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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. 34                                             June 11, 2020




We are scheduling tours for our Prekindergarten – 8th grade day school.  Please call 413-532-4272 to schedule yours today!






From the Principal’s desk…

Thank you!!  Thank you for all that you have done in your homes to continue the education for your child/children, as remote learners from First Lutheran School.  In this last Messenger for 2019-2020 I want to express how much I will miss being outside with all the children lined up for carline on the last day of school, but how much I’m looking forward to seeing as many as possible tomorrow in our final pick up/drop off.


What a finish line we cross tomorrow!!!  None of us could have anticipated such a change to a school year and what the finish line would look like!  It is with great gratitude that I again speak so highly of A Beka!  Not only is the curriculum made for student learning and success, and that’s why we use it, but the materials are based on the Bible/Scripture, morality, and the material if meant for strong character development.  Then on top of this they provided the excellent teaching for your child/children for FREE through the video streaming.  I just received word from them that we can continue to redeem free streaming hours until tomorrow.  After June 30th, all free downloaded hours will be removed.

In the re-enrollment packet is a letter from our Board of Christian Education Chairman that speaks to the fall, as best we can.  Please read it.

Tomorrow, Friday, June 12th, is the day I’ve been writing about… Here’s the plan one more time J It is our day to say hello/good-by for the 2019-2020 school year!  Lord willing, the weather will be beautiful; we ask that you drive up to the front of the church on the horseshoe loop to receive all the art projects, personal items, etc. that belong your child/children.  The teachers will be outside on the portico, so we can see you and hopefully, your child/children, too!  Those who ordered a yearbook will receive it that day, and there will be container in which you will put your money, if you still need to pay.  You will also receive the Cold Stone ice cream you ordered packaged for your family.  Thank you again, Betsabe Machuca and your family for such a fun gift!

Please remember to bring back any items, library books, reading books, ukuleles, etc. that belong to the school.

Grading for then end of the year… Our third quarter grades are solid.  The teachers have percentage grades from the majority of the third quarter to give third quarter grades on the report card, as usual.

For fourth quarter, it’s Pass or Pass/ Incomplete, but this is what incomplete means – Incomplete means that there is work that the student didn’t accomplish that was assigned. The P/I is there to let you know, as a parent, that not all work was completed.  If you want your child/children to finish that work, it’s up to you as a parent, but it will not be turned in to the teacher/s.

So, the report card will either show “P” for pass or “P/I”, meaning the student passes, but not all the work was completed.  A letter grade for remote learning is not as valid as the letter grades on the rest of the report card.  Report cards will be mailed on Friday, June 19th.

Marianne Bischoff




Philippians 1:3 – NIV  “I thank my God every time I remember you.”

What more can I say?





In August the “Book of Remembrance” was initiated based on Malachi 3:16 – NIV – “Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored His name.”  So there is a special section in our “Book of Remembrance” for the all the blessings from God during our time of separation due to the coronavirus… Each week in this part of the Messenger you’ll get to share in rejoicing for the ways God continues to bless First Lutheran Christian School!!  Here are the next five (they’re being done in chronological order, so right now, as you can tell, it goes back to the beginning of April)…

Here are the last five for this 2019-2020 school year.

1)  The 8th grade students received a very perfect T-shirt as a reminder of this year at their breakfast on Tuesday.

2)  Remember – It was this school year we received the gift from Big Y for playground renewal and it started the ball rolling for additional gifts that have resulted in the reality of the fencing we now see!!

3)  I have three new tours set up for new families for next year.

4)  Miss Heeren is showing more and more improvement.  We’re hoping it will work for her to Face Time during graduation.

5) God’s faithfulness was evident in the midst of life in this world.



Former First Lutheran Families


Bargalla Family

Colon Family

Everett/Connor Family

Hadla Family

Kleinbekel Family

Langlois Family

Larrow Family

LaClair Family

Lempke Family

Longo Family

McColgan Family

NeSmith Family

Peters Family




Dates To Remember


June 11th – 8th Grade Graduation for families, staff & board of Education

June 12th – Formal Last Day of School ~ Drive by pick up from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.