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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

Advent is the season that begins the liturgical (church) year. It consists of four Sundays starting with today. The word advent is derived from the Latin adventus, which means "coming" or "arrival." For Christians, Advent is the time when the church patiently prepares for the coming of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.  Click here for more ideas on family Advent preparation. You can also access free Advent devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool students are preparing to share with you the Gospel message of the birth of our Savior.  We hope you will join us on December 10 at 5 p.m.We have a SignUpGenius started if you would like to bring a case of water or cookies.  Each day for the next two weeks the children will spend their music time in the church practicing.

Worship here at Abiding Savior this Advent Season. Services are Wednesday, November 30, December 7, 14, and 21 at 6:00 p.m.  This coming Wednesday, November 30, following the Advent Service, we will hold our first Christmas Tree Lighting on the patio.  The tree will be up throughout the Christmas season for all to enjoy!

December 19-22, we will be offering Christmas Camp. Space is limited and will be determined on a first-come-first-serve basis upon receiving your completed registration form. We will have limited classrooms open, so children from different classes will be mixed. Our hours will be 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Click here for our Christmas Camp enrollment form.

Grace and Peace,
Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story:  God Has a Plan for Salvation  The Savior is Coming! (Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7)  Discovery Points: Law:  Because of sin, we need a Savior.  Gospel:  God loved the world so much that He gave His Son to save us from the punishment of our sins.  All along, God knew what needed to be done.  Sanctification:  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can trust that our caring God always knows what we need.  We rejoice that our Savior was born!  Bible Words:  “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”  Luke 1:47 

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 269-271.

Dear Family: This week we talked about Jesus’ birth! Read about the angels praising God. The story is in your Bible in Luke 2:8–14. We, too, can praise God for sending Jesus to be our Savior.

What other reasons do you have for praising God? How many can you name? Let your child choose a Jesus song to sing this week. Make homemade rhythm instruments to play as you sing. Thank God for sending Jesus at Christmas to be our Savior.

Our chapel offerings will go toward the Grantparent Program.  The purpose of the Grantparent Program is to provide tuition assistance to students in urban communities so that they can receive an excellent Christian and academic education.​  Many children living in urban communities need to hear the Good News of Jesus in a safe, nurturing environment, but they can't afford tuition to attend a Lutheran school.
Upcoming Dates
*Each Wednesday morning join our Parents in Prayer Group in the courtyard at 8:15 a.m.

Join us each Thursday for coffee and fellowship in the Gathering Grounds

November 27 - December 18 Christmas Family Fellowship
Sign up here: fcf.aslc.church


What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and year-end giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. Contributions to Giving Tuesday will help with much-needed improvements in our school & preschool. Is my gift tax-deductible? Yes! Your donation to Abiding Savior is tax-deductible, making #GivingTuesday a great time for year-end giving or a recurring gift to our school. Would you prayerfully consider giving? We hope you will partner with us to ‘Unleash Generosity’ this Giving Tuesday! Your gift, no matter the size, makes a difference in the life of our students. Click here to support Abiding Savior Lutheran School & Preschool.  Give a Gift, be a Blessing!

