Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger News
1/18/22 – 1/23/22

The Lord Chooses

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The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. ~1 Samuel 16:7b

If you’re the captain of your kickball team at recess on the school playground, whom do you choose first? Someone who can kick the ball the farthest or run the fastest and help your team play the game well. It’s easy to judge people based on what you can see on the outside—how fast they can run, how big they are, what kinds of clothes they wear, what color their skin is. These are all the things that our eyes can see, but what if your eyes don’t see the whole picture? “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” means that outward looks don’t tell us the full story of what’s inside.

God’s people needed a new king. Sadly, King Saul turned away and wasn’t listening to the LORD anymore, so the LORD sent the prophet Samuel on a special mission to anoint a new king. He would take a container of special oil and pour it out on the head of whomever God chose to be the next king. This was God’s way of setting this person apart for the special job of ruling over his people. Samuel saw seven of Jesse’s sons—strong looking men—and he thought each of them might be a good king for Israel. But the LORD didn’t choose any of them. Instead, the LORD chose the youngest son of Jesse, named David. David didn’t look like he’d be the best choice, but remember: Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

When the LORD looked at David, he could see everything in his heart. That’s why David prayed, “Create in me a pure heart, O God.” David knew he was sinful. What does the LORD see when he looks at you and your heart? A heart that always gladly listens to God’s Word and obeys my parents? A heart that always keeps God first in life? No! God sees all the ways we haven’t lived and loved like he tells us. So, we pray, “Create in me a pure heart, O God.”

Guess what, God heard our prayer! Jesus gave us his pure and sinless heart that loves God above all things and serves our neighbor in love. God chose you and set you apart—not with oil poured on your head, but with the water and Word of your baptism. Even though you might look weak or feel unimportant on the outside, when God looks at you, he sees a pure and dearly loved child. Because of your baptism, there’s more to you than meets the eye!

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for choosing me to be your own. Please forgive my sins, and help me always remember that you have given me your perfect heart. In your name I pray, Amen.

Special Spirit Wear Store – Softball, Baseball & Track Gear

Exciting news for our Chargers! Illinois Lutheran Schools is hosting a “SPIRIT STORE” featuring Charger softball, baseball and track gear, and it’s completely online! The shop is open Tuesday, January 18 and closes on Thursday, January 20.

This is a unique promotional event where CHARGER parents, students, families, friends and alumni can order spirit wear of all kinds, brands and price points. The store will offer CHARGER t-shirts, sweatshirts, quarter-zips, polos, joggers and different styles of shirts.

Copies of the order flier are available in the elementary school office. You can also place an order with the order links below.

  • The online store is NOW OPEN and will close on Thursday, January 20.
  • Online payment is due at the time of purchase (ILS will not accept payments for purchases).
  • There is a shipping charge.
  • Items will be shipped to ILS and distributed to students.
  • If you want the item to be a “surprise,” please contact the HIGH SCHOOL ONLY at 708.672.3262.
  • Due to the pandemic, shipping is expected to be at least 6 weeks.

Order Charger Baseball Spirit Wear

Order Charger Softball Spirit Wear

Order Charger Track & Field Spirit Wear

Thank you for supporting ILS!

Early Release Day – Tuesday, January 25

Tuesday, January 25, will be an early release day for Teacher In-Service.

  • Grade school students will be released at 11:15 AM
  • Preschool students will be released at 11:30 AM
  • JH/HS students will be released at 11:30 AM

ILES Spirit Week – Jan. 31-Feb. 4

Save the date for ILES Spirit Week scheduled Monday, Jan. 31 through Friday, February 4.

  • Monday – Jersey Day
  • Tuesday – Clash Day
  • Wednesday – Hat/Tie Day
  • Thursday – Class Color Day
  • Friday – Charger Day

Scholastic Book Fair

After a one year break, our annual Scholastic Book Fair is returning at the end of this month. The Book Fair will be held Monday, January 31 – Friday, February 4. Students will have the opportunity to preview the books and items available for purchase on Monday. The sale will be open to all after school beginning Tuesday. Watch for more information next week – to make this event a success. We need help with setup and working during the sale hours. If you are able to help or have any questions, please contact our librarian Mrs. Sievert at

Scholastic Book Fair Hours   (Jan. 31 – Feb. 4)

  • Monday : Preview Day (No Sales)
  • Tuesday* : 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday:  12 noon- 4:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am- 4:00 pm
  • Friday: 12 noon- 4:00 pm (Last Day)

*Family Literacy Night is Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.

