Homeschool Events List for January 27, 2015

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Maple Sugaring
Coin Fair
Library Open House
Children’s Garden Club
Homeschool Classes at Jeffco Library
Cake Walk
Catholic Homeschool Conference
St. Louis County Parks Volunteering
Latin Tutor
Musical Instrument Lessons
Missouri Bill HB557

Homeschool Special: Maple Sugaring
Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO 63038
Feb 13 • Friday • noon – 1:30 p.m. or
Feb 19 • Thursday • noon – 1:30 p.m.
(All ages)
Embark on a Missouri tradition. Learn the history of maple sugaring, collect sap, and learn how to boil it down into syrup. Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors. Note: part of the trail is not stroller accessible. (Call 636-458-2236 to sign up. Reservations begin January 30.)

51st Annual Greater America Coin Fair
Hosted by the St. Louis Numismatic Association
Big Three Day Coin Show
February 6 — 7 — 8
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, 10330 Natural Bridge Road, Bridgeton, MO 63134
ROOMS — 314-426-5500 — SHOW RATES
110 COIN DEALERS
FREE ATTENDANCE PRIZES
COLLECTORS – DEALERS – PUBLIC **ALL WELCOME**
Free Parking
For more information and driving directions to the show visit our website WWW.STLOUISCOINCLUB.COM

SHARE Lending Library Open House
WHEN: Saturday, February 7th, from 11:00 – 3:00
WHERE: Homelink/St. Andrew, 309 Hoffmeister Ave., 63125
Mark your calendars for the first annual SHARE Library Open House event! Sign up at the SHARE website…look at the top bar of the homepage or go straight to the February calendar page.
The Open House is sponsored by the SHARE Lending Library and is a fund raiser to benefit the library as well as the SHARE Benevolence Fund. Monies collected provide scholarships for SHARE membership and provide financial assistance to members in need.
The SHARE Classical and Curriculum Libraries will be open during the Open House, issuing SHARE membership/library cards (including new key tag library cards for teens!), conducting tours and showing patrons how to use the online search catalog, place holds, etc.  Take a look at our books for sale, talk with a home school veteran who can provide curriculum advice and/or homeschooling help, browse the free table, pick up resources for high school transcript creation, get information on the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo, coming up on March 19-21.
We really want families and teens to come and pick up their SHARE membership card.  This card does double duty:   it is official proof of your eligibility for teacher discounts at area stores, and it is also your library subscription membership number which you need to check out books and curriculum from the SHARE lending libraries.  The laminated library card costs $1.00.  If you have a library card, the events at the Open House are either free or $1.00 each (prices listed with the event).  If you do not have a library card, the cost of each event doubles (please note:  double the cost of free is still free)
The theme of the SHARE Library’s Open House is “Improve Your Life.” 
To that end we have set up a number of activities for all ages to help and encourage you:
~For the wee ones and children:  (or anyone who is interested)
* Valentine themed crafts ($1.00)
* Face painting and balloon animals (free)
* Preschool Story Time with Miss Lottie (free)
* School Age Story Time with Mr. Bobby (free)
* Making valentines for veterans (free)
~For middle school and high school: (or anyone who is interested)
* Illusionist show ($1.00)
* Zumba exercise session ($1.00)
* Pottery demonstration and a chance to create a project using a pottery wheel ($1.00)
* Learn to crochet lesson ($1.00)
* Learn to knit lesson($1.00)
* Origami paper folding lesson ($1.00)
* Fabric Dye lesson ($1.00)
~For the adults: (or anyone who is interested)
* Kombucha brewing seminar (you will receive your own SCOBY so you can make kombucha at home) ($1.00)
* Kefir making seminar (you will receive your own kefir grains so you can make kefir at home) ($1.00)
* Healthy cooking and baking seminars ($1.00)
* Maple syrup seminar (how to tap trees and create your own delicious maple syrup) ($1.00)
* Self-Defense seminar (tentative) ($1.00)
Free Blessing Table:  In the beginning of the year many of us try to get the clutter out of our homes.  If you have items you no longer use or need, or if you have too much of a good thing, bring the items you want to get out of your house and bless someone else by donating them to the Free Blessing Table.  For a donation of any amount to the SHARE Benevolence Fund, participants in the Library Open House can browse the table’s contents and take home what will be of use to their family. Any items left at the end of the Open House will be donated to a local thrift charity.  Win-win situation.  (free)
We do request you sign up for the SHARE Library Open House so we have an idea of how many people we can expect.  You can sign up for the Open House at the SHARE website…look at the top bar of the homepage or go straight to the February calendar page.
If you would like to offer a product, service or seminar at the Library Open House, please contact Judy Musick at judysfun@sbcglobal.net.

Children’s Garden Club
Saturday, February 7; 9 a.m.
Sappington Garden Center, 11530 Gravois, Saint Louis Missouri 63126
This Club is designed to educate and bring delight in gardening and horticulture through projects that participants begin themselves and take home to grow and enjoy. All events are free. For more information call (314) 822-9095 or email dwolter@stlouisco.com. Admission is free! This month’s theme is “Fun Things to do in the Garden.”

Homeschool Classes at Jeffco Library
The Jefferson County Library in Arnold is offering these homeschool classes:
Wednesday, February 11 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.
The History of Clothes
Thursday, March 19 @ 3:00-4:00 pm
Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away? and Other Health Questions
Wednesday, April 15 @ 4:00-5:00 pm
The Vikings
Monday, May 4 @ 2:00-3:00 pm
The 1920’s
All programs are for ages 5-14 years. Sign-up is required.
Call 636-296-2204 or email aheld@jeffcolib.org to sign up for any of the programs.

Eighth Annual Cake Walk
Valentine’s Day Cake Walk
February 13 @ 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900 www.thefamilyvision.org
This is one of the sweetest times we have here at TFV. Bring a cake – win a cake. Every family is a winner.
There is a $2 entry fee per cake with a maximum entry fee of $6 per family.
Sign up today!

2015 Catholic Homeschool Conference
featuring Patti Maguire Armstrong
Join us for a day of exciting and informative discussions designed to introduce and educate Catholic families to the endless possibilities of homeschooling.
Friday, March 27, 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119
Visit http://stlouiscatholichomeschool.com/2015-conference/ for more info.
Also…
Parents’ Happy Hour at the SLCHA Conference
Friday, March 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Come mix and mingle with other homeschooling parents and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. We hope you’ll join us!
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119
Visit http://stlouiscatholichomeschool.com/2015-conference/ for more info.

St. Louis County Parks Volunteering
Want to volunteer in your St. Louis County Parks? Enjoy history?
Then Faust Park is the place for you! Students ages 12 and older (ages 12-15 with a parent) can volunteer to help with historic programs where they can try their hands at how life was in the 1800s.
Enjoy working with children teaching them how to do historic crafts, play games and more!
Interested in gardening … and history? Faust Park brings the two together and may be the place for you! We are always looking for help in our historic gardens and with other projects around the park.
If you are interested in volunteering in please contact Lori at 314-615-8336 or LRitchey@stlouisco.com to discuss the jobs and programs we need your help with!

Latin Tutor
Casey Carmichael recently moved to St. Louis and is available for Latin tutorials. He earned a Post-Baccalaureate in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master of Arts degree in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Carmichael has experience teaching Latin in the classroom and in the homeschool; he has taught a wide range of students, from 8 year-old children to college-aged adults. His contact details are as follows: Phone: 832-689-2488; Email: carmich0@etu.unige.ch

Professional Violin, Viola, Fiddle, Voice, and Piano Lessons
Personalized instruction for the Beginner as well as the experienced student! Contact Gina Gruhn Leeker at 636-346-6265. More than 35 years teaching experience. Three locations: Eureka, Union and Sullivan, Missouri

Missouri: Bill HB557 Needs Your Help Today
Please take a moment today to contact your state-level representative and ask him or her to cosponsor Rep. Kurt Bahr’s HB557. The bill, based on language suggested by ParentalRights.org, would preserve the fundamental right of parents to make decisions for their children without undue government interference.
Technology is a wonderful thing, and often brings about unlooked-for changes. In the Missouri legislature, the ability of lawmakers to sign on as cosponsors of a bill through a simple online link has led to an atmosphere where generally the only bills to move forward are the ones that gain cosponsors early. So urging your representative to sign on can have a huge impact on whether or not HB557 is taken up in committee.
Your message can be very simple and may be based on the following example:
“My name is _________ and I live in ______. I am calling/writing to urge my representative to sign on as a cosponsor of HB557. Parents have the fundamental right to make decisions for their children, and that right should not be overridden without a compelling government interest. House bill 557 will preserve this common sense standard in Missouri law. Please support this bill by signing on as a cosponsor today.”
If you get questions, it may also be helpful to know that this bill would restore the traditional standard of Missouri’s courts, which was undermined by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Troxell v. Granville ruling of 2000. Since then, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that parental rights are only protected by a “case-by-case analysis” and not by the strict judicial scrutiny that protected them before.
You can find your representative’s name and contact information by typing your address into this online form.
We ask that you please call or email your representative today to make sure this bill moves forward into committee.
Thank you for taking a moment to stand up for parental rights in your state!
Sincerely,
Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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 Septmeber 7, 2014

