Gardening Family Fun Event

We had a wonderful time planting our RE garden and preparing for the plant sale on Saturday. The weather cooperated beautifully – it was sunny and lovely on Saturday and then after our plants were in the ground, it rained. Yay for good luck!

A big thank you to Matt and Jen Campbell who built the raised bed for us. It made our job on Saturday much easier!

We started our garden by prepping the ground – Christy brought an awesome tool that helped us strip the ground of all weeds. I loved it! After we got rid of the weeds, we loosened up the top soil. Then we added special soil Michael procured for us from a local farmer. After the raised bed was ready, we put in the plants given to us by Elaine Mohr of Southside Gardens and the Bonella family. We planted tomatoes, eggplant, kale, swiss chard, basil, and bell peppers. We also planted marigolds along the outside to help with bugs. It looks beautiful!

While one group was working on the raised bed, another group was inside creating posters for our plant sale. Indigo and Connor worked diligently on creating beautiful signs advertising our sale and all of the different plants we had. They did an amazing job.

It was not all work and no play, though. We took breaks to fly a Spiderman kite and kick a soccer ball.

Gardening is fun!! I’m so excited to see our plants grow and eat the bounty!

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PNO: Superhero Scavenger Hunt

We had a super fun time at Parents’ Night Out on Friday!

We began the night by creating superhero identities and then making accompanying costumes. We had everyone from Superman to Buzz Lightyear to Super Talks A Lot to Vampire Shark in attendance!

Then, the superheroes had to bond together to defeat the evil songstress villain and complete a massive 16-clue scavenger hunt to find dessert. The hunt took them from the Memorial Garden, all around the outside and inside of the fellowship, to the Inez Alsop room just in time for cookies and milk.

After dessert, some of the superheroes watched a movie about other superheroes, The Incredibles, while the rest of the group played games.

We have one brave, talented, and fun group of superhero RE kids!

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April

April is a month for growth and renewal. This month the K-2nd and 3rd-6th graders will begin to study the New Testament. The preschoolers will learn about and celebrate Passover, Easter, and May Day. And, the infants and toddlers will study themes like spring, Easter, picnics, the five senses, and plants. As a group, we will have fun at a scavenger-themed Parents’ Night Out on April 6th, at a fellowship Easter brunch and egg hunt on April 8th, at the fellowship Soup Supper on April 19th, and at our Family Fun event of gardening on April 28th. I hope you will join us for all of these enriching lessons and activities!

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PNO: St. Patrick’s Day

The luck of the Irish was with us Friday night – we had a great time! The night began with four-leaf clover making and decorating. We then created a “We are lucky” display in the RE hallway. Check it out!

After the clovers, the kids followed a rainbow-themed scavenger hunt to find their green dessert. Each clue led them closer to the lime sherbet floats. Yummy! In addition to the floats, the kids enjoyed celery with Green Goddess dressing, green grapes, and Lucky Charms as snacks.

Following dessert, we played some leprechaun games. The first challenge was to try to drop a coin held between your two ring fingers while your middle fingers were folded. Unless you’re double-jointed like Larry, you can’t do it!

Then we played “Hide the Coin.”  William, Owen, and I were the leprechauns and the rest of the kids had to pass the coin around the circle without us knowing who had it at any given time. They worked out an awesome strategy and it took someone dropping the coin for us to know who had it!

The last game we played was “Find the Rainbow.” We took turns placing a rainbow somewhere in the Jupiter room. Then the rest of us had to find it. Once we found it we retuned the magic carpet without telling anyone where it was. Each round got harder and harder, but we all managed to find the rainbow each time. It was a super fun game.

We ended the night with the classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” We were all enchanted by the rainbows, munchkins, and Emerald City. The movie may not exactly be about St. Patrick’s Day or leprechauns, but it was pretty magical nonetheless!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!

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March

Our RE children sure are lucky! In the month of March, they will continue their studies of the Bible, the Chalice Children curriculum, and weekly nursery themes. They will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day twice: once at Parents’ Night Out on March 2nd, from 6:30-9:30 pm, and the other at the Family Fun Parade Viewing on March 17th at 12:00pm. Please join us for learning and fun this month.

