Homeschool Events List for August 8, 2015

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YMCA Book Fair
MDC at Missouri State Fair
Used Book Sale
Seeking String Players
Autism Initiative
Swimming and Gymnastics Class

YMCA Book Fair
August 13-17, 2015
Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park
550 Weidman Rd, St. Louis, MO, 63011
Each year, hundreds of thousands of books are donated to the Y, so we can provide a large selection of new and quality used books at reasonable prices. Our book fair started in 1978, by a group of dedicated volunteers, as a one day fair in the gymnasium. It has since has grown into a five day event.
The book fair will open the morning of Thursday, August 13, at 9am. Preview night has become preview day (9AM-9PM) and is a day earlier!
First Selection Day, $10 Admission: Thursday, August 13, 9am – 9pm, wristbands for opening day will go on sale at 7:30am.
Free Admission Days: August 14-17, 9am – 9pm
1/2 Price Day: Sunday, August 16
We will close the fair Monday, August 17 with $10 box day.

MDC at Missouri State Fair
Visit Conservation Building 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Aug. 13–23 at State Fair in Sedalia.
SEDALIA, Mo. — Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 13–23. Visit the Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to see aquaria full of live fish and other aquatic wildlife along with displays of live native animals such as snakes and turtles. Ask conservation questions of MDC staff, get educational materials, and have fun.
Pop into the Department’s air-conditioned Conservation Kids’ Discovery Room between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to have hands-on fun exploring nature through crafts and other activities.
Enjoy conservation-related demonstrations at the Department’s outdoor pavilion, including:
>Raptors of Missouri on Aug. 13 and Aug. 22 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.
>Fish Cooking and Cleaning on Aug. 14 and 15 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
>Be Bear Aware on Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
>Rainfall Simulator: Managing Soil on Aug. 17 and 18 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
>Fly Tying on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
>Alien Invaders in Missouri! on Aug. 20 with displays and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
>Forest Products and a Circular Sawmill in Action on Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Used Book Sale at the J
2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146
Thousands of books will be available for sale as the next J Used Book Sale returns to the Staenberg Family Complex. Find a paperback for the months ahead or explore new genres at a fraction of the price of larger retail outlets! Proceeds from the sale benefit the Roswell and Wilma Messing Cultural Arts and Education Department.
Sunday, August 16 – Thursday, August 20
Sunday – admission is $10 – sale is open 10:00am – 4:00pm
Monday – Wednesday – FREE – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday – FREE & Bag Day; fill a bag for $5 – 10:00am – 6:00pm (Fill a bag for only $5)

Seeking String Players
The Missouri Baptist University String Ensemble is open to people of all ages who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. If you have played a string instrument in your high school orchestra, or have equivalent skills, you are welcome to join. You may be asked to play an informal audition for placement purposes. The ensemble rehearses, on Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pillsbury Chapel/Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. First rehearsal is Monday, August 17 in the Pillsbury Chapel/Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. The String Ensemble prepares three concerts each year; Fall, Christmas, and Spring. Our concert repertoire includes masterworks of the string ensemble literature from the Baroque Era and beyond.
If you are interested in joining the String Ensemble, please contact Mary Sweetin atSweetinM@mobap.edu, or call at 314-324-3249.

Home Educators Autism Initiative
Group for Parents & Children
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This program combines an autism parent support group and children’s social skills groups for families who homeschool. Children in these groups do not have to be on the autistic spectrum.
The program is funded through Autism Speaks and is free of charge.
The parent group, which meets on the last Monday of the month, starting in September, provides education about autism (including symptoms, diagnosis, behaviors, and treatment), resources available in the community, ideas for parenting, and a forum in which parents can offer knowledge and support to each other. Parents whose children are not in the social skills groups are eligible to attend.
The weekly children’s social skills groups, for ages 6-10 and 11-15, provide a setting for learning and practicing fundamental social skills, including: conversation skills, emotional regulation, understanding others, respect, and building confidence. Children can establish meaningful, ongoing friendships through these groups. The groups utilize Super Skills, a social skills program that identifies each child’s strengths and weaknesses and sets up goals to address specific areas of need.
All groups meet Mondays from 3:00-4:00 at Agape’s West County location, 11600 Manchester Road, Suite 101 Des Peres, MO 63131. The 12-week groups begin August 31, 2015. Registration will re-open at the beginning of each semester. Children can join groups at any time if the group is not full. The parent support group meets monthly at the same time and location as the children’s groups.
This group is continuous and can be joined at anytime throughout the year if space is still available.
To register, call Carolyn Knarr at 314-556-1427.

Home School Swimming and Gymnastics Class
Mid-County YMCA 1900 Urban Dr. Brentwood MO 63144
Thursdays 11:30 – 1:15 pm
Ages: 3 – 13
Session begins week of September 14th
Begin with a 45 minute swim lesson, followed by a 45 gymnastics lesson. There will be a 15 minute window for showers and changing after swimming. Parents are responsible for transition time in locker rooms.
Contact: Sarah Chik 314.962.9450 ext 229

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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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Homeschool Events List for August 2, 2015

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Teacher Appreciation Days
Wholesale Laptops
Home Educators Back-to-school Kick-off Night
Homeschooling Seminars
RockShow Academy
Homeschool Physical Education
Homeschool Roller Skating

Teacher Appreciation Days
Office Depot/Office Max is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Days on August 1st-4th and August 29-September 1st.   Homeschoolers are teachers too! You should be able to sign up for their teacher program. Print off a membership card from your local homeschool group to support the fact that you are homeschooling. Gifts include 25% off and a free calendar. Talk to your local OD/OM store.

WHOLESALE LAPTOPS
Homeschoolers eligible for wholesale laptops! I know nothing else about this except what you are going to read….
Microsoft Education Product Policy allows nonprofit NFS to offer in-classroom technologies and pricing (previously reserved for traditional public school facilities) to Homeschool families.
First year of program – over 1,800 families obtained laptops through NFS.
Based on Microsoft Education Product guidelines, the NFS Board voted to categorize homeschool families as schools and to implement Homeschool Group Purchasing in May of 2014. The program goal is to facilitate access of in-classroom technologies for individual Homeschool families.
NFS Board “our organization is only four years old. In that time we have stressed moving forward to meet the technology needs within all educational venues. The first year of the Homeschool program has been a great success. We had no idea that so many homeschool families would participate. There have been hick-ups, our phone and Lab staff were, at times, overwhelmed by the response. For the 2015/16 school year NFS has expanded capabilities to meet the expected demand.”
Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers/software at the same wholesale pricing the NFS program affords to traditional public school facilities.
Homeschool families can purchase from NFS as individual families or form a group for a Group Order. In both cases the families must provide Homeschool documentation (type is dependent on the State of residence) to NFS. This is required to receive the full package of Microsoft Office software and lower laptop costs.
For full details please visit; www.notebooksforstudents.org/homeschoollaptopdiscount.htm
About Notebooks for Students
Notebooks for Students (NFS) is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, Ca. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all educators and students. NFS is an Authorized Microsoft Education Reseller.
CONTACT:
David Puzo
Notebooks for Students
2588 El Camino Real F253, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(800) 991-7631
press@notebooksforstudents.org
www.notebooksforstudents.org

