Junior High & High School
News & Notes

5/6/21 – 5/13/21

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Hot Lunch Coordinator

Illinois Lutheran Schools is looking for a new Coordinator for our Hot Lunch Program. This individual will be in charge of:

  • Manage a high functioning kitchen team and weekly schedule.
  • Plan, prepare, present and deliver all meals served at both school buildings.
  • Purchase food and supplies, and manage inventory.
  • Maintain a safe work environment.
  • Compliance with federal, state, county and local regulations.
  • Maintain accurate budget, and work within the guidelines set forth in the budget.
  • Inspect food storage rooms for upkeep and supply control.
  • Maintain a sanitary work environment and conform to all local codes and policies regarding proper storage, handling and serving of food.
  • Perform administrative duties such as completing necessary forms, reports, evaluations, studies, etc. to assure control of equipment and supplies.
  • Will need to complete class(es) for approved food handlers license, and agree to be fingerprinted.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal as needed.

Please submit an Employment Application and your resume by May 21, 2021 to jearcher@ilhs.org or drop it off either school building. Questions? Contact Mr. Archer at 708.672.3262, ext. 105.

Early Release Day Tomorrow

Students will be released early on Friday, May 7 for Teacher In-Service Day. These Faculty In-Service days are a key component in the ongoing development and improvement of the curriculum at Illinois Lutheran.

  • Elementary School Early Release at 11:15 AM
  • Junior High & High School Early Release at 11:30 AM
  • Preschool Early Release at 11:30 AM

JH & HS Campus – Final Week Schedule – Updated

The last week of school at the Junior High & High School will be the week of May 24 – 28. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY START AND UPDATED END TIMES ON THE 26TH, 27TH AND 28TH. Here is the schedule for the last week of school at the Junior High/High School:

  • Monday, May 24: 8:17 AM – 3:18 PM
  • Tuesday, May 25: 8:17 AM – 3:18 PM
  • Wednesday, May 26: 8:15 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 27: 8:15 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Friday, May 28: 8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Elementary Campus Closing a Week Early

This summer we are excited to be starting the first phase of our remodeling and renovation project at the Illinois Lutheran Elementary campus. We are so happy to see this process really get going and are even more excited to see how these changes will make for an even greater environment at ILS. In order to finish this project this summer, the Elementary school students will finish the school year a week early on Friday, May 21.

Prom 2021

The Prom Dinner & Dance Banquet will be held at CD & ME in Frankfort (23320 South La Grange Road, Frankfort, IL 60423) on Friday, May 7 from 6 PM – 10 PM.

Questions? Contact Mr. Adickes at padickes@ilhs.org or Mr. Lash at jlash@ilhs.org.

River Valley Conference Scholar Athletes

Congratulations to seniors Avery Nastepniak and Vinny Cantu who were nominated to represent Illinois Lutheran High School at the River Valley Conference Scholar Athlete Virtual Banquet. Click here to watch the award presentation.

High School Baseball & Softball Pictures Rescheduled

The team and individual photos have been rescheduled for Monday, May 10 at 2:30 PM. Please be sure that your child brings their uniform to school that day. A few days after photo day, you will receive an email from Image Group to order photos.

Illinois Lutheran Outdoor Music Festival

We would like to invite you to the Illinois Lutheran Outdoor Music Festival featuring all Illinois Lutheran bands, choirs, ensembles and soloists!

The Festival will be held outdoors on the south side of Illinois Lutheran High School (1610 Main Street in Crete, IL) on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 PM. Food and drinks will be sold during the Festival.

The Festival will also be live streamed on the ILS TV YouTube channel.

Please bring your own chairs. Masks and social distancing will be required. Join us for a wonderful afternoon as we celebrate our students and their musical abilities! Questions? Please contact Mr. Josiah Willitz at jwillitz@ilhs.org or 708.672.3262, ext. 108.

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.

To set up your account, please click on these links and refer to the following instructions:

  • Junior High/High School Parents
  • Elementary School Parents
  • Once you set up your account and place your child’s hot lunch order, you will make your payment directly to School Eatery.
  • 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 you have children in both buildings, you will need to set up a separate account and login with a separate email.

ILS Golf Outing – Register Now

We are very happy to announce that our Boosters 24th Annual ILS Golf Outing is Saturday, June 19! The Golf Outing Registration Form and Golf Outing Sponsor Form are now available.

  • When: Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • Where: Lincoln Oaks Golf Course, 395 E Richton Road in Crete, IL 60417
  • Registration: 11:45 AM
  • Shotgun Start: 1:00 PM
  • Dinner: 6:00 PM

 We will have a few changes due to Covid, but we are hoping and praying for a beautiful day! Questions? Contact Mr. or Mrs. Cantu at tim.ilsgolf@comcast.net.

Charger Stampede 5K – Register Now

The Illinois Lutheran Wellness Committee is excited to announce the inaugural Charger Stampede 5K being held on Saturday, June 26! Illinois Lutheran families are invited to join us for this run/walk. Online registration is required by June 9.

If you are interested in making a donation or volunteering, please contact the Wellness Committee Chairman, Mr. Adam Oestmann at oestmannadam@live.com or the school office at 708.672.3262. We look forward to seeing you on June 26!

