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Director's Note...

Dear Abiding Savior Family,
I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your preschool director for the last four years.   God has truly blessed us and grown our ministry and our ability to share the love of Jesus with young children and their families in the Saddleback Valley.
In November of 2022, I began to assist the district as the Early Childhood Consultant for the Pacific Southwest District.  At this time, I feel that God is calling me to serve in this new role.   I am honored to serve in a new way at Abiding Savior as the Minister of Education, where I can continue to support our ministry as well as the district.
My last day serving as Preschool Director at Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool will be June 2, 2023.   I will be assisting with the transition to a new full-time director.  

Grace and Peace,

Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story:  Jesus Welcomes Children Jesus Blesses Children (Mark 10:13-16)  Discovery Points:  Law:  The consequences of living in a sin-filled world can make us feel worthless and unimportant.  Gospel:  We are so important to Jesus that He died to save us from our sins and gives us new life.  Sanctification:  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can treat other people as important and beloved children of God too.          Bible Words:  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me.”  Matthew 19:4

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 380-382.  Chapel this week is on Thursday.  Wednesday one of our students will be getting baptized at the elementary chapel on Wednesday.  If you are interested in the gift of baptism for your child/family, please let Mrs. Wolfinbarger know.

Midweek Lenten Services
Please join us each Wednesday in Lent for worship at 12:30 p.m.  Services are:
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22
March 29 

Dear Family: Your child has been learning the Bible story about Jesus blessing the children. Read it from the Student Book or a children’s Bible. Remind your child daily how much Jesus loves him. Look for ways to share the love and blessings of Jesus each day. Talk to Jesus about your child. Talk to your child about Jesus. Be sure to pray with your child and guide him in praying for others. In prayer, thank God for each person in your family. Then, trace each family member’s hand onto paper. Cut out the tracings. Write the person’s name and special things about that person on the hand shape. Use the hand shapes to pray for each family member this week.

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

Please join us for Lenten Services on the following Wednesdays:
March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 12:30 pm.

February 27-March 3 Dr. Seuss Week

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
March 19-22 National Lutheran School Accreditation Team visit
April 1 Casino Night

2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Lost and Found
If an item is lost, the school is not responsible for the missing piece. Labeling all belongings will help us locate lost items and help all things make their way back home. Please periodically check the lost and found bins located on the sign-in podiums. Signs will be posted when it is time to clean out the lost and found, and unclaimed articles will be sent to charity.

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 help my child deal with pain?
Painful experiences are stressful to the mind and body. To help the body release endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), touch is important. Deep touch, like we get during a massage, releases hormones that combat the corticosteroids (stress chemicals) in the body.

One way to touch your child is to play the I Love You Ritual “Putting Lotion on the Hurts” (pg 160).” This is a wonderful game to play with children after they have experienced some pain, either physical (after a fall from a bike) or emotional (after the death of a pet). You will need a bottle of hand lotion. Search the child for boo-boos, old scars or new scratches. The size or intensity of the scar or sore is not relevant. Begin the game by saying, “I am going to put some lotion on all those hurts. I see one right there. I will be very careful.” If the hurt is old, lotion can be put directly on the scar. If the hurt is new, be careful to circle around the wound with lotion. It is important that you repeat the message, “I will take care of you. No more hurts for you.” Continue looking over your child’s body for hurts. Use the time to massage old wounds. The nonverbal message to the child is, “You have experienced some pain, I notice that, and I am here for you.” Young children (under age five) are better with nonverbal communication than verbal. Even though the hurt the child experienced may be psychological, we can help address it in “child language” through touch. Psychological hurts and physical hurts activate the same pathways in the brain.

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 - 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
Lenten 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
+ Ryan, Brody, Royal, Arya, Fiona
+ Hope in celebration of her baptism this Wednesday

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

Abiding Savior's Health Ministry
Click here to view the latest edition of the Shalom, Abiding Savior's Health Ministry Newsletter.
"Sudden Arm Pain" & "Daylight Saving Time Is Coming"

Angels Baseball
Click here to find out how to get tickets to attend the Angels Game, Friday, April 21!  It's Star Wars Night!

Women's Fellowship, Ladies' Night Out 
meets Monday, March 6.  It's a fun night of BINGO!  We meet in the Adult Ed Room from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and of course there's a potluck.  A-L salad, M-Z main dish.  Our team will provide dessert and drinks and all the paper goods.  Hope to see you there! 


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.

This coming Sunday, February 26 we will start a study of 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.    

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