Elementary School
News & Notes
4/16/18 – 4/22/18

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ChristLight Lessons

We were introduced to the prophet Elijah last week.  God directed him to bring correction to Ahab and Jezebel.  He did this, but the correction was not well received.  It ended up that he was considered a “troubler” and an “enemy” to Ahab and Jezebel with his life constantly being threatened.  In our lessons this week Elijah meets Elisha who will take over as the Lord’s prophet after him.  Elijah trains Elisha, and, when God decides to take Elijah directly to heaven, Elisha assumes control as the next prophet of the Lord.  Elisha travels through the land with stops at many cities.  He was befriended by a Shunamite woman who takes him in anytime he is in town.  A room is even prepared in her house for Elisha to live when he is in town.  The Shunamite woman’s son dies, and word is sent to Elisha.  He comes to provide comfort, but the Lord provides so much more.  The Lord blesses the family and allows Elisha to bring the Shunamite woman’s son back to life.  The week’s first lesson is Elijah and Elisha from portions of 1 Kings chapter 19 and 2 Kings chapter 2.  The second lesson is The Elisha and the Shunamite Woman from 2 Kings 4:8-37.  As you have opportunity this week, please feel free to review these lessons with your child or children.

The Pro Kids Show

Tim Hannig is returning to Illinois Lutheran! He will perform his character-building assembly and family night show on Wednesday, April 18th. We urge for all school families to join us for The Pro Kids Show Family Night at 6:30 PM in the elementary school gym.

Preschool and Kindergarten Sing

Preschool and Kindergarten will sing on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Zion during the 9:00 AM service.

Battle of the Books

For the next two Thursday evenings (April 19 and 26), our students from various levels will be involved in the Crete Library Battle of the Books.  Grades 4-5 will have their battle on April 19, and Grade 3 will have their battle on April 26.  All battles will begin at 6:00sharp, so students must be at the library and gathered together with their teammates by 5:45.  Everyone is invited to join us.

The results from last week’s Grade 6-8 Battle of the Books are as follows:

  • Team Alpha tied for 3rd
  • The Organization took 4th
  • Trampoline Nacleaplooses took 6th 
  • The German Pupperfluffers took 7th

We congratulate all of our students. Many awesome books were read for this night. Good job!

Jr High Drama

On Saturday, April 21 at 7 PM, the Junior High Drama program will be presenting their spring play: Peter Bloedel’s, The Rules of Comedy. Join us as we educate our audience on what is funny and what is not funny. Sure to be a hilariously good time, we will put our Rules of Comedy to the test, by applying them to possibly the most tragic play of all time: Hamlet. All are invited to come and enjoy this outrageous show at the Illinois Lutheran Elementary building.


The SpBAM (spelling bee, bible bowl, art, and math meet) meet is coming up on Saturday, April 21.  This event is hosted by Jerusalem Lutheran School in Morton Grove (a northern Chicago suburb).  This activity is for our students in Grades 5-8.  All students have been working on art projects to submit.  It is important that we know which students from Grades 5 and 6 will be participating by Friday, April 13.  This way we can establish our teams for both the math and spelling contests.  Students in those grades have received a permission slip for this activity, and that permission slip should be returned by all students.  Everyone is invited to attend this activity which begins at 9:30.

Band Solo Nights

For our students involved in the band program, they will be taking part in one of the Band Solo Nights.  These nights are on April 23, 24, and 25.  Activities for these evenings will begin at 6:30.  Mr. Buege and Mrs. Rimpel will be sending home forms to select the evening when you child would be the best for the student to participate.  Everyone is invited to attend these evenings to hear the wonderful work put in by our students on their individual pieces.

International Student Program

Have you ever wondered how the International Program works at Illinois Lutheran? We work with Global School Access to assist us in finding students who are interested in studying in the United States. Watch the video below to learn about our program! Are you interested in hosting an International student? Contact the high school at 708.672.3262 to learn more.

Watch the Video!

Registration & Financial Assistance

The Registration fee for the 2018-2019 school year is $300 per child for grades kindergarten thru 12th grade, and $70 for preschool.

