Junior High & High School
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12/5/19 – 12/12/19

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Charger Carnival & Crete Country Christmas

Please join us for Crete Country Christmas! We will be hosting a food booth in Crete on Friday evening, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.

Join us for a fun-filled day at Illinois Lutheran High School as the Charger Carnival rolls into town! Please stop by anytime from 10 AM to 3 PM for games, activities and tons of prizes! Carnival entry is FREE! Carnival treats are available for purchase.

Please bring a friend! You can also hop on the ILS bus as part of the many trolley stops throughout town for the Crete Country Christmas! We hope to see you there!

Blood Drive

Versiti Blood Centers will be conducting a blood drive at Illinois Lutheran High School in the high school gym on Saturday, December 7 from 10 AM – 1 PM. Chicago Wolves will thank you for supporting our community with a BOGO coupon for any home game during their 2019-2020 season! For more information or to schedule a donation time, contact Mrs. Ventura by email or by calling the school office at 708.672.3262.

Blood Drive Flyer

Christmas Concert

The Illinois Lutheran Junior High & High School Music Department will be presenting their Christmas Concert at the high school on Sunday, December 8 at 7 PM. The concert will feature various band, choir, and class ensembles. Our theme for the concert focuses on Christ’s first and second coming. Please join us for a joyful night of music as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, and look to his coming again!

Teacher In-Service – Early Release Day

Students will be released early on Tuesday, December 10 for Teacher In-Service Day.

  • Elementary School Early Release at 11:15 AM
  • Junior High & High School Early Release 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.

Early Release On Wednesday During Advent

During the Advent Season, our churches (Zion and Trinity) hold special Wednesday afternoon advent services. In order to allow time for our students and faculty to attend services and avoid parking lot congestion, school at the high school and junior high will be dismissed at 2:55 PM instead of the normal time of 3:18 PM. This early release will be in effect on December 11. Please note this time change and plan accordingly.

If you do not have a home church, you are welcome to join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord at the 3:30 PM or 7 PM services at either of our churches.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Student Council will be hosting a trip to the Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier on Friday, December 20 for all high school students. We are planning on leaving from ILHS at 1 PM and returning back to school by 8 PM. The cost for this event is $20, which includes admission and transportation. This trip is first come first serve and there are only 28 spots. Students should turn their money and permission slip into Mr. Adickes or Mr. Lash ASAP. Questions? Contact Mr. Phil Adickes.

FISH Event – Books With Big Kids

FISH will host Books With Big Kids on Saturday, December 14 from 3:30 PM – 5 PM in the fellowship hall at Trinity. All 7th & 8th graders are invited to attend to read books to our young friends from ILS preschool, area WELS Sunday Schools, and kids from the community. Please RSVP to Amanda by Monday, December 9 so we know how many readers and leaders we’ll have.

Children’s Christmas Service

We will celebrate our Children’s Christmas Service on Sunday, December 15 at 2 PM at the high school. Illinois Lutheran students in grades 3 Year Preschool thru 6th grade will participate in the service. Everyone is invited to attend the service. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our King!

Six Flags Great America Grad Nite

Grad Night is a lock in at Great America on Saturday, May 9, 2020. All high school students will have the opportunity to ride the roller coasters from 9:30 PM until 4 AM. The cost is $78. This includes the ticket, bus ride and one (all you can eat) meal voucher.

A $40 deposit and permission slip is due by Friday, December 13. Participation will be on a first come first serve basis, NOT class seniority. This deposit is NOT refundable.


From the Latin word for “coming”, Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Christ both in the past in His incarnation as the baby Jesus, but also in the future with His promised second coming as Christ Triumphant. Furthermore, Advent is a time to focus on His present coming to us in the Word and Sacraments. We invite you to join us at Trinity or Zion to celebrate this Advent season.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.


  • Wed, December 11 @ 3:30 & 7 PM
  • Wed, December 18 @ 3:30 & 7 PM


  • Wed, December 11 @ 3:30 & 7 PM
  • Wed, December 18 @ 3:30 & 7 PM

Winter Sport Parents – 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.

Sign up to Volunteer for Concessions

HS Final Exam Schedule – Early Start & Early Dismissal

High School students will start at 8:15 AM and will be released early on 12/18, 12/19 and 12/20. Also, there will be no lunch period on these days. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.


  • Wednesday, 12/18: 8:15 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 12/19: 8:15 – 12:30
  • Friday, 12/20: 8:15 – 11:00 (12:30 for those using the Make Up Period)
  • Monday, 1/6/20: Return from Christmas Break


  • Students who have an A semester grade (95%) in PowerSchool (No A-) are not required to take the final in that class.
  • Students who have no more than one absence OR one tardy (NO exceptions) according to PowerSchool are not required to take the final in that class.
  • More information is available from the school office.
  • Click here to see the final schedule.

JH – Early Start & Early Dismissal

The 7th & 8th graders will start at 8:15 AM and will be released early on 12/18, 12/19 and 12/20. Also, there will be no lunch period on these days. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.


  • Wednesday, 12/18: 8:15 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 12/19: 8:15 – 12:30
  • Friday, 12/20: 8:15 – 11:00
  • Monday, 1/6/20: Return from Christmas Break

Two Week Christmas Break

This year Christmas Break will be held from Monday, December 23 – January 3. Students will return on Monday, January 6. We hope that you enjoy this time to celebrate the birth of our Savior with your family.

Christmas Church Service Times

Everyone is welcome to celebrate Christmas with both the Trinity and Zion congregations. Both churches have service times on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Service times are as follows:

Trinity Lutheran Church:

  • Tues, December 24 @ 3, 4:30 & 6 PM
  • Wed, December 25 @ 10 AM

Zion Lutheran Church:

  • Tues, December 24 @ 6 & 10 PM
  • Wed, December 25 @ 9 AM

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 the information is up to date. You can click on the link below to check the Emergency Closing Center for school closings.

Emergency Closing Center

Hot Lunch – January Orders Due January 3

We are now accepting electronic order forms for hot lunch. The January order is due by Friday, January 3. Payment is due to the office by Monday, January 6.

A few easy steps and your lunch orders are complete:

  1. Click on THIS LINK or the link below (it is also located on the Parent page of the website, under the Hot Lunch & Pizza Day heading).
  2. Fill out and submit one form per child. You will receive an email confirmation for each order.
  3. Orders must be submitted by 8:00 PM the Friday before the week or month you are ordering for. Same day orders will no longer be accepted. Food is ordered and prepared in advance, so it’s very important that we receive orders on time.


  • Single orders are $3.50 and double orders are $4.25.
  • Submit your check or cash payment to the office. Please make the check out to ILS and write your child’s name and the month in the memo, or on the cash envelope.
  • Payment is due by 8:00 AM the first Monday of the month. If you are ordering weekly, your payment is due by 8:00 AM on Monday. A $5 late fee will be charged for late payments.

Questions? Contact us at lunch@illinoislutheran.org.

Submit Your December Hot Lunch Order

Submit Your January Hot Lunch Order

Pizza Day

Orders are due by the Friday prior to the week or month you are ordering for. The first slice is $2 and each additional slice is $1.

Exact change only, or checks can be made out to ILS. If you are writing a check, please do not combine your pizza day payment with your hot lunch payment. Also, do not combine your JH/HS pizza day payment with a pizza day payment for the grade school.

Pizza Day Order Form

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.


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