This past week we found lots of treasure boxes and gold coins during our Treasure Seekers week. Some classes went on scavenger hunts. We all managed to stay away from the clutches of the pirates! The real treasures, however, are your children.
This week our theme is Camping Out With God. Some classes will be setting up tents and will be camping out in the classroom. We will all be learning campfire songs and doing a lot of "outdoor" activities.
Our Summer Chapel lesson this week from the book "Stepping Stones of Faith" by Anita Edlund will be "God Wants Me to Help Other People". "We should help people whenever we can." Galatians 6:10 CEV. Also "A Boy Helps Jesus" in John 6:1-14.
In the spirit of helping others, Ms Melinda, our Dolphins teacher left on Saturday for a 1-week mission trip to Port-au-Prince in Haiti. She went along with her husband and other church members to help out the Source of Light Orphanage. You all generously donated many items for her to take with her for the children she will be helping. While there, she will be taking many pictures to document her trip. We want to keep Melinda and the other missionaries in our thoughts and prayers for a successful trip and safe return.
Our fun activity for this week:
- We will have Reptiles Alive on Thursday, August 7th at 10:00 AM. They will be bringing in a number of interesting animals for us to see, touch and learn about.
Fun activity for later this month:
- We will have Blue Sky Puppets on Thursday the 21st during Find Your Strength with God week.
Porch Pals is collecting again this month - they need breakfast items such as cereal, cereal bars, juice boxes, oatmeal, etc. This is to help less fortunate local Middle School students start their day off with a healthy breakfast. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be overweight and more likely to receive necessary vitamins and nutrients. Several studies also suggest that eating a regular breakfast each day can help reduce student absences and tardiness, and lessen behavioral problems. The yellow bin will be by the Front Desk for your donations. Thank you.
Our LOA Summer Reading Program, Set Sail for Reading!! continues and will run until August 15th. The children are earning their prizes. Once again, please continue to encourage your children to read throughout the Summer.
LOA Magnets for your car or refrigerator are available at the Front Desk for $3 or two for $5. Check them out.
We want to continue to collect post cards or pictures from all the Summer vacation destinations of our families. Please send us a post card to LOA at 818 S. King St., Leesburg, VA 20175 when you travel. You can also bring a card or picture in when you return. We will have a bulletin board titled "All the Places You Will Go". Let's collect lots of wonderful pictures from our Summer vacations.
Button alert: Teachers are requesting buttons for them to use for various projects in the class. Can we fill our "button jar" with all sorts of buttons. Check your drawers for all those extra buttons you get with clothes you purchase, but don't know what to do with them. It doesn't matter what size, color or shape. Thank you for your help.
I hope you are enjoying your Summer. We are already planning for the Fall schedule. Please let us know if your school-age student will be returning in September, if you have not already done that.
Lastly, over the next couple of weeks our College Students (Rachel R., Torie, Rebeckah, Jadine, Rachel S., Ashley B., Mitchell and Amanda R.) will be returning back to school. We want to thank them for their help over the summer months. We wish them all the best for their next academic year and look forward to seeing them back next year. A few other College students will be staying with us, but either going on a part-time/substitute status or will be working around their college schedule.
Some camping tidbits:
- Camping is the #1 outdoor vacation activity in America; About 3 million people camp at parks run by the National Park Service every year.
- You can tell the temperature by listening to a cricket chirping. Count the number of chirps in 14 seconds and add 40 for the temperature in Fahrenheit.
- To keep mosquitoes away, rub the inside of an orange peel on your face and arms; mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue more than twice that of any other color.
- One of the fundamental concepts of camping: you should leave no trace when you leave your campsite in order to preserve the local environment.