Monday, May 15, 2017

Parent Connection May 15th

How Precious Is the Time!
          It was only forty days. That’s an interesting number that comes up several times in the Scriptures. It was forty days and nights that rain poured down upon the earth during the Flood. Jonah pronounced forty days before God would bring judgment upon Nineveh.
          Now that number applied to the time Jesus spent with his disciples after his resurrection. He didn’t spend every minute of every day during that forty day period with them. He appeared to them a couple of times in Jerusalem and then in Galilee. During this time, “he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.” Acts 1:3.  During these visits, Jesus talked to them about the kingdom of God. Did the disciples realize how precious those moments were? Did they know that these times would not go on forever?
          I wonder what the disciples really thought. When Jesus appeared to them for the last time, on the fortieth day, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6. Jesus had to have great patience, these disciples just didn’t get it. They were still looking for deliverance from the hated Roman rule rather than the greater deliverance from the rule of Satan. Jesus told them that they needed to stay in Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit whom Jesus would send to them. It would be the Holy Spirit who would open their eyes and show them the truth.
          We are so much like those disciples. We have studied the Word and yet we don’t always get the “big picture”. We have our own ideas of how we want things to go. We need the same Holy Spirit to guide us through the Word to conform our will to the Lord’s will. How precious is the time we spend in the Word!


Spring Performance
          The Spring Fling will be held on May 19th at 6:30pm.  Students will need to be at UAA Recital Hall by 6:15pm.  A permission slip will be sent home with information about what to wear.
         
Parking Lot Sale
          Parking Lot Sale will be held on May 20th, 9:00-3:00.  Parents we need volunteers!  Make plans to help for an hour or two.  You can now drop off your donations.

Singing in Church
          Faith Lutheran School will be singing in church on May 21st here at Faith.  Please plan on attending and having your child here by 10:15am for the 10:30am service.

End of School Picnic
          On the last day of school we will have our end of school picnic beginning at 11:30. Families are invited to join us for the picnic.  Much of the food has been generously donated and for the remaining items, each class will be responsible for certain items.  A detailed list will go out on Monday.

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  If you have not enrolled your child for next year, please do so.
  
May Birthdays
          God’s Richest Blessings on the following May Birthdays:
Caleb L. – May 9th
Violet A. – May 19th

Summer Birthdays
          Blessing for those celebrating birthdays over the summer.
Alaina H. – June 12th
Sahara B. – June 14th
Gavin M. – July 7th
Kennedy M. – July 9th
Megan L. – July 20th

Lost and Found

          Items in the lost and found will be placed in the parking lot sale on Saturday.  Please stop by the office if you are missing an item.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Parent Connection May 8th

The End Is Within Sight?
For several weeks now, my students have been reminding me each week how many days are left in the school year. I don’t know if they are just counting down the days, or if they are trying to panic me as we have a few things to go through before the end comes. As a teacher, you don’t want to finish your course of study too early, nor do you want to run out of time before you get all of those important concepts covered.
          For our devotion this morning Pastor Ewings used Psalm 90 as his text. As he read, I was struck by one of the phrases the Psalmist used, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12.
          This should be our prayer as we anticipate anything we must wait for patiently. Whether it is the last day of the school year, or some special trip, or our next birthday, or the Day of the Lord’s Return; we ask God to teach us to include the Lord in our planning and anticipation. Our goal is a ‘heart of wisdom’, a heart which trusts fully in its God and looks forward to heaven with him.

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  If you have not enrolled your child for next year, please do so.

Track Season
          Congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the track meet on Saturday.  Here are the overall results:
Jr. High Girls – 2nd            Elem. Girls – 2nd
Elem. Boys – 3rd
Please be sure to return your clean uniforms this week.


Teacher Appreciation Week
          Thank you to all who volunteered during teacher appreciation week.

Spring Performance
          The Spring Fling will be held on May 19th at 6:30pm.  The date was moved due to scheduling conflicts.  Students will need to be at UAA Recital Hall by 6:15pm. 
          Parents-we need volunteers to drive students to the rehearsal the morning of the event.  Contact the school if you are able to help.

Singing in Church
          Faith Lutheran School will be singing in church on May 21st here at Faith.  Please plan on attending and having your child here by 10:15am for the 10:30am service.

Parking Lot Sale
          Parking Lot Sale will be held on May 20th, 9:00-3:00.  Parents we need volunteers!  Make plans to help for an hour or two.  We will begin accepting donations on May 15th.
         
