The New School Year Begins
RE will be taking registrations for the coming school year beginning this Sunday. Forms will be available at the Welcome Table and on the PUC website. If you fill them out in person at church, please be sure to include all info and sign and date the form. You can put the completed form in my mailbox, hand it to a person at the Welcome Table, or hand it to me after the service. We have lots of fun and learning planned for this year at all ages.
October 1 will be the first of a new series called “SolveIt Sunday”. This multiage level program will give children an issue or problem to explore in depth, and solve using our 7 UU Principles. Thanks to Michele Bethune, who has planned the lesson and will be leading on October 1.
As summer ends and the new school year begins, our youth face transitions big and small. Remember the basics of plenty of rest, nutrition, and family and community support to nourish them as they navigate. Be sure you understand expectations your elementary child's teacher has for homework and parent teacher communications before school starts, if possible, and at least by the first or second day of school. Establish as many routines (before and after school and bedtime) as possible to start the year off, and stick to them. Routine helps both you and your child be successful managing busy schedules, and provides your child added security. Middle grades and high schoolers should have some way of keeping track of their assignments. Putting the dates that big projects are due on the family calendar can help avoid last minute panic. Some teachers are good at helping kids chunk long range projects into shorter minideadlines, and others not, so you should be prepared to help your child as needed in 4th through 8th. Most high school students have had enough practice to manage, but the transition to high school with its many social demands can throw a freshman who has sailed through eighth grade off, so be ready to lend support, if needed, knowing that the goal is always for your high schooler to mange for herself.
I am holding all of you in my thoughts and prayers, hoping for a fantastic start to a meaningful and Wonder filled school year.
Love and wonder,