Monday, October 16, 2017

Parent Connection October 16

Don’t Lose the Trail!
          During my years in Alaska, I have traveled my share of trails. I have walked, biked, driven ATVs and snow machines, and even followed trails in a boat. There have been times that I have felt lost because of the weather conditions or unfamiliar territory. There have been times when I was following a friend who was hauling materials in to build a cabin. It was dark and snow was falling heavily and blowing up from the snow machine in front of me. White out conditions made it hard to find the trail. Other times, it was a thick fog that made all landmarks disappear.
          As we travel through our earthly life, our enemies (the devil, the world, and our own flesh) will try to make us lose our way, the trail laid out for us. They will try to confuse us and turn us around, make us travel in circles. They will try to lead us down the wrong path or get us lost in a cloud so thick you can’t see your hand in front of your face.
          Thank God that He has provided a guiding light so powerful that our enemies cannot put it out or cover it up. The Psalmist wrote, “Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.”  Ps. 119:105.  His Word shows us the only path to salvation: faith in Jesus as our Savior. There is no other “trail” that will take us to our heavenly home. Every other path leads only to destruction. Don’t lose the “trail.” Follow His Light!

Hot Lunch
          We will have hot lunch this Thursday, October 19th.  The menu is: tacos, carrots, fruit and dessert. 
          For those of you new to Faith, PTF sponsors a hot lunch once a month.  Lunch is served in the fellowship hall and enjoyed with

the entire school.  Parents are welcome to join their children for lunch. The cost is $4, and participation is optional.  If your student would like to participate simply complete the hot lunch form and return with payment.  You may pay by check or cash.  Checks should be made out to Faith Lutheran PTF.  Because this is sponsored by PTF, the charge cannot be added to your TADS account.

Basketball Practice
          Basketball practice continues this week at The Center, 4855 Arctic Blvd, located on the East side of Arctic between Tudor and International.  Tuesday players may be picked up at The Center at 5:30pm and Thursday at 5:15pm.  If picking up at the school, please arrive at 5:45pm or 5:30pm respectively.

End of Quarter
          Our first quarter ends on Friday, October 20th.  School dismisses that day at noon.  Parent teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th.  Please use the following link to sign up for times: 
If you have multiple students at Faith, be sure to sign up for each student. 

Trunk or Treat Donations and Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to decorate a car, help with the photo booth, organize pumpkin decorating, donate candy and goodies for cake walk, and get lights and such for the parking lot.  Candy and other items may be dropped off in the office. Please sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a44a5a723a20-trunk. You can also contact Gabrielle or Sheila.

BoxTops
            Please bring any BoxTops you have been collecting to school and place in the collection box or give to your teacher.  The deadline for this submission is October 27th

No School
There will be no school on October 27th, 30th and 31st.   Conferences will be held on the 27th. Our teachers and pastors will be attending the Alaska Conference of Pastors and Teachers on October 30th and 31st

Reformation Service
          This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Lutheran hammering his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church marking the beginning of the protestant reformation.  Faith Lutheran Church will host the annual reformation service for the WELS Alaska churches on October 29th at 4:30pm.  The Jr. Choir will sing during the service.  All families are invited to the service and to stay for a potluck following the service.

Calendar Change
          All FLS teachers will be attending the Pacific Northwest District’s Teachers Conference on February 15th and 16th, 2018. Therefore, we will not have school on those two days.

Picture Retakes 
We need to know by October 26th if you want to have your child’s picture retaken.  If you do not RSVP by this date, you may not be able to have a photo taken at the school. You can stop by, call 563-3499, or email the office at faithlutheran@gci.net

Brrrrr…It Is Cold Outside
          Parents, be sure your student is bringing proper winter gear to school.  Students enjoy their time outside when they can keep warm and dry with hats, gloves, winter coat, boots, and snow pants.

Parent’s Night Out
In November, we will have a Parent’s Night Out drive-in movie night, date to be determined.  Please save any boxes large enough to sit in so the kids can decorate them like ‘cars.’

Singing in Church
          Thank you to the all of our preschool and kindergarten students for singing in church last Sunday.  We enjoyed listening to you praise God with your voices.

Family Art Gallery
          Thank you to everybody who came to Paint Night.  All of the beautiful paintings are hanging in the hallway downstairs. 