November 29 - Sees Candy Orders are Due

December 10 - Preschool Christmas Program 5 p.m.
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Arrival and Departure
We ask that children arrive by 8:45 am at the very latest. It is difficult for the child when he/she is dropped off after the structured part of the class has begun, and it is disruptive for the teacher and the other children.
Children attending "Full-Day" Preschool may arrive between 7:00 and 8:45 am and be picked up any time between 2:50 and 6:00 pm or alternate closing time. After 6:00 pm or alternate closing time, late fees apply and are billed via FACTS:
1-5 Minutes beyond 6:00 p.m. or alternate closing time = $10.00
6-10 Minutes beyond 6:00 p.m. or alternate closing time = $20.00
11-15 Minutes beyond 6:00 p.m. or alternate closing time = $30.00
16-20 Minutes beyond 6:00 p.m. or alternate closing time = $40.00
21-25 Minutes beyond 6:00 p.m. or alternate closing time = $50.00
26-30 Minutes beyond 6:00 p.m. or alternate closing time = $60.00
31 + Minutes beyond 6:00 p.m. or alternate closing time = $75.00
Children attending "Half-Day" may arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 am and be picked up between 11:15 and 11:30 am. Children attending "School-Day" may arrive between 8:30 am and 8:45 am and be picked up between 2:50 and 3:00 pm. Children picked up after the time of their designated program will be billed an hourly fee of $14. Preschool students with siblings at Abiding Savior Elementary School may arrive at 8:15 am at no additional charge. Between 8:20 – 8:25 am, the students who have before-school care are transitioning into their regularclassrooms, so please do not arrive during this time. The classroom doors open at 8:25. Please wait outside the classroom door until it is opened by the teacher to signal that they are ready to greet their class for the day.
Do not leave your child on the playground unattended or inside the preschool without your teacher's knowledge. Unattended siblings should not be left in vehicles at any time. Siblings must remain within arm's reach of a parent and may not participate in playground or classroom activities.
We realize some situations or circumstances occur beyond your control, but please make every effort to be on time. Being timely sends your child a message that you care. Please get in touch with the preschool office to advise us of situations so we can relay the message to your child's teacher and, more importantly, your child.
When it is apparent a parent is running late, the teacher in charge will call all numbers in the order you specify. If your child has not been picked up by 6:45 pm, if we haven't heard from you and can't get in touch with anyone on your child's emergency list, we will call the Orange County Sheriff's Department and release your child to their custody.
Repeated late pickups may be cause for asking you to withdraw your child. Please notify the preschool office if your child will be absent for the day. 
(See also Traffic Flow and Parking.)

2022-2023 Parent Handbook

Extra Curricular Activities

We offer several enrichment programs for your child. There is limited space in each class and a minimum number of participants required to offer the class.  

  • Amazing Athletes – This is a sports and fitness class offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30-12:15.
  • Showtime Dance – This is a dance program which includes Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Jazz. Dance is offered Monday for Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Rivers' classes; Monday for boy's hip hop;Thursday and Fridays for all other classes from 11:30-12:15.
Parenting Tip from Conscious Discipline

How can I say “no” and be heard?
In its simplest terms, saying “no” and being heard is called “assertiveness.” It is a key skill that both adults and children must cultivate in order to develop healthy relationships. Assertive commands focus on what you want to have happen, give clear information about what to do, and are given in a tone of voice that says “just do it.” Conscious Discipline (educators) and Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline (parents) spend ample time focusing on the skill of assertiveness. The following tips from these publications will get you started:

Focus on What To Do: When you are upset, you are always focused on what you don’t want. Use active calming techniques to regain your composure as necessary, and then shift your focus away from what’s wrong. Instead, focus on what you want to have happen. Have you ever heard an Olympic athlete visualize “not losing?” No! They focus on diving their cleanest dive or running their fastest race in order to achieve their goal. You must do the same with your goal is to paint a picture with your words and gestures of exactly what you want the child to do.

“Don’t you dare touch anything in this store” focuses on what you don’t want (don’t touch). Pivot and reframe it in the positive, “Keep your hands in your pockets.” All assertive commands give usable information. “Don’t ____” is not usable information because it doesn’t tell what to do. “Don’t hit your brother” becomes: “When you want your brother to move say, “move please.”

Give the Command Assertively: There are three tones of voice we use when we communicate: passive, aggressive and assertive.

A passive approach says, “Approve of me, love me, is it okay with you if___.” A passive approach does not engender respect or compliance, so a passive person often resorts to manipulation or ‘going through the back door’ to get their needs met. Passive communication is not effective communication.

An aggressive approach says, “I am right and you are wrong, no matter what.” It often includes threats, blame, severe consequences or “you” statements that are focused solely on the other person. An aggressive approach invites a defensive response and engenders fear. Aggressive communication is not effective communication.

An assertive approach says, “Do this,” in a clear and respectful manner with a voice of no doubt. With children, follow these steps to deliver an assertive command:

