Are you kids getting too much screen time? We are noticing a steady decline in the attention span of children. A healthy attention span is critical to the learning ability of all of us, but especially children. The more screen time they have, the more their brains get used to receiving information in smaller 'bytes' and with immediate responses or moves to the next image, children are not learning to concentrate or think.
What can you do?
1. Make sure you are having conversation with your children. Don't talk to them while texting or playing on your own phone - save that for when they are not around.
2. Encourage the following: board games, card games, lego building, puzzle building, book reading, listening to music, drawing, coloring, cooking dinner, baking etc. All of these activities require wait time, patience, planning, and thinking and YOU!
It is a serious issue that we will need to begin reversing, so that our children can learn by thinking, experiencing, practicing, and problem solving. Something to think about!
Thank you Pirates for a great baseball season!
IMPORTANCE OF READING - HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Now that school is in full swing, book lists, reading logs, homework, and journals are everywhere. There’s no doubt that reading has many benefits. Studies have shown that kids who read regularly gain confidence, increase their vocabulary, and improve their test scores. Here are some everyday ways to instill a love of reading.
*Read together. Consider reading the same book your child is reading. Or have your child read to you. As you read, stop and talk about the book. Ask questions. Not only will it help your child with reading comprehension, but you'll also have special time together. If they can't read yet, read to them. It's never too early to start!
*Family devotions. Kids and adults take turns reading different parts of the Bible story and devotion books and talk about what God has done, is doing, and will do for His beloved children.
Books before bedtime. If your children are engrossed in a good book, can bedtime slide a little later? Simply reading “one more chapter” sends a positive message and reinforces a love of reading.
*Be an example. Let your kids “catch you” reading and meditating on God’s Word and turning to Him in prayer. Consider placing your personal devotion materials—your Bible, devotion book, and prayer journal—in a place that is visible to your kids. Encourage them with their very own devotional books.
I am so pleased with the start of this year. We have an amazing faculty and staff. Together they are working very hard to make our students and families feel welcome and appreciated. We have great expertise and talent among our teachers, and I look forward to seeing their educational plans for their classrooms and content areas. They are a talented group, but moreso they are committed to teaching the Christian faith to our students. I am proud of all of them and their desire to serve our students to the very best of their ability. Please pray for them, as they combat the world, Satan, and sinfulness. Our God is an awesome, gracious God who will not allow His Word to return void. We are going to have a great year, and it will be centered in the LOVE of Christ, of that I am very sure.
Well, the day has come! The start to the 2014 - 2015 school year. We are ready to Prepare 'our students' to Serve the Lord, each other, the community, and their families. It will require all of us to work to do our best, and work hard. It will require collaboration, consistency, and cooperation. Most of all it will require Christ at the center of all we do. Together we will strive to lead in word and deed, to demonstrate God's great love for us as shown in His gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus. Welcome to RLS everyone. May the Lord bless and keep us in His care.
It's Summertime! Everyone is enjoying time with their family. It's a great time to relax, regroup, and review. It's also a great time for summer camps and RLS family activities. We still have openings in our summer camps - check the information on the web site and call the school office to enroll. May the Lord bless and watch over the RLS family this summer, holding them close to Him and reminding them of His great love for them. You'll hear about that great love everytime you worship with your church family. If you don't have one, come to Redeemer in Oakmont. Summer hours: Sunday School 8:30, Worship 9:45AM. All are welcome.
Upcoming Events - check the calendar for details:
7/9 Kennywood Day, pavilion #4
7/19 Golf Outing, 9AM
7/26 Oakmont Stree Fair
8/14 Back to School Night
Wonderful performance of the Music Man! Everyone was cast perfectly for their gifts, and together the team put on a wonderful performance. Well done everyone, and well done Mrs. Dalbo!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS MISS DIANE - Miss Diane was presented with the Lumen Christus Award from the English District Missouri Synod. This award is presented to a candidate who has demonstrated excellence as a professional church worker in school ministry. Miss Diane was chosen from other very worthy candidates to exemplify what it means to be a Lutheran School teacher and serve the Lord as a Light of Christ to her students and their families. Well done good and faithful servant.
What a great evening. Our annual wine tasting fundraiser was held Friday night at the Alle-Kiski Heritage Museum. The choir from Concordia Lutheran University Ann Arbor performed, and the night was great fun. The food was excellent, the music was outstanding, and the setting was amazing. Special thanks to Mrs. VanWyk and her team for working so hard to create such a special event to support our music program, and thank you to our donors for supporting the program at RLS!
Well done RLS families. Together we raised over $700 for the Kenya Missionary Project through Lutheran Hour Ministries! The winner of the Penny Wars will be announced tomorrow, and that class will be treated to a St. Patrick's Day party by Mrs. Holzer!
Enrollment for the 2014 - 2015 school year will begin in early February for community families. We are pleased to offer classes for children as young as 18 months, and as old as the 12th grade. A Christ-centered education will give children a firm and stable foundation from which to grow and develop a godly character. Call the school office for more information on how RLS can be a blessing to your family! 412-793-5884
Very Proud of our RAMS! Thanks for a great season of Soccer.
The teachers enjoyed the Lutheran Educators Conference, and have all arrived home safely. We bring with us some new ideas and a renewed commitment to Christian education. After learning some new statistics about this generation of children, it is as important as ever to keep Christ in the center of all learning. It is critical to their eternal future.
WAY TO GO RAMS! our RAM soccer team has won their first playoff game under the direction of Coach Gerth. They will play again on Thursday with Mrs. Wilshire leading the way. GO RAMS.
Special thanks to the Student Council for an excellent family event on Friday. The Family 80's Dance was a a great hit, and a great support for the Dominican Republic mission opportunity. Funds will support the high school students traveling to the Dominican next year, as well as purchase the supplies they will need to do their work. This week is our RLS Max and Erman's night. Visit the Monroeville restaurant any time during the day on Thursday, Oct. 10 and present your RLS coupon. Proceeds will benefit the school.
We have had a great start to the new school year. We welcome several new families and new staff members. Our enrollment is up 10% from last year, and we still have spaces left in some of our classes. If you know a child who would benefit from a Christian education, please tell them about Redeemer.
The soccer team has begun their preparation for the new season, and their first game is next week. We are very happy to be able to have our home games on our campus this year! Go RLS RAMS!
You are invited.....Monday, August 19 from 8:30 - 3:30 we will have a special guest speaker coming to RLS to speak to the staff of our area Lutheran schools. All are welcome to attend. Dr. Christian Kopff will speak about the history of Christian education and what we are facing in the current culture.
Dr. Kopff has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder since 1973. For about five of the last thirty years he has lived in Rome, Italy, teaching and studying. He is editor of a critical edition of the Greek text of Euripides' Bacchae (Teubner, 1982) and author of over 100 articles and reviews on scholarly, pedagogical and popular topics. He currently works with the Classics Department of the University of Urbino, Italy on ancient Greek lyric poetry.
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Back to School Night Event on Thursday. It was a great turnout, and so much was accomplished. Special thanks to the Mack family for donating mulch for the playground and landscaping. Our school looks great!
Thank you to all of those who attended the 18th annual golf outing. We did have a slow start due to the weather, but it cleared up and we were able to play most of the holes rain-free. We want to thank all of our sponsors, especially Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. This is one of our biggest fundraisers, and one of the most enjoyable. Thank you Mr.Buttgereit for organizing this event.