Monday, March 20, 2017

Parent Connection March 20th

National Debt
          Do you know how big the national debt is? Maybe it doesn’t make a difference to you but our country’s debt is fast approaching twenty trillion dollars! Your individual portion of that debt is about sixty-one thousand dollars. Interest is accruing at a rate of a little over fourteen thousand dollars a second. That adds up to about half a trillion dollars each year in just debt service. Experts wonder how long this can continue, how long can Congress continue to spend more than the government collects in taxes.
          There is another debt that each of us have contributed to, I’ll call it the universal debt. This debt is what we owe to God because of our sins. We each contribute to this debt because each of us sins daily. Imagine how fast this debt is growing as we continue to do things we know are wrong and continue to avoid the things that we know we should be doing. The end result of this debt is far more devastating than the national debt. This debt means that each of us deserve eternal punishment in hell.
          But take a closer look at this debt, in huge letters written in blood we read, “It is finished!” This debt has been paid in full in advance for us. Christ Jesus gave his life for ours. Now for all who believe his words and promises, there is an eternity in heaven waiting for us, God’s gift to us!

End of Third Quarter
          Report cards will be sent home on Friday.  If you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference, please contact your child’s teacher after report cards have been sent home.



Underwater Adventure
          Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents are invited to an underwater adventure on March 25th, 10:00 to noon.  Come enjoy crafts, activities, snacks and a devotion all focused on the wonderful world God created underwater.  Please contact Melissa Mittelstadt for more information or to help with event at FaithLutheranPreschoolAK@gmail.com.

Library Visit
The upper grades and kindergarten will be visiting the library on Friday.

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.  Students brought home more information and a box before break to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Alaska Junior Theater
          Kindergarten through the 4th grade will be attending Alaska Junior Theater’s production of “Creole for Kids” on March 23rd at 10:15.  Be sure to return your permission slips and send car seats. We will be taking the van.

Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice continues at APU, 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.  The next soccer rally is this Friday, March 24th beginning at 4:00pm.  Please note the date of the tournament has changed.
Soccer Rally
March 24th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 30th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tournament
April 11th – Time and place TBA

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 the 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. 

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

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.

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.  

March Birthdays
          God’s blessings on your birthday and throughout the year.
E. Robbert – March 21st
L. Klebs – March 22nd


Monday, March 6, 2017

Parent Connection March 6th

It’s a Long Race!
The first weekend in March in Alaska means one thing. It is the beginning of the “Last Great Race”, the Iditarod. I watched part of the TV coverage of the ceremonial start of the race on Saturday. As part of the coverage, they played some prerecorded interviews with several of the mushers. A common thread in many of the interviews was the unknown in this year’s race.
With the restart in Fairbanks this year there was much speculation about how the mushers would handle the bitter cold and the deep snow that they would be experiencing on this new route. One musher who was sitting this race out offered some advice, especially to the less experienced mushers. He said that they should not push their teams too hard in the early part of the race. He felt that if they push their teams hard through the extreme cold and breaking trail through the deep fresh snow that they might wind up getting to the coast with a team that is too beaten up to make it to Nome.
The writer to the Hebrews describes our life as “the race marked out for us.” There are many problems and hindrances that we may encounter on this race. We don’t know much about this race marked out for us. We do know what the destination is and we know that our Savior is our companion on this race. The writer also urges us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”. The racers on the Iditarod try to lighten their load by making sure they only take that which is absolutely necessary for their trip. What is necessary for us on our race?  Simply, we need faith in the promises of our loving God.

 Daylight Savings
          Remember to spring forward on Sunday, March 12th when daylight savings time begins. 

Spring Break
          Classes dismiss at noon this Friday, March 10th, no aftercare will be available.  There will be no school next week for Spring Break.  Classes resume on Monday, March 20th.

End of Third Quarter
          Friday marks the end of the third quarter of school.  Report cards will be sent home the week following spring break on March 24th.  If you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference, please contact your child’s teacher after report cards have been sent home.

YMCA Visits
          This is the last week for YMCA visits.  The lower grades on Wednesday and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.

