Tue., Jul. 24, 2018

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other
up, just as in fact you are doing."
--1 Thessalonians 5:11, ILS theme verse for the 2018 2019 school year

Summer Hours
Summer hours for the school office are 8-12 PM through
Fri.,Aug. 3.  Beginning Mon., Aug. 6 hours will be 8-4 PM.
Office hours are 8-4 PM during the school year.
Summer Sport Camps--It's Not Too Late!
The floors are being buffed this week--please enter through the church doors.

Basic Skills Volleyball Camp
Mon-Wed., Jul. 23-25, 4-5:30 PM, entering G3-8, $45
Camp will help participants improve fundamental skills and develop a better understanding of the game of volleyball. Registration PDF . Submit with payment prior to Camp.
Advanced Skills Volleyball Camp
Wed.-Fri., Jul. 25-27, 6-8 PM, entering G6-8, $60
This camp includes skills improvement with guest coaches with collegiate and/or professional volleyball experience. Register here. Registration PDF . Submit with payment prior to Jul. 25.
Both Volleyball Camps
Mon.-Fri., Jul. 23-25, 4-5:30 PM and Jul. 25-27, 6-8 PM, entering G6-8, $90
Students entering s 6-8 may participate in both volleyball camps.  Registration PDF . Submit with payment prior to Camp.
Eagle Cheer Camp
Mon.-Wed., Jul. 30-Aug. 1, 9-11:30 AM, entering G3-8, $70
Camp teaches the basic skills, jumps, and cheers to be successful on a cheer team. Families are invited to see the routine on the last day of camp. Registration PDF . Submit with payment prior to Jul 30.
Please click the picture below and answer three short questions.
FREE Basketball Camps in August
Mon.-Tue., Aug. 6-7, 8-12 PM, B/G entering K-G4
Pr. Chris Davis and school parent Troy Groetken are leading a FREE Fundamentals of Basketball Camp that will focus on the basic ball handling skills of passing, dribbling, and shooting. Participants should dress in comfortable sportswear, bring a water bottle and a mid-morning snack. A couple of adult volunteers are needed. Those interested should contact Troy at t roygoretken@yahoo.com or Pr. Chris at cdavis@immanuelbatavia.org . Completed registration forms must be submitted to the school office prior to Aug. 6.
Mon.-Thu., Aug. 6-9, Boys G4-6 5-7 PM, Boys G7-8 7-9 PM
G7-8 Tournament Fri.-Sat., Aug. 10-11
Please RSVP for this camp at 630 406 0157 or school@immanuelbatavia . Contact John Lejeck at johnlejeck@yahoo.com with questions.
Staffing Update
With the calls extended by Immanuel and accepted by Christine Dail (G1) and Beth Bierlein (middle school), as well as the new hires of Bobbi Norkus (PS4.4) and Marsha Majewski (G4), and the hiring of Grace Politowicz as part-time music teacher, the staffing plan for the 2018-2019 school year is outlined below. Specific information about the new staff members follows this section. We are seeking applicants for a PM Aide in Kindergarten. In addition, the Call Committee for Immanuel's new Director of Youth Ministries continues to make arrangements for on-site interviews with a few of the candidates. A new youth director is being sought to replace Kari Larsen, who transitioned to Director of Family Ministries at Immanuel.
  • Cathy Maverick, PS3, PS Enrichment Teacher; Monica Talbot-Bowe, Aide
  • Bobbi Norkus, PS4 Teacher/Sing and Play Facilitator
  • Wendy Nelson, PS4 Teacher; Jen McLane, AM Aide; Carol Barry, PM Aide

Elementary School
  • Lisa Dickenson, Kindergarten Teacher; Kathie Mudd AM Aide; TBD PM Aide
  • Christine Dail, G1 Teacher; Christine Olsen, Aide
  • Gail Beckmann, G2 Teacher
  • Carla Faga, G3 Teacher
  • Mary Wert, G4 AM teacher; Marsha Majewski, G4 PM Teacher
  • Penny Suydam, G5 teacher/Assistant Principal
  • Laura Radakovich, elementary Aide

