December 08, 2017
Dear Parents,
As Christmas Day is fast approaching, we can take steps to remind our children what the holiday is really about-celebrating the birth of Jesus, not how many presents we can receive.
Bake a birthday cake for Jesus.
This helps our young children remember that the real reason for Christmas is to celebrate Jesus' birth.
Shop for a needy child.
Go shopping for a child you don't know whose parents don't have money to buy them a gift. During this time, talk about being thankful for what you have and helping others who are less fortunate than we are.
Clear out your shelves.
Almost all of us have too much "stuff"-too much food in our pantry and too many clothes in our closets. Now is a good time to cut down the extra and just keep the essentials. Children often have too many toys; now would be a good time to explain how much we have to be thankful for and how nice it is too share the excess with others by donating a toy or two
Give A Gift Of Time.
Volunteer to help a local agency. Children will learn that not only is it good to give of themselves through spending time with others who may be lonely, but that family is one of the most important things to be thankful for.
Read them stories about selfless giving.
Example: The Gift of the Magi. Seeing the simplicity of the holidays helps see how commercialized Christmas is now.
May you find much joy this Christmas season.

Jo Graham-Scortino
Director of Primary School
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HCL Student Christmas Celebrations 
Primary School Service
Primary School celebrate the birth of Jesus, today at 6:30 pm.

K-2 Christmas Service
Join us for worship led by our Kindergarten through 2nd grade students this Saturday evening, December 9, at 5:30 pm!   We thank Mrs. Kutz and our teachers for all they do to help prepare our children to share their faith!

Our choir and band have been practicing and all 6-8th grade students are working on songs to share the message of God's love through our 6-8th grade Christmas Service on Wednesday, December 20,
6:30 pm. We are thankful for the opportunity to share our faith and participate in leading worship!
In This Issue

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


HCLS Referral Program
HCL will give a credit of $300 toward the tuition of current families for each new family that indicates they enrolled in HCLS because of a current family's referral. 
This credit applies when new Full-Time students enroll. Credit will be applied following the first month of school.
Re-enrollment Now Open through January 5 for 2018-19 School Year
Last week the 2018-19 re-enrollment link was sent to all existing families. 
Please take a few minutes to enroll your students before January 5, to avoid the enrollment fee.  Note that the tuition agreement has been streamlined and you won't see th
e HCLC membership credit until you are in the Agreement.  

Notification of Choice Board Meetings
for Hales Corners Lutheran School
The State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires our school to have two meetings per school year at which members of the governing body of the school will be present and at which all pupils and parents or guardians of all pupils applying to attend the school may meet and communicate with the Board members.  This school year the dates are Jaunary 15 and February 19, 2018.

Also:
Jeanne Gueller will be on medical leave starting December 13.  If you have questions on your TADS account, please feel free to email Melanie Roberts at mroberts@hcl.org.  She will be able to post any payments or answer questions you may have with your TADS account.  You can also contact the TADS customer support at 800-477-8237 or support@tads.com.

If you plan to enroll in the MPCP or WPCP Choice Program, please enroll in TADS before January 5 and email jgueller@hcl.org with your intentions to enroll in the Choice program once it opens up in February.
Upcoming Events
December 16:   5th grade to Pabst Theater - A Christmas Carol, 9:30 am
December 17:   10:30 am HCL piano students in grades 6, 7, and 8 perform
Christmas music at Mayfair Mall food court.
December 20:  Joint chapel, 9:30 am Janesville Campus
December 22-January 2: NO SCHOOL - Christmas Break

Middle School Sport Events
December 8:   Clash of the Wildcats

PLEASE See our Sycamore Calendar for all sports games, dates, times and destinations.
HCL Student Qualifies for World Competition in Scotland

Brynn competed this past holiday weekend in the Mid-America Regional Orieachtas (Irish Dance Competition), in Chicago, Illinois, against competitive dancers from 14 midwest states. She took 7th place of 140 dancers in the 11-year-old age bracket. Her placement qualified her to dance in the 2018 World Championships of Irish Dance this March in Glasgow, Scotland. This is her second qualification for the World Championships, having danced this past spring in Dublin, Ireland. She dances for Glencastle Irish Dancers in Franklin, Wisconsin.
2017 Educational Alliance Grant
We are thankful to be the recipients of a $500 Educational Alliance grant from Exxon and Mobil through the Roettgers Company, Inc.  These funds are given to schools to benefit students in math and science programs.  We are looking forward to using our grant money for our students in STREAM classes!  
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Box Tops Classroom Challenge!
Help your classroom collect the most Box Tops labels between now and Friday, February 23, 2018 and your classroom will receive a special treat AND an extra recess too!  The totals will also be rolled forward into the final classroom tallies for the end of the year pizza party and traveling trophy honor!
For a list of participating products and/or to enter contests that could help our school earn even more money, visit  www.BTFE.com.  Our school id number is 125072.  Questions:  Please contact Justin Klug at  Justin.Klug1839@gmail.com.
GRANGE CAMPUS
Give the Gift of Learner's Club for Children 3-5!
Are you looking for a unique gift idea?  We are excited to expand our Learner's Club in January and February with Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon classes! 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  click here  for the online registration to reserve your spot!   

January Session
Ages: Children ages 3 - 5 years (JK3 or JK4)

Tuesdays in January (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30)
Theme: Students will explore The Mitten, The Hat and other books by Jan Brett. Join us in learning more about these exciting stories and participate in fun activities that extend these tales.  