PTF Meeting
          The next PTF meeting is May 10th.  This is a very important meeting to elect officers for the coming year.  If you would like to serve as an officer or know who would be a good candidate please contact Sheila at 229-7901.

End of school year picnic, May 24th at 11:30am.  Look for sign up opportunities next week.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Parent Connection April 24th

Run the Straight Race
          The track team started practicing last week for a quick season. I found myself stressing to the runners to be sure to run straight down the track, focus on the finish line, don’t look around to see what other runners are doing, just run straight to the finish.
          As we celebrated the victory of Pastor Oldfield on Saturday, I was reminded about how he had run his race, his life. Certainly, the words of the writer to the Hebrews can be seen in the way Pastor Oldfield ran the race, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1b-2a.
          None of us knows the exact course our lives will take in this world, or what crosses we may have to bear. One thing is certain: we must focus on Jesus and push on to the goal. We must “Run the straight race through God’s good grace; Lift up your eyes and seek his face. Life with its way before us lies, Christ is the path and Christ the prize.” Hymn 457, st. 2

Zoo Visit
          Grades PK-4 will enjoy a zoo visit here at school on Thursday.  This visit’s animal is a snake.

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year. 


Early Dismissal
          On April 28th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in-service.

Track Season
          Track practice continues on Tuesday and Thursday at Cuddy Park 3:45 – 5:00pm. 
          The Faith will be participating in a meet on May 6th.

Teacher Appreciation Week
          May 1st – 5th is teacher appreciation week.   Here are the activities PTF has planned:  Provide lunch or breakfast for the staff each day, decorate the classroom doors, and collect money so the teachers may enjoy a dinner out together.
          Please take the time next week to give a special thank you to our teaching staff.
          Families will be contacted this week as how they can help in their classrooms.  If you would like you may contact Sheila Lillo at
229-7901 with any questions.

Upcoming Events
          Parking Lot Sale on May 20th, 9:00-3:00.  Parents we will need volunteers!  Make plans to help for an hour or two. 

          End of school year picnic, May 24th at 11:30am.  Look for sign up opportunities soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Parent Connection April 18th

Life Has Won!
          Once again it seems that winter is losing its grip on Anchorage. Each day the sun comes up earlier and stays up later. Even though mornings can still be rather crisp, the day warms quickly with the sunshine we are experiencing. Each day more and more birds return from their vacation journey to warmer climates. Soon we will hear about the bears waking up grouchy and hungry so it’s time for us to stop feeding the birds and start being more careful with our trash. Before you know it, the grass will need mowing and the flowers will be blooming. Springtime is a time of new life in Anchorage.
          It is also a time when we remember the new life that God has created in us. Through the work of the Holy Spirit using the Word, we have this new life in us. This new life changes everything, our attitude, our fears, our wants, our hope, and our relationships. It all starts with Jesus. St. Paul writes to Timothy, “This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” II Timothy 1:9b-10. Jesus won this new life for us through his holy sinless life and his innocent suffering and death. God raised him to life from the tomb to show us that his sacrifice was acceptable and we are his own. Let the new life shine in everything you do.

Early Dismissal
          On April 28th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in-service.

Kids’ Day at the Dena’ina
          Thank you to all who helped and visited our booth! 
Alaska Junior Theater
          Grades K-4 will be attending the presentation of “The Tree and the Donkey Who Loved to Sing” on April 20th at 10:15am.  Permission slips should already be turned in.  Remember car seats if needed.

Hot Lunch April
          Hot Lunch is this week.  Please return the hot lunch slip by Thursday.

PTF Meeting
          The next PTF meeting is scheduled for April 19th at 7:00pm. This is an important meeting as we will be planning Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1st-5th), Parking Lot Sale (May 20th), and End of School Picnic (May 24th).  We need your help for these events to be a success!

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year. 

Track Season
          Track practice begins this Thursday at Cuddy Park 3:45 – 5:00pm.  Be sure to return the permission slip by Thursday.
A field event clinic will be held this Saturday at Eagle River Christian School, 10:00 – Noon.  Please use this opportunity to practice and improve your skills.   The school will not be able to provide transportation for the clinic.