It’s Back-to-school Time
Please join us for St. Charles Christian Home Educators Back-to-school Kick-off Night!!
Attendance is open to all homeschoolers or those considering homeschooling, so spread the word!
Tuesday, August 11th; 6:30pm-8:30pm
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, 63376
Featured Speakers and Workshops:
Beauty for Ashes: Michelle Pohl, author, blogger and homeschool mom, is returning to provide encouragement and practical ways to find joy when life makes you weary. For new homeschoolers and veterans alike, come and be refreshed for the coming year.
For Dads Only: What does it mean to wear the hat of a homeschool dad? What is the dad’s role in the homeschool? What about socialization? How about calculus and chemistry? Can my wife REALLY do this? Join Paul Westover and Benny Bryant as they share their homeschool dad experiences and answer all your questions. Leave encouraged.
New Homeschoolers 101: Christy Westover will be sharing experiences and providing practical resources for new homeschool moms. Bring your questions and concerns, worries and fears about the coming year. We’ll lay them all down and sort them all out as we talk about the true heart of homeschooling and how it all works.
Registration for SCCHE group:
Registration tables will be set up for you to register or renew your SCCHE membership for the coming year. Registration is $25 per family per year. You may pay by cash or check (made payable to SCCHE). You may also renew or register online.
Activity Registration:
All SCCHE groups and activities will have representatives on hand to answer questions and register families for the coming year. Tables will include the Learning Center, Band, Choir, Drama, PE, Small Groups, Potter’s Clay, and much more!
Door prize drawings at 8:15pm.
NO CHILD CARE is available. Children are welcome to accompany parents, but must be with parent for the entire evening and CANNOT be left unattended in the library at any time.

HOMESCHOOLING SEMINARS
These free “Homeschool Helps” seminars will take place on Saturday, August 22, 2015 and will be held at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 7717 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves MO 63119.   It is centrally located and has plenty of space and AC! (Same location as last year).
See all the details below about our New Home Educators Seminar (for pre-school – 7th grade) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, and our High School Helps Seminar (for 7th – 12th grade) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Parents of jr. high students are welcome to attend both seminars, but those jr. high families that have been homeschooling for a few years will probably find the morning session unnecessary. The afternoon session would be a good fit for both newbies and veterans with jr. high students. Remember – it is wise to start planning for the high school years BEFORE they arrive!
Both seminars are free but registration is required. We need to know how many are attending so that we can prepare enough handouts and decide what rooms to use.
To register, go to www.sharehomeschool.com. Click on NEW HOMESCHOOLER SEMINAR on the top bar– click on “Here” and a description of the seminar with registration at the bottom will appear.
Register all who will be coming and be sure to indicate which session(s) you are attending. Please write any questions you have in the appropriate box. It is very helpful to get your questions ahead of time!
Sorry – there is no childcare for this event but nursing babies are allowed, of course. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch or snacks to eat in the Lighthouse Fellowship Hall, or stop by one of the area restaurants (There are quite a few in the neighborhood).
Hope to see you there! Kerrie & Cathy …and other homeschool veterans!
LOOKING FOR HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT AND INFORMATION THIS SUMMER?
Attend one or both of these free seminars on Saturday, August 22, 2015
Location:
Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, 7717 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves MO 63119 (location of SHARE 2015 Kindergarten graduation ceremony)
>>>NEW HOME EDUCATORS SEMINAR<<<
For those with students from preschool to jr. high
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Q & A period from 12:00 noon –1:00 pm
Topics to be covered:
– Common Homeschooling Myths
– Teaching Styles/Learning Styles
– Missouri Homeschool Law
– Record Keeping
– Curriculum Choices
– Special Needs
– Helpful Tips
>>>HIGH SCHOOL HELPS SEMINAR<<<
For those with students in jr. high or high school
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Q & A period from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Topics to be covered:
– Planning Courses and Curriculum
– High School Record Keeping
– ACT and SAT Tests
– AP, CLEP, and SAT Subject Tests
– Making a Transcript & Resume
– Dual Enrollment, Learning Centers, Co-ops, etc.
– College Applications
– Post -Secondary Options

RockShow Academy
New HOMESCHOOL Programs
RockShow Academy here with some exciting news!! We have opened up NEW programs that are available for ALL homeschoolers! The owners and instructors, Kelley and Dave Brandt are proud homeschool parents of 3 who have been directing and acting in shows for the past 20 years and want all homeschoolers to have a music and theatre background! With our exciting programs, we have something for the whole family! We also have special sibling and homeschool discounts! You’ll love RockShow Academy!
Located on 8809 Gravios Rd. RockShow Academy’s mission is to provide the Greater St. Louis area with a professional and fun performing arts school for children, teens, and adults. Specializing in core Musical Theatre, Private Music Lessons, RockBands, and Birthday Parties, RockShow Academy strives to inspire, encourage, and guide young people in a positive direction for their lives.
-The RockShow Academy Team
>High School Musical
Ages : 11 & up!
About: Learn firsthand what it’s like to be in a professional performance with lights, sound, sets, costumes, & a stage!!
Auditions Date/Time: Monday, August 24th from 1:30pm-3:30pm
Rehearsal Day/Time: Starting September 4th, we will rehearse Friday’s from 1:30-3:30pm
Performance Dates/Times: There will be two performances in March of 2015 (date TBD)
Price: $230 for all (23 rehearsals! Extra rehearsals are free!) 1/2 for additional siblings!
(Payment plan available upon request)
>”The Aristocats!” Kids
Ages : 5-12
About: Young Actors will learn acting, singing, dancing and the thrill of putting up a show on a big stage with full production
Day/Time: Monday’s 2pm-3:30pm
Starting, Monday, August 31st
Price: $120/semester for the first child. $60/semester for the second child
(Payment Plan Available Upon Request)
>Acting & Improv
Ages : 11 & up!
About: Students will learn a variety of improv skills (like “Whose Line is it Anyway?”) and acting techniques
Day/Time: Friday’s 12:30pm-1:30pm Starting September 4th
Price: $60/semester (12 Classes)
No sibling discounts on this class because prices much lower than public’s price
>Rock KeyBoard
Ages : 8-12
About: Young musicians will learn music fundamentals, technique and how to keyboard in a Rock Band in a relaxed group setting!
Day/Time: Friday’s from 11:30am-12:30pmStarting September 4th!
Price: $60/semester (12 Classes)
No sibling discounts on this class because prices much lower than public’s price
>Private Music Lessons
Ages : 5-99!
About: We offer lessons specializing in voice, guitar, drums, keyboard, bass, & more!!
Day/Time: Schedule a day/time that’s good for you, Monday-Friday! Starting August 31st
Price: $15/wk if scheduled before 4pm!
We offer sibling discounts!
To Check Out RockShow Academy’s Other Programs Visit RockShowAcademy.com
IF you have any questions or would like to sign up for one of RockShow Academy’s new homeschool Programs, Email us at rockshowacademy@gmail.com OR call us at (314) 875-9024

