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What's Happening February 16, 2018

A Wonderful Goodbye to a Special Teacher

Margaret B. Nosco, our Christ Lutheran Church and School church member and Kindergarten teacher passed away on February 8, 2018. Many have felt the loss of this great lady and continue to do so.

But The Christ community came together to give Meg a wonderful goodbye. Staff, parents , church members and PTL all worked together to help make the memorial service and reception an affair to remember. I am especially thankful to Pastor Nathan Hoff for his message to the family at the memorial service.

Again, thank you all so very much for your love.

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Thessalonians 1:2-3

Blessings!

Philomena Howard
Office Manager/Human Resource Director
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What's Happening February 9, 2018

Dear Christ Lutheran Families-

We are mourning the passing of our beloved teacher and friend, Meg Nosco.

Over the past couple of weeks, our teachers have been talking with their students about Mrs. Nosco’s failing health and having moments in the classroom to pray for her. One of our teachers had her students recall their time in Mrs. Nosco’s classroom two years ago….

“We then went on to spend about 10 minutes remembering Kindergarten and Ms. Nosco. There were laughs and smiles as the children shared all their fond memories of eating rice, sailing on the Mayflower, eating goat cheese and olives while Mrs. Nosco was dressed up in a beard as Abraham, making gingerbread men, and all of the other amazing things she did with them. It was nice to focus on the good times and not feel so sad. I reminded the children that our lives are just a short blip in comparison to eternity and that they will get to spend forever with Mrs. Nosco in Heaven. We grieve as we miss her and her sweet hugs, but we rejoice that she is out of pain, cured of cancer, worshiping at the feet of Jesus.”
-Dionne Sevy, Second Grade.

The grief is heavy throughout our campus from the teachers who spent over 25 years teaching alongside Meg, to families who credit their children’s ability to read from their year in Meg’s Kindergarten class, to students who are learning how to walk through these difficult moments in life while trusting that God is preparing an eternal home for all of us and that Mrs. Nosco just got there before us.

Mrs. Nosco, you will forever be in our hearts. We can never thank you enough for your faithful service to Christ Lutheran.

The service celebrating Meg's life and ministry will be held this Monday, February 12th at 11:00 AM. A bereavement meal is to follow in the Church/School gymnasium.


Samantha Fulton, Admissions Director
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What's Happening February 2, 2018

Hello Christ Lutheran Families,

The Internet – what a wonderful tool! We all use it every day, and so do our students. Doing research for school reports, communicating with teachers, playing interactive educational games, or watching an online tutorial are just a few examples. What a great resource for learning!

However, just as we all need to watch out for our safety in life, it is so important that our children are taught how to watch out for their safety online. We at CLS discuss this topic regularly, but I dedicate two or three class periods for each grade level specifically to this subject during the month of February, which is Internet Safety Month.

Your children will be engaging in a resource called The NetSmartz workshop, which is an interactive, educational program established by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It provides age-appropriate activities for children ages 5 – 17. With videos, games, activity cards and presentations, your children are learning how to make safe choices online, how to stay away from online predators, the importance of being ethical, and the consequences of bad choices. I stress that we have the responsibility as a child of God to show faith-filled digital citizenship.

With the explosion of social media, it is very important to be aware of what your child does on the Internet (phone, tablet, computer) when not at school. What they post, who they chat with, and what they share about themselves are some things you should monitor. Please look for some handouts or emails about what you as a parent can do to help protect your kids. By talking to them about potential online dangers and monitoring computer and phone use, you’ll help them surf the Internet safely.

Remember, your kids’ best online protection is you! Stay Safe!

Blessings in Christ,

Susan Woeste
Computer Teacher
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What's Happening January 26, 2018

Principal's Message

Can you believe how fast this school year is going? We started the school year off in September, with all the excitement of starting something new. In October, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and in November we look at all the blessings God has given us and humbly we give our thanks. December, comes with the pressures of Christmas shopping and Wednesday worship services and BOOM, January comes in and we begin looking at our New Year resolutions, asking ourselves…”why did I choose this for a resolution?”
 
