Elementary School
News & Notes
5/21/18 – 5/25/18

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ChristLight Lessons

The people of the kingdom of Judah endured through two different empires – both Babylonian and Persian.  Their homeland was in ruins, and there was no organization between the people.  It was just like the Babylonians had planned and the Persians continued.  After about 70 years of exile, Jewish leaders were allowed to go back to their homeland and to begin to rebuild it.  This rebuilding did not happen easily since the land was now inhabited with “strangers” who had been moved into the area by the Babylonians and Persians.  Two very important projects which began immediately were the rebuilding of the Temple and the wall around Jerusalem.  The Lord blessed the efforts of these Jews who returned, but it was not easy as they had to not only rebuild but also protect themselves and their families.  The first lesson of the week has the title, “The Return from Exile” and is found in portions of Ezra chapters 1-4 and 6 and Nehemiah chapters 1-6:16.  In the second lesson of the week, God teachers us about perseverance.  God had blessed Job greatly, and Job had a strong faith.  Satan reasoned that Job’s great faith was the result of God blessing him greatly.  So God gave permission to Satan to destroy everything that Job had.  The only exception was that Satan could not take Job’s life.  Everything was taken away from Job, and all he was left with was the sackcloth he was wearing, three friends, and his wife.  His friends and wife encouraged him to curse God and die, but he refused.  While he did not understand why the torment was happening, he continued to trust in God and look to Him for assistance.  Eventually all Satan’s attempts failed and God restored Job to his previous lifestyle.  This lesson is truly an encouragement to all of us as we face the challenges that life might put on our path.  Everything comes from the Lord, He has everything under control, and everything that happens is for the glory of His kingdom.  The lesson of Job is found in the book of Job.  We will be looking at portions of chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 13, 16, 19, 33, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42  As you have opportunity this week, please feel free to review these lessons with your child or children.

Farewell Chapel Services

ILS will be hosting two special chapel services to recognize and say goodbye to the members of our faculty who have accepted divine calls to teach elsewhere next school year. We want to thank them for the blessing they have been to our ministry here in Crete and wish them well as they move on to new roles in sharing the Gospel. You are invited to join us! There will be a farewell service at each campus at which parents are invited to attend:

  • Junior High/High School – Friday, May 18 at 9:48 AM in the HS gym
  • Grade School – Friday, May 25 at 10 AM at Trinity followed by refreshments in the Elementary School Gym

There will be student awards presented at the Grade School and special recognition of the departing faculty at both campuses, as well as refreshments served following the service with time for fellowship. Thank you to the Charger Parent Association and Boosters for organizing this event.

End of Year Awards

The last chapel service of the year is normally a very special chapel service.  Not only is it the last opportunity for our students to be joined together as a group, it is also an opportunity for us to recognize some of the excellent efforts of our students over the course of the school year.  We will be having chapel at 10:00 on Friday, May 25 We will begin with the chapel service at Trinity and follow that with the presentation of awards for the students.  At this time we will also acknowledge and thank our three departing teachers – Miss Fischer, Mrs. Bentz, and Mr. Krug.  After the awards and acknowledgements, we will return to the school gym where our CPA will have some treats for us.  There everyone will have an opportunity to visit with and wish our departing teachers a fond farewell.  Everyone is invited to join us for this special chapel and recognition of our departing teachers.

Last Day of School!

Reminder that our last day of school is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 11:15 AM. 

Field Trip Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that on Thursday, May 24th,  ILES has the field trip to watch the Windy City Thunderbolts baseball game. Students are still expected to come to school as usual before 8:00 AM. Parents please arrive to school by 9:00 AM. Please do not park in the front of the building due to buses and end of day pick up. Thank you! 

Library Reminders

The end of the year is fast approaching.  All library books that students have checked out are due back in the library this week. 

Those students that participated in the 6 Flags reading challenge received their tickets last week. Look for them in an envelope marked as such. 

Enjoy your summer. Keep encouraging your child to read books over the summer!

