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

 

 

Scoop 4

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

 

Scoop 3

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

 

Scoop 2

 

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
 

 

The Scoop 1

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 1                                           Virginia I. Terrell, Principal                                August 31, 2017

From God’s Word – These days, our cell phones are equipped with a flashlight. When in darkness, grab the phone; turn on the flashlight, and voile! There shine the beams to illumine that which needs to be seen. Notice, though, the entire area doesn’t light up, but only that place where the flashlight is directed. That’s how God’s Word is. In this darkened world, the beams of Scripture light our path, where we are right now. Our gloomy, sinful hearts tell us to know all and see all right this very minute. That’s not how God works. He wants our trust. Therefore, He lights only where we are right now and requires we have faith in His plans. Take what you need for the day. Scripture shows you the way. Its eternal truth lights the path to heaven. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

Welcome – We are pleased to welcome new members of our Gloria Dei Family. They are Maison Soto, Nathan Alcazar, and Stella Arroyo in junior kindergarten; Emily Baker in kindergarten; Jude Diaz and Joshua Scuito in third grade; Leila Diaz in fourth grade; Hayden Scuito in fifth grade, and Hannah Scuito in sixth grade.

About the SCOOPEvery Thursday your child will bring home a folder that we call the SCOOP.  This folder has two sides marked Return to School and the other one Keep at Home.  Also, please make sure that you sign the back page with Church Attendance and return this SCOOP folder to school every Friday.  If your child does not bring back his/her folder you will be charged $5.00 for a replacement.

ESV BiblesAt yesterdays Chapel our third grade class received their ESV Bibles as a gift from the Board of Christian Education.  Congratulations to: Jude Diaz, Mackenzie Harden, Arabella Jaime and Joshua Scuito.

Chapel OfferingsAgain this year, our Chapel offerings will support a missionary, Rev. Ryan McDermott, who ministers to people in West Africa. He works in a tribe whose inhabitants are mostly deaf. In addition to knowing their language, he also communicates with the people using sign language. To find out more about him, go to lcms.org/mcdermott.

Take ‘Em – We have a goodly number of yard signs just waiting to go in your yard. Currently, they are under our Gloria Dei trees. Take ever how many you need to post in your yard. Help us advertise our great school.

Special Days – Look at the calendar, you’ll see some new kinds of “days” listed. One is “Just Jeans.” On this day, for just $1, a student is invited to wear jeans and an appropriate t-shirt or sweat shirt. The proceeds will support the seventh and eighth grade trip to Washington, D. C. Students choosing not to participate will wear regular uniform clothing. “Fitness Friday” is scheduled for the purpose of physical activity…games, relays, other doings related to motion and fitness. Whenever Fitness Friday is scheduled, students are invited to wear their exercise clothing. Students choosing not to wear exercise clothing will wear regular uniform clothing.

PTL Craft Fair – Currently, we are looking for vendors to participate in the Craft Fair, Saturday, November 18. The price of a table is $25. Spread the word among family and friends to see if anyone is interested in participating. For further information, contact the school office, 773-581-5259.

Dental Clinic – We are pleased to once again offer a free children’s dental clinic, scheduled for September 14. You received registration forms in the summer mailing. More available through the school office, should have misplaced yours.  The deadline for turning in the completed forms is Friday, September 8. We are grateful to the provider of this wonderful service, Children’s Clinic of Oak Park/River Forest.

Coming Soon – MAP Tests are scheduled to begin Monday, September 18. The testing window will end Friday, September 29. Soon, we will distribute a completed schedule so you will know when your child is being tested.

Health and Fitness – One of our school goals for the year is increasing student time for structured movement activities. We have some fun things in the works to make motion and physical fitness a reality for kids. The CLEF nurse, Pat Braun, hopes to use Gloria Dei as a pilot program and track our progress from now through the end of the school year. She will be here Thursday, September 7 to do a Body Mass Index for each student. This will involve taking weight and height measurements. Another BMI will be taken at the end of the year. All information is confidential. If you do not wish your child to participate, please let contact the school office, and your child will be excluded from the nurse’s measurements.

