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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. 13                                                     December 5, 2019


From the Principal’s Desk…

Looking forward to hearing “The Ambassadors” tonight at the Holyoke Mall in front of Macy’s on the main floor at 6:30 p.m.

Looking forward to this year’s Christmas Shoppe!!  I’m glad so many of you love to help out.  It does mean a lot to the students!

Looking forward to the Christmas program and the Hand Mimes!!  It’s exciting to know that Mrs. Lastowski has been working on it for quite a while now.  We have some different music for two grades for the Hand Mimes!  I’m glad the Middle School students have been eager and creative in planning toward this year’s performances.

Looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, as we prepare during this Advent season!


Marianne Bischoff



Hot Dog Friday 12/6 ~ Money collected Friday 12/6

Chick-Fil-A Monday 12/9 ~ Money collected Friday 12/6

 Pizza Wednesday 12/11~Money collected Tuesday 12/10

 Hot Dog Friday 12/13 ~ Money collected Friday 12/13

 Chick-Fil-A Monday 12/16 ~ Money collected Friday 12/13


Secret Angel Cards

Monday, December 16th, & Tuesday, December 17th, 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.




6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math News

Arithmetic can be found in our everyday lives. Students will often ask why they have to learn a particular math concept, such as converting metric measures. However, it opens up discussion for future career paths, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, architects, engineers or the sports industry, and so many more, who will work with metric measures frequently.

I continue to work with Math Journals for each grade to keep the central points of each new concept learned, as well as step by step examples and arithmetic terminology in a well-organized format to be used as reference for homework and study guide for quizzes and tests.

The eighth grade students have refined their skills in solving multi-step equations, have learned how to solve and graph inequalities on a number line, engaged in the Rules of Exponents and learned that not all numbers are positive when it comes to exponents. Negative and Zero Exponents, as well as Scientific Notation are currently being reviewed. We will round out the end of the quarter with a section in Geometry. Basic geometry concepts will be reviewed, Similar and Congruent figures, Similarity and Measurement and Scale Drawings will complete this unit.

Seventh grade is currently reviewing Fractions, Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and Least Common Multiple (LCM). GCF helps a student to determine if a fraction is in simplest form when the numerator and denominator share only 1 as their common factor; and LCM helps a student find the common denominator between two or more fractions. This is especially helpful when students are arranging fractions from least to greatest with varying denominators such as:  9/25, 4/8, 12/13, 7/32 and 15/63. We will finish up the quarter with review of the Metric System and U.S. Customary System. My favorite unit to teach continues to be Rene Descartes’s Cartesian coordinate system. Currently students are plotting points on the Coordinate Plane to create Frosty the Snowman; and are excited to move onto more challenging pictures. Solid Geometry will be introduced in the third quarter in preparation for their Education Fair Project.

Sixth grade is a transition year and new arithmetic concepts are introduced before we begin review material. Material covered includes pre-algebra terminology such as knowing the difference between an equation, a numerical expression and a variable expression, how to evaluate an expression using substitution such as 16 – , when a = 7, Measurement (U.S. Customary and Metric), Statistics, and creating Data Displays, and a heavy emphasis on working with decimals. Sixth grade will also learn the difference between rational numbers and irrational numbers; Pi is one of the most recognized irrational numbers. The Coordinate Plane has also been introduced and they are currently graphing ordered pairs to create a snowman to display in the classroom.

Blessings during this Christmas season!

Mrs. Ricco


Christmas Shoppe

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!

Download informational flyer here: Christmas Shoppe 2019 messenger flyer



Cover Contest

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 “And God Said”.  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 Miss Bischoff. The person whose drawing is chosen will be announced in the Dec. 12th Messenger.

News From First Lutheran Church




Caroling to our shut-ins December 8th starts at 2 p.m.

Evangelism would like to invite church and school families to join us in bringing Christmas joy to our shut-ins. Lend your voice to bring comfort and joy to our shut-ins. Come be a part of this very fun event. We will meet in the church parking lot and leave promptly at 2 p.m. We then will sing some of our favorite Christmas songs to various people who would love to see you there. Please sign–up on the sheet by the parking lot door. After we are done sharing Christmas, there will be a light dinner in the Fellowship Hall. We hope to see you all there.


Gently Used Toy Sale

God is so good!! What a fantastic Gently Used and New Toy sale we had. The Evangelism committee wants to thank the Church and School families who donated toys! We thank those who helped set up and take down, those who made sure all the toys worked. Our prayers were answered by you, God’s people (church and school). So many people came to the New and Gently Used Toy event and they were so happy, many with tear filled eyes thanked our efforts so that their children, grandchildren, and families may have a brighter Christmas. God blessed all of our efforts, and we were able to share the Gospel of Jesus with our community. God did not stop there –  He also blessed us with $604.00,  all from a free will offering, this will go towards our Children’s Fund. Again God is soooo Good. Thank you-Thank you everyone.

Pastor Bessette



Midweek of Advent 2 December 11th – Worship 6:30 p.m.

“The Child Who Is a Virgin’s Great Son”

Midweek of Advent 3 December 18th – Worship 6:30 p.m.

“The Child Who Is John’s Joy”

Christmas Eve December 24th  – Worship 6:30 p.m.

“The Child Who Is the Lord”

Christmas Day, December 25th, there is one service at 10:00 a.m.


New Year’s Eve, December 31st – 6:30 p.m.




Dates To Remember


Thursday, December 5th ~ “The Ambassadors”, our school choir sings in front of Macy’s at the Holyoke Mall ~ 6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 6th ~ Midquarter

Tuesday, December 10th ~ Midquarter grades go home

Wednesday, December 11th ~ Banking Day

Thursday, December 12th & Friday December 13th ~ Christmas Shoppe

Monday, December 16th & Tuesday, December 17th ~ Secret Angel Cards ~ 8:10 a.m – 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 18th ~ Banking Day

Friday, December 20th ~ Christmas Program ~ “And God Said” ~ 7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 23rd – Wednesday, January 1st ~ Christmas Break ~ School resumes on Thursday, January 2nd