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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

May 16, 2018

CARDINAL CHATTER 5/16 4:00 – 9:00 First Lutheran Night at Schlotzsky’s 5/17 Last day of After School Tutoring. Thank you PTL & P.I.E. partners for sponsoring this for us! 5/18 8:30, Gym, Kem’s Gym performance 5/18 2:30, Cafeteria, Chapel Families Summer Farewell

5/22 7:30 p.m., FLC, 8th Grade Graduation

5/23 Last Day of School; dismissal @ 11:20 6/1

Report Card Pickup begins; (accounts must be paid in full to pick up report cards)

And now, it’s time for the CARDINAL SHOUTOUT; a place for us to recognize how talented and diversified our students are! CONGRATULATIONS TO: High School Seniors (and First Lutheran Graduates) - Britney Webb, Max Jackson, and (Valedictorian) Kyle Shepard for being 3 of the top 10 Seniors in the class of 400+! Michelle Lester—Thank you for your 10 years of service to First Lutheran School! Margaret Blackstar for making the Po-Hi Varsity Softball Team, and Madelyn Blackstar for making the Ladycats Jr High Softball Team! Congratulations to the new Ponca City High School Student Council. Four of the five officers are our FLS graduates. (President - Morgan Didlake, Secretary - Jamison Doornbos, Treasurer - Kale Gilbert, and Historian - Grant Jackson) Jessica Steichen and the third grade for their AMAZING WAX MUSEUM on Friday. The students were very well prepared and professional. Many of the classes were able to come participate and the little ones were extremely intrigued by the demonstrations of individuals such as Albert Einstein, Carrie Underwoood, George Washington, Helen Keller, Jesus, Shirley Temple, and a dozen more.


SCHLOTZSKY’S NIGHT! First Lutheran School will have Schlotzsky’s night Wednesday, May 16, 4:00-9:00 p.m. All you have to do is have dinner at Schlotzsky’s! When the cashier is ready to take your order, tell them you are there in support of First Lutheran School, and Schlotsky’s will donate a portion of your purchase to the school! Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers. It doesn’t cost you anything more than the cost of your dinner, and the school will receive a little bit of your purchase price as a fundraiser.

Wednesday, May 23 – (the last day of school) school will be dismissed at 11:20 a.m. For the last day of school; lunch will be served only to children attending daycare in the afternoon. Have a safe summer, and be sure to make time for family, rest, and most of all…God! If you don’t have a home church, we invite you to First Lutheran Church Sunday mornings at 8:30 for the traditional service or 11:00 for the contemporary service. Sunday school begins at 9:45. We hope to see you here!

REPORT CARD PICKUP will begin Friday, June 1. Remember to check your accounts; any past due school balances or money owed for missing library books, etc. is due before we will release report cards. AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING: The last day for after school tutoring day is Thursday, May 17.

MAJOR BASKETBALL CAMP IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: The #1 youth Basketball league is coming near you (K-7th)! Go to the Facebook page "NORTH CENTRAL YOUTH LEAGUE" for more information & updates!!! FREE SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM: First Lutheran School will be participating in the summer lunch program again this summer. Children 18 and under will be provided a FREE lunch in the FLS Cafeteria Monday through Friday, from 11:00 to 12:30, May 29 to August 10, 2018, closed July 4 and August 7, 2018. The cost for adult meals will be $4.00; Senior citizens and military adults with identification will be charged $3.50. If you’re getting together with friends over the summer, consider stopping in here for lunch and supporting the lunch program! The menu for the end of May and June was attached to last weeks’ Chatter, and is available in the office. The USDA and First Lutheran School are equal opportunity providers and employers. DAYCARE NEEDS: We need the following items for our Daycare; if you have an extra one to donate, or could give us a gift card and/or cash to purchase one, please see Ms. Heidi in Daycare. Thank you! We need: an old-fashioned rocker (it CANNOT be a glider) and high chairs. There are rocking chairs on the WalMart website for $85 and high chairs for $50.00, but we’ll also take used ones that you are through with! Thank you! NEED A GRADUATION GIFT? WE HAVE GIFT CARDS: We have gift cards available for sale in the office, that are sold to us at a discount by the retailers, and we keep the Gift Cards Make Great profit as a fundraiser. We have in-stock gift cards to places that Graduating Senior’s love; a few Graduation examples are Aeropostale, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Staples, etc. Gifts! Call or stop by the office to see what we have on hand and to make your purchase. Considerable thanks to our Sponsors who made a donation to the First Lutheran PTL/School Fundraising Auction of at least $500 for the Silver Level, and at least $50 for our Bronze Level. Please be sure to stop by and thank these businesses for supporting YOUR First Lutheran PTL: SILVER Sponsor: Kelly Campbell and Family Vision Care of Ponca City, 1619 North 5th Street, (580) 762-5700 Martin, Jean, and Jackson—Attorneys at Law, 1324 East Grand Street, (580) 765-9967 BRONZE Sponsors: Prettycoat Junction/Jodi Newland, Owner, 1422 East South Avenue, 580-762-3779 Health Insurance Source, LLC/John Seales/Kenda Ward, 205 W. Hartford, #100, (580) 765-1800 Auto Intintions/Brett Brown, 411 E. Hartford, 580-762-5283; Bronze $50 – 499 - Name/Business weekly in Chatter for rest of Spring 2018, Silver $500 – 999 - Name/Business weekly in Chatter for the Fall of 2018

