Wednesday, April 23, 2014
expectations | Admin | Children and Youth

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Expectations

Regular attendance on Sundays will support your children as they pursue their search for truth. Our classrooms may be the only place, other than home, where they have an opportunity to discuss what it means to be a good person; how we might respond to the fact that we are mortal; why there is injustice in the world and what we can do to change that. The conversations that unfold will help to determine not merely what our children will will be (poet, doctor, dancer, lawyer) but who they will be and how they will be in relationship with others as they grow and change.

Ours is a cooperative program that relies on the active involvement of parents and other adults in the congregation. While teaching may not be for everyone, chances are good that if you have a partner, one of you would be a good teacher. When everyone does their fair share, volunteering to teach or serving our programs as a Classroom Parent or Parent Helper, our children flourish, adults build lifelong friendships and the work is a pleasure.

Children and teens in our programs enter into a sacred covenant with each other. This covenant informs how they will interact with their peers and the adults in their classrooms. Each class writes their own covenant at the beginning of the year and they refer back to it often as new members join the class throughout the year. To ensure that expectations are clear, there is also a more general covenant which we ask families to sign. It’s included in the registration packet which you can find on this website.

Families are asked to do their part to stay informed. The weekly electronic Friday Reminder, the monthly electronic Dallas Unitarian Newsletter, the Religious Education Brochure, our website, mailings, and emails are all tools we utilize to keep you informed. You can sign up to receive the newsletter and other e-news on our homepage. We try to make it as easy as possible for you to learn about our program and special events and simply ask that you read the information we send.

We encourage you to speak up and speak out. We want to know what you think. If you have ideas to share or questions, we want to hear them and we especially want to know if you have concerns. If there is something about our programs that you don’t understand or that you question, speak up and do it right away. When you communicate with us in a timely fashion, we can correct mistakes, improve our programs, and, ultimately, be a stronger congregation. 

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