Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Congregational Meeting This Sunday

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Calvary Family: There will be a short meeting after worship this Sunday to discuss the formation of a Transition Team to oversee the removal of items in the classrooms and what to do with these items as we make ready the rooms for Lea Christian School. There is a time constraint on this process so we need to make decisions soon. Your participation is appreciated.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Funeral Announcement

The funeral service for David Larson, husband of Phyllis Larson, will be held here at Calvary Lutheran this Saturday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. We hope you will be able to attend and offer your love and support to Phyllis.


Blessings,                                                      Sharon

Calvary Church Office


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Explanation of Closing of Calvary School


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Calvary Lutheran Church

Dear Members of Calvary, 

Below is a letter that was sent to the school families to help them understand the reasons for our closing of Calvary School...


May 15, 2017

 Dear Calvary Christian School Parents,

 I wanted to write you about the closing of Calvary Christian School.  Let me begin by thanking many on our staff for their professionalism and for going above and beyond in preparing Calvary for our next phase!  They have continued to prepare wonderful educational lessons for the students!  Our recent Stanford Achievement Test scores show that we have been accomplishing the goal of providing excellence in education.  I also wanted to thank the parents that have expressed care, concern, and compassion for the struggle our teachers are going through!

 It has been said that "success has a thousand fathers and failure dies an orphan."  The closing of Calvary Christian School is a failure.  A heart-breaking one for all involved.  While some of the seeds of this failure were sown many, many years ago, I wanted to focus on the four areas that caused us to have to close. 

 The first area was a historical one, we had kept the tuition costs lower than they should have been and were unable to fund a contingency fund.  When we lacked funds, we simply had no more to use. 

 The second area was a software issue that occurs when transferring numbers from Quickbooks to Excel.  The numbers transfer 'statically' and the formulas get dropped.  While everything looks good, problems can develop.  This 'glitch' caused us to begin the year believing that we had ended up in the black by $60,000 last year.  However, when a physical adding machine tape was finally run, we found that it was $60,000 in the red.  Meanwhile, we had moved forward in our academic agenda of splitting out classes and hiring a new teacher because we thought we had the resources.  When we should have remained the same or looked at combining classes, we went the opposite way.

 The third and fourth areas were both involving enrollments.  Lower preschool enrollment than projected caused us to struggle to break even in an area that normally provided a surplus.  Changes in the visa program for our foreign students meant that we did not get the minimum of 10 we had been promised.  Our foreign students paid a premium Tuition fee.  This enrollment shortfall meant a loss of over $100,000.

 These four areas meant that we were deep in the red with no contingency fund to draw from and this spelled our end.

To be crystal clear!

 There was no mismanagement of funds. 

There are no funds unaccounted for or missing. 

There was simply not enough tuition coming in to cover our expenses. 

 The members of Calvary Lutheran Church had borrowed money twice in the past 4 years to keep the school running!  Taking out loans of $240,000 to invest in your students education.  Please remember the members of Calvary who will be continuing to pay for their mission of educating your children for many years to come!

 I and the members of Calvary want to thank you for the privilege of your entrusting your most precious gift to us!  I also wanted to invite you to join us on Sunday morning at 9am for Worship. This Sunday, May 21st, Calvary will be acknowledging and thanking our teachers for their faithful service!  You are welcome to join us to thank them as well.

 Yours in Christ,

Rev. Kelly Smith Sr., Pastor

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Important Message from Dr. C and Kelly Smith


Last Day
Important Message from

Dr. Chivalette and Pastor Kelly Smith
Friday, May 12, 2017

Last day of school is Thursday, June 1, 2017
There is no school and there is no Calvary Club
Students will not be allowed on the campus from this day forward

Please join Rachel Scott and the CFA team this day
the Robert Livermore Center in Livermore, CA for a swim party!