New Group Band Rehearsal Schedule

Please note that both Beginner and Intermediate Bands will now only rehearse together on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  There will no longer be rehearsals on Tuesdays and Fridays. Thank you!

Winter Weather Reminders

This week looks like some reasonable winter-like weather – hooray! As we look ahead, the following week looks chilly. Remember to have them properly outfitted: a warm coat, waterproof gloves/mittens, a winter hat, and boots (we ask all students to not wear the same footwear outside and inside the classroom). Thanks so much for your cooperation – in 10 weeks it’s officially Spring!

Please remember we will continue to have our children get much needed fresh air as long as the outside temperatures are above 0.  We will shorten outdoor time when the temperatures are below 20.

Emergency Closing Center

Please note that for school closings due to bad weather, you will be contacted with the information that is on file. Please be sure that your information is up to date. You can click here to check the Emergency Closing Center for school closings.

FACTS – 2021 Tax Filing

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

  • Login to your FACTS account
  • On the home page, click View Details
  • Click View Payment Summary on the details screen
  • Ensure the correct Calendar Year or date range is selected
  • Click Print

Lost & Found

There are several lost items in the Lost & Found bin located by the back office door. Please have your student check for any items they may be missing. Thank you!

Yearbook Pictures

Are you a picture taker? When attending a game or school event do you have your phone out to snap some pics of those kids having fun? We are looking for your help.  If you take pictures at any ILES or Jr. High events this year, whether a game, class party, or field trip, we want to see them. We are looking for pictures that we can add to this school year’s yearbook.  During the year if you have taken some pictures of your child’s class please consider sharing them with Mrs. Oestmann for possible use in the yearbook. Pictures can be sent to Thank you!

A Request

Principal Falck is asking parents to let their child’s teacher know when they have received any vaccination this season. This is NOT an effort to track who may or may not be getting any vaccination. This simply helps us watch for any side effects so we can make sure the students are feeling their best at school.

Calendar Update

By now you should be able to see the new calendar for athletics and activities.  All Co-curricular practices, games, events, and open gyms will be on this calendar.

We are working with 8 to 18 to change the default setting so that all the practices, games, events, and meetings show up automatically. For the time being, you will  need to use the filter on the top right corner of the calendar and click on all the categories in order to see open gyms for baseball and softball, drama productions, and Micahtam church singing dates.

We are hoping that the issue is resolved soon and all events will be seen automatically. Questions? Please contact Mr. Nate Hinz at

Girls’ Basketball Pictures

Girls’ basketball will be starting soon. Don’t forget to get your student athlete registered. Pictures have been scheduled for Thursday, February 3rd at 3:00 pm at the junior high/ high school campus (1610 Main St).

Winter Sports

Volunteer Expectations

We ask that parents plan to volunteer for concessions at least 3 times per sport season. You are not required to volunteer for your child’s sport or during their game (for example, if you have a grade school basketball player, you can volunteer for a high school basketball game). We will share that link on our website and in the News & Notes once we have it ready. We appreciate your support!

Questions? Contact Mr. Nate Hinz at or 708.672.3262, ext. 114.

Athletic Calendar

Game Protocols

As the winter sports season begins, here are a few reminders:

  • Unless a coach is supervising, students should not be in the school building more than 20 minutes prior to the start of practice.
  • Students who are at home sick are not allowed to attend a game that night.
  • Once students are in the building for a game, they must remain in the gym or multi-purpose room.
  • Unless a student has permission from the site manager, once he/she leaves the building, they are not allowed to re-enter the building.
  • We expect our students’ behavior reflects the faith that we profess at our games.

Questions? Please contact the Activities Director, Mr. Nate Hinz at Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

FREE Charger Parent T-Shirts

Illinois Lutheran Schools is excited to offer a FREE Charger “Mom” and “Dad” t-shirt to parents of current students. If you missed the first round of orders, you can still order your shirt! Please fill out and submit THIS FORM. T-shirt orders will be distributed to your oldest child.

  • One t-shirt is allowed per parent.
  • You must submit an order to receive a t-shirt.
  • If we are out of the size that you order, we will give you a larger size.
  • If your t-shirt is lost or damaged, a new one can be purchased for $10 (while supplies last).

Charger Fan Popcorn Bucket

Now available at the concession stand! Purchase your CHARGER FAN popcorn bucket for $5, and popcorn bucket refills are only $0.25! Available while supplies last.

Call Update

We learned over the break that the Stevensons decided to remain in Mesa, Arizona, and continue serving God’s people there at Pilgrim. We pray God continues to bless their ministry and we thank them for taking time to consider what their service to Illinois Lutheran may have looked like.

