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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our worship service on Saturday night.  Mark your calendar for December 10 at 5 p.m. for our Preschool Christmas Service.

We will be closed this Friday in honor of Veterans Day.  There will be no preschool or extended care.


Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  The following comes from Concordia Publishing House Blog on simple ways to help kids give thanks.  You can read more at Simple Ways to Help Kids Give Thanks (cph.org). With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for encouraging children and teens to give thanks for all the special gifts God has provided. Here are a few ideas to get started.

Give Thanks in Prayer

Even from an early age, it’s important to teach kids that prayer begins and ends with God’s true Word. Find a few Bible verses or stories that encourage thankfulness. Then, talk about what each verse means and say a prayer of thanks specifically for the gifts mentioned in each story. Here are a few examples:

  • Genesis 1 & 2: Thank God for His Creation
  • Matthew 27 & 28: Thank God for His Saving Work in Jesus
  • Acts 2: Thank God for Sending the Holy Spirit

Another way to give thanks in prayer is through an activity called Highs and Lows. During prayer time, each member identifies the day’s highs (positive things/events) and lows (not-so wonderful things/events). Try to identify both. Talk about what to give thanks to God for in the highs and lows. Also talk about what needs help, including what needs to happen for the highs to remain high and how to solve any problems with the lows, perhaps by saying, “I’m sorry” and/or “Please forgive me for Jesus’ sake.” Then take all those things to Jesus in prayer. We also have some free Thank-You prayers from Wiggle and Wonder that you can download for your children to color and remember God’s provision.

Make Craft Projects

Here are a few low-cost, simple craft projects to do with your kids.

Start a Thanksgiving chain. Write or draw things for which you are thankful on a strip of paper. Make a chain and say “Thank You, God, for . . .” as you add links. Then, each day remove one link, pray, and give thanks for the item written down.

Create Thanksgiving place mats. This can be as simple as using construction paper or regular paper to make the place mats. Have kids jot down what they are thankful for on each place mat. Add fun stickers or artwork. Laminate for durability if desired.

Make a thankful tree. Grab a small branch and place in a vase. Cut out small leaf shapes and use a hole puncher. Have children write down or draw what they are thankful for on the leaves. Using string, children can hang these on their thankful tree.

Serve Others in Need

  • Pack boxes at a food bank or donate food. Include a card with a “God bless you” note. Pray for the people who will receive the food.  (See below for our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox campaign.)
  • Rake leaves with a group or as a family for older people or others who need it!
  • Make easy gifts like sun catchers or cards for older people or for those who are ill.

Each year at this time we participate in the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox campaign (https://samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/the-journey-of-a-shoebox/). If you would like to participate, you can pick up a box in the preschool office or church narthex. These boxes are filled with gifts to bless children in need around the world.  Our goal is to fill 500 boxes.  Please return your box by Wednesday, November 15th, 2022.

Grace and Peace,
Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story:  Samuel as a Boy – God Calls His People to Serve (1 Samuel 1:21-28; 3) Law:  Sometimes, you do what you want instead of what God wants. Gospel:  Through Word and Sacrament, God calls you to faith and new life.  Sanctification:   Through the power of the Holy Spirit, listen to God’s call and follow His will. 
 Bible Words:  Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 169-171.  We will have chapel in our own classrooms this week as the church is installing new lighting this week.

Dear Family: Your child has been learning about Samuel’s birth. Read the story together. Hannah prayed for a child. When God answered her prayer, she vowed to give the child back to God to serve Him. Remind your child how special she is to you. Look at baby pictures together. Prepare your child for a life of service to God by having family devotions, worshiping together, and reminding her that she is a beloved child of God. Pray often together. 

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 11 - Veteran's Day Preschool and Extended Care Closed

November 15 - PTL Meeting

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

Educational Approach
We are a developmental, play-based preschool. Small motor development occurs through manipulative materials in the classroom, such as blocks, puzzles, sorting, sensory experiences, and art activities such as cutting, gluing, coloring, painting, printing, play dough, and weaving. Socialization skills and school readiness are developed in fun ways through interaction in the housekeeping area, book corner, and small group activities. We create an atmosphere that is comfortable and compatible with the children's interests and abilities.  
Large muscle development occurs through active play. The children paint large pictures (sometimes covering the entire fence with paper to paint on), they dig, climb, run, hop, swing, balance, ride tricycles and scooters, use sand toys, play with the parachute, and bounce, catch and throw balls.
During our inside group (circle) time each day, children learn through the repetitious daily curriculum that may include helper charts, share time, stories, fingerplays, prayer, songs, opening, and closing routines, name recognition, and theme-related activities. The group time is geared to the attention span of each room's enrollment.
Toys from home are discouraged as they cause distractions when a child does not want others to play with them or if the toy is lost or broken. If a toy is brought from home, it will be kept in the child's cubby for the day. We do not allow any violent type of toys to be brought to the preschool at any time, nor are the children allowed to play in an aggressive, violent way.
Each classroom will post a weekly lesson plan. We use our Pacific Southwest District Curriculum Guide as the basis for our assessments, which are done three times per year. The curriculum guide is available on our website.
We are a play-based developmental program that intentionally gives different learning opportunities to the children throughout the day, week, and year. We use "One in Christ," "Enduring Faith," "Handwriting Without Tears," "ZooPhonics," and "Conscious Discipline" in our classrooms. Each teacher develops lessons based on the developmental needs of the children in their care. Each child will receive a portfolio at the end of the school calendar year that has been developed throughout the year on our Kaymbu app that serves as a view of their developmental progress, and we hope it will be a treasured keepsake for years to come.
We offer a weekly Music circle time for our students and a weekly Spanish circle time. These are provided as part of our preschool program at no additional cost to our families. Classroom teachers are present during the music and Spanish lessons and extend the lessons learned into the classroom throughout the 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

My daughter tattles on the children around her, even when what they are doing has no impact on her. What can I do to make this tattling stop?
In this tattling scenario, the child is telling you about something that is happening around her, not to her. Sometimes children use tattling because they think it’s helpful to let adults know what someone else is doing. Other times, the motivation behind tattling may be to get another child in trouble because s/he bruised the tattler’s feelings in some way earlier in the day. Regardless of the motivation, you can utilize tattling to focus on personal self-control and teach self-control to children.

As your child approaches you and says, “Kimberly isn’t doing her homework,” try responding, “Are you telling me to be helpful or hurtful?” This question will bring the child’s awareness to his or her own intent. Young children who are very honest will often say, “Hurtful.” Your response would then be, “What could you do right now to be helpful?” Generally, the child will not know. This will give you the wonderful opportunity to teach. You might say, “You could go to Kimberly and ask her if she would like some help with her homework.”

If the child’s response to your original question is “helpful,” then you can ask, “How is telling me about Kimberly helpful?” The child may respond, “I want her to get good grades.” Then you can direct the child to share those thoughts with Kimberly by saying, “If you want Kimberly to get good grades, you could ask if she needs help with her homework.”

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:  + Rose,  Kenni, Caylee, Layla, Jaxon
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.

The first Sunday of Sunday School this year is September 11, 2022. Children are dismissed for Sunday School after the Children's Message at the 10:15 worship service. Sunday School is for children from preschool through fifth grade.  We are in need of teachers, of all ages and grade levels.  No experience is needed, just a love of Jesus and children. Commitment is whatever you are able to do. 
Please contact Sharon Simon at 
ssimon@abidingsavior.com with any questions to join our staff.

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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