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Learning Community Begins Sept. 9

Homecoming Sunday: The Learning Community begins

Classes for our children and youth begin on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration is appreciated (download Registration Forms here). There will also be tables set up in the Buchan atrium area. Here are a few suggestions to help Sunday go easier for your family:

  • If you have not registered, arrive early and do so before service starts. Registration tables can get congested.
  • If you have registered and you are new this year, arrive early to familiarize yourself and your kids with the classes.
  • Remember that young ones in our Nursery, Childcare (Junior Pre) and Preschool (Senior Pre) go directly to classes. They do not attend Together Time in the Sanctuary.
  • Kindergarten and older will attend Together Time in the Sanctuary. Following Together Time, all children and youth will go directly to their classrooms.
  • Homecoming Sunday is joyful as we greet one another anew following our wonderful Portland summer. It can also be a bit confusing. If you have any questions on Sunday, you can check in with religious education staff and volunteers at the Eliot Information Desk or in the Buchan atrium. Thank you!


Register for 2012-13 Learning Community!

Please print out the REGISTRATION FORM  and return it through post, fax or deliver it in person on Sunday.

New families are welcome and encouraged to visit 3 times before a decision is made to registered and become involved in our Learning Community.

Take a close look at the registration form. There are choices for our 8th/9th graders this year. More detailed information can be found under Youth Programming.



Be An Instrument of Change...Teach!

--a message from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director of Family Ministries
I’m in the throws of putting together the Teaching Teams for the 2012-13 school year. If you have already been placed with a team, thank you very much! If you have not applied, please consider the following:
Teaching is certainly not for everyone, but for those who choose to spend their Sundays with our children or youth, it is wonderful. Co-teachers work together to build community in their class; teams who teach the same grade level work together to support each other; all the teachers come together several times a year to celebrate.
People who are interested go through an application and interview process that includes a background check, reference check, and a signed Code of Ethics statement. Once they are placed, it is expected that they will attend a team meetings and Teacher Training in August, September and November and January.
There are 31 Sundays in our school year; 12 of these Sundays are Together Time with shortened lessons; most teachers are responsible for preparing only six lessons; curricula with well spelled out lesson plans are supplied to every teacher; resources can be gathered by weekday staff and volunteers.
Those who want to teach want to be here for as many Sundays as possible however there is a list of trained substitutes that are very willing to step in when needed. There are also 5 Teacher Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, and Memorial weekend.
If you would like to be considered, please reply to  Cathy Cartwright .

Or refer someone:
Consider recommending someone you think would be a good teacher. It will take me years to even begin to know all the wonderful people here at First Unitarian Church and their individual talents. By referring someone you can help me help you. There are 24 positions to fill, so there is certainly plenty to go around.


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