Middle School
  • Beth Bierlein, G6 homeroom, science/religion Teacher            
  • Bill Moser. G7 homeroom, history/Spanish Teacher
  • Julie McFarland G8 homeroom, math/literature Teacher
  • Michele Randall, math/English Teacher

  • Grace Politowicz, Music
  • Teri Pohorsky, Special Needs Coordinator
  • Sharon Dalpini, PE Teacher, Athletic Director

  • Heidi Hartzell, Judy Nelson, School Secretaries
  • Penny Janacek, Church Secretary
  • Bonnie Dannenberg, Bookkeeper
  • Megan Popp, (admissions)
  • Cathy Maverick, Morning Care
  • Padma Lacy, Stephanie Knappe, Afternoon Care

Ministry Directors
  • Pr. Eric Kennaugh, Lead Pastor
  • Pr. Chris Davis, Discipleship Pastor
  • Donna Laughlin, Principal
  • Sharon Dalpini, Director of Music Ministries
  • Mary Wert, Director of Children's Ministries
  • Kari Larsen, Director of Family Ministries
  • Pending, Director of Youth Ministries
  • Megan Popp, Director of Community Connections
  • Dick Wauer, Business Manager
  • Lori St.Vincent, Director of Marketing and Communications
Welcome New Teachers!
Mrs. Bobbi Norkus, PS4.4 teacher
  • BA in Education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
  • Four years experience at Batavia Nursery School
  • Related experience: volunteering with the Batavia Youth Baseball Organization, Tri-City Family Services, Batavia Boosters, and Grace McWayne PTO, sports instructor at the Naperville YMCA
  • Hobbies: spending time with her two boys, watching them grow and play baseball, cycling, scrapbooking, and spending time in the sun

Mrs. Christine Dail, G1 teacher
  • BA in Elementary Education from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon
  • Eighteen years experience teaching preschool through G5 at various schools in Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, and Missouri.
  • Awards: Teacher of the Year at Rylander Elementary School in Katy, Texas and the Houston Texas Christian Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year
  • Related experience: substitute teacher, pastor’s wife and volunteer at New Song Community Lutheran Church in Aurora, Promiseland KIDS and VBS volunteer, women’s ministry director, small group ministry facilitator
  • Hobbies: reading, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and chasing her boys all over—"but they’re worth it."

Marsha Majewski, G4 PM teacher
  • BS in Elementary Education from Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Ten years experience teaching Kindergarten through G3 at various schools in Illinois, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.
  • Awards: Silverdale North Carolina Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Related experience: substitute teacher, couples Bible study leader, women’s ministry leader, Sunday school teacher, Awana leader, VBS volunteer, mentor at the Corbella Clinic, and preschool childcare provider.
  • Hobbies: watching her son play football, traveling to new places, hiking and exploring new places, reading children’s literature, and spending time with her family

Mrs. Beth Bierlein, G6 Homeroom, science/religion teacher
  • BS in Elementary Education from Concordia University-Chicago
  • Twenty years experience teaching G1-8 at various schools in Illinois
  • Related Experience: Science Olympics Coach at 2018 Teacher Air Camp, school yearbook editor, school newspaper editor, VBS volunteer, Fox Valley Reformation Rally Planning Committee, women’s ministry and servant event planning.
  • Hobbies: volunteering, learning about anything Google, traveling, and visiting museums

