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Veterans Day Program

All veterans and their guests are invited to an all-school chapel service to honor our men and women who have served in the armed forces.  The chapel service will begin at 1:30 pm on Monday, November 10 at Immanuel Lutheran School.  This program will have the lower grade students leading the program, all students sharing their gifts of music, as well as Mr. Hopfensperger talking about how our veterans continue to "Shape Hearts and Change Lives".  We ask that you call the school office at 636-239-1636 if you plan to attend.  We look forward to honoring all of our veterans and their guests with us on this day!


Apple Butter . . . By The Numbers!

After all is done with this year's Apple Butter cook, we take a look at some numbers:

110 bushels of fresh apples, peeled, cut, cored, and cooked!

610+ volunteer hours tallied!

251 gallons of apple butter made!

337 half-pints, 1,140 pints, and 355 quarts jarred and ready for sale!

$7,000 expected income from apple butter sale!

These proceeds will fund various projects at ILS, including playground improvements, partial funding of field trips and Spiritual Retreats, Family Night activities, and several more!

Many thanks to all individuals from the school and church that volunteered.  A special thanks to residents and employees at Grandview Health Care Center and Cedarcrest Manor - their help with the process helped make this event a success!  

Apple Butter is available for purchase at Immanuel Lutheran School (636-239-1636) as well as "Not Just Cut and Dried" located on Elm Street in Downtown Washington. 

ILS Hosts Open House

Immanuel Lutheran School will host a community open house on Thursday, September 18th.  This open house will be hosted just prior to the Dr. Tim Elmore speaking event with doors open from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Whether you are interested in a school for your children or simply curious about the programs we offer, all are invited to attend.  Those in attendance will have a chance to tour the school, visit classrooms, meet with teachers, and talk with the principal.  No appointments are needed.  For more information, contact the school office (636-239-1636).

Dr. Tim Elmore to Speak at ILS!

Dr. Tim Elmore, a nationally recognized author, speaker and parenting expert, will visit Immanuel Lutheran School on September 18 and 19 to talk to parents and educators about helping children become "Authentic Leaders."

Dr. Elmore will speak primarily to parents on Thursday evening (September 18) at 7:00 p.m. on the topic of “Artificial Maturity".  His presentation on Friday morning (September 19) will be primarily for teachers and educators and will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 pm on the topic of “Growing Student Leaders”.  These presentations are free and open to the public.  

To find out more about Dr. Tim Elmore, visit his website at  For more information about these seminars or about Immanuel Lutheran School, please call the school office at 636-239-1636.


New English Grammar Series

The faculty at Immanuel Lutheran School have been reviewing several curriculum series for the school-wide implementation of a new English Grammar series. After writing our own goals for a new Grammar program and reviewing several textbook series, the faculty recently approved the implementation of the Voyages in English curriculum, published by Loyola Press.  This series will be implemented in first through eighth grade and will allow ILS students to make a smooth progression from one grade level to the next, build upon prior knowledge year after year, and apply the Grammar skills learned through a variety of writing projects.


National Archery in the Schools

Students at Immanuel Lutheran School demonstrated their archery skills at an Archery Expo held on Friday, May 9. The school established a NASP Archery Program this year and now has over 30 participants in their after-school archery program representing students in grade 2 through 8. With the goal of giving every student an opportunity to experience success in school, Immanuel has discovered no matter their gender, size, background or ability, students “can do” archery.

Over 15 volunteers, the local White Tail Association, and Lock-N-Load were instrumental in assisting Immanuel Lutheran establish the program. Immanuel plans to attend the 2014 State tournament where more than 1,400 students participated in 2013.

With essential life skills at the core of the program, Immanuel hopes to reinforce following directions, listening, concentrating, patterning, and joyful physical activity which are all essential skills taught directly as a part of the NASP. If you have any questions about the NASP program, contact Immanuel Lutheran School at 636-239-1636.


ILS participates in Relay for Life!


Washington High School hosted the Ninth Annual Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life on Friday, April 25. Over 450 elementary students from public and parochial schools participated in this event, which is held each year to raise awareness about cancer and donate funds to the American Cancer Society. It also pays tribute to Jordan Scheer, an alum of ILS, who passed away shortly after graduating from WHS in 2005.

Over the past several months, ILS students in third through sixth grade raised money through various activities and fund raisers to support this event. As a whole, a total of over $20,000 was raised for the Children's Relay for Life event – ILS was able to raise over $4,000 of this total!  ILS students were also chosen as the first place and second place poster contest winners as well as an ILS student for the winner of the essay contest. Well done, Crusaders - what a way to support this worthwhile cause!

Lower Grade Musical - April 11th


Save the date for the Lower Grade musical – an evening of music and entertainment!  On Friday, April 11th, students in 1st through 4th grade will showcase their talents in the production of “Rescue in the Night”.  This performance follows the story of Daniel and the Lion's Den and the great courage that he showed while in the face of persecution . . . and while in the Lion's Den!  Children will be singing several songs, including "What Will Become of Daniel?", "Step into our Den!" and "The One True King".  We hope to see school families, congregation members, and friends from the community at this free production, beginning at 7:00 pm in the school gymnasium!  As always, the spring musicals at ILS have been well attended - arrive early for the best seats!


Accreditation Success!

Early this week, a visiting team of six individuals were at ILS to review the school as part of our Accreditation process.  The visiting team was very thorough in reviewing our Self-Study report and made additional recommendations for our School Improvement Plan. Below are some of the areas of strength as well as areas of growth that were noted by the Visiting Team after their review of ILS:

Strengths: The loving, accepting school climate; the strength of the relationship between the church and the school; the attractive, clean, and educationally appropriate school facility; the unity expressed and observed among faculty and staff; the dedication of the faculty to the writing of a religion curriculum guide
Recommendations: Develop a written evangelism plan for our school; seek out new technology for teachers and students to use and seamlessly integrate this technology into the classroom; revise the Language Arts curriculum to provide continuity throughout all grades that addresses reading, writing, grammar, and spelling components; investigate the possibility of increasing time of math instruction in the upper grades
We are very proud of receiving full accreditation status once again at ILS!  God has truly blessed us and continues to guide us into the future! 

Children's Education Initiative

The Children’s Education Initiative is seeking to place an amendment on the November ballot that would allow people to receive a Missouri state tax credit for donations made to nonprofit corporations that provide funds to improve programs in public school districts, provide scholarships for students to attend parochial K-12 schools, or support special education services for children.

Our first task is to gain sufficient signatures to place the amendment on the ballot for voters to decide. More information about the amendment are available at or  We will also be holding a brief informational meeting on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 pm, immediately following the evening Lenten service. This will allow us to answer any questions that you might have. 
This is a great way to provide tax credits to individuals and companies while enhancing the K-12 education of children in Missouri. Our Lutheran schools would use the foundation monies to provide financial assistance to families, thereby making our Lutheran schools accessible for more children.  If you are a registered voter, please stop by the school office to sign the petition.