Homeschool Events List for October 29, 2014

Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers
Homeschool Dance Class
Magic House
Lady Knights Basketball
Basketball Skills Clinic
Winter Bowling Outing
Home School Swim Program
Music Trivia & Silent Auction
Homeschool Kids Craft Fair
College Planning
Lego Build and Play
Teens Make History Academy
Girls in the Know

Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers
October 27-31
Leading Experts speak daily at 2pm & 7pm
>Some are accusing the homeschool community of ignoring sexual abuse issues, harboring abusers and unreasonably resisting regulation.
>1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by age 18.
>Sexual abuse knows no demographic boundaries.
>Left untreated, sexual abuse wounds can destroy lives.
1) We believe homeschoolers are responsible parents who work hard to care for their children.
2) We believe we, as a homeschool community, can raise up safety standards and protect our kids in a sexually perverse culture.
3) We believe families want help and information….
BUT it is TIME we take ACTION!
Join us online for the following
COMPLETELY FREE week of events:
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O’Fallon Parks & Rec offers a home-schooled dance classes for ages 4-7. Thursdays at 10:30AM and the new session starts the week of Nov. 3.
$54 for two months for O’fallon residents and $62 for non-residents

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
November 3, 2014; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person again (ages 12 months and older)
Dear Homeschoolers,
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
*Children under the age of 1 are free.
*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash, Check, Credit Card, Debit Card
*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!   Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
*We have 4 Magic House dates. There is no September or December event.
*Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
*Mark your calendar for these future dates:
January 5, 2014
February 2, 2014
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at

The St. Louis Blue Knights are expanding to form their first girls’ basketball team! The first meeting/practice of the Lady Knights will be on Monday, November 3rd from 6:30 to 7:45 at Pheasant Point Elementary School on Highway K in O’Fallon. After this meeting, numbers will be finalized in hopes to have enough to field at least one team in the 8-11 year old range, with the season beginning in early January.
Please have the girls bring a water bottle, basketball (if you have one) and shoes for playing ball.
If you are unable to attend this practice, but would like more information, please contact Amber Plymale @

Basketball Skills Clinic
with Professional Basketball Coach Wayne Mendezona
The St. Louis Blue Knights Home School Basketball organization is excited to welcome Coach Wayne Mendezona for a basketball skills clinic on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Community Christian Church (623 Meramec Station Rd. in Manchester, MO 63021). Coach Mendo has coached professionally and in college as well as led Quick Handle Camps for 20+ years. Coach Mendo has trained thousands of players across the world including NBA ALL-STAR Dwayne Wade.
The Knights are excited to welcome Coach Mendo to the St. Louis area to train boys and girls ages 8-18 on November 4.   The cost for the clinic for boys and girls ages 8-11 is $15 and will be from 5-7 pm. The cost for the clinic for boys and girls ages 12-18 is $20 and will be from 7-9:30 pm.
Coach Mendo also has founded the ministry Next Steps Athletics through which he uses basketball to teach children about character development and most importantly a life changing relationship with Jesus. During his visit to St. Louis, the Knights will be partnering with him to lead a free basketball clinic to the children in the Ferguson / Florissant area.
Registration for the Winter Session is still open
Registration for the St. Louis Christian Home School Blue Knights winter basketball session is still OPEN for boys and girls ages 8-13. The cost for the winter session is $75. Practices will be once a week beginning in November with games starting in January. Registration for the winter session is open until October 28.
For more information or to register for the clinic on November 4 please contact Dona Funke at

November 11, 2014
Bowling during this time is open to any and all homeschoolers, parents or siblings that would like to come.
$5.00 gets you 3 games and shoes are included as well.
This is not part of a league, this is just a for fun event to add to the winter line-up.
Bowling will begin at 1:30, just let them know when you arrive that you are part of the home school group and they will get you all set.
Brunswick Zone Lakeside1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, MO 63088 (636) 225-2400
Please check the website for directions or more info at:

Home School Swim Program
The Wildwood Family YMCA at 2641 Highway 109 is pleased to offer a brand new swim program to our home school communities.  Our “Home School Swim Program” will consist of a Stroke Mechanics and Endurance swim component, similar to swim team for ages 5-18.  Those swimmers too young for the Stroke Development and Endurance clinic can attend our Swim to Suit program.  Swim to Suit is for children ages 3-13. We will customize swim lessons to fit your child’s needs, and instructors will evaluate swimming levels on the first day.  The YMCA helps youth develop valuable skills and a lifetime love of the water, while instilling responsibility and safety instruction. Swim instructors are certified through the National YMCA Swim Instructor Training. Stroke Mechanics will be taught by Lori Conran, former collegiate swimmer, and high school swim coach.  Space is limited, register today!
Dates:  Fridays, November 14 – December 19, 2014
Times:  11:00-11:45 am – Swim Level 1 and Swim to Suit
12:00-12:45pm – Swim to Suit
12:00-1:00pm – Swim Level 2 & 3
Cost: Members $30; Non-Members  $50
How do I register?  Online at, or contact our Service Desk at 636-458-6636. Questions? Contact Jennie Smith, Aquatics Director at 636-458-6636, ext. 245
***Financial Assistance is available. Please contact the service desk for more information***
>Swim Level 1:  Intended as an introduction to competitive swimming for ages 5-older. Athlete needs to swim 25 yds freestyle and 25 yds backstroke without assistance, and have knowledge of rotary breathing. Emphasis will be placed on learning all four strokes.
>Swim Level 2:  This group is for elementary age swimmers who have knowledge of all four competitive strokes. Emphasis will be placed on stroke technique, endurance, starts, and turns. Swimmers must be able to swim 100 IM and 200 Freestyle.
>Swim Level 3:  This group will be comprised of advanced elementary/middle school swimmers that have mastered proper technique of all four strokes and are becoming more involved in the competitive aspect of swimming Emphasis will be placed on technique, endurance. Longer distances will be swam.

