Weekly Notes- November 25, 2014

Last Sunday, we had our first annual Giving Tree fundraiser and it was a huge success. There were games, stories, cookies, and crafts! There was face painting, drumming, and balloon making! The best part is we raised $370 to buy gifts for the LUM Christmas Jubilee. A huge thank you to everyone who helped and came out to support the event. Next Sunday, the 9th-12th graders will be leading a spirit circle on Chalica. For more information about Chalica, visit: http://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/174566.shtml

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule:

  • RE Guide Schedule for November 30th: All students will begin in sanctuary and then move to rooms 101/103 for the Chalica Spirit Circle led by the youth. Guides: Lorraine, Amy, Josh, Rae, Lola (shadow)
  • RE Guide Schedule for December 7th: Lola (sub), Beth H., Yiesul, Neil, Susannah, Andrea, Rae (sub), Jason, Julie

Important Reminders:

  • We are in need of RE guides, shadows, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
  • Remember to fill out a permission slip if your 5th-8th grader is attending the shopping trip for the LUM Jubilee. I have copies in my office.
  • I am updating the https://regluu.wordpress.com/ website for RE. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • Materials Needed (can be dropped off in DRE office): reindeer antlers (to fit prek/k class), baby doll to represent baby Jesus, Santa hat, cat stuffed animal, potato, small garden gnome, fake beard, bells, straw basket of fruit (can be fake fruit), straw mat, ear of corn, handmade book or gift, Unity cup
  • We are collecting donations of gifts ($30 suggested value) and stocking stuffers ($5 suggested value) for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for 7th-9th grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • The “disguise the turkey” projects are hanging in the fellowship hall above the water fountain. Check it out and feel free to add your own.
  • Please e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events:

  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)

 

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Weekly Notes- November 18, 2014

Last Sunday, we learned about the bravery of Harriet Tubman. Next Sunday, we’ll be setting up for the Giving Tree fundraiser to raise money for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule:

  • RE Guide Schedule for November 23rd: All RE classes will meet in the fellowship hall at 10:30 for Giving Tree fundraiser set up. Guides: Lorraine M., Sherry T., Andrea B., Mark V., Josh P.
  • RE Guide Schedule for November 30th: All students will begin in sanctuary and then move to rooms 101/103 for the Chalica Spirit Circle led by the youth. Guides: Lorraine, Amy, Josh, Rae

Important Reminders:

  • There will be a RE work day on November 20th from 3:00-7:00. Stop by my office and help with the fundraiser, holiday program, or workshop planning.
  • We are in need of RE guides, shadows, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
  • We are in need of help at the Giving Tree fundraiser and drivers for the shopping field trip. Please let me know if you’re interested or would like more information.
  • I am updating the https://regluu.wordpress.com/ website for RE. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • Materials Needed: popcorn (plain and unpopped), hot chocolate packets, suckers, tape, ribbon, graham crackers, tubes of icing, peanut butter, baked goods, small prizes, plastic spoons/knives, glitter pens, candy canes, assorted candy
  • We are collecting donations of gifts ($30 suggested value) and stocking stuffers ($5 suggested value) for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for 7th-9th grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events:

  • November 23- (“Guest at Your Table” boxes due)
  • November 23- December 9 (Giving Tree collection)
  • November 23 (RE Giving Tree fundraiser)
  • November 30 (youth led Spirit Circle for Chalica)
  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)

Weekly Notes- November 11, 2014

“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Last Sunday, we discussed time and love as the greatest gifts of all. Next Sunday, we’ll learn about the importance of fairness and diversity as we explore the life of Harriet Tubman.

Connecting Resources:

  • biography of Harriet Tubman: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/women_leaders/harriet_tubman.php
  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story of the Underground Railroad by, Ellen Levine
  • Amazing Grace by, Mary Hoffman
  • Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by, Robert Coles
  • Kid’s Explore America’s African-American Heritage by, Westridge Young Writer’s Workshop
  • If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by, Ellen Levine
  • The Civil Rights Movement for Kids by, Mary C. Turck
  • Primary Sources Teaching Kit: Civil Rights by Karen Baicker

Connecting Question(s):

  • What does it mean to treat people with fairness and equality?
  • What modern leaders have qualities similar to Harriet Tubman?
  • What is the Underground Railroad and how did it play an important part in the Civil Rights movement?
  • What is diversity and why does diversity make life more interesting?
  • What are some things that all people have in common?