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Homelink Learning Center
Fun School
Town and Country Symphony
Homeschool Bowling
Patriots Homeschool Boys Basketball
Great Skate Roller Skating
Foundations in Self Government
Post-Secondary Education Fair
S.H.A.R.E. Homecoming Dance
MHM Homeschool Days
HSLDA Essay Contest
STLCC Homeschool Student & Parent Information Night
Green Bean Delivery- CORRECTION

Homelink Learning Center Classes 2014-2015
We have been flooded with questions about Homelink Learning Center classes – thanks for your patience as we try to return your calls, texts and emails! Many families are asking if they can still sign up for Homelink classes. The answer is YES – you can join (if there is room) until the first day of class…and later with teacher permission.
Homelink classes start Tuesday, September 9 and/or Thursday, September 11.
Some classes are full but there are still spots left in many. If you are interested, contact Kerrie Tate at kertatehomelink@aol.com or 314-791-0000 and tell her what classes you are considering. She will let you know if there are openings, and give you other important details.
For more details about the classes – including course descriptions, prices, teacher bios, curriculum requirements, schedule grid, etc – go to the SHARE website at www.sharehomeschool.com  and click on the “Homelink Classes” link on the top bar. There are 12 helpful “pop-out” pages.
Feel free to contact us (or one of the tutors/teachers) for more information. The Fun School (classes for special needs students) schedule is also a “pop-out” page.
We would love to see you at Homelink this year!
Kerrie & Cathy (Homelink Coordinators)
Kerrie Tate (kertatehomelink@aol.com and 314-791-0000)
Cathy Mullins (ekcjmullins@gmail.com or 314-769-7965)

FUN SCHOOL AT HOMELINK
Deanna Fisher will be teaching Fun School classes at Homelink again this school year. Fun School is designed for homeschooled children with special needs such as autism, Down Syndrome, and other diagnoses. The course descriptions are below. Please contact Deanna at fisher828@sbcglobal.net
These classes are on Tuesday.
Note: These classes are geared to elementary students with special needs; however, older students with an aide may also be eligible per teacher approval. The elementary age Fun School Classes are also open to siblings who do not have special needs.
Whacky Fun Science – taught by Deanna Fisher (Tuesday 9:30-10:15) This is a fun, interactive science class where students will learn about space, weather, animals, and plants. We will explore God’s wonderful world through fun activities and experiments that are differentiated for students of all abilities.
RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVEL: K-6 LENGTH OF CLASS: 45 minutes
COST: $120.00 for the first child, each additional sibling is $90.00 per semester. Material fee will be an additional $15
Inspiration Art- taught by Deanna Fisher (Tuesday 10:30-11:30) Inspiration Art is an open studio type art class for students of all abilities. Students can work on guided art projects or work on their own inspirations with or without help.
RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVEL: K-6 LENGTH OF CLASS: 45 minutes COST: $120.00 for the first child, each additional sibling is $90.00 per semester. Material fee will be an additional $15

Town and Country Symphony
2014 Season Opener
Sunday September 14 at 2:30pm
The Principia, Ridgeway Auditorium, 13201 Clayton Rd, Town and Country, MO 63136
John Meurer “Transformations”
Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1
Gloria Zhou, piano
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.
Halloween Concert
Sun. Oct. 26 at 2:30pm; The Principia
Orchestra Members will be dressed in costume!
Holiday Concert
Sun. Dec. 14 at 2:30pm; The Principia

HOMESCHOOL BOWLING
Oasis Lanes has made arrangements to host a FREE Bowling Party for all
Homeschoolers in the Franklin County Area.
FREE Bowling Party,
2 Hours of Bowling, use of shoes.
Door Prizes @ Oasis Lanes
Wednesday, September 17th at 1PM
To RSVP Call Oasis Lanes to reserve your spot.
120 Dell Centrė Way – Union, MO
636-583-BOWL (2695)
bowloasislanes.com
facebook.com/oasislanes

PATRIOTS BOYS BASKETBALL
CAMP/TRYOUT FOR 2014-15 Season
The St. Louis Patriots Homeschool Boys Basketball Program announces our Camps/Tryouts for the 2014-2015 season. Patriots basketball is for homeschool boys in 6th-12th grades. We will be looking to fill openings at all levels: Junior High, Junior Varsity, and Varsity. New this year, we will be looking to add a 6th grade team.
Junior High (grades 6-8) 6:00-7:30pm
High School (grades 9-12) 7:30-9:00pm
Thursday, September 18 @ Parkway South Middle School, 760 Woods Mill Rd., Ballwin, MO 63011
Friday, September 26 @ Parkway Central Middle School, 471 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
The boys should bring a basketball with their name on it, a water bottle, a dark shirt and a white shirt for scrimmaging.
To register send player name, birthday, grade and parents’ names and cell phone # to mjmaichel@sbcglobal.net.
There is no cost for these events.

First Friday Skate is BACK!
School has started up again. Great Skate is back to its normal School Year schedule.
Every month, we offer a First Friday Skate from 1pm to 4pm. Cost is $5 to skate and $2 for skate rental. Non skaters are free. We offer free WiFi and have a wonderful concession area with great lunch and snack options.
First Friday Skate was initially introduced in response to Home School family requests. We hope you enjoy these special dates and look forward to seeing you then.
Great Skate
130 Boone Hills Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
636-441-2530
www.greatskaterocks.com

Foundations in Self Government
Takes place on October 4, 2014 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The Pillar, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.
Cost: $20.00
THE TEEN EAGLES EVENT – SPECIAL PRICING!
The Center for Self Governance is very excited to be offering a Level 1 class for The TEEN EAGLES!
Welcome to the Center for Self Governance. This Level 1 course is designed to introduce the concepts surrounding self-governance, civic authority and bring everyone up to a common level of knowledge regarding our role in exercising our civic responsibilities and authority. This course is foundational and will lay the groundwork necessary to successfully implement the lessons learned in future courses.
Your workbook is included in the $20 registration fee.
Please prepay on our website for this class via Paypal or credit card as this will allow us to anticipate a smooth check-in process.
Supplies to bring include: paper, pen, and your enthusiasm! This is an interactive class and we look forward to hearing from you. Please dress comfortably and bring a sweater/jacket as facility temperatures can be unpredictable.
We do have Center for Self Governance merchandise available for purchase online. You can preview these items on our homepage and click the STORE button.
Trainer: Mark Herr
If you have any further questions, please email Mishelle at mperkins@tncsg.org.
http://www.tncsg.org/pick-a-class/

Sixth Annual Post-Secondary Education Fair
For home-schooled students. This event will take place Friday, October 10, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Woodcrest Chapel, 2201 Nifong, Columbia, MO. This fair is a wonderful opportunity for home schooled students and parents to visit with many different universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, and vocational-technical/trade schools at one time. The 2008 -2013 fairs included 45 different types and styles of schools, not only from Missouri, but also from states as far away as Wyoming and Tennessee. The schools in attendance will showcase their degree and certification programs and the relaxed environment encourages students to converse with the school representatives. The fair not only gives students and parents information concerning schools and their offerings to our home- schooled students, but it also allows home schooled students to explore the variety of opportunities waiting for them in post-secondary education.
We will again offer the mini-seminar, “Preparing your High School Home-schooled Student for Post-secondary Education,” led by Cindy Campbell, a home school mom of three. Mrs. Campbell’s seminar was much appreciated by the families that attended the past two years. She guides and advises home schooling families as they prepare their home-schooled high school student for college. The seminar will address what subjects and records are needed to assist your students with their college preparation. Mrs. Campbell’s oldest child is working as an ASL interpreter and on a master’s program to prepare for a career in speech pathology, her middle son is a full-ride-scholarship graduate of Westminster College and is now earning his doctorate at MU on a full scholarship, and her youngest has attended Westminster and completed his degree at MU and has entered his career in Occupational Therapy.
Hart Career Center, will again this year be offering free of charge, “Education and Career Interest Assessment.” This will be offered to each student that would like to take advantage of this service. It is voluntary and only for your personal benefit.
Woodcrest is located in an area that has many types of restaurants close at hand. The church has been very good to us and we would like to respect their building by asking that you eat away from the building and do not carry food/drink into the building. Closed water bottles would be fine to bring.
If you have any questions about this Post-Secondary Education Fair, please contact the sponsors,
Ron and Brenda Crowe, past home-schooling parents of three at rcrowe@ktis.net or at their business 573-581-1377 or 573-473-6110

S.H.A.R.E Homecoming Dance 2014
​Open to all homeschoolers in the area​
Friday, October 10th  from 7 pm – 11 pm.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 4355 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis, MO  63128
This dance is open to homeschool 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
Each may bring a guest who is non-homeschool or alumni.
*A light buffet will be served along with dessert*
Cost: $10.00 per person, $15.00 after October 6th.
Sign up early – Maximum youth 200
Dress Code:
Semi-formal attire. Please dress modestly.
Girls –nothing too low cut or too short.
Boys – dress pants w/tie, jacket optional
How: Go to the SHARE website to sign up for the dance.
Look on top bar for link or go straight to the calendar for October 10th
Directions for payment are on the site.
It takes volunteers to orchestrate a large dance, so parents, please consider clicking the link below to sign up for miscellaneous jobs.
www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c48aaaf22a20-20141

