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 18, 2021
Here we are, just one week away from Thanksgiving! Seems as if we just began the school year, but in reality, it’s roughly one third over!
As you can see from the size of this Messenger, there is a lot happening at school. I won’t list it all here, as programs, fund raisers, and events are highlighted elsewhere throughout these pages. Suffice it to say that November and December are busy times at FLCS.
One thing I’d like to mention, however, is the return of Classroom News. Each week, a different teacher will share what is going on in his/her class. This was started at least 10 years ago, and, when I was still teaching high school, I remember being quite impressed by what our teachers teach. The issues of the past two years got in the way of continuing this program, but I have decided to get it going again, and the teachers have graciously agreed.
The first installment, in this Messenger, is from Mrs. Kelly in Pre-K. I know you’ll be impressed, as I was several years ago, by what the teachers share.
Next week, school meets only Monday and Tuesday, so there will be no Messenger. It will return on Thursday, December 2nd.
As the people of our great nation observe Thanksgiving next Thursday, my prayer is that our families truly enjoy time together and that each of us knows just to Whom our thanks is due. In our church, we often sing, as the offerings are brought forward, “All that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.” May we remember that all glory, honor, praise, and thanks are His, and His alone. Have a blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving break.
In His service, by His grace,
Hot Dog Friday 11/19 ~Money collected Thursday 11/18
Chick-Fil-A Monday 11/22 ~ Money collected Friday 11/19
Pizza Wednesday 11/24 ~ No School ~ Thanksgiving Break
Hot Dog Friday 11/19 ~ No School ~ Thanksgiving Break
Chick-Fil-A Monday 11/29 ~ Money collected Tuesday 11/23
8th Grade Fundraiser
Thank you to all who ordered!!!! The 8th grade made a profit of $1,438.40! What a huge success!
PLEASE NOTE: YOUR ORDERS WILL BE ARRIVING TOMORROW, FRIDAY, NOV. 19th. YOU CAN PICK YOUR ORDERS UP AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF FREEZER SPACE TO KEEP ORDERS, SO PLEASE PICK UP YOUR ORDER TOMORROW, FRIDAY, NOV. 19th !! IF YOUR CHILD IS IN EAGLES’ NEST AND YOU’LL BE PICKING UP YOUR ORDER WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR CHILD,THAT WILL BE FINE.
Also, we received a message from the Company last week which read:
“While we wish we were able to avoid any supply chain/covid ripple effects, of course that wasn’t the case. Two of our suppliers were unable to obtain raw materials to make sufficient quantities of these products. Please accept our apologies on their behalf! Being that customer satisfaction remains our top priority, we lined up two additional suppliers to fill the void.
We’d like to proudly intoduce Classic Cookies as a supplier you might see on delivery day. Classic Cookies has stepped in to supplement Otis Spunkmeyer, and we are confident that you’ll find these cookies just as delicious and convenient, and again, are MCM taste test approved!”
It’s that time again!! It’s time for the students to create a cover for this year’s Christmas program. Everyone entering must follow these guidelines …The title of this year’s Christmas service is “The Promise of Christmas”. Students in grades 1 through 8 may enter the contest with a picture they’ve drawn, illustrating the title of the Christmas Program. 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 Tuesday, December 10th. Students should give the finished product to their respective teachers. The teachers will give them to Mr. Lastowski. The person whose drawing is chosen will be announced in the Dec. 9th Messenger.
What fun it is to have this event for the students! It takes lots and lots of work, but preparation for another year has begun! Please take note of the attached flyer!! We need lots of volunteers!
Greetings from PreK.
We are learning and doing so many exciting things this year! We have started learning our letters and sounds with the “world famous” Letter People. Their songs help us learn the letter sounds and are so fun to dance to!
Jesus Time is such a special part of our day. The students look forward to each week’s Bible story, as well as chapel on Wednesday. I’m sure you have been hearing some of the many songs we are learning.
Numbers and counting are another important part of our day. So far, we have learned to recognize numbers 0-9 and can count from 1-20. Puzzles and a fun game called “Bump” are other parts of the math curriculum.
Our afternoons are filled with many art projects. Thursdays with fourth grade BUDDIES is definitely one of the highlights of the week. We end the week with music (with Miss Bischoff) and the students love all the songs they are learning, along with getting to play various rhythm instruments. It sure is a busy and exciting time in PreK!
FIRST LUTHERAN SCHOOL YEARBOOK
It’s still a little bit away, but please start thinking about this as you visit with friends and relatives over the holiday season…We need sponsors and advertisers to keep our yearbook costs down. Asking friends and relatives that own businesses is a great way to start. Also, check with your doctor and your dentist. Contracts will be sent home at a later date, but they are always available in the office. Sponsorships are a great way to congratulate a graduate or let your child know how proud you are of them. Costs for ads are as follows:
Full page $100.00
Half page $ 50.00
¼ page $ 25.00
*Sponsorship $ 10.00
*Sponsorships include up to 2 lines/ up to 60 letters each line.
Gently Used Toy Sale
First Lutheran Church and School is planning a used toy sale for Saturday, November 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During these difficult economic times, many families may find it a struggle to provide toys for their children at Christmas. First Lutheran would like to meet this need by providing gently used or new toys at a very affordable cost. This is an opportunity to donate items or shop for items. This is the perfect time to go through your basement, attic, and closets & donate outgrown, unwanted, gently loved toys, and make Christmas merrier for someone else. Tax deduction slips will be available for all donations. Toys may be left on the stage in the Fellowhip Hall. Anyone interested in helping prepare the toys for the sale, helping the day of the sale, to arrange pick-up, or with questions contact Bonnie Bessette at 508-240-4294. All proceeds will go into the Children’s Fund of First Lutheran School which helps offset tuition costs for families in need.
The Evangelism Committee will be collecting new hats, scarfs, mittens & gloves from November 1st – January 1st. The tree will be located in the Narthex, or you can drop your donations off in the church/school office.
Donations will be given to the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club.
Winter Coat Drive
First Lutheran Church & School will be collecting winter coats for children and adults in need and donating them to Providence Ministries.
We will be collecting coats throughout the month of November.
Coats can be placed in the donation box right next to the church & school office.
Midweek of Advent – week 1 – December 1st – dinner 5:00 p.m. – Worship 6:30 p.m.
Midweek of Advent – week 2 – December 8th – dinner 5:00 p.m. – Worship 6:30 p.m.
Midweek of Advent – week 3 – December 15th – dinner 5:00 p.m. – Worship 6:30 p.m.
Midweek of Advent – week 3 – December 22nd – dinner 5:00 p.m. – Worship 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve December 24th – Worship 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Day, December 25th, there is one service at 10:00 a.m.
Dates To Remember
Wednesday, November 24th – Friday, November 26th ~ No School ~ Thanksgiving Break
Saturday, December 4th ~ School choir sings at the tree lighting ~ 6:00 p.m. @ Holyoke City Hall
Monday, December 6th ~ PTO meeting ~ 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 9th & Friday, December 10th ~ Christmas Shoppe
Friday, December 17th ~ Christmas Program
Monday, December 20th – Sunday, January 2nd ~ Christmas Break