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THE PLS WEEKLY COMMUNICATOR

SCHOOL: (253) 537-1901
CHURCH: (253) 537-5492
EXTENDED CARE: (253) 720-4405
www.parklandlutheran.org

“We Would See Jesus”

November 23, 2020

THE PLS COMMUNICATOR IS YOUR PRIMARY SOURCE OF INFORMATION

~NEW NOTES~

CALL TO PORT ORCHARD
Mrs. Enstad has received a call to serve at Bethany Lutheran School in Port Orchard, WA. This means that as our ELS school in Port Orchard looked at their needs, they thought Mrs. Enstad would be the best one to help them in the mission of their school and so have asked her to serve there as a 1st/2nd grade teacher & music director. While she loves Parkland Lutheran, she must decide where her gifts are best used. You are welcome to give input to Mrs. Enstad while she considers this call.

WHAT IS A CALL?
When a pastor or teacher receives a call, they must decide between the call they have in the congregation or school where they are currently serving and the call they have just received. They will look at the needs of both congregations and schools and consider the particular gifts God has given them for serving in the ministry. They will prayerfully consider where, with their particular gifts and the needs of their families, they can best serve the kingdom of God. They will also seek the advice of their colleagues in the ministry, the people they serve, and the people who are calling them to serve.

PLS BOOSTERS’ ONLINE AUCTION
Due to Covid restrictions, the PLS Boosters were unable to hold their annual silent auction last spring. To raise a few funds and have a little fun, the PLS Boosters are going to virtually auction off items throughout the school year! A photo of the item will be posted on the PLS Boosters’ Silent Auction Facebook page, along with a description of the item and the closing date & time of the auction. Interested parties will bid on the item, and whomever has the highest bid at the close of the auction (per FB time stamp) wins the item! The winning bidder must call the school office to make an appointment to pick up the item and must bring cash or a check payable to PLS Boosters for the final bid price. Please feel free to share the silent auction post, but bids will only be accepted as comments to the PLS Boosters’ original post on the PLS Boosters’ Silent Auction Facebook page.

Thanksgiving Item: American Girl Melody Doll & Book

  • Item Description: Optimistic Melody Ellison™ has lifelike deep-brown eyes that open and close smoothly, and realistic thick black hair. She comes in an authentic 1964-style outfit. Includes the paperback book No Ordinary Sound, the first book of Melody’s stories. Winner of the 2017 Creative Child Magazine Toy of the Year Award, the 2016 National Parenting Product Award, and the 2016 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, this item is valued at $110!
  • Minimum Bid: $40
  • Bidding Ends: Monday, November 30, 2020, at 7:00pm PST (per FB time stamp)

DECEMBER CALENDAR
The PLS calendar is available electronically on the PLS website.

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WEEK
Let’s have a little Christmas fun! Monday, December 14, thru Friday, December 18, we will have “Christmas Spirit Week!” Each day, students will be able to accessorize their uniforms as shown below!

  • Monday, 12/14: Accessorize your uniform with Christmas Hats & Scarves
  • Tuesday, 12/15: Accessorize your uniform with Christmas Socks & Face Masks
  • Wednesday, 12/16: Christmas Formal Day
    • Students do not have to wear their regular Chapel uniform on this day, although:
      • Girls must wear a skirt or dress.
      • Boys must wear slacks, a button up shirt, and a tie; no jeans.
    • Thursday, 12/17: Accessorize your uniform with a Christmas Sweater
    • Friday, 12/18: Christmas Spirit Day
      • Students do not have to wear their regular uniform on this day, although they must dress appropriately in modest attire.

B.A.S.H. TOY DRIVE
PLS is collecting toys for the B.A.S.H. toy drive! B.A.S.H. is a local food bank helping many members of our community. If you are interested in helping with this drive, please send an unwrapped new toy with your child by Wednesday, December 16. Thank you in advance for your generous donations!

PLS CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to have an in-person Children’s Christmas Service this year. Instead, each classroom’s portion of the service will be recorded individually and compiled into a video which will be shared with PLS families via a private, secured link.

