PilgrimFest 2021: Fun, Friends…and Food

Last Sunday’s block party was an amazing celebration of community! We were blessed to gather in beautiful weather, and enjoy the fellowship of school families, church members, Hot Meals guests, and our gracious neighbors. Kids enjoyed bouncing down the giant inflatable slide, feeding adorable animals in the petting zoo, and – or course – taking their turns on the dunk tank seat! The grown-ups in the crowd relaxed with burgers and hotdogs fresh off the grill, and took in the tuneful sounds of the talented St. Jams Band. It was certainly an afternoon to remember. And, we give an extra-loud shoutout to our many dedicated volunteers, who pulled together to make sure everyone could have a joyous time!

A New Beginning!

“I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school.  Firsts are best because they are beginnings.” – Jenny Han

Yesterday was indeed a day of beginnings for Pilgrim students!  They waved goodbye to parents, reunited with friends, and walked to their classrooms with a mix of excitement, anticipation – and maybe a bit of nervousness.

The first day of school holds inherent promise.  Achievements will be earned in both academics and athletics.  Students will grow in character and spirit.  New interests and talents will be discovered. 

During this week of beginnings, we’re grateful to welcome the entire Pilgrim student body back to the classroom for full-time, in-person instruction – after last year’s Covid mitigations required changes to protect health and safety.  We give thanks for the resiliency of our students, teachers, and staff during a time that was challenging for all. 

After taking a brief summer break, we plan to update our blog regularly with news, stories, profiles, and tips that will give you an inside look at the many ways in which Pilgrim Lutheran embodies academic excellence with a heart.  We look forward to the 2021-22 school year with hope and enthusiasm. Please join us on this journey!

Principal Chris Comella 

Private School 101: Answering Common Questions

By Chris Comella, Principal of Pilgrim Lutheran School

Ask most parents in Chicago, and they’ll probably tell you that choosing where their children attend school can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and downright anxiety-provoking!  

For families who are fortunate to have a variety of options, the first major decision to tackle is whether to select a public or private school education.  Both offer specific benefits, and both can provide the “right fit” – depending on a child’s individual strengths and challenges.   

We want to help families just starting the decision-making process – or considering a switch – so we’re providing answers to some frequently asked questions about private schools! 

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A Child’s Work is Play

By Polly Smith, Pilgrim Kindergarten Teacher

Summer break is here! For many, it’s a sigh of relief after what feels like a longer than normal school year. For children, it’s a chance to have fun, explore, and play! 

In many ways, play was put on pause this past year as in-class learning gave way to online classrooms. However, if there was ever a year where students needed play-based learning, this was it. Stress, anxiety, and unknowns were high for all. Amidst the challenges, early childhood students at Pilgrim spent the past school year engaged in play in the classroom. 

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