January 26, 2018
Let's Celebrate Our HCL Students
Our students have been very busy the past two weeks and we have many things to celebrate!

Spelling Bee 2018
On Thursday, January 18,
5th-8th graders competed for the Spelling Bee. Congratulations to all of our spellers for their hard work.  Our school champion, John W., will represent Hales Corners Lutheran at the Regional spelling bee in February.

Champion: John W.
Runner-up: Matthew H.

Classroom winners:
8th grade: Amy W
7th grade: John W
6th grade: Chris H
5th grade: Maddie W

Thankful for Those Who Serve Our Communitites
Last week the members of the 8th grade Leadership team baked, prepared, and delivered packages of homemade cookies for first responders in Hales Corners, Franklin, New Berlin and Milwaukee.  We are so thankful for the sacrifice that is given in these occupations and wanted this service project to reflect our appreciation.

In This Issue

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

Lockdown Drill
Each year, we work at being as safe a school as we can for you and your children. To that end, we conduct an annual lockdown drill during the week of January 29. Sometimes this causes stress, especially for some of our young students.
I encourage you to communicate with them this weekend to relieve some of the anxiety that they may feel. 
MAP Results
Students in grades 1-8 will receive their Measures of Academic Progress ® (MAPS®) test results early in the 3rd quarter. These tests help us determine your child's instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year to year.
MAP tests are unique because they are adaptive tests your child took on a computer. That means the test became more difficult the more questions your child answered correctly. When your child incorrectly answered a question, the test became easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level.
We have chosen to eliminate the science test as part of our assessment plan at this time. We will continue to evaluate the details of this assessment as it is updated to determine helpfulness for our students. Please contact Crissy Peterson ( cpeterson@hcl.org) with questions or download the Parent's Guide to MAP for more information on resources for parents.

JK3-8th Grade Parent Conferences
While our Fall conferences are designed to meet with all homeroom parents, the upcoming conferences on February 12 are designed to meet with parents as needed. Please don't ever hesitate to contact a teacher with questions or ideas any time of the year. We are thankful for the parent support and involvement at HCLS!

Here are the links to sign up for Grange and Janesville Campuses:
Janesville Campus:
4th & 5th Grade:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084bacad29a6f49-4th5th

Cold & Flu Season Is Here
Cold and flu season is upon us. In an effort to keep our students as healthy as we can we are asking that you please review the guidelines found in the 2017-18 Handbook.
Guidelines for Children to Return to School after Illness 
When a child has missed school due to illness, it is important to know when that child may safely return to school. We ask that the guidelines below, recommended by the Hales Corners Health Department, be followed: 
  • Fever: Child must be fever free for a period of 24 hours prior to returning to school without the use of fever reducing medication. (Any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen) Usually, fever is a sign that the body is fighting off an infection or a contagious disease.
  • Persistent cough and congestion must be resolved.
  • Medication: If receiving an antibiotic, the child must be on antibiotics for a period of 24 hours prior to returning to school. 
  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: Child must be free from vomiting and/or diarrhea for a period of 24 hours after the last vomiting/diarrhea episode. If a child vomits during the night, but seems better in the morning, please keep your child home that following day. 
  • Rash: Child must have a written note from his/her doctor before returning to school stating rash is not contagious.
  • Communicable Disease: Parent must notify school in the event their child has a communicable disease. Parent must follow instruction from their physician before returning to school.
Our experience has shown that parental judgment is invaluable. If the child does not look or seem well, an extra day at home may make all the difference toward full recovery. Children recovering from illness are susceptible to other infections because their immune systems may not be operating at full capacity. Both well and recuperating children benefit from following these guidelines for school attendance.
Upcoming Events
January 29:   6th-8th Grade "Screenagers" Movie, Sanctuary (JC) 1:45-3:25 pm
February 2:  No School - Professional Development Day
February 7:  5th Grade leads Chapel 8:45 (GC), 2:45 (JC)
February 8: Lifetouch activity pictures (JC) 12:30
February 12:  No School - Professional Development Day
Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:00 pm (JK3-8th grade)

Middle School Sport Events
January 25-28: Wildcat Basketball Tournament
February 2:  Bucks Night, BMO Harris Center
February 8-11:  Elm Grove Tournament, 6th Gr. A & B Boys and 6th Gr. Girls
Grace Menomonee Falls Tournament, 7th Gr. B Boys/7/8th Gr. A Girls
February 23-25: St. Paul's West Allis Tournament, 8th Gr. Boys

PLEASE See our Sycamore Calendar for all sports games, dates, times and destinations.
3rd Quarter Offering Supports Dora the Comfort Dog Ministry

The Kindergarten and First Grade classes will be sponsoring the 3rd Quarter Chapel Mission.  The Mission this quarter is for Dora and the Comfort Dog Ministry.  Comfort Dogs are specially-chosen, highly-trained Golden Retrievers who are a bridge to accomplish the following mission:  to touch people with the mercy, compassion, love, presence & proclamation of Christ . Dora has a God-given gift of being able to sense people who are hurting or in need and she gravitates to them. God gives Dora a magnetic presence that draws people to her.  We are blessed to have Dora come to our school and visit with us. 
Learner's Club Preschool Enrichment Classes - February Session
We are excited to continue our Learner's Club in February with Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon classes!  Our Tuesday 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.  Click here to register for a class.
Meet our 5th Grade Student Teacher
Hi my name is Hannah Christiansen and I will be student teaching with Mrs. Granley during third quarter. I'm a senior at Concordia University Wisconsin. My major is Lutheran Elementary Education, with a minor in mathematics. I just got married two weeks ago, so I am still getting used to my new last name. Outside of school, I love to go hiking, play sports, and go to plays. I'm very excited to work with your kids and learn from them and their amazing teacher.
Hannah Christiansen

Many students enjoyed our 2nd Quarter elective
"Intro to Handwriting". Here are some beautiful signs with favorite Bible verses done in their new found skill.

Lutheran High School News

Milwaukee Lutheran
Come support Milwaukee Lutheran High School Drama by attending All The Great Books (Abridged)  - A fast paced, high energy, hilarious comedy.
Performing Friday February 2nd at 7PM, and Saturday February 3rd at 7PM. For $15.00, you will receive an array of desserts, a choice of several beverages, and preferred seating at tables in front of the stage on comfy chairs! Order forms must be received no later than Friday, January 26th, 2018. Seats without desserts are also available: $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 non-MLHS kids.
Contact Brian Forke at bforke@milwaukeelutheran.org or call 414-461-6000. Thank you for supporting Milwaukee Lutheran Drama!