Scoop 15

Volume 13, Issue 15                                    Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                        December 14, 2017

From God’s Word – God has every reason to turn His back on us. We sin constantly, and in every way possible. Yet, here we are, the recipients of God’s mercy and grace. Instead of allowing us to remain His enemy, His kindness toward us brought Jesus, through whom we are reconciled to God. The war waged by Satan was overcome by the Father’s willingness and mercy to send the way of salvation through Christ. That lowly birth in Bethlehem shows God’s friendliness on our behalf. He allowed Jesus to become like us so we could be like Him. When Christ appeared, He brought the Gospel: forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation. “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us.” Titus 3:4

Thank You So Much –The blankets are beautiful and wonderful. A total of 45 were received. What tremendous joy you have brought both to our Gloria Dei family and to those who are suffering. Thank you for warming both body and heart with what you have given. “I was sick and you visited Me.” Matthew 25

Can You Help? – We are still in need of drivers to take us to the British Home December 22. If you are able to help out, please contact Mrs. Blecha in the school office.

Children’s Service – This coming Wednesday, December 20, is our Advent Service, led by the children. Their tender voices and gentle words are powerful when singing the hymns of old and speaking Gospel joy. For the morning service, students will wear normal Chapel clothing. For the evening service, boys are to wear a dress shirt, tie, and dress pants. Girls may wear a dress or skirt and top. NO JEANS OR T-SHIRTS ALLOWED. For the evening service, children should be in their classrooms by 6:30. At the close of the service, you may meet your child in his/her classroom.

December 21 – Yes, a little seasonal fun is on the way! We’ve planned a couple of things for Thursday, December 21, we hope will be meaningful and fun for everyone. First of all, it is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Students are invited to wear a Christmas sweater that isn’t so very beautiful! We will have a competition for the ugliest sweater, and prizes will be given. (All themes and motifs must be compliant with our Christian learning environment.) Also, we will set aside our regular curriculum to provide opportunity for students to participate in playing board games. Students are encouraged to bring a game from home that can be played with others. Each game is to be labeled with the student’s name, and all game pieces should be placed together in a plastic bag or some sort of container. While this will be a relaxing and fun time, learning will take place in areas of social/emotional growth such as sharing, taking turns, playing by the rules, being a gracious winner, and learning how to lose.

December 22 – Because of our visit to the British Home, students are to wear uniforms to school. Upon returning from Christmas caroling, teachers will host a classroom party, followed by lunch provided by PTL. Dismissal is 1:00, and NO AFTER CARE will be provided.

Let Us Adore Him!
Christmas Worship Services
Christmas Eve – 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Day – 9:30 a.m.

Looking Ahead

December 20 – Advent Service
December 21 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day; Bring a Board Game
December 22 – Christmas Caroling at British Home (Wear Uniforms); Christmas Parties in Classroom; Christmas Lunch (Provided by PTL); 1:00 Dismissal; Christmas Vacation Begins
January 8 – Classes Resume

 

Scoop 14

Our Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family
December Health Theme: The Gift of Health—Balance

Volume 13, Issue 14                                                     Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                             December 7, 2017

From God’s Word –The out-of-town relatives are coming to visit. Guests are about to arrive. It’s time is of the essence. Let’s prepare! Clean the floors. Fluff up the couch pillows. Make the beds with clean sheets. Fill the refrigerator with treats and ingredients for special dishes. Preparations abound, as, with eager anticipation, the kids pace back and forth, peering out the window, trying to pass time until the car to pulls up, delivering our visitors. Where are they? When will they get here? While waiting, every minute seems like a decade. It is with that same eager anticipation Christians await the coming of the Lord. Oh yes. He will definitely return, but we don’t know the day or the hour. Because we don’t know just when, we must always be ready—with the cobwebs swept away from our hearts and our focus on the things above. We do this by confronting our sin, confessing them in faith, knowing God, who is faithful and just, forgives. With childlike anticipation we watch and expect our King’s arrival. Let’s get ready! Do not delay. Our Guest is on the way. “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.” Isaiah 62:11

Chapel Offerings – Thank you for your generosity with Chapel Offerings. As of today, you have given $360 to support missionary, Rev. Ryan McDermott. He is bringing the Gospel to people in Africa who are deaf. Your support is very much appreciated for this valuable work.

Blankets – Have you seen the beautiful fleece blankets now bedecking our hallway? How generous and kind you are to prepare such joy for people in need. Thank you so much. We need all blankets by Monday, December 11. We will celebrate Blankets of Blessings Wednesday, December 13, when the blankets will be displayed in the sanctuary.  Pastor Anderson will offer a prayer in Chapel for the blankets’ use to the Lord’s glory, as well as petitions on behalf of those receiving the blankets. It’s hard to say just how much good you have brought with your gracious heart. What the Bible says really is true. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

December 21 – Yes, a little seasonal fun is on the way! We’ve planned a couple of things for Thursday, December 21, we hope will be meaningful and fun for everyone. First of all, it is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Students are invited to wear a Christmas sweater that isn’t so very beautiful! We will have a competition for the ugliest sweater, and prizes will be given. (All themes and motifs must be compliant with our Christian learning environment.) Also, we will set aside our regular curriculum to provide opportunity for students to participate in playing board games. Students are encouraged to bring a game from home that can be played with others. Each game is to be labeled with the student’s name, and all game pieces should be placed together in a plastic bag or some sort of container. While this will be a relaxing and fun time, learning will take place in areas of social/emotional growth such as sharing, taking turns, playing by the rules, being a gracious winner, and learning how to lose.

