May 4, 2020
As we begin to wind down the crazy end to our school year there are several things I would like to share with you.
Junior High & High School Information
Change in Senior & 8th Grade Graduate Materials Pick Up: We were originally planning to distribute materials, yard signs, cap and gowns to our graduating seniors and eighth graders on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. However, some of the materials have not arrived as promised. Therefore we are going to move this pickup time to next week Tuesday (May 12) and Wednesday (May 13) from 9 AM – 3 PM and 5:30 PM – 7 PM. Hopefully everything will be there by then.
End of School Year for Classes at JH & HS: At the Junior High and High School, eLearning classes will continue until Monday, May 18. That day will be the last day of regularly scheduled classes for 7th – 11th grades. The last day of classes for seniors will be Friday, May 15 as originally scheduled. Because of the unusual circumstances of this epidemic, we are electing not to give semester final tests to our high school students this semester. However, May 19 through May 22 are scheduled as days for students to submit any outstanding late work. Teachers will be available for help during these days. It is essential that students with outstanding work submit their assignments before or during this period. If you are uncertain whether your child has missing work, please check PowerSchool. If there are any questions about missing assignments, contact the teacher as soon as possible. Dates and times for high school and junior high students to return their school books will be announced next week.
Graduation: Graduation dates are still undecided. I know many of you are wondering when we can schedule our services. I received new information from the Illinois State Board of Education on Friday. While they have moved away from “no ceremonies at this time” they are now saying some celebrations might be acceptable but only if following social distancing and group gathering guidelines. These guidelines will severely restrict the number of family members in attendance. Basically, only the student and 2 parents that live in the same house with the graduate would be allowed. These restrictions even apply to “parking lot”, “drive up” and “outdoor” services. It would be very difficult to enforce these measures and to allow families to celebrate these events together. We will be watching closely to see if things change over the next few weeks. We pray that we can find a way to honor our graduates and include all their families in the celebrations. A questionnaire will be sent out to graduate parents later this week on possible scenarios and dates.
As always, please contact me if you have questions.
In His service,
Joe E. Archer
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.
God bless and keep you safe.
In His service,
Joe E. Archer
March 20, 2020
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Archer (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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
March 16, 2020
Dear ILS parents/guardians,
First of all, thanks for being patient and understanding with the planning and changes that Illinois Lutheran High School and Junior High has had to make regarding the coronavirus shutdown. The administration at ILS has been planning and making preparations to make sure our students can receive a quality education whether on site or through e-Learning. Listed below will be an outline of what will be expected of our ILHS and ILJH students and faculty.
Tuesday, March 17 – Students will need to come to school and pick up their books and computers. They will be asked to take home everything in their lockers so that they have everything they need. This will also allow us to sanitize the lockers properly.
Because of “social distancing” we will not be able to have all of the students come to school at one time to pick up their materials (groups of no more than 10 people in the building). Therefore, we are dividing our student body alphabetically into three groups:
- Group A-F will be from 2:00 – 4:00 PM (please stagger your times)
- Group G-M will be from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
- Group N-Z will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
If this time does not work with your schedule, you may come in at any time during the day but you may have to wait because we will only allow 10 people at one time to come into the building. High school students do not need to be accompanied by their parents.
Wednesday, March 18 – The students have to be on a computer device beginning Wednesday, March 18 for an e-Learning Day where they will have a full day of classes. Information on classes and procedures will be sent out by 4 PM on Tuesday, March 17 to students’ school email addresses as well as parents to explain what is expected of their students.
Students should be ready to begin classes by the regular 1st hour start time of 8:17 AM. We will be following the regular school day schedule for classes. Click here to view the class times listed in Planbook. Make sure you have your chrome book login and password before class begins. Also, if possible it’s best if students have headphones. We will be taking attendance and absences will need to be excused by a parent by calling the high school at 708.672.3262.
Everything in this coronavirus situation is fluid and can change in 5 hours. We will continue to monitor the situation and try the best we can to make God-pleasing decisions that are in the best interests of our students, parents, and faculty. I hope this message explains how things will work for now. We will continue to send daily updates by the usual means.
Please note that there may be some bumps and glitches along the way because there are some things that we simply cannot test in advance. However, we believe this system will serve us now and beyond the March 30 date, if necessary. We need to work together. Talk with your child(ren) and explain that this time away from school is not a vacation from school but rather school as usual in a different setting.
Finally, As the world around us seems to be changing by the minute, we find peace that surpasses all understanding in the fact that our God and His love never changes (Hebrews 13:8). He promises that he will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6); He promises that all will work out for your spiritual good (Romans 8:28); He promises that you have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57); He promises to one day take you and all believers to be with Him in Heaven (John 14:2). “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” of Jesus (2 Corinthians 9:15).
God be with you and your family.
In His service,
Joe E. Archer