May 13-17 Winding down...

Dear CCP Families,

        The teachers and I enjoyed a baked potato bar for lunch at our staff meeting at the end of April.  This is one of several teacher appreciation lunches that we have had this year. It is such a blessing to skip "packing your lunch" when you're a teacher!  We are grateful to our board for setting aside funds to cover these appreciation luncheons. Though we all LOVE our jobs and our children, some days are challenging and having lunch as a token of appreciation is such a nice gesture. Thank you.

MOOOVING into SUMMER! - Please drop by Chick-fil-a at University Place (mall) this Tuesday, from 5:00-7:00pm. Bring your whole family! You can enjoy dinner and have time with your friends! When you order, please tell the cashier that you are with CCP. It will be a special night for all of us. Thanks to Jennifer Crook and our preschool board for planning this fun outing!

        This coming week (May 13-17) is our "week of lasts."  We will have our last Music classes with Ms. Rebecca and our last Chapel visits with Ms. Debbie.  The Ladybugs will have their last lunch bunches.  There will be a lot of wrapping up our wonderful year - remembering our favorite things, and thinking about what we have learned and how much we have grown!  Even if the children aren't consciously aware that this experience is about to end, they somehow sense things changing.  Occasionally this will show in behavior.  Behavior is communication, so try to be patient and remember all the skills and techniques that we have learned from Conscious Discipline.

        Then the following week (May 20-24) will be our week of celebrations and graduations.  Your teachers will give you all the details about the celebrations in your child's class.

        The current CCP Board will meet Monday, May 20 at 6:45pm. (Note the earlier time.) Then the new (2019-20) Board will meet at 7:30 that same night in Ascension Hall.  Use the Ascension Hall side door, please.

        You may have come from a background where your parents were a little uncomfortable with emotions and they may have said, "Stop crying. You're fine" or "There's nothing to be afraid of."  Conscious Discipline encourages us to be aware of our feelings - Acknowledge them, feel them, and name them. Help your children recognize their feelings and name them.  Dr. Bailey tells us in Managing Emotional Mayhem (p.108) "When we allow ourselves to be aware of a feeling, we often attempt to keep it quietly off in the distance.  In actuality, befriending our feelings is the only thing that allows them to move on."

        Finally, I wish each of you a happy Mother's Day.  Someone shared this lovely poem with me.  I will share it with you, although I'm sorry I don't know the author to give him or her credit.

A Mother's Day Tribute

To those who gave birth this year to their first child - we celebrate with you.

To those who lost a child this year - we mourn with you.

To those who are in the trenches with little ones everyday and wear the badge of food stains - we appreciate you.

To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away - we mourn with you.

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment - we walk with you.  Forgive us when we say foolish things.  We don't mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms - we need you.

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children - we celebrate you.

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children - we sit with you.

To those who lost their mothers this year - we grieve with you.  

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother - we acknowledge your experience.

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood - we are better for having you in our midst.

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year - we grieve and rejoice with you.

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising - we anticipate with you.

This Mother's Day, we walk with you.  Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst.  We remember you.

Happy Mother's Day and I wish you well,