Religious Education program continues to provide a warm, accepting and
engaging environment for all of Meetings’ youth. We have had enough
teachers to cover the classes and provide a meaningful experience for
the students. Our numbers are low student wise, but the quality of the
program remains high. We have combined our age ranges in the lower
grades to create a larger class. We still have a full and vibrant Middle
School and Young Friends group.
The Religious Education Committee (REC) created a schedule of events to
ensure fundraising activities throughout the year. These fundraising
efforts support the Young Friends Service Trip, such as the one to Big
Creek People in Action, in Coretta, West Virginia in the summer of 2019,
which occur every two years..
The fundraising activities included a poinsettia sale, tye-dye T-shirt
sale at the Fall Festival, two barbecue dinners, a pasta dinner and
dinner at The Pour House. The Committee greatly appreciates Meeting’s
continued support of the Young Friends efforts to make these trips a
Young and Middle School Friends had a bake sale to raise money for
disaster relief for Puerto Rico.
The First Day School “adopted a family” at Christmas time for the Lord
Panty . They raised money, bought the gifts, and wrapped them.
The First Day students
also helped with a few projects around the grounds of the Meeting.
Valentine Day Cards, homemade by the students, continue to be sent to
selected individuals to brighten their day.
First Day School Breakfast had their annual food and money collection
for the Lords Pantry.
Middle Schoolers made a Salvation Army dinner.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
The Holiday Term annually features a trip to Broad
Run Tree Farm, the making or ornaments and decorating of the tree, and
baking cookies for the Meeting Christmas Party.
The REC sponsors an annual Easter Egg Hunt at the nearby home of two
Meeting members which is always a fun time for all.
One of the most significant areas
Committee members have been addressing is the First Day School
curriculum. Members have reviewed the entire pre-existing curriculum and
cataloged it. Now we’ve reshaped into a 2-3 year plan for the FDS
classes from pre-k through middle school. The current layout for each
year of classes is as follows:
Each year the material varies and
will be cumulative. Members of the committee have developed lesson plans
for each grade and subject. In addition, we’ve established Guidelines for Religious Education
to provide insight to the teachers on what Quakers believe and to help
guide them in the classroom. We shared this document with Meeting and
met the glowing approval of Business Meeting in July.
The Committee has developed critical understandings and assessments for each
class. Goals have been established and a form developed that teachers
complete at the end of the term. These forms provide feedback
from the teachers and assist the REC to determine if they have met
the criteria and if changes need to be made.
The REC has created teacher manuals for each classroom. They’re
used for teacher orientations which occur for all new teachers at the
beginning of each term. We’ll be keeping a copy of the manual,
containing the following documents, in each classroom:
New Family Welcome Letters
Child Safety Policy
Photo Release Form
Critical Understandings and Assessments
End of Term Feedback/ Evaluation Form
Major projects that the committee has embarked
upon in the last several years include the
Creating guidelines for Religious Education.
Reviewing all of the previously developed religious education
The development of a new curriculum.
Instituting the Child Safety Policy and a parental permission for the
use of photographs
for all of Meeting’s children.
The creation of curriculum goals and objectives for each class.
Creation of a feedback/evaluation form.
The development of a lesson plan form.
Initiating Godly Play.
The development of a teacher manual and an orientation for teachers.
The Committee continues
to collect and track all required clearances for all who volunteers for
First Day School. Additionally, orientations occur with teachers each
term, to be sure they know their responsibilities and information
regarding teaching our youth.
The REC greatly appreciates the support and involvement of all who
contribute in so many different ways to our programs. The involvement of
members and attenders helps make our program what it is and makes such a
positive impact on our youth.
our First Day School Guidelines for Teachers.
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