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Wrapped Up in a Manger

Christmas gift wrapping is one of my least favorite holiday chores but the presentation of gifts is important so I take time to carefully wrap each gift in beautiful paper with coordinating bows and name tags. Though I am willing to spend almost any amount to purchase the right gift for our others, I hate wasting money on bows and wrapping paper that will be quickly ripped open and discarded. As the Christmas gifts are torn open each year I am known to yell out, “Keep the bows. I will use them next year.”

This makes me think of our greatest Christmas gift and its wrapping presentation. Our greatest Christmas gift is the gift of our salvation, which was wrapped in human flesh and laid in a lowly manger. God’s plan to humble himself by coming to earth as a tiny baby was not by accident but by divine design. Because God came to earth as Baby Jesus and lived a human life, experiencing human problems, heartaches, betrayal and ultimately death, we can be assured that He truly understands our daily trials. Jesus came to live a perfect life and die on the cross in our place, conquering death when He rose from the dead on Easter morning. All who have faith in Jesus receive mercy and forgiveness instead of punishment for their sins.

This Christmas as you and your family unwrap your gifts do not forget that Christmas isn’t about the gifts that you have under the tree. Just like the wrapping paper that often gets shredded and thrown away, all those things will be gone one day. May your Christmas be filled with the joy and peace that comes from knowing Jesus, God’s plan for your eternal salvation and your most precious Christmas gift of all!

Merry Christmas,

Patti Smith




December 1st ~ Santa Claus is coming to town and to Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool to have photos taken with the children. All children are invited to come to school on Friday, December 1st  to visit with Santa, sit on his lap and give Santa his wish list, and have their photo taken with him. The classes will visit Santa with their teacher. Picture ordering packets will be sent home.


Week of December 6th~Cookie Dough will be delivered. All fundraising orders need to be picked up by 6:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS! We cannot store your product.


December 13th ~School Christmas Program at 6:15 p.m. Children must be picked up from school no later than 5:45 p.m so the teachers may get ready for the program. All children need to be at the church by 6:00 p.m. NO LATER! WE NEED EVERYONE HERE!! Please sign up to help provide cookies for the reception following the program.


December 15th Class Christmas Parties (Please sign up to provide goodies.) All children are invited to their class party.


December 25th and January 1st  ~ SCHOOL IS CLOSED!

December 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th    ~ Extended Day Care for flex and full-time students only- Half day children do not attend during this time.

January 2nd -School Resumes



Selling Cookie Dough Earned Us $$ Dough $$

Yum! What a dough-licious way to earn money for our school! All your purchases will help us in our efforts to make improvements and purchase new educational supplies. REMEMBER…ALL ORDERS WILL BE DELIVERED DECEMBER 6th and MUST BE PICKED UP BY 6:00 P.M. ~ No exceptions, as we do not have refrigeration for everyone’s orders. Thanks to all the families who participated in this fundraiser!! 


Compliments to the Chefs

A special thank you goes to those who helped cook and serve our school’s Thanksgiving feast. Our tables were graced with some mighty hungry Pilgrims, Indians and a few little turkeys! All the little Pilgrims and Indians went “Gobble, gobble” at our Thanksgiving Feast!!


School Christmas Program

On Wednesday evening, December 13th, at 6:15 p.m., the school children will be presenting the Christmas message to their family and friends at their Christmas Program. The children have all worked very hard at learning new Christmas songs and their roles for the Christmas Program. Please make a point to set this evening aside and plan on attending. It is important to allow your children an opportunity to share the Christmas story with their family by telling others “The Good News” of Jesus’ birth through their presentation.  Precious memories will be created that evening!  Invite your family and friends to share in this memorable evening.  This is a special evening so your children are invited to wear their Christmas outfits.  Some children will be wearing costumes which will be supplied by us.  We will let you know if your child will be wearing a costume that evening.  Please pick up your child from school no later than 5:30 p.m.! The afternoon staff also needs to get ready for the program at 6:00 p.m. so we cannot watch your child until 6:00 p.m. Please have your child at church no later than 6:00 p.m. so that we can begin on time.  We need everyone!! Please also sign up to help provide Christmas cookies for the evening’s refreshments. Thank you!

