Celebrating with our students…….

I love that we get to send our students a special birthday card in the mail.  I know how much little kids love to get mail and being able to celebrate who they are as they turn a year older…..its a special thing.

We get to see the children grow and develop and get to see their unique little personalities.  It is fun to wonder what they will accomplish as they grow…..and to know that in this season of life, we were part of the same family, the Concordia family……is a special thing.

Warms my heart to read some of the special comments from teachers.

“Happy 3rd B-day. Can’t wait to watch you grow!”

“You are a sun! I love you and I am so happy to have been your first teacher.  I hope your birthdays are always filled with happines and love. Your “auntie””

“Happy Birthday Big Boy. Love you.”

“Happy Birthday BIg Boy. Love you. waka waka waka…..”

“I am so proud of you. Have a wonderful birthday!”

“Happy Birthday from your favorite teacher!  I love you, handsome. I hope you get everything you wish you.”

“It’s your birthday. Wooohooo! Have a happy one!”

“Happy birthday. You are the sweetest thing…you always greet me with lots of hugs. Thank you for making my day.”

” You’re growing up so fast! Happy birthday buddy! I hope you get all that you want.”

“REmember we saw the bird outside?  That bird was singing happy birthday to you!”

“I have loved to watch you grow. Happy Birthday. Love you.”

“Happy Birthday!  I miss being in the classroom with you, but I know you are doing so well!”

“Happy Birthday! I know you will do great in kinder.”

“Happy Birthday, pretty girl. I love having you in my classroom.”

“Happy Birthday. Best wishes and keep up the great work in class.”

It’s clear that there is a special relationship between a child and his first teachers away from home.  What a privilege to help children take their first in learning about so many things that they will need in life!  Here they learn to read which will help them learn so many other things. Here they learn about who made them and who is their friend forever….Jesus!  Here they learn how to make and keep friends. Some of the most important lessons in life, they begin to learn here in preschool!

Art Gallery

We had a wonderful art show with the talent of Katarzyna Lappin. The children of the Preschool and parents and all who come to Concordia have enjoyed appreciating her art.  We have had weekend art shows and people from the community have also had an opportunity to enjoy her art and the beautiful Concordia art gallery.

Ms. Lappin also was delighted with her first solo show. See what she has to say about it:

Dear Subscriber,

The Show in Community Art Gallery at Concordia Church came to it’s end.

It was successful, seven paintings were sold.  I greatly appreciate the presence of all who attended the receptions.  Thank you so much !  The biggest credit for making this event possible goes to Pastor Richard Schmidt and to Melissa Salomon – the event manager of Concordia Church who had the idea of promoting the local artists and who put her heart and time to help with the necessary work. It means a lot to me that my first solo exhibition took place in the church facility under God’s wings. It was  truly a blessing.

I am currently working on the paintings for the centennial events of Chula Vista, CA.  Three new paintings are completed, many more are on the way. There will be  lots of interesting events planned by the committee of Chula Vista 100. You might check their website for more information regarding the city celebrations.


These are my three new Chula Vista related works:

1. Chula Vista – The Lemon City, oil on canvas 16 by 20 in,

2. Otay Baptist Church, oil on canvas panel, 9 by 12 in,

3. South Bay Salt Works, oil on canvas panel 9 by 12 in.

“Chula Vista – The Lemon City” – was the first of Chula Vista related paintings . Chula Vista is known as a Lemon Capital. I thought that a still life of a china bowl with lemons and rows of lemon trees in the background would be an interesting way to illustrate the lemon character of the city.

“Otay Baptist Church” painting presents one of the oldest churches of Chula Vista, which was built in 1890.  Recently the church was closed and its congregation moved to the newer building. I have read in the press that  the building will serve as a historical site with the museum inside.

I thought that making a painting of this church would be an appropriate idea for the art shows related to the history of Chula Vista, CA.

“South Bay Salt Works” painting presents the top of the building of the old salt mine in Chula Vista. The colors and the moods of this work do not reflect my  usual style. My intention was to present an old,  industrial building, with an atmosphere of an abandoned place. South Bay Salt Works were established in 1871 and the facility is the icon of San Diego area for over hundred years.


I am glad to announce that the painting “Reflections”, oil on canvas 16 by 20 inches was accepted to the Salon International 2011, Greenhouse Gallery Of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Katarzyna Lappin