March 11, 2018
It's been a long, cold winter, and I am eager for warm weather. I'm tired of seeing bare trees and lifeless brown leaves covering the ground or more snow.
Yet even as I anticipate my favorite season, I hear my mother's voice saying, "Don't wish your life away."
If you're like me, you sometimes hear yourself saying, "When such and such happens, then I will . . . or, If only so and so would do this, then I would do that . . . or, I would be happy if . . . or I will be satisfied when . ."
In longing for some future good, we forget that every day-regardless of the weather or our circumstances-is a gift from God to be used for His glory.
In every season, there is a reason to rejoice and an opportunity to do good (Eccl. 3:12). The challenge for each of us every day is to find something to rejoice about and some good to do-and then to do both.

Just as the winter turns to spring,
Our lives have changing seasons too;
So when a gloomy forecast comes,
Remember-God has plans for you. 
- Sper

Every season brings a reason to rejoice.

Jo Graham-Scortinio
Primary School Director
In This Issue

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

Have You Ordered Your HCL Yearbook Yet?
Don't miss out on this opportunity, the deadline to pre-order a yearbook
is Friday, March 16.
Our yearbook will include all three campuses and is a full color bounded book for those treasured memories.  The cost is $17.00.
Please make checks payable to Hales Corners Lutheran School or "HCLS". Yearbooks can also be purchased online at YBPay.lifetouch.com with the yearbook ID code 6927918. Yearbooks will be distributed in May.
Register for Shipwrecked VBS
Parents, it's that time again! We're excited to announce that registration for  "Shipwrecked" Vacation Bible School (VBS)  is now open! From Monday, June 18th - Friday, June 22nd, kids will venture onto an uncharted island where they survive and thrive, anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life's storms! With  registration online , signing up for VBS has never been easier, so be sure to sign up and get in on the fun!


Parents, if you're looking for a
guilt-free, fun and educational option for the kids once school is out this summer, look no further than Hales Corners Lutheran School's (HCLS) Summer Care! HCLS Summer Care
is open to children ages 1 through completed 5th grade and kicks off Thursday, June 7 and is available 6:30am-6:00pm, Monday - Friday
until August 15.
Early bird registration is now open,
so sign up online, save 50%!
HCL Easter Egg Hunt - March 24
Families, mark your calendars! HCL's Children's Ministry is 
inviting children ages 3-8 years old to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord with a morning of fun at our first annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00-10:00am at Hales Corners Park. This free event is open to the public, all are
welcome to join the fun! Want to pitch in to help with this effort? Volunteers are needed for the day of the event. For details, please contact Julie Crowe at jcrowe@hcl.org.
Upcoming Events
March 10:   Piano Festival (judged competition), 8:30-11:30 am, (JC)
March 19-23:  NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK
March 30 - April 2:   NO SCHOOL - EASTER BREAK


Middle School Sport Events
March 22-25:  Lutheran School National Basketball Tournament - Valparaiso University, IN

PLEASE See our Sycamore Calendar for all sports games, dates, times and destinations.
GRANGE CAMPUS
Congratulations - Box Top Winners!!
Thank you for sending in your Box Tops and spreading the word to your friends and family!  It's not too late - your Box Tops are helpful any time of year! Our last collection brought in $416.90!  Thank you! Here are the top 3 classroom collections:
1. Heicher - 388
2. Naber - 371
3. Voigt - 365

Congratulations to our 1st grade!  Mrs. Heicher's class will enjoy a special treat and an extra recess!  

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.
Message from Mrs. Kelling
After a lot of prayerful consideration, I wanted to let you know that I will not be returning to HCLS next year as my husband is pursuing a commission as a Naval Officer as a part of the Navy Nurse Corps. My husband served in the Army for eight years prior to receiving his Bachelor's degree. Now that he has his Nursing degree, he is feeling called to pursue a career in the military once more. Even though we are unsure of our destination at this time, my husband will be stationed at a base somewhere on a coast. While I am excited for our next adventure, it doesn't come without anxiety of the unknown -- where will he be stationed? Will it be stateside? Will I still be teaching next year? Amongst all the questions, we are confident that this is God's will for us. We kindly ask for prayers as God's plan continues to be revealed to us as we embark on this military journey. We know God goes before us, and we are trusting in His unfailing guidance and love. We are so thankful for all the blessings that HCL has provided! God is so good!

Staffing Update
As you read in the article from Mrs. Kelling, we will be looking for a 3rd grade teacher for next year.  We know that God has great plans for the Kellings and will bless them wherever He leads. We will miss Mrs. Kelling!  We also know that God has great plans for HCLS and will continue to bless us as well. Please share any recommendations for teacher candidates with Albert Amling, aamling@hcl.org as we will be quickly forming a call committee to seek who God has planned for us.  
Greenfield Little League Registration Open
Only 1 month left to sign up for Greenfield Little League - registration ends April 1. Registration is completely done online at www.greenfieldll.com. Please see our  Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
JANESVILLE CAMPUS
Band News
On March 3, the band students from Hales Corners Middle School participated in the Elementary Solo and Ensemble contest at Milwaukee Lutheran.  Once again, our students performed very well.  Here are the results:

Gold medals were awarded to: Blake C., Brynn C.*, Jack G., Ethan G., Michaela L., Brendan S.*, Zach S.*, Ella S., Roger W., Sophie W.*, Maddie W., Bradyn Z.*
*denotes perfect score!

Silver medals were awarded to: Jack J., Bradley S.

TBA: Kate C., Luke E., Nikki W.
8th Grade Acolytes Needed
On Good Friday, March 30, we will be having Tenebrae services at 12:30, 6:30 and 8 pm. This involves the acolytes extinguishing six candles on either side of the Altar during the service. The pastors invite 8th graders to help with this part of the service, serving as acolytes. This would also count toward the serving requirement for Confirmation.
There will be one training class with Pastor Keith held during the school day prior to Good Friday.  We would like to have spots filled BEFORE spring break.  Please sign-up with this link if your student can help out.
Mrs. Horn and Mrs. Kemper will work with Rebecca Kurkowski, worship coordinator on a training date.

PB&J Challenge and Feeding America
Last Thursday, 7th grade SALT students were able to help at Feeding America to drop off of our school's awesome donation as well as sorting it to get the food to individual food pantries.  The students were fantastic representatives of what makes our school so great - wonderful kids sharing God's word through their words and actions.   We are thankful to count our blessings and be able to help others. Special thanks to the Kirner, Golembiewski, and West families for helping to transport over 1700 pounds of PB&J!


Lutheran High School News
Martin Luther
Martin Luther Youth Summer Programs
Planning for Summer?  We've got a fun summer planned! Whether your child is interested in sports, arts, or drama, we've got something for everyone!  Take a look and register today!