Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger News
10/14/19 – 10/20/19


The theme of this week’s ChristLight lessons is God permits sorrow to enter a Christian life. As we track the life of Joseph, we finally meet an obedient believer who repeatedly expresses his faith in God! Yet, Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into to slavery, falsly accusued, and imprisoned. Compared to the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God is hidden and works behind the scenes.

Joseph also prefigures Christ. In a sense, he parallels Christ’s life as he is betrayed, suffers, and is imprisoned. In the next story he is restored and glorified for the salvation of the starving nations.

Joseph’s story teaches us that God can and does work everything out for the good of his people.

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up – Due Oct. 15, 2019

The 1st Quarter ends on Friday, October 18th.  Last week we sent home the Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up forms. Please fill out the form and return it to school by tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15th.  Every effort will be made to schedule you during the times you select – the teachers will be meeting later this month to establish schedules that will be sent with report cards.

No School 10/24 & 10/25-  Fall Teachers’ Conference 

Illinois Lutheran will be closed for the Fall Teachers’ Conference on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25. School will resume on Monday, October 28.


Illinois Lutheran Schools has been given an exemplary rating from the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation. We thank our faculty, staff, and board of directors for their hard work, and our ILS families for their support!

ILS Bike-A-Thon – Thank You

Thank you to all that came out to support ILS at the 2019 Bike-a-Thon. We were blessed with an amazing day! Don’t forget to turn in your pledge money by Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 to be eligible for t-shirts and other prizes.

*Note that there is no school on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. All Bike-a-Thon funds are due Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.

Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who volunteered time or donated items for Food Drive this past week. We are happy to announce that IL Lutheran Schools collected over 3,000 pounds of food items. Wow! The class that collected the most food was 1st Grade with 198 items. 1st Grade will receive a doughnut treat from the ILHS student council as a thanks for a great job. May the work we did and the items we donated give joy to those who benefit, and may God be praised for all his gifts!

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Picture Retakes –  RESCHEDULED 10/21/19

Picture retake day has been rescheduled for Monday, October 21. Unfortunately, there has been a delay from Lifetouch and we have not yet received the photo packages. Once Lifetouch sends us the photo packages, we will distribute them to the students. We are anticipating on getting the pictures in the near future. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 708-672-5969.

ILS Open House – Sun., Nov. 3, 2019

We would love for you to share the blessings of Christian education with your friends and family! Please bring a friend, and join us for the Fall Open House:

Sunday, November 3
1:00 – 4:00 PM
PreK- 6th Grade: 448 Cass Street in Crete
7th-12th Grade: 1610 Main Street in Crete

Receive a Tuition Credit!

  • If you bring a new family and they register and attend ILS during the 20-21 school year, YOU WILL RECEIVE A $500 TUITION CREDIT for the 20-21 school year!
  • Returning Charger families will receive a $50 tuition credit for the 19-20 school year if they bring a friend to the Fall Open House!
  • New families will receive a $50 registration discount for the 20-21 school year!


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.


Mark your calendars for the Forensics Meet scheduled on Saturday, November 2nd held at ILHS (1610 Main St, Crete, IL).  Several students in grades 5-8 are working hard on their forensics pieces. These students will be participating in the CALAC Forensics Competition hosted by our school on Saturday, November 2nd.

Pop Tabs

Little things make a big difference. You can help support the Ronald McDonald Houses of Chicagoland by donating the tabs you pull to open soda, soup and other aluminum cans. The funds generated from the Pop Tab Program help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities  programs. One of our school families will be delivering the tabs collected by ILES on Monday, October 21st. Please bring in any tabs you have collected by Friday, Oct. 18th. Thank you for your continued support!!

ILS Scrip News

Scrip Bonus Fest is coming October 19–October 25. Each day features a different lineup of brands on bonus that last for 24 hours only.

  • Participating brands will be announced at 12:00 a.m. ET each day.
  • All gift card types (eGift cards, physical cards, and reloads) will be on bonus.

Make sure you’re ready for the big earning week. If you haven’t already, set up online payments in advance to receive your eGift cards and reloads faster.If you don’t have the option to pay online, look into setting up Presto Pay (bank account) or you can now pay with a credit card (fees apply).

Golden Opportunities Books

Golden Opportunities Books are on sale for $25 at both of the school campuses.

Two versions are available: Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. These books offer great discounts for restaurants, movies and more! If paying by check, please make checks out to Illinois Lutheran.

Winter Sports Registration

As we close down the fall sports season, it’s time to register for the winter sports season on 8 to 18.  Simply go to the link below or visit and click on student life tab and find athletics registration.  You need to read and sign off on the forms for your child.  It’s important to register so you know what is expected of you and your child during the winter sports season.  It also allows you to receive important communication items such as calendar changes and updates.

The winter sports meeting for all of our winter sports will take place at 7:00  sharp on November 4th in the high school.  We will start in the gym and hear a presentation by Rob Miller of ProActive Coaching. He will present on character and leadership development through sports.  After the presentation you will go to your respective team’s meeting for a brief meeting about the policies of your child’s team.

This meeting is mandatory for all athletes and parents who are going out for basketball or cheerleading.  See you there.

Athletics Registration

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.

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

Apple App Store

Google Play Store

Hot Lunch

The October 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.

October 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

Don’t forget that students can still purchase a treat on Mondays for $.50. There are new, delicious ice cream treats for the students to purchase.

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.

The Great Toy Grab

Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting The Great Toy Grab. This is an opportunity to clean out your children’s gently used toys and grab some new ones FREE in time for the holidays. It works in 2 parts. You do NOT have to participate in part 1 to come to part 2, and you do NOT have to come to part 2 if you just want to donate toys.

How does it work?

Part 1: 

Drop off your toys at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (1393 Elizabeth St. Crete, IL 6417) and receive an early admission ticket for the “Grab” event on Saturday 11/2.

Toy drop off dates and times:

Monday 10/28 –Thursday 10/31:

7:30-8:30 am AND  2:50-3:50 pm

Friday 11/1:

7:30-8:30 am AND 11:00 am-12 pm

Part 2: 

The TOY GRAB event!

Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 am-1 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

Open to the community to select toys FREE for their families.

SPECIAL ADMITTANCE 8-9 am for those who donated toys!!!!

Any toys left over will be donated to charity.

What can I donate?

We are accepting clean toys in working condition with all of their parts that are appropriate in any age range of birth- 18 years of age.



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