March 29, 2018
Working together, we accomplish more...

As I reflect on the journey my son has been on with his 8th grade basketball team, I cannot help but see God in all of it.  Last week, both 8th grade basketball teams and their families traveled to Valparaiso, IN to compete in the National Lutheran Basketball Championship. This would be the last time this particular group of kids would work together in this way, no matter the outcome.

God tells us in Ecclesiastes 4:9 that "two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together". Of course this verse applies on the court because no one athlete can win a game on their own.  It takes a team of different talents, working together, to ensure that ball goes in the hoop. But a trip to Valpo, or even the HCL gym, is not a one athlete task either.  Families join the team, and what a blessing that becomes. A devotion I recently read stated:

"Picture this: Each of us is like a snowflake. On our own, we can't make a big difference. However, when one fragile snowflake sticks with a lot of other snowflakes, they can stop traffic. Like snowflakes, we can make a big difference if we work together, each one of us doing only our small part."

As this season in my son's life comes to a close, I am moved by what I have seen and experienced.  Each family doing their small part, working together, has created a bond that goes far beyond the game itself. The friendships I have made as a "Basketball Mom" are blessings beyond measure, and the sadness I feel because we will no longer meet at different gyms to support our kids hurts more than I anticipated.  As our boys were taught to "Dig" through joy and tears, servant events and personal trials, they learned that this is so much more than just a basketball game-they learned the true meaning of loving their brother.

Adrienne Scott
5th grade teacher
In This Issue

The 2017-18 
Major Date calendar 
Click here  to access it.

Learner's Club Preschool Enrichment Classes for April
We are excited to offer our last Learner's Club for this school year with Monday and Wednesday afternoon classes in April!   Our Monday class will be taught by Mrs. April Wood, our JK4 teacher. Our Wednesday class will be taught by Mrs. Heidi Strohmeyer, our JK3 teacher.  Our Learner's Club offers an extended lunch opportunity so that children in our AM preschool can be picked up from their morning class, eat lunch sent from home (milk will be provided), and have a gross motor time before enjoying afternoon activities.  Please note we will not have a May session for Learner's Club.

Please click on the link below to register:

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Grange Campus!
Thursday, April 5: 11:00am-12:00pm (Open for Preschool families)
Friday, April 6: 8:00am-12:30pm and 3:30-4:30pm
Online Book Fair  ~ Saturday, March 18 - April 7

Each Kindergarten - 3 rd grade class has a scheduled time to visit the fair. Preschool students are welcome to visit the fair with family members during any of the scheduled book fair hours.

New this Spring: Online Book Fair
This spring we are offering our book fair online for anyone to order, as well as at school.
Use the following link to purchase books and earn more money for our school.
All books will be delivered to school and sent home with your child. Buying it as a gift? No worries! Scholastic will wrap it up so your child can't see what's in the package. Use the coupon from your child's classroom or stop in the office for a coupon and receive a $5.00 discount on your order. Stock up now for summer reading! Research shows, the more you read, the better reader you'll be!

GC Lifetouch Spring Picture Packets Sent Home
GC Spring picture packets were sent home with your child this week.  Please view the photos.  The pictures are available for purchase by the sheet. 
Please do not cut apart. If you are going to keep the images, please m ake checks payable to Lifetouch or pay online at
If pictures are paid for online, the online payment code must be submitted to school.  Please return payment and any unwanted pictures to school by Friday, April 6.   Please call Joanne with questions at 414-529-6701.
Shoe Collection
We will be collecting new and gently used shoes for children in Africa. Check your closets as you do spring cleaning and bring in the gently used shoes you're kids may have outgrown or just don't wear.  We will be collecting shoes the weekends April 14-25, and will be preparing shoes for shipment on April 28, from 9-11 am.
Collection boxes will be by ramp door and the chapel area. They will also be at the Janesville Campus in the Atrium. We ask you to bind each pair with a rubberband.

The shoes will be distributed to different areas in Africa. For more information please visit

Help will be needed on April 28, 9-11 am to clean and prepare the shoes for shipment.  If you are able to help please click here to sign up, or

Monetary donations are also being accepted to offset the cost of shipping. Please place donations in an envelope marked, "Shoe Drive" and give it to your child's teacher. It costs about $2 to ship each pair of shoes.
Loaves & Fishes Bake Sale and Breakfast
Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast and help raise funds for new shelving for the new school addition classrooms.  Breakfast will be served in Fellowship Hall,
April 8, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (Janesville Campus).  There will also be a bake sale with items made from school families.  Proceeds from both will go toward the shelving.