Ms. Grace Politowicz, Music
  • BA in Music (Voice) from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois
  • Related Experience: church musician and instrumentalist, private piano and voice teacher, director of Heritage of Faith and OneWay Church Children’s Choirs, cofounder and director of Spartan Acapella Swingtime Singers, director intern of St. Charles Singers and Young Naperville Singers Ensemble and Dolce Choirs, rehearsal director of Aurora University’s production of Our Town
  • Awards and Recognition: graduated summe cum laude from Aurora University, Stanley H. Perry Performing Arts Award, Gold Ivy Leaf Award, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
  • Hobbies: reading, watching movies with her family, taking walks, and spending time with her young adult church group 
Saluting Our Hero
Sat., Aug. 11, 11:15 AM on the lawn at Immanuel
Join your Immanuel family as we salute Immanuel’s Own Hero, SPC Christopher Patterson. The Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation Motorcycle Ride passes our campus as part of their route. Join us on the lawn by 11:15 AM, bring some ice water, a lawn chair, and help us salute our hero and support his family and friends.
Chris, a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and a 2009 graduate of West Aurora High School, gave his life in service to our country while serving with the Indiana National Guard in Afghanistan on Jan. 6, 2012.
Chris loved the performing arts. He was an actor, singer, and musician who performed with various groups. The Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation will split proceeds from the ride between the Freedom Farm for Vets in Wadsworth and the Performing Arts at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School . Let’s show our appreciation for Christopher’s sacrifice and for his family’s generosity.
Questions? Please contact Lori at lstvincent@immanuelbatavia.org or 630 879 7163 . For details about the ride, visit www.chrispattersonmemorial.org/events or email Bob Patterson at bob@chrispattersonmemorial.org .
Back-to-School Dates
Sat., Aug. 4, 5:30 PM
  • Installation of Beth Bierlein

Sat. and Sun., Aug. 11 and 12, all services
  • Distribution of Faith Alive Bibles to all third graders, graciously donated each year by an Immanuel Church family.

Sun., Aug. 12, 9:30 AM
  • School faculty and staff dedication (teachers, aides, office staff), installation of Christine Dail and Wendy Nelson (pending voter approval).

Mon., Aug. 13, 4-6 PM
  • School Supply Drop-off
  • Opportunity Expo in the Fellowship Hall

Tue., Aug. 14, 6:30 PM
  • Middle School Curriculum Night in the sanctuary (parents only)

Wed., Aug. 15
  • First Day of School
  • 8-9:30 AM, Opportunity Expo in the Fellowship Hall (stop by for coffee!)
  • 9:30 AM, Opening Chapel
  • 11:30 AM, Dismissal
  • 6:30 PM, K-G5 Curriculum Night in the sanctuary (parents only)

Thu., Aug. 16
  • First full day of classes
  • G6-8, 8:07-3:15 PM
  • Kindergarten, 8:30-11:30 AM
  • KindergartenALL-G5, 8:30-3:15 PM
  • 6 PM Preschool Curriculum Night in the sanctuary (parents only)

Week of Aug. 20
  • Immanuel's preschool program begins with one-hour Visiting Days. Parent(s) or guardian(s) attend with their children, providing an opportunity to see the classroom, sample the classroom routine, and prepare for children attending on their own.
Preschool 3 MWF AM
  • Visiting Day is Mon., Aug. 20, 8:40-9:40 AM
  • First class day is Wed., Aug. 22, 8:40-11:15 AM

Preschool 3 TTh AM (2 days)
  • Visiting Day is Tue., Aug. 21, 8:40-9:40 AM
  • First class day is Thu., Aug. 23, 8:40-11:15 AM

Preschool 4 M-F AM (5 days)
  • Visiting Day is Mon., Aug. 20, 8:40-9:40 AM
  • First class day is Tue., Aug. 21, 8:40-11:15 AM

Preschool 4 MTThF AM (4 days)
  • Visiting Day is Mon., Aug. 20, 8:40-9:40 AM
  • First class day is Tue., Aug. 21, 8:40-11:15 AM

Preschool 4 M-W PM (3 days)
  • Visiting Day is Mon., Aug. 20, 12:30-1:30 PM
  • First class day is Tue., Aug. 21, 12:30-3 PM
Drop Off Procedures
Morning care begins Thu., Aug. 16 and is offered beginning at 7 AM each day school is in session at $.11/minute. Families with middle school students will not be charged after 7:45 AM due the the middle school’s earlier start to the school day. All other families will not be charged after 8 AM. School start times are as follows:
  • Enter hallways at 8 AM, class times are 8:07-3:15 PM

  • Enter hallways at 8:20 AM, class times Kindergarten are 8:30-11:30 AM and 8:30-3:15 PM for KindergartenALL-G5

  • Enter hallways at 8:35 AM, class times are 8:40-11:15 AM
  • Enter hallways at 12:25 PM, class times are 12:30-3 PM
Hot Lunch
Immanuel's hot lunch provider is Bulldogs/North Island Catering in Batavia. The menu has been standardized this year based on previous years' ordering history. The same items will be offered each Monday (breakfast), Wednesday (chicken tenders), and Friday (pizza); and a bag lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Use parent codes and follow the steps outlined here to order for your student(s). 

