We thrive on structure around here. With three little munchkins running around and a bunch of different schedules to keep, structure is what I CLING to for survival. I hope there are some others out there like me?? Or am I the lone OCD Mom? When Oldest started TK last year (transitional kindergarten…its a California thing) it was QUITE the “transition” (pun-intended) for our little family. Because I send him to a school out of our district, he can’t take the bus. Which can make for some complicated maneuvering of nap times for Youngest! And I still remember the first day he was gone at school Second was wandering around the house looking for him (under beds, in closets, in the garage) ALL day.… Read the rest
Every Sunday feels like I am putting on a massive event just getting through Primary… am I alone in that? For me, keeping parents informed with a nice newsletter serves multiple purposes. I feel like if you hand them this nice looking, well thought out newsletter each month not only are they informed, but they know you care, you work hard, and hopefully they will feel more inclined to be involved! Today I am sharing a primary newsletter template that you can adjust for your ward along with some pointers and tips I have learned along the way! Hope it helps you in your calling 🙂
Here is an example of what our finished newsletter looks like:
I think some important elements to a newsletter are:
- The name of your ward
- The month the newsletter is for
- A list of upcoming events for both parents & teachers to mark on their calendars including
- upcoming ward events
- schedule changes (stake conference, general conference, 5th sunday, primary program etc)
- cub scouts & activity days
- The months theme, scripture & song
- Assignments for the month including opening prayer, scripture, talks & closing prayers
- Birthdays for that month
- Contact information of the primary presidency in case parents or teachers need to get ahold of you
- Article of Faith or spotlight or whatever other important things you want to include
- A nice seasonal image or picture (notice the apple for september=back to school).
I am finally getting around to sharing the food & drink labels I made for Oldest’s Cops & Robbers birthday party. They would be a great addition to any police or law-enforcement themed party. For the “mug shots” labels I wrapped them around glass bottles (recycled from that sparkling juice at Costco- yum yum) and filled them with mug root beer of course. Add a black & white striped paper straw and you are good to go.
On the menu at our police party was:
- Hamburglers (hamburgers)
- Tossed in Jail Fruit Salad (exciting name for a regular fruit salad)
- Cop corn (kettle corn from costco- yum yum…notice a costco theme?
Putting on a Primary Program is a HUGE task! Especially if you are new to your calling- trust me I can relate! When I first got called a few years ago it was in August, I was clueless to everything and had no idea that most primarys already had a date and possibly even a script for their programs. When I realized that I went into a full blown panic attack. Thank goodness for some kind-hearted soul who put their script online and I adapted that to our ward (which was really hard in itself since I didn’t even know the children yet!). … Read the rest
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It was quite the week for Oldest. Not only did he start kindergarten, but he also had to have one of his front teeth pulled! The day before Kindergarten!! Pretty rough. He was brave though, got through it all and only fell apart once it was all over. It helps that our dentist ROCKS!
Anyhow, that night amongst trying to make sure we had everything ready for his first day, I knew the tooth fairy had to do something extra special as well. … Read the rest