Monday, January 8, 2018

Parent Connection January 8, 2018

A Light to Enlighten the Gentiles
If I had to give up one of my senses for the rest of my life here on earth, I might have a hard time deciding which one to choose. But I know that I would not want to give up my sight. I think it would be extremely hard to have lived most of your life with sight and then, as you age, to have your sight slowly decline and fail. You can imagine how frustrating and confusing that could be. You might still be able to see light and dark but you have to try to guess at what you are seeing, that fuzzy shape, that ghostly outline.
We are in the season of Epiphany, the celebration of the “revealing” of the Savior of the world to the Gentiles. For thousands of years, the promise of the Savior was passed down in the families of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But He was never just the Savior of the Hebrews. Simeon proclaimed in the Temple that this Child would be “A Light to enlighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.” Jesus came to bring the Light of salvation to those living in the darkness of sin, both Hebrews and Gentiles. Jesus came to give His Light to us! May we live in that Light throughout the new year!

Volleyball Practice
          Volleyball practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm – 5:15pm at APU beginning January 9th.  Please return signed permission slips by tomorrow.  Games will be announced once they are scheduled.
          Volleyball is for students in grades 5-8.

Report Cards
          Report cards will be sent home on Friday, January 12th.  Please go over them with your child then sign and return the envelope.  If there are any questions about the report, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

PTF Meeting
          Join us this Wednesday, November 10th at 7pm in the fellowship hall for the next PTF meeting.
         
Hot Lunch
Our first hot lunch of the year will be on Thursday, January 18th.  Look for more information next week.

Martin Luther King Day
          In observance of Martin Luther King Day, there will be no school on Monday, January 15th. 

Changes to February’s Calendar
         We will NOT be dismissing at noon on Friday, February 2nd.  This will be a full day of school instead. 

         All FLS teachers will be attending the Pacific Northwest District’s Teachers Conference on February 15th and 16th, 2018.  There will be no school on those days.  

         In observance of President’s Day, there will be no school on Monday, February 19th.  
        

Monday, December 18, 2017

Parent Connection December 18

Why Are Fire Trucks Red?
          Have you ever wondered that?  Well someone once gave the following explanation as an answer to that question:  Fire trucks have four wheels and carry eight people.  Four plus eight equals twelve. There are twelves inches in a foot, and a foot is a ruler. Queen Elizabeth is a ruler and one of the largest ships on the sea.  The sea has fish in it, and fish have fins. The Finns fought the Russians once, and Russians are red.  Fire trucks are always rushin’, and therefore fire trucks are red!
          Obviously, this is a silly answer. However, this explanation is no more far-fetched than some of the excuses people give for not believing in Jesus as their Savior, or for not coming to church. Even sillier will be some of the excuses Jesus will hear when He returns as judge of all.
          Jesus is coming back, that is His promise to us recorded in His Word.  No one knows when that will be but we, His children, have nothing to fear in His return because He has made us ready through His death and resurrection.  He bought us with His holy precious blood and His innocent suffering and death.  Through the work of the Holy Spirit He made us His own dear children.  As His dear children, we don’t have to be afraid, or think up some silly excuses when Jesus comes again.  We can look for His return with joy and expectation in our hearts! “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!” Phil. 4:4.

Unexpected Visitor
          Most of you probably saw the police officers when you arrived at school this morning.   The kindergarten room was broken into sometime Sunday night.  One of the windows was broken and there were a few

things taken but, most importantly, nobody was hurt.  Classes will continue to operate normally.  If you have any further concerns, please speak with your student’s teacher.

Children’s Christmas Service 
I would like to extend a big thank you to all who helped in preparing the Children’s Christmas Service for Friday night. A special thanks to Ted Kohlstedt, Fred Koenig, and Trevor Zarnstorff for transporting, setting up, and taking down the stage.  Also, thank you to the teachers who put in so much time teaching the songs and recitations, along with setting up and taking down, and Miss Mittelstadt for producing the Power Point and folder for the service. Finally, I would like to thank all of the children who shared the glorious Gospel message with us!  Mr. Z.

Performing at the Dimond Center
          K-8 students will be singing and playing hand chimes at the Dimond Center tomorrow, December 19th at 1:30pm. 
We need all drivers to be here at 1:00pm for a 1:15pm departure.  We will return to school at 2:45pm.

Advent Services
          We invite you to join us during our last Advent worship service on December 20th at 3:00pm to close out the school day.  This service will last a little more than half an hour.  Students will be dismissed for the day at the end of the service.  Please pick up your students through the main church entrance instead of the school entrance.