Angel Christmas Tree

Please select a child’s name from the Angel Christmas Tree in the office if you wish to make a needy child’s Christmas a little brighter.  Each angel has a child’s name and age written on it to help you in selecting a Christmas gift that they would enjoy.  What a great way to teach your child how to share their blessings with others less fortunate.  The gift you purchase will make some child very happy and will help teach your child how to give to others who are less fortunate.  Thank you!


Class Christmas Parties

All classes will be having a birthday party for Jesus on Friday, December 15th. I encourage all parents to sign up to bring something for your child’s party. If your child does not normally attend on Fridays, please bring him or her to school for their class party. Your child’s teacher will be able to tell you the time the class will be having their party, so that you can make arrangements to pick your child up when it is over.


Christmas Church Services and Sunday School

We welcome all school families to join in worshiping with us at one of the church services here at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.  Services are as follows:  Christmas Eve services are at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Christmas morning service is at 9:30 am. We also wish to invite you to worship with us on Sunday mornings at either the 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., or 10:45 a.m. church services if you do not have a church home. Sunday School resumes on January 8th at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School is held in our school classrooms.  A wonderful, fun program is offered which will give your child a firm Christian foundation.  Invite your children’s friends to come as well. Start the New Year with Jesus at the helm! 





Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow

It is that season again, when we’re reminded to be thankful and to express our gratitude to God from whom all blessing flow. God has told us, “In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Th. 5:18). Even though we know it’s God’s will, for most of us, a reminder is a good thing, because in the midst of our busy lives, we often forget to be grateful for our many blessings.

During the month of November the teachers teach the Bible story of the ten men with leprosy that Jesus healed. They cried out to Jesus as He was passing by begging for mercy and to be healed. Jesus healed all ten but only one returned and gave thanks to Jesus.

Do we act like the nine who were healed but forget to give thanks and praise to God when we receive answers to our prayers? Sometimes we can take for granted what God does in our lives. We need to have the same thankful attitude that the one man had when he saw that he had been healed. He didn't hesitate to give thanks to Jesus - but praised and worshiped Him. There is so much in our own lives to be thankful for. All we need to do is look around and see how God has blessed us. God has poured out His blessings in abundance. May we indeed have thankful hearts, and live in an attitude of thanksgiving every day.

I hope your Thanksgiving is blessed with gratefulness and with thanks giving.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Patti Smith


Our school will be helping the church fill Thanksgiving Food Baskets for families who may not have a Thanksgiving dinner without our help. The students may bring can food items to school as an offering on chapel days, or any day before Thanksgiving, to help in this effort. Parents will be teaching their children an important lesson as they share the gifts the Lord has provided their family. Read John 6: 1-16 to your child. A young boy in this Bible story had no problem turning all his food, little though it was, over to Jesus. Jesus feed a multitude of people with one small boy’s lunch. He will do wonderful things with your child’s food offering too!


October 31st 9:30 AM~HALLOWEEN PARADE and CLASS PARTIES. Please sign up to help provide goodies for your child’s party.

Sign up to help provide treats for your child’s party, please!

Children wear their costumes to school.  NO EVIL or FRIGHTENING COSTUMES, NO TOY WEAPONS! Make sure to send school clothes for your child to change into.

November 3rd  - Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser Ends. Orders and money due!

November 3rd- Cabrillo Marine Assembly

November 6th – Los Angeles Troupe Fire Assembly 11:00 PM

November 9th- Story Time with the Statue of Liberty

November 10th-SCHOOL IS CLOSED for Veteran’s Day!

November 17th -School Thanksgiving Feast! The children will dress as Pilgrims, Indians and Turkeys! If you are able to help cook or serve the Thanksgiving meal please talk to Patti. All children will enjoy the meal. A lunch ticket will be punched or you will be billed.

November 22nd _ 7:00 PM ~Thanksgiving service at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

November 23rd and 24th ~ SCHOOL IS CLOSED!

December 1st- Santa Pictures 9:00 am.


December 6th ~ Fundraiser Items Delivered ~ Please make arrangements to pick up your order that day as we cannot store your products.


Our Redeemer’s Trunk or Treat evening was lots of fun for everyone! Thank you to all the church members and school families who helped us with this very fun family event. The cars that were decorated for the Trunk or Treating were so clever! Thanks to all those who decorated their cars and passed out candy, helped to run the games, sold tickets, provided goodies for the door prize baskets, cooked the meal and served it! We cannot thank you enough! 


