PARENT HANDBOOK

Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 year of Sunday children’s education here at First Presbyterian Church! We are delighted that your family is part of our larger church family in helping our children to grow in grace and love.

Schedule

  • The parents of all children in all classes, Nursery – grade 5 are required to register children for our programs. Parents must complete the registration form, giving pertinent contact information, medical information, and who may collect your child following Sunday School/Nursery. On Rally Day, please register your child just inside the west entry doors.
  • Sunday School begins at 9:15 each Sunday morning. Please plan to meet your children after class at 10:15. Worship begins at 10:30.
  • Children will always go to their home room by 9:15 for attendance taking. Shortly thereafter, they will gather in a common area, known as “Temple Time”, for music, announcements and/or guest speakers. Part of Temple Time will be used to recognize children who have a birthday during the upcoming week. Kids are encouraged to bring as many coins as they are old to put into a piggy bank. Kids are also encouraged to bring offering each week to be collected at Temple Time. The teachers and children will decide how the money should be used at the end of the year.
  • The rest of the session will be spent in the home rooms per grade/age level. 
  • Nursery – 3: There will be staff present to read stories, offer art activities, lead games and supervise free play in the Nursery Suite.

Teachers

We are currently seeking teaching volunteers for the upcoming programming year for all graded levels - age three to 5th grade. Call Penny!
Three year olds - nursery suite
  • Jodi Holman
  • Jody Hudson
  • Susan Peterson
PreK and K - room 1 upstairs
  • Nancy Lium
  • Karen Rivers
  • You?
Grades 1 & 2 - room 6/7 upstairs
  • Sara Mwagura
  • Rachel Schmidt
  • Becky Trumbo
Grades 3 & 4 - room 4/5 upstairs
  • Carrie Lawrence
  • Jennifer Johnston
  • Troy Schmidt
Grade 5 - room 3 upstairs
  • Stacy Devig
  • Cheri Ruliffson
  • Maria Weller

Curriculum

Growing in Grace & Gratitude, which debuted in fall 2015, is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity, where God’s grace and the human response—gratitude—constitute the heartbeat of Christian faith, life and worship. The curriculum extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity and love, and it reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.
Published by Congregational Ministries Publishing (CMP), Growing in Grace & Gratitude is a quarterly curriculum. Each session shares a Bible story that reveals God’s grace for God’s people. Through fun, age-appropriate activities, prayer and singing, children and their leaders celebrate the meaning of this grace in their lives as they encounter a living God.
A key principle of Growing in Grace & Gratitude that engages children and excites leaders who support their Christian education is the recognition of children’s agency. Children are invited to make decisions about setting up their space. They are invited to contribute their ideas as they experience the biblical story.

Special Programming

9-8-19Rally Day
10-20Mission Fair (Social Hall)
10-28GAME ON! (5:30 Social Hall)
11-3Kirkin - NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
12-15Family Christmas Party (SH)
12-15Carols by Candlelight - 6:30
12-22NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
12-29NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
1-12-20Chili Cook-off (11:30 a.m.)
2-14-20Valentine's Event TBD
4-5-20Palm Sunday Party (SH)
4-12-20NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
5-3-20Children & Youth Service
5-17-20Party and VBS Registration (SH)
6-8 - 11VBS (5:30 to 8 p.m.)

Check calendar frequently to see updated schedules throughout the year.

Rules

At First Presbyterian Church, we respect God, our church and each other. Children are expected to show respect while at Quest and in the church. Our expectations are:
We treat others kindly:
  • No hitting, biting, scratching, pinching, kicking.
  • No name calling, picking on or laughing at others.
  • We treat others the way we would like to be treated.
We work and play safely:
  • No running in the classrooms or hallways.
  • No climbing on the furniture.
  • We hold the hand rails on the stairways.
We are polite:
  • Only one person talks at a time.
  • We listen when others talk.
  • We don’t talk with food in our mouth.
  • We remember to say please and thank you.
  • We sing during singing time.

Behavior Management

It is the goal of the Children’s Program to reinforce positive behaviors and “catch ‘em being good.” We believe busy learners are happy learners who are so involved there is little time to misbehave. However, on occasion, the teachers will need to reinforce the classroom expectations listed above.
When we carry out these rules, the children will be treated with respect and patience. Their age, maturity and developmental level will be considered. In general, the following process will be followed when a child misbehaves:
  • The first misbehavior will result in a verbal warning by the teacher, an explanation of which rule was broken and what appropriate behavior would be.
  • If the problem persists, after the second verbal warning, the child’s parents will be called to pick up the child (even if they are in worship service). The parent may remove the child or sit in the classroom with the child for the remainder of the session.