CYRE newsletter, October, 2018

October, 2018, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age)
1c. Navigators
2. From the Associate Minister for Religious Education
3. About Sunday morning child care
4. Class room changes
5. Safety training for teachers
7. Opportunities for Youth to Volunteer at UUCPA
8. Singalong concert Sat., Oct. 20
9. Kids’ Auction
10. Halloween Parade

1a. Sunday school calendar

Thurs., Oct. 4:
8:00 p.m.: Safety training for teachers

Sun., Oct. 7:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Oct. 14:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Safety training for teachers
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Oct. 21:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch (on the third Sunday this month only!)

Sun., Oct. 28:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Halloween Parade

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Oct. 7:
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., Oct. 14:
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12
No SHYG

Sun., Oct. 21:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age works on plywood sculptures
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., Oct. 28:
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

1c. Navigators

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

2. From the Associate Minister for Religious Education

UUCPA now has a new Religious Education Assistant. When you come in on Sunday, please introduce yourself to Grecia Uribe Sanchez. Grecia comes to us with a background both in administration, and in day care — a perfect combination for the RE Assistant job! Grecia’s office is Room C, and you will also find her all around the campus on Sunday morning, as she supports teachers, and helps parents and kids.

Please also welcome the many new families who have become a part of UUCPA this fall. To help us all get to know one another better, the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee will be setting up a place for parents to chat during social hour after the early worship service — keep an eye out for it!

One last comment about welcoming — I’ve had a number of people remark to me that it feels like there are lots of kids at the first service. I agree, and I’m pleased to see so many kids. AND I’d like to see double the number of children. Why? Because if we had twice as many kids, each child would have a much better chance of finding a buddy or two in their grade. Our program could easily accommodate twice as many kids, with the same number of volunteers and the same level of staffing. So when we see parents and kids that you don’t recognize, let’s all welcome each other so we can grow our family community at UUCPA!

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3a. Parents, feel free to linger at Social Hour!

Dear parents and guardians, Sunday School is off to a great start. We want to share the answer to one common question: What time does Sunday School end?

Sunday School classes end at 10:35. At 10:35, older children (grades 2 and up), are released to join social hour on the patio. Younger children (grade 1 and younger) will be walked over to our supervised play area in room 2/3 and the playground.

So feel free to linger, either before or after you pick up your children.

— The Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Edie Keating, chair

 

3. Child care for children under 3

UUCPA offers two Sunday morning child options, for two different age groups.

Children under the age of 3 may go to Room 7/8, where we maintain a 1 to 4 adult to child ratio. In Room 7/8, staff will change diapers as needed.

Children over the age of 3 may go to Room 2/3 and the playground. where we maintain a 1 to 10 adult to child ratio. If your child is not yet toilet trained, please leave your cell phone number with the staff in Room 2/3, as we do not have adequate staffing there to assist with toiletting.

And yes, children who are under 3 are welcome on the playground, as long as they are accompanied by a parent (they need to bring a parent because otherwise we don’t have enough staff to provide the 1 to 4 adult to child ratio required for children under 3).

 

4. Class room changes

Due to an influx of children in grades K-1, we are changing two room assignments. Yellow class, grades K-1, will now occupy both Room 4 and 5 (the room divider will remain open to make one big room). Green class, grades 2-3, will move to Room 6.

 

5. Safety training for teachers

All volunteers working with children and teens at UUCPA complete a mandatory annual safety training. This training will be offered twice in October:

Thurs., Oct. 4, 8:00 p.m.: https://zoom.us/j/368130983
(You can also join this meeting in person, Room B at UUCPA)

Sun., Oct. 14, 11:00 a.m.: In person only, Room B at UUCPA
(If you come to this meeting, I’ll buy lunch for you and your whole family, at UUCPA’s Second Sunday lunch)

 

7. Opportunities for Youth to Volunteer at UUCPA.

We have opportunities for youth gr. 6 and up to volunteer with fun projects at UUCPA. These volunteer opportunities may qualify for community service hours.

Sun., Oct. 21 and Oct. 28
10:30 to 11:15: Volunteer at patio table to sell fair-trade chocolate
12:00 to 12:30: Volunteer at patio table to sell fair-trade chocolate
To volunteer, email Edie Keating edie.keating100@gmail.com

Sun., Oct. 14 or any second Sunday —
11 to 12:00: Second Sunday lunch volunteers: Kitchen prep work (carry plates, chop veggies. etc.)
12:30 to 2:00: Second Sunday lunch volunteers — Clear food and wash dishes (OK to leave early if necessary)
To volunteer, email Edie Keating edie.keating100@gmail.com

 

8. Rise Up and Rise Again, a singalong concert, Sat., Oct. 20

Renew your spirit and build community through song with Annie Patterson, song-leader extraordinaire and co-creator of the songbooks Rise Up Singing & Rise Again. Annie will lead a singalong concert at UUCPA on Sat., Oct., at 8 p.m.

Suggested donation $15-30 at the door, $5 children/youth — no one turned away for lack of funds.

Proceeds will benefit Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice (MVPJ), a local nonprofit group representing more than 36 diverse faith communities and traditions who say NO to war and YES to peace and justice. See http://www.multifaithpeace.org

(Dan says: I’ve been to one of Annie’s singalong concerts, and she’s a wonderful singer and song leader. She does everything from Beatles to folk to Broadway to new songs. Great for older kids and teens.)

Author: Dan Harper

Dan Harper is Associate Minister of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. He is also Camp Director for Ecojustice Camp in Palo Alto.