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December 15, 2017
Mission Statement:  We will prepare our students to be responsible members of the Christian community, strong in faith and equipped with the knowledge and skill to live as powerful, forgiven witnesses of Christ and His love.

Bible verse :   They will call him Immanuel--which means, "God with us."  Matthew 1:23

The Christmas trees are decorated, the classrooms are shining brightly, the students are singing Christmas songs, and our hallways are adorned. We are ready for the Christmas Program Sunday evening.  Everyone has been working really hard on finishing up the last assignments and tests before our long winter's rest…  As we bring the 2017 part of our school year to a close, we are also looking forward to the 2018 part.  We are making plans for the rest of the year, including Lutheran Schools Week, which is at the end of January. 

With this month's focus on Mission and Vision for our school, I am sharing the final belief statements :

We believe, as a Christ centered school, we will encourage our students and their families through Law and Gospel to love, respect and follow Christ.  We do this all as a  mission of the congregation with the intent to assist parents in the education of their children.

We believe that as a result of God's love in Christ, students will develop responsible care for each other and themselves, learn in a safe environment, and grow academically and spiritually as a whole person, body, mind and spirit.

Blessings on your week,

Mrs. Boester

Box Tops for Education: Thank you for clipping and bringing in Box Tops for Education. Keep up the good work!

Recycling:   We are still accepting plastic caps and lids.  We are hoping to get one bench this year and work on getting landscape timbers next year with our bottle caps. We are also accepting Coke Caps, used cell phones, and used ink cartridges.  All of these items provide funds for school supplies and paper for us to use.

Fundraising opportunities: In addition to the recycling items above, you may benefit the school by using Amazon Smile and selecting Trinity Lutheran Church and School - Hoffman, IL, Using Schnucks Escrip, and ordering SCRIP cash cards. SCRIP orders will be sent in the beginning of each month. Pick up an order form by the office or just let me know what you need.  All of these opportunities help us to use money wisely.  They cost nothing extra, and the school's programs benefit.  

Hoop Shoot:  On Saturday, December 9th, the Centralia Elks will held their annual "Hoop Shoot" contest at Centralia High School.   Congratulations to Lillian Wedekemper and Jensen Boatright on 1st place and Anna Children and Mati Stanart on 2nd place in their age brackets.  Miss Fuehne

It's Time to Donate your Dimes!  Did you know that one full 2 liter bottle of dimes is worth about $500? Your dimes will be used to assist our Student Support Ministry which provides speech and language, math and reading tutoring for our students. Let's Fill the bottle!

Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/37-0734379 and Amazon donates to Trinity Lutheran Church and School.

Chapel Offering December

We have adopted a Christmas Family from LCFS as our chapel project this month. We made our goal of $1000 with money still coming in! Thank you so much for helping to bring our Christmas family a very merry Christmas! This year our Christmas family consists of 6 kids.... and two sets of twins! Our kids are Josh age 15, Gwyn age 6, Keaton age 6, Oliver age 4, Aleena age 3 and Sebastian age 3. Please keep these kids and their grandparents in your prayers. 

Dates to remember:

Dec. 17 - Children's Christmas Service, 7 p.m.

Dec 18 - Christmas Craft Day (12:45 - 3:00; GBB - Home - Iuka

Dec 19 - 5th/6th Grade Shopping for our Christmas Family

Dec 20 - End 2nd Qrtr; 5th-8th Skating Party; Prek-4 Christmas Parties; 2:00 Dismissal; Advent @ Carlyle

Dec 21 - Jan 3 - Christmas Break

Jan 2 - BBB - Home - Trinity Centralia

Jan 3 - No School for students; Teacher In-Service; BBB @ Holy Cross Tournament

Jan 4 - School Resumes!  GBB Home - Central City (BB)

Jan 9 - BBB @ TSJ; GBB Regionals

Jan 11 - BBB @ Kell

Jan 12 - SAFE - Bullying

Jan 13 - Cong. Mtgs 9:00

Jan 15 - No School - MLK, Jr Day

Lunch menu: Students may take off two items... but must have at least 5 component

Hot Lunch: Individual lunches are now $2.75

10 lunches- $27.50.......20 lunches-$55.00  Milk is-$.30 per cart

Dec 15 Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Mandarin Oranges, Gravy, Bread, Milk

Dec 18 Chicken Patty, Green Beans, Corn, Salsa, Pineapple, Bun, Chips, Milk

Dec 19 5-6 Shopping day Mini Corn Dogs, Pork -n- Beans, Carrots, Rosy Applesauce, Chocolate Pudding, Milk

Dec 20 Dismissal at 2p.m. Hot Dog, Peas, Potato Smiles, Peaches, Bun, Graham Cracker, Milk

Enjoy your Christmas Vacation see you next year! Deb & Tina

Menu Always Subject to change without notice. Please encourage your students to eat lunch at school. Thanks!

NUT FREE FACILITY!We have students with severe nut allergies that cause immediate reaction when in contact with  products that have nuts in them. Food allergies can be life threatening. The risk of accidental exposure to foods can be reduced in the school setting if a safe educational  environment for food-allergic students is  provided. We ask that you please do not bring any products containing nuts into this facility to be served.  Thanks for helping to keep our children safe.