Meet Your Teachers Monday

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Parent Connection October 9th

Chosen
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” Ephesians 1:3-6
It would seem that everywhere you look nowadays people are seeking to be “chosen”. Look at the TV schedules and see the many shows where people compete to be the best singer, dancer, sports star, cake baker, etc. Our society seems to hold fame, riches and success as things which are synonymous with significance and identity and therefore, many are striving for this elusive dream.
          We were chosen by God before the foundation of the world to be saved through the blood of Jesus Christ, made holy and blameless, even though we are sinners and to be adopted as His children.
We are chosen. We are God’s children, is there anything better than that? Rejoice every day in his Love!

Family Art Night
          A big thank you goes out to all who came to our Art Night. To all of those who supplied snacks, those who came to enjoy the fellowship and snacks, and those who shared their talents and abilities, thank you!  We will hang the artwork soon in the hallway downstairs.

Basketball Practice
          Basketball practice continues this week at APU.  Tuesday players may be picked up at APU at 5:30pm and Thursday at 5:15pm.  If picking up at the school please arrive at 5:45pm or 5:30pm respectively.

Kindergarten Field Trip
          This Friday, October 13th, the kindergarten class will be going to the Alaska Zoo to visit the wolves.  We will leave at 12:10pm after lunch and return to school around 3:00pm.  The cost is $9 for students and $10 for chaperones, and will be charged to your TADS account.  Please remember to send car seats.  Chaperones are needed, if you are available to help.

Singing in Church
          Sunday, October 15th, the preschool and kindergarten students will be singing in church.  Please be sure to have your child here by 10:15am.  The service begins at 10:30am.

Trunk or Treat Meeting
PTF will have a meeting on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:00pm.  Plan on attending if you are volunteering.  You can still help if you can’t make the meeting.  Trunk or Treat is scheduled for October 27th, 5-7pm.  Gabrielle Bauer and Sheila Lillo will be coordinating this event.  Please contact Gabrielle at gyb279@yahoo.com or Sheila at 907-229-7901, if you would like to help. 

Trunk or Treat Donations and Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to decorate a car, help with the photo booth, organize pumpkin decorating, donate candy and goodies for cake walk, and get lights and such for the parking lot.  Candy and other items may be dropped off in the office.  To sign up for volunteering please follow this link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a44a5a723a20-trunk .  You can also contact Gabrielle or Sheila.


End of Quarter
          Our first quarter ends on Friday, October 20th.  School dismisses that day at noon. 
          Parent teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 27th and Friday, October 28th.  Please use the following link to sign up for times. 
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090844aaae2aa0fc1-parent1
If you have multiple students at Faith, be sure to sign up for each student. 

No School
There will be no school on October 27th, 30th and 31st.   Conferences will be held on the 27th. Our teachers and pastors will be attending the Alaska Conference of Pastors and Teachers on October 30th and 31st

Reformation Service
          This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Lutheran hammering his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church marking the beginning of the protestant reformation.  Faith Lutheran Church will host the annual reformation service for the WELS Alaska churches on October 29th at 4:30pm.  The Jr. Choir will sing during the service.  All families are invited to the service and to stay for a potluck following the service.

Calendar Change
          All FLS teachers will be attending the Pacific Northwest District’s Teachers Conference on February 15th and 16th, 2018. Therefore, we will not have school on those two days.

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

October Birthdays
God’s richest blessings on your birthday!
          Winslow H.   10/5
          Eva M.          10/9
          Amy R.         10/16
          Emma R.       10/16

          Saraya H.      10/24

Monday, October 2, 2017

Parent Connection October 2

 “Deeds of Darkness
          As you have probably noticed, it is getting dark earlier every night and staying dark later every morning. This is natural because that is the way God made it. Whether God created the earth with the tilt on its axis, or if He tilted it during the flood, I do not know. But I do know that God has used this tilt to provide the change in seasons. We know that, as it gets darker, we need to prepare for the coming winter.
          We also know that as the nights get longer, those who work their evil deeds under the cover of darkness have more time to carry out their evil. They can get started earlier in the evening and work later into the morning. The news media is filled with stories of their evil. As possible victims of their evil, we need to be vigilant and aware of what is going on around us. We try not to give these criminals opportunities to carry out their evil among us. We lock our doors, we don’t leave any valuables where they are visible to someone willing to take them from us. We install security cameras and alarm systems.
          The Apostle Paul warns us to take precautions with our faith which is also under attack by the evil ones. In his letter to the Ephesians, he says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light…..Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible.” Eph. 5:8-14.

