Announcements

A Few Items

May 25 - 10:27AM

Good morning!

First, I wanted to thank all of those who helped out with the play, whether it was help during the performance, help with props or scenery, help with running errands, refreshments,....and the list goes on and on. Because of our wonderful "village" here at FOG, the kids were able to shine and do their very best! I wanted to add more to my introduction regarding the skills that kids learn from a process such as our annual plays, but I was limited by my voice issue, so here goes:

We have been producing plays at FOG for many years now. I have watched over the years how the kids grow and develop during the process of learning how to act and perform in a play. What I watch is truly amazing. It's like butterflies coming out of their chrysalises and becoming magnificently beautiful creatures. My own grand daughter walked through this process over the course of time she was here at FOG. I remember her first play was our first production of the Wizard of Oz, and then we produced it again ten years later, as her last play. Her first experience was a little frightening for her, but she made it on stage in her little pink tutu as a munchkin and sat up there looking out at the crowd. I still have that picture on my refrigerator at home. Then throughout the years she worked in the many other plays we produced and worked her way up out of her shyness and into main characters. Her last performance with us was playing the Wicked Witch in the second production of Oz, and it was amazing to me to see how she had developed so many talents throughout the years doing the plays that she was able to be a mean and nasty character, which is a hard thing to do for kids.

The skills kids learn by being a part of a production are so many, it is hard to sort out. They learn patience and how to wait; how to work as a team; how to support their peers; reading skills and how to read scripts; cultural and literary lessons; how to listen; when to speak; how to sit still when others are speaking; how to project their voices; how to stand up in front of people and not be afraid and how to have fun doing it; how important timing is; how to work with a musical score; singing and choral skills; how to change costumes quickly; how to help make costumes; how to help make props; how to listen to a director; being creative and coming up with ideas to add or help to adapt a story to the stage; how to memorize; what it takes to change an animated movie into a stage production; how to do your best....the list goes on and on.

This is why I torture myself and my staff each year when producing our plays. I choose to challenge the kids to their highest level and give them a high bar to rise up to because I know they can do it. I know that at the end they will gain a huge sense of satisfaction at having done a hard and good job. That sense of accomplishment is tantamount to growing up and becoming a productive individual in our society, as challenging as it is.

And, as always, the first day back in school after doing a play, I am always met with the resounding question, "So what play are we going to do next year, Miss Deb?" They get so excited about trying to help me choose the next play and their parts already! It never fails. And with our plays, the kids never fail. They learn, and they learn well. I am proud of each and every one of them.

Secondly, I forgot to remind people that today and tomorrow was our Bake Sale with all of the busy-ness this time of year. We will have it tomorrow and Friday instead, so if any of you would like to contribute any baked goods to our table, please bring items in by either this afternoon or first thing tomorrow. We always use the funds gained from our Bake Sale to pay for expenses for our Open House, which, don't forget, is June 5th from 11 to 3!! I will be sending home invitations regarding the activities for the day shortly.

Don't forget that today and tomorrow are half days also for Parent-Teacher Conferences. I am still receiving last minute appointments, and if I can, I will fit you in!

Thank you and have a lovely, warm summer-like day,

-Miss Deb


Important Play Information!

May 18 - 9:10AM

Good morning,

IMPORTANT ITEMS:

  1. Remember that Friday is a half day for all students. We dismiss promptly at 11:30 AM. No lunches are needed on Friday. No aftercare is available.

  2. Elementary students should arrive back at the church at 5 pm.

  3. Sprouts should arrive at the church at 5:30 pm.

  4. The play begins at 6 pm. Plan for a 2 hour performance. A little cast party will take place after the play in the back meeting room. Those that have offered to make treats to share, please drop them off in the back room before the play.

  5. Sprouts will be sitting in special areas during the play. If for some reason your child cannot handle being in the play, once we realize this we will send your child to sit with you for the remainder of the play. Hopefully this won't happen!

  6. We strongly encourage the Seedlings families to come with their children to watch their fellow schoolmates acting so that when they enter Sprouts, they will be more familiar with how things are done.

  7. Costs to attend the play are $10 per person. Staff and students do not pay. Children viewing the play under 3 do not pay. You can pay by check (payable to Fields of Green) or cash. We donate half of the proceeds to the church as a thank you for allowing us to use their facility.

  8. ALL students should come to the church with their costumes on, and in the case of kids with multiple costumes, they must be wearing their first costume. Any costume changes will take place in the church kitchen and all clothes must be laid out carefully there when you arrive so that your child will be able to quickly change between scenes.

And finally.....as of today I have no voice - it figures - so I hope it returns by Friday, otherwise I may have a spokesperson or else you will all have to read cue cards!!! It's always something....

Have a lovely day,

Miss Deb


Volunteers Needed

May 6 - 1:46PM

Dear Parents,

We are in need of 2 or 3 volunteers who would be helping out on the day of the play, sitting with the Sprouts (they sit as a group during the play), and making sure they stay quiet and alert to what is going on during the play. Whenever we need certain characters, Miss Caroline would then take who she needs and bring them to their specific entrance area.

I also need volunteers to manage the refreshments after the play. I have some great ideas that I found online for making Lorax-type refreshments and would love for a couple of people to handle that.

These are some ways to use the Community Service hours that many of you signed up for!

Have a good day!

-Miss Deb


Reminders!!

May 3 - 10:22AM

Good morning,

  1. Just a reminder to those parents whose children will be attending tomorrow in Sprouts - we need your permission form in order for your child to attend the UMAC class.

  2. On Thursday, the Elementary/Middle class will be receiving a class in nutrition, conducted by Laura Norton from our local Sussex County Public Health office. It will take place at 10 AM. No permissions needed - this is just to let you know.

  3. Reminder to Elementary/Middle parents - our first Swim Class will be on Thursday from 1 to 2, so if you haven't sent in your permission slips and payments, please do so!

Have a lovely day - we need this spring rain!!

-Miss Deb


One More Thing

April 26 - 1:26PM

Dear Parents,

Now, my brain is going to pop soon.....

I forgot to mention that, after our free demo from the United Martial Arts Center (UMAC), they offered us a great deal to teach the Sprouts on a weekly basis for 4 weeks, so I am going to foot the bill in order that ALL of our Sprouts are able to take the class! The classes begin next Wednesday from 10:15 to 10:45. If your child does not normally attend on Wednesdays, you are certainly welcome to bring them and stay with them for the half hour class each week. The dates are May 4, 11, 18 and 25.

I will send home permission slips that must be signed in order for your child to participate.

And then one more thing..

Just so you all know, since the play is approaching fast, the Sprouts will be viewing the movie, The Lorax, a number of times so they, as non-readers, can fully understand the movie and their part in the play. We will also have combined rehearsals with the Elementary/Middle kids so that all children know where to be, when to come in, etc. It's an exciting time for the kids!

Hopefully I didn't miss anything else! Miss Deb