IPC Day School

IPC Day School

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Blessings

The Day School celebrated Christmas with meaningful chapel lessons, a wonderful music program by our 3 year olds, a beautifully done Lessons and Carols service by our 4 and 5 year olds, lots and lots of glitter, lights and elves, an array of Christmas attire, very creative Christmas crafts, more glitter, and sweet class parties organized by our moms. It has been a joyous time with our children!

Our wish for each of you is that you and your family have a meaningful, stress-free, Christ-centered Christmas. Think about these four things: worship fully, spend less, give more (of yourself), and love more. Don't worry about perfection, that's not what it is about. Remember, God's greatest expression of love came to us through the most human of all experiences, the birth of a child.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11


Friday, December 13, 2013

It's Time To Be Nut Free

As we rapidly approach our Jan. 3rd date of being tree nut and peanut free in the IPC Day School I wanted to share the short list of easy acceptable snacks.  You can always check http://www.foodfacts.com which allows you to check ingredients about any product and www.SnackSafely.com which posts a lengthy list of safe foods and updates it monthly! You can sign up through email for the monthly updates to that list. As always, READ THE LABEL on everything you send to school! We have a very positive attitude about this new policy and will work through it together to ensure the safety of our precious children.

         Quick peanut and tree nut fee list
Potato Chips (not kettle)
Pirate Booty
Cheese Curls

Chick Fil A - They do use peanut oil to cook, but parents report because of the high heat during cooking their children with peanut allergies can eat the food.
McDonalds and Wendy's nuggets are fine, too
Dominoes Cheese

Graham Crackers
Vanilla Wafers
Rice Krispie Treats Blue Wrapper

Blow Pops

Vanilla Ice Cream cups

String Cheese

Cookies made at Magic Muffin (must request peanut and tree nut free)                                  Publix -  Special Requested tree nut and peanut free cupcakes

Blessings, Kathy Leaver

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Harvest for Hunger

What generous Day School families we have! Thank you for participating in our Harvest for Hunger in such a big way. We have filled the food pantry with bags and bags of food, some beautifully decorated by the children. At chapel we had the children present cans of food or bags of spaghetti and we talked about helping others by sharing. I hope you will be able to continue this discussion throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons by focusing on giving to others in need. Through your donations, you have become blessings to many families who will have food to put on their tables.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Striving for a Stress-Free, Christ-Centered Christmas

Please join me for one of our next Moms' Coffees, either Thursday, Nov. 14th or Monday, Nov. 18th from 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. in room 105.  David Seamon, Assistant to the Pastor here at IPC, will be joining us and together we will share some ideas to help you and your family re-focus your Christmas on the birth of Jesus. We will be talking about de-stressing the Advent season by rethinking and simplifying your giving, your traditions, and your role as what seems to be the Christmas Magician.  We would love for you to share anything you and your family have done to move away from a chaotic holiday agenda to a celebration of family, love, generosity, and Christ. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

With another pumpkin at every turn, it is definitely fall in Alabama. Halloween to be exact, though I enjoy keeping my pumpkins around as long as possible. If you and your children are not keen on scary pumpkins, there are lots of Christian poems about pumpkins you can google that basically involve preparing and carving Christian symbols into your pumpkin and talking about those with your children.    My very creative daughter shared this picture of a pumpkin she and her husband carved with their children after receiving the instructions. This could certainly allow you as a family to reiterate some of the great tenets of our faith:
Hearts for eyes symbolize God's love for us, the cross as a nose reminds us of Christ being sent to save us, and the fish mouth, which I love, reminds us all to be fishers of men and spread the Good Word. If you put a candle in yours, talk about God being the light of the world. This may be familiar to your children since as we leave chapel each week, we talk about taking God's light out of the chapel and sharing it with our friends and family. Happy carving!

Since we are trying to focus on healthy recipes at the Day School, I also wanted to share a recipe for roasting those pumpkin seeds left after cleaning out your pumpkin.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds - makes 1 1/2 Cups

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees

1 1/2 Cups raw, whole pumpkin seeds
1 pinch of salt (and garlic or another spice if your family prefers)
2 tsp. butter, melted

Toss seeds in a bowl with salt and melted butter. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet or two. Bake 45 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally.  Serve warm or cool. Enjoy!

Blessings, Kathy

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Open House & Fall Festival

Welcome to our new IPC Day School Blog! I hope this will be helpful to you and your family. Please email me if there's something you'd like for me to share with others or a topic you'd like to read.   ( kleaver@ipc-usa.org )

Open House at the Day School
What a grand event last week! We welcomed parents and their children to Open House at the Day School. What a joyous time for us to meet parents we had not yet met, and what a proud time for the children to introduce their teachers, show off their beautiful work, and share their favorite parts of their rooms. Our teachers are unbelievably creative, which is evident every time I walk in their classrooms, and I know the students love all the opportunities they have to show their own creativity. We appreciate the effort you made to be part of our special evening.

IPC FALL FESTIVAL--  Come and enjoy!!
I also wanted to remind you about the IPC Fall Festival, Sunday, October 27 at the Children's Fresh Air Farm.  You can sign up and/or pay online at    www.ipc-usa.org/fallfestival

Enjoy a dinner of chili, hotdogs, cornbread, dessert. plus hot apple cider and hot chocolate!
Come tap your toes to the  blue grass band, take a hayride, warm yourself by the bonfire, roast marshmallows and let your kids enjoy a variety of games.  Come join the fun!!