Calendar Change
          All FLS teachers will be attending the Pacific Northwest District’s Teachers Conference on February 15th and 16th, 2018. Therefore, we will not have school on those two days.

Basketball Begins
          I am hopeful that we will be able to start BB practice on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, from 4:00 until 5:45pm. I would like the players to bring their equipment to school in the morning.  If we are not able to get into the gym, I will have the players notify you by noon.

Kindergarten Field Trip
          This Friday, October 13th, the kindergarten class will be going to the Alaska Zoo to visit the wolves.  We will leave at 12:10pm after lunch and return to school around 3:00pm.  The cost is $9 for students and $10 for chaperones, and will be charged to your TADS account.  Please remember to send car seats.  Chaperones are needed if you are available to help.

Library Trip
          The fifth through eighth graders will be going to the library this Friday. Their prior book report is due this Friday. We will also be going out for lunch.

Singing in Church
          Sunday, October 15th, the preschool and kindergarten students will be singing in church.  Please be sure to have your child here by 10:15am.  The service begins at 10:30am. 

PTF Update
Thank you to all who attended the first meeting.  Our first big event is Trunk or Treat scheduled for October 27th, 5-7pm.  Miss Mittelstadt will be coordinating this event.  Please contact her at FaithLutheranPreschoolAK@gmail.com if you would like to help.  Volunteers are needed to decorate a car, help with the photo booth, organize pumpkin decorating, donate candy and goodies for cake walk, and get lights and such for the parking lot.  There will be a meeting on October 11th at 7pm dedicated to Trunk or Treat preparations.

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

October Birthdays
God’s richest blessings on your birthday!
          Winslow H.   10/5
          Eva M.          10/9
          Amy R.         10/16
          Emma R.       10/16

          Saraya H.      10/24

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Parent Connection September 25

Run to Get the Prize
          Last Saturday, the Alaska Christian Schools Athletic Association held its annual state cross country meet. We had three runners who represented the school at this meet. These three had been working hard since the beginning of the school year to compete in this one race. We had worked on endurance and hill climbing and strategy to run a good race from beginning to end. I was very pleased with the results of the races. I think the students feel that they did their best.
          “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly…”  I Corinthians 9: 24-26.
          This is how the Apostle Paul compares the life of a believer to the races carried out in his day. He urges the believers to be focused on the goal, to be serious about your training for the race, and to run to get the prize. Don’t run aimlessly but run to get the crown that will last forever. Of course, we cannot achieve victory by our own efforts, we need to be credited with the triumph won for us by our Savior. In him, our victory is secure.           

Bible Information Class
          Pastor Ewings’ “Making Life Better Class” continues Monday evenings at 6:30 pm.  Parents of school children are encouraged to attend this 15-week extensive review of the basic doctrines taught in the Bible and, therefore, in this school.

Mission Project
          Our mission project for the first third of the school year is for the Matt & Sarah Klebs family to help them with medical costs related to the loss of their son.

Zoo Visit
          This Friday, September 29th at 10:30 am, we will have a Zookeeper from The Alaska Zoo give our preschool through 4th grades a presentation about the porcupine.
         
Safari Expedition
Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents are invited to come enjoy a multisensory safari with a devotion, snacks and crafts Saturday, September 30th, 10:00am to noon.  Come explore the amazing world of animals God created.

Art Night
          Join us Friday, October 6th, 6:30-8pm to create an art gallery in our school hallway with Alaska-themed canvasses painted by both students and parents.  Snacks will be provided in the Fellowship Hall. 

