Fri., Feb. 28, 2019

"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

Outside Registrations are now being accepted.
If you haven’t already done so, please update your family's Headmaster information and submit completed Tuition and Fee Agreement with registration fee to confirm your students' re-enrollment. Details here .
Online Safety Resources for Parents
Over the past couple of days there have been several discussions about social media and online safety, especially in light of recent news reports about the MoMo Challenge, in which children are reportedly being urged to perform a series of dangerous tasks, including violent attacks and suicide, in order to avoid a curse. Fortnight, PewDiePie videos, and overall online supervision also have raised concerns. Protect Young Eyes ( can be a valuable resource for parents, and this article has some relevant recommendations about online safety:
Principal's Corner
Here's what's been happening at Immanuel Lutheran School!
  • Our students have collected over $1,400 in chapel offerings so far this year. This year’s chapel offerings are being given to the following organizations: Operation Christmas Child, 4KenyasKids, Wells for Sudan, Faith Comes from Hearing, Voice of Care, LCC Comfort Dogs, Hearts for Jesus, Walcamp, Voice of Hope, and Phil’s Friends.
  • Our JV boys basketball team finished out their season and enjoyed a pizza party compliments of their coach. Immanuel is very blessed to have talented coaches who not only teach our young athletes fundamental skills, but also invest in their character and faith development. We are very thankful for all that they do!
  • Our cheerleaders are competing in the state cheer competition sponsored by the Lutheran Sports Association of Illinois. We wish them God’s blessings as they glorify Him with their talents!
  • Our preschoolers had their first Ballet Stories dance class.
  • The final round of Talent Show tryouts were held. Please join us April 26th at 6:30 for an evening of entertainment courtesy of individuals and classes in grades K – 8.
ILS Cheer Team at State This Friday!
The ILS cheer team will be first-time participants in the thirty-fifth annual Illinois Lutheran Sports Association State Cheerleading Championship that will be held tomorrow at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois at 6 PM.
Immanuel Eagles cheerleaders are : Bekkah Dauksha, Olivia Groetken, Colleen Siemann, Julia Viehweg, Tessa Lejeck, Alexis Morales, Natalie Lester, Jane Acuna, Julia Schoppe, Kayleigh McLane, Sarah Jerdee, Jorie Anderson. The team is coached by fifth grade teacher/assistant principal Penny Suydam and parent volunteer Melissa Lejeck.

Can't make it to the competition in person? Watch our cheer team perform via live stream here !
Lutheran Schools Week 2019
Willy Wonka, Jr.

Immanuel Lutheran School-Batavia is proud to present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. on Mar. 8, 9, and 10. Ticketsfor the performance cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and kids under 5 years of age are free. The performances are at 6:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday the performance is at 2:30 PM.

