Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger News
1/30/23 – 2/5/23

Spirit Week

ILES Charger Spirit Week is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30th through Friday, February 3rd.

It’s Spirit Week! During the week, we will celebrate our school spirit and encourage our boys basketball teams as they get ready for their tournament. While participation in these activities is optional, we would really encourage our students to become a special part of this week of activities. Special dress up days include:

Monday, Jan. 30 – Pajama Day

It’s every student’s dream to be able to just crawl out of bed and come to school.  Monday everyone is invited wear their comfy clothes to school for Pajama Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Neon Day

Let’s brighten up the day by wearing NEON colors. Break out your neon clothes and glow for the Chargers on Neon Day.

Don’t forget Tuesday is an Early Release Day!

Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Fancy Day

Hear ye, hear ye, on Wednesday thou shall dress fancy! Make sure to dress up for Fancy Day but don’t forget to dress warm too.

Thursday, Feb. 2 – Duplicate Day

You’re not seeing double or triple, it is Duplicate Day! Find a friend or group of friends and dress alike.

Friday, Feb. 3 – Charger Day

Time to wear your Charger gear! You can even dress in our Charger colors, blue and white.  Let’s see your Charger spirit.

Pep Rally

We will close our Spirit Week with a Pep Rally on Friday, February 3.  The Pep Rally will begin at 2:00 pm. Go Chargers!!


Early Release – Tuesday, January 31

Tuesday, January 31 will be an early release day for Teacher In-Service.

  • Grade school students will be released at 11:15 AM
  • Preschool students will be released at 11:30 AM
  • JH/HS students will be released at 11:30 AM

2023 Scholastic Book Fair

Books bring us joy! The annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 3 at the Illinois Lutheran Schools elementary campus (448 Cass Street in Crete, IL).

As the largest children’s publisher, Scholastic offers books that are sure to spark your child’s imagination and nurture a lifelong love of reading! Also, purchasing books from the Scholastic Book Fair is a great way to support our school and your child’s classroom.

Students will have the opportunity to preview the books and items available for purchase during school with their classmates on Monday, January 30. If you are able to help with setup or sales, or if you have any questions, please contact our librarian, Mrs. Stacey Sievert, at library@illinoislutheran.org.

Scholastic Book Fair Schedule:

  • Monday, Jan. 30 – Preview Day (no sales)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31 – 7:30 AM-12 PM
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1 – 12 PM-3:30 PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 2 – 7:30 AM – 4 PM
  • Friday, Feb. 3 – 12:00 PM – 4 PM

Class Pictures

Image Group delivered the class pictures for ILES. These pictures will be sent home this week with those that placed an order. As a reminder from Image Group, only packages A, B, C, D & E included a class composite.  If you have any questions, please contact Image Group Photography directly at 815-932-1230. Thank you!


Game Protocols

We love to have our gyms filled on game days of our students supporting and cheering on their fellow classmates.  We do however have some requests for their safety and for the safety of other people.

  1.  When at our home games, please be either in the gym, concession stand, or bathroom during the games.  Please refrain from being in unauthorized places like the stairwell, front of the building or running in the halls.
  2.  While play is in session, please refrain from crossing the end line.  Please wait until there is a timeout if you are crossing the end line to get to the bathroom or concession stand.
  3. Parents should be supervising their children while at attendance. Please don’t just drop them off at the door and assume someone else is supervising your child.

We thank you for your cooperation.


Help Needed – Parent Volunteer Requirement

All parents who have children playing or cheering in our winter sports programs are reminded that your help is needed in the concession stand. We asked all families to sign up twice for the concession stand. Some of you have fulfilled that requirement and then some while others haven’t signed up yet. We  need you to help us out in the concession stand as that generates much needed revenue for our programs. If you can’t fulfill your requirement you may send your child to help out (7th grade or older). Please use THIS LINK to sign up for your volunteer spots. We appreciate your support!

Questions? Contact Mr. Nate Hinz at nhinz@ilhs.org or 708.672.3262, ext. 114.


Operation: Love for Laura

“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19

Our Trinity and Zion families of believers, friends and family of Laura Biesterfeld (Illinois Lutheran’s 5th & 6th grade teacher), and Illinois Lutheran Schools are joining together in generosity to lift up our sister in Christ as she battles cancer.

Monetary gifts, favorite Bible verses, and notes of encouragement and support will be accepted at both school campuses from January 30 – February 10 and before or after church services on February 5 and 12 to be delivered to Laura before her next treatment.

Special collection boxes with notepads and envelopes will be set out at both the churches and school campuses with this “Operation: Love For Laura” logo. Thank you for showing your support!


