Monday, April 24, 2017

Parent Connection April 24th

Run the Straight Race
          The track team started practicing last week for a quick season. I found myself stressing to the runners to be sure to run straight down the track, focus on the finish line, don’t look around to see what other runners are doing, just run straight to the finish.
          As we celebrated the victory of Pastor Oldfield on Saturday, I was reminded about how he had run his race, his life. Certainly, the words of the writer to the Hebrews can be seen in the way Pastor Oldfield ran the race, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 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 12:1b-2a.
          None of us knows the exact course our lives will take in this world, or what crosses we may have to bear. One thing is certain: we must focus on Jesus and push on to the goal. We must “Run the straight race through God’s good grace; Lift up your eyes and seek his face. Life with its way before us lies, Christ is the path and Christ the prize.” Hymn 457, st. 2

Zoo Visit
          Grades PK-4 will enjoy a zoo visit here at school on Thursday.  This visit’s animal is a snake.

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year. 


Early Dismissal
          On April 28th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in-service.

Track Season
          Track practice continues on Tuesday and Thursday at Cuddy Park 3:45 – 5:00pm. 
          The Faith will be participating in a meet on May 6th.

Teacher Appreciation Week
          May 1st – 5th is teacher appreciation week.   Here are the activities PTF has planned:  Provide lunch or breakfast for the staff each day, decorate the classroom doors, and collect money so the teachers may enjoy a dinner out together.
          Please take the time next week to give a special thank you to our teaching staff.
          Families will be contacted this week as how they can help in their classrooms.  If you would like you may contact Sheila Lillo at
229-7901 with any questions.

Upcoming Events
          Parking Lot Sale on May 20th, 9:00-3:00.  Parents we will need volunteers!  Make plans to help for an hour or two. 

          End of school year picnic, May 24th at 11:30am.  Look for sign up opportunities soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Parent Connection April 18th

Life Has Won!
          Once again it seems that winter is losing its grip on Anchorage. Each day the sun comes up earlier and stays up later. Even though mornings can still be rather crisp, the day warms quickly with the sunshine we are experiencing. Each day more and more birds return from their vacation journey to warmer climates. Soon we will hear about the bears waking up grouchy and hungry so it’s time for us to stop feeding the birds and start being more careful with our trash. Before you know it, the grass will need mowing and the flowers will be blooming. Springtime is a time of new life in Anchorage.
          It is also a time when we remember the new life that God has created in us. Through the work of the Holy Spirit using the Word, we have this new life in us. This new life changes everything, our attitude, our fears, our wants, our hope, and our relationships. It all starts with Jesus. St. Paul writes to Timothy, “This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” II Timothy 1:9b-10. Jesus won this new life for us through his holy sinless life and his innocent suffering and death. God raised him to life from the tomb to show us that his sacrifice was acceptable and we are his own. Let the new life shine in everything you do.

Early Dismissal
          On April 28th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in-service.

Kids’ Day at the Dena’ina
          Thank you to all who helped and visited our booth! 
Alaska Junior Theater
          Grades K-4 will be attending the presentation of “The Tree and the Donkey Who Loved to Sing” on April 20th at 10:15am.  Permission slips should already be turned in.  Remember car seats if needed.

Hot Lunch April
          Hot Lunch is this week.  Please return the hot lunch slip by Thursday.

PTF Meeting
          The next PTF meeting is scheduled for April 19th at 7:00pm. This is an important meeting as we will be planning Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1st-5th), Parking Lot Sale (May 20th), and End of School Picnic (May 24th).  We need your help for these events to be a success!

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year. 

Track Season
          Track practice begins this Thursday at Cuddy Park 3:45 – 5:00pm.  Be sure to return the permission slip by Thursday.
A field event clinic will be held this Saturday at Eagle River Christian School, 10:00 – Noon.  Please use this opportunity to practice and improve your skills.   The school will not be able to provide transportation for the clinic.