Thanks to all the families who bought and sold fundraiser items. The Fundraiser was a success! The cookie dough and other items will be delivered December 6th. Please be sure to pick up your order on time. We cannot refrigerate or store your orders.


At the end of this month a small Christmas tree will go up in the office. School families may select a child’s name from the Angel Christmas Tree if they wish to make a needy child’s Christmas a little brighter. The gifts that are purchased will make some little child very happy and will help teach our students how to give to others. To participate simply choose an angel from the tree, write our name on the back of one of the angels and put that angel in the basket by the tree. The duplicate angel will be used as the gift tag when you wrap your gift. You will make some little child very happy! Thank You!


Santa Claus will visit December 1st. All children will get to visit with Santa and give him their wish list. Photos should arrive in time to make cards or to give as gifts.


December 13th ~ School Christmas Program at 6:15 p.m. All students will participate in presenting a special message to their families and friends.  Please mark your calendar and plan on attending. We need all children present for this special event.

December 15th ~Class Christmas parties~ All students are invited to come for their class Christmas party! Please sign up to help provide goodies for your child’s party.

School Closed, December 25th and January 1st

December 18th,19th. 20th, 21st, 22nd,26th, 27th, 28th, 29th ~ Extended Daycare Program,)

EDP is for working parents of the flex and full-time students only.  The daycare charges have already been included in your child’s tuition fees for the year. Half-day students are not included in EDP as their tuition rate does not include the fees for EDP. Half-day students will not attend during Extended Daycare Days.

January 2nd School Resumes


Seasons of Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" NIV

Just as seasons bring with them changes of weather, season of our lives also brings changes. Living in California the difference in seasons is less obvious but there are subtle changes that can be observed as the seasons change. God knew what he was doing when he created season in nature and seasons in our lives. The earth needs different seasons and we also need the new seasons God brings into our lives.

Summer is a season of warm weather and relaxation. God gives us spiritual summers when our lives are calm, relaxed, and peaceful. Though we all love these times in our lives it seems like these times can make us spiritually complacent and bring very little spiritual growth.

The season of fall brings with it cooler weather and beautiful, falling autumn leaves. The fall seasons of our lives might include the changing of schools, moving to a new home, or a new job. Sometimes these changes in our lives create uncertainty and even anxiety. But knowing that God is always with us can reassure us as we navigate into uncharted territory.

As the season of winter comes, the weather often seems dreary. But winter is the nature’s restful period in preparation for the season of spring. God also gives us spiritual winters of rest as a way of preparing us for new beginnings we will experience.

Through all seasons of our life let us remember that God is always with us and He is in control. God’s love remains constant through all the seasons of our life and with every season comes new blessing.

In His Service, Patti Smith

Friday, October 27, 5:30PM- 8:30 PM

Join in the fun! Bring your child dressed in costume for trick/trunk or treating and stay for dinner and fun! There will be a bouncer and other fun activities. Please sign up to decorate your car’s trunk and pass out candy. We also need volunteers to help run the games. Fun for all!!!


Please do not allow your child to attempt to operate the school security door. Children then hang on the door handle which will result in the malfunction of the security system!

Kids Say Soccer Class is a “Ball!”

Thursday mornings are especially fun for all those who have signed up for A. P. Soccer Academy. The students are taught soccer skills through fun drills. Any child three and older would truly enjoy this class!  If your child has not been enrolled in A. P. Soccer Academy but wishes to join the class you may find enrollment forms in the school office!

Kids Have “Happy Feet” and Flip for the Gymnastics/Dance Class!!

Excitement fills the air on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am when our Jubilee Dance/Gymnastics class meets! Enrollment is on a monthly basis so why not let your child give it a try! The class will present dance recital later in the school year.

Making $$Dough$$ by Selling Dough!

Coming soon…A fundraiser that everyone will love! Beginning October 2nd we will be selling frozen cookie dough (and many other goodies) to earn $$ dough $$ for our preschool.  With the fundraising profits we will purchase educational games and equipment to enhance our school’s programs.  Who doesn’t love fresh baked cookies without all the fuss and muss of shopping, measuring and mixing the dough!  Please support our fundraising efforts!  Doughn’t forget to sell to all your family and friends!

