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106 E. Church St.
Orlando, FL 32801

407-996-5864

Weekday School is a Christian preschool serving children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years.  Our school is known for its committed teaching staff, play-based learning environment, and personalized focus on each child. Small class sizes and a strong network of parent volunteers ensure that the Weekday School is an ideal place for young children to grow and learn.

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from the director | november 2017

Vicki Rutledge

It is nice when an event lives up to it’s name. Fun Fair did just that. It was a fantastic day for our school family. We are thankful to God (weather! safety!), to the amazing committee who powered the event, and to all of you attended, bringing friends and family members with you. Let’s just take a moment to bask in the afterglow…..ahhhhhh! So much FUN!

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This month we are teaching preschoolers about Thanksgiving by focusing on the name of the holiday: “thanks” and “giving.” Yes, Thanksgiving is about a special meal we share with friends and family. If preschoolers were in charge of the menu it would be chicken nuggets, plain noodles, and goldfish crackers - skip the rest!

Thanksgiving is also an opportunity to GIVE to other children and families in our community who are in need. We’re asking children to bring canned food into school on the days leading up to our Thanksgiving Worship Service (Wednesday, November 15). This will be their offering as they enter the sanctuary. After the service we will deliver the food to The Christian Service Center for food pantries located in public schools throughout Orlando. 

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Thanksgiving is a time for saying THANK YOU. Young children are learning how important it is to say “thank you” to one another for small kindnesses. We also teach them to say thank you to God for everything He has done for us. The Bible says “Every good and perfect gift comes from God.” (James 1:17) Even though we don’t actually see God when we receive good things like families, and a home, and friends;  we know and believe that God is the true giver. At the Thanksgiving Worship Service, the children will sing their songs of thanksgiving to God for His many blessings to us. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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With a grateful heart,

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what great parents do

Vicki Rutledge

Great parents take care of themselves

Children are an amazing gift from God. They are also, as you surely know, an incredible challenge. Our children require energy, focus, kindness, compassion and more. Parenting is truly a 24/7 responsibility. It is difficult, if not impossible, to muster up the physical and mental strength to parent effectively if we haven’t slept, haven’t exercised or eaten well, or taken time for emotional, mental and spiritual self-care.

There are so many reasons we don’t take the time we need for ourselves. Ever heard of “mom guilt?” It’s a real thing and it’s hard to take time away from family or work or all of life’s other responsibilities. We might think we just don’t have time or we feel too tired to move, think, or plan. Sometimes it’s difficult to get motivated to do anything!  

But, there are so many reasons we DO need to make time to take care of our own needs. For you, this might mean pursuing a special hobby, spending time with friends or a spouse, or just being alone with your prayers and thoughts. I love to exercise, read and yes, do a little shopping. If these things make me feel better, then my children will have a happier mom. When I feel good, I’m more patient, I’m productive and I enjoy parenting my boys. Little eyes are always watching and it’s essential to model a healthy, balanced lifestyle for our kids.  When we take care of ourselves, our children learn that others’ needs are important. They may have to stretch outside their own, naturally self-absorbed comfort zone to recognize that mom and dad have their own interests and activities, in addition to 24/7 parenting. What a great lesson to teach our little ones!

The Bible is filled with reminders our limits and the necessity of replinishment.  Matthew 11:28-30 from the message translations says:  “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

When God tells us in Matthew 22:39 to “…Love your neighbor as yourself,” the message isn’t to put one’s neighbor last, on the back burner, behind all the other responsibilities! When you are too tired to move or think, then love your neighbor? No, of course not! We must love ourselves, treat ourselves well, and take time for prayer and rest. Only through intentional self-care can we be our very best selves and really great parents.

Jennifer Jacoby, WDS mom and Assistant Teacher
 

faith and family | november 2017

Vicki Rutledge

Embracing Life's Detours 

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  Proverbs 19:21

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD." Isaiah 55:8

My Weekday Schooler has many amazing qualities, talents and characteristics. That said, changing circumstances fluidly has never been one of them. Whether it's leaving the park to go home during a fun outing, or transitioning from doing puzzles (one of his favorite activities) to getting into the car to go to Publix, I often get frustrated when he doesn't accept change and transition easily. I can't tell you how many times we have left playdates, birthday parties and the Science Center kicking and screaming. 

However, I have recently been convicted when thinking about myself.  How well do I handle change? Not well at all either. I am about as scheduled as they come; I love routines and organization, and I get thrown off easily if plans don't go exactly as I envision. I've recently realized that I am getting frustrated with my son for the same things that I do myself.  I'd love to say that I completely embrace each and every curveball that comes my way, but most times I get frustrated and feel a lack of control.

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Thankfully, God reminds us in Proverbs 19:21 that “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  We can rest in the truth that He has a purpose for each occurrence in our lives, whether they seem unexpected to us or not. They were always a part of God's plan.  Additionally, in Isaiah 55:8, God says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways."  Therefore, not only does He have a sovereign plan for our lives, God's thoughts and plans might not make sense to us, but they do to Him, and that's all that matters. 

So, just as it's a challenge to reason with our toddlers about why we have to leave the Science Center, let us humbly recognize that we sometimes act similarly when faced with detours from "our" plans. As we desire for our children to simply trust that we are making the best decisions and plans for them and follow along, let us trust that God is making the best plans for us, try to not question Him, and accept that our Maker is in control and that His plans are the best for us. 

Amy Mixson, Faith and Family Coordinator