Making connections at home or lesson ideas:

  • Read one of the books above and compare/contrast Harriet Tubman and one of the fictional or non-fictional characters.
  • Learn more about the Underground Railroad. Was it really underground? Was it really a railroad? What was its purpose? How was it similar to a real railroad?
  • Make up a skit about the life of Harriet Tubman.
  • Try one of these lessons on diversity: http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/activities-teach-diversity-children-1385.html.
  • Read the biography of Harriet Tubman and list some of her character traits. Do you see any similarities between her and yourself?
  • Make a diversity collage. Think of a symbol that could symbolize diversity and draw it.
  • How does a rainbow symbolize diversity? Create a rainbow: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Rainbow.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule:

  • RE Guide Schedule for November 16th: All students will begin in sanctuary. Guides: Beth M., Sarah C., Gracie G., Yiesul S., Wendy S-T., Susannah H-J., Andrea B., Julie R., Mark V.
  • RE Guide Schedule for November 23rd: All RE classes will meet in the fellowship hall at 10:30 for Giving Tree fundraiser set up. Guides: Lorraine M., Sherry T., Andrea B., Mark V., Josh P.

Important Reminders:

  • There will be a RE work day on November 20th from 3:00-7:00. Stop by my office and help with the fundraiser, holiday program, or workshop planning.
  • We are in need of RE guides, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
  • We are in need of help at the Giving Tree fundraiser and drivers for the shopping field trip. Please let me know if you’re interested or would like more information.
  • I am updating the https://regluu.wordpress.com/ website for RE. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • Materials Needed: popcorn (plain and unpopped), hot chocolate packets, suckers, wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, graham crackers, tubes of icing, peanut butter, baked goods, small prizes, plastic spoons/knives, glitter pens, candy canes, assorted candy
  • We are collecting donations of gifts ($30 suggested value) and stocking stuffers ($5 suggested value) for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for 7th-9th grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • I am collecting winter holiday tradition stories for the holiday program on December 21st. Please submit your stories to Nicole Rice at drenicolerice@yahoo.com.
  • Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events:

  • November 23- (“Guest at Your Table” boxes due)
  • November 23- December 9 (Giving Tree collection)
  • November 23 (RE Giving Tree fundraiser)
  • November 30 (youth led Spirit Circle for Chalica)
  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)

Weekly Notes- November 4, 2014

Last Sunday, we kicked off the “Guest at Your Table” collection by passing out the boxes during “Time for All Ages. “ This year, the students were able to personalize the boxes by decorating them during RE classes. Sharon McKnight did her traditional, “Calling All the Children Home” song, which incorporated the students’ names into the lyrics. All collection boxes are due Sunday, November 23rd. In RE classes, students heard “Guest at Your Table” stories of people making a difference in their communities through their work in promoting food sustainability. Next Sunday, we’ll learn about the famous UU, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and explore how love and time can be important gifts.

Connecting Resources:

Connecting Questions:

  • What are some ways that you can give love and time as a gift?
  • Why is giving love and time more valuable than giving monetary gifts?
  • What are some community needs that can be served through giving love and time as gifts?

Making connections at home or lesson ideas:

  • Brainstorm a list of ways that you can give time and love as a gift.
  • Community service- Help out a family member or neighbor by raking leaves, baking cookies, or just talking with them. Volunteer at a local dog shelter and walk dogs. Write a letter or call someone and remind them that they are valued.
  • Make a quilt square to display one way you can give time or love as a gift. Join the squares together to make a special quilt to display. You may use paper squares to make a paper quilt.
  • Make a mural displaying ways you can help spread love throughout your community.
  • Make up a skit about ways you can show love in your community.
  • Read the Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes and discuss. Can you find themes of giving love throughout the quotes? What are some examples you found? Choose your favorite quote, put it in your own words, and illustrate it.
  • Research Ralph Waldo Emerson. Make a poster or mini book about him.
  • Read the poem “We Thank Thee,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson and complete one of the extension activities.

Reminders:

  • We are in need of RE guides, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
  • We are in need of help at the Giving Tree fundraiser and drivers for the shopping field trip. Please let me know if you’re interested or would like more information.
  • I am updating the https://regluu.wordpress.com/ website for RE. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for 7th-9th grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • I am collecting winter holiday tradition stories for the holiday program on December 21st. Please submit your stories to Nicole Rice at drenicolerice@yahoo.com.
  • Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 23- (“Guest at Your Table” boxes due)
  • November 23- December 9 (Giving Tree collection)
  • November 23 (RE Giving Tree fundraiser)
  • November 30 (youth led Spirit Circle for Chalica)
  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)

Weekly Notes- October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

Last Sunday, we focused on the first source, transcending mystery, as we shared in the beauty of the autumn season. During “Time for All Ages,” Charlie and Gail passed out different types of leaves so the students could categorize them based on the characteristics and colors. Back in the classrooms, students created leaf art, went on outdoor leaf hunts, and discussed how all of nature is connected. The older students began brainstorming ways they can help in the upcoming “Giving Tree” fundraiser and discussed possible workshops that they would like to teach the younger students starting in January. We also had a fire drill. Luckily, the beautiful weather we’re having gave everybody a chance to marvel at the autumnal beauty during the drill.