SUMMER DAYCARE PACKETS are available in Ms. Heidi’s office and the school office. “The Bible is a remarkable fountain: the more one draws and drinks of it, the more it stimulates thirst." – Martin Luther PRINCIPAL – Mr. Birnbaum: I can't say it enough - THANK YOU for a GREAT YEAR! It is wonderful to have families that care about their child's education and teach their children to respect authority. When parents encourage their children (and teachers) and teach them to look at the positive, it makes for an incredible environment. I pray God's blessings on your summer adventures. Interim Day for Middle School was a BIG SUCCESS on Friday due to the extreme efforts of Janet Goll. They had the opportunity to try cake/cookie decorating, cinnamon roll baking, golfing, Sun 'n Fun, Fire Department, and more. SECRETARY – Mrs. Erickson: Thank you to everyone who brought breakfast/luncheon foods, gifts, and cards for me last week during staff appreciation week and/or secretary’s day; you made me feel appreciated, and I appreciate YOU for doing it! Thank you, also, to Mrs. Blackstar for organizing it all…you are awesome! Extra special thanks to everyone who has supported and encouraged me, and even picked up my slack this year (and last), as I missed work for various doctor appointments. Your understanding and PRAYERS have been, and continue to be, very encouraging and much appreciated! Report card pickup starts June 1; if you plan to pick up report cards later in the summer, please email or call first to make sure someone is here, especially on Friday’s. 8th Graders (and families)…don’t be a stranger; remember to stop by and catch up from time to time! I’m going to miss you all! The rest of you…we’ll see you in the fall! LIBRARY – Mrs. Ware: I would like to thank all of the students, teachers, and staff that prayed for, made cards, sent food, or just good wishes my way during my recuperation. It meant so much to me and cheered me through a

