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Friday, September 21

Shout out to Wallis (1st) for modeling excellence at SLES!  
My favorite moment this week took place outside the Newman Library as I was standing with the PK3 group. I observed one child look into the eyes of another and say, “Are you all right? You look sad.” Now there’s a moment of true communication. Nothing takes the place of careful acknowledgement of a feeling and a sympathetic word when it comes to communicating our care for another person.

Yet when we are not in the same space and need to let others know what is happening all around us, we have to rely on words and various channels to communicate information and care. We have been talking a lot about our communications with families in our administrative team meetings over the last weeks. Are we blanketing our community with too much information? Too little? Are we employing the best pathways?

Every school I know struggles with the Goldilocks problem of what is the “just right” amount of information flow to extend to families. I have also noticed that the response to the issue of communication balance tends to ebb and flow according to the season and to the issues a school is addressing. At the beginning of the school year, there seems to be information overload; while near the middle of the year, there is often a dearth of information.

I have been impressed by the quality and consistency of communication here at St. Luke’s. As I have reviewed the topic, I have thought about these dimensions of our outreach to families.

First of all, we have a lively and up-to-date website (www.sles-sa.org). Our calendar, contact information, curriculum guide, enrichment and athletics information are all contained in this site. There is also a link to our weekly newsletter, The Glance, which includes special notes about the happenings of the week ahead. Considerable attention is given to this newsletter by our division heads and administrative team to ensure that there is accuracy and timeliness in its announcements.

In addition, our division heads, Chris Duke, Angel Rossi, and Sherrye Macha, provide monthly updates to the families in their level through their Notes from the Hilltop. I have appreciated their clear messages to families as they underscore the activities that their students are enjoying.

When speed is essential, we send out parent alerts via text messages directly to parent cell phones. This program serves as our “push notification” system. Recent examples of this line of communication include text message alerts regarding flooding and closed roads.

Under the direction of our Community Relations Director, Betty Serna, we have a lively and engaging presence on social media where families can follow us on Facebook and Instagram @slessatx. Increasingly, schools are finding that these avenues of communication are essential to developing great school spirit.

Another dimension of our communication system includes RenWeb and, most recently, Magnus Health. These portals are essential for student record keeping. RenWeb provides access to school calendars and announcements, and student academic information, as well as contact information for our faculty and staff. Our newly installed Magnus Health Portal has greatly enhanced the work of our school nurse, Lynnette Embrey, as she provides ongoing health and wellness support to our students.

As parents, you can always opt out of these lines of communication or choose which ones best serve you. I believe it is important for there to be a wide array of choices for families, given different schedules, work demands, and family needs. I confess I am still much a paper person, someone who likes a paper newspaper each morning and a hand-written letter in the mail. Snail mail exists for my generation.

But best of all is the voice of a sympathetic friend as my PK3 student reminded me. “How are you feeling today? You look sad.” That suggests that the best communication is face to face. So please come see us when you have questions!
MONDAY: September 24
Regular Uniform
Soccer Game vs. TMI - 4:00
PM @ Home

TUESDAY: September 25
Regular Uniform
Taco Tuesday - $2 Breakfast Tacos at Morning Carpool

Early Childhood Chapel and Chat - 8:30AM in the Chapel of the Christ Child

WEDNESDAY: September 26
Dress Uniform (IL/ML only)
Community Eucharist - 8:05
AM in the Sanctuary
Individual Picture Day
Moms' Night Out - 6:00
PM @ 135 Park Hill Drive

THURSDAY: September 27
Regular Uniform
Soccer Game vs. St. George - 4:00
PM @ Home
B Team Volleyball Match vs. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran - 5:00PM @ SHLS
A Team Volleyball Match vs. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran - 6:00
PM @ SHLS

FRIDAY: September 28
SLES T-Shirt & Jeans
Grandparent Chapel - 8:05
AM in the Sanctuary
B Team Volleyball Match vs. Bracken - 4:30
PM @ Bracken
A Team Volleyball Match vs. Bracken - 5:30
PM @ Bracken

SATURDAY: September 29
C Team Volleyball vs. The Christian School at Castle Hills - 9:00AM @ St. Mary's Hall  

What does St. Luke's mean to you?

Thank you to BOT member, Elvis Ruiz, for sharing this story about his daughter Zoe's first day of school. It speaks volumes about the value of an SLES education and the experiences made possible by the St. Luke's Fund.  

"My daughter Zoe began her first day of school this year excited, yet a bit nervous. When I picked her up after school, I asked her how her day went.
'Terrific!' she said.  
Surprised by her changed outlook, I asked, 'When did you stop feeling nervous? Was it when you first saw your teacher?'
'No,' she answered. "I was still wondering about my day when I entered my classroom."
'I know! It must have been when you saw all your friends again.'
'No, that wasn't it either,' she replied.  
Stumped, I finally asked, 'Then when was it?'
Without hesitation, she answered, 'It was when we walked into Chapel. At that moment, I felt at home.'"

