Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool
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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

Our accreditation visit went very well.  Thank you to all of you for your prayers and support.  They affirmed our school with a 98.89% and are submitting several best practices to our national office.  Here are a few of our teams' commendations:

Purpose: The Preschool’s mission and philosophy statements reflect and support the mission of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Ministry.
Relationships: The Preschool intentionally connects congregation members and Preschool families through their “adoption” program providing a Bible to each Preschool child.
Relationships: Parents support, appreciate and sincerely love the teachers, staff, and the overall program at Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool.
Leadership: The Director, a Called church worker, passionately shares her personal faith and love for children and their families through her words and actions.
Personnel: The staff is provided with varied professional growth opportunities and curriculum training.
Staff/Child Interactions: Staff members treat children and adults with Christ-like love and care.
Facilities: The witnessing of Jesus is clearly seen in all areas of the center.
Wellness: The center meets all policy and procedural standards set by federal and state entities.
Curriculum: The curriculum effectively fosters student growth by providing for the development of the whole child.
Continuous Improvement: The director has taken a leadership role in planning to maintain quality in the program.

We hope you will join us on Saturday as our children sing in the 5 p.m. service.  We will have a special cookie reception following the service. 

Our annual casino night will also be held this Saturday.  This year we have partnered with Greater Giving as our event hosting platform and are slowly working through this transition process. Please note that there are 2 ways to purchase tickets this year.  The first is ON A DESKTOP COMPUTER through our event website here: http://casino.asls.school (Please note: Using the event website on a mobile device will return a processing error message and is not advisable). The second is by completing a registration form (available in the school office) and turning in a check for your tickets.  The online auction site is LIVE! There are a few more items that will be added this week but BIDDING is OPEN!  You can set your max bid and let the system bid for you up to your maximum! Visit the auction site directly here:  https://ASLSHavanaNights2023.ggo.bid. To bid, you will need to register for a user account.  Click "Get Started" at the top right of the page and then create an account. Bidding will close during the event on April 1st at 9:00 PM.  All items will be at the event for winners to take home that night!

Grace and Peace,

Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story: 
Jesus Saves Us from Sin Jesus Suffers and Dies (Luke 23:26-24:8) Discovery Points: Law: Because we are sinners, we deserve to be punished. Gospel: Jesus died on the cross to save us from the punishment of our sins. Sanctification: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can share with others the peace we have, knowing our sins are forgiven and our guilt is removed. Bible Words: We believe that Jesus died and rose again. 1Thessalonians 4:14 

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 398-401.  Chapel this week is on Thursday.  

Midweek Lenten Services
Please join us each Wednesday in Lent for worship at 12:30 p.m.  Services are:
March 29 

Dear Family: Your child learned about the day Jesus died. Sin cannot be ignored. God is just and must punish sin. But instead of punishing us, He punished Jesus as our substitute. Because of Jesus, God forgives, loves, and blesses us—no strings attached. You are an important model for helping your child know unconditional love. Even though your child’s actions may annoy, aggravate, and anger you, you still love your child.
Children need to know there are consequences for sin (such as not being allowed to play with a toy that has been mistreated). They also need to hear your words of forgiveness and continued love and to feel the hugs of love after a confession and repentance of wrongdoing. Help your child to say, “I’m sorry; please forgive me.” Be quick to say, “I forgive you, and so does Jesus.” Pray together. Celebrate the new life you have every day in Jesus.

Our chapel offerings will go toward Lutheran World Relief.  Lutheran World Relief saves and improves lives in the poorest parts of the world. We will persist until your love reaches every neighbor.  At Lutheran World Relief, we envision a future where all people, in every corner of the world can live full, dignified lives. Founded by Lutherans in the United States at the end of World War II, grounded in Lutheran theology and building on decades of experience, Lutheran World Relief tackles global poverty by helping people adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being. We work with people based on need, regardless of race, religion or nationality and we do not evangelize. We provide aid in emergencies and help families restore their lives. We partner with communities to build and grow rural economies. We break the cycle of poverty, so families and communities can thrive. Our goal is to help people build self‐sufficiency and create new community‐owned approaches to problem‐solving that will last long after our projects end.  https://lwr.org/

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

Please join us for Lenten Service on Wednesday, March 29 at 12:30 pm.