SALVATION ARMY HOMESCHOOL P.E.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
– The Homeschool Physical Education Program is sponsored by the Salvation Army, and takes place at their Gateway Citadel Worship and Community Center, 824 Union Road, St. Louis Mo., 63123. This is the 27th year of the classes, taught by founder Cort Hubbard.
– Teacher/Coach Cort Hubbard has a Bachelors Degree from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, a Masters Degree from the University of Mississippi, and a K-12 teaching certificate. There is not enough room to list Cort’s experience and accomplishments! (And he would be mad if we tried!)
– Homeschool P.E. course description – “These classes promote physical exercise, skills development, and sportsmanship. The typical Homeschool Physical Education class will begin with prayer, followed by calisthenics, coordination skills or jogging, skill development (teaching session), and fun games which often incorporate the skill being taught. The specific material a student will learn is based on their age and skill level, seeking to introduce new skills, or improving on skills already acquired.”
– Fall 2015 classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, beginning September 8, 9 & 10 and ending December 15, 16 & 17.
– Classes often fill up quickly, especially on Tuesday and Thursday because those taking Homelink classes try to schedule PE on the same day. Do not wait to register or your preferred time slot might be taken! Classes are divided by age groups, but there is some flexibility allowed. Due to class size and safety issues, it is not always possible to move your child to an older or younger class.
– To sign up and hold your spot, you can email Cort your registration information at Cort_Hubbard@usc.salvationarmy.org. Please include ALL of the necessary info – guardian/parent name, email address, phone number, student age and class choice. Payment is not due until the first day of class. Checks are made out to the Salvation Army. If you have any questions about class placement, ask Cort by email or call him at 631-0727 ext. 6130.
– The cost of Homeschool P.E. is VERY reasonable – only about $4.00 per class! To participate in Homeschool P.E. classes, each student must be a “member” of the Salvation Army, but Cort has incorporated the membership price into the class fees. The cost for P.E. per semester is $56 for one student, $107 for two students, $157 for three students, and $50 for each additional student.
– Cort’s wife, Becca Hubbard, will again be offering homeschool enrichment classes (for about ages 6 – 12) at the Salvation Army that coordinate with P.E. class times. We’ll put a link on the SHARE website as soon as the classes are ready.
– Many of you have asked about how you can purchase Quarterback King – the awesome game that Cort invented. Go to www.quarterbackking.com for all the details. Cort also has a few of the games in his office at the Salvation Army for purchase.

Homeschool Roller Skating Days
WHERE:
RockRollOrena, 4153 Jeffco Blvd. Arnold, 63010
http://www.rockrollorena.com/home.html
WHEN:
September 22, 2015
October 15, 2015
November 17, 2015
TIME:
1:00-3:00 pm
COST:
$3.00 + skate rental
Regular Skate Rental $2.00 Extra
Inline Skate Rental $3.75
CONTACT PERSON: Michele at Michele.c.weaver@gmail.com

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for April 29, 2015

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Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Classical Conversations
2- Used Curriculum Sales
Panthers Volleyball

Hello Readers! A computer wipe and reinstall has kept me from my duties for awhile, but hopefully I am now back in the swing of things. These are a few timely items, but there is more coming soon!

2015 Greater St. Louis Book Fair
Schedule & General Information
The following is a preliminary schedule. Fair times, special events, admission and policies may be subject to change.
>>Thursday, April 30       Opening Night
Opening Remarks            03:30 pm – 04:00 pm
Gates Open. $10 General Admission       04:00 pm – 09:00 pm
>>Friday, May 1                FREE General Admission               10:00 am – 08:00 pm
>>Saturday, May 2          Shopping for Persons with Disabilities    09:00 am – 10:00 am
FREE General Admission               10:00 am – 08:00 pm
>>Sunday, May 3             FREE General Admission – Half-Price Day               11:00 am – 06:00 pm
Location / Venue
Macy’s at West County Center, 80 West County Center, St. Louis MO 63131
Lower Level of Macy’s East Parking Garage
Macy’s at West County Center is located at the intersection of I-270 and Manchester Road. The Macy’s East Parking Garage is located on the east side of Macy’s, toward Ballas Road.
Payment Options: Cash, Check, Credit Card: Discover, MasterCard, VISA
Policies:
Persons found not abiding by the following policies will be asked to leave Book Fair at once:
>Patrons may stay in the parking garage overnight Wednesday provided they remain in their vehicles. No campers are allowed.
>Patrons may begin lining up at 6 am on opening day.
>Patrons are limited to one shopping cart at a time.
>Cart contents can be reserved at the secure reserve, large purchase area.
>All reserved items will be boxed & sealed until payment is received.
>All reserved items must be paid for & removed by closing time of that day.
>We are not responsible for protecting or securing items stored for patrons after a sale.
>Unattended boxes or carts will be resorted and restocked.
>Electronic scanners/book purchasing lists may be utilized at book tables only; books may not be scooped up and removed from tables for scanning.
>Patrons purchasing rare and collectible merchandise must remain at the purchase counter while their items are being pulled from the display cases. Request lists will not be fulfilled unless the interested patron is present.

Classical Conversations
We have several openings in the Classical Conversations Challenge A, B and I program in the Eureka/Wildwood area. We meet on Tuesdays from 8:30-3:30PM at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, Alt Road, Wildwood, MO.
Join us at Eureka Bread Co on May 19, 2015 from 7-9PM for more information on this excellent program for teens. Students must be 12 years of age before Sept. 30, 2015 to enroll.
Classical Conversations is a national Christian homeschooling program that equips parents, supports your homeschool calling and offers both accountability and encouragement.
RSVP Directors Shelly Redman at shelly6595@sbcglobal.net, Stephanie Kaiser, stephiekaiser@yahoo.com or Melissa George at dmcalm@gmail.com if you are interested in attending the meeting!

TROY (MO) USED CURRICULUM SALE
The Troy area homeschoolers will be hosting a Used Curriculum Sale at Troy First Baptist Church.  All homeschoolers and others interested in buying or selling curriculum or educational items are welcome to attend. There will be no admission charge to buy or sell. The first 35 people that reserve a table will be able to sell their books.
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
Location: Troy First Baptist Church, 1000 Elm Tree Rd., Troy, MO
Times:  9:00-10:00: Check in and Set Up.  Volunteers needed to be there at 9:00 to help set up.
(Tables must be reserved ahead of time; see below.) Sellers may buy and sell to each other.
10:00-1:00: Regular shopping. No admission fee.
1:00–2:00: Clean up. Volunteers needed!
* TO SELL YOUR BOOKS: You need to reserve a table ahead of time, bring your books with you, and set them up to sell at that table. You should label them with prices and bring your own change.
* There is no charge for a table rental. Because of this, there is a limit of one table per family. You may share a table with one other family.
* Since there is no charge, you may be tempted to reserve a table and then not show up. Or you might bring a couple of books to sell just so you can get early shopping. Please do not do this.
TO RESERVE A TABLE:
* Please email your name, address, email address, and phone number to Charlotte Schlup at cschlup@centurytel.net  We have small, medium, and large tables available.  It will be first come, first served on the day of the sale. You will be sent an email confirmation.
* You will be asked to sign in at the door, and two adults per table will be allowed to sell. There will not be any tickets mailed to you.
* Please do not sell any food or drinks. You may bring your own lunch and drinks, but we ask you to clean up after yourselves.
* Please remember that this is a curriculum sale, not a garage sale.
* Please be respectful of the church property and of other people.
* Please keep your children with you at all times and do not allow them to walk around unsupervised. Under no circumstances are they to be roaming the hallways of the church.
* If you sign up, I expect you to show up. Please let me know if circumstances keep you from attending so I can give your table to someone else.
*If you have any questions, please send an email to Charlotte at cschlup@centurytel.net  Please put “Used Book Sale” in the subject line.