Music Trivia and Silent Auction
“NAME THAT TUNE” Fundraiser
You won’t want to miss this fun filled evening of “Name That Tune” hosted by the Jubilation Chorale.   So pull out your old albums (what are those?), brush up on your favorite songs from your favorite musicals or Disney movie (this is when you can really “Let it Go”), and test your musical memory at our fundraiser. Bring your friends and make an unbeatable team to fill your own table. Light snacks and soda will be provided, but feel free to bring appetizers to share with your table. The evening will include a silent auction and dessert auction (lots of specialty desserts like a decadent Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake). This is not your typical trivia night, so come for something exciting and different.
When: Friday November 14th, 2014 from 6-9 pm
Where: Canaan Baptist Church, 5409 Baumgartner Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129
Cost: $10 in advance $12 at the door
Contact: Julie Daubendiek–Event Coordinator 314-440-6038 or

Hosted by the HELPS homeschool group
What: created by kids craft fair
When: Saturday November 15th 9am-noon
Where: Lindsay lane Baptist Church, 920 Lindsay Lane, Florissant 63033
Items included: homemade soap, frozen pies, crochet items, pot holders, ornaments, picture frames, hair accessories, and more

College Planning Success for a Whole Lot Less
November 18 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
Please join us for a FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshop that will focus on high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive!
Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college on the most tax efficient basis-without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances.
In this workshop, you will learn:
>How to increase your tax deductions and tax credits
>How to pick colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages
>How to send your child to an expensive private university for less than a state school.
>Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Family Contribution.
>How to pay for college in a failing economy without relying on 529 plans, expensive student loans or raiding your retirement accounts.
>How to get ahead by developing a customized plan to meet all the college costs you will incur as a family.
>How to lower your “out-of-pocket” costs and get the maximum amount of money from each school.
Kevin Anderson, of Exodus College Planning, helps make college more affordable so parents can send all their children to a school of choice without bankrupting retirement and other goals. Kevin was recently chosen as one of the nation’s leading authorities on college financial planning and funding to co-author the forthcoming book “Transform” featuring Brian Tracy.
Kevin came to the financial planning industry after 25 years in management and executive roles primarily in Fortune 500 companies. Now specializing in college financial planning, Kevin has over 10 years of financial industry experience spanning the areas of financial planning, retirement planning, life insurance and investments.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE EVENT Go here to reserve your seat. or call 636-594-2280

Lego Build & Play
November 21 @ 10:00 AM – NOON
Have fun with friends and library Legos! This is a great time to visit with other parents while the children exercise their creative minds. All ages are welcome; we have an assortment for all ages, including larger DUPLO pieces for the little kids, and LEGO Technic pieces for ages 12 and up.
No sign up needed—just come on in. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376

Teens Make History Academy
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
An eight-week intensive workshop that explores different areas of the Museum like research, exhibitions, and theater. Teens meet Museum staff, conduct weekly challenges, and complete a capstone project with teammates. Successful graduates of the Academy will be considered for a limited number of paid apprenticeships with the Museum.
The Academy will run from Saturday, January 17, to Saturday, March 7, 2015. It will be held on Thursdays from 3:30–5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10am–2pm.
Applications are due Friday, November 21, 2014. Visit to fill out the online application.
Paper copies are also available by request.
If you have questions, please contact Ellen, the Teens Make History coordinator, at (314) 746-4436 or
Successful applicants will be contacted to set up a time for a formal interview in December. Final selections will be made by Friday, December 19, 2014.

Girls in the Know
Mother-Daughter Speaker Series
4 one-hour sessions Led by a group of women professionals, this month long program meets weekly teaching healthy communication skills to strengthen the mother-daughter bond while promoting positive self-esteem.
Who’s Invited? The speaker series is designed for mothers/caregivers and their 9-13 year old girl
Week 1: Empowering Your Pre-Teen Daughter
Week 2: Promoting A Healthy Body Image
Week 3: All About Safety: Internet, Cell Phones, Home & Away
Week 4: The Birds & The Bees ~ What Pre-Teen Girls Should Know
Fee: $125 per mother-daughter pair. Financial assistance available, no one turned away
Dates: Tuesdays from 7-8pm: Jan 13, 20, 27, & Feb 3, 2015
Location: Babler Elementary School: 1955 Shepard Road, Glencoe, MO 63038
Register Now Space is limited to 20 mother/daughter pairs. 15 pair minimum requirement. On our website, click the program tab, then speaker series, then registration.
>>Program Leader Melissa DuPerrett: 314-497-1873
For details on other events, additional locations, or more information about Girls in the Know, check out our website or send an e-mail to

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). 
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.