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

David Birnbaum, Principal School: 580-762-9950 website: flspc.org E-mail: lutheransecretary@yahoo.com Child Care: 580-762-1124 FastDirect: fastdir.com/flcspc November 30, 2016

CARDINAL CHATTER (The Chatter can also be found on the School Facebook page and online under the "Communication" tab at www.flspc.org.) 12/1 12/1 12/2-3 12/3 12/6 12/8 12/9

Pep Rally 2:30 FLS @ Tonkawa FLS @ Hope Tournament Christmas Market 9-4 FLS @ Woodlands Newkirk @ FLS; 3, 4, 5, 6, 7:00 FLS Christmas Program, 6:30 p.m.

12/9 12/12 12/14 12/14 12/16 12/19-1/2 1/3/17

Last day to sign up f/Christmas Break Daycare Saints @ FLS; 5:30 Spelling Bee 10:00 a.m. Band at FLS 2:30 p.m. School Dismissed at 11:20 a.m. Christmas Break Classes Resume

CHRISTMAS MARKET: The Christmas Market Oklahoma Festival will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016 on our church and school campus. Booth fees benefit the First Lutheran School Scholarship Fund. We are currently accepting applications from artisans, crafters, and vendors. If you or a church/school group or class would like to have a booth to raise money for a specific need, we would be delighted to have you participate. For more information, please contact Shirley Zimmerman at 761-4657. If you would like to help, but don’t want your own booth, we need people to donate cookies, donate Christmas items to be sold at a FLC&S booth, and we need volunteer labor for setting up and breaking down, cleanup, and/or working the FLC&S booth. If you can help in any of these ways, please contact the school office at 580-762-9950. THANKS! BOOK FAIR – Mrs. Ware: "Greetings! Thank you to all of our parents and grandparents who attended Book Fair! We had an amazing turnout at all of our events, and it's safe to say that we will be able to buy some great new books for our kids to enjoy. A round of thank you to Holly Blackstar and her girls, Nicole Lorenz and her children, Estella Schlichting, Mary Miller, and most of the students of fifth grade for helping with either the book bingo announcements or the cleanup process! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves this year at book fair, and had a blessed Thanksgiving with your families. MUSIC - Mrs. Schelp: Dear Parents of Kindergarten through 5th grade students: As we enter the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas, it is my joy to share the gift of music with your children. Please carefully read the following about our upcoming musical events in December, and make note of dates and times that your child is expected to attend. K-5 students will be singing at the First Lutheran Christmas Market this Saturday, December 3 from 2:00 - 2:30 pm. Please meet near the stage (at the corner of 4th Street and Liberty) by 1:50 pm. 4th and 5th grade students will be performing prior to the start of the middle school Christmas program on Friday, December 9. If your child is unable to attend, please let me know as I need to make sure that all instrument parts are covered. I will share further details about when and where to meet as the event gets closer. K-3 students will be participating in the First Lutheran Sunday School/Elementary School Christmas program on Sunday, December 11 at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. I will share further details about when and where to meet as the event gets closer. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Blessings! WINTER BREAK DAYCARE - Daycare signup sheets are out and available for winter break, last day to sign up will be Friday December 9th. SUN N-FUN Christmas Gift Opportunity: Coach Amanda is selling season passes to Sun-N-Fun in preparation for their grand opening next summer! If you are interested in purchasing or have questions, contact Coach Amanda or the school office, and we will get a message to her!

