COVID-19 Announcements

Click HERE to access online Worship Services, Bible studies, and other resources.


As Christians, we have special comfort and peace during uncertain times. We know that God loves us and sent His Son, Jesus, to be the payment for our sins. We know that having made the perfect sacrifice for our sins, Jesus rose from the dead and is alive forever. This changes everything! When Christians get sick or are dying, they haven’t lost God’s blessing, rather their faith is strengthened. (Romans 5:3). When uncertain times test a Christian, and fearful anxiety threatens to take over, Scripture gives us the comfort and peace we need.


Psalm 28:7 - The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults and with my song I give thanks to Him.

Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Philippians 4:6 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Luke 6:36 - Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

John 13:35 - By this all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.


Scroll down for announcements from Concordia Church + Concordia School. 

Church

We are resuming in-person worship at our normal worship times: Saturdays at 5:00 pm, Sundays at 8:00 am and 10:45 am.


Slight modifications will continue: we will continue to wear masks as we enter the building until we are settled in our pews; we will continue to offer modified seating arrangements and hand sanitizer; and we will continue with modified communion distribution. 


We will also continue to share our weekly worship services online, for those who are not ready or not able to attend in person yet. 



School

Back to School Plan (covid considerations) - version date: 8-4-20


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7/29/20

We know there are many decisions for parents to make and we respect how difficult it is to make many of these choices. At Concordia, we desire to partner with parents in the education of their children. It is our desire to have all our students be back to in-person instruction, but we recognize that it is not safe or desirable for all families to do so at this time.  

In order to continue to serve the families in our care, we are offering the following alternatives to in-person instruction for those who are not ready or able to return in person: 

Concordia At Home Learning Option (available for kindergarten-5th grade)
-Teachers will share lesson plans and objectives and resources with parents
-Parents receive the at home resources a week later than the in-person students
-Parents are responsible for using the plans and resources provided by the teacher to teach their child at home
-Additional Resources provided may include: textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, manipulatives, videos, online links, other online and physical educational resources
-A Remote Learning Teacher will be available during the school day to assist at home learners - following up with deadlines, checking in, assist with log in troubles, and provide support for students and parents who are at home learning
-Tuition is the same for in person and at home learning options; reach out if you need tuition assistance

Concordia Half In Person + Half At Home Learning Option (available for kindergarten-5th grade)
-Students attend only in the morning and leave before lunch time. 
-All Core subjects are taught in the morning (Math, Reading/Language Arts, and Bible)
-Tuition is the same for In Person and Half + Half learning options; reach out if you need tuition assistance

Please reach out to me with your questions or to let me know you would like to choose one of these alternatives. We are ready to walk with families through these uncharted times. We move forward in confidence with Christ by our side!

Peace in Christ, 
Katie


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School Opening Questions & Answers - As of July 13, 2020


Dear Concordia Lutheran Family, 


First and foremost, you already know that I will do everything I can to keep our students, families, and staff safe. Ultimately, we rest in God’s almighty and loving arms. We will press on, moving forward as we love one another and follow guidelines to keep one another safe. We may not be able to have large gatherings right now and school will look different this fall, but we will continue to educate our students to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, as we always have. Concordia’s been doing that for nearly 60 years, and this pandemic isn’t going to stop us now. 


This is an ever-changing situation and each household’s experience during these times is unique. We must be respectful of various viewpoints on the subject while keeping our children safe. I have created this preliminary overview after reading federal and state guidelines for school reopening, communicating with other administrators and our staff. I encourage you to reach out to me with ideas, questions, articles and more. I welcome your counsel, prayers, and support! 


Peace in Christ,
Katie


Will we be in-person or remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year? 

We are planning to begin our year with in-person instruction in the fall. We are prepared for in-person instruction and remote learning, as needed. 


What health screening measures will be implemented before people enter the school building? 

Upon arrival, all people entering the building will have their temperature taken and will be asked several health questions. Parents will not be permitted past the health checkpoint station. Staff will be on hand to guide students to their classrooms. Entrance will be restricted to students, staff, and essential delivery services. 


What sanitation policies and practices will be in place for handwashing, recess, lunch, high-traffic areas and surfaces? 

