ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL

Friday Features December 4, 2015

OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS

Old Fashioned Christmas will celebrated this Sunday, December 6 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. A home cooked Christmas dinner will be provided by the church Fellowship Board. No reservations needed, all are welcome. A free will offering will be taken; all proceeds will be donated to faculty and staff Christmas bonuses.

JUMP FOR JOY!!

We are jumping for joy, because we have raised $3,046 for the American Heart Association!! Since we went above and beyond our WOW goal of $2,000, students will have the opportunity to dress down on Friday, December 11. Also, our top collectors will get to silly string Mr. Stoneburner in front of the entire student body!!


Top Collectors

-Mylie Turner - $315

-Avery, Peyton, and Brylie Turner - each collected $295


Thanks again to all who collected donations and participated!

ADVENT CHAPEL

Advent Chapel for the month of December will be at 9:30 for K-8. This is the church season of advent when we prepare our hearts for the birth of our Savior. All are welcome to join us at these services.

ADVENT SOUP SUPPERS BEFORE WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICES!

Please join us for Advent soup supper before the Wednesday evening Advent Service December 9. Food service will begin at 4:45 PM and concludes in time for the 6:00 PM Worship Service.

MESSAGE FROM PARENT TEACHER LEAGUE

We have many great activities at this time of year in anticipation of our Christmas celebration, where we rejoice at God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world for us! Part of our Christmas celebration involves gift giving. St. Paul has a tradition of allowing parents to donate money towards the staff Christmas gifts. Our organization, Parent Teacher League, then purchases gift cards (through our Scrip program) to give to all of the school staff! Any gift you may wish to give can be given to the school office or our Parent Teacher League (Matt Moore). Thank you for your continued support! Matt Moore, PTL President

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

"Jesus, Savior of the WORLD" will be presented by our K-8 students on Friday, December 11 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Countries celebrate this Wondrous Birth in a variety of ways. Our children are researching these traditions and are rehearsing songs and carols from these cultures. They will be singing, playing handbells and band instruments. Each class will share a country's tradition. Students should dress in their Christmas best (no jeans or tennis shoes please). At 6:45 students in grades K-4 meet in their classrooms and grades 5-8 in the music room.

Please invite family and friends to join us for this presentation!

FREE CONCERT - STAR WARS THE MUSIC AWAKENS

By popular demand, Cinematic Symphony performs, live in concert, John Williams's stellar music from all six Star Wars episode movies. Come see our very own Mrs. Torres, kindergarten teacher, who will be playing the French Horn and her husband who is the conductor of the band on Saturday, December 12 at 7pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX 78749.

2016-2017 School Year!

Looking Ahead...

At our last School Board meeting, we passed two incentives for parents! First, any family that re-enrolls during the early enrollment period will have their children's tuition rates frozen at the 2015 level. This will freeze that family's tuition for their whole educational experience at St. Paul, as long as they re-enroll each year during early re-enrollment period.


Second, our school grows through word of mouth! If you bring a new family to St. Paul Lutheran School next year, we will show our gratitude by paying your your last month's tuition bill for you (up to $600)! More details to follow or see me for more information about either of these "Thank You" opportunities.


Lastly, we are planning on splitting our 3rd & 4th grade class next year if we have 10 students enrolled for 3rd grade!


Gordon Stoneburner, Principal

CELEBRATE THE SEASONS OF ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS WITH US

Midweek Advent Services, December 2, 9, 16, 9:30am and 6pm

Advent Soup Suppers, December 2, 9, 16, 5:00pm

Family Choir Rehearsals, December 6, 13, 20, after late service (after OFC 12/6)

Old Fashioned Christmas and Sunday School Program, Sunday, December 6, 12noon

School Christmas Program, Friday, December 11, 7:00pm

Christmas Eve Service, Thursday, December 24, 4pm (Lessons and Carols) & 6:30pm (with Communion)

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 10am (Communion)

News Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 7pm

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL CHRISTMAS GIFT GIVING

At this time of the year, we focus on the gift that God gave us at Christmas …

Jesus, our Savior! What an amazing gift! We have been so blessed!


This year the students of St. Paul Lutheran School will be giving gifts as well. These gifts will go to help an organization and group of people that are not as fortunate as we are. This year our gifts will go to the Ronald McDonald House in Austin. Each child is asked to bring at least two items from the attached list. Bring the gifts to school unwrapped. The second, fifth and sixth graders will deliver them to the Ronald McDonald House on Friday, December 18. Our prayer is that the students will experience the joy of giving! Bring your items to school by Wednesday, December 16th.