Funeral Services

          For those who would like to attend, a funeral service for Pastor Oldfield will be held here at Faith Lutheran Church on April 22nd at 2:00pm.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Parent Connection April 10th

What if?
          Have you ever played that “game”? What would you do if you won the lottery? What if you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
          It can be fun to speculate about different trivial things but what about serious thoughts? The apostle Paul does that in his first letter to the Corinthian congregation when he asks, “What if Christ had not been raised?”
          His first thought is that if Christ had not been raised then our “faith is futile, you are yet in your sins.” This truth is the foundation upon which our faith and hope are built. The resurrection of Jesus tells us that God accepted his payment for our sins and that we are declared righteous. Our major problem has been solved.
          Paul also says that “those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.” The gravestone over Abraham would read “Lost”; over John the Baptist’s headless body, “Lost”; over the graves of my parents and loved ones, “Lost”; and over my own grave, “Lost”. Without a risen Savior, there is only one epithet to our life, “Lost” for eternity.
          Paul concludes with “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” How sad would it be if we spent our lives hoping for a future that could not happen? How foolish would that be?
          Thanks be to God that Christ has been raised. We know our faith and hope are secure; we and all believers will be raised to life eternal with Jesus our Savior. Celebrate your new life in Christ this coming Easter season!

Pennies for Patients
          We raised $274.17 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Thank you to all who participated.

No School Days and Early Dismissal
          April 14th and 17th there will be no school.  April 28th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in service.

Kids’ Day at the Dena’ina
          Faith Lutheran School will be hosting a booth at Kids’ Day on April 15th.  The event runs 10:00 – 4:00pm and highlights programs for children in Anchorage.  We will need volunteers to help throughout the day. Please let Mrs. Z know if you can volunteer for an hour or two to help out at Faith’s Booth.  We also need plastic colored eggs for the craft which can be dropped off in the office or with Mrs. Z.

Easter Celebrations
          For those of you looking for a place to celebrate Easter, Faith Lutheran Church invites you to join us on April 16th.  Faith will have Easter services at 8:00am and 10:30am.  Breakfast will be served between services beginning at 9:00am.  We look forward to seeing you!

Alaska Junior Theater
          Grades K-4 will be attending the presentation of “The Tree and the Donkey Who Loved to Sing” on April 20th at 10:15am.  Please return permission slips by April 13th.

Library Visit
          The upper graders will be visiting the library on Thursday.  Be sure to bring all library books to return.

Parking Lot Snow
          Parents, please pay extra attention in the parking lot.  We are trying to melt the snow a little quicker.

Hot Lunch April
          Parents, we have a volunteer for hot lunch this month on April 20th.  If you would still like to help, please contact Sheila Lillo at 229-7901. The menu for this month is pizza.

PTF Meeting
          The next PTF meeting is scheduled for April 19th at 7:00pm. This is an important meeting as we will be planning Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1st-5th), Parking Lot Sale (May 20th), and End of School Picnic (May 24th).  We need your help for these events to be a success!

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year. 

Track Season
          As you are well aware, there is still snow on the ground.  Track season is delayed until the ground/track is dry enough to run on and not cause damage.  There will be no meets before May.

Funeral Services

          For those who would like to attend, funeral services for Pastor Oldfield will be held here at Faith Lutheran Church on April 22nd at 2:00pm.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Parent Connection April 3rd

Remember Your Leaders….
          “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7.
          These words came to my mind this weekend after I learned that Pastor James Oldfield had left this world of pain and sorrow to live with his Lord in heaven. He had served this congregation from 1992 until early in 2016. Some months before that time, he was diagnosed with a brain cancer. At that time, his cancer made him unable to carry out all of his duties for this congregation. In his battle with this disease, his Lord kept him strong in his faith and finally, on Saturday morning, delivered him from his suffering and took him to his eternal home where he stands before the throne of God, joining his voice with the voices of all the saints and angels, praising his God and Father.
          During his time as our pastor, our shepherd, he focused a great deal of time and effort educating the members of this church in Bible study. The Lord knew that this church needed to be strengthened in its foundation, it needed to be rooted deeply in the Word. He provided for that need in the calling of Pastor Oldfield.  Pastor Oldfield liked to tell us that we were some of the most well-trained, Bible-based, orthodox Christians in Alaska. So as we mourn his leaving us, let us also hold onto the faith he professed before us, that faith that led him home.

Pennies for Patients
          The drive is finished, we will announce the donation total in chapel on Thursday.

Jr. Choir
          Thank you to the Junior Choir members for singing at King of Kings on Sunday. 
Comfy Day
          By popular demand, we will have a makeup spirit day due to the snow day last week.  This Friday will be comfy day, wear the comfiest of clothes.  No onesies please.

Sports Nights
          This week, Tuesday and Thursday, during the regular practice times, we are inviting the soccer and basketball teams and their parents to come and play. We will have some skills competitions for the team members and some open games. Tuesday will be for soccer and Thursday will be basketball. Also, Thursday night will be a pizza feast at school after the games. Please join us.