  • Online registration is required and open until June 9
  • When: Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Where: Goodenow Grove, 27064 Dutton Rd in Beecher, IL 60401 (upon arrival, follow the directions to the campground parking lot)
  • Check-in: 8:30 AM
  • Begins: 9:00 AM
  • All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver at check-in
  • T-shirts are available for pre-purchase for $10 each (payment due at check-in)

8th Grade Graduation

This year’s 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony will be held in the ILHS Gym at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 28. Due to current COVID restrictions, each student may bring up to 6 guests (family and friends) to the service. All guests will be required to wear a mask. We will be following social distancing protocols. Plan now to join us for this celebration service.

8th Grade Video

For 8th grade graduation, Mrs. Oestmann is looking to put together a photo slideshow. She is requesting that each family submit photos of their 8th grader including a baby photo, current 8th grade photo and any additional school activity photos. Please send the photos to eoestmann@illinoislutheran.org.

Class of 2021 Graduation & Senior Night

Dear Senior Parents,

As we approach the end of the school year, we wanted to share with you our plans for Graduation and Senior Night.

Graduation remains on Sunday, May 30 at 3:00 PM. This year’s graduation will be similar in format to last year. We will have a tent set up outside with some seating provided under the tent. We are not limiting the number of guests because we can spread out around the tented area. Parents and guests may bring their lawn chairs for additional seating. Face masks must be worn, and we will practice social distancing.

Senior Night – Thursday, May 20

This year we would like to do something new to honor our senior class. Due to COVID restrictions, we cannot honor our seniors at the spring Prism Concert as we have in the past. In place of that, we are planning to have a special Senior Night to celebrate senior accomplishments on Thursday, May 20, at 7:00 P.M. This event will be held in the ILHS gym.

Because of the COVID restrictions, each senior may invite up to 6 people per family. All attendees must wear a face mask. We will be following COVID protocols on social distancing. Families will be allowed to sit in groups. During the evening we will present senior awards, announce the valedictorian and salutatorian, show the class video, and allow the seniors to share their memories and thank yous.

Please plan now to be with us for these special events.

Senior Signs

Again this year we have custom signs for each graduating senior. The signs will be posted on the north side of Zion church the week of May 17. PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THESE SIGNS! We do plan to use them at the graduation ceremony. They will be available for pick up after the graduation ceremony on May 30. Thank you for your cooperation!

Summer Drivers Ed Classes – 201U Residents

Illinois Lutheran students who have completed their sophomore year and live in the 201U school district are eligible for Drivers Education Class at Crete-Monee High School. For more information about enrollment, please click here.

We Need Your Support!

Do you want to share your experience and love for Illinois Lutheran with other families who are seeking a Christian education for their children? There’s an easy way to do that! Plus, you’ll be entered into a $1,000 sweepstakes for taking a short survey about Illinois Lutheran High School. As a part of the Illinois Lutheran family we truly value your opinion and would love you to share that with the world. Please take a few moments and click on the link below to write a review of Illinois Lutheran High School at Niche.com. If we reach 75 reviews by May 14, we will be rewarding our students with an ice cream day! Thank you so much for your support!

Golden Opportunity Books – Discounted Price

Golden Opportunity Books are on sale for $15 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.

Summer Charger Camps

The Illinois Lutheran Summer Charger Camps are open for registration!

Questions? Please contact Mr. Nate Hinz, Illinois Lutheran Activities Director, at 708.672.3262, ext. 114 or nhinz@ilhs.org.

FACTS Tuition Accounts for 2021-2022

Tuition accounts for the 2021-2022 school year will be activated at the end of May. Once your account is activated, FACTS will charge you a one time annual fee, depending on how many payments you have selected to make. The fees are as follows:

  • One payment: $20
  • Two Payments: $20
  • Three or More Payments: $50

Changes to your Account:

  • If you need to change your payment plan or any dates associated with your payments, contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at jbushey@ilhs.orgPlease do not set up a new account in FACTS. Any changes to your schedule should be made by the office.
  • If you need to update your financial information, you can login to FACTS and make the change (the office does not have the ability to change your financial information). 

FACTS charges these additional fees as well:

  • Credit card service fee is 2.85%
  • Returned payment fee is $30 per incident
  • Peace of mind benefit insurance (optional) is $20

Questions? Contact Mrs. Bushey at jbushey@ilhs.org or 708.672.3262, ext. 123.

Absences – PLEASE NOTIFY US BY 7:45 AM

If your child is going to be absent, please be sure to contact the school office by 7:45 AM at 708.672.3262 or send an email to jbushey@ilhs.org. Thank you!


If your child has any of the symptoms listed below, all other children in the household must stay home as well. Questions? Please contact the office at 708.672.3262.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches

COVID-19 Procedures

As the COVID-19 pandemic and information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to evolve, we will update you with the most current information that we have available.

We encourage you to read through the COVID-19 Procedures.

Directions for eLearning at ILS

For students who will be remote learning at home, use these Remote Learning Instructions to view the directions for logging into your classes.

Remote Learners – Reminders

Just a couple of reminders for students who are remote learning.


  • If your child is going to be absent from class, please notify the office by 7:45 AM at 708.672.3262 or jbushey@ilhs.org.

Daily Bulletin:

  • Remote learners need to make sure that they are checking the Daily Bulletin every morning by 8:30 AM as well as during Chapel. There may be information posted there that they need to know for the day.

Bookstore Orders

Do you need to order milk, PE uniform, Bible, etc? Please submit your electronic Bookstore Order. For your convenience, your fees will be added to your FACTS account, and you will no longer need to make payments in the office. Questions? Contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at jbushey@ilhs.org.



Family Devotions

A routine family devotion is essential for the Christian family. Reading the Bible, singing, and praying together. Do you need help creating a meaningful family devotional time? Click here for Daily Devotion ideas.

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