May 2018

CREATIVITY / SCHOOL YEAR ENDS / SUMMER BEGINS –

In May, we celebrate creativity. We often think of creativity as connected to the arts, and indeed, self-expression is an important role for creativity. In addition, creativity can be an important part of problem solving. Children solve problems through play. Young children are naturals at solving problems by being fluid, playful and creative. Older children begin to lose their willingness to try things and make mistakes, some say because of our educational system which emphasizes correct answers. We, in Unitarian Universalist religious education, value creativity as part of our theology. We do not know the answers to life’s questions and prefer to keep it that way. Our theology values thinking, wondering, and skepticism as well as imagination, fluidity, and awe – all qualities of creativity.

May 6 and 13 Katie Kingery-Page and Lindsay Smith will encourage students to problem solve as they lead a creative session on outdoor printmaking. On May 20 the teens reflect on their semester of problem solving as they lead the regular program, touching on their curriculum from UUA, Virtue Ethics. Then, as the school year comes to an end we’ll wrap up school-year classes with a creative gathering of all classes on May 27.

And then we’re off to summer and the UU World Travelers program. Once again our RE students travel around the world, learning new skills along the way, without ever leaving Kansas. Every week a new host from the Fellowship takes them on a “tour” of a far-away place, new skill, imaginary or real life destination. On tap so far is learning how to fish, an overnight backyard camping trip, canoeing (an annual favorite), and possibly learning how to use a riding lawn mower (I see races in our future). Who could pass up any of that fun stuff?!

Do you have a passion you’d like to share? There are still slots open and we’d love to have you join us for a morning. Do you cook? Have you been on a cruise? Do you love to quilt? knit? sing? Contact Sandy Nelson at DRE@uufm.net for details on the summer program.

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN –
The May Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) is cancelled because Sandy will be out of town (visiting her new granddaughter!). We’ll gather next on Friday, June 1.

FAMILY FUN
Plans are in the works for a fellowship-wide Memorial Day picnic on Saturday, May 26. Stay tuned!

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)
Our Whole Lives is over for our 7th-9th grade group. Thank you for respecting their class time by not passing through the Jupiter room. If your family would like to participate in future OWL courses, please contact Sandy at dre@uufm.net.

See you soon,

Sandy

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April 2018

APRIL FAMILY FUN –

Sunday, April 1 – Easter

Join us following the Sunday morning service on April 1, for the Fellowship’s annual Easter Potluck Brunch, and Easter Egg Hunt. Kids are invited to eat first and then gather in the Jupiter room for the start of egg hunting at about 12:15. If you’ve never seen the egg hunt – we do things a little different. The hunt is not a free-for-all egg grab. Instead, we hide a SET of 6 eggs for each child. Each different colored plastic egg has a letter sticker on it and kids hunt for the secret word (SPRING) and all six colors. Once they’ve found their six eggs they exchange them for a wide selection of fun Easter trinkets. Each age group has a specific area in which to search. Older kids have to really hunt for their eggs all the way up the hill. Younger kids have an easier time of it around the flat areas. Teens are encouraged to assist the younger children. It’s always fun and no one goes home disappointed.

 

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN –

Our next Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) gathers on Friday, April 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Fellowship. Parent Night Out is designed for children from 3 to 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. Supper is NOT served at Parent Night Out so please be sure your kids are fed before arriving. This is an RSVP event and space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, April 5, so that supplies and volunteers can be gathered.

 

SUMMER PLANNING –

It’s coming! It’s coming! The summer program is coming! Once again our RE students will travel around the world, learning new skills along the way, without ever leaving Kansas. Every week a new host from the Fellowship will take them on a “tour” of a far-away place, new skill, imaginary or real life destination. UUFM World Travelers are looking for you. Our students would love to visit with you on a Sunday morning and learn all about one of your passions. Do you enjoy bird watching? Share your passion! Do you love to cook? Share your passion! Have you been on a cruise? Share the adventure with our children! A sampling of past “journeys” include: a trip through the Milky Way Galaxy, a search through the Amazon, a journey to Laos complete with Laos “bingo” as a learning tool, exploration of cave art, the world of bees, a tour of PIZZA! We’ve even been to the International Space Station! Got a seed of an idea? Tell me and together we’ll turn it into a whole program. It’s easy–just ask a few of the folks who have done it in the past: Tom and Monta Manney, Dick Beeman, Larry Weaver, Ken Embers, Charley Kempthorne, Sylvia Beeman, Mark Clarke, Brice Hobrock, Scott Tanona, Lily Colburn, Matt Campbell, Susan Adamchak … Let’s add your name to the list! If you’d like to host a “tour” or just help out as an extra adult in the room, please let me know. We have lots of slots to fill and always welcome volunteers.

 

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)

Our Whole Lives is over for our K-2 kids but continues through April for the 7th-9th grade group. If your family would like to participate in future OWL courses, please contact Sandy at dre@uufm.net.

