Junior High & High School
News & Notes

Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s that time of year again to show our appreciation for all that our teachers do for our families. Teacher Appreciation week is April 29 – May 3. We will be providing meals and snacks for them throughout the week. CLICK HERE for more information on how you can help make this week a success. Thank you!

Dine & Donate – Monday, April 22

Micahtam is hosting a dine & donate event at Texas Roadhouse in Dyer, IN on Monday, April 22 from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is a fundraiser for the Choral Fest that we are hosting in November this year. Support ILS by presenting THIS FLYER to the Dyer Location and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total food purchases to ILS. Thank you for your support!

Career Fair – Wednesday, April 24

Please grab a friend or family member and join us at our first Career Fair at ILHS on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 PM!

Numerous business owners, ILS alumni and local professionals will be on hand to share their experiences, knowledge and “tips for success.” We are also expecting union reps, specialists in the medical field, financial experts and more!

This is an opportunity to hear about different occupations and fields of study that you may have never thought about. Students, we have been working hard to make sure this event is helpful and informative for you…so, please join us for this special event!

Junior High Drama Performance – April 26 & 27

Illinois Lutheran Junior High presents “Girls Take on the World: A Collection of Plays,” featuring The Second Beam by Joan Ackerman and A Little Lunch by Kristina Halvorson. These plays surround two groups of women who are trying to make it in their parts of the professional world. Performances will be held at the Illinois Lutheran Elementary School gymnasium (448 Cass Street in Crete, IL) on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 PM, and Saturday, April 27 at 3:00 PM. All are welcome to attend and support the ILJH drama department. There is no cost of admission, however, a free will donation will be gathered. Any further questions should be directed to Chloe Robbert at crobbert@ilhs.org.

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip Reminders – Springfield

  • Friday, April 19
  • The bus leaves the JH/HS at 5:00 AM
  • The bus will return at approximately 8:00 PM
  • A light breakfast will be provided
  • Send a packed lunch
  • Bring money for dinner at a fast food restaurant in Rantoul, IL

Band Solo Nights – April 29 & 30

Band students in grades 4 -8 will perform on one of two scheduled Band Solo Nights: Monday, April 29 or Tuesday, April 30. Solo Nights will be at 7:00 PM at the grade school building (448 Cass Street in Crete). Students should arrive at 6:30 PM to warm up.


The Board of Directors was led to call Mrs. Haley Wels to serve as a high school English teacher and 8th grade homeroom teacher. Mrs. Wels currently teaches American and British Literature at Amazing Grace Virtual Academy (the WELS online school). Please keep Mrs. Wels in your prayers as she considers her calls.

Prom 2024 – May 3

All high school students are invited to attend prom this year! The Prom Dinner & Dance Banquet will be held at Great Oaks Events & Banquets in Cedar Lake, IN on Friday, May 3 from 6 – 10 PM. Tickets are $70 per person.

A permission form is required for attendees. If your child plans to bring a guest, a guest permission form must be submitted as well. Questions? Contact Mr. Adickes at padickes@ilhs.org.

Early Release Day – Friday, May 3

Students will be released early on Friday, May 3 for Teacher In-Service Day.

  • Elementary School Early Release at 11:15 AM
  • Junior High & High School Early Release at 11:30 AM
  • Preschool Early Release at 11:30 AM

Celebrating ILHS State Champs – Saturday, May 11

The Illinois Lutheran High School baseball team would like to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2014 state champion baseball team on Saturday, May 11, as the Chargers host Milwaukee Kingdom Prep at noon.

We will recognize the players and coaches and their families from the state championship team before the game and have a cookout during the game. The festivities will wrap up after the game at Smokey Jo’s for more fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join us for this special day!

Registration for the 2024-2025 School Year

The Registration Fee for the 2024-2025 school year has been added to your 2023-2024 FACTS.

  • If you are still making tuition payments, your registration fee will be spread out evenly between your remaining tuition payments, unless you have contacted us to make other arrangements.
  • If you have completed your tuition payments for the year, you may login to FACTS to pay the registration fee. The total will be due by May 17, 2024. You may make partial payments.
  • If you notified us via email that your child will not be returning for the 24-25 school year and received a confirmation of receipt, the registration fee was NOT added to your FACTS account.

