Ethics for Children – First Day of 2017/2018

Dear parents
We were so happy to see you all on our first class September 10th! It was exciting to meet so many new friends and to welcome our old friends back to Ethics for Children. Below you will find a short description of our classes and what is coming in the weeks ahead.

We have one more trial day scheduled for September 17th, so feel free to come back if you were trying a class, and tell your friends. To sign up for the trial class September 17th, please visit:
http://bsec.org/trial-class-for-ethics-for-children/

Ready to register for classes? Sign up at:
http://bsec.org/sign-up-for-ethics-for-children-classes/
Please note that nobody is ever turned down for inability to pay. If you need to discuss scholarships, please email Taty at efc@bsec.org 

What did we do on our September 10th classes?

Exploring Ethics (ages 3-6)
Teacher Simba Yangala

Our first day of Ethics for children in Exploring Ethics. It was a fun Sunday morning to see all the beautiful children. Our high light was the story “A Sea of Pink”. It’s a story a boy who was told on his first day of school by other children who were not so nice to not wear pink t-shirt. Other children came to his rescue and made a day of children wearing pink shirts. He felt welcome and safe.Sea of Pink is the story that originated the Pink Shirt to School day, a worldwide anti bullying campaign. It’s about the power of kindness and getting together to do what is right. With our beautiful tangled up yarn, we made a web of friends together. Learn more about it by watching the video below. See you next Sunday.

Growing Ethics (ages 7-9)
Teacher storae michele 

The Growing with Ethics group created a roadmap of the year together! We discussed dates and holidays we were excited about and discussed what our journey into the future will look like. Afterwards, we wrote letters to our future-selves, that will be mailed at the end of the year. These messages included our personal hopes and dreams for the year.

Living Ethics (ages 10-12)
Teacher Lea Bender
After a sweet opening circle in the playground with all of the age groups, our Living Ethics group gathered in the Poly Prep library for our first meeting of the school year! Our theme this month is Welcome and Community. We shared times we felt like outsiders and also about places where we feel welcome. Gus said he felt like an outsider on the first day of EfC last year, but now EfC is one of the places where he feels safe and welcome. We also talked about times we helped others to feel welcome when they were new or felt left out. Later, we got on our feet with some get-to-know-you games and finished class by talking through the monthly themes for the year. Next week we will also be making creative maps of our lives. I’m already looking forward to next Sunday!

See you all on Sunday, September 17th!
Taty Sena

Ethics for Children – Lots of news for 2017-2018!

Dear EfC Parents,

Taty and Lea here! Hope you are having a wonderful summer.  We are looking forward to fall already!
There will be lots of new additions to our kids class this year, such as regular yoga and midfulness classes, permaculture and volunteering and service days and arts as regular part of our program for all the classes, but there are also some major staffing changes.

We will all be back in the fall and Simba will continue to teach the youngest children, but Taty and Lea are switching hats!

As many of you know Taty Sena and Lea Bender have both had two jobs at BSEC, Taty as the Outreach Coordinator and Lea as the EfC Director and both as EfC teachers.  Starting in August, Taty will be taking over the role of EfCDirector and Lea will be picking up the teaching of the Evolving Ethics class. Lea has taught this age group at EfC in the past and is excited to return to do it again this year.  This will allow Taty to be available to parents and visitors during class times and attend all platforms in her role as Outreach Coordinator, a job that is more streamlined with the role of EfC director than with that of teacher.

We also have an amazing and caring new teacher join our program: Storäe Michele. Storäe is a very dynamic teacher with over 10 years teaching experience and a very unique set of talents. we are so excited to have her join our team! Check out her bio at our teachers page HERE.

And to celebrate all the changes, we are offering a Family and Friends Early Bird discount. If you sing up for classes before September 8th this year, you can use the code EFC2017 for a 20% discount rate when paying for our semester or yearly fees. Just visit our registration page at:
http://bsec.org/sign-up-for-ethics-for-children-classes/ and use the coupon on the bottom of the page.
And feel free to share it with your friends and family.They can also email efc@bsec.org, with subject “Subscribe” if they want to be added to our EFC mailing list.

Below is a list of useful links:
About Ethics for Children Program 2017-2018
Register for classes
EFC teachers and staff
Calendar for 2017-2018

Questions for the director (calendar, scholarships, etc) should now be addressed to Taty at efc@bsec.org.

Best,
Lea Bender and Taty Sena

Pictures from our Refugee Welcome Dinner

Pictures from our Refugee Welcome Dinner

Thank you all who helped make our Refuge Welcome Dinner Such a successful event. BSEC members and several organizations and volunteers got together to warmly welcome new friends from all over the world who recently came to make NYC their homes. We are glad you are here, and our doors are always open to you!

 

Pictures from Charley Horwitz Event

We would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a success. Below you will find some images from this inspiring day.

Future of Ethical Societies (FES) in Asheville, North Carolina May 26-29

Dear AEU Members and Friends

Future of Ethical Societies (FES), the young members of the Ethical Culture Movement, are preparing a fantastic conference in Asheville, North Carolina May 26-29 and fun activities at the AEU Assembly in Baltimore, Maryland June 8-11.

Join young Ethical Humanists in North Carolina this Memorial Day Weekend for the 14th annual Future of Ethical Societies (FES) Conference! FESXIV Flier JPG & PDF. Conference fee of $50-85 covers meals, activities, materials, and housing*. Register by May 6th to avoid late fees. Schedule below (subject to change):

  • Friday, May 26 – Gather at Rich Wasch’s house (address will be provided to attendees) for dinner, games, and introductions.
  • Saturday, May 27 – Workshops on Intentional Share Activity, Movement and Dialogue, and Social Justice Through Relationships. Service Project 1-5pm TBA. Night out in Asheville.
  • Sunday, May 28 – Platform talk & BBQ lunch at Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville and FES Business meeting.
  • Monday, May 29 (optional) – Socializing and goodbyes.

To learn more and register, please visit:
http://aeu.org/event/fes-conference-in-asheville-nc/

ABOUT FES:

FES members are:

  • 18-35 years old,
  • Dedicated to ethical humanist values and social justice, and
  • Supportive of FES and Ethical Culture with 3+ hours of service annually.

FES members will:

  • Meet, connect, and network with other young adults working to create a humane and sustainable world, forming a safe and supportive community in person and online
  • Share, learn, and collaborate in our active Facebook and Google Group for members
  • Receive discounted rates to attend FES and AEU events
  • Gain a voice (and possible formal roles) in FES, AEU, and IHEYO

If you are interested in joining FES and you fit the above requirements, please fill out our FES Membership Form.
If you know others who might be interested in FES (i.e. family, friends, Society visitors), please share FES with them.
If you want to support FES, you can click here to donate to FES.
If you have any questions, email us at fesconference@gmail.com.
Thank you!
FES Officers:
Emily Newman, Doug Miller, Christian Hayden, Favio Apollon, Thomas Allen