Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool
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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

We look forward to meeting each of you for our Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Preschool will not be in session on February 17 so that we can meet with you about your child's progress.  We will review the assessment and portfolio for your child, which we will email to you after the conference.  If you have not received a link to the SignUp Genius to sign up for a time, please let your teacher know.

We have enjoyed being a part of your child's growth this year spiritually, emotionally, cognitively, socially, academically, creatively, and physically and look forward to providing that continuity of care for your child and family next year.  Return your Program Selector/ Admission-Tuition Agreement as soon as possible to ensure the days/program that you need for the new year.   

If your child will be heading to Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten in the fall, we would like to invite you to our Kindergarten Information Night on February 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

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: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
Discovery Points
Law:  Sometimes we don’t show loving-kindness to others.
Gospel:  Jesus is merciful and reaches out to help and save us by taking away our sins and leading us to show His kindness to others.
Sanctification:  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we grow in love for our neighbors (anyone who needs kindness).

Bible Words:  Love your neighbor.  Mark 12:31
You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on page 364-366.  Chapel this week is on Thursday.

Dear Family: Your child has been learning about the Good Samaritan. Jesus used this story to show that we should be kind and loving to all people, even those we may not like.

Draw a big heart. Inside the heart, write the names or tape pictures of friends, family members, or others who need help. Remember to include someone your child or family has trouble getting along with. It might be a neighbor, a classmate, a family member, or even that cranky worker at the grocery store. Have each family member choose a person from the heart and think of a way to share the love of Jesus this week (e.g., bake cookies, phone or send the person a card, volunteer to help in some way). You may want to include a note with a Bible verse. Be sure to pray with your child, asking Jesus to help you show love even for those whom you may not like.

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.

South County Outreach has a growing need for soup to help feed the many people in Orange County including families and the elderly. Please bring in canned or packaged soup throughout February and March to the Narthex (on your way to service) or the church office during the week.

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

February 22 - Ash Wednesday

Worship with us on Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent - 
Lent is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting that prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. 
Ash Wednesday Worship | February 22 at 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm
Please join us for Lenten Services on the following Wednesdays:
March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 12:30 pm.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins”. 1 JOHN 4:10  

February 27-March 3 Dr. Seuss Week
Monday - wear many colors
Tuesday - crazy hair
Wednesday - crazy socks
Thursday - wear pajamas
Friday - preschool shirt

February 28 TK/K Information Night 

March 11 Grandparents Day 9-11 a.m. rsvp here
March 15 - Parent Education Night  - Anxiety the False Alarm 6:30 p.m.
Childcare provided in the elementary extended care for enrolled children preschool - eighth grade
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Food - Snacks & Lunch
Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool does not provide snacks, so you have the freedom to choose healthy snacks that best suit your child. We will provide Cheerios and raisins if a child does not have a snack. Please ensure that your child's snacks are labeled with their name on them. If your child is staying for lunch and afternoon snack, please designate which items you'd like for a snack. In addition, please bring a thermos-style bottle labeled with your child's name for water. Your child may also have the opportunity to cook or prepare special foods for snack at school. Your child's teacher will post this information in advance. 
If your child is enrolled in School-Day, Full-Day, or Lunch Bunch, lunch must be provided by the parent/guardian. The lunch container must be marked with your child's name on the OUTSIDE. Please limit sweets to one (1) cookie (NO CANDY, PLEASE), as we are trying to emphasize healthy nutritional standards. NO SODA POP or anything in GLASS containers. 
The children will have a period of 25 minutes to eat their lunch. We encourage the children to eat the main staples first (i.e., sandwich, fruit, vegetables, cheese, etc.). The dessert-type item will be offered last. Water will be provided daily to the children. 
If your child forgets his/her lunch, a fee of $10.00 will result. We will purchase a lunch from our elementary school's office supply which is typically a Lunchable.  Hot lunches are offered occasionally through the elementary school as a fundraiser and can be purchased through our Abiding Savior app. Some years there is enough interest to have an outside vendor; if that is the case, you may buy lunches directly from the vendor. Information will be available on our website and newsletter if it is offered.
We are a PEANUT-FREE school. This means that no food containing peanuts should be sent with your child. This includes peanut butter or any product with peanuts in it. Sunflower Butter is a great alternative; sunflower is a seed, NOT a nut. If you choose to use a nut substitute, please label it so that we know it is a safe option at our school. We appreciate your adherence to this policy. 

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.
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

How do I handle my child’s upset?
One of the biggest challenges for parents of infant or toddler-aged children is dealing with an upset child. Think about how you handle an upset child. Do these responses sound familiar: “You’re okay, can you give me a hug?” “Come look over here! Play with this!” “Shhhhush (accompanied by rocking or bouncing).”

Though common, these responses rob the child of the opportunity to express his or her genuine emotion. These are reactive rather than responding statements. “You’re okay, can you give me a hug,” generally stems from the parent’s fear that the child isn’t okay, or that s/he is okay but is going to start wailing. “Come over here” and “Shhhhush” are both attempts to distract the child from his/her upset or pain. To respond to the child in a way that addresses his/her emotion, we must teach him/her how to handle the upset. We can do this by using active calming ourselves, helping the child to calm down and labeling the emotion to build the child’s self-awareness.

