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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  The New Year is a good opportunity to see how we are doing and to plan for the future.  Your input is very valuable to us.  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.

We will be closed on January 2 for the New Year holiday.  We will also be closed January 3-4 as we prepare for our National Lutheran School Accreditation visit which will be held March 19-22.  National Lutheran School Accreditation encourages and recognizes schools that provide quality, Christian education and engage in continuous improvement. 

Grace and Peace,

Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story:  God is in Control Jesus as a Young Boy (Matthew 2:12-15; Luke 2:41-52)  Discovery Points:  Law:  The consequences of sin in the world cause problems all around us. Gospel:  God protects us when we have troubles especially from our greatest enemies:  sin, death, and the devil.  Sanctification:  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we learn from God’s Word and grow in faith.   Bible Words:  “God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9  

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 290-292.  Chapel will be on Thursday this week.

Dear Family: Your child learned about the time Jesus went to the temple at age 12. Talk about the teachers your child has at school and Sunday School. Point out that the pastor also teaches us God’s Word at church. God has blessed us with many people to help us learn and grow, people who teach us and care about us. With your child’s help, make a little Bible book. Roll the edges of a piece of paper to make a scroll. Ask your child to tell you some words about Jesus to write on the scroll. Read this special book to your child, reading your child’s own words about Jesus.

Jesus listened to teachers at God’s house, the temple. Let your child make a picture of his or her teacher, or you can draw the picture for your child to color. Pray together, thanking God for teachers, especially for teachers who tell us about the love of Jesus, our Savior, who takes away our sins. 

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

January 2 Preschool Closed for New Years
January 3-4 Teacher In-Service Days

January 5 School Resumes
January 10 Parent Education Night
January 13 Donuts with Dad (PTL)
January 16 MLK Day – Preschool and Extended Care Closed
January 19-20 Sumner Photography School Pictures
January 26 New Family Open House

February 28 TK/K Information Night
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Student Conduct Policy
Since a child's behavior is the ultimate responsibility of the parents, the parents will be expected to see that their child conforms and complies with acceptable standards of behavior within the preschool environment. 
1. Causing physical harm to another by hitting, biting, kicking, throwing objects, and/or other dangerous physical actions.
2. Continual use of inappropriate language, spitting, verbal abuse, or degradation by children directed at other children or adults. 
3. Destruction of property.
4. Repeated non-compliance by the child with the rules and routines of Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool and/or failure to listen to instructions by caregivers. 
5. A child's behavior that is potentially harmful to themselves or others. 
Our staff will work with the child by meeting with the family to prevent these behaviors by assessing what led to the behavior and teaching the child alternative and acceptable ways to express their anger or frustration documented in a written plan. If these behaviors continue, the director will implement a policy that may include but is not limited to a referral to an outside agency for assistance, a reduction in scheduled class time, and/or hiring an additional adult to "shadow" the child at an additional cost to the family. A child may be asked to leave Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool if, after conferences with the teacher, the director, and the parents, it is determined that Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool is not able to meet the needs of the child and/or the family while continuing to meet the needs of the other children enrolled in the school. A parent may be called from work at any time to take the child home when the child exhibits behavior harmful to him or herself or others that our staff cannot modify.

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

My child is acting really mean. He’s hitting and biting us, saying, “I hate you.” and spitting at people. How can I help him to stop?

The first step to understand is that all behavior, including misbehavior, is a form of communication. You must ask yourself, “What is my child trying to say with his actions? Is he saying, ‘I feel angry,’ or is he saying, ‘I want attention.’”

The second step is to quit trying to stop children’s behavior. When you attempt to stop something, you will tend to resist what is happening and rely on fear, force, coercion or manipulation. More than likely, these are the same skills your child is using to get what he wants, and you’re trying to stop him from using! Also, when we attempt to stop a child’s behavior, we end up with side effects. The first side effect, of course, is power struggles. The second is a crushed spirit (both yours and theirs). This is the same spirit they will need to say, “no” to peers and “yes” to advanced math classes. I prefer to focus on transforming behavior so the child actually learns different ways of calling for help. To do this, we must focus on what we want the child to do instead of what we want to stop. If I said to you, “Don’t think about a purple alligator,” what immediately pops into your mind? “What you focus on you get more of” is one of the major principles of Conscious Discipline, found both in my Conscious Discipline book (educators) and Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline (parents).

If you believe your child is hitting because he is angry and does not know how to express his feelings without hitting and hurting, I might say:

“Stop (hold onto his hand so he cannot hurt you). I will not let you hurt me or anyone else. When you feel angry say, ‘I feel angry.’” You must teach this skill over and over again. If your child refuses to be cooperative and willing to learn another way, then you must rebuild your relationship. The motivation to behave comes from being in relationship with one another. You know this from your own marriage… If your relationship is going well and one person asks the other, “Honey, while you’re up will you get me something from the refrigerator?” The answer is usually, “Yes.” However, if the relationship is severed and struggles have been the norm, the answer is more likely, “You have legs, get it yourself.” The same is true with children.

One more piece of information may be helpful: It is developmentally normal for stressed toddlers to bite and stressed preschoolers to hit. I do not know the age of your child. A four-year-old (or older) child who is biting could indicate potential problems. If this is the case, you may wish to seek professional guidance.

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 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:  Reese, Emry, Myles, Winston, Cassidy
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 Philipians.

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