Advent Service – Each day, we are spending time rehearsing our annual Advent Service, which will be presented by the children Wednesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. It is expected all children will be in attendance to participate. Be sure to complete and return the form received last week indicating your family’s participation. This year’s service emphasizes the kindness of God in providing salvation through Jesus. Sinners that we are, God had every reason to turn His back on us. Instead, He visited us, in the flesh, with His kindness—forgiveness and salvation.

Gift Card Forms – Hit the easy button! Order gift cards to complete your Christmas shopping. Those on your list will be grateful, and you will help our school at the same time.

December Tuition – For maximum 2017 tax benefits, be sure to make your December payment by the end of the year.

Let Us Adore Him!
Christmas Worship Services
Christmas Eve – 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Day – 9:30 a.m.

Looking Ahead

December 11 – Blanket Completion Day
December 12 – PTL Pizza Lunch
December 13 – Blankets of Blessings
December 15 – Fitness Friday – Wear Jeans
December 20 – Advent Service
December 21 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day; Bring a Board Game
December 22 – Christmas Caroling at British Home (Wear Uniforms); Christmas Parties in Classroom; Christmas Lunch (Provided by PTL); 1:00 Dismissal

 

 

 

Scoop 13

Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family

December Health Theme: The Gift of Health—Balance

Volume 13, Issue 13                                           Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                      November 30, 2017

From God’s Word – Traveling and driving are fun, but don’t lose the way. Not knowing which street is next, searching for addresses, or looking for just where to turn is cause for anxiety. In this day and time, cars are equipped with GPS, and phones will even spout out the directions. With such up-to-date technology, finding the way is nearly a sure thing. The twists and turns of life have a way of getting us lost, so what’s our GPS for getting to heaven? Satan abounds with temptation at every intersection. Illness arrives. Reversals and disappointments creep in. Adversity presents a highway of sharp turns and detours. It is easy to land lost and off course. Into our fallen world and hopeless inheritance from the Old Adam enters Jesus. He is our GPS for a safe journey to heaven. Just as promised, He will return to claim His children for eternity. Stand firm in Him, repenting, ever-sure of His atoning love and promises. Christ is our road map. His gracious mercy and tender care assure us of our safe journey home. “Behold, I am coming soon. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. I am the root and descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22

Welcome – We are pleased to greet Jeremiah McMiller, a new student to our eighth grade class. We pray God’s blessings for him as we welcome him to our Gloria Dei family.

Advent Service – Each day, we are spending time rehearsing our annual Advent Service, which will be presented by the children Wednesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. It is expected all children will be in attendance to participate. Today’s folder contains a form for you to complete, indicating your family’s intentions. This year’s service emphasizes the kindness of God in providing salvation through Jesus. Sinners that we are, God had every reason to turn His back on us. Instead, He visited us, in the flesh, with His kindness—forgiveness and salvation.

Gift Cards – Let’s do some Christmas shopping! Enclosed is a Shopschripts (formerly Manna) order form.  All orders with payment must be returned to the school office by Friday, December 8. Our school will receive a percentage of each order. Since everyone shops, this is a great way to help us out!

Inclement Weather – In the event the school needs to close for weather-related reasons, you will receive a call from a toll-free 888 number between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. This method of notification will be the only announcement you will receive. Please let the school office know if you have changed our telephone number since you completed your registration papers so we can update our list.

Santa’s Workshop – Santa and his merry band of elves will be at Gloria Dei Thursday, December 7, and Friday, December 8, so our students can do some Christmas shopping. Gifts will be priced from $1.00 and $6.00 and will be wrapped while children enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Sometimes, it helps if students bring a list of people on their shopping list. That way, the helpers can provide some helpful assistance.

Phil’s Friends – The beautiful fleece blankets we’ve already received for our service project are on display outside the church office.  We are asking all blankets are brought to school by Monday, December 11. Wednesday, December 13, is Blankets of Blessings, a day when the blankets will be displayed in the church and we will offer a prayer in Chapel for those patients receiving a blanket. Extra directions are available in the school office, should anyone need another copy. We are so enjoying this project which is meant to warm the body, but it also supplies cuddles for the heart and tears to the eyes. “I was sick and you visited Me. Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me.” Matthew 25

You’re Invited – Wednesday, December 6, at 10:00 a.m., Officer Perez will be here to present certificates to our fifth and sixth graders who recently completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Also included in the celebration will be students in Mrs. Kamman’s class and Mr. Przybylski’s class, as they completed course work in Gang Resistance Education and Training. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the festivities.