Your support of the St. Luke’s Fund makes stories such as Zoe's and countless others like hers possible. For questions about the fund and the impact your gift makes for St. Luke's, please reach out to Carol Katrana at
 ckatrana@sles-sa.org

How can I make a gift?

There are many ways to make a gift - cash, check, credit card, securities, or matching gifts from your company. Questions? Contact Carol Katrana at ckatrana@sles-sa.org or by phone at 210-826-0664. 

What is the 1947 Club?

St. Luke's was founded in 1947 and first opened its doors on Cloverleaf Lane before moving to its current home on the hilltop. The 1947 Club was established to create a stable and dependable source of unrestricted, operating income for SLES. Donors who reach the 1947 Club giving level are honored with a dinner in the spring. As we celebrate our 71st birthday this year, our 1947 Club giving level is $2018 and up, representing 1947 plus 71 years of operation.

Thank you to this week’s St. Luke’s Fund donors!

Jeffrey Coburn and Oanh Tran
Kelly Curll and Jeff Kinney
Sabrina and Jason Franklin
Muhammad and Sabeen Koreshi
Carolyn and Jim Jackson
Monique Luna
Elizabeth Lorenz and Rick Ramos
Regina Rocha
Kate Sheerin
Caroline and Mike Small
Inger and Wilburn Thomas
Sarah and Jeremy White

Early Childhood Chapel & Chat

We invite all Early Childhood families to join their child(ren) at our morning chapel service on Tuesday, September 25. Chapel begins at 8:30AM in the Chapel of the Christ Child.  Following Chapel, enjoy coffee and conversation with us in the newly remodeled Newman Library. EC Division Head Sherrye Macha looks forward to seeing you there!

Individual Picture Day

Signature Photography will be on campus for individual school pictures on Wednesday, September 26. This year, students will receive order forms with their proofs. Pictures may be ordered only after receiving proofs. Retakes will be taken on October 24 for any student absent on picture day or those wishing to have a retake. Students MUST bring their original proofs/order form to the photographer in order to have a retake. Retakes will not be taken without the original proofs.  

Grandparents Chapel

We look forward to having all SLES grandparents join us for Chapel in the Sanctuary on Friday, September 28, at 8:05AM.  During Chapel, students are seated by grade level. Grandparents are welcome to sit with their grandchildren. Following student dismissal, please stay for coffee and refreshments in the Parlor with our Interim Head of School, Lenesa Leana. 
Please note: Grandparent and Special Friends Day will be celebrated on Friday, February 1, 2019.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conference day is Friday, October 5. This is a student holiday. Please click HERE to schedule your 20-minute conference period on SignUpGenius. Supervised childcare will be available in the McNab Gymnasium during your scheduled conference time.

Calling all future SLES Girl Scouts and Parent Leaders! 

SLES is looking to form a Girl Scout Troop within our community. The troop will be headed by Mrs. Inger Thomas, mother of 2nd grader Trinity. If you would like to help build confidence, character and courage in your daughter(s), please consider becoming one of our co-leaders. Interested troop leaders will need to complete the following: 
          Application/registration with background check
          1 hour of online training
          Girl Scout membership
          Optional: GS of SW Texas tours are available for extra resources
Once established, we will have several levels of Scout participation.
          Kindergarten - 1st grade: Daisy
          2nd - 3rd Grade: Brownie
          4th - 5th Grade: Junior
          6th - 8th Grade: Cadette
We hope to hold weekly meetings on campus at St. Luke's. Any interested adults and students should contact Inger Thomas at ingerthomas@att.net. Let's help our girls dream big and do bigger! 

Moms' Night Out Next Week

All SLES moms are invited to Whitney Schones' home (135 Park Hill Drive) Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00PM for a much needed TIME OUT! Come for a great time and lend a helping hand to our Kaleidoscope volunteer stations. Beverages and a light dinner will be provided.
Optional: Please bring an item to be donated to a "Stock the Bar" package that will be featured at Kaleidoscope.  

How Can We be Praying for You?

If you would like our Parent Council Chaplain Lacey Watson to pray for a specific need for you or your family, please make a private or public prayer request HERE.  
 

Texas Lutheran University Cross Country Meet

Job well done by our SLES runners in the Texas Lutheran University cross country meet! Our Tiger athletes braved the intermittent showers and performed well despite competing in extremely wet and messy weather conditions. Please join us in commending Charlotte (7th), Gabby (8th), Berkley (5th), Andrew (6th), and Obie (5th) for their commitment in finishing a difficult meet. Special recognition goes to Berkley, who medalled in 7th place out of 100 female runners (5th-8th), and Gabby, who placed 27th overall.  Charlotte, Obie, and Andrew had strong races and competed well on a very muddy track. Go Tigers!

Chapel Lessons

Monday, Sept. 24
I Kings 3:5-12
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Proverbs 2:1-8
Thursday, Sept. 27
Proverbs 6:6-11

Blessing of the Pets

Please save the date for our annual Blessing of the Pets service on Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00AM.  

 

Columbus Day Holiday

Mark your calendars! Monday, October 8 is a school holiday in observance of Columbus Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

 
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San Antonio, TX 78209

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