December was a very busy month for us. We had two Christmas Programs, two Christmas shopping days (which is an extra- long lunch bunch) with pizza and a movie, Chapel , a scavenger hunt looking for Christmas symbols and class Christmas parties! Whew….I’m still tired! I hope some of you had a chance to see our Christ-mas Programs….the children did an amazing job lifting their little voices up to God. Their favorite song was “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and their voices weren’t so “little” as they blasted out those words. Feliz Navi-dad….Prospero ano y felicidad! How about that? Our oldest students sang this classic in Spanish…and added a little dancing too…what a blast!
I think one of my favorite aspects of this job is hearing the parents feedback to what we are doing here at Zion. The last week of school before Christmas break is so busy…all the parties and activities, cookies and candy… it’s kind of crazy. The great thing about it is that so many parents are here to help with all of these festivities. One mom came up to me to tell me what her daughter had said to her. They were discussing what kind of pies to make for Christmas day. Her daughter said “Why are we having pie, we need to have cake…a birthday cake.” Mom’s reply was “It’s not your birthday” to which she quickly replied “no, mom, it’s Jesus’ birthday!” She then told her mom all she had learned about the birth of Jesus in school. Mom was so impressed that a 4 year old was able to put “the whole thing together” to quote mom. Mom also told me that this will now be a part of their family’s new tradition. God clearly is at work here!
We’ll start the new year getting the children back into a routine which can sometimes be difficult after a long break. During Chapel we will continue with the Christmas story as we learn about Epiphany (visit from the Magi, or the Wisemen). We’re also looking forward to visits from the Zoo and celebrating Lutheran School Week during the last week of January. Lutheran Schools Week will include PJ day (which the staff loves) Beach day, Crazy Sock day and lots of fun-filled activities to go along with these themes.
Crazy as it sounds, we will start registration for the 2016/2017 school year at the end of the month. Our current enrollment is 140, our biggest so far, and we anticipate a similar enrollment for next year. With classroom sizes increasing, we now face the issue of not having enough room for all who want to attend. We have been so blessed at Zion so please pray that God will continue to guide families to our school, and that as a school we can accommodate all of the “little” souls who walk through our doors. It is an honor to be a part of these children’s lives and to be able to teach them the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to watch them “teach” their families. AMEN!