Illinois Lutheran Schools
Charger Summer News

New Start Time at Junior High & High School Campus

Beginning with the first day of school, August 17, the junior high and high school campus will begin the school day at 8:15 AM instead of 8:17 AM. If students arrive after 8:15 AM, they will be considered tardy. If you have any questions about this change, please contact Mr. Joe Archer at 708.672.3262, ext. 105.

The elementary campus will still start their school day at 8:00 AM.

ILS August 2022 Newsletter

The August newsletter is now available! Please click here to view the newsletter. If you would like to request a printed copy of the newsletter, please contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at You can also pick one up at either school office.

Fall Sport Information

ALL STUDENTS IN ANY GRADE LEVEL participating in a fall sport must be registered online before the first practice. Please CLICK HERE to register now!

Sport Physicals & Participation Fee

ALL STUDENTS IN ANY GRADE LEVEL participating in a sport are required to submit either an Illinois state physical or Illinois sport physical to the school office PRIOR TO the first day of practice.

High school students pay a $125 per sport participation fee. Please submit that through our online bookstore order and it will be added to your FACTS account. This must be done PRIOR TO the first day of practice.

Parent, Player & Coach Meeting

The following mandatory meeting for students, parents, and coaches has been scheduled at the high school (1610 Main Street):

  • Elementary & Junior High Soccer & Volleyball – Monday, August 22 @ 5 PM

Sport Pictures

The following team and individual sport pictures have been scheduled at the high school (1610 Main Street). Order forms will be handed out before picture day.

  • High School Soccer & Volleyball – Thursday, August 18 @ 2:45 PM
  • Elementary & Junior High Soccer & Volleyball – Friday, September 2 @ 3:00 PM
  • High School Golf – Friday, September 9 @ 4 PM (pictures will be taken at the golf course during practice)

Parent Volunteers

We ask that parents plan to volunteer for concessions or tickets at least TWO times per sport season. Please use THIS LINK to sign up for your volunteer spots. We appreciate your support!

Questions? Contact Mr. Nate Hinz at or 708.672.3262, ext. 114.

Elementary Backpack Night & 5 – 6th Grade Orientation – TONIGHT

We are excited to extend an invitation to the 2022-2023 school year edition of “Bring Your Backpack Night”. This event will be held on Thursday, August 11. If you were unable to make it to the 2:00 event, you are welcome to come between 5 – 7 PM tonight. No need to register – just show up. This is an opportunity to bring your child’s school supplies and get their desk and locker situated prior to the first day of school.


There will be an orientation meeting in your classroom beginning at 6:30 PM tonight. Please plan on attending. If you are unable to attend, please contact your teacher directly: Grade 5 – Mr. Sievert (; Grade 6 – Mrs. Biesterfeld (

We hope to see you there!


First Day of School

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 17 and this will be an early release day.

  • Students in grades kindergarten – 6th will be released at 11:15 AM.
  • Students in junior high and high school will be released at 11:30 AM.
  • Preschool students will be released at 11:30 AM.

Thursday and Friday will be full days of school.

Parents’ Time

Parents, you are invited to Trinity Lutheran Church (1393 Elizabeth Street) after you drop your child(ren) off at school on the first day (Wednesday, August 17) for some coffee and relaxation time. You are also welcome to stay for the elementary campus opening chapel. Our coffee court has comfortable chairs and free wifi. We hope to see you there!

Bookstore Fees & Order Form

You should have received an email from the school that includes information about bookstore fees and a link to place your bookstore order online. All orders were due by August 1, 2022. There is a $10 late fee for bookstore orders. You can view the original email HERE.

Fees for the 22-23 school year (bookstore, athletic, hot lunch, field trips, etc.) are processed through your FACTS account.

Required Medical Forms – Due Before School Starts

You should have received an email from the school that addresses any medical exams or forms that need to be filled out and submitted to the school for the 22-23 school year. You can view the original email HERE.

Pick Up and Drop Off – JH/HS Campus

During pick up and drop off at the junior high/high school campus, please enter on the north side and exit on the south side. Please refer to the parking lot map for correct flow of traffic during pick up and drop off.

Please be aware that students will be walking in the parking lot and that teachers will be stationed around the parking lot to assist with traffic flow.


Coaches Needed

Illinois Lutheran Schools is looking for qualified coaches to help run our athletic programs. We are in need of a grade school track coach.