Funeral Services

          For those who would like to attend, a funeral service for Pastor Oldfield will be held here at Faith Lutheran Church on April 22nd at 2:00pm.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Parent Connection April 10th

What if?
          Have you ever played that “game”? What would you do if you won the lottery? What if you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
          It can be fun to speculate about different trivial things but what about serious thoughts? The apostle Paul does that in his first letter to the Corinthian congregation when he asks, “What if Christ had not been raised?”
          His first thought is that if Christ had not been raised then our “faith is futile, you are yet in your sins.” This truth is the foundation upon which our faith and hope are built. The resurrection of Jesus tells us that God accepted his payment for our sins and that we are declared righteous. Our major problem has been solved.
          Paul also says that “those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.” The gravestone over Abraham would read “Lost”; over John the Baptist’s headless body, “Lost”; over the graves of my parents and loved ones, “Lost”; and over my own grave, “Lost”. Without a risen Savior, there is only one epithet to our life, “Lost” for eternity.
          Paul concludes with “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” How sad would it be if we spent our lives hoping for a future that could not happen? How foolish would that be?
          Thanks be to God that Christ has been raised. We know our faith and hope are secure; we and all believers will be raised to life eternal with Jesus our Savior. Celebrate your new life in Christ this coming Easter season!

Pennies for Patients
          We raised $274.17 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Thank you to all who participated.

No School Days and Early Dismissal
          April 14th and 17th there will be no school.  April 28th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in service.

Kids’ Day at the Dena’ina
          Faith Lutheran School will be hosting a booth at Kids’ Day on April 15th.  The event runs 10:00 – 4:00pm and highlights programs for children in Anchorage.  We will need volunteers to help throughout the day. Please let Mrs. Z know if you can volunteer for an hour or two to help out at Faith’s Booth.  We also need plastic colored eggs for the craft which can be dropped off in the office or with Mrs. Z.

Easter Celebrations
          For those of you looking for a place to celebrate Easter, Faith Lutheran Church invites you to join us on April 16th.  Faith will have Easter services at 8:00am and 10:30am.  Breakfast will be served between services beginning at 9:00am.  We look forward to seeing you!

Alaska Junior Theater
          Grades K-4 will be attending the presentation of “The Tree and the Donkey Who Loved to Sing” on April 20th at 10:15am.  Please return permission slips by April 13th.

Library Visit
          The upper graders will be visiting the library on Thursday.  Be sure to bring all library books to return.

Parking Lot Snow
          Parents, please pay extra attention in the parking lot.  We are trying to melt the snow a little quicker.

Hot Lunch April
          Parents, we have a volunteer for hot lunch this month on April 20th.  If you would still like to help, please contact Sheila Lillo at 229-7901. The menu for this month is pizza.

PTF Meeting
          The next PTF meeting is scheduled for April 19th at 7:00pm. This is an important meeting as we will be planning Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1st-5th), Parking Lot Sale (May 20th), and End of School Picnic (May 24th).  We need your help for these events to be a success!

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year. 

Track Season
          As you are well aware, there is still snow on the ground.  Track season is delayed until the ground/track is dry enough to run on and not cause damage.  There will be no meets before May.

Funeral Services

          For those who would like to attend, funeral services for Pastor Oldfield will be held here at Faith Lutheran Church on April 22nd at 2:00pm.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Parent Connection April 3rd

Remember Your Leaders….
          “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7.
          These words came to my mind this weekend after I learned that Pastor James Oldfield had left this world of pain and sorrow to live with his Lord in heaven. He had served this congregation from 1992 until early in 2016. Some months before that time, he was diagnosed with a brain cancer. At that time, his cancer made him unable to carry out all of his duties for this congregation. In his battle with this disease, his Lord kept him strong in his faith and finally, on Saturday morning, delivered him from his suffering and took him to his eternal home where he stands before the throne of God, joining his voice with the voices of all the saints and angels, praising his God and Father.
          During his time as our pastor, our shepherd, he focused a great deal of time and effort educating the members of this church in Bible study. The Lord knew that this church needed to be strengthened in its foundation, it needed to be rooted deeply in the Word. He provided for that need in the calling of Pastor Oldfield.  Pastor Oldfield liked to tell us that we were some of the most well-trained, Bible-based, orthodox Christians in Alaska. So as we mourn his leaving us, let us also hold onto the faith he professed before us, that faith that led him home.

