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First Lutheran School Messenger


Isaiah 40:31 "...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; ..."

Issue No.  14                                                                                    Dcember 13, 2018

From the Principal's Desk...

THE NIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM the doors will open at 6:15 p.m.  All students need to be in their classrooms no later than 6:30 p.m., so they can be prepared for their entrance. The students may wear their Christmas best for the evening's performance.  After the Elementary program, the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will do their Hand Mime presentations.  All students, Prekindergarten through 8th grade will then recess out of the sanctuary and go back to their classrooms.  Parents may then pick up their children from their respective classrooms. Children must be supervised and sit by a parent, if in the balcony.  No flash pictures can be taken during the Hand Mimes; it ruins the effect. 

Will you and your child/ren be joining us this Sunday, December 16th at 2:00 p.m. for Christmas Caroling?  Please consider, it's such a memorable event.  (See article on the "News from First Lutheran Church" page).

 Cover Contest ~ Tomorrow is the deadline!

Everyone entering must follow these guidelines ...The title of this year's Christmas service is "A Musical Journey To Bethlehem".  Students in grades Kindergarten through 8th may enter the contest with a picture they've drawn.  It needs to be done in ink (erasable ink is suggested).  The teachers have the correct sized paper available for the students.  To be considered to be chosen the student's name must be on the back.  If there are any words, as part of the cover, they must be spelled correctly.  All drawings must be turned in no later than Friday, December 14th.  Students should give the finished product to their respective teachers.  The teachers will give them to Miss Bischoff.

Thank you to all who participated in the Butter Braid fundraiser!!!   The class now has $1,200.00 toward their trip to Pennsylvania in May.  That covers the cost for three students.  Thank you, Lisa Rodrigues, for overseeing it!   We do a have a new opportunity in January for making a beautiful purchase.  More information will be coming in January.

Marianne Bischoff                                                                                                                   



Hot Dog Friday 12/14 ~ Money collected Friday 12/14

Chick-Fil-A Monday 12/17 ~ Money collected Friday 12/14

Pizza Wednesday 12/19 ~ Money collected Tuesday 12/18

Hot Dog Friday 12/21 ~ Money collected Friday 12/21

Chick-Fil-A Monday 12/31 ~ No School ~ New Year's Eve

Pizza Wednesday 1/2 ~ Money collected FRIDAY, 12/21

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Secret Angel Cards

Monday, December 17th, & Tuesday, December 18th, from 8:10 a.m.-8:30 a.m. the 8th graders will be selling "Secret Angel" cards for $1.00 each.  They will deliver them if they go to a student or teacher.  The 8th graders will be found selling them outside of the office/1st grade classroom. The money goes toward their class trip to Pennsylvania in May.

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Help Needed!


We are in need of someone to video tape the Children's Program  Friday night, December 21st!  It's been so nice in the past years to be able to offer DVD's to the parents/grandparents, especially for those who are unable to attend!  Please let us know, if you can help!

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Wow! The fifth graders played their ukuleles yesterday and did a great job!

Pastor did a great job doing the motions to the song as the music went faster and faster.

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Box Tops for Education   

Thanks for the box tops that have been turned in. The Box Top contest continues to January 17th, 2019. You may turn in completed sheets to your child's teacher or the office. 

For a list of participating products, visit

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 Fifth grade is having a wonderful year!  All of us are working together to have the best fifth grade class ever!  We are helping each other and showing kindness to everyone.

          Fifth grade always celebrates Reformation Day with songs, games, and treats.  This year was no exception.  One of this year's favorite games was hide Martin Luther.  We use a small action figure as Martin Luther and hide him around the room.  This is done to remind us of how Martin Luther had to go into hiding so he wouldn't be killed.  Celebrating Reformation Day was lots of fun!

          In our Bible class we have begun learning what it means to call God, "Father".  We started with God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  We have discussed the creation, as in Genesis and the new heaven and earth in Revelation.

          In our math class we are learning about fractions.  Right now we are adding and subtracting fractions. Learning to find the common denominator can be challenging. We will soon be learning to multiply fractions.  By the end of the year, we will be dividing fractions.

          In science we just finished our unit on mammals.  Did you know there are two mammals that lay eggs?  People are the only mammals made in the image of God.  We have an amazing Creator!

          Native Americans are the focus of social studies.  We have made small pinch pots as the desert tribes may have done long ago.  We are learning how important natural resources were to all the tribes.

          Each day we begin with Luther's Morning Prayer and end the day with Luther's Evening Prayer.  We share our prayer requests and faithfully pray for our prayer partners in the church.  As a class, we have seen God answer many of our prayers.  It is amazing to have such a loving Heavenly Father.  Each day we have a new reason to love and trust Him.

          Fifth grade is great place to learn and have fun at the same time.  This is going to be a great year for the fifth grade of First Lutheran Christian School.

Mrs. Ketchum

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Looking forward to the big sales of the Taste Book as Christmas gifts.

The deadline to buy one, or more, is Friday, December 21st.

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Remember the change-January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No School!

News From First Lutheran Church

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Mitten Tree

There is a tree in the church narthex called "The Mitten Tree." Mittens, hats & scarves for girls & boys (K-8th grade) can be placed on the tree.  The mittens will go to the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.

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You are invited to join us for Advent Worship service.

Advent dates are Wednesday, December 19th.

Service: 6:30 p.m.




Monday, Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 25th Christmas Day Worship-10 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 31st New Year's Eve Worship-6:30 p.m.

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Christmas Caroling

Caroling to our shut-ins on December 16th starts at 2 P.M.

The Evangelism Committee would like to invite church and school families to join them in bringing Christmas comfort and joy to our shut-ins.  Come and lend us your voices and be a part of this very fun event.  We will be getting on the school bus to travel to our shut-ins at 2 P.M.  We will sing some of our favorite Christmas songs to those who would love to see you there.  After we are done sharing Christmas carols at our various stops, around 5 p.m., there will be a light dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  .  Please sign-up on the sheet that's on the bulletin board by the parking lot doors.  We hope to see you there.

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 Thursday, December 13th & Friday, December 14th ~ FLS Christmas Shoppe

Wednesday, December 19th ~ Banking Day

Friday, December 21st ~ Christmas Program ~ 7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 24th-Tuesday, January 1st ~ Christmas Break

Monday, December 24th ~ Christmas Eve Service ~ 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25th ~ Christmas Service ~ 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, January 2nd ~ School Resumes ~ Banking Day

Wednesday, January 9th ~ Banking Day

Wednesday, January 16th ~ Banking Day

Friday, January 18th ~ End of 2nd Quarter ~ 1/2 Day of School ~ No Lunches

Monday, January 21st ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~ No School

Tuesday, January 22nd ~ Report cards go home

Wednesday, January 23rd ~ Banking Day

Monday, January 28th-Friday, February 1st ~ National Lutheran Schools Week

Monday, January 28th ~ Feed My Faith ~ 6:00 p.m.-6:25 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30th ~ Banking Day ~ Recognition of students receiving Honor Roll & High Honor Roll at the end of Chapel (about 9:25 a.m.).


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