January 19, 2018
Dear Families,

A parent of one our students and friend wrote the following article for his newsletter.  It struck a tone that I appreciated and received his permission to share it with you.  I pray that it touches you as well.  Thank you Chris Cody!

Fatalistic Thinking
My 4-year-old son, James, has been going through a phase where everything is fatalistic. Let me explain. James enjoys playing with his Magna-Tiles. He enjoys playing with these Magna-Tile by himself. He enjoys playing with these Magna-Tiles with me. He does NOT enjoy playing with these Magna-Tiles with his sister. The other night he built a rocket ship with them in the living room. Of course, his sister was intrigued, came over, and knocked them down. I tried to calm James down as he cried and said "James, Junie just wants to play with you because what you are doing looks like fun." His response? "Fine! Junie can have all the toys! I don't ever want to have fun again. Nobody will ever have fun again!" Fatalistic. An inability to see past the immediate and present discomfort. An inability to imagine or realize that things will get better. While I chuckle at my son's fatalistic thinking, I find myself reflecting on times in my life where I am guilty of the same. How many times have I been guilty of fatalistic thinking amid an uncomfortable situation? Why does my faith wane when the answers are readily available? Obviously, the answer is that I am, by nature, a sinner. I am not, by nature, hopeful and faithful...none of us are. In those moments when answers aren't clear and the immediate reaction to uncomfortable situations is to become fatalistic, I must confess to God that I am falling short of trusting in Him. And with this confession, I can give thanks to God that He sent His Son, for me, and that I am forgiven.

Albert J. Amling
Superintendent of Schools/Principal

In This Issue

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

Penny War Begins for HCLS students!

As part of National Lutheran Schools Week (NLSW) it is important to share our blessings with others. This year, we will be having a friendly penny war competition in support of Gold in September (G9), a childhood cancer non-profit dedicated to growing awareness and inspiring action until every child, everywhere, survives cancer.
Kindergarten through eighth grade will be competing against each other to raise the most money. Bring in your coins (both copper and silver) and dollar bills!
The classroom winner (K-8th grade) that brings in the most money will win an ice cream party! September is national childhood cancer awareness month, and even though it's not September we are proud to support Gold in September (G9).
For more information, visit www.goldinseptember.com/g9-penny-wars
Attention Kindergarten through 5th Grade Families!
Don't forget, this is the weekend we will be singing in worship to celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week.  Your child/children will sit with you for the service you attend as a family.  At the end of the Message, Pastor Keith will invite the students forward to sing. Following our song they will return to sit with you.  Please have them dress in their Wildcat gear or school colors of red and white.  We are looking forward to sharing our 'Joy' with you in worship!  Questions or concerns - Amy Kutz, akutz@hcl.org Thank you!
National Lutheran Schools Week - Fun for All
Join us at Quaker Steak and Lube in New Berlin on Monday, January 22, for our Hales Corners Lutheran Night.  From 11:00am - 9:00pm, 20% of all dine-in and carryout sales will be donated back from Quaker Steak and Lube (QSL) to Hales Corners Lutheran athletics!  You must bring the attached flyer, or be able to show the flyer on your phone, in order for the 20% to be applied to Hales Corners Lutheran athletics.  Also, as we are gearing up for our Hales Corners Lutheran Wildcat Invitational Tournament coming up on January 25 - 28, at QSL from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, we will be selling discounted tournament passes for our tournament. Our teams will compete against other area Lutheran schools.
It is sure to be a weekend full of competition and fellowship. 

Need Service Hours?  Consider helping out at the Wildcat Tournament!
Your presence as a member of Hales Corners Lutheran is valued and we invite you to consider being a part of the weekend by cheering with us as a fan and/or signing up to help.  If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, we are always looking for taco meat and baked goods to sell at our concession stand!   Please click on the Sign-Up Genius link or contact Mr. Patrick Doherty ( pdoherty@hcl.org ) for more information.  Go Wildcats!


MAP Testing
Students in grades 1 - 8 grade are taking Measures of Academic Progress ® (MAP ® ) tests this month to gather data for determining instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.  Our teachers worked with a consultant in October for professional development using the data to focus on individual growth and maximizing achievement. We will continue training with a consultant in February.   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. Following this testing period, you will receive a report showing your child's growth.  Please contact Crissy Peterson ( cpeterson@hcl.org ) with questions or please download the  Parent's Guide To MAP for more information on resources for parents.