USED CURRICULUM SALE
FCM (CHEF) USED CURRICULUM And BOOK SALE Saturday, June 6, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131; conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. Both buyers and sellers have told us that this one is the best! We have people come from all over the state and other states. Sellers may begin setting up at 8:00 a.m. Tables are $13 for an 8-ft. table. To reserve your table please contact Sonia at fcm@familycovenantministries.com or 314-920-6135.

Panthers Volleyball
Girls Volleyball in the St. Peters / St. Louis / Chesterfield area
Girls going into the 6 – 12 grades this Fall 2015
Summer Volleyball Camp 2015 is set for June 29 – July 1
Try-outs for the 2015 Team is set for July 2
Place: St. Joseph Church in Cottleville
Time:  Noon – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $30 for Camp  – $10 for Tryouts
Free T-shirt included when registered for both, by June 1, 2015
We will select girls for at least 3 teams, Varsity, Jr. Varsity & Jr. High.  We will also have a practice squad for girls who are either new to the sport or just need a little more practice, but may want to get ready for next season.
Visit our website:  www.panthersvolleyball.org
For more information:  Email:  panthers_volleyball@hotmail.com
Or call Tony Latham at:  636-236-1371

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for March 20, 2015

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Automation and Robotics Technology degree
Liberty First 2015 Tour
Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
Poetry Contest
Daniel Boone’s Homeschool Day
Carpentry Camp

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN
www.statetechmo.edu
State Technical College of Missouri is now offering a 5 semester program, located at Lewis & Clark Career Center in St Charles, MO, that allows students to earn a degree in Automation and Robotics Technology.
This program provides students the opportunity to participate in paid work experiences three full days a week while attending classes two full days a week. Thus, students enter the workforce with more experience, less debt and a significant employment advantage. This highly engaging program develops multi-skilled technicians who have the technical knowledge and abilities to perform well, communicate effectively, think critically, work in teams and act professionally. Students will graduate with a degree in Automation and Robotics Technology. The cutting-edge nature of the Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to be ready to excel in the manufacturing industry or continue on to an advanced degree.
Come to an introductory meeting and hear from school representatives in person, Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm, at the Deer Creek Library in O’Fallon, MO (1300 North Main O’Fallon 63366-2013).
If this time/date does not work for you, or if you have other questions, please feel free to contact school representatives at: Steve.Doede@statetechmo.edu or James.Henley@statetechmo.edu

Liberty First 2015 Tour
A great event for all…should Christians be involved in politics? Hear Constitutional Attorney KrisAnne Hall at The Pillar Foundation on Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:00-9:00 pm…sponsored by Concerned Women for America Missouri.
“Liberty First 2015 Tour: KrisAnne Hall teaches the history of religious liberty in America that isn’t being taught anywhere else. As a pastor’s wife, KrisAnne speaks with authority regarding the Christian’s Biblical obligation to defend liberty. She teaches the history that is essential to understanding our Constitutional Republic. This history has not been taught for decades but is essential to the preservation of liberty for future generations. No opinions. No politics, Just historical facts. Hall gives real time solutions that We, The People need to correct this out-of-control federal government.”
​“No cost to attend. Women, men and teens are encouraged to attend.”
The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
www.thepillar.org

Chemistry Class for Homeschoolers
Informational Meeting for 2015-2016
Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm
First Evangelical Free Church in Manchester
We will meet in the Big House located behind the church
Taught by Mrs. Kacey Marner
Email for more information if you cannot attend 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. The class will likely be held at First Evangelical Free Church mid morning on Tuesday.

HSLDA’s Poetry Contest
How better to celebrate National Poetry Month this April than by giving your children a creative incentive to write a poem of their own!
HSLDA’s annual spring Poetry Contest offers all homeschooled students ages 7–19 a place to have fun practicing their poetic techniques in a creative response to one of three classic poems.
Open to HSLDA members and non-members alike and offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest promises to be a fun, educational experience for all!
View Contest Info & Guidelines
This year, our themes for the three age categories focus on the whimsical, even zany, side of poetry:
~Category 1 (ages 7–10): “Green Eggs and Ham” (excerpt) by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s poem “Green Eggs and Ham” has become an American favorite, beloved for its humorous repetition and wacky illustrations. Your assignment is to read the excerpt and write a new, creative continuation of this zany poem, picking up right from where the excerpt leaves off! Keep the original rhyme scheme of AABB and keep your poem’s length to no more than 6 quatrains.
~Category 2 (ages 11–14): “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
In 1871, Lewis Carroll published one of the best known English nonsense poems in his fanciful sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Titled “Jabberwocky,” the poem uses nonsense words and whimsical language to transport Alice and all of its readers to a mythical land where strange creatures dwell.  Carroll paints an unreal world using unreal words, but in doing so, he leaves a very real impression of mystery and mythology that brings the story vividly to life in the imagination! Your assignment is to be creative in a similar way: write a poem of similar length (5-7 quatrains) and rhyme pattern (ABAB or ABCB) that takes place in a fun, perhaps mysterious, new world!  Incorporate some of the techniques Carroll used, including made-up vocabulary, neologisms, words with strong visual impact, and rich creativity of expression and idea.
~Category 3 (ages 15–19): “To My Valentine” by Ogden Nash
With his characteristic humorous flair, American poet Ogden Nash uses unexpected metaphors and atypical expressions to convey his nonetheless powerful love in his poem “To My Valentine.”  Your assignment is to think outside the box to do the same: defy clichés and write a modern-sounding poem that expresses a positive emotion in an uncharacteristic way.  Let your choice of vocabulary, metaphors, examples, theme, or the very emotion expressed be laced with originality. Follow Nash’s rhyme pattern (ABAB or ABCB) and keep your poem’s length between 5 and 7 quatrains.
To get a sense of what to look for or avoid when writing a poem, you can view the judges’ comments or read the winning poems from previous years!
Guidelines and entry forms can be found on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests for art, photography, and essay.  We look forward to reading your creative rhymes!
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. ~Rita Dove

Daniel Boone’s Homeschool Day
Wednesday, May 20, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, 1868 Hwy F, Defiance, Missouri
Homeschool students and their families are invited to experience frontier life through various pioneer skill stations. Watch black powder demonstrations, dip candles, barter in the General Store, explore the principles of physics through fire starting, relive life in a “one-room” school house, learn frontier carpentry, and much more!
Students: $7.00
Adults (18 and older): $5.00
Children (4 and under): free
One free adult per 4 paying students.
Families are encouraged to bring a “sack” lunch and enjoy lunch on their own under our new pavilion!
For more information: (636) 798-2005   www.danielboonehome.com
Please note: Due to the nature of the historic site, there is limited stroller and handicap accessibility.

