Junior High & High School
News & Notes

11/24/21 – 12/2/21

School Janitor Position

Illinois Lutheran Schools is currently seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to join our team as a part-time janitor. The ideal candidate for this position is detail-oriented, flexible and willing to take on non-routine cleaning and special projects as the need arises. The janitor will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing offices, classrooms, bathrooms, dining room and public areas. Please submit your Employment Application to jbushey@ilhs.org. If you have any questions, please contact the high school office at 708.672.3262.

Thanksgiving Break

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

Wednesday, November 24 will be an early release day to begin Thanksgiving Break.

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

NO SCHOOL for students in all grade levels on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. Classes resume on Monday, November 29.

Thanksgiving Worship Services

Please join us at either Trinity or Zion Lutheran Church to thank God for all that he has provided for us.

Trinity Services:

  • Wednesday, November 24 @ 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, November 25 @ 9 AM

Zion Services:

  • Wednesday, November 24 @ 7 PM
  • Thursday, November 25 @ 9 AM

Junior High & High School – Early Release On Wednesdays During Advent

During the Advent Season, our churches (Zion and Trinity) hold special Wednesday afternoon Advent services. In order to allow time for our students and faculty to attend services and avoid parking lot congestion, school at the high school and junior high will be dismissed at 3:05 PM instead of the normal time of 3:18 PM. This early release will be in effect on December 1, December 8, and December 15. Please note this time change and plan accordingly.

Change in Traffic Pattern at the Junior High & High School for Advent Services

Dear Parents, Families, and Friends,

As we approach the Advent season, we want to make you aware of changes that we have been asked to make to our traffic pattern at the JH/HS for pick-up and drop-off on the days of Advent Services: December 1, December 8, and December 15.

  • Traffic leaving the high school parking lot will be restricted to the right lane only as you turn onto Main Street (for both the north and south entrances/exits).
  • The left hand lanes will be reserved for incoming church traffic, so it is essential that you remain in the right hand lane.

The lanes will be clearly marked with cones and signs. Please pay special attention to the crossing guard’s directions and use extreme caution.

This traffic pattern will remain in effect for the entire day and evening of December 1, December 8, and December 15.

Please note that the JH/HS students will be released early at 3:05 PM on December 1, December 8, and December 15.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Please use extreme caution and safety whenever you enter or leave our parking lot. Questions? Please contact the high school at 708.672.3262.

Advent Services

From the Latin word for “coming,” Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Christ both in the past in His incarnation as the baby Jesus, but also in the future with His promised second coming as Christ Triumphant. Furthermore, Advent is a time to focus on His present coming to us in the Word and Sacraments. We invite you to join us at Trinity or Zion to celebrate this Advent season.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


  • Wednesday, December 1 @ 3:30
  • Wednesday, December 8 @ 3:30
  • Wednesday, December 15 @ 3:30


  • Wednesday, December 4 @ 3:30 & 7 PM
  • Wednesday, December 11 @ 3:30 & 7 PM
  • Wednesday, December 18 @ 3:30 & 7 PM

Chargers Season Passes – Winter Sports

ILHS will offer season passes for our winter sports contests. The cost to purchase a season pass for just the girls’ home games or just the boys’ home games will be $40. A season pass for all high school basketball home games is $70. These passes are only good for the 21-22 boys and girls high school basketball season. Please contact the office or Mr. Nate Hinz to purchase or to ask any questions.

December Blood Drive

Versiti Blood Centers will be conducting a blood drive at Illinois Lutheran High School on Saturday, December 4 from 10 AM – 1:30 PM. Schedule your donation today by calling 800-7TO-GIVE or online at www.versiti.org/IL. Questions? Contact Mrs. Amanda Ventura at aventura@ilhs.org or 708.672.3262, ext. 102.

Call Update

This week, the Illinois Lutheran Board of Directors was led to place the following calls:

Mr. Scott Stevenson has been called to serve as the elementary school principal. Mr. Stevenson currently serves as the principal, as well as the 7th and 8th grade teacher, at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Mesa, AZ.

Mrs. Ellen Stevenson has been called to serve as the kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Stevenson currently serves as 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Mesa, AZ.

Mr. Paul Hoffman has been called to serve as the technology director and science teacher at the junior high and high school. Mr. Hoffman currently serves as the technology coordinator and 6th grade teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School in Appleton, WI.

Mr. Steven Strong has been called to serve as a science teacher at the high school. Mr. Strong currently serves as the athletic director and 7th and 8th grade teacher at First Lutheran School in La Crosse, WI.

Please keep these teachers in your prayers as they consider their calls.

Charger Fan Popcorn Bucket

Now 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.

Junior High Yearbook

Are you a picture taker? When attending a game or school event, do you have your phone out to snap some pics of our kids having fun? We are looking for your help. If you take pictures at any ILES or junior 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. Please consider sharing your pictures with Mrs. Oestmann for possible use in the yearbook. Pictures can be sent to eoestmann@illinoislutheran.org. Thank you!

Tax Credit Scholarship – Announcing Reservation Night 2022

Mark your calendars! Reservations for a 2022-2023 tax credit scholarship will open Wednesday, January 12 at 6:30 PM

Like previous years, the reservation will be a two-step process. At 6:30 PM, the reservation form will open, giving families time to enter their information before submission at 7 PM. Once families reserve their time stamp, they will receive an email to log into their EmpowerXChange portal and complete the application when it opens on Friday, January 14. 

Want to learn more? Visit the Empower Illinois website.

Art Show

Alexis Wommack, sophomore, recently submitted a piece of her artwork entitled Reality of Change to the 2021 High School Invitational Art Show. Her picture and others from around the state can be seen in a virtual gallery which is open until December 20.


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Game Protocols

As the winter sports season begins, here are a few reminders:

  • Unless a coach is supervising, students should not be in the school building more than 20 minutes prior to the start of practice.
  • Students who are at home sick are not allowed to attend a game that night.
  • Once students are in the building for a game, they must remain in the gym or multi-purpose room.
  • Unless a student has permission from the site manager, once he/she leaves the building, he/she is not allowed to re-enter the building.
  • We expect our students’ behavior at our games to reflect the faith that we profess.

Questions? Please contact the Activities Director, Mr. Nate Hinz at nhinz@ilhs.org. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Winter Sports Photos

The following sport team picture days have been scheduled. You will receive an email from Image Group a few days after photos are taken. Please remind your child to bring their uniform to school on picture day.

  • Grade School & Junior High Winter Sports – Thursday, December 2 @ 2:45 PM

Athletic Calendar

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

Volunteer Expectations

We ask that parents plan to volunteer for concessions at least 3 times per sport season. You are not required to volunteer for your child’s sport or during their game (for example, if you have a grade school basketball player, you can volunteer for a high school basketball game). You can reserve your volunteer spots by clicking HERE. We appreciate your support!

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

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 is working with School Eatery again for the 21-22 school year to provide hot lunch to our students. School Eatery works with local restaurants to offer several options every day for your child.

To set up your account, please click on these links and refer to the following instructions:

COVID-19 Procedures

Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 procedures. A reminder that if your child has any of the symptoms listed below, they must stay home and all other children in the household must stay home as well. Please notify the office by 8:00 AM at 708.672.3262 if your child will be absent.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches

As the COVID-19 pandemic and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to evolve, we will update you with the most current information that we have available.

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.

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