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.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Parent Connection February 6th

An Epic Battle
          By the time you read this it will all be over. The weeks of build-up, the predictions and prognostications, the hype and hyperbole, it will all be over. One team will have prevailed over the other. One person will be singled out as the MVP of the game and he will say that it was really a team effort. There may be some analysis done after, especially of the ‘mistakes’ made by one team that led to a turning point in the game. Names will be inscribed on trophies. And then what? What significance will there be to what has happened? What difference will it have made in the world?
          If you want to talk about an epic battle, the most epic battle ever took place many years ago. It did not take place in an arena with thousands looking on though the outcome of this battle has effected every person who ever lived. This battle had thousands of years of build-up. Many people looked forward to this battle taking place without really understanding how it would all play out. Upon first examination of this battle it will seem that the champion of the people will have gone down in defeat. He will have laid down his life in this battle, seemingly having lost.
          But Jesus’ death was not the end of the battle, he came back from that grave as the victor, he rose gloriously to his throne in heaven. He wears the victor’s crown and rules all things for the good of his people. His victory made a real difference in the lives of his people, and their futures.

Jr. Choir
          Jr. Choir will sing on February 26th at Faith.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.
  
YMCA Visits
          Our school will be visiting the YMCA beginning on Wednesday for the lower grades and Thursday for the upper grades.  The visits will continue through the first part of March. Please be sure read, sign and send the permission slip back with your student.
          Make sure your child has a swimsuit that fits properly and a towel.  And send car seats if needed.

PTF Meeting
          Our next Parent, Teacher, Friend meeting is this Thursday, February 9th at 7pm.  We will discuss a Spaghetti Feed, hot lunches, and more.  We look forward to seeing you there!  This is a great opportunity to get involved in your child’s school.

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.

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.

Volleyball Practice
          Volleyball practice continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 at APU. The Huskies play their next games this Friday at Valley Baptist beginning at 4:30pm. 
          Parents, we would like to get the players to practice and games without having to use the van.  If you can help please contact Miss Snyder at 920-253-5336 or Sheila Lillo at 907-229-7901.
          Here is the current schedule of games, exact times to be determined.

February 10th – 4:30pm @ Valley Baptist
          Tabernacle (hosted by Wasilla Lake)
February 17th-18th – Tournament @ Lumen
          Christi

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Parent Connection January 30th

Patient in Hope
          A young couple promised their four-year-old son that they would take him to the zoo. However, they did not set a definite time or day for this zoo visit.  For the next week the little boy asked his parents each day if that would be the day they would go to the zoo.  Each time he asked he was told, “Not today.”  Another week passed, and then a month. As time went by, the boy asked the question less frequently.  The boy had almost given up all hope of going to the zoo when his father announced one sunny Saturday morning, “We are going to the zoo today.” You don’t have to stretch your imagination to understand how excited the little boy was. His parents were finally going to make good on their promise.
          The believers in the early Christian Church waited anxiously for the return of Jesus. They expected him to come back during their lifetime. What joy filled their hearts as they waited for that day to arrive! But he did not return during their time, or many generations of believers to follow. Now that almost two thousand years have passed since Jesus promised to return, our anticipation and excitement over his return may have diminished.
          What a spectacular day that will be! Jesus himself will appear in full glory to take his own to be with him in glory. Paul describes this event for us: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”                    I Thess. 4:16-18
          No matter what your situation is in life at this time, no matter what dark clouds try to block your vision and steal the hope that God has put in your heart, cling to Jesus’ promise, and look forward to the eternal joy which he has won for you!

Spelling Bee
          Congratulations to Olivia Zanto for winning the school spelling bee for grades 3-8 and to Elijah Ewings for grades K-2.  Olivia will represent our school in the state spelling bee. 