Step 1: S.T.A.R. (Smile, Take a breath, And Relax). Actively calm yourself first so you can respond.
Step 2: Wish the child well by continuing to breathe and thinking loving thoughts about the child.
Step 3: Notice, “Your face is going like this (demonstrate the child’s expression). You’re safe, I’m here. Breathe with me.”
Step 4: Label emotion the emotion for the child to build awareness, “You seem sad (angry, upset, frustrated).” Do your best to label the child’s emotion. The child may correct you if you say “sad” and they feel “angry.”
Step 5: “You want ________.” Take a good guess at what the child wanted. Again, they may correct you. If the source of upset is a physical hurt (a fall, bump, etc.) describe what happened, “You were so busy playing that you didn’t see the coffee table until you ran into it.”
Step 6: Commit to keeping them safe: “I’ll keep you safe.”
Step 7: After the first six steps are complete and the child is calm, then you may offer redirection. “Let’s go play with the blocks.”

At first, the child’s upset may increase. This is healthy and occurs because you are allowing the child to feel the anger, upset or other emotion s/he is experiencing. Continue your active calming and move forward with the seven steps above.

As parents, our impulse is to bend over backward to avoid having our children experience any kind of discomfort. However, experiencing their own emotion is necessary and healthy for your children’s development. Be present with your children and help them cope with difficult emotions rather than attempting to shield them. The payoff will come years later when your children are able to handle their own upset about life events, whether they be bigger ones like a death in the family or smaller ones like getting a ding in his/her first car. Whatever the event, you will have taught your children the skills necessary to calm themselves in times of emotional difficulty.

Helpful tools for teaching active calming in your home are Shubert is a S.T.A.R. and the Safe Place Mat. My Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline book is also an essential resource.

Conscious Discipline Website
Conscious Discipline and the Bible

Helpful Websites and Links for Parents:

Free video resources to assist you in family faith formation:
Lutheran Hour Ministries 
Me and My Household will allow you to explore the concept of households in the Bible and in our culture today.
Building a Vibrant Household will give you a glimpse of a spiritually vibrant household and the three characteristics revealed by research that any household can nurture. It will encourage you to evaluate your own household’s vibrancy and take the next steps in building a more vibrant household.
Open Doors: The Art of Hospitality gives you a deeper look into the vibrancy characteristic of Christian hospitality. You will learn what the Bible says about welcoming strangers and can take part in the Open Door Challenge.
Households of Faith
RightNow Media 

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 - February 2023
Parent Pages - February 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

30 Days of Household Devotions
Lutheran Church Charities Daily Devotions
Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotions
Simple Steps for Family Devotions
Early Childhood Devotions - February 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

Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo has free helmets in its gift shop for kids between the ages of 2 and 17. A multi-sport black helmet also is available at the Mission Viejo campus at no cost for children 17 and younger. The child must be present in order to be fitted properly. Each fitting takes about 15 minutes. The hospital’s Helmet Giveaway Program, launched in November 2021, has given away 1,200 helmets to children in the region. It’s supported by donors Karen and George Thagard and the Providence Mission Hospital Foundation. The gift shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for walk-ins.  Address: Tower 1 lobby at 27700 Medical Center Road in Mission Viejo

Tips for families with children ages 3-5 from our friends at School Readiness

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

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.
School Readiness Fair March 4 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Toilet Training Zoom February 8
Learn, Play, Grow at Home Zoom February 1, 8, 15, 22
North Orange County Continuing Education for Parents in January and February

Important information from the Department of Social Services regarding Effects of Lead Exposure.
Important information on ASLP's Integrated Pest Management Plan. (Also found on our website.)

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 February birthdays including Mrs. Rivers, Mrs. Whitten, Miss Ally, LIv, Lucas, Anna, Avery, Sawyer, Fiona
+ This week we also pray for the following students:  Eiza, Zahra, Zeynab, MJ, Hunter, and Nathan
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.

February 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.
Volunteers Needed
Have you read the new version of Matthew 25:35?  "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink."  I needed to have my taxes done, and ASLC prepared my taxes for free!  While these words are not scriptural it does convey a way to help our neighbors in need.  Abiding Savior provides free income tax service to the community through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which is sanctioned by the IRS.  You can be a vital part of the VITA program.  Our VITA team is seeking fellow brothers and sisters to join our team, which will be a blessing to our neighbors.

Frequently a client will ask, "Why are you doing this free tax service?"  This opens the door for us to be a witness of our faith, and if a client has no church home, to invite them to an ASLC service.  There have been clients that have attended our services, and perhaps others who have attended via live stream.

We are not just looking for tax preparers, we also need greeter / intake volunteers.  There are online training and ASLC volunteers to assist you.  Prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve.  Please contact Bruce Hultine at cahultine@icloud.com to volunteer.  The Lord bless you.   

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