October 2017

We’ll continue to use themes this year as each class explores its curriculum, but we’re switching things up a bit in the elementary classes. Rather than continuing with our three year rotation between UUism, Jewish and Christian Heritage, and World Religions, we’re dividing the whole year into quarters and each topic will consume a quarter. The fourth quarter will be our summer program.

By including the full rotation within one year, the RE program should be easier to manage for volunteer teachers. You could pick one of the three topics and commit to teaching for just a few months (or even a few weeks) – not the whole year!  We could use a few more helpers in class. If you’re interested, please let me know.

The teens (7th-12th grade) will be semester oriented with fall being a fun curriculum that Molly is putting together about learning from social convention. Spring semester will be Virtue Ethics. Also, we’re encouraging our high school juniors and seniors to participate in a transitioning program that works with a mentor as they travel the road to young adulthood.  If you’re interested in being an official mentor to one of our older teens, please let me know.

Remember: all children must be registered for the 2017-2018 year and registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board at the end of the hallway as well as online at: http://form.jotform.us/form/51486475507160.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) will be offered for teens in 7th-9th grades in the winter and spring (roughly January-May). Our trained facilitators are Molly McGaughey, Jen and Matt Campbell. A schedule is still being created, but classes will likely be after regular Sunday school from 12:30-3:30. We understand that students won’t be able to make every class, but we hope they can attend most.

We also intend to offer the OWL curriculum for Kindergarten-2nd graders in the winter (January through mid-March). Classes will be after regular Sunday school from about 12:30-1:30.

If you have a student in 7th-9th grade or K-2nd grade and would like them to attend, please let me know. I’m happy to answer questions about the OWL program, and there’s also great information at: http://www.uua.org/re/owl.

We’re looking forward to a great year!



Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) – Friday, October 6 – 6:30-9:30 p.m.

WE’RE BACK! Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) is for children from 3-12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie, have some popcorn, and games and art projects are available. A $5 per child contribution helps us cover expenses. Dinner is not served at Parent Night Out. Please be sure your kids are fed before arriving. REMEMBER: THIS IS AN RSVP EVENT AND SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, October 5.

Trunk or Treat Family Fun for Everyone – Sunday, October 29 – 12:30 p.m.

Coffee time moves to the parking lot on the 30th and everyone is encouraged to decorate their car trunks and distribute Halloween trinkets to the kids. We’ll have prizes for costumes and prizes for trunk decorations (which are always FANTASTIC!). There will be pizza!

Third Sunday Teen Lunch – Sunday, October 15
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather for lunch (usually pizza) after the service.


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