Elementary School
News & Notes
4/23/18 – 4/29/18

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ChristLight Lessons

The life of a prophet had to be very difficult.  It seemed they were constantly on the move.  They had the difficult responsibility of telling others that they were sinners and calling them to repentance.  Many times their lives were in danger because they were doing God’s will.  Often their messages were met with responses of doubt and disdain.  Yet their work was extremely important.  This week we see how the messages of Elisha and Jonah were doubted.  Yet God blessed those messages with repentance, forgiveness, and reform.  Naaman’s servant told Naaman to go to Elisha for healing.  When Elisha told him how to be healed, he refused to do it.  Ultimately he was talked into following the instructions of Elisha, and Naaman was healed.  Jonah was told by God to go and preach repentance to Nineveh.  He refused because Nineveh was an evil city.  Instead he ran away from the city only to be brought back to the city where his message was met with great success.  Jonah wanted to see the destruction of Nineveh, but God blessed the city with repentance and forgiveness.  The week’s first lesson is Naaman’s Servant from 2 Kings 5:1-17.  The second lesson is Jonah from portions of Jonah chapters 1, 2, and 3.  As you have opportunity this week, please feel free to review these lessons with your child or children.

Teacher Appreciation Week

It is that time of year, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!!!  Parents please see the link below on how you can show your THANKS to the Teachers and Staff for all of their hard work and dedication during this school year. Please sign up to bring one item to help “treat” the teachers and staff during this week.  The CPA has planned the following week for our Teachers and Staff:

Monday, April 30: The Edge Coffee House Day

Tuesday, May 1Desserts & Sweets Treats

WednesdayTaco Day

Thursday Dip & Chip Day

Friday: Aurelio’s Luncheon

Thank you in advance to all who donate and show support of the Teachers, Staff and CPA.

Sign Up for Teacher Appreciation Week

Family Dance Party

Get out your neon clothes, fingerless gloves, and your can of hairspray so you can bee-bop to some 80s music at the Family Dance Party. Like we hope you can go because it’s going to be totally rad. Party is Friday, April 27 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the elementary school gym. Hot dogs, chips and treats will be served. 

Call News

Great news! Recently Philip Adickes has accepted his Call for the role of Dean of Students at the Junior High/High School. He is from Zion in Denver, CO. He currently serves as their grade school principal and teaches as well. Please continue to pray as Mr. Adickes and his family will prepare to move from Colorado. 

The Board of Directors also decided that they would wait until a slightly later time to make a Call to fill the vacancy in 4th Grade that was created by Mrs. Bentz leaving at the end of the year to move to Minnesota. The Lord knows who will fill these calls already, and we ask Him for the patience to continue calling until He brings the best person for the position to us.

Battle of the Books

Next Thursday evening (April 26), our 3rd Grade students will be involved in the final Crete Library Battle of the Books for the year.  All battles will begin at 6:00 sharp, so students must be at the library and gathered together with their teammates by 5:45.  Everyone is invited to join us.

The results from last week’s Grade 4-5 Battle of the Books are as follows:

  • I.Q.R. placed 2nd with 1150 pts
  • Book Warrior tied for 5th place with 990 points
  • Samurai Warriors placed 6th with 935 points
  • Copywriters  placed 7th with 780 points

We congratulate all of our students from Grades 4-5 in doing an excellent job competing in the Battle of the Books contests.

Jr High Play

The Junior High play has been rescheduled. The new date and times are as follows:

Thursday, April 26 @ 1:30 PM & 7 PM

The Junior High Drama program will be presenting their spring play: Peter Bloedel’s, The Rules of Comedy. Join us as we educate our audience on what is funny and what is not funny. Sure to be a hilariously good time, we will put our Rules of Comedy to the test, by applying them to possibly the most tragic play of all time: Hamlet. All are invited to come and enjoy this outrageous show in the Illinois Lutheran Elementary School gym.

Band Solo Nights

For our students involved in the band program, they will be taking part in one of the Band Solo Nights.  These nights are on April 23, 24, and 25.  Activities for these evenings will begin at 6:30.  The schedules for these evenings have been distributed to the students so that the families will know which night contains the solo event for the student.

SpBAM Results

Congratulations to the students that participated in SpBAM this year. Illinois Lutheran was well represented overall in the regional competition of Spelling, Bible, Art and Mathematics. The following students are the SpBAM Award Winners: 
Spelling Individual
Grades 7th & 8th
Emma Oestmann – 2nd Place

Grades 5th & 6th
Anna Oestmann – 2nd Place
Mallory Harris – 3rd Place
Melinda Mercer-Podbielski – 3rd Place

Spelling Team
Blue Team – 2nd Place
Emma Oestmann, Jonah Uhlenbrauck, Leiah Foley, Grace Atherton, Melinda Mercer-Podbielski, Anna Oestmann, Hannah Uhlenbrauck, Lance Mercer-Podbielski

Math Individual
Juanita Stuenkel – 3rd Place

Math Team Blue Team – 3rd Place
Emma Oestmann, Leiah Foley, Jonah Uhlenbrauck, Madelyn Italiano, Kristen Danielewicz, and Juanita Stuenkel

Bible Bowl
Team – 3rd Place
Emma Oestmann, Kristen Danielewicz, Madelyn Italiano, Jonah Uhlenbrauck, Grace Atherton, Melinda Mercer-Podbielski, Lance Mercer-Podbielski

