UUCPA RE newsletter: October, 2013

October, 2013, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at UUCPA

Contents:
1. October calendar
1a. Senior High calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education: Homework
3. Parent-led service: “Raising UU Children”
4. Baby Journey
5. Family service opportunity
6. Halloween parade

1. October calendar
Sun., Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
   10:45 a.m.: Pick-up choir, Room 9
Sun., Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
   10:45 a.m.: Pick-up choir, Room 9
   11:15 a.m.: Safety training for teachers
   12:00 noon: Second Sunday brunch
Sun., Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
Sun., Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
   10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
   10:40 a.m.: Hallowe’en parade (see below)
Sat., Nov. 2, 11:45 a.m.: Family service opportunity (see below)

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) calendar:
Sun., Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting
Sun., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG meeting

 

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education: Homework

If you haven’t yet seen it, I recommend an article in the October, 2013, issue of Atlantic magazine.

The article is titled “My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me.” For one week, the author does homework alongside his 13 year old daughter — and it’s more work than he bargained for. The author finds he has doubts about whether the homework is worth spending so much time on, and he also cites studies that claim there is little correlation between the amount of homework and academic performance. Also of interest — the author says that the amount of homework increases and decreases in a 30 year cycle, and we are currently at the peak of heavy homework. You can read this article online here.

I was interested in this article because I often hear from kids in middle school and high school how overwhelmed they are by the amount of homework they have. Of course, from my point of view as a religious educator, I care less about academic performance than about whether kids are growing up to be ethical, sensitive, and caring human beings — and as far as I know, homework has not helped kids become more ethical, sensitive, and caring. But I have definitely noticed that kids are getting more homework now than, say, a decade ago.

I wonder what you think about homework — especially those of you who are parents of middle school and high school students. Are kids getting too much homework these days? Do you think kids need lots of homework in order to remain competitive in today’s academic environment? How is homework affecting their lives — and your life as a parent? I’d love to hear from you!

I look forward to seeing you at UUCPA sometime soon,
Rev. Dan Harper

 

3. Parent-led service: “Raising UU Children”

Our senior minister, Amy Morgenstern, writes: “I would like to give our parents the pulpit and bring our congregation several answers to the question, “Why am I raising my child(ren) in this UU congregation?” If you would like to be one of several speakers in a lay-led service on this topic, date TBD, please send me email. — Many thanks! Amy.”

 

4. Baby Journey

If you have an infant and toddler (or are pregnant), and would like to meet with other parents of infants and toddlers, we’re organizing a group that we’re calling “Baby Journey.” There are more than a dozen children under the age of 3 at UUCPA, so there is the potential for a nice size group.

The first meeting will be on Sunday, October 6, at 11:00 (tentatively scheduled for Room 10). Linda Henigin will facilitate the first meeting.

 

5. Family service opportunity

You and your children can help serve lunch at Stevenson House, the federally-subsidized elder housing complex next door to UUCPA. Stevenson House only provides meals on weekdays, so congregations in the area have gotten together to serve meals every Saturday. UUCPA will be serving lunch this Saturday, November 2. We already have people signed up to prepare the meal, and now we need friendly children and adults to serve the meal.

Anyone age 5 and up may help serve meals. We also need greeters to welcome people in the dining room, and go around and chat — greeters can be babies on up (though infants and toddlers should bring a parent to carry them around). You can email Edie Keating know if you plan to come and help serve lunch, or just show up!

Park in the UUCPA parking lot at 11:30, walk over the bridge across the creek to Stevenson House, and follow the path to the main building where you’ll easily find the kitchen.

If you can’t make it November 2, plan ahead for upcoming Stevenson House lunches! Watch this newsletter for 2014 dates.

 

6. Halloween parade

Once again this year, kids and adults are invited to wear your Halloween costumes on the Sunday before Halloween — October 27 this year. We’ll have a parade around the patio during social hour (in the Fireside Room in case of rain). As usual, Purple class (gr. 7-8) will give out prizes and certificates for all who participate.

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