May 18, 2020

Are You Concerned About Missing or Late Work?

Don’t be too worried! We encourage you to keep in contact with your child’s teacher to let them know the situation. Each teacher will work with any individual student to determine how the missing work will be handled in the best way for everyone.

Dropping Off Packets

I know we have said thank you a lot lately, but we’re going to say it again – THANK YOU! Your response and faithfulness to picking up, completing, and returning packets has been phenomenal.

As we wrap things up for the year, we would ask that you bring completed packets back to school as soon as possible. If you are a deadline type of person and need a date – please return completed packets to school the week of May 18th. Teachers will complete final correcting and grading and prepare report cards for the 4th quarter. Report cards will be MAILED OUT on Wednesday, May 27th.

Picking Up Personal Belongings

If you were unable to pick up belongings, please try to stop in this week. Most items are already pre-bagged, so the process will only take a few minutes. Thank you!

Principal Falck Contact Information:
Email  jfalck@illinoislutheran.org
Cell Phone – 920-809-4263

Contact Mrs. Elizabeth Oestmann at eoestmann@illinoislutheran.org

eLearning Page for ILES

The ILES office hours for May 18-22:

  • Mon., May 18 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tues., May 19 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Wed., May 20 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thurs., May 21 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fri., May 22 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

ILES Teacher’s Office Hours:

  • PreK Rick – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-5 pm
  • PreK Sievert- 10 am-12 pm, 5 pm-7 pm
  • Kindergarten- 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-6 pm
  • 1st – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-6 pm
  • 2nd – 11am-2pm MWF/ 3pm-6pm TTh
  • 3rd – 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-7 pm
  • 4th – 10 am-7 pm
  • Sievert – 10 am-12 pm, 5 pm-7 pm
  • Biesterfeld – 10 am-12 pm, 7 pm-8 pm

Need to contact a teacher? Here is a list of teacher e-mails.


May 11, 2020

e-Learning Updates

Dropping Off Packets

I know we have said thank you a lot lately, but we’re going to say it again – THANK YOU! Your response and faithfulness to picking up, completing, and returning packets has been phenomenal.

As we wrap things up for the year, we would ask that you bring completed packets back to school as soon as possible. If you are a deadline type of person and need a date – please return completed packets to school the week of May 18th. Teachers will complete final correcting and grading and prepare report cards for the 4th quarter. Report cards will be MAILED OUT on Wednesday, May 27th.

Picking Up Personal Belongings

If you were unable to pick up belongings last week, feel free to stop in this week (or next). Most items are already pre-bagged, so the process will only take a few minutes. Thank you!

Principal Falck Contact Information:
Email  jfalck@illinoislutheran.org
Cell Phone – 920-809-4263

Office questions? Contact Mrs. Elizabeth Oestmann at eoestmann@illinoislutheran.org.

Need to contact a teacher? Here is a list of teacher email addresses.

The ILES office hours for May 11 – May 15, 2020 are:

  • Mon., May 11 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tues., May 12 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Wed., May 13 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thurs., May 14 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fri., May 15 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

ILES Teacher’s Office Hours:

  • PreK Rick – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-5 pm
  • PreK Sievert- 10 am-12 pm, 5 pm-7 pm
  • Kindergarten- 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-6 pm
  • 1st – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-6 pm
  • 2nd – 11am-2pm MWF/ 3pm-6pm TTh
  • 3rd – 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-7 pm
  • 4th – 10 am-7 pm
  • Sievert – 10 am-12 pm, 5 pm-7 pm
  • Biesterfeld – 10 am-12 pm, 7 pm-8 pm

May 4, 2020

Elementary News: Packet Set #5 – The Final Set! 

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5, you may come into school to pick up the final set of packets for the year. The office will be open from 8 AM – 5 PM. It has been just short of two months since we started with this learning approach and we cannot say enough how appreciative we are of all of the support, patience, and work you have all given your children to guide them through this process.

The final set of 5 envelopes can be completed over the next two weeks. We ask that you bring any and all completed packets back to school when they are finished. We would like all work turned in the week of May 18 – the sooner the better. The teachers will be finalizing 4th quarter grades during that week. Report cards will be sent out the week of May 25.