PTF Update
Thank you to all who attended the first meeting last week.  Our first big event is Trunk or Treat scheduled for October 27th, 5-7pm.  Miss Mittelstadt will be coordinating this event.  Please contact her at FaithLutheranPreschoolAK@gmail.com if you would like to help.  Volunteers are needed to decorate a car, help with the photo booth, organize pumpkin decorating, donate candy and goodies for cake walk, and get lights and such for the parking lot.  There will be a meeting on October 11th at 7pm dedicated to Trunk or Treat preparations.
Hot Lunches will begin on October 19th.
PTF will be purchasing new basketball goals, sports equipment for recess, rugs for the hallways, and some canopies.  Look for more information in the coming weeks.
Art work is being sent to finalize the sweatshirts and spirit wear.  We will be ordering from a local company this year.  Once the artwork is finalized we can finalize a price and start the orders.
Do you have ideas or events for the school?  Contact Sheila Lillo at Sheila.Lillo@gmail.com to get your ideas heard and put into action.  Our next general PTF meeting will be in November. 

School Yearbook
          We are looking forward to putting this year’s memories to paper, which means it’s time to get the yearbook up and running.  However, it won’t be a success without parents’ involvement.  You should have received an email from our yearbook coordinator, Renee Tegen, with an explanation about how TreeRing works along with a link and instructions to set up your account.  If you have questions, please call or text Renee at 402-516-6911.

Meet Your Teachers Monday
Each week there will be a trivia question posted on the school Facebook page. This question will point to one of your teachers or staff members. Be the first to answer correctly and win a prize. The answer will be revealed on Facebook on Friday.  The answer to last week’s trivia question was Ms. Mittelstadt.  Congratulations to Elijah Corwin for guessing the correct answer!  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page for this week’s question.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Parent Connection September 18

A Cluttered Mind?
          It happens almost inevitably, even though I have the best intentions. It’s almost like someone comes in during the night and piles up all sorts of mailings, important papers, reference books, tools, and an assortment of pens and pencils onto my desk. I know that it isn’t anyone else besides me who places these things on my desk. There just never seems to be enough time to deal with all of the projects and interesting ideas while keeping up on the lesson planning and correcting. Sometimes it seems that just deciding what needs to be done can cause a wasting of time. I know I can’t do everything at one time so I have to focus on one thing at a time and, eventually, I will find the bottom of the piles.
          I think the same thing can happen in our minds. We have so many things that vie for our attention, our minds get cluttered and we lose our focus. Some (or many) of those things are sent to us by our enemy, the devil, to lead us astray.  He wants nothing more than to get us to lose our focus or to focus on the wrong, less important, things. We need to unclutter our minds and focus on the important things.
         
The writer to the Hebrews directs us to “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2.  When things start to get confusing, let’s get back to what is most important- Jesus!

Bible Information Class
          A child’s Christian education is only as good as the cooperation between parents and teachers.  To this end, we feel strongly that all parents need to hear our fundamental beliefs and understand the basic doctrines that all of our school children are taught.  Therefore, we invite parents of school children to attend Pastor Ewings’ “Making Life Better Class” every Monday evening at 6:30 pm. This 15-week class is an extensive review of the basic doctrines taught in the Bible and, therefore, in this school. Parents who complete the class will receive a $500 discount on their child’s tuition for each of three years after completing the class.

Mission Project
          Our mission project for the first third of the school year is for the Matt & Sarah Klebs family to help them with medical costs related to the loss of their son.

PTF
Parent, Teacher, Friends will have their first meeting of the year this Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00pm.  The meeting will focus on volunteers for hot lunches, school t-shirts & sweatshirts, and planning ahead for our Trunk-or-Treat. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

School Yearbook
          We are looking forward to putting this year’s memories to paper, which means it’s time to get the yearbook up and running.  However, it won’t be a success without parents’ involvement.  An email will be sent out this week from our yearbook coordinator, Renee Tegen, with an explanation about how TreeRing works along with a link and instructions to set up your account.  If you have questions, please call or text Renee at 402-516-6911

Chili Cook-Off
Join us this Friday, September 22nd, for a Chili Cook-Off.  The Fellowship Committee will be providing sides and prizes, all you have to do is bring your best pot of chili.  Even if you don’t like chili, we’d be glad to have you join us for fun and fellowship!

Meet Your Teachers Monday
Each week there will be a trivia question posted on the school Facebook page. This question will point to one of your teachers or staff members. Be the first to answer correctly and win a prize. The answer will be revealed on Facebook on Friday.  The answer to last week’s trivia question was Mrs. Traver.  Congratulations to Mrs. Finch and Liam for guessing the correct answer!  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page for this week’s question.