-Handwashing will be done multiple times throughout the day. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in each classroom and at entry points. 

-Recess will continue with classes separated and time to sanitize any equipment used between classes. 

-Kindergarten-5th grade students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Preschool students will utilize the Commons to be able to socially distance for lunch and snack times. 

-High traffic/high-touch surfaces will be frequently cleaned at various times throughout the day. 


Will my child need to wear a mask at school? 

Per the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education, all persons in the school building will be required to wear a face covering this fall. This is currently a requirement and we, along with all public and nonpublic schools, are required to comply. 


I don’t feel comfortable sending my child back to school right now.

I don’t want my child to wear a face mask. 

What options do I have? 

We are still working out details to see if it is feasible for us to provide, but we are looking into options for students who opt for remote learning. We will release more details when we determine if/how we can provide this. 


When is the first day of school? 

Tuesday, August 18th is our first day of school. It is a half-day. 


Will there be extended care? 

This is one of the most difficult areas pertaining to guidelines. We are analyzing and troubleshooting this aspect of our program to make the best decision possible to keep our students safe while providing this critical service to our families. 


How many students will be in a classroom? 

In order to distance students in the classroom, we will cap our class sizes so that students can be properly distanced. In our Kindergarten-5th grade rooms we can accommodate 12-15 students, depending on the classroom. Depending on the classroom, our preschool class sizes will be 10-15 students. 


What measures are being put in place to maintain distance between grade levels/groups? 

Classes will not combine for lunch, recess, specials, or other activities during the school day. 


Will students be able to use water fountains? 

Students will not be able to drink water from the water fountains, but they can refill water bottles. Students should bring a clean and labeled water bottle to school every day. 


What will classroom restroom procedures be? 

Restroom use will be conducted under supervision of the teacher. Only two students will be allowed into each restroom at a time.


Will there be large scale events like Trunk or Treat or programs? 

Events of this nature are not being planned at this present time. 


Will there be Meet Your Teacher and Parent Night events? 

Yes, but they will be virtual in nature. More details will be released as plans are solidified. 


How often will the classrooms and building be sanitized? 

In addition to sanitizing happening throughout the school day, on a nightly basis, every classroom and common area will be cleaned and sanitized. 


What conditions or requirements will be in place for students who simply become ill and need to stay home? 

We are asking students to be fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school. 


What procedures will be in place for students who become ill during the school day? 

We will notify the parent(s) that they will have to come to pick up their child. We will have a separate room for any incidents of illness where fever could be present and where students will need to be isolated according to the guidelines. 


What will happen if a confirmed case of covid-19 takes place at school? 

We will follow the counsel and recommendations from our local health department. We will make an announcement and close the school building for a minimum of 2-3 days for a deep cleaning to take place. 


How long will these procedures be in place? 

All the information above is subject to change due to the changing nature of the covid-19 situation. CDC guidelines, Illinois Department of Health, and Illinois State Board of Education guidelines are all subject to change and may affect any plans that we are developing.



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June 8, 2020

Dear parents, I hope you have been able to enjoy this beautiful summer weather! 


1. We are excited to announce that after working through many guidelines and safety precautions, we will be able to open Concordia Summer Camp, for a limited number of students, on Monday, June 15! 

Please take time to read the notes below for details about registering, health precautions, and other requirements. 


-No walk-in registrations will be accepted.You can download the summer camp registration packet HERE


-We will start a waitlist when our capacity is reached. 


-Summer Camp will run 8am-3pm and extended care will be available 7-8am and 3-5:30pm.


-Click HERE to see the description of the health and safety precautions we will be taking to keep our campers safely having fun this summer! 


2. We still have a limited quantity of yearbooks remaining. Call the school office if you would like to purchase one! ($23)


3. Just a reminder, during the summer our office hours are typically 9am-1pm. You can call and leave a voicemail or send an email to mullen.concordia@gmail.com if you're trying to contact us outside those hours. 


