Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity."
--1 Timothy 4:12, ILS theme verse for the 2017 2018 school year

2018-2019 Registration
1.     Registration paperwork was sent home with all students. Families who did not receive a packet are asked or those who have questions are asked to contact the school office Please note, forms and fees are due by Jan. 31 for priority registration.  
2.     The 2018-2019 school calendar has been approved and is available here .
They're on Their Way!
Chinese Exchange Teachers Coming to ILS!
IImmanuel Lutheran School, Batavia has been invited to participate in an exciting educational exchange program through which the school will host two teachers for three weeks between Feb. 20 and Mar. 16. The teachers’ names are Yan Hao and Meichen Zhou, and they are from Chang Chun City in the Jilin province of China. 

The teachers will observe and assist in elementary and middle school classrooms, hoping to gain exposure to American education and culture and to improve their English language skills. They are also looking forward to sharing Chinese language (Mandarin), art, and cultural studies with Immanuel’s classes. Not only is this a wonderful educational and cultural opportunity, but it is also a wonderful ministry opportunity because of religious restrictions in some foreign countries.
This opportunity was offered to Immanuel through Attitudinal Dynamics International, Inc., of which Dr. Bob Libka is president. Libka is a retired principal from Trinity Lutheran School, Roselle, Illinois. He started this company because of his desire to build cultural, educational, and missional connections between students and educators around the world. 
Families interested in providing accommodations for Eva and Kelcie with their family during their stay here are asked to please contact Donna Laughlin at 
Non-Public School Scholarships
Important Information Regarding the Invest In Kids Act
Empower Illinois had an extremely successful first day and are excited to share that more than $35 million has been committed to the program thus far. Thanks to the support of generous donors, thousands of students are set to benefit from Illinois’ Invest in Kids Act. Tax credits are still available, but those interested in donating are encouraged to act fast. Individuals and companies can make donations until $75 million in state tax credits have been reserved. Copy and paste this link and scroll down to watch the video for complete information: /.

Students in Grade K-12 have the opportunity to receive these tax credit scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. Families who meet the income are directed to visit the website to determine if they meet the income guidelines and learn what is necessary to begin the process of applying for these scholarships on Jan. 31, 2018 . If you would like assistance with this process, please set up a personal meeting with Dick Wauer, Business Manager.
The scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so it is very important to apply early.

Families who would normally apply for Need-Based Tuition Assistance from Immanuel and meet the income guidelines, must apply for Invest in Kids Scholarships first. If there is still a need for tuition assistance, families may apply according to Immanuel’s policies and procedures. That information, from a third party, will be forthcoming in the near future.

Businesses or individuals interested in learning more about making a contribution to these scholarships and earning a 75 percent tax credit on their donation may visit and click on the “Donors” tab. It is important to check dates for donating as timing is tight this first year.

Please visit for complete information for students and donors.
National Geographic Geography Bee
The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 Bee.

Results of ILS National Geographic Bee, held on Wed., Jan. 17:
First Place Ryan Tinnes
Second Place Aiden Toner
Third Place Jackie Schroeder

Representatives from each grade level:
Grade 4
Caleigh Chesnutt and Parker Riippi

Grade 5               
Cayla Oldenburger and Julia Schoppe

Grade 6               
Aiden Toner and Sarah Jerdee

Grade 7
Ryan Tinnes and Alyce Williams

Grade 8               
Jacque Schroeder and Justin Faga
Thank You!
ILS says, "Thanks so much!" to everyone who clipped and shared their Box Tops for Education. During the last submission period (Mar.-Nov.), Immanuel earned $507.80! Special thanks to Stephanie and Ed Knappe who have coordinated, trimmed, collated, and sent in Box Tops for ILS for the past 20 years!
Volunteers/Donations Needed
Tuesday Lunch Helpers
Thank you so much for the fantastic turnout of volunteers through the first semester; volunteers are now needed for the second semester. Two to three volunteers supervise students on Tuesdays during the lunch period (11:30-12:30 PM), allowing teachers to enjoy a relaxing lunch break once each week. Click this link to sign up to help once--or more than on ce: .
New Year, New Intention?
New Year's intention to become more involved with helping others? Consider working with the Altar Guild to help care for Immanuel’s worship spaces, linens, and communion ware. Come to this the first of three meetings held each year or contact Cynthia Evans at
Experienced Scoreboard Operators
Scoreboard operators still are needed for the following dates/games. Interested in learning more? Contact Sharon Dalpini .
Mon. Jan. 29 4:30, 5:30
Mon. Feb. 5  4:30, 5;30
Tues. Feb. 13  4:15, 5;15
Tues. Feb. 20  4:30, 5:30, 6:30
Mon. Feb. 26  4:30, 5:30
Eagle Invitational Tournament coordinators are requesting donations of 2 liter bottles of soda. During halftime of each game, kids will be invited to shoot a basket ($1 each) for the opportunity to win a 2 liter bottle of pop. Donations can be left in the school office. Thanks!

