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Happy New Year everyone! It still doesn’t seem possible that we are entering 2019, yet here we find ourselves embarking upon the promises of a new year and all that it has in store for us.

We wrapped up 2018 with a lot of fun activities. Our November was filled with Thanksgiving Feast preparations that came together for a successful family feast day. It was delightful to have all the families together to eat and enjoy the company of one another. The kiddos were so proud to sing for their families, and even more proud of the pumpkin bread they helped make … including cracking the eggs! There’s nothing quite like a room of fifteen four-year-old children baking together! They also helped to prepare the chicken salad for the sandwiches, and, of course, they made adorable table decorations that they got to take home after our celebration.

When we came back from Thanksgiving break, it was head first into Christmas preparations. Every year, one of my favorite things to do is visit nursing homes where we perform some songs and hand out little treat bags to each resident. We visited Columbine Health Center and Rehab with the morning class, then Good Samaritan Society with the afternoon class. This is something that sets our program apart from others in town and warms the hearts of everyone in our path as we walk the halls wearing reindeer antlers and Santa hats while sharing our smiles and laughter with everyone!

We also had our Polar Express Party, where we wore pajamas, rode the “train” to the North Pole, chased the Gingerbread Man around the church and watched Frosty the Snowman while eating popcorn and drinking hot cocoa. We had an absolute blast on this day, and what made it even more festive is all the parents who volunteered that day to help us make it successful. I just love having this time to share with the parents where we can visit and get to know each other even better while having a great time.

Then there was our Christmas program. We were so excited to have it in the sanctuary this year. We had about 200 people in attendance and it was a blast! The kiddos were beyond adorable, not afraid of the stage and sang their little hearts out. The most precious was the Nativity where they did a fabulous job! There’s just something about 42 little preschoolers on a stage celebrating Christmas that can get even the grumpiest scrooge in the Christmas spirit. Thank you so much to June Donaldson, who provided some extra support for our program needs this year!

Now that we are back to school, we have added two new children to our Preschool class for a new total of 44 students! Right now, we are in the process of early enrollment for current families and church members who will have kiddos ready for preschool in the fall of 2019. We will have a booth at the Preschool Fair on January 26, at which time enrollment will be open to the public. As a follow up to the fair, we will have our Open House on February 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This is a time where people can visit the classroom, meet the staff, and get more information about Open Arms. Let us know if you have any questions!

May the new year bring you all many blessings and good health!

Kandy Wise is the Director of Open Arms Preschool, a ministry of Saint John’s Lutheran Church. You may reach her at 482-1357 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about the Preschool.