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Meadowlark Valentine’s Party

Happy Valentine’s Day! We had a great time celebrating the holiday of love at Meadowlark Hills on Saturday.  We started the party with yummy snacks: mini sandwiches, cookies, fruit, punch, and a little candy! Then, we put on our Valentine’s performance. We sang three songs with accompanying motions: “You are my Sunshine,” “Skidamarink,” and the Barney theme song, “I Love You.” After our songs Nick played a great piece on the piano and we handed out our Valentine’s cards that we decorated at Parents’ Night Out. The residents absolutely loved them. It must have been all of the glitter! To conclude the party, we dressed up in cool Valentine’s props (heart sunglasses, boas, scarves, etc) and visited each table to take pictures with the residents. It was so fun!

This party was a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We made new friends and helped brighten the lives of people who we don’t always get to see at the Fellowship. I loved it!

A big thank you to Kim Belanger and the Caring Committee, especially Kathleen Oldfather and Shirley Hobrock, for helping us create such a fun party!

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PNO Valentine’s Day

We loved Parents’ Night Out on Friday. The theme for the night was Valentine’s Day. We made Valentine’s cards for UUFM Meadowlark Hills residents. Then we had mini cupcakes with pink icing. After dessert, we practiced three songs to sing at our Meadowlark Hills Valentine’s Party next Saturday. The kids even came up with motions for the words. Then we played chain tag. The person who was “it” chased the rest of us and as soon as s/he tagged someone that person linked arms with the chain. By the end of the game a lot of people were trying to run together. It was pretty funny. After the game, we watched Gnomeo and Juliet, a gnome-version of the classic Shakespeare tale, Romeo and Juliet. While we watched some of us finished the Valentine’s cards. When the movie was over, we played tag, had a dance party, and cleaned up. It was a great night for RE bonding!

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February

In the month of February the children in the RE program are going to show their love for each other, the Fellowship, and their community. On February 3rd, at Parents’ Night Out, they are going to make valentines and cookies, on February 5th, they are going to count cans to donate to the Flint Hills Breadbasket, and on February 11th they are going to have a Valentine’s party at Meadowlark Hills with the UUFM residents there. They are also going to continue to love learning in their Sunday classes, studying the Bible, the Fellowship, weekly themes, and the Our Whole Lives curriculum. It is going to be a lovely month!

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Chili Tasting

Yee-haw! The Chili Tasting Fellowship event on Saturday night was so much fun!

The night started out with a delicious dinner. There were 15 different chilies to try, along with salad, cornbread, muffins, and dessert. It was tough competition for whose chili was the best, but in the end the poblano pepper pork chili made by the Hobrocks won.

After we ate, the kids and some adults gathered in the Jupiter room for the Cake Walk. Brownies, cookies, cakes, and more were given out to winners. What a yummy activity!

Then it was time for music and dancing. Michael Oldfather played and lead us in singing two classic country songs. After that the square dancers took the stage. Their outfits were amazing – as was their dancing. It was so fun to watch…and do! When they were finished demonstrating, they went with us to the Inez Alsop room for our turn! We did some dances we already knew, like the “chicken dance” and “the seven jumps” dance. Then we got to try some new ones. It was a great time. After all the dancing, we went home to get some much needed rest.

Thank you to the social committee for planning and executing such an awesome night. Happy trails!

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January

This month in the RE program, we begin anew. The K-2nd and 3rd-6th graders will begin a new curriculum on the Judaeo-Christian roots of Unitarian Universalism, the preschoolers will resume their Chalice Children curriculum with new lessons, the infants and toddlers will explore new themes, and the K-2nd and 4th-6th graders will start their Our Whole Lives program. We will also celebrate the New Year during Parents’ Night Out on Friday, January 6th and have some Family Fun at the Fellowship’s Chili Tasting on Saturday, January 14th. The month promises to be a great start to 2012. Happy New Year’s Everyone!

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