You Can Help Here’s how. Use Amazon Smile! It’s easy. Go to this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch36-2526029. Bookmark it, and all eligible purchases will benefit our school. We receive 0.5% of everything purchased in this way. Tell your family and friends. They can help us, too!

Enclosures – Please take note of the many enclosures in this week’s folder. Please complete and return all forms to the school office.  Lots to see! Our school is busy.

Looking Ahead:
September 4 – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
September 7 – BMI Index; Parents @ Lunch – Noon; Popcorn Sale Begins
September 10 – School Picnic – 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

The Scoop

The Scoop


From God’s Word –
Look down the road! Someone is coming. Who is it? He must be important, because people are shouting and throwing the victory palm branch into the road. “Hosanna!” they are crying. “Save us, or we will perish. Blessed is He who comes.” With the people of Jerusalem, we welcome this King, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is none other than the King of kings and Lord of lords. Today, He is riding triumphantly. Next, He will be betrayed, tortured, humiliated, and crucified, sufficiently completing salvation, once for all. His glorious resurrection assures us of life eternal. The Jerusalem crowd recognized and identified the Victor King. They cried to Him for mercy. We join them in shouting our Hosanna pleas. He rode into our hearts with His love, through His grace bringing forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. “And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!'” Mark 11:9

Student Art Today, each family will receive a copy of an artistic representation of “The Lamb,” the hymn students are singing Sunday. The hymn is based on passages from Revelation 5. Through her art, seventh grader, Cecilia Lopez, has perfectly depicted the text with all its wonderful meaning. Thank you, CeCe for sharing your art and your heart with us. We will certainly enjoy your work as well and learn its message. “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” Revelation 5

Thank You We would like to give Jim and Jennifer Spalla a big thank you for their hard work in cleaning the vent unit over the stove in the kitchen. It looks brand new.

Mark Your Calendar No chapel on Wednesday, April 12. Students are to wear their chapel clothes on Thursday, April 13.

Report Cards Enclosed is your child’s Report Card for the Third Quarter for grades K through 8. If you would like to have a conference with hyour child’s teacher, please call the school office to set up an appointment. Honor Roll/Perfect Attendance/High Five awards will be given out at Chapel on Wednesday, April 26.

Registration Packets Be sure to return your Registration forms with payment of $50 back to the school office by Thursday, April 13. Those students that register by April 13 will be treated to a special outing before school lets out in June.

Holy Week Reminders –

  • Palm Sunday, April 9 – Children sing for worship, 9:30am; pancake breakfast immediately following; PTL Bake Sale
  • Tuesday, April 11 – PTL pizza lunch
  • Wednesday, April 12 – No chapel (regular uniforms)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 13 – Chapel service (chapel dress); early dismissal at noon; Easter Break begins (classes resume Monday, April 24).

Pancake Breakfast You’re invited to join us for the Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast immediately following worship that morning. A freewill offering will be received. The proceeds will benefit the fifth and sixth grade trip to Walcamp in May. Special assistance is requested from fifth and sixth grade students and parents. Come have your child’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Also, the PTL is having a Bake Sale and are requesting that each family donate 2 homemade baked items to sell. Baked goods can be dropped off before church.

May Hot Lunch – Enclosed is the last Hot Lunch Menu for the 2017-2018 school year. All menus with payment are due back by Thursday, April 13.

Looking Ahead –

  • April 9 – Palm Sunday; Children Sing; Pancake Breakfast; PTL Bake Sale
  • April 11 – PTL Pizza
  • April 13 – May-June Hot Lunch forms due back to school office
  • April 13 – Maundy Thursday; noon dismissal; Easter Break begins
  • April 26 – Honor Roll/Perfect Attendance/High Five Certificates will be handed out after Chapel
  • April 27 – Wendy’s Benefit Night 3:30-6:30pm
  • April 28 – Free T-shirt Day $1

This will be the last Scoop until we come back from Easter Break.

The faculty and staff would like to wish each and every family A Blessed Easter!

You are welcome to join us for the following services

April 13 – Maundy Thursday Service 9:30am or 7:00pm
April 14 – Good Friday Service 7:00pm
April 16 – Resurrection of our Lord Divine Service 9:30am