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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

Our Thanksgiving Camp is almost full.  We will take reservations through Wednesday 11/16.  If you have already registered, you will see a change on your FACTS account by Wednesday.  Our lead teachers and I will be in San Diego next week at our Lutheran Educator's Conference.  We pray that you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving and we invite you to worship with us.

Grace and Peace,
Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story: Jonathan and David Discovery Points Law:  Because there is sin in the world, sometimes people try to hurt you.  Gospel:  God sends people to help you, including Jesus, who saves you from the devil, your enemy.  Sanctification:  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, look for ways you can help and encourage others. Bible Words:  Jeremiah 1:8:  I am with you to deliver you.

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 185-187.  

Dear Family: Your child has been learning about how Jonathan was a good friend to David. Your child is watching you for clues about what a friend is and what a friend does. Show your child what it is to be a friend. Share some stories about your own childhood friendships, and talk about your best Friend, Jesus. Remind your child that friendships are a special gift from God. Talk about how your child can be a friend too. Celebrate his or her friendships. Help your child make a card or friendship bracelet for a special friend. Perhaps you could arrange a playdate for your child and a friend. Prepare your child before a play date. Discuss what friends do together and what to say if a friend wants a toy that your child has. Give your child practice in resolving conflicts appropriately. Pray for friends by name, thanking God for them.

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


These boxes can be found in the narthex of the church and are filled with gifts to bless children in need around the world. Please return the boxes by Tuesday, November 15th, 2022.  
Click here to see lists of items to pack. 

November 21-23 Thanksgiving Camp
November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Preschool and Extended Care Closed
November 27 - December 18 Christmas Family Fellowship

December 10 - Preschool Christmas Program 5 p.m.
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

and Sign-out
Please bring your child to the staff on duty upon arrival. Staff will greet you and your child and do a daily inspection for illness before you sign in. It is required by the Department of Social Services of California that each child must be signed in and out upon arrival and departure using your full signature, not initials, and noting the time of day. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $50 per occurrence. If a fine results, the cost is passed on to the parent/guardian who does not comply. Please be sure to adhere to this policy. Sign-in/Sign-out sheets are located outside each classroom or on the playground if children are outside. If your child is absent, we appreciate a phone call letting us know why. A warm greeting from the teacher and a big hug from you will be a nice beginning to your child's day. Brief and loving goodbyes are the best.
Your child will be released to ONLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY/MEDICAL FORM. No child may be released to a person less than 18 years of age. If someone other than yourself will be picking up your child, be sure to give prior written notice of the relevant details to the child's teacher or the director. If the person picking up your child is not on your designated list, they will need to be added before we can release your child. We will ask any person we do not recognize for ID, as we will not release your child to a stranger. If a non-custodial parent is not permitted to pick up your child, we must have legal and official documentation on file. To ensure the welfare and protection of your child, your cooperation is sincerely appreciated. Please let your child's teacher know if you plan to pick your child up at a time different than your usual pickup time, especially if you will take your school day or full-day child out before or during a nap.

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

I am over hearing my child say, “I don’t care!”
Does this sound familiar? You give your son a consequence: “Chris, if you don’t clean your room, you may not use the computer. ” Chris snaps, “I don’t care!”

Hold off on reacting with an aggressive, “You better start caring!” or passively caving in to your child’s distress. Instead, consider that “I don’t care” is a signal that your child needs you; that he doesn’t feel cared for.

If you are prone to aggression, breathe and see “I don’t care” as information about your child’s wellbeing.

If you are likely to buckle, breathe and remember to stay firm on the “no computer” consequence.

Then, to help your child through “I don’t care,” carve out extra time together to heal your relationship. Spend time doing activities that are fun for you both. Reconnect and be present with your child. You cannot buy your way out of “I don’t care” with gifts, nor can you punish it away by removing privileges. The single greatest motivation for a child to behave comes from family relationships, so work to keep them healthy. Do I Love You Rituals with younger children, carve out private time doing things they enjoy with your older children, start putting love notes in backpacks, and enjoy family meals together as often as possible. Your loving presence will provide the long-term solution to “I don’t care.”

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 - November 2022
Parent Pages - November 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 - November 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 November birthdays including Hudson, Carter, Nikolas, Londyn, Winson, Isla, Leon, Royal, Riley, Jaxon, Zella, Olivia
+ Our November Baptism birthdays: Dani, Jaxston, Sophia, Eiza, Thomas, Harper
+ This week we also pray for the following students:  Abi, Lily, Carter, Hope and Kamren
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.

November Day by Day Newsletter for Abiding Savior
October 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!

Women's Fellowship - "Ladies Night Out"
is set for Monday, November 7, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and all women of Abiding Savior Church, School and Preschool are invited!  We are having a potluck.  (A-L main dish; M-Z salad)  We will be working on a fall basket for our homebound friends and one for you to keep.  Please bring a hand held stapler.  It's a very easy craft!  We would like an RSVP so that we know how many people to expect, to have enough baskets to work on.  Please reply to Janice Trumbauer at 949-609-9766 or email krafter@cox.net.

Mark your calendar for Advent by Candlelight, Saturday, December 10.  
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