Daily Bulletin

Illinois Lutheran Elementary School-Crete, IL Bulletin for Thursday, April 24, 2014

This Week's Devotional Thought -
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
This is the Day the Lord Has Made!
When I was a youngster, my father bought a stand-up poster, probably 18"x24" on which that verse was printed underneath a picture of a 12-18 month-old child. The child was eating spaghetti. And of course as little ones eat, they don't seem to think they'll get the full nutrients unless they try to absorb some of it through their skin. :-) So, this little one had taken the bowl of spaghetti (yes, noodles and sauce) and had dumped it over his head!
Of course, after beginning to "wear" the spaghetti, the child discovered that it wasn't as pleasant an experience as he had anticipated, so the child was now sitting there, covered with spaghetti and sauce, and crying his eyes out, miserable. At the bottom of this picture it read: "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Yes, life can be messy. Unfortunately, often we cause the messes ourselves, because of our own sinfulness.
Yet, we rejoice!
How can that be? Because of Jesus. Jesus' death washed our sins away. And Jesus' resurrection guarantees that we, too, will get out of the grave someday. No doubt about it! Trusting in Jesus' wonderful work of salvation, we WILL go to heaven.
And now, on every day that God still grants us life here on earth, we rejoice in the living hope that we have through Jesus. Even on those days when there's some spaghetti sauce running down our face!
Jesus, you are the reason for my joy that can’t be taken away even on difficult days. In you I rejoice, today and every day, for your blessings of forgiveness and eternal life. Amen.
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This Week's ChristLight Stories
God’s gifts to us are so amazing. Sometimes, it is almost impossible for us to understand. In our ChristLight stories for this week, our stories center around the theme of taking God’s saving Word and sharing that incomprehensible gift with people who do not know it. God’s amazing grace is on display as His Word is shared and people repent of their sins and come to faith. The stories for this week are “Naaman’s Servant” from 2 Kings chapter 5, and “Jonah” from Jonah chapters 1, 2, and 3. As you have opportunity, please take the time to review these stories with your children.

Early Release....
Just a reminder that Friday, May 2, is an early release day. The faculty will be attending an in-service in the afternoon. The students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.
There is no aftercare on early release days, so please plan on being here at 11:15 a.m. to pick up your children. Thank you so much!

Spring High School Drama
The ILHS Drama production for the spring will be the Children's Theater play, "The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White's Less-Famous Sister)." In the play, Rose Red has just turned thirteen, and the pressure is on - what will she do to get famous like her sister, Snow White? Everyone in the kingdom, from her parents to her best friend, Miss Muffet, is pressuring her to get discovered. In her struggle to choose between doing what everyone else wants and forging her own path, Rose Red can't help wondering if a girl who wants to be normal can live happily ever after. There will be shows for the students of ILS during the day on Friday, April 25, and there will be a performance open to the general public at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in the elementary school gymnasium. A freewill donation will be taken at the door.

Battle of the Books
The Battle of the Books is fast approaching. As in the past, the battle is held at the Crete Public Library.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Grades 4 and 5 Battle
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Grade 3 Battles
Thursday, May 1, 2014 Grades 6, 7, 8 Battle
Each night all Battles begin sharply at 6:00 p.m.
A note will go home this week for all participating in the Battle of the Books.
We welcome any to come and "cheer" / support our schools' teams. Go Chargers!

Lost and Found
Please check the lost and found items displayed on a table in the hallway by the boys bathroom. If anything belongs to you, please take it home. Whatever is left at the end of the school year will be donated to charity. Thanks so much!

Miss Fischer needs your help...
Miss Fischer is collecting glass jars (spaghetti sauce size). Jars are needed by May 5th and can be turned into the school office. Thank you for your help!

CPA News
The Charger Parent Association is hosting a business meeting on Thursday, April 24th, at 6:30 p.m. in the grade school gym. All are welcome to come and share their thoughts and ideas for next year. Hope to see you there!

Trinity Ministry Adventures for the Almighty
is hosting a flower, herb, and vegetable sale to raise funds for future mission trips. If you are interested in purchasing any, the order forms, along with payments, must be turned in by Tuesday, April 29th. Thank you!

Teacher Appreciation
CPA and Boosters are hosting Teacher Appreciation week starting, April 28th through May 2nd. We will be hosting lunch on Tuesday and Thursday and breakfast on Wednesday at both buildings. We are looking for donations on food, drinks, and moms to watch the kids during lunch and recess. Please go to the school website and click on the CPA page. You can find the link to VolunteerSpot to sign up to help! Thanks for helping make this a wonderful week for all of our teachers!

Campbell Soup Labels and Box Tops for Education
Thanks so much for your support with collecting the Campbell Soup Labels and the Box Top for Education! Please continue to collect them over the summer. Thanks again for helping our school!

Band Solo Nights
On Monday, May 5, Tuesday, May 6, and Wednesday, May 7, the band students in grades 4-8 will participate in solo nights at 7:00 p.m. in the high school multi-purpose room. All the band students are preparing solos and some are working on ensembles too. These are very special evenings for the students who put a lot of work into preparing their selections. We would love to have you come and listen!

Tuition Rates for 2014-2015
Next year's tuition has been set by the ILS Delegate Assembly. (See: http://www.ilhs.org/tuition-2014-15.html ) Families needing financial aid for the 2014-15 school year should apply for financial assistance through FACTS. Go to the FACTS link on our web-site's Home page. Follow directions and complete the application. Please complete the process by May 1st.

Just a Reminder
Do not forget that we host "Open House Thursdays" each Thursday throughout the year. If you know someone whose children would be well-served by a top notch Christian education at Illinois Lutheran, don't hesitate to tell them about OPEN HOUSE THURSDAYS. Your referrals are the best way to make our school grow in a quality way. Thank you for sharing the message. And who knows, maybe you sharing the news about our school might lead someone and their children to the Good News - Jesus!

Note of Concern
Of late, I have noticed several parents talking on their cell phones while in the school drop-off and pickup lines. I feel the need to remind you that it is illegal to use a hand-held device while driving. A hands-free device is the only way that a call can be made or received while driving. In addition it is illegal to make or receive a cell phone call in a school zone. If in a school zone, it does not matter if this call or text is made using a hand-held or hands-free device. Recently there was a police officer sitting very close to school. I would guess that he was monitoring cell phone use by our parents in line. Please be careful with cell phone use in the area of any school building.

Save this Date!!!!!!
Saturday, June 7, 2014 is the 18th annual ILS Golf Outing and Dinner! It will be held at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete. Registration and donation forms are available in both the Elementary School and the Jr High/High School Offices, the ILS website, and also in both Zion and Trinity Churches.

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