May 11, 2018
Dear parents,

As our eighth graders were confirmed this past weekend, I am reminded of our journey in faith.  
The more I learn and the more I grow, the more I realize how little I know and how much I need to grow.  Too often I think we are misled to believe that because God loves us and blesses us, our lives here on earth will be free of trouble.  In fact, our lives here on earth keep pointing to our need for God and His great love for us.

James 1:2-5 says,
" Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.   Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. "

Pure joy?  While we may feel the opposite of joy in the midst of trials, it's often as we look back that we recognize how God has been at work and carried us through the tough times.  I pray that you rest in the loving arms of your Savior, Jesus, and seek opportunities to continue to grow in faith each day and each year. May God continue to bless our children and especially our confirmands as they get ready for high school, may the Holy Spirit fill their hearts so their faith grows as they experience the joys and challenges of life.  

Crissy Peterson
Assistant Principal


Let's celebrate Mr. Mertz!
We will celebrate with Mr. Mertz at our Fine Arts Night on May 24 as well as in church that weekend.  He is completing 25 years in the teaching ministry!  If you would like to remember him with a card or gift, please pass it along to Mrs. Jeanne Gueller or Mrs. Joanne Brunner.  We look forward to celebrating him as he has made a significant difference in the lives of God's children!
In This Issue
2018-19 School Updates and Reminders

Staffing Updates
I wanted to share an update with you.  Mrs. Renee Westphal, has agreed to be our third grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  We thank God that He has brought her to our students and we look forward to welcoming Mrs. Westphal and her family to Hales Corners Lutheran Church and School.  Mr. Andrew Hulke has not yet made a decision regarding his call to teach with us.  Please keep he and his family in prayer as he considers God's will.
 
JOY!
Albert J. Amling
Principal

Have you completed your 2018-19 TADS enrollment process?
If you haven't already done so, please make sure you complete your
2018-19 enrollment and tuition agreement in TADS asap.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jeanne Gueller,  jgueller@hcl.org or 414-529-6702 ext. 155. Thank You!

L unch Account Balance and End of School Year

Thank you for your continued support of our lunch program. As we near the end of the school year, it is important that we balance out the accounts for eighth graders and students with negative balances. Eighth graders without younger siblings at HCLS or students not returning to HCLS for the 2018-19 school year will be issued a refund on accounts of $5.00 or more. If an eighth grader has a younger sibling returning next year, we will transfer the  remaining balance to that account. 
This will automatically be done for the 2018-19 school year. Please take a moment to view your student's account at myschoolbucks.com and pay any negative balance by Friday, June 1. Lunch fees must be paid before report cards will be issued. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Toy or the school office 
at 414-529-6702.
Math Placement for Current 2nd - 7th grade students

We are blessed with the opportunity to provide three math classes at each grade level starting in 3rd grade.   The teachers will begin the process of assessing student proficiency in mathematics for class placement in the next school year.
Our goal is to recognize the skills that each student has already developed in order to best fit them with the objectives and pacing of the various math classes.  
After much prayer and consideration, math placement is based on the following:

  • Standardized (MAP) test scores
  • Class grades
  • Teacher, student, and parent input
  • Study habits and effort
  • Results of diagnostic tests

We value your partnership in helping your child grow to their fullest potential as God has designed.  Please use the following link before June 1 if you would like to provide additional input:  https://goo.gl/forms/Tw35xeyCbrjqTeHD3 Thank you!
Fine Arts Festival 2018

On May 24, we will celebrate our annual Fine Arts Festival at Janesville Campus.  There will be an all-school art display in Fellowship Hall, 8th grade Culture Fair display in the atrium and concert in the Sanctuary.  Art Display and Culture Fair viewing will begin at 5:30 pm and the concert will start at 6:45 pm. All kindergarten-fifth grade students, along with our sixth-eighth grade 'Music Man' cast will be singing during the concert. Our 4th-8th grade band will be playing, too.  
Looking forward to seeing you there! 
GRANGE CAMPUS
Join us for the last Chapel at Grange Campus

We are celebrating the last All-School Chapel at Grange Campus on Friday,
June 1 at 1 pm.  Come and join us as we celebrate our past and look to the future!
God has blessed us through the people who have served and continue to serve through HCLS!  To Him be the Glory!

