci at  For your efforts, you will be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the book.
You would need to have access to the Internet, Adobe PDF Reader to open PDFs (this is free software), and Word. We are looking for about 30 or 40 volunteers on a first come, first allocated basis. Without your help, we doubt that this important work can be completed.
Please share this email widely.
Thanks so much,
Dr. Carlo Ricci
Professor, Schulich School of Education, Graduate Studies
E-mail:  (Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning)

Faith Ascent Base Camp
SAVE THE DATE! July 10-13, 2013
Our 4th annual Faith Ascent Base Camp will take place July 10-13, 2013! We’re proud to announce that Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO will be our hosts this year! College credits are available. More info to come…
Attention Parents & Grandparents:
Early Bird Registration = $175
Registration after April 1st = $200
Register Here!
Attention Pastors & Teachers:
Group discounts and scholarships are available!
Contact Us Here!
Attention Donors & Sponsors:
Our Fundraising Goal For Faith Ascent Base Camp 2013 is: $50,000
To learn more Click Here!
Faith Ascent Base Camp is 4 days and 3 nights of fun, fellowship, and intense preparation for the spiritual and intellectual challenges Christian teens will face in the real world (especially college). In a college environment, we ask and answer the tough questions Christian teens are asking and being asked. College credits are available.
In grace,
Jeremy Smith
Executive Director, Faith Ascent Ministries

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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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 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.