High School & Junior High
News & Notes
2/21/18 – 3/1/18

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Early Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year

Early Registration materials have been mailed. The Early Registration fee for the 2018-2019 school year is $200 per child for grades kindergarten thru 12th grade, if the fee is paid before March 23, 2018. After March 23, the registration fee will be $300 per child. The preschool registration fee is $70 and will not change after the deadline. If you did not receive your Registration Packet, please notify the office at 708.672.3262.

A few points to highlight:

  • Tuition rates will be approved by the Delegates at their annual meeting today. They are included in your registration mailing.
  • 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)

Login to FACTS to Apply for Financial Assistance

Empower Illinois Update

This is an update from Empower Illinois:

We are pleased to announce the Empower Illinois scholarship application system will open on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Our system has been enhanced to make it easier for families and to manage the demand expected for tax credit scholarships to private schools throughout Illinois.

The new application will be available through the Empower Illinois website. It will be a two-step process.

  1. Reserve: On Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.families will complete a brief online form containing name and contact information, child name and preferred school. This will time stamp your application for the first-come, first-served scholarships.
  1. Apply: After reserving your place in line, families will be emailed a unique link and use their reservation code to complete the application. Applications will be sent on a rolling basis, over the course of a few weeks. After receiving the application email, families will have 3 days to complete the application and submit all required documents.

Our goal with this two-step process is to make it easier for families and provide more time to ensure your application is accurate and complete.

We understand that as parents and guardians, your life is busy. That’s why the reservation system will be accessible from mobile devices as well. Everything you will need for the reservation step should be top of mind. Once you get your application link, please use a computer to submit the required documents and finish the application accurately, without rushing.

If a student has already received a scholarship award letter, they do not need to reserve or apply. However, all other students should reserve and apply through this system beginning Feb. 27regardless of how far you may have gotten through our old application.

More information, including helpful documents, FAQs and instructions, can be found on our website.

We know your children only get one chance at a great education. We are grateful for your patience and trust as we work to improve access to quality education for every child, in every neighborhood.

The fastest way to receive updates from Empower Illinois is to subscribe to their newsletter. Click on the link below, scroll to the bottom of the page, and subscribe with your email address.

As we receive more information from the other SGOs in our region, we will share it with you. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible to increase your chance of receiving a scholarship.

Apply through the Association of Christian Schools

Empower Illinois

It’s Not Too Late!

While there may have been no room in the inn for Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus, there is still room to be a part of the Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Illinois Lutheran Schools is a part of Region 3. This donation blesses our school with scholarship dollars that are awarded to current and future families of Illinois Lutheran and it blesses the donor with a 75% credit on their donation. If you have any questions or need assistance in making this donation, please contact Illinois Lutheran at 708.672.3262.

But since you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in love we have kindled in you–see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)

It takes about 7-10 days to receive your Letter ID, which will then allow you to activate your account to reserve your donation. Click on the link MyTax Illinois to request your Letter ID.

Winter Break – No School Tomorrow Friday

There will be no school tomorrowThursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 for Winter Break. Classes will resume on Monday, February 26.


Lent Worship Services

May the Lord bless you as you contemplate the tremendous price Jesus paid for your sins and rejoice in His victory on Easter morning. If you wish to join us in worship, services are as follows.

Lent Services at Trinity & Zion @ 3:30 PM & 7 PM:

  • Wednesday, February 21
  • Wednesday, February 28
  • Wednesday, March 7
  • Wednesday, March 14
  • Wednesday, March 21

JV & Varsity Boys’ Basketball Banquet

This will be held Monday, February 26 at 7:15 PM. The cost is $3 per person and we will be serving ice cream sundaes while we recap the season. Money is due to the office by February 28.

Illinois Lutheran Open House – Grade School

Do you know anyone who might be interested in attending Illinois Lutheran Grade School? On Sunday, February 25 from 1 – 3 PM, ILS will be hosting its annual Winter Open House at the grade school. Prospective families will hear a special presentation by our principal, tour our campus, and meet our teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity for new families to learn more about our school and the benefits of an Illinois Lutheran education. For more information, please contact Mr. Scott Sievert.

Contact Mr. Sievert

Baseball & Softball Meeting

There will be a parent, player, and coach pre-season meeting for baseball and softball on Tuesday, February 27 at 6 PM at the high school. Please plan on attending this meeting if your child is playing this year. Also, please be sure to complete the athletic registration online for your child before the meeting.

Online Athletic Registration

Spring Break

There will be no school from Monday, March 5 – Friday, March 9 for Spring Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 12.

ILHS Baseball Louisville Trip

The high school boys’ baseball team will be traveling to Louisville on March 15. A tentative agenda is posted below. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mark Kjenstad.