December 21 – Yes, a little seasonal fun is on the way! We’ve planned a couple of things for Thursday, December 21, we hope will be meaningful and fun for everyone. First of all, it is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Students are invited to wear a Christmas sweater that isn’t so very beautiful! We will have a competition for the ugliest sweater, and prizes will be given. (All themes and motifs must be compliant with our Christian learning environment.) Also, we will set aside our regular curriculum to provide opportunity for students to participate in playing board games. Students are encouraged to bring a game from home that can be played with others. Each game is to be labeled with the student’s name, and all game pieces should be placed together in a plastic bag or some sort of container. While this will be a relaxing and fun time, learning will take place in areas of social/emotional growth such as sharing, taking turns, playing by the rules, being a gracious winner, and learning how to lose.

British Home – We will sing Christmas carols at the British Home Thursday, December 22. (Students will wear their regular school uniforms.) A permission slip is included in today’s folder. Please indicate whether or not you will be able drive.

PTL Lunch/Early Dismissal – After returning from the British Home, classrooms will enjoy a Christmas party, followed by a lunch provided by PTL and dismissal at 1:00.

Rules for Winter – Boots must be worn when snow is on the ground. NO boots can be worn into the classroom, so a change of shoes is necessary. Boots are kept in the designated location in the lunchroom downstairs. Without boots, a student may not participate in recess. When playing outdoors, all snow remains on the ground. Students should be prepared to go outside, and must have the proper clothing for staying warm: coat, hat, gloves or mittens.

One Last Thing – This is Wendy’s Night for us. See you at Archer and Laramie between 3:30 and 6:30. Remember. There’s a free Frosty waiting for any Gloria Dei students who order inside the restaurant.

Looking Ahead

November 30 – Wendy’s Night
December 3 – First Sunday of Advent
December 7 – Santa’s Workshop; Parents at Lunch – Noon
December 8 – Santa’s Workshop
December 11 – Blanket Completion Day
December 12 – PTL Pizza Lunch
December 13 – Blankets of Blessings
December 20 – Advent Service
December 21 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
December 22 – Christmas Caroling at British Home (Wear Uniforms); Christmas Parties in Classroom; Christmas Lunch (Provided by PTL); 1:00 Dismissal

 

 

Scoop 9

Our Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family

October Health Theme:  Airing It Out

Respiratory Care- Asthma, Allergies, Smoke Free Environments

Volume 13 Issue 9                                                            Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                     October 27, 2017

From God’s Word – Happy Reformation Day. This October 31 marks 500 of those celebrations. On that day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his debate questions to the church door in Wittenberg, and the rest is history. He revived the church and the world through standing firm in faith, grace, and Scripture. These are our three solas: Sola Fide. Sola Gratia. Sola Scriptura. Faith Alone. Grace Alone. Scripture. Faith: “Without faith, it is impossible to please [God], for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 Grace: “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:22b-24 Scripture: For what was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scripures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 Let us celebrate God’s eternal blessings through the Church, the bride of Christ.

The Unveiling – Today, we have a wonderful announcement. Thanks to the generosity of Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation, Gloria Dei is on target to receive 25 Chromebooks for student use. Connecting to the Internet, but without a hard drive, Chromebooks are used in schools for collaborative and creation-based learning—videos, power point, and the like. The future of our students lies with technology, so this fabulous learning tool is an important stepping stone to the next phases of learning and beyond.

We will launch Chromebooks November 6, the first day of the second quarter. Each student in seventh and eighth grade will be assigned an individual device for use throughout the school day. The remaining devices will be shared by the other classes, available to students at the discretion of the teacher.

Recently, our teachers have been engaged in Chromebook training, which is an on-going process. Mrs. Rachel Swanson, CLEF Technology Coordinator, is assisting our teachers with implementation and planning lessons. She plans to visit our building at least once per week to offer her expertise and willing heart.

In the near future, we will issue an addendum to our Acceptable Use Policy, to include expectations for proper Chromebook use. These forms must be signed and returned to school by Monday, November 6, when we launch. Any student who has not returned the form will not be allowed to use a Chromebook until we have parent-signed policy agreement.

Wednesday, November 15, is Chromebook Night for parents. Mrs. Swanson will be here from 6:30 to 7:30 to explain more about Chromebooks and, perhaps, even assist you with a project. If more than 25 families are represented, it may be necessary to share a device. All parents are invited and welcome.

In our Lutheran School, we are concerned with Christian Digital Citizenship. The technology and the Internet are wonderful blessings, but only when used with Christian integrity.  May our use of the Internet and all technology be God-pleasing.

Now, our students have access to two electronic devices, i-Pads and Chromebooks. These are sensational learning resources, offering magnificent opportunities for our children.

As we receive such a wonderful gift, join us in thankfulness to God and CLEF. We are overwhelmed by such kindness and generosity. The donors and the Foundation Board are doing anything and everything possible to support quality and excellence in our Lutheran school. Thanks, and thanks again, CLEF. May God be praised!

Veterans’ Day – The VFW invited Gloria Dei students to celebrate Veterans’ Day Monday, November 13, with a trip to the hall at Archer and Luna. This is a walking field trip (permission for walking field trips given on emergency forms).  We will leave the building at 10:30, arriving just before festivities begin. In addition to a patriotic program, the VFW is serving a free lunch to everyone.