difficult time. I also want to thank Darleanna Warnecke for being my substitute while I was away. Students it is time to bring library books back! Please check your lockers, your bookshelves, under beds, etc. for First Lutheran School Library books. We are finished checking out for the year and are concentrating on bringing back overdue items. Students: Have a wonderful summer, and please pick up a book and read over break! Reading is like anything else you have to practice, you have to keep at it to get better! ECE – Daycare – Ms. Heidi: Daycare needs donated fitted sheets and flat sheets any sizes. PRE-SCHOOL – Mrs. Herard: Our last full week of school! We are almost there and what an amazing journey it has been. So very proud of what this group has accomplished! Thank you for letting me be a part of your child's educational journey. Please let me know if you will be attending the diploma ceremony on the 23rd at 10:15 and who is planning to go on the 18th with Miss Michelle's class to the park for lunch. I know some of you have enrolled for PK with us for next year. Yea! I will get to see "my kids" again next year! If you are thinking about it and have questions, I would be happy to visit with you at any time. This week our theme is "Animals at the Zoo". Blessings for you week! PRE-KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Kelly/Mrs. Colvin: Thank you again for the wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! Can you believe we are on our last full week of school! The year has flown by! I have loved getting to know your children! I know God has big plans for their future! Thank you for sharing them with us! We are finishing assessments and reviewing our alphabet. Keep reviewing over the summer, reading is right around the corner for them. Our Bible words this week are, Create in me a clean heart, O God. Psalm 51:10 Have a blessed week and a wonderful summer! KINDERGARTEN – Mrs. Miller: Wow, summer is almost here! I hope everyone has a great summer break! We would like to wish Sawyer (7-17), Gentry (8-5) and Hesston (8-2) a happy birthday during the summer. Please keep reading all summer because reading is fun! Have a magnificent week and summer! FIRST GRADE – Mrs. Birnbaum: Memory for Friday is the 10th Commandment - You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Please work at home on this commandment, it is the longest one! Thank you for all of the nice gifts last week, I really appreciate it! If you still have a library book at home, please get it returned this week. Tomorrow is our movie day - remember to bring a pillow/blanket to use! Happy summer birthday to Slate, Triton, and Avery! I am very proud to say that this awesome class of 1st graders are ready for 2nd grade! They have been a wonderful class and I will miss them a lot. Thank you parents for all of your help during the year. Also, thank you for taking the time to work with your child at home, especially with their reading! Have a terrific summer and keep reading!! SECOND GRADE – Mrs. Powell: Thank you all for another great school year! I have loved being your child's teacher and am honored by the trust you placed in me. I pray that your summer is blessed and safe. Travel safely. Encourage your child to read, read, read. Thursday is our trip to Newkirk and lunch at Sonic. Tuesday is our AR bowling party. And summer vacation begins at 11:21 on Wednesday!!!! Happy summer birthday to Anniston and Jack! God's Blessings, Dear Friends! Blessings! THIRD GRADE – Mrs. Steichen: This is our final full week!! That means this is the last week for grades. Please check FastDirect to see where your child is. The grade book will be turned off Monday. If you have any questions please let me know. Teacher Appreciation: thank you all so much for thinking of me last week. Your kids are a huge blessing to me and they will be missed next year. Thank you for always support us this year. I have seen huge growth in everyone. Book Reports: Everyone did an amazing job!! Thank you! I did notice that some people did not turn in a report, grades suffered. If you can get me a copy by Friday, the grade will change. A.R. Please be on the lookout for a permission slip for our A.R. party to the bowling alley. Once your child meets their goal, I will give them a permission slip. Birthday: If your child has a summer birthday and they want to celebrate it this school year, let me know and we can arrange treats. Hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer!! FOURTH GRADE – Mrs. Sibley: The kids are really excited about the auction items that they have seen so far for the auction on Monday. The auction could not happen without you. I look back on this year and see how much we have learned, grown, and developed individually, and as a class family. Thank you for a great year of memories! Blessings as we wrap up the school year, have a super summer, and see you all in the fall as Fantastic Fifth graders! FIFTH GRADE – Mrs. Schatte: We are winding down. We can all feel the end of the school year just calling our names. Remember, tomorrow we go to my home. Any and all are welcome to join us. Friday we have our last spelling and reading test. Thank you to all that made Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week so special for me. I felt loved and appreciated. I will truly miss this class! This is a gentle group. They are kind and caring, not only for each other but also

for me. Mrs. Harbeson has a lot to look forward to. :) Blessings on a wonderful summer. I hope you all get to enjoy special moments together as a family.