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM HOMESCHOOL DAYS
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! All activities will be available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like. Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP by registering at mohistory.org/homeschool. Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter at mohistory.org/homeschool to make sure you stay in the loop!
At the Missouri History Museum, we celebrate educational choice through our Homeschool Day programs. We take pride in experiences designed to best serve the needs of homeschool families.
October 27- MAKING ST. LOUIS AN AMERICAN CITY: THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE
November 24- TOWN OF MANY TONGUES: IMMIGRATION IN MISSOURI
December 15- HOLIDAYS IN HISTORY
February 9- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ST LOUIS!
March 16- CURATOR FOR A DAY: EXCLUSIVE LOOK INSIDE THE MUSEUM
April 13- THE POWER OF PRINT
May 11- FROM WILDERNESS TO WONDERLAND: 1904 WORLD’S FAIR
June 8- CELEBRATING MISSOURI

HSLDA ESSAY CONTEST
Kick off your school year with HSLDA’s 13th annual essay contest! Offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest is open to all homeschooled students ages 7–19 and runs through November 1, 2014. Our themes for this year’s contest focus on inventions.
View Contest Info & Guidelines
Our world has been shaped by the inventions of the past, with inventors improving and building on the ideas of previous generations. Every item we use—from the toothbrush to the smartphone—was invented by someone using his or her God-given creativity and intellect to do something!
Category 1 (ages 7–10): God has given humanity great creativity, and so many amazing things have already been invented. But there is still so much room for ingenuity! If you were to invent something that has not yet been invented, what would it be, what would it do, and why would you choose to invent it?
Category 2 (ages 11–14): Let’s say you are stranded on a desert island, alone, where there is no electricity, no cell tower signal, nor any other sign of civilization. You have a stockpile of food and help is on its way—in a couple months—but in the meantime you must survive. What three existing inventions would you want to find washed up on the shore of the island with you and why?
Category 3 (ages 15–19): Though created with good intentions, to do something good, some inventions have had unintended negative consequences. They’ve solved one problem but created other problems—sometimes worse than the first. Choose one such invention and discuss its positive and negative impacts. Be sure to address whether or not the benefits from the invention outweigh its negative impact.
Each student is invited to enter up to two essays relating to the theme for his or her age category.
To get a sense of what to look for or avoid when writing an essay, you can view the judges’ comments from previous contests or read the winning essays from previous years!
Guidelines and entry forms can be found on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests: art, poetry, and photo.

STLCC Homeschool Student & Parent Information Night
The Home School Student & Parent Information Night will be held on Thursday, November 13, 6:00-8:00pm at the Wildwood Campus, 2645 Generations Dr, Wildwood, MO 63040   Multipurpose Room, Side A.
In addition to having St. Louis Community College staff and students present to provide insight and answer questions, I plan on having a few home school grads that are now St. Louis Community College students, along with their parents, answer questions and discuss the transition from home school to St. Louis Community College. This is a question that we get quite frequently, and hearing about the experience from families that have gone through it is very helpful for potential students!
The link to register for the event is below, and I would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word via the support group online forums that you mentioned when we last talked in March. We can accommodate a large group on campus for this event and look forward to making connections with many families!
http://calendar.stlcc.edu/EventList.aspx?fromdate=11/1/2014&todate=11/30/2014&display=Month&type=public&eventidn=5714&view=EventDetails&information_id=15038
We look forward to making many more connections in the home school community and are already grateful for your partnership!

GREEN BEAN DELIVERY DISCOUNT-CORRECTION!
Networked with the best organic produce growers & local artisans, Green BEAN Delivery provides home delivery of organic produce & natural groceries to the St. Louis area. Please visit http://www.greenbeandelivery.com/missouri/ and take $15 off your first bin when you use the promo code: STLHomeschool

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 August 4, 2014

To all of my readers- Thank you for understanding my need to take a longer summer break this year. Now I’m back in the swing of things and there is A LOT to post, so expect to hear from me often over the next week. Hope all of you have been able to enjoy this wonderful (and unusual) weather! ~Susie

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Bolduc House Museum
Trail Life USA
Annie
WCCHE Picnic- new members welcome
The Pillar
Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading
Story Time
English Country Dance
NRA Basic Shotgun Course
Homelink 2014-2015
2014 BOOK FAIR
Koinonia Homeschoolers
Swim Team

Bolduc House Museum
Hi Homeschoolers!
Tuesday, August 5th is our Marbles, Mancala and the Bowl Game Homeschool Tuesday event. In other words, come to play at the Bolduc House Museum. We’ll make and play a variety of games that were played by the French, African, and Native American children who lived in Ste. Genevieve before the Louisiana Purchase. You will be able to take three games home to continue to enjoy with the rest of your friends and family. Please call or email (or “join” the event on Facebook) so we will have the right amount of supplies on hand. As usual Homeschool Tuesday costs $4/participant or $10/family. It always involves a mini-tour of the museum that is focused on our topic. We hope to see all of you here on Tuesday. The event begins at 10AM and will be finished before noon.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Lesley Barker, Director
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
bolduchouse.org

TRAIL LIFE USA
YOU ARE INVITED!!
TROOP MO0110
RECRUITMENT EVENT
COME LEARN ABOUT TRAIL LIFE USA
LEARN ABOUT OUR UPCOMING FUNDRAISER
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014
6:30PM Fundraiser Meeting
7:00 Trail Life Informational Meeting
ZION LUTHERAN FELLOWSHIP HALL, 3866 Harvester Rd, St. Charles, MO 63304
Contact Cheryl Bates for more information: batesacademy@gmail.com, 636-345-2283

ANNIE
Leapin’ Lizards! don’t miss this classic Broadway musical which is fun for the entire family. You are invited to LifeLight Youth Theatre’s Summer Workshop performance of Annie Kids (a shortened version perfect for all ages).
One show only on August 8 at 7:00pm at Grace Community Chapel, 7661 Mexico Road, St Peters, MO 63376
Tickets are $10 at the door. Box Office opens at 6pm, Doors open at 6:30pm, Show at 7pm. Our last 2 summer workshop performances have sold out, so come early. Seating is general admission.
Please invite your friends and family to join us.
Sincerely,
LifeLight Youth Theatre
treasure1@charter.net

2014 WCCHE Picnic
August 9 – 4:00-8:00 PM
Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Ballwin, MO 63021
Join us for the 2014 WCCHE Picnic!! There will be lots of good food and fun to be had by all. There are always a few hundred WCCHE Home School Family members who show up for the picnic. You don’t want to miss it…so, plan to join us!! WCCHE will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks, and each family can bring a dish to share. Last names beginning with A-O, please bring a SIDE to share. Last names beginning with P-Z, please bring a DESSERT to share. Bring lawn chairs and outdoor games if you’d like. The picnic is the perfect time to meet new friends, visit, play, share information and get connected for the new Home School year. We’ll see you there!! God Bless You!!  SIGN UP HERE

PILLAR CLASSES
Many of you have already registered for next year’s classes, and we are looking forward to welcoming you next fall and/or spring! For those of you who have not yet registered, please note there is still limited space available in the following classes: Understanding the Times American Christian History Worldview Foundations Spanish II Gettin’ Into Greek Introduction to Sign Language U.S. Government & Constitution The Truth Project Public Speaking (1st AND 2nd sem.) Sewing Study Skills Playing God: Bioethics ***PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGE*** INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE is open to 7th grade through adults and is a wonderful class for the whole family to take together! Please refer to our website for other details. http://thepillar.org/ The Pillar Foundation 636.386.7722

Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading
Are you looking for ways to get your children active and involved in a Christ-centered atmosphere that builds character, leadership, social skills and athletic ability?  Try Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading this fall!  We are in our 7th season of providing the Upward experience for area homeschoolers as well as other schooled children pre-K through 10th grade or approximate ages 4-16.
Practices will be one night per week and games are on Saturdays at Kellogg Park in Maplewood, MO.  The season runs approximately 10 weeks and cost $75 per participant.  Each player is provided with a quality jersey, flags and wrist play band for football and the cheerleaders will receive cheer uniform, poms and megaphone.
You can take advantage of a $10 discount and an additional $10 discount for mult-children by registering online at http://registration.upward.org/UPW55926 before August 10th.  If you would like more information on our scholarship or fundraising opportunities, feel free to contact us at the number below.  Evaluations will take place mid-August.  Please see the attached brochure for more information or to mail in your registration form.
If you have questions, you may contact Kristi at 314-650-3361 or Jay at 314-578-2124.

Story Time: What Can I Learn from the Ant?
August 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Join us for a FREE story time! True Christian Homeschool Co-op of Florissant, Missouri presents “What Can I Learn From the Ant?” Join us as we share several stories featuring ants, sing a few songs, complete an ant craft and explore Proverbs 6 to discover what we can learn from the ant. For more information please visit www.childrensvillagechristianschool.org or call 314-445-5829.

