Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger News

9/28/20 – 10/4/20

Jesus – He IS the Savior!

In a 2015 Barna research study, 92% of Americans surveyed believe that Jesus was a real person. That’s good! It surely gives us joy that so many people know Jesus. But then the survey continues with questions related to whether Jesus was divine, Jesus was true God, and whether he is the way to heaven, and the numbers begin to drop. Uh oh! Why the decrease? What would it take to see those numbers improve?

In our Christ Light lessons this week, we are given the answer: We go to Jesus; we read about him in the Bible; we pray that the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith in him. Jesus reveals his true purpose to a man named Nicodemus and a woman at a well outside the small Samaritan village of Sychar. In both places he helps the people see he IS the Savior. He points them to the Word and the Holy Spirit works faith. And we can do the same! Thank God for the gifts of his Word and his Son Jesus who came to save all people!

Bread For Beggars – Your Weekly ChristLight Resource

Hey parents (and everyone else)! Check out this great resource with extra information, artwork, and even devotion ideas related to our weekly ChristLight lessons. Just click on the link to go to for this week’s extras!

School Pictures – Retake Day & Remote Learners

Remote learners will have their photo taken on Wednesday, October 7:

  • Please plan on arriving at the elementary school at 8:30 am.
  • Parents will not receive an order form in advance. A couple of weeks after your child’s photo is taken, you will receive an email from Image Group to place your order.

For those students who were previously remote learners and are now in person:

  • Please plan for your child to take their photo on Wednesday, October 7.
  • Parents will not receive an order form in advance. A couple of weeks after your child’s photo is taken, you will receive an email from Image Group to place your order.

For those students who are in person and would like to retake their photo:

  • Students may take them on Retake Day, Wednesday, October 7.
  • Parents will not receive an order form in advance. A couple of weeks after your child’s photo is taken, you will receive an email from Image Group to place your order.
  • Families that previously pre-ordered for the initial Picture Day and received their picture package should return the entire package to school on Retake Day.

Alternate Dismissal – Ending Friday, Oct. 16th

At the beginning of the school year we offered an alternate dismissal time as an option for our families. The primary reason for this alternate time was to limit the amount of time students would need to wear face coverings in the warmer weather and classrooms. As the cooler days of fall are now upon us, we are asking all families to make plans to remain in school full days, beginning Monday, October 19th. (Parents, you may begin having your child stay all day sooner, too.) If you have any questions, please contact Principal Falck at 708.672.5969.

Food Drive

Illinois Lutheran Schools are kicking off our annual food drive in collaboration with Faith In Action Day to help “stock the shelves” of the Crete Food Pantry. Many in our ILS families, churches and the surrounding community have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need our help! Please join us to help relieve some of the burden for those who rely on the Crete Food Pantry for food donations.

From now until Friday, October 9th we’re challenging each class (Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th) to see which class can bring in the greatest number of food items.  The top class in our food drive will win donuts and juice (sponsored by the ILHS student council).  Have fun with the competition and show your support for those in need.  Thanks!

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Virtual Grandparents’ Day 2020

Last Friday, you should have received the link to the YouTube video we created for Grandparents’ Day. A HUGE thank you to Colton Flaig for his hours of recording and editing this for us. Click here to watch the Grandparents’ Day Video.

Medical Forms – Deadlines Approaching

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 20-21 school year. Below is a link to that email. If you did not receive the email, please contact Elizabeth Oestmann at In past years, this information was sent by mail, but moving forward this will be communicated electronically.


Powerschool is the data management and gradebook program our school uses. Teachers in grades 1-6 use Powerschool to provide an ongoing report of each student’s progress. For families with students in Grades 1-6 – if you have not accessed Powerschool and need access information, please email Principal Falck – If you have accessed Powerschool in the past and perhaps forgotten a password or something, you can email Principal Falck, too. He would be happy to help you out!

Charger Spirit Wear

Exciting news for our Charger fans and Illinois Lutheran families! Illinois Lutheran Spirit Wear is available to order. Now is the time to show your pride and support of ILS and Booster Club! T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and many other items are available. Fashionable and fun new items are on the way too! Let’s show our school spirit and have a great year together!

To purchase items, print and fill out the Booster Spirit Wear Form, or have your child pick one up from the office. Then your child can drop off the completed paperwork to the school office.

Questions? Call or text Mrs. Debbie Cantu at 708.899.9517! Thank you for your support!

ILHS Choir Wreath Sale

The Micahtam and Bella Voce choirs are selling Christmas wreaths and other greenery. Please speak with any member of either choir  if you are interested in purchasing some beautiful decorations for the Christmas season. The sale goes until October 7, with delivery of items to occur the week of before Thanksgiving.


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Covid-19 Procedures

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.

We encourage you to read through the COVID-19 Procedures that we previously emailed to all families.

Important Reminder

If your child has any of the symptoms listed below, all other children in the household must stay home as well. Questions? Please contact the office at 708.672.5969.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches

 Health Reminders

With having a couple weeks now under our belts, it really seems the students are adjusting well to some of the health and safety measures we have in place. Here are just a few things that we have noted:

  • Face Coverings – 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 at ILES, 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!
  • If We Call – The state guidelines we are required to follow are very clear about how we are to treat symptoms. If they occur, we are required to send students (and siblings) home. We do initially separate the student with symptoms and give them a chance to cool off or catch his/her breath – after all, running around outside could increase a temperature or cause a cough or some sneezes – but if symptoms persist, we must act appropriately. Thank you for your cooperation if we call. We will do our best to explain what we have observed and the actions you should take so your child may return to school as soon as possible! And remember, even from home your child can be “at” school by joining through Google classroom!

ATTENTION: Bookstore Orders

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

Questions? Contact the elementary school office at 708-672-5969 or email Mrs. Oestmann at

Didn’t receive the email? Click here or on the link below to fill out and submit your bookstore order.



Illinois Lutheran Schools App

Have you downloaded the Illinois Lutheran Schools App? This is the best way to receive the most up-to-date information from the school. It’s important that every parent downloads this app!

Check out the key features:


  • Keep track of the events that are relevant to you.
  • Get personalized notifications reminding you about events and schedules that are important to you.
  • Sync events with your calendar with a click of a button.
  • Access the Athletic & Activities calendar with one click.


  • Enjoy the ease of finding all of the necessary information you need right here in the app!


  • Get tailored information from your groups based on your subscriptions.


  • Get the latest updates from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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