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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

Your children may be singing "I Shout for Joy that Jesus is Born!"  They have been practicing our Christmas program everyday in church.  We hope that you and your family will join us for our special service on Saturday, December 10. Please bring your child to their classroom at 4:45 p.m. on the 10th.  After the service, please send one parent to your child's classroom to pick them up.  We will have fellowship time with water and cookies on the patio. We will also have a special gift for your child and a family photo area. We have a SignUpGenius started at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B49A9AB23AAFE3-christmas2 if you would like to bring a case of water or cookies. Hope to see you there!   For those of you who have family out of state who can't make it, we are also offering the service via Livestream at: https://youtu.be/_AVJ3TGm57s

Grace and Peace,
Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story:  The Good News is Spread  The Angels and Shepherds (Luke 2:8-21) 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.  Sanctification:  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can share the good news of our Savior’s birth with others. Bible Words:  “Unto you is born…a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11 

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 281-286.

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

December 6-8 - Christmas Store will be open for school day drop off and pick up.  You can bring your child into the Gathering Grounds and enjoy time together with the focus on the joy of giving.

December 7 PTL Meeting

December 9 - Pizza lunch.  Sign up on the ASLS app.

December 10 - Preschool Christmas Program 5 p.m. Sign up to bring cookies or water.
December 5-14 Spark of Love Toy Drive
Jesus called disciples to do His work in His name. These disciples make a difference by sharing His message through acts of service in the world.  Here at Abiding Savior Lutheran School, Jesus has called His children to be disciples that make a difference in the same way. 
Spark of Love sends a message of hope to needy children that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, and caring Christians. 
Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
As a school, we will be participating in the Spark of Love toy drive from December 5th through December 14th. Please bring new, unwrapped toys, or stuffed animals with the tags still on to place in the boxes located in your child's classroom. As a special treat, one of our local fire engines will come and pick up the toys in their fire truck.  If the firetruck is not able to come and pick up the toys, OCFA Captain/Firefighter Dawes will collect them, and then he will deliver all the toys to the distribution center.
Thank you for participating in such a wonderful service project. 
If you have any questions, please contact  Michele Dawes at mdawes@abidingsavior.com.


