Our school year is off to another great start. We have the highest number of students enrolled in the history of the school…119! Our classes include 1 Stepping Stones class, 2 PreKindergarten classes, 3 PreSchool classes and 2 Small Steps classes. To accommodate all of these wonderful children, we had to add some new staff members: Amy Kissinger is working in the PreKindergarten class with Mrs. Barb, Karen Vinoverski is working with Mrs. Stacy in the PreKindergarten class, Tersa Peluso is working in the Stepping Stones class with Mrs. Peggy and Amamda Conway, who has been attending our church, is helping out in the Small Steps room. We now have a staff of 17, including me.
September was a month filled with a lot of excitement. We were excited to start a new year, excited to watch the transformation of the classrooms as some were painted and redecorated, excited to get to know our new staff members, excited to meet the new children and their families and excited to start sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to these young souls.
We jumped right in with circle time, craft time, playground time, story time, snack time, Kids Praise and Jesus time. We keep our days filled with activities where the children are learning while having fun. We also had a few tears, especially in the Small Steps and PreSchool classes. For most of these children it is their first time away from mommy or daddy, which can be scary. Our loving staff steps right in and calms their anxious little hearts! I’m proud to say that we are almost a “tear free” school.
We will have our first Chapel in October…The Parable of the Pumpkin. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” make His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6. This lesson uses two jack-o-lanterns , one happy with a lit candle inside and one unhappy, dark pumpkin. The carved pumpkins help to explain the Gospel story in a very “visual” way. The lesson explains the differences between living life with Jesus and living life without Jesus. We will also read “The Pumpkin Patch Parable.” It is our prayer that these two activities help to make the Gospel message more clear and meaningful to the children. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Spaghetti anyone? The date for this year’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Art Show is Friday, November 7th. We will do a buffet style dinner including spaghetti with marinara and meatballs and Fettuccini Alfredo. And, of course, we will have our delicious bake sale. If you would like to donate some “goodies” to the bake sale, please drop them off either Thursday the 6th, or Friday the 7th before 1:00 pm. Tickets will be on sale soon.
We will finish the month with field trips to local pumpkin farms for some pumpkin picking, apple tasting and just plain good ol’ fun!