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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.




faith and family | january 2019

Vicki Rutledge

Christian Hospitality

“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:13

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2

“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9

What do you visualize in your head after reading a verse that encourages hospitality? For me, it is usually the image of an Instagram worthy tablescape. Luckily, the Bible describes hospitality and in the Scriptures, there are no instructions regarding perfection and appearances.

According to John 14:15, God wants us to obey his commands and this includes our response to what his Word teaches about hospitality. Romans 12:13b says we are to practice hospitality—literally, to “pursue the love of strangers” (Hebrews 13:2). Put those two things together and I see that if we want to demonstrate obedience to our heavenly Father, we will practice hospitality. 3 John 7:8 reminds us to extend hospitality to those working in Christian ministry. Specifically, to “support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.”

If we are to cultivate a heart of biblical hospitality, we cannot dwell on our pride, past failed recipes or our fears. I have been trying to organize a plan for 2019 so I listed a few strategies. Hospitality can look like:

  • Inviting a non-Christian family out to pizza after the soccer game.

  • Sharing a picnic at the park with the single mom down the street.

  • Inviting that new couple at church over for Sunday brunch.

Despite the fact that much of our lives are lived in a “public” way online, most people value privacy more than ever and we are busier than ever. Entertaining and hospitality run counter to this. Hospitality is sharing what we consider to be “personal” with each other in a sacrificial way. This isn’t “entertaining”, this should be obedience to God’s command. So how do we get past the fear, ego and privacy? And what about the introverts? The answer is prayer. Prayer is the expression of a reliance on God.

Father, help us to hear again your word, “By this shall they know you are my disciples; that you love one another.” Turn our fear into hospitality. Show us the opportunities, reveal potential dates for our families within the next 30 days. I pray that you will give us joy in humility and the mundane parts of hosting and to nurture our hearts for biblical hospitality. In your Son’s name, Amen.

Roberta Smith, Faith and Family Coordinator

keep it short | january 2019

Vicki Rutledge

Short Phrases Parents Can Use…

A timely review!

With the New Year comes a lot of pressure to do new things. Sometimes, adding more “new things” sets us up to feel like we’re never getting enough done. This month instead of a new parenting phrase, we’re going to REVIEW a magical phrase we introduced at the start of the school year.

“It’s time to…”

Do you remember this one? Are you using it consistently or have you wavered a bit? Here’s the gist: We often make directions sound optional by turning them into questions.

“Would you like to take a bath?”

“Ready for dinner?”

“Pick up your shoes, OK?”

We can slip into this talking style by habit, or because we want to be kind to our children (a good thing!), or because maybe we’re not really confident ourselves about what needs to happen next, or we dread our child’s upset so we try to soften our instructions. The way we talk to our children, including the words and tone, we use matters. So here are a few things to mull over…

Your preschooler needs you to be their gentle and firm leader. They need your help and your direction to learn the basics of life - like brushing your teeth, getting sleep, eating, etc. It is in your child’s best interest to learn how to follow directions. You give your child practice doing that by giving clear directions. Clear is kind.


Instead of the ambivalent examples above, try:

“It’s time to take a bath.”

“It’s time for dinner.”

“It’s time to pick up your shoes.”

Once the phrase has left your lips, be prepared to follow through. Wise parents are prepared and unruffled by pushback. If your child says “no,” ignores you, or starts to meltdown, follow this 3 step sequence:

  1. Say: “It’s time to clean up.”

  2. (Wait 5 seconds) “Child’s name, it’s time to clean up.”

  3. (Wait another 5 seconds) “You can clean or I’ll help you.” Then physically help your child by lightly and calmly engaging in hand over hand help or some other action to make progress together.

Final tip: To navigate the emotional upset your child may exhibit transitioning from doing something enjoyable to something they might not enjoy as much, give a five-minute warning. “In five minutes, it will be time to leave the playground.” Then set the timer on your phone and keep your deadline.

from the director | january 2019

Vicki Rutledge

Greetings, Weekday School families. I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year holiday. Post-Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I relish how things slow way down and get quiet. Granted, I don’t have preschoolers at home so maybe your post-Christmas has been, well...rowdy?


You have probably heard the expression “the days are long, but the years are short” to describe the experience of parenting. Is this ringing true for you? The daily demands of parenting can feel never ending. As we begin 2019 together, when you need staying power for the long days of parenting, remember Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Whenever you feel anxious about the speed with which the year is passing, find reassurance here: “'For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”(Jeremiah 29:11)

At Weekday School, January is a month of new beginnings and planning for the future.

New beginnings:

We are excited to welcome our 2 Plus families who begin preschool with us this month. Tuesdays and Thursdays are even better with the addition of these sweet little ones.

Planning for the future:

January is the time we open registration for the upcoming school year (2019-20) to current 2 Day, 2 Plus, and 3 Day students. I encourage you to save your spot before the January 31st deadline. After that time, we open enrollment to our waiting list and the community at large. Find the enrollment link, and 2019-20 tuition/fees below.

If you’re a parent of a current 3 Day student, you’re invited to attend the 4 Day Preview on Wednesday, January 16th right after morning carpool (9:15am in Room 133). This will be a brief but informative time for you to hear about how we prepare our students for kindergarten including a visit to our 4 Day classrooms. RSVP here.

Finally, in the weeks ahead we begin recruiting for our 19-20 Advisory Board and Fun Fair Committee. If you are a parent who is interested in getting more involved at Weekday School these are fantastic opportunities. Watch your child’s school bag and email for more details soon.

Whether you make resolutions, choose a “word” for the year, or have launched yourself into a robust diet/exercise routine, may the newness of 2019 remind you that “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Happy New Year


faith and family | december 2018

Vicki Rutledge

Merry & Content

“It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts”. Ecclesiastes 3:13 (HCSB)

I started to write today about “The Reason for the Season” or “Slow Down/Simplify” and trust me I found lots of inspiration from my own experience with excess. It’s easy to feel bad about going overboard! Over the top with shopping, decorations or the steady stream of activity, the photo shoot, daily Christmas themed baking or crafting. It can easily turn not fun and snappy. Yes, I know, happiness and contentment do not come from stuff; they come from a relationship with God. That being said, December brings joyful traditions, gifts exchange, and glittering celebrations. We should remember that the instructions of the Bible include feasts and happy hospitality! Somewhere in the middle we have deeply spiritual recognition of the birth of our Savior and our choices to celebrate by baking.

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In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul writes “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” So what was the secret to Paul's joy? What was the secret of his contentment? Paul found the secret of contentment is not in what you have; it is in whom you know. And the "whom" to which I am referring is Jesus. Hebrews 13:5 says, "Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never abandon you'" (NLT). It is because God is with us always that we can say, "I have found contentment." No matter what happens, no one can take that from you. But you will be able to keep your balance in all of that, because you recognize that God is the provider.

So I will joyfully relish the bustle and hustle. The characters in the Bible often made plans to celebrate. They passed out assignments, organized the people, and oversaw every aspect of the celebration. Romans says, “For from him and through him and for him are all things.” Celebration reminds us that every success happens by the grace of God.

Gratitude to God for all that He has done removes pride and opens the door to future blessings. Without thanksgiving, we would forget what is truly important. Contentment is a state of heart. Contentment is found in making the most of the least. That is what the apostle Paul was saying. So you can have joy and contentment in the midst of a busy Christmas season, “also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man.” Ecc 3:13 esv

Father, the holiday season can be quite a trial and even a deep sadness to many people. We thank You for the wonderful hope that the Christmas message instills into each of our hearts, and the glorious message of the gospel of peace. Amen.

Roberta Smith, Faith and Family Coordinator