Picking Up Personal Belongings at Elementary School

Parents are welcome to pick up their child’s personal belongings from the elementary school beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5. The teachers have packed up desks and collected each child’s various supplies and placed them into bags or crates. When you arrive at school, please check in at the office. To limit contact and in following social distancing guidelines, we will maintain a maximum of two families per classroom at any given time. Since everything is pre-packed, we hope this will go quite smoothly! You do not have to pick up Tuesday, either. You are welcome to come on any day during our posted office hours.

Please bring back any school-owned items you may have at home, too. This would include things like textbooks, library books, basketball uniforms, etc. Thank you!

Elementary School Office Hours:

Tuesday, May 5 – 8 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday, May 6 – 8 AM – 12 PM
Thursday, May 7 – 1 PM – 5 PM
Friday, May 8 – 8 AM – 12 PM

As always, please contact me or Mr. Jeff Falck if you have questions (jfalck@illinoislutheran.org or 708.672.5969).

April 27, 2020

e-Learning Updates

Packet #4

Please continue to work on packets 15-19 over the next week or so. Maintaining a consistent schedule with your child will help limit the stress and frustration. Of course, the schedule in your house may be different than someone else’s house and that’s just fine! Make sure to encourage breaks, good sleeping habits, and recess – get your kids outside to soak in some Springtime!

Cleaning Out Personal Belongings

The teachers will be organizing their classrooms over the next week and removing school-owned books from student desks. They will also work on gathering each student’s personal belongings from desks and art boxes into convenient grab-and-go bags. The plan is to have one parent and one student come into the classroom beginning Tuesday, May 5th when they come to pick up the final set of packets.

A few extra notes about the final pickup. We will be open from 8-5 on May 5th. It has appeared that everyone has done a great job coming at a variety of times and keeping the crowds small. We will maintain social distancing standards that limit the number of families in any room at one time to two. We ask you to be patient if there are already two families in a room – we will get people in and out in a timely fashion.

You will also want to bring a bag or backpack to empty out student lockers. We have tried to remove “surprises” that may have tried to grow over the last few weeks – you know, sandwiches, fruits, drinks, and other mystery items. Hopefully you will just need to grab things like coats, extra clothes, and shoes.

Finally, please bring in all school owned books you may have at your home. This would include library books and textbooks.

Principal Falck Contact Information:

Email  jfalck@illinoislutheran.org
Cell Phone – 920-809-4263

e-Learning Page for Elementary School

The ILES office hours for April 27 – May 1, 2020 are:

  • Mon., April 27- 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tues., April 28 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Wed., April 29 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thurs., April 30 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fri., May 1 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

ILES Teacher’s Office Hours:

  • PreK Rick – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-5 pm
  • PreK Sievert- 10 am-12 pm, 5 pm-7 pm
  • Kindergarten- 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-6 pm
  • 1st – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-6 pm
  • 2nd – 11am-2pm MWF/ 3pm-6pm TTh
  • 3rd – 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-7 pm
  • 4th – 10 am-7 pm
  • Sievert – 10 am-12 pm, 5 pm-7 pm
  • Biesterfeld – 10 am-12 pm, 7 pm-8 pm

April 14, 2020

Planning Ahead Packet Set #4

We cannot express enough how thrilled we are with the response to our work packets – not only the faithful retrieval, but especially the work the students are completing and returning. Thank you, everyone, for your continued partnership with us in this process!

The next set of packets will be available for pick up beginning NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 21st. The office will be open that day from 8-5. Please plan on bringing back any completed packets at that time and picking up the next set that will take us to the end of the month. Also, completed packets may be returned throughout the week – take note of the office hours listed below.

ILES office hours for April 13-17, 2020:

  • Mon., April 13-(Closed)Easter break
  • Tues., April 14 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Wed., April 15 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thurs., April 16 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fri., April 17 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

ILES Teacher’s Office Hours for April 13-17, 2020:

  • PreK Rick – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-5 pm
  • PreK Sievert- 10 am-12 pm, 5 pm-7 pm
  • Kindergarten- 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-6 pm
  • 1st – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-6 pm
  • 2nd – 11am-2pm MWF/ 3pm-6pm TTh
  • 3rd – 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-7 pm
  • 4th – 10 am-7 pm
  • Sievert – 10 am-12 pm, 5 pm-7 pm
  • Biesterfeld – 10 am-12 pm, 7 pm-8 pm

Principal Falck Contact Information:

Email jfalck@illinoislutheran.org
Cell Phone – 920-809-4263


April 6, 2020

Packet Work

We can not stress enough how appreciative we are with everyone for their assistance in picking up and returning work packets. Moreover, words can’t express just how grateful we are to have your support at home as your children work through the packets.

