From Carrie and Kelly
Teacher Sue recently forwarded a great article to all of the teachers titled “The 5 Best Toys of All Time.”
Carrie: It took me a week to get to it, but I clicked on the URL yesterday while I was doing a little gift brainstorming – hoping that it would help me fill in the gaps in my family’s wish lists. It was not what I was expecting, but it was exactly what I needed to help me reframe my thinking!
Kelly: I LOVE this list! Article author Jonathan Lui suggests what are, in his opinion, the five items no child should be without. Take a look at the list and consider these valuable items as you are thinking about procuring holiday surprises for your little ones:
We don’t know about you, but these toys played a big part in our childhoods, and they are, of course, perfectly aligned with the First Congo play-based curriculum! We agree with the author that these may be the greatest toys of all time, and we feel that they might make the perfect five gifts – but we’d add a sixth…. The sixth gift would be “time,” because the greatest gift in the world is no fun if it doesn’t come with the time that it takes to learn how to play, not just dabble, but really play, which takes time.
Wishing you and your families a holiday season full of wonder, joy, and happy moments that turn into treasured childhood memories.
‘Candy for the Troops’ Donation Program
Thanks to Missy Reller for organizing this wonderful effort, then delivering ALL that 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 to overflowing, and the cocoa and grahams were consumed just as happily as the stories were. Beechwood School representative Melinda Christopherson was so appreciative of our community’s effort, and happily carted away the piles of books at evening’s end, along with some monetary donations. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped us set up, clean up, and deliver late contributions — all in all, it was a very gratifying evening!
First Congo Fall Book Fair
Thanks to the many families who shopped at our Fall Book Fair, our credit at the LInden Tree is robust and will allow for some filling in of our classroom and Lending libraries over the next few months! The books have arrived at the store and orders will be delivered at school next week.
Holiday Bake Sale
The Holiday Bake Sale was a huge success!!! A little over $1,500.00 was earned thanks to your baking efforts and the generous donations of church members. Many thanks to all who baked, priced, sold and purchased. A special thanks goes to Lauren Heysse and Stephanie Schwartz for accepting and organizing the treats that were dropped off at school the day before the bake sale. Additional thanks to all of the parents and teachers who came in on Sunday morning to price and sell all of the goodies!
Holiday Traditions at FCCNS
On Thursday, Dec. 20th and Friday, Dec. 21st our 3’s and 4’s 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 11th. Thank you for your support for this most worthy of causes.
Our warmest congratulations go out to Trevor (3’s class), and his parents, Suzanne and Andrew, who welcomed Bryden into the Milne family; and to Chloe (2’s class), and her parents, Elise and Romain, who welcomed Antoine into the Moreau-Gobard family recently!
The Shapero Family (Ethan, 3’s) has moved! Make note of their new address in your Directory.
104 Byron Street
Palo Alto 94301
Our thanks go out to all of the parents that have dedicated their time and efforts to the First Congo Community this Fall. So many people have made a difference this school year by lending a helping hand to another parent, helping to organize a First Congo event, working on a special project for the staff, participating on our Parent Advisory Council, or volunteering to pitch in when a need arose. All of these contributions end up creating a strong community of dedication and caring. Thank you for all that have given of yourself!
A few people worthy of a pat on the back:
• Parent Council President Elizabeth Garr, and VP Mary Gibbons – a big thank you for your time and efforts!
• Class Reps – For hosting class coffees, managing communications, and coordinating meals and carpools for new and expecting moms! You are the best!
o 2’s Amy Darling, Jen Glos and Adeline White
o 3’s Emily Gottfurcht and Margaret Munzig
o 4’s Robyn Miller and Shea Singh
• Party Planners and Hosts
o Brooke Davi & Shea Singh for organizing our Welcome Party for the parents that kicked off the school year.
• Meal Makers for our families with new babies! Thanks to all of you who have come through and given of your time and resources!
• eScrip – Thank you Amy McGaraghan for your efforts to get our parents signed up so First Congo can bring in some extra money to cover our End-Of-Year Picnic!
• Our Parent Advisory Council – this active group of parents volunteer their time and energy to get the work of the school community done. Many Thanks!
The last day of nursery school before Winter Break will be Friday, December 21; school resumes on Monday, January 7, 2013.