Summer English Country Dance Fundraiser:
https://www.facebook.com/events/481108228686362/

NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course
End Summer with a Bang! (literally)
Age Level: Ages 12+
Friday, 8/15, 10:00am-7:00pm – Classroom portion at Top Gun’s training center, 4075 West Outer Rd., Arnold, MO 63010.
Saturday, 8/16, 9:00am-11:00am – Shooting exercise at St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, 18854 Franklin Rd. Pacific MO 63069.
Course Description:
The goal of this course is to learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. Topics covered are:
Identification of shotgun parts, action types, and demonstration of how each functions.
NRA rules for safe gun handling; explain and demonstrate how to handle a shotgun safely
Ammunition: components of a shotgun shell, types of shotgun ammunition and their intended use, matching ammunition to the correct shotgun and dealing with ammunition malfunctions.
Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of shooting a shotgun
Safely shoot a shotgun on a range, shooting at a moving target using the five fundamentals of shotgun shooting.
Identify and safely use the materials needed to clean a shotgun
Explain ways to pursue shotgun-shooting activities after the course
Explain the criteria for selecting a shotgun
Identify various shooting organizations and explain how to become involved with them
Students who successfully complete the course, demonstrate the skills learned and pass the final exam will receive a NRA certificate of completion.
Attendee Info:
One parent may attend, as an unregistered observer, with each registered minor student at no additional charge. However, only registered students will receive course materials, participate in shooting exercises and be eligible to receive a course completion certificate.
Cost: $80 per student. This covers all course materials, range time and ammunition.
Class Size: Maximum 10 students
Additional Information:
No live ammunition is permitted in the classroom at any time. Firearms and ammunition will be provided for the course; students wishing to use their own firearms should notify the instructor in advance.
Registration:
Online registration is open at http://www.nrainstructors.org/SignupStudent.aspx?id=267338. Contact Monty Schrunk at 314-800-7520 or msguntraining@att.net with any questions.

HOMELINK 2014-2015
For those of you that may not know, Homelink is a SHARE-sponsored, volunteer-run learning center that was founded ten years ago by homeschool parents. It meets in the St. Andrew Catholic School building in the South County area (309 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125). Homelink offers once–a-week enrichment classes taught by qualified teachers/tutors in a “group tutorial” setting. There are some wonderful classes for the elementary grades but the majority are for jr. high and high school students. Most classes run for two semesters (32 weeks).
Homelink has been a valuable resource to homeschool families by providing…
– Supplemental classes in a supportive, Christian environment.
– Outside educational accountability for students.
– Assistance in classes which are more difficult to teach.
– Opportunities for students to learn and work in groups
– An atmosphere for friendships to develop among like-minded students and their families.
For more details, go to the SHARE website at www.sharehomeschool.com and click on ‘Homelink Classes” on the black bar at the top. Scroll down to “Course Descriptions.” You will also find updated links to General Information, How to Register, Registration Forms, Homelink Schedule, Teacher Biographies, and the Homelink Handbook. Later we will add a Special Needs/Fun School page, an Elemntary Classes page and a few others.
(We will also have a page for the Salvation Army Homeschool P.E. schedule when it comes out in late July. Since the Salvation Army is only a few minutes away from St. Andrew, many Homelink students go back and forth to P.E. classes and we try to coordinate the class times. Coach Cort Hubard –can you believe we got our schedule out before yours for the first time in 10 years!!?)
Each page is a PDF file that pops out from the main link. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open the files. Go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/ to download Adobe Acrobat for free. If you have Adobe but still have difficulty opening these files, please contact Cathy Mullins and she will email you a Microsoft Word version.
You can imagine how difficult it was to make the classes fit together for all the students and teachers – especially if they can only come on one day! We welcome your input if you have a conflict in ANY of your preferred classes! There is no guarantee that we can change the schedule, but we will try to make adjustments if enough students have the same conflict. Email Kerrie Tate with feedback and/or questions. Please include details and your phone number.
As you look over the schedule you will see that there are a few classes that have a “question mark.” This means that we are not 100% sure which is the best time slot for that class– and are trying to decide where it should go. If you are interested in a “question mark” class, we would appreciate your immediate feedback so we can choose the best spot. We will try to offer the class at the time when the most students can participate. As always, if we don’t get enough students, some of the classes might be canceled. We will keep updating the schedule on the website.
You may notice we have not yet listed ASL (American Sign Language) or Personal Finance on the schedule or in the course descriptions. We are still in the planning stages for both of those classes and will try to send out an update by the end of July. We will be contacting you if you were on the Interest Boards for either of these classes.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Homelink Orientation on Monday, August 25th from 6:30 –9:00 pm in the St. Andrew Gym. If you are really interested in a class it is best to register now and NOT wait for Orientation –some classes fill up quickly.
If you sign up for a class and the time or day changes, we will let you know immediately and (of course!) give back your Class Deposit Fee.
Looking forward to another GREAT year at Homelink!
Hope you can join us! Kerrie, Cathy & the Homelink teachers
Homelink Coordinators:
Kerrie Tate (kertatehomelink@aol.com or 314-791-0000)
Cathy Mullins (ekcjmullins@gmail.com or 314-769-7965)

2014 BOOK FAIR
Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17
St. Charles Convention Center
The Friends of the Library book fair is back and better than ever with three days to shop for your favorite titles. Friends of the Library members with paid membership as of August 12 will enjoy advance shopping hours on opening day before the sale opens to the public!
Friday, August 15
9:00am – 12:00pm: Friends Members Advance Shopping Hours
To enter at 9am, Friends memberships must be received by Tues, Aug 12. Memberships may be purchased at the sale AFTER the 9am opening.
12:00pm – 9:00pm: Sale Opens to the Public, Free Admission
Saturday, August 16
9:00am – 7:00pm: Free Admission
Sunday, August 17: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Free Admission
Sunday prices-$5/bag (most items) Standard size plastic grocery bags provided on site.

Koinonia Homeschoolers: Wentzville
August 24, 2014 4:40 – sunset
Join us at our annual family kick-off picnic to start the new year! We will be at Indian Creek Campground. This is a great time to get to know our group and find out the activities planned for the year.
Theme of the picnic: “My Favorite Things”
Koinonia will provide drinks, paper products, buns, meat.
Last names A-K, please bring your favorite side dish.
Last names M-Z, please bring your favorite dessert.
We have the pavilion next to the creek so bring your creek shoes, water play toys, bug and crawdad catching devices and any outdoor play toys such as frisbees, sport balls, etc.
We will eat, have a quick run-down of the events we have planned for the year and just play and fellowship! It’s a great time for families to get to know each other or catch up from last year. fbcwkoinonia@gmail.com for more info

SWIM TEAM
The Gateway City Avengers is a small, year-round USA Swimming competitive swim team located in south St. Louis City. This smaller swim club approach provides for individual coaching attention as well as plenty of training space which allows all swimmers to excel to their highest levels. The Gateway City Aquatic Club is a not-for-profit organization: a Christian sports ministry of Hole in the Roof Ministry Center. The Avengers are supported by a team of highly motivated and dedicated parent volunteers as well as a group of private and corporate sponsors. When a swimmer becomes a member of the team, they learn the meaning of courage, goal-setting, dedication, determination, responsibility, sportsmanship and teamwork. Our swimmers learn that you achieve what you work for, not what you wish for. Some Avenger swimmers may swim fast enough to become Olympic champions, but ALL Avenger swimmers will develop a life-long commitment to excellence, to discipline, to sacrifice, and high character living.
Open registration for membership with Gateway City Aquatic Club Avengers swim team begins Monday, August 25, 2014. If you are interested in joining the Avengers swim team, please call 314-884-0824 to schedule your swim evaluation for squad placement and availability. You may also visit our website at www.gatewaycityaquaticclub.shutterfly.com for information on practice squads, times, and more information on joining the team.

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 April 5, 2013

More  information about area events can be found at  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information with the current changes.

HOMESCHOOL PROM
Just a friendly reminder that THIS Friday, April 5, is the deadline for getting the cheaper price for the SHARE Prom. $10 is a big deal at my house and I assume it is at yours also. You can register for the prom by mailing Pat Zink your form and check (or you can have your teen drop it off at Homelink in the box on the Parent Monitor Desk downstairs). Prom form available at the link below and I have also attached the forms again for your convenience.
There’s No Place Like Prom!
http://www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share   Look for sidebar that says “Prom 2013 New”

HOMESCHOOL FOOTBALL
Beginning – Fall Season 2013
Informational and Networking meeting is this Friday, 7:00 pm at Rockport Baptist Church, 3761 Telegraph Rd., Arnold.
Please try to be there.  This is a huge task to put this together and we are going to have to work together to be successful.
1. Spring Football Clinic – May 30 (eve), 31 (eve) and June 1 (featuring Grant Williams – former Pro Lineman – Rams, Patriots and Seahawks)   –    Open to All Ages
2. Summer Football Camp – (for those playing the fall season)    July 11, 12 and 13 /  Aug. 1, 2 and 3
3. Regular practices for season begin on August 12th.
4. Full Pad Tackle Football – Ages 11-15 (other ages may open if enough participants – contact us)
Coach Bob Schembre
integrity1000@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/MideastMissouriHsFootballAssoc
(MEMHSFA) is a non-profit Christian athletic organization established to serve homeschool familes in Mid-East Missouri and surrounding areas. (MEMHSFA) is a distinctly Christian organization with the purpose of glorifying God, by serving homeschool families in helping their children to participate in the sport of football, mentoring players in Christian manhood, assisting in character building and being a blessing to the Homeschool Community.

