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!
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:
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.
On March 24th and 25th, a visiting team of six individuals will be at ILS to review our school and find out more about the educational programs and ministry at ILS. Serving on this team are a retired Lutheran School principal, two current Lutheran School teachers, a retired public school teacher, and the Director of Educational Resources for the Lutheran Elementary School Association. They will be meeting with teachers, the Board of Education, and other individuals who helped prepare the Self-Study report, internal review, and drafting of the School Improvement Plan. Once complete with their visit, they will share their findings, both strengths and areas for improvement, with the staff and faculty in a exit report. Pray for them as they help our school take the next steps into the future!
This year's Dinner Auction is Saturday, March 8. This year we celebrate 25 years of the ILS annual Dinner Auction with the theme “Flashback to the 80s”! The first Dinner Auction was hosted back in 1989 – what a great way to go back in time and celebrate the support and honor all the work that has gone into each Dinner Auction! For those that have purchased tickets, doors open at 5:00 pm for the Silent Auction in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be catered by Cafe Mosaic and will be served at 6:30 pm in the gym. The Oral Auction begins at 8:00 pm and has over 60 items to be bid on through the night, including Southwest airfare, destination packages (Silver Dollar City, Myrtle Beach, Branson), family activities, a Gary Lucy print, Cardinals tickets, a full orthodontic treatment, and many other items. We'll see you back in the 80s!
Join us on Saturday, February 8th, for a Family Movie Night! The movie “Monsters University” will be shown, beginning at 7:00 pm in the gym. This event is open to all families of the community! Bring your blankets and pillows into the gym to make for comfortable viewing. Popcorn and soda will be available for purchase or feel free to bring snacks of your own to enjoy during the show. We ask that all children have an adult responsible for them during the show. An open house will be held prior to the movie – families interested in finding more out about Immanuel Lutheran or who would like a tour of the school are able to stop by anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.
Parents, staff, and faculty at Immanuel are studying and discussing a new book by Dr. Tim Elmore. This book, titled “Artificial Maturity”, was written to equip parents, teachers, and all others who work with youth to:
* Give students the experiences they need to balance consumption of information with true development.
* Help kids mature by having healthy levels of autonomy and responsibility
* Understand and practice the leadership kids need to become self-sufficient adults
* Create teachable moments to show students they are capable of more than they realized
Adolescence is expanding in both directions-starting earlier and ending later. In “Artificial Maturity”, Elmore leads the reader to understand what authentic maturity looks like, how it impacts society, and how to create a balanced environment that enables children to lead themselves well and influence others in a positive way.
If you are interested in finding out more about this book or would like to join the book study at ILS, contact Alan Wunderlich through the school office at 636-239-1636.
Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is already taking place! Parents are able to stop by the school office any day during the week of January 20th between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm or on Thursday, January 23rd between 5:30 and 7:00 pm to register their child(ren). These registration times are open to all interested families from the community whose children do not already attend ILS. If you know of someone looking for a Christian education, have them call the school office (636-239-1636) or stop by during that week to get more information.
The annual Choral Vespers Service is scheduled
for Wednesday, December 18, beginning at 7:00 pm and will be held in the sanctuary. Ms. Kaaz is coordinating this worship service and is working with the teachers and students to prepare for this special evening. Students in Kindergarten through grade 8 will share the Christmas story through songs, instrumental music, and spoken recitations. We invite you to join us for this wonderful evening and annual tradition at ILCS! Plan to come early as the seats in the sanctuary will fill up quickly!