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

Janet Goll, Principal School: 580-762-4243 website: FastDirect: E-mail: August 22, 2012

STARLITES August 8/24 8/28

Chapel at 8:30; watermelon in afternoon Back to School Night

PRINCIPAL - Mrs. Goll: Be the salt! Mt. 5:13: You are the salt of the earth. Jesus declares us to be the salt of the earth. It is both our given honor and our command to “Be the salt!” God go with you this week and always as you live the Christian life (be the salt) in a world that is hurting and needs the salt so desperately. This Friday we’ll have our annual watermelon feed in the afternoon. Students will have a chance to sign yearbooks immediately preceding the watermelon. Thanks, Ruth Smith & Sandi Lyons (our school cooks) for providing the watermelon for us. Back to School Night: On Tuesday, August 28, we’ll have our annual Back to School Night. Please join us for the meal at 5:30 (It’s a fundraiser for our cheerleaders; it will be delicious; and it gives us all a chance to get to know each other better.) The meeting begins at 6:40 in the church sanctuary and then we’ll go to classrooms (at 7:00 and 7:30) to learn about individual classroom procedures. We look forward to seeing you there. Traffic: Traffic has run so smoothly this year. Many thanks to Ann Jackson & Laura Watts for serving as traffic monitors. Thanks to all of you for following procedures to make it safer for your child and his schoolmates. Facebook: like us on facebook for up to the minute information on the school. Thanks, Lisa Robinson, for keeping us current. YEARBOOKS: Friday, August 24 is yearbook signing day. If your child does not have a yearbook you may still purchase one, however we have very few left! Send your check for $20 today! Please memo your check “yearbook”! CHAPEL OFFERING: PRE-SCHOOL – Ms. Peck: Wow! We had a great turnout for Open House with 59 wonderful, supportive family members and students. Thank you to all who attended. Also, I appreciate all the volunteers who signed up to help make this a truly successful year! We are off to a fantastic school year! This week we are getting acquainted, making new friends, learning procedures and becoming comfortable with our schedule. Enjoy the slightly cooler weather! PRE-KINDERGARTEN - Mrs. Kelly: Welcome back! I hope you had a great summer! I am excited to get to know you and your children! We have had a great first few days! Back to school night is Tuesday August 28th. I hope to see you here. Have a great week! KINDERGARTEN - Ms. Miller: Welcome to Kindergarten! Thank you so much parents for sharing your wonderful children with me this year! I love your children they are awesome! The first few days of school have been going great. Traffic is better in the front of school now that we dismiss from the NW corner of the school, thank you for adjusting. My phone number is 716-8185 if you need to call me during the year. Have a great week! FIRST GRADE – Ms. Otten: What a great start to the school year! We are learning so much already. Our memory verse for the week is "I praise You, for I am wonderfully made. Wonderful are your


