Conferences! Conferences!

Next week is a busy week for our faculty. Perhaps you are able to use this time to fit in a fall vacation or just take a break from school to catch up on projects and family time. However, for our is definitely not a break!!! It is a change in our usual routine, and we will be very busy next week. The first part of the week will be filled with parent-teacher conferences and then we head to Seaside to attend the Northwest District Lutheran Educators Conference. The teachers have also graciously adjusted their parent teacher conference times to allow for an additional professional development day on Monday, which means that they may have to work a little longer or later to fit in all the parent-teacher conferences before we leave for Seaside. These are all valuable and needed times.  

Parent teacher conferences were adjusted this year so that we can meet with families to check-in and review progress before the end of term report cards. We felt this change was needed to give students and families the opportunity to be able to make changes before their term report card.  

Professional development is important too. As a faculty, we need the time to learn new skills and engage with our colleagues around the district. It also allows us to refocus and reconsider how we are doing and to ask what we can do better or differently. We are also privileged to have this time to worship and pray together as a faculty and with other Lutheran educators from around the district. And if you happen to see us having a little fun (perhaps a faculty Halloween party might be in the works) we also value this time to build our faculty relationships.  

Next month is a busy one!! Take a look at the monthly highlights below. We have a lot of fun activities that directly support our students. Our 8th grade students have the opportunity to visit Washington DC each year, but as you can imagine this trip is expensive. Please join us at the wine tasting event on November 2 to raise support for this trip and please consider purchasing Tuesday Night Dinners as they begin on November 19, both of these activities directly benefit our 8th grade students trip to Washington DC in May. I also hope to see you at some of our other upcoming fun events so that perhaps we can get in a little more than a "good morning". I would love the chance to get to know each of you a little better.

Have a fun fall week!!
  • 10/28-10/29: NO SCHOOL ( Mid-term Conferences: Kids Club open)
  • 10/30-11/1: NO SCHOOL (Lutheran Schools Conference: Kids Club open)
  • 11/1: Friday Night Babysitting (6:30-10:00 pm)
  • 11/2: 8th Grade Fundraiser Wine Tasting Event
  • 11/9: PTL sponsored Bunko Night!
  • 11/11: Veterans Day Celebration
  • 11/15: Picture Re-takes
  • 11/19: TND Starts - Click here for Order Form
  • 11/21: End of First Trimester
  • 11/22: NO SCHOOL (teacher grading day)
  • 11/27: Report Cards posted
  • 11/28-29: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Don't Forget to Collect and Turn in your
Jog-A-Thon Donations!
Our next PTL meeting is Today, October 24th @ 3:15 PM
All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
We will not be live streaming this meeting.
Our 1st Popcornopolis fundraiser starts 10/25!

Materials will be going home with your student TODAY! We have raffle prizes to give away and a party for the top selling class.

Who wants all the popcorn?!

Our first Box Tops deadline is 11/1!
We are hoping to have as many as we can turned in by 10/25 as there is no school next week.

We currently have 1,588 tops and have already earned an extra free dress day!!

Keep those Box Tops coming!
We are always open to ideas or comments!
Please email us at with your thoughts.

Monday 10/28: NO SCHOOL
Tuesday 10/29: NO SCHOOL
Wednesday 10/30: NO SCHOOL
Thursday 10/31: NO SCHOOL
Friday 11/1: NO SCHOOL
Stock up on uniforms for Winter!

With the Friends & Family event, October 30 - November 7, our school families can save  40% on all Lands’ End School uniform and dress code apparel!

If you have any uniform related questions, please email us at or drop a comment on the Parent Facebook page!


  • Regretfully, the 3-5 grade soccer game on Friday (10/25) has been cancelled due to conflict. The game will not be rescheduled. We had a great season. Let's celebrate with them in what they accomplished as a team! Way to go Panthers!


  • Season Schedule Coming Soon!

Are You Interested In Playing Sports?
Please contact Alisa Benson our Athletic Director via email:

The bank is now requiring that checks written to our various accounts need to be written out exactly the way the account title is stated on our bank records.   No abbreviations  will be accepted any longer. If checks are not made out correctly, they will be returned and not deposited. Here are the full account names to use  effective immediately :

1. For church: "Pilgrim Lutheran Church"

2.  For school: "Pilgrim Lutheran Church" (yes that is correct!; "school" in the memo only)

3. For childcare: "Pilgrim Lutheran Church" (yes that is correct!; "childcare" in the memo)

4. For PTL: "Pilgrim Lutheran School" ("PTL" in the memo only)

5. For Scrip orders: "Pilgrim Lutheran School" (Growth Fund in the memo only)
Lunch Payments:

This is a reminder that lunch balances should be kept current by the 20th of each month. If you have not made a lunch payment recently, please log onto your account and make a payment. We would like to avoid charging late fees if possible. Please help us by making a lunch payment soon.
Most of our scrip card offerings are still there, plus there are some new options (Cheesecake Factory, anyone?? GameStop,, and more...). You can now order online, and even pay online, 24 hours a day! You can make every purchase profitable for our kids! Our running total earned to date is $ 139.40!
Next SCRIP Orders are due: NOVEMBER 4th ~

Our Group ID: 503644PLCS

Chapel Updates:
Our chapel theme this year is Joyful—based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16.  
Rejoice always!  This is easy to say and a lot harder to do!  
Throughout the school year we have lots of opportunities to serve others with a joyful heart with an offering. We have projects that are both local and global and our first offering of the year are hygiene kits.  For the month of October we will be Operation Christmas Child (see below). We also regularly take travel shampoos, soaps and lotions to the Portland Rescue Mission so if you have any saved up from your summer travels bring them in! 

Middle School Youth fundraising Babysitting Night at Pilgrim: 11/1 from 6:30 to 10:00. 
Infants through 5th grade are welcome. 
This is a fundraiser for our middle school youth for summer camp. (Parent chaperones are also present)
There is no set cost, but a free-will donation is encouraged.

health/release form  is required. Be prepared for paper work. Make sure you bring a snack for movie time. 

Pilgrim Blazer Night is Friday November 8 th against the Brooklyn Nets. The sign up is posted outside the offices. This is a firm sign up! Tickets are $20 each For more information text or call Andrea @ 503-720- 2005 or at .  Please make your payments to Pilgrim Lutheran Church and leave in the office. Payment due by Oct 27.  You must include your email and cell with the sign up. All Blazer tickets are electronic and you will also need to download the Blazer App. 

October Offering:  Operation Christmas Child is back! Information flyers are going home with your children on packing instructions for the Christmas Shoe Boxes. (online: )  Shoe Boxes are due no later than November 13th!  You can pack your own shoe box or bring in items to combine with other donations. Cash donations will go towards shipping costs ($9 a box) Or Pay online and see where your shoe OCC box goes.

Christmas Wreath Order season is here!  We have beautiful wreaths, crosses, candy canes and garland. Wreaths are available for pick up November 30.   See attached order form or pick up a form in the atrium. All proceeds go to support the youth ministry of Pilgrim.  Orders are due November 10. 

Why do we do chapel offerings?
To thank God for our many blessings and to share with others who are in need. If I can answer any questions about chapel or offering do not hesitate to ask.  
You are loved! 
Andrea Gehrke—DCE
Minister of Children and Youth
Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School | 503-644-8697 | F: 503-644-8182