Kindergarten12/15/17 We are using this time to do some reviewing.  We are reviewing short vowel sounds, the correct way to write numbers and letters, pattern block patterns, and addition.  As we add another part to the Christmas story, we review what has happened already.  And of course, we review our songs and recitation for the Sunday evening children's Christmas service.  Have a blessed Christmas time, keeping Jesus always in the forefront.  Ruth
1st and 2nd Grade News- 12/15/17 We have been working on Christmas around the world.  Along with learning about each country the kids have been reading short essays about the country we are visiting to help with different comprehension skills.  The kids are always excited to see where we are going each day.  We have also been working on acts of kindness.  They have really enjoyed giving back to others. We have been working on our math facts quite a bit this week too.  Blessings! Angie
3rd and 4th Grade News 12/15/17  Students have completed their essays and are doing rewrites.  We have drawn names for the gift exchange.  We are starting a report about a vertebrate animal and using the surfaces to complete it.  This is similar to the one we did a couple of weeks ago.  Our party is next Wednesday, which is also the last day of school before the Christmas break.  There probably won't be a newsletter next week.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..   God's blessings on your holidays..... Mr. T

5th and 6th Grade News 12/15/17 We finished up our novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins and a unit on Ancient Arabia. We also have enjoyed using our Choices magazine for Health.The Christmas program has also been a big part of this week. Next week we are going shopping for our Christmas Family on Tuesday and Skating on Wednesday. We can't wait! Blessings! Cindy
7th & 8th Grade News - 12/15/17  Blessings!  We have had quite the busy week!  We have completed our Secret Santa gift exchange today.  I enjoyed seeing what the students got for each other!  We have also been busy with coding this week.  I found an interesting course through code.org that combines both coding and Algebra. It's been great!  The students have also been very hard at work finishing up units in Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.  They have also been making various crafts in preparation for our Christmas Craft Day on Monday.  We have some creative kids, let me tell you! We will finish out our week next week with Skating in Breese on Wednesday.  We are so excited!  Have a great weekend!  In Christ, Caitlin

Sports Update: We need a person to step forward and be the manager for our sports concessions. We also are looking for a track coach for the spring.  If you are able to assist with this, please call Mrs. Boester.

 Trinity Lutheran School - Hoffman is accepting applications for a 3rd/4th grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please contact the principal for more information at this time.

Student Support Ministry

The Student Support Ministry is a newly established program at Trinity Lutheran School.  Through this program, we provide assistance to students, in addition to their regular classroom and teacher.  The Student Support Ministry teachers offer assistance and work closely with the classroom teachers to identify challenges for the students with whom they work.

We have three different components of this Ministry:  Student Aide, Reading and Math Tutoring, and Speech and Language Therapy.   Two of our students are assisted by a classroom aide during the mornings.  This aide provides assistance with organization, understanding and following directions, completing assignments, and positive classroom functioning.  Additionally, we have nine students who participate after school with a certified Language and Speech Pathologist.  These students receive instruction and therapy on skills such as speech articulation, language acquisition, and language processing.  Finally, we have an additional nine students who have shown deficits in language and/or mathematics who work one on one or in small groups with a certified teacher on specific math and reading goals.  This additional assistance for these students enables them to be successful in their classroom without needing to turn outside of our school for assistance and at no additional cost to our parents.  We have seen tremendous improvement for all of these students since they began the program. 

A large portion of the expense associated with offering these services is provided through state Title I funding.  At this time, the funding has not been approved for the school district, so we do not have access to that portion of the funding.  The remainder of the funding comes from donors.  We have received donations from the Ferrin Men's and Women's groups, as well as our own Men's and Women's Fellowship groups.  We also have  many private donors.  The entire cost of this program is expected to be approximately $17,000 for the 2017-2018 school year.    It is not clear at this time what the shortfall will be as the state funds are not completely allocated, but we do anticipate a shortfall.   We are asking for anyone who is able, to consider a donation to help this program continue for our students.  Identify your gift as Student Support Ministry.  Thank you so much for your consideration and your gift.  


Trinity Lutheran Church of Hoffman will observe the Third Sunday in Advent, December 16th and 17th.  This week Pastor Krenz’s sermon topic is “Advent Isaiah Shows Us God’s Great Exchange"   Isaiah 63:1-4, 8-11. 

 Greeters for Saturday 6:00pm service are Connie Dodson and Jane Siegrist;  Acolyte is Michael Brinkmann; Sunday morning 8:30am, Greeters is the Youth Group;  Acolyte is Reese Scheetz, and Crucifer is Riley Scheetz.  Lector is James Kellermann and Narthex Usher is Doug Palm.

 This Week’s Events: Saturday (12/16) 6:00pm Worship Service; Sunday (12/17) Sunday 8:30am Choral Worship Service,10:00am Sunday School/Bible Class, 11:00am Voters Meeting, 4:30pm Jr. Confirmation, 7:00pm School Christmas Program;  Monday (12/18) 6:30pm Men’s Club Fellowship; Tuesday (12/19) 2:00pm Bible Study at Carlyle Health Care; Wednesday (12/20): 8:45am Christmas Program Chapel, 1:00pm Quilting, 5:00pm Adult Confirmation, 5:30pm Bell Choir, 8:00pm Choir, 7:00pm Advent Service at Hoffman, School Children will sing and refreshments following service;  Saturday (12/23) No Worship Service; Sunday (12/24) Sunday 8:30am Worship Service,10:00am Sunday School/Bible Class, 7:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service; Monday (12/25) 9:00am Christmas Day Service.