The Eagle Invitational Tournament is Fri. and Sat., Jan. 26 and 27, 2018.
Seeking Substitute Teachers
Substitute teaching hours would be mutually agreed upon as needed. Current pay rate is $100 per full day. Applicants should have either an Illinois Teaching Certificate or a Substitute Teaching Certificate through the Kane County Regional Office of Education. For complete information, please contact Lori St.Vincent .
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School is an equal employment opportunity employer; however, as a church body, retains the right to give preference in hiring to persons who are members in good standing of a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregation.
What's Happening at Immanuel
Bid4Talent Continues!
Four weekly blind auctions will offer goods and services offered by members of the Immanuel family. Items include quilts, a painting, photographs, jewelry, a child’s tea set and Tea Party with Mrs. Laughlin—and more! Bidding opens Mondays (Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5) and ends Sundays (Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11). Items are displayed in the main church hallway and the school atrium. Proceeds benefit Immanuel's Investing in Discipleship campaign.

Complete auction catalogs are available in the school entryway and here.
Middle School Open House and High School Fair
WED., JAN. 31, 6-7:30 PM
Immanuel Lutheran School is hosting a Middle School Open house for families and their fourth and fifth grade students, along with a High School Fair for middle school families interested in learning more about area non-public high school options. ILS sixth graders will debate, Mr. Gutwein and Mr. Moser will lead a STEM/STEAM activity, and Mrs. McFarland and Mrs. Randall will host a Trivia Challenge with a surprise ending!
Beginning at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall, local non-public high school representatives, including ILS alumni, will be on hand to share information about what their school offers. Parents and students are invited to learn more about these additional high school options.
Sing and Play
WEDS., 11 AM
Join the fun with toddlers and their parents. The class is led by ILS teacher Wendy Nelson and gives parents the opportunity to share playtime with their child and other toddlers. No registration is required and the class is FREE! Tell friends and neighbors about this great opportunity to meet other toddler families!
Coming in February!
Immanuel Bunco Night

Fewer than
20 tickets left!
Preschool Open Houses
TUE., FEB. 13, 6-7 PM WED.
MAR. 14, 10-11 AM
Check out Immanuel’s preschool program at the Preschool Open House. Parents are invited to tour the facility, see preschool classrooms in action, and learn more about how to help get children ready for preschool. Please share this information with family friends and neighbors who might be looking for a great preschool for their child. Please ask them to contact Megan Popp for complete information.
Batavia Brotherhood Banquet
The Batavia Brotherhood Banquet is an annual gathering of Christian men of all denominations to share in a meal and fellowship. This event is an extension of the long Batavia tradition of ecumenical gathering and cooperation.This year’s featured speaker is Pr. Hesham Shehab, pastor of Salam Christian Fellowship, an LCMS outreach to the Middle Eastern community. The title of Pr. Shehab’s talk is “Islamic Extremist to Follower of Christ: A Journey of Reconciliation.” Tickets are $15 and are available in the church office and from Elvin Harms and Terry Rueffer. Complete information is available at the  Batavia Brotherhood Banquet website .
Shop--And Share the News!
Shop With Scrip
Help ILCS raise additional funds while earning family cash back: Shop With Scrip! Earn 2.5 percent on Amazon, 4 percent when paying off Kohl’s cards, 8 percent at the movies, 14 percent at GAP or Old Navy, 5 percent at Woodmans, 2.5 percent at Walmart, and 4 percent at Jewel! Start today using the code 96A591B555773. Visit N ext orders and checks are due Mon., Jan. 22.

Order forms are available in the church and school lobbies. Questions? Please contact Megan Watson .
Study Oppportunities for Everyone
Click on a study below to link to details.

Sunday Studies, 9:30-10:30 AM
Sunday School PS3-4          Preschool and Kindergarten rooms, 106, 107, 108
Sunday School K-G3           Fellowship Hall, 002
Sunday School G4-5           Youth Room, 158
Middle School                    Middle school wing, 255, 256, 257
Youth Bible Study                Conference Room, 105
Sunday Adult Forum           Immanuel Library, 159

This week in The Story ...
During the Week
Tue. AM Bible Stud y, Fellowship Hall, Tue., 9:30 AM, 002
Early Risers Bible Study , Fellowship Hall, Wed., 6:30 AM, 002
Women’s Bible Study , Fellowship Hall, Wed., 9 AM, 002
Thu. PM Bible Study , Heritage Room, Thu., 6:30 PM
Men’s Bible Study , Heritage Room / Panera , Sat., 8 AM, 002 /  Panera
Office Info
Scholastic Book Orders
The web address is  and the ILS Class Activation Code is GMXY4.
Immanuel School Committee
Please reach out to the School Committee via the school office anytime with suggestions for improving Immanuel Lutheran School.
  • Judy Luetkens (chairperson)
  • Larry Fass
  • Kendall Heetland
  • Erin Riddell
  • Sarah Murphy
  • Andrea Carroll
Upcoming #ImmanuelEvents
Jan. 18 The Lion King Auditions, 3:30 PM in the youth room

Jan. 19 Report cards sent home

Jan. 22 Shop With Scrip due

Jan. 23 Pep Rally - Wear Spirit Wear or Blue and White, 2:30 PM

Jan. 24 Academic Awards distributed after chapel, 9:15 AM

Jan. 25 Sweets for Sudan Bake Sale, during lunch hours, all items $1

Jan. 26 Middle School Field Trip to Chicago museums

Jan. 26/27 Eagle Invitational Basketball Tournament, in the gym

Jan. 28 Voters Meeting, noon-1 PM

Jan. 29-Feb. 2 Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser Week

Apr. 20 The Lion King , 6:30 PM, in the gym
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
School 630 406 0157