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COLLECTING PONCA CITY SANTA BUCKS: First Lutheran is collecting the Ponca City Santa Tickets that are given out at participating local businesses each time you make a purchase during the Christmas season. If you are willing to donate yours to the school, please drop them by the school on or before Monday, December 19; the earlier the better so that we can get them organized for the big night. STUDENT COUNCIL – MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE DATE CHANGE: StuCo has decided on Friday, January 13 as the date for the middle school dance. 6:30-8:00 p.m. The theme will be "City of Lights." More information to come. SUBTITUTES NEEDED: We have a list of people who are willing to substitute in our classes when teaches are ill, have to be out for doctor’s appointments, etc., and we need a few more names! If you or someone you know are able to act as a substitute when teachers are out, please call or email the office. You can tell us what grades and/or days that you are available/willing to work, and we will add that to our list! The rate of pay will depend on how much of the day you are here. Thanks! CHAPEL OFFERING: Chapel Offerings for November & December will go for the Food Bank and Angel Tree project. We will be collecting food to give to the poor and the financial gifts will be used to purchase gifts for families in need. This Wednesday we will have a boy verses girl challenge to see who will bring in the most cans of food. T-SHIRTS: We still have a few youth 5T shirts left over in this years’ “It is finished” theme (that is the only size left). They are $12 each. To purchase one, please contact the office at 580-762-9950. LAPTOP BAGS MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENTS! We have an abundance of used laptop bags for sale for $5. If you would like to purchase one, stop by the office. PRINCIPAL – Mr. Birnbaum: 25 days until Christmas and only 12 more days of school for this quarter and semester. Time flies because we are having so much fun. LOL. Please keep up on your child's grades with this short but permanent grading period. God's blessings on your CHRISTmas preparations. PRE-SCHOOL – Mrs. Herard: Welcome back! I missed you! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. God is good and gives us reason to be thankful. We continue to show our gratitude with offerings of canned goods for the needy or funds for the Angel Tree. SHOW and TELL is this Thursday, Dec. 1. Book orders are due Dec. 6th so we can get them back before Christmas break. Our class party is the 15th. More details will come home next week. This week our theme is "Stars/Christmas" and our letter is "J". Blessings! PRE-KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Kelly: I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time together! Thank you to all of the parents that helped with Grandparents Day. Book orders are in backpacks today, they are due back to me or online by Wednesday, December 7th. They will be back before Christmas break. Show and Tell is on Friday. Our Christmas party will be on Thursday, December 15th at 2:00. We will have a Pajama and movie day on Friday the 16th. Look for the note in backpacks today. Our Bible words this week are, The Lord is a stronghold... in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9 We are learning the letter "Nn" and the number "9" this week. Have a blessed week! PRE-KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Flaherty: Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!! Thank you to all the parents that helped out for Grandparents' Day. Now that the weather is chilly please bring a jacket for your child, we will go outside and play if the temperature is above 32 degrees. Also, write your child's name in their jacket. Book orders will go out today and will be due back to me no later then Wednesday, December 7th. So, I can have your books before Christmas break. This week we are working on the letter "Rr" and number "13". We will also be making ginger bread houses on Thursday. Bible words for this week are "The Lord is a stronghold...in times of trouble". Psalm 9:9 KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Miller: We would like to thank all our grandparents for coming last Tuesday. It was a very special day for all of us! Our class would like to wish Elle a happy birthday on December 3rd. Parents please watch the weather close because some of the children need to bring jackets to school for morning recess. Also, please look for the special note about music. We sing at the Christmas market this weekend and we will sing in a Christmas program with Mrs. Schelp. Have a magnificent week! FIRST GRADE – Mrs. Birnbaum: I pray that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We have 3 weeks of school before Christmas break - please work with your children to help them to stay focused during this busy time! Memory verse for Friday is Matthew 28:19 - Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Please turn in November reading logs by the end of the week for the Pizza Hut Certificate. Thank you for those of you who bought books from the book fair for our classroom. We love to get new books! The weather is getting much cooler - especially in the mornings - please make sure that your child has a jacket. We do go outside for morning recess and your child needs to have a jacket! The children will be singing at the Christmas Market on Saturday. They can meet around 1:50 by the big stage outside. Happy birthday this week to Kinley on the 30th and to John on the 3rd. Blessings on your week! -2-


SECOND GRADE – Mrs. Powell: Grandparents' Day was GREAT! Thanks to Mr. Birnbaum, the cafeteria staff, and the office workers who helped make the day such fun. We also LOVED the book fair. Thank you, Mrs. Ware, for making that possible. Thank you to all of the families who bought books for our classroom library. We are blessed! There are ust three short weeks to finish our first semester. Several of our friends need to reach AR goals. Encourage your child to keep reading. We'll celebrate our AR success in the new year. Be sure to keep Jesus at the center of your Christmas plans! Enjoy this beautiful time of year. THIRD GRADE – Mrs. Steichen: The kids told me all about their Thanksgivings. Sounds like everyone had a lot to be thankful for and everyone had a wonderful time. THANK YOU to all of you for everything you do for your students and me. I couldn't do some of my crazy things without your help. Grandparents Day: We had a great time on Grandparents Day. The kids did amazing on their skit. I was so proud of them. If was nice to meet everyone! This Week: Spelling and Math test on Friday, the 7th Commandment is also due on Friday. Look for a Science test by the end of the quarter. Book Reports: DUE next Friday, the 9th. If you have any questions please let me know. I can't wait to see all of them. Family Traditions: Please be on the lookout for a Family Tradition project. I will send this home by the end of the week. Please let me know if you have any questions. A.R. We only have three more weeks left in this quarter, please ask your child how many points they have left till they reach their goal. Have a wonderful week! FOURTH GRADE – Mrs. Sibley: I hope that you all had a blessed Thanksgiving, and a well rested break. Good food, friends, and a break from normal routine to give thanks and prepare for the coming of the Lord will always equal a fantastic time. If choosing to order from book orders, they are due no later than Wednesday the 7h, so we may have books by the 16th. Look for information in this week’s Friday Letter about our Gift Exchange. This AR goal ends the 16th when we leave for Christmas break. Some have made their AR goals already; some have a bit to go. It is easier when we have daily reading at school and at home. Please continue to look over daily student work for simple mistakes; let’s make sure that we don’t go to Christmas break too early! Continue sending chapel offering for the Angel Tree. Let’s share with those that do not have. Don’t forget your family picture by the 6th , so that we can make our special project! FIFTH GRADE – Mrs. Schatte: Wasn't the Thanksgiving holiday just lovely? The weather was almost perfect every day. I hope everyone got a chance to enjoy it. Thank you so much to Madelyn, Trinity, and Kate and their families for buying books for our classroom at the Book Fair last week! We will surely enjoy them! I would appreciate it if you would read my Fast Direct bulletin board this week. I have listed several concerns I have, as well as the tests we will take. I love your children dearly, and I want them to do the very best they can in 5th grade. I appreciate your support at home. Happy delightful December birthdays to our friends Brensen (2), Kyle (6), Josie (7), Madelyn (19), and Kade (20). Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the Thanksgiving Tree presented to me by Holly Blackstar and the class on Tuesday. I felt you all wrapping your arms around me with a great big hug! What a blessing your children and you are to me!

