A word of thanks!
As 2013 comes 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. Last month, Kelly and I had 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 Advisory Council
• Welcome Coffees – Class Reps
• CPK Family Dine In/Take Out Fundraiser
• Class Photos Taken and Distributed – Thanks Jen Glos!
• Halloween Candy for the Troops – Thanks to Kim Li!
• Bed-Time Stories Event and Book Donation – Margaret Munzig & Inés Salazar
• Louise Singleton – Friendship Conversation with Olders Parents
• Parent Education Event: 16 Participants – A wonderful time had by all!
• Bake Sale – $1,600 Raised for FCCNS Scholarship Fund – All parents!
• Layette Donations for Women’s Fellowship Tea
• Meals for First Congo Families – Thanks to Class Reps and Chefs!
• First Congo Lending Library – Thanks to our parent librarian Jessica Hughes!
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 the 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, a group of parents attended the 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
-Four Seasons Lighting ceremony Dec. 2 at 4:30PM
-Evening at Bethlehem, First Congo
-Nutcracker at Palo Alto Children’s Theater, Dec 5-12
-Fantasy of the Lights, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Altos, Nov 29-Dec. 31 6-10PM
-Gilroy Gardens Christmas Lights, Gilroy, Dec 6-20 3-9PM
-Roaring Camp Christmas Train, Santa Cruz, Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 20-23
-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 for organizing this wonderful effort, then delivering ALL that Halloween candy to the agency in San Jose that forwards this ultimate ‘treat’ to the very appreciative troops.
Bedtime Stories for Beechwood
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 some monetary gifts as well, and 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!
Scholarship Bake Sale
The Scholarship Bake Sale was a huge success!!! A little over $1,600.00 was earned thanks to your baking efforts and the generous donations of church members. Many thanks to all who baked, priced, sold and purchased!
Holiday Traditions at FCCNS
On Thursday, Dec. 19th and Friday, Dec. 2oth 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 10th. Thank you for your support for this most worthy of causes.
Our warmest congratulations go out to Lauren (Nursery class), and her parents, Ashley and David, who welcomed Robert into the Fiore family; and to Annie (Youngers class), and her parents, Stephanie and Andy, who welcomed John into the Bradley family recently!
The last day of nursery school before Winter Break will be Friday, December 20; school resumes on Monday, January 6, 2014.