The truth is, it is filled with “wonder!” Indeed, it is one of the most outstanding programs for Sunday school children to come along in a long time! But this year, instead of raving how wonderful it is, I want to share some of the stories our children actually experience, so you can get a sense of the depth this curriculum offers.
- Spring – 2015 Faces of Christ, (Life, Ministry, Death and Resurrection of Jesus). Knowing Jesus in a New Way – (Appearance stories after the Resurrection).
- Fall – 2015 Seasons of the Church, The Story of Creation, The Second Creation—Falling Apart, (The Story of Adam and Eve), The Stories of Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Abraham, & Samuel.
- Winter 2015-16The Four Sundays of Advent, Epiphany, Baptism, The Story of St. Julian of Norwich, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Margaret of Scotland.
At first glance this looks like a laundry list of stories, but you need to know that each story is presented in such a way, that it comes alive. So much so that it is as if the child actually enters the story and discovers firsthand how he or she is a part of it. It is not unlike the way adults experience a good sermon! Each story presents an opportunity for the child to enter it and experience the presence of God.
Submitted by Marcia Lockwood
“Light & Love” (Nursery)
St. Dunstan’s Preschool
Our staff includes 8 amazing, wonderful, nurturing teachers. Field trips to Hacienda Hay and Feed, Gizdich Apple Farm, Wild Things Animal Zoo and the tide pools in Pacific Grove are some of the exciting outings offered to our older classes during the school year. Mid Valley Fire Department paid us an annual visit in October where the highlight of the visit was squirting water from the big fire hose! The children continue to enjoy Spanish with Jennifer Jones, yoga with Shauna Stephens (also one of our teachers), and chapel with Father Rob and Betty Kasson, all part of our weekly curriculum. The 4 and 5 years olds in our afternoon program are able to participate weekly in an art class with Cherie Rousseau and tennis at Carmel Valley Ranch. During the summer of 2015 families were able to choose from 8 one week summer camp sessions which included themes such as science, cooking, gardening and insects, ocean adventure and lots of outdoor fun! Our annual Hearts, Hands, and Minds….Make a Difference event held last May was once again a success. We raised $16,000 through our silent and live auction. These proceeds enabled us to continue to replace our 18 year old classroom furniture as well as replace our old napping mats. We are very happy and proud to replace these items with high quality equipment made and sold in the USA by Community Playthings. Our new mats are free of PVC, chlorinated tris, fire retardants, or any other chemicals that can be unsafe for children. You have probably noticed the new fenced area at the end of our playground! Proceeds were also used to build this beautiful addition to our yard which allows a greater area for the children to run and explore! Our Sees Candy Drive held this December was successful and we ended up with $1,200 which allowed each of our classes $300 to spend on classroom materials. We extend a thank you to all of you who have supported our program through our fundraisers and to our hard working teachers whose dedication to young children have made our school so successful!
Submitted by Elizabeth Buche