Carpentry Camp
June 29th – July 2nd, 2015, 10 AM – 2 PM
Deer Creek Park, Maplewood
6th-9th grade
In the week-long Carpentry Camp, a skilled professional will lead the class through proper technique and craftsmanship and supervise each participant with their very own project.
Projects include measuring, sanding, drilling, hammering, staining, painting and other skills. Each participant will take his finished work home at the end of the week.
Class fee includes project material, apron and tools, and a T-shirt!
EARLY REGISTRATION = $165 (Before May 15th)
After May 15th = $185
Get $20 off your enrollment fee for every friend that registers!
To enroll or for more information visit http://kenneyremodelers.com/camp.html

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for March 10, 2015

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Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A
DaySpring Academy – Informational Meeting
The Compassion Experience
Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
Homeschool Day at Barron Gymnastics
Confessions of a Prodigal Son
Ancient Skywatchers
The Write Stuff Contest
Wetlands for Kids
State Forest Nursery Open House
Congressional Art Competition
SHARE Prom
Pen Pal Program
Great American Human Foosball
Free Summer Bowling

Patriots’ baseball Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A!!
We’ll be having a Spirit Night on Wednesday, March 11, from 5-8pm @ the Mid Rivers location.   All you have to do is tell them that you’re there for the Patriots’ Spirit Night when you order, and they’ll donate a portion of your total to the Patriots. It’s even good if you use the drive-thru, but then you’d miss out on chatting w/all the baseball players and their families! Come see us and support this great program!

DaySpring Academy – Informational Meeting
Where students learn to think Critically & Creatively while building Communication & Collaboration skills.
Do you have more questions about the program and our curriculum? We are hosting an Evening Informational Meeting to see the curriculum, sample schedules of a week and ask questions to staff, teachers, and fellow parents… Friday, March 13th at 7pm. Let us know if you’d like to come!
Did you miss our Open House? Inquiring families are welcome to tour anytime, please call so we can be sure your are visiting the correct day to see the correct level.
DaySpring is a Unique Educational Experience that offers…
Preschool through High School academics in all the core subjects & elective classes to enrich
-Structured in a University Style
-Hybrid of home school and private school
-Students work in the classroom with peers and a teacher two days a week (three days for older students); then work at home with parents the other days of the week.
-Challenging Curriculum
-Creative – Imaginative – Investigative – Cooperative styles of learning
-Parents and teachers working cooperatively to see growth in students
-A safe and healthy environment that encourages individuality and a love for learning
www.dayspringarts.org       314-291-8878       office@dayspringarts.org

The Compassion Experience
Reservations Required
Change the Story: The Compassion Experience is coming to St. Louis, MO with an event hosted at Faith Lutheran Church. The free event will bring visitors on an interactive journey through the lives of children living in Kenya and the Philippines.
Through over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside daily life in a developing country — visiting homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Through the use of an iPod and headset, each tour is guided by a child whose story starts in poverty but ends in hope. The event is an excellent opportunity to experience another culture and better understand the realities of global poverty. Don’t miss this life-changing event brought to you by Compassion International and Faith Lutheran Church.
Event Information:
Date: March 13-16
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 6101 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63129
The Compassion Experience is free and appropriate for all ages. Click here for additional details and to reserve your spot to attend.

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra
Sunday March 15 at 2:30pm
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N. Ballas Rd., Town and Country, MO 63131
Selections include:
Vivalid Concerto for 4 Violins
Jeff Lindhorst, Stephanie To, Hiran Fernando, Rachel Rabe – Violins
Mozart Symphony #39
Pelleas and Melisande (Faure)
Rapsodie pour Orchestre et Saxophone in E (Debussy)
James Meyer, Saxophone
Prairie Night & Celebration Dance (from Billy the Kid) (Copland)
No Charge for Admission!!!
The Town & Country Symphony Orchestra enjoys serving the St. Louis area through its free musical concerts. The Orchestra performs at local universities and schools, churches, malls, retirement centers and parks. The musical style varies from classical, broadway and pops to holiday. Music Director and Conductor: David Lowell Peek.

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT BARRON GYMNASTICS
The nice folks at Barron Gymnastics have once again graciously opened their doors exclusively to homeschooling families for a once a month open gym, with a reduced rate for homeschoolers.
When?   3rd Monday of every month
March 16
April 20
May 18
Where?   Barron Gymnastics, 5411 Jedmed Court, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time?     10:45 am. – 12:00 p .m. (1 hour and 15 minutes)
Cost?     1st child = $10.00         Each additional family member = $7.00
What?
>1.25 hours of supervised unstructured time where children enjoy fun and excitement.
>Equipment available includes: Beams, Bars, Vault, Spring Floors, Foam Pits, 30’ Long Trampoline, 2 In-ground Tramps, 18’ Rope Climb.
>Includes the Giant Adventure Island Inflatable!
Who?
>Homeschool Day is for children 14 months up to 22 years of age.
>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.
How?
>All participating non-members must have a release form signed by their parent.
>YOU MUST REGISTER BY THE SATURDAY BEFORE THE EVENT!
Registration available Online (http://barrongymnastics.com/special-events/homeschool-day/) or by calling the Front Desk at 314-892-6909.
Here’s what else you need to know:
>Barron’s must have at least 18 children to make this event happen.
>They can only take a maximum of 60 children.
>Refunds only given for illness and Barron’s must be notified before the event begins.
>If event is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified the Saturday before the event by an email.
>>>Note: This is not to be confused with the Homeschool Program at Barron’s Gym.

Confessions of a Prodigal Son
Homeschooler Nathan Clarkson has written and directed a movie about being a Prodigal Son. It is starring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God’s Not Dead) and also Nathan’s wife, Rachael Lee as well as St Louis native, Dawin Harris. I am working on getting a screening here in the St Louis area. Tickets must be pre-ordered and I have to sell about another 80 tickets to make the screening happen. This movie is not recommended for younger children due to some of the scenes showing alcohol and other teen-related events.
If you would please join me and others in supporting this and showing Hollywood we want more Value-based films. Also, please feel free to share the link via any social media you may be on. Share with friends and family that are in the area.
Here is the link to purchase the tickets. Tickets must be pre-ordered NO LATER THAN MARCH 19TH! The screening is Thursday evening, March 26th at 4pm, Ronnie’s Theater in St Louis. The link will show the address and other information.
https://www.tugg.com/events/13348#.VPfKN-oL5_E.facebook

Ancient Skywatchers of the Eastern Woodlands
Sunday – March 22nd – 2:00pm
Dr.William Romain, PhD, chronicles a five-thousand year-old tradition of Native American skywatching. Using state-of-the-art LiDAR imagery and archaeoastronomic assessment protocols, he documents celestial alignments of representative sites from the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian periods. He also explores certain design principles held in common across the region and significant trends through time.
This lecture is free, open to the public, and held at the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center.
For more information phone 618-346-5160.