Singing in Church
          This Sunday is Palm Sunday, April 9th.  The preschool and kindergarten students will be singing in church.  Please be sure to have your child here by 10:15am.  The service begins at 10:30am.

Kids’ Day at the Dena’ina
          Faith Lutheran School will be hosting a booth at Kids’ Day on April 15th.  The event runs 10:00 – 4:00pm and highlights programs for children in Anchorage.  We will need volunteers to help throughout the day. Please let Mrs. Z know if you can volunteer for an hour or two to help out at Faith’s Booth.  We also need plastic colored eggs for the craft which can be dropped off in the office or with Mrs. Z.

No School Days and Early Dismissal
          April 14th and 17th there will be no school.  April 28th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in service.


Spaghetti Fest
          A big thank you to all who contributed to the spaghetti fest!  We were able to raise $2000.
          A special thank you to Kristi Gartman, Gabrielle Bauer, Judi Hegerberg and Mrs. Z for all their work planning and serving the delicious food.   

Easter Celebrations
          For those of you looking for a place to celebrate Easter, Faith Lutheran Church invites you to join us on April 16th.  Faith will have Easter services at 8:00am and 10:30am.  Breakfast will be served between services beginning at 9:00am.  We look forward to seeing you!

Hot Lunch April
          Parents, a volunteer is needed for hot lunch this month on April 20th.  Please contact Sheila Lillo at 229-7901 if you are able to help. The menu for this month is pizza.

Open Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Parent Connection March 27th

In the Shadows
          The sunshine sure has been wonderful these past three or four weeks, hasn’t it? The bright shiny days, a hint of warmth in the air, at least, in the late afternoon, could it be spring? The mornings have been pretty crisp and cold. The sun is beginning to win the battle against the left over snows of winter. Slowly, but surely, the sun’s strength is tearing away at the rock-hard snow and ice; and soon we will be seeing the greening of the grass and budding of the trees.
          But this is also the time of the year when we need to be careful of the shadows. On my way to school, I have to watch out for one particular spot. There is a walkway over Lake Otis Parkway right in front of Lake Otis Elementary School. At this time of the year, a sort of ice speed bump forms in the shadow of the walkway. The sun’s rays do not reach this area so the ice persists in the shadow. There are other places around town where this happens.
          We need the light of Jesus to shine on each of us. We need the “Son-light” to pierce our stony callused hearts to soften them and make them alive. We need to beware of the shadowed areas in our lives where the light has not fully penetrated, where we still have some icy speed bumps to our faith. May God continue to work in each of us to strengthen our faith and bring us safely into his eternal kingdom!

Report Cards
          Report cards were sent home on Friday.  If you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference, please contact your child’s teacher.  Report card envelopes need to be returned signed by the parent.


Spaghetti Fest
          On March 31st at 6:00pm PTF will be hosting a Spaghetti Fest.  We will have fun, games and of course spaghetti!  All proceeds from this will go to improve technology in our classrooms with smart boards.  The funds will be collected as a free will donation for the dinner and bake sale.  Please see the flyer for more information on how you can volunteer and RSVP.  You can also RSVP here:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa8aa28aaf85-spaghetti
          We need donations for the bake sale.  If you would like to donate a yummy treat, please let Sheila Lillo know. 

Soccer
          Soccer practice continues at APU, 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday.  Please note the date of the tournament has changed, again.
Tournament
March 30th – 4:00pm Lumen Christi

Spirit Week
          To cheer on the Husky soccer team there will be spirit week this week.
          Tuesday – Favorite Color Day
Wednesday - Comfy Day (PJs, sweats)
Thursday – School Color Day

Spelling and Geography Bees
          This week Olivia Zanto will participate in the state spelling bee and Caleb Lillo will participate in the state geography bee. 

Jr. Choir
          Jr. Choir will sing next on April 2nd at Kings of Kings.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00am to practice.  If you need a ride to Wasilla, please contact Mrs. Z.


Pennies for Patients
          Keep collecting your change.   Pennies for Patients drive began on March 1st and runs through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Change to Calendar
          On April 14th, Good Friday there will be no school.  Previously, school was scheduled for a noon dismissal.

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year. 

Kids’ Day at the Dena’ina

          Faith Lutheran School will be hosting a booth at Kids’ Day on April 15th.  The event runs 10:00 – 4:00pm and highlights programs for children in Anchorage.  We will need volunteers to help throughout the day. Please let Mrs. Z know if you can volunteer for an hour or two to help out at Faith’s Booth.  We also need plastic colored eggs for the craft which can be dropped off in the office or with Mrs. Z.