(Make sure you sign up if you are planning on going)

Please note:  School office will be open Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Calvary Christian School

School:  (510) 278-2598*

Shepherding Hearts ~ Sharpening Minds ~ Shaping Lives

Calvary Lutheran Church & School, 17200 Via Magdalena, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Newsletter (Friday, May 12, 2017)


Weekly Newsletter
Friday, May 12, 2017

Lost and Found
*LOST & FOUND ~ Please check the Lost & Found bin and recover your child's clothes, or other valuables.  Please note:   **Clothing and other items found in the lost and found bin on Friday, June 2, 2017 - will either be tossed or donated to a local charity.

 Medicine bottles-2
*STUDENT MEDICINES IN THE OFFICE ~ Parents, Please do not forget to pick up your child's medicine in the school office.  All medicines must be picked up no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  Medicines that are not picked up by May 31st will be tossed out appropriately.   
(This is a great opportunity for those still needing to complete their PPP hours!)  
Some of our teachers are planning on working Saturday, May 27, 2017, cleaning out their classroom.  

What does this mean?  Teachers need your help boxing up books, personal items, lifting boxes, cleaning, and so much needs to be done before June 1st.  If you are able to help and/or you still need PPP hours, please contact the school secretary at (510) 278-2598, or speak to your student's teacher and she if they will need your help.

There is an additional need for a parent or two to go through the lost and found bin and separate the clothes before the end of the school year.  Please contact the school secretary, Mrs. Nancy, or CFA President, Rachel Scott.

Thank you so much for continuing to support the CCS teachers. 





4444 East Avenue
Livermore, CA  94550

Thursday, June 1, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

(Sign up sheets are in the classroom)

CFA is inviting all Calvary Christian School students, faculty and staff to join CFA for a day of fun 
in the sun to celebrate another wonderful school year at CCS.

Free lunch and admission provided for (active) CCS students and staff only.

All parents and other family members must pay $8.00 each (children under 2, free)

Note:  Payment must be made in the office no later than Friday, May 19, 2017!
Please bring exact change into the office.  Thank you!

Lifeguards are in the swimming pool area.

*All students must be accompanied and supervised by an adult *

Note:  School, School Office and Calvary Club are Closed!


Take Hwy. 580-East towards Livermore
"First Street/Springtown Blvd" (No. 54) - EXIT
RIGHT onto "First Street"
LEFT onto "N Mines Road" 
RIGHT on "East Avenue"

Calvary Calendar

MAY 2017
14 - Mother's Day
19 - Teacher's In-Service. Half-day (Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.), Calvary Club is open
19 - 8th Grade Banquet (6:00 p.m.)
19 - 8th Grade Graduation (7:15 p.m.)
24 - Last (combined) Chapel at CCS (8:30 a.m.)
29 - Memorial Day - (No school, Office Closed, No Calvary Club)
31 - Preschool Celebration (9:00 a.m.)
31 - Kindergarten Graduation (11:00 a.m.)
31 - Last day of Calvary Club
June 2017
1 - Picnic at Robert Livermore Center (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
      No School, No Calvary Club today or after this day
18- Father's Day

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* Calvary Club (K-8th Grade; before and after school care) is available $5.25/hour; 
   after 6:00 p.m., $4.00/minute.
"The Service of Motherhood"
Children are a blessing from the Lord (Ps. 127:3-5). Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.

Sometimes this constant serving can be exhausting and even discouraging--particularly for a first-time mother. But you can take real encouragement from Jesus. One of the best examples of gracious servanthood is found in John 13:3-16. By kneeling to wash His disciples' feet, the Lord showed that the key to true leadership is humility. And it is humility that leads to eternal reward.

Unless you are willing to stoop down and get your hands dirty, you will miss the real riches of motherhood. By dying to your own desires and pouring your life into someone else, you become like Christ and create a godly legacy that will carry on for generations to come. What greater blessing could one hope for? Of course, the motivation for serving others is not to reap benefits, but when we follow God's plan for our life, that's what happens.

In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else's sake--to abandon our own desires and put our child's interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.

Bible and Glasses
Please continue to keep Calvary Christian School - the faculty, staff, students,
volunteers, and parents in your prayers throughout the school year.
(Borrowed from Charles Stanley &In Touch Ministries, Inc. 2016)

Calvary Christian School

School:  (510) 278-2598*
Calvary Lutheran Church & School, 17200 Via Magdalena, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
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