A word of thanks!
As 2014 comes closer to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for your time and dedication to our school. Your willingness to work in the classroom, shoulder to shoulder with the teachers, is a huge part of what makes our school a very special place. We’ve enjoyed getting to know you and your children over the past three months and hope that you have enjoyed getting to know your child’s peers, some of the other parents in the program, and our amazing teaching staff. Soon I will have the opportunity to talk with many of our Olders parents during conferences and those conversations are so much more well-informed because of the parent participation component of our program. When parents have the opportunity to work in the classroom they see for themselves the areas where their child comes naturally to competence and confidence as well as those areas of challenge. We know that it is not easy for busy parents to carve time out of schedules to be here teaching with us and we recognize your effort and dedication.
I’d also like to raise a glass, during this season of celebration, in recognition of all of the wonderful volunteers who helped to get our school year off to an extraordinary start. Think of all we’ve been able to do in such a short time . . .
- Welcome Party in the Play Yard – Our Staff & Parent Community Council
- Welcome Coffees – Class Reps
- Class Photos Taken – Thanks Jen Glos!
- Halloween Candy for the Troops – Thanks to Kim Li and Krista Szyndlar!
- Parent Coffee with Louise Singleton
- Bed-Time Stories Event and Book Donation – Margaret Munzig, Kim Li & Inés Salazar
- Meals for First Congo Families – Thanks to Class Reps and Chefs!
- First Congo Lending Library
Thank you for all that you do and for all of the ways in which you participate in our school community. Wishing you and your family a holiday season full of joy and wonder, and a wonderful start to the New Year!
Attending Parent Education Events at First Congo is yet another way of being involved in our community that is unique in a certain aspect: there is an opportunity to connect with other parents without the demands of children for our attention! In early November last year, a group of parents attended a Comfort and Joy Workshop, and we are pleased to offer you some information about a number of local holiday activities that were brought to our attention that evening.
-Candy Cane Lane on Dewey Street, Redwood City
-Christmas Tree Lane on 1700 block of Fulton Street, Palo Alto
-Evening at Bethlehem, First Congo
-Fantasy of the Lights, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, Dec. 8-24
-Gilroy Gardens Christmas Lights, Gilroy, Dec 5-30
-Roaring Camp Christmas Train, Santa Cruz, Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 19-23
-West Bay Model Railroad Association Holiday Model Trains, Menlo Park
And finally: Rancho Siempre Verde in Pescadero ( www.rsvtrees.com ) is a magical Christmas tree farm overlooking the ocean. Take a picnic and plan to stay all afternoon swinging in magical forest tree swings, roasting marshmallows, making wreaths, riding the tractor, and cutting down the perfect tree. Check to see which days they’re open – worth a trip whether you’re getting a tree or not.
The next Parent Education opportunity comes up in January — watch your mail pouch for more info soon!
‘Candy for the Troops’ Donation Program
Thanks to Kim Li and Krista Szyndlar for organizing this wonderful effort, then delivering ALL that Halloween candy to the Second Harvest Food Bank (it turns out candy is no longer being collected for the troops overseas).
Bedtime Stories and Book Drive
We had a wonderful turnout for this event, and much fun was had by all! The book donation table was filled with wonderful titles, and proceeds from book sales were also donated were also donated to Haven House. The cocoa and grahams were consumed just as happily as the stories were. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped us set up, clean up, and deliver the contributions — all in all, it was a very gratifying evening!
Pizza and Pasta at Amici’s
Bring your family and friends and join us in a Pizza & Pasta fundraiser for our school!
Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria
880 Santa Cruz Avenue
- On Tuesday, November 18th, all day from 11am to 10pm
- Dine in or Take-out (no deliveries)
Present your flyer and Amici’s will generously donate 25% of your food and beverage purchases to help support First Congo Nursery School!
Scholarship Bake Sale
Our annual fundraiser for our Scholarship Fund will take place on Sunday, November 23rd. Pull out your mixing bowls and aprons — every family contributes to this community-building event! Watch for more info in your mail pouch soon!
Holiday Traditions at FCCNS
On Thursday, Dec. 18th and Friday, Dec. 19th our Youngers and Olders classes will be celebrating the sounds of the season by participating in the longstanding nursery school tradition of hearing FCC organist Joe Guthrie play the organ in the sanctuary. Joe will teach us about the organ, play familiar songs, and then join Pastor Dave Howell in singing some holiday favorites. Parents are encouraged to join us on those days from 11:15 – 11:45 am in the church sanctuary.
Community Giving Project
As in years past, our community giving project this year consists of helping the Tuesday Fellowship Group (formerly known as the First Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship Group) put together much-needed layettes for single moms and struggling families who are clients at the Palo Alto Mayfield Clinic. Please bring any donations to school by December 9th. Thank you for your support for this most worthy of causes.
New Addition to the First Congo Family
Our warmest congratulations go out to Luke (Olders class), and his parents, Aimee and Marco, who welcomed Amelia into the ten Vaanholt family recently!
The last day of nursery school before Winter Break will be Friday, December 19; school resumes on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.