The August menu is now online. Hot lunch will begin on Thu., Aug. 16. A total is not automatically provided when ordering.  Please manually total the amount due for your students and submit cash or check payable to Immanuel Lutheran with "hot lunch" in the memo line.

Band for Today
Immanuel is partnering with a new band company, Band for Today. This is the same company that provides the band program at Holy Cross Catholic School in Batavia. Band will continue to be available to students in in Grade 4 through 8 and all lessons for our students will take place at Immanuel. A new option available through Band for Today is keyboard instruction for students K-G3. More information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, parents can learn more by watching this video and at bandfortoday.com .
Operation Christmas Child
Immanuel's annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party provides more than 400 gift boxes for needy children across the globe! To be part of this huge effort to share the love of Jesus, please donate the following items during the month indicated...or at any time! Thank you so much for helping to support this great ministry!
  • Crayons, markers, pencils, pens (any brand/size)

  • School supplies: notebooks, colored pencils, $1 Target items

  • WOW items (puzzles, games, Legos; any toy for all ages that fits into a shoe box)

  • Free Will: any of the above prior to party date
Shop--And Share the News!
Shop with Scrip for 2018 2019
Raise money for ILCS and save money on everyday purchases! Shop with Scrip allows families to do both while purchasing items such as gas, groceries, and clothing. Retailers offer a rebate percentage; 55 percent of this rebate goes to ILCS and 45 percent is refunded to purchasers at the end of the school year. Visit  shopwithscrip.com  to see a list of retailers and use the enrollment code 96A591B555773 to sign up. Signing up for PrestoPay allows purchasers to receive gift cards immediately and with no need to write and drop off a check.

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Immanuel School Committee
Please reach out to the School Committee via the school office anytime with suggestions for improving Immanuel Lutheran School: Chairperson Judy Luetkens, Andrea Carroll, Larry Fass, Kendall Heetland, Sarah Murphy, and Erin Riddell.
Jul. 25-27 Advanced Skills Volleyball Camp 6-8 PM (G6-8) Register here

Jul. 30-Aug. 1 Cheer Camp 9-11:30 AM (G3-8) Register here

Aug. 4 Installation of Beth Bierlein 5:30 PM service

Aug. 6-7 Fundamentals of Basketball Camp 8-NOON (B/G, K-G4) Register here

Aug. 6-9 Basketball Camp 5-7 PM (G4-6) and 7-9 PM (G7-8) RSVP here

Aug. 10-11 Basketball Camp G7-8 Tournament

Aug. 11 Saluting Our Hero 11:15 AM on the lawn at ILCS

Aug. 12, 9:30 AM Installation of Christine Dail and Wendy Nelson (pending voter approval), dedication of school staff

Aug. 13, 4-6 PM Supply Drop and Opportunity Fair 4-6 PM

Aug. 14, 6:30 PM Middle School Curriculum Night 6:30 PM

Aug. 15 First day of school
  • Opportunity Expo at 8-9:30 AM,
  • Opening chapel at 9:30 AM
  • Early dismissal at 11:30 AM
  • K-G5 Curriculum Night at 6:30 PM

Aug. 16 Preschool Curriculum Night 6 PM

Week of Aug. 20 Preschool visiting days and classes begin
Immanuel's Mission
The Word of God is at the foundation of all we do.
We welcome and equip people to follow Christ and live authentic faith.
We are a family that demonstrates our faith in Christ
by the way we love, support, and grow together.

Developing Today’s Disciples 
Church 630 879 7163. 8-4 PM
School 630 406 0157, 8-12 PM