Elementary School
News & Notes
12/11/17 – 12/17/17

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ChristLight Lessons

As the Israelites moved through the desert toward the Promised Land, God was constantly with them. However, He wanted a dwelling place with the people. Therefore He commanded the Israelites to build a mobile worship facility for Him. This Tabernacle would become the center of worship for the Israelites for at least many years. After its completion God very dramatically came down and dwelled in that Tabernacle. With the construction of the Tabernacle, worship life became even more important to the Israelites. The Day of Atonement became very important to remind the Israelites of the promise that God had made all the way back in the Garden of Eden that He would send a Savior from sin. The Day of Atonement taught the Israelites that the Lamb of God would carry their sins and pay for those sins with His life. This, of course, was fulfilled as Jesus carried and paid for all our sins through His death on the cross. The week’s first lesson is The Tabernacle as taken from portions of Exodus chapters 25-30 and Leviticus chapters 6 and 7. The second lesson is The Day of Atonement from Leviticus chapter 16. As you have opportunity this week, please feel free to review these lessons with your child or children.

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. Beginning this Wednesday, 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 13 @ 3:30 & 7 PM
  • Wednesday, December 20 @ 3:30 & 7 PM


  • Wednesday, December 13 @ 3:30 & 7 PM
  • Wednesday, December 20 @ 3:30 & 7 PM


Children’s Christmas Service

The Children’s Christmas service is coming up very quickly. This service will be held on Sunday, December 17, at 2:00. The theme of the service will be “The Solas of Christmas” and center on the importance that Christ is the only way to salvation. Doors will open at 1:00. We would ask that the students be present in their designated classroom between 1:30 and 1:45. This will allow time for all the students to go to the bathroom before the service. Students who are part of the Intermediate Band should also receive a special letter regarding their performance before the Christmas Service. The room assignments for each grade are as follows:

Preschool – 110
Kindergarten – 108
Grade 1 – 107
Grade 2 – 106
Grade 3 – 109
Grade 4 – 103
Grade 5 – 201
Grade 6 – 203
Band – 101 Media Center

The students are asked to leave their coats and other items in their “home” classroom. After the completion of the service, the children will return to their home classroom and pick up their things. Parents are asked to come to their child(ren)’s “home” classroom to pick them up after the service. The teachers will supervise them until you have come to pick them up. Help cleaning up after the Christmas Service is also greatly appreciated as we need to pick up all the chairs, take down the stage, and undecorated so the gym is ready to use the next day. Any assistance that you are able to provide is greatly appreciated.

Early Release

Grade school students will be released at 11:15 AM on Tuesday, December 12 due to Teacher In-Service. The JH/HS students will be released at 11:30 AM.

Special Practice & All School Chapel

The students will have their final Christmas Service practice next Friday, December 15, at our Junior High/High School. We will transport all the students over to the JH/HS using a bus, so a special note has been sent home to seek your approval to do this. Thank you for returning this note to the classroom teachers by Thursday, December 14.

As well, parents of students at Illinois Lutheran are invited to attend the All School Chapel on Friday, December 15 from 8:45 – 9:05 AM. This is held at the JH/HS building. There will be a brief presentation by Pastor Swenson following the service.

Children’s Christmas Service Decorating

In conjunction with the Christmas Service, the gym at the Junior High School/High School will be decorated for the service on Friday, December 15. We will be able to begin by about 3:30 that day. All the decorations will be there for us, but we need many hands to help us put them up to beautify the gym for the service. This activity is being organized by the CPA and the Room Parents of 1st and 2nd Grade. Everyone is invited to join us in this annual event for the special service.

Christmas Luncheon

The CPA is in need of volunteers to help set up food, watch the children during recess and make some desserts for the faculty/ staff holiday luncheon at the elementary school on Friday, Dec. 15th. If you are able to help, please click here. Thank you in advance!

CPA Toy Drive

ILS CPA will be holding their annual Ronald McDonald toy and game drive.
ILS Elementary School will be collecting ”new” unwrapped items from December 1 – 20. Boxes located at the elementary school, or contact Debbie Piepenbrink to arrange pick up at 708-417-1789.

Library News

With Christmas fast approaching, the students will have two weeks to check-out library books.
All library books are due during the week of Dec. 11 – 15 depending on your child’s library day. This is just one less item to keep track over Christmas.

After Christmas break, the students will again check-out their allotted 3 books as before.
Any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Sievert at 708-672-5969 or email at library@illinoislutheran.org.

