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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

We have enjoyed being a part of your child's growth this year spiritually, emotionally, cognitively, socially, academically, creatively, and physically and look forward to providing that continuity of care for your child and family next year.  Return your Program Selector/ Admission-Tuition Agreement as soon as possible to ensure the days/program that you need for the new year.   

If your child will be heading to Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten in the fall, we would like to invite you to our Kindergarten Information Night on February 28 at 6:30 p.m.

We look forward to meeting each of you for our Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Preschool will not be in session on February 17 so that we can meet with you about your child's progress.  We will review the assessment and portfolio for your child, which we will email to you after the conference.  If you have not received a link to the SignUp Genius to sign up for a time, please let your teacher know.

We thank you for choosing Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Preschool. If you have a friend with young children that would benefit from our program, please let them know about us. Abiding Savior families that refer new families to our Preschool can qualify for a $75 scrip card of their choice.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the preschool office at (949) 837-4292.

Thank you for being part of our Lutheran School!  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.

Grace and Peace,

Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story: Jesus is Caring and Powerful Jesus Feeds Five Thousand (John 6:1-15) Discovery Points: Law: Because of sin in the world, sometimes we have problems and worries about basic things we need. Gospel: God richly blesses us with all that we need – daily bread and the bread of life, Jesus. Sanctification: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can trust in our caring God to provide for all our needs; and we give thanks when He does. Bible Words: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” Psalm 107:1 

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on page 358-360.  Chapel this week is on Wednesday.

Dear Family: Jesus turned a little lunch into a big lunch for many, many, many people. He has the power to take care of all our needs too. Read the story on page 358 of The Story Bible together. Do you have favorite before- and after-meal prayers?

Here is one your family might enjoy using: God is great, God is good, And we thank Him for our food. By His hand, we all are fed. Thank You, Lord, for daily bread. Amen.

Help your child learn that God also works through His people to provide for others. Consider donating a meal to a local food pantry or a family in need. An easy way to do this is to fill a grocery bag with the following items: 1 pound of spaghetti, 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, 2 cans of fruit, and 2 cans of vegetables (a can of chicken and a jar of Alfredo sauce may be substituted for the spaghetti sauce). While there probably won’t be a miracle to make it feed an entire community, your small gesture may spur others to do the same.

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.

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

February 7 8:15 a.m. PTL Meeting

February 10 Pizza Lunch Fundraiser

February 11 Father-Daughter Dance

February 17 Parent-Teacher Conference Preschool and Extended Care Closed
February 20 Presidents' Day Preschool and Extended Care Closed

February 28 TK/K Information Night 

March 11 Grandparents Day 9-11 a.m.
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Each teacher designates a special day to recognize each child's birthday. We celebrate each child's birthday with singing and a birthday crown. The children are also recognized at our weekly chapel service. In addition, Baptism birthdays are celebrated each month in chapel. If you would like to bring in a special treat or small token to share with the children in your class, please contact your child's teacher. All items will be sent home with the children.
If a birthday is celebrated away from school and the entire class is NOT invited, please mail the invitations. If the whole class is invited, please feel free to bring the invitations to school. Please consider the children's feelings and comply with the above request.

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 do you recognize the difference between a child who is having normal behavior issues and one who needs specialized services?
Developmentally, children between the ages of 3-5 years old will test and question authority to determine what is and is not allowed. Children at this age check the limits and boundaries to figure out the expectations and rules of the environment.

When the behaviors become persistent and maladaptive to an extreme degree and they impede with the child’s learning process, then it would be recommended that the referral for special services begin. These children may also have an inability to form interpersonal relationships with others and/or inconsistent moods including depression. Some children may exhibit similar behaviors during a stressful time; such as the death of a loved one, recent move, change of schools or other life changing scenarios. For that reason, it is imperative that the child be observed over an extended period of time and not just referred due to a momentary reaction. In Contact your child’s school counselor or a mental health professional for additional assistance.

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 - January 2023
Parent Pages - January 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

Lutheran Church Charities Daily Devotions
Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotions
Simple Steps for Family Devotions
Early Childhood Devotions - January 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

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.

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
+ This week we also pray for the following students:  Robert, Isai, Hudson, Brynlee, Olivia
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

Women's Fellowship - Ladies Night Out
This coming Monday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. is our next "Ladies Night Out."  We will be making an easy Valentine craft for our homebound friends and one to keep.  Please bring a desk stapler.  It's a potluck dinner; A-L main dish, M-Z salad.  We'd love to hear from you if you are able to come.  Please contact Janice Trumbauer at krafter@cox.net or 949-609-9766.


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 Philippians.
Volunteers Needed
Have you read the new version of Matthew 25:35?  "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink."  I needed to have my taxes done, and ASLC prepared my taxes for free!  While these words are not scriptural it does convey a way to help our neighbors in need.  Abiding Savior provides free income tax service to the community through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which is sanctioned by the IRS.  You can be a vital part of the VITA program.  Our VITA team is seeking fellow brothers and sisters to join our team, which will be a blessing to our neighbors.

Frequently a client will ask, "Why are you doing this free tax service?"  This opens the door for us to be a witness of our faith, and if a client has no church home, to invite them to an ASLC service.  There have been clients that have attended our services, and perhaps others who have attended via live stream.

We are not just looking for tax preparers, we also need greeter / intake volunteers.  There are online training and ASLC volunteers to assist you.  Prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve.  Please contact Bruce Hultine at cahultine@icloud.com to volunteer.  The Lord bless you.   

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