If you are interested in helping out this year, please contact the Activities Director, Mr. Hinz, at or 708.205.7807.  Thank you for your consideration!

New Teacher Installation – August 14

The new teacher installation will be held on Sunday, August 14 during the 9:30 AM service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete. Our new teachers, Miss Chloe Robbert, Mrs. Hannah Schneider, and Mr. Peter Shi, will be installed. We hope that you can join us!

High School Yearbooks

21-22 high school yearbooks will be distributed to students when school begins. 2022 high school graduates are welcome to come to the school office to pick them up. Questions? Contact Mrs. Ventura at

Hot Lunch Program – Update Account & Order!

Illinois Lutheran Schools will be working with School Eatery again for the 22-23 school year to provide hot lunch to our students. School Eatery works with local restaurants to offer several options every day for your child.

Please login to your School Eatery account and add your child(ren) and their updated grade level. If your child is at the elementary campus, the campus code is ILES. If your child is at the JH/HS campus, the campus code is ILHS.

We will be offering hot lunch starting the first full day of school, Thursday, August 18. The August and September menus are posted and you can place your order now.

Reminder: If your child is sick, you will need to notify School Eatery by phone at 800.570.6755 PRIOR to 8:00 AM in order to cancel the order for that day and receive an account credit.

JH/HS Parents: Please note that on Friday, September 2 there will be a student BBQ and students will be served lunch on that day. You do not need to place an order for lunch through School Eatery for that day.

For families that need to set up a School Eatery account for the first time, please click on these links and refer to the following instructions:

  • Junior High/High School Parents
  • Elementary School Parents
  • Payments will be made directly to School Eatery.
  • If you have any questions about ordering or the payment process, please contact School Eatery directly at 800.570.6755. or
  • If your child is sick, you will need to notify School Eatery at 800.570.6755 PRIOR to 8:00 AM in order to cancel the order for that day and receive an account credit.
  • If you have children in both buildings, you will need to set up a separate account and login with a separate email.

FACTS Tuition Accounts 2022-2023


Please remember to set up your FACTS payment plan. If you qualified for tuition assistance or scholarships, it will not be applied to your account until your payment plan is set up.


Do not mail or drop off payments to the office for tuition or bookstore fees for the 22-23 school year. All payments are to be made through FACTS. FACTS provides a variety of ways to pay – with your checking, savings, debit card or credit card.

Changes to your Account

  • If you need to change your payment plan or any dates associated with your payments, contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at at least 10 business days before your first payment is due. Please do not set up a new account in FACTS. Any changes to your schedule should be made by the office.
  • If you need to update your financial information, you can login to FACTS and make the change (the office does not have the ability to change your financial information).
  • We suggest logging in to your FACTS account to make sure that your contact information is current.

FACTS charges these additional fees as well:

  • Credit card service fee is 2.95%
  • Returned payment fee is $30 per incident
  • Peace of mind benefit insurance (optional) is $22.50

Questions? Contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at or 708.672.3262, ext. 123.

Volunteer Information for 22-23 Athletic Events

Illinois Lutheran Schools is looking ahead to this fall academic year 2022-2023 for assistance at our extra-curricular activities and events. We are asking for volunteers to help at our volleyball games (fall season) and basketball games (winter season) at the admissions table, score clock and scorebook. We will provide training and support for every role. Anyone age 14 and up can volunteer!

Please feel free to volunteer just once or as often as you would like. Please contact Mr. Pete Oldenburg, representing the Illinois Lutheran School Board, at 708.552.6053 or, if you are interested or have any questions. Thank you!

FREE Charger Parent T-Shirts

Illinois Lutheran Schools is excited to offer a FREE Charger “Mom” and “Dad” t-shirt to parents of current students. If you missed the first round of orders, you can still order your shirt! Please fill out and submit THIS FORM. T-shirt orders will be distributed to your oldest child.

  • One t-shirt is allowed per parent.
  • You must submit an order to receive a t-shirt.
  • If we are out of the size that you order, we will give you a larger size.
  • If your t-shirt is lost or damaged, a new one can be purchased for $10 (while supplies last).

Family Devotions

A routine family devotion is essential for the Christian family. This could include reading the Bible, singing, and praying together. Do you need help creating a meaningful family devotional time? Below is a link to daily devotion ideas.

Family Devotions