Grades 7th & 8th
Kelsey Bruns – 1st Place
Savannah Petway – 1st Place
Anna Haemker – 1st Place
Emma Oestmann – 1st Place
Nicole Alexander – 2nd Place
Madelyn Italiano – 2nd Place
Brianna Bettenhausen – 3rd Place
Julia Cockrum – 2nd Place
Zoe Biesterfeld – 3rd Place
Brooke Reardon – 3rd Place
Hunter Schmitt – 3rd Place

5th & 6th Grade
Sara Lusk – 1st Place
Anna Oestmann – 1st Place
Denise Kennedy – 1st Place
Aiden Bozorov – 2nd Place
Hannah Uhlenbrauck – 2nd Place
Tristan Biesterfeld – 2nd Place
LeAnne Gatzke – 3rd Place
James Benefield – 3rd Place
Kimberly Danielewicz – 3rd Place
Mia Jacobucci – 3rd Place
Emma Nagle – 3rd Place for 2 projects
Ty Kelley – 3rd Place

Hot Lunch

The May 2018 Hot Lunch Form is available online or in the school office. Please have May Hot Lunch Forms turned in by Thursday, April 26. 

Remember that weekly orders are due the Friday PRIOR to the week you are ordering. Same day hot lunch orders (orders placed at the window or turned into the office the day of the hot lunch they are ordering), will be increased to $4 for single orders and $4.75 for double orders. Thank you!

April Hot Lunch Menu 

May Hot Lunch Menu 

Pizza Day

Remember that Pizza Day orders are due Thursday. he Pizza Day Order Form is available online or in the school office. All completed forms must include the dates you are ordering. (ie. day, month, semester)

Pizza Day Order Form 

Can You Lend a Hand?

Also, CPA is in need of servers for Pizza Day. You can sign-up to volunteer below. Thank You!

Pizza Day Help Sign-Up 

International Student Program

Have you ever wondered how the International Program works at Illinois Lutheran? We work with Global School Access to assist us in finding students who are interested in studying in the United States. Watch the video below to learn about our program! Are you interested in hosting an International student? Contact the high school at 708.672.3262 to learn more.

Watch the Video! 

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).

Social Media Wall

It’s time to celebrate at Illinois Lutheran! We plan on sharing more of the awesome things your kids do here at ILS. Follow the #ilschargers on
Twitter and Instagram or bookmark the link below. Thank you for the
opportunity to share God’s grace with your children!


S.L.A.L. Track Meet

Last chance to sign-up!

Be sure to sign up for Track & Field before the first practice this Thursday. There will be one track meet at Marian Catholic High School on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Practices will be held at the JH/HS from 3:30 – 5 PM on ​April 26May 1May 3May 8, and May 10.

To sign-up, click the athletics registration link below. For those that have not participated in athletics before, you will need to create an account to register your student athlete for track. 

Let’s defend our championship!!!

Athletics Registration

Charger Summer Camps

Save the date 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 

Flower Sale

Adventures for the Almighty is holding a flower sale to raise funds for a mission trip to Czechoslovakia this summer to teach an English VBS. Pastor Italliano and a few ILHS students are going. Flowers are coming from Wouldhuis Greenhouse. All the proceeds go to the mission group. Order forms can be printed online either the link below or picked up at either school office. 

Deadline to order is Sunday, May 6, and pick up is Saturday, May 12, form 8 to 10 a.m. at the grade school gym. Just in time for Mother’s Day!

Flowers Order Form 

Registration & Financial Assistance

Illinois Lutheran provides need-based financial assistance to families. This is different from the Empower Illinois Scholarship.

Empower Illinois:

  • This Scholarship is provided by funds that were donated to the state of Illinois. Some of those funds were designated for students attending Illinois Lutheran (our individual donors). Some donations were made by corporations for all students in Illinois who are eligible.
  • The application for Empower Illinois is done on their website. They are in the process of reviewing and awarding those scholarships, which likely won’t happen until June 2018.

Financial Assistance from ILS:

  • Illinois Lutheran offers need-based financial assistance to families.
  • This is SEPARATE from the Empower Illinois Scholarship application. If you have applied for the Empower Illinois Scholarship, or you have received financial assistance from ILS in the past, we recommend that you APPLY NOW for financial assistance.
  • Applications for financial assistance are available online through FACTS.
  • The deadline for returning families has been extended. It is essential that returning families apply for financial assistance before Friday, May 18, 2018. This is the cutoff date. We cannot guarantee that you will be considered for financial assistance unless you do so before this date.
  • Your child/children must be registered for the 2018-2019 school year before applying for financial assistance.

Login to FACTS to Apply for Financial Assistance 

Register Online 

FACTS Annual Fee Reminder

Tuition accounts for the 2018-2019 school year will be activated in early to mid-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: $0
  • Two Payments: $10
  • Three or More Payments: $45

If you need to change your payment plan, please contact the high school office at 708.672.3262 as soon as possible.

FACTS charges these additional fees as well:

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

Core Values Questionnaire

This questionnaire has been created to help the Illinois Lutheran Board of Directors and Administration to determine the core values of our school. These core values will determine if Illinois Lutheran is on the right path and fulfilling the goals by creating an unwavering guide. Your responses will help in developing our core values for the future. We are asking parents, students, and teachers to complete this questionnaire. We thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us!

Core Values Questionnaire 

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