Pilgrim Lutheran School News

December 18, 2015

Christmas Break!

Today is a half day with dismissal at 11:45 AM. Classes will resume on January 4th. Remember, PAS will be shutting down at 3 p.m today! Please note that not all office staff are coming in over the vacation, but someone will be in the office each day. The offices close at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and will be closed for the Holidays. Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Updated Pilgrim Merchandise Just In Time for Christmas!

Grab the perfect gift and support Pilgrim at the same time. Need flip flops for your middle school swimmer? An apron for dad for next year's pancake breakfast? A Pilgrim pillow for a college-bound alum? All proceeds support Pilgrim students and activities.

(30% off Your Order! Use Code: JINGLE30)


Christmas at Pilgrim - Join Us!

Christmas Eve… Come Participate!

Thursday, December 24th- 4:30 p.m. Family Candlelight Service

We invite all children, families, and youth to participate in the Christmas Eve Candlelight Family Service this year at 4:30 p.m.! Artists, musicians, readers, angels, singers, and shepherds are needed! Please email Office Adminstrator kdanner@pilgrimchicago.org for more info!

Thursday, December 24th, 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Services

Friday, December 25th at 9:30 a.m.-Christmas Day Service

Trivia Night

Trivia Night Discount Date Extended!
Until end of day Friday, January 8, cost for your table of up to 8 people is $200. After that, it's $240.

Grab 7 of your smartest friends and support the 7th and 8th grades at Pilgrim's Annual Trivia Night! Saturday, January 30th from 7-11 PM • Doors Open 6PM Tables (8 players max)

Online registration is at: http://pilgrimschool.schoolauction.net/trivianight2016/.

You may get your tickets and preorder your pizzas there or fill out a form in the office. The forms are attached to the fliers. Thanks to all who have already signed up!

Workshop for Parents

"Parenting with Positive Discipline: Developing Respectful Relationships” will take place on January 11, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Centered Therapy Chicago (Directed by Pilgrim Member Dr. Bianka Hardin), 4124 N. Lincoln Avenue, Ste. 1 Registration fees: Early Bird registration is $45 per person, after December 31 prices are $65 per person (Space is limited) Pilgrim member and Presenter Dana Thomas is a certified Positive Discipline Trainer with extensive experience as a teacher trainer, early childhood educator, and curriculum designer. For more information, visit www.positivediscipline.org To register, please contact Dana Thomas at Dthomas.eds@gmail.com

Photos for Yearbook

If any of you have photos of our various holiday events, please email them to Mr. Comella at ccomella@pilgrimchicago.org.

Greenery Thank You!

The PTL would like to thank our community for coming together to support the 2015 Greenery fundraiser. We made our sales goal and raised approximately $1700 for Pilgrim! The money will directly support our classrooms. Thank you!!!

Tech Safety


As the holidays are upon us, gift buying is under way and youth are about to have much more ‘free’ time on their hands, we’d like share a few tips for technology set-up and safe use. This year’s Safe Shopping Guide, released by the Office of the IL Attorney General, includes guidelines on creating a positive digital culture within the home and ensuring children’s digital safety. Additionally, Common Sense Media created a short video identifying questions to consider as you purchase technology for youth.

As you prepare for or continue to create a positive digital culture in your home, consider the following:

o Establish a household online agreement; set your guidelines/boundaries.

o Enable parental controls/restrictions on all children’s devices.

o Learn the trends: parent blogs (i.e. Common Sense Media), tech news sources (i.e. Huff Post, Yahoo News), App & Google Play Store top apps

o Check in with parent peers, don’t feel like you have to navigate this new world alone.

o Engage in conversation & learn with your child.

o If you are not comfortable with an app, site, game, etc, say “no.”

Partners in Education

You are always welcome in classrooms, and I 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 either Anna Lambros or Carrie Goerne. Parents are also welcome to attend weekly chapel services. The students are always happy to see you there!

Chris Comella, Pilgrim School Principal