MIDDLE SCHOOL 5/17 PCPS Boys Physicals, 5-6 p.m., Robson Fieldhouse, $25

5/29 2:00 p.m. PCPS Baseball tryouts for incoming 9-12th Grades

Mrs. Harbeson: Greetings, Everyone! This is our last official Chatter for the year! It's hard to believe that another school year has come and gone. I'd like to thank everyone for making me feel so special and loved during teacher appreciation week. Thank you for the notes, flowers, treats, and gifts. I'd also like to thank Holly Blackstar and her crew for all the "extras" that we teachers received last week. You really went above and beyond. I pray that you all will have a wonderful summer break. Stay safe and God's blessings to you all! Mrs. Hanson: Thank you all for showing us teachers so much love and appreciation last week! Although we would not be here if it weren't for you and everything we do is for our students, so THANK YOU, we APPRECIATE YOU! All classes have a comprehensive final Tuesday, May 22. This test will cover all content learned since January. You can check my website for specific topics for each class. We will review in class but studying will need to be done at home too. But I know everyone will do great on this test because they all did a wonderful job at learning it in the first place. It is such an honor to work with motivated, talented kids. Thank you all for a great year. Everyone is so much smarter, so much more mature, and so much taller ;) than the beginning of the year. I love watching students grow, academically, physically, and spiritually. I am truly blessed to have had another year with y'all here at First Lutheran! Mrs. Pacey: Have a fantastic summer! I cannot believe this is the last Chatter of the year! This year really seemed to fly by, and I know everyone is ready for summer! I sent home letters about summer work for KhanAcademy and MobyMax. They are both great ways to keep those math skills sharp for next year. Congratulations to all the graduating 8th graders, and good luck in high school! We love you! Have a great summer! Mr. Covert: We’re in the last full week of the school year! I hope everyone is doing well as we work our way to the end of the year. Our classes are doing what we can get to before the end of the year. 8th grade is wrapping up World War II. In 7th grade, we’re finishing up Central Africa, and if we have a little time at the end of the year, we might take a quick look at Antarctica. In 6th grade, we’re going through the various revolutions; this time the Industrial Revolution. 7th grade parents, when it comes time to make payments on what you owe for the DC trip, if you bring them to the school office and let them know it’s for DC, I can take all of them and deposit them all at once. Thank you in advance for getting them in on time! I pray that God continues to bless our school family through this last little bit of school! Blessings on your week and on your summer! FUTURE WASHINGTON D.C. ATTENDEES: If you need to make payments to your D.C. account, please note that you cannot make payments with a credit card. We will, however, accept checks, cash, money orders, etc. Thank you.

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It’s Time to Order 2017-2018 Yearbooks!

(A limited number of last years’ yearbooks are available in the office f0r $20)

Complete the order form below, attach $25 per yearbook ordered and return to the school office on or before Friday, May 25, 2018. We want to have additional pictures of every student in the yearbook, and you can help! The best way to make sure that we have pictures of your child in the yearbook, is to submit your pictures! Replay It is a free app from Jostens that is used to share photos to the yearbook staff. We have an account set up, and once you download the app and link it to our school, you will be able to upload pictures right then and there; it is incredibly easy to use. NO more saving the photos to a flash drive, tracking someone down to give it to, and worrying about getting it back. The pictures only take seconds to upload and share with everyone. If you forget your camera at a school event, you may go out and look at all the photos submitted by other school families. So please download the app today and start sharing your pictures!!!

Yearbook Order form: Student Name:_________________________________ & Current Grade:_____ Number of Books: _________ X $25 each = $__________ due Total Paid $_________ (___cash or ___check/check #_____) Contact number or e-mail address:____________________________________

Business Owners/Parents/Grandparents/etc…

Buy an Ad in our Yearbook! Imagine the surprise on your student’s face as they are flipping through the yearbook and find their picture with a personal message from you! You can use this space to congratulate them on their first school year, graduation, an individual achievement, missing tooth, 2-digit birthday, or anything that you want to celebrate!

Business Owners: Our enrollment is over 230 students. We can help you reach these families by advertising in our yearbook. We have a variety of advertising options for you.

Parents and business owners: Pictures are included in your ad space at no additional charge! Please email them to, or call the office at 580-762-9950 for more details. Deadline for Ads is May 25, 2018, so return the order form below to the office today with your check to First Lutheran School. FullPage Ad $300

Half-Page Ad $150

QuarterPage Ad $75

BusinessCard Ad $40

Or sponsor a page for $20; this is your sentence at the bottom of the page such as…”3rd Grade class pictures page sponsored by the Jane Smith family”

Business Ad or Personal Ad (circle one) Business & Contact Name or Parent Name: Address (if business): Phone Number: I would like to sponsor this page(s): (example pages to sponsor are class pages, sports, middle school dance, graduation, musical, band, family fun night, etc.)

Ad Content:

Payment Enclosed $___________ Cash or Check #_______ (make checks out to First Lutheran School)

Deadline for Ads: May 25, 2018

First Lutheran School Class of 2018 Please join us for our 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony Tuesday, May 22, 2018 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church

Schlotzsky’s Night! TONIGHT! MAY 16, 2018 4:00 – 9:00 P.M.

PLUNGE IN AT FIRST LUTHERAN VBS! Life is full of thrills and spills; we may not know what’s around the bend, but God does! Kids will leave VBS knowing their need for a Savior, and that His name is Jesus! Join us on this wild ride! ______________________________________________ When: Where:

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