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Tom & Sandy Benz
Sep 22, 2022
In General Discussions
Hi everyone! Rebecca and I will be walking in the Buddy Walk this Saturday. You are welcome to come and join us. I did not put a team together for Rebecca as I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to make it on Saturday until recently, but anyone is welcome to come walk. Here is the information below: The 22nd Annual Buddy Walk hosted by New Directions Down Syndrome Association is only a few days away! It’s not too late to form a team, join a team, donate, volunteer, and JOIN US! Saturday, September 24 at Pasley Park, 2521 S Southeastern Ave., Sioux Falls, SD for our annual walk and celebration! 9:00 – 10:00 am | Team Captain Check-in 10:15 am | Walk Begins! 11:30 am | Raffle Winners Announced 10:45 am – 12:00 pm | Post-walk Party in the Park What you can expect: Buddy Walk – Grab your Buddy, and let’s go! We will walk approximately half a mile around Pasley Park after a few words from our organization’s leadership. Register for the Buddy Walk here: 2022 New Directions Buddy Walk® Sioux Falls 2022 New Directions Down Syndrome Association (ds-stride.org) Post-Walk Party – Bring your shade tent (no stakes – please bring weight to hold it down) or umbrella and your favorite lawn chair or blanket. We will take over the park family picnic style! Pack a lunch or purchase meals from one of our local food trucks – Pa & Sons and Backyard BBQ. Thanks to our special partners Yakkity Yak Coffee Shack and Move U, coffee and water will be provided at no cost. Entertainment – Of course, the tunes will be playing, so be ready to show off your new (or old) dance moves! We will also have multiple inflatables for all ages and levels, mini golf, bean bags, and sidewalk chalk. Be sure to stop by to check out Sioux Falls Fire Rescue firetruck.
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Sep 09, 2022
In General Discussions
Thanks to all who came to celebrate together! The liturgical events are for all SMF members to help us live out our faith within our community. Watch for future liturgical events-SMF sponsors one event per month.
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Aug 22, 2022
In General Discussions
Nancy Gerdes asked me to share this information with our group about a singing group for 4th-6th students: Come sing with the Sioux Falls Children’s Choir! This year, we are accepting singers in grades 4-6 and will be rehearsing Tuesday nights from 6-7pm at Augustana University. Come make music, make life-long memories and (of course) have fun! For more information check out our website: thesiouxfallschildrenschoir.com Thank you so much, Nancy! Kaela Schuiteman
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Aug 18, 2022
In General Discussions
It looks like there is a good chance of rain this afternoon with the highest percent chance at 5pm, so we will bump up the time for the park today to 2:30-4:30pm. We hope to see you there!
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Aug 17, 2022
In General Discussions
Hi everyone! The next two Thursdays look to have beautiful weather to be at the park. Riverdale Park-3:30-5:30 Please note: with everyone's school schedules beginning soon, these will be the last two weeks we will have Thursday afternoon park gatherings. We can then transition to going to the park after coop/Mass on Friday afternoons during the fall when the weather is nice. This is open to all families of SMF even if you are not attending coop classes. We can continue to meet at Riverdale Park for Friday afternoons to keep it consistent each week. If anyone would like to meet in the evenings during the fall, feel free to post it to the website whenever it works. Thanks for a fun summer and to those families who have been able to get together!
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Aug 10, 2022
In General Discussions
Hi everyone! This coming Thursday, Aug. 11th, let's plan to go to the Terrace Park pool instead of the family park time. Most Sioux Falls pools will be closing on Sunday, Aug. 14th and the weather looks perfect for a swim. Keep in mind there are a few other events going on this Thursday as well. SMF is sponsoring their once-a-month liturgical event on Thursday evening-family adoration at St. Lambert's Church along with some park time afterwards beginning at 6:30pm. We will schedule the pool time from 3-5pm. This will give people time to change and eat supper before Holy Hour begins. :)
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Jul 14, 2022
In General Discussions
Good morning, everyone! With the hot temperatures predicted for today, we will move the park day to the pool! Please join other SMF families in swimming from 3-5pm at Terrace Park pool 1100 W 4th St Sioux Falls.
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Jul 13, 2022
In General Discussions
Carole Wolf is Rebecca’s adaptive aquatic and Special Olympics coach. She is looking for any teens willing to volunteer on Tuesdays in July from 12:30-3:30 at the Laurel Oaks pool. You would be partnered with a staff member and be an extra pair of hands helping young children 2-3 yrs old and up in the pool. Carole will sign a form if you are keeping a log of volunteer hours for school or scholarship opportunities. Karl will be there the ext two Tuesdays. If you are interested or have more question, please call Carole @ (605) 261-5716.
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Jul 07, 2022
In General Discussions
Hi everyone! The weather is not as hot today so please join us at Riverdale Park this afternoon for our regular park time from 3:30-5:30pm. We hope to see you there!