The Halloween party was a spectacularly spooky time. There were games, snacks, and crafts, and the 6th-8th graders created an amazing haunted house. Charlie and I awarded prizes in the costume contest such as most delicious costume for the ice cream cone with a cherry on top. J There were witches, pirates, and princesses galore and it was a beautiful night to have some costumed fun on the playground. Thanks to everyone for making the party possible and a special thanks to Linda Prokopy for organizing the event! Next Sunday, we’ll learn about the importance of food sustainability as we kick off “Guest at Your Table.”

Connecting Resources:

  • http://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/174564.shtml
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by, Marjorie Priceman
  • How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA by, Marjorie Priceman
  • The Truth and Myths About Thanksgiving by, L.A. Peacock
  • Happy Thanksgiving! Things to Make and Do by, Judith Conaway
  • Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by, Margaret Sutherland

Connecting Questions:

  • How can we show gratitude in our daily lives?
  • What is one thing in nature that you are thankful for?
  • What are your Thanksgiving holiday traditions?
  • How can we promote food sustainability?

Making connections at home:

  • Remember to discuss and cut out the conversation starter questions inside the “guest at your table” boxes and use them to collect spare change. All boxes are due by Sunday, November 23rd.
  • Make a Venn diagram comparing/contrasting two holidays or Thanksgiving past vs. present.
  • Make a graph of your favorite Thanksgiving foods. My favorite is to make a favorite pie pie chart. J
  • Brainstorm a list of all the things you’re thankful for. Remember to discuss and think about the things that you may take for granted. See how long you can make your list.
  • Read about the history of Thanksgiving.
  • Think about ways you can give back this holiday season. Come up with community service ideas and act on them.
  • Complete the “disguise the turkey” project. See Nicole if you need a copy of the project.

Reminders:

  • Make sure you have turned in the community survey (both students and adults) so that I can use it in planning events.
  • I am working on a website for RE (bit.ly/drenicolerice). It is still in the developmental stage, so feel free to check it out and give me feedback.
  • Please see me on Sunday for a Giving Tree handout. It is an exciting fundraiser that the RE will be taking part in for the Christmas Jubilee.
  • Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events:

  • November 7-9 (Spirituality Development Training) in Fort Wayne
  • November 23- December 9 (Giving Tree collection)
  • November 23 (RE Giving Tree fundraiser)
  • November 30 (youth led Spirit Circle for Chalica)
  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)

Weekly Notes- October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

Last Sunday, we focused on the third source, world religions, as we celebrated the Hindu celebration of Diwali (the festival of lights). During “Time for All Ages,” Neelu read a story of Diwali as some of the students and I acted out the story and passed out lights and phuljaris (homemade sparklers) to the children. I would like to give a special thank you to Isabella, Rachel, Ash, and Neelu for the important roles they played. Back in the classrooms, the fun continued as students discussed light as a symbol in religious celebrations, compared and contrasted Diwali to other holidays, and created mandala artwork. I also heard that the sixth through eighth grade classes were working hard on making this year’s haunted house extra special. We hope to see all of you at the Halloween party! Next Sunday, we’ll focus on the first source, transcending mystery, as we explore the beauty of the autumn season and reflect on the importance of nature’s role in our lives.

Connecting Question(s):

  • How are the different parts of nature connected?
  • What is your favorite season and why?
  • How do different plants and animals react to the changing of the seasons?

Connecting Resources:

  • City Green by, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
  • What a Wonderful World by, George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
  • The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by, Tomie dePaola
  • Look What I Did with a Leaf by, Moreza Sohi
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by, Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Bubble Factory by, Tomie dePaola
  • One Small Square by, Donald Silver
  • I Can Read About Seasons by, Robyn Supraner
  • World of Weather by, David Adler
  • Earth Book for Kids by, Linda Schwartz
  • Earth Alert: Environmental Studies for grades 4-6 by, Denise Bieniek
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by, Chris Van Allsburg

Making connections at home:

Reminders:

  • Make sure you have turned in the community survey (both students and adults) so that I can use it in planning events.
  • I am working on a website for RE (http://nmccabe.funkatrondigital.com). It is still in the developmental stage, so feel free to check it out and give me feedback.
  • Please see me on Sunday for a Giving Tree handout. It is an exciting fundraiser that the RE will be taking part in for the Christmas Jubilee.
  • Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events:

  • October 24-26 (CONtagious) youth con in Indianapolis
  • October 25 (Halloween party from 5:00-8:00)
  • November 7-9 (Spirituality Development Training) in Fort Wayne
  • November 23- December 9 (Giving Tree collection)
  • November 23 (RE Giving Tree fundraiser)
  • November 30 (youth led Spirit Circle for Chalica)
  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)