Establish eye contact by approaching the child, getting down on his/her level and moving closer until he/she notices you. For easily distracted children, you may need to get as close as six inches.
Verbally tell the child what you want him/her to do. State your expectations clearly and simply. Be certain that the statement is formulated in the positive… focus on what you want them to do and paint a clear picture with your words. “Hold my hand so you are safe when we cross the street.” “Give me the scissors. They are sharp and could cut you.” “Use a quiet voice while we are in the museum.” “Pick up the markers and put them in the shoe box.”
Give visual, auditory and tactile cues as often as possible. Demonstrate a gentle touch, gesture in the direction you wish the child to move, practice what a soft voice sounds like, etc.
Send the nonverbal message “just do it” with the tone of your voice and with your nonverbal stance as you give the command. If your nonverbal cues are passive, your child may easily refuse. If your nonverbal cues are aggressive, your child will resist in self-defense. When nonverbal and verbal communication both say, “Just do it,” you let the child know your command has meaning.
Celebrate your child’s success. The minute the child begins to show any degree of compliance, jump in with praise. Even if s/he wasn’t really going to comply, s/he likely will comply once you begin to praise him/her. “Good for you,” “You did it,” and “way to go” followed by a description of the child’s action are great ways to celebrate them without judging. “Way to go! You’re reaching for my hand so we can cross the street safely!”
If your child chooses not to comply, repeat the request and say, “I’m going to show you what to do.” Lead the child gently and instructively in completing the request. Say, “I’m going to show you how to cross the street safely” and take the child’s hand in yours.

Conscious Discipline Website
Conscious Discipline and the Bible

Helpful Websites and Links for Parents:

COVID-19 information:
Vaccination:  https://myturn.ca.gov/
Covid-19 testing

Parent Tools from Lutheran Hour Ministries
"Helping Your Child Grow Through Faith Conversations"
"Helping Your Child Have a Relationship with God"
"Helping Your Child Welcome Others"
"Parenting Families"
"Parenting with Purpose"
"Talk Openly with Kids" 
"Raising Children with Respect"

Free books from Lutheran Hour Ministries:
Let's Be Disciples
Do You Know Who Jesus Is?
Sharing Your Faith
Learning to Pray
The Easter Story
The Christmas Journey
The Bully
Free Reformation from A to Z Coloring Book

Preschool play websites:
Learning Games for Kids
Highlights for Kids
National Geographic Kids
PBS Kids

Websites and links for parents:
Family Matters - November 2022
Parent Pages - November 2022

Parent Further a Search Institute resource for parents.
Kids Guide Magazine
Fostering Independence in Children:  Tips for Parents
Getting Your Child Ready for School

Lutheran Church Charities Daily Devotions
Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotions
Simple Steps for Family Devotions
Early Childhood Devotions - November 2022

Focus on the Family Devotions and Educational Activities
Daily Devotions for Young Children for March - May
Additional Free Family Devotion Resources from Concordia Publishing House
Free Devotions for times of crisis

Ideas you can use at home:
Help me hold my crayon - Handwriting Without Tears
Capital letters - Handwriting Without Tears
Lower case letters - Handwriting Without Tears
Numbers - Handwriting Without Tears

Backpack Connection Ideas:
How to Give Clear Directions
How to Help Your Child Stop Biting
How to Help Your Child Stop HItting
How to Help Your Child Stop Whining
How to Understand the Meaning of Your Child's Challenging Behavior
How to Use Social Stories to Teach Your Child New Skills and Expectations
How to Help Your Child Avoid Meltdowns
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Anger
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Disappointment
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Fear
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Frustration
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Jealousy
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Sadness
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Label Emotions
How to Use Positive Language to Improve Your Child's Behavior
Routines and Schedules for a Successful Bedtime
Routines and Schedules for a Successful Morning
Routines and Schedules for a Successful to Transition Smoothly
How to Plan Activities to Reduce Challenging Behavior
How to Use Visual Schedule to Help Your Child Understand Expectations
How to Help Your Child Learn to Share
How to Help Your Child Learn to Trade
How to Help Your Child Manage Time
How to Teach Your Child to Appropriately Get Your Attention
How to Help Your Child Take Turns

The California Department of Education resources by age group:
1 1/2 -3-year-olds

CDC Milestones
Age 2
Age 3
Age 4
Age 5

Making Life Easier
Bedtime and Naptime
Going to the Doctor/Dentist

Parenting tools from our friends at Chancy and Bruce:
Gross and Fine Motor Activities
Visual Discrimination and Visual Memory Activities
Auditory Discrimination and Auditory Memory Activities
Receptive and Expressive Language Activities
Reasoning and Social-Emotional Activities
What Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health

Potty training tips recommended by SoCal Sensory
Gross motor tips recommended by SoCal Sensory

Parenting tools from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning:
Teaching Your Child To: Identify and Express Emotions

Make the Most of Playtime
Teaching Your Child About Feelings
Teaching Your Child to Become Independent with Daily Routines
Teaching Your Child To: Cooperate with Requests
Responding to Your Child's Bite
Understanding Your Child's Behavior: Reading Your Child's Cues from Birth to Age 2

