Monday, September 26, 2016

Parent Connection September 26th

Ready for Your Test?
During the coming weeks, the children in third through eighth grades will be taking the Terra Nova tests, the standardized tests we administer every year so we can get a picture of how well the students are learning. Some students look forward to these tests others don’t really like them. I think that one reason some students don’t care for these tests is because you can’t really study for them. You don’t know what the material is going to be that you are being tested on so you don’t know how to prepare.
I don’t know how you feel about tests, I look at a test as a challenge and I try to approach them with confidence and with a positive attitude. I want to do my best.
Our Bible verse today talks about a testing that all of us will undergo. In James chapter 1:2-4, we read, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
We know the testing is coming in our lives. We also know that this testing is for our good, meant to strengthen us, not to destroy us or drive us to despair. God wants us to turn to him in this time of trial and depend on him more and more. He will build our faith and strengthen us through this testing. He wants us to be mature in our faith and he wants to give us everything that we need in our struggle against the trials and temptations we face every day. Above all, we know that God is with us in these times of struggle and will help us overcome.
Our children will also be going through these trials and testing. In the classroom, your children are learning God’s Word so that they will be able to stand against the temptations they face. Their faith will be strengthened and they will grow in their maturity and they will be fully equipped for battle.  

Chapel Services
          Chapel will be led by Pastor Robbert.
Coffee selection this week will be a Kaladi Brothers coffee.

Library Trip
          The fifth through eighth graders will be going to the library this week. They should have their reports done and will be given another assignment.

Basketball Practice
            Basketball practice will begin this week. We will be practicing at the Mosley Center on the Alaska Pacific University campus. Players should wear shorts and t-shirts and court shoes not worn outside. We will be taking the students over from school in the van. We will practice from 4:00 until 5:30 p.m. They can be picked up at the gym at 5:30. We will bring those not picked up at the gym back to school by 5:45.

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. Please enter the lot from the East entry and leave by the West exit. 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 drive away. Let’s all work together to avoid accidents and keep our children safe!

Junior Choir
            Junior Choir will be lending their voices in worship at Shepherd of the Hills on October 16th.  Choir members should be at Shepherd by 10:10 in their white and black attire.

Central African Medical Mission (CAMM)

Are you looking for a way to serve our Lord?  Teethsavers, a non-profit Christian organization, is teaming up with the Central Africa Medical Mission to provide toothbrushes and toothpaste for all children seen by the Malawi clinic.  Over 60,000 patients receive medical care at the clinic in Malawi every year.  If you would like to help, please bring soft child-sized toothbrushes to Faith and leave them in the collection boxes located in the church and school entry ways by Sunday, October 23rd.  For more information, please call Joy Bromaghin at 336-6186.  

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