Dress-Up Thursday
          Do you have an ugly Christmas sweater?  How about a pair of leggings with pictures of the Grinch?  We’d like to see your favorite Christmas-themed outfit on Thursday.  No favorite holiday wear?  That’s ok, wear your uniform.
  
Early Dismissal and Christmas Break
          School will dismiss and Christmas Break begins at noon Thursday, December 21st.  There will be no aftercare.  We’ll see you on January 8th when school resumes.  We wish you and your families a very blessed Christmas and New Year. 

Meet Your Teachers Monday

The answer to last week’s Meet Your Teacher trivia question was Mrs. Koenig. Congratulations to Isaac Moua for guessing the correct answer!  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page in January for a new trivia question.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Parent Connection December 11

Which Disturbs You Most?
          Let’s play a little game today. It’s called, “What disturbs you most?”
          What disturbs you most, a soul lost in hell, or a scratch on your new car? A sermon that is ten minutes too long, or a lunch served half an hour late? Your Bible left unread or your daily newspaper unread, or maybe your Facebook feed unread?  Does it bother you more that your nation is in debt, or that your church is in debt? Is it worse for you to miss a Bible class, or to miss your favorite team’s game? Which disturbs you most, missing a day of work, or missing an Advent or Christmas service? Missing the Lord’s Supper, or missing your favorite television show or movie? Good questions, aren’t they? How do I answer them? For what am I living, what is my goal?
          Certainly we have to live and work in this world. We have to use money and investments. Those are the means God has given us to use for our livelihood. We have to use them but not let them use us. Misuse of earthly goods can only rob us of the heavenly treasures God has prepared for us. More valuable by far is the salvation God has prepared for us in Christ. More durable by far is the heaven He has waiting for us. More valuable by far is the effort to be rich in Christ and His Word. That is the only way to live for eternity. Jesus says, “Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted.” Luke 12:33. 

Handchimes Choir
          In preparation for the Children’s Christmas Service, we will be practicing twice this week, Tuesday, December 12th and Thursday, December 14th. 
          We will also be playing during this Wednesday’s 3:00pm Advent service.

Advent Services
          We invite you to join us and your children as we celebrate the Advent season at Faith.  We will have special worship services on December 13th and 20th at 3:00pm to close out the school day.  These services will last a little more than half an hour.  Students will be dismissed for the day at the end of the service.  Please pick up your students through the main church entrance instead of the school entrance.

Hot Lunch
Hot lunch will be Thursday, December 14th.  This month’s hot lunch will be prepared by Christopher Robbert.  Christopher is a graduate of Faith and has just returned from training in the Alaska National Guard. Thank you Christopher!
The cost is $4 and the menu is:
Chicken Nuggets
French Fries
Carrots/Celery
Fruit
Dessert
Parents are welcome to join your student for lunch. 

Help Needed
          Mr. Z. is looking for someone with a truck to help him pick up the pieces for the stage after school Thursday from Party World Rentals at 3810 Arctic Blvd.  These are 4’x8’ panels.  He also needs you to help take them back Saturday morning.
  
Children’s Christmas Service
          Our school Christmas service, “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come,” will be held this Friday, December 15th at 6:30pm in Faith’s Fellowship Hall.  This is a mandatory school function. All FLS students are expected to be present for this opportunity to present the good news of our Savior!
          Students need to wear their best church clothes such as dresses, dress pants, button-up shirts, etc.  Please no jeans or t-shirts.
          Students should meet in the following locations at 6:15pm:
·         Handchime Choir:  Fellowship Hall
·         Preschool:  Preschool room
·         Kindergarten:  Kindergarten room
·         1st – 4th:  Spare classroom
·         5th – 8th:  Spare classroom

Bake Sale
Thank you to all those who stopped by the bake sale and to those who donated the yummy items.  We had an exceptional bake sale this year raising over $850 to support our school.  What a blessing to have such a supportive community for this school!

Yearbook
          With the year nearly half over, this is a reminder to create your yearbook account at www.treering.com/signup-intro so you can upload pictures, personalize your child’s pages in the front, and buy your books.  A reminder email was also sent to all parents with a link to the website.  We can’t be at all of the events so it helps when parents upload their pictures.  It is important to us that every child has their picture in the yearbook.  Together, we can make our yearbook a success.

Performing at the Dimond Center

          K-8 students will be singing and playing handchimes at the Dimond Center Tuesday, December 19th at 1:30pm.  We are looking for five parents who would be willing to drive students to and from the Dimond Center.  Please see the attached permission slip for more information.

