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Highlights from our Director

December, 2019

“For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;  And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6 

 

A note of thanks to all who pre-registered for the September 2020-2021 classes.  100 spaces have already been filled! Please invite your friends to join us.

 

A special thank you to all of the parents who participated in helping with the Thanksgiving Feasts and parties.  We really appreciate your assistance to make these times the best ever!

 

After Thanksgiving, children will be learning about Advent and will take home projects that they can enjoy throughout the season.  Fours will count down each day to Christmas by cutting a link off their advent chains each day beginning on Dec. 13th.   There is a simple activity written on the link that parents and children can do together.  Threes will make a paper advent wreath to “light” each week. Christmas crafts and parent gifts (except for the advent chains) will be kept at school until Christmas vacation.

 

We will be having a Movie Night on Friday, December 6th to benefit Toys for Tots.

There is no cost but we will ask for a donation of a new, unwrapped toy from each child attending to go to Toys for Tots.  The movie Toy Story 4 will be shown. Children will have pizza, a drink and cookies. They may come in their pajamas and bring a sleeping bag if they choose.  The evening will run from 5:30-8:00pm. Children 3 years and older who are currently enrolled in the school and their older siblings are welcome to attend. Please sign up at the school office.

 

The 3 year old classes will be having Parent Conferences the week of December 9th.

Check your classroom bulletin board for a sign-up sheet.

 

Fun Friday this month will be Christmas Cooking on December 13th.  The cost for the December Fun Friday will be $25.00 and is payable upon sign-up.  The deadline for signing up will be Wednesday, December 11th.  Fun Friday for January will be Exercise with Mrs. Crowe on January 10th.

 

The Nursery School staff will be having their annual Christmas party on Friday, December 13thThere will be NO After Care on this day.

 

Christmas is such an exciting time at Church of the Savior.  Our goal this month is to enjoy the season and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.  We will explain that if Jesus had not been born, there would be no Christmas. The children will act as an angel choir as we tell “The Christmas Story” for our families and friends on Wednesday, December 18th.  Please check your child’s class schedule carefully as each class is celebrating differently. We schedule the programs a few days before the Christmas parties so that in the event of a snow day, the program can take place on the party day. Invitations will be sent home early in the month so that parents can plan on attending.

 

Christmas programs and class parties will take place as follows:  (teachers will keep you updated of any changes via emails)

 

Wednesday, December 18th – Program Day*

 9:15am  –  Smiley and Star classes will join together as the Angel Choir.  

Children should arrive at 8:45am and go directly to the classroom.

Refreshments follow program.  Dismissal after refreshments.

 

11:00am  –   Butterfly and Shamrock classes will join together as the Angel Choir.

Children should arrive at 10:30am and go directly to the classroom.

Refreshments follow program.  Dismissal after refreshments.

 

 1:15pm –  Heart and Rainbow classes will join together as the Angel Choir.

Children should arrive at 12:45pm and go directly to the classroom.

Refreshments follow program.  Dismissal after refreshments.

 

There will be NO Lunch Bunch, Enrichment or Before/After Care on Program Day.

 

*In the event of a snow day, program day will be rescheduled for Friday, December 20th.

Reminder – Parents attend the programs.  Please remember to bring your cameras!

                                                     

Christmas Class Party Schedule:

Thursday, December 19th  – ABM-Sparrow, Star2, Rainbow2, Butterfly2, Heart2

Friday, December 20th  – Smiley, Star3 &5, Rainbow3 &5, Butterfly3 &5, Heart 3 &5, Shamrock

 

On the last day of class before Christmas vacation, please send in a SHOPPING BAG with a handle, labeled with your child’s name.  Please leave the backpacks at home that day.  We will be sending home the children’s rest mats for washing over the Christmas break.  Rest mats that are kept in the multi-purpose room will also be sent home.  Please wash it and pack it back into the child’s backpacks promptly so that it is returned the first day of school.  It’s easy to forget over the holiday.

 

Christmas vacation will be from December 23rd – January 1st.  School reopens on January 2nd.

 

Please plan ahead – The theme this year for January is “The Neighborhood”!  Friday, Jan. 24th is a professional day and school will be closed to setup the Multi Purpose Room for Theme Week.   If anyone would like to help us decorate on that day, please let your child’s teacher know.  We will need help from about 9:00a.m. – 2:00pm. Any amount of time would be extremely appreciated. Since we like to keep the decorations as a surprise, no children please. 

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES:

You are all invited to attend the Christmas Services at Church of the Savior.

 

December  4th – Advent Wreath making & dinner (6:00pm) and service (7:30pm)

December 11th Advent Service  7pm

December 15th Sunday School & Christmas Pageant 10:00am

December 24th Christmas Eve worship     7:00pm  and 10:00pm

December 25th Christmas Day worship 10:00am

December 31st New Years Eve worship   7:00pm

 

 FAITH AT HOME

Have your children help to decorate the tree.  When you come across an angel, star, or a manger, you could ask, “do you know why we put angels on the tree at Christmas.  I remember the angel that told Mary she would have baby Jesus” or “The angels told the shepherds about Baby Jesus and then they all sang in the sky”.  As you come across gold, silver or colored ornaments, you could remark that “Gold is the color for a king’s crown and Jesus is our king”. Blue symbolizes the Holy Spirit.  Silver – the stars of heaven – in the Christian faith it stands for redemption. Purple is for royalty – a king’s robe. Red is for the blood of Jesus – salvation. Your tree itself stands for the “Tree of Life” that we all now have access to in heaven because of Jesus.  The star is for the star of Bethlehem. The lights remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. You can sing some of the children’s songs such as:

 

“Go Tell it on the Mountain” etc. “Mary Had a Baby Boy”

“Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” “Away in a Manger”

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR!

 

Gail Hayman, Arlene Bauta, Joan Baumann, Alexis Cavaliere, Suzanne Damato, 

Tiffany Gomez, Theresa Gorman, Rita Jones, Marie Kashammer, Marie Millner,

Kim Mircovich, Gretchen Morrow, Janyce Perrone, Stella Rosenzweig, Nicole Giaccio,

Shirly Gidvani, Janet Marchese, Pastor Paul Miller