Volume 13, Issue 16 Virginia I. Terrell, Principal January 11, 2018
From God’s Word – Now that the anticipated December celebrations are history, it is easy to wonder where the joy is. Gloomy weather surrounds us. The lights and tinsel have departed. Parties and excitement of gifts are faint memories. If our joy dependent on merely the optics of the season past, sorrow would ensue. Our delight is in the true gift of Jesus, God’s constant treasure for us at all times. As the days of 2018 unfold, we will experience God’s blessings as well as the trials and adversities that accompany our fallen world. Whatever the circumstance or how far we are from the Christmas manger, we carry the delight of the Christ, who took human form, becoming like us that we might be like Him. “See what manner of love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God.” 1 John 3:1
Great Job! – Thank you so much for your support of our Advent Service. We are honored for the opportunity to share the message of salvation spoken and sung in the voices of children.
Thank You – Your 45 fleece blankets were delivered to Phil’s Friends. The people there were excited and grateful for your efforts and generosity. The blankets were truly beautiful and are sure to bring warmth and comfort to those needing care.
School Choice – The State of Illinois recently passed legislation to help defray the cost of private and parochial education. Implementation began January 2 for Empower Illinois: Illinois Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program (https://empowerillinois.org) Illinois taxpayers are invited to donate to the Scholarship Giving Organization (SGO) for a 75% tax benefit. The donations are occurring now, and the State has capped the donation level for parochial schools in Illinois at $75 million. Later in January, parents may apply for scholarship funds. , Those interested will need to supply information such as children’s birth certificates and tax documents relating to household income. The SGO will certify applicants, determine scholarship eligibility, and award the scholarship amount. For more information, go to the above Website. We will let you know more as the news comes to us!
MAP Testing – Our winter testing window for MAP testing begins Monday, January 15, extending through Wednesday, January 31. For your convenience the testing schedule is attached. For optimum testing results, we encourage children have plenty of rest and eat a nutritious breakfast. Students wearing eyeglasses should make sure to have them for the test.
National Lutheran Schools Week – During the week of January 21 Gloria Dei Lutheran School joins all other Lutheran schools in our country to celebrate God’s gifts to us through Lutheran education. At our school, this means special hoopla and activities each day, Sunday through Friday. The objective is to honor God for His gifts to us while also bringing some joy and excitement to our students. These are the activities of each day:
Sunday, January 21 – Students sing for Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Monday, January 22 – Pajama Day – Students may wear pajamas, robe, and slippers to school. Nothing revealing or flimsy is acceptable. Slippers may be worn inside the classroom, but shoes are required in all other areas of the building. Because of the attire of the day, we encourage students to bring a “blankie” or stuffed animal to use when we meet as a school for a half-hour reading period. Time spent in school that day in Sustained Silent Reading will be used for that day’s reading minutes.
Tuesday, January 23 – Dress Like a Friend Day
Wednesday, January 24 – Grandparents Day – Grandparents are invited to visit their little sweeties that day! They may join us for Chapel, beginning at 9:00, and then remain with their grandchild (ren) through lunch. We thank PTL for providing lunch for everyone. Students are dismissed after lunch. Students are to wear regular Chapel attire. (1:00 pm Dismissal – NO AFTER CARE)
Thursday, January 25 – Slipper Day –
Slip into a Book – Much like Monday, students may wear slippers at school, with the same rules as Monday. Another SSR period will be provided in the classroom, which will also serve as that day’s reading minutes.
Curriculum Fair – Young Authors – All writing products are to be completed and turned in. Time on Thursday will be spent to display the books and prepare for judging.
Student Appreciation Supper – All students are invited to join us for supper. They may remain after school with their teacher for homework, games, and relaxation. A pasta supper, with all the trimmings and a lot of joy, will be served at 5:00.
Young Authors Open House – All parents are invited to join us from 6:00 to 7:00 to view our children’s work product. Judging will be completed by that time, so come and see the results as well as our school’s family atmosphere.
Friday, January 26 – Student Appreciation Day – Favorite Sports Team Day – Students are invited to wear a T-shirt or sports jersey representing their favorite sports team. Students may wear jeans or sweatpants. We thank PTL for providing a special, fun activity for the students.
In all days of special dress, those students wishing not to participate must wear uniform clothing.
Wendy’s Night – Thank you for your past support of our Wendy’s fundraiser. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 18 for our next Gloria Dei Night. Don’t forget. There’s a free Frosty for those coming inside the restaurant to eat.
Sub Sandwiches – To help defray the cost of their spring trip, seventh and eighth grade are sponsoring a sub sandwich sale for Super Bowl Sunday. The order form is enclosed.