High School & Junior High
News & Notes
12/14/17 – 12/21/17

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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 20 @ 3:30 & 7 PM


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

Call News

Mr. Jeff Uhlenbrauck has accepted his Call to serve at Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Miss Wendy Fischer has accepted her Call to serve as the PreK4 thru Grade 4 teacher at St. John Lutheran School in Fremont, Wisconsin.

Mr. Krug has accepted his Call to teach English and head the Drama Department at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI.

We ask the Lord to bless them all in their transitions. As well, please keep these teachers, their families and Illinois Lutheran Schools in your prayers.


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.

High School Final Exam Schedule

High School students will be released early on 12/20, 12/21 and 12/22. PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASSES ON THESE DAYS BEGIN AT 8:15 AM. Also, there will be no lunch period on these days. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.


  • Wednesday, 12/20: 8:17 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 12/21: 8:17 – 12:30
  • Friday, 12/22: 8:17 – 11:00 (12:30 for those using the Make Up Period)
  • Wednesday, 1/3/18: Return from Christmas Break


  • Students who have a straight A average (95%) in PowerSchool (No A-) are not required to take the final in that class.
  • Students who have one absence or one tardy (NO exceptions) according to PowerSchool are not required to take the final in that class.
  • More information is available from the school office.


Junior High Early Release

The 7th & 8th graders will be released early on 12/20, 12/21 and 12/22. PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASSES ON THESE DAYS BEGIN AT 8:15 AM. Also, there will be no lunch period on these days. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.


  • Wednesday, 12/20: 8:17 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 12/21: 8:17 – 12:30
  • Friday, 12/22: 8:17 – 11:00
  • Wednesday, 1/3/18: Return from Christmas Break

Parent Chapel Tomorrow Morning

Parents of junior high and high school students at Illinois Lutheran are invited to attend chapel on Friday, December 15 from 8:45 – 9:05 AM. There will be a brief presentation by Pastor Swenson following the service.

Children’s Christmas Service

We will celebrate our Children’s Christmas Service on Sunday, December 17 at 2 PM at the high school. Illinois Lutheran students in grades 3 Year Preschool thru 6th grade will participate in the service. Everyone is invited to attend the service. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our King!

Ronald McDonald Toy & Game Drive

ILS CPA will be holding their annual Ronald McDonald toy and game drive.

ILS Elementary School will be collecting ”new” unwrapped items until December 20. Boxes located at the elementary school, or contact Debbie Piepenbrink to arrange pick up at 708.417.1789.

Key Information for Parents and Students

We have received more information regarding the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship, otherwise knows as the Invest In Kids Act. Application begins on January 24, 3018. ILS will be hosting Education Seminars about this program. Dates for those seminars will be announced soon. Click on the link below for more information.

Invest In Kids Act


Gala Tickets Now 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 PM at Tuscany Falls Banquet Center in Mokena, IL. Tickets are now on sale at either school office. Tickets are $75 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

Purchase Gala Tickets

Graduation Pictures – Seniors & 8th Graders

Parents of Seniors and 8th Graders, your child has received their Graduation Proof Packages. Please be sure to look them over. If you would like to place an order, please turn it in to the office before Christmas Break.

If you are unhappy with the photos, please bring your new order to the office by January 5, 2018. Retake day will be January 11, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dawn Kernagis at 708.672.3262.

What is a Tax Credit Scholarship? Donor Information

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.

Like Thrivent on Facebook


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January Hot Lunch

January Hot Lunch orders are due BEFORE Christmas Break begins. Please be sure to hand them in to the office by Thursday, December 21. Single orders are $3 and double orders are $3.75. Same day hot lunch orders (orders placed at the window or turned in to the office the day of the hot lunch they are ordering), are $4 for single orders and $4.75 for double orders.


January Pizza Day

January Pizza Day orders will be due when students return from Christmas Break, by Friday, January 5. If you are ordering for the entire second semester, please note that there are 16 Mondays at the JH/HS. The first slice is $2 and each additional slice is $1. Checks can be made out to ILS. 

Pizza Day Order Form 


Financial Peace Class Offered

“Financial Peace” is best described as a financial management course based on Biblical principles. During this life-changing course you will learn:
  • To put together a monthly spending plan that really works!
  • The step-by-step process for getting out of debt for good!
  • How to set financial goals and really communicate about money.
Amazing Love will be hosting Financial Peace University starting Sunday, January 7 at 11 AM. All ILS families are invited to attend this life changing Bible Study for 9 weeks as we explore through the Word how to handle God’s money God’s way. For more information or to sign up for the class, please contact Pastor Blumer.