Junior High & High School
News & Notes

Friday, September 30 – Half Day for Elementary Campus Only

The elementary campus will have an early release day next week on Friday, September 30. However, the junior high and high school will be in session for a full day of school with the normal start and end times.

High School Homecoming

Tickets for the high school Homecoming Dance are now on sale for $23 each! Starting next week the price of tickets will start to go up, so purchase them now! Permission slips must be handed in as well.

The dance will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 7 – 10 PM in the high school gym. If your child will be bringing a guest who is not a student at Illinois Lutheran High School, please make sure that they hand in a separate guest permission form, which can be picked up from the office or when they purchase their tickets. Please be sure to review the Dance Policy, located on page 27 of our handbook.

Dress Up Days

Homecoming week at the high school is September 26 – 30. We will have dress up days and class games and activities each day.

  • Monday, September 26: Meme Monday
  • Tuesday, September 27: Toga Tuesday (must be appropriate attire)
  • Wednesday, September 28: Anything but a Backpack Day (must be appropriate)
  • Thursday, September 29: Soccer Mom vs. BBQ Dad
  • Friday, September 30: Charger Day


Student Council will also be hosting a high school student bonfire after the volleyball game on Friday night, September 30.

Pink Night – Join Us!

The ILHS volleyball team will be hosting their “pink game” on Tuesday, October 4 against Southland College Prep. JV will begin the night with a 5 PM match, followed by varsity at 6 PM. October is breast cancer awareness month, so the volleyball team will be raising money for Valerie Harrell, a member at Trinity Lutheran Church, who is currently battling breast cancer. There will be basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, bake sale and t-shirt sales. Dress in pink and come support Valerie and the Chargers on Pink Night!

Fall Sports – Volunteering

Parent Volunteers

If you have not volunteered at least twice for your child that is in a fall sport, please use THIS LINK to sign up for your volunteer spots. If you have a high school student, they are able to volunteer in your place to fulfill this requirement. They will also receive service hours for volunteering. We appreciate your support!

High School Seasonal & Annual Passes

Seasonal and annual passes for Charger high school volleyball and basketball are available now! Sign up at the admission gate during volleyball season. High school volleyball and boys basketball are $40 per person, and high school girls basketball is $50 per person. The annual pass, which includes all three sports plus home RVC tournament games, is $125 per person.

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

Wreath Sale – Deadline September 28

The Illinois Lutheran High School Choir program is selling live greens to be delivered for the Christmas season. If you are interested in purchasing any beautiful wreaths, roping, or swags for Christmas decorations, please get in touch with a choir member or contact Mr. Josiah Willitz at jwillitz@ilhs.org. Orders are due by September 28.

Faith in Action Food Drive

Saturday, October 8 is Faith in Action Day! Once again, we are doing our homeroom food drive competition. Bins will be located in the front hallway the week of October 3 for each teacher’s homeroom. Donate as many nonperishable food items as you like. Items will be donated to the Crete Food Pantry. The winning homeroom will get a donut day!

You can also drop off any canned, bagged or boxed items that you would like to donate at the high school on Saturday, October 8 from 9 – 10:30 AM. Volunteers will remove the donated goods from your vehicle and items will be delivered to the Crete Food Pantry.

Thank you for supporting Illinois Lutheran Schools and helping feed those who may need a little extra help this fall.

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!

Yearbook Pictures

Are you a picture taker? When attending a game or school event do you have your phone out to snap some pics of those kids having fun? We are looking for your help.  If you take pictures at any ILES or Jr. High events this year, whether a game, class party, or field trip, we want to see them. We are looking for pictures that we can add to this school year’s yearbook.  During the year if you have taken some pictures of your child’s class please consider sharing them with Mrs. Oestmann for possible use in the yearbook. Pictures can be sent to eoestmann@illinoislutheran.org. Thank you!

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).

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!

School Bookstore Orders

Do you need to order milk, a PE uniform, a Bible, etc? Please submit your electronic bookstore order and your fees will be added to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at jbushey@ilhs.org.

Calendar Magnet

The 2022-2023 ILS calendar magnets are now available! Stop in at either school office to pick one up. Thank you to Mrs. Cara Dulaitis and The Dulaitis Group for providing these calendar magnets for our ILS families!

Faith In Action Day

On Saturday, October 8, 2022, Illinois Lutheran Schools, along with Trinity and Zion Lutheran Churches and the Crete Police Department, are combining efforts to show our Christian love as we serve others. This is a great opportunity for students and parents to get involved!

We will be focusing on serving our local community and beyond through projects designed to directly touch lives and reflect Christ’s love to others. Come by yourself or bring your family and friends!

Illinois Lutheran High School’s Student Council will be collecting non-perishable items for the food drive. If you are interested in helping out in other ways, you can pick up information at Trinity or Zion, or contact Mrs. Beth Youngberg at byoungberg@trinitycrete.org.

Hot Lunch Program

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. 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.

Alumni Homecoming Invitation

Illinois Lutheran alumni, we would like to personally invite you to Illinois Lutheran High School to celebrate ILS Homecoming 2022!

Homecoming activities kick-off on Friday, September 30 with our JV volleyball game at 5: 30 PM. The varsity volleyball game will follow. All ILS alumni are welcome to stop by our alumni room for snacks and drinks. The alumni room will be open from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

On Saturday, October 1, meet up with “old” friends at the ILS soccer game at 10:00 AM. The alumni room will be open from 10:00 AM – noon.

We welcome all of our Illinois Lutheran alumni, families and friends. We look forward to celebrating two days of competitive events, renewing old friendships and reminiscing! Go ILS Chargers!

Here is a breakdown of the Charger events:

Friday, September 30:

  • JV Volleyball @ 5:30 PM
  • Varsity Volleyball @ 6:30 PM
  • High school bonfire after games

Saturday, October 1:

  • Varsity Soccer @ 10 AM

ILS Scrip (RaiseRight™)

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 the link below for more details.

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. Help out Illinois Lutheran during this season of giving!

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.