PraxiSchool – Making your payments is now a breeze! Through the parent portal, it is now possible to do financial transactions on-line. The platform is named Bluefin. It is totally secure. Anyone who has not yet been on PraxiSchool or the parent portal will need a new password. Simply contact Mrs. Blecha, and she will be glad to assist you.

Service to Others – In an effort to teach children the importance of giving, our school will be involved in a Christmas project. Instead of giving or receiving gifts amongst ourselves, we are going to make fleece blankets for Phil’s Friends, an organization bringing hope and support to cancer patients. We are asking each family to make at least one of these fleece blankets, constructed according to the enclosed, easy-to-follow instructions. We ask that all blankets are brought to school on or before Monday, December 11. Wednesday, December 13, we will celebrate Blankets of Blessings, as the blankets are displayed and we pray for those warmed by God’s loving care, and the blankets we offer, while also bringing gratitude for the opportunity to give. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

Offering Envelopes – Today, you will receive offering envelopes for Chapel. Please use these for your child’s Wednesday offering.

Fitness Friday – Students are invited to wear exercise clothing tomorrow, as they will be engaged in physical activity at the end of the day.

You’re Invited – Fun awaits all those attending the Hallelujah Party tomorrow evening from 6:00 to 8:00. The school will supply soda and a DJ. Each family is asked to bring an appetizer to share. Want to wear a costume? Great! Word is prizes await the best costumes.

Yummy! – It’s tonight. Just think. Supper at Wendy’s! Mrs. Terrell is treating all students coming into the restaurant a free Frosty.

Young Authors –  Story ideas are due Monday, October 30.

Hope You Can Make It – Thursday, November 2, is Parents at Lunch. All parents are invited.

SCHOOL CHORUS – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 – STUDENTS ARRIVE BY 9:15 – BRUNCH TO FOLLOW

Looking Ahead:

October 26 – Wendy’s Fundraiser
October 27 – Fitness Friday; Hallelujah Party
October 29 – Reformation Sunday – School Chorus sings at 9:30; Brunch to Follow
October 31 – REFORMATION DAY; Candy Grams Delivered
November 1 – Parents at Lunch – Noon
November 3 – End of First Quarter; Just Jeans; Young Authors Progress Check – Due: Beginning, Middle, End Sentences and Beginning to Middle Text
November 13 – Veterans’ Day Celebration; Science League
November 14 – Picture Retakes; PTL Pizza
 

 

Scoop 8

Our Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family

 October Health Theme:  Airing It Out

Respiratory Care- Asthma, Allergies, Smoke Free Environments

Volume 13 Issue 8                                        Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                     October 19, 2017

From God’s Word – “Rejoice” is an oft-used word in Scripture. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!” “Rejoice with those who rejoice.” “This is a day the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” It’s easy to have gladness of heart when things are going well. No problem there. But, the Bible instructs to have joy in all circumstances. How is that even possible when the consequences of life rest on our doorstep? We experience reversals, an unwanted health diagnosis, broken relationships, and even death itself.  We make things worse when we cooperate with sin in thoughts, words, and actions. Rejoice? Really? In our broken world, sin manifests itself in our hearts, words and actions. Even when Satan has done his worst and we are anguished and heartsick, as God’s people, we can live with fullness of joy. Our righteousness is through faith in Christ alone. Life’s troubles pale by comparison to knowing Him whose worth shines more brightly than all else. Life can be mundane and boring. We even suffer with troubles. No worries. Be of good cheer. Jesus is ours! He is all that matters. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

State Recognition – We are pleased to announce we have been notified by the Illinois State Board of Education that Gloria Dei Lutheran School is once again achieved State Recognition status. This means our school meets all State of Illinois requirements for curriculum, policy, health, safety, and other professional requirements. When the certificate arrives, it will be displayed in the school office.

Curriculum Fair – Our 2017-2018 Curriculum Fair will emphasize writing with a Young Authors’ event. We are asking all students to write a children’s story book. Tomorrow, we will meet with students to discuss our plans and answer questions. All materials will be contained within a purple folder labeled with each student’s name. Look for the folder and all the information. You should see it tomorrow. We are hoping this writing experience will be a fun and meaningful activity for students. Reserve the date of the fair, Thursday, January 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. More details will follow.

R.S.V.P. – Contained in today’s folder is a response form to let us know your child’s participation to sing for 9:30 worship Reformation Sunday, October 29. Students are asked to be at school by 9:15 for warm-up and preparation. School uniforms will be worn that day. A brunch will take place following the service. A freewill offering will be taken, and proceeds will be used to support the Walcamp experience for our fifth and sixth grades. To aid in planning, please indicate your intention to attend on the same form.

Tomorrow – It will be a busy day!

  • Chicago Care Van is available for anyone wishing services.
  • It is also Just Jeans Day. Anyone wishing to participate may do so for $1.00. Proceeds will support the seventh and eighth grade spring trip. This a uniform day for those not wishing to participate.
  • And, last but never least, tomorrow is the deadline for ordering taffy apples.

Vision/Hearing Screening – Tuesday and Wednesday, the CLEF nurse, Dr. Pat Braun, will be with us for vision and hearing screening. Students in junior kindergarten, kindergarten, second grade, and eight grade will have their eyes checked. Hearing screening will take place for junior kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second and third grade. All new students are included in both screenings, as well as any student referred by a parent or teacher.

