Ram's Horn                           November 18, 2016
Principal's Pen
A BIG thank you all for your generosity in bringing in the treats for our Operation Christmas Child project! We will be assembling these boxes this Wednesday at Grandparent's Day. Again, if your child needs a grandparent figure for the day, please let us know! We are looking forward to a great week as we prepare for Thanksgiving, family, food, and some time off before the crazy Christmas rush.
 
I will be sending out some information specifically to our Pre-K parents regarding Kindergarten Info Night, to be held on Thursday, January 12 at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm. Please mark this on your calendar as we present why we are different than public school and why we are highly accredited compared to other programs. Hope to see each of you there and thank you for your consideration.
 
Coffee Chat with Mrs. Jennings will be Tuesday, December 13 in the Great Hall.
 
A few procedural reminders :
Please do not get out of your car in the pick-up lane after school. If you need or wish to get out of your car, you must park in a parking space. The pick-up lane is specifically for drive through pick-up only. It creates backed up traffic on University and creates a safety issue when we have parked cars or individuals out of their cars in the pick-up lane. 
 
The office has noticed that tardies have been increasing recently. With the time change influence and with the holidays approaching, our lives can get hectic and affect our daily schedules. Please remember that interruptions to the classroom disrupt learning and may create unnecessary chaos. We realize that tardiness is unavoidable at times but please do your best to be in class on time. Thank you for understanding! 
Selfies with Santa
Saturday, November 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Christ Lutheran Church MOPS (8997 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch) is presenting an opportunity to meet Santa and get a picture with the big guy! Enjoy doughnuts, refreshments, crafts and pictures with Santa! Bring a new, unwrapped toy to contribute to the Santa Elves organization. Cost is $15 per family or $10 if a toy is donated.
Grandparents & Special Friends Day!
Wednesday, November 23,  8:30 - 11:30 am
 
Registration begins in the Church at 8:30 and Chapel will start at 8:45. At 9:15, refreshments will be served in the Gym. As our service project we will be making "Operation Christmas Child" boxes.
Santa's Holiday Shop
Tuesday, December 6 - Friday, December 9, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm  
Volunteers are needed to staff the shop and help the kids with their selections. Please consider helping at this event. Click HERE to sign up. Please call, text or email Adrienne Olsen, 303-921-3206 or adrienneo@hotmail.com.
 
Click HERE to learn more about The Holiday Gift Shop.
ELC and BASE Camp Parents!
M&M's, Bookworms and All-Stars will be hosting a Turkey feast on Monday, November 21. Parents, grandparents and siblings are invited.
 
NO BASE CAMP... 

- after school on November 23

- November 24 & 25

- after school on December 21

- during Christmas break

Break the Dress Code Days
The 7th and 8th graders are raising funds for Washington DC. All students, Kindergarten through 8th grade have the opportunity to Break the Dress Code. Wear what you would like (must be school appropriate) and pay $1 at the door to Break the Dress Code! First semester Break the Dress Code days are the following Thursdays -December 1 and December 15. Mark your calendars now!

The 7th and 8th graders thank you for your support!
Questions? Email Krista Krikke.
Auction Planning Meeting
Our next auction meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, at 6:30 pm. We will meet at Mellow Mushroom in Southglenn.
  • We want to see how everyone's doing
  • See how we can help you
  • Discuss the raffle
  • Talk about sponsorships
  • Auction communication & publicity
  • Overall brain storming session
Join us for a fun time! Please RSVP to Meredith or Jodie

If you weren't able to make it last time, don't hesitate to join us!
SAVE the DATE!
What Child Is This?
ELC-8th Grade Christmas Program
December 15, 2016
10:30 am and 6:30 pm
Shepherd Gear
The weather is getting colder (finally!) and you are wishing you had bought your student a hoodie? Maybe you are thinking Christmas presents?  Click HERE to go to My Locker to order your Shepherd gear. Also-Shepherd earns a small rebate on every order!
Good News!
Here's how your past child care contributions (ELC) served the needs of the church this past fiscal year:
  • $67,891 was applied to help offset the ELC's fixed overhead costs.
  • The preschool remodeling loan was paid down $20,000.
 
That's $87,891 that went back to the general fund! What a blessing and a benefit! And the generous donors of those funds received a benefit, too. The Colorado Child Care Credit provides a 50% tax credit against your state income tax liability along with the existing tax benefits of a charitable deduction. Please be sure to pick up an informative flyer from the usher stands.
Hot Lunch Volunteers
You are invited by Shepherd to sign up for "Hot Lunch Volunteers."  Please click HERE of use the link below to view the online sign-up sheet.
Streets of SouthGlenn
Help Shepherd when you shop at The Streets of SouthGlenn to receive a prize of $250-$2500! Simply shop and submit itemized, original receipts   from purchases made between August 15, 2016, and April 30, 2017. Drop your receipts off at Guest Services (located in the Concierge Lobby by the parking structure) or the box in Shepherd's entry area near the office. Questions? Email or call Audrey Monson , 303-798-0711 ext. 383.

Click HERE to read StreetSmarts Holiday bonus opportunities. 
Jack's Corner 
QUESTION:  My ten-year-old son has been asking a lot of questions about ISIS and war.  He has seen the some video clips on the news.  I don't want him to be scared, and I don't want him to be exposed to those and other horrors on the news.  His father has a much more cavalier attitude about the whole topic.  Can you give us some guidance?
 
ANSWER:  As Christian parents, we will always agonize over how much and when to expose our children to the realities of life... 
School Counselor  
Our School Counselor, Jack Lipski, is available to help our students AND their families with social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual concerns. Jack is also an Individual, Marriage and Family Therapist. Please don't hesitate to call and make an appointment, or just drop by if his door is open.