February 2015

hearts fallingLetter From the Director

During the month of February, we are surrounded by hearts; pink hearts, purple hearts, red hot candy hearts, heart message candy, big red heart balloons, hearts on greeting cards and hearts taking up space in grocery stores aisles.  The message of love is everywhere this month.  Some days, I get fed up with the barrage of love messages – the candy and greeting card companies telling me that I must send or gift one of the many tokens to friends, relatives, neighbors and mailmen.  And other days, I appreciate the reminder to slow down, to look at my children in their ever growing bodies and ever shrinking shoes and clothing, and I try to remember the Bible passage that made its way into my heart first as a child, then at my wedding.  You know the one~

1 Corinthians 13:4-7,  “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

I thought a lot about this verse during our Parent Education discussion with Kelly McCord last week as we were discussing the ins and outs of Sibling Relationships and Rivalry.  Those relationships are tricky to navigate when you are one of the siblings, and can be ever more taxing as the parent to said siblings.  Nothing causes me more feelings of uncertainty than thinking about how my children see each other, how they treat each other, and what they are learning from one another and from their parents.  Am I always patient – never rushing my children when they dilly dally getting to the door in the morning? (No!)  Am I always kind?  When faced with a disappointment or a rude person, do I respond in kindness and model for my children that kindness is important in every situation, or is silently or outwardly offering up forgiveness to those around us more important than being right or justified in our anger?  Do my children see me exhibit jealousy or envy?  Do they see me lose my cool in difficult situations?  What about selfishness?  Do they see me purchase more things that I want versus more things than I need?  Are they learning to distinguish between the two?  Do they see me keeping score, and bringing up old arguments with their father?  Do they see me rejoice in the truth?  How can I show them this more often?  Can I look for more opportunities to “catch them being good?”  Do my children know that I love and trust them without condition, and will forever?  Yes!  Yes to it all.  And no to some – for I am broken, I am imperfect.  Our children need us to teach them these important lessons just as we needed them as we were growing up.  Now, as a parent, I am finding that it is my faith that holds me up when these uncertain feelings come at me.

I will try to remember this month, each and every time I see one of those red, pink or purple hearts, that I am love.  Although I may fail my children to some degree each and every day, I will remember that I am doing my best – and so are they.  If they can look at me, and see past the frustration and annoyance and imperfection, and see the love in my eyes, I will know that (even though they may squabble 7 minutes out of every hour!), I am doing my job, and they will know that I love them.

Love takes many forms – romantic, friendly, appreciative and eternal.  Celebrate them all this month.  My prayer is that you will take the time to Love Yourself first.  Give yourself grace and time.  Reflect on your faith and all that it has carried you through.  Know that you are patient, you are kind and you are loved.

Jane Walker, Director

 

January Window

Many thanks to Room Parents, Ann Pearson and Gabby Beavais from Mrs. Fitzhugh’s Class for their inspiring and innovative window display!

Rosemary Lay, Window Coordinator

 

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Book Fair

Cupid’s Book Boutique is almost here!  Please be sure to stop by on February 10 & 11 from 8:30am-12:30pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

Spring Tuition Reminder

The Spring semester begins February 1st and tuition statements have been distributed to each student in their classroom cubbies.  Payments are due by February 13th.  Please contact Renita Lin, Treasurer, at 310-614-6299 or renitaolivia@gmail.com with any tuition questions.

 

Parent Education

You loved him at the Fall Coffee, so join us for more from Dr. Jeff Prater with “Behavior, Hormones, and Temperament,” on Tuesday, February 24, at 9:15 in the Community Room.  Don’t miss this chance to get your questions answered!  For childcare, please contact Joy Flores at joycedawnbon@aol.com.  Questions?  Ask Amanda Tracey (amandabtracey@gmail.com).  We will raffle off picnic day vouchers.  See you there!

 

Admissions

Applications are available for all students.  Please visit Jane Walker for an application.  **All new student applications are due by February 28th.**

Applications for returning/currently-enrolled students were due January 30th for priority enrollment.  If you have not turned in your application for a returning student, please do so immediately.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jessicamay11@gmail.com.

Jessica Martignetti, Admissions Chair

 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, February 11, 10:00-11:30am:  Open House for prospective students
  • Friday, February 13 – Monday, February 16:  SCHOOL CLOSED in observance of President’s Day