December 19-22:  Christmas Camp
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Tuition Policies
A non-refundable registration fee of $175 for the school year for new students, $150 for returning students (before May 1), and $75 for summer camp is required for official enrollment and is due at the time of registration. This fee covers the cost of registration materials, supplies, a t-shirt, classroom setup, and curricular materials.
Tuition changes yearly for the preschool. Tuition is charged on a school year basis, with an annual fee, payable in full or equal payments. A current fee schedule is available in the Preschool Office or on the website at www.abidingsavior.com. Tuition payments are made through the FACTS Tuition Management Program. Each payment is an equal portion of the total and is not related to the number of school days in that month. If the entire year's tuition is paid on or before June 30, a 3% discount will be given. Tuition payments will be due on the 20th of each month and will be late on the 21st. All tuition must be paid by May 20 of the current school year, and any extended care charges incurred after that must be paid by June 20 of the current school year.
No refunds can be given for days of illness. Full tuition payment will be expected to hold your child's place in the classroom in the event of family vacation time. No refunds of tuition will be given. A 10% tuition discount is given to additional preschool/school children of the same family based on the lowest tuition.
Active members of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church are eligible for a tuition assistance grant of 10% of the yearly tuition. An active member is a communicant member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church who attends church services at Abiding Savior at least 40% of the time and supports Abiding Savior Lutheran Church with time, tithes, and offerings. We can provide this grant because your tax-deductible offerings beyond the tuition requirements and the entire congregation's offerings provide the necessary support
for the school and its ministry. A form must be submitted at the time of registration and will be approved by the pastoral staff. This Member Tuition Grant does NOT apply to the Preschool Holiday Camps or Summer Camp.
A child absent for two (2) consecutive weeks will be dropped from the official class list UNLESS the office has been notified in advance. A two-week written notice is required if a child is to be withdrawn from preschool during the school year or tuition will continue to accrue. You will pay tuition for the final two weeks after notice is given. Any outstanding tuition must be paid in full before the child leaves Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool. If your start date is after the first day of your child's program, the tuition rate is pro-rated based on how many days your child is enrolled in our program. If your child is not yet two years of age and we are holding the spot for you, tuition will not be pro-rated.
If the preschool closes due to a response to natural disasters or emergencies, there will be no refund given for closed days, nor will tuition be pro-rated. We will follow the recommendations of the superintendent of Orange County or the Orange County Health Department for Orange County-wide situations.
Preschool Summer Camp tuition is separate from the school year tuition and is billed separately to enable and encourage family vacations. Included in your registration materials will be a contract between the parents and Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool, stating that the parents will agree to abide by the tuition policy, as stated in this Parent Handbook.
Unless other arrangements have been made with the director, late payments are assessed a $35.00 late fee. The student may be dropped from the program if tuition becomes one month delinquent. A child may not be accepted for re-enrollment for the next school year until all delinquent tuition and fees are paid. This means priority consideration as a continuing student may be forfeited. In the event of a returned check, you will be required to repay the amount plus a returned check fee of $30.00. We do accept credit cards. There is a $30 fee for a declined credit card.
Space permitting, a session change may occur. There is a $25 program change fee. One change is allowed without charge. If you would like your child to come to school on a day that they are not scheduled to come, you may call the director to arrange it in advance if space is permitting at an extra charge of $40 per day for the preschool hours between 8:30 am and 11:30 am or $60 per day for the full day between 7 am – 6 pm. Please note that our withdrawal policy will change for the 2023-2024 policy to match our elementary school: To terminate enrollment, parents must notify the school office in writing. In the event of student withdrawal after registration, all accounts must be paid up to and including the month in which the student is withdrawn. There are no refunds on the previously paid tuition installments; this includes
payments made from June through August. If the full year was paid in advance, only the equivalent remaining installments are refundable; and if the withdrawal is made before the first day of school, June through August payments are non-refundable. There are no refunds after March 1 of the current school year.

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

We have an unruly brood of kids between the ages of five and twelve. How can we get them to use manners? They really enjoy belching at the dinner table and taking food from siblings’ plates.
Conscious Discipline asks us to change our perception of conflict. Questioning how we can get a child to do something implies making them act differently. “How do I get my child to stay in her bed.” “How do I make my child finish his homework?” My first suggestion is to change the question. We cannot make another person do anything. If you have tried to make a smoker quit smoking, a drinker quit drinking, a miserable person happy or a baby eat peas, you know what I’m talking about. The only person we can make change is our self.

Change the question and ask yourself, “How am I going to help my children more likely choose to use manners at the dinner table?” From this question, we can generate a number of possible solutions. Here are some suggestions:

Give the children feedback. Say, “I don’t like to hear belching at the dinner table. I find it hard to eat.” Resist the temptation to give a moral lecture on the rudeness of bodily functions.
Give the children choices. “You can stay at the table, eat quietly and talk with each other or you can be excused. If the children then choose to stay at the table and they continue with poor behavior you can simply say, “I can see by your actions you have decided to be excused.”
Model appropriate manners with each other. You can also role play the skills you would like to see them use, remembering to encourage them.
If one sibling grabs food off of another’s plate, empower the victim. When the child begins to whine, “Mom, he touched my food,” ask, “Did you like it?” When he says, “No,” then say, “Tell your sister, ‘I don’t like it when you take my food. Eat off your own plate.’” Use each moment as a teaching moment.

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 - December 2022
Parent Pages - December 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 - December 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 December birthdays including Isai, Robbie, Caylee, Natalie, Aaron, Mrs. Morgan
+ Our December baptism birthdays Elizabeth, Caitlyn, Isla, Winston, Natalie, Lily, Jaxon
+ This week we also pray for the following students:  Jaxston, Jaxon, Clare, Zella, Dominic
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!

December Day by Day Newsletter for Abiding Savior
December 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!

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