Bakers are needed for the bake sale!  If you love to bake and would like to contribute please see below for instructions:
  • All donated items need to be packaged in individual bags/containers ready to sell.  Do not cut cakes, pies, breads; as they sell better whole. Items such as cookies, bars, brownies, etc. should be wrapped individually or in larger packs.
  • Clearly mark items that may contain nuts or peanut butter.
  • Gluten free items welcomed - please mark accordingly.
  • Do not price items; all items will be sold as a free will offering.
  • Bring your baked good to the Fellowship Hall beginning at 5:00 pm on Saturday and early Sunday morning. Those dropped off on Saturday can be put on the ledge outside the kitchen. If you need to drop off earlier, be sure to mark items for the bake sale and leave with the church receptionist.

Should you have any questions please call 414-529-6700, ext. 104.

Upcoming Events
March 30 - April 2:   NO SCHOOL - EASTER BREAK
April 3: Easter Breakfast, grades 4-5, FH@ GC
April 13: First Stage, Gr. 5, 11:15am-2:00pm
April 18: 4th grade leads chapel, GC @ 8:45am, JC@2:45pm
April 20: Musical, The Music Man, 7:00pm @ JC
April 21: Musical, The Music Man, 1:00pm @ JC

PLEASE See our Sycamore Calendar for all sports games, dates, times and destinations.
Congratulations Alyssa!


8th Grade Parent  Reminders
A few reminders as we head into April!  There are still spots open to either volunteer your time or item!  Click to see how you can help.
  • Please send in any red graduation robes to the school office by Fri., April 6.
  • Please submit all pictures for our graduation video to Paul Kiyono at  as soon as possible.  If you can't scan pictures, please label all group pictures with grace level and names of students and send to Mrs. Horn.
  • Black poster board is available from Mrs. Ward for graduation posters.
Please watch for more information in future newsletters and contact Jana Horn ( ) if you have any questions.  Thank you!

Congratulations Wildcats and Mr. Doherty!
Congratulations to both our Boy's and Girl's Basketball teams who competed at the Lutheran National Basketball Tournament last weekend at Valparaiso University in Indiana.  We are so proud of your efforts both on and off the court this season!  

What you may not know is that after the final game of the tournament, 
there was one more award to give. For only the third time in national tournament history, the Lutheran Basketball Association of America gave the prestigious Tom Schultze Award. This award recognizes leadership and excellence amongst the fantastic coaches that are present in our Lutheran schools. This year, the Tom Schultze Coaching Leadership Award was presented to our very own, Mr. Patrick Doherty! We are so proud of all the time and effort he has always put into coaching and teaching his players - not just about the game of basketball, but teaching them to be strong young men in their faith and lives as well. Congratulations, Mr. Doherty! You're truly deserving of this honor and recognition!

To God be the glory!  We play for Him!
Rise Up and Run - Early Bird Registration extended to April 9!

Sign up for the 5th Annual Rise Up and Run 5K Run/1 Mile Walk held on Saturday, April 28. 
This event is a great way to get out and move with family and friends and support the ministry of Hales Corners Lutheran. 
Early bird registration is now open! For more information and to register visit

Congratulations to Morgan M. a 7th grader who created the winning design for this year's t-shirts! 

Special Ties & Tiaras Dance for Daughters and Their Dads on 5/18
Calling all the proud dads of young ladies ages 4 years through 5th grade! HCL's Children's Ministry is cordially inviting you to Ties & Tiaras, a special dance to bring daughters and their daddies, or grandpas, uncles or special friends, together for a night of fun and fellowship. Mark your calendars for Fri., May 18, 6:30-8pm,  register by Friday, May 11,  and come dressed to impress for a special evening together.
We're rolling out the red carpet and putting up the disco ball! Our Ties & Tiaras Dance will transform HCL's Community Center into the perfect backdrop for a fancy evening bonding and creating special memories together. In addition to music and dancing, there will be a photo booth and craft station as well as desserts and drinks. A tiara will be given to each young lady upon arrival and a flower given as they go. We realize that not all daughters are able to bring their daddies, so we invite grandpas, uncles, or special friends as well.
There is a $10 fee per couple with a $5 fee for each additional daughter,  register by Friday, May 11. If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact Rachel Stathakis at
Community News
Hales Corners Public Library
Please click here for information on the Hales Corners Library's events and programs for April.