"He restores my soul." ~ Psalm 23:3a

December 5, 2022

From the Desk of the Principal...

Dear Jr/Sr High Families,

Greetings in the name of the coming King,


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

In my final message to you as Principal, I would like to focus on the theme of the this past third week of Advent – JOY. I pray that you are able to find moments of joy throughout this Advent and Christmas season. Last week at our all-school Chapel service I had one of those times when I was overwhelmed by the joy of the moment. Listening to our orchestra, choir and band students make a joyful noise; high school students reading lessons and 5th grade students reading prayers; and the whole Elementary singing together made my heart swell. As if this was not enough to help remind me of the reason why we celebrate Advent and Christmas each year, our service ended with a presentation of some of the gifts that have been collected by our students and parents through their Christian Service projects. This beautiful visual of the love of Christ being shown by our school to our community reminded me of what a special place this is.


I leave this place with a full heart knowing that God is at work and that we are “igniting minds and souls” each day. I will carry you and your kids with me in my heart and I thank you for being a part of my faith journey. God Bless you and I wish you a very merry Christmas!

In His Service,

Brent Brayko

Presentation of the Giving

Our All School Christmas Chapel was filled with scripture, song and giving; complete with Christmas tree and Gifts for the Community. In case you missed it, you can watch the YouTube Live recording HERE. Dr. Runge opens the Chapel Service at about the 14:00 mark.

Students on both campuses participated in Christian Service Projects and gave back to our community. It is a gift to give. Here is just some of the impact they had this first semester ...

  • 5th Graders packed 59 boxes for Operation Christmas Child
  • Seniors Shanell Jackson and Ella Flamm spearheaded a multi-faceted Christian Service Project that included a Pay-It-Forward project, Fruits of the Spirit and Book Drive. Read more HERE.
  • Kindness Crew (Jr/Sr) and Kindness Club (K-5) collected 148 stuffed animals to be distributed to children at SwedishAmerican Hospital (UW Health)
  • Led by Mrs. Miller, Elementary students collected over 700 pounds of food for the Rock River Valley Pantry.
  • Students and Staff at the Jr/Sr High donated $3,000 which enabled us to provide gifts for 8 families (34 people) through Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI). Read a letter from Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ Intact Family Services team HERE.
  • Senior Keylee Sanchez held a Goodwill donation drive competition in an effort to reduce, reuse, recycle. Results aren't in yet, but the students in the class to collect the most poundage will be rewarded with free Culver's Concrete Mixers.
  • Seniors Sydney Crook and Kylee Morton coordinated a small things BIG DIFFERENCE personal item donation drive for Carpenter's Place. Results are pending...
Christmas Chapel Slide Show

A Christmas Carol

Rockford Lutheran Theatre students gave a wonderful performance of the classic Christmas story in John Jakes' innovative adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".


Did you take a yard sign home to help spread the word about Rockford Lutheran School? Don't forget to submit your photos to marketing@rockfordlutheran.org to be entered into the drawing for one of three $25 gift cards. Use the button below to review the instructions along with details of our Family Referral Program.


From the Desk of the Academic Dean...


More details to follow after the Holidays...

Counselor's Corner
Guidance Dept. Facebook

From the Classroom...

7th Grade Math

Math 7 Advanced reviewed for a Geometry chapter Test using take cards. The students did a good job of thinking and problem solving together. 

Study Break for Wellness

Mr. Fanuke's and Mrs. Hansen's study hall had a cookie decorating contest - a nice study break for some wellness.

Crusaders in Action | Christian Service Project

One of the Christian Service projects this semester was to paint, carpet and decorate a new Counseling office in the main office suite. Nice job Crusaders!

Pictured here (L to R) are Mrs. LaPier, Kiara Macklin, Hannah Martinak (front-center), Sarah Lopez, and Counselors, Mrs. McCabe and Mr. Valadez.

Rockford Lutheran Art Club to Compete - Save the Date!

January 18-21, 2023, Sinnissippi Park, Rockford, IL


Rockford Lutheran's Art Club will once again compete in the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition-High School Division.

This year's sculpture is entitled "Tea Time". This Alice in Wonderland-inspired sculpture depicts the Mad Hatter, holding a pocket watch, inside of a teacup. Team captain Norah Dittbenner wrote, "We decided on the Mad Hatter because of the nostalgia that Covid has brought upon us. We pulled through the pandemic, and all of the problems that came with it, partly because we had the comfort of old classics like Alice and Wonderland..."

With Greg Haut as advisor, team members this year are:

Team Captain Norah Dittbenner (Sophomore)

Chloe Clark (Sophomore)

Austin Roser (Sophomore)

Emma Buczkiewicz (Junior)

Be sure to visit the competition at Sinnissippi Park and remember to vote on January 21. All votes cast for the people’s choice award in the state and high school divisions will be done online or via text. Votes will be accepted Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 1:00 pm.

Upcoming Events...


19 JV Girl's Basketball @ North Boone High School

Varsity Girl's Basketball @ North Boone High School

20 Varsity Girl's Basketball @ Yorkville Christian

25 Merry Christmas!

26 Boy's Basketball - State Farm Classic

Varsity Girl's Basketball @ State Farm Classic

27 Boy's Basketball - State Farm Classic

Varsity Girl's Basketball @ State Farm Classic

28 Boy's Basketball - State Farm Classic

Varsity Girl's Basketball @ State Farm Classic

29 Boy's Basketball - State Farm Classic

Varsity Girl's Basketball @ State Farm Classic


01 Happy New Year!

03 Classes Resume

Homework Help Time in the CORE

Science Olympiad Practice

Freshman Boy's Basketball vs. Dekalb

JV Boy's Basketball vs. Dekalb

Varsity Boy's Basketball vs. Dekalb High School

04 SPARK (Homework Help w/peer tutors)

JV Girl's Basketball vs. Belvidere High School

Varsity Girl's Basketball vs. Belvidere High School

05 Homework Help Time in the CORE

Science Olympiad Practice

06 Jr and Sr High Chapel

Freshman Boy's Basketball @ North Boone High School

JV Boy's Basketball @ North Boone High School

Varsity Boy's Basketball @ North Boone High School

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