February Notes from Preschool

School News
Greetings from the Preschool! It’s hard to believe but registration for the 2015/2016 school is under way. Please continue to keep our school in your prayers as we prepare to welcome new students and families to Zion. What a tremendous opportunity we have to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to small children. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17

Current school families can register now with open registration starting February 9th. Registration information can be found in the school lobby at the workstation, or it can be found on our website. If you know anyone interested in our school, please have them call the office and ask for me. I’m scheduling tours now.

January was full of winter related activities like snowball fights (play snowballs, of course), singing and acting out the melting snowman song and pretending to be a polar bear in a snow storm! Oh, what fun! It actually felt like we lived in the North Pole…we were actually looking for polar bears and penguins from our windows! To help celebrate Lutheran School Week, we even had a visit from the Pittsburgh zoo…they left the polar bears and penguins at the zoo, but brought some cute, (and some not so cute), animals for us to pet and learn about. We got to see and pet a chinchilla, a Madagascar cockroach (yuck!) and a Rosy Boa snake (again, yuck!), but the kids loved it! The rest of Lutheran Schools Week involved PJ day and Beach day. There are over 1,250 Early Childhood Centers included among the grade schools, colleges, and seminaries. We are blessed to have the opportunity to share the gospel message to so many children and their families.

January has come and gone and hopefully the snow and cold temperatures has gone with it! (one can dream…right?) Even though the weather was miserable, we still felt the warmth of the Son in our school. What a blessing to be able to share Jesus’ love to our little children. Each February our school focuses on Jesus’ love for us. As a way for us to show love to others, our school has again teamed up with the Sunday School participating in a mission project that reaches out to the local community and beyond. This February we will be supporting our troops overseas through the non-profit organization Operation: Bags of Love. We are collecting items that are desperately needed, and appreciated, by our troops and their families. We have been collecting cereal bars, beef jerky and chewing gum. Hopefully between the school and the church we will have plenty of items for “Bags of Love” to send to our troops.

The teachers are also busy conducting PreKindergarten evaluations. Before children enter Kindergarten we test them on specific skills that are needed for Kindergarten. We then hold conferences with their parents and review the test results. It is our goal to give the parents as much information as possible before having to make the decision to send to Kindergarten, or to put them into a class like our Stepping Stones class.

As always, we welcome you to come down to the school and see what is going on. There’s always something new and exciting. We would love to see you!

Tracey Haris