Pilgrim Lutheran School News

December 15, 2017

Christmas Break is almost here...

...please read on for very important details about the upcoming Christmas Services, PAS, lunch and more. Have a great weekend Pilgrim!

Mark your Calendars!

  • December 20: Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m.
  • December 21: PM Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Service at 2:00 p.m.
  • December 21: Christmas Service at 7:00 p.m. (Students arrive/Church Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • December 22: Christmas Break starts at 11:45; NO PAS today.

Christmas Service

Many thanks go to all our Pilgrim families for your support of the Christmas Service and all the other Holiday events here at Pilgrim. Our chapel theme for the year is Freed and Renewed, and we have woven that theme into the Christmas Service.

Please help to make it an orderly and reverent experience for all! Please note that 6:30 is arrival time, unless otherwise noted below. The actual service starts at 7:00 p.m. All students from A.M. Pre-K through 8th Grade are obligated to attend this service, as it is a key part of our curriculum.

Here are some simple guidelines that we ask all parents and family members to observe for Christmas Service:

  1. Upper Grade Chorus students should be here at 6:00 p.m. for warm-ups in the Annex.
  2. Soloists and Ushers enter at 6:15 p.m. Soloists go to the Parlor; ushers go to the rear of the church.
  3. Doors open for parents at 6:30. Seating is reserved for those parents who purchased reserve seating at the Auction last spring.
  4. All Students enter the school doors on Cullom. Students must be in their homerooms between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m.
  5. Pre-service music starts at 6:45. The actual service starts at 7:00 p.m.
  6. Students should dress appropriately for a Church service. All focus should be on the worship rather than the fashion. A collared shirt, dress pants, dark socks and dress shoes for boys; a dress or a blouse and dress pants or skirt for girls.
  7. Parents, please avoid distracting students; refrain from clapping, waving or loud talking; no flashing, beeping or peeping devices.
  8. With 130 families in the building this year, we are trying to maximize seating for parents and guests. We ask that parents not drape coats over large expanses of pews. We want to maximize seating for everyone. If a parent or guest does come late and must sit behind the organ, we are arranging for a live video feed so that everyone can see and hear what is happening.

These guidelines help kids keep their focus. Thanks for your support of these guidelines!

Dress Rehearsal

If a parent or guest cannot attend the Christmas service Thursday evening, please know that the “dress rehearsal” on Wednesday morning is open to the community. We are starting pre-service music at 8:45 and the actual service at 9 a.m., which is an hour earlier than our normal chapel time. This rehearsal will run a little longer because we are still tweaking things; however, the music, the movement, the lights and the decorations will all be there. This is a great opportunity for family members or friends who have some time during the day to see the great things that our students do.

Cookies in Maring Hall

Refreshments after the Christmas Service. The PTL will be having cookies in Maring Hall after the Christmas Service on Thursday, December 21. Please bring a dozen cookies to share! Drop off cookies on Thursday during the day in the Kitchen or before the service. Thank you so much!

Pre-K Christmas Service

The PM Pre-K Class has a special Christmas Service on Thursday, December 21, at 1:00 p.m. in the Church. Families and friends of the PM Pre-K Class are all welcome to attend. Immediately following the PM Pre-K Service, students and teachers invite their guests to a reception in Maring Hall.

Lunch on December 21st

In order to prepare for the PM Pre-K reception, Grades 1-8 are eating lunch in their classrooms on Thursday, December 21. If you order Hot Lunch, students will pick up their trays and then return to their homerooms to eat. Otherwise, students should come to school with a cold lunch, ready to eat. Microwaves will not be available.


Notice concerning PAS for Friday, December 22: NO PAS on Friday, December 22. All Students have a half-day; students will dismiss at 11:45 a.m. Parents should plan to collect their children as soon as school dismisses. NO PM_Pre-K on Wednesday, December 22. Please note that the School Office is officially closed during Christmas Break. If you need to communicate with Pilgrim, please leave a voicemail on the Principal extension, or email the Principal.

Thank You Pilgrim!

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU PILGRIM! The generous and helpful spirit of the Pilgrim community never ceases to amaze, and the time, effort, and giving that went into the Push for 25k raffle was no different. As a result of some more donations that came in over the past week, we have raised our total to an amazing $24,900! Only $100 short of our goal. We could not have raised so much without so many putting forth effort-every ticket counts! We are happy to report that 72% of our families sold at least one ticket or donated. An awesome turnout! Special congratulations to Mrs. Halter's and Ms. Stone's classes. They were the only two classes to sell all of their tickets and will get a special party next week! Special thanks to the Desai/Danek familiy who set the record for most tickets sold at 34!

Congratulations to all of our raffle winners (sellers in parenthesis):

Grand Prize: $2000 - Lonnie Riedle (Riedle-Volkens Family)

Amazon Gift Cards: Akram (family unknown) Judy Kretsinger (Dickerson family)

$25 gift cards: Jessica Ittner (Ittner/Richardson), Jocelyn Langus (Langus), Carrie Goerne (Goerne/Jones), Sally Benson (Benson/Zima), Alex Stevenson (Dini-Baima), Jan Arnett (Mendoza), Manju Desai (Desai/Danek), Janet Brubaker (Dickerson), Kym Cooke (McClain), Bishop Family (Bishop), Tim Young (Sexton), Ari Shorter (Shorter), Liz Rodosky (Rodosky/Willett), Cioffi Family (Cioffi), Chris White (White), Jenny Urban (Stinson/Urban), Danny Piper (Boylan), Guy Cooley (Cooley), Karin Goodwin (Witt), Elitsa Kieva (Unknown).