Band Fittings

Students entering fourth grade and older will have the opportunity to join the ILS Band program for the 2018-19 school year. Our band instructors, Mr. Buege and Mrs. Rimpel will have “band fittings” for those students that are interested on Monday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 23rd from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at the elementary school gym. Look for more information to come home on Tuesday.  

Lost and Found

Just a reminder to all that they should check the “lost and found” table in the front hallway. Anything that is not claimed by the time the school year closes will be donated to charity. Thanks for your attention to this matter. 

No Hot Lunch this Week!

Please note that hot lunch ended last week. Your student will need to bring a lunch to school this week. Also, thank you to Mrs. Cockrum,  Mrs. Lusk and helpers for making delicious lunches for us this school year.

Last Pizza Day

The last Pizza Day this school year for the elementary school is May 21. Thank you to CPA and Mrs. Gunderson for managing and organizing the Pizza Day program.

Do you have a desire to share the Gospel with those who do not know Jesus?

We have an opportunity for world mission work right here in Crete. Illinois Lutheran High School is currently in its fourth year of serving International Students. There is a stipend of $800 per month given to families who host to offset the cost of housing these students.

If you or someone you know would be willing to host an international student, please contact Monica Uhlenbrauck 708-672-4463 or  muhlenbrauck@ilhs.org).

Teacher Anniversaries

Please join us in celebrating these teacher anniversaries and thanking God for the dedicated service of these faithful workers in ministry.

Joe Archer, 40 years
Tim Rimpel, 40 years
Beth Schuppe, 35 years
Scott Sievert, 35 years
Troy Swenson, 15 years

Crete Public Library 

Be sure to join Crete Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Registration begins June 1st and the program is available for ALL ages. See the link below for more information.

 As well, be sure to check out the current Battle of the Book lists for 2018-2019. Copies are available in the school office.

Summer Reading Program

Battle of the Book Lists


S.S. L.A.L. Track and Field Results

On Sat., May 12th was the South Suburban Lutheran Athletic League Track Meet. Congratulations to all athletes that participated. The Chargers are once again champions taking 1st place for a second year in a row. Way to Go Chargers!

Also, Please remember to return your track shirts to the school office as soon as possible. 


Charger Summer Camps

Deadline for Registering is May 25!

Register soon for the upcoming Charger Summer Camps:

  • Golf Camp – June 4 -8
  • Soccer Camp – June 11-15
  • Basketball Camp – June 25-29
  • Volleyball Camp – July 23-27

Registration forms are available from either school office, or click on the link below.

Summer Camp Registration Form 

22nd Annual ILS Golf Outing

Mark your calendars for the ILS 22nd Golf Outing & Dinner, on Saturday, June 16th! The Registration Forms and The Donation Forms are available online, as well as in the Grade School and the Jr High/High School Offices.  They will also be available at Trinity and Zion Church.

Registration Form 

Sponsorship Form 


5th-8th Grade Girls Softball

Registration for Charger Junior High Girls Softball is now open. This is open to 5th-8th graders. However, 5th graders who are not ready for game action at the middle school level will be on the team as practice only players for their first year. 

When registering for Junior High Girls Softball, be sure you don’t mistakenly register for Co-Ed Softball. That is a different team.The season begins in late July and runs through the end of August.

Go Chargers!

Athletics Registration 

Zion Vacation Bible School

Most children have at least a passing idea of the story of Noah’s ark but in this year’s VBS, children will learn the true account of the fascinating story. Join us at Zion’s VBS held June 25-29 from 9:00 – 11:30 AM. Children age 4 years (potty trained) through those entering 6th grade are welcome. Bible lessons, interactive activities, crafts and music are all part of this fun VBS program. Please help us plan and register. 

Register for Zion VBS 

Trinity Vacation Bible School

You are sure to enjoy thrills and spills as students and staff will discover God’s promise on life’s wild ride. Trinity’s VBS is for children ages 3 years through those entering 6th grade.  It will be held July 30-August 3 from 9:00 – 11:45 AM. Come along with us as we sing fun songs, do crazy crafts, eat yummy snacks, play awesome games, and more. Please help us plan and register. 

God’s blessings to you this summer!

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