Pilgrim Lutheran School News

School Closed on Monday for Columbus Day

Next week, school will be closed on Monday, October 12th and on Friday, October 16th (mid quarter break). Parent teacher conferences will be Tuesday and Thursday so be sure to check those backpacks for your scheduled time. The 2nd Annual Cocktails for a Cause is Friday, October 16th. Join us for a fun evening out! Book fair begins on Sunday, October 11th. Read on for more detailed information. Have a nice weekend.

Cocktails for a Cause

Friday, Oct. 16th, 6pm

The Atlantic Bar & Grill 5062 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL

Join us for a fun evening out! The 2nd annual Cocktails for a Cause party! The Dave Maring Endowment Fund provides funding for scholarship options for students, new learning programs, professional development for staff and more. Fill up on appetizers and beer to help fill up the fund! This event is $40 if you RSVP before the event or $50 at the door. You may RSVP here on this newsletter or sign up on the sheet in the school office.

This is a fun night for a great cause!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Start of the School Day

Pilgrim’s first bell is now ringing at 8:25; we are letting students into the building 5 minutes earlier than in years past.

We are asking that all students in Grades 1-8 be at their desks and ready to learn at 8:30. The tardy bell for grades 1-8 is ringing at 8:35.

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students should enter the building after the Grade 1-8 tardy bell and go downstairs to wait for their teachers. Pre-K and K teachers come down to collect children at 8:40. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students should be in their seats no later than 8:45.

Thanks for your understanding about all of this. Starting school on time maximizes instructional time for all of our students.

Wildcat Sports


Boys have practice today 3:30-5pm at Bethany.

Come support our Wildcats! Tomorrow, October 10th: games at St Paul, 846 N Menard - boys play at 10:45am and 12:15pm.

Cross Country

Thank you for a great running season. In a few more years, some of you could compete in the Chicago Marathon!
Please return your uniforms to the school office. Put them in a baggie with you name on it. You will then get credit for returning the uniform.
Enjoy the Volleyball and Basketball seasons and we will see you in the Spring for track.

B. Halter
D. Allingham

Before and After School Programs

Below is a list of clubs and activities that are currently being offered at our
Before and After School program.

Some clubs do accept students after the original start date. Please see Arlene Calderone or contact the club instructors directly about joining a club in progress at a prorated price.

At Early Birds we are offering Chess Club on Wednesday mornings from 7:30 to 8:25 a.m. Classes start this Wednesday, 9/30 and run through 12/16. No classes on 11/11, 11/18 and 11/25. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

We are also offering Super Soccer Stars on Friday mornings beginning Friday, October 2nd. Classes start at 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. in Maring Hall gymnasium and is offered to Pre K and Kindergarten children.


This Monday our Culinary classes began at Pilgrim. i Cook After School.

Classes will run for 8 weeks from 3:10 to 4:25 and will be held in our lunchroom kitchen. This class is open to grades 1 through 6.

September 28 - November 23 (no classes October 12)

Tuesday - October 6th starts our 8 week session of MSA Circus Arts.

Classes begin directly after school from 3:00 - 4:00 in Maring Hall gymnasium. This class is open to K through 6th grade.

Wednesday - October 7th through November 18 (No class on 11/4) begins our very exciting "Let's Build It!" Engineering class with Professional Instruction. Open to grades 1 through 6th from 3:10 to 4:10. Classes will be held in the Annex.

Thursday - October 8th through November 19th (7 weeks) Perceptual motion, Inc. Dance Company Presents Flying Feet for Pre K to First Grade from 3:10 - 4:00 and Make Your Own Party Dances for grades 2, 3 and 4 from 4:00 - 4:50.

We have registration forms and more detailed information on our School Information Website (SIS) or visit our Early Bird and PAS information Center bulletin board in the basement hallway or see Arlene Calderone, Early Bird and PAS Director.

High School Information Night



We are planning an exciting event for ALL school parents and students to learn about what comes after Pilgrim, when our wonderful children enter high school!

