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

Issue No.  7                                                                             October 17, 2019

From the Principal's Desk...

We held our final Pumpkin Patch Fair committee meeting last Monday night.  We rejoice and thank God for ALL the people who made it successful!!  We thank Him for the beautiful weather that day and blessing us with a great turnout.  The final total for the day is $2,426.00.  These monies go to help both the church and school.  On behalf of the committee we would like to hear from you!  What is your evaluation of the game area, vendors, food; as a volunteer and/or as a participant.  We appreciate any feedback.  Please use the lines below and turn it in to your child's teacher.






 When we hear the words "Spring Musical", we remember such a wonderful event for our school.  We have Mrs. Lastowski to thank for that, as we all know. (And the students, too, of course)  We now rejoice in our new school year, and the fact that Mrs. Lastowski is able to continue teaching!!  God blessed her by healing her broken arm, and that she can play the piano again!  Here is a schedule of upcoming Chapels and which class/es will be performing.


October 30th - 3rd grade

November 6th - The Ambassadors

November 13th - 4th and 5th grades

November 20th - 1st and 2nd grades

 Everyone, of course, is invited!!  Extended family, friends!!!

Marianne Bischoff                                                                                                                   


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                              Hot Dog Friday 10/18 ~ Money collected Friday 10/18

                            Chick-Fil-A Monday 10/21 ~ Money collected Friday 10/18

Pizza Wednesday 10/23 ~ Money collected Tuesday 10/22

Hot Dog Friday 10/25 ~Money collected Friday 10/25

Chick-Fil-A Monday 10/28 ~ Money collected Friday 10/25

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8th Grade Fundraiser


We're sticking with this fundraiser!  The product sells itself!

Information about the 8th grade Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser went home today. The fundraiser will run through November 4, 2019. Orders will be available for pick up on Friday, November 22nd, just in time for Thanksgiving!  Please make checks payable to First Lutheran School. 

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          Tomorrow is the deadline!

There are three ways to orders-1.

2. Phone-(800) 854-4452

3. School-Use the enclosed envelope and return to your child's teacher. The deadline to order is October 18th.

Please note if you are paying by check make sure it is made out to "Spirit and Pride".

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Your conference times (for PreK-5th grade) to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, will be sent home on Monday, October 21st.




Conferences for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades run differently.  Conferences are Wednesday afternoon, November 6th, from 11:45 p.m. ~ 2:45 p.m. at fifteen-minute intervals.  Report cards will be sent home only for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades on Monday, November 4th.  Parents, please call the school office if you want to schedule a conference with Mrs. Ricco, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Stone, or Miss Bischoff. Mrs. Ferguson will mark the appointment on the teacher's schedule.  You must set up the appointment by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5th.  

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We have a decision now as to where 1st quarter Chapel Offerings will go-to the Langevin family who's house burned down just recently in Holyoke. This will be a wonderful opportunity to help fill a need in the community. Also, if any family would chose to help out in another way, the family could use gift cards.  Please drop the cards off here in our school office. Gift cards & Chapel offerings will be collected through Nov. 1st.  Miss Bischoff is coordinating this effort with Jennifer, the manager of Nick's Nest. Make your check, if you're writing one, payable to First Lutheran School (in the memo-Langevin family), and it will be added to the Chapel offering total.

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                                          Fill the Bus...

 Proverbs 22:9  The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.  This Scripture really speaks to what happens at the Fill the Bus. This year it is on Saturday, October 26th, from 9a.m.-3p.m. at Stop and Shop on Lincoln  St. in Holyoke. We have missed a year due to weather. I pray more people get involved by just showing support of this very important outreach. We need people to help organize the bus, stand at the door ways, and just be there. We should change the name of this great event to "God Fills the Bus" because for the last 10 years God has blessed our efforts. What a joy it is to be a part of this very important event. It is awesome to witness the human chain we make as we unload the bus. When the bus is empty we all gather and say a prayer and praise God.






TIME-9:00 p.m. TO 3:00 p.m.

Unload 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Church - Webster's dictionary defines it as a house consecrated to the worship of God among Christians. Through Scripture we learn that the church is the body of Christ, which is the fellowship of all who believe in Jesus. Worship is vital to our faith in Jesus. It gives peace. It strengthens, and it supplies all that is needful in this life leading us to a heavenly eternal life with God our Father. Truly, the church is the body of believers.

 It is also a building. We are thankful God has given us our beautiful building in which to worship Him. If you do not belong to a church, I invite you to worship with us. I can promise you, that you will be warmly welcomed by people who are so glad you have chosen to  join us. We have two worship services; one at 9 a.m. which is a traditional worship service and another at 11:15 a.m. which is a blended service. The only difference between the two is that the traditional uses the great hymns of the church and the blended uses more of a modern type praise music. Again, if you do not have a church home, prayerfully consider joining us one Sunday. I would love to see you! Pastor Bessette


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Wednesday, October 23rd ~ Banking Day

Friday, October 25th ~ Trunk Or Treat ~ 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 26th ~ "Fill the Bus" ~ 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, October 30th ~ Banking Day ~ The 3rd grade sings in Chapel

Friday, November 1st ~ 1/2 day of school ~ end of 1st quarter ~ 11:30 a.m. dismissal

Sunday, November 3rd ~ Daylight Savings Time ends

Wednesday, November 6th ~ "The Ambassadors" (the school choir) sings in Chapel ~ 1/2 day of school ~ Parent conferences ~ 11:30 a.m. dismissal ~ Banking Day

Monday ~ November 11th ~ No School ~ Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 13th ~ Banking Day ~  The 4th & 5th grades sing in Chapel

Wednesday, November 20th ~ Banking Day ~ The 1st & 2nd grades sing in Chapel

Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th ~ No School ~Thanksgiving Break






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