Remember: Do not feel obligated to complete one packet per day. It is okay to spread the work out over a couple days if necessary. Keep in mind that the 2nd set of packets has a completion date goal of Wednesday, April 8th.

Please continue to keep in contact with your child’s teacher in relation to questions about work. Every teacher has said more than once how much they miss seeing the students. We can’t wait for the day we are all back together!

Packet Set #3

Packet set 3 will consist of 4 individual packets and will be available for pick up beginning on Tuesday, April 7th. 

We recognize that this set will cover time over the originally scheduled Easter break. Although big plans are not possible this year, we still want to afford students and their families the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate a bit. Most importantly, we want to allow the time necessary to reflect on the suffering of our Savior Jesus, his death on the cross for our sins, and the glorious triumph of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Principal Falck Contact Information:

Email jfalck@illinoislutheran.org
Cell Phone – 920-809-4263

The ILES office hours for April 6 -12, 2020 are:

  • Mon., April 6 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tues., April 7 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wed., April 8 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thurs., April 9 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fri., April 10 – Closed (Good Friday)
  • Mon., April 13 – (Closed) Easter break

March 31, 2020

Illinois Lutheran Schools Update – State Mandated Closure

Dear ILS School Families,

I pray that this message finds you and your family safe and healthy. As you probably heard this afternoon, Gov. Pritzker extended the Stay at Home and school closures order until April 30. With this news, we will continue to keep our schools closed to onsite classes. This also means that all co-curriculars and calendar events are cancelled until future notice.

We will continue to conduct school through eLearning at the high school and junior high. The grade school will continue with its distance learning through packets and some online activities. We will continue to do our very best to provide a quality, Christian educational experience for your children through this difficult time.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can reach me at jearcher@ilhs.org, or you can reach Mr. Falck at jfalck@illinoislutheran.org.

God bless and keep you safe.

In His service,

Joe E. Archer
Senior Administrator


March 24, 2020

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March 23, 2020

Dear Parents,

Let me begin by thanking all of you for your cooperation, words of support, and suggestions for how we can continue to provide a great Christian education for your children – even from a distance. Obviously this is not a situation any of us would have imagined! I also want to publicly thank my staff as well. The teachers have all shown great flexibility in preparing lessons and hopefully you have found them to be accessible through many forms of communication. I also want to thank Elizabeth Oestmann in the office – she has been so faithful in helping out!

Governor Pritzker’s mandate this past Friday, March 20th, means that we will continue the distance learning model we have been using until at least April 8th. The following information shows our plan for the next couple of weeks.

The teachers will be putting together five (5) new packets of distance learning lessons. These packets will be available for pickup at school beginning Thursday, March 26th at 8 AM and until 5 PM. These packets are meant to cover the time period from March 30th – April 7th – that would be 7 instructional days. You may also drop off the first set of packets during these hours. The procedure for school pickup will remain the same: ring the doorbell when you arrive – we will open the door for you and allow you to come in the office and receive your child(s) packet. If desired, you may also receive your packet through the office window and limit contact even further. Note that picking up distance learning materials from school is still allowed under the shelter in place mandate as it is considered an essential function.

As an additional option, we are going to make digital packets more readily available for this next set of packets. Each day will have two files. One file will include the material we would like printed, completed, and returned. The other file would not need to be printed (but could be). This file will have the necessary reading material and instructions. If you would desire digital packets, please contact Principal Falck (jfalck@illinoislutheran.org) and he will send those out beginning Thursday morning.

Finally, the teachers in grades 3-6 are looking into ways they can share lessons and some material through the Internet. We understand that it will be difficult to coordinate live lessons, so this material will be recorded and posted for students to access. Some lessons may be recorded live with the opportunity for students to participate, but it will not be mandatory to be present! We do have a number of Chromebooks available and will check them out to students in grades 3-6 along with their work packets. 

Until we hear otherwise, we tentatively plan to resume classes on Wednesday, April 8th. If this situation changes we will continue to keep you updated through all means possible.

I cannot stress again how appreciative I am of all of you during this challenging time – and really all the time. As we continue forward, we do so knowing that God is in control of all things and he will work all things for his good. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers!

