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OUR REDEEMER LUTHERAN PRESCHOOL JUNE NEWSLETTER
A New Call
I have been in the educational field for about thirty-eight years, as a high school teacher, a middle school teacher, and for the last thirty-three years at Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool as a preschool teacher and school director. Though I enjoyed my job of teaching high school and middle school, I believe I was called by God to the ministry at Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool. This season of my life and my call to Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool ministry has come to a close.
Becoming a grandparent is another season of life; it’s also a God-given call. My husband, Reid, and I have two beautiful ten-year-old grandchildren, Hailey and Joel, to whom we had the privilege to provide childcare for a couple years before they entered Kindergarten. We have enjoyed them so much at each and every stage. We have again been blessed with a new granddaughter, Olivia, and look forward to taking full advantage of the awesome opportunity to influence another child in our family as we become her caregivers when her parents are working.
My retirement will allow us to become even more connected, emotionally engaged, and personally involved in our children’s and grandchildren’s lives. We believe that our time investment in our grandchildren lives is one of the best investment opportunities we will ever have, because it will pay off in significant ways for us and prayerfully for them as well.
Though I look forward to my retirement, it is indeed bittersweet. The friendships I have with other members of the staff and school families will be something I will always cherish. I love you all and will miss you very much.
Love, Patti Smith
“Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.” Mary H. Waldrip
DATES TO REMEMBER
FATHER’S DAY DONUTS FOR DADS
We look forward to honoring our fathers with a Father’s Day “DONUTS FOR DADS DAY” on Friday, June 15th from 8:00AM to 9:00 AM at the preschool. The dads are welcome to spend some time playing with their children on the school playground.
SCHOOL MINISTRY RECOGNITION
Please plan on joining us for worship on Sunday, June 10th at the 9:30 AM church service. The teachers and aides will be recognized for their hard work in educating and caring for your children. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best early childhood education and loving care to our students. The school children will sing praises to the Lord during the church service.
Our Redeemer Lutheran School will proudly present the graduating Preschool class of 2016 on Thursday, June 21st at 6:30 PM at our Preschool Graduation. We are very proud of each and every graduating Preschooler. Many of our Preschool students have been with us since they were very little and it will be very hard for us to say “good-bye” as they graduate and leave our school. Please join us at our Preschool Graduation as we congratulate our Preschool Graduates on their accomplishments and graduation. Our hats are off to our Preschool Graduating Class of 2018.
EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Have you checked out a book from Our Redeemer’s Parent Library located in the school office? What a great resource it is for Christian parenting books, marriage and relationship Christian encouragement, and even children and family videos. Please take advantage of this resource! To check out a video you simply write your name and the video name and the date you checked it out on the form posted on the side of the book shelf. If you wish to check out a book fill out the form on the clipboard that is on the shelf. Please remember to return the books or videos in a timely manner so others may enjoy them as well. Thank you!
All SCHOOL PICNIC
We will have our end of the school year “All Student School Picnic” right here on campus. We will be serving a kid-friendly meal of pizza for the main course. Fruit and dessert will be served. All children will be charged either a lunch ticket or $3.75 for their lunch. All students are welcome to join us for this special day. If your child doesn’t have a hot lunch ticket, please pay for their lunch in advance in the office.
THE LAZY CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER
Summer Camp begins, Monday, July 2nd. If you want your child to attend our fun summer program and have not yet registered them please do so immediately so that they can be placed in the appropriate class. We have planned a summer day camp filled with lots of fun activities and a scheduled academic review time for the children to help them keep their academic skills sharp! Daily academic review is critical for children not to forget over the summer what they worked so hard to learn during the school year. We will have water plan or swim in our rubber pools or slip and slide fun on Tuesdays and Fridays. Fun themes and daily crafts will make our camp program exciting as well as educational and fun. Campers will also enjoy many cooking experiences during the summer. Don’t let your child be bored at home without playmates and activities planned for them. Have him join us for daily fun-filled activities and academic review.
2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
If your child is planning on returning for the 2017-2018 School Year and you have not registered him, please do so! Open Enrollment is well underway and class space has been reserved for only those students who have turned in their registration forms and fees. Don’t delay, save your child’s space! We hope to see you in September! If you know someone looking for a great preschool please share our school with them.
I have heard many parents say that they wished that children came with Instruction Manuals! When my husband and I were raising our children we too sometimes wished we had a Parenting Instruction Manual. But the truth is we have been given the best Parenting Instruction Manual ever in the Bible. Many people think that the stories in the Bible, especially the stories of the Old Testament, are not relevant for us today. But they truly are! There are many opportunities for us to learn from the Old Testament stories and if we think in terms of God being our Heavenly Father there are lots of great examples of perfect parenting.
Have you ever had a day when your children simply did not listen? Do you ever find yourself repeating the same direction over and over to your children? God also gave His children, the Israelites, directions to follow and warned them of the consequences they would face if they continued in their disobedience. As parents, we do that too when our children are disobedient. But how many parents actually consistently follow through with the consequences we warned our children about?
God follows through with His consequences and as parents we should, too. Parents need to be consistent when parenting their children. Children need to know that there are consequences for their negative behaviors. That being said, we need to follow God’s example in parenting to make sure our children know that though there are consequences for negative behavior our love is constant and unconditional.
Parenting can at times be frustrating for sure! But we can always talk to God in prayer and ask for patience and guidance. God knows the trials of parenthood for he has experienced them with His own children. There is not any struggle of parenthood that you may go through that our Heavenly Father doesn’t understand.
God gives us the perfect parenting model. God believes in us and our potential. He is in our corner and will not stop cheering us on in our endeavor to be the best we can be. Be in your kids' corner too, cheering them on. They will know that they can always count on us for guidance and they can turn to us for unconditional love. There isn't anything more important we can give them.
In Christian Love,
May 11th is our annual Mother’s Day Tea from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. We encourage all mothers to make arrangements to spend the hour with your child at our Mother’s Day Tea. An assortment of refreshments will be served to you and your child. You deserve the recognition and your child is looking forward to sharing the time with you. We love our mothers!
Donuts for Dads Day
Calling all fathers to our “Donuts for Dads Day” on June 15th. Please mark your calendar and make arrangements to join us for donuts with your little darlings from 8:30AM until 9:30 AM. Enjoy a delicious donut, coffee, juice, and fruit with your child at preschool.
On June 21st at 6:30 PM our Pre-Kindergarten students will receive their preschool diplomas during their graduation ceremony. We are very proud of their hard work and academic accomplishments under the direction of their teachers, Ms. Kayde Landeros and Mrs. Season Eng. Many of our Pre-Kindergarten students have been part of Our Redeemer Lutheran School family since they were very little. We are so proud of them and we are going to miss them. Even if your child is not graduating from Pre-Kindergarten, please plan on joining us for this celebration. May Jesus bless our graduating students.
June 22nd is the last day of the school year. We invite all of our students to join us for our end of the year picnic right here on campus. Students will be charged a hot lunch ticket of $3.75 for lunch. We will enjoy a yummy lunch and say good-bye to those who will be graduating. We are so glad to have met you all and will hold you dear to our hearts. Visit us often! If your child is returning next year make sure you have filled out the new registration form and paid the registration fee to save his/her space in the appropriate class.
Full-time and flex students may sign up for the EDP week, June 25th through June 29th to ensure a space. There is no extra charge for these days for full and flex students as this fee has already been factored into your yearly tuition. We will not be able to accommodate students who come half days. Remember summer camp begins Monday, July 2nd We will be closed July 4th. Please make sure to sign up early. Space is limited! Review of curriculum will be done daily and many fun activities are being planned for a summer of fun!