Before you know it – February hits you with the statement, “How do you say, ‘I love you.’?” The best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to come out Wednesday night, February 14th, to our Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 pm. A worship service that acknowledges the true sacrificial love our God has for us in Jesus Christ. And you can continue the experience throughout the Lenten season.
 
It’s also a great time to sign up for Christ Lutheran’s, “Foundations Class” starting Ash Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm. It’s a time to see what this thing called “Lutheranism” is all about. So, come and see, come and join as we look together to the great love our God has given us in Jesus Christ.
 
Blessings, Mr. J
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What's Happening January 19, 2018

Grandparents Day- January 26

Grandparents Day is a very special day on our campus. It's a time when we honor the grandparents that give so much to our community. We have several grandparents who help in classroom, pass out hot lunch, volunteer at our events, help fund different projects and assist with tuition. It is a day for grandparents to enjoy a wonderful breakfast in our gym and spend some time in their grandchild's classroom and in our chapel hearing from all of our students. It's a way to say "thank-you" to our grandparents for all they do.

This year instead of having parents donate breakfast items, the PTL has made it possible for this event to be catered. We only ask that parents drop-off bakery type items the day before. We could also use some help with set-up and clean-up. If you are available to help out or donate a baked good, please click the Grandparents Day button to sign-up. We really appreciate you!
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What's Happening January 12, 2018

National Lutheran Schools Week [January 21-26] provides our network of nearly 2,300 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in Lutheran schools.

We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we serve. We are most grateful for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with children and their families. National Lutheran Schools Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve.

Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ by teachers and students alike.

--- LCMS Website
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What's Happening December 21, 2017

Principal's Message

A few of our 8th grade students and parents helped decorate the Lutheran Float "Bringing Christ to the Nations" that will be in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day!

If you do not have a home church to celebrate Christmas, I invite you to join us on Christmas Eve for our 9:00 am service, as well as a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 pm.

Wherever you are celebrating the birth of the Christ child, I wish you safe travels and a restful time during our break. We will see you back in 2018 on January 8th.

Until then, may your hearts be filled with the truth of Isaiah 9:6 "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

For more news around the church and school campus, please see the latest addition of the Christ Lutheran December Messenger .

Blessings, Mr. J
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What's Happening December 15, 2017

Principal's Message

Our Kindergartners were such as blessing to our guests from the San Pedro's Pastor Fellowship this week. They came in during our lunch to share Christmas carols and play the hand bells.

I wanted to share some exciting new safety upgrades we've been working on. We have installed a new state-of-art security camera system which allows for more visibility of the front door and back gate entrances. New monitors have also been installed in the school office, SAC and Preschool. New buzzers are being installed that will allow each of these security points to unlock both the front door and/or back gate.

Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our campus safe by not opening the door to anyone you do not recognize and bringing any security concerns to our attention.

For more news around the church and school campus, please see the latest addition of the Christ Lutheran December Messenger .

Blessings, Mr. J
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What's Happening December 8, 2017

Principal's Message

Rehearsals are in full swing for our upcoming Christmas programs. The students are working hard to memorize their lines and learn the songs. I'm so impressed with the theatrical direction of our teachers! Mr. Saraga and our 1st- 4th grade teachers, Mrs. Turnbull, Mrs. Sevy, Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Mondragon are working to put on the "Christmas in Egypt" program that is sure to be a hit! In addition, Ms. Soon and Miss Deanna are preparing their Kindergarteners and TKers while our Preschool staff works with the smallest of our students to put on presentations that glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by sharing the true meaning of Christmas. I hope you are able to join us for one or all of the programs.

Blessings, Mr. J
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What's Happening December 1st

We look forward to celebrating the Advent season with you as our students share the true meaning of Christmas during the upcoming Christmas Programs.
We invite you to join us for a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 PM.
Please see the attached schedule for all the details on these Christmas events taking place throughout the month of December.
Grades 1-4 Advent Program - December 13th at 7:00 PM
TK & Kinder Christmas Program- December 17 at 2:00 PM
Preschool Christmas Program- December 20 at 6:00 PM

Blessings, Mr. J
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