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From the desk of Principal Dr. Mullaney

As we finish up our 2019-2020 academic year remotely, let’s praise the Holy Spirit for guiding us as we navigated together through weeks of what I call the three R’s. Relational, Reciprocal, Remote (RRR) has been our vehicle for student learning lately. Parents, teachers, administrators, office staff, pastors, and students have stretched during these remote weeks. Thanks to those who have been gifted as tech savvy individuals, for loving and directing the rest of us!! I’m impressed; parents have set up home classrooms, and teachers are working at home tirelessly! Remote chapels were amazing. Praises! Have you ever seen a teacher’s refrigerator turn into a whiteboard? Clever! We now know some of your pets! Fun!

As we move forward in the planning of the Fall 2020 school opening, it is important for our constituents to understand that our remote learning (RRR) plan will be revised and intentional; we have already begun working with our consultant, Educational Technology Professor Dr. Alan McCloud from Aurora University. We have formed our RRR planning team who will work through the summer to update and standardize our current RRR Plan; Mrs. Crimmins, Mrs. Sandusky, Mrs. Tres, Mrs. Rathe, and I have committed to work as the RRR Team this summer with Dr. McCloud. Additionally, I have dedicated teacher professional development days devoted to RRR training.

It is also important to plan options. Plan A is to open our school as a “normal” or close to normal face to face school; Plan A is now in place. What about Plan B? Plan C? We don’t know what the state of Illinois will look like in the fall, nor can we predict future restrictions of Governor Pritzker. However, this is a fact; ILS is committed to providing high quality, safe, and relational education in the context of the Christian faith. This may very well look totally different than any other time in history, thus Plans B and C. I have been studying options from other schools, both public and private. I regularly have been meeting with our LCMS Northern Illinois District’s Northwest Regional Principal’s group and have kept up with the Illinois State Board of Education recommendations. These are some models that we are studying at ILS and will be presenting to parents for input:

      • Delayed school opening
      • Alternative school day schedule
      • Staggered start times
      • Targeted curriculum
      • Block scheduling
      • Partial openings
      • Scheduled in-school days for students needing extra help
      • Teachers looping with their classes
      • Students start school with their current teachers, and transition to their new grade level at a determined date.
      • Team teaching
      • Am/pm schedules
      • Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) models, tailored to grade level needs
      • Child care

Parents, look forward to more information coming your way!

School has changed, society too! But God the Father has not!

James 1:17 New International Version (NIV)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

A Letter from Principal Joy Mullaney

Dear Immanuel, Lutheran School teachers, staff, students, parents, and church congregation:

As your incoming principal, it is important that I make myself available right away and assure you that transitioning has been happening! Although my designated start date is Monday, April 6, School Board President Marcia, Pastor Warren, Principal Delaine, and Jan have been instrumental in the transition of leadership through ongoing communication. Their wisdom is much appreciated; because of their professionalism, I am in the know of how Immanuel’s teachers, students, and parents are interacting, especially through the last several weeks of e-learning. I attended Wednesday’s faculty meeting, and I continue to have a strong confidence in the remote learning process, due to the massive efforts of our teachers!

We have heard the word “essential” repeatedly in the news of late. Essential workers, essential needs, essential stores are some examples. In the world of teaching and learning, educators often attach words to describe what is absolutely necessary for students, such as essential standards, essential questions, essential learning, and essential learning outcomes. Let me add that our teachers are in fact essential and critical to the learning process, as they make decisions and plans to deliver and facilitate instruction to our students. Immanuel teachers, along with teachers across the world, have recently self-directed their professional development, adding many different skills as they work harder than ever fine tuning our new world of mandated remote learning.

A few years ago, remote learning started in Illinois as e-learning snow days. After piloting e-learning and finding success, Illinois created guidelines and rules for this initiative. Many Illinois schools and districts dabbled in remote learning and were in the process of planning how it would look in their schools.Typically, this type of initiative for a school would take at least a couple of years. Who would have thought, remote learning would be in full force… ready or not!

So here we are… smack in the face of distance learning! I will tell you that our teachers at Immanuel have been working harder than ever as they hone their remote classroom routines; we will continue to adjust facilitation and communication strategies. We cannot forget our partnership with parents; parents, thank you for your efforts and actions to make remote learning work for your children! As always, Immanuel is here for you. Don’t let any question go unasked.

Remember, administrators are also on a learning curve! As your incoming principal, I will work with the school team moving forward to continue the good work that Principal Delaine has initiated! In addition to the Illinois State Board of Education, accreditation and recognition entities will be looking for evidence and documentation of solid remote teaching and learning. As a best practice, I plan to engage with our teachers on this management task as we customize the e-learning program for Immanuel.

