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Bartelso News & Events

Bartelso Fire Department Wurstmarkt

The Bartelso Fire Department will hold their Annual Wurstmarkt on March 8 - 10th at the Bartelso School.  

BUTCHERING - Friday, March 8th:  Butchering will begin on Friday, March 8th.  If anyone is available and would like to help, please report to the school at 6:00 pm or after.   Extra hands are always appreciated.

MEAT SALES:  Online ordering of all meat sales is again available this year by using the link below.  Meat Sales Orders can be picked up on Saturday, March 9th from 3:00 - 5:00 or on Sunday, March 10th from 10:00 am  - 5:00 pm.

Please note:  Meat orders with liver or blood sausage are to be picked up on Sunday, March 10 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Meat Order Deadline is February 28th

2019 Meat Sales Order Form

DINNER - Sunday, March 10th:  The Wurstmarkt Dinner will be held on Sunday, March 10th at the School Cafeteria.  A delicious dinner including fresh pork sausage, sauerkraut, and all the fixins with desert.  Dinner will be served from 11:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Please help your local Fire Department!  

Tim Jansen Memorial Scholarship 2019 -2020

The Bartelso Blaze will once again offer the Tim Jansen Memorial Scholarship for the 2019 - 2020 academic school year.  The Blaze is offering two $250 scholarships to any Bartelso Elementary School graduate attending Central or Mater Dei High School.  The student must have a family member on the Bartelso Vol. Fire Department currently or previously.  More information can be found on their page by clicking  here.

Bartelso Braves State Champs

2018 Boys SIJHSAA Class Small State Champs

2018 Girls SIJHSAA Class Small Third Place State

The 2018 Bartelso Braves basketball season was an exciting one!  The Lady Braves completed their season with a 23 - 8 record.  The Lady Braves were proud to claim the third place state trophy at the SIJHSAA State Tournament.  

The Bartelso Boys basketball season ended UNDEFEATED with a 32 - 0 record and claimed the SIJHSAA Class S State Championship.  This is the first time in school history to become undefeated and to win a State Championship.  

Congratulations to the students, coaching staff, parents and faculty on an amazing season.

Hillcrest Estates 

A new subdivision is underway southeast of Bartelso.  This subdivision includes many benefits and is located right on the outskirts of town.  Its a perfect location for any size family looking to build a new home.  

  • Rolling hills, storm sewers & sump pump for proper drainage
  • Oil & Chipped roads with curbing
  • Sidewalk throughout and to school
  • Underground electric with decorative street lighting
  • 1 Acre Lake & Beautiful Entrance
  • Short distance to church and Bartelso Elementary - which continues to be a top rated school in Illinois

Contact Tom Gerdes at 618-210-2658 or email him at tgerdes@southernbusandmobility.com for more information.  

Bartelso Elementary - Top Scorer in Illinois State Mandated PARCC Testing

Congratulations to the Bartelso Elementary students, faculty and staff on their PARCC scores.  This is the first year of the new Illinois standardized test for schools. PARCC; Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test reviews English language arts and math.  PARCC replaces the ISAT and PSAE test that was the normal method of assessing K-12 school for many years and was given to students in third through eighth grade and in high school. 

Prior to PARCC, the test structure was a standardized multiple choice exam that measured the students' ability to remember facts.  PARCC is known as a "performance based" test, focusing on accurate answers and how the student arrives at that answer to defend it.  This type of test has a large emphasis on critical thinking and writing.

In addition, schools were given the new option to give the test on a computer.  As some schools stuck solely with paper and pencil, others with a mixture; Bartelso Elementary administered the test solely on computers.  

Across the state, 33 percent of students met or exceeded standards for their grade level. We congratulate Damiansville Elementary with the highest-scoring school in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe or Clinton counties. Damiansville Elementary received a proficiency score of 69.2.  Bartelso Elementary was a close second with a proficiency score of 69.  Congratulations to all area schools on their scores. 

Complete List of PARCC test scores

~ Source:  BND.com

Family and friends of Fallon Schlautman, daughter of Kevin and Katie Heimbecker-Schlautman, thank everyone for their support for the "Faith for Fallon" benefit on Saturday, May 16th. 

If anyone is till wishing to help this wonderful family, a  Go Fund Me account has been set up to help provide support for Fallon or donations can also be made directly to the Faith for Fallon Benefit Fund at:

Germantown Trust & Savings Bank
PO Box 246
601 Main Street
Germantown, IL 62245

Faith has been diagnosed with SIFD Syndrome.  SIFD syndrome is a genetic disorder that has been diagnosed less than 15 times worldwide.  It is characterized by sideroblastic anemia, immunodeficiency, febrile episodes, and development delay. 


Fallon will undergo a bone marrow transplant in a couple months in hopes of curing the anemia and immunodeficiency.  Prior to the transplant, Fallon will undergo chemotherapy to wipe out her immune system so a new one can take over.  We continue to hope and pray all symptoms will respond to the transplant. 


Additional information on SIFD can be found at link below:


Additional information on Faith and her story & benefit can be found at:

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/faithforfallon


 *photo by Unforgettable Photography by Anna