April 1 - Preschool sings in church at 5 p.m.  

April 1 Casino Night 

April 8 Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m.

April 9 Easter services 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m.

April 11-14 Easter Camp available 8-4:30 p.m.
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Program Schedule
We offer the following sessions:
Half-Day 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $2834
School Day 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $4329
Full-Day 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $4919
Half-Day 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $3925
School Day 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $6044
Full-Day 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $6833
Half-Day 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $5430
School Day 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $8099
Full-Day 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $8843
Half-Day 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $6691
School Day 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $9981
Full-Day 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $10898
Please note that the costs are for the school calendar year. Summer Session is offered at a weekly rate.
Below is a sample of a daily preschool program schedule. Please refer to each teacher's daily schedule
posted in their classroom, as each varies. Check your teacher's daily schedule for additional Spanish and
Music circle information.
7:00 am Opening in Room A107 or A108 with Centers and Free Art for Full-Day Students
7:45 am Back Playground (Weather Permitting)
8:20 am Restroom/Wash in Child's Classroom
8:25 a.m. Welcome/Center Exploration/Art/Assessment/Portfolio
9:10 am Worship and Morning Meeting
Chapel (Wednesday/Thursday)
9:25 a.m. Restroom/Wash/Snack
9:45 a.m. Outdoor Discovery
10:30 am Literacy and Sharing
10:45 a.m. Center Exploration/Art/Assessment/Portfolio
11:15 am Storytime, Music, and Goodbye for half-day students
11:30 a.m. Outdoor Play (Rooms 105, 107, 108 and 110 only)
12:00 p.m. Restroom/Wash/Lunch
12:45 pm Rest Time
1:45 p.m. Restroom/Wash/Center Exploration/Art/Assessment/Portfolio/Literacy
2:30 p.m. Restroom/Wash/Snack
2:45 pm Pack Up/Dismissal
3:15 pm Outside Time Front Playground (Weather Permitting)
4:30 pm Closing in Room A107 or A105 Restroom/Wash/Circle Time
4:45 p.m. Center Exploration/Art
6:00 pm Center Closed
Lunch Bunch may be offered from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for $14/hr. for our half-day students if space is
available. Parents must provide lunch. Occasional use from 7–8:30 am or 12:30–6 pm may also be
available with advance notice at $14/hr. and will be billed through FACTS monthly. Please check
availability with the director.

*Please note that these are the 2022-2023 rates.

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 can I tell if my preschooler is over-scheduled?
Watch children’s behavior, it is always telling us something. Whining and inappropriate aggression towards siblings or other children could be telling us that the child is not getting basic survival needs met. A preschooler with a full schedule of preschool/day care, dance classes, soccer practice, etc. may not be getting adequate rest or good nutrition. Remember:

Young children still need 12-15 hours of sleep per day. A nap or rest time is still important for children under five-years-old.
Driving thru the fast food lane due to a busy schedule provides too much sugar, salt, and fat for a nutritional diet and it robs them of the mealtime connections that are made at the family dinner table.
Children need down time. Play is a child’s most important work. They need to be provided with adequate time to use their imagination.
Some personalities will thrive on the social opportunities. Setting up an organized play date, preschool and daycare all provide social interactions.
Most experts agree that in moderation, activities can be valuable for a child’s development and by providing “grown up time” for stay-at-home adults. But almost all experts agree that too much activity can hamper a child’s creativity and ability to entertain himself. Most young children with daily preschool or daycare do not need additional scheduled activities. The first priority for these children should be time with the family to connect, discover, explore, self-entertain and play.

