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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.  11                                                                                    November 15, 2018

From the Principal's Desk...


Since there will not be a Messenger next week, the staff and I want to wish everyone a blessed, meaningful Thanksgiving!!

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From Trinity Lutheran Church:

Thank you for the prayers.  We truly appreciate your remembering us.  We will also be saying prayers for you.

God bless,

Pat Marshall

Trinity Lutheran Church

Marianne Bischoff                                                                                                                   


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Hot Dog Friday 11/16 ~ 11/9 ~ Money collected 11/16

Chick-Fil-A Monday 11/19 ~ Money collected Friday 11/16

Pizza Wednesday 11/21 ~ Thanksgiving Break ~ No School

Hot Dog Friday 11/23 ~ Thanksgiving Break ~ No School

Chick-Fil-A Monday 11/26 ~ Money collected Tuesday 11/20

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61, 550 points


43 shoppers 


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Thank you, David Engle, Noah LaChance, Asher Sweet, Danny Spice & Jacob Rodriguez-Rivera (all are 4th graders) for your gift of music yesterday! David played piano, Asher, Danny & Jacob sang, & Noah played the trombone. 

We are very excited about the number of food items that were brought in for Kate's Kitchen.  They really need donations!

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Box Tops for Education


Thank you, Mrs. Torruella, for volunteering to help out with Box Tops!

We're having a contest! Attached to this messenger is  the sheet you will need to participate in the contest! (additional forms are available in the office). Please make sure your child's name is on the sheet! Also, please be sure  not to turn in any expired Box Tops!  The Box Top contest will end on January 17th, 2019. You may turn in completed sheets to your child's teacher or the office.  The top 3 students will receive a Gift Card!

For a list of participating products, visit

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     This class of 16 second graders is off to a great start, though it's hard to believe a whole quarter has breezed by already! So much learning, sharing, and growing has already taken place as we walk together with Jesus (our theme for this year).

     We start every morning with pledges to the American flag and the Christian flag, as well as a patriotic song. Patriotism is part of our social studies curriculum, and it includes a unit on our government and elections. We also have learned about communities, and what roles we can play in our communities. In the near future the students will be doing research and a report on a state of their choice, as well as doing their own family trees, learning about their family culture and heritage, and doing another report on a country of their family origin. This will all tie into our Education Fair theme of "America and Me" and how our families originally came to America. This will include writing about and creating art projects of various American symbols.

We also recite the Ten Commandments and various well-known and classic poems that the students memorize. Our prayers include praying for our beloved church prayer partners and our families and friends.

In our Bible lessons we have already covered creation, the flood, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Esau, Joseph, Moses and the Exodus, marching around Jericho, Gideon, the Ten Commandments, as well as that God can make good come out of bad situations such as with the stories of Ruth and Hannah and Samuel.

Much of our curriculum is A Beka, a Christian focused curriculum, so the children read stories with Bible-based values in reading, and read and work with sentences with those same values in spelling, phonics, handwriting, writing, and math too.  While the texts we read incorporate the special sounds we are working on, as well as our spelling words so that they can be used in context, they also demonstrate morals, good character traits, and Bible truths. 

We include God in our study of science as well. The students know that all living things, including us, come from and are created and specifically designed by God. The second graders have chosen their own animals to research and write about. Their wonderful pictures and paragraphs can be seen decorating the upstairs hallway.

In math we are adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with carrying and soon to be borrowing, looking at fractions, measurement, working with money, counting by 2's. 5's, 10's, and now 3's, in preparation for multiplication. The children are telling time as well.

The second graders are a joy to teach and I look forward to a great year of learning ahead.

God bless,

Mrs. Rice

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Christmas Shoppe


What fun it is to have this event for the students!  It takes lots and lots of work, but thanks to Miss Heeren & Mrs. Ferguson, it is being prepared for another year!  Please take note of the attached flyer!!  We need lots of volunteers!  I'm hoping we'll have plenty!!

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8th Grade Fundraiser

Information about the 8th grade Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser has already been sent home. The fundraiser will run through November 30, 2018. Orders will be available for pick up on Friday, December 14th, just in time for Christmas parties & events. 

News From First Lutheran Church

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Gently Used Toy Sale

Toys are still needed.  You can put them on the stage in the Fellowship Hall.

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Mitten Tree

There is a tree in the church narthex called "The Mitten Tree." Mittens of any size for boys, girls, men, women, or toddlers can be placed on the tree.  The mittens will go to the Boys and Girls Club.

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Wednesday, November 21st – Friday, November 23rd ~ No School ~ Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, November 24th ~ Gently Used Toy Sale ~ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 28th ~ Banking Day

Wednesday, December 5th ~ Banking Day

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

Wednesday, December 12th ~ Banking Day

Wednesday, December 19th ~ Banking Day

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

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

Wednesday, January 2nd ~ School Resumes


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