Monday, August 24, 2015

Parent Connection August 24th, Issue 2

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9

Peter knew his Savior firsthand. For three years he walked and talked with Jesus. He witnessed Jesus’ miracles. He saw his Savior suffer, die, and rise again. He witnessed Jesus ascending into heaven.
But here Peter speaks to those who had not seen and experienced what he had – believers who did not walk by sight, but by faith. Why would they love Jesus if they had not seen him?
This is the Holy Spirit’s work – creating and growing faith in the hearts of believers. He does this through God’s Word, the Bible. Like Peter’s audience, we too know our Savior through the same Gospel message that Peter preached. When we read about Jesus’ work and read his promises, by faith we walk with Jesus just like Peter did. We hear Jesus’ message of forgiveness and salvation just like Peter. We feel the same comfort and joy.
Today as believers we stand many generations away from those who were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ ministry, his suffering, his death, and his resurrection. Yet through countless generations the Holy Spirit continues to work faith in the hearts of believers. What began with the apostles’ teaching continues to be passed down from generation to generation. That same joy of salvation that Peter experienced becomes ours through faith. Now we have the joy and privilege to pass it down to the next generation.
May God continue to bless and equip Christian parents to share the “inexpressible and glorious joy” of the Gospel with the next generation, so that the family of believers may continue to grow.
God’s  blessings on your week!
-Principal Schneck

Mandatory Parent Meeting
We will be having a mandatory parent orientation meeting for the new school year on Wednesday, August 26th from 6-7 p.m. to discuss school policies, procedures, and the year in general. The PTF (Parents, Teachers, and Friends) will also be presenting information. The meeting will be limited to one hour.

Chapel Service
You are invited to join us for our weekly chapel service this Thursday, August 27th, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Families and friends are invited to come and join us in starting our day with the Lord. A mission offering is collected at every Thursday chapel service. Mission offering envelopes are provided with the Monday notes. Our first mission project this year will help support Jesus Cares Ministries, which assists congregations in reaching out to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and communities. Please look for more information on this effort in the weeks to come.

School Uniforms
Need extra uniform shirts? We still have some polos available for sale at a discount as we use up our stock. Check in with Mr. Schneck to see if we have what you need.
If we don’t have the size or style you are looking for you are now able to order uniforms through You can look up our school on the website or use the school code  QS5KJUH.
Do you have school uniform shirts or khakis that are in good condition but no longer fit your child? Would you be willing to donate them to another school family? Bring them to the table next to Mr. Schneck’s room upstairs in the church fellowship hall. We will make “gently used” uniforms available to other school families. Need something? Please help yourself. Thanks!
Emergency Preparedness
Every year at this time we review our plan for emergency situations at our school. If an emergency such as an earthquake or other disaster would occur, plans and material supplies are in place to provide for the safety and security of our students, as well as first aid and extended care in the event that students cannot be immediately picked up by their parents.
In order to help us in this, we ask each family to prepare a small “comfort kit” for your child, with small items to provide comfort and to help keep them occupied and calm in an emergency situation. We have included a small zip-lock bag with this newsletter to facilitate this. Pack your child’s comfort kit with a card containing your child’s name and contact information and other small items for your child’s comfort.  Suggestions include a non-perishable snack (like a granola bar), a pair of knit gloves, a family picture, a small toy, and a letter to your child.
Comfort kits can be brought to your child’s teacher at any time.

Parking Lot Sale
Coming up on Saturday, September 19th is our PTF/Camp Luther Fall Parking Lot Sale. The sale will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Do you have any items that you would like to donate? We have limited space to store donations, so we ask that items for the sale not be brought until Monday, September 14th or later. During that week items can be left in the fellowship hall under the coat racks. Any gently used items will be welcome: clothing, household goods, toys, tools, etc.
Proceeds of this sale benefit the school ministry though Faith PTF (Parents, Teachers and Friends) and Camp Luther Alaska.

Hand Chime Choir and Junior Choir
Sign-up sheets will be available at Open Classroom Night 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.

Sign-up sheets for all sports (Cross-Country, Basketball, Volleyball, Indoor Soccer, and Track) will be available at Open Classroom Night in the downstairs hall.
Faith will again be participating in cross-country running. The season is 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. Cross-Country starts this Tuesday, August 25th, and practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Parent Connection
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.

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UPCs are needed to fulfil a bonus offer by the end of August.  We especially need Pepperidge Farm UPCs.  Send them with your child to school to give to Mrs. Z.  See the attached sheet for more information.

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