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.  Students brought home more information and a box last week to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Alaska Junior Theater
          Kindergarten through the 4th grade will be attending Alaska Junior Theater’s production of “Creole for Kids” on March 23rd at 10:15.  Be sure to return your permission slips by March 10th.


Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice continues at APU, 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday.  The next soccer rally is this Thursday March 9th beginning at 4:00pm.   No practice during spring break.
Soccer Rally
March 9th – 4:00 – 8:00pm
March 24th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 30th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tournament
April 7th – 8th

Underwater Adventure
          Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents are invited to an underwater adventure on March 25th, 10:00 to noon.  Come enjoy crafts, activities, snacks and a devotion all focused on the wonderful world God created underwater.  Please contact Melissa Mittelstadt for more information or to help with event at FaithLutheranPreschoolAK@gmail.com.

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 the 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:

Jr. Choir

          Jr. Choir will sing next on April 2nd at Kings of Kings.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Parent Connection February 27th

It’s Better to be Cautious…
          Over the weekend, we had some workers in the building patching some leftover nail and screw holes in preparation for some final painting that needs to be done. While they were working in my classroom, I asked the worker about a hole up in the corner that he seemed to be avoiding. He said that he would have to ask his supervisor about it. He pointed out that there were some loose wires in the hole and that he wasn’t going to mess with the hole because of a previous experience.  
          It seems that while working on an earlier job he was patching a similar hole and the wires had made contact with a ring he was wearing and the electricity in those wires knocked him off of the ladder he was on. Now he had set his mind on not messing around with any loose wires. He said he had learned his lesson.
          As we go through life, we have many lessons to learn. You have learned many of those lessons already. Some of these lessons are easy to learn and others can be learned in a painful way. As parents, we will want to help our children learn these lessons the easier way to save them from experiencing the painful lessons if possible. The greatest lessons our children need are those involving our relationship with our God because those lessons will last for eternity, as well as the consequences of not learning them.

YMCA Visits
          YMCA visits continue on Wednesday for the lower grades and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.


Pennies for Patients
          Start collecting your change.   Pennies for Patients drive will begin on March 1st and run through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Students brought home more information and a box today to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice begins today at APU, 4:00-5:30pm.  Practices will continue every Tuesday and Thursday.  The first soccer rally is this Friday March 3rd beginning at 4:00pm. 
Soccer Rally
March 3rd – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 9th – 4:00 – 8:00pm
March 24th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 30th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tournament
April 7th – 8th

Jr. Choir
          Thank you to the choir for singing at Faith yesterday.  Jr. Choir will sing next on April 2nd at Kings of Kings.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Spaghetti Fest

          Mark your calendars!  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 the technology in our classrooms with smart boards.  All funds will be collected as a free will donation for the dinner and bake sale.  Next week we will have information how you can volunteer and RSVP.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Parent Connection February 21st

Perfect Penmanship
          One of the subjects that my students love to complain about is penmanship. Most of them have decent penmanship, a few have really outstanding handwriting skills. Some of them could do better if they wouldn’t try to rush through it and get it out of the way. To do a good job in their handwriting work all they have to do is follow the example in the book and duplicate it in their work.
          In somewhat the same way, God expects us to copy his example perfectly. He says,” Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father, is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. God is our Creator and as such He can demand that we obey his will. He has laid out his divine will for us to follow. We only have to follow his perfect will and duplicate his example in order to stay on his good side. The problem is that we don’t follow through on his will, nor are we able to do it. In fact from the moment we entered this world, we were a failure in respect to God’s will. And there is nothing we can do to change the fact that we failed.
          God knew the predicament we would be in even before he created all things. And he planned our redemption. He sent his own Son to do what we can’t do, live a perfect life. Then, he gave up his life to pay for our sins and remove our guilt. He rose from the grave to assure us that all is complete and heaven is God’s gift to all who believe.
          We may not have perfect penmanship but in God’s eyes, we are perfect!

YMCA Visits
          YMCA visits continue on Wednesday for the lower grades and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.

