Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger News
11/11/19 – 11/17/19


The theme this week is God wants us to follow his direction rather than our own. As we examine the first 80 years of Moses’ life, we see him learn this lesson multiple times over through trials, confusion, and identity loss.

Adults and youth will relate to Moses in different ways. Those who are older have the advantage of looking back on their own lives and seeing God’s hand at work. Youth have a little less to work with. It is important for us to share with our children how God has shaped our lives and to begin teaching them to reflect on their own lives however short. We want them to develop the habit of trusting God to work in and through their lives as they grow up.

Safe in God’s Hands, Hannah Holland

In his wisdom, the Lord called home to himself the precious soul of our 4th grade student Hannah Holland. Currently Hannah’s brothers also attend ILS: Josyah (9th), Asa (7th), & Dawveed (6th).

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even if he dies. And whoever lives and believes in me will never perish.” ~John 11:25-26

Thank you, all, for the outpouring of support for the Holland family. We continue to lift our prayers to God as he provides peace and comfort to them and all connected with Hannah. Last week a handout and school wide email were sent with service information. Click below to review the information for the services for Hannah Holland or to make a donation towards the Holland Family Fund and/or Holland Catering Fund.

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Falck at the Elementary School at 708-672-5969.

Services for Hannah Holland

Donations for Holland Family

Early Dismissal – Tues., Nov. 12

Students will be dismissed early on Tuesday, November 12 for Teacher In-Service Day.

Elementary Early Dismissal at 11:15 AM
ALL Preschool Dismissal at 11:30 AM
Jr High & High School Dismissal at 11:30 AM

These Faculty In-Service days are a key component in the ongoing development and improvement of the curriculum at Illinois Lutheran. We meet during the day because many of our teachers coach sports and activities after school.

Grades 1 – 2 Sing

On Sunday, Nov. 17, Grades 1 & 2 will sing at Zion Lutheran Church (1610 Main St, Crete, IL) for the 9:00 AM service.

IMPORTANT – Email Notice

The service that allows our staff to send and receive emails was down all day Friday through Sunday evening. For this reason, the staff was unable to receive emails over the weekend. If you sent a message and did not hear back from the staff member you sent it to, please accept our apologies. We were not ignoring you – we never got the message! Thanks for your understanding.

Thank You

The students and staff of Illinois Lutheran Elementary would like to thank ALL veterans for their selfless service to our country. Thank you so much and may God bless you all today and always!

Picture Retakes – Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019

Picture retake day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20th. If you would like your child to retake their photo, please return the original photo package that you ordered on retake day.

Photo packages were sent home last week. At this time, class pictures and student IDs have not been sent to us. We have been in touch with Lifetouch about the class pictures and student IDs. We will notify you once we receive updated information. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 708-672-5969.

Booster Club Meeting – Wednesday, Nov. 13

The Illinois Lutheran Booster Club invites all parents to come out to the next meeting on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 PM at the high school. Everyone is invited to attend!

Charger Legacy

The new edition of the Illinois Lutheran High School alumni magazine has been printed! Copies have been mailed to alumni. Please make sure that we have your contact information! Email us at to make sure you get your copy in the mail. You can check it out now on our alumni page by clicking on the link below.

Charger Legacy

Add Me to the Mailing List!

ILHS Drama Performance

Step into the enchanted world of Snow White as Illinois Lutheran High School Drama presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the musical. The Queen hears the frightful words from her Magic Mirror that Snow White is the fairest in the land, and she must get rid of Snow White. The Huntsman, Enchanted Vixen, and the Dwarfs help Snow White and try to keep her safe from the Queen, yet Snow White falls prey to the charms of an old Crone with an apple. Prince Robert saves Snow White through the power of his kiss, and you know how everyone lives after that, except the Queen. Plan on attending this magical family treasure. Show times are Friday, November 22 at 7 PM and Sunday, November 24 at 2 PM. All performances take place in the Illinois Lutheran Elementary School gym. We accept donations at the door to help defray the cost of the production. See you at the show!


Do you have Powerschool access? Would you like to have access? – I don’t know the answer to the first question, but the second question should be a “Yes, Please!” Please email Principal Falck if you do not have access yet.

