pARENT COMMUNICATOR
october 2018

It is time for an update to the information sent out in late September! As we continue on with AFCA, it seems that each year we have to

make some adjustments, especially as our students advance into harder PACEs. We appreciate your input and your support as we

discuss what is the best way to deal with some of the issues being presented.


Upcoming Events and Activities:

Friday, October 19 – 12:30 – 2:30- We will make our annual trek to the Bing and Karen Henderson farm north of Deerfield. There will be hands-on activities as the older students understand the wonders of water, and the younger students meet some neighborly cows, learn about different breeds of cows, and make butter. This is a privilege field trip. Drivers are Rhonda Russell, Rebecca Metz, and Vickie Boyle, plus the church van; please arrive by 12:15. Note: The butter being made at the Henderson Farm will be made with raw milk from dairy cows. If you have a concern about your child eating this, please let us know by returning a note as soon as possible. We will provide an alternative.

Friday, October 26- AFCA is closed. Staff will be at a teacher training conference.

Friday, November 2: 12:45 – 2:30 p.m.- This will be an all-school activity to the ProFootball Hall of Fame in Canton. It will include a guided tour and a class on the history of pro football, geared for all ages of our students. Drivers are Steve or Melissa Thomas, Andy Forrest, David Sommers, and the church van; please arrive by 11:50 a.m.


Friday, November 9- We plan to watch the top-vote-getting movie from our AFCA elections, Over the Hedge. Discussion of themes in the movie will follow the viewing.


November 16 – Mr. Carl Gustafson plans to come lead Chess; other board or card games will be available for those who don’t want to play or learn Chess. This is a privilege activity.

Saturday, November 17- Operation Christmas Child filling of boxes will be held at Carnation Mall from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You are welcome to take your student(s) to help with this community endeavor. Donations of school supplies, toys, and stuffed animals will be welcome on that day.

Wednesday,

November 21 – Sunday, November 25, will be AFCA’s Thanksgiving break.

Friday, November 30- Those who have privileges will be put in groups to man the Salvation Army kettle at Giant Eagle throughout the day. Five or six adults will be needed to transport and stand with the students for the one-hour shifts.


Friday, December 7- We will do Christmas caroling throughout the buildings at Bel-Air Senior Living Center on Cherry Avenue.


Friday, December 14-TBD


Friday, December 21- The annual Happy Birthday, Jesus! party will be held as we head into the Christmas break. Students will be dismissed early that day. Your donations of food and help will make the afternoon activity a success.

Some Upcoming Chapels:

Note: Parents are always welcome to attend Chapel at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, 10/17 – Arun and Shobha Massey, missionaries in India, are scheduled to speak for Chapel. We have been blessed to hear from the Masseys about their ministry to children other years and will get to hear an update about the changes that have taken place. Lunch is being provided by Mrs. Montagner and Mrs. Donohoe.


Wednesday, 10/24 – Brianna Lopez, a young adult from Alliance Friends, and a leader in the teen program for Celebrate Recovery, will give insights into what happens on Thursday nights in the “The Landing” for grades 6 – 12 and “Celebration Station” for grades 1-5. Students will be welcomed to participate in this program to help encourage emotional health and positive relationships from a Biblical perspective; it is held every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Note: There is also an adult session of Celebrate Recovery, which meets at 6:30 every Thursday in the sanctuary, for large group singing, teaching, and encouragement, and then small group sharing afterwards.


Wednesday, 10/31 – Mr. and Mrs. Duriga plan to share about their recent trip to Africa. Stories, slides and other visuals are intended to help students gain insight into the ministry to Muslims in Niamey, Niger.


Wednesday, 11/7 – Missionaries to China, Dr. Ed and Linda Zinn, will come to us again to share more about their involvement with the Chinese people. Lunch is being provided by the Thomases.


Wednesday, 11/14 – Youth Pastor Randy Jellison is to share with us. He engages the young people in topics of depth.


Wednesday, 11/21 – NO AFCA.


Candymaking Fundraiser!!

Each year of AFCA’s existence, we have held a fundraising time in the Fall for missions of some sort. Last year, with the addition of Mrs. Eckert to our team with her expertise in candy making, the fundraising was done through candy sales as well as personal donations. We will again follow that path for this year’s fundraiser, adding a second choice for type of candy being sold.

The students and Mrs. Eckert have already started making Milk Chocolate Almond Bark in order to get ahead in the process, and more efficient methods have been tried. A vote today determined that we will add Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark as an option for orders.

Our class election last Friday resulted in the ministry to which we send money this year being St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, where they treat children with cancer with no cost to the families, and do research on cures. We plan to split the proceeds of the fundraiser between this worthy ministry and an AFCA fund for a possible big event in the future.

Candy order forms will be sent home with students in a few weeks; we will also be taking orders through the church as we did last year. Thank you in advance for your support!

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The end of the first quarter is November 2nd. Report cards should come out the following week and Honor Roll Recognition should be held on Friday, November 9, during opening exercises, from 9 - 9:30 a.m.

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Family activities sponsored by Alliance Friends Church:

Family Roller Skating at Deerfield Skating Rink, 8135 Waterloo Road, Atwater, on Friday, October 26, from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $5.50 per person; snacks and drinks will be provided.

Family Bowling Night on Saturday, October 20, at Christopher Columbus Bowling Alley, 505 South Liberty St., Alliance, from 7 – 10 p.m. Cost is $8/person for two hours of bowling, which includes shoes. Pizza will be available for discounted prices.


Other opportunities:

Mt. Union’s Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center sponsors a Photography Contest every year. Submission forms for the 2019 Photography Contest will be available February 1st. Nature photos taken in eastern Ohio, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River basin, are eligible and must be taken by an amateur photographer. Contest categories include Wildlife: Vertebrates, Wildlife: Invertebrates, Wild Plants, Landscapes, Seasons, Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, Mount Union campus, Black and White, and Youth (photos by children 8 – 12 years old). Photos will be on display at the Nature Center. AFCA students are welcome to participate in this! An artist’s reception and exhibit opening is scheduled for February 22nd from 6 – 8 p.m.


In preparation for the photo contest, a workshop is being offered on Sunday, January 20th, from 2-3:30 p.m., where participants can learn tips on preparation for entering local photo contests. Registration by January 18 can be made by calling 330-823-7487.