Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family
December Health Theme: The Gift of Health—Balance
Volume 13, Issue 13 Virginia I. Terrell, Principal November 30, 2017
From God’s Word – Traveling and driving are fun, but don’t lose the way. Not knowing which street is next, searching for addresses, or looking for just where to turn is cause for anxiety. In this day and time, cars are equipped with GPS, and phones will even spout out the directions. With such up-to-date technology, finding the way is nearly a sure thing. The twists and turns of life have a way of getting us lost, so what’s our GPS for getting to heaven? Satan abounds with temptation at every intersection. Illness arrives. Reversals and disappointments creep in. Adversity presents a highway of sharp turns and detours. It is easy to land lost and off course. Into our fallen world and hopeless inheritance from the Old Adam enters Jesus. He is our GPS for a safe journey to heaven. Just as promised, He will return to claim His children for eternity. Stand firm in Him, repenting, ever-sure of His atoning love and promises. Christ is our road map. His gracious mercy and tender care assure us of our safe journey home. “Behold, I am coming soon. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. I am the root and descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22
Welcome – We are pleased to greet Jeremiah McMiller, a new student to our eighth grade class. We pray God’s blessings for him as we welcome him to our Gloria Dei family.
Advent Service – Each day, we are spending time rehearsing our annual Advent Service, which will be presented by the children Wednesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. It is expected all children will be in attendance to participate. Today’s folder contains a form for you to complete, indicating your family’s intentions. This year’s service emphasizes the kindness of God in providing salvation through Jesus. Sinners that we are, God had every reason to turn His back on us. Instead, He visited us, in the flesh, with His kindness—forgiveness and salvation.
Gift Cards – Let’s do some Christmas shopping! Enclosed is a Shopschripts (formerly Manna) order form. All orders with payment must be returned to the school office by Friday, December 8. Our school will receive a percentage of each order. Since everyone shops, this is a great way to help us out!
Inclement Weather – In the event the school needs to close for weather-related reasons, you will receive a call from a toll-free 888 number between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. This method of notification will be the only announcement you will receive. Please let the school office know if you have changed our telephone number since you completed your registration papers so we can update our list.
Santa’s Workshop – Santa and his merry band of elves will be at Gloria Dei Thursday, December 7, and Friday, December 8, so our students can do some Christmas shopping. Gifts will be priced from $1.00 and $6.00 and will be wrapped while children enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Sometimes, it helps if students bring a list of people on their shopping list. That way, the helpers can provide some helpful assistance.
Phil’s Friends – The beautiful fleece blankets we’ve already received for our service project are on display outside the church office. We are asking all blankets are brought to school by Monday, December 11. Wednesday, December 13, is Blankets of Blessings, a day when the blankets will be displayed in the church and we will offer a prayer in Chapel for those patients receiving a blanket. Extra directions are available in the school office, should anyone need another copy. We are so enjoying this project which is meant to warm the body, but it also supplies cuddles for the heart and tears to the eyes. “I was sick and you visited Me. Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me.” Matthew 25
You’re Invited – Wednesday, December 6, at 10:00 a.m., Officer Perez will be here to present certificates to our fifth and sixth graders who recently completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Also included in the celebration will be students in Mrs. Kamman’s class and Mr. Przybylski’s class, as they completed course work in Gang Resistance Education and Training. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the festivities.
December 21 – Yes, a little seasonal fun is on the way! We’ve planned a couple of things for Thursday, December 21, we hope will be meaningful and fun for everyone. First of all, it is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Students are invited to wear a Christmas sweater that isn’t so very beautiful! We will have a competition for the ugliest sweater, and prizes will be given. (All themes and motifs must be compliant with our Christian learning environment.) Also, we will set aside our regular curriculum to provide opportunity for students to participate in playing board games. Students are encouraged to bring a game from home that can be played with others. Each game is to be labeled with the student’s name, and all game pieces should be placed together in a plastic bag or some sort of container. While this will be a relaxing and fun time, learning will take place in areas of social/emotional growth such as sharing, taking turns, playing by the rules, being a gracious winner, and learning how to lose.
British Home – We will sing Christmas carols at the British Home Thursday, December 22. (Students will wear their regular school uniforms.) A permission slip is included in today’s folder. Please indicate whether or not you will be able drive.
PTL Lunch/Early Dismissal – After returning from the British Home, classrooms will enjoy a Christmas party, followed by a lunch provided by PTL and dismissal at 1:00.
Rules for Winter – Boots must be worn when snow is on the ground. NO boots can be worn into the classroom, so a change of shoes is necessary. Boots are kept in the designated location in the lunchroom downstairs. Without boots, a student may not participate in recess. When playing outdoors, all snow remains on the ground. Students should be prepared to go outside, and must have the proper clothing for staying warm: coat, hat, gloves or mittens.
One Last Thing – This is Wendy’s Night for us. See you at Archer and Laramie between 3:30 and 6:30. Remember. There’s a free Frosty waiting for any Gloria Dei students who order inside the restaurant.
Looking Ahead –
November 30 – Wendy’s Night
December 3 – First Sunday of Advent
December 7 – Santa’s Workshop; Parents at Lunch – Noon
December 8 – Santa’s Workshop
December 11 – Blanket Completion Day
December 12 – PTL Pizza Lunch
December 13 – Blankets of Blessings
December 20 – Advent Service
December 21 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
December 22 – Christmas Caroling at British Home (Wear Uniforms); Christmas Parties in Classroom; Christmas Lunch (Provided by PTL); 1:00 Dismissal