~REMINDERS~

SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR SEVERE WEATHER – READ CAREFULLY
In case of severe weather, parents will be notified of any school closing via KOMO radio, as well as on TV channel KOMO 4 and KIRO 7. Information will also be posted on the PLS website and our Facebook page, as well as sent via the Remind program. PLS follows the Bethel School District for SCHOOL CLOSURES ONLY. We DO NOT start school late. When it is snowy or icy, our first concern is for the safety of our students and parents. If a parent feels conditions are too hazardous, they may keep their children home, or bring them to school later in the day when the conditions improve. Please contact the school office if you are keeping your child home.

REMIND 101
The Remind101 program allows PLS to instantly text you with important information, such as school closures due to weather or other school-wide notifications. Please consider subscribing to this automated text service if you have not done so already. To subscribe:

Visit: https://www.remind.com/join/pls (our class code is @pls)

     or

Text Message: @PLS

To: 81010

THANKSGIVING VACATION
The faculty and staff of PLS would like to wish each of you a very blessed Thanksgiving! There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27. School will resume on Monday, November 30.

THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT PLC
Parkland Lutheran Church would like to invite everyone to the following services.

  • Thanksgiving Vespers Service
    • Wednesday, 11/25 @ 6:30pm (in-person & online)
  • Thanksgiving Matins Service
    • Thursday, 11/26 @ 10:00am (in-person)
  • Advent Services
    • Wednesday, 12/2, 12/9, & 12/16 @ 6:30pm (in-person & online)
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
    • Thursday, 12/24 @ 5:00pm, 7:00pm & 11:00pm (in-person & online @ 7:00pm)
      • Please sign up in advance if you plan to attend in-person, indicating how many from your household will be attending, by calling the church office at 253-537-5492.
    • Christmas Day Festival Communion Service
      • Friday, 12/25 @ 8:00am & 10:00am (in-person & online @ 10:00am)
        • Please sign up in advance if you plan to attend in-person, indicating how many from your household will be attending, by calling the church office at 253-537-5492.
      • New Year’s Eve Service
        • Thursday, 12/31 @ 6:30pm (in-person & online)

HELPING OTHERS – B.A.S.H. FOOD BANK
This year we will not be asking students to bring food in lieu of their Chapel offering on Wednesday, November 25. Instead, our regular Chapel offering proceeds will be donated to the B.A.S.H. food bank.

PICTURE RETAKES
If you would like for your child’s picture to be retaken, please return the ENTIRE packet on our Picture Retake Day, on Wednesday, December 2.

SCRIP CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS
SCRIP Cards are regular gift cards that when purchased through PLS, give a percentage of money back to PLS! Order forms can be found on the Boosters page of our website and can be filled out electronically and emailed to school@parklandlutheran.org. Orders turned in by Tuesday, December 1, will be available for pickup before Christmas Break! (Pick-up by appointment only.)

SUPPORT PLS WITH AMAZON SMILE
Amazon Smile is a simple way for you to support our school every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price (0.5%) to Parkland Lutheran! (We are listed as Parkland Evangelical Lutheran Church.)

SHUTTERFLY
Help support PLS thru Shutterfly. Simply visit parklandlutheran.shutterflystorefront.com to make your Shutterfly purchases and PLS will earn 8% on every order placed! Shutterfly is great place make personalized Christmas cards & gifts!

~A LOOK AHEAD~

MON 11/23
PLC Vespers Service 6:30pm (in-person)

TUE 11/24
Christianity 101 Class 6:30pm

WED 11/25
Chapel Day
PLC Thanksgiving Vespers Service 6:30pm (in-person & online)

THUR 11/26
Thanksgiving Day
No School – Thanksgiving Break
PLC Thanksgiving Day Matins Service 10:00am (in-person)

FRI 11/27
No School – Thanksgiving Break

SUN 11/29
PLC Early Service 8:00am (in-person)
PLC Sunday School 9:15am (in-person)
PLC Adult Bible Class 9:15am (in-person & online)
PLC Late Service 10:30am (in-person & online)

MON 11/30
School Resumes
PLC Vespers Service 6:30pm (in-person)

TUE 11/31
Christianity 101 Class 6:30pm

WED 12/2
Chapel Day
Picture Retake Day
PLC Advent Service 6:30pm (in-person & online)

SUN 12/6
PLC Early Service 8:00am (in-person)
PLC Sunday School 9:15am (in-person)
PLC Adult Bible Class 9:15am (in-person & online)
PLC Late Service 10:30am (in-person & online)