MIDDLE SCHOOL Mrs. Harbeson: Hi Everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Break! We all have so much to be thankful for. Now that we're back from Thanksgiving, we have about three weeks before the end of the quarter and Christmas Break. We have A LOT going on in the next three weeks. Parents and Students, you can stay informed about what is going on in class, as well as at school, by reading the Cardinal Chatter every week and checking in to my webpage (harbolanguage.blogspot.com) Please continue to pray for our secretary Miss Connie for strength and complete healing. Blessings to you all! Mrs. Pacey: I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We are gearing up for the middle school musical Dr. Newheart's Christmas Cure that we will be preforming next Friday, December 9th. You can see a sneak preview this Saturday at 1PM at First Lutheran Church's Christmas Market. Mrs. Hanson: Hi all!!! I am loving being with my little man. But I do miss all of you too! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! It's go time! We have so much to do in so little time. Basketball, tournaments, school, holidays, family, etc... Make sure you are staying caught up. I have caught up all the grades; extra credit, tests, quizzes, homework, etc. Emails have been sent to any one with missing work. So please make sure to get any missing work in by the end of the week. I will not take it after that. From here on, Mrs. Hercyk is in charge of grades; please don't give her the headache of late work. There will still be a comprehensive final the day before school lets out for Christmas break. It wouldn't be a bad idea to start studying all past chapters. Be Good! And make me proud! Love, Mrs. Hanson -3-


Mr. Covert: Welcome to December! We’re in the stretch run of the second quarter; three weeks before Christmas break! We’re going to do get through as much as we can before then. 8th grade is going to be looking at the divisions of the country leading up to the Civil War, how the North and South were fundamentally different. 7th grade is going to continue our unit on Europe, as we take a look at North and South Europe. 6th grade is moving onto Alexander the Great, and the culture that he spread to the entire known world. 8th grade parents, we have a field trip coming up on December 8 to Pioneer Tech. I will be sending home a permission slip this week. If you can drive, please let me know as soon as you can! I pray that God continues to bless us this week as we move into the Advent season and look forward to the coming of His Son and our Savior! Blessings on your week!

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

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FIFTH Annual: Christmas Market Oklahoma!! PLEASE JOIN US. This German themed festival will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of First Lutheran Church and School, 1101 N. 4th, Ponca City, Oklahoma. It is handicap accessible and admission is free . In-state and out-of-state vendors will be selling a huge arts and crafts.

variety of unique Christmas gifts,

On the big city stage there will be live music performances by local church choirs, school groups, dance troupes, gymnasts, and individual performers.

Ethnic German foods, pictures with Santa and a cookie walk of hundreds of cookies will be featured. A SCAVENGER HUNT will be available for all of the children. There will be a COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROL SING around the city stage. Booth fees benefit the First Lutheran School Scholarship Fund. Handicapped PARKING will be available. Come enjoy the sights, sounds, prepare for this JOYOUS Season.

and aromas of Christmas as we

To receive more information or to be a vendor, please contact 580-761-4657.

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December 2016 Sunday

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SPIRIT WEEK

Tator Tot Casserole Broccoli - Fresh Bread Strawberry/Kewi Milk B: Sausage Biscuit

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FIRST HOME Basketball Game / 2:30 Pep Rally

Spaghetti/Meat Sauce Lettuce Salad Broccoli - Fresh Pickles Garlic Bread Applesauce Milk B: Cereal 12 Indian Taco Ranch Beans Fruit Milk B: Cereal

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Hope Varsity Basketball Tourney

PB&J Chips Carrot Sticks Pickled Okra Apples Milk B: Cereal 6 7 8 9 6:30 Stew Enchiladas/Chicken Chicken Sweet & CHRISTmas Corn Bread Refried Beans Sour Musical Peaches Tortilla Chips/Salsa Fried Rice BBQ Sandwich Milk Pineapple Egg Rolls Chips B: Cinnamon Toast Milk Mandarin Oranges Baked Beans B: Breakfast Burrito Milk Peaches B: Pancake/Sausage Milk B: Cereal 13 Chicken Pot Pie Biscuit Pears Milk B: Scrambled Eggs/Toast

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1:30 & 6:30 Band Concert @ St. Mary's

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Meat Loaf Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Carrots (cooked) Mandarin Oranges Milk B: Biscuit/Gravy

Lasagna Lettuce Salad Pickles Mixed Fruit Milk B: Oatmeal/Toast

B: Oatmeal/Toast

2:30 Band Concert @

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Half Day for Christmas Break; End of 1st Semester

Saturday 3 Christmas Market for School Scholarship Fund

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7 p.m. Worship Service

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