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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

March 19-22 we will have a visiting team on our campus from NLSA.  What is NLSA? National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) requires that Lutheran early childhood centers evaluate themselves based on ten Standards. The word “standard” originates from the French word estendard, which was the flag of the leader around which his followers rallied. Such a standard raised in battle provided leadership, a goal and a sense of working together. So it is today. The ten Standards challenge Lutheran early childhood centers to improve the quality of their programs. They are not meant to reflect what every center is like, but rather to give each center an indication of worthy goals to achieve.  The accreditation process was designed specifically for LCMS early childhood centers and is intended to serve as a measure of the quality of their programs. The Self-Study process allows a school to thoroughly evaluate its programs and procedures develop a School Action Plan and report progress annually in a Cumulative Annual Report (CAR). The CAR reports a process of ongoing improvement that benefits the school in the interest of the children it serves. Accreditation is valid for six years.
Reaccreditation requires application, completion of the Self-Study Report, a successful Validation Team Visit by four or more peer professional reviewers, a positive recommendation from the District Accreditation Commission and approval by the National Accreditation Commission.  The process is based upon three assumptions. First, a high-quality program is required to be good stewards of the blessings given by God. Second, each center willingly cooperates with local governmental agencies unless such
cooperation inhibits the free sharing of the Gospel. Third, the early childhood center strives to meet or exceed all local, state and federal guidelines related to early childhood education. We pray that the accreditation process serves to raise the level of quality in centers choosing to participate in NLSA. As a result, centers will better serve the community with the opportunity to tell many more children about the love of their Savior, Jesus.

Based on our self-study we have created some goals for our center that we have added to our School Action Plan already including:

  • Additional roman shade for the front playground (scheduled for June 2023)
  • Outdoor sinks on front and back playground
  • Watering system for outdoor back planters
  • Storage area for blue blocks (Boy Scout project Spring 2023)
  • Bench planters for the front playground including a prayer/meditation area (Girl Scout project Spring 2023)
  • Streamlining our registration, billing, communication, lesson planning, and assessment system 
  • Adding Finn, comfort dog, to the preschool ministry (Finn is currently training at the elementary school)
  • Calling a new director and moving the current director into the role of Minister of Education (June 2022)
  • Continuing to work towards permits for staff and professional development based on each staff member's need
  • Hiring a dedicated office assistant for the morning hours with 12 units (23-24 school year)
  • Incorporating the new DCE intern and/or Family Ministry Pastor/Associate Pastor (once called)into the preschool program in meaningful ways for staff, students, and their families.
  • Updating our website photos
We are looking for parents who would be interested in speaking with the NLSA team during their visit on Monday, March 20 at 5 p.m. (Childcare for enrolled students will be provided.  Please contact Mary Wolfinbarger if you are interested in participating.

Grace and Peace,

Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story: Jesus Came to Save Sinners Jesus Forgives Zacchaeus Discovery Points: Law: Sometimes we act selfishly and are not fair to people. Gospel: No one is too bad for Jesus to love and forgive. Sanctification: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can tell God we’re sorry for our sins and feel relieved when we repent and are forgiven. Bible Words: “Have mercy upon us, O Lord.” Psalm 123:3 

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 383-385.  Chapel this week is on Wednesday.  

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

Dear Family: Your child has been learning the Bible story about Jesus and Zacchaeus. Read it in the Student Book. The love of Jesus changed Zacchaeus from a selfish, sinful man into a generous, forgiven one. When your child makes a wrong choice, instead of just telling him he was wrong and giving a consequence (Law), follow it up with offering him forgiveness (Gospel) and help him find a way to change his behavior the next time he is faced with that situation, just like Jesus did for Zacchaeus.

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

March 6 Polly's Pies fundraiser

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

March 6-10

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way! Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become bolder, prouder, and stronger readers. AND... as always, every book they buy earns rewards for our school. At this time, we are looking for parent volunteers to help staff the Book Fair during that week. Book Fair Sign Up.  If you are unable to make it to the Fair, please consider shopping at our school's Online Book Fair. 
All orders ship directly to your home and shipping is free for book orders over $25. *All online book orders will also benefit our school. Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/abidingsaviorlutheranschool1

March 7 PTL meeting

March 11 Grandparents Day 9-11 a.m. 

