Tue., Aug. 15, 2017
The New School Year is Here!

Immanuel welcomes new discipleship pastor, Rev. Chris Davis. Pastor Chris’s wife is Heather, and they have two children, Rose (Grade 6) and Eli (Grade 7). Please help  make them feel warmly welcomed to the Immanuel community!


Immanuel recently restructured a couple of staff positions and received resignations from Linda Snodgrass and Lisa Samp very late in the summer. Linda Snodgrass is taking time to focus on her family and Lisa Samp accepted a full-time teaching position with a local school district. While these workers and friends will be missed at ILS, please join in wishing them all the best. Two of Immanuel's most dependable and capable substitute teachers have agreed to be long-term substitutes during the process of interviewing for these positions. The full line-up of the Immanuel faculty and staff is listed below.


Extended Care

AM, Cathy Maverick

PM, Padma Lacy, Stephanie Knappe


Preschool 3 AM, Cathy Maverick (teacher), Monica Talbot-Bowe (assistant)

Preschool PM Enrichment, Cathy Maverick (teacher)

Preschool 4.5 AM, Terri Holmes (teacher), Jen McLane (assistant)

Preschool 4.4 AM, Wendy Nelson (teacher)

Preschool 4.3 AM, Terri Holmes (teacher), Carol Barry (assistant)

Elementary School

K and KAll, Lisa Dickenson (teacher), Kathie Mudd (AM asst), Judy Daniels (PM asst)

Grade 1, Sue Gutwein (teacher), Christine Olsen (AM assistant)

Grade 2, Gail Beckmann (teacher), Laura Radokovich (long-term sub as AM asst)

Grade 3, Carla Faga (teacher), Laura Radokovich (long-term sub as AM assistant)

               Jean Weidler (long-term sub for Carla Faga)

Grade 4, Mary Wert (AM teacher), Bill Moser (PM teacher)

Grade 5, Penny Suydam (teacher, assistant principal)

Middle School

Grade 6, Julie McFarland (teacher: math, literature, religion, art)

Grade 7, Manny Gutwein (teacher: science, English, religion, art)

Grade 8, Barb Iteen (teacher: history, English, religion, art)

Spanish/Middle School Student Support, Bill Moser (AM teacher)

Middle School Math, Michele Randall (long-term sub as AM teacher)

Specials Teachers

PE, Sharon Dalpini (Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4), Carla Faga (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Special Needs Coordinator, Teri Pohorsky

Librarian, Jen McLane

Music, Katie Rudy

Band, Bennett Konstans

Orchestra, Char Bogda

Support Staff

School Secretary, Heidi Hartzell

School Secretary, Judy Nelson

Bookkeeper, Bonnie Dannenberg

Church Secretary, Penny Janacek

Ministry Directors

Lead Pastor, Pr. Eric Kennaugh

Discipleship Pastor, Pr. Chris Davis

Director of Music Ministries, Sharon Dalpini

Director of Youth Ministries, Kari Larsen

Principal, Donna Laughlin

Director of Community Connections, Megan Popp

Director of Marketing and Communications, Lori St. Vincent

Business Manager, Dick Wauer

Director of Children’s Ministries, Mary Wert

Don't Miss These Welcome Events

School Supply Drop-Off

In an effort to make things more convenient for families, Immanuel is moving school supply drop-off to the first day of school. Students may bring supplies to school on Wed., Aug. 16, and teachers will provide time at the beginning of the day for students to get organized. Parents may park in the school parking lot to assist their child into school with supplies, if necessary. School supply lists are available here.

Opening Chapel
Opening chapel for 2017 2018 takes place on Wed., Aug. 16, beginning at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary. Please join other parents and Mrs. Laughlin for coffee in the Fellowship Hall after drop off until chapel begins. After chapel, parents are invited to return to the Fellowship Hall to until school ends at 11:30 AM. Information on various church and school programs and events will be available. Please use the car line for pick-up. Car tags will be provided with student last name. Please post these in the windshield to facilitate a smooth pick-up process. Patience is the word of the day for the first few weeks!
Parent Meetings

Middle School Curriculum Night, Tue., Aug 22, 6:30-8 PM, beginning in the sanctuary.

K-5 Curriculum Night, Tue., Aug. 29, 6:30-8 PM, beginning in the sanctuary.

First Day(s) of School

Kindergarten-Grade 8: Wed., Aug. 16

Grade school students may go to their classrooms 10 minutes before the official start of their day (8:30 AM). Students arriving early need to go to the Fellowship Hall/lunch room. A staff member will dismiss each class to their classrooms 10 minutes before start time each day. Please do not wait in the school lobby.

Middle school students may go to their classrooms beginning at 8 AM. Students who arrive early need to go to the Fellowship Hall/lunch room. A staff member will dismiss each class to their classrooms 10 minutes before the start of their school day. Please do not wait in the school lobby.


