Monday, August 29, 2016

Parent Connection August 29

Have you ever thought what it would be like to live forever? Say you found a secret that keeps you young forever. Would that be a good thing or not?
In literature in the seventh and eighth grades, we are reading a book about a family who has been through this situation. For this family, this secret becomes a burden. Their friends grow old and turn against them. They have to stay away from people in general and for years they have dreaded the day when someone else would discover their secret.
          That day has arrived and we are learning about some of the troubles that are being caused by that discovery.
          In the beginning, God created the world and everything in it. And it was perfect. God also created man and woman and they were perfect, too. They were meant to live forever in this perfect place.
          But we know that things changed because sin entered the world. God knew that it would not be good for humans to live in this fallen world forever so God separated his creation from that other tree in the Garden, the Tree of Life.
          “He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever….After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the garden cherubim and a flaming sword  flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” Genesis 3:22b&24.
          We want to live forever but not in this sin-soaked world. Praise God that we won’t have to. God sent his Son to take on our guilt, and pay the price for that guilt. He removed our sin and with it the curse of eternal death. Through faith we will live forever with our Lord and Savior.
Labor Day
Labor Day is September 5th, there will be no school.  Enjoy your long weekend!

Birthdays this week
Eli Corwin – September 2
Aurora Ewings – September 4
God’s richest blessings on your Birthday!

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

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, and will be returned at the end of the school year.

Emergency Contacts
Last week parents should have received an email with instructions on setting up your Educate (Cornerstone) account.  Educate is how the school communicates with parents.  This includes general messages such as the Monday Parent Connection as well as emergency messages like school closings for weather.  Please be sure to log on to your account and set your password.  Educate was formally known as Cornerstone and is being integrated into TADS.  Some of the household functions are missing with this transition.  I am working on getting this resolved.  If you did not receive an email last week, please contact the office at

Safari Adventure
September 17th, 10:00-noon. Come enjoy a fun filled morning! Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents can come enjoy a devotion, snacks and multi-sensory activities focused around a Safari. Watch for signup sheets next to volunteer for snacks and to help with the activity.

Parent, Teacher, Friends will have the first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 8th at 7:00pm.  This meeting will focus on volunteers for the Safari Adventure, school t-shirts & sweatshirts and planning ahead for our Health Fair & Trunk or Treat. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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