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

Free Resources from the LCMS:
Easter Vigil Coloring Book

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

Websites and links for parents:
Family Matters - March 2023
Parent Pages - March 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
Lenten Devotions
Lutheran Church Charities Daily Devotions
Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotions
Simple Steps for Family Devotions
Early Childhood Devotions - March 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.
Mealtime Game Changers
Parent Self-Care
Kidstock Music and Arts Festival

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/

Message in a Backpack series from NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

Recipes to Roadmaps Learn from Everyday Information
Build Your Child's Literacy Skills by Doing Laundry Together
Fun, Easy Ways to Play with Math at Home
Harnessing the Joy of Open Ended Materials
Using Sentence Stems at Home
Things Every Parent Should Know About Play
Going Beyond the Playground:  Math, Science, Outdoor Fun
Encouraging Process Art at Home
Children and Digital Media
Connecting with Your Child's Preschool
Encouraging Curiousity
What to Know About Developmental Screenings
Guiding Your Child's Behavior
Spending Time Outdoors with Your Child
Helping Your Child Learn Responsibility
Bubbles Family Play Plan
Math It's Important and Fun
Take Your Family to School
Week of the Young Child
Learning Through Everyday Activities
Making Mealtimes Learning Times
Explore Science with Your Child
Read with Your Child
Share Your Passions with Your Child
Solving Problems with Your Child
Try Yoga with Your Child
Guilding Your Child's Behavior
Family Field Trips Museums
Learning and Playing with Rubber Ducks
It's Conference Time
Preschoolers Are Natural Mathematicians
Focus and Self Control
Explore Your Community
Everyone Can Be a Storyteller
Make Animal Music
Making at Home
Talk It Up
Everyday Shapes
Harnassing the Joy of Everyday Materials

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 March birthdays including Myles, Lillian, Lila, Elizabeth, Aria, Charlotte, Penny, Caitlyn, Leo, Miss Emily
+ Our March baptism birthdays including Hope, Ella, Brynlee, Tate, Crew
+ Peyton Torres, Ellia Vu, Eren Vu, Abigail Wasfi, Avery Williams

+ Donna Lucas, our principal, who is recovering from a bike accident
+ Luke, who is home from the hospital

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.

March Day by Day Newsletter for Abiding Savior

Abiding Savior's Health Ministry
Click here to view the latest edition of the Shalom, Abiding Savior's Health Ministry Newsletter.
"Yikes Food Prices"

Concordia Symphony Orchestra: Gorecki Symphony No. 3 and two congregational hymn settings by Christian Guebert
Dr. Jeff Held, conductor | Dr. Clarissa Shan, soprano
Friday, March 31, 7:30 pm 
No ticket required

Easter Lilies
Reserve your plant(s) now for only $10.00 per plant!  Simply place a check in one of the gray baskets indicating, “Easter Lily.”  You may pick up your plant after the 10:15 Easter Service.

Wednesday Morning Adult Bible Study We meet in the Gathering Grounds coffee shop each Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.. Please join us as we study the book of Philippians.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study
9:15 to 10:00 a.m. each Sunday morning in the Adult Education Room across from the Worship Center.

We will study  THE BEATITUDES that is designed to lead us into a more meaningful understanding of Jesus' message to us all about what the life as a follower of Jesus, i.e. a Christian, is meant to look like as Jesus Himself explained it.  His message, when fully understood, will bring peace and true reassurance to the believer.  Won't you too come and join us for this uplifting experience?  Pastor Matt Chandler will be our teacher and Roger Brown plans to moderate the discussion.    

Vacation Bible School 2023 Needs Volunteers 
We are excited to once again have VBS (open for students entering TK through fifth grades in the fall) at Abiding Savior this summer.  Abiding Savior's VBS will launch kids on a cosmic quest where they'll have a blast shining Jesus' light to the world.  Stellar rockets kids on an out-of-this-world adventure that's light years of faith-building fun.  Students entering sixth grade or above in the fall are eligible to volunteer.  Childcare will be provided for volunteers whose children are ages 6 months through 4 years old.  If you haven't volunteered yet, please complete a volunteer registration and help us share Jesus' wish with up to 140 students.

Click here to register as a volunteer.  Thank you for your support!

Women's Fellowship - Ladies Night Out
Our April meeting is Monday, April 3.  We are making an Easter Craft!  We meet in the Adult Ed Room from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and of course there's a potluck.  A-L main dish, M-Z salad.  The Easter craft takes a bit of planning so we need an RSVP from you by Monday, March 27!  This way the craft will be much easier for you to put together.  All are welcome, so bring a friend or relative.  We will be making extra crafts for our homebound friends.  Please contact Janice Trumbauer at 949-609-9766 or email krafter@cox.net.
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