Pilgrim Lutheran School News
September 23, 2016
What a beautiful September...
We have a special announcement this week...Congratulations to Suzana Bataneant, our Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, on the birth of her daughter, Jane Fivia Bataneant. Jane arrived on Monday, September 19, 2016, at 4:27 a.m. Jane weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches long. Suzi, her husband Alin, and baby Jane are all doing well. While Mrs. Bataneant is on family leave, Mrs. Dale Luksha is teaching in the Pre-K room with Mr. Knuth. Mrs. Luksha was formerly principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Skokie and has many years of experience as an early childhood teacher.
Today's Boys volleyball game is cancelled!
The games for Monday, September 26 have been cancelled. For information about interscholastic volleyball, contact coaches Robert Knapp and Wende Niforatos.
A note from Mr Comella
Another wonderful Block Party!
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: 2nd Thursday at 7 p.m.
…at the Board of Education Meetings: 1st Tuesday at 7 p.m.
…at Marketing Team Meetings: 2nd Wednesday at 7 p.m.
…through 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.
The first cross country meet was Monday, September 19, at Portage Park. Pilgrim did a great job in all categories. Good job to all who ran! The next meet is at Schiller Woods, Monday, September 26. For information about cross country, contact Beata Halter. She is assisted by Pilgrim alum Dylan Allingham.
The full Volleyball Schedule is also available online:
We are excited to start another year of Band at Pilgrim. Band is open to all students in Grades 4-8. The cost for band is $275 per child per semester. If you would like your child to be in band please contact Pilgrim Band Teacher Ouida Zaporta at firstname.lastname@example.org. Band Day will be Thursdays.
If you need to rent an instrument, you will do this directly through Luscombe Music Inc. The best was is the get the rental agreement from their website. The school office is not involved in the renting of instruments, please contact them directly. Thanks all!
Interested in Development?
Chicago Home Tutor
...is providing social-emotional support and training in executive skills this year at Pilgrim. Tulin Akin is a licensed school psychologist, and she will be providing services. She can help students with executive functioning skills and with other problems that may arise which get in the way of maximal performance in the classroom. If you would like your child to be involved in this program, please contact me for more information. Or, you can look up more information about Chicago Home Tutor at www.chicagohometutor.com. Chicago Home Tutor is an approved provider for CPS and CLEF schools. They also can provide individual academic tutoring for Pilgrim students in Orton-Gillingham reading method.
Gift Cards and Magazine Drive
We have even more gift cards on our list this year!! Landrys $25 has five restaurants in the Chicago area: Bubba Gump, Claim Jumper, McCormick Schmicks, Morton's and Rainforest Cafe, Fossil $25, Heinen's Grocery Store $25, $50, Jos A Bank $25, Pinkberry $10, Saks off Fifth $50, Southwest (varying amounts), Universal Orlando $25, $100 and Visa $100 and $250. All need to be ordered at the present time. Please contact Anne Barsano email@example.com or 773-472-6037 if you are interested.
If you are ordering from Amazon online, please sign up at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2284295 and 0,5% of your order will come back to Pilgrim. There is no change to your Amazon account: same benefits, same Prime rewards and shipments, everything is the same except that Pilgrim makes a little more money without your having to spend any additional money. Better still, buy an Amazon card from Operation CIP, use it to pay for your order and Pilgrim earns 4.5% of your order.
Our Magazine Drive will run from Sept 12-29, with packets going out soon. You can order and charge your order at www.gaschoolstore.com at anytime throughout the year. Pilgrims account # is: 2633014 and we earn 40% of your order. Order new or renew your present subscriptions or order gifts for others!
Pet Blessing, October 1st
Bring your Dog, Cat, Hamster, Reptile, Fish or other animal to the Welles Park Gazebo on October 1st at 10:00 a.m. for a special blessing. The Blessing of the Animals is traditionally celebrated the first weekend in October in conjunction with the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. We are glad to celebrate this blessing together with our friends at Luther Memorial Church.
Confirmation Info and Pizza Night
Join us Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Parsonage. Confirmation is a program that helps 6th - 9th graders learn about themselves and their relationship with God. With fun trips and retreats, service projects, and interactive classes, our students grow a strong faith foundation that will last for a lifetime. This program is open to all students regardless of their church/faith affiliation. Coming to this meeting does not commit you to the program. Parents and students are welcome to attend!
Opening the Treasure: New Opportunity for Parents and Kids
We as parents want our children to have a solid spiritual foundation. We want our children to learn about the Bible in a meaningful and age appropriate way. We also hear the research that faith formation happens primarily at home, but we as parents don't know where to start, and we don't think we know enough about the Bible ourselves. Pastor Kristian is offering a 5 session class called "Opening the Treasure", which will help parents and students of all ages explore the Bible together. The format will be similar to the First Communion Class that is offered each spring, but will have completely different content. The first session will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 5:30 p.m. The class will continue at 5:30 p.m. on October 19th, 26th, and November 2nd and 9th, culminating with a special celebration on the 13th. To RSVP for this class, please email Renee in the office firstname.lastname@example.org
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You are always welcome in classrooms, and I welcome your feedback and questions. Feel free to contact me (email@example.com) whenever something arises. If you would like to become involved in events and activities hosted by the Parent Teacher League (PTL), please contact either Mr. Comella or Staff Reps to PTL Angela Cardo and Beata Halter. Parents are also welcome to attend weekly chapel services. The students are always happy to see you there!
Chris Comella, Pilgrim School Principal