Dear Child Care Center Families,
A big thank you to everyone that came to our spirit night at Chick-fil-A and those that came through the drive-through as well! We had such a great turnout that the manager even commented that this was one of the best groups they have had! We will have another opportunity in November for some fun, food, and fellowship.
Speaking of fun, food, and fellowship, we will have our Family Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 16th, from 4:30-6:00pm. This is something we have done for several years and it is a great time to sit down as a family surrounded by friends and enjoy a meal all together. We encourage families to invite extended family, too. We will send a Sign-Up Genius next week so we can get an estimated number of attendees.
With the weather changing it is very important you ensure your child is dressed appropriately each day. In Oklahoma, we can go from 80 degrees one day to 40 degrees the next, so this often present some challenges to parents. When the wind chill is above 40 degrees, we will take the children outside to play. It is critical they have the clothes and outerwear to protect them from cold.
We are in need of extra winter clothes for the children in case of accidents. We have transitioned to our winter clothes and are lacking in all ages and sizes. If you have clothes you no longer need and are willing to donate, we would greatly appreciate it!
Jeremy Miller, Director
First Christian Church Child Care Center
Dates to Remember
• November 5 – Daylight Saving Time Ends – Adjust your clocks back one hour.
• November 6 - Christmas Musical practice held each Monday and Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 5:00pm and on Wednesday mornings from 9:00am – 10:00am.
• November 16 – Family Thanksgiving Meal, 4:30pm – 6:00pm.
• November 22-24 – Edmond Public Schools out for Thanksgiving Break.
• November 27 – Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
• December 14 – Christmas Musical, 6:00pm. Mark your calendars NOW!
• With the changing seasons, please bring and keep a jacket for your child at the Center.
• Please take your child’s sleep things home on Fridays to launder and return on Mondays.
Did you know…
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Outstanding Employees of the Month!
Elizabeth Brauer – Lead Teacher – Private Kindergarten
Liz has been employed with the Child Care Center since March 2017 and is more than qualified for the job! She has a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education and has taught at a preschool in Florida. It is obvious Liz brought her expertise with her! She loves children and she loves teaching! Liz is dependable, creative, flexible, organized, and is loved by children and teachers alike. Liz gets along with everyone and we are blessed to have her on our team! For these reasons and more, we select Elizabeth Brauer as our Outstanding Employee of the Month! Thank you Liz, for all you do!
Bryan Becker – Assistant Teacher – Explorers
Bryan has been employed with the Child Care Center since July 2017 and is a man who follows the way of Jesus! He works a consistent schedule, is dependable, flexible and has a big heart for children. Bryan cares about the children and they can sense Mr. Bryan’s compassion and child-like spirit when they are around him. Parents adore him and his co-workers do as well. Bryan is a great listener and encourager and we are blessed to have him on our team! For these reasons and more, we select Bryan Becker as our Outstanding Employee of the Month! Thank you Bryan, for all you do!
Kelea Runge – Assistant Teacher – Hearts
Kelea has been employed with the Child Care Center since July 2017. She is a very kind person, always speaks to people with a smile, and is always willing to help. Kelea is dependable, punctual, consistent, and loves children. She is patient and gentle and wears her compassion for children on her sleeve. We are blessed to have her on our team. For these reasons and more, we select Kelea Runge as our Outstanding Employee of the Month! Thank you Kelea, for all you do!
Have A Very Happy November Birthday!
Child Care Center Students:
November 4 - Bishop S.
November 5 - Kellen K.
November 7 - Keaton S & Palmer H
November 8 - Blake H.
November 9 - Brantley W.
November 10 - Bryan L.
November 11 - Ayla H.
November 16 - Genevieve Z.
November 17 - Harrison T.
November 19 - Lyndsey T.
November 20 - Jonathon Y.
November 22 - Tenley I. & Everee H.
Child Care Center Staff:
November 9 - Laura Rodriguez
November 25 - Kay Burk
A Message from Rev. Micah
Child Care Parents,
First Christian Church, through its many ministries and programs, strives to support your family as you grow and flourish in faith. From our goal to providing inter-generational activities, to tailored study for each age group, to meaningful curriculum in our Child Care Center, we hope you feel enriched by the offerings at First Christian.
Earlier this year we launched a Parent Support initiative with five families. This fall, we again extend an invitation to parents to have the opportunity to learn new parenting tools, connect with other parents, and have a space to share their parenting struggles and successes.
Participation in this group has two parts: First is the completion of the Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH and four one-on-one sessions with a pastor. The Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH is designed to guide the parent(s) through the emotions of parenting by empowering them with insight into their parenting style, family dynamics, and couple relationship. It highlights parenting tools that will fit your family’s unique needs and allow you to talk through your areas of growth in a constructive way. These sessions are scheduled at your convenience. Second is a Retreat. All the parents who have completed the assessment and conversations gather for a four-hour retreat to share and study together. Childcare is provided upon request. This retreat is local and scheduled at a time when the majority of the participants can attend. It is a time to reflect and share strategies.
The Fall session of this group will be limited to the parent(s) of 8-10 families. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rev. Micah James at firstname.lastname@example.org. If this time frame does not work for you, we will offer another opportunity in Spring, 2018. Your family is important to us. We hope to support you in all the ways we can as you grow together in life and in faith.
Rev. Micah James
"Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." Bruce Lee