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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. 4                                                                              September 23, 2021



Happy Fall! Soon the air will be crisp, the leaves will turn multi-colored, and we will continue, God willing, to move forward in a school year of learning and growing.

I can only imagine what Heaven will be like, but the Romantic in me sees a glimpse of it in the New England autumn…God’s artwork indeed.

Picture Day was this past Tuesday (retakes will be October 26th). And, speaking of October, the church Fellowship Committee and the PTO will be sponsoring “Trunk or Treat” in our parking lot, Friday, October 29th, starting at 6 p.m. More details will be forthcoming, but reserve the date for some wholesome fun for All Hallow’s Eve!

This coming Monday, September 27th, is our first “Feed My Faith” (details elsewhere in this Messenger).  Please join us as church and school families have worship and fellowship together. And, as always, you are welcome to join us for worship on Sundays, as several school families have done recently, if you don’t currently have a church home.

There has been road construction in the area recently, and we realize that unexpected delays can occur. But “traffic” is not an ongoing reason to excuse tardiness. You are doing a marvelous job getting your children to school on time, and we’d like to keep it that way, with your help. Please leave five minutes earlier, or whatever it takes, to assure that your child is at his/her desk and ready for instruction at 8:30 a.m. Thank you.

Other reminders: 1. PTO meets Tuesday, 10/5, at 6 p.m. in Room B3. All are welcome…..2. Keep those plastic bottles coming in, even water bottles, which ARE recyclable in CT…..3. Online School Store is open through 9/30. Get your FLCS apparel and show your school pride. Stay warm this Fall with a school hoodie or jacket….And, 4. Please register for Amazon Smile and select “First Lutheran Church and School” (Holyoke, because there is at least one other) and sign into Amazon each time through smile so that a percentage of your purchase price will go to the school.

Finally, what a blessed surprise I received this morning! A school family has decided to donate $5000 to the school, to help as needed. They have been financially blessed recently, are most thankful and aware of from Whom those blessings come, and decided to share those blessings with the school. We will use the gift to purchase much needed video upgrades for classrooms, thereby providing teachers and students with a wider range of technological tools. A huge thank you from the staff and me.

Enjoy the upcoming Fall weather. Have a great weekend. And, as always, email or call if I can help with anything. God bless!

In His Service, By His Grace,

Robert Lastowski

Interim Principal



Hot Dog Friday 9/24 ~ Money collected Thursday 9/23

Chick-Fil-A Monday 9/27  ~ Money collected Friday 9/24

Pizza Wednesday 9/29  ~Money collected Tuesday 9/28 

Hot Dog Friday 10/1  ~ Money collected Thursday 9/30

Chick-Fil-A Monday 10/4  ~ Money collected Friday 10/1


You may have already seen on Facebook that we are now registered with Amazon smile!

This is an easy and effortless way to earn money for our school.  And, using Smile does NOT affect the way you order, your Prime status, or anything else.  It DOES, however, assure that .05% of your purchase cost (before tax and shipping) goes to support our school.  Registering is easy. Click the link below and follow the prompts to designate “First Lutheran Church & School, Holyoke MA” as your charity of choice.

We currently have a “wish list” for the library loaded to AmazonSmile.  We are working on the teachers’ list also.  Thank you Lisa Rodrigues for taking on this task!



Please continue to drop your plastic bottles & cans off throughout the school year… every penny helps!



School Apparel Fundraiser

First Lutheran has teamed up with Holyoke Sporting Goods for our school apparel.

All sales are online.  To purchase apparel, please visit:

Click on: “team spirit/online stores

Choose: First Lutheran Christian School

Our online store will remain open until September 30, 2021.

Merchandise will be shipped directly to First Lutheran by the end of October.

Thank you in advance for your support


Chapel offerings from the 1st quarter will be going to support Kate’s Kitchen.


First Lutheran Church & School will be holding a food drive on Saturday, October 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the church & school.

Donations will be given to Kate’s Kitchen/Margaret’s Pantry.

Everyone making a donation will receive a stuffed animal.



Dates To Remember


Monday, September 27th ~ Feed My Faith ~ 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 5th ~ PTO Meeting ~ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6th ~ Playground dedication ~ 1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 8th ~ Professional Development ~ No School

Monday, October 11th ~ Columbus Day ~ No School

Saturday, October 16th ~ Food drive ~ 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26th ~ Picture Retakes

Monday, October 25th ~ Feed My Faith ~ 6:00 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.

Friday, October 29th ~ ½ day of school ~ end of 1st quarter ~ Trunk or Treat