Healthy Sleep Habits
Teachers have been noticing that their students are coming to school overly tired.  It is important that your student gets enough sleep so that they can participate fully in class.  We need your help to enforce a proper “bedtime” in order for your student to get sufficient hours of rest and sleep. Primary school age children NEED 9 to 11 hours of sleep nightly in order to function properly. Growing teenagers function best with 8 to 10 hours of sleep.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Parent Connection September 11, 2017

It’s Out of Control
          The second major hurricane to wreak havoc on the shores of these United States in a span of a couple of weeks took up the majority of the news reports over the weekend.  With the threat of at least two others following behind, a person might well think that things have gone haywire in our weather patterns.  Other places are experiencing unusually high temperatures and lack of rain which brings the threat of wildfires.  We could add to these the constant reminders being put out by scientists about global warming and the looming disasters they say will be caused by it, how could one not think that things are out of control?
          One could also look at the major earthquakes that shook much of southern Mexico causing widespread destruction and injuries and wonder what is going on?
          Should we really be puzzled by these events, or worried by them?  All of these things have been foretold, these things will happen before the end of the world. They are just a reminder to all that this world and our lives on this earth will not last forever.
If these events worry you, read Psalm 46. In this Psalm, we are told that God is our “Fortress and refuge and strength”.  We are reminded that God is our “ever-present help in trouble”.  We are also told to “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Things are never out of His control.  All things that happen are under His control so we never have to be worried about anything, He is always by our side.

Half Day
School will dismiss at noon this Friday, September 15.

Bible Information Class
          A child’s Christian education is only as good as the cooperation between parents and teachers.  To this end, we feel strongly that all parents need to hear our fundamental beliefs and understand the basic doctrines that all of our school children are taught.  Therefore, we invite parents of school children to attend Pastor Ewings’ “Making Life Better Class” beginning tonight, September 11th. This 15-week class is an extensive review of the basic doctrines taught in the Bible and, therefore, in this school. Parents who complete the class will receive a $500 discount on their child’s tuition for each of three years after completing the class.

Healthy Sleep Habits
Teachers have been noticing that their students are coming to school overly tired.  It is important that your student gets enough sleep so that they can participate fully in class.  We need your help to enforce a proper “bedtime” in order for your student to get sufficient hours of rest and sleep. Primary school age children NEED 9 to 11 hours of sleep nightly in order to function properly. Growing teenagers function best with 8 to 10 hours of sleep. 

Cross Country
          Cross Country practice continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Athletes can be picked up at Waldron Park at 5:15 pm or the school at 5:30 pm.

Junior Choir
Our Junior Choir will practice on Wednesdays, 12:30pm to 1:00pm, during the lunch recess.

Handchimes
The handchime choir will practice on Thursdays, 12:30pm to 1:00pm, during the lunch recess.

PTF
Parent, Teacher, Friends will have their first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 20th at 7:00pm.  This meeting will focus on volunteers for hot lunches, school t-shirts & sweatshirts, and planning ahead for our Trunk or Treat. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

School Sweatshirts
If you are interested in school sweatshirts, we’ll be placing an order at the end of the month.  Look for upcoming details on how to order.

Meet Your Teachers Monday
Each week there will be a trivia question posted on the school Facebook page. This question will point to one of your teachers or staff members. Be the first to answer correctly and win a prize. The answer will be revealed on Facebook on Friday.
The answer to last week’s trivia question was Miss Snyder.  There were no winners.  Make sure to check the school’s Facebook page for this week’s question.

September Birthdays
Happy Birthday to: 
Elijah C.       9/2
Aurora E.      9/4

Ewan F.        9/9

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Parent Connection September 5th, 2017

What is Your Acorn?
          At the beginning of the movie Ice Age, the viewer is introduced to a character who, you could say, has a “one-track mind”.  I’m sure you remember this character even though, if my memory is correct, he doesn’t say one word of dialogue.  He is a squirrel who is chasing his one goal: an acorn. Chasing that acorn gets him into one predicament after another.
As amusing as this character seems to be, I think it points out an important characteristic of humans. More often than not, each of us is chasing after an “acorn”.  Something we think is so important that it eliminates everything else from our thought process and gives us “tunnel-vision”.  Now God doesn’t say this is necessarily a bad thing. In fact he tells us to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given you as well.” Matthew 6:33.
So what is your “acorn”?

