Hill Friends Meeting
First Day School (Sunday School) Program
An Overview for Parents
Welcome to our First Day School we look forward
to getting to know you and your children. The
following is what we expect you will most want to
know about our First Day School program.
First Day School is for all children from kindergarten
(usually age 5) through eighth grade (usually age
14). The First Day School is divided into two
groups: Primary School (kindergarten through
4th grade) and Middle School (5th grade through 8th
grade). There is child care for younger children.
First Day School is open to the children of all
members, attenders and visitors. Regular attendance
is encouraged, but one-time or irregular attenders
are also welcome.
First Day School begins at 10:45 a.m., which is
15 minutes after meeting for worship begins, and
ends at 11:30, which is when meeting for worship
usually ends. Children are encouraged to attend
the first 15 minutes of meeting for worship with
their parents (a teacher will signal for the children
to rise and leave the meeting room together at the
10:45), and the children will be led back to the
meeting room at the rise of meeting.
The First Day School curriculum includes stories
and lessons from the Old and New Testaments, Quaker
history and values, and opportunities for play and
projects. We consider all of these activities
to be a form of worship for the children, and we
endeavor to lead the children in a manner consistent
with Quaker values and testimonies such as the testimonies
of peace, simplicity, integrity, equality, and community.
The specific activities can vary greatly from week
to week and teacher to teacher, so please ask a teacher
if you have questions about that day’s activities,
the activities planned for future First Days, or
if you would like to receive an e-mail notice of
Our First Day School is taught by volunteers from
the members and attenders of our meeting under the
supervision of our Religious Education Committee. If
you have been regularly participating in the life
of our meeting for at least six months and would
like to become more involved, please talk to a teacher
or any member of the Committee.
A collection of frequently
asked questions, a First
Day School calendar for the year, and a copy of our
child safety policy are also attached.
For up-to-date information about the First Day School,
please see the meeting web page http://www.quaker.org/chestnuthill/ReligEd.htm