PS 3.3 (MWF AM), Aug 21, visiting day, 8:40-9:40 AM, student and parent(s)

PS 3.2 (TTh AM), Aug 22, visiting day, 8:40-9:40 AM, student and parent(s)

PS 4.4 (MTThF AM), Aug 21, visiting day, 8:40-9:40 AM, student and parent(s)

PS 4.5 (M-F AM), Aug 21, visiting day, 8:40-9:40 AM, student and parent(s)

PS 4.3 (MTW PM), Aug. 21, visiting day, 12:30-1:30 PM, students and parent(s)

Preschool Enrichment: begins Aug 23 for those registered for Wednesdays 

Preschoolers may enter the classroom five minutes prior to the official start of their class.  Please wait in the hallway until 8:35 AM (morning students) or 12:25 PM (afternoon students).

At dismissal, parents may go to the classroom door five minutes before the end of the class at 11:10 AM (morning students) and 2:55 PM (afternoon preschool and Preschool Enrichment students). Please adhere to these times to prevent distractions for students and teachers.

Extended Care

ILS Extended care begins Thu., Aug 17. Morning extended care begins at 7 AM. Families with middle schoolers starting at 8:07 may bring younger student(s) to extended care free of charge beginning at 8 AM. Afternoon extended care begins at dismissal and lasts until 5:30 PM.  

School Office News and Updates

H & H

Hot Lunch
Immanuel’s hot lunch program is provided by North Island Catering/Bulldogs, a local Batavia business. Hot lunch is served each full school day and is an optional program. An email was sent to all school families with ordering information.

Please order milk or juice for students online or send cash with them to purchase at school. There will no longer be a clipboard to sign up for milk or juice IOUs.


Information about Immanuel Lutheran School's online student information system was included with the hot lunch email. Please make all contact information changes on the Headmaster system.

Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork!

Please be sure all paperwork has been completed and submitted to the School Office. The following forms are required for all students as indicated: original birth certificate (new students), Accident and Emergency (all), Student and Family Information (all), medical and sports forms (all fall sports participants), and Supplies, Paperwork, and Fees (all).

Reminder: the following students as indicated are required to have a medical exam form on file: all incoming preschool threes; new preschool fours; Kindergartners (vision and dental exams also required); sixth graders (dental exam also required); sports participants (note that sports physicals are valid for thirteen months).

Shop! And Share the News!

New Manna Program at Immanuel

The Manna company was bought out by a company called Shop with Scrip. Complete information about the new program will be sent home with students. Like Manna, this program earns money for Immanuel and for each family participating; plus it boasts more than twelve pages of merchants. Immanuel thanks Megan Watson for coordinating this new fundraising program for ILCS.

Amazon Smile for Immanuel

Calling all Amazon.com shoppers! Please consider clicking on the link below and choosing Immanuel Lutheran Church as the beneficiary for Amazon Smile purchases. This designation generates donations for Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. There is no additional cost and shopping Amazon Smile doesn't change the bottom line on orders. Please spread the good news and help Immanuel raise funds on everyday purchases. Click here to support Immanuel through Amazon Smile!

Four-Day Fours and Preschool Enrichment Classes


ILS is keeping the four-day fours morning preschool and the afternoon Preschool Enrichment classes open for the 2017-2018 school year. There are still openings available in both classes, so please share this information with friends, family, and neighbors who might be interested. They can contact Megan Popp at mpopp@immanuelbatavia.org for complete information.

Upcoming #ImmanuelEvents
Sept. 4 Labor Day, no school

Sept 5-6 Vision and Hearing Screening, rescreen date is Mon., Sept. 18

Sept 27-28 School Picture Day, retake day is Tue., Nov. 7, order forms sent home closer to picture days.

Back-to-School Community Picnic 

Sun., Aug. 20, 11-2:30 PM Kick off the new school year in celebration with the Batavia community at the annual Back-to-School Community Picnic! The picnic is sponsored by Immanuel and held at the Peg Bond Center on the Batavia Riverwalk. The day begins with contemporary worship outdoors at the PBC at 11 AM. Beginning at 12 PM enjoy free snacks and ice water, bounce houses, a prayer tent, face painting, games and prizes, a Kids' Fun Run, and finally, the Back-to-School Blessing! Volunteers are still needed. Interested in meeting new people? Contact Megan Popp at mpopp@immanuelbatavia.org .
Back-to-School Night At Kimmer's Ice Cream 

Thu., Aug. 24 Back-to-School Night at Kimmer’s Ice Cream (1 W. Illinois St., St. Charles) is another great way to celebrate the beginning of a new school year! Immanuel is hosting Kimmer’s Kares Night on Aug. 24, 6-9 PM. Kimmer's will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from sales accompanied by the fundraiser slip (slips will be available beginning the first day of school). Proceeds from Kimmers Kares are designated for the Immanuel Tuition Assistance Fund, which assists students and their families in need. Please support this important effort by stopping in for some yummy ice cream!
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party 

Fri., Nov. 10 Immanuel’s Third Annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party is coming in November. In addition to items collected each month and financial donations, quart and gallon size Ziploc® bags are also requested. A team is being assembled to help organize this outreach event. The 2017 goal is to can pack even more boxes than last year to benefit children across the world. In addition, Immanuel hopes to reach further into the surrounding communities for individuals and groups who would like to partner in this effort. Those interested in learning more about helping with Immanuel’s OCC Packing Party are asked to contact  Megan Popp at mpopp@immanuelbatavia.org or 630 879 7163.
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