Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool
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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

Please join me in welcoming Andrea Thompson to our team.  "My name is Andrea Thompson, and I will be the Preschool Teaching Assistant for Miss Emily’s class. I grew up in Mission Viejo and graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. My goal is to help children grow and develop a passion for learning and play in an environment in which they can trust and feel comfortable. I enjoy hiking, music, the beach, and spending time with my family, friends, and new puppy. I am excited to get to know the parents as well as work with each of your children and watch them grow."

We have enjoyed being a part of your child's growth this year spiritually, emotionally, cognitively, socially, academically, creatively, and physically and we look forward to providing that continuity of care for your child and family next year. Priority registration for our current families will begin February 1 for next year for Preschool, TK, and Kindergarten.  

Click here for our tuition agreement, along with our calendar of scheduled closures. The tuition agreement is the only form that you will need to return to continue enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year. This year we will be open more days to better serve you. Our goal is to keep any tuition increases as reasonable as possible. We carefully balance the financial demands of our families with the goal of providing an exceptional quality Christian education for your children. The increase is to cover the additional days we are open and to support our valuable teaching staff, the heart and hands of our school. We want to continue to support our staff to account for inflation and the effects of the state minimum wage increases. Your support and partnership as parents and guardians is always greatly appreciated.

We thank you for choosing Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Preschool. If you have a friend with young children that would benefit from our program, please let them know about us. Abiding Savior families that refer new families to our Preschool can qualify for a $75 scrip card of their choice.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the preschool office at (949) 837-4292.

Next week Sunday through Wednesday, I will have the opportunity to serve on an accreditation team at one of our Lutheran preschools in Arizona.  If you need immediate assistance, Mrs. Lukes, Mrs. Rivers, and Miss Ashley will be on campus to assist you.

Thank you for being part of our Lutheran School!  Please take a moment to complete our survey so that we can serve you better as we plan for our Accreditation Visit in March and our 2023-24 school year.

Grace and Peace,

Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story: Jesus Is All Powerful Jairus’ Daughter Lives! (Luke 8:40-42, 49-56) Discovery Points: Law: Because of sin in the world, we will experience sadness and death. Gospel: Jesus is more powerful than death. He takes our sadness away. Sanctification: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can trust in God to help with any of our problems, no matter how large. Bible Words: “I trust in You, O Lord.” Psalm 31:14 

Dear Family: Because of sin, we all experience sickness, sad days, and even death. But no matter what our days bring, Jesus can help. He walks through our problems with us and helps us meet them with courage. Jesus won the victory over death. He can take away our fears. This week, make a “Get Well Soon” gift bag for someone who is sick. Fill it with things someone who is ill would appreciate: cards, a book or magazine, a DVD, toy, or puzzle. Add a “Jesus Loves and Cares for You” note.

Our chapel offerings will go toward Hearts for Jesus - Hope and Care Outreach.  Hope and Care Outreach equips local Liberia believers to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  This year's Hearts for Jesus goal is to, together, send hundreds of kids to Lutheran schools throughout the nation of Liberia! $95 is the average cost to send a child to a Lutheran school for the entire year! This modest sum is the difference between a child becoming literate or not, realizing the gifts that God has given them or not, and most importantly, knowing Jesus or not. We pray that you will be blessed as you join us in lifting up these precious souls and future Christian leaders of Liberia.
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

February 5 Family Fellowship Valentine's Edition

February 11 Father-Daughter Dance

February 17 Parent-Teacher Conference Preschool and Extended Care Closed
February 20 Presidents' Day Preschool and Extended Care Closed