Illinois Lutheran High School’s Concert Choir Singing Telegrams

On Valentine’s Day, members of Illinois Lutheran High School’s Concert Choir will be out and about delivering singing telegrams! They will travel to anywhere in the Crete and Steger community between the hours of 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

If you would like them to sing for your special someone, you can get 2 songs and a bag of candy for $15, or 3 songs and a bag of candy for $20. Song options include: “My Girl,” “Lollipop,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” If you are interested in purchasing a telegram, please send an e-mail to financial@illinoislutheran.org, call 708.227.3472, or contact Mr. Willitz at jwillitz@ilhs.org and provide the following information:

1. Name of recipient
2. Location and time frame of delivery
3. Song selections
4. Personal message

Payment can be sent to the high school (attn: Mr. Willitz). Please make checks out to “ILS” and please note “Choir” in the memo line. Orders will be taken until Tuesday, February 7 or until we’re fully booked.


Winter Sports Information

Sport Physicals

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. Please make sure that you have submitted one to the office that is not expired (more than one year old).

Athletic Calendar

Be sure to check the athletic calendar online regularly for any updates that are made to the schedule.

Sport Pictures

Girls Basketball team and individual sport pictures will be taken on Friday, February 3 after school at the junior high/high school campus (1610 Main St).

Parent Volunteers

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


Charger Fan Popcorn Bucket

Available at the concession stand! Purchase your CHARGER FAN popcorn bucket for $5, and popcorn bucket refills are only $0.25! Available while supplies last.


Chargers Kids Club

Do you like free candy bars? T-shirts? You’ll love the Chargers Kids Club! All students in Grades 3-8 can build toward a reward by attending home varsity volleyball or basketball games and supporting our Chargers. Visit the Kids Club table at Illinois Lutheran High School during any varsity volleyball game to receive your first card!


Chargers Bumper Stickers

We now have Chargers bumper stickers in stock! Show your support for ILS by purchasing this sticker for $5. You can purchase one in either school office or at the concession stand during home games. Go Chargers!


FREE Charger Parent T-Shirts

If you ordered a t-shirt, it will be distributed to your child in the next few days.

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).

Hot Lunch Program

Illinois Lutheran Schools works with School Eatery to provide hot lunch to our students. School Eatery works with local restaurants to offer several options every day for your child. The August and September menus are posted and you can place your order now.

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.

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.

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 schooleatery@yahoo.com.
  • 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.

Emergency Closing Center

Please note that for school closings due to bad weather, you will be contacted with the information that is on file. Please be sure that your information is up to date. You can click on the link below to check the Emergency Closing Center for school closings.


FACTS – 2022 Tax Filing

Do you need a summary of tuition you paid for your tax filing? You can retrieve and print a summary of payments from FACTS:

  • Login to your FACTS account
  • On the home page, click View Details
  • Click View Payment Summary on the details screen
  • Ensure the correct Calendar Year or date range is selected
  • Click Print

School Bookstore Orders

Do you need to order milk, a PE uniform, a Bible, etc? Please submit your electronic bookstore order online HERE and your fees will be added to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Mrs. Elizabeth Oestmann at eoestmann@illinoislutheran.org.


ILS Scrip (RaiseRight™)

There’s no limit on how much you can earn with gift cards.

  • Check out Today’s Bonuses
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  • Sing in to save and view your favorites

Don’t have a RaiseRight™ (ILS Scrip) account? Sign up on the mobile app, RaiseRight™, or on RaiseRaight.com to join in the earning. Ask your coordinator for the enrollment form and code to get started today. Also, pay with your linked bank account or your credit card to get eGift cards and use reloaded money immediately. Click HERE for more details.


Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Illinois Lutheran Schools every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. To get started, just click on the link below and login to your Amazon account.


Ukraine Lutheran Church

First Semester Mission

Thank you ILES students and families. We were able to raise a total of $417.57 for our first semester mission project.


Second Semester School Mission Project

100 Missions in 10 Years

Our mission offering for the second semester will go to support our synod’s efforts to plant 100 home mission churches and enhance 75 ministries in 10 years beginning in 2023. We pray that God will bless these efforts as we work to aggressively reach lost souls for Jesus!

No community is the same. No core group is the same. No soul is the same. But we know that all people have the same need for a Savior from sin. Those differences mean that no home mission church starts the same way or follows the same path to maturity. However, we pray that all WELS home mission churches contribute in their own unique way to the ultimate outcome: winning souls for Jesus through the proclamation of the gospel.

Together, hand-in-hand with our brothers and sisters across the synod, we can accomplish things that humanly speaking would be impossible. But this is how God does his impossible work: through human beings. Through Christians working together.

“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…” Ephesians 3:20

Click HERE to learn more about the special 100 Missions in 10 Years initiative at wels100in10.net.


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? Here is a link to daily devotion ideas.