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June 1, 2020

Dear parents, 

What a year! It's hard to find words to wrap up this school year. There were joys and challenges as every year will bring, but this year has been defined by the challenges presented by the pandemic as well as by the courage, dedication, flexibility, and community our school family and the larger community have shown. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) and we know that He is working for our good even in the midst of all the struggles and challenges covid-19 has caused. 

I wish we could have ended this school year in person, and with hugs! But I trust God is working and that His ways are far greater than anything we could dream up. "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)

1. TODAY, Monday, June 1st at 6-7pm is our reverse parade where families will get to drive by our teachers and staff to celebrate the end of this memorable school year! Please note, families must stay in their vehicles as you drive by. 

This will also be a drop-off/pick-up time. Items to drop off and pick up may vary by grade and class. 
You may need to drop off: textbooks, library books, tuition payments, used uniforms donations
You may need to pick up: summer learning resources, yearbooks, report cards
Available for curbside sale: yearbooks ($23/each) + Popcornopolis popcorn (see below)
We are able to accept cash or check for curbside purchases, but must be separate from tuition/extended care payments. 
 
Limited quantity of Popcornopolis popcorn available for purchase: 
Unicorn                      $10
Jalapeno Cheddar       $ 8
Jumbo Caramel          $12
Caramel                     $ 8
Jumbo Zebra              $15
Zebra                        $10

2. There are many guidelines, necessary procedures, and details to be worked out before we are able to open for summer camp. We are working to get everything in order so we are able to open summer camp as soon as we are able to do so safely and according to guidelines. As soon as we know when we are able to confidently be safely open, we will let you know when our start date for summer camp will be. We are hoping that will be a soon date. We will continue to update you as we fine tune our plan for reopening. 

3. Even though this school year just ended, plans for the fall have been in the works for a while. While we don't know what the fall will hold, we are planning for every possibility. We are are going to be safe and we are going to be rational. Amidst all the uncertainty, I can tell you with great certainty that we will continue to love and educate your children. We will continue to find creative ways to teach them. We will continue to support parents and families. We will continue help our students grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We will continue together by the grace of God and we pray that He would continue to bless our Concordia family. 

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May 19, 2020

Hello parents, 

We're are coming down the final stretch; just a week and a half of school left in the 2019-2020 school year. I am so proud of all our students, families, teachers and staff for how they have adapted and grown during this difficult time. I am so grateful for how God has continued to sustain and bless us even through these challenges. 


Please take note of the following: 


1. Virtual Field Day for preschool-5th grade is this Friday, May 22nd! Games will be posted on the "Concordia Lutheran School MP" facebook page every half hour starting at 9am. Click HERE for the packet with the supply list, game directions, and other information. You can participate with the schedule at the same time as your friends, or take it at your own pace and play the games whenever it's convenient for you! 


2.  On Monday, June 1st at 6-7pm we will have a reverse parade where families will get to drive by our teachers and staff to celebrate the end of this memorable school year! This will also be a drop-off/pick-up time. Items to drop off and pick up may vary by grade and class. 

You may need to drop off: textbooks, library books, tuition payments

You may need to pick up: summer learning resources, yearbooks

Available for curbside sale: yearbooks, Popcornopolis popcorn, spiritwear

We are able to accept cash or check for curbside purchases. 

You'll also want to drive by the curbside lost and found. 


3. Remember, Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day and is a scheduled day off of school. Students will not have schoolwork for that day. 


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May 12, 2020

Hello all, 
I can hardly believe we only have a few weeks until the end of this school year. This is certainly not how anyone imagined the year would end, but here we are - God is seeing us through! 

Please take note of the following: 

1. Popcornopolis Popcorn will be available for pick up on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 from 9am-1pm. Please call when you are in the Concordia parking lot and we will bring your order out to you. If these times do not work for you, please call the school office to arrange a different pickup time. 

2. Our online book fair is still up and running, but don't wait too long! You only have until this Friday, May 15th to get your orders in. There are thousands of titles to choose from. Book purchases over $25 get free shipping and all orders are sent directly to your home.

3. Virtual Field Day - Save the date! We will have virtual field day for preschool - fifth grade on Friday, May 22! You can follow the schedule and participate at the same time as your friends, or participate later whenever it's convenient for you. A supply list (all items you can find around your house), schedule, and game directions will be coming soon! Make sure you've "liked" and followed Concordia Lutheran School MP on Facebook to get the real-time updates for Virtual Field Day!