Emergency Contacts
          Parents, if you did not receive an email and a text from us last week, you need to log into your Educate account and review your contact information as well as your alert preferences.  This way we’ll know how you would like to be contacted for school closings, general communications and school emergencies.  Once logged in, select the pull down menu by your name, select account then alert preferences.
          If you did not previously have access to Educate, you should have received an email today with instructions on how to set it up.
          If you are having trouble logging in, please contact the office.


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 sent home a small Ziploc bag the first week of school. 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.

Cross Country
          Cross Country practice continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Athletes can be picked up at Waldron Park at 5:15 pm or the school at 5:30 pm.

Junior Choir
Our Junior Choir will begin practicing this Wednesday during the lunch recess.  Practices will be 12:30pm to 1:00pm on Wednesdays.

Handchimes
The handchime choir will organize and begin practicing this week. Practices will be 12:30pm to 1:00pm on Thursdays.
PTF
Parent, Teacher, Friends will have the first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 20th at 7:00pm.  This meeting will focus on volunteers for hot lunches, school t-shirts & sweatshirts and planning ahead for our Trunk or Treat. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

School Sweatshirts
If you are interested in school sweatshirts, we’ll be placing an order at the end of the month.  Look for upcoming details on how to order.

School Uniforms
          Looking for a used uniform?  We will have a table set up in the hallway by the kindergarten classroom for the remainder of this week.  Used uniforms are free on a first-come basis.  New uniforms may be purchased at FrenchToast.com using school code QS5KJUH.

Bible Information Class
                A child’s Christian education is only as good as the cooperation between parents and teachers.  To this end, we feel strongly that all parents need to hear our fundamental beliefs and understand the basic doctrines that all of our school children are taught.  Therefore, we invite parents of school children to attend Pastor Ewings’ “Making Life Better Class” beginning Monday, September 11th. This 15-week class is an extensive review of the basic doctrines taught in the Bible and, therefore, in this school. Parents who complete the class will receive a $500 discount on their child’s tuition for each of three years after completing the class.

Half Day
School will dismiss at noon on Friday, September 15.

Meet Your Teachers Monday
Each week there will be a trivia question posted on the school Facebook page. This question will point to one of your teachers. Be the first to answer correctly and win a prize. The answer will be revealed on Facebook on Friday.

September Birthdays
Happy Birthday to: 
Elijah C.       9/2
Aurora E.     9/4
Ewan F.       9/9

Monday, August 28, 2017

Parent Connection August 28, 2017



Give Us Today our Daily Bread
          I think all of you would agree that it is important to be consistent in many areas of life. One of the important areas of life is in diet. For a person to grow in a normal fashion, that person needs to be fed a regular diet with a variety of foods. Scientists would tell us to eat a diet with an emphasis on vegetables and fruits, with proper amounts of proteins and even fats. They would probably agree that a good mixture of all food groups, everything in moderation, would be a healthy diet. Jesus taught us to pray for our daily bread, those things we need to live a healthy existence on this earth.
          The most important part of our diet is what we feed our soul. For our soul to be healthy, we need to be fed a regular diet of God’s Holy Word, with a generous portion of meditation on, and discussion of, that Word with fellow believers. You will want to add a generous portion of worship and spend time talking with your Lord and Savior in prayer. If your soul has been underfed, now is the time to change that. Fill up with those good things and share it with those around you.

Comfort for the Mourning
          As a school family, we mourn with the Matt & Sarah Klebs family at the loss of their son last weekend. At the same time we rejoice in the sure hope from our Savior, “He lives!” There will be a service held this Friday at 5:00P.M. at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Loraine Street just off of Huffman Road. Because of the service, we will have aftercare on Friday only until 4:00 P.M.
          The family has requested school children, who are available, to sing at the service. We will be practicing during the week. If any child needs a ride, let us know.

Chapel Service
          Chapel services during the school year will be held on Thursdays at 8:30am and all are welcomed and invited to attend.     

Cross Country
          Cross Country practice continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Athletes can be picked up at Waldron Park at 5:15 pm or the school at 5:30 pm.

