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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: E-mail: Child Care: 580-762-1124 FastDirect: October 19, 2016

CARDINAL CHATTER 10/19 10/20-21 10/20 10/21 10/24 10/25 10/25

ECE to Pumpkin Patch Last Day of Quarter Fall Break NO SCHOOL; DAYCARE OPEN NO SCHOOL; DAYCARE CLOSED Red Ribbon Week – Crazy Hat Day Red Ribbon Week – Crazy Sock Day 7TH Grade to OKC Chamber Theatre

Happy Fall Break!

10/25 10/26 10/26 10/27 10/27 10/28 10/28

Developmental Disability Outreach Red Ribbon Week – Favorite Sports Team Hearing Testing Red Ribbon Week – Crazy Hair Day Papa Murphy Day Red Ribbon Week – Music Day 11:20 DISMISSAL TIME; Parent/Teacher Conferences

Fall Break – School’s Out! Thursday, Oct. 20-Friday, Oct. 21 School will be out on Thursday & Friday, October 20th & 21st for Fall Break. Students will be dismissed at 11:20 a.m. on Friday, October 28th for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

DAYCARE OVER FALL BREAK: We had enough people sign up for daycare on Thursday, Oct. 20th, so Daycare will be open that day. We did not have enough kids signed up for Friday, Oct. 21, so we will be closed that day. Enjoy your break! STUDENT COUNCIL: Hello from Student Council! Our members have been hard at work planning several upcoming events for First Lutheran. Before I go any further, I’d like to introduce our student council members for the first semester.  Emma Valgora – president and 8th grade representative  Ryan Turnipseed – 8th grade representative  Jenna Stockton – vice president and 8th grade representative  Sam McEntire – 7th grade representative th  Savannah Valgora – treasurer and 6 grade representative  Jack Lee – 7th grade representative th  Madux Johnson – secretary and 6 grade representative  Karlea Rich – 6th grade representative  Ashana Patel – 8th grade representative When we return to school on October 24th, the student council will be hosting our annual Red Ribbon Week. First Lutheran students pledge to just say no to drugs! We will be participating in dressup days and contests. So you can begin to plan, we will be holding the following “dress-up days”: Monday, Oct. 24: Crazy Hat Day Tuesday, Oct. 25: Crazy Sock Day Wednesday, Oct. 26: Favorite Sport Team Day Thursday, Oct. 27: Crazy Hair Day Friday, Oct. 28: Music Day (You may bring your favorite music on an electronic device. Your teacher will determine when you may listen to your music.) School will be let out early this day. We hope you will join us in the fun! Another date to mark on your calendar is the middle school winter dance. We will hold the dance on Friday, November 18. We will post more information about the dance at a later date. We hope you all have a great Fall Break! -1-