4. On Monday, June 1st at 6pm we will have a reverse parade where families will get to drive by our teachers and staff to celebrate the end of this memorable school year! This will also be a drop-off/pick-up time for other items, as needed. More details to come later. 

5. Summer Camp - We are hoping to be able to hold summer camp as soon as it is safe and we are allowed to do so, but it will look different this summer than it has in the past. Healthy and safety is a top priority and we are making plans for social distancing, extra health precautions, etc. Summer Camp is scheduled to begin June 8 if we are allowed to do so, otherwise we will open when the state allows it. We will always consider guidelines put out by the health department and the government and so there may be further changes as things progress. Registration is open.  If we have to cancel due to covid-19, refunds will be available. We have extended the early registration fee through June 1st. You can download registration forms here: http://www.concordiamp.com/school/summer-camp

6. With just twelve school days left, let's finish strong! Ephesians 6:10 says "finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." We can't do anything apart from God, but He gives us the strength to make it through these tough times and to do the work He's set before us to do! That's encouragement that is great not only for our students finishing up their schoolwork, but for us adults in our life's work, too! May God bless us all! 

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April 29, 2020

We will have another pick-up/drop-off day on this Monday, May 4th at 7-9am and 2-4pm. If you are not able to stop by during those times, please let us know and we can make other arrangements. Teachers will have various things for students to pick up, including school work and personal items left behind at school. You can drop off decorated bags for Miss Carly's, library books, payments, and anything else for your teachers or the office!

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April 20, 2020

Dear Concordia families,

By now you have likely heard the Governor’s announcement that we will not return to in-person instruction and will continue remote learning through the end of the school year. While we are deeply saddened at the need for separation and the change in routine and plans, we are ready to do our part to help flatten the curve.

Our teachers are committed to keep students learning. We will continue to move forward teaching students via remote learning. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or need extra assistance. We want to work with you; we are eager to help.

Our calendar for the rest of the school year will look different as we are not able to gather together for special events that we look forward to, but we are working to find ways to celebrate rites of passage and give students opportunities to participate in special activities and events in ways that are safe. Watch for more information in the weeks to come.

These are very strange and uncertain times, but one thing we know for certain is that God is with us and He is for us. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) I believe we will come out on the other side of this pandemic, with greater understanding, compassion, and an appreciation for one another and our communities.

Our Concordia community is a family and we will get through this and continue to grow together as a family does. Please reach out if you have questions, concerns, or just need to chat. You can email me at kkrause.concordia@gmail.com or call the school office (815-633-6450).

We love you, we’re praying for you, and we’re excited to see how God works in and through this time.

Blessings,

Miss Katie Krause


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April 1, 2020

Dear parents, 

With the governor's new mandate, schools are now closed through April 30th to prevent the spread of covid-19. We will continue remote learning during this time.  

We will still take our Spring break as scheduled for April 10-17. 

Popcornopolis Fundraiser forms and money are now due Wednesday, April 8. We will let you know when we have a popcorn pick-up date. 

We will have another pick-up/drop-off date: 

Wednesday, April 8th at 7-9am and 2-4pm
-Drop off your popcorn fundraiser forms and money
-Pick up spring photo proofs
-Pick up student packets/supplies
-Drop off tuition payments

It will be "drive-thru" style like last time. We will ask families to pull up to the preschool entrance, forming a line going along the curb going back towards the church entrances. We will bring your items to the car, and will collect anything you are dropping off as well.  If none of those times work for you, please contact us and we will set up a different time for you. 

These are strange and uncertain times, but we trust in our unchanging and loving God. 

"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31


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Speech Resources link from Mrs. McGraw: CLICK HERE


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March 23, 2020

Dear parents,

I hope you are doing well. You all are on my mind in and my prayers.