See you soon,

Sandy

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March 2018

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)

Our Whole Lives is in full swing. OWL 7-9 started in January and the group of 13 teenagers is very lively and engaged. They meet in the Jupiter room every Sunday from 12:30-3:00. Thanks for giving them their privacy and using a different door to exit the building. OWL K-2 starts February 3 and then runs every Sunday from about 12:30-1:30, until March 11. If your family would like to participate in future OWL course, please contact Sandy at 341-0135 or dre@uufm.net.

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN

Our next Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) gathers on Friday, March 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Fellowship. Parent Night Out is designed for children from 3 to 12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie and have some popcorn. 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 children are fed before arriving. This is an RSVP event and space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, March 1, so that Sandy can gather supplies and make plans.

COMING UP

We get a treat in March. The Swensons are leading classes for a few weeks and helping our youngest members build birdhouses!

See you soon,

Sandy

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February 2018

 

ImmigrāshCON – February 9-11, 2018 (A youth CONference for students in 7th-12th grades)

An opportunity for both a fun and educational experience. The theme is based around the modern issues surrounding American migrants and our current government administration’s push to end immigration into the U.S. Unitarian Universalist youth will learn about current struggles of immigrants and our call to action. There will be activities both educational and fun, including: guest speakers, videos surrounding immigration, workshops such as baking and yoga, touch groups, and a variety show.

$45 per youth. Partial Scholarships are available through UUFM. Register online at https://onrealm.org/smuuchurch/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=MDE2YmQ4MTktYzNlOS00MDIwLWE4OTctYTg0NzAwYjVhMDU2

Sponsored by Kansas UU Youth Cluster in collaboration with Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church (SMUUCh), 9400 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215. Contact Sandy Nelson at UUFM for more information.

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)

Our Whole Lives is in full swing. OWL 7-9 started in January and the group of 13 teenagers is very lively and engaged. They meet in the Jupiter room every Sunday from 12:30-3:00. Thanks for giving them their privacy and using a different door to exit the building. OWL K-2 starts February 3 and then runs every Sunday from about 12:30-1:30, until March 11. If your family would like to participate in future OWL course, please contact Sandy at 341-0135 or dre@uufm.net.

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN

Our next Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) gathers on Friday, February 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Fellowship. Parent Night Out is designed for children from 3 to 12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie and have some popcorn. 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 children are fed before arriving. This is an RSVP event and space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, February 1, so that Sandy can gather supplies and make plans.

COMING UP

We get a treat in March. The Swensons are leading classes for a few weeks and helping our youngest members build birdhouses!

See you soon,

Sandy

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January 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be an awesome year so we’re starting the celebration with a MENTOS EXPLOSION on January 7 – don’t miss it!

 

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)

OWL K-2 – Our Whole Lives for those in Kindergarten through 2nd grade starts in February and runs through mid-March. The K-2 program supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. The weekly one-hour sessions engage children with stories, songs, and activities and include a weekly HomeLink–a homework project for parents and children to do together. If you have questions about this nationally acclaimed curriculum, or if you intend to sign up your child(ren) for the class, please attend a PARENT INFORMATION MEETING on Sunday, JANUARY 14, or Sunday, JANUARY 21, after the morning service. Of course, you can always contact Sandy at 341-0135 or dre@uufm.net with questions.

 

OWL 7-9 – We’ll also be offering the Our Whole Lives curriculum for young teens this winter/spring. Our trained facilitators are Jen and Matt Campbell, and Molly McGaughey. Classes will be Sundays from 12:30-3:00 pm and begin January 7. We understand that students won’t be able to make every class, but we hope they can attend most. If you have a student in 7th-9th grade and would like them to attend, let Sandy know. She’s happy to answer questions about the OWL program. There’s also great information at www.uua.org/re/owl.

 

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN

Our next Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) gathers on Friday, JANUARY 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Fellowship. Parent Night Out is designed for children from 3 to 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. In January we’ll ring in the New Year with some sparkling cider at 9:00 p.m. (New Year’s in Greenland plus a few days). 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. This is an RSVP event and space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, January 4, so that Sandy can gather supplies and make plans.

See you soon,

Sandy

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December 2017

Classes
In December students join together for some Christmas fun.

December 3: Dan and Kathy Swenson share their artistic talents as we make a variety of Christmas crafts. Parents are encouraged to join us after the service and create with their children since there won’t be a Saturday craft day this year.

December 10 & 17: Carolyn Ferguson shares her knowledge of Christmas carols. Did you know Jingle Bells was written by a Unitarian? We’ll learn all kinds of Christmas carol trivia.

December 24: Everyone is invited to a multi-generational “Christmas Eve in the morning” service. There will be no childcare or Sunday school classes.

December 31: Pajama Day! We say goodbye to 2017 in our pajamas with hot chocolate and new year’s resolutions.

No Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) – December 1
Instead of Parent Night Out, everyone is encouraged to attend the Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade. The parade begins at 5:30pm on Poyntz Ave., travels through downtown Manhattan, and ends at City Park. After the parade, gather in Aggieville’s Triangle Park for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

Interfaith Holiday Party for Youth and Teens – December 10, 3:00-5:00 pm
UU teens (7th-12th grade) and youth leaders have been invited to bake cookies with teens and leaders from the Mennonite church, the Jewish congregation, and First Congregational church. Music, games, food, and fun! Location: 1000 Fremont St. (Mennonite church)

 

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.

See you soon,

-Sandy

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November 2017

CLASSES
Students continue to enjoy explorations of Unitarian Universalism and our seven principles.  A big thank you to all the folks we’ve had in the classrooms so far this fall… Molly McGaughey, Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, Scott Tanona, Austin Roberts, Katherine Colburn, Carolyn Ferguson, and Michelle Hill. Having all these new faces allows our students to interact with UUFM adults in a whole new way.  (And the adults are getting a whole new perspective on the students as well!)

November signals the start of the UUSC  “Guest at Your Table” program. Watch for more information about this important fund raising project.

OUR WHOLE LIVES – We’re in the beginning stages of planning the winter Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes. Our intent is to offer the curriculum for Kindergarten-2nd graders (mid-January through mid-March) and for teens in 7th-9th grade (mid-January through May).  If you have children in those age ranges and would like to enroll them in OWL, or if you simply have questions about the OWL program, please contact Sandy Nelson at dre@uufm.net. Also, there’s a lot of great information at: http://www.uua.org/re/owl.

Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) – Friday, November 3 – 6:30-9:30 p.m.
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 to dre @ uufm.net no later than Thursday, November 2.

Family Fun for Everyone – Sunday, November 26
Join us all for the Stone Soup luncheon.

Teen Lunch – Sunday, November 26
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather with the rest of the congregation for lunch in November after the service at the Stone Soup luncheon.

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.

See you soon,

-Sandy

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October 2017

CLASSES
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.

OWL IS COMING!
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!

-Sandy

 

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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September 2017

THANKS
What a fun summer. We “traveled” to St. Louis, Washington DC, New York, Italy, England, the Wyoming back country, and the International Space Station.  We learned about essential oils, maps, and tried our hands at disc golf. We even squeezed in a canoe trip to Pillsbury Crossing and a visit to the Woolly Bee Farm.

Many, many thanks to all our summer tour guides: William Mitchell (disc golf); Mark Clarke (International Space Station); Dan Swenson and Larry Weaver (Pillsbury Crossing); Sandy Nelson (Washington DC); Lily Colburn (New York); Susan Adamchak (maps); Molly and Nick McGaughey (St. Louis); Katherine Colburn (Wyoming), Katie Kingery-Page and Ruby (Italy); the Campbell family (Woolly Bee Farm); Enell Foerester (essential oils); and Jonalu Johnstone (England’s Lake district). Your enthusiasm and participation in the religious education program is much appreciated.

We finish out the summer with a welcome home party and potluck on September 3 and then some music during the September Musicale on the following Sunday.

FALL AND BEYOND
Formal classes begin Sunday, September 17 with a “getting to know you” introduction. 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.

OWL IS COMING!
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!

-Sandy

FAMILY FUN – Sunday, September 3
Join us for a Welcome Back Potluck and Party after the service

THIRD SUNDAY TEEN LUNCH – Sunday, September 17
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather for lunch (usually pizza) after the service.

PARENT NIGHT OUT
Will return in October.

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August 2017

UU WORLD TRAVELERS IS HERE!
During our summer program all students meet together for class where guest “tour guides” from within the congregation lead students on all kinds of adventures. Our June tours have been wide ranging: Disc Golf, International Space Station, and Canoeing.

Here’s our August Schedule:
August 6: Tour of Italy  (Katie Kingery-Page)
August 13: Tour of the Wooly Bee Farm (The Campbell Family) – This is an actual trip and requires permission forms and carpooling. We’ll leave the fellowship about 11:00 (just after the story for all ages) and not return. Instead, we’ll carpool students home by about 1:00 p.m. There will also be activities at the fellowship for any students who choose not to travel to the Campbell’s farm (in Wamego).
August 20: Tour of Essential Oils (Enell Foerster)
August 27: Lake District of England (Jonalu Johnstone)

FAMILY FUN – Saturday, August 12
Summer heat continues in August so everyone – young and old alike – is invited to swim for free at the City Park pool. Meet at the front entrance at 2:00 p.m. I’ll be there to pay your way in.

THIRD SUNDAY TEEN LUNCH – Sunday, August 20
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather for lunch (usually pizza) after the service.

PARENT NIGHT OUT is taking a break for the summer. We’ll start back up in October.

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