Welcome to the Principal’s Corner
January 8, 2021
So we ring in the new year, and not a whole lot has changed. We look around and see people in masks, still hearing of civil unrest, there are still quarantines, but let’s not forget the vaccine. It is here, but it takes time to get those all out, so for now, not much has changed, at least not yet. I look back and remember a number of times in history where events dominated the news and our lives for months and sometimes for years. Various wars, (Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, to name a few), Hostages in Iran, 9/11, who could forget every election cycle, and many others. In time, the Corona Virus will be eclipsed and something else will take its place. This is going to pass, but when. We are eager to be able to move on and return to something we once considered “normal”, but even then, as noted above, there will be something else. What does it mean to sing “Joy to the World”, “Peace, Peace, Peace” or any number of other songs when the message we are constantly baraged with is doom, gloom and disaster. It is all there and we can easily find the problems if we look for them. But, there is another message that is good, hopeful and filled with joy! So we do ring in the new year, but rather than looking around to see if things have changed, look around to see where you can make a change. Live in such a way that the Word of God flows through you and the love of God spills out all over those around you! Our theme verse 1Thessalonians 5:11 is easy to carry out when you are happy with people and your circumstances, but it really makes a difference and your light really shines when in unfavorable situations. The second part of this verse is the key. It is God who gives endurance and encouragement and can “give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” Our children will learn like mindedness from our example, so let your light shine, sing “Joy to the World”. Yes, there will be trouble in this world, but BEHOLD, JESUS SAYS, “I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD” Praise God!
-Next Friday, January 15 is Parent-Teacher Conferences. Make note that school is not in session and no extended care is provided on Friday. Make sure you get your time scheduled. We are still limiting our on campus contacts, but we will be making contact with you for an actual verbal conversation. May your conference be a blessing.
-Re-enrollment is open for our current families. Get this process completed ASAP for you and your child. The public will soon be invited to join in the enrollment process, so you will need to have your seat secured.
-The second round of achievement testing is being carried out through the month of January. Make sure you keep your child rested and that they are in good form for testing. Each teacher will keep you informed of their testing schedule and progress will be shared with you at the end of the year.
-Tuesday is UFO Day.
Congratulations to our Cross Country teams in their first meet. Girls took 1st and the boys took 2nd. That is without our 8th grade runners who are currently on quarantine. Way to go!
Pastor Dave is beginning two new Discovery classes:
Discovery Class: Periodically, Redeemer offers a Discovery Class that shares what a Lutheran Christian church teaches and believes and gives an overall picture of our ministry at Redeemer. This class is a requirement for all adults wishing to become a part of Redeemer’s membership, but you are not obligated to join Redeemer upon completion. Two classes will be offered this winter. They will begin Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. For more information or to register for the class, please call Kristen in the church office (286-0911).
Many thanks to those who actively participate in the AmazonSmile program to support Redeemer! Thanks to your purchases Redeemer received $314.10 last quarter! If you aren’t familiar with this easy, FREE program, please see Karen or Kristen to find out more! Remember, always shop http://smile.amazon.com/
Coke Rewards Still Being Collected: Please bring any Coca-Cola reward codes to the church or school office. We’ll redeem them for tuition assistance. Thank you to those who have been participating in this easy, free, program! With your help Redeemer received $145.03 this quarter!
Thrivent Choice Dollars
If you have a Thrivent policy, don’t forget to designate your choice dollars. They can be designated to the school, church or other participating non-profit as you choose. School funds for this fiscal year will continue to be used for educational assistance. Church funds have been used for impact windows, musical instruments for the children’s choirs, and audio-video streaming equipment. Additional funds will continue to be designated as needs arise. Thank you for your support of Redeemer Lutheran Church and School through this program. Please contact Amy Whitlach (408-0771) if you have questions or need help to designate your Thrivent Choice Dollars.
12 – UFO Day
13 – Chapel (Mirly)
14 – Pizza Day
14 – Crazy Sock Day (Every Thursday, for a $1 donation, wear your crazy socks to school)
15 – No School
15 – Parent/Teacher conference
18 – No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Call, text or email me if you have any questions.
Tim Mirly, Principal