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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

December 6, 2017

CARDINAL CHATTER 12/7 12/8 12/11 12/12 12/13 12/14 12/18 12/19

FLS @ Newkirk 6:30 p.m. in Church Sanctuary; Christmas Program Saints @ FLS; 6, 7 FLS @ Immanuel; 6, 7 Spelling Bee, 10:00 a.m., Gym PC West vs FLS; 5, 6, 7, 8 FLS @ Enid; 4:30, 5:30 Woodlands (Fairfax) @ FLS

12/19 12/15

Last Day of School before Christmas; Class Christmas Parties Last day to sign up for Christmas Break Daycare

12/20-1/2 Christmas Break; No School (Sign up now for Daycare) 1/3/18 1/3

Classes Resume/Start of 3rd Quarter FLS @ St. John’s, 5, 6, 7


There will be sign-up sheets

available Monday 12/4 thru 12/15 for Christmas Break; if you need daycare any of those days, please sign up on each day needed. Remember we will need 20 children to be open. (Per Day). Sign up in daycare!! CHRISTMAS WREATHS!!! Support our 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip and decorate your home with the sights and smells of the season with a beautiful wreath. You order online at with code FirstLS and the wreath will be shipped directly to your home! CHAPEL OFFERING this month is a Canned Food Drive. We will have a contest between buildings to see who can bring the most! BASKETBALL HOME GAME SEASON PASSES for Varsity and JV games are for sale in the office. They are $20 for adults, $15 for Senior Citizens/Church Members, and $10 for Students. The first home games are Monday, December 11 at 6:00 and 7:00 versus the Saints. ART needs empty cereal boxes that are still in good shape (not crushed or wrinkled). Please drop them off at the office if you can help us out! CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! WE CAN HELP! Whether you give them as gifts, or use them to buy gifts, gift cards are available in the school office. Businesses sell them to the school at a reduced cost, we sell them at face value, and we keep the difference as a fundraiser. Stop by or call the office to see what we have in stock. COLLECTING PONCA CITY SANTA BUCKS: First Lutheran is collecting the Santa Shops Ponca 1st tickets that are given out at participating local businesses each time you make a purchase during the Christmas season. We currently have 499 donated tickets! If you are willing to donate yours to the school, please drop them by the school on or before December 19; the earlier the better so that we can get them organized for the big night. T-SHIRT SALES: We have a few of the gray 2017/2018 t-shirts leftover for sale in the office; they are $12 each. Sizes available are Youth Medium, Adult Small, and Adult XL. "Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world." - Martin Luther PRINCIPAL – Mr. Birnbaum: I chose this quote because of all the wonderful Christmas carols that I know from my childhood. A few of these I know in German before I can even sing them in English because of the annual Christmas programs in our little Lutheran School. This Friday at 6:30 in our church, we will get to see our little ones perform THE Christmas story in both word and music. Please join us. -- 1 --

ECE – Mrs. Daley: There are a lot of jackets not being claimed down in daycare. If your child is missing one, please come see if it belongs to you. There are also some lunch boxes as well. PRE-SCHOOL – Mrs. Herard: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our classroom! Our little hands are busy with scissors and glue, paint and glitter. This week we will be learning about the bright star that guided the shepherds and wise men to Jesus. Our letter this week is "M". Book orders are due now. SHOW and TELL is Thursday. Our class party is Tues, the 19th at 10:15. You may bring the class gift at any time. You are welcome to join us! Please let me know if you have any questions. Blessings! PRE-KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Kelly/Mrs. Colvin: We would like to welcome Anayah, Ay'Den and Ikem to our class! Book orders were due today. You can still order online today. I will submit the order tomorrow and it will be back before Christmas Break. Our last day of school is December 19th. Our Christmas party will be at 2:00 on the 19th. Dads mark your calendars for Friday, January 15th. We will have Donuts with Dads. Our Bible words this week are, Unto you is born...a savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 We are learning the letter "Rr" and the number "10" this week. Have a Blessed Week! KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Miller: Our school Christmas program will be this Friday Dec. 8th at the Church Sanctuary (6:30 pm). The class Christmas party will be on Dec. 19th (Tuesday) and it will be at 2:30. We will have a gift exchange. Boys will bring a boy gift (wrapped) and girls will bring a girl gift (wrapped). Your child will put from - (their name). We also have a $5.00-$10.00 spending limit on the gift. We also want to wish Skylar (12-21) and Layton (12-28) a happy birthday! Have a great week! FIRST GRADE – Mrs. Birnbaum: Memory verse for Friday is Luke 2:11 - For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Thank you for those of you who were able to make it to the Christmas Market for singing. The Christmas Program is on Friday night at 6:30 at the Church. Our class will be singing in the program. Please join us on Thursday at 2:30, if you are able, for our book signing party. We are very excited for you to see our published book! Happy Birthday to Trie on Thursday! Blessings on your week! SECOND GRADE – Mrs. Powell: Christmas is in the air and we are so excited! We're working hard on our Christmas program which will be presented this Friday evening at 6:30 in the sanctuary. Mark your calendars. You will be blessed by the children's message. The Christmas Market was great! Thank you for bringing your children to sing. We pray that Mrs. Sibley is soon feeling good as new. Congratulations, Mrs. Heitman as you graduate from college this weekend. God's Blessings, Dear Friend! Blessings to you as you go about your busy Christmas preparations. Be sure to keep Jesus at the center of all of your plans!! THIRD GRADE – Mrs. Steichen: Things are moving right along here in Third Grade. I am caught up on grading, so please check out FastDirect. We only have two weeks left of this quarter. Please let me know if you have any questions. This week: Math test today, and we will have one more before break. Spelling: Test this week and next. Reading: We are finishing up Chocolate Touch, will take a test on Friday. Next, we will we be back to normal with our usually reading stories. Yes, that means one more paragraph before Christmas. I know we ALL have missed them! Science: Animal projects due on Monday, let me know if you have any questions. We will also have a test over animals before break. Look for a test review next week. Social Studies: We are almost done with a chapter; look for a test before break. Sorry, this is so busy, but it is a good time to wrap things up. Musical: Please join us Friday, at 6:30 p.m. for our musical. Please have the kids here early. FOURTH GRADE – Mrs. Sibley: Please continue to send in your chapel offering for the canned food drive. Let’s share with those that do not have. If you did not send in your family picture by today; please send it in, in the morning on photo paper not copy paper, it will not work the best. It cannot be returned in the same form, it will be altered. Children cannot begin this project without their family picture. For our Christmas Gift Exchange, students will either be a “Secret Snowman” or a “Secret Librarian” for other another student in the classroom. The cost of gifts should not exceed $10.00. Look for information about the CHRISTmas party in the Friday Letter. Remember our CHRISTmas program is Friday at 6:30 in the church. Be there ready to sing to our Lord! FIFTH GRADE – Mrs. Schatte: The Christmas program is this Friday evening in the church at 6:30. The children are doing a good job preparing to tell the story of Jesus birth once again. Dress rehearsal is tomorrow morning at 8:45. We took social studies test 3 yesterday. Ask your child how he/she did. Please check Fast Direct on a regular basis to keep up with how your child is progressing. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Blessings!