Pre-writing Ideas from Therapy Street for Kids
Teaching the Fundamentals of Grammar and Syntax at Home page 1 and 2

Healthy snacks for kids:
Kid friendly veggies and fruits
10 tips to decrease added sugars
Healthy celebrations
Frozen yogurt

Free Preschool Friendly Website Activities 
Cosmic Kids Yoga
San Diego Zoo Kids Videos
Time for 10!
Sesame Street
Cooking with Kids  

Tools for mental health:
• Managing Stress for Health
• Playbook on Stress Relief during COVID-19
• Resources for Emotional Support and Well Being
• Trauma-Informed Practices Tips & Tools
• Help for Families
• Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
• Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
• Coping with Stress
• Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
• Taking Care of Ourselves: Stress and Relaxation
• Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 
• Articles on Caregiving/Parenting during COVID-19 US
• Protective Factors to Promote Well Being
• Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks


Orange County Resources for Families
CHOC has services for you and your child if your child is experiencing difficulties with eating, toileting, and/or challenging behaviors.
Positive Parenting Online Courses on School Readiness
Positive Parent Self-Care Study
Active Parenting
Toilet Training

Important information from the Department of Social Services regarding Effects of Lead Exposure.

Stop by the Preschool Office to see the large collection of parenting resources that you can check out.  More books have been added.  See our newest additions.

Scholastic Books are another great resource for parents.  You can place your orders online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using Mrs. Nagel's class activation code: LHTLL

Mental health resources after school shootings:
   Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – English/Spanish)  
·       Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)  
·       Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute) 
·       Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association) 
·       Trauma and Disaster Mental Health (American Counseling Association) 
·       Supporting Employees in Coping with Community Violence (Employee Assistance for Education –EASE) 
Child Mind Institute
How to Talk to Kids about School Shootings
Caring for Kids after a School Shooting
Helping Children Cope With Frightening News
Multilingual Trauma Resources
Coping Skills Resources 
National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Common Sense Media
How to talk to kids about School Shootings
Facing History and Ourselves
Teaching in the Wake of Violence 
School Crisis Center
Talking to children about terrorist attacks and school and community shootings in the news
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Talking to children about violence
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network 
Childhood Traumatic Grief Information – Parents & Caregivers
Parents Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
Parents Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting (Spanish)
Health Children
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events 
CalHOPE Student Support – www.calhope.org 
CalHOPE Student Support SEL Portal – www.calhopesel.org 
A Trusted Space - https://www.atrustedspaceca.org/ 
Angst- Building Resilience - https://www.indieflix.com/california 
Together for Wellness- https://calhope.semel.ucla.edu/
In Our Prayers

Thank you for your continued prayers for the loved ones connected to our center.  If there is a need in your family and you would like to add someone to the prayer list, please let me know.  This week we pray for:
+ Our November birthdays including Hudson, Carter, Nikolas, Londyn, Winson, Isla, Leon, Royal, Riley, Jaxon, Zella, Olivia
+ Our November Baptism birthdays: Dani, Jaxston, Sophia, Eiza, Thomas, Harper
+ This week we also pray for the following students:  Abi, Lily, Carter, Hope and Kamren
Church News

Worship This Week
-Saturday - 5:00 PM | Informal Communion Worship
-Sunday - 8:00 AM | Classic Worship
-Sunday - 10:15 AM | Praise Worship | Worship Folder
YouTube | Connection Card | Give
We follow these COVID-19 protocols:
-Masks are recommended for all attendees.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you enter the worship center.
- If you have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 stay home and enjoy the service via live stream.

Become an Angel to a Child in Need this Christmas.  Just stop by Abiding Savior's Angel Tree in the Narthex and sign up. Angels are now available for pick up. Thank you for making a difference for these families at Christmas!

November Day by Day Newsletter for Abiding Savior
October Shalom Health Newsletter for Abiding Savior

Wednesday Morning Adult Bible Study We meet in the Gathering Grounds coffee shop each Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please join us as we study the book of Philipians.

Go to smile.amazon.com, select Abiding Savior as your charitable organization, and amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to support Abiding Savior. Every time you log in after that, the site will remember Abiding Savior as your selected charity. 
Ask your friends and family to sign up and support us!

Mark your calendar for Advent by Candlelight, Saturday, December 17.  
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