Farewell 2013- Time Flies!

December 31, 2013

As another year draws to a close I find myself reflecting on how quickly time seems to fly by. It seems cliché to say, but it feels like only a moment ago we were celebrating the start of 2013 and here we are looking into 2014. Here at LSS Childcare and Education 2013 was filled with learning and fun! We are now serving students at 5 wonderful locations and are thankful to be growing as we enroll new students each month. Today I asked some of our After-School and Summer Program students to tell me what they think about time and they shared the following poem with us:



Fast and Slow


 Time can seem fast.

Time can seem slow.

Time is everywhere you go.


Time can seem fast when you’re having fun.

Time can seem slow when your homework’s not done.

There are times for crying when you’re feeling low,

and times for laughing. Time is everywhere you go.



 Best wishes in 2014!

-Heather DeWit
Director of Childcare and Education Services

Resolutions for the New Year

December 30, 2013

Have you made a New Year’s resolution yet? We often promise to change our weight, our attitude, and our careers. The new year is also a great opportunity to jump-start a change to our finances.

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Flikr | Some rights reserved by maplemama

What is your vision of financial security and how do you intend to achieve it?

People who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. So, write it out! This not only takes care of step one of the goal setting process, but also helps communicate our goals to those who are involved.  Read the rest of this entry »

Spend too much this Christmas?

December 26, 2013

Give your spending plan a make-over.

Take our free self-assessment at MyMoney.LssSD.org.


You need a valid e-mail account (that’s it!). When you’re done, consider scheduling an appointment with us to go over your results. There’s nothing like starting a new year with a new plan for financial success.

Ready? Go!

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013

LSS wishes you a Merry Christmas!


illustration Christmas artwork 2012

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 

Luke 2:14

A Song and Dance Celebration!

December 23, 2013

Thursday, December 19th marked the last day of English classes at the Refugee and Immigration Center for the year 2013.  To celebrate the ocassion, students, teachers, and even staff shared songs and dances from their countries.  Below are some pictures and videos from the day’s wonderful events!  Enjoy!


Singers from Burundi


Karenni Singers

Nepali singing

Liberian song and dance

Song cross-cultural song and dance:)

A Bhutanese-Nepali student learning to dance Kunama-style.


Bhutanese-Nepali flute and drum


Teachers sharing a rendition of Jingle Bells

26.5% of Americans do this…do you?

December 20, 2013

Earlier this week, the Corporation for National and Community Service released the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America study. As a nation, about one out of four individuals volunteer. It should be celebrated that we have a culture of service in our country.

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Click image to view.

The study highlights several different areas of volunteering and offers great insight and statistics related to America’s giving. Points of interest include: Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Traditions

December 19, 2013

I asked our After-School and Summer Program students to tell me about the traditions their families enjoy in December. Many of our students celebrate Christmas and a variety of cultural celebrations in December but nearly all of them enjoy time with family or friends at some point throughout the month. The responses to my question about December traditions ranged from hilarious to heartwarming. We hope their thoughts bring a smile to your face and maybe you will even find a new idea or two for your family to try.

Santa Smile

“Well…….we pretty much just eat. It is a feast! Oh yeah, and there are presents. Oh, and we get to go to church and praise God and be with our family. The food is always really good.”

“On Christmas Day we open gifts with my mom and sister. We usually play games with one another all day until Christmas dinner. We have dinner at grandma’s house with all of the relatives then we open gifts! After that we go home and sleep.”

“We don’t really celebrate Christmas but in December we like to be with our family.”

“We go look at Christmas lights and the Falls all lit up. We sing songs and giggle while we look.”

“I love going to the Christmas tree farm. We find just the right tree and then we bring it home and listen to music and decorate it. Sometimes it is freezing cold but sometimes it is nice out.”

“For New Year’s Eve we pray to thank God for this year’s blessings and ask for God to take care of us in the next year.”

“Around Christmas we make tortillas and tamales with grandma, mommy and my aunties.”

“Before Christmas we make bon-bons with grandma all day.”

“Every Christmas my mom makes a BIG strawberry cake. We also make home-made ice cream. We host a big party with family and friends and dance. The girls in my family put on special make-up.”

“We are doing the Christmas Pickle this year. If you are not familiar with it, it’s an ornament in a shape of a pickle and it is on the tree. On Christmas morning the pickle will be moved by Santa and the first person who finds it gets a prize. Usually the prize is the first present.”

“Every Christmas Eve we go to our grandma’s and get a box of canned food together to donated to the food bank. Then we go shopping for grandma’s gift while she is cooking the big meal. We eat the leftovers through the holiday.”

“Every Christmas morning we wake up and open gifts. Then I go to my auntie’s house and have lunch before we go home and make cookies with friends. We keep going to the homes of other relatives to open gifts and eat. We also celebrate my sister’s birthday on Christmas Day! We eat dinner as a family and then enjoy our cookies. After a long day I go to sleep.”

“My family gets to go to many, many Christmas celebrations because I have a bunch of grandma’s and grandpa’s. It is special because each party is different and all of the people love me and I love them. We eat at all of the parties too.”

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