Trinity Lutheran School and Little Lambs Early Learning Center – August 2019 Newsletter Article.
“Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!” Lamentations 3:40
Reading this verse in my devotion made me think about back to school. As we start back to school, it is a time of examination, reflection, and growth. I am so glad that we are given the chance to look back over our lives, good and bad, reflect and change course back to the Lord. God will always be there to forgive us and shower us with His grace. The plan that God has for each one of us will be revealed so that we can find our way. Each day there are new challenges that will test our faith but having a relationship with the Lord will help us to stay true to Him, ourselves and our discipleship.
Congratulations to the congregation for supporting the school mission. Forty years ago, the congregation voted to return to its prior mission of providing a Christ centered education to the children. It is hard to believe that August 15th will be the start of the 40th year Trinity has had a first day of school since re-establishing the school mission. In the early years, classes were held at the church and across the street before morving to the current school location in 1983. So many childre, and the families, have establised a foundation of faith to guide their lives because of your outpouring of love and service to others.
Each year the children enter through the doors filled with excitement, ready to learn, and walking in the way of the Lord. Each day they are in the Word, becoming disciples. This year we are excited to start up a program to bring the Word directly to all families within our walls. Each week we will be offering Donuts & Devotions to parents at drop off. It is our hope that one morning a week, this event will bring families and members of the congregation together to start the day with a short devotion, prayer, fellowship, and donuts. The school will also be offering a before/after school program to families that need a safe place for their children.
Luther noted that God does not need our works, but our neighbor does. As a result, each classroom will be selecting a service-learning project, mission, that they will be doing all school year. Each class will be picking their own project and will share more about it with you during the school year.
Other changes to the school include a fresh coat of pain, a shuffling of teachers and rooms, and a new chapel area. For those of you who are able to join us for chapel on Wednesdays, please know the time has changed to 8:15 am for K-6 and 9:00 am for Little Lambs. Please join us!
We are still getting the registration forms turned in, so our anticipated number of students in K-6 is 34. Little Lambs is anticipating another year with three classrooms filled with children and a wait list. God is good and is providing for our community through us!
This summer we have seen an average of 25 children a day. We have been able to have a preschool and a pre-K class. The Little Lambs have been learning through our study on re-use, recycle, and renew. We have found many outdated ‘treasures’ stored in teh school and have turned them into great learning materials. It is amazing the imaginations the children have, turning a box into a musical instrument and Pepsi cups into a robot outfit. This unit works so well in teaching the children to care for God’s creation.
With all of the working happening inside our school, the updates to the playground are slowly coming together. We will be building our sensory gardens out of tire pyramids, moving rock to create a dry streambed, standing stumps for a border, and using pallets to make a house and mud kitchen. The 10 station Fit Trail has arrived for the elementary playground and will need to be installed. Watch for dates in August to lend a hand and a strong back.
Miss Carri (Brown)