Religious Education FAQ

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Attendance: Consistent attendance helps children build on previous experiences and develop rapport with classmates and teachers. Because of this, we’re asking that families commit to attending their registered RE session.  To help us accurately record attendance, please sign in babies and toddlers on the classroom attendance sheet for each session.

Curriculum & Classes: A complete list of our RE options is available here.

Dismissal & Pick-Up. For the safety of our youngest children, only those in third grade and higher will be dismissed at the end of the class period to join their families in the Leenhouts Common Room. Children in the nursery through second grade must be picked up promptly at the end of the class period by a parent or guardian. If someone other than a parent or guardian will be retrieving a child from the class room, permission must be given in writing to the DRE or one of the class teachers to keep on file. Some of the classes may ask you to sign your child out. Important! One parent or a designated adult must be in the building during class time.

Field Trip Permission Form: A standard Field Trip Permission Form is available here.

First Sundays give children in our elementary through middle school classes a special opportunity to connect with a wider community of children as we explore some BIG UU themes, such as compassion; social justice and social action; spirituality; and beloved community.  Children start their Sunday Program experience those days in their own classrooms, and then gather together for a short introduction to the day’s focus. Afterwards, they move into small, multi-aged groups to explore and create according to the theme. For more details and monthly themes.

Intergenerational Sunday Services are offered during many major holidays. Children attend the entire service, and child care is available for infants.

Medical Treatment Permission Form (pdf)  This form is required for any off-site or extra-curricular activities when parents are not easily reached.  Please submit to your child’s teacher, youth advisor, or the RE office as needed.

Moving? If your address or phone number changes during the church year, please notify the Director of Religious Education (DRE). This helps ensure that you’ll continue to receive classroom updates and information about special events.

Registration: All children must be registered for our RE Program in order to attend during the regular church year. (Summer RE is available without fee or registration for children through sixth grade on a drop-in basis) Please complete the appropriate registration form (9 a.m. RE, 11 a.m. RE, OWL) and submit payment for a materials fee: $50 per child if one parent is a church member or $75 if neither parent is a member. To receive a full or partial waiver, please contact the Director of Religious Education (DRE). Please note that some of our classes have a registration cap. Speak with the Director of Religious Education to find out if there is an opening for your child, or to be put on a waiting list.

Safety: The safety of your children is important to us. To ensure their well-being, our volunteers are screened, monitored and supported by professional staff. A copy of our code of ethics is posted on the RE bulletin board. First-aid supplies are readily available in the RE kitchenette, nursery, pre-school and the DRE’s office. In case of an emergency requiring us to evacuate the building, teachers and assistants will escort the children down the sidewalk along Ogden Street in front of the historic row houses just east of the church. Parents should NOT come downstairs for their children, but meet them at the drop-off point.  NOTE:  One parent or a designated adult must be in the building during class time in case of emergencies.

Visitors: Welcome! Visitors should seek out the RE Assistant, who will introduce you and your first-time visiting children to classroom teachers. Please fill out the RE Visitor Form.

Volunteers: Ours is a volunteer-driven program: we can’t offer oour children and youth the rich exploration of their faith without the time and effort of adults like you!  Please complete and submit our RE Volunteer page, on the back of the registration form, or talk to our DRE to learn how you cn best help our young people thrive in our community.

Worship: Beginning in September 2015, children and youth will be joining their families in the sanctuary for the beginning of all services except the first Sunday of the month when a First Sunday Children’s Chapel and programming are provided downstairs for our young people in elementary and middle school classes, and our Youth groups will have extended time for connections. In addition, each class includes Chalice Lighting and other rituals within the content of their time together on Sunday mornings.

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For questions or more information, contact: Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. 414.273.5257