works." Psalm 139:14. Your child will need to say it to me on Friday. We are studying creation and the fall in religion. This is going to be an awesome year! SECOND GRADE – Mrs. Powell: Welcome to a new school year! We are so blessed to have Aliyah and Trinity Bond and Emma Smith join our class! We have new reading books this year. In an effort to keep them in great condition, I’d like each child to bring a book sock to cover their books. Book socks are available in the school office. Thanks! PE for second and third graders will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The children must wear tennis shoes to participate. Please be sure your child wears or brings tennis shoes those days. Thanks for sharing your precious children with me! Continue to keep us in your prayers and have a blessed week! THIRD GRADE - Ms. Svajhart: Welcome back!! I hope everyone is starting to get into the swing of things. I know we are here in third grade. I hope everyone can join us next Tuesday, August 28th for Back to School Night. This is where you will get information on our class and what I expect for everyone. If you cannot make it please let me know and we can set up a time to meet. This week: Memory: Matthew 5:13 Spelling: Short vowel sounds and VC/CV words. (if you cannot read them in the planner please check my Fast direct board) There will be a test on these Friday. Reading: Charlie McButton test on Friday. Yearbook and Watermelon: This Friday afternoon we will be signing yearbook then going outside to enjoy some watermelon. If you have a yearbook please make sure you bring it on Friday. I hope everyone has a wonderful week! FOURTH GRADE - Mrs. Klein: Welcome to a five-day week in fourth grade! This class is pleased to welcome Ashana and Braley. Thank you for choosing First Lutheran. We are busy with a lot of new academics, and we have already learned many things about our classmates. I am hoping our parents will keep up with our activities on the 4th grade bulletin board (BB). This week you will find out about our salt and pepper shaker project. For those who are ready we will have an opportunity to present to the class starting on Wednesday. The BB is a good source of information about when we are having tests. Remember that Friday afternoon we will be signing yearbooks and having our annual watermelon feed. Next Tuesday is our open house evening. Be sure to support the cheerleaders at the evening meal, attend the PTL meeting, and visit our classroom. Keep Jesus in your heart. FIFTH GRADE - Mrs. Schatte: We had a fabulous first three days of school last week here in 5th grade! I am impressed with this group of children. They will be a true joy to work with this school year. If your child did not make a 100% on the spelling pretest on Monday, then he/she will take the final test on Friday. Friday also holds our first math and reading test. Thursday Matthew 5:13-14, is due for memory work. Your child may recite it ahead of time if he/she wishes. Thursday also holds a quiz over the being verbs. Monday the children will be tested over the helping verbs. We will discuss 5th grade in depth at Back to School Night on August 28, but if you have any questions before then feel free to Fast Direct or call me. Middle School Mrs. Harbeson: I hope everyone's year has started off great! Things are underway in Language! All goals and guidelines should have been signed and returned last Friday for our first grade. Also, autobiography graphic organizers should have been handed in, as well. For all grades, we started in our grammar books...unit 1 for everyone. On Tuesday, I will be handing out literary terms for all classes, and we will be learning about fables, folk tales, tall tales, and myths. Be sure to keep all handouts and assignments as I give them to you in your folder. Remember, folders are a test grade at the end of every 9 weeks. We are busy reading in AR! All students should have their AR books with them every day in class. Star testing will begin on Tuesday, and I am hoping to have all ZPD ranges and goals handed out by Thursday. AR is part of everyone's Language grade this year. I've also talked to the students about our elementary AR reading buddies. Ask your student about it! We'll start this up at end of August. Student Council will be starting soon. I will have more information for parents and students next week. Please, please, please be sure to encourage your student to hand all work in on time. It is so important to learn that meeting due dates is imperative! I check my Fast Direct messages throughout the day so if you ever need to talk to me, drop me a note on Fast Direct and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. After school hours, you may call me


at 761-7510. The only thing I ask is that you do not call me after 8:00 in the evening unless it is an emergency. Blessings! Ms. Hanson: Great start to the year! I am so thankful that I actually get to begin the school year with y'all. If you remember I came a few weeks into the school year last year. The kids seem refreshed by summer and ready to go, which is great! Policies and Procedures were discussed last week and should have made it home to be signed and returned. These will stay in the students' folders all year so if anyone needs to reference later them they are available. Parents will be getting the "down low" at Back to School Night (BTSN), at which I hope to see everyone. 6th Grade will be tackling Physical Science, 7th Grade, Earth Science, and 8th Grade, Life Science. Parents if you have any questions or concerns before BTSN please feel free to contact me via Fast Direct or come in to see me. I am looking forward to the rest of this year! Mrs. Ramsey: What a great start to a great year! These kids are amazing already and I am so excited to be teaching them. As we get started, 6th and 7th grade are learning about powers, order of operations and other miscellaneous things. Pre-algebra is reviewing expressions and integer operations and the algebra class is looking at expressions and equations. We may all be ready for a chapter 1 test next week. We welcome our new 7th graders, Jacob Smith and Dawson's great to have them with us. Don't forget Back-to-School Night next Tuesday. Come for dinner with the cheerleaders at 5:30 and then have a chance to hear from your child's teacher. There is a great on-line resource for math called It has lessons, practice and tutorials on the materials in our curriculum. More info will be coming on that soon. In His service... Mr. Watters: Wow, one week of school is already over and I really believe this is going to be a great year. Your students have shown great respect for the teaching staff and for each other. So give your kids a pat on the back and continue to encourage them. We will be having exams in all grades for social studies, as 6th and 8th grades will be tested on Friday, and 7th grade on Monday. This will cover chapters 1 and 2 in their books. A study guide has been given to help them prepare for their tests. Athletically, many people have already asked about basketball. Basketball schedules will be out after Labor Day and practices will begin on October 9. I will keep you informed. Remember that DC magazine sales are due by September 10.

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