Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger News
4/6/20 – 4/13/20

What are Your Plans for Tomorrow?

And being found in appearance as a man, he (Jesus) humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! ~ Philippians 2:8

The hours, days, and weeks continue to pass as we experience the quarantine together. At first it seemed really odd. Now, perhaps it is becoming so much a part of our routine that it doesn’t seem quite as strange. Yet here we come up on a holiday weekend. So often this weekend would be filled with worship services, family meals, and the enjoyment that comes with just being around others. But not this year. What are we to do?

Let’s take this time to truly reflect on what this week – Holy Week – is all about. We see Jesus enter Jerusalem knowing full well that this trip would include his betrayal, trial, torture, and crucifixion. But he pressed on… When he saw the betrayer come for him in the Garden, he could have fled. But he went to meet him… He could have called down legions of angels to destroy the paltry band of would-be arresters. But he consented to his arrest… He could have told Pilate he was a king – more than that – THE King. But he received the unjust verdict… He walked to the cross, was nailed, was hung, was abandoned. And he died…

Add one short phrase to each of the thoughts above and marvel how much more awesome each one becomes – FOR US! All of these things, even more – all of Jesus life, ministry, and work was done FOR US! All of the challenges we face in life, all of the suffering would be nothing but dire and depressing. Yet FOR US and for our salvation he came down from heaven, as we confess in the Creed. And best of all, the empty tomb which we will see again this Easter Sunday assures that death is not the end, that heaven is waiting FOR US!

God bless you all this Holy Week. May you take the time today, tomorrow, this year, and I pray every day, to see the Savior – FOR US!

Consider these final words from Hebrews 12 as a prayer, as encouragement, and as the motivation we need: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~ Hebrews 12:1-4

Survey Feedback

We want to thank everyone who filled out the survey sent out Sunday morning. In a short amount of time – just under 24 hours – we received 45 responses representing just about half   of our students. That’s an awesome response rate! So what did the surveys tell us? Here are three takeaways:

1. Work time – half the responses stated that students are taking between 2-4 hours on each packet. The other half of the responses were almost equally split between less than two hours and more than 4 hours. This confirms what we know well as teachers and you know as parents: students learn and study at different rates!

We would encourage parents to take note of your child’s study and work habits. If they seem to be focused and not frustrated it is not bad that they could spend more than 4 hours. Watch out for frustration. If your child is struggling, encourage more breaks and look at spreading the work out over more time. One packet does not have to be done in one day. You could consider splitting a packet over two days and still have some days off. Also, and we cannot stress this enough, you know your child! If they are becoming frustrated you may choose to decrease an assignment’s length and sign-off that you feel they understand a concept. The teacher can adjust the grade accordingly. Besides marking this on the assignment or tracking sheet, it would be good to email or call the teacher. Perhaps they can give some guidance or encouragement, too.  A word of caution: Do not eliminate an entire assignment. It would be better to adjust the overall amount since we want to make sure they are showing understanding and not missing a concept entirely.

It is quite possible that a packet takes less time, too. If it appears the work they are completing is quality in your opinion, that’s just fine. We might encourage parents to have other activities like reading or working on puzzle activities that help the brain grow.

2. Almost all responses agree or strongly agree that the work is helping your child review and grow in his or her grade level content. That is a major goal of the teachers as we continue with the packets. The same responses were noted with communication and clarity of instructions. We are glad to have many “agree” responses, but we would really like to have only “strongly agree” in this category. We will take note of this result and strive to make all directions clear for each activity.

3. Many of our families noted good to great access to technology and would like to see more web-based activities. However, some families noted there would be a struggle to find ways to keep their child connected because of the lack of resources, work schedules, shared work spaces, and the like. With that in mind, the teachers will be encouraged to provide supplemental activities that could be completed using home technology. They will also continue to evaluate how they might provide recordings and even some “live” activities that will enhance the home-based education but still not be mandatory.

Principal Falck will be encouraging each teacher to remain highly connected and reachable throughout these distance learning weeks. He will also ask the teachers to create some additional supplemental packets with extension activities in things like Math and Reading that parents can share with their children if they feel they have time to do so. If you are interested in these packets please reach out to your child’s teacher directly. This will help them create a more personalized packet that will benefit each student best.

e-Learning Updates

Packet Work

We can not stress enough how appreciative we are with everyone for their assistance in picking up and returning work packets. Moreover, words can’t express just how grateful we are to have your support at home as your children work through the packets.

Remember: Do not feel obligated to complete one packet per day. It is okay to spread the work out over a couple days if necessary. Keep in mind that the 2nd set of packets has a completion date goal of Wednesday, April 8th.

Please continue to keep in contact with your child’s teacher in relation to questions about work. Every teacher has said more than once how much they miss seeing the students. We can’t wait for the day we are all back together!

