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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PNO New Year

Happy New Year! We rung in the new year this month at Parents’ Night Out. We started the night by creating promise calendars. Each kid wrote a promise they vowed to keep in 2012 and then drew a calendar below it. For every month they keep their promise, they can give themselves a star, smiley face, or check mark. We’ll see how they do!

Then we threw pennies into a wishing well to make wishes for 2012. After everyone had a turn, we made our own wishing wells for dessert. Jello, pudding, Swedish fish – what could be better?!

After dessert, we played genie. Everyone had a turn to make a wish for the group: “everyone’s a bunny, everyone hops on one foot, everyone does jumping jacks.” It was super fun.

Then we watched “The Princess and the Frog,” a movie about a girl who has a dream and works hard to achieve it.

We had such a good night. 2012 is off to a good start!

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Cookie Swap

We had a super sweet time at our cookie swap on Saturday. Everyone brought delicious cookies, from mint brownies to pepper nuts to snicker doodles to classic chocolate chip. While we got ready to swap, the kids made holiday cards to give to fellowship members and decorated sugar cookies with food coloring. It was a lovely, relaxed holiday afternoon and sure got me in the spirit for celebrating. I hope everyone enjoys their yummy cookie collection!

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PNO: Birthday Party

Happy Birthday to us! We had a fabulous birthday party Parents’ Night Out on Friday, complete with cake, a piñata, and the movie, Peter Pan.

We began the night by painting birthday cards and hats. The kids got really into it and created wonderful pieces of art – the colors were so vibrant.

Then we had birthday cake and ice cream and sang to Destinie, whose actual birthday was Thursday. Perfect timing!

After the cake, we all took turns hitting a piñata filled with puzzle pieces and fruit snacks. We began with the youngest, Luke, and ended with the oldest, Destinie. We got through the line-up one and half times. William’s mighty swings during the second round took down the piñata and all of the kids scrambled for the prizes.

Then we played “toss it.” The kids chose partners and had to see how far they could get tossing different objects. First we tossed the cardboard bricks from the nursery. Then we tossed plastic rings. Surprisingly, the rings were harder. We got pretty far apart before dropping them, though.

After “toss it,” we played “2 truths and a lie.” Every kid had to say 2 true things and one false thing about themselves and the rest of the group had to guess which one was the lie. Leah’s was the hardest: “I have 2 dogs, 2 dads, and 2 baby brothers.” Hmm… all false. She’s such a trickster!

Finally, in the theme of growing older/not wanting to grow older, we watched Peter Pan. It was so awesome to see the wonder on the kids’ faces as Peter and the gang flew, battled Captain Hook, and saved Tinkerbell’s life.

It was a wonderful Parents’ Night Out. So much fun! Happy birthday to all and to all a good night!

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December RE activities

In the month of December we will be continuing our social action work from last month by participating in the Guest at Your Table program. In our classrooms, we will celebrate the holidays of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. We will also have two celebrations of our own: a birthday-themed Parents’ Night Out on December 2nd and a Family Fun Cookie Swap on December 17th. Please join in all of the festive fun!

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Thanksgiving Potluck

We had such a wonderful time on Saturday night at our Family Fun Thanksgiving Potluck. Lots of families came along with our room grandparents and other members of the fellowship. It was a packed house!

As the turkey finished cooking, gravy was made, and people arrived with their side dishes, we played and decorated place mats. The place mats were so colorful and artistic – and creative! I think the life cycle of the turkey was my favorite!

Then it was time to eat. We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, fresh breads and rolls, salads, crock pot lasagna, and other yummy dishes. If you had any room left, there were plenty of desserts: cranberry salad, apple crisp, fig bread, caramel apple cheese cake, donuts, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, mince meat pie, and other delectable sweets. It was a feast!

When we were done eating, everyone was given a feather to write something they were thankful for on. Then we played “pin-the-feather-on-the-turkey.”  So fun! Maeve spun me so many times I headed in the complete wrong direction! Thankfully she guided me and I finally made it to the turkey. Our families and friends are thankful for so many things: their families, the fellowship, being able to celebrate together, friendships, food, and having fun.

The evening ended with a massive clean-up effort. Thank you Michael, Cybil, Kim, Scott, and Kathleen, among many others who extended helping hands in the kitchen.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday everyone!!

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Halloween Party!

Tonight was spooktacular! The McGaugheys hosted an amazing family Halloween Party! We played, jumped on a trampoline, ate, dared to be scared, danced, decorated pumpkins, and guessed each other’s costumes. Such fun!

The night started with free play and costume admiring. We had a lot of Harry Potter characters at the party: Ginny, Doby, Hermione, Professor McGonagall, and even Harry himself! We also had ninjas, a dragon, a fire fighter, a chef, a princess, a spider, a zebra, a monkey, a bride of Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, a jedi, a zombie cheerleader, a construction worker, a witch, and more!

Then there was more playing and dinner. It was great seeing the kids having so much fun together!

If you dared, you could walk through the scary haunted hallway in the basement. There was a reward at the end, though – a dance party! The kids had some awesome moves. Owen even tried breakdancing!

Then we played games: pin the eyeball on the monster, eat a fruit-by-the-foot without your hands, and find your partner (Scott’s Juliet found Courtney’s Romeo and my Bert found Sandy’s Ernie!). Some kids decorated pumpkins, too. So cute!

Treats abound tonight, but for me that wasn’t the sweetest thing. It was seeing the kids playing, eating, jumping, and dancing together. We have such amazing families!

Happy Halloween everyone!

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PNO Pajama Party

We had a wild and crazy time at the PNO Pajama Party on Friday night. We build a fort, played football, ate pizza, drew pictures, played games, watched Toy Story, and ate cake. It was a lot of fun!

The night started off with fort building. Using tables, chairs, the dividers from the Jupiter (Large RE) room, and sheets I had brought from home, the kids constructed a cool fort for the night. It was even equipped with beds – although none of the kids wanted to do any sleeping at this pajama party!

After that, we went outside and played football and a quick game of elephant tag.

Then it was inside for pizza, carrots, grapes, and milk. Yummy!

After dinner, we broke up into 3 groups: one went into the nursery to play with toys, one back outside to play football, and another stayed inside to draw and perfect our fort.

At 7:30 it was movie time! This month we watched Toy Story. Most of the kids snuggled up in the Jupiter room for the movie and popcorn. Some stayed in the nursery to play with toys. They built buildings with the cardboard bricks, made tea, and took dolls for walks. Another group played games in the Inez Alsop room with Harriette Janke. She brought all sorts of new games to introduce to the kids, like Rummy Cube. Rumor had it the games were quite competitive!

Jack Warren’s birthday party group was nice enough to leave us some cake, so at 8:30 we took a cake break. Happy Birthday Jack! The kids REALLY enjoyed the cake!

After the sugar rush, some of the kids watched the rest of the movie. Others played tag, built buildings with blocks, or drew pictures.

To finish the night, we had a dance party! It was rockin’ good fun. We paused the music every so often, and some of the poses the kids had to freeze in were tough. I was super impressed!

All in all it was a pajamarific good night!

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