February 28 TK/K Information Night
March 11 Grandparents Day 9-11 a.m.
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Administering Medications
If your child needs medication that must be given during preschool hours, the following procedures must be followed:
• All medication MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER with the unaltered prescription label on it if it is prescribed by the doctor.
• The child's name and the date must be on the original bottle or prescription label if it's prescribed.
• A "Medication Release" form must be filled out. This form can be found on our website. Your instructions must match those on the prescription or bottle.
• All medicines must be handed directly to a staff member. Please DO NOT put the medication in the child's backpack, lunchbox, or cubby. This includes sunscreen, diaper cream, and lip balm.
• If your child has a food allergy that requires an Epi-Pen, please meet the director to discuss precautions and complete the appropriate Community Care Licensing form to be kept with the medication.
• If your child needs nebulizer care, you must complete the nebulizer and medication forms located on our website.
• If medication is administered at home, it is helpful to inform your child's teacher in case any unusual or adverse reactions occur.
• We will not administer expired medication. Expired medications will be discarded. Medications should be taken home when no longer needed or when your child leaves the center. After attempts to reach you to pick up the medication have failed, it will be discarded.
• Medications will be kept high in the classroom in a labeled cabinet with a childproof lock separate from food and cleaners.  Refrigerated medications will be kept in a childproof locked refrigerator on the back of the highest shelf, away from foods.
• Parents will be notified daily of medication use.

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 is 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 that includes Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, and Jazz. Dance is offered Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30-12:15.
Parenting Tip from Conscious Discipline

When two kids are fighting, what should I do?
First, breathe deeply and affirm, “I’m safe. Keep breathing. I can handle this,” so you can approach the children calmly. I heard a coach once start a story about breaking up a schoolyard fight by saying, “I knew I really had the composure thing down pat when I noticed myself automatically breathing and saying, “I’m safe, keep breathing, I’ve got this,” in my head as I sprinted across the court to get to Marcus and Jacob.”

Physically separate the children and assertively say, “Stop.” Breathe and focus on maintaining the inner state you want both children to return to. Encourage them to take a deep breath. Say, “Breathe with me,” and help them calm themselves.

Next, get down to their eye-level and say, “Both of you seem so angry. Something must have happened.” Let each child know you will listen to her story. Ask the first child, “Something must have happened?” in a questioning tone. Offer support to the second child by positioning yourself next to her and putting your hand on her shoulder as you listen. The second child will often interrupt, “But she…” Reassure her by keeping your hand on her shoulder and saying, “It’s hard to wait your turn. You will get a turn when she’s finished.” When the first child has finished, restate what she said to get clarification, offer empathy and reframe the situation with positive intent. “You were angry because she took your hat. You wanted it back and forgot to ask.” Then reposition yourself next to the first child and ask the second child to share. Restate, clarify, offer empathy and reframe with positive intent. “You were upset about what she said on the bus and didn’t know other ways to let her know.”
Utilize the Time Machine after both sides share:

Step 1: Ask, “Did you like it when she_____?”

Step 2: She responds “NO!”

Step 3: Set the limit on the hurtful act and include choices for the next time: “You may not grab someone’s hat. Grabbing is hurtful. The next time you want her to know you are upset with something she said, say, ‘ I didn’t like it when you said_____.’ Next time please say or do _____. Or come ask me for help.” 

Step 4: Say it now for practice.

For more information about resolving conflict, my audio lecture CD Conflict Resolution – part of the Premium Resource Toolkit, the Time Machine and Shubert’s BIG Voice are extremely helpful tools.

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 - January 2023
Parent Pages - January 2023

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 - January 2023

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:
USDA Healthy Eating for Kids
Kid friendly veggies and fruits
10 tips to decrease added sugars
Healthy celebrations
Frozen yogurt
Please note that the following items are known choking hazards for children four and under and should not be served:  hot dogs, whole grapes, nuts, popcorn, raw peas, hard pretzels, spoons of peanut butter, or chunks of raw carrots.

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 series in January
North Orange County Continuing Education for Parents in January and February

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 January birthdays including Mrs. Paula Carroll, Mrs. Donna Lucas, Mrs. Laura Siegert, Mrs. Becci Lukes, Mrs. Laura Lyons, Noelle, Theo, Cash, Bryce, Peyton, Walker, Kinsley, Nakoa, and Hunter
+ Our January baptism birthdays including Nathan and Riley
+ This week we also pray for the following students:  Robert, Isai, Hudson, Brynlee, Olivia
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.

January Day by Day 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 Philippians.
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