Coaches Needed

Illinois Lutheran Schools is looking for a head soccer coach and a B-Team (5th & 6th) cheer coach. Those that are qualified and interested should submit their resumes to Mr. Nate Hinz, Activities Director at ILS, at nhinz@ilhs.org.

2024 ILS Golf Outing – June 1

Save the date! The Illinois Lutheran 27th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete. Registration and donation forms will be available soon.

If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please contact Tim or Debbie Cantu at 708.899.9517 or by email at tim.ilsgolf@comcast.net. We hope that you can join us for this exciting event!

2024 Charger Summer Camps

The Illinois Lutheran summer camps are open for registration!

  • All camp grade levels are based on the grade the student is entering in the fall of 2024.
  • REGISTER ONLINE ONLY – Registration and payment is due two weeks before the camp starts in order to receive a camp t-shirt.
  • Golf Camp will be located at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete. Softball Camp will be located at Columbia Central in Steger. All other camps are located at Illinois Lutheran High School (1610 Main Street in Crete, IL).
  • Camp attendees should bring bottled water.
  • Click here for the 2024 Charger Summer Camp brochure.

Please share this with a friend! Attendees do NOT need to be Illinois Lutheran students. Questions? Please contact Mr. Nate Hinz, Illinois Lutheran Activities Director, at 708.672.3262, ext. 114 or nhinz@ilhs.org.

Please Join Us!

ILS Music & Arts Festival – Sunday, May 19

Illinois Lutheran Schools is hosting its second Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, May 19 at 1:00 PM at the high school campus. Doors will open at 12:30 PM. This is a fundraising event that will include performances by Illinois Lutheran students in all of our band and choral programs, and will also include some special solo performances. Illinois Lutheran student artwork will also be on display and for sale!

The cost is $10 per person for admission to the Festival. Festival attendees will be entitled to a pasta meal complete with sides and dessert, viewing of all musical entertainment, the art show, automatic entry into a raffle for a $50 gift card and one basket raffle ticket. Additional basket raffle tickets can be purchased. This year we are also including a bake sale!

Students in grades 4-12 that participate in Illinois Lutheran’s band, choirs, or submit artwork to the event, will have free admission.

Cash payment will be due upon entry to the event, or you have the option to pre-register through May 18. To pre-register through Venmo, simply open your Venmo app and send Illinois Lutheran Schools, Inc. (@ILHS1610) $10.00 per ticket purchase.

2024 WELS East Regional Choral Festival

The Illinois Lutheran Schools Music & Arts Festival is a fundraiser for the 2024 WELS East Regional Choral Festival that we are hosting in November. This event will bring hundreds of WELS high school students from across the country to our campus for a weekend. The mission of the WELS Choral Festival is to foster Christian Fellowship among WELS high school students as they prepare, rehearse and perform choral music, so that with one heart and voice they may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:16)

Student Art

We are looking for artists in grades 4-12 to submit artwork for this event. Artwork is due to the school office no later than Friday, May 10. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Music & Arts Festival T-Shirts – Orders due April 29

You can also support the Music & Arts Festival by ordering t-shirts! CLICK HERE to order your Festival t-shirts by Monday, April 29. T-shirts are $20 each. Cash or check (payable to ILS) should be submitted to the school office no later than Monday, April 29. Once t-shirts arrive at the school, we will notify you so that you may pick up your order. The t-shirt is black with the logo at the top of this email in blue. All music student participants will have their name printed on the back of the t-shirt.


Please take a look at the sign up list and consider how you might help us have a successful event. Please note that with the exception of desserts, donated items can be brought in any time in the week leading up to the festival. If you are so moved, feel free to sign up for more than one spot.

Questions? Contact Mr. Jonathan Witte, Music Director, at 708.672.3262, ext. 108 or jwitte@ilhs.org.

School Bookstore Orders

Do you need to order milk, a PE uniform, 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.

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).

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.

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 your child is at the JH/HS campus, the campus code is ILHS. If your child is at the elementary campus, the campus code is ILES.
  • 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.

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.