A few points to highlight:

  • Our Need-Based Financial Assistance applications are available online through FACTS.
  • It is essential that returning families apply for financial assistance before Friday, May 4, 2018. This is the cutoff date. We cannot guarantee that you will be considered for financial assistance unless you do so before this date.
  • Your child/children must be registered for the 2018-2019 school year before applying for financial assistance.

Pay Registration Online ($7 fee)

Apply for Financial Assistance

Core Values Questionnaire

This questionnaire has been created to help the Illinois Lutheran Board of Directors and Administration to determine the core values of our school. These core values will determine if Illinois Lutheran is on the right path and fulfilling the goals by creating an unwavering guide. Your responses will help in developing our core values for the future. We are asking parents, students, and teachers to complete this questionnaire. We thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us!

Core Values Questionnaire

Dress Code

There have been several questions regarding dress code of late.  Most of those questions center around the wearing of “leggings.”  Of course, they are known by many different names and come in many different styles.  In general, we would ask that if a student is wearing “leggings,” they should also be wearing something (a skirt, an elongated top, etc.) which will always cover the student’s rear end.  This should not be a shirt which can be pulled down quickly but then rides back up and does not cover the rear end.  Thank you for your understanding regarding this as we struggle with today’s fashion trends.

Social Media Wall

It’s time to celebrate at Illinois Lutheran! We plan on sharing more of the awesome things your kids do here at ILS. Follow the #ilschargers on
Twitter and Instagram or bookmark the link below. Thank you for the
opportunity to share God’s grace with your children!


Hot Lunch

The May 2018 Hot Lunch Form is available online or in the school office. Please have May Hot Lunch Forms turned in by Thursday, April 26. 

Remember that weekly 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!

April Hot Lunch Menu 

May Hot Lunch Menu 

Pizza Day

Remember that Pizza Day orders are due Thursday. he 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)

Pizza Day Order Form 

Can You Lend a Hand?

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

Pizza Day Help Sign-Up 


We do have an aftercare program which operates from 3:00 to 6:00.  For the first 30 minutes the students are expected to either be doing homework or reading a book quietly.  After this time they are able to play games, play outside, or play in the gym depending upon weather and availability.  If you would like to learn more about our aftercare program, please contact the school office.

Call News

The Board of Directors sent a Call to Philip Adickes for the role of Dean of Students at the Junior High/High School. He is from Zion in Denver, CO. He currently serves as their grade school principal and teaches as well. Recently the Call that was extended to Todd Hackbarth for teaching upper level math classes at our Junior High/High School has been returned. 

The Board of Directors also decided that they would wait until a slightly later time to make a Call to fill the vacancy in 4th Grade that was created by Mrs. Bentz leaving at the end of the year to move to Minnesota. The Lord knows who will fill these calls already, and we ask Him for the patience to continue calling until He brings the best person for the position to us.

Charger Summer Camps

The Charger Summer Camps registration form is now available. The registration forms will be sent home on Monday for students in Grades 2 – 6. Note there is a new family discount available this year. Registration is due May 25th. After May 25th there is a late fee of $10 per camp.  

Summer Camp Registration Form

S.L.A.L. Track Meet

Attention all 4th – 8th Graders!

Be sure to sign up for Track & Field this year. There will be one track meet at Marian Catholic High School on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Practices will be held at the JH/HS from 3:30 – 5 PM on ​April 26May 1May 3May 8, and May 10.

To sign-up, click the athletics registration link below. For those that have not participated in athletics before, you will need to create an account to register your student athlete for track.

Let’s defend our championship!!!

Athletics Registration


On behalf of Illinois Lutheran Schools, the Gala Committee would like to thank all of those who supported the events this year.

God’s blessings guided our success in preparing for the Gala and we are very thankful for His love and support.

With the support of so many, the Gala was able to raise $38,600 for Illinois Lutheran Schools. To God be the Glory!

Thank you to Mr. James Stupegia for providing photography at the Gala event. You can view photos from the event and order them directly from the website. Click on the link below and enter your email address to view and order photos.

22nd Annual ILS Golf Outing

Mark your calendars for the ILS 22nd Golf Outing & Dinner, on Saturday, June 16th! The Registration Forms and The Donation Forms are available online, as well as in the Grade School and the Jr High/High School Offices.  They will also be available at Trinity and Zion Church.

Registration Form 

Sponsorship Form 

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