Christmas Bazaar

Join us at Illinois Lutheran Elementary for the 5th Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 8 from 9 AM – 3 PM. The Christmas Bazaar is a trolley stop during Crete Country Christmas! We will have free coffee and hot chocolate, face painting, crafters, food, and raffles. Are you interested in participating as a vendor or volunteering to help at the event? Contact Mrs. Debbie Piepenbrink at 708.417.1789 or

Caroling Invitation

Illinois Lutheran’s Micahtam choir will be caroling on Saturday, December 8 for various businesses in town during Crete Country Christmas. Any students, staff, parents, alumni, or anyone who is part of the ILS family is invited to join us! We will meet at the high school at 3:30 PM to warmup, and will head up to Main Street on foot shortly before 4 PM. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to share our school with the community, and share the joy that we have in Christ. After caroling, Micahtam will be performing at the event tent at 5 PM.

Martin Luther College Lutheran Invitational

The Charger boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will be traveling to New Ulm, Minnesota the weekend of December 7 for the annual MLC Invitational. The games will be live streamed. The players will be joined by ILHS students interested in learning more about Martin Luther College as an option for college. Please pray for a safe trip. Good luck boys and girls!

MLC Tournament Live Stream

Teacher In-Service – Early Release Day

Students will be released early on Tuesday, December 11 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.

School Geography Bee

  • Champion – David Gonzalez, 7th Grade
  • 2nd Place – Tristan Biesterfeld, 7th Grade
  • 3rd Place – Kristen Danielewicz, 8th Grade

David now qualifies to take the State Geography Bee qualifying test with the possibility of qualifying for the state bee. Congratulations to all of the participants!

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Student Council will be hosting a trip to the Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier on Thursday, 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, transportation, and a ticket to ride on The Centennial Wheel). The $20 cost and the permission slip must be turned in no later than Monday, December 10. Space is limited to the first 28 participants that submit the $20 with a permission slip. Contact Mr. Phil Adickes or Mr. Donovan Zastrow if you have any questions.

Workshop: Dealing With Conflict in a God-Pleasing Way

The Illinois Lutheran Schools Wellness Committee, in connection with Trinity Lutheran Church, will be hosting a workshop titled “Dealing with conflict in a God-pleasing way – A workshop designed for anyone who struggles with how to handle conflict” at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete on Monday, December 10 from 7 – 8:30 PM. 

 In addition to the workshop being free to attend, everyone who registers prior to December 5 will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card! Please click on the link below to register for the workshop.

Register for the Workshop

Children’s Christmas Service

We will celebrate our Children’s Christmas Service on Sunday, December 16 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!

Senior & 8th Grade Graduation Photos

Proof sheets have been sent home with the senior and eighth graders. If you would like to place an order, please return to the office by January 10. If you would like to have your child retake their photo, retake day is January 17. Have your child bring their proof sheet on retake day.

Advent Services

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.


  • Wednesday, December 12 @ 3:30 & 7 PM
  • Wednesday, December 19 @ 3:30 & 7 PM


  • Wednesday, December 12 @ 3:30 & 7 PM
  • Wednesday, December 19 @ 3:30 & 7 PM

SCRIP Christmas Orders

There are just two weeks left to order Scrip for Christmas! Cards can be ordered online. We also have gift certificates and some cards available for purchase in the elementary school office. It’s a great way to support the school, help with your tuition, and bless a friend with a fun gift!

Order Online


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High School Final Exam Schedule – Early Start & Early Dismissal

High School students will start at 8:15 AM and will be released early on 12/19, 12/20 and 12/21. Also, there will be no lunch period on these days. Classes will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.


  • Wednesday, 12/19: 8:15 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 12/20: 8:15 – 12:30
  • Friday, 12/21: 8:15 – 11:00 (12:30 for those using the Make Up Period)
  • Monday, 1/7/19: Return from Christmas Break


  • Students who have a straight A average (95%) in PowerSchool (No A-) are not required to take the final in that class.
  • Students who have 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.

Junior High – Early Start & Early Dismissal

The 7th & 8th graders will start at 8:15 AM and will be released early on 12/19, 12/20 and 12/21. Also, there will be no lunch period on these days. Classes will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.


  • Wednesday, 12/19: 8:15 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 12/20: 8:15 – 12:30
  • Friday, 12/21: 8:15 – 11:00
  • Monday, 1/7/19: Return from Christmas Break

ILS Spirit Wear Christmas Order – Orders Due Monday

Look for our new items offered!!! Order forms are available online and in both school offices. Please hand in your orders by Monday, December 10, to have them for Christmas presents. Thank you for your support!!!

SpiritWear Order Form

Career Opportunity – Part-Time Recruitment Director

Illinois Lutheran is looking for a Part-Time Recruitment Director. The individual must possess good organizational and communication skills. They should be comfortable and engaging at public and community events and possess strong conversational and public speaking skills. The Recruitment Director shall be responsible for organizing a presence for Illinois Lutheran in the community through various events. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please see the job description and application links below. Applications and resumes are due by December 20, and can be emailed to, or dropped off at the high school, located at 1610 Main Street in Crete, IL.

Job Description

Employment Application

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

8th Grade Art Class

Beginning in January, the 8th graders will have Art. Please make sure that the students bring their art boxes filled with supplies when school resumes. The art supply list can be found by clicking on the link below, and scrolling to the second page to see Mrs. Spiaser’s 8th Grade Art supply list.

Supply List

Hot Lunch – January Orders Due December 18

Weekly orders are due the Friday PRIOR to the week you are ordering for. You may also order by the month. Single orders are $3 and double orders are $3.75.

The January menu is available. January orders are due to the office by Tuesday, December 18. It is important to get hot lunch orders in by the deadline. Food is ordered in advance, and it is necessary to know how many lunches are being ordered.

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. Checks can be made out to ILS.

December Hot Lunch Menu

January Hot Lunch Menu

Pizza Day

Pizza Day orders are due the Friday prior to the week you are ordering for. The first slice is $2 and each additional slice is $1. Checks can be made out to ILS.

JH/HS Pizza Day Order Form

Family Devotion Ideas

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? Check out the links below for ideas.

Devotions for the Family

Christian Family Solutions

Focus on the Family