As we embark on week 2 of remote learning, I want to check in to see how you are doing. Would you please fill out this short survey so we can see what's working well, where you'd like more support, etc.? https://forms.gle/uySgkx5j4MNVKDgZ8


Your children are likely confused by all the change in the last week. We encourage you to focus your discussion of all these changes to our routines using the language that they have been made "to keep us safe" and look for ways to increase your interaction time with your children during this transition. Dr. Kim Marxhausen has written a blog post with more guidance on these topics; I encourage you to give it a read: CLICK HERE. 


As always, we are very thankful for the partnership we have between parents, teachers, and children in our Concordia family, all rooted in our relationship with God. I know in this time you as parents are needing to do even more than typical. As the first educators of your children, we know that you parents are more than capable, and we plan to do all we can to remotely support you and your your students during this time of separation. We are jumping into an unknown situation, but we do know that God has this under control. We are confident that God gave His life to save us from sin; His love for us is unquestionable. He will work this out for His glory and our good. God is holding us all in His care.


Please reach out with questions. We'll get through this together.

Blessings, Miss Krause

kkrause.concordia@gmail.com


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March 21, 2020

Parents,

As this situation continues to change and with the Governor's new order, we will be closed through April 7th. Please watch for more information coming on Monday.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. Please join us in praying for our Concordia families, our community, and our world. 


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March 16, 2020

Here’s the plan for picking up your child’s packets and supplies:


-You can pick up your child’s supplies on Monday, March 16 between 2-4pm or Tuesday, March 17 between 7-9am

-We’re going to do it “Drive-thru” style

-Pull up to the preschool entrance, forming a line going along the curb back towards the church entrances

-We will bring your child(ren)’s bag(s) of supplies to your car.

If you cannot pick up during those times, please email kkrause.concordia@gmail.com to set up a time that works for you.

Thank you!


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March 15, 2020

Concordia Parents/Guardians,


With a confirmed case of covid-19 in Winnebago County, we will NOT have school tomorrow, Monday, March 16.


Our teachers will be meeting tomorrow morning and we will prepare a plan for how and when you can pick up the materials and assignments your child will need during the school closure.


If you truly do not have anywhere safe for your child to be, the school will be open as a safe place for them. Please email Miss Krause tonight at kkrause.concordia@gmail.com if you have no other options.


We will continue to release information as decisions are made. Please email kkrause.concordia@gmail.com with any questions.

We appreciate your care and cooperation during these unprecedented times.


Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Philippians 4:6 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


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March 14, 2020

Concordia Lutheran School Parents/Guardians,


Following the mandate made by Governor Pritzker, Concordia Lutheran School will be closed beginning on Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30.


- Concordia Lutheran School will continue to provide learning experiences for students during this closing. Materials will be sent home on Monday, March 16. On Tuesday, March 17, teachers will begin creating learning encounters that will ensure that students continue to learn throughout this closing. Nothing will need to be done by students on March 17. Beginning on March 18, students in grades K-5 will complete these experiences and communicate with teachers on a daily basis. More information will be forthcoming about this.


- At this point, we do not know if this closing will affect our scheduled Easter Break of April 10-17.


- The ISBE has stated “We are also asking that at least one administrator stay on-site during the regular hours of the school day in case children whose parents cannot be home or children experiencing homelessness need a safe place to go. Please exercise social distancing in all situations.” If you do not have a safe place for your child, they can come to Concordia.

--If you need Concordia to provide care for your child, please submit in writing on Monday, March 16, a statement that says you have no other options for childcare. This letter can be given to the child’s teacher or emailed to kkrause.concordia@gmail.com.

--For families with no other childcare options, Concordia staff will be on hand to provide organized care. This care will be provided at no additional cost from 8 am to 3 pm (or during the hours your child is normally at school in the case of preschool students that don’t attend all-day every-day). Care will be available from 7am to 5:30pm. Normal charges will apply for hours beyond the normal school day.

 --Children will be cared for in small groups. No pizza Fridays or DQ lunches will be available during this time.

This directive from the governor is a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Winnebago County and children are not a population that is getting seriously sick from this virus, however, children can carry and spread the virus to others who may be vulnerable.


We continue to work diligently to plan for this unprecedented event. More information will be released as decisions are made. Please direct questions to kkrause.concordia@gmail.com.