PNO: Travel

Friday was Parents’ Night Out. Christy, Larry and I got the privilege of hanging out with a great bunch of kiddos. Larry took a group up to the garden, where they worked on building forts. The great thing is they also learned a thing or two about nature, hard work, and team work! Burke found what he considered a prize stick (simply perfect for the cause) and asked for help. Conner, Nick, Indigo and William all came running to assist, instantly. They worked together to shift the stick to fit through the opening in the trees. For an hour our children worked together. Their communication and compromising skills were in use the whole time. Not once was there a snide remark or eye roll from the bunch.
Kaia was pretty much adorable! She said I could come with her through the woods so I could keep her safe! She also pointed out that one should not eat berries on the bushes OR the ground because we do not know if they are “eat-able”. As she and I were winding our way through the woods looking at snail shells, moss, and other bits of treasure, Kaia taught me about fort building, what to do if we got lost, and what kind of shoes one should where when in the woods. We did not get lost, for she had the foresight to make us a map prior to our adventure!
The movie “Bed Knobs and Broomsticks” went over well. All ages loved it!! At first the kids were not sure…it starts off slow. But thanks to Larry, they kept the faith and interest in what was going on. My favorite was hearing Larry’s laughter right along with the kids’. We are so fortunate to have such a lovely, outgoing adult willing to get right in there and experience adventures with our kids! Just think of all they learn from having Larry as a role model!…
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June

This month we take off on our summer World Traveler adventures. On Friday, June 1st, we kick off our summer of travel with a travel-themed Parents’ Night Out. Then we’ll have a Bon Voyage party for all of our travelers on June 3rd. The next three Sundays we’ll visit the Manney’s property, camp out and canoe, and take a “trip” to Japan with the McKees. Grab your passports and come join us!

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Family Fun Spring Cleaning

What a super fun and productive Saturday. The RE kids (and adults) got together to clean up and organize our classrooms. The older kids (and adult help) painted the newly remodeled stage room. What a great way to allow our kids some investment in their fellowship and help create the sacred space they deserve. Lots of eager little guys worked through ALL the craft supplies in the Jupiter room. They checked markers and glue etc. to see what we needed, what we had, and to generally have a blast together. The nursery room was transformed by Rylee, Sloane and Owen…Who all enjoyed being a part of such activities as Lego collecting, trash duties, and stuffed animal detail. Rylee even began coming up with his own ideas of jobs: cleaning the window on the door, stacking blocks in the window…He took such a sense of pride in his work, holding his little head high! There was music going, cheese-sticks galore and lots of laughter. We are giving our children such a gift by allowing them these opportunities to get involved…to have a say in decisions that ultimately affect them. What a great community of children we have here! To see them all work together for a common goal, to steadily make the conscious choice to continue with the work, is beautiful.

Another thing I learned from the kids that day was inclusion. One child had invited her friend to come work…She came, smile pasted on her face, paint clothes on ready to contribute. A funny thing happened, she made friends. Our children included her in the games the same as the work. She was playing tag with Burke and plopping on chairs to share popcorn with other children. She told me that this was the “best place ever”. I sometimes struggle to open my arms wide enough for everyone who walks through our doors, to open them long enough to catch the shy stragglers. But our children embraced this little girl, gave it not a second thought…and what a gift we received in return. They didn’t struggle with eye contact, or small talk. They didn’t have to put judgments aside, for they didn’t have any. They just held hands and hearts easily followed.

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PNO: Mary Poppins

We really did have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time on Friday night! We started the evening by drawing with sidewalk chalk in the parking spots in the lower lot. They were so life-sized, we could jump into them just like Mary Poppins! Then we went inside to cool off with Rice Krispie treats and rainbow sherbet. Just a spoonful -or two- of sugar! After our treats, we settled in to watch the movie, Mary Poppins, or play with toys in the nursery.

After the kids started watching the movie, the adults snuck away to the reception for Mary Gleason. Katherine and her sister, Allison, filled in for us while we were gone. Thank you Katherine and Allison!

All in all, it was a jolly holiday of a Parents’ Night Out!

 

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May

This month we will conclude our school-year classes and prepare for our summer World Travelers’ program. On May 20th, the preschoolers, K-2nd, and 3rd-8th graders will present what they have learned this semester in their classes to the fellowship during the service. We will also prepare for the summer by doing some spring cleaning and painting on May 19th at the fellowship. We still plan to have a lot of fun, too. On May 4th we will have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Parents’ Night Out and on May 17th we will eat dinner together during our monthly Third Thursday soup supper. Yay for May!

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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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