Pilgrim Lutheran School News

December 29, 2015

Happy New Year!

We look forward to seeing each of you again on Monday, January 4th. Many thanks go to all of our Pilgrim families for your support of the Christmas Service and all the other Holiday events here at Pilgrim. We can only do what we do because each of you make sure that students are present and presentable. Thanks also for the generosity of so many parents who contributed so much to the staff Christmas bonus fund. All the staff are very appreciative. We look forward to a New Year of working with your children!

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!

School Board

The Pilgrim Board of Education meets for the first time in 2016 on Tuesday, January 5. Agenda items include a final review of tuition and fees for 2016-2017 and a presentation on how Pilgrim meets learning assistance needs. The BOE meets at 7 p.m. in the 7th/8th classroom. All are welcome to attend.

Pilgrim Sports

7th and 8th Grade Basketball has started for the season. The teams this year also include some talented 6th Graders and some players from St. Philip, which does not have enough players for a full team of their own this year. Both teams played well at St. Philip’s tournament the weekend of December 18-19. The girls team is under the leadership of Carol Schlensker and the boys team has Malik Kvamme as coach. Games for the 7/8 teams run through March. There is also still a chance to catch the 5/6 Girls Team in action for tournament play at St. Andrew’s in Park Ridge coming up in January.

Winter Carnival

PTL invites all room representatives and parents who want to help on Winter Carnival to our next meeting Thursday, January 7, at 7 p.m., hosted by Ms. H. on the 2nd floor of 4310 N. Winchester.. Hope to see you there! Winter Carnival is Friday night, January 15. Entrance Fee is $5/person and $10/family. We want start time to be 6:30. There are no tickets this year, but we will have fish.

We are going to have an Adoption Center, where we will possibly give out food and offer fish bowls for sale. Kids will only receive at most 1 fish with caring instructions, food, etc. We need donations of dum-dums, carnival themed decorations and other prizes, as well as popcorn hot dogs, drinks, coffee and hot chocolate. Please contact Anna Lambros, Carrie Goerne, or Kelly Tobin for more information.


Starting in January, Pilgrim will have two new faces in the school. One is Mr. Jake Skipworth, who will be subbing for Ms. Sorensen with chorus through the first week of February. Mrs. Sorensen is going to New York City for a special opportunity, so Mr. Skipworth will be taking over her classes. Mr. Skipworth has a master’s degree in choral music education and has experience teaching music in schools in Kansas and Michigan. The other new face is Bjorn Bolling, a student teacher earning his masters in teaching from Concordia University. He has previous teaching experience at Park View Lutheran School in Chicago and has a good deal of experience coaching sports. Ms. Huelskoetter is his coordinating teacher here at Pilgrim. Mr. Bolling will focus his efforts working with grades 2, 3 & 4.

MAP testing

In January we will once again be administering the NWEA MAP test, but with a little bit of a twist. All students in grades 1 through 3 will be taking the test reading and math tests. Students in grades 4-8 will only take the test(s) if their teachers need more data about their current skills. If you would like to request that your child test, please let me or your child’s teacher know.

Winter weather

Winter weather seems to have arrived finally. Please note that during wet and snowy weather students should bring a change of shoes to keep the school clean and dry. Students should change shoes on the bench in the basement hallway. We will continue to dismiss students through the playground unless large amounts of snow make the gangway between 4310 and 4314 impassable. Students continue to go out for recess unless the wind chill dips below zero.


January is a great time for all of us to start fresh, especially after a long and much deserved break from school. We appreciate all that you do to keep your child ready for learning. Reading to them and with them has proven over and over the most effective way to keep them on track with learning. Cooking and baking together helps to keep math skills fresh, with lots of measuring and timing skills, especially if you double or half a recipe. Remember, too, that the holidays mean major disruptions in children’s eating and sleeping patterns. We truly appreciate your efforts to keep your children “on schedule” as much as possible, especially the last few days before returning to school. That having been said, we wish all of you a good end to the year 2015, and we look forward to seeing each of you on January 4!

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

Thank you to Parul Desai and Laura Pryst for volunteering to do the Yearbook this year. If you have photos to share, please contact one of them or you can share them with me. I will make sure that they have access.

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