Agapé Child Care Ministry

Educating and Nurturing Children for Jesus

November 2021

Up Coming Events

Nov 1: Agapé Closing at 5:00pm for all rooms. Staff In-service

Nov 7: Daylight Savings Time (move those clocks 1 hour back!)

Nov 19: Agapé Fall Fundraiser Due

Nov 24-26: Prairie Heights No School

Nov 24: Agapé Open - School Agers Welcome

Nov 25-26: Agapé Closed -Thanksgiving Break (Happy Thanksgiving!!!)

Agapé Fall Fundraiser: Scrip Card Sale

Starting October 29th, Agapé is selling SCRIP cards again this fall. They are listed in the link below and make great Christmas gifts for family members, friends and employees. Contact Lisa Howe with any questions. 260-336-6200.

Orders and payments are due on November 19 at 8am. We hope to have them by the beginning of December. Make Checks out to Agapé Child Care Ministry.

Early Close Days for 2021-2022

The first Monday of each Month we will be closing all classrooms at 5:00 for staff training. We thank you for your flexibility in this so our staff are able to participate in our trainings to directly help our children in the classrooms. Below is the schedule.

  • November 1st
  • December 6th
  • January 3rd
  • February 7th
  • March 7th
  • April 4th
  • May 2nd
  • June 6th

How to help children through the holidays.

Now that the holidays are upon us and we will soon be calling friends and family to find a date to get together, we need to think about how to get through the holidays, help our children enjoy the days, and keep our sanity. Is it possible? Yes! Here are some easy tips to help our little ones enjoy these busy days all while keeping a fresh spirit.

1. Stick to their usual sleep routine as much as possible.

  • With traveling this can be challenging but it helps to keep as close to their routine as we parents can.

2. Make time for physical outside time each day.

  • Creating some unstructured time for kids to go run around, be noisy, and work off pent up energy will decrease crankiness, boredom, and bad behavior throughout the day.

3. Don't lose all routines.

  • Routines help children know what to expect and what is expected of them. Keeping some of their usual routines, appropriate for their age, can help you all feel a little more grounded.

4. Schedule time for peace and quiet.

  • This quiet time is just as valid as rest time for children. Give yourself scheduled quiet time to help rejuvenate your energy.

5. Remind them that holidays are about gratitude, and kindness.

  • It's easy to get swept away by the excesses of the holidays. Take time to notice moments of love and joy. Point them out to your children, and then reminisce about them later. This will help capture and keep those sweet moments and memories.

6. Keep an eye on the sugar intake.

  • You don't have to take out all the treats and fun out of the holidays, but many kids are particularly sensitive to sugar. In addition to being bad for your teeth and health in general, too much sugar can create highs and crashes of mood.

7. Take care of yourself.

  • If you're stressed out, it will very likely pass on to your kids. It's ok not to be perfect. It's ok to say no to some invitations, projects, outings, or decorating extravaganzas. Choose to put our heart into doing things that you and your family really enjoy. It's not just better for you - it's better for your kids, too.
Do Not Be Anxious | Philippians 4:6,7

In their words

Whitney, age 5

What do you love about Agape?

"I like to come here because I like to draw and I love media Friday."

What is your favorite work with animals?

"I love the African Continent basket because it has giraffes! I love giraffes!"