Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger News

Grandparents’ Day 2023

We say a big thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help with Grandparents’ Day last Friday.  It was a special morning to see so many families sharing time together, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your help.  An extra big thank you to second grade teacher, Megan Deenik, for the many hours she spent planning, organizing, and leading the event.

Food Drive

Once again, ILS is hosting a food drive for Faith In Action Day. Donation bins will be located in the each classroom starting the week of October 2nd. The Food Drive will run from Monday, October 2nd through Friday, October 13th.

Our ILHS Student Council will sponsor a Doughnut Day to the class that brings in the greatest number of food items. You may donate as many non-perishable (not expired) food items for the competition. All items will be donated to the Crete Food Pantry.

Thank you for supporting Illinois Lutheran Schools and helping feed those who may need a little extra help this fall. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Beginner Band

Please note that Beginner Band group lessons will start this Wednesday, October 4. Beginner Band group lessons take place on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Basketball, Cheer & Volleyball Spirit Wear Store

Coming soon! Our spirit wear shop for basketball, cheer and volleyball will open on Tuesday, October 3. More child sizes will be available! Watch for details and a link to place your order on October 3.

Pink Night – October 5

The ILHS volleyball team will be hosting their “pink game” on Thursday, October 5 against Momence. JV will begin the night with a 5 PM match, followed by varsity at 6 PM. October is breast cancer awareness month, so the volleyball team will be raising money for Laura Biesterfeld, our 3rd grade teacher, who is currently battling breast cancer. There will be basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, bake sale and t-shirt sales. Dress in pink and come support Laura and the Chargers on Pink Night!

ILHS Fall Concert – Sunday, October 8

It’s time for the first concert of the school year! On Sunday, October 8, join the jr. high and high school music department at the ILHS gym at 7:00 PM for our annual Fall Concert. Come join us as we showcase all the progress that each ensemble has made in the first quarter. We hope to see you there for an evening filled with music!

School Pictures

Our school photography company, Image Group, delivered the school pictures from online pre-orders and paper orders. These orders were sent home last week.

If you placed your picture order after Picture Day, the pictures will be shipped directly to your house.

School IDs will be sent home with students this Wednesday.  These IDs can be used for free admission to any of our Charger home games. Don’t forget ILHS Volleyball Pink Night is this Thursday!

If you have any questions in regards to your picture order please contact Image Group directly at 815-932-1230 or by email at

Building on the Rock Pledge Dinner – October 21

We welcome you to join us Saturday, October 21, at 6:00 PM for the “Building on the Rock” campaign pledge dinner. The event will take place in the gym at the high school campus.

Illinois Lutheran is excited to share details with you about our vision for an Activities Center. This facility will provide much-needed space for our athletic teams, facilitate growth opportunities, and offer both ILS and our churches a large resource for ministry opportunities, including greater capacity for worship services, concerts, Band and Choral Fests and regional church events.

Two more components of this campaign are completing upgrades at the elementary campus, along with repaying the loan that supported the initial phase of those renovations. The goal of this campaign is to further show the value of Christian education in our community. Maintaining an attractive facility is paramount to both providing our students with a quality experience and remaining competitive with area schools.

We are eager for you to learn more about this project and are thankful for your consideration of supporting ILS. Our church and school families are vital to the success of this campaign.

Due to capacity considerations, the event will be adults only. Please click on THIS LINK to RSVP and reserve your seat by October 14. Suggested attire is business casual.

God’s kingdom in Crete is blessed through you.

Wreath Sale – Deadline October 13

The Illinois Lutheran High School Choir program is selling live greens to be delivered for the Christmas season. If you are interested in purchasing any beautiful wreaths, roping, or swags for Christmas decorations, please get in touch with a choir member or contact Mr. Jonathan Witte at Orders are due by October 13.

Fall Sports Information

Sports Calendar:

Please check the calendar frequently. Sometimes changes will be made to practices and games.

Parent Volunteers:

We ask that parents plan to volunteer for concessions or tickets at least ONE time for fall sports. Please use THIS LINK to sign up for your volunteer spots. We appreciate your support!

Thank you to the parents and students that have already signed up and helped in the Illinois Lutheran concession stand! We have had a GREAT start to the 23-24 school year. If you haven’t signed up yet to volunteer, please do so as soon as possible because the spots are filling up.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.

Note: SignUp does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Questions? Please contact our Activities Director, Mr. Nate Hinz, at or 708.672.3262, ext. 114.

High School Cheerleading Coach Needed

Illinois Lutheran Schools is looking for a qualified cheerleading coach for high school. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Mr. Hinz at Thank you for considering.

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).

Faith In Action Day 2023

It’s time for our annual Faith in Action Day, which will be held on Saturday, October 14th, 8:00am-12:00pm! Join us for a day of fun, fellowship and service as we show Christian love to our neighbors in the church, community and world.

Look for more details to come.

You’re Invited!

Please join us every Friday morning for Chapel at Trinity with the kids. Drop your kids off at school then head on over for coffee and treats in Trinity’s Coffee Court. Chapel will begin at 8:10 am and you are welcome to stay after as long as you’d like. What better way to start your
day than a bit of Jesus in your heart and a cup of java in your hand! Looking forward to seeing you!

Looking for Legos

Illinois Lutheran school office will be accepting new and used (clean) Lego pieces and kits (including Lego figurines, wheels, and bases, etc.) September 5 to 22nd. Lego donations will be used to assemble Lego kits to go into Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to be packed on Faith In Action Day. Please join us at Trinity Church on Faith In Action Day, October 14th at 8:30 a.m., to assemble these kits, and pack a shoe box to bless boys and girls around the world, with a lego kit and a shoebox filled with toys, school supplies and personal care items, delivered by local church partners for an opportunity to share the Gospel in a clear, and child-friendly way. Watch out for more details in how to get involved on October 14th! Contact Colleen at 708-275-8075 or with any questions.

Hot Lunch Program

Illinois Lutheran Schools works with School Eatery to provide hot lunch to our students. School Eatery works with local restaurants to offer several options every day for your child.

For families that need to set up a School Eatery account for the first time, please click HERE and refer to the instructions.

Elementary School Parents

Please note if you have any questions about ordering or the payment process, please contact School Eatery directly at 800.570.6755 or email

Order Hot Lunch

Bookstore Fees & Order Form

Medical Forms Required for 2023-2024 School Year

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 for the 23-24 school year. It is very important that you read this information as soon as possible. You can view the original email HERE.

Mark Your Calendars

  • Thursday, October 5 – ILHS Volleyball Pink Night
  • Sunday, October 8 – ILHS Fall Concert
  • October 10 & 12 – GS/JH Soccer Playoff Games
  • Friday, October 13 – End of 1st Quarter
  • Saturday, October 14 – Faith In Action Day
  • Friday, October 20 – Picture Retake Day
  • Saturday, October 21 – Capital Campaign Pledge Dinner
  • October 23-25 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 26-27 – No School – Fall Break
  • Sunday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat and Chili Crawl
  • Saturday, November 4 – Forensics Meet

Family Devotions

A routine family devotion is essential for the Christian family. This could include reading the Bible, singing, and praying together. Do you need help creating a meaningful family devotional time? Here is a link to daily devotion ideas.