Halloween Parties and School Parade

Our Redeemer Lutheran Preschool will be having its annual Halloween parade and class parties on Tuesday, October 31st.  Children are to wear their costumes to school for the 9:30 AM school parade.  Please be sure to send school clothes for your child to change into after the parade.  Please note that we do not allow evil or frightening costumes or any type of weapon to be carried or attached to their costumes.  We ask that no masks be worn so that children can see where they are walking.  Parents and family friends are invited to come at 9:30 AM to see our students’ parade around the school courtyard in their costumes.  Your children will we be having a class party that day as well.  Please sign up to bring something for your child’s class party.      You are welcome to stay for your child’s Halloween class party.

Signing In and Out Policy

PLEASE be cautious when signing your child in and out. Your child’s sign-in sheet is the page after their name tab in the sign-in book.  Check the name at the top of the page to make sure that you are signing your name on your child’s sign-in sheet before signing your child in or out.  REMEMBER your full first and last name and time is required when signing your child in and out.  Signatures must also be legible! These rules are Social Service regulations which we must abide by. You may face a $150.00 a day fine per offense, imposed by Social Services, if they visit our school and find your child’s sign-in sheet is not in compliance with state regulations.  Please DO NO allow your child to write on the sign-in sheets.  Additionally, we will only release your child to those who you have agreed may pick up your child and whom you have listed on your child’s paperwork.  They must be at least eighteen years of age.  Identifications will be checked prior to releasing your child to anyone we do not know.

Share Your Occupation, Hobby or Talent

We invite you to share your occupation, hobby or talent with our students. Firefighters, Police Officers, Doctors, Nurses, Veterinarians, Paramedics, and Chefs are just some of the professions which the children of our school would love to learn more about.  If you have an interesting hobby the children would love to for you to visit to hear about it.

School Calendar

Mark your home calendar with the important school dates!! The yearly School Calendar has been sent home. Please note that we are closed, Veteran’s Day, November 10th. We are also closed November 23rd and November 24th for Thanksgiving Holiday. Our Christmas Program is December 13th at 6:15 PM. If any dates are changed throughout the year a notice will be sent home.  Please read all notices that are sent home.

Student Files

All student files must be complete! IT IS THE LAW! If you do not have all your paperwork, including your child’s physician’s form turned in (after 30 days of enrollment), you will be asked to keep your child home until you have all the required forms turned in. This is for the health and safety of all of our students. Remember… the new California law requires all children to be immunized and their immunizations need to be up to date.

Nap Sheets

Nappers need a twin-size fitted sheet and another sheet or small blanket to cover with. No large pillows please! These must be brought to school is a zippered bag that closes. The nap bag needs to be labeled with your child’s name. All nap sheets need to be washed weekly.

Earthquake Kits

Please remember to turn in your child’s Earthquake Kit immediately to your child’s teacher if you have not already done so.  If your child had an Earthquake Kit from last year it will need to be replaced so that the food items are not past their expiration date.  If you wish to see a sample Earthquake Kit, please ask your child’s teacher to show you one of the kits that have already been turned in. Thank you!

Dress Code for School

For safety reasons, flip-flops, open-toed shoes, crocks, clogs and cowboy boots are not permitted to be worn to school.  Tennis shoes are the most appropriate school shoe.  All children must wear socks.  Dress your child comfortably and be mindful of clothing that is difficult to remove when using the restroom.  Children have trouble getting belts unfastened and pants unzipped fast enough so as not to have accidents... (Reminder- and extra change of clothing should be in your child’s cubby.) A sweater or sweatshirt will soon be needed in the mornings and late afternoons.  Please leave one in your child’s cubby.  Please also make sure your child has a change of clothing in his cubby in case of a spill or accident. If your child is recently potty-trained a few sets of underwear should be left in his cubby. All extra clothing and jackets should be labeled with your child’s name.

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to decorate their car’s trunk and pass out candy for our first ever Trunk or Treating evening, October 27th from 5:30 PM-8:00 PM. Dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, and drinks can be purchased. There will also be a Bounce House and games to play with tickets purchased that evening! Plan on joining us for an evening of fun.