May 18, 2018
My devotion today was about not worrying about tomorrow.  Worry is described as an oppressive burden that we are not meant to carry.  We are asked by God to throw worry off with one quick thrust of trust.  It feels like this devotion and spring go well together.  One day the world seems brown and desolate then you look again and we have shrugged off winter and it is green and beautiful.   
There may be a powerful lesson hidden in our troubles.  Troubles that seem so very big and cause us worry may be God using them to teach us TRUST.  He invites us to throw our hands up literally to Him in prayer and let go.  Really, let go!  It is not about us, it is about Him.
The more you let go, the more you put into His hands the more that blooms, joy, restful sleep, happiness, peace and relationships.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own."  Matthew 6:34
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  2 Corinthians 12:9
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.  Psalm 62:8
Diane Shippell
Director of Extended Care

Let's celebrate Mr. Mertz!
We will celebrate with Mr. Mertz at our Fine Arts Night on May 24 as well as in church May 26 & 27.  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
Dear Parents:
Several of our church workers will not be returning to HCL for the 2018-2019 school year.  In the past, we have asked parents if they would like to thank a teacher with a note, card or monetary gift.  If you are interested in doing so,
please share the information with Mrs. Terri Ward at the Janesville campus or
Mrs. Joanne Brunner at the Grange campus.  Our church workers have served HCL and its families with their heart and soul and I am grateful for their service.
We will make these presentations at our last chapel service at Grange on June 1. Church workers not returning are: Brenda Granley, Kerrie Roesler, Lori Kelling, Sherry Voigt, Terri Ward, Holly Allender, Jo Graham Scortino, and Tina House.

Join us for the last All-School Chapel at the Grange Campus
We are celebrating the last All-School Chapel at the 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!

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 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 son or daughter 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: 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! 
Award Ceremony
Join us at the Grange Campus next Wednesday, May 23 at 8:30 am for Chapel and our Grades 1-3 award presentations. Our Spelling Bee winners and top AR readers will receive awards. Mr. Mertz will also recognize students who received Presidential Awards in P.E. Hope to see you there!

Handwriting Camp?
Please   click here for a brochure describing a free handwriting camp offered through CUW this summer.

June 1 -  No  After School Program
Please note: On our last day of school is Friday, June 1, and there will be no Doves Bay  after school offered.


Spring Piano Recitals held for Last Time in Grange Chapel 

This past weekend, all of our HCL piano students performed in one of four Spring Piano Recitals, held in the Grange Campus Chapel.  This marked the end of an era, as it was the last time that the Chapel was used for the Spring Recitals. This year's recital theme was  A Celebration ~ not only celebrating the past 16 years of piano activities at the Grange Campus, but celebrating and looking forward to the future, as we continue the program in our new facility on Janesville Road. As always, the piano students did a fantastic job performing! The weather may have been dreary outside, but inside, it was beautiful!

Let's Start Moving!
We are excited to begin moving into our new space! 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:

Upcoming Events
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.
8th Grade Families  
Thank you for all the ways you are involved as we approach graduation in two weeks! Please remember to send in your picture boards by Tuesday, May 29 to the school office!  Thank you!

Brewer Awards
We congratulate the following 7th and 8th grade students who are being recognized for academic achievement and effort through the Brewers Community Foundation and the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club.  

2018 Academic Excellence
Jackson H - 8th
Erin K - 8th
Amy W - 8th
Mia D - 7th
Savannah L - 7th

2018 Academic Effort
Sam H - 8th
Taylor L - 8th
Lily H - 7th
Morgan M - 7th
Lauren W - 7th

The names will be appearing on the Brewers' website at, click on Student Achievers.  In addition, each student will receive a voucher for two Brewer tickets.  Congratulations, students, and thank you for using the gifts God has given you!

Current 7th grade Families - 2018 South Dakota Meeting
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 this upcoming Monday, May 21 at 6:30 pm in the music room (JC).  See you then!

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 .

Congratulations to our middle school Knowledge Bowl team for competing in this year's Lutheran School's Knowledge Bowl! These students used their God-given abilities and worked together to show their knowledge, earning this year's third place! We are so proud of you! 
Thank You  - 7th/8th Grade Dance Helpers
We thank everyone who worked to make the 7th/8th grade dance this past Friday a special event.  We are grateful to the 8th grade families for their donation of the wildly popular photo booth.   Many thanks to our highly efficient crew that helped transform the Community Center!  Your time spent decorating was greatly appreciated!  We also thank our seventh grade families for the refreshment donations. It was a wonderful night!
Brookfield Learning Center's "Jump Ahead Summer Program":
For over 40 years, the dedicated staff, outstanding curriculum, and individualized teaching techniques of the Brookfield Learning Center's "Jump Ahead Summer Program" have made the difference for area students.  By design, the program is time efficient and cost effective. In just a few hours each week for about a month this summer, your child will gain an average of ½ year growth in math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and/or writing skills.  Afternoon sessions will be available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-5:00 pm in July. (If necessary, we are often able to accommodate students participating in various athletic programs, camps, etc. We can also work around family vacations.)  To register or for more information, contact The Brookfield Learning Center at (262) 781-3634. 
SPECIAL TESTING OFFER: Free Testing in the area of math or reading. This offer is expires May 31, 2018. Call today to make a testing appointment. (No obligation to enroll in the summer session.)