Hallelujah Party – Plan now to attend the Hallelujah Party Friday evening, October 27, from 6:00 to 8:00. All parents and families are invited. Everyone needs to bring an appetizer to share, and PTL will supply the soda and DJ. Come in costume, if you desire. All are sure to enjoy costume judging.  Who knows? Maybe you will win! Freewill donation will be taken at the door.

You’re Invited – Don’t forget about eating lunch with your child next Thursday. We enjoy watching these sweet family reunions the first Thursday of each month. See you then and there!

From Mrs. Terrell – It is a blessing to be in classrooms so often to observe learning in action. This year, Mrs. Stoeckicht is our faculty representative to a CLEF-sponsored literacy program emphasizing writing. About every other week, she attends classes and collaborates with other professionals to develop writing strategies and activities. Classroom highlights include:

  • Struve’s class made applesauce and then wrote a book about their experience. Students take turns reading the book at home.
  • Kamman’s class reviewed for a social studies test by participating in a nifty game of “Jeopardy.” Talk about excitement! In the final round, Sam’s team made a strong wager and won with the right answer.
  • Next week, the CLEF nurse, Dr. Pat Braun, will teach CPR to our seventh and eighth graders. At the end of the course, we’ll have CPR-certified students!

Looking Ahead:

October 24-25 – Vision/Hearing Screening
October 26 – Upper Grades CPR Class; Wendy’s Fundraiser
October 27 – Fitness Friday; Storybook Idea is due; Hallelujah Party
October 29 – Reformation Sunday – School Chorus sings at 9:30; Brunch to Follow
October 30 – Students begin writing the text of Children’s Storybook
October 31 – Candy Grams Delivered
November 1 – Cookie Wednesday
November 2 – Parents at Lunch
November 3 – End of First Quarter; Just Jeans Day

Scoop 7

Our Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family

October Health Theme:  Airing It Out

Respiratory Care- Asthma, Allergies, Smoke Free Environments

Volume 13 Issue 7                                        Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                      October 12, 2017

From God’s Word – Totally what is God’s problem? Everything takes so long. In the backdrop of our microwave, impulsive culture, it is easy to think God is just plain slow. Actually, He isn’t dawdling. He is patient. Consider His forbearance with the Children of Israel, who roamed around the wilderness for 40 years in search of the Promised Land. He could have written them off in a nanosecond because of their idolatry and lack of trust in Him. Yet, He was consistent in presence and provision, always waiting for repentance, met with the surety of His mercy. Insolent and self-centered, we are just like the Children of Israel, thinking we know more than God. Rebellious to the core, w e meander off into our own wasteland of sin, doing just as we please. We deserve to be forgotten by God. Yet, instead of quickly casting us aside, He awaits our repentance that He may forgive. Go to Him. He is patient. He bears long with us that we may know His grace and live with Him eternally. It is a blessing He is slow! He is going for the end game. “The Lord is now slow to fulfill His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. Count the patience of our Lord as salvation.”  2 Peter 3:9 and15

Smiles Required – Tuesday, October 17, is Picture Day. This is a non-uniform day when students may wear the clothing they wish for their photograph. The school requires all dress is appropriate to our Christian learning environment. Picture order forms are included in today’s folder. Payment is due when the picture is taken. Retakes are November 14.

No-Yoga Tuesday – Because of dressing up and special hair styling, yoga class will not be conducted Picture Day.

Early Dismissal – Tomorrow is professional development for teachers. Students will be dismissed at noon. After Care services will not be provided.

Just a Reminder – Be sure to turn in taffy apple and candy gram orders.

Save the Dates –       Friday, October 27 – Hallelujah Family Party 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 29 – 9:30 – Students Sing for Worship, 9:30 a.m.;
Brunch to Follow

Gym Wear – Orders will be placed Monday, October 16. Better hurry!

Memorial – Anyone wishing to remember Mrs. Smith is invited to donate to a statue of St. Michael, which now resides in our sanctuary. It was her desire to place this statue in commemoration of her son, Michael, who went home to heaven in January, 2016. Makes checks payable to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Pumpkin Fun! – Congressman Dan Lipinski and Alderman Mike Zalewski announced this year’s Pumpkin Jamboree Parade will kick off Saturday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. The parade will start at Archer and Nordica, travel east on Archer to 55th Street, head east to Merrimac, and turn south to the end of the route at Wentworth Park. The parade will feature entries from local businesses, fire departments, civic organizations, and marching bands. Be sure to follow the parade to Wentworth Park for costume judging, music, free hot dogs, refreshments, and special treats. All are invited.

From Mrs. Terrell – There’s lots of learning going on in classrooms. This week, teachers implemented our e-Spark program. Students are assigned individual apps, based on MAP Test scores. Students are furnished with i-Pads to do their work independently. We are pleased to provide this opportunity for personalized learning. Here are quality moments from classes:

  • When interviewed, a fifth grader said, “Miss Gulbrandsen makes sure we understand.”
  • Using real-life examples, Mr. P. makes math fun, understandable, challenging.
  • Let’s compare numbers! Mrs. Struve is busy teaching such important math concepts as “greater than” and “less than.”