Beetlejuice (PG)
A fundraiser for teen science programs.
Join us at the Hi-Pointe on Saturday morning, April 6 at 10:30 a.m.!
TICKETS ARE ONLY $5 per person and are purchased at the door.
Please register in advance: REGISTER HERE.
Support the Academy’s teen programs connecting teens to scientists and science professionals through the Junior Academy of Science, Teen Science Cafes and Science Careers Explorations.
Teen Science Programs help teens learn to survive zombie apocalypses, explore careers in STEM and attend exclusive behind-the-scenes field trips.
Doors open at 10 a.m.  Movie begins at 10:30 a.m.
Hi-Pointe Theatre @ 1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117
CAN’T MAKE IT?  Support our Teens HERE.  (Choose Amount under “Other” and type in “Teen Science Programs” under “on behalf of.”  THANK YOU!
For more information, call 314-533-8586 or visit the Academy website at http://www.academyofsciencestl.org/initiatives/junior_academy.php

Engineering, Math, & Sciences Night
Missouri S&T and St. Louis Community College would like to cordially invite you to attend
STLCC-Meramec – Lecture Hall Lobby
11333 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO   63122
Thursday, April 11; 5:30 pm
Learn about career opportunities in science, math, engineering, and technology and the strong Missouri S&T/STLCC transfer partnership.
15 different Engineering programs Business & Information Systems Arts & Sciences Student Design Teams  Admissions Scholarships Financial Assistance
Demos and discussion will continue after the program.
RSVP online Today! or call 314-984-7159
View STLCC Campus Map

Teen Science Cafe: Emergency Room Medicine
Apr 15th, 2013 (Mon); Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The Gateway Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore science, technology, engineering and math. Teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting.
Junior Academy Student members, as well as, middle and high school students are invited to the April Teen Science Cafe: Emergency Room Medicine.
Imagine the emergency room of the future. What life-saving technologies will it have? What advances will increase the efficiency of doctors, nurses, and technicians? Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation Studies for Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Jason Wagner, takes us on a fascinating trip to visit the future of Emergency Medicine.
This event is free and open to middle and high school students. Registration is required. To register, CLICK HERE or call 314-533-8586.
Please CLICK HERE to download a permission form for the event.
Location: Webster Groves Public Library Meeting Room
301 E Lockwood Ave, St Louis, MO 63119
Doors open at 5:30p.m. Cafe begins at 6 p.m.

3rd Annual West County Talent Bash
West News magazine is proud to present the event produced by St. Louis Bash Productions
May 18th, 2013
Plus an evening with Javier Mendoza as well as Beer Samplings.
Chesterfield is proud to be the host of the Third Annual West County Talent Bash.
Produced by St. Louis Bash productions and presented by West Newsmagazine, the event will be held at the Central Park Amphitheater, just west of Chesterfield Mall.
All ages are welcome. Auditions will be screened and selected to perform at the event on May 18th.
The auditions can demonstrate any type of talent in any genre or category i.e. dance troupe, church choir, solo singer, juggler, comedian, solo musician, variety acts etc.
Win Prizes, Trophies and MORE……
Open to all acts:  Music, Dance, Jugglers, Marching Bands,  Jazz Ensembles, Church Choirs, Comedians….
Deadline to Enter is April 16th
Submit Auditions Online here

Without Consent: Contextualizing Cold War Army Tests in the City of St. Louis, 1953-1965
Apr 18th, 2013 (Thu); Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Perspectives on Science & History Series
Featured Speaker: Lisa Martino-Taylor, Ph.D., Sociology Instructor, Saint Louis Community College, Meramec Campus
Between 1953 and 1965, the U.S. Army conducted covert aerosol tests in predominantly minority areas in the city of St. Louis without consent, using a cover story of protecting the city from aerial attack. According to Army documents, they purposely targeted a “densely populated slum area” in the city. Sociologist, Lisa Martino-Taylor, Ph.D., sheds light on this secret Cold War program within the broader context of secret military tests, including covert radiological tests on human subjects without consent.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males on display at the Missouri History Museum from February 23 through June 30, 2013.
To be held at:
Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri 63112
Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Etiquette Saint Louis – Spring Manners Programs
>Our Manners for Girls program will begin on Friday, April 19, 2013 and continue for three (3) more weeks on April 26, May 3 and May 10.  The class meets at West County Nordstrom at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., depending on their age.  We meet for one hour per week.  Topics include first impressions, introductions, posture, conversations, being a good friend, good grooming, table manners and social etiquette.  The course ends with a wonderful mother/daughter tea held at The Missouri Athletic Club – West on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  Each student receives a book, workbook, class supplies and of course the tea.  The courses are interactive and fun.  We emphasize confidence, kindness, courtesy and respect.  Tuition is $140.00.
>Our Manners for Boys program will begin on Friday, April 19, 2013 and continue for two (2) more weeks on April 26 and May 3.  The class meets at West County Nordstrom from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The boy’s class ends with a five-course dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  I always love hearing moms tell me how much boys enjoy this class.  We use activities and games to emphasize our lessons.  Topics for the boys include first impressions, table manners, how to treat a lady, good grooming, tie tying and more.  We even practice conversations in class.  Tuition for this class is $140.00 and includes the dinner.
>Manners for Teen Girls is a one-day interactive class for teen girls.  This class is a wonderful confidence builder for young ladies ages 13-18. The students will learn how to deal with social situations, skin care, makeup application, fashion trends, table manners and more.  Each student has a mini makeup lesson, with a Nordstrom expert, and then we will accompany the teen boys class at a formal five course manners in motion dinner at The Missouri Athletic Club – West.  Each student receives a book, workbook, handouts, make up goody bag, formal dinner and more.   The class will be held at Nordstrom West County on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.  The fee for the program is $145.00.
>Manners for Teen Boys is a one-day interactive class for teen boys.  This class is a wonderful confidence builder for young gentlemen, ages 13-18.  The class will help prepare our boys to be young men during social events, job interviews, college prep events, meals and more.  This class includes interview skills, how to dress, table manners, how to treat a lady and more.  The class ends with a formal dinner at The Missouri Athletic Club – West, combined with our teen girls class.  This class is a must attend if you want your gentlemen, to understand and even enjoy displaying good manners.  The class will be held at Nordstrom West County on Saturday, April 20th from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.  The fee for the program is $145.00.
Please contact Julie Hohe at 314-598-5562 or julie@etiquettesaintloius.com for more information.

UMSL Continuing Education- Citizen Science Conference
presented by the Gateway Children’s Nature Connection
Gateway CNC and UMSL are co-sponsoring a one-day Conference on Citizen Science on April 20, 2013.
The program is focused toward K-8 educators and/or parents who are interested in “partnering” with professional scientists and organizations to provide opportunities for their students to engage in real, scientific research!
Register online: http://www.umsl.edu/~pcs/noncredit-offerings/cit-sci.html

COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INITIATIVE
***Editor’s Note: This event is for homeschoolers***
What is this?
How will it affect me?
What can I do about it?
If you have never heard of this or have questions…
PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON COMMON CORE:
MONDAY APRIL 22ND
6:45PM  @
THE PILLAR FOUNDATION, 15820 CLAYTON ROAD, ELLISVILLE, MO 63011
SPEAKER:  LISA PAYNE-NAEGER
Lisa works to educate and inform members of the Grassroots movement, and others, through activism, being a citizen lobbyist, writing for Examiner.com, (http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-st-louis/lisa-payne-naeger) blogging, hosting a weekly internet radio program and working with the Grassroots activist organization, Missouri Grassroots Coalition.
This is an open meeting so please share this flyer with friends, neighbors, relatives…
This issue crosses all party lines and will affect public educators, private educators, and home educators alike!
For more information contact Nancy Sarocco at nlsarocco@yahoo.com

The Free Market Warrior Economic Literacy Seminar
Learn what every American and Patriot MUST KNOW about Free Market Economics and how they REALLY affect the economy.
Most Politicians don’t even know this about our economy.
1.     Can you explain why some tax cuts (Bush’s second term, Obama’s proposed) do absolutely nothing to stimulate the economy, while others (Reagan’s, Bush’s first term) provide a great stimulus?
2.     Were you taught in High School that the federal government needs to protect consumers from corporate monopolies that would otherwise be able to charge whatever they wanted?
3.     Were you taught that Roosevelt’s New Deal saved the country by intervening in the economy and “stimulating” demand?
4.     Did you know that the biggest problem with American healthcare (one that is financially hurting us all) is that there is far too much insurance coverage?
5.     Would you be surprised to learn that the economic theories espoused by the current administration and congressional leaders were conclusively disproved more than 100 years ago?
Here’s a YouTube video of what to expect from this free seminar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZZhiF6z2sg
The seminar is given over two evenings and divided into four parts:
·       Intellectual and Historical Roots of Socialism: Understanding its broad appeal.
·       The Intellectual and Historical Roots of Capitalism: Why we’ll starve without it.
·       The Source of Value: Two contrasting views and their implications.
·       Applying the Principles of Freedom to the Problems of Today: Taxes, Education, Health Care, Protectionism and Outsourcing, Population, Natural Resources and many more.
This is a great opportunity for High School Students to get the real scoop on America’s Free Market Principles. Bring your teenagers!
April 29th and 30th – 6:30 to 10:00 pm
Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, Missouri 63376
636-447-6900
http://www.thefamilyvision.org/
The event is free to the public, but offerings to the Family Vision Library and Loren Spivack are appreciated.
Contact Lisa Payne-Naeger at Lisa.Naeger@mac.com or the Family Vision Library http://www.thefamilyvision.org/

