High School & Junior High
News & Notes
4/19/18 – 4/26/18

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FACTS Annual Fee Reminder

Tuition accounts for the 2018-2019 school year will be activated in early to mid-May. Once your account is activated, FACTS will charge you a one time annual fee, depending on how many payments you have selected to make. The fees are as follows:

  • One payment: $0
  • Two Payments: $10
  • Three or More Payments: $45

If you need to change your payment plan, please contact the high school office at 708.672.3262 as soon as possible.

FACTS charges these additional fees as well:

  • Credit card service fee is 2.85%
  • Returned payment fee is $30
  • Peace of mind benefit (optional) is $20

ILS Financial Assistance & Empower Illinois Scholarship

Illinois Lutheran provides need-based financial assistance to families. This is different from the Empower Illinois Scholarship.

Empower Illinois:

  • This Scholarship is provided by funds that were donated to the state of Illinois. Some of those funds were designated for students attending Illinois Lutheran (our individual donors). Some donations were made by corporations for all students in Illinois who are eligible.
  • The application for Empower Illinois is done on their website. They are in the process of reviewing and awarding those scholarships, which likely won’t happen until June 2018.

Financial Assistance from ILS:

  • Illinois Lutheran offers need-based financial assistance to families.
  • This is SEPARATE from the Empower Illinois Scholarship application. If you have applied for the Empower Illinois Scholarship, or you have received financial assistance from ILS in the past, we recommend that you APPLY NOW for financial assistance.
  • Applications for financial assistance are available online through FACTS.
  • The deadline for returning families has been extended. It is essential that returning families apply for financial assistance before Friday, May 18, 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.

Login to FACTS to Apply for Financial Assistance

International Student Housing

ILS is currently in its fourth year of serving International Students. In order for us to continue to have these types of opportunities, we are in need of host families for the upcoming school year. There is a stipend of $800 per month given to families who host to offset the cost of housing these students.

If you or someone you know would be willing to host an international student, please contact Monica Uhlenbrauck 708.672.4463 or muhlenbrauck@ilhs.org).

Contact Mrs. Uhlenbrauck

ILS International 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!

Call News

Mr. Philip Adickes has been Called to serve as the Dean of Students at the JH/HS. Mr. Adickes has over 20 years of teaching experience, and is currently serving as the Principal and a teacher at Zion Lutheran Church & School in Denver, CO. Please keep him in your prayers as he considers this new Call to Illinois Lutheran.

Mr. Todd Hackbarth has returned his Call to Illinois Lutheran. He will continue teaching at Lakeside Lutheran High School. Knowing this, Illinois Lutheran will be requesting a graduate from Martin Luther College to teach math at the JH/HS.

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!

Social Media Wall

Senior Students and Parents

Please submit your pictures for the senior DVD to Mrs. Ruth Junker as soon as possible. You can send them via email to ruth1264@yahoo.com or send hard copies to school. If you are sending them to school, please have them in an envelope, clearly labeled, so they can be returned to you. 

Also, if anyone has group photos from events throughout high school they would like to be considered for the DVD, please send them as well. Contact Ruth Junker if you have any questions. Thank you! 

Contact Mrs. Junker

SpBAM Event

This Saturday, April 21, students in grades 5 – 8 will have the opportunity to participate in our SpBAM event. SpBAM stands for Spelling, Bible, Art, and Math. This annual contest will be hosted at Jerusalem Lutheran School in Morton Grove, IL (a northern suburb). The contests begin at 9:30 AM and should be completed by around 2 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Donovan Zastrow.

Contact Mr. Zastrow

Blood Drive

Heartland Blood Centers will be conducting a blood drive in the high school gym on Thursday, April 26 from 11 AM – 4 PM. For more information or to schedule a donation time, contact Mrs. Tanya Tomfohrde by email or call the high school office at 708.672.3262.

Contact Mrs. Tomfohrde

Junior High Play – New Date & Times

The Junior High play has been rescheduled. The new date and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 26 @ 1:30 PM & 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 in the Illinois Lutheran Elementary School gym.

Band Solo Nights

Band students in grades 4 – 8 will perform a solo on Band Solo Night, Monday, April 23, Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25 from 7 PM – 8 PM in the High School Multipurpose Room. Band students should arrive by 6:30 PM. Please join us for some wonderful music.

Charger Track and Field

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.

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

Save the Date for Charger Summer Camps!

Save the date for the upcoming Charger Summer Camps:

  • Golf Camp – June 4 -8
  • Soccer Camp – June 11-15
  • Basketball Camp – June 25-29
  • Volleyball Camp – July 23-27

Registration forms are available from either school office, or click on the link below.

Charger Summer Camp Brochure

Prom Tickets

Prom tickets are now on sale! Prom is going to be held at Parmesans Station, 18001 S. 80th Avenue in Tinley Park. The dinner will start at 6 PM and the dance will follow from 7 – 10 PM. Tickets are $20 per person for just the dance and $45 per person for the dance and dinner (juniors and seniors only).


ILS 22nd Annual Golf Outing

Mark your calendars for the ILS 22nd Golf Outing & Dinner on Saturday, June 16! Registration Forms and Donation Forms are available by clicking on the links below, as well as in both school offices. They will also be available at Trinity and Zion Church.

Golf Outing Registration Form

Golf Outing Sponsorship Form

Hot Lunch

Weekly orders are due the Friday PRIOR to the week you are ordering for. Single orders are $3 and double orders are $3.75.

May orders will be due by Friday, April 27. The last day of hot lunch this school year is Friday, May 18.

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

May Hot Lunch

Pizza Day

The last Pizza Day this school year will be May 14. There will be NO Pizza Day on Monday, May 21.

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