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

Parent and Preschool Communications
Knowing that the preschool supplements home life, a close relationship with parents is encouraged so that home and school may each benefit from cooperation, planning, and understanding.
We invite the parents to view the classroom in action and have special days set aside for parents each year to participate. You are welcome to visit the school and your child's classroom anytime during the school year. When visiting, you must stop by the preschool office to sign in and get a "visitor's badge." Due to insurance restrictions and Title 22 regulations, only enrolled children may stay in the classroom. SB792 also requires that anyone who engages with children have a copy of the following immunization records in the preschool office: yearly flu shot, measles, pertussis, and TB.
• Our teachers want to become closely acquainted with you. Teachers must give them their full attention when children are in the classroom. If you need an extended visit with the teacher, you can meet with him or her after preschool hours or by phone.
• Parent conferences are scheduled for a day in the fall and late winter/early spring. Dates for these conferences will be announced in advance and by appointment through SignUpGenius. Parents are provided with an assessment three times a year. The first two assessments are presented at the Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the final is in May/June.
• A weekly newsletter and other important communications are sent home via email through our Kaymbu app and Gradelink.
• Preschool parents are encouraged to participate in the Parent-Teacher League with the elementary school parents and our Parents in Prayer group.
• We also have opportunities for parents to help with special days.
• We invite parents to attend parent information nights, Open Houses, our annual Christmas Service, and other special family days.
• Important notices are placed in the child's backpack or file folder with your child's work. Please check them daily.
• Our Abiding Savior App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. This is a great way to sign up for fundraiser lunches, submit an absence notification, receive notifications, check the calendar or newsletter, and much more.
• Each classroom has a whiteboard and bulletin board to communicate the daily schedule, lesson plan, special days, and more. Check with your child's teacher if you have any questions.
• All staff have email addresses using the first initial and last name, @abidingsavior.com. You can also contact your child's teacher via the website at www.abidingsavior.com and our ASLS and Kaymbu apps.
• All classrooms are equipped with telephones and answering machines. When children are in the classroom, teachers must give their full attention to them, so please leave a message.
• We encourage all parents to download the Kaymbu Parent App available from the App Store or Google Play. We will use this app for parent engagement, portfolio, assessment, and lesson plans. It will be the quickest way for you to receive updates and information about your child from your child's teacher.

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 handle painful situations? We recently moved and my child is acting like it’s the end of the world.
Moving, divorce, the loss of a pet or relative, a new addition to the family, not making the team, broken bones and other experiences that cause pain, fear or uncertainty can cause a temporary state of regression for children. (Children’s behavior will become less mature.) In essence, they are trying to return to a time when life was easier and their needs were met. They talk baby talk, want to be carried, can’t manage to dress themselves, etc. One technique to help them move through the regression and deal with the pain they are experiencing is to play “When You Were a Baby” at bedtime.

Begin the game by saying, “When you were a baby, I would hold you like this (do it). When you were a baby, I would rock you like this (do it). When you were a baby, I would blow on your belly like this (do it).” Continue with some things you did from their early years.

The next day, if they continue with their regressive behavior, you can tell them. “Oh, you are playing our “when you were a baby” game again! We will play it together tonight. Right now, it is time to get dressed. You can do it.”

Some “do not’s” in dealing with a child’s pain:

Do not give them choices. When we are experiencing painful situations, we feel overwhelmed. Giving choices to someone who is overwhelmed makes it worse. Instead of saying, “Do you want your blanket or a back rub?” Say, “I am going to rub your back and sit with you. You are safe, I am here.”
Do not distract from painful experiences with food, shopping or other external things. This sets the child up for life-long issues. How you help the child now will be how they help themselves for the rest of their lives.
Do not be sarcastic. Children do not understand sarcasm cognitively until around age 10.
Do not minimize their experiences (“You will get over it.”) or maximize their experience (“My poor baby, this is so horrible.”). Let it be their experience, not yours.
Some “do’s” in dealing with a child’s pain

Observe what your child does naturally to soothe him or herself. If it is socially acceptable, help him/her expand this skill and become more conscious of it. If it is not socially acceptable, (hiding under things, etc.) teach a replacement skill.

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 March birthdays including Myles, Lillian, Lila, Elizabeth, Aria, Charlotte, Penny, Caitlyn, Leo, Miss Emily
+ Our March baptism birthdays including Hope, Ella, Brynlee, 
+ Riley Rummens, Olivia Runkle, Thomas Sangirardi, Walker Schwartz, Noelle and Simone Scott

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.
"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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