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
I would like to invite you to enjoy an afternoon or evening of family friendly entertainment, with the Broadway musical hit, DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, as performed by the all homeschooled cast of LifeLight Youth Theatre.
LifeLight Youth Theatre presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid! DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID TICKETS ON SALE NOW ONLINE at http://www.lifelightyouththeatre.com/tickets.html or BY PHONE AT 636-294-2978.
WHEN:  5 show times- Thursday, May 30th at 7:30pm; Friday, May 31st at 7:30pm; Saturday, June 1st at 12pm; 3:30pm & 7:30pm
Pre- show events include: Under the Sea parties take place either before or after select performances of DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID.  Guests enjoy the party, that includes story time with Ariel, delicious refreshments, fantastic decorations and VIP tableside autograph/photo session with characters from Disney’s Little Mermaid & FREE pre-show reception on Friday with delicious food from over 20 participating restaurants.
WHERE: JOIN us at the Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive, Town & Country, MO 63017
ABOUT LITTLE MERMAID :  This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as new songs from the Broadway show. THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice. Featuring favorite songs such as “Under the Sea”, “Part of Your World”, and “Kiss The Girl” this show is sure to be a treat for the entire family.
Ticket prices:
“EARLY SEATING” General Admission- $12.00
Regular General Admission- $10.00
Group rates for 15 or more are available for $11.00 for “Early Seating” General Admission and $9.00 for Regular General Admission.
>>Groups of 15 or more may schedule a backstage tour that will take place after the show.

FOUNDRY ART CENTRE SUMMER CAMPS
Foundry Art Centre
520 North Main Center, St. Charles, MO 63301
www.foundryartcentre.org
P 636-255-0270
As the snow melts away from the St. Louis area the Foundry Art Centre is looking forward to summer!
Soon school will be out and the FAC has awesome Summer Camps planned for your kiddos to enjoy. A few examples are below:
Petite Picasso’s
Petite Picasso’s is a beginning art camp experience for children 3-6 years old. These kid-friendly classes will take you and your child on an expressive journey as your little one dives into the world of art. New art elements and materials will be introduced each day through hands-on activities and stories. We will draw, paint, squish, mush, weave and much more! A parent or caregiver stays to join in the creative process.
All Media Camp
Try your hand at a little of everything – paint, draw, sculpt, print, weave and more – this camp does it all! This camp is a great introduction to all kinds of media, methods, and materials for all ages.
Around the World Art Camp
Travel around the world by learning about countries and their traditional artwork in this fun multi-cultural art camp. Campers will create cultural artwork using all media — sculpt, paint, draw, weave, and much more!

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

Homeschool Events List for March 7, 2013

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

March Morpho Mania
Butterfly House, Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
March 1–31, 2013; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open 7 days a week (March only)
Presented by Novus International, Inc.
March brings a very special kind of madness to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House—our annual March Morpho Mania® event! Visit us during the month of March, when the Butterfly House floods the tropical conservatory with thousands of breathtaking Blue Morpho butterflies—a perennial favorite. What better way to celebrate spring?
Native to the forests of Central and South America, the Blue Morpho’s dazzling, metallic blue is all in the eye of the beholder: their wings are not actually colored blue, but are lined with many tiny scales that only allow blue light to escape. And what a sight to behold: thousands of these creatures catching the light in our sunny conservatory.
Despite their opulence, wild Morpho peleides prefer to stay in the forest understory, feeding on fermenting fruit, tree sap, even decomposing animals—keeping their wings folded to avoid catching the eye of would-be predators. But during mating flights, Blue Morphos rise high into the canopy, attracting mates with their iridescent splendor.
Throughout the month, visitors will learn about the critical role butterflies play in nature, and how the Butterfly House is involved with butterfly conservation efforts in Costa Rica. Come inaugurate the season with these majestic creatures at the Butterfly House and immerse yourself in a sea of blue—all March long!
Don’t miss this dramatic sight while it lasts! All activities are free with admission.

Kick Up a Storm @ Your Library
The Magic School Bus® Kicks Up A Storm exhibit will be on display at The Magic House® through May 27. St. Louis County Library is excited to present fun, science-related programs inspired by The Magic School Bus.
The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm
Feature Program: Liz’s Lab
Join us for some weather-related science fun inspired by The Magic School Bus. We will investigate weather concepts with plenty of hands-on activities. Ages 7-11. Registration required.
For a complete listing of days, times and other associated programs visit http://www.slcl.org/content/kick-storm-your-library

HONORS & FACULTY RECITAL
Friday, March 8, 2013; 7:00 pm
Steinway Recital Hall, 12033 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights 63043
Performances from DaySpring’s Music Faculty:
Nancy Schaaf, Rebecca Garcia, Alison Rolf, Mary Bryant, Jeremy Novak, Andrew Gibson, Sarah Walseth, Elizabeth Kusterer, Keren Marzine, Alisha Beseth, Julia Hornberger, Johanna Ballou, Christina Williams
…and from the winners of the 2013 Honors Auditions:
Udonne Eke-Okoro, piano
Michael Buckner, violin
Eric Bateman, cello

Oil Painting Classes at First Baptist Church Arnold
April 5 – 26, 2013
Trina Stephens will be teaching oil painting for home school children.  There are two classes:
>Advanced oil painting is open only to those who have oil painting experience and are at least 14 years of age.  They will be painting a floral/still life “Forsythia and Lemons”.  The class meets 9 AM – 11:30 AM; cost is $37.50 and you may purchase a canvas for $9.75 (or bring your own).
>Beginning Oil Painting is open to children 10 years and older.  This class is designed for the child with no (or limited) oil painting experience.  They will be painting “Pansies and Butterfly”.  This class meets 12:30 – 2:30 PM; cost is $30 and you may purchase a canvas for $6.75 (or bring your own).
For each class you may purchase the oil paints needed from the instructor, purchase on your own, or for your first session you may purchase a palette of paint for $10 which covers all that is needed for the current painting.  There is a listing of additional supplies needed on our website and you can register your child for the class there as well www.fbcarnold.org/artsandcrafts  Call or email Trina with any questions – 636-296-7729  ext. 148 or trina.stephens@fbca.us

HOMESCHOOL FOOTBALL
Dear Homeschool Parents,
Hi, my name is Bob Schembre.  I am an Elder at Rockport Baptist Church in Arnold, Mo. And I currently coach football at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis.
I am currently in the process of testing the waters regarding interest in a Homeschool High school football team in the St. Louis / Jefferson county area.  High School football with Homeschoolers has met with huge success in other states, and has yet to come to fruition in our area.  Our plans are to coordinate with private schools and eventually develop a network for a schedule.
To begin this endeavor, I plan on holding a Summer Football Clinic, probably in June, to see what the interest would be. We would begin with ages 13 and up for the clinic.  There would be a minimal charge for participation in the clinic.
What I would like you to do is to simply respond to this email or call if your family is interested and tell the number and age of young men interested.  I will then put the clinic schedule together, collaborate further with the interested families, and plan for the future, the Lord willing.
Sincerely,
Bob Schembre
Integrity1000@yahoo.com
314-807-6359

Challenging Times for Conservation in Madagascar
Tue, Mar 19; 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Featured Speaker: Ingrid Porton, Curator of Primates, Saint Louis Zoo
In 1991 Saint Louis Zoo primate curator, Ingrid Porton, led a survey of ruffed lemurs in the Betampona Natural Reserve for the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (MFG); and in 2004, she became the Group’s Vice-Chair.
The Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group has taken a holistic approach to addressing conservation issues by building an integrated and multidisciplinary program that focuses on four strategies: research, education, capacity building and conservation action. Since a January 2009 coup that ousted the democratically elected President, Madagascar has been ruled by an interim President. The political turmoil, along with the withdrawal of financial aid by the U.S. and European countries, increased lawlessness, poverty and hunger. Illegal logging and hunting is further threatening the survival of Madagascar’s already endangered species. Despite these, and additional challenges, the MFG has continued to run its programs and protect Betampona’s biodiversity.
Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.