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 only as needed.  For grades 4-8, the time has changed to 3:00-6:00 pm instead of 4:00-7:00 pm previously listed in the major date calendar.  Please watch for a separate email that will include the link to sign up for one of these conference times.  Please don't ever hesitate to contact a teacher with questions or ideas any time of year. We are thankful for the parent support and involvement at HCLS!
Upcoming Events
January 21-27:   National Lutheran Schools Week
January 22:  5th Grade Bowling 12:00-2:00 pm/Dine 4 A Cause - Quaker Steak & Lube, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
January 24:  Joint Chapel - 12:30 pm (JC), Pep Rally 1:15 pm (CC)
January 25:  6th-8th Grade to Martin Luther, 9:00-11:30 am
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 (4th-8th Grade)

Middle School Sport Events
January 18-21: Zion-Menomonee Falls Tournament 5th Gr. Boys and Girls
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.
Go for the Gold!
Grange Campus AR Reading Challenge

The teachers and staff at the Grange Campus have challenged our students from K3-3rd grade to earn 1,000 Accelerated Reader points! If they reach this goal by the end of the third quarter, the student with the highest point total in each grade will get the opportunity to SLIME a teacher or staff member of his/her choice. 
The Challenge starts on Monday, January 22 and runs through Thursday, March 29. Let the Games Begin!
National Lutheran Schools Week Spirit Week
We are excited to celebrate God's gift of Christian education as part of National Lutheran Schools week January 21-27. The emphasis this year is "It's Still All About Jesus" based on Hebrews 13:8. We have many ways we will celebrate as a school family - theme days, field trips, spirit contests, worship, etc. 
Here are details for Grange Campus spirit days:
Monday, Jan. 22:   J azzy Neon
Activity:  Dress in your jazziest, brightest neon and GLOW while you bowl!   Bowling KDG-2nd grade 9:30-11:00,  3-5th grade 12:15-1:45
also Dine 4 A Cause at Quaker Steak and Lube - 20% of food sales will go to our school. Take this flyer with you and enjoy a lunch or dinner at QSL while supporting our school!  Flyers are also available in the school office.

Tuesday, Jan. 23: E verything Silly
(Silly socks, silly hats, silly hair, silly schedule, etc.)
Activity:  Kohl's Wild Theater  KDG-3rd grade 9:30am

Wednesday,Jan. 24: S pirit Day: Red & White Day
Activity:  Chapel/Pep Rally @ Janesville Campus
JK4, KDG - 3rd grade will participate in a joint chapel from 12:30-1:00 pm at Janesville Campus/Pep Rally at 1:15 pm.
JK3 and JK4 students will board the bus for an early childhood chapel at Steepleview with the Primary School from 9:30 - 10:30 am.

Thursday, January 25: U nbelievable Jammies
Activity: Believe it or not, we'll enjoy an exciting pajama day and comfy movie all together!

Friday, Jan. 26:   S uperhero Day
Activity: Dress like your favorite superhero! We'll also have special superhero guests visit our classrooms to read to us!

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. 
Thank you HCLS for supporting Juan 3:16
As the second quarter comes to a close, third grade would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your weekly chapel offerings.  Through your generosity, we will be sending $558.18 to the Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF) for the Juan 3:16 Project , which will provide over 100 Bible storybooks for children in Latin America.  Thank you to The Lutheran Heritage Foundation for creating this mission opportunity for our students.

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.
Spirit Dress Up Days for Lutheran Schools Week - 6th, 7th and 8th Grade
To celebrate Lutheran Schools Week , students from the SALT crew came up with the following dress up days for 6th - 8th grade students:

Monday, 1/22:  Jammy day!  Why change out of your jammies when you can stay comfy all day long?
It's also Dine 4 A Cause at Quaker Steak and Lube - 20% of food sales will go to our school.  Take this flyer with you and enjoy a lunch or dinner at QSL while supporting our school!  Flyers are also available in the school office.
Tuesday, 1/23:  Everyone get CRAZY!  It's crazy day!  Wear your crazy, mix-matched clothes, socks, shoes, hair!

Wednesday, 1/24: Show your Wildcat Spirit!  The pep rally is in the afternoon so show your spirit all day!

Thursday, 1/25:  U and I together!  Dress up alike with 2, 3 or more of your friends!

Friday, 1/26: Show your Class Colors!  Dress up in the color that matches your grade:
                       6th - Green
                       7th - White
                       8th - Black

Spirit points will be awarded to students who participate each day.  Members of SALT will come around to count each day for spirit points for each grade.  The grade with the highest percentage of participation will be the winner and receive a treat from SALT!
Another way for students to earn spirit points will be for our annual penny war fundraiser in conjunction with LSW.  This year all proceeds will go to Gold In September foundation that is dedicated to helping with childhood cancer.  For more information on this non-profit visit www.goldinseptember.org

Any questions?  Please contact Jana Horn.  Start getting your outfits together!