T-SHIRTS: We still have a few youth 5T shirts and one youth large left over in this years’ “It is finished” theme (those are the only sizes left). They are $12 each. To purchase one, please contact the office at 580-762-9950. PURPLE FOR OCTOBER – You should see purple pumpkins and ribbon around the campus this month for Epilepsy Awareness. Our Chapel offerings for this month will go to this research. INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE: 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 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 one, or have any questions, please contact the office. LAPTOP BAGS: We have an abundance of used laptop bags for sale for $5. If you would like to purchase one, stop by the office. LIBRARY – Mrs. Ware: We need volunteers…we need YOU! Volunteering at the Book Fair is the perfect way to stay connected to your child at school. It gives students and parents the opportunity to build home libraries, teachers the opportunity to build their classroom libraries, and in addition, you are assisting in providing the avenue in which your school library gets a lot of its funding! Book Fairs are that important! I have several events planned for our Book Fair week that I will need parent helpers with, the biggest of which is Grandparent’s Day. Please contact me via FastDirect or leave a message for me at the school office (580-762-9950) for more information or to sign up! Your help is invaluable. P.E. – Coach Amanda: Happy Fall Break! Hope everyone has had a great first quarter! Late this quarter, we started working on physical fitness in the PE classes. What does this mean? Throughout the year, there will be some goals for physical fitness incorporated into your child’s PE classes! The 3 year olds- kindergarten will learn fun fitness facts and will learn more controlled motor skills through play! 1st grade- 3rd grade goals: run/jog ½ mile without stopping, do 10 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, and they’ll get to climb the rope. 4th- 5th grade: 4th and up: run/jog 1 mile without stopping, do 15 push-ups, and 35 sit-ups, they will also do the rope climb. ½ mile=11 laps around the gym floor. 1 mile=22 laps. Have a safe and fun fall break!! PRINCIPAL – Mr. Birnbaum: I have been doing classroom observations for the past couple of weeks and I am extremely proud of our teachers and students. For the most part all of the students seem to want to learn and the teachers are helping them achieve their goals. Let’s see if we can keep that going throughout the entire school year. PRE-SCHOOL – Mrs. Herard: October is flying by! Thanks to all the parents for spending the day with us at New Life Trails. The memories you are building with your child are priceless! Thanks also to the mystery person that left a package of paper plates on my desk! I’m so sorry I didn’t notice when you left them but they are greatly appreciated. This month’s book order is now due. Parent/Teacher conferences are next week. Reminders will be in backpacks of your scheduled time. Also look for notes regarding our class costume party on the 27th. We will begin our theme this week on pumpkins but due to the short week some will be carried into next week. Enjoy Fall Break! PRE-KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Kelly: What a great day we had on our field trip! Thank you to all of the parents for going and to those that drove other students! Thank you Renee Spears for hosting us! We have been learning about pumpkins this week. Our Bible words are God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 Fall break starts tomorrow! I hope you have a great weekend! Parent Conferences are next week. Look in backpacks today for your conference time. Please sign and return your confirmation to me on Monday. Red Ribbon week is also next week; check the announcement in the chatter for special dress up days. Have a blessed week! PRE-KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Flaherty: Have a great fall break! KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Miller: I hope everyone has a great Fall Break! Thank you parents for driving to our pumpkin field trip on Wednesday and if you took an extra child with you I thank you double! Next week we will have parent/teacher conferences and if your time doesn’t work for you please see me to change it. You will get your child’s report card during the conference. The time schedules went home to you on Tuesday Oct. 18th. Have a blessed week! FIRST GRADE – Mrs. Birnbaum: Happy Fall Break! Parent/teacher conference notes were sent home. Please sign and return to me. Let me know if your time does not work for you. We had a fire-safety coloring contest last week. Congratulations to Maddox (3rd), Adam (2nd), and Kinley (1st). Blessings on your week! SECOND GRADE – Mrs. Powell: Our field trip was FABULOUS! Thanks so much to all of the parents who were able to join us. I was very proud of the children. They represented FLS very well. Parent Conference schedules are coming home today. Let me know if we need to make adjustments. Next week is Red Ribbon week. See the list of special activities and dress up days. Enjoy your fall break! -2-

THIRD GRADE – Mrs. Steichen: Thank you to everyone for an amazing field trip last Friday. I hope everyone enjoyed it. Thank you to all the parents who drove, I know it was a long way. I hope everyone has a wonderful Fall Break, if you are traveling please have a safe trip. Next Week: Memory: 3rd Commandment. Spelling: words for Prudy’s Problem. Parent/Teacher Conferences: Please get back to me your form so that I know if that time works for you. If it doesn’t please let me know, and we will work out a time that works. FOURTH GRADE – Mrs. Sibley: Thank you so much for help out with another great field trip last week (and for conquering the weather)! We learned so much about the early life technologies that our forefathers used. The field trip couldn’t have happened without the parents. Look for the in-town OK History trip in the spring. Star tests will be taken a second time for Reading and Math after Fall Break. Keep reading for AR. Many have found that without nightly reading at home, it can be difficult to make our AR goal. Make sure that you are getting emails or texts to alert you that your student has taken their test. Some of us are already reading big point books to make 2nd quarter easier; WAY TO GO! October Book It logs are due at the beginning of November, when you will receive the new logs. New chapel offering is going to the food bank and First Lutheran’s Angel Tree for those that would not have a Christmas gift with our love. Remember we have a half day of school for Parent Teacher Conferences on October 28. Have a great, safe, and relaxing Fall break! FIFTH GRADE – Mrs. Schatte: Grade 5 – We’ve had a busy three days! I hope we all will finish strong. God’s blessings on your Fall Break. I look forward to conferences next week.