School Pictures
School pictures are this Wednesday, August 30th beginning at 9:30 a.m.  You can pre-order online at www.alaskafocus.com using Pre-Order Code FL17.  If you do not pre-order, payment must be handed in with the order form at the time your student has their picture taken.  Checks should be made out to Alaska’s Focus Photography or AFP. Be sure to send your preorder receipt or order form with your student.
Students do not have to wear uniforms on Wednesday.  If you have any questions, please call the school office.

 Emergency Contacts
          Parents please log in to your Educate account and review your contact information as well as your alert preferences.  Alert preferences let us know how you would like to be contacted for school closings, general communications and school emergencies.  Once logged in, select the pull down menu by your name, select account then alert preferences.
          If you did not previously have access to Educate, you should have received an email today with instructions on how to set it up.
          If you are having trouble logging in, please contact the office.

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 sent home a small ziplock bag last week. 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.

Boxtops for Education and School Rewards Programs
          Save your box tops! You can turn in Boxtops in the collection container on the bulletin board by the school entrance, or give to Mrs. Zarnstorff. Every little bit helps!
          Faith Lutheran School is enrolled in the Fred Meyers school rewards program.  Please take a moment to register for this program.  If you find a program, we are not registered for please contact the office so we can get enrolled.

PTF
Parent, Teacher, Friends will have the first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 20th at 7:00pm.  This meeting will focus on volunteers for hot lunches, school t-shirts & sweatshirts and planning ahead for our Trunk or Treat. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

School Uniforms
          Looking for a used uniform?  Beginning on Wednesday, we will have a table set up in the hallway by the kindergarten classroom.  Used uniforms are free, first come basis.  New uniforms may be purchased at FrenchToast.com

Bible Information Class
                A child’s Christian education is only as good as the cooperation between parents and teachers.  To this end, we feel strongly that all parents need to hear our fundamental beliefs and understand the basic doctrines that all of our school children are taught.  Therefore, we invite parents of school children to attend Pastor Ewings’ “Making Life Better Class”. This class is an extensive review of the basic doctrines taught in the Bible and, therefore, in this school. Parents who complete the class will receive a $500 discount on their child’s tuition for each of three years after completing the class.

Labor Day

Labor Day is September 4th, there will be no school. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Parent Connection August 21, 2017

         
 Our Great Heritage
          As Americans, we take great pride in the freedom, liberty, and peace we enjoy being a citizen of this country. In many ways, we are envied by people around the world. Our standard of living is the ideal that many in the world would like to imitate.
          But when I talk about “Our Great Heritage”, I’m not talking economics. I’m talking something older than our nation, something stronger than the “dollar”, and something that is going to last long past the time you and I are gone from this world. I’m talking about God’s Word as our Great Heritage.
          This year marks the 500th anniversary of the return of the pure Word to the Church. When God raised up Martin Luther to point out the falsehood and traditions that were being taught as the true Word of God, it was the dawn of a new age in the Church. Once again the true Christ and his work for our salvation was being taught to his people. Once again God’s people enjoyed living in the sure Hope that all who trust in Jesus as their Savior have.
          “Our Great Heritage” is our theme for this school year. We will explore how this heritage became ours and how having that heritage changes everything in our lives.   

Chapel Service
          This morning we started the school day with a chapel service opening school.  Chapel services during the school year will be held on Thursdays at 8:30am and all are welcomed and invited to attend.  There will be no chapel service this Thursday due to the service this morning.    

School Reporting and Handbook Forms
          For those who missed the orientation last Wednesday, copies of the handbook, a Parent Handbook Acknowledgement and Permission to Photograph Form, and a Private School Enrollment Reporting Form will be sent home today with your student.  We need to have both of these forms returned to school by Friday, Aug. 25. 
          If you have updated immunization forms please send with your student or drop off at the office. 

 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.

Cross Country
          Cross Country will begin Thursday, Aug. 24 for students in 5th – 8th grades.  If your student is participating, please sign and return the permission slip by Thursday.

Boxtops for Education and School Rewards Programs
          Save your box tops! You can turn in Boxtops in the collection container on the bulletin board by the school entrance, or give to Mrs. Zarnstorff. Every little bit helps!
          Faith Lutheran School is enrolled in the Fred Meyers school rewards program.  Please take a moment to register for this program.  If you find a program we are not registered for please contact the office so we can get enrolled.

