Grade 4/5 November News

First Quarter Grade Reports Coming Friday

Grade Report Info

This Friday afternoon, your child's first quarter grade report will be posted on SIS. Please log in to your family account to see your child's report.
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Friendship Center Update

One of the projects that Pilgrim Kids Care supports during the holiday season is the Lincoln Square Friendship Center's Holiday Food Bags. The Friendship Center is located at 2733 W. Lawrence Ave., and serves as a food pantry to qualified clients in our neighborhood. During the winter holidays, volunteers at the Center prepare Holiday Food Bags to give to their clients for a special dinner. We are collecting food to help, and we are asking each family to make some donation toward this effort. You may donate one item from the list, or a complete bag, or anything in between. Students in 7/8 will be assembling all of the single products into complete bags as part of their PKC service. The first collection and delivery day is scheduled for next Tuesday, November 17th, and the second one for next Thursday, November 19th. You can send your donation with your child to the classroom. Thanks in advance for your help and support for this important effort. If you want to read more about the Friendship Center, follow this link to an article from DNAinfo:

Here is the list of foods in a complete Holiday Food Bag:

  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 1 box of stuffing/dressing
  • 1 box of potatoes
  • 1 can or packet of gravy mix
  • 1 desert mix (cake, brownies, cookies, etc.)
  • 1 mixed nuts

Consider adding a bonus item:

  • Breakfast item (pancake, waffle or biscuit mix)
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Oil
  • Coffee

Parent Helpers Needed

Grade 4/5 is looking for one or two (or more!) parents who would be willing to serve as our room parents. This job requires that you shop, set up, and clean up for our classroom parties at Christmas, Valentine's Day, and usually one or two other celebrations connected to our read-aloud books, such as the Hobbit Party. Each family has paid money at the start of the year for classroom costs, so room parents will be reimbursed for all purchases made for party goodies, when they turn in their receipts to the office. This is a fun job, and it is really an important one to the kids--they love their parties! Please consider whether you could spare the time to help us with this important task. Christmas will be here before we know it--email me if you can help. Thanks!

Outdoor Education Rocked in October!

Both fourth and fifth grades had great outdoor education experiences at the end of October. The fourth grade spent three days with Mrs. Raabe at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie. The fifth grade spent three days and two nights with Mrs. Tighe and Mrs. Cardo at Walcamp, in Kingston, IL. A wonderful time was had by all! Many thanks to our dad chaperones for Walcamp, Chris Andreen and John Llewellyn, for all of their help, patience, and good humor! To see some photos from our trip, follow this link:

Support Pilgrim Kids Care and Help Us Reach Our Goal!

Did you know that 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of the creation of Pilgrim Kids Care? PKC is a group that was formed by Miss H's students in response to Hurricane Katrina, in August of 2005. The group's mission has since expanded to include all kinds of service to our local and global communities. As first a Pilgrim parent, and now a Pilgrim teacher, Pilgrim Kids Care is one of my favorite aspects of a Pilgrim education. Our kids truly learn the meaning of service to others. All of the money collected at our weekly chapel service goes to support the PKC efforts of each of the homerooms. In addition this year, all money redeemed for the Boxtops for Education we collect will also go into the Pilgrim Kids Care coffers. Each boxtop is worth 10 cents, so that will add up pretty quickly if everyone is on the job! To help the kids get motivated, Mrs. Raabe had made each classroom a collection can, and she and her math students are keeping track of each room's progress toward their goal. Mrs. Raabe displays and updates the progress on a graph hung in the lunchroom. There will be a reward for the classes who manage to achieve their goals! Please help us by searching for the Boxtops for Education on products you already use. Here is a link to a list of products that participate in Boxtops for Education:

Give your child the job of searching out the boxtops, cutting them off the packages, and bringing them to school. Thank you for your support of Pilgrim Kids Care!

Blog News for Parents

I want to let you know some important information about our class blogs. Each of the ELA classes has its own blog on, which is a blogging website designed specifically for schools. As teacher, I am in control of who can access the blogs, so I have limited the users to only the students and me. It is completely private. We use the blog for part of our reading and writing classes, including homework writing assignments. Each student should have their password written down in the back of the assignment notebook.

Please contact me if your child is having difficulty accessing the blog. Here are the web addresses for each of the class blogs:

4th grade:

5th grade:

To help your child if there is difficulty: Copy and paste the above address into your browser; it will take you to the Log In screen. Choose the student's name from the pull down menu, then enter the student's password. Each student chose a password for this site. It can be reset if necessary. Some of the kids may need help logging in at home for homework assignments until they get the hang of it. It would be a good idea to bookmark the above address to make things easier. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the blog.