Junior High & High School
News & Notes

September 29 – Half Day for Elementary Campus Only

The elementary campus will have an early release day tomorrow, Friday, September 29. However, the junior high and high school will be in session for a full day of school with the normal start and end times.

High School Homecoming  – September 30

Reminder! Permission slips and payment for the Homecoming Dance are due tomorrow, Friday, September 29. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

The dance will be held this Saturday, September 30 from 7 – 10 PM in the high school gym. If your child will be bringing a guest who is not a student at Illinois Lutheran High School, please make sure that they hand in a separate guest permission form by tomorrow, Friday, September 29. Please be sure to review the Dance Policy, located on page 30 of our handbook.

MAP Testing – October 4-6

Students in grades 7 & 8 will participate in MAP Growth testing from October 4 – 6. These tests are in the areas of math, reading, and English. MAP Growth tests are taken three times a year and they provide valuable data to help student learning. You can help your children do their best by getting them to bed on time and providing a nutritious breakfast. Your child’s results will be shared with you near the end of the first quarter. Questions? Contact Mrs. Katty Van Arnold at kvanarnold@ilhs.org or 708.672.3262, ext. 122.

Pink Night – October 5

The ILHS volleyball team will be hosting their “pink game” on Thursday, October 5 against Momence. JV will begin the night with a 5 PM match, followed by varsity at 6 PM. October is breast cancer awareness month, so the volleyball team will be raising money for Laura Biesterfeld, our 3rd grade teacher, who is currently battling breast cancer. There will be basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, bake sale and t-shirt sales. Dress in pink and come support Laura and the Chargers on Pink Night!

Fall Concert – October 8

It’s time for the first concert of the school year! On Sunday, October 8, join the music department in the ILHS gym at 7:00 PM for our annual Fall Concert. Come join us as we showcase all the progress that each ensemble has made in the first quarter. We hope to see you there for an evening filled with music!

Basketball, Cheer & Volleyball Spirit Wear Store

Coming soon! Our spirit wear shop for basketball, cheer and volleyball will open on Tuesday, October 3. More child sizes will be available! Watch for details and a link to place your order on October 3.

Building on the Rock Pledge Dinner – October 21

We welcome you to join us Saturday, October 21, at 6:00 PM for the “Building on the Rock” campaign pledge dinner. The event will take place in the gym at the high school campus.

Illinois Lutheran is excited to share details with you about our vision for an Activities Center. This facility will provide much-needed space for our athletic teams, facilitate growth opportunities, and offer both ILS and our churches a large resource for ministry opportunities, including greater capacity for worship services, concerts, Band and Choral Fests and regional church events.

Two more components of this campaign are completing upgrades at the elementary campus, along with repaying the loan that supported the initial phase of those renovations. The goal of this campaign is to further show the value of Christian education in our community. Maintaining an attractive facility is paramount to both providing our students with a quality experience and remaining competitive with area schools.

We are eager for you to learn more about this project and are thankful for your consideration of supporting ILS. Our church and school families are vital to the success of this campaign.

Due to capacity considerations, the event will be adults only. Please click on the link below to RSVP and reserve your seat by October 14. Suggested attire is business casual.

God’s kingdom in Crete is blessed through you.


High School Cheerleading Coach Needed

Illinois Lutheran Schools is looking for a qualified cheerleading coach for high school. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Mr. Hinz at nhinz@ilhs.org. Thank you for considering.

Wreath Sale – Deadline October 13

The Illinois Lutheran High School Choir program is selling live greens to be delivered for the Christmas season. If you are interested in purchasing any beautiful wreaths, roping, or swags for Christmas decorations, please get in touch with a choir member or contact Mr. Jonathan Witte at jwitte@ilhs.org. Orders are due by October 13.

Faith in Action – Food Drive

Saturday, October 14 is Faith in Action Day! Once again, we are doing our homeroom food drive competition. Bins will be located in the front hallway from October 2 – 13 for each teacher’s homeroom. Donate as many nonperishable food items as you like. Items will be donated to the Crete Food Pantry. The winning homeroom will get a donut day!

You can also drop off any canned, bagged or boxed items that you would like to donate at the high school on Saturday, October 14 from 9 – 10:30 AM. Volunteers will remove the donated goods from your vehicle and items will be delivered to the Crete Food Pantry.

Thank you for supporting Illinois Lutheran Schools and helping feed those who may need a little extra help this fall.

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.