Access options can be broken down into two categories: “Previous Access” and “New Access”

PREVIOUS ACCESS – If you are returning this year and have had access in the past, your username and password have not changed. If you have forgotten either or both of those items, please email Principal Falck and he will reset them (just be sure to tell him what needs to be reset).

NEW ACCESS – If you are new this year or have never had access, you will receive an email from Principal Falck. That email will tell you your username and temporary password. Once you log on you will reset your password. You should then see all of your enrolled students and be able to access their account. If you have issues with this, please contact Principal Falck.


Coming soon on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 4:30-7:30 PM is ILS Family Skate Night! The event will take place at Lynwood Skate. (2030 Glenwood Dyer Rd, Lynwood, IL)

  • $2.50 Skate rental per person
  •  FREE pizza and pop

Watch for flyers to come home  soon.

Winter Sports – Concession Sign-Up Reminder

Thank you for your support of Illinois Lutheran athletics! Your willingness to help out goes a long way in supporting the many activities at Illinois Lutheran. Thank you for your support!

All parents who have a child participating in a sport at all levels: grade school, junior high and high school, are required to volunteer.

  • If you have one child participating in basketball or cheerleading, please sign up two times.
  • If you have two or more children participating, please sign up one additional time per child (2 children = 3 times; 3 children = 4 times, etc.).
  • If your game is cancelled, you will need to find a new time to volunteer.
  • If you have to cancel, you will need to find a replacement, as well as notify us as soon as possible at 708.672.3262.

2019 Christmas Toy Drive

This year, ILES will be collecting toys for Advocate Children’s Hospital in honor of MacKenzie Serviss who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 3 in 2015.

Please send your donation of a new and unwrapped toys or gift cards (No stuffed animals please – the hospital is unable to accept them) to school starting on Monday, November 11th. We will be collecting through Friday, December 13th. Marked donation bins will be set up in the hallway near the trophy case.

Thank you for helping to make Christmas special this year for local sick children. God’s blessings!

Any questions? Contact Carrie Oldenburg at 708-516-0648

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is back this year! Let’s show our thankfulness for our teachers by giving them a gift from our tree located across from the boys bathroom. All you need to do is take an ornament from the tree with your teacher’s name and classroom wish on it. Then drop the gift with the tag attached, in the bins next to the tree and CPA will give them at the Christmas Parties. Please drop off the gifts by Dec. 13th. Thank you for helping us show our appreciation to our teachers for all they do.

Hot Lunch

The November 2019 Hot Lunch Menu is now available online, with the link below or in the school office.

You may order by the week or the month. Orders are due by the Friday prior to the week or month you are ordering for.   As a courtesy, the September Hot Lunch menu was sent home with all students. Going forward menus will be available on the school website, through a link in the Charger News and in the school office.

Single orders are $3.50 and double orders are $4.25. Same day hot lunch orders (orders placed at the window or turned in to the office the day of the hot lunch they are ordering), are $4.50 for single orders and $5.25 for double orders.

Exact change only, or checks can be made out to ILS. If you are writing a check, please do not combine your hot lunch payment with your pizza day payment.

November 2019 Hot Lunch Menu

Pizza Day

Reminder that all completed forms and payments need to be returned to the school office on Thursdays prior to the week/month you are ordering. Late orders will not be accepted.

Also, CPA is in need of Volunteers to keep the Pizza Day program up and running. We use for our Pizza Day event. The link for this Pizza Day event for you to volunteer to serve pizza is below.

If you are not available to serve pizza but have a parent (grandparent) who is able to serve, they can also use the above link to sign up and volunteer. The children love to see the visitors during the day while they are at lunch!

If you have any questions, please email Mandy Swanson at

Pizza Day Order Form

Sign-Up to Volunteer

A Great Online Resource for Your Family Bible Study

Check out the link below for some great resources to help you and your family dive into God’s Word. This link will take you right to a page that helps you dive into the ChristLight lessons we are teaching this year. Our weeks might not always line up with theirs, but you will be able to search through past posts as they become available.

Bread for Beggars Link

Parents Crosslink Newsletter

The Parents Crosslink newsletter is a quarterly newsletter published by Northwestern Publishing House. The newsletter is aimed at strengthening and encouraging Christian parents for the challenges of raising children using practical insights. Parents are welcome to take a copy of the newsletter from the display in the school office.

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