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Posted by Jennifer Beasley on

Hello and Happy Friday to you! This week has been an amazing and joyful one at Grace Lutheran School. As always, I invite you to follow our Facebook Page for more glimpses of Grace throughout the week. This weekly blog does not include all of the amazing things our school is doing.

Our Early Childhood students have been practicing all week for their Christmas Pageant, which they performed three times. Wednesday for the church members, Thursday for the school, and Friday for Parents and Friends.  Their songs take you on the journey to the heart of Christmas.  Which is a beautiful journey to be on...

As much as I love singing "Jingle Bells" at the top of my lungs during the holiday commercials that interrupt my Hallmark Holiday movie watching. I love all the holiday music and movies. it occurred to me how most holiday movies and holiday music are about a holiday and not the holy day, Christmas.  

 Which is one of the many reasons why I love our Senior Kindergarten's Jesse Tree. 

A Jesse Tree is decorated with ornaments that symbolize God’s plan to bring his Savior to the world – from creation, through the Hebrew exodus, the reign of King David and all the way to Jesus’ birth. This Jesse Tree has scriptures, prayers, and devotionals that are shared as a class every morning before the kindergarten class begins their first learning lesson of the day!

As we count down to Christmas Day, Pastor Wegner has been busy teaching our students about the church calendar.  The students were able to use the vestments worn by the pastors to learn about the seasons and symbols that are part of the liturgical year.

Some of our students are busy creating Christmas cards for the patients at Rush Hospital.  Spreading joy to others this Christmas season is one of our favorite things to do as a school. It's never surprising how popular letter writing is this time of year. 

Many kids are used to writing a letter to Santa and asking for items on their wish list (my children write long lists).  Last year, our family of four started writing a letter to Jesus as well, listing what they want to give,  and something they want to give away. We have found this being a great way to pivot between turning the focus from self to God and to others.  Have you started some new traditions with your children?

I will admit, there was a bit of push back from my kids at first. But then we remind them how the real meaning of the gift-giving tradition of Christmas; how the Magi were the gift-givers. We tell them they will get 3 gifts just as Jesus received 3 gifts. And since my kids believe in Santa, we throw in the fourth gift from Santa. 

Moving on from writing to reading...

These ladies represented the Vikings at this year's Reading Olympics. We could not be more proud of them. 

Meanwhile, back at school, the first and second graders were busy eating lunch in the library playing bingo to win books. BINGO!

Our School Handbell Choir performed at Bethesda Retirement Home. Many smiles were made and hearts happy. 

 Please join the musicians of Grace Church and School as they proclaim the Christmas message in music and song this Sunday afternoon! Performances by our Senior Choir, Adult Handbell Choir, Joyful Voices, and the Grace School 5th through the 8th-grade choir.

 Wishing you a beautiful weekend and blessings to all,

Jenn B. 

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