Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger News

Windy City Thunderbolts

Great news! ILES was able to get buses from Windy City Baseball allowing the fee to decrease for the field trip. The total cost is $12.50/ person for the baseball field trip. You will see this fee reflect your FACTS account later this week.

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to our two 5-6 grade teams who finished first and second in last week’s Battle of the Books.  This week our 3-4 graders are competing in the “Battle of the Books” at the Crete Public Library on Wednesday, April 17, from 6-8 pm.  You are welcome to come and support them in this fun literacy competition!

ILES Preschool & Kindergarten Play – Stone Soup

The preschool and kindergarten students are presenting the musical “Stone Soup” this week.  You are invited to attend this fun performance in the ILES gym on Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 pm.  The entire elementary school will watch the play on Friday morning during the regular school day.

Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s that time of year again to show our appreciation for all that our teachers do for our families. Teacher Appreciation week is April 29th through May 3rd. We will be providing meals and snacks for them throughout the week. Click HERE for more information on how you can help make this week a success. Thanks!

Blood Drive – Thursday, April 18

Versiti Blood Centers will be conducting a blood drive at Illinois Lutheran High School on Thursday, April 18 from 12:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Give blood and help us reach our 16-donation target to supply 83 local hospitals. Schedule your donation today by calling 800-7TO-GIVE or online at Questions? Contact Miss Chloe Robbert at or 708.672.3262, ext. 111.


Congratulations to all of the 5-8 graders who participated in the SpBAM (Spelling, Bible, Art, Math) competition on Saturday!  The students had a great time in Morton Grove and represented ILS well.  Watch for the art projects on display in the school this week.

2024 Charger Summer Camps

The Illinois Lutheran summer camps are open for registration!

  • All camp grade levels are based on the grade the student is entering in the fall of 2024.
  • REGISTER ONLINE ONLY – Registration and payment is due two weeks before the camp starts in order to receive a camp t-shirt.
  • Golf Camp will be located at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete. Softball Camp will be located at Columbia Central in Steger. All other camps are located at Illinois Lutheran High School (1610 Main Street in Crete, IL).
  • Camp attendees should bring bottled water.
  • Click here for the 2024 Charger Summer Camp brochure.

Please share this with a friend! Attendees do NOT need to be Illinois Lutheran students. Questions? Please contact Mr. Nate Hinz, Illinois Lutheran Activities Director, at 708.672.3262, ext. 114 or

Summer Camp Scholarship

The Crete Woman’s Club is offering a summer camp scholarship opportunity for any 3rd-11th grade student residing in School District 201U. The scholarship is worth up to $350 and can be used for music, drama, art, athletic, or educational camps. More information and applications can be found online HERE. The deadline for the applications is Friday, April 19.

Summer Programs

ILES has received several different flyers for various summer programs. Feel free to check out our community bulletin board to view these opportunities. If you would like a copy of one of the flyers, please stop in the school office.

ILHS State Baseball Championship – 10th Anniversary

The ILHS baseball team would like to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2014 state champion baseball team on May 11, 2024, as the Chargers host Milwaukee Kingdom Prep at noon.  We will recognize the players and coaches and their families from the state championship team before the game and have a cookout during the game.  The festivities will wrap up after the game at Smokey Joe’s for more fellowship.  Please come out and join us for this special day.

Coaches Needed

Illinois Lutheran Schools is looking for a head soccer coach and a B-Team (5th & 6th) cheer coach. Those that are qualified and interested should submit their resumes to Mr. Nate Hinz, Activities Director at ILS, at

Softball Girls’ Day – Monday, April 15 @ 4:30 PM

Mom, grandma, aunt, bonus family? We can’t wait to see you! Bring a chair and spend an afternoon with your student and the ILHS softball team at Heritage Park in Crete on Monday, April 15 at 4:30 PM. Girls run the bases after the game! Rain day is scheduled for April 22.

2024 Golf Outing

Save the date! The Illinois Lutheran 27th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course in Crete.

There are many ways to help make this fundraising event a success. We are looking for players, sponsors, donors and volunteers. Registration and sponsor forms will be available soon.

Questions? Contact Mr. or Mrs. Cantu at

Baseball & Softball at Illinois Lutheran

Families of current 4th-7th grade students who are interested in playing baseball or softball at ILS in fall 2024, please take one minute to complete this form. This way, we can distribute information in the upcoming months as efficiently as possible.

