Junior High & High School
News & Notes

Need-Based Financial Assistance 2024-2025

  • You may now apply for financial assistance for the 2024-2025 school year.
  • Returning school families applying for financial assistance are REQUIRED to do so BEFORE Monday, April 1, 2024. THIS IS THE CUTOFF DATE. You will not be considered for financial assistance unless you do so before this date.
  • After the April 1, 2024 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 applications are available online:
    • Go to www.ilhs.org and click on the FACTS Tuition Account link on the home page.
    • 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 2024-2025 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 charges a $40 fee to apply for financial assistance, which needs to be paid directly to FACTS upon submitting your application.

All FACTS awards are based on need. Be as accurate and complete as possible when providing financial information. Questions? Contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at 708.672.3262 or jbushey@ilhs.org.

School Closed – Tomorrow

School will be closed for all students in all grade levels tomorrow, Friday, February 23 so that our teachers can attend a conference.

Early Release – Junior High & High School Students Only

Students at the junior high and high school campus will be released at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, February 28, after the completion of our Grandparents’ Day activities. Students at the elementary campus will have a full day of school.

Game Night – JH & HS Students Invited – Tonight!

With the announcement of the Central Africa Medical Mission, Illinois Lutheran is hosting a night for the students to enjoy multiple games and activities!

  • Open Gym
  • Board Games
  • Video Games
  • Hanging Out
  • A Planned Mass Game (Optional)
  • Other Fun Events

Pizza will be provided during the event, along with free bottles of water. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and drinks for the night.

  • Chips
  • Soda
  • Sweets
  • Granola Bars
  • Other Tasty Snacks

The CAMM Game Night will take place tonight, Thursday, February 22 from 5 – 8 PM with a $5 admission fee. Every dollar will be donated to the Central Africa Medical Mission fund to help their dire need of a new Blood Count Analyzer.

Grandparents’ Day – Registration Due Today

Illinois Lutheran Junior High & High School is hosting Grandparents’ Day on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 7:45 AM – 11:30 AM (1610 Main Street in Crete, IL). This day will be an early release day for the junior high and high school students only (11:30 AM dismissal).

Students may invite their grandparents to attend this special morning. Teachers, staff and administration look forward to making memorable moments with our students and their loved ones.

Grandparents or special relatives will start the day with light refreshments and a brief message from our administration, then continue with a morning of classes, chapel and music. If the special relative being invited is not a grandparent, please contact the school office for approval (jbushey@ilhs.org).

Please RSVP online by TODAY by clicking HERE.

Can You Volunteer?

We are looking for TWO MORE HELPERS for our Grandparents’ Day event. If you are able to volunteer, please use THIS LINK to sign up. Donated items should be dropped off on Tuesday, February 27 by 3:00 PM.

THANK YOU to those that have already volunteered. Please reach out to Mrs. Taryn Oldenburg with questions (toldenburg@illinoislutheran.org). We appreciate your help!

Delegate Meeting – February 27

A Delegate meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church. Materials have been distributed to the Delegates.


The Illinois Lutheran Board of Directors was led to place the following calls:

Mr. Ryan Finkbeiner has been called to serve as the Junior and Senior High School Principal and Senior Administrator beginning with the 24-25 school year. Mr. Finkbeiner currently serves as the Principal at Mount Lebanon Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI.

Mrs. Kris Ruth has been called to serve as a Junior High and High School English teacher, and the Learning Coordinator at our high school campus. Mrs. Ruth currently serves as a teacher at Hope Christian Academy in Westland, MI.

Please keep Mr. Finkbeiner and Mrs. Ruth in your prayers as they prayerfully consider their calls.

FACTS – 2023 Tax Filing

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

  • Login to your FACTS account
  • On the home page, click View Details
  • Click View Payment Summary on the details screen
  • Ensure the correct Calendar Year or date range is selected
  • Click Print

Spring Break – Week of March 4

Spring Break is right around the corner! Both campuses will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 8. Classes will resume on Monday, March 11.

Emergency Closing Center

Please note that for school closings due to bad weather, you will be contacted with the information that is on file. Please be sure that your information is up to date. You can click here to check the Emergency Closing Center for school closings.

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 nhinz@ilhs.org.

School Janitor

Illinois Lutheran Schools is currently seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual to join our team as a part-time janitor. The ideal candidate for this position is detail-oriented, flexible and willing to take on non-routine cleaning and special projects as the need arises. The janitor will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing offices, classrooms, bathrooms, dining room and public areas.


  • Monday from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the elementary campus (448 Cass Street)
  • Tuesday & Wednesday from 4 PM – 8 PM at the high school campus (1610 Main Street)

Please submit your Employment Application to jbushey@ilhs.org. If you have any questions, please contact the high school office at 708.672.3262.

FACTS – 2023 Tax Filing

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

  • Login to your FACTS account
  • On the home page, click View Details
  • Click View Payment Summary on the details screen
  • Ensure the correct Calendar Year or date range is selected
  • Click Print

JH/HS – Early Release for Lent Services

To allow families time to attend church during the Lent season, the JH/HS will be releasing students early at 2:55 PM. The early release days are as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 28 – ONLY JH & HS students will be released at 11:30 AM (Grandparents’ Day)
  • Wednesday, March 13
  • Wednesday, March 20

You are welcome to join us at both Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church for services.

Service Times:

  • Zion Lutheran Church – 3:30 PM & 7 PM
  • Trinity Lutheran Church – 3:30 PM

Change in Traffic Pattern at the JH/HS for Lent Services

We want to make you aware of changes that we have been asked to make to our traffic pattern at the JH/HS for pick-up and drop-off on the days of Lent Services: March 13 and March 20.

  • Traffic leaving the high school parking lot will be restricted to the right lane only as you turn onto Main Street (for both the north and south entrances/exits).
  • The left hand lanes will be reserved for incoming church traffic, so it is essential that you remain in the right hand lane.
  • This traffic pattern will remain in effect for the entire day and evening of Lent services.

School Bookstore Orders

Do you need to order milk, a PE uniform, Bible, etc? Please submit your electronic bookstore order and your fees will be added to your FACTS account. Questions? Contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at jbushey@ilhs.org.

FREE Charger Parent T-Shirts

Illinois Lutheran Schools is excited to offer a FREE Charger “Mom” and “Dad” t-shirt to parents of current students. If you missed the first round of orders, you can still order your shirt! 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, 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 on these links and refer to the following instructions:

  • Junior High/High School Parents
  • Elementary School Parents
  • Payments will be made directly to School Eatery.
  • If your child is at the JH/HS campus, the campus code is ILHS. If your child is at the elementary campus, the campus code is ILES.
  • If you have any questions about ordering or the payment process, please contact School Eatery directly at 800.570.6755. or schooleatery@yahoo.com.
  • If your child is sick, you will need to notify School Eatery at 800.570.6755 PRIOR to 8:00 AM in order to cancel the order for that day and receive an account credit.
  • If you have children in both buildings, you will need to set up a separate account and login with a separate email.

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.