High school is a topic on everyone’s mind, so we will get the scoop straight from the experts – our panel of Pilgrim alums now in high school.

Pilgrim students routinely go on to some of the best high schools in Chicago. How do they find a good fit? How does Pilgrim prepare them? What is their advice for younger students?

Please join us on Monday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Maring Hall for a panel discussion featuring recent Pilgrim grads who now attend a variety of area high schools, such as Northside, Payton, Whitney Young, Jones, Lane, Lincoln Park, Amundsen, Von Steuben and DePaul College Prep. We'll talk about the admissions process, and then hear straight from the teenagers themselves about what their days are like, how they transitioned to high school from Pilgrim, and more!

Grant Writing

We are looking for help on a development and grant writing committee! Do you have expertise in this field? or do you want to learn a new skill? Do you have a few hours a month on your own time you could work on searching out grant opportunities and help writing? Then please help us out! Contact Mr Comella ccomella@pilgrimchicago.org with your interest.

Come See Our Kids Shine

Parents are always invited to join with our students as they lead songs, prayers, dramas, presentations, and dramas in weekly chapel services Wednesdays at 10:10 a.m. Here is a link with the chapel schedule "Inspired by Grace" with the info on whether the chapel is being planned by led by the "upper" grades or the "lower" grades. If you can, please join us for an uplifting experience! The schedule is posted on SIS.

Lindsay is Moving!

Lindsay is Moving!

We need to announce that our fantastic Business Manager, Lindsay Beveridge, is moving to Geneva, IL in a new home she is purchasing with her new husband, Brian, and their beautiful children, Annabelle and Lincoln. We are sad to lose her from the neighborhood and from her administrative position in the office, but we are happy for them as they celebrate a new beginning for their family. We will be saying a prayer of appreciation for her on Sunday, October 18th.

Gift Cards

Gift cards will be sold Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday next week because of the Columbus Day holiday

Gift cards are available in the school office Monday and Friday and in the church foyer on Sunday. Why not get into the habit of purchasing at least one grocery or drug store card every week or so- You know you will be going there! We have Jewel-Osco, Marianos, Whole Foods, Strack and vanTil, Meijers, Walmart, Target, Peapod, CVS and Walgreens in $25s and $100s on hand. If you don't have the time to stop into the school office you can send an order with your child and the cards will go home the next selling day (you will be sent an email regarding your order). Checks should be made out to Pilgrim Lutheran Church CIP. Please contact Anne Barsano at cbarsano@aol.com or 773-472-6037 with any questions. Order forms can be found on SIS under promotions, in the school office and on the table in the narthex. Thank you!

Fundraising Opportunities

All is not lost if you missed turning in a paper order for the Magazine Drive. You may order year-round at www.gaschoolstore.com and Pilgrim continues to earn 40% of your order. Pilgrim's account # is 2633014. Thank you for your continued support. Contact Anne Barsano, cbarsano@aol.com with questions.

The Flea Market scheduled for November 7th has been canceled due to lack of interest.

Alumni News

Congratulations Jake!!

Jake Sparlin, a son and alumni of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, and son of Brent and Theresa Sparlin, will be installed this Sunday, October 11th, as a Pastor at Chicago Tabernacle, one of the fastest growing, dynamic churches in our city. They are located at 3231 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL 60631. He is being installed at all three of their services: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. You are invited!

Local Area High School Open House

Walther Christian Academy will have an Open House Thursday, October 22 at 7pm. Tour the campus, meet the teachers, speak with current students, and learn more about what makes Walther such a great place for students to learn. Walther consistently has 100% college acceptance for our seniors and our average senior class college scholarship award is $11,000,000. Athletic and extracurricular options to fit every need abound inside of our Christian-centered family environment as well. Contact Alma L. Calleros, Director of Admissions with any questions: alma_calleros@walther.com, 708.344.0404 ext. 245.