  
Jr. Choir
          Jr. Choir will sing on February 26th at Faith.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Pennies for Patients
          Start saving your change.   Pennies for Patients drive will begin on March 1st and run through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Students will be sent home with more information and a box next week to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Volleyball
          The Faith Lutheran Huskies volleyball team played well and with great team work during the tournament.   Our Huskies finished 3rd overall.  Congratulations to our team for playing their best and representing our school.

Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice begins today at APU, 4:00-5:30pm.  Practices will continue every Tuesday and Thursday.  The soccer tournament is scheduled for April 7th and 8th.  Games will be announced as soon as they are scheduled.

Library Visit
          Mr. Z’s class will be visiting the library on Friday, February 24th.  The class will also be going out for lunch.  Please bring books and money for lunch.

February Birthdays
          We missed a few birthdays this month.  May God richly bless you in the coming year.
Olivia Z – February 6th
Elijah E – February 10th
Casen K – February 13th

Supporting Faith Lutheran School
          Want an easy way to support our school?  Collect BoxTops and turn them in to your child’s teacher.  FLS has received over $500 dollars in the last year just from box tops!  Mrs. Z will be submitting this quarter’s BoxTops soon.  Please turn them in by February 22nd.  You can keep collecting and turn them in for the next quarter as well.

          FLS is also a member of the Kroger (Fred Meyer) rewards program.  All you have to do is log in to your Fred Meyer rewards account and link it with FLS.  When you purchase a product on their rewards list, we get a percentage.  It is that easy!  Encourage your friends and family to support us as well.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Parent Connection February 13th

Be Self-Controlled
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
I Peter 5:8-9.
If you were a news reporter, what kind of news would be your ideal upon which to report? The trend seems to be toward the most shocking, the most worrisome, and the most sensational. Whether your medium is television, radio, or print you need to grab your audience’s attention. So it seems that every story becomes the most sensational and the most important thing that is happening.
Is that what Peter is doing here? Is he taking some minor problem and blowing it all out of proportion?
I would say that the answer to that question is “No!” Peter is warning us about a real and present danger, our enemy, the devil. This is our greatest enemy and he has one goal-to destroy our faith and trust in God. He may present himself to us like a small little kitty, innocent and harmless, but he is anything but innocent and harmless! He is that lion, always ready to pounce and devour.
But Peter reminds us that we can resist this enemy, we must. We can do this by standing firm in the faith, only in Christ. Our Lord will be with us as he is with all of his children around the world who are under attack from this enemy. Never underestimate the enemy and never discount the importance of our Savior’s strength.

YMCA Visits
          YMCA visits continue on Wednesday for the lower grades and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.

Early Dismissal and President’s Day
          School will dismiss at noon on Friday, February 17th for teacher in service. In honor of President’s Day there will be no school on Monday, February 20th.

Hot Lunch
          Hot Lunch is this Thursday.  On the menu is chicken nuggets, fries, oranges, carrots and celery.  Please complete the attached slip and return by Wednesday.  Parents you are welcome to join us.

Jr. Choir
          Jr. Choir will sing on February 26th at Faith.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Supporting Faith Lutheran School
          Want an easy way to support our school?  Collect BoxTops and turn them in to your child’s teacher.  FLS has received over $500 dollars in the last year just from box tops!  Mrs. Z will be submitting this quarter’s BoxTops soon.  Please turn them in by February 22nd.  You can keep collecting and turn them in for the next quarter as well.
          FLS is also a member of the Kroger (Fred Meyer) rewards program.  All you have to do is log in to your Fred Meyer rewards account and link it with FLS.  When you purchase a product on their rewards list, we get a percentage.  It is that easy!  Encourage your friends and family to support us as well.

Volleyball Practice and Tournament
          Volleyball practice continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 at APU. The volleyball tournament begins this Friday at Lumen Christi.  Faith’s first game is at 4:00pm on Friday. 
Spirit Week
To cheer on our volleyball team for their tournament.
Week of February 13th – 17th
Tuesday: Valentine’s Day
Wednesday: Black & White
Thursday:  Luau Day
Friday:  Teal & Gold
If you are not participating in the spirit days, wear your uniform on regular uniform days.