PTF
Parent, Teacher, Friends will have the first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 20th at 7:00pm.  This meeting will focus on volunteers for hot lunches, school t-shirts & sweatshirts and planning ahead for our Trunk or Treat. 
We look forward to seeing you there!

School Uniforms
          Looking for a used uniform?  Next week we will have a table set up in the hallway by the kindergarten classroom.  Used uniforms are free, first come basis.  New uniforms may be purchased at FrenchToast.com

August Birthdays
          God’s richest blessings to those celebrating August birthdays.
Karlee H.  8/20
Connor K. 8/27

Bible Information Class
                A child’s Christian education is only as good as the cooperation between parents and teachers.  To this end, we feel strongly that all parents need to hear our fundamental beliefs and understand the basic doctrines that all of our school children are taught.  Therefore, we invite parents of school children to attend Pastor Ewings’ “Making Life Better Class”. This class is an extensive review of the basic doctrines taught in the Bible and, therefore, in this school. Parents who complete the class will receive a $500 discount on their child’s tuition for each of three years after completing the class.

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.  The students will be dismissed to the 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

Labor Day
Labor Day is September 4th, there will be no school.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Parent Connection May 22

Watch Your Step
In the book, The 19th Hole, author Carol Mann recounts how golf legend Arnold Palmer will never forget the day he lost his footing.
It was the final hole of the 1961 Masters tournament. Palmer had a one-stroke lead and had just hit a satisfying tee shot. As he approached the ball, he saw an old friend standing at the edge of the gallery. His friend motioned Palmer over, stuck out his hand, and congratulated him for the win he was about to secure.
Palmer later said that as soon as he shook his friend’s hand, he knew he was in trouble. After that congratulatory handshake, he lost his mental footing. He hit his ball into a sand trap. Then he put it over the edge of the green. Then he missed a putt. He lost the Masters.
For us as Christians, the temptation can be strong for us to assume that we can coast through our Christianity: We know the Bible stories. We attend church more often than not. We’re on friendly terms with the pastor. We’re not as bad as those other people. After a while our idea of Christianity can begin to resemble our life insurance policy. It’s nice to know it’s in our filing cabinet if we need it; otherwise we don’t give it much thought.
And that’s when we can lose our footing.
Christianity is not some frame of mind through which we coast. Nor is it some life insurance document we store away for emergencies. Christianity is about our relationship with the One who has rescued us from the guilt of, and just punishment for, our sin.
If you have lost your footing, or you feel you are standing on shaky ground, come to Jesus and be renewed in his forgiveness and love. Don’t forget your relationship during the weeks of summer. Remember your intense need for him never ends. Never!
If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12

Last Day of School
          The last day of school will be Wednesday.  Parents are strongly urged to join us for the end-of-year chapel service at 11:00 am and stay for the picnic beginning at 11:30 am.  School dismisses at noon with no aftercare provided.      
          Students do not have to wear uniforms on Wednesday.

End of School Picnic
          On the last day of school we will have our end of school picnic beginning at 11:30. Families are invited to join us for the picnic.  Much of the food has been generously donated and for the remaining items, each class will be responsible for certain items.  Please see the detailed list attached.  Have all items here by Wednesday morning.

Field Trip
Weather permitting, K-4 grades are walking to a couple of parks close to school, tomorrow, Tues. May 23rd.  We will be eating our lunches at the parks.  Cold lunches only, please.  We will leave school at about 11:45 am and return about 3:00 pm.  It is still a uniform day. Be sure the children bring weather-appropriate coats and shoes.  If there are any questions about this event, please speak to Miss Snyder or Mrs. Z.
Mr. Z’s class will be going to the library and out to lunch on Tuesday.


Parking Lot Sale
          The parking lot sale was a success, we raised over $1400.  It is to go towards Smartboards.

Singing in Church
          Thank you to all those who sang in the service on Sunday.

Spring Fling
          Thank you for all those who sang on Friday night.  It was a great performance.  Be sure to bring back your t-shirts if you have not already.        

Open Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  If you have not enrolled your child for next year, please do so.