March, 2017, CYRE newsletter

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar (including OWL K-1 and 4-6)
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Girl Scout Sunday
4. Eco-justice Camp enrollment is open
5. Spring project: Ecology Experiments

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., March 5:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

Sun., March 12: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., March 19:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

Sun., March 26:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6 family celebration & potluck

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., March 5:
9:30-12:30: Coming of Age field trip to Asian Art Museum
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., March 12: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., March 19:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., March 26:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Even though it’s only March, we’re already deep into planning for next school year. A few things to look out for in 2017-2018:

— Due to high demand, we plan to offer at least two units of OWL sexuality education: the gr. 7-9 unit, and the gr. 4-6 unit.

— We will be offering Coming of Age again, from Jan.-May, 2018.

— We expect to offer the same grade levels in Sunday school again next year: preK, K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and middle school.

That’s what we’re planning for next year. Then there’s our wish list, things we hope to do. Heading my wish list: being able to offer two levels of the Navigators scouting program, both the junior and senior levels — and that could happen if we can develop some strong adult leadership to assist Ed Vail, the current Navigators leader.

What’s on YOUR wish list for our children and youth programs? What would YOU like to see happen at UUCPA?

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. Girl Scout Sunday

UUCPA will celebrate “Girl Scout Sunday” on March 12th. We invite Girl Scouts of all ages to participate at the 9:30 service: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador. Participating girls will have a role in the service, and be recognized with the Girl Scout Sunday patch to place on their uniforms.

Celebrated the week of the “Girl Scout Birthday” on March 12th, Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. For the past couple of years, UUCPA has celebrated this day with our Girl Scouts as they performed roles in the service (handing out orders of service, performing readings, introducing hymn, collecting the offering, etc.). We have also taken a moment to recognize the adults who were Girl Scouts growing up, or serve as adult leaders.

If you have a Girl Scout who wishes to participate, please email Ann Hepenstal before March 6th to sign up. Please include your name, your Girl Scout’s name, and her grade in school.

 

4. Eco-justice Camp enrollment is open

Enrollment in our popular Eco-justice Camp has opened. You can register online here:
Rates and Registration
Be sure to enroll early; one of the camps filled up last year in late spring!

We’re also looking for talented, caring staff. While this is a volunteer-run camp, we can offer parents camper scholarships, and we do offer some benefits as well. Contact Dan Harper if you’re interested in becoming a staff person.

Camp details:

1. June 19-23, 2017, Eco-Camp, children completing gr. 2-5 in 2017 — Dan Harper, Director. Optional off-site overnight. Extended care available 8-5:30. (We also have a C.I.T. program this week for teens in gr. 6-8.)

2. June 12-16, 2017, Upper Camp, teens completing gr. 6-8 in 2017 — Dan Harper, Director. Optional off-site overnight. Extended care available 8-5:30.

3. June 12-16, 2017, Nature Camp, children completing Young Fives, TK, or gr. K-1 in 2017 — Kris Geering, director. This is a half day camp, 9-1. Extended care available 8-9. Extended care from 1-5:30 may not be available every day, please ask us.

 

5. Spring Project: Ecology Experiments

The CYRE Committee is introducing a new Spring Project for gr. K-5 — Ecology Experiments! From March 26 through May 7, we’ll be offering fun ecology-centered activities for elementary aged kids. Projects may include ecology-oriented crafts, quilting, games, cooking, etc. There will be fun ecology-oriented skits and environmental songs to sing. Kids like coming to the Spring Project, whatever the theme, because they get to choose the fun activities they prefer, and they get to be with other kids of different ages.

Want to help lead an activity in Ecology Experiments? It’s fun and easy. You prepare one project, and lead the same project each week for 4-5 weeks (depending on your availability). We have the following projects already prepared for you to use:

— a variety of ecology crafts for kids
— organic baking and/or cooking
— making a terrarium
— playing ecology board games (Wildcraft, Eco-Fluxx, Dragonfly, etc.)
— making mini-biospheres (but you’ll have to find a source for amphipods)

Please contact Dan Harper if you’d like to help!

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