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Jeremy May, Pastor Sunday Services: 8:30, 11:00 Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Church: 580-762-1111

David Birnbaum, Principal School: 580-762-9950 website: On-line pay: E-mail: Child Care: 580-762-1124 FastDirect:

Sola Gratia, Sola Fide,

Sola Scriptura

January 10, 2018


Newkirk @ FLS; 5, 6, 7, 8



1/16 1/18 1/19 1/19

FLS @ PC West, 5, 6, 7, 8 FLS @ Ok Bible Academy; 6:30, 7:30 Immanuel @ FLS, 6, 7 Deadline for Mini-Cheer signups

1/24 1/29 1/31 2/5 2/8

Geography Bee, 10:00 a.m., Gym Hillsdale @ FLS; 5:30, 6:30 8th Grade Night Mid-Quarter Reports Enid @ FLS; 4:30, 5:30 McCord at FLS; 6, 7 Mini Cheer Performance

No School on Monday, January 15 for Parent-Teacher Conferences; Daycare will also be closed. MINI CHEER! If you know a little girl or boy would love to have some fun after school and learn a little cheer and dance while they do it, invite them to FLS Mini Cheer Clinic. Clinic starts Feb. 5 and ends with a performance on Feb. 8. Look for the sign up flier at the back of the Chatter. SCHOOL OFFICE—TAX STATEMENTS: If you would like a printout of your payments to First Lutheran during 2017 for tax purposes, you can print them off by logging into your FastDirect account, scroll down to the bar that says “2007 Tax Year Printout”, change the year to 2017, and click the box that has “Tax Year Printout” in it. Alternatively, you can request a tax statement from the office by calling 580-762-9950 or sending a FastDirect email request to Connie Erickson. This will include school-related expenses only; summer daycare tax statements must be requested from daycare by sending a FastDirect email to Heidi Daley or calling daycare at 580-762-1124. Not all payments to FLS are tax deductible, and you should contact a tax advisor to find out what can be written off, and what cannot. TRIP TO CAMBODIA: In 2 weeks, several of our classes are going on an online trip to Cambodia to see how mission work is being done there by Lutherans. An offering box is being sent home with your child to help with this mission experience. Please return it with their offerings by the end of the month.


In the event that school may be cancelled due to inclement weather, we follow Ponca City Public Schools schedule FOR WEATHER-RELATED CANCELLATIONS ONLY. Listen to your radio during the cancellation announcements, and if Ponca City Public Schools are cancelled, First Lutheran will be out, also; however, there will NOT be a separate announcement for First Lutheran. This only applies to weather-related cancellations; at all other times, follow the First Lutheran School Calendar. If you need a new calendar, go to, click on the “links” tab on the left, and then click on “2017-2018 Calendar”, or stop by the school office for a new one. BASKETBALL HOME GAME SEASON PASSES for Varsity and JV games are for sale in the office. (Season Passes are not good for tournament games.) They are $20 for adults, $15 for Senior Citizens/Church Members, and $10 for Students. -- 1 --

CHANGE OF ADDRESS—PHONE--EMPLOYMENT: Did Santa get you a new phone, job, or house for Christmas? Please remember to update your information with the school office!

"The Christian shoe maker does not do his duty by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes." Martin Luther PRINCIPAL – Mr. Birnbaum: Happy New Year! Hopefully you have received your child's report card. It was a short quarter and this will be a long one. Hopefully your child is doing their best with their God given talents. ECE – Mrs. Daley: There were not enough people signed up, so MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

DAYCARE WILL BE CLOSED. PRE-SCHOOL – Mrs. Herard: It's nice to be getting back into our normal routine again. This part of the year focuses more on academic work. Any extra review at home on letter and number recognition, letter sounds, and counting to 20 would be wonderful! This week our theme is "Community Helpers" and our letter is "Q". SHOW AND TELL is Thursday!! Book orders are due Friday. There is no school on Monday the 15th to allow time for P/T conferences. If you would like to visit with me about your child, please contact me at school or call to set up an appointment. (580-7168666). Blessings! PRE-KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Kelly/Mrs. Colvin: Happy Birthday Ruby! Donuts With Dads is on Friday morning! No School Monday, January 15th, for Parent/Teacher Conferences. If you would like to meet, let me know and I will get you scheduled. Our Bible words this week are, God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 We are learning the letter "Dd" and the number "11" this week. Have a blessed week! KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Miller: Welcome back to school! If you have not brought back your signed report card please sign it and return it to me. I will give you another copy of the card when you return it to me. This way I know that all the parents have seen the card. On next Monday the 15th we do not have school because of conferences. If you want a conference with me please contact me (716-8185). We would like to welcome a new boy to our class (Clay Urie, that makes 20). Our class is excited to have you join us Clay! Happy birthday Caleb (1-9) and Gage (1-10)! Have a remarkable week! FIRST GRADE – Mrs. Birnbaum: Happy New Year! Memory verse for Friday is John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Report cards went home last week. If you have not done so yet, please sign and return the report card. There is no school on Monday. This day is also for parent/teacher conferences if needed. A note was sent home today. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to meet with me, please let me know. Blessings on your week! SECOND GRADE – Mrs. Powell: Happy New Year! Christmas was the BEST and the vacation time was a blessing! Thank you for the great gifts you shared with me. I am enjoying them all. Report cards came home last Thursday. Please sign and return them. Let me know if you have any questions. We've begun saying the 10 commandments and meanings for memory work. We said the first commandment last Friday and will say the second this Friday. While we spend some time working on memory work each day, I'd like you to be sure your child is able to recite memory work before school on Friday morning. Thanks. Everyone has new AR goals for the new quarter. Our reading is greatly improved! Keep up the good work. Please save a shoe box for our Valentine boxes. We'll make them on February 2. Happy January birthday to Maddox, Landon, Caylee, and Lila! God's Blessings, Dear Friends! And Blessings to you, too! THIRD GRADE – Mrs. Steichen: Happy New Year!! I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break. I want to thank each and every one of you for all my wonderful gifts. Thank you for your support for our school and me and your child’s teacher. I have seen so much growth in each of them, and I cannot wait to see what happens in this new year. This week: Memory- 6th commandment and its meaning, due Friday. Spelling and Reading test, also on Friday. We have this story and one more then we will move on to our next chapter book. We do not have school on Monday, but we will do spelling and a reading story next week. Science- we are starting a new unit on Weather. Social Studies: We are moving on to Chapter 5 – Our history Through Time and Place. Friday: After all our tests we will be watching a movie based on our reading story. The kids are able to bring a snack, drink with a lid, pillow, and blanket. Report Cards: if you have not turned in your report card please do so A.S.A.P. This is just for me to know that you have seen it. If you have any questions please let me know. A.R. – new goals have been set. Please ask your child where they are. Have a wonderful week! FOURTH GRADE – Mrs. Sibley: What a relaxing and refreshing break we had celebrating our Savior’s birth. Now we enjoy Epiphany season, where the Magi came to give the gifts to our Lord. Keep reading for AR and Book-it. We are already earning points for our next goal. There is no school on the 15th for Parent Teacher Conferences. If you would like -- 2 --