Jr. Choir
          Thank you to all the choir members who were able to make it to Peace in Eagle River Sunday.  Jr. Choir will sing on February 26th at Faith.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Making Life Better
          One of our goals at Faith Lutheran for you and for your family is to make your life better.  We want to make your life better by assuring you that your children are getting a quality, well-rounded education.  We strive for excellence not only academically but, as a Christian school, it is our earnest desire to help your child grow spiritually as well. Because of this, we want you to know what your children will be learning and what the Lutheran Church believes, teaches and confesses.   It’s with this in mind that I would like to invite you to a class entitled “Making Life Better”.
The entire course consists of three parts: Reviewing the Past, Changing the Present and Transforming the Future.  We would like to extend an invitation to you for the first five lessons.  You are more than welcome to stay for the final two parts over the following weeks as well.  Please contact the office if you would like to attend.

PTF Meeting
          Due to poor driving conditions the Parent, Teacher, Friend was rescheduled for February 9th at 7pm.  The date was incorrect the text sent out last week.  We will discuss a Spaghetti Feed, hot lunches, and more.

Volleyball Practice
          Volleyball practice continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 at APU. The Huskies play their next games this Friday at Valley Baptist beginning at 4:30pm.
          Parents, we would like to get the players to practice and games without having to use the van.  If you can help please contact Miss Snyder at 920-253-5336 or Sheila Lillo at 907-229-7901.
          Here is the current schedule of games, exact times to be determined.

February 3rd – 4:30pm @ Valley Baptist
          Tabernacle (hosted by Wasilla Lake)
February 10th – 4:30 @ Valley Baptist
February 17th-18th – Tournament @ Lumen
          Christi

Early Dismissal and President’s Day

          School will dismiss at noon on Friday, February 17th.  In honor of President’s Day there will be no school on Monday, February 20th.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Parent Connection January 23rd

I Walk In Danger all The Way
Last night before I headed home, I took a few moments to knock down some of the icicles hanging from the eaves of the church. Some of them had grown large enough that they made quite a thud when they hit the ground after being smacked several times by my pole. As I worked at getting these icicles down, I thought of how many children walked under these very icicles without thinking of the danger they could present for them. I’m not expecting these to fall by themselves but I know some boys who would try to knock them down by themselves without giving thought to the possibility of what could go wrong. And I know they would want to get the biggest icicle they could find.
          In reality, each of these children face real danger each day and like the situation with the icicles, they may not realize the danger they are in. That is why God has put us parents in charge of their training. We need to carefully supervise those He has placed in our care. Having already gone through many of these same dangers in our lives, we need to warn our children of the dangers they don’t see as dangers.
          The greatest danger in their lives, and ours, is Satan. We need to focus our training on our greatest enemy. He is so sneaky and beguiling, and his power is great. But our God is more powerful, and Jesus has defeated Satan. We still walk in danger every day because Satan still tempts us constantly. Jesus is with us every day to strengthen us against the temptations.
          When we do fall into sin, we need to remember that we can go to God, confess our sins, and ask for his forgiveness. After Satan has tempted us, he likes to accuse us and tells us that God could never forgive such a terrible sin. God is always ready to forgive, Satan is lying to us. Always turn to the Lord in every situation. He loves you.

Early Dismissal
          This Friday, January 27th school will dismiss at noon for teacher in-service.  No aftercare will be provided.

Spelling Bee
          Faith Lutheran spelling bee will be held on Wednesday at 1:15pm.

Making Life Better
          One of our goals at Faith Lutheran for you and for your family is to make your life better.  We want to make your life better by assuring you that your children are getting a quality, well-rounded education.  We strive for excellence not only academically but, as a Christian school, it is our earnest desire to help your child grow spiritually as well. Because of this, we want you to know what your children will be learning and what the Lutheran Church believes, teaches and confesses.   It’s with this in mind that I would like to invite you to a class entitled “Making Life Better”.
The entire course consists of three parts: Reviewing the Past, Changing the Present and Transforming the Future.  We would like to extend an invitation to you for the first five lessons.  We will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 beginning tonight, January 23rd.  You are more than welcome to stay for the final two parts over the following weeks as well. 

