Parental Involvement

Parent Teacher League

The Pilgrim Parent Teacher League (PTL) is committed to enriching the lives of all students, supporting teachers, administrators, and staff, connecting families to the school and church communities, and raising money for the school. The PTL meets these goals through social activities, fundraising events, and educational programs.

Contact the PTL at ptl@pilgrimchicago.org.

PTL Leaders:

Sara Witt, President

Tara Karmin, Vice President

Laura Carter, Secretary

Tarah Dickerson, Development Chair

Alison Hays, Past President

Laura Parsons, Treasurer

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Click the dropdown below to view the various parent volunteer opportunities. Contact the school office to volunteer.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Room Parent

Room Parent
Each classroom needs one or two parent volunteers to plan school parties and the annual auction project.

Teacher Aid

Volunteer Teacher Aide
Duties and time requirements vary from classroom to classroom. Usually requires a commitment of 1/2 to one hour, one day a week. This is in-room help, assisting students with classwork, checking homework, etc.

Library Aid

Library Aide
Working with half the class at a time, the return of library books is supervised and new books are chosen. For lower grades, stories are read aloud to students during library visits. Time commitment is 1/2 hour, once a week.

Preschool Lunch Monitor

Preschool Lunch Monitor
Two volunteers are needed in the preschool/kindergarten lunchroom to monitor and assist children while they eat. A 1/2-hour time commitment once a week. This opportunity allows the preschool and kindergarten teachers their only break of the day.

Lunch Assistant

Lunch Assistance
You may choose to serve as a lunchroom monitor or as a kitchen worker during lunch. Lunchroom monitors help maintain order in the lunchroom and this position requires 1-2 hrs./week. Kitchen workers help the lunchroom manager prepare and serve lunch and this position requires 2-3 hrs./week.

Field Trip Assistant

Field Trip Assistance
Field trips are fun and provide the perfect opportunity for parents to spend time with their children as they explore something new as part of a larger group. Field trips often require multiple volunteers who monitor and direct the children under the guidance of the lead teacher. Volunteers do not need to transport students.

Health Records Aid

Health Records Aide
This person goes through health records, prepares notices for parents if anything is missing, and makes sure everything is in order per state requirements.

Ways to Support Pilgrim

Shopping Certificates

Full of guilt for wanting that new pair of shoes? Desperately trying to justify that large box of chocolates? Pilgrim is here to help with our Shopping Certificate Program! Our certificates are as good as cash at scores of national and local retailers including Jewel, Shell, Mobil, and numerous restaurant chains. As a result, these certificates can bring a feeling of virtue to even the most extravagant purchase! Certificates are available twice a week in the school office and after church services on Sundays. For a current list of certificates available, contact the school office.

Amazon Smile

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Pilgrim when you start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Select Pilgrim Lutheran Church English Synod.

Greenery Sales

Add a festive touch to your home with a fresh Christmas wreath and decorations, or add a splash of color to your garden with a fall order of bulbs. Our annual fundraising goal is to raise $100 per teacher, to be used for classroom equipment and supplies.

Party for Pilgrim

This is the highlight of the Pilgrim social calendar! The whole Pilgrim community of parents, church members and friends come together for an evening of dinner, dancing and shopping, with the occasional drink thrown in for good measure! Furthermore, this is a wonderful chance to socialize and party for a good cause. As a result, the annual party has helped fund popular projects such as the new playground. Items up for bid include Cubs and Sox tickets, dining experiences, weekend getaways, and themed parties thrown by groups of parents. This is a fundraiser that is not to be missed! For more information, contact the school office.

Trivia Night

Trivia night is held once a year as a fundraiser for the 8th grade Washington DC trip. Teams of eight adult friends compete to win $500. As a result, Trivia Night covers costs for a trip that is a highlight of 8th grade year. Keep an eye out in January for details.

Thrivent

Thrivent Financial Fund for Lutherans is a new way to automatically increase your contributions. If you own a specific Thrivent product, Thrivent will add 50% to any contribution you make to Pilgrim. As a result, if you donate $50, Thrivent will add $25 to that amount. Thrivent offers insurance, mutual funds, and investment advice. For more information, contact Pilgrim’s Thrivent agent Ed Nelson at 773-545-5244 or visit this website.

Magazine Subscriptions

Each fall we have a Magazine Drive for both new and renewing subscriptions. Magazines may be ordered all year through QSP. 40% of all orders is donated to Pilgrim. To set up a QSP Magazine Fundraiser, visit this link and follow the online directions to order magazines for your family to read at home. Our school account number is: 425008656. Be sure to tell your family & friends!

Direct Contributions

We gratefully accept cash donations throughout the year, and will provide the necessary receipts for your tax records. In addition, many companies will match charitable donations, so don’t forget to inquire at work! Thank you to our alumni, friends of the school, and local businesses for your continued and generous support! To make a recurring or one-time donation, please contact the school office.

We are grateful for our Pilgrim partners!

Thank you, to our community partners!

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