Welcome February. I can't believe we are stuck with these chilly wintry temperatures even though we had a nice weekend! I know Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so we are in for 6 more weeks of Winter. I have a few snowdrops showing up in my garden so I'm hoping that Spring is just around the corner.
From Lutheran Schools Week in January each class chose a bible verse along with a classroom color and created a poster. These posters are now on display in the Sanctuary; please check them out.
Last week we had our Community Helpers week and we had representatives from Ashburn Pediatric Dentist come in to explain to the children the importance of cleaning their teeth and eating healthy foods to avoid cavities. The children enjoyed the interaction.
This week the children will be getting ready for Valentine's Day parties on Friday; please check with your child's teacher for times and other details.
Valentines Day will be on Saturday. It is a day to express your love to your loved ones. But Valentines Day isn't all about roses, candy, and expensive dinners. Did you know that it has a historical background too. It wasn't created by greeting card companies just to sell cards and candies. It's actually a church sanctioned holiday (it is an official feast in the Lutheran Church), as Pope Gelasius deemed February 14 St. Valentine's Day near 498 A.D.
St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote "from your Valentine" as a farewell to her.
During Chapel Time we now have Ms Katie, from the Toucans class, assisting Ms Wendy with the Chapel lessons. Katie has a Bachelors Degree in Christian Studies from Roanoke College and she will make Chapel an even more loving and spiritual experience for your children. This week the children will learn about God's love. The Chapel Verse for this week is from John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
Two books will be shared with the children during Chapel Time: "The Story of Valentine's Day" by Nancy Skarmeas, which tells the story of how Valentine's Day came into being in simple words that every child can understand, and "My Valentine Story: Giving My Heart to God" by Crystal Bourman, which with rhyming verse has a great message about how you can show God your love for Him.
Our featured author for February is Laura Numeroff famous for her "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" story. Her stories feature the use of a circular story format, presenting to the reader a chain of events. At the end of the story, the reader discovers that the characters have ended up in the same event that they started with.
Details for LOA Summer Camp will be coming soon, so stay tuned... The theme this year is "Fun in the "Son".
Lessons for Piano Keys 4 Kids will start soon. Ms Mallory will be in this Monday between 9:00 and 11:00 AM giving demonstrations in all the pre-school and pre-K classrooms. If you are interested in signing up your child, registration forms will be available on Monday afternoon.
We are now accepting registration for Full Kindergarten and Enrichment Kindergarten for our LOA families. We will open up registration to outside families on February 23rd so to ensure your child has a spot, please let us know by February 20th. Please stop by the office to speak to myself or Ms Courtney about registering your child for the next school year.
LOA events for February:
- On Friday, February 13th, we will have our Valentines Day Parties.
- LCPS will be closed on Monday, February 16th for Presidents Day.
- On Wednesday, February 18th, we will have "Oh Susannah!" come to LOA.
- Purple Day will be Friday, February 20th.
- On Saturday, February 21st, we will have a Parents Night Out from 4:00 to 8:30 PM.
Zumba Classes: At the moment we do not have enough people signed up for Zumba classes; we need a few more to reach the minimum of 8 per class. Classes will run on Thursdays at 6:15 PM in the Sanctuary starting very soon. The cost is $10 per session; 10 session for $80. If you are interested please stop by to see me in the Office.
Lastly, one of our past families, the Sellers family, had an unfortunate incident last week - their house in Purcellville burned down. We would like to help them with their recovery of their lives. We are looking for boy's clothes (Ethan, 8 year old, was in our Schoolage class) and girl's clothes (Faith, 5 year old, she was in the Seastars class) as well as infant girl clothing (12 months). They are also looking for women's clothes size XS and S. Please do what you can to help them during this difficult time. Monetary donations are also being accepted. Also please stop by my office if you have any questions.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8