PTF Meeting
          Our next Parent, Teacher, Friend meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 26th.  We will be discussing a Spaghetti Feed, hot lunches, and more.  If the weather conditions make driving hazardous we will reschedule for the following week.  Please check your email for an update.

Volleyball Practice
          Volleyball practice continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 at APU. The Huskies play their next games this Friday at Lumen Christi beginning at 4:00pm.
          Parents, we would like to get the players to practice and games without having to use the van.  If you can help please contact Miss Snyder at 920-253-5336 or Sheila Lillo at 907-229-7901.
          Here is the current schedule of games, exact times to be determined.

January 27th – 4:00pm @ Lumen Christi
February 3rd – 4:30pm @ Valley Baptist
          Tabernacle (hosted by Wasilla Lake)
February 10th – 4:30 @ Valley Baptist
February 17th-18th – Tournament @ Lumen
          Christi

Supplies Needed

Cold season is upon us!  Please bring a box or two of tissues for your child’s class.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Parent Connection January 17th

Gifts Have Been Given
          We are in that part of the church year called Epiphany- the time where we celebrate the coming of the “wise men” from the East. We don’t know how many of these wise men there were, traditionally there were thought to be three because there were three gifts given to the child Jesus and his family.  The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly how many there were. Nor does it matter how many there were.
          Who they were and why they came is the important information in this lesson. These men were people who studied the Old Testament writings and understood that the Promised Messiah was to come into the world to be the “King of the Jews”. They also studied the night sky and saw the appearance of a new “star”. They were led by that star to the Child born in Bethlehem and came to worship him.
          The gifts they gave to this family were God’s way to provide for this family for their hurried journey to Egypt to escape from the wicked plot of King Herod who wanted to get rid of this Child whom he saw as a threat to his earthly power. These gifts provided what was needed to support this family in the far away country to keep this Child safe.
          You and I have been given gifts too. Everything we have has been given to us by our Heavenly Father to provide for us while we are here on this earth and away from our home in heaven. Our Father has also given us special gifts for us to use in serving our Lord and those around us. The most important of these gifts is faith in our Lord as our Savior so we can look forward to eternal life in heaven. Share that faith with those around you so more will join us in our home in heaven. You have been given gifts to be shared!

Making Life Better
          One of our goals at Faith Lutheran for you and for your family is to make your life better.  We want to make your life better by assuring you that your children are getting a quality, well-rounded education.  We strive for excellence not only academically but, as a Christian school, it is our earnest desire to help your child grow spiritually as well. Because of this, we want you to know what your children will be learning and what the Lutheran Church believes, teaches and confesses.   It’s with this in mind that I would like to invite you to a class entitled “Making Life Better”.
The entire course consists of three parts: Reviewing the Past, Changing the Present and Transforming the Future.  We would like to extend an invitation to you for the first five lessons.  We will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 beginning on January 23rd.  You are more than welcome to stay for the final two parts over the following weeks as well. 

Junior Choir
          Junior choir will be singing at Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River on January 22nd during the 10:30am service.  Singers should be at Peace at 10:00am wearing their choir uniform.  Please speak with Mrs. Z if you need transportation.

Hot Lunch
          Hot Lunch this Thursday.  Menu is Baked Potato Bar.  Please return the slip by Wednesday.

Report Cards
          Report cards were sent home last week.  Please be sure to sign the envelope and return it to school.

Supplies Needed
Cold season is upon us!  Please bring a box or two of tissues for your child’s class.

PTF Meeting
          Our next Parent, Teacher, Friend meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 26th.  We will be discussing a Spaghetti Feed, hot lunches, and more. 

Volleyball Practice
          Volleyball practice continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 at APU. Our first game is this Friday, January 20th at 4:30.  The rally will be held at Valley Baptist Tabernacle off the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.  Address is 1600 N. Double B Street. 
          A complete schedule of games will be sent home this week at practice.

Early Dismissal
          On January 27th school will dismiss at noon for teacher in-service.  No aftercare for that day.