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.
Holiday Bake Sale
The Holiday Bake Sale was a huge success!!! $1,350.00 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 Elizabeth Garr, Robyn Miller, Christie Callaghan, and Liz Kristofferson 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. 15th and Friday, Dec. 16th 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 13th. Thank you for your support for this most worthy of causes.
Photo Sharing Website Update
We are happy to report that we’ve made some good progress on our photo sharing web site! We had hoped to create our own “photo bucket” on our web site, but we are going to wait for another year to do that and let the technology catch up with our needs. We have decided to once again create a First Congo Shutterfly site. We are in the process of transferring all of our photos to this site and then we will send you a link in the hopes that all of you will add your photos to the class-specific albums.
Keep an eye open an email in the next few weeks with information about how to access and upload your photos into the new First Congo Shutterfly site. A hearty thanks goes to Jen Glos for helping us investigate all of the photos sharing and storing possiblities, and to Adeline White for single-handedly setting up the new Shutterfly site and transferring our photos from our old site to our new site.
This month our warmest congratulations go out to Peter (3’s class), big sister Lizzy and parents, Mary and Pat Gibbons who welcomed Catherine Grace into the world on Tuesday, Nov 22 at 2:03 pm. She came into the world weighing 9.1 lbs and is 20.5 inches long. So much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving! Welcome baby Catherine!
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- Aoife Maynard, VP – Mary Gibbons & Secretary Andrea Helft – 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 Elizabeth Garr and Liz Kristofferson
o 3’s Robyn Miller and Shea Singh
o 4’s Andrea Helft & Amy Joachim
• Party Planners and Hosts
o Brooke Davi & Sarah Gibbs for organizing our welcome event Play Party for the parents that kicked off the school year.
o Andrea Helft, Amy Joachim, Amy Kacher for organizing our first First Congo Halloween party. (Andrea as Richard Simmons will go down in school history!)
o Doug and Allison Hagan for hosting the Halloween Party – thank you for welcoming us into your lovely home!
o Moms’ Night Out event – thank you’s go to Andrea Helft, Jen Glos, Adeline White, Sarah Gibbs, and Brooke Davi
o Amy McGaraghan and Robyn Miller for planning our family CPK fundraiser!
• 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 16; school resumes on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.