MIDDLE SCHOOL 10/25 6th, 7th, 8th boys & girls golf tryouts, 3:30 p.m., Wentz 10/25 Cookie dough arrives

10/28 Wreath orders due 11/18 Middle School Dance

GOLF TRYOUTS: The 6th, 7th, & 8th grade boys & girls will have golf tryouts for the PCPS golf team on Tuesday, October 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Went Golf Course. If you are interested in trying out, make sure you are there! Mrs. Harbeson: We made it!! I hope you all are ready for a good rest. I tell the students every day to "work your buns off at school" and then go home, spend time with their families and friends, and . . . rest! I think that as I've gotten older, one of the most important things that I have learned is that I must allow myself to rest. As a busy mom, teacher, and business owner, I could definitely fill every minute of my day with something that I "need" to do. However, I've learned that I must prioritize and work rest time into my busy schedule. I used to think sleeping was enough rest time, but it truly is not. I need time during my waking hours to recharge my battery. Taking a walk, hanging out with my boys and my friends, watching a show on TV, reading a book . . . those are the things that recharge me and make my work times more productive! Don't fall into the trap of "I'll rest as soon as I get everything done." Take it from me, something else will come up, and you'll eventually feel burned out. Remember, if God rested on the seventh day, then we should realize that it's important and do the same. A quick reminder about a few things... The 7th graders will be attending our theater trip on Tuesday, October 25. I sent an itinerary, ride list, and final information home this past Monday with your student. If you haven't received that, let me know. Parent/teacher conferences are set for Friday, October 28. The students will attend a half day of school that day. More information about conferences will be posted in the Chatter. For all students, please restock your school supplies over the break. I have several students who repeatedly come to class without pencils, paper, and grading pens. Being prepared helps your grades and also allows us to use our time better. I pray you all have a great fall break and come back rested and ready to work! If your student is leaving early for break, please have him or her check with each teacher to see what needs to be handed in or done before you leave. Blessings to you all! Mrs. Pacey: Have a great Fall Break! Safe travels! Mrs. Hanson: We made it to fall break! One quarter down, three to go! I am looking forward to all the progress that will be made in the future quarters now that everyone has got the hang of things.


If you would like to arrange a parent teacher conference next Wednesday or Thursday, please feel free to fastdirect a date and time that would work for you. We will be sending home some conference requests as well. Since we will be scheduling conferences, it is best to make an appointment rather than simply dropping in. Wreath orders for the next 7th grade fundraiser are due October 28, next FRIDAY! And cookie dough will be in on October 25. With the fresh start of the 2nd quarter, let's all make sure that we are keeping up so we don't have to catch up! Mr. Covert: The end of the first quarter is here! These first nine weeks have flown by. I pray that everyone enjoyed them, as we move onto the second quarter next week. We’re in wrap up mode in all of our classes. 8th grade is finishing up the first two Presidential administrations, and will start in on the Jefferson presidency when we get back. In 7th grade, we’ll finish up Canada, so we can move onto Mexico after the break. 6th grade will end our chapter on the Israelites, and we’ll start in on ancient Greece next week. I pray God blesses the entire FLS family over this break, and brings us all back ready to go when the second quarter begins. Blessings on your break!

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

Red Ribbon Week Dress-Up Days October 24-28, 2016

Monday, Oct. 24: Crazy Hat Day Tuesday, Oct. 25: Crazy Sock Day Wednesday, Oct. 26: Favorite Sport Team Day Thursday, Oct. 27: Crazy Hair Day Friday, Oct. 28: Music Day (You may bring your favorite music on an electronic device. Your teacher will determine when you may listen to your music.) School will be let out early this day.



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