Volume 13, Issue 17 Virginia I. Terrell, Principal January 18, 2018
From God’s Word –God’s Word, guidance, protection, and mercy among us – Weekly Chapel – Daily instruction in God’s Word – Wonderful, smart, talented, and smiling children – Dedicated, talented and caring Lutheran teachers – Devoted and friendly support team – Partnership with Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation – Supportive and caring parents – Technology galore—Chrome books, iPads, Map Testing, e-Spark, SMART boards – Yoga – Prayers, Morning Meeting – Christ as our solid foundation. These are just some of the many blessings we celebrate during National Lutheran Schools Week. Thank you, parents, for the extreme blessing we have that you allow us to teach, care for, and love your children. We at Gloria Dei Lutheran School are grateful for this privilege. Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14
Congratulations! – We are pleased to announce a poem written by fourth grader, Noah Rodriguez, will soon be published in the Appelley Publishing 2017 Rising Stars Collection. He entered a poetry contest, submitting a winning poem, “Anger.” Soon, he will see his name in print as a published author. Way to go, Noah!
Singing Sunday – To kick of National Lutheran Schools Week, students will sing “Beautiful Savior” during 9:30 worship this Sunday. We are asking all students to report to their classrooms by 9:15. After the service, students will go back to their classrooms and wait for you. Students are to wear their regular Chapel clothing that day.
Grandparents Day – We look forward to greeting grandparents this coming Wednesday. They are invited to join us for 9:00 Chapel to worship with their grandchild. After Chapel, PTL will sponsor a coffee and goodies buffet on the lower level. Following the treats, parents may visit classrooms. We are grateful to PTL for providing lunch that day for everyone. Dismissal will be at 1:00.
Qualified Education Expense – Enclosed in today’s folder is your 2017 receipt for Qualified Education Expense. Please keep this information in a safe place, as it is important for your 2017 taxes.
Empower Illinois – Today’s folder contains more information about Empower Illinois, the new state scholarship program for children attending private/parochial schools. Be sure to take note of information from the Big Shoulders Fund that gives specific directions for how to apply.
PTL Fundraiser – Please see enclosed order forms for the candy sale that begins tomorrow, continuing through February 13. PTL receives 50% percent of all sales.
Be Mine! – Candy grams for Valentine’s Day are now on sale for $1. All sweet thoughts will be delivered February 14, Valentine’s Day.
Condolences – We ask your prayers for the family of Mr. Robert Miller, father of Mrs. Blecha, who went home to heaven this past Monday. A visitation and memorial service will be held at Gloria Dei Saturday afternoon, February 3. Visitation will be from 1:00 until the time of the service at 2:00. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Looking Ahead –
January 21 – Begin National Lutheran Schools Week; Students sing for 9:30 worship
January 22 – Pajama Day
January 23 – Dress Like a Friend Day
January 24 – Grandparents Day; Lunch; Early Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.
January 25 – Slipper Day; Judging for Young Authors – 3:30 to 5:00; Student Appreciation Supper; Young Authors Writing Fair Open House – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
January 26 – Student Appreciation Day; Sports Team Day; End of Second Quarter
Play an Instrument!
Did you consider joining band or strings at the beginning of the school year, but decided not to do so for one reason or another? It’s not too late to start, and this is a great time of year to do so! If you are interested in beginning a band or string instrument for the very first time, now is the time! No experience is necessary. If you played in past years and are looking to begin again, now is a great time to start once more. Please contact Ms. Bernier if you are interested or have any questions. To sign up, please contact her by January 29. She can be reached via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto: email@example.com) and she will provide you with all information necessary to sign up. Students in grades one through eight may sign up for strings, and fourth through eighth graders are eligible to sign up for band.