Meet Your Teachers Monday
The answer to last week’s Meet Your Teacher trivia question was Mrs. Koenig. Congratulations to Kennedy M. for guessing the correct answer!  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page for this week’s question.

December Birthdays
We would like to wish these students God’s richest blessings on their upcoming birthdays:
Elin F. - December 25th
Kathrin K. - December 27th 
Ryan T. – December 31th


Monday, December 4, 2017

Parent Connection December 4

Where’s Your Comfort Blanket?
          Do any of your children have a special blanket, or toy, that is the thing they turn to when things don’t go their way? When they are sad or hurt or in trouble with Mom or Dad, do they curl up in that one special blanket to soothe themselves until all is well? Or maybe there is no peace in your house until that one special pacifier is found for that infant who has a loud, insistent voice.
          The people of Israel had no such blanket. They had turned away from their loving God in heaven and worshipped idols. God had allowed the Babylonians to defeat the Israelites and carry them off to faraway Babylon. There they languished in captivity and could only blame themselves for their situation. During this time of separation from their homeland, they came to their senses and realized their sin, and confessed their wrong to God.
          God had compassion on them and sent his prophet Isaiah to them with these words of comfort: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” Is. 40:1-2.
          That same comfort is for all of us too. Our debt for sin has been paid; we are free of the guilt of all of them, free to serve the Lord in gladness. He gives this salvation to us freely and promises to bring us safely to His heavenly home.

Classrooms Need Tissues
With the colder weather comes more runny noses.  Please consider bringing a box or two of tissues for your student’s classroom, especially if you have younger students.

Kindergarten Field Trip
          The Kindergarten class will visit Anchorage Animal Care and Control tomorrow, December 5th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Handchimes Choir
          In preparation for the Children’s Christmas Service, we will be practicing twice a week for the next two weeks.  We will meet at 12:30pm on December 5th, 7th, 12th, and 14th.

Advent Services
          We invite you to join us and your children as we celebrate the Advent season at Faith.  We will have special worship services on December 6th, 13th, and 20th at 3:00pm to close out the school day.  These services will last a little more than half an hour.  Students will be dismissed for the day at the end of the service.  Please pick up your students through the main church entrance instead of the school entrance.
           
Bake Sale
The PTF bake sale is this Thursday, December 7th.  This sale is for homemade, edible goods like cookies, cakes, jellies, breads, or any other items you make. The items will be available for sale starting at noon and continuing until 4:00pm.  If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Sheila Lillo by cell at 907-229-7901.

Yearbook
          With the year nearly half over, this is a reminder to create your yearbook account at www.treering.com/signup-intro so you can upload pictures, personalize your child’s pages in the front, and buy your books.  A reminder email was also sent to all parents with a link to the website.  We can’t be at all of the events so it helps when parents upload their pictures.  It is important to us that every child has their picture in the yearbook.  Together, we can make our yearbook a success.

Meet Your Teachers Monday
The answer to last week’s Meet Your Teacher trivia question was Mr. Z. Congratulations to Connor Klebs for guessing the correct answer!  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page for this week’s question.

December Birthdays
We would like to wish these students God’s richest blessings on their upcoming birthdays:
Elin F. - December 25th
Kathrin K. - December 27th 

Ryan T. – December 31th

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Parent Connection November 27

Are you packed and ready?
          Whenever we plan to go away for a day or two, we have to pack those things we will need for those days.  Inevitably, I get the feeling that I forgot some important item that will turn out being crucial to the success of the trip.  After all my frequent trips over the years, that feeling has not gone away.  Now, I just think that if I have forgotten something, it must not have been that important.
          What I pack will be different depending what the trip is and how long I will be gone.  There are different things to remember if I’m going to a two-day conference or a week-long float trip down a wilderness river.  If I forgot something for the conference, it might be easy to replace at the local store.  But if I’m out in the wilderness, there is no way to replace what you forgot and I better be ready to do without that item for the rest of the trip.
          What about packing for Christ’s return?  When He returns, there will be no time to jump out of bed and reach for the suitcase.  When the only Savior of sinners stands at the door of my life, it won’t work for me to say, “Just a minute while I pack!” I need to be ready before He comes, or I will never be ready when He does come.  Now, while my heart still beats and this world still turns, is packing time for the trip into eternity.
          So what do I need in my suitcase?  What should I not forget?  Only one item – Christ Jesus!  This requires constant packing and regular use of the Gospel in Word and Sacrament which the Holy Spirit uses to keep the Savior packed in my heart.