Book Fair News

Mark your calendars for February 5 – 9, 2018. “Paws for Books” Book Fair is coming. I am so excited! Watch for more information coming your way after Christmas.

Thank you!

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those families who were able to make a donation to Illinois Lutheran Schools. We truly appreciate your support!

You can still make a donation! Just click on the link below.

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January Hot Lunch

The January 2018 Hot Lunch Form is now available online or in the school office. Please have January Hot Lunch Orders in by Tuesday, Dec. 19th.

Remember that orders are due the Friday PRIOR to the week you are ordering. Same day hot lunch orders (orders placed at the window or turned into the office the day of the hot lunch they are ordering), will be increased to $4 for single orders and $4.75 for double orders. Thank you!

Pizza Day

Remember that Pizza Day orders are due Thursday. The Pizza Day Order Form is available online or in the school office. All completed forms must include the dates you are ordering. (ie. day, month, semester) Don’t forget that 1st Semester ends Dec. 22nd.

Also, CPA is in need of servers on for Pizza Day. You can sign-up to volunteer below. Thank You!

Geography Bee

This past Wednesday, we held our school geography bee through the National Geographic Bee program. Congratulations to all the participants, and to the following winners:

First Place – Kristen Danielewicz, 7th Grade
Second Place – Madelyn Italiano, 7th Grade
Third Place – Patrick Fobert, 8th Grade
Fourth Place- Ty Kelley, 6th Grade

Winter is Here!

The weather has truly changed. With the first real snow just around the corner, it is important that all students bring coats, mittens/gloves, and hats to school. Additionally, if students want to play in areas where there is snow, they must have boots and snowpants to play in any area that is not shoveled.

This helps us keep the classrooms cleaner, as wet shoes create big messes in the school classrooms. We thank you for all your help and cooperation in this area.


The end of the 2nd Quarter is coming upon us very quickly. Have you checked your child’s grades lately? Our PowerSchool program allows you to check the grades of your child as often as you like. This is especially beneficial for the older students as their daily grades can affect their overall grades greatly. If you are having trouble with PowerSchool Codes, please contact the school office so that we can assist you. Many times the assistance is as simple as resetting your password, so please feel free to contact us for some assistance.

Student IDs

The school pictures and ID’s have been distributed to the students with their school pictures. This ID is important for our students since it provides them with free admission to all home Illinois Lutheran sporting activities. This includes ball games for the elementary school teams, the junior high school teams, and the high school teams. The ID must be shown at the admission table or you may be required to pay the admission fee for entrance into the contest. Come cheer on the Chargers this Tuesday at 6:00 PM for a Girls’ Varsity Basketball Game or this Thursday for Junior High and 5-6th Grade Basketball Games at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

Student Pick Up & Drop Off Area

The weather has really changed in the last couple of weeks, and there is a natural temptation to try to park as close to the building as possible. I would like to remind you that you should not park in the area directly in front of school during the drop-off time in the morning. This needs to be clear for the families who are driving up and dropping off their students according to the Pick-up/Drop-off plan as published in the school handbook. Please also remember to not park across the sidewalk. While we are able to walk on the grass right now, the time is coming where it will be covered with snow, and people will need to be walking on that sidewalk.

What is a Tax-Credit Scholarship?

Are you interested in making a donation to the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship for Illinois Lutheran? An individual donor will receive a 75% IL state tax credit on their donation. For more information, please click on the link below.

Tax Credit Scholarship Donor Information 

Illinois Invest in Kids Information

Thrivent Financial

Now is a good time for Thrivent members with Thrivent Choice Dollars available to direct them to Illinois Lutheran. If you are not sure of how much you have available, you can reach out to Mr. Norbert Wilkening at 708-672-0571, call Thrivent Fraternal at 800-847-4836, or go online to www.thrivent.com.

Be sure to “like” Mr. Wilkening on Facebook at “Norbert Wilkening – Thrivent Financial”. ILS gets 50% of “like” $’s. His goal is 500 “likes” and ILHS portion would be $1,250, plus Thrivent doubles for a total of $3,750 to Illinois Lutheran.

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Gala Tickets are on Sale

The GALA event is fast approaching. The Illinois Lutheran School GALA will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM at Tuscany Falls Banquet Center in Mokena, IL. Tickets are now on sale at the elementary school office. Tickets are $75.00 each and include dinner and open bar from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM.

For more details on the GALA event click on the link below.

GALA Event Details



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