Willy Wonka Jr. is directed by Bill McLane, Rebecca Bello, and Grace Politowicz, music teacher is helping with the choir. This is the third annual spring musical following Joseph and the Technicolor®  Dreamcoat, and The Lion King, Jr. The show stars Sarah Jerdee as Charlie Bucket and Chloe Nelson as Willy Wonka. Also starring in some of the big roles, Colleen Siemann, Rose Davis, Kayleigh McLane, Ryan Bowman, and Jack Nelson.
Immanuel Lutheran School welcomes you to the grand production, Willy Wonka, Jr. Immanuel is located at 950 Hart Rd., Batavia. You can buy tickets now at .
Music at Immanuel
Band and Orchestra News
Immanuel Lutheran School band students recently participated in the Band for Today Solo Festival, held last weekend at St. Francis High School. More than 200 students, G4-8, from the Chicago area participated in the festival.
Clara Bello (G4) earned a gold medal for her trumpet solo and Michael Junitz (G5) earned a silver for his saxophone solo. Both played the piece, Sawmill Creek , one of two pieces beginning students could choose for the competition. Clara and Michael are both band program beginners and this was their first solo contest. Congratulations to these outstanding young musicians!
Immanuel Orchestra students, led by our school orchestra teacher and Immanuel Church member Char Bogda, will perform in concert for preschool students at our school on Thu., Mar. 7 as part of Lutheran Schools Week celebrations. In addition, they are participating in the Seventh Annual Immanuel Orchestra Festival on Sat., Mar. 9, 8-11:45 AM. Our students will perform solos and the Chamber and Flock Orchestras will work with clinician Rebecca Rudy, Immanuel Church member and orchestra teacher in the Naperville school district, for a wonderful morning of music-making. You are encouraged to stop by and begin your Saturday with music!
Children's Choir (K-7) Restart
Thu., Mar. 7, 6-6:45 PM in the Music Room
Our Children’s Choir restarts this week following an extended break after the holidays. Why might you consider vocal music for your child?
Experts agree that music is an important part of life. There is good neuroscience research that children involved in music have improved neural activity and regular singers are found to have lower levels of cortisol, indicating lower levels of stress. 1  
Endorphins and oxytocin, hormones released during singing, provide a sense of pleasure and alleviate anxiety and stress. 1 Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which may explain why studies have found that singing decreases feelings of depression and loneliness. 1  
Children taking music lessons tested on average three IQ points higher than other groups. Music can improve children’s abilities in learning and other non-music tasks 2  and research has found a causal link between music and spatial intelligence. This means that understanding music can help children visualize elements that should go together, as when solving a math problem. 2  
Finally, students involved in music education programs scored roughly 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests. 2  
To learn more, contact Sharon Dalpini, Director of Music Ministries, at 630 406 0157 or
Sources: 1 and 2
Ash Wednesday is Next Week
Wed., Mar. 6, Ash Wednesday services at 2 and 7 PM, in the sanctuary
“Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time of reflection on the depth of God's love revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time to reflect on how we have or have not responded to that love, to turn away from those aspects of our lives that are unworthy of us as Christians, and to turn toward God. It is about the mystery of our salvation in Christ in preparation for the celebration of His resurrection. “ Scott Snider at
Immanuel assists our efforts to turn toward God through weekend worship services that will revisit and explore the parables Jesus shared with his disciples in an effort to prepare them for what was to come and by exploring the concept of prayer at midweek messages. Midweek services are scheduled for Weds., Mar. 6-Apr. 10 at 2 and 7 PM in the sanctuary.
Student Ministries Director Installed Mar. 10
Sun., Mar. 10, 9:30 AM
Matt has already been on the job since Feb. 1, working on redeveloping Immanuel’s Student Ministry program following previous student ministry director Kari Larson’s transition to Family Ministry. Matt joined the teens and parent volunteers on their most recent service trip to Phil’s Friends Hope Center in Roselle, Illinois. We look forward to working more with Matt!
Preschool Open House
Tue., Mar. 19, 6-7 PM
Tour our beautiful facility and take the opportunity to talk with our experienced, caring staff. Children in attendance will participate in special activities related to the children’s book, If You Give a Moose a Muffin . Contact Megan Popp, Director of Community Connections, at 630 406 0157 or . 

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Lunchroom Helpers
Immanuel's Parent-Teacher League is looking for Tuesday Lunchroom Helpers for Tuesdays through-May. Thank you to everyone who volunteered September through January! There are plenty of opportunities to put in some volunteer time! Sign up here:
Immanuel Bible Studies: You're Invited!
  • The Gospel of Mark, Monday AM Bible Study, Mons. at 9 AM; Monday PM Bible Study, Mons. at 7 PM; and Early Risers Bible Study, Weds. at 6:30 AM
  • The Gospel Project, Tuesday AM Bible Study, Tues. at 9:30 AM, Fellowship Hall
  • A Heart Like His: Seeking the Heart of God Through a Study of David, Women’s Bible Study, Wed. at 9 AM, Fellowship Hall
  • The Holy Spirit, Thursday PM Bible Study, Thu. at 7 PM, Heritage Room
  • The Large Catechism, Men’s Bible Study, Sat. at 8 AM, Fellowship Hall or Batavia Panera

To learn more about Bible studies and in-home small groups,
contact Pr. Chris at .
Restaurant Nights Put the FUN in FUNdraiser!
  • Thu., Mar. 14, Culver's 411 S. Lincolnway St., North Aurora. NO FLYER NEEDED for this Restaurant Night!
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Raise money for ILCS and save money on everyday purchases! For complete information, contact Mike Riddell or click the link below.  Orders due Mon., Mar. 11.

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Immanuel School Committee
Please reach out to the School Committee via the school office or through the School Comments group in the Parent Login section at anytime with suggestions for improving Immanuel Lutheran School: Chairperson Judy Luetkens, Andrea Carroll, Larry Fass, Kendall Heetland, Sarah Murphy, and Erin Riddell.
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Mar. 25-29
No School, Teacher Institute Day
ILSA State Cheerleading Competition, 6 PM at Concordia-Chicago, live stream here
Lutheran Schools Week begins , details here

Willy Wonka, Jr. 6:30 PM in the gym

Seventh Annual Orchestra Festival, 8 AM in Fellowship Hall/Music Room
Willy Wonka, Jr. 6:30 PM in the gym

Willy Wonka, Jr. 2:30 PM in the gym

Winter Sports Celebration, 6 PM in the gym

Preschool Open House, 6-7 PM

No School - Spring Break
Outside Events of Interest
Fermilab Education Program E-Alert Jan.-Aug. 2019

For Families 
Mar. 10 – Wonders of Science

For High School Students
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, 8-4 PM