Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Parent Connection August 20th, 2014 Issue #1


Welcome Back to School!
If this is your first year at Faith Lutheran, welcome to our school family! If you are a returning student family, then welcome back! We hope and trust that you had a summer full of God’s grace in hard times and in joyful times.
May that same God of grace richly bless us this school year!
The Parent Connection Newsletter is our regular means of communication with families. Please look for a weekly newsletter to come home with your child every week, typically on Monday! Monday notes are also sent out via email and are available on our Parent Connection blog ( .

If you are not receiving them via email but would like to, please contact the school office.

If you are a Facebook user, look up Faith Lutheran School, Anchorage, AK and join our group. We use this venue for our parents’ convenience for special announcements, school news, school closures, etc.

School Uniforms
A reminder that school uniforms are worn Monday through Thursday. The uniform is either a blue or black uniform polo along with khaki (light brown/beige) pants or skirt. Fridays are casual days – students may wear “regular clothes”. Please remember that our dress code does still apply with regard to footwear, etc. Please refer to the school handbook for details.
Need an extra uniform shirt or two? We have polos available for sale. If we don’t have the size you are looking for we can place an order for you. A link to the order form is posted on our Facebook page and the Parent Connection blog.
Do you have a school uniform shirt that is in good condition but no longer fits your child? Would you be willing to donate it to another school family? Bring it to the Parent Meeting next Wednesday night. We will have a table to make “gently used” uniforms available to others. Thanks!

Mandatory Parent Meeting
We will be having a mandatory parent meeting on Wednesday, August 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss school policies and  procedures, and the year in general. Parents, Teachers, and Friends (PTF) will also be presenting. The meeting will be limited to one hour.

Chapel Services
Our school chapel services are held every Thursday this school year, starting next Thursday, August 28th, from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Parents and friends are welcome! Our school and chapel theme this year is “Living for Jesus”.
Our mission project this year will help support on synod’s work with Christ Evangelical Lutheran Ministries, a national church ministry in India which serves over 8,000 souls including supporting  for a Christian elementary school and 10 orphanages that serve 300 children. Please look for more information on this effort in the weeks to come. Our mission offering is collected at every Thursday chapel service. Mission offering envelopes are provided with the Monday note.

Pick Up- Drop Off    
Please be aware of children, your own and others, when dropping off and picking up before and after school. Be aware of traffic flow in the parking lot. If you wish to just drop off your child, please drop them off at the CHURCH entrance and have them walk back to the school entrance in order to keep the corner clear, or park in the lot and walk your children in, especially if you have little ones. Please also maintain control of your children in the lot, and BUCKLE LITTLE ONES IN before you take a minute to visit with other parents. Let’s all work together to avoid accidents and keep our children safe!
Parking Lot Repair
This Friday, August 22nd, we have plans to complete repairs on the east side of the parking lot. Please note that students and families are not to use the Lake Otis side school entrance on Friday, but instead they should use the church entrance (south side of the building). Beforecare and aftercare will still be able to use the ramp entrance (playground side).

Boxtops for Education
There are several back-to-school promotions going on with Boxtops for Education right now. (Please see the attached flyer.)Save and turn in boxtops in the collection container on the bulletin board by the school entrance, or give to Mrs. Zarnstorff. Thanks! Every little bit helps!

Before School Care
Families using Before Care, please note that Before Care students should enter the building through the ramp door (playground side). This will help us maintain a secure facility. After 8:10 a.m. students should enter the building through the regular school entrance.
The ramp door will be open for those children being dropped off between 7:30 and 8:10 a.m. in the morning. Those being dropped off at this time should go directly to the fellowship hall for Before Care.  Mrs. Koenig will excuse the children to their classrooms at the appropriate time.  

After School Care    
Children who have not been picked up by a parent or designated adult by 3:45 p.m. will be sent to aftercare (3:45 until 5:30 p.m.).  Please remember that you will need to go in to aftercare to sign your child out.  Students will be in the fellowship hall with the aftercare supervisor. Please use the ramp entrance. 

Please call or send a note with your child to school to let us know if your child will be absent.  If you plan to pick up your child early for an appointment, please let the school know ahead of time to give the teachers proper time to prepare work for that student’s absence. 

Happy Birthday and God’s blessings to
A. Humphreys (August 4th)
K. Hackmann (August 20th)

Morning Phone Calls
Parents phoning the school early in the morning:  Please be aware that the teachers have devotion together from 7:20-7:30 a.m. Please avoid calling at this time, or leave a message on the answering machine if necessary. Thanks!

School Doors Locked   
A reminder that during the school day the church and school doors will be locked at 9:00 a.m. for security reasons.  If you need access to the school after this time, please ring the doorbell at the school entrance (Lake Otis Parkway side). Also, please be patient, as sometimes it takes a minute or two for someone to get to the door.

If your child has to take medications (including over the counter) during the day or on an as needed basis, please let the teachers know, via a signed note.

Hand Chime Choir, Junior Choir, and Cross Country Running sign-up sheets are available in the downstairs hall:
Students in Hand Chime Choir must be in the 4th through 8th grades. 10 students minimum are needed to have Hand Chime Choir! Hand Chime Choir meets during Thursday noon recess. Please contact Mrs. Zarnstorff for more information.
Students in the 3rd through 8th grades are eligible for Junior Choir. Junior Choir meets during the Wednesday noon recess. Speak to Mrs. Schneck for more information.

Faith will again be participating in cross-country running. We are still looking for coaches to assist us with this activity. It will be limited to just a few weeks. Anyone interested in helping us out are asked to speak to Mr. Zarnstorff. Students, boys and girls, must be in the 5th through 8th grades for Cross-Country. Mr. Zarnstorff will send permission slips home with those students who are interested in participating in cross-country running this week.

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