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Jun 30, 2022
In General Discussions
Hi everyone! It has been fun to see many of you at the St. Lamberts Sister's camp this week. Due to camp and the hot weather, we are going to change the park day tomorrow. Let's plan to use our Kids Bowl Free coupons and meet at Empire Bowl 3800 Westport Ave Sioux Falls, SD from 3:00-5:00pm (*note change in time from our park times). Also, Empire Bowl does not have concessions for food. There is a vending machine with a limited selection. If you or your children are hungry after sister's camp, pack an extra snack or grab something on your way to the bowling alley. See you there!
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Jun 16, 2022
In General Discussions
We are back to our weekly family park day at Riverdale park-3:30-5:30pm today! See you there!
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Jun 03, 2022
In General Discussions
What a lovely day is was at the park today. The weather was perfect for it. Thank you to all the families who have been able to come! We hope more families will be able to join whenever it works into your schedules. I wanted to send a reminder that we will NOT have park day next Thurs due to it being drama camp week. We look forward to being back on a weekly schedule after that. Thanks!
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Tom & Sandy Benz
May 19, 2022
In General Discussions
Hi! Just a quick reminder that we will be having family park and sand volleyball today. I won't send a message out each week, but hopefully this is helpful until we all get used to the different day and time. We hope to see many of you there and we will pray the weather cooperates better this week! :)
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Tom & Sandy Benz
May 11, 2022
In General Discussions
We will plan to begin sand volleyball/family park time this Thursday, May 12th from 3:30-5:30pm at Riverdale Park 2000 E 24th St Sioux Falls, SD. Please bring blankets, water bottles, lawn chairs, volleyballs, soccer balls, frisbees, or any sand toys you would like to have there. We will plan to have this every week throughout the summer unless we have inclement weather. My girls have ballet class at 4:30pm until the end of May, so I would appreciate another mom to help coordinate these park days and to be a contact person when I cannot be at the park. If anyone is willing to help with assisting in coaching volleyball, that would also be helpful. Thank you & we look forward to seeing you!
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Tom & Sandy Benz
May 04, 2022
In General Discussions
Hi everyone! With warmer weather arriving, I am getting many inquiries on when we are starting park days. There are a few things I would like to have some feedback regarding what and how to make this a fun activity for as many SMF families as possible. Also-I would like to know how serious the high schoolers/middle school students are to wanting to do some volleyball drills and scrimmages each park gathering. If they all agree to participate in at least an hour of playing together, it makes it a more successful activity for all. This year, Amanda Steele and I have discovered that the parks have added Wednesdays as a league night beginning May 23rd at 6:15pm which means we will not have access to the volleyball courts. And secondly, I have not heard for sure if St. Lamberts will be offering dancing on Wed. evenings this summer again. If they do, I know many of our SMF families and students enjoyed participating in that as well. Would Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm be a possibility for a weekly park gathering with volleyball? If this day and time works for most people, then I would also like to ask another mom to jump on board with me to help cover the times when I am not able to be there. Or please share other thoughts or options. I know things get busy for everyone during the summer and there are many activities for people to choose from with swimming, dancing, bowling, etc.
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Apr 22, 2022
In General Discussions
Join us at Riverdale Park tomorrow at 1pm when tutoring center classes are done. Weather permitting-it looks like rain in the morning, so we will have to see if it is done by 1pm. Pack a lunch or just enjoy some fresh air.
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Mar 01, 2022
In General Discussions
Would anyone have the test booklet for Math-U-See geometry that they aren’t using and would be able to loan to us? We have misplaced our copy and I am hoping it will turn up yet, but I thought I would check before ordering a new one. Thanks!
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Feb 11, 2022
In General Discussions
This is Rebecca’s first year participating in Special Olympics. Her group is having a fundraiser on Feb. 26th. Each raffle is $10 and you do not need to be present to win. I will have these tickets with me at coop tomorrow if you are interested in getting one or have more questions. Anyone who isn’t in coop and might be interested in getting one, please email me at: benzfamily@alliancecom.net Thanks-Sandy & Rebecca :)
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Dec 13, 2021
In General Discussions
Anyone missing this scarf? It was left at Jannell’s home following the craft party last week.
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Tom & Sandy Benz
Nov 30, 2021
In General Discussions
SMF moms and daughters 5th grade and up are invited to the annual Christmas craft party hosted by Jannell Scott and Sandy Benz (Moms of boys invited too!) *When: Saturday, December 4th from 1-4pm (this coming Saturday**) *Where: Jannell Scott family farm 26743-488th Ave Valley Springs, SD *What do I do?-- Choose a Christmas craft to make and share-bring materials for the girls and moms to make your craft. Stations will be set up at the Scott home for each girl's craft items. Bring hot glue guns if you have one. You will want to plan for enough materials to make approximately 15-20 items. *Please bring a snack to enjoy while the crafts are being made. You can rsvp to Jannell Scott at Kevjs8@alliancecom.net or to myself at benzfamily@alliancecom.net if you plan to come. You are welcome to come even if you do not rsvp, it just gives us an idea of how many stations to have set up for the crafts. College students, young alumni adults/moms welcome as well-if you don't have a craft, come enjoy a cup of tea and conversation!
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