a parent teacher conference contact me; otherwise I’ll contact you for the 15th. Please make sure that we are studying the SE states and capitols to be prepared for our test. Help the kids to be in the full swing of school, as we prepare to be fifth graders! This is especially true for work to be turned in, in a timely manner. Remember to look at the late detention policy on FastDirect. A great way to do this is to ask the kids what questions they asked in school that day. We had a great first day of long division with remainders! Praise God! Continue to help the kids with the details, process and questions kids have to ask themselves with long division. They can do it! The kids know of a great website they have had lots of practice on; and Stack the States is a great App to practice on. A great You Tube video to watch for capitals is Have a great week back to school as we bless others in our kindness. FIFTH GRADE – Mrs. Schatte: Congratulations to John, Landon, and Pierce for being our representatives in the Geography Bee. Please see my Fast Direct Bulletin Board for tests and memory work this week. Happy Birthday on Friday, January 12, to Tanisha. Blessings!

MIDDLE SCHOOL Mrs. Harbeson: Welcome Back! I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed Christmas and a very happy new year! I am so refreshed from a great break and am ready to start the new year off on the right foot! Report cards were sent home last Thursday, so if you haven't seen them, you might ask your student! Parent/teacher conferences are set for Monday, January 15. I am not requesting to visit with any parents for conferences, however, if you would like to meet with me, please send me a FastDirect and I will set up a time for us. We will be finishing our first semester student council responsibilities this week and then starting up second semester next week. Please check your students announcement page on my webpage ( to see what we will be doing in language and literature this week! Blessings to you! Mrs. Hanson: All classes have started their new chapters. That means we will be learning vocabulary, reading text, taking notes, and doing a little independent research. All classes will also have a vocabulary quiz this Friday. Happy birthday to Margaret and Mallory on the 11th and Ally on the 12th. (I know I missed all of first semester birthdays so "Happy Birthday to all of you!") Mrs. Pacey: Welcome back! We are back in the swing of things for this new semester. We will be having MobyMax and/or Khan Academy assignments starting next week, and the first Weekend Blitz of the new year will be this Friday. We are working with writing linear equations in Algebra. Working with rational numbers is the main topic for 7th and 8th grade, and 6th grade is working specifically with fraction operations. Have a great week! Mr. Covert: Welcome to 2018! I pray that everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break, and had a chance to see friends and family as we celebrated the birth of our Savior. All of our classes managed to reach good stopping points for us to pick up on when we got back. 8th grade is working through the Civil War, discussing the major battles, people, and issues of the time. 7th grade has started in on Western Europe, looking at the landforms and history. In 6th grade, we’re taking a look at Rome, from their time as the Republic the US is modeled after to the Empire that influenced much of the Western world. 7th grade parents, I sent a letter home with your students last week regarding Washington DC. There are some important dates on there, so make sure you’ve read it fully. If you didn’t get it, let me know and I’ll send a copy to you via Fast Direct. I pray that God continues to bless our school family as richly in 2018 as he has in years past. Blessings on your week!

First Lutheran Church & School—Growing up into Jesus, Reaching out with Jesus, Walking together in Jesus ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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FLS MINI-CHEER Who: All students grades preschool to 5th. What: Learn a cheer and a dance to perform at the pep rally and the basketball games against McCord on Thursday, February 8th. When: Practices will be February 5 – 8th from 3:30 to 4:30pm Performance and Game Thursday, February 8th. Where: Practices will be held in the cafeteria. Cost is $35.00 per child. Please turn your form and payment in to the school office or your homeroom teacher by WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, to assure your child getting a t-shirt and poms. Make checks payable to FLS Cheer. Please bring your child (they do not have to be an FLS student) to participate in the fun! They will receive a t-shirt and poms. ----- (Keep above, detach and return below by Wednesday, January 24th) ----FLS Mini-Cheer Child’s name ______________________________________________________________ Childs grade_______________________________________________________________ Parents Name_______________________________________________________________ Emergency Contact with Phone number ___________________________________________________________________________ Shirt Size (circle one): Youth: S M L Adult: S M L XL

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