Looking Ahead:
October 13 – Professional Development – NOON DISMISSAL
October 17 – Fall Pictures
October 19 – PTL English Muffin Pizza; Walther Open House @ 7:00 p.m.
October 20 – Chicago Care Van (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); Just Jeans Day
October 24-25 – Vision/Hearing Screening
October 26 – Wendy’s Fundraiser
October 27 – Fitness Friday; Hallelujah Party
October 29 – Reformation Sunday – School Chorus sings at 9:30; Brunch to Follow
October 31 – Candy Grams Delivered

 

Scoop 6

Our Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family

October Health Theme:  Airing It Out

Respiratory Care- Asthma, Allergies, Smoke Free Environments

Volume 13 Issue 6                                                                  Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                                  October 5, 2017

From God’s Word – God strikes our hearts with the thunderbolt of the law that we may know our sin. His love doesn’t leave us crumbled and broken. Rather, He refreshes and renews us with His words of forgiveness in the gospel. “But God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8 Albeit we are dead in trespasses and sin, God reconciled us to Himself through Christ. So, we have these two great messages in Scripture: Law and Gospel. Law convicts us of sin and brings us to repentance. Gospel tells us what God has done for us and creates a living faith. Both Law and Gospel are essential. One part needs the other. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

October 5 – Did you know today is Take Your Bible to School day? What a blessing is ours that we don’t have to wait for a special day. The Bible is present at Gloria Dei all the time, each day!  As a matter of fact, it doesn’t just stay on the shelf. On a daily basis, we read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest what God has to say to us. The powerful Word of God is our daily diet. Let us rejoice in this rich gift of the Bible and its ready-availability to us. “For what was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:14

Mama Mia!  – We’d like to thank the students and parents who made Friday’s Spaghetti Dinner a success. These hardworking folks are Zachary and Kristen; Richard and Deann; CeCe and Sarah; Serenity and Heather; Jaden and Delia; Dylan and Brenda;  Marlene and Mari; Aaron, Art and Delia; D’Angelo and Jason;  Daniel; Sunny; and Christopher. Nice work, everyone.

Couldn’t Do It Without You – We are pleased our students could travel to the site of Feed My Starving Children to help others in need. “Through love, serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 We are especially grateful to parents and adults who assisted with the project: Deb Sikora, Sarah Gauna, Victoria Weiting, Deb Preus, Elvita Rodriguez, Jen Madden, Lynda Montanera, Mrs. Blecha, Mrs. Kamman, Miss Gulbrandsen, and Mr. Przybylski. “For I was hungry, and you gave me food.” Matthew 25:35

Water Testing – In compliance with Public Act 99-0922, Gloria Dei tested for lead contamination in water. Samples were collected from kitchen faucets and drinking fountains. The samples were tested by Suburban Laboratories in Oak Brook, an approved lab recommended by the State of Illinois.  Attached is a letter explaining the test results in each location. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Terrell through the school office.

Memorials for Mrs. Smith – Anyone wishing to donate a memorial in loving memory of Mrs. Smith may make a contribution toward the St. Michael statue, given in memory of her son, Michael. Make checks payable to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

From Mrs. Terrell – What a blessing it is to walk into the classrooms and observe your children learning. That’s what happens in our great school…student growth through leadership from the teachers!

  • Przybylski teaches math concepts and then challenges students to use and apply their knowledge.
  • Taking a test is not that easy. Mrs. Stoeckichet is teaching test-taking skills to her students…things like keeping the place, writing clearly, thinking, keeping eyes away from the work of others.
  • Miss Gulbrandsen’s classroom is the perfect setting for learning…clean, tidy, organized, and welcoming.

Looking Ahead:

October 6 – Mrs. Smith’s Memorial Service – NO SCHOOL
October 9 – Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
October 10 – PTL Pizza
October 13 – Professional Development – NOON DISMISSAL
October 17 – Fall Pictures
October 19 – PTL English Muffin Pizza; Walther Open House @ 7:00 a.m.
October 20 – Chicago Care Van (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); Just Jeans Day
October 24-25 – Vision/Hearing Screening
October 26 – Wendy’s Fundraiser
October 27 – Fitness Friday; Hallelujah Party
October 29 – Reformation Sunday – School Chorus sings at 9:30; Brunch to Follow
October 31 – Candy Grams Delivered

 

 

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Volume 13 Issue 4                                                  Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                                  September 21, 2017

From God’s Word – Surely the Bible is just like any other book—pages filled with words and information. Merely read it, see what to say, and back on the shelf it goes.  Absolutely not! The Bible is different from any other book. It is God’s divinely-inspired Word. Therefore, Scripture is alive with the Holy Spirit’s work of faith. The Bible is God’s action, breaking down our stone-cold wall of sin and bringing health to the wounds inflicted with Satan’s destruction. Scripture pricks the heart with its Law, in order to inscribe its saving Gospel. The Bible isn’t dormant. Full of zip, it is God’s energy, actively pointing us toward heaven. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Welcome – We are pleased to welcome Sam Hollandsworth to our Gloria Dei family. He is a new student in third grade. We look forward to getting to know him as he joins our learning community, developing his talents and mind to the glory of God.