Pablo Casals

Ms. Stone’s 1st/2nd Grade Homeroom, accompanied by the 7th/8th Grade Elves, go to Pablo Casals School of Excellence today for a playdate. The tradition of visiting Pablo Casals started many years ago when former Pilgrim Principal and Pre-K teacher, Beth Ruppe, was doing an internship at Pablo Casals. The warmth of the children and teachers at Pablo Casals has been welcoming Pilgrim students ever since. As a thank you for their invitation to this special playdate, Pilgrim will bring 232 wrapped Christmas presents for the Pablo Casals students to enjoy. Thanks are due the whole Pilgrim Community for the generosity the provides these toys. Thanks also to Mrs. Andreen’s 7th/8th Grade Homeroom for sorting and wrapping many of the toys. Finally, thanks to the many parent shoppers and chaperones for this playdate. You have all made it happen the way that it should! We look forward to hearing your stories and seeing your photos when you return.

PTL Christmas Fund

PTL would like to remind everyone to remember our wonderful teachers and staff this Christmas. PTL Christmas Fund will be collecting until Dec. 21 in the office. Questions: contact Shellie Riedle at shellieriedle@yahoo.com.

Gift Cards

The last order for Pilgrim gift cards is going out Monday, Dec.18th with delivery Thursday, Dec. 21. After that you will have to choose from cards we have on hand. Please look at the order form sent home with your child or go to SIS and download the Pilgrim order form. You can drop the form off in the office or email Anne Barsano at cbarsano@aol.com or call 312-972-9040. We will be selling in the school office Monday, Thursday and Friday, Dec 18, 21 and 22 from 830 to 10. Merry Christmas from all of us at Operation CIP (Creative Income for Pilgrim).

Pilgrim Wildcats

7th and 8th Grade Basketball has started for the season. Both boys and girls teams are playing this weekend at St. Philip’s tournament, December 14-16. The girls team is under the leadership of Jamie Bates and Pastor Kristian and the boys team has Eric Jones as coach. Games for the 7/8 teams run through March. There is also still a chance to catch the 5/6 Teams in action for tournament play at St. Andrew’s in Park Ridge coming up in January. Basketball for 3rd and 4th Grades start on Saturdays in January. For more information, contact Pilgrim Athletic Director Angela Cardo.

Winter Carnival

The PTL has begun plans for the Winter Carnival! If you would like to help with this January party, contact parent coordinator, Shellie Riedle.

Pilgrim Spirit Wear!

Looking for a great gift idea? How about a Pilgrim hoodie? T-shirts and Hoodies are available for sale. All proceeds go towards new uniforms and equipment. Show your Pilgrim pride with new spirit wear Easy ordering: Pink Order forms are available in the school office. Get your items right away, they are available at the school.

Save the Date

SAVE the DATE! It’s the TRIVIA NIGHT, BABY! Saturday, February 24, 2018. Cash prize of $500 for the winning table! Gather your table of 8 adults friends for $240. Sponsored by the 7th grade parents. Sign ups begin after January 8th.

Easy Fundraising! Check it out!

"Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat! Buy the perfect gift card for Aunt or Uncle Pat!"

Gift cards for gifting or shopping will be sold on Sundays after church and Monday and Friday in the school office from 8:30 to 10 a.m., plus Thursday, 12/21. Order forms can be found in the school office, on the table in the church narthex, on SIS and at the following link:( ).. Please drop off orders in the school office or with the Sunday Seller. They will be filled the same day, if available, or will be ordered on Monday for pickup on Thursday. Please contact Anne Barsano at cbarsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037 or 312-972-9040 with questions or orders. Merry Christmas from all of us at Operation CIP!

Click here for a form and full list of cards available for purchase!


Calling all Children!

You are invited to participate in this year's 4:30 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Please let Pastor know at pastorkristian@pilgrimchicago.org if your child(ren) is able to participate!

Worship Services Schedule

Sunday, December 17th Services

8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. - Worship

4:00 p.m. - Blue Christmas Service

Wednesday, December 20th

9:00 a.m. - School Christmas Service Dress Rehearsal

Thursday, December 21st Service

1:00 p.m. - Pre School Christmas Program

7:00 p.m. - School Christmas Service

Sunday, December 24th Services

NO 8:00 a.m. Service

10:30 a.m. - Fourth Sunday in Advent

4:30 p.m. - Christmas Eve Family Candlelight

7:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight

Monday, December 25th Service

9:30 a.m. - Christmas Morning

Sunday, December 31st Services

8:00 a.m. - Lessons and Carols

10:30 a.m. - Lessons and Carols and renewal of vows for Jonathan Valencia & Collin Brown and all couples

Free Room Divider

Pilgrim School is looking for a new home for a room divider which has been living in the Tower Room. It has two panels which are 60" X 66". Each Panel is metal framed with frosted plexiglass in the center. Contact Michael Knuth 773-784-4623 for more information. Must be able to transport yourself.

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If you missed the list of ways that parents can help at Pilgrim, here are some ideas:

} …in the classroom

} …in the Parent-Teacher League

} …at the Board of Education Meetings: 1st Tuesday at 7 p.m.

} …with the Development Group

} …supporting Pilgrim Fundraisers

} …sharing the good news about Pilgrim with a prospective family (postcards with Open House dates are available in the school office.

We welcome your feedback and questions. Feel free to contact me (ccomella@pilgrimchicago.org) whenever something arises. If you would like to become involved in events and activities hosted by the Parent Teacher League (PTL), please contact Shellie Riedle, parent coordinator, or Kristen Stone, teacher coordinator. Parents are also welcome at weekly chapel services. The students are always happy to see you there!

Chris Comella, Pilgrim School Principal