Wednesdays in January (1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31)
Theme:  Knights & Dragons - Ever wondered what it would be like to battle a dragon? Learn about knights and dragons through stories, drama and crafts.

Time:  12:30 - 3:00 pm OR 11:30 am - 3:00 pm with extended lunch*
Registration is now online, space is limited, click here to register !
*Extended lunch: Teachers pick children up from morning classes and accompany them to eat their lunch that they brought from home (milk will be provided) and take part in gross motor activities before beginning the transition into the Learner's Club classroom.
Hop N Shop - Thank You!
Thank you to all who participated or helped with our Hop N Shop this past Saturday! Over 150 children shopped for family and friends, decorated cookies, and enjoyed the carnival games and prizes while adults enjoyed the vendor and book fair.  So much to be thankful for, including:
  • CPAL Board Members: Alicia Malinger, Angela Ferrell, Nicole Wolfe, Sheryl Ziemanski-Dolezal, Kristin Theis, Carrie Mareno, Linda Grutza, Kara Woida
  • Our HCL Buildings and Grounds crew for transporting materials, setup and cleanup.
  • Mrs. Horn and the members of SALT who helped serve concessions along with their parents, and brought in donations of soda or water.
  • Parents and staff who helped shop and collect items for the secret gift shop.
  • Our vendors who attended to help make the day even more special.
  • All teachers, staff, and parents for help with setup and cleanup.
  • Becky Mann for assisting with carnival games.
  • Lisa Klug for organizing and Deb Grahn for helping promote the vendor fair.
  • Ellyn Heicher for coordinating the Book Fair.
  • Andy Oxborough for Tri-City bags donation.
  • Grebes for delicious cookies to decorate.
  • Cheryl Guenther, Katie Dennert, Holly Allender, Joanne Brunner for baking delicious treats for our bake sale.
  • Numerous parents, teachers, church members, and youth that assisted in the secret gift shop, Book Fair, and activities.
We are so thankful for the help we had to make this event so great for our families. HCL is a great place with great people! We are blessed!
Janesville Campus NEWS
HCLMS CHRISTMAS PARTY
Greetings Parents of 6th - 8th graders!
The MS Christmas party is set for Thursday, December 21.  We need some help pulling things together  to make the party festive and fun. Thank you in advance for helping to supply any of the  items listed in the signup genius.  Please click here to select which items you'd like to donate.
Please have all items to the office by 12 noon on party day, Thur., Dec. 21.

Candy Cane Greetings - Last Day is Thursday!
Candy Cane Greetings are a great way to brighten someone's day!  Parents, would you like to send a note and treat to your son or daughter during the school day?  Just write your message, include $0.25, and put it in Jana Horn's mailbox.  The messages will be attached to a candy cane and delivered to the person at lunch the next day.  Thursday is the last day to turn in the messages to be delivered at lunch.
 
Secret Angels
Our Secret Angels gift exchange has started! Please bring in something at least three of the days during this time and send hints with small treats!  Each student will be giving the final gift to their secret angel during lunch on  Fri., Dec. 15.
Please contact  Jana Horn if you have any questions.

Scholastic Book Fair 2017
Thank you parent volunteers for setting up, supervising, and taking down the book fair this year!  The students enjoyed visiting the fair and made some great selections.  Happy reading!
Support High School Ministry's Teenage Toy Drive for Cancer Patients

For most, the holiday season is a time of celebration, gifts and family, but it is not the "most wonderful time" for everyone. In particular, for families who are in and out of the hospital battling cancer, the fight against this disease does not take a break for Christmas. While most toy drive efforts are geared toward young children, HCL's High School Ministry has organized a Teenage Toy Drive to bring joy to teenagers who are battling cancer this holiday season. We will be collecting items through Wednesday, December 20, and we appreciate anything you might be willing to contribute to this effort.
HCL's High School Ministry has partnered with Brittany's Hope Foundation and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to spread the love of Jesus to teenage cancer patients this Christmas.  Brittany's Hope Foundation was created in memory of Brittany Norris, a young woman from Franklin, WI who battled cancer, to provide strength and comfort to young adults battling childhood cancer. To support this effort, a list of suggested donations is included below. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk at HCL's Janesville Campus care of Emily Trochlell. 
Items will be collected until Wednesday, December 20th:
  • Slippers
  • Fleece pajama pants
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Adult coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Water bottles
  • Gift cards to Target, Walmart and Amazon
  • Cash donations (cash will be used to purchase headphones, tablets and gift cards)
Anyone interested is also invited to help make fleece tie blankets for teenage cancer patients on Sunday, December 10, before or after the morning church services in Room B19 at the Janesville Campus.
High School Ministry is part of  HCL's NextGen, serving families with students in 
9th through 12th grade with a focus on continuing their faith walk after Confirmation.  High School Ministry meets in home groups and facilitates serving events throughout the year as well as social gatherings and other events. To get connected to HCL's High School Ministry on Facebook,  click here. For more information about the Teenage Toy Drive effort or if you have questions, contact Emily Trochlell at  etrochlell@hcl.org .
Lutheran High School News
Martin Luther
Job Opportunity: Cafeteria Assistant at Martin Luther High School
Summers off!
22 hours per week
Discount on tuition
Responsibilities include: cashier, food prep, serving and clean-up. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Apply at WeTeachTruth.org or contact Sandi Dolan at 414.421.4000 ext. 237