This Friday – Don’t forget tomorrow’s Walk-A-Thon. Because of the predicted summer-like temperature, students are welcome to wear knee-length pants and an appropriate t-shirt. Otherwise, school uniforms are to be worn. Make sure your Walk-A-Thon form is turned in at the office by Friday morning. Everyone will walk during the morning. All participants will be treated to a hot dog lunch.

Next Friday – In keeping with our Health and Fitness goal, Friday, September 29, is Fitness Friday. At the end of the day, students will gather for movement and fitness activities. Afterward, everyone will enjoy a piece of fruit. Students are invited to wear their gym uniform that day. Otherwise, school uniforms are to be worn.

Spaghetti Dinner – Plan to attend the Spaghetti Dinner Friday, September 29, from 4:00 to 6:30. Proceeds from the dinner will be given to seventh and eighth graders to help defray the cost of the spring trip to Washington, D. C.

Bake Sale – Included with the Spaghetti Dinner is a Bake Sale. Please consider baking your specialty, or whatever you’d like to share, and donate it for sale. All proceeds are a donation to support PTL.

You Are Needed – Help! Extra hands are needed to assist with facilitating our yoga program, as well as making sure the mats are cleaned after the children go back to class. You would need to be on-hand for about an hour, Tuesday mornings, from 9:15 to 10:15. Anyone wishing to help out, please contact Mrs. Terrell through the school office.

MAP Test – We are thrilled with your attention to make sure your child (ren) were present and prepared for MAP testing. However, we have been unable to administer the test according to the announced schedule because NWEA, the provider of the test, is having technical difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience and will give the test just as soon as the problems are corrected.

Toy Drive Captain – One of the activities for our school’s Christian Love goal involves eliminating our customary Christmas gift exchange. Instead of receiving gifts, students will donate toys for children in need. We are looking for a volunteer to plan and facilitate the toy drive. If you would like to be involved in this capacity, please contact Mrs. Terrell through the school office. We would love hearing from you.

You Can Help – You have to eat anyway. Why not pick up supper at Wendy’s? Gloria Dei PTL receives 5 percent of all sales between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28. Mrs. Terrell is treating Gloria Dei students eating inside the restaurant during those times to a small Frosty. See you at Archer and Laramie for some tasty treats.

Just a Reminder – The Popcorn Sale ends Friday, September 29.

Looking Ahead:

September 21 – PTL Nachos
September 22 – Walk-a-Thon; Hot Dog Lunch for Participants
September 28 – Wendy’s Fundraiser
September 29 – Fitness Friday; Spaghetti Dinner 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
October 2 – Science League
October 3 – 3-8 Feed My Starving Children
October 5 – Parents at Lunch
October 9 – Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL

 

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Our Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family

September Health Theme:  A Clean Start

Volume 13 Issue 3                                       Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                 September 14, 2017

From God’s Word – So, why was the Bible written? The Old Testament, the first 39 books of the Bible, point to Christ through history, poetry, prophets, and the revelation of the Law. The New Testament, the last 27 books of the Bible, begin with Christ, recounting His life, death, resurrection, and ascension, as well as tracing the development of the early Christian Church. So, Scripture answers our question. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “…but these things were written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:31

Thank You – Monday, we enjoyed a presentation of “Robin Hood,” a production of the Windy City Players. We are grateful to PTL for providing this wonderful experience for the students. A special round of applause goes to audience participants, Noah Rodriguez, Jude Diaz, Emily Sikora, Jake Wachholz, Elora Hiatt, Sienna Soto, and Viona Corona, and Mrs. Kamman. Nice work, everyone.

Another Thank You – Already, we enjoy the use of yellow blockers provided by Alderman Zalewski. These barriers help keep us safe. This week, Alderman Burke’s office delivered green blockers which we will use for added protection. Thank you, City of Chicago, for making our safety your priority.

MAP Testing – We begin administering the MAP Test Monday, September 18. MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) measures growth, and is a snapshot in time of where a child stands on the learning continuum. For your convenience, a schedule of the testing schedule is included. Attendance on testing day is important, so make every effort to be sure your child is in school. Your child should also arrive at school on time and have plenty of rest the night before. A nutritious breakfast and a healthy lunch are also valuable components of an effective testing experience. If your child wears eyeglasses, please make sure he/she wears them to school the day of the test.

D.A.R.E. – Today, we welcome back Officer Perez, as he begins a curriculum Drug Abuse Resistance Education and Gang Awareness for students in fifth through eighth grade. Students will remember him from the winter of 2016 when he was with us, teaching the same programs. The opportunity to learn skills for resisting temptation and making good choices is a blessing. Thank you, Office Perez, the Chicago Police Department.

Reminder – Monday, September 18, is the deadline for submitting permission slips and lunch money for our October 3 trip to Feed my Starving Children. Please refer to last week’s “Scoop” for details.

After Care – This year, we are pleased to enjoy the services of our After Care facilitators, Mrs. Deb Sikora (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) and Mrs. Rosa Guerreo (Thursday and Friday). If, for any reason, you need to communicate with either of them after 3:00 p.m., please do so using this number: 773.484.6115.

