February 9, 2018
Dear Parents:
I was in a devotion with Pastor Chad Kogutkiewicz this past Tuesday.  We were discussing the incredible blessings that we share in our church and school.
We talked about earthly goals and working towards them.  Pastor K took me to Philippians 3:12-20.
I encourage you to read the entire passage as you seek His will in your life.  Pastor K shared a quote with me that resonated within me.  He came across it in his readings, but doesn't remember who to give credit to. It goes like this, "As Christians this is as close to hell as we will ever get.  For non-christians this is as close to heaven as they will ever get!"  
I know that sometimes I get lost in the details of my day, versus the blessings of my day.  This passage and quote helped me to "reboot" my thinking and to focus instead on how blessed I am to be held in our Saviors arms, knowing that I will spend eternity with Him!  If you are stuck in what isn't, I encourage you to reboot into Him!


Albert J. Amling
Superintendent of Schools/Principal
In This Issue

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

Start your day off with a delicious Grebe's Donut and fellowship!  Each student  is invited to bring a parent or special person to this event.  

February 22, 2018   7:30 am - 8:15 am
RSVP by February 19
March 1, 2018   7:30 am - 8:15 am
RSVP by February 26
Upcoming Events
February 12:  No School - Professional Development Day
Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:00 pm (JK3-8th grade)
February 14:  Ash Wednesday - Chapel 8:30 am (JC)
February 16:  Spring Sports forms due (Gr. 5-8)
February 20: Lifetouch Activity Pictures 12:30 (JC) *date changed from 2/8/18
February 27:  8th Grade Parent Meeting, 6:30-8:00 pm (JC) Fellowship Hall
March 8:  4th Grade to The Wiz at First Stage
March 10:  Piano Festival (judged competition), 8:30-11:30 am, (JC)

Middle School Sport Events
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
March 2-4: Wisconsin State Tournament (must qualify)

**Please note the 5th Grade Chapel scheduled for February 7 has been changed to May 2!**
PLEASE See our Sycamore Calendar for all sports games, dates, times and destinations.
Valentine's Party for Grades 6-8
We will celebrate Valentine's Day for grades 6-8 on Wednesday, February 14,
from 2:45-3:20 pm.  Donations are still needed for the celebration.  If you would like to contribute, please look at the sign up genius list and select an option. Students will have time to hand out valentines and enjoy treats. Valentine exchange for middle school students is not required; however, if you choose to participate please bring valentines for everyone either in your homeroom, grade level or all of the girls or guys in the class.  We want to avoid someone feeling left out.  Thank you!

8th Grade Parent Meeting
8th grade parents please save the date and meet us in Fellowship Hall at the Janesville Campus on
Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 pm to discuss the end of year activities for our eighth graders.
  We look forward to seeing you there!

8th Grade - Scholastic Challenge
Next week our 8th graders will have an opportunity to compete in an online academic challenge through American Scholastic Achievement League.  The sections include: General Knowledge (i.e. food, art, sports, music, current events, entertainment, mythology, etc.), Language and Literature, Geography, History, Science, and Mathematics. The questions are not related to a specific curriculum, but are selected to reflect the general knowledge and educational levels expected of eighth grade students.
Please check out their website ( http://schoolschallenge.com/home-c1030.php ) or contact Kerrie Roesler ( kroesler@hcl.org ) for more information.

Congratulations to our top place History Bee Oral Competition finishers! Ryan F. was our School Champion followed by
Dawson A., Kieran S., and Dylan P.

A Memorable Season Captured Forever
Spring Sports & Activity Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, February 20, for grades 4-8 at the  Janesville Campus.  Lifetouch order forms for spring sports only will be sent home with the students participating in sports. A separate form will be sent home for activity group photos. A 5 x 7 untitled activity group photo can be purchased for $7.00 each.   If you wish to purchase a picture, payment must be  handed in on picture day. Please make check payable to Lifetouch. 
*Athletic & scout uniforms, as well as instruments, need to be brought to school on picture day.