Packet Set #3

Packet set 3 will consist of 4 individual packets and will be available for pick up beginning on Tuesday, April 7th. 

We recognize that this set will cover time over the originally scheduled Easter break. Although big plans are not possible this year, we still want to afford students and their families the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate a bit. Most importantly, we want to allow the time necessary to reflect on the suffering of our Savior Jesus, his death on the cross for our sins, and the glorious triumph of his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Principal Falck Contact Information:
Cell Phone – 920-809-4263

eLearning Page for ILES

The ILES office hours for April 6 -12, 2020 are:

  • Mon, April 6 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tues, April 7 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wed, April 8 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thurs, April 9 – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Fri, April 10 – Closed (Good Friday)
  • Mon, April 13 – (Closed) Easter break

Contact Mr. Jeff Falck at

Contact Mrs. Elizabeth Oestmann at

ILES Teacher’s Office Hours

  • PreK Rick – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-5 pm
  • PreK Sievert – Response when available
  • Kindergarten – 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-6 pm
  • 1st – 10 am-12 pm, 3 pm-6 pm
  • 2nd – 11am-2pm MWF/ 3pm-6pm TTh
  • 3rd – 10 am-2 pm, 4 pm-7 pm
  • 4th – 10 am-7 pm
  • Sievert – Response when available
  • Biesterfeld – 10 am-12 pm, 7 pm-8 pm

Mr. & Mrs. Sievert will be out of town this week. Thank you for understanding their limited availability.

Need to contact a teacher? Here is a list of teacher e-mails.

Field Trips

The Preschool/Kindergarten Field Trip scheduled for Monday, May 20th, to KidsWork Museum has been canceled.

Field trips scheduled/rescheduled for May are still pending. As soon as information is confirmed, we will let families know of plans to either cancel or reschedule.

Call News

We were informed last Thursday evening that Mr. John Schleis returned our invitation to teach our first grade at ILS beginning next school year. We pray that God continues to bless him as he carries out his work in Wisconsin. The Board will be meeting this evening, Monday, April 6th, to determine the next individual who we feel could serve the families of Illinois Lutheran. We are confident the Lord will provide the teacher we need at the time that is just right!

Library Books

Library books can be returned to the school office when your child is finished reading them. Thank you!

FACTS Tuition for 2019 Tax Filing

Do you need a summary of tuition you paid for your 2019 tax filing? You can retrieve and print a summary of payments from FACTS:

  • Login to your FACTS account
  • Click on Actions, View Details
  • Click on the Payments tab
  • Click on View Printable Payment Summary
  • Select the correct year from the drop down menu before you print your summary

Login to FACTS

March Hot Lunch Reimbursements

We understand that many of you paid for hot lunch meals in March that were not served. For those that submitted payments, you will receive a check in the next few days to reimburse you for the lunches that your student did not receive. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Starr McKinney at

Early Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year EXTENDED TO MAY 1

  • Illinois Lutheran is extending the Early Registration Deadline to May 1, 2020.
  • The Early Registration fee for the 2020-2021 school year is $200 per child for grades kindergarten thru 12th grade, if the fee is paid before May 1, 2020.
  • After May 1, the registration fee will be $300 per child.
  • The preschool registration fee is $70 and will not change after the deadline.
  • The deadline to apply for financial assistance is May 1, 2020.

A few points to highlight:

  • The registration fee is non-refundable, as stated in our Student Handbook.
  • The tuition rates for 2020-2021 are printed on the back of your registration invoice included in the mailing.
  • You can pay registration online with your credit card. Click here or on the link below, fill out the information and pay with your credit card (this year there is no additional fee for paying online).

Need-Based Financial Assistance:

  • Your child(ren) must be registered for the 2020-2021 school year BEFORE applying for financial assistance.
  • This year, returning school families applying for financial assistance are REQUIRED to do so BEFORE Friday, May 1, 2020. This is the cutoff date. You will not be considered for financial assistance unless you do so before this date.
  • After the May 1, 2020 deadline, appeals from returning school families will only be accepted if something has changed since the time of your original application filing. (i.e. loss of job, income, etc.)
  • Preschool children are not eligible for tuition assistance.
  • Our Need-Based Financial Assistance application is only available online:
    • Click on the link below to apply with FACTS.
    • Login to FACTS. Either use your existing account information if you have applied before or create a new account.
    • Click on the Apply for Financial Aid link and select the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Fill out the required information and supply them with the necessary tax information.
    • All forms must be submitted to FACTS before your application will be considered.
    • FACTS does charge a fee for applying for financial assistance.
    • All FACTS awards are based on need. Be as accurate and complete as possible when providing financial information.

Questions? Contact Jessica Bushey at 708.672.3262 or

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.
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  • Sync events with your calendar with a click of a button.
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  • 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.


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Download the App today! Go to the App Store and search Illinois Lutheran Schools, or click on the correct link below.

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