Let's Start Moving!
We are excited to begin moving into our new space next week!  Thank you to so many families who have already indicated their willingness to help us.  We are hoping to move the library and some of the early childhood classrooms before June along with getting a head start with other classroom items.  Please see the SignUp Genius for details: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080948abab22a31-time

Thank You for Your Kindess

A great big THANK YOU to all the parents who made this past Teacher Appreciation week such a special week for the teachers, especially the CPAL board members and helpers.  Your creative ideas and time brought many smiles and laughter throughout the week, along with yummy treats and even time to relax! Thank you for all you have done - we are blessed!
Upcoming Events
May 11: Piano Recital, 6:30pm GC, 7th & 8th grade dance, 7-9pm, CC
May 12: Piano Recital, 9:30 & 11:00am and 2:00pm
May 16:  8th grade leads chapel, 8:45am GC
May 17: 8th grade leads chapel, 2:45pm JC
May 24:  5th grade to Kenosha Museum, Fine Arts Festival 4-9pm
May 25:  4th grade to Madison,  6th grade to Milwaukee Art Museum & Discovery World;  7th grade canoe trip
May 28:  No School - Memorial Day
May 29: Talent Show/Yearbook signing 1:00pm, Chapel
May 30:  DARE graduation & Gr. 4/5 awards, 10:30am, JC Sanctuary, 
6th-8th grade - 100% Club Brewer game, 11:15am-4:00pm
June 1:  Last Day of School,  8th grade graduation, 6:30pm, JC

School Sports Events
May 19:  Wisconsin State Track Meet, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
May 22: MLESSA Meet, Martin Luther High School, 9:00am
May 26: Metro Milw. Invitational Track Meet, Marquette High School, 8:30am

PLEASE See our Sycamore Calendar for all sports games, dates, times and destinations.
Sales Tax Holiday - Parents, Think School Supplies!

In case you were not aware, Governor Walker signed a bill that created a Sales Tax Holiday that will be held August 1-5. This is separate and in addition to the $100 child tax rebate. It might be a good idea if you make parents aware of this as many items are school supplies.
 
Here is a list of items that are EXEMPT from sales tax from August 1-5.
 
 
More information can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue web site.  (https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/Individuals/SalesTaxHoliday.aspx)
JANESVILLE CAMPUS
Graduation Dance Refreshments - Tonight! 

Seventh graders are asked to bring in a donation for the graduation dance tonight.  Please bring your donation to the dance.  All students in 7R are asked to bring either small bottles of Gatorade or fruit juice pouches/juice boxes.  Students in 7D are asked to bring a snack like a bag of chips or pretzels or a dessert like cookies or brownies (ready to serve).   Thank you for your help!  Our donations allow all students to enjoy the dance without needing to pay for refreshments.

7 th  and 8 th  Grade Dance

We look forward to seeing our seventh and eighth graders TONIGHT, for the dance from 7-9 pm in the Community Center.  The teachers have agreed to chaperone the dance, but of course parents are welcome to come in to take a few pictures at the beginning.  We also welcome all families to help clean up after the dance, usually less than a half hour if we all work together!  Thank you! 

7th Grade Families - Can You Help?
 
In preparation for 8th grade graduation, we are looking for volunteers.  
On graduation night, (June 1), it is tradition to have a reception in Fellowship Hall following the graduation service.  After graduation, families come downstairs for a little reception and photo opportunities.  We ask 7th grade parents to help set up a few tables with the cake and beverages for graduates and their families. (Decorations are setup by 8th grade parents, so no need to worry about that.)
 
It would be great if you could arrive on graduation night (June 1) at about 6:15 pm. Your main roles are to setup, serve, refill, and to help clean up afterwards. 
 
We are looking for about 6 volunteers.  Feel free to bring your 7th grade student along to help as well!
If you are interested in helping, please contact Mrs. Doherty at ndoherty@hcl.org.
8th Grade Parents

Please join us for worship as the 8th graders lead chapel on  Wednesday,
May 16, 
8:45 am at Grange Campus and Thursday, May 17, at 2:45 pm at Janesville Campus.  Please note the date difference for the two campuses.  
We hope to see you there!


2018 South Dakota Meeting - Attention Current 7th grade parents!

Parents of current seventh grade students are invited to learn more about the South Dakota trip being planned for September 8-14, 2018. An information meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 21, 6:30 pm in the music room. Please add that date to your calendars. We look forward to meeting with you then!
Community News
This Summer the Milwaukee Wave Camps are coming to Greenfield at St. John the Evangelist!
Give your kids the opportunity to meet friends, play outside and learn from the pros. Wave camps offer the unique experience of learning soccer from the Milwaukee Wave players and coaches. We've got over 20 camps, so find your perfect camp and sign up today!
Learn more about Summer Wave Camps here:  https://www.milwaukeewave.com/youth/soccercamps