Pennies for Patients
          The drive is finished, we will announce the donation total in chapel on Thursday.

Jr. Choir
          Thank you to the Junior Choir members for singing at King of Kings on Sunday. 
Comfy Day
          By popular demand, we will have a makeup spirit day due to the snow day last week.  This Friday will be comfy day, wear the comfiest of clothes.  No onesies please.

Sports Nights
          This week, Tuesday and Thursday, during the regular practice times, we are inviting the soccer and basketball teams and their parents to come and play. We will have some skills competitions for the team members and some open games. Tuesday will be for soccer and Thursday will be basketball. Also, Thursday night will be a pizza feast at school after the games. Please join us.

Singing in Church
          This Sunday is Palm Sunday, April 9th.  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.

Kids’ Day at the Dena’ina
          Faith Lutheran School will be hosting a booth at Kids’ Day on April 15th.  The event runs 10:00 – 4:00pm and highlights programs for children in Anchorage.  We will need volunteers to help throughout the day. Please let Mrs. Z know if you can volunteer for an hour or two to help out at Faith’s Booth.  We also need plastic colored eggs for the craft which can be dropped off in the office or with Mrs. Z.

No School Days and Early Dismissal
          April 14th and 17th there will be no school.  April 28th, school will dismiss at noon for teacher in service.


Spaghetti Fest
          A big thank you to all who contributed to the spaghetti fest!  We were able to raise $2000.
          A special thank you to Kristi Gartman, Gabrielle Bauer, Judi Hegerberg and Mrs. Z for all their work planning and serving the delicious food.   

Easter Celebrations
          For those of you looking for a place to celebrate Easter, Faith Lutheran Church invites you to join us on April 16th.  Faith will have Easter services at 8:00am and 10:30am.  Breakfast will be served between services beginning at 9:00am.  We look forward to seeing you!

Hot Lunch April
          Parents, a volunteer is needed for hot lunch this month on April 20th.  Please contact Sheila Lillo at 229-7901 if you are able to help. The menu for this month is pizza.

Open Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year.  

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Parent Connection March 27th

In the Shadows
          The sunshine sure has been wonderful these past three or four weeks, hasn’t it? The bright shiny days, a hint of warmth in the air, at least, in the late afternoon, could it be spring? The mornings have been pretty crisp and cold. The sun is beginning to win the battle against the left over snows of winter. Slowly, but surely, the sun’s strength is tearing away at the rock-hard snow and ice; and soon we will be seeing the greening of the grass and budding of the trees.
          But this is also the time of the year when we need to be careful of the shadows. On my way to school, I have to watch out for one particular spot. There is a walkway over Lake Otis Parkway right in front of Lake Otis Elementary School. At this time of the year, a sort of ice speed bump forms in the shadow of the walkway. The sun’s rays do not reach this area so the ice persists in the shadow. There are other places around town where this happens.
          We need the light of Jesus to shine on each of us. We need the “Son-light” to pierce our stony callused hearts to soften them and make them alive. We need to beware of the shadowed areas in our lives where the light has not fully penetrated, where we still have some icy speed bumps to our faith. May God continue to work in each of us to strengthen our faith and bring us safely into his eternal kingdom!

Report Cards
          Report cards were sent home on Friday.  If you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference, please contact your child’s teacher.  Report card envelopes need to be returned signed by the parent.