SHARE: SPRING DANCE FOR THE YOUTH
Ahoy! It’s a Spring Dance!
We will be welcoming the upcoming freshman of 2013….
WHO IS INVITED?   Homeschooled high school students and their guests.  But…8th graders may also come!
WHEN:  Thursday, March 28, 2013
TIME:  6:30-10:30 P.M.
WHERE: St. Andrew’s Gym (Homelink location), 309 Hoffmeister Ave., Lemay, MO 63123
COST:   $10.00 per  student
DRESS CODE: Ladies please remember to make modest choices, nothing too  low cut, skirts not too short.
Boys dress pants or khakis and dress shirts, ties optional.
MORE DETAILS:   Mark Chrun will again be our DJ and treat us to an evening of fun and dance.
Snacks and drinks will be provided.
HOW TO REGISTER:  Go online to the SHARE website calendar  and register before  Friday, March 22. You can use Paypal to pay for this event when you register.  If you do not have Paypal, you may send cash or check (made out to SHARE) to:
Charlotte Wagner, 790 Walnut Ridge, Fenton, MO  63026
QUESTIONS:
Email Charlotte Wagner at dcwags5@att.net
Note:  This dance will be well-chaperoned, but parents are  welcome to stay and help.

TRIVIA NIGHT FOR EVERYTHING ENGINEERED
http://metamo4icmathcenter.com/
Metamo4ic Math has added robotics and changed our name to…Everything Engineered
Please join us for Trivia Night, Friday, March 22, 2013
The Savoy Banquet Center, 119 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, Missouri 63135
$20.00 per person
Includes: Mostaccioli, Salad, Toasted Ravioli, Bread, Trivia
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Dinner served through first round of Trivia
Trivia begins at 7:30 PM
Eight people per team/table
We are glad to assign individual players to a team
Eight Rounds of Trivia
Cash Bar
Mulligans
Raffles
Reservations Call: 314-807-3290
First Place $160
Vendors present donating 20% of their sales to Everything Engineered

Nature Play
March 26-May 8
The Green Center | 8025 Blackberry Ave | University City | MO | 63130
http://www.thegreencenter.org/
“Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment. Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health, development and well being. Many programs will take place in our Discovery Garden which became a certified Nature Explore Classroom in 2011!
>Green Thumbs Up!
Tuesday, March 26 (ages *4-5)           Wednesday, March 27 (ages 6-7)
It’s never too early to discover a green thumb for planting!  Explore our greenhouse, learn how plants grow and plant a seed for your spring garden.
>Trail Trekking
Tuesday, April 02 (ages *4-5)            Wednesday, April 03 (ages 6-7)
Hike our forest trail to discover what belongs in the forest and what does not.  Use your observation skills to complete the trek!
>Insect Safari
Tuesday, April 09 (ages *4-5)             Wednesday, April 10 (ages 6-7)
Students will use investigation tools to go on a “safari” for insects in our outdoor spaces!  And will create an insect to take home.
>I Spy…A Mystery!
Tuesday, April 16 (*4-5)                     Wednesday, April 17 (ages 6-7)
Follow clues to figure out where to find nature’s hidden treasure!  Use a journal that you will create to record clues and treasures you discover.
>Will You Speak for the Trees?
Tuesday, April 23 (ages *4-5)              Wednesday, April 24 (ages 6-7)
Find out the importance of trees by reading “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss and discover the different kinds of trees around the Center.
>Garden Party
Tuesday, April 30  (ages *4-5)              Wednesday, May 01 (ages 6-7)
You are invited to a party in our garden!  Join us for tea and treats made out of plants from our gardens and meet our special secret guest!
>Nature Bingo
Tuesday, May 07  (ages *4-5)                Wednesday, May 08  (ages 6-7)
Play bingo with nature!  Use your senses to win a prize!
Time: 3:45-5:00pm
Cost:  $8 student per program
Location: The Green Center  8025 Blackberry Ave  St. Louis, MO  63130
Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.
Pre-registration is required for each program!
>>>Parent/Guardian must stay on site with children 4 & 5 years old.
Programs will occur indoors & outdoors. Please dress children appropriately for the weather.
To register for a class, contact:
Kathleen Evans at 314-725-8314 Ext. 105 or kevans@thegreencenter.org

Stanford Achievement Testing
Living Word is again offering Stanford Achievement testing to area home school students (first grade through high school).
Dates: April 22nd through 25th, 3:45 p.m. until 5:15 p.m.
Location:
310 Cardinal Place, St. Peters, MO 63376
Phone: (636) 970-2398
Registration:
Monday through Fri-day, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. beginning Monday, February 25th. Registration closes Wednesday, March 27th.
You can stop by our office to register or mail your registration to the address above.
If you mail in a registration, be sure to include your student’s name, ad-dress, birth date, your email and a contact phone number.
Fee: $40 per child, payable no later than Wednesday, March 27th.
Please note: We will be closed for Spring Break the week of March 8th through March 15th.
New this year: Supply us with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and we will be happy to mail your test results as soon as they arrive!
Currently, we are using the Stanford 10, Form C, Multiple choice Assessment featuring the Bible Assessment Subtest. We realize that the SAT is just a single indicator of how your child is progressing academically. It is our desire, as yours, that your child do their best. Properly preparing your student for the test will pro-vide the most accurate information when you receive the report in the summer.
TIPS:
1. Remove as much stress as possible. Nervous students may not test well.
2. Make sure your students have plenty of rest the week of testing. Having a consistent bedtime is extremely important.
3. Eat well. Since testing is in the afternoon, a healthy snack before arriving should help your student focus more effectively.
4. Supplies. Bring a few #2 pencils and maybe a book to read if your child works through tests quickly.
5. Help your child realize that he or she is uniquely created in the Father’s image. Doing their best brings glory to Him. That’s all He asks.
6. The purpose for the test is to indicate how the student has learned since last year, not to com-pare them to a sibling or others.

S.H.A.R.E. Homeschool Prom
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Prom committee invites you to “There’s No Place Like Prom” with dinner, dancing, and a small gift to take home. All homeschool Juniors and Seniors may enter their name in our drawing for Prince/Princess or King/Queen (see registration form). We encourage students to submit song requests (see registration form). All song selections will be forwarded to our DJ. He will do his best to play the music that you have requested. The prom will again be on a Thursday this year in order to have a larger room.
Who: Homeschool highschool students (9th – 12th grades) and their guests. (Sorry, no one under 9th grade. This is special event for older students).
How to register? Mail the completed registration form and payment to Pat Zink.
Cost: $30.00 per person if you register by April 5th $40.00 cost per person if postmarked after April 5th.
Important Note: Last day to register is Friday, April 19th! (We have to give Andre’s our total that day; therefore, NO late registration forms will be accepted.)
Where: Andre’s Banquet Center in South County, 4254 Telegraph Rd., 63129
Time: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30, dinner served at 7:15)
For complete information and the registration form visit https://www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share/

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

Homeschool Events List for February 15, 2013

Sorry for the delay folks; Yahoo Mail trouble!

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

“Myth of the Zombie Apocalypse: A Lesson in Infectious Diseases and Disaster Preparedness”
Don’t miss the first St. Louis Science Center TEEN SCIENCE CAFE!
Come hear scientist Dr.Terri Rebmann – an infectious disease and biosecurity expert from St. Louis University’s Institute for Biosecurity. Dr. Rebmann will lead a fun, educational and highly interactive program designed to teach young people about disease and disaster prevention. After attending this event, teens will have the tools to survive any type of disaster – including a zombie apocalypse! 😉
The FREE Teen Science Cafe is for all students age 13 & up, and takes place on Tuesday, February 19, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Taylor Community Science Resource Center. Complimentary sub sandwiches and snacks will be provided for teen participants. Parents are welcome to stay and wait in the Taylor Center, but younger siblings are not allowed (similar to the AIMS Program rules).
Note: The Taylor Center is part of the St. Louis Science Center, but is in a separate building at 4900 Manchester Ave., 63110 (at the corner of Manchester Ave. and Kingshighway)
Please RSVP by emailing Kerrie Tate at kertatefieldtrip@aol.com and put “Teen Science Cafe” in the subject line. Include your name, phone number and the names of participating teens.
For more information about this month’s topic and to read Dr. Terri Rebmann’s complete biography, go to the Teen Science Cafe website at www.teencafestl.org
The Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Stimulating conversations with scientists, engineers, and inventors take place in an informal and relaxed setting…with free food!
The program is sponsored by the St. Louis Science Center and is run by teens, for teens. It was inspired by the Café Scientifique programs that have become popular at science centers throughout the world. There will be a different Teen Science Cafe event each month. The March Teen Cafe will feature “Bionics.”

NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Class
Taught by Monty Schrunk starting Feb. 19 at Homelink, SHARE’s learning center, located at 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63125.
Course Description:
The goal of this course is to learn the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for the safe and proper use of a shotgun in shooting a moving target. Topics covered are:
– Identification of shotgun parts, action types, and demonstration of how each functions.
– NRA rules for safe gun handling; explain and demonstrate how to handle a shotgun safely
– Ammunition: components of a shotgun shell, types of shotgun ammunition and their intended use, matching ammunition to the correct shotgun and dealing with ammunition malfunctions.
– Explain and demonstrate the fundamentals of shooting a shotgun
– Safely shoot a shotgun on a range, shooting at a moving target using the five fundamentals of shotgun shooting.
– Identify and safely use the materials needed to clean a shotgun
– Explain ways to pursue shotgun-shooting activities after the course
– Explain the criteria for selecting a shotgun
– Identify various shooting organizations and explain how to become involved with them
Students who successfully complete the course, demonstrate the skills learned and pass the final exam will receive a NRA certificate of completion.
Grade/Age Level: 7th grade and up; minimum age 12
Curriculum: Class will use materials from the National Rifle Association. Packets will be distributed on the first day of class.
Parent Info:
One parent may attend with each minor student, as an unregistered observer, at no additional charge. However, only registered students will receive course materials, participate in shooting exercises and be eligible to receive a course completion certificate. Parents are welcome to register as a student and participate in all class activities with their child, but in case of over-enrollment priority will be given to youth students.
Cost: $125 per student. This covers all course materials, range time and ammunition.
Family Discount: When multiple members of a single family register for the course, members will receive a progressive $5 discount. In other words the first member pays full price, the 2nd receives a $5 discount, 3rd receives a $10 discount, etc.
Class Size: Minimum: 4 students; Maximum: 6 students
Additional Information:
– No live ammunition is permitted in the classroom at any time. Firearms and ammunition will be provided for the course; students should not bring their own unless previously arranged with and approved by the instructor.
– Range exercises will be conducted at St. Louis Skeet & Trap Club, possibly on two Mondays. Tentative dates (pending final scheduling) are March 25 and April 15
– Class will begin later than other Spring Homelink classes. The first class will be on Tuesday, February 19. This is so that the (outdoor) range sessions will occur later in the term.
– If interested contact Monty Schrunk at msguntraining@att.net

St. Louis Symphony’s 2013 Winter Educational Concerts at Powell Hall
Hosted by SHARE and all homeschoolers are welcome to attend with us.
The new Educational Director has brought in some talented, creative performers to complement the St. Louis Symphony music. She told a group of homeschoolers – “We listened to your suggestions and are trying to bring back the wonderful multi-sensory concert experience from past years.”
Don’t miss these two offerings in February…
~Young People’s Concert – “Magical Movements – the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 am
Britten’s classic “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” gets a new spin with the addition of dancers from DanceWorks Chicago. Watch as the orchestra comes together section by section before your eyes. This dynamic partnership makes for a magical experience where the whole is much larger than the sum of its parts
~Kinder Konzert – “Remarkable Farkle” on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:00 am
Poor Farkle McBride tries every instrument, but none of them are quite right. With text from the popular children’s book by John Lithgow accompanied by selections from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, join Farkle on his journey to find his place in the orchestra, and learn about the different instrument families along the way.
To sign up for one or both of the Educational Concerts, go to the Public Page of the SHARE website at www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share/ and click on the “Public Calendar” link on the left sidebar at the bottom. When the calendar appears, click on the date/concert you’re interested in. A pop-up window will appear on the left side of your screen. Fill out the required information and your name will be added to the sign-up list. SHARE pays for your spot when your name is on the list.
Send your payment of $5.00 per person (child or adult) to Kerrie Tate, 617 Bacon Ave. St. Louis MO 63119. Checks are made payable to SHARE. The beautiful Powell Symphony Hall is in the Grand Center District, located one block north of The Fox Theatre, at 718 N. Grand, 63101.
For more information go to the “Powell Hall Concerts – NEW” link on the left sidebar of the SHARE website. Scroll over to the different concert webpages. Feel free to email, text or call with any questions.
Hope you can join us!   Kerrie Tate (kertatefieldtrip@aol.com or 314-791-0000)

VOLLEYBALL
6th, 7th, 8th grade girls and boys are invited to practice volleyball skills starting every Friday from  February 22nd- March 15th, from 4:30-6:30pm.
All players must submit a registration form that should be turned in on the 1st day, Feb.22nd. The price to participate is $35 per player to cover the cost of the gym space due Feb. 22nd.
Players will learn and practice passing, serving, and other volleyball techniques as well as playing the game to develop individual skills for the volleyball season.
For more information contact, Asa and Dana Merritt–Asante, UCity Parents and UCity Alumni at 314-862-4302 or email asa_assata@yahoo.com

Live Bald Eagle Display
Saturday, Feb. 23; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford, IL
www.ConfluenceTower.com
Witness an eagle up close and personal with The World Bird Sanctuary! Ask handlers questions about eagles and see the majestic beauty of our nation’s symbol. Event is free.

KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION
The SHARE Kindergarten Graduation is open to all homeschoolers as we know that not too many groups offer this ceremony for the little ones. Here’s the details on our first planning meeting:
St. Andrew Catholic School, 309 Hoffmeister, St. Louis, MO 63123
Thursday, February 28, 2013; 7 p.m.
IMPORTANT: Please bring your calendars for the first meeting.
Our biggest challenge is finding a date that works for the most people.
If you are unable to make the meeting, your student can still participate in the graduation (you just don’t get much input). But after each meeting I send out a little email recap so that all those who were unable to attend know what decisions have been made and what is expected of them. If you want to participate but can’t make the first meeting, please email me your graduate’s full name and I will add you to the email list. ekcjmullins@gmail.com
Thanks!
Cathy Mullins, SHARE Leader

Earth Day Slogan Contest:  5th graders
Attention Fifth Grade Teachers –
We have extended our Earth Day Slogan Contest deadline to Feb. 28! If your students have not submitted their slogan entry, there is still time to get it sent in.
It’s also time to think about registering to attend our annual Earth Day Celebration April 19, at the Missouri State Capitol. This hands-on educational event is geared toward fifth grade students and continues the long tradition of promoting environmental awareness and educating our students. The day is packed with fun activities, including live presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary, a recycled craft area, several learning booths, and live stage games and performances.
Drop your lunch coolers off with our “cooler corral” attendant and spend the day learning ways to use energy efficiently and protect our air, water and land.
-Learn how to make unique crafts using everyday items that may have otherwise been discarded.
-Experience the thrill of seeing a huge endangered hawk swoop across the crowd as the bird handlers describe the efforts taken to protect these amazing creatures.
-Discover the wonders of water and learn what we can do to protect it.
-Join in the Zero Waste Challenge to see how we can reduce the waste from our lunches each day.
-Check out the impressive collection of exhibits at the Missouri State Museum, located in the State Capitol Building.
-Join us on stage to play Environmental Survivor and win prizes!
Visit http://dnr.mo.gov/earthday to submit your slogan entry and register for the event.

HELPS 3rd Annual Curriculum Sale
Saturday, March 23rd
Sale from 9-12pm
Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 3515 Shackelford Rd. Florissant, MO 63031
Please join us on Saturday, March 23rd for HELPS curriculum sale. This is a great opportunity to buy or sell used curriculum prior to the Expo. This is open to all homeschoolers.
To sell curriculum, you will need to reserve a table. The cost for non-HELPS member is $6. This includes a table and 2 chairs. Please bring your own change. Reservations can be made by sending an email to Laura at HELPSfieldtrips@gmail.com. We will take reservations until all tables are sold. Set up will be Saturday from 8am-9am.
Refreshments will be available to purchase. Proceeds benefit the HELPS home ec club.

DAYSPRING SUMMER CAMPS
DaySpring School of the Arts, 2608 Metro, St. Louis, Missouri 63043
www.dayspringarts.org
314.291.8878
This Summer…
Shakespeare Family Festival
Art
Performing Arts
Music
Dance
Circus & Preschool
Academy Enrichment
Registration forms can be downloaded from our website.
Sibling and multiple camp discounts: 10%
Registration Fee: $20 per student after June 1st
Click here to see more camp details on our website.
Please call us if you have any questions at all.

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

Homeschool Events List for January 25, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

DOCUMENT CONVERSION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers needed to help work on publishing Holt’s Growing Without Schooling as a print and e-book. For your efforts, you will be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the book.
See here how easy the process is (although requires some time):
https://vimeo.com/57296191
Password: GWS
Pat Farenga, Carlo Ricci, and Steve Tedesco are working to publish in book form and as an e-book the magazine John Holt started (Growing Without Schooling). To date we have made progress with help, but it has become clear that if we want to complete this in a timelier manner we need more help. In order to do this we need to convert the PDF files that we have into Word documents. This is not difficult, but time consuming. It can take 6 or 7 hours per issue and we will offer support throughout and we will send you a straightforward 11 min training video to explain how to do it (see above)-we are hoping that we get enough people so that each person would volunteer to convert one issue.IT IS REALLY EASY, but time consuming and that is why we need the help. As well, if you get stuck we will always be available to help and answer questions.
So, if you are willing to help, please contact Carlo Ricci at carlor@nipissingu.ca  For your efforts, you will be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the book.
You would need to have access to the Internet, Adobe PDF Reader to open PDFs (this is free software), and Word. We are looking for about 30 or 40 volunteers on a first come, first allocated basis. Without your help, we doubt that this important work can be completed.
Please share this email widely.
Thanks so much,
Dr. Carlo Ricci
Professor, Schulich School of Education, Graduate Studies
E-mail: carlor@nipissingu.ca
www.nipissingu.ca/education/carlor
www.nipissingu.ca/jual/index.asp  (Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning)
www.youtube.com/UnschoolingChannel

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

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