It’s That Time – You will find gym uniform order forms in today’s folder. Samples will be available in the office Friday, should you have any questions about size.  Once the gym wear comes in, students will only be allowed to wear Gloria Dei Sweatshirts in the classrooms.

Walk-A-Thon – Don’t forget to turn in your sheets to participation in the September 22 Walk-A Thon.  Menu change All participants will be treated to a free hot dog lunch.

Popcorn Sale – Sell! Sell! Pass the catalog around to friends and family. The sale ends September 29.

Tomorrow – Don’t forget our very first Just Jeans Day. Jeans. Appropriate t-shirt. $1. Proceeds will help defray the costs of the upper grades’ spring trip to Washington, D. C. Students not wishing to participate in wearing jeans will wear their regular uniform.

Looking Ahead:  

September 15 – Just Jeans Day
September 18 – MAP Testing Begins
September 21 – PTL Nachos
September 22 – Walk-a-Thon
September 28 – Wendy’s Fundraiser
September 29 – Fitness Friday; Spaghetti Dinner 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Map Testing Schedule

Kindergarten:  Thursday, September 21 at 9 am and Monday, September 25 at 9 am

Grades 1 & 2:    Monday, September 18 at 9 am and Tuesday, September 19 at 9 am and Monday, September 25 at 1 pm (grade 2 only)

Grades 3 & 4:   Monday, September 18 at 10:30 am, Tuesday, September 19 at 1 pm and Thursday, September 21 at 1 pm

Grades 5 -8:      Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 am, Wednesday, September 20 at 10:30 am and Thursday, September 21 at 10:30 am

 

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God’s Enduring Word
“The Word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:25

Our Promise: Fostering a firm foundation in faith, future, and family

September Health Theme:  A Clean Start

Volume 13 Issue 2                                       Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                                                  September 7, 2017

From God’s Word – So, where did the Bible come from? Did people just make it up out of their heads? Or, did a group of people sit down together and decide what to write? Absolutely not! The Bible came from God. The Scriptures are of divine origin, as the Holy Spirit personally inspired each of the authors to write the words God gave them. The Bible is God-breathed, and as such, is immutable and will remain true and right altogether. Therefore, Scripture is completely trustworthy and is to be believed upon in full measure. Go ahead. Read the Bible and cling to it. It is God’s inspired message to you, giving testimony of Christ, and showing the way of salvation. “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along to the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21

Welcome – We are pleased to welcome new student, Daniel Alcazar, to seventh grade. Last week, we welcomed his young brother, Nathan, to junior kindergarten. What a blessing to receive two brothers into our Gloria Dei Family.

Don’t Forget – Tomorrow, Friday, is noon dismissal. Teachers have of professional development.

Yummy! – It will be good. Slice Factory. Pizza lunch. It will be here Tuesday. It will be good. No! It will be great. Be sure to turn in your form, if you wish to participate.

PTL Meeting – Plan now to attend Wednesday’s PTL Meeting.  Bring your favorite dish to the potluck meal, beginning at 6:00. The business portion of the evening will begin at 7:00, and will include a presentation of this year’s school goals. Come one, come all!

Popcorn Sale – This year, we are replacing the catalog fundraiser with a popcorn sale. We will receive 50 percent of the profits, so be sure to share the booklet with friends and family.

School Picnic – If you have not made your reservation for Sunday’s picnic at Bedford Park, please do so.  Drop your form in the school office. Bring a dish to share and soft drinks. PTL will provide the chicken.

Walkathon – Enclosed in today’s folder is registration for Walkathon participation on September 22. Those participants will receive pizza for lunch that day.

Dental Clinic – A free children’s dental exam is available to Gloria Dei students Thursday, September 14. If you are interested in this service, make sure to complete the forms you received earlier and turn them to the office as soon as possible.

Just Jeans – New this year is Just Jeans Day, a day set aside periodically for just  that…wearing jeans. For a dollar, students may wear jeans with an appropriate t-shirt or sweatshirt. Proceeds will help defray the seventh and eighth grade trip to Washington D. C. Students not wishing to participate are required to wear a uniform. Mark your calendar. Our first Just Jeans is Friday, September 15.

Feed My Starving Children – In today’s folder, you will find a field trip permission slip. In conjunction with one of our school goals, students in third through eighth grade will make a trip to Feed My Starving Children. Located in Aurora, this is a group facilitating a service project in which students assemble bags of dried food sent nations in poverty. We need nine adults to accompany trip, as well as parents who can provide transportation. After the project is completed, we will stop at Golden Corral for lunch. The price of lunch is $7 for students and $12 for adults. Please complete the enclosed form, indicating permission (if you choose to do so), and whether or not you are able to accompany the group. Money for lunch must be submitted with the completed permission slip.

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Looking Ahead:
September 10 – School Picnic – Bedford Park, 11:30 to 3:00
September 11 – Windy City Players, 10:45
September 12 – Dental Health Education (Jr.K – 4th Grade); Pizza Lunch
September 13 – PTL Potluck and Meeting
September 14 – Children’s Dental Clinic
September 15 – Just Jeans Day
September 18 – MAP Testing Begins
September 21 – PTL Nachos
September 22 – Walk-a-Thon