Blessings in Jesus,

Principal Falck
jfalck@illinoislutheran.org

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  

~ Ephesians 3:20-21

March 23, 2020 Letter to Parents


March 20, 2020

Dear Parents,

As the first week of school closures comes to an end we wanted to reach out to you with an update on our school. As you know the governor has issued a “shelter-in-place” order. That means that school will be closed beyond the original March 31 date. School offices will also be closed. We will make every effort to keep you updated on a possible school reopening as information becomes available. Obviously, we will take every precaution before making a decision to ensure that our students, family and community are safe. Thanks for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.

At the high school and junior high eLearning is in full swing. Teachers are connecting with students on a daily basis, preparing and delivering high quality, online lessons. Our students have been fantastic; being on time for classes, following proper online etiquette and being responsible for their part in the learning process. As is the case with any technology it can be abused and misused. We are not witnessing that to this point. However, we encourage parents to be vigilant in supervising their children. Now with the “shelter-in-place” order, we will continue to have school through the eLearning system we have established. We will stay on our regular school day schedule. If you have technical problems, or questions please feel free to contact Mr. Dorn (jdorn@ilhs.org) or Mr. Archer (jearcher@ilhs.org).

At the elementary campus learning packets have been distributed to all families. We encourage parents to set up learning areas and establish times for study. As we progress through this shelter-in-place order we will continue to provide learning packets and other educational activities. Please watch for information from the school through the various communication tools we use. Please contact Mr. Falck (jfalck@illinoislutheran.org) with any questions.

Finally, remember that although we live in uncertain times, God is still in control and his promises are sure. Please remain calm and trust in his mercies.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

May God bless you and keep you safe.

In His service,

Joe E. Archer
Senior Administrator
jearcher@ilhs.org

 


March 16, 2020

Dear Parents,

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1

Over the next few weeks things will be different. That statement rings true in our ears. We see changes to schedules, everyday routines being adjusted, and a feeling of uncertainty ripple through just about everything. It is good, right, and necessary that we look to the one source of stability during this me (and all
times!). Our God who has created all things is with us (Psalm 46:11). Our God makes all things work for good (Romans 8:28). Our God will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6).

As a school we want to assist you in providing your children the opportunity to continue to grow in their knowledge. We want this growth to continue not just in general subjects, but also in their spiritual growth. With that in mind, we have prepared an “Extended Learning Plan” (e-Learning) that will be used
during this period of shutdown. An additional document that will be included with the packets will include more specifics as well.

Thank you in advance for your patience and support in this new procedure. Teachers will be including set contact hours that they will be available for questions and assistance. They will also be vigilant in tracking communication apart from the set times and will respond in a reasonable amount of time. Principal Falck will also be available to contact with any questions or concerns.

God willing we plan to return to the regular school schedule on Wednesday, April 1st. We will keep you updated throughout this process.

May the peace of God be with you!
Principal Jeffrey K. Falck
jfalck@illinoisluthera.org

e-Learning Packets

  • Each student in grades K-6 will receive five (5) e-Learning packets
    • Each packet will contain all necessary paper copies of text and assignment for each day
    • The packets will be available in the office beginning Wednesday morning at 8 AM and then according to the schedule noted below
      • If no time works, please contact Principal Falck to make alternate arrangements
    • Work for each day should be kept together and returned to the school in the same envelope
    • All completed work (5 packets) should be returned to school on the first day regular classes resume
    • Any completed work packets may be returned to the school office during the posted hours
    • Within reason, the work should allow the students to work independently at their grade level, but parents, guardians, siblings, etc. are welcome to assist with any/all activities
  • PK packets will also be available for pick up. Although PK packet pick up is not mandatory, we would still like to provide them as a resource.

Office Hours

  • Wednesday, March 18 – 8 AM – 3 PM, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 19 – 8 AM – 3 PM
  • Friday, March 20 – 8 AM – 3 PM
  • Monday, March 23 – 8 AM – 12 PM
  • Tuesday, March 24 – 1 PM – 5 PM
  • Wednesday, March 25 – 8 AM – 12 PM
  • Thursday, March 26 – 1 PM – 5 PM
  • Friday, March 27 – 8 AM – 12 PM
  • Monday, March 30 – 8 AM – 12 PM
  • Tuesday, March 31 – 1 PM – 5 PM

Contact Information

Jeff Falck
Elementary School Principal
Cell: 920.809.4263
jfalck@illinoislutheran.org

Elizabeth Oestmann
Elementary School Office Manager
708.672.5850
eoestmann@illinoislutheran.org