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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.  36                                                                                 June 6, 2019

From the Principal's Desk...

I can't thank God enough for another great year for our school!!  The musical was certainly the cherry on top!

As we continue to prepare for next year, I encourage your re-enrollment packets to be sent in sooner than later.  I know some of you prefer to pay over ten months instead of twelve months, please just write that on the financial page and send in the re-enrollments now.  Since I get a huge discount for A Beka books by ordering early June, having the re-enrollments packets helps me to better know how many books to order for each class.

Tonight we witness the graduation of Josiah Frasier, Andre Kaletin, Clara LaChance, Emma Parente, CJ Peterson, and Tessa Rodrigues.  Clara LaChance is our valedictorian.  Emma Parente is our salutatorian.  Mr. Stone will give the graduation address.  We are also blessed to have the Ambassadors singing two beautiful selections.  Everyone is invited.  The seventh grade tradition is to hold the reception that follows in the Fellowship Hall. Graduation begins at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

We pray God's blessings for Mrs. Ketchum as she begins her retirement after dismissal tomorrow.

She's been a valuable asset to our staff, a great teacher, a great writer of Christmas programs, a great leader at the outdoor education at the Highland Lodge; a person we will miss.

I know the question must be being asked, "When are the stumps going to be removed?"  We had thought they would be the weekend after the trees were cut down, but there is one of those snags that's keeping it from being done sooner than later.  As I said before, I agree the playground  looks so sad, but take heart, we're doing what we can to move things along.  I appreciate your patience in this.

As usual, I will be sending a summer letter home at the beginning of July with the information needed for the start of our new year 2019-2020.

The supply list for next year is also being sent home today.  We will also be putting it up on the website, if another one is needed.

I pray that everyone has a summer of refreshment, remembering to thank God for sending Jesus as our Savior!!

Marianne Bischoff                                                                                                                   


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Hot Dog Friday 6/7 ~No Lunches ~ 1/2 day of school

Summer vacation!


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This year's Vacation Bible School theme is "Athens" which takes place in ancient Greece. To transform the fellowship hall we are going to need the following donations. Items can be donated or loaned. This list will be updated as we receive items, or as new needs arise.



Large Styrofoam sheets                                         5 Easy Ups

Solid color bed sheets                                           Old large rocking horses (to

Solid color blankets                                               become stone statues)    

Small rugs                                                             Urns

Fake greenery/flowers/fruit/vegetables                    Columns

Baskets (all sizes)

Image result for vbs athens clipart   Join us in ancient Athens, where we'll explore what life was like for the Apostle Paul on his dangerous journey to share the truth.  You'll create cool projects in the Marketplace, laught as you play Bible-times games, visit with Paul, and eat some interesting new food.  Plus, you'll meet lots of fun friends!

VBS Registration forms are now available.  Open to children 3yrs - 10yrs.

Children 11yrs. & older are encouraged to help.  Adult volunteers are also needed.

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First Lutheran Church will be having a Rummage sale on Saturday, June 22nd from 9:00-1:00.

We are looking for gently used items to be donated for the sale. We will accept donations beginning June 3rd.

Below is a list of items that will not be accepted:

~ No electronics (televisions, computers, or cell phones)

~ Furniture (cloth or vinyl)

~ Large Appliances

~ Shoes or personal clothing

~Broken items (toys, jewelry, and such)

~ Workout equipment

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    Yearbooks may still be purchased for $15.00.  We only have a few left.

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Thank you, Lord, for holding back the rain!  Thank you to all the volunteers...Kim Dunn,

Nicole Stevens, Chris & Karen Buell, Brendan Kelly, Rebekah Madera, Elena Fortier, Andrea

Spice, Johanna Sweet, Elizabeth Zaharov, Marina Leonovich, Linda Paszak, Jasmine & Jackie Rodriguez, Lisa Rodrigues, Bonnie Smith, Aimee Dunn, Tony Santiago ( hopefully, no one was skipped)-you made it successful!!  Thank you to Priscilla and her family members that made ice cream THE TREAT of the day!! 

Thank you Brian Stebbins for getting the lawn mown on Thursday.

The winning team was the Yellow Stars!

Congratulations to both teams for a job well done!

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The school office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., beginning Monday, June 17th.  Mrs. Ferguson will be in at those times.  The Principal's hours are flexible, so making an appointment is the best way to secure a time.

Until the week of June 17th, Mrs. Ferguson's hours are still 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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All fobs will be deactiviated after 11:30 a.m. dismissal on June 7th.  If you want to return your fob & have your deposit returned, you may, or you can keep it for next year.

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Thursday, June 6th ~ Eighth grade graduation ~ 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary ~ 8th grade dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Friday, June 7th ~ Last Day of School ~ 1/2 day ~ 11:30 a.m. dismissal ~ No Lunches!

Friday, June 14th ~ Mailing of report cards, etc..

Saturday, June 22nd ~ Church Rummage Sale ~ 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Beginning of July ~ Summer letter to all families

Monday, July 22nd – Friday, July 26th ~ 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28th ~ First Day Of School!!


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