October 2018

We have officially begun our school year programming. We started in early September with a “Safety Day” where students learned what to do in case of fire, tornado, etc. (It was fun to discharge an old fire extinguisher in the parking lot.)

Now we’re on to our age-divided classes. 7th-12th grades meet with Molly in the Jupiter room (it’s a big group and they need the space). The “7-up class” is exploring the UUA Neighboring Faiths curriculum. They’ll be having deep faith formation discussions along with monthly field trips to other houses of worship.

Babies and toddlers are the center of the universe so the Nursery is our Sun room. We’re still trying to hire a couple of folk to be nursery attendants (or classroom helpers) so if you know anyone who might be interested please ask them to contact me. Maybe a student at the university?

The PreK and Kindergarten group “PreK & K” meets in the Alsop room at the round table (recently refurbished by Dan Swenson!). They’re using the UUA curriculum, “Chalice Children” which aims to get students comfortable with the fellowship through stories, activities, and the seven principles. Teachers in that class will rotate between Carrie Cave, Susan Rensing, and Christie Launius.

1st-3rd graders meet in the Mercury room also with rotating teachers. So far we have Matt Sayre, Lily Colburn, and myself on tap… anybody else interested in an occasional Sunday? Maybe just subbing in once between now and Christmas? First quarter is all about Unitarian Universalism and they use a great picture book curriculum aptly titled “Picture Book Unitarian Universalism.”

The 4th-6th graders meet in the Neptune room. They also start the year with Unitarian Universalism and have rotating teachers. They’ll explore faith formation using the “Lodestone” curriculum and the “Spirit of Adventure” curriculum. Both of those have some incredibly fun activities perfect for this rambunctious age group (the Mentos and Coke lesson is wonderful!).

Remember: all children must be registered for the 2018-2019 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.

 

Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) – Friday, October 7 – 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) is for children from 3-years-old to 6th grade (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 6.

 

Trunk or Treat Family Fun for Everyone – Sunday, October 28 – 12:15 p.m. (ish)

Coffee time moves to the lower parking lot on the 28th 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! (BYOB)

See you soon,

Sandy Nelson

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