The Write Stuff Contest
Enter your original literary work and you could win a prize!
Calling all kids and teens ages 8-18 with a talent for creative writing! The St. Louis County Library is holding a contest for all writers. There will be prizes for the winners.
How to enter:

  1. Send an email with your original literary work attached to kidzone@slcl.org or teenzone@slcl.org between March 1 and March 31, 2015.
  2. In the body of the email, please include the following: name of entrant, age, current SLCL Library card number, library branch, phone, email, parent/guardian name, school.
  3. Also include the following statement in your email: Yes, I have read the official contest rules and followed them. I agree that the attached document is my own work and contains my own original ideas.

The Write Stuff Contest Official Rules and Guidelines
-Students age 8-18 are encouraged to enter.
-Entrant must have a valid SLCL card.
-Limit one submission per person.
-Write one story, including the line: “I peeled back the paper and there you were…”
-Entry can be funny, serious, etc. Judging will be based on originality, story flow/continuity and mechanical elements (grammar, punctuation, spelling).
-Story must be between 250-500 words long for ages 8-14 and between 500-1000 words long for ages 15-18. (title does not count)
-Please send entry as a “.doc” or “.rtf” file.
-Each entry must be typed and double-spaced (no fancy fonts please).
-Do not write your name or place any other identifying marks on the story pages.
-Entries must be received between Sunday, March 1 and close of business on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
-Winners will be chosen in three categories: Ages 8-10, Ages 11-14, and Ages 15-18.
-Winners will be notified by Friday, April 17 and posted at www.slcl.org within a week.
-First place entries will be posted in their entirety on the Kids Blog and Read Alert teen blog.
-Judges decisions are final.
-Visa gift cards will be given for 1st ($50) and 2nd ($25) place in each category. Winner and runner-up will receive certificates.

WETLANDS FOR KIDS
Saturday, April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles
Wetlands for Kids Day is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU). The event, supported by grants from the Enterprise Foundation, US Bank and the Mississippi Valley Duck Hunters Association, is free for both kids and adults.
Wetlands for Kids Day is designed to help families have fun discovering nature while also learning about the importance of these vital habitats in Missouri.
The activities include more than 20 stations where visitors can learn about wetland creatures first hand. There will be a chance to see real birds of prey courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. A live reptile and amphibian station will provide a close-up look at these wetland inhabitants. Kids can explore the Duck Wing Maze while learning to identify ducks by wings and plumage along the way. They can also crawl through a simulated beaver den.
Retriever demonstrations are popular with visitors who enjoy watching the dogs perform on land and water.   Other stations include fish tasting, air rifle shooting, archery, DU Laser Shot, and a rod and reel casting station.
Each child who attends gets a free subscription to the MDC Xplor: Adventures in Nature Magazine for kids. They will also receive a DU Greenwing membership and a subscription to Puddler Magazine. There will also be free tree seedling giveaways while supplies last.
In keeping with its watery theme, Wetlands for Kids Day will be held rain or shine. In the event of wet weather, the event will be moved indoors. Food will also be available for purchase during the event.
To learn more about Wetlands for Kids Day on April 4, call 636-441-4554. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located in St. Charles on Route D, about two miles west of Highway 94.

State Forest Nursery Open House
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to discover nature through an open house on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its 754-acre George O. White State Forest Nursery near Licking, MO. Reservations are requested by calling 573-674-3229.
MDC staff will provide guided tours on a small bus to show attendees how Nursery staff grow and sell more than 3 million seedlings annually. Visitors will learn how seeds from more than 60 species of trees and shrubs are collected, cleaned, planted, grown, lifted, graded, stored, and shipped. In addition to tours, staff will demonstrate the workings of a portable sawmill and answer conservation questions. Smokey Bear will also be at the event.
To get to the Nursery, take Highway 63 north from Licking a half mile to Shafer Road and then go west for four miles.
The State Forest Nursery has provided seedlings to Missourians since 1947 for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, and wildlife habitat. Learn more about the Nursery from the MDC website at mdc.mo.gov/node/3986.

Congressional Art Competition
I am pleased to announce that Missouri’s 2nd congressional district will participate in the Annual Congressional Art Competition again this spring. This competition is an excellent opportunity to recognize the rich artistic talents of the high school students in our district. Each year I look forward to seeing the outstanding work of our accomplished young artists. You can view the 2014 entries through a link on my website  www.wagner.house.gov .
The winning entry from the 2nd district will not only be recognized at the local level but will also be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol along with other student’s artwork from around the country.   The 2nd district winner   will   receive round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C.to attend a ceremony unveiling the winning   pieces from across the nation.   The second and third place entries will be displayed in my Washington D.C. and District offices, respectively, for one year.
All entries and release forms must be delivered to my District Office at 301 Sovereign Court Suite 201, St. Louis, MO 63011 by 5 PM on Monday, April 13, 2015. All the entries will be displayed and the winners announced at the 2nd District Exhibit and Awards Ceremony. Details regarding this event will be forth coming shortly. Please encourage your students to participate in this worthwhile program.
If you have any questions, please go to my website at  www.wagner.house.gov or contact Jaci Winship at 636-779-5449 or   jaci.winship@mail.house.gov . The Congressional Art Competition Guidelines and Student Information and Release Forms may be downloaded from my website.

SHARE Prom
All homeschooled high school students and homeschooled alumni are invited to attend.
Our theme is “A Night In Paris”
We have a NEW LOCATION this year:
Andre’s West Banquet Center, 211 South Old Highway 141, Fenton, MO 63026
April 16, 2015 – 7:00-11:00 p.m.
~Prom Cost is $30.00 per person ($40.00 after April 2nd)
~Pam Weatherford will be our photographer.
Prom package includes 2-5×7’s, 4 wallets $18.00 ($20.00 at the door)
~Last day to register is Friday April 9th (We have to give Andre’s a final total; therefore, NO late registration forms will be accepted)
~This year registration will be online. Please note that you will have to go to 3 different websites to register correctly. (Note: If a parent cannot volunteer, you can skip #3)
If you do not have access to Paypal, you may send a check or cash to:
Cathy Mullins, 3675 Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116
How To Register:

  1. SIGN UP AT THIS SITE: http://stlshareprom.weebly.com/

Here you will sign up yourself and/or a guest, enter the optional poll for Prom Court (juniors & seniors only), request 2 songs; and read the Prom Rules.

  1. GO TO THE SHARE CALENDAR PAGE TO SIGN UP AND PAY WITH PAYPAL:

https://www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/events/events_view.cfm?memberid=283&public=1&private=&eventid=1222094

  1. VOLUNTEER TO CHAPERONE OR HELP CLEAN UP AT THIS SITE: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c48aaaf22a20-20152

Pen Pal Program
HSAMF (Home School Association for Military Families) Pen Pal Program is for both military and civilian homeschooled children.
Our Pen Pal Program is a FREE literacy based, traditional letter writing program.  It is a great way to get children writing traditional letters, a skill that is often lost in today’s society, as well as make friends with children they would otherwise not have met.
Quite honestly, it has been a great way to work on grammar and spelling with my children, without them even realizing they are “working on school.”
If you are interested, or know of any other homeschooling families that may be interested, we encourage you to check out our website, www.hsamf.org Look for the Pen Pal Program under the Programs tab.
We also want to encourage you to sign up for our e-newsletter.  Penpal Tidbits is a bimonthly publication that will give you fresh ideas to share with your penpal. For example, August 26th was Australia Day, so the children were encouraged to learn something new about Australia and then share it with their pen pal.

