News & Notes

St. Philip Lutheran School - October 23, 2020

Act Justly...Love Mercy...Walk Humbly - Micah 6:8

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  • 10 a.m. Worship via Facebook Live


  • Commission on Education meets


  • Welcome Lois Stewart, Mission Facilitator of the Northern IL District


  • 9 a.m. 2nd-8th gr. Chapel
  • 9:30 a.m. Preschool-1st gr. Chapel


  • 1st quarter ends
  • 5:30 p.m. Socially Distant Trunk or Treat **If allowable by state, local, and CDC guidelines
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Thank You, Pastor Engel!

October is Pastor Appreciation month and we celebrate our pastor at St. Philip, Pastor Tom Engel. Our preschoolers surprised him with a homemade sign for his office door. In addition to serving our congregation, students see Pastor daily, whether he is greeting students and parents at the doors in the morning, teaching religion classes for Kindergarten through 8th grade, leading chapel services, or popping into classrooms to say hi. Pastor is also seen walking or jogging through the neighborhood. Of course, everyone knows his dog, C.C. Recently, one preschooler was disappointed he missed seeing Pastor during drop-off. The preschooler wanted to sing "This is the Day" to him. When Pastor heard about this he later popped into the preschool classroom to hear the song. Thank you, Pastor Engel, for all your love and care for St. Philp's school and congregation!
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"Sweet Fun" with Google Suite

Our 5th-8th grade students were sorting and graphing M&M's and Skittles this week during technology with Miss Maanum. Students created pie charts and bar graphs in Google sheets based on the number and color of candy. Students then imported the graphs into Google docs. They researched facts about the candy and added images to included with their research. Next week, the plan is to compare Google slides, Powerpoint, and Prezi.

Teachers are Learning, Too!

Last Friday, teachers met with Erika Jackson, the Director of Academic Excellence with the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF). Erika led a presentation on Applying Reports from MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing. Teachers reviewed the various reports and discussed how to best use the results to drive instruction and help our students set goals for growth.

Help Everyone Stay Safe and Remain in-Person

Next week marks the end of our 1st quarter...10 weeks of in-person instruction. In a 'regular' school year, that would seem like not such a big deal. However, in this pandemic, we KNOW it is a BIG DEAL! In school, we are doing our best to follow safety protocols and guidelines by wearing masks, washing hands, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing as much as possible. When you are out in the community or socializing in small groups outside your family, please consider the state, city, and CDC guidelines...wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands frequently. By working together we can all do our part to remain safe and in person for instruction. Thank you for doing your part! Every Student, Every Day!
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Mark Your Calendars!

October 30 is the end of the first quarter of the school year. Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 5-6. Conferences will be held virtually with your child's teacher(s). Teachers will contact families to schedule a time to meet. Please note, we have a 2 p.m. dismissal on Thursday, November 5. Extended care is available until 6 p.m. for our students who regularly attend. There will NOT be school or extended care available on Friday, November 6.

Also, note, school or extended care will NOT be in session on Monday, November 9 in observance of Veteran's Day. Enjoy the long weekend.

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A message from our Director of Marketing & Enrollment - Mrs. Bateman

I wanted to take just a moment to thank you all for your participation in our Boots & Bling auction. It's been amazing to see the number of donations, hours spent by our auction committee, and all the bidding by our families, friends, and supporters. We are truly blessed at St. Philip!

As of now, we are hoping to be able to hold our Trunk or Treat next Friday. Should we need to cancel due to guideline changes, an email will be sent out to all of those who registered on Signup Genius.

Enrollment at St. Philip continues to grow, as we will welcome two new students (a 1st grader and a 2nd grader) at the start of the 2nd quarter! While a few of our classes are almost full for this year, we are still accepting applications and giving tours. Do you know of a family that might be a good fit for St. Philip? It's never too late to join the St. Philip family! We'd love for you to share your St. Philip experience with others!

Be sure to like our Facebook page to see all the exciting things we have going on and reference our website when you are in need of information such as dates, links to our tuition management website, and our church Facebook stream.


Chapel Offering

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We gather each Wednesday for Chapel. During this time a leader shares a message based on a Bible reading. Our chapel service also includes collecting an offering. The offerings will be given to various organizations throughout the year. Currently, we are supporting Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child collects shoe box sized gifts and delivers them to children around the world to share God's love. For many children, this is their first experience with receiving a gift. This year, due to health and safety concerns, we are collecting monetary donations rather than our families bringing in items for the shoe boxes. Our goal is to collect at least $300.00 for Operation Christmas Child.

Offerings to date: $398.43!!! We surpassed our goal of $300!!!! Can we increase our offering amount to $500.00? We have one week left to meet our new goal.


Each morning our staff gathers for devotions. During this time we pray for things on our hearts and minds. We pray for the success of our online auction. We offer a prayer of thanks for the birth of Mrs. Tennis's grandson, Benjamin. We pray for peace and healing within our families and for the continued health and safety of our families. We continue to pray for Richard Andersen, Kirsten's grandpa, and Nancy Noffke, Mrs. Miranda's mom, who are experiencing health challenges. We offer a prayer of thanks for God's good gifts. Families, if you have any prayer requests, please email your child's teacher or Mrs. Tennis (

About Us

School Year Theme:

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with your God

Mission Statement

Growing, Serving, Sharing Christ!

Foundational Principles

  • Whole Child
  • Christ-centered
  • Academic Excellence
  • Community
  • Service