Spaghetti Fest
          On March 31st at 6:00pm PTF will be hosting a Spaghetti Fest.  We will have fun, games and of course spaghetti!  All proceeds from this will go to improve technology in our classrooms with smart boards.  The funds will be collected as a free will donation for the dinner and bake sale.  Please see the flyer for more information on how you can volunteer and RSVP.  You can also RSVP here:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa8aa28aaf85-spaghetti
          We need donations for the bake sale.  If you would like to donate a yummy treat, please let Sheila Lillo know. 

Soccer
          Soccer practice continues at APU, 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday.  Please note the date of the tournament has changed, again.
Tournament
March 30th – 4:00pm Lumen Christi

Spirit Week
          To cheer on the Husky soccer team there will be spirit week this week.
          Tuesday – Favorite Color Day
Wednesday - Comfy Day (PJs, sweats)
Thursday – School Color Day

Spelling and Geography Bees
          This week Olivia Zanto will participate in the state spelling bee and Caleb Lillo will participate in the state geography bee. 

Jr. Choir
          Jr. Choir will sing next on April 2nd at Kings of Kings.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00am to practice.  If you need a ride to Wasilla, please contact Mrs. Z.


Pennies for Patients
          Keep collecting your change.   Pennies for Patients drive began on March 1st and runs through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Change to Calendar
          On April 14th, Good Friday there will be no school.  Previously, school was scheduled for a noon dismissal.

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year. 

Kids’ Day at the Dena’ina

          Faith Lutheran School will be hosting a booth at Kids’ Day on April 15th.  The event runs 10:00 – 4:00pm and highlights programs for children in Anchorage.  We will need volunteers to help throughout the day. Please let Mrs. Z know if you can volunteer for an hour or two to help out at Faith’s Booth.  We also need plastic colored eggs for the craft which can be dropped off in the office or with Mrs. Z.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Parent Connection March 20th

National Debt
          Do you know how big the national debt is? Maybe it doesn’t make a difference to you but our country’s debt is fast approaching twenty trillion dollars! Your individual portion of that debt is about sixty-one thousand dollars. Interest is accruing at a rate of a little over fourteen thousand dollars a second. That adds up to about half a trillion dollars each year in just debt service. Experts wonder how long this can continue, how long can Congress continue to spend more than the government collects in taxes.
          There is another debt that each of us have contributed to, I’ll call it the universal debt. This debt is what we owe to God because of our sins. We each contribute to this debt because each of us sins daily. Imagine how fast this debt is growing as we continue to do things we know are wrong and continue to avoid the things that we know we should be doing. The end result of this debt is far more devastating than the national debt. This debt means that each of us deserve eternal punishment in hell.
          But take a closer look at this debt, in huge letters written in blood we read, “It is finished!” This debt has been paid in full in advance for us. Christ Jesus gave his life for ours. Now for all who believe his words and promises, there is an eternity in heaven waiting for us, God’s gift to us!

End of Third Quarter
          Report cards will be sent home on Friday.  If you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference, please contact your child’s teacher after report cards have been sent home.



Underwater Adventure
          Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents are invited to an underwater adventure on March 25th, 10:00 to noon.  Come enjoy crafts, activities, snacks and a devotion all focused on the wonderful world God created underwater.  Please contact Melissa Mittelstadt for more information or to help with event at FaithLutheranPreschoolAK@gmail.com.

Library Visit
The upper grades and kindergarten will be visiting the library on Friday.

Pennies for Patients
          Keep collecting your change.   Pennies for Patients drive began on March 1st and runs through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Students brought home more information and a box before break to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Alaska Junior Theater
          Kindergarten through the 4th grade will be attending Alaska Junior Theater’s production of “Creole for Kids” on March 23rd at 10:15.  Be sure to return your permission slips and send car seats. We will be taking the van.

Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice continues at APU, 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday.  The next soccer rally is this Friday, March 24th beginning at 4:00pm.  Please note the date of the tournament has changed.
Soccer Rally
March 24th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 30th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tournament
April 11th – Time and place TBA

Spaghetti Fest
          On March 31st at 6:00pm PTF will be hosting a Spaghetti Fest.  We will have fun, games and of course spaghetti!  All proceeds from this will go to improve the technology in our classrooms with smart boards.  The funds will be collected as a free will donation for the dinner and bake sale.  Please see the flyer for more information on how you can volunteer and RSVP.  You can also RSVP here:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa8aa28aaf85-spaghetti
          We need donations for the bake sale.  If you would like to donate a yummy treat, please let Sheila Lillo know. 

Change to Calendar
          On April 14th, Good Friday there will be no school.  Previously, school was scheduled for a noon dismissal.

Jr. Choir
          Jr. Choir will sing next on April 2nd at Kings of Kings.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00am to practice.

Open Enrollment
Enrollment for the 2017/2018 school year is now open.  Please enroll your student if he or she is returning next year so we can begin to prepare for the school year.  

March Birthdays
          God’s blessings on your birthday and throughout the year.
E. Robbert – March 21st
L. Klebs – March 22nd


Monday, March 6, 2017

Parent Connection March 6th

It’s a Long Race!
The first weekend in March in Alaska means one thing. It is the beginning of the “Last Great Race”, the Iditarod. I watched part of the TV coverage of the ceremonial start of the race on Saturday. As part of the coverage, they played some prerecorded interviews with several of the mushers. A common thread in many of the interviews was the unknown in this year’s race.
With the restart in Fairbanks this year there was much speculation about how the mushers would handle the bitter cold and the deep snow that they would be experiencing on this new route. One musher who was sitting this race out offered some advice, especially to the less experienced mushers. He said that they should not push their teams too hard in the early part of the race. He felt that if they push their teams hard through the extreme cold and breaking trail through the deep fresh snow that they might wind up getting to the coast with a team that is too beaten up to make it to Nome.
The writer to the Hebrews describes our life as “the race marked out for us.” There are many problems and hindrances that we may encounter on this race. We don’t know much about this race marked out for us. We do know what the destination is and we know that our Savior is our companion on this race. The writer also urges us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”. The racers on the Iditarod try to lighten their load by making sure they only take that which is absolutely necessary for their trip. What is necessary for us on our race?  Simply, we need faith in the promises of our loving God.

 Daylight Savings
          Remember to spring forward on Sunday, March 12th when daylight savings time begins. 

Spring Break
          Classes dismiss at noon this Friday, March 10th, no aftercare will be available.  There will be no school next week for Spring Break.  Classes resume on Monday, March 20th.

End of Third Quarter
          Friday marks the end of the third quarter of school.  Report cards will be sent home the week following spring break on March 24th.  If you would like to schedule a parent/teacher conference, please contact your child’s teacher after report cards have been sent home.

YMCA Visits
          This is the last week for YMCA visits.  The lower grades on Wednesday and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.

Pennies for Patients
          Keep collecting your change.   Pennies for Patients drive began on March 1st and runs through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Students brought home more information and a box last week to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Alaska Junior Theater
          Kindergarten through the 4th grade will be attending Alaska Junior Theater’s production of “Creole for Kids” on March 23rd at 10:15.  Be sure to return your permission slips by March 10th.


Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice continues at APU, 4:00-5:30pm on Tuesday.  The next soccer rally is this Thursday March 9th beginning at 4:00pm.   No practice during spring break.
Soccer Rally
March 9th – 4:00 – 8:00pm
March 24th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 30th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tournament
April 7th – 8th

Underwater Adventure
          Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents are invited to an underwater adventure on March 25th, 10:00 to noon.  Come enjoy crafts, activities, snacks and a devotion all focused on the wonderful world God created underwater.  Please contact Melissa Mittelstadt for more information or to help with event at FaithLutheranPreschoolAK@gmail.com.