These are the “top 10” items on the wish list.

Home Depot gift cards

Curling Ribbon

Kitchen dish towels (neutral colors)

Trash bags (13 gallon and 33 gallon)

9-volt batteries

Laundry detergent

Pledge Furniture Wipes

Copy Paper 8.5x11, plain, 20 lb.

Bathroom Cleaner

Individual Hand Sanitizer


For the complete list, click on the Ronald McDonald website …http://www.rmhc-ctx.org

VACATION CARE

There will be NO VACATION CARE the weeks of December 21 and 28. Preschool will proceed as scheduled.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

The holidays are upon us. Shop at AmazonSmile!!! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-1260720 and support us every time you shop.


We received $32.85 for last quarter from AmazonSmile. Thank you for your participation in the AmazonSmile program!

PARKING LOT SAFETY

Please remember - If you are leaving your car to pick up your child, park on the church side of our property (off Red Bank). We do NOT want parents and student crossing traffic during pickup! We have had one near-miss and one accident so far! Fortunately, nobody was hurt!

COLD WEATHER DRESS CODE REMINDER

Students in K-8 may wear solid colored sweaters or sweatshirts in the building during the school day. Jackets, coats, or multi-colored sweaters or sweatshirts may be worn outside for recess.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

St. Paul follows AISD decisions regarding wintery weather. If AISD is closed or has called for a delayed start or closes early we will do the same. An email will be sent out to you confirming that we are not open ASAP in the morning. Listen for AISD closings on radio and T.V.

WAYS TO HELP OUR SCHOOL


  • SCRIP PROGRAM
How does it work?... You buy, at face value, gift cards to stores and restaurants where you normally shop/eat and St Paul receives a percentage of the card value. See the website for an order form. For more options, check out www.glscrip.com. Please place your order by 9am on Tuesdays for Friday delivery.


  • RANDALL’S GOOD NEIGHBOR PROGRAM: Good Neighbor #301
Sign up for a “Remarkable Card” and ask to link to our good neighbor number. If you already have a card, then just ask a customer service representative for the link!


  • BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION


Remember to save your box tops from General Mills. Return them to the school office and we’ll handle the rest! Check the website or RenWeb for a form.


  • TARGET—REDcard: ID # 16358


Use your Target REDcard and a percentage of the amount of each purchase you make is donated to St Paul. Visit www.target.com/tcoe or call 800-316-6142 to designate our school.


  • OFFICE DEPOT: ID # 7094567 When you buy any school or office supplies just designate our school and we receive 5% cash back.


  • LABELS FOR EDUCATION Remember to keep bringing in your Campbell’s Soup Labels to help us earn FREE STUFF. For more information about the program and products involved, check out their website at www.labelsforeducation.com


  • MY COKE REWARDS Purchase your favorite Coca-Cola products to get codes (including DASANI®, Sprite®, Minute Maid®, POWERADE ION4® and more.) Go to mycokerewards.com. Enter codes to collect points – choose “Donate to Your School” from the six ways to spend points. (Find our school by Zip Code—78705) Enter the amount of points you’d like to give, then click “Donate.”


  • DONATE YOUR OLD CELL PHONES & PRINTER CARTRIDGES


We recycle both cell phones and printer cartridges. Just drop off your old phones & cartridges in the boxes

UP COMING EVENTS

NOVEMBER

30 Jump rope for Heart Donations Due


DECEMBER

6 - Old Fashion Christmas 12:00

2 - K-8 Advent Chapel 9:30

- Advent Soup Suppers 5:00

- Advent Worship Service 6:00


11- Christmas Program

21- 31 NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break


JANUARY 2016

1 - NO SCHOOL - New Years Day

4 - SCHOOL RESUMES

18 NO SCHOOL- MLK Day

21 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences -

ABOUT US

Founded in 1893 under the auspices of St. Paul Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. We are an accredited, parochial school located in a residential community just outside of downtown Austin. St. Paul is convenient to I-35, St. David's Hospital, Texas State Offices, and the University of Texas.


St. Paul Lutheran School exists to provide a stimulating and modern academic program for children 18 months through 8th grade integrated with and related to the teaching of God's word.