If He comes suddenly, do not let Him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ “ Mark 13:36-37.


Basketball Schedule
·         Tuesday, Nov. 28, 3:45-5:30pm at APU
·         Thursday, Nov. 30, Boys’ Tournament Game (Time TBD) at Birchwood
·         Friday, Dec. 1, Girls’ Tournament Game (Time TBD) at Birchwood
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we need a volunteer to help get players to and from practice and games this week.  If you are available, please speak with Mr. Z.

Fees for the basketball tournament:
Adults (18+)                              $5.00/day
Students (6-17)                          $3.00/day
Children (5 & under)                   Free
Seniors (62+)                             $1.00/day
Family pass (3 or more people)    $15.00/day
(Admission fees cover the cost of the gym.)

Handchimes Choir
          We will be practicing at 12:30pm tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 28 because of the field trip on Thursday. 

Spirit Week
Help us cheer on our basketball teams for their tournament by dressing up for spirit week.
          Tuesday:  Tie Dye Day
          Wednesday:  Backwards Day
          Thursday:  Athletic Apparel Day
          Friday:  School Color (Teal & Gold) Day

Do your best to dress in the theme for the day.  If you decide not to participate, you should wear your school uniform.

Chapel Offering Update
          The chapel offerings for the first eleven weeks of the school year totaled $583.61. A check in that amount will be presented to the Klebs family for their use in memory of their son, Gavin.
          The offerings for the next eleven weeks will be directed to Christians Forward-Southeast Asia. This group has provided medical aid to 7,600 patients in Southeast Asia. Along with the humanitarian aid, they also share the Gospel with their patients.

K-8 Field Trip
          Kindergarten through 8th grade will be taking a bus to see A Very Electric Christmas at the PAC this Thursday, November 30th.  

Bake Sale
Start looking through your recipes.  On December 7th, PTF will host a bake sale.  This sale is for homemade, edible goods.  This could be cookies, cakes, jellies, breads, or any other items you make. The items will be available for sale starting at noon on the 7th and continuing until 4:00pm.  If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Sheila Lillo by cell at 907-229-790.

 Mark your Calendars
PTF will host a dinner with a silent auction on February 23rd.  Please mark your calendars.  This dinner will be free will donation.  If you have any items to donate for the silent auction, or would like to help with coordinating the dinner, please contact Sheila Lillo by cell at 907-229-7901. 

Boxes of Tissues
With the colder weather comes runny noses.  Please consider bringing a box or two of tissues for your student’s classroom.

Meet Your Teachers Monday

The answer to last week’s Meet Your Teacher trivia question was Pastor Ewings. Congratulations to Emma Robbert for guessing the correct answer!  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page for this week’s question.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Parent Connection November 20

Hey, Coach!
Hey, Coach, what can I do to get open?  Hey, coach, how can I help the team better in the next game?  What can I do to improve my free throws, Coach?  How can I get a faster start in the race?
          Athletes of all sorts seek out advice from their coaches on how to improve their game.  Coaches can usually pick out even little things that can help the student who wants to do better at the given sport.  Sometimes just pointing out one or two small things will help them focus and just that focus will improve their performance.
          In our lives as Christians, God has provided “coaches” to help us along the path of life on our way to heaven.  Parents are the foremost coaches for their children.  As parents, it’s your responsibility to lead by example and correction.  Pastors and teachers are here to help you carry out your responsibilities and reinforce your guidance. God has also provided his Holy Spirit to work on the hearts of these little ones, to guide and recall those who are straying.  All of us working together to carry out God’s plan for each child, His plan of bringing each of them safely into His Heavenly Kingdom.  Be thankful that God has not left us alone in this responsibility!

Basketball Schedule
·         Tuesday, Nov. 21, Game
4:00pm Girls, 5:00pm Boys
at Birchwood Christian

National Geography Bee
          Congratulations to Emma Robbert for winning the Geography Bee.  Her next step will be to take the qualifying test after Christmas to determine her eligibility for the Alaska State Geography Bee. 

No School
Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  There is no school on Thursday or Friday.  Chapel will be held on Wednesday.

Hot Lunch Donations
Thank you to all who donated food, especially Village Inn for the apple and pumpkin pies, for the hot lunch last week!  We had plenty of delicious food with leftovers for the potluck on Sunday.  Thank you to Fred Koenig, Scott Anderson, and Krys Traver for preparing and serving the food on Thursday.
We collected several items for the Brother Francis Shelter this year.  Thank you to all who donated.  We collected:  66 pairs of socks, 16 underwear, 5 gloves, 20 hand warmers, 30 razors, 37 toothbrushes, 23 tubes of toothpaste, 14 dental floss, 7 bars of soap, 440 band aids, and over 70 shampoo, lotion, and body washes.  What a blessing when we all contribute to a cause!