Spaghetti Fest
          On March 31st at 6:00pm PTF will be hosting a Spaghetti Fest.  We will have fun, games and of course spaghetti!  All proceeds from this will go to improve the technology in our classrooms with smart boards.  The funds will be collected as a free will donation for the dinner and bake sale.  Please see the flyer for more information on how you can volunteer and RSVP.  You can also RSVP here:

Jr. Choir

          Jr. Choir will sing next on April 2nd at Kings of Kings.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Parent Connection February 27th

It’s Better to be Cautious…
          Over the weekend, we had some workers in the building patching some leftover nail and screw holes in preparation for some final painting that needs to be done. While they were working in my classroom, I asked the worker about a hole up in the corner that he seemed to be avoiding. He said that he would have to ask his supervisor about it. He pointed out that there were some loose wires in the hole and that he wasn’t going to mess with the hole because of a previous experience.  
          It seems that while working on an earlier job he was patching a similar hole and the wires had made contact with a ring he was wearing and the electricity in those wires knocked him off of the ladder he was on. Now he had set his mind on not messing around with any loose wires. He said he had learned his lesson.
          As we go through life, we have many lessons to learn. You have learned many of those lessons already. Some of these lessons are easy to learn and others can be learned in a painful way. As parents, we will want to help our children learn these lessons the easier way to save them from experiencing the painful lessons if possible. The greatest lessons our children need are those involving our relationship with our God because those lessons will last for eternity, as well as the consequences of not learning them.

YMCA Visits
          YMCA visits continue on Wednesday for the lower grades and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.


Pennies for Patients
          Start collecting your change.   Pennies for Patients drive will begin on March 1st and run through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Students brought home more information and a box today to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice begins today at APU, 4:00-5:30pm.  Practices will continue every Tuesday and Thursday.  The first soccer rally is this Friday March 3rd beginning at 4:00pm. 
Soccer Rally
March 3rd – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 9th – 4:00 – 8:00pm
March 24th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
March 30th – 4:00 – 7:00pm
Tournament
April 7th – 8th

Jr. Choir
          Thank you to the choir for singing at Faith yesterday.  Jr. Choir will sing next on April 2nd at Kings of Kings.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Spaghetti Fest

          Mark your calendars!  On March 31st at 6:00pm PTF will be hosting a Spaghetti Fest.  We will have fun, games and of course spaghetti!  All proceeds from this will go to improve the technology in our classrooms with smart boards.  All funds will be collected as a free will donation for the dinner and bake sale.  Next week we will have information how you can volunteer and RSVP.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Parent Connection February 21st

Perfect Penmanship
          One of the subjects that my students love to complain about is penmanship. Most of them have decent penmanship, a few have really outstanding handwriting skills. Some of them could do better if they wouldn’t try to rush through it and get it out of the way. To do a good job in their handwriting work all they have to do is follow the example in the book and duplicate it in their work.
          In somewhat the same way, God expects us to copy his example perfectly. He says,” Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father, is perfect.” Matthew 5:48. God is our Creator and as such He can demand that we obey his will. He has laid out his divine will for us to follow. We only have to follow his perfect will and duplicate his example in order to stay on his good side. The problem is that we don’t follow through on his will, nor are we able to do it. In fact from the moment we entered this world, we were a failure in respect to God’s will. And there is nothing we can do to change the fact that we failed.
          God knew the predicament we would be in even before he created all things. And he planned our redemption. He sent his own Son to do what we can’t do, live a perfect life. Then, he gave up his life to pay for our sins and remove our guilt. He rose from the grave to assure us that all is complete and heaven is God’s gift to all who believe.
          We may not have perfect penmanship but in God’s eyes, we are perfect!

YMCA Visits
          YMCA visits continue on Wednesday for the lower grades and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.

  
Jr. Choir
          Jr. Choir will sing on February 26th at Faith.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Pennies for Patients
          Start saving your change.   Pennies for Patients drive will begin on March 1st and run through March 31st.  Pennies for Patients benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Students will be sent home with more information and a box next week to collect their change in and bring back to school. 

Volleyball
          The Faith Lutheran Huskies volleyball team played well and with great team work during the tournament.   Our Huskies finished 3rd overall.  Congratulations to our team for playing their best and representing our school.