Contact Mr. Kjenstad


Illinois Lutheran Kindergarten Roundup

Do you know anyone who has a child entering kindergarten? Illinois Lutheran Schools is inviting any children that will be turning five years old by September 1, 2018 to our Roundup. Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about Kindergarten readiness and requirements. Prospective students will have a chance to meet the teacher and student aide, work together with prospective classmates, and experience a typical day in the life of a Kindergartner. There are two sessions to choose from:

  • Monday, March 19, from 9 -10:45 AM
  • Monday, March 19, from 1 -2:45 PM

Please contact the grade school office at 708.672.5969 to reserve a spot.

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

Band Fest – Food Needed

ILHS will be hosting one of the WELS Regional Band Fests this year. Many preparations are going into hosting one of these Band Fests, and one on those tasks is feeding the participants. The Band Fest Committee has been working on putting together meals, snacks, and such. However we will need some assistance by the Junior High and High School band parents and other interested families from our school to make this event possible. I know that this event will be falling at the end of Spring Break and many might be away, however there are still opportunities for you to serve. We will need volunteers for serving food, prep, and clean up. We also need donations of desserts throughout the time the kids are here. We are feeding the kids twice on Friday and twice on Saturday. We are feeding over 90 people total each meal. If you are willing to help in any way, please contact Ginger Hinz by email, gingerhinz@hotmail.com, or by text or phone at 708.903.1543. Thank you in advance for your help and support for this awesome event.

In His Service,
Ginger Hinz

Contact Mrs. Hinz

Band Fest – Housing Needed

ILHS is looking for people to house students from several WELS High Schools for the 2018 Regional Band Fest, March 8-11. There is a need for approximately 20-25 host families.  

Host families will be responsible for providing breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Host families will also need to transport students to and from ILHS on Friday and Saturday and to ILHS on Sunday afternoon for the concert. Most students will arrive Thursday night and will need to be picked up from ILHS when they arrive. 

If you can house students, but are not able to transport to and from ILHS, transportation may be able to be arranged. Although a schedule has not been finalized, a typical day for the students would start at 8 AM and end around 9 PM. If you are able to house 2-4 students for this event, please contact Anita Willitz (Zion), Liz Kuschel (Trinity) or Ruth Junker (Housing Coordinator). 

Contact Mrs. Junker

Call News

Here are the latest updates:

  • Mrs. Jessica Kjenstad has accepted the Call to serve as our 2nd Grade teacher. She will be replacing Miss Fischer.
  • Mrs. Rebecca Jahns has accepted the Call to serve as an English teacher at the high school, as well as Drama.
  • Mr. Jeffrey Falck of Westminster, CO has accepted the Call to serve as our ES Principal. He will be joining us around July 1. Mr. Sievert will assume the position of Vice Principal and do some additional teaching.
  • Mr. Matt Foley has returned the Call to serve as the Dean of Students.
  • Mr. James Ott has returned the Call to serve as a Math teacher.

We thank the Lord for filling our vacancies at the Elementary School, and we pray that He will lead the Board of Directors to choose the teachers who will best fill our vacant positions at the Junior High/High School.

Fitness Premier

Fitness Premier is offering a fitness initiative to families of Illinois Lutheran Schools and supporting congregations. Use the promo code ILS to receive your discounted rate of $19.95/month (per person), with a yearly fee of $39. This program offers a discounted rate of nearly $10 per month per person off their Platinum package, which gives you 24-hour access to all of their facilities so you can workout on your schedule. It also includes classes, hydro massage and tanning. The best part is there is no contract required so your membership can run month-to-month. This is a limited time offer, so be sure to sign up soon!


2017 Tuition Information for Tax Filing

Do you need a summary of tuition you paid for your 2017 tax filing? You can retrieve and print a summary of payments from FACTS.

  • Login to your FACTS account
  • Click on Actions, View Details
  • Click on the Payments tab
  • Click on View Printable Payment Summary
  • Select the correct year from the drop down menu before you print your summary

Login to FACTS

Carson Community Days Coupon Book

We are now selling the Carson Community Days coupon books for $5 each (Illinois Lutheran receives all of the proceeds). They are available at both offices. You can also order the book online, using the link below. The coupon book includes a $10 off a $10 purchase, plus a reusable 30% off any regular/sale item and 30% off a yellow dot item, as well as another 45 pages of coupons to use. Buy yours today and help support Illinois Lutheran!

March Hot Lunch – Orders Due Money

March Hot Lunch orders are due by Monday, February 26. Food needs to be ordered and prepared ahead of time, so it is important to have your orders in by this day.

Hot Lunch orders are due the Friday prior to the week you are ordering for. 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.

February Hot Lunch

March Hot Lunch

 Pizza Day

Pizza Day orders are due the Friday prior to the week you are ordering for. The first slice is $2 and each additional slice is $1. Checks can be made out to ILS.

Pizza Day Order Form