The Illinois Lutheran Board extended three position officers this past Tuesday to help fill our needs for the next school year.

The Board called Mr. Brent Bitter of Grace Lutheran Church and Early Learning Center in Charlotte, NC, to serve as the elementary principal.

The Board also has asked Mrs. Sarah Sell of Seminole, FL, to serve as Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Sell currently serves in that same position at Bay Pines Lutheran School.

Her husband Jeffry (yes, it’s spelled correctly) Sell has been asked to serve as the technology director and science teacher at the junior high and high school

Please keep these individuals, their ministries, and our ministry in your prayers as we patiently wait for God to provide just the right workers at just the right time.

Hot Lunch Program

Illinois Lutheran Schools is working with School Eatery again for the 21-22 school year to provide hot lunch to our students. School Eatery works with local restaurants to offer several options every day for your child. In October, again we’re working with Bambino’s in Steger (Monday & Tuesday), as well as Subway (Wednesday) in South Chicago Heights, Smokey Jo’s (Thursday), and Pizza Hut (Friday) in Crete.

School Eatery has notified us that all families must set up a new account each year. Please click on the links below and follow the instructions for each campus.

To set up your account, please click on these links and refer to the following instructions:

Second Semester School Mission Project

Christ Our Savior

Lutheran Mission in the St. Louis Metro-East

Christ Our Savior Lutheran is an extension ministry of Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri to better serve the spiritual needs of people in the southern Illinois area. In accord with the disciple-making mission of the Church (Matthew 28:18-20), Christ Our Savior will reach out to bring people to saving faith and nurture them in that faith through the faithful teaching of God’s Word and the administration of the sacraments.


A refresh for you and your earnings 

New year. New resolutions. A fresh start. You can hit the ground running in 2022 with earnings on your favorite brands. From activewear to feel-good finds, every purchase is a chance to earn.

Don’t have a ShopWithScrip account? Sign up on our mobile app, RaiseRight™, or on to join in the earning. Ask your coordinator for the enrollment form and code to get started today. Also, pay with your linked bank account or your credit card to get eGift cards and use reloaded money immediately. Click here for more details. 


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Illinois Lutheran Schools every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. To get started, just click on the link below and login to your Amazon account. Help out Illinois Lutheran during this season of giving!


You should have received an email from the school that addresses any medical exams or forms that need to be filled out and submitted to the school office for the 21-22 school year.

ALL PRESCHOOLERS, KINDERGARTNERS, 6th GRADERS AND NEW STUDENTS are required to submit an Illinois state physical BEFORE the first day of school.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Oestmann at

Bookstore Orders

Do you need to order milk, a PE uniform, a Bible, etc? Please submit your electronic Bookstore Order and your fees will be added to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Oestmann. 

Covid-19 Procedures

Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 procedures. A reminder that if your child has any of the symptoms listed below, they must stay home and all other children in the household must stay home as well.Please notify the office by 8:00 AM at 708.672.5969  if your child will be absent.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches

As the COVID-19 pandemic and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to evolve, we will update you with the most current information that we have available.

Health Reminders

As we begin this new year, here’s a reminder of the ways we are continuing to keep our students and families safe at school:

Face Coverings – We continue to require everyone who enters the building to wear a face covering. We have received a number of medical exemption forms. If you see a student or parent without a face covering and have a concern, please direct your question to the principal. Also, it is very helpful to send an extra face covering (or two) with your child. We have extra disposable face coverings if needed, but it makes it easier for the student to wear what they are most comfortable/familiar with.

Water Bottles – Our drinking fountains are on, they will be cleaned regularly, and we have extra sanitizer by each of them. However, it is easiest and provides the least amount of risk to have students bring refillable water bottles from home.

Health Screenings – Please continue to be vigilant with assessing your child’s health daily before they come to school. Also consider your health and any potential exposure you may have had to the Covid virus. If you think you or someone in your family may have been exposed to the virus, or if you identify symptoms that might be associated to Covid, it is best to stay home. This might cause some inconvenience. But please understand: with the guidelines we have to follow here at school one case could lead to major consequences for our in-person learning program. It’s so good to have the students back – we want to keep them here!

Testing Available – We have a large number of the Binax Now rapid tests at school. This simple nasal swab (it is minimally invasive – only touching the inner part of the nostrils) provides a reliable result in 15 minutes. If your child is displaying any Covid symptoms and you would like to rule out Covid as the cause, please contact the office to arrange a test. Note: We will NOT administer this test to any student without parental consent.