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 10, 2021
We’ve made it!!! Tomorrow is the last (half) day of a truly incredible year, a year of masks, changing protocols, tests, vaccines, contact tracing, and more. But, more importantly, it was a year of growing stronger in God’s Word and of learning in all subject areas; a year where a number of new students and families became part of the FLCS family and found out just how wonderful this school is; a year in which our trust in the Lord was tested in so many ways, almost daily; yet a year in which that very trust, coupled with discipline in following health protocols, has led us safely to where we are at the end of a most successful year. Indeed, “God has not given us the spirit of fear” (2Timothy 1:7), and that reassurance, by His grace, has defined our approach to a VERY different type of school year.
I would like to thank our Board of Christian Education members for all they do (on a volunteer basis) to oversee policy, personnel, and so much more, as well as Pastor Bessette, who wears his love for this school right on his sleeve. I also am blessed with incredibly devoted and talented teachers and a dedicated support staff. And, I am so very thankful for Mrs. Christine Ferguson. Her official title is “School Secretary,” but Chris is just so much more. I coud not do this job without her help, guidance, and support.
I must especially recognize two very special Christian educators, both of whom concluded long and illustrious careers this year. Miss Lynelle Heeren began her career the year that the school opened, 1981. For 39 years, she taught kindergarten. Let that sink in, please. Susan and I were blessed to have our three children taught under Lynelle’s guidance. Many of you can say the same. The second of this dynamic duo is Miss Marianne Bischoff. Like Lynelle, Marianne spent her entire career in Lutheran education. After many years elsewhere, she came to us in 2006, to teach second grade. Little did she know that she would end up serving as Principal for the better part of 14 years. Marianne managed, by God’s grace, to steer the school through some very trying years. I have always admired both her courage and her faith. And, now, I am ever so thankful for her sage counsel to this fledgling Principal.
Parents, I MUST include you in these kudos. Your enthusiasm for this school is most evident and such a joy to witness. A successful Christian education must be a cooperative effort between school and home. It is encouraging to see that you understand that need for cooperation. Thank you to so many of you for all the “extras” that you provide for our school community. And, on a personal note, I wish to thank you wholeheartedly for accepting me in this role. You have welcomed me with kindness and respect and made this transition an easy one. I have loved getting to know many of you and look forward to working with all of you again next year. Thank you…sincerely!
Summer communications will begin in July. Check your mail. Enjoy your summer, stay safe, and please keep telling your friends about this gem of a school. It’s an honor to serve both you and your chidren.
In His service,
Hot Dog Friday 6/11 ~ 1/2 day of school ~ no lunches
Chick-Fil-A Monday ~ Money collected Friday
Pizza Wednesday ~Money collected Tuesday
Hot Dog Friday ~ Money collected Thursday
Chick-Fil-A Monday ~ Money collected Friday
If you still wish to purchase a yearbook, they are available in the office.
The yearbook cost is $15.00.
Thank you, Lord, for holding back the rain! Thank you to all the volunteers…
you made it successful!! Thank you to Betsabe and her family members for the ice cream treat & to Mrs. Desserau for the watermelon! Both treats were enjoyed by all!
The winning team was the Yellow Stars!
Congratulations to both teams for a job well done!
Mrs. Ferguson will be in the office and on duty from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., the week of June 14-18. She will resume that schedule on Wednesday, August 18th, which is two weeks before school begins on Sept. 1st. Either she or Mr. Lastowski will be in school MOST weekdays from June 21st through August 17th, from 9a.m.-12 p.m., but their schedules are flexible. Voicemails and emails will be monitored daily, so PLEASE call or email before coming in. Making an appointment is the best way to secure a time. Thank you!
All fobs will be deactiviated after 11:30 a.m. dismissal on June 11th. If you want to return your fob & have your deposit returned, you may, or you can keep it for next year.
Final report cards, honor roll certificates, final Eagles’ Nest bill, and any other remaining correspondence will be mailed home on June 18th.
Watch for a letter at the beginning of July. The summer
letter will contain next year’s school calendar, supply list,
and any major changes to the parent handbook/school year.
Thank you to Gabi Brin-Martin for taking over collecting the bottles!
Please save them over the summer, and if you want them out of your
garage – you may drop them off at the school over the summer. Gabi
will be picking them up on a regular basis.
Dates To Remember
Thursday, June 10th ~ 8th grade graduation
Friday, June 11th ~ Last day of school ~ ½ day ~ 11:30 a.m. dismissal