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MIDDLE SCHOOL 12/17 12:00 – 3:00, FLC&S Youth Christmas Party in the Youth House FLC&S Youth: Youth group Christmas party will be Sunday, Dec. 17 12:00 - 3:00 in the youth house. We'll share a meal, read the true Christmas story, play some games (people-wrapping contest and speed-unwrapping-gifts-withmittens-contest), bake and eat some Christmas cookies, and whatever else we think of. :) Grab a friend and we'll see you there! Mrs. Harbeson: Merry Christmas! I hope you all are doing well! I love this time of the year! Our church services are awesome...the lights and decorations...the time spent with family and's all good! I do hope that we all enjoy everything the Christmas season has to offer, but I also hope that we all remember the real meaning of Christmas. Jesus was and is the ultimate gift of love. A love so great that He gave his life for us. I pray God's love and peace on us all! Congratulations to our basketball teams and cheerleaders who traveled to Kansas City this past weekend! I know you all played and cheered hard. I hope you all had a wonderful time! If you haven't visited my webpage ( lately, you should! I've added a couple more pages at the top. One is the 8th grade AdobeSpark projects. Check out what our eighth graders have created! The other page consists of pictures of many of our middle school students doing some serious and fun reading! Students may earn 50 extra credit points towards their literature grade if they will only email me a picture of them reading outside of school. Pictures should be submitted by Tuesday, December 19 to receive points. Please submit to (Please do not text or FastDirect your pictures. I will only be able to accept pictures submitted to my email address.) That's all for now. I hope you have a great rest of your week! Mrs. Hanson: Only 2 weeks left in the semester! This year has zoomed by. On December 18, all classes will have a comprehensive final of all they have learned from the entire semester. We will take plenty of class time to review, but students will, of course, need to study at home. Good study materials are previous packets, tests, quizzes, and notes. With projects finished, students will be presenting their research to their class. 7th grade's rock collection is due next Wednesday. All classes will have the last vocab quiz of the year this Friday. Keep bringing non-perishables for the food pantry! This week OSU and OU compete again in a "can off". Mrs. Pacey: We are rounding off the first semester. Every class has a test soon: 1st - Monday Dec. 18th 2nd and 3rd - Monday Dec. 18th 4th and 5th - Thursday Dec. 14th 6th - Friday Dec. 15th Remember to study and do your best. You will have a chance to complete corrections before we break for Christmas. Let's finish this semester strong! Mr. Covert: We’re in the first full week of December! I pray that everyone is staying warm and keeping healthy as we start to have bugs go around. Each class is continuing onward. In 8th grade, we’re going to be looking at the series of events that led to the Civil War, with the goal of starting the Civil War in January. 7th grade is starting with South Asia, and will move onto Europe before the break if time permits. In 6th grade, we’re wrapping up our chapter on India and will move onto China, so we can hopefully start Rome once we come back from Christmas break. I pray that God continues to bless our school family as we move through Advent and remember the real Reason for the season. Blessings on your week!

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We have outside recess every day, and some days are COLD. Please remember to send a jacket with your student to school eVERY day! Also, please make sure their name is in the jacket. They will have a much more enjoyable recess period if they are warm, and so will the staff who is supervising them on the playground!

If you forgot to bring your food to chapel, but would still like to donate to the canned food drive, please bring your non-perishable food items to the school office. Thanks for your donations!

GIFT CARDS! IN THE OFFICE! We have gift cards for sale in the office! Vendors sell them to us at a discount, and we sell them to you at face value. You can help us make money, just by purchasing your gift cards in the school office!

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