Great American Human Foosball
A unique and fun form of physical activity and team building!
Homeschool reservations are Mon. or Fri. 1-3 pm
$5/head/one game (12 minimum), or $150/2 hrs (25 maximum)
For more info. contact Sherri: (314)-882-6191/GreatAmericanHumanFoosball@gmail.com
S.L.S. Building
3227 Morganford Rd.
St. Louis, MO  63116
www.greatamericanhumanfoosball.com

FREE SUMMER BOWLING
Just go to http://www.kidsbowlfree.com and pick a bowling alley!

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Homeschool Events List for February 26, 2015

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Daddy Daughter Dance
Home School Swim Program
Bowling Outing
Bolduc House
Curriculum Fair
Judges for Speech and Debate
Expo Updates
New Co-op
Music Together
Regional photography competition
Pam Tebow
SHARE Homeschool Art Show

Daddy Daughter Dance
Koinonia, out of First Baptist Wentzville, is hosting their first Daddy Daughter Dance! Feb 27, 6-9p. Dinner, Devotion & Dancing. Open to the public. Invite a friend and his daughter as well and allow God to bless you! $20 for Dad and one daughter, $25 for Dad and *all* his girls. Modest dress required (nothing too low or too short). Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact us at fbcwkoinonia@gmail.com

Home School Swim Program
Stroke Mechanics/Endurance Swim and Swim to Suit Lessons
Where: Wildwood Family YMCA
When: Fridays February 27 – April 3, 2015
Time: 11:00-12:00pm & 12:00 – 1:00pm
Ages: Stroke Mechanics ages 5-18 yrs / Swim to Suit ages 3 -12 yrs
Stroke Mechanics- is designed for swimmers who can swim a minimum of 25 yds. freestyle and 25 yds backstroke.
Swim to Suit- is designed for children who are working on water orientation and the basics of swimming and stroke development.
Cost: $30 members / $50 non-members
Contact Jennie Smith, Aquatic Director @ 636-458-6636 ext 245, or at jennifer.smith@ymcastlouis.org

WINTER Bowling Outing
When: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: Brunswick Zone Lakeside 1254 Dougherty Ferry Road Valley Park, MO 63088 (636) 225-2400
Notes: Open to all homeschoolers and their families
$5.00 includes 3 games and shoe rental
No league, no commitment, just a FOR FUN event!!

Bolduc House Homeschool Day
The March 3rd Homeschool Tuesday should be really fun. A local artist will be here with a series of paintings about people and life in the Ste. Genevieve colonial community. The homeschoolers will brainstorm about the stories that might be illustrated by the paintings and then, working alone, or in groups, go through the writing process to create an original story or poem. As always, the event begins at 10AM and will end by noon. It costs $4/participant and we’ll be done by noon as usual. Please let us know if you are coming and how many people you are bringing.
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
www.bolduchouse.org

CHC USED CURRICULUM FAIR
We are excited to host the 2nd Annual CHC Homeschool Curriculum Fair!  Our fair will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm; and is open to ALL area homeschoolers!
-Tables available for $5.00 to sell your homeschool items.
-Free admission to browse and shop!
-Free parking!
-CASH-only transactions for peace of mind and ease of both Seller and Buyer.
-Fun and free activities to keep your littles occupied while you shop and sell:  open to youth ages 3-13 years.
The table cost is just $5.00 and can be shared with a friend if you choose.  Your table fee is due at check-in on March 6 and to be paid in cash.
For more details, please contact Christina Wright at info@collinsvillehomeschoolcoop.com or by visiting the Curriculum Fair page at www.collinsvillehomeschoolcoop.com.
Hope you can join us!
*Items being sold are in AS-IS condition with no liability accepted by CHC, CHC Admin Team, MHBC, or seller.  Purchaser assumes all liability.
*All unsold items must be removed by seller during Clean-up.
*Supervised youth activities are being offered as a free convenience for parents to sell and shop.  Activities are offered with no liability accepted by CHC, CHC Admin Team, or MHBC.  Parents assume all liability.
*Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Homeschooling families will be accepted first, and registration to non-homeschoolers will be accepted as space allows (Non-homeschoolers refers to educational material providers only i.e. Discovery Toys, Usborne Books, etc.  Registrations for non-education related vendors will not be accepted i.e. Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Thirty-One Bags, etc.).  Registrations will be accepted while space is available or until March 1, whichever happens first.
Curriculum Fair will be held at Meadow Heights Baptist Church, 1498 Vandalia Street, Collinsville, Illinois 62234.

WANTED
Judges for Speech and Debate Tournament March 18-21, 2015
West County Assembly of God, 13431 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Homeschool speech and debate is raising up a generation that is not afraid to speak out for truth and justice, for faith and hope. We need community judges willing to listen and encourage. We need you!
Description:
Gender: Male or Female. 400 judges needed!
Occupation: ANY. Professional, parent, college student, doctor, teacher, pastor. Any background and experience accepted! You may feel unqualified, but you are exactly the kind of judge we seek. Students must learn to communicate with everyone, not just those trained in speech and debate
Age: Anyone over 19 and out of high school
Training: No previous experience required A brief training session is provided.
Commitment: Approximately 2 1/2 hours Times are available throughout the day and evening.
Caution: You may become a repeat participant! Many people who have volunteered enjoy the experience so much, they come back to judge again and again. The judge hospitality room remains armed and loaded throughout the day with an abundance of delicious food. Overindulgence is a danger!
Reward Offered: No, there’s no monetary reward. But there is the opportunity to listen and encourage as future leaders: lawyers, actors, mechanics, Bible teachers,—maybe even a future president—share their talents and sharpen their skills. You just sit back, enjoy the speakers, fill out the ballots, and enjoy the food.
Anyone meeting this description may register at https://gatewayclassic2015.homeschooldebate.net/

Expo updates….
-The Expo speaker pages now have the 2015 seminars along with their descriptions, times, and room numbers! Go to the Home Page of the Expo website at www.stlhomeschoolexpo.com and click on “Read More” under each speaker picture to see the awesome talks they will be giving this year. There will be a few additions, changes, and adjustments, but the majority are posted.
-The Schedule Grids for Friday (March 20) and Saturday (March 21) are almost finished and should be posted on the Expo website sidebar over the weekend. Keep checking!
-There are three “Track Talks” pages posted – “Youth Interest,” “Struggling Learner,” and “High School Helps.” More tracks based on subject and interest will be posted as it gets closer to the Expo.
-Interested in the fun & educational Expo Children’s Program that will be held next door in the “Bigg House” this year? Register for the program by February 20 for a chance to win one of four Expo Cash prizes of $50!
-We are so excited that HSLDA’s new High School Consultant, Carol Becker, will be giving seven helpful seminars in our “High School Helps” Track! On the 2014 Evaluations Forms many attendees requested jr. high and high school support and we scheduled Carol’s seminars plus lots of others. See the “High School Helps” Track link on the website.
-Stay tuned for more updates on the Exhibitor Giveaways & Prizes, “Toddler to Tween” and “Dad” Seminars, Volunteer Opportunities, Leaders’ Fellowship, Homeschool Clinic, and much more!
-Thanks for purchasing ads to put in the Program/Booklet, Expo Tote Bags, or Business & Services Guide, and for spreading the word about our event.  This helps keep prices low (still only $10 per person!) and Thursday nights free!
-Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback! Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Expo!
The Expo Board

NEW CO-OP
A new Homeschooling Co-Op is starting in Cedar Hill, MO Fall 2015.
Please come to the information meeting at First Baptist Church of Cedar Hill, 8265 Local Hillsboro Road, Cedar Hill, MO 63016 on March 24, 2015 @ 6:30PM!
The goal for this Co-Op is to provide homeschooling families the opportunity to join together and share in their children’s education. We will be meeting once a week for classes (examples may be life skills, creative writing, health, dance, etc.) and have regular field trip opportunities. We also are striving for parties and events such as prom, graduation, etc.
Free childcare will be available at the meeting.