Soccer Practice
          Soccer practice begins today at APU, 4:00-5:30pm.  Practices will continue every Tuesday and Thursday.  The soccer tournament is scheduled for April 7th and 8th.  Games will be announced as soon as they are scheduled.

Library Visit
          Mr. Z’s class will be visiting the library on Friday, February 24th.  The class will also be going out for lunch.  Please bring books and money for lunch.

February Birthdays
          We missed a few birthdays this month.  May God richly bless you in the coming year.
Olivia Z – February 6th
Elijah E – February 10th
Casen K – February 13th

Supporting Faith Lutheran School
          Want an easy way to support our school?  Collect BoxTops and turn them in to your child’s teacher.  FLS has received over $500 dollars in the last year just from box tops!  Mrs. Z will be submitting this quarter’s BoxTops soon.  Please turn them in by February 22nd.  You can keep collecting and turn them in for the next quarter as well.

          FLS is also a member of the Kroger (Fred Meyer) rewards program.  All you have to do is log in to your Fred Meyer rewards account and link it with FLS.  When you purchase a product on their rewards list, we get a percentage.  It is that easy!  Encourage your friends and family to support us as well.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Parent Connection February 13th

Be Self-Controlled
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
I Peter 5:8-9.
If you were a news reporter, what kind of news would be your ideal upon which to report? The trend seems to be toward the most shocking, the most worrisome, and the most sensational. Whether your medium is television, radio, or print you need to grab your audience’s attention. So it seems that every story becomes the most sensational and the most important thing that is happening.
Is that what Peter is doing here? Is he taking some minor problem and blowing it all out of proportion?
I would say that the answer to that question is “No!” Peter is warning us about a real and present danger, our enemy, the devil. This is our greatest enemy and he has one goal-to destroy our faith and trust in God. He may present himself to us like a small little kitty, innocent and harmless, but he is anything but innocent and harmless! He is that lion, always ready to pounce and devour.
But Peter reminds us that we can resist this enemy, we must. We can do this by standing firm in the faith, only in Christ. Our Lord will be with us as he is with all of his children around the world who are under attack from this enemy. Never underestimate the enemy and never discount the importance of our Savior’s strength.

YMCA Visits
          YMCA visits continue on Wednesday for the lower grades and Thursday for the upper grades.  Send a towel and car seat, if needed.

Early Dismissal and President’s Day
          School will dismiss at noon on Friday, February 17th for teacher in service. In honor of President’s Day there will be no school on Monday, February 20th.

Hot Lunch
          Hot Lunch is this Thursday.  On the menu is chicken nuggets, fries, oranges, carrots and celery.  Please complete the attached slip and return by Wednesday.  Parents you are welcome to join us.

Jr. Choir
          Jr. Choir will sing on February 26th at Faith.  Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.

Supporting Faith Lutheran School
          Want an easy way to support our school?  Collect BoxTops and turn them in to your child’s teacher.  FLS has received over $500 dollars in the last year just from box tops!  Mrs. Z will be submitting this quarter’s BoxTops soon.  Please turn them in by February 22nd.  You can keep collecting and turn them in for the next quarter as well.
          FLS is also a member of the Kroger (Fred Meyer) rewards program.  All you have to do is log in to your Fred Meyer rewards account and link it with FLS.  When you purchase a product on their rewards list, we get a percentage.  It is that easy!  Encourage your friends and family to support us as well.

Volleyball Practice and Tournament
          Volleyball practice continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 at APU. The volleyball tournament begins this Friday at Lumen Christi.  Faith’s first game is at 4:00pm on Friday. 
Spirit Week
To cheer on our volleyball team for their tournament.
Week of February 13th – 17th
Tuesday: Valentine’s Day
Wednesday: Black & White
Thursday:  Luau Day
Friday:  Teal & Gold
If you are not participating in the spirit days, wear your uniform on regular uniform days.