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1810 Northampton St.
Holyoke, MA 01040

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Events and Info - The FLS Messenger

From the Principal's Desk...

On Monday I sent a letter home to each family about the changes that we needed to make concerning our lunch cart, and pizza and hot dog sales.  I'm very thankful for the responses I've received so far.  Your input gives me information I would not be able to necessarily gather on my own, as to options for us to consider.  So again, thank you!   


Mrs. Ketchum gave me a great article about the debate about teaching cursive writing, as part of the curriculum.  The new Core Curriculum does not include teaching cursive.   As you know, we continue to teach cursive even though many schools have dropped it from the curriculum, siting that with the use of computers, we don't really need the skill.  The article stated what I believe and why I believe cursive is a necessary part of the curriculum.  1) It develops fine motor skills and improves literacy, because of what it develops in the brain. 2)  Your signature is YOUR signature and is written in cursive.  3)  If you're not taught cursive, you can't read it, which means you won't be able to read our nations' founding documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, etc.

It doesn't take children long to figure out which buttons to press on a computer or tablet or  iphone, etc.  It's not a skill that necessarily needs to be taught. 

As possible new families for next year are coming for tours, I'm glad to share with them our philosophy of education and our desire to teach your child/children the necessary aspects of a good education.



Last week I shared that the PTO had put together a survey that is meant to help shape what PTO will be about for next year.  Please fill out the survey that is attached this week.  Return it to your child's/children's teacher and they will get it to me.  Thank you in advance.


Clean Up

I was remiss in not having this in last week's Messenger...This Saturday, May 9th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. is our annual Spring Clean-up.  Many hands make light work.  We'll be cleaning up outside and some inside, so it would be great if you could come to help for even part of the time.


Marianne Bischoff                                                                                                                                                     Principal



Lunch money will be collected, 5/8, for the Week of 5/11                                                             $11.25 ~ Milk $2.50 ~ Reduced $2.00




Education Fair

Hope you've marked your calendar!  Next Thursday, May 14th is the Education Fair.  It will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and it is the opportunity for visiting all the classrooms to see what project/s has/have been emphasized in each grade.  I know plans are already being made for it!!


Carline Safety

For added safety in carline, please do not leave car line if a car/van in line in front of you is getting their child/children buckled in on the side of the car/van that you would be passing.  Carline goes very quickly. The few minutes of extra waiting can mean extra safety.




This Friday, May 8th is Mid-quarter.  Grades will be going home with the students on

Tuesday, May 12th.



Re-enrollment packets will be sent home with your child/children on Tuesday, May 12th; the same day as the mid-quarter grades.

Box Tops For Education

Check those expiration dates - if you have box tops that are going to expire before the fall please turn them in by May 15th so I can submit them.

Coupons for Box Top products

Thrivent Choice Dollars 

We were again blessed with an additional $109.00 given to the school through a church member who designated First Lutheran School for her Thrivent Choice Dollars for April.

Field Day Is Friday, May 29

Parent volunteers are needed to run events.  Please consider helping on field day from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Check the next messenger for more details!  We teachers can really use your help!

Vacation Bible School 

VBS needs cardboard toilet paper rolls for the craft area.  Please save your cardboard rolls and give them to Alice Gess or Bonnie Bessette, or leave them on the stage in the fellowship hall.  We

will be collecting them until further notice.  Thank You!

Plant Sale

Plants needed! First Lutheran Church & School will be holding a plant sale on Saturday, June 13th from 9:00-12:00.  Proceeds will go to the children's fund.  Anyone who has unwanted plants in their

Yards, gardens, & homes, please consider putting them in a pot and donating to our plant sale. The name of the plant and a brief description of how to care for it is helpful.  Please bring the plants the morning of the sale. Any questions, please contact Bonnie Bessette at 508-240-4294 or



It's time to order your 2014-2015 yearbook! Please see attached sheet for more information.

Last Day Of School

The last day of school remains the same for us this year-June 5th.  We had five snow days (thank goodness there were no more).  Because we go by hours and not by days each year, we know that we have exceeded the hours necessary and have been diligent to cover the materials that need to be covered in order to complete the school year for your child/children.


Friday, May 8th ~ Mid-quarter

Saturday, May 9th ~ Spring Clean Up

Tuesday, May 12th ~ Mid-quarter grades go home. Re-enrollment packets go home

Thursday, May 14th ~ Educational Fair ~ 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, May 18th – 21st ~ 8th grade class trip to Pennsylvania

Tuesday-Friday, May 19th-22nd  ~ 5th grade Outdoor Education at the Highland Lodge in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

Monday, May 25th ~ Memorial Day ~ No School

Friday, May 29th ~ Field Day

Monday, June 1st ~ 8th grade breakfast~ 8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 2nd ~ Pastor Bessette, Miss Bischoff and three 8th graders go to Tender Shepherd Preschool in Troy, New Hampshire

Thursday, June 4th ~ half-day for the 8th graders

Thursday, June 4th ~ 8th Grade Graduation ~ 7 p.m. in the church; 7th grade sponsored reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall

Friday, June 5th ~ 11:30 dismissal for the last day of school!




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