No More Slick Floors
          A special thank you to Brady’s Floor Covering for donating the new mats in the school hallway.  They look great and will help us keep our students and parents safe from falls.

Thanksgiving Worship Service         Thank you, parents, for bringing your students to church last Sunday to sing and play the handchimes.  The congregation really enjoyed their performances.

K-8 Field Trip
          Kindergarten through 8th grade will be going to see A Very Electric Christmas at the Alaska Jr. Theater Thursday, November 30th.

Bake Sale
Start looking through your recipes.  On December 7th, PTF will host a bake sale.  This sale is for homemade, edible goods.  This could be cookies, cakes, jellies, breads, or any other items you make. The items will be available for sale starting at noon on the 7th and continuing until 4:00pm.  If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Sheila Lillo by cell at 907-229-790.

Mark your Calendars
PTF will host a dinner with a silent auction on February 23rd.  Please mark your calendars.  This dinner will be free will donation.  If you have any items to donate for the silent auction, or would like to help with coordinating the dinner, please contact Sheila Lillo by cell at 907-229-7901. 

Meet Your Teachers Monday
The answer to last week’s Meet Your Teacher trivia question was Ms. Snyder. Congratulations to Sarah Klebs for guessing the correct answer!  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page for this week’s question.

November Birthdays
God’s richest blessings on your birthday!
Ms. Snyder             11/21

Evangeline G.         11/24

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Parent Connection November 13

A Time of Giving Thanks
          The time of the year is very evident in all of the ads in the media.  Everything that you need to celebrate Thanksgiving seems to be on sale.  There is talk about being thankful. But what does this mean?  What is thanksgiving?
          Some people would say that maybe we say “thank you“ too much.  We say it so much that it has lost its meaning.  And when someone says it to us, we are more likely to respond with “No, thank you” rather than “you’re welcome”.  In fact, we have many phrases that have become trite because of over use.
          When we say thank you to God, do we recognize God as the source of all that we have and enjoy here on this earth?  Do we also recognize our total unworthiness of any and every blessing of God?
          When we say thank you to each other, do we truly appreciate what the other person has done on your behalf? Do we assume that the other person is acting out of love for God and for you?
          May God bless our celebrations of thanksgiving this week and every week until we will thank him face-to-face in Heaven.

Basketball Schedule
·         Tuesday, Nov. 14, 3:45-5:30pm
at APU
·         Thursday, Nov. 16, 3:45-5:15pm
at APU
·         Tuesday, Nov. 21, 4:00pm Girls,
5:00pm Boys at Birchwood

Early Dismissal
          On Friday, November 17th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in-service.  There will be no aftercare that day.


November Hot Lunch
Hot Lunch will be this Thursday, November 16th.  The menu is:
Ham
Mac N Cheese
Green Beans
Rolls
Pies
If your child needs a gluten free option, please note this on the hot lunch slip.
This meal is provided by donations from PTF.  In lieu of collecting money, we will be collecting items for the Brother Francis Shelter.  The program provides shelter for homeless men and women as well as showers and services to help them transition off the streets.  This time of year they are in need of razors, tube socks, warm gloves, travel-sized toiletries, Band-Aids, lotion, underwear, and hand warmers.  You may bring your donation items to the office anytime this week.
Please return the attached signup sheet by Wednesday so we know how many meals to prepare.

National Geography Bee
Students in the 3rd through 8th grades will be participating in the National Geography Bee. After preliminary work in the classrooms, the finalists will compete on November 15th at 1:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. Parents are invited and encouraged to join us for the final competition.

All-Church Thanksgiving Worship
          K-8 students will be singing and Handchime Choir will be performing during the Thanksgiving worship service this Sunday, November 19th.  Please have your children at church by 10:10am.
 There will be a potluck following the service.  Please make plans to join us.
Parent’s Night Out
          Thank you to everyone for your donations.  We collected almost $400 for future PTF projects!

Meet Your Teachers Monday
The answer to last week’s Meet Your Teacher trivia question was Ms. Mittelstadt. Congratulations to the Hackmann family for guessing the correct answer!  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page for this week’s question.

November Birthdays
God’s richest blessings on your birthday!
Ms. Snyder             11/21
Evangeline G.         11/24