The IESA softball season begins on Monday, July 29, with regionals in mid-September. Baseball begins on Monday, August 5, with regionals in mid/late-September.

Questions? Please contact our Activities Director, Mr. Nate Hinz, at or our Co-Curricular Chairman, Mr. David Kenyon, at

Sports Skills Sessions

Illinois Lutheran will be putting on some sports specific skill days for our students, especially those in 3rd and 4th grade.

Basketball will start April 17 and run for 4 consecutive Wednesdays: April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8.  These sessions are open for all students currently in grades 3-7.  Each session will be at the high school gym from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.

Volleyball will start April 22 and have the following dates: April 22, April 29, May 6, and May 13.  These sessions are for grades 3-4 only and will go from 3:30 to 4:30 PM on the scheduled dates.

There is no cost for coming to these sessions.  We are just offering these sessions for our younger kids to learn the basic skills for basketball and volleyball so they can improve themselves before participating in the seasons to come.

Dine & Donate – Monday, April 22

Micahtam is hosting a dine & donate event at Texas Roadhouse in Dyer, IN on Monday, April 22 from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is a fundraiser for the Choral Fest that we are hosting in November this year. Support ILS by presenting THIS FLYER to the Dyer Location and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of your total food purchases to ILS. Thank you for your support!

ILES Preschool

Great news for families in the area with little ones who are looking for a safe environment and enriching setting for your child to learn, socialize and gain important skills in preparation for Kindergarten! Illinois Lutheran Schools is preparing for the fall and we have room in our preschool classrooms!

Illinois Lutheran Elementary School welcomes you to our Preschool Open House on Sunday, April 21 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at 448 Cass Street in Crete, IL. Please bring your little ones, ages 3 and up, to learn more about the high-quality education and positive environment that our preschool provides. Through song and God’s Word daily, students learn about the love and grace of Jesus. Preschoolers also continue to work on a variety of skills, such as learning letters, numbers, shapes, drawing and cutting. Students at ILS have invaluable opportunities to learn through center time, teacher-led presentations, improving fine motor skills, and more!

Families and friends are invited to tour classrooms, meet our experienced preschool teachers and staff, and just as importantly, build friendships with other preschool parents and caregivers!

Please reach out to the Illinois Lutheran Elementary School Office at 708-672-5969 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you and your family on Sunday, April 21!

Career Fair – April 24

Please grab a friend or family member and join us at our first Career Fair at ILHS on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 PM!

Numerous business owners, ILS alumni and local professionals will be on hand to share their experiences, knowledge and “tips for success.” We are also expecting union reps, specialists in the medical field, financial experts and more!

This is an opportunity to hear about different occupations and fields of study that you may have never thought about. Students, we have been working hard to make sure this event is helpful and informative for you…so, please join us for this special event!

Spring Faith In Action

This year we are excited to be adding a Spring Faith in Action event that will provide us with an opportunity to make a difference in our community. Trinity will be partnering with the Crete Police Department and Park District to do a community cleanup on Saturday, April 27th where we will be focusing on cleaning up our neighborhood streets. The day will kick off with a light breakfast at 8:30 am in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall. Then after cleaning, return to Trinity for a hot dog lunch at 11:30 am where you can also visit with local groups that offer earth friendly
opportunities. CLICK HERE to sign up. For more information or questions, contact Beth Youngberg at

Charger Parent T-Shirts

Illinois Lutheran Schools is excited to offer a FREE Charger “Mom” and “Dad” t-shirt to parents of current students. 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, or if you already received your first free shirt, a new one can be purchased for $10 (while supplies last).

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

Mark Your Calendars

  • Tuesday, April 8 – ILES Eclipse Viewing
  • Wednesday, April 10 – 5th/6th Grade Battle of Book
  • Saturday, April 13 – SpBAM @ Jerusalem Lutheran School (Morton Grove, IL)
  • Sunday, April 14 – Grades 3-4 sing at Zion, 9:00 am service
  • Wednesday, April 17 – 3-4 Grade Battle of the Books @ Crete Public Library
  • April 18-19 – Preschool & Kindergarten Play
  • April 21 – Preschool Open House
  • April 22-25 – MAP Testing
  • Sunday, April 28 – Grades 3-4 sing at Trinity, 8:00 am service
  • April 29-30 – Band Solo Nights (Grades 4-8)
  • Friday, May 3 – Early Release

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.