Music Together
In a Music Together class, up to twelve children and their parents meet weekly in a 45-minute class to sing songs, dance, play with simple musical instruments, have fun with chants, fingerplays, rhythm games and a rich variety of other music and movement activities. This program is geared toward children birth – 5 years old, and the adults who love them. Come experience how children learn music through play!
Tuition: $175/ 10 weeks (first child), $120 for additional siblings over 8 months in age
Starts: Tuesday, March 31st 9:45am
Babies younger than 8 months attend FREE
Tuition includes 1 CD, MP3 song download code, and a beautifully illustrated songbook.
City Music and Education Center
9299 Watson Rd., Crestwood, MO 63126
314-961-8700 (ask for Janelle)
janelle@citymusicstl.com
www.citymusicstl.com

REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
Manchester Arts is seeking entries for our third annual regional photography competition, FOCUS 2015. The competition is open to photographers of all ages and skill levels, who reside in the greater Metro St. Louis area. Prizes totaling more than $1,600 will be awarded to 23 entrants, within three age categories: Youth (ages 5-13), Young Adult (ages 14-20), and Adult (ages 21+.)
Submit your best photographs (family-friendly, 3 images maximum.) of any subject matter, created anywhere  Entry deadline is April 6-7, 2015, and the main exhibit will run April 17-19, with an opening reception and awards program, the evening of April 17. An awards exhibit will be on display after that, through May. For all of the details about the competition and exhibits, please download the two attached files: (a) FOCUS 2015 Call For Entries (with info, rules, entry forms, etc.); and (b) FOCUS 2015 Poster/Flyer, that we invite you to share and display if you wish. For more information about Manchester Arts, or to find more info about FOCUS 2015, please visit our website at manchestermo.gov/arts, and follow event updates on Facebook and Twitter (links and contact info, below.)
We invite you to please help us spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in participating! Feel free to forward this email to whomever it is appropriate; display or share our event poster/flyer; tell a friend, family member, colleague, neighbor, or student; mention the event on social media, etc. We greatly appreciate your assistance in helping our event succeed and grow, and we hope to see everyone’s photography on display at this fun community arts event!

Having Faith – Pam Tebow
Musical Guest Michael O’Brien
April 11, 2015
10:00 am (doors open at 9:00 am)
Pam Tebow, mother of Tim Tebow, will be a guest speaker for a women’s event at First Baptist Church of Wentzville (653 Luetkenhaus Blvd. Wentzville, MO 63385) in April. As a veteran homeschooling mother of five, Pam has specifically asked us to invite you and your friends; and as always, we are thrilled to do so. Please join us for a day of fun and inspiration.
Tickets may be purchased through itickets.com (search Pam Tebow), the church office 636.327-8696, or the women’s ministry table Sunday mornings. They are $20 per person. For more details and directions: www.fbcwentzville.com

9th ANNUAL SHARE HOMESCHOOL ART SHOW
GRADES K-12 – April 28, 2015
The 9th annual SHARE Homeschool Art Show is a fun opportunity for young artists to see their work on display, view others’ artwork, and enjoy fellowship time with others who love art. Ribbons will be awarded to place winners in each grade category (including separate categories for photography) and participant ribbons will also be given.
This contest is open to all homeschooled students, Kindergarten – 12th grade. We encourage students of all ages to submit pieces. Let’s make this SHARE Art Show another great one!
Artwork will be judged twice. First, privately before the Show begins. All award ribbons will be held until the awards ceremony, so as not to influence the Artists’ Choice awards. The second judging will be “Artists’ Choice”: students who have submitted artwork will vote on the pieces they like the best, and the winner in each category will receive a special ribbon. All awards will be announced after everyone has had a chance to view the artwork.
IMPORTANT DATES
Friday April 10          Registration deadline (to allow us time to order ribbons)
Friday, April 24         Deadline for project drop-off (see drop-off contacts below)
Tuesday, April 28     Viewing 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Announcement of winners 7:00 p.m.
Registration information and submittal guidelines can be found on the SHARE website (top bar, calendar and link on home page).

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.

Dr. Brian Ray speaking about Gen2 Results

Does Homeschooling Work?

New Study: Generation2 Survey
Research Findings on Home Based Education
Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.
February 26, 2015 • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pillar Foundation • 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisviille, MO 63011

Dr. Ray will help you consider the answers to questions such as the following?

  • Are parents qualified to teach their children, academically?
  • What about socialization?
  • Should ethnic minorities homeschool their children?
  • How will these children succeed – or fail – in the “real world” of adulthood”?
  • What are the findings of the Gen2 Survey (Generation 2, Millennials)?
  • Is Common Core any good?

If you have an interest in or concern about the “outcomes of home education,” think that homeschooling is bad for society (or good for society), or you are a veteran homeschooler who just needs a little morale boost, you won’t want to miss this presentation. Good books and other relevant resources on child training and homeschooling will be available.
Admission: FREE to the public. Offerings appreciated to benefit the nonprofit National Home Education Research Institute and ongoing research. Books, reports and videos will be available for purchase.

Bring the curious, the critic, your friend, your pastor, and your children’s grandparents. Dr. Ray will have some good books and reports on homeschooling and child training for sale.

Who is Dr. Brian Ray?

Dr. Ray has been critically reviewing research in the area of home education for about 32 years. He is the founding editor of Home School Researcher, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal on home education; has published numerous articles on home education in professional journals (e.g., Peabody Journal of Education, Educational Leadership), Christianity Today, and Homeschooling Today magazine; has been interviewed by numerous radio, print, and television media, including two appearances on the “NBC Today Show” with presidents of the National Education Association; is a former professor of education at the undergraduate and graduate levels; is a former classroom teacher in private and public schools; is an outstanding researcher, and takes a logical and friendly approach to home education. His Ph.D. is in science education from Oregon State University. His newest books are Home Educated and Now Adults and Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling (available online http://www.nheri.org). Dr. and Mrs. Ray have/are homeschooling their eight children (and they have six grandchildren), and live on a small farm in western Oregon.

Contact: Lisa Payne-Naeger at Lisa.Naeger@mac.com with questions.
Dr. Brian Ray at NHERI: mail@nheri.org or (503) 361-1490

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! 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. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. Comments are not available, but sharing is.
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.