I so look forward to meeting all of you… at this time, I wish it could be face-to-face and in person, but until then, let’s chat informally through (virtual) Café 941. Make yourself a latte and let’s get to know each other in our newly developed Café space! Look for details to come.

In Christ,

Dr. Joy Mullaney
Incoming Principal
Immanuel Lutheran School, Palatine, IL

A Message from Principal Schiestel Concerning the Corona Virus 3-13-20

UPDATE 3-21-20: Illinois Governor Pritzker has mandated schools be closed through Tuesday, April 7. Our campus will remain closed until at least that date.

March 13, 2020

Dear Immanuel Parents/Guardians:

A few moments ago, Palatine CCSD 15 sent this message out to the parents of their students. While Immanuel does not have any cases of COVID-19, because of our close relationship with our local school district, we will follow suit and close school beginning March 16 through at least Monday, March 30. Your child’s teacher will be sending home Immanuel’s at home learning plan for their class. Children will be bringing home necessary materials and any additional clothing or outerwear today. ESS and Discovery Camp Spring Break will not be open. We apologize for this inconvenience, but your family’s safety is of utmost concern to us. We have not yet determined how this will impact the end of the school year. The Board of the Christian School will make a decision at their next meeting. Please continue to keep all impacted by this virus in your prayers. God is in control, and He will see us through it.

God’s Blessings,

Delaine Schiestel

D15 COVID-19 Update: 3-13-20

February Chapel Offering

February Chapel offerings will continue to be gathered for the tuition assistance fund of our sister school, St. Paul Dorchester. St. Paul Lutheran School has been a staple in the Greater Grand Crossing Area of Chicago for over 128 years. Their mission is to bring children to know Jesus Christ while providing a quality academic education in a safe, disciplined environment promoting social, mental, physical, and spiritual growth. Like Immanuel, they serve the community through ministry, education and community service. Please be generous, as you are able, with your February Chapel offerings

Friday, February 28 is Basketball Alumni Night!

Alumni parents/players:

7:00p.m. - Annual Alumni Girls’ Game
All Alumni Bobcat Girls play our current Varsity Lady Bobcats. Please arrive by 6:45p.m., so the names of alumni can be collected for announcements. Wear white shirts.

8:00pm - Annual Alumni Boys’ Game
All Alumni Bobcat Boys play our Varsity Bobcats. Please arrive by 7:45p.m., so the names of alumni can be collected for announcements. Wear white shirts.

Please share this with all alumni you may know. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

Next Peru Fundraiser @ Alumni Night
… The Youth’s next Peru Fundraiser will take place at Basketball Alumni Night: A buck a shot — 50/50 drawing — Bake sale, OR Free-will cash or check donations (if check, payable to “Immanuel Lutheran Church,” with “Peru Mission Trip” in the memo).

Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Open House

Monday, February 3, 2020 9:15 to 10:15am

Come and visit our Preschool and Prekindergarten, Full and Half day program as well as Kindergarten. Meet the teachers and learn about our curriculum. Children are welcome. Please invite your friends and neighbors. Call or email Marlene Tres at 847-660-4163 for more information.

Learn more about our preschool at www.palatinepreschool.org

200 N. Plum Grove Road in Palatine

January Chapel Offerings

January offerings will help purchase Bible Books for Ethiopia through Lutheran Heritage Foundation. For children, the Bible’s hundreds of pages can seem overwhelming. They need books, written on their level, to introduce them to the love of Jesus. For young children, brightly illustrated, easy-to-read Bible storybooks can tell them in a simple way about the Savior Jesus and His love for them. For teens who are old enough to start reading the Bible for themselves, Luther’s Small Catechism answers the question first posed centuries ago by the Ethiopian eunuch: “What does this mean?” There are over 32 million Christians in Ethiopia,and millions of their children don’t have a single Bible storybook.

Ethiopian Lutherans are very mission-minded and enthusiastically introduce their friends to Jesus Christ.Mekane Yesus, one Lutheran Church body in Ethiopia, has grown by 3.5 million members in the past five years, to a total of 9.1 million members in 2019!

There are hundreds of Lutheran schools and Sunday schools packed with eager young students, but teachers face the dilemma that they have no written materials from which to teach. From week to week, they must make do with teaching the lessons to the children orally. Immanuel School can help change that. The Lutheran Heritage Foundation’s mission is to translate and publish these books for people around the world. For every $5 received, their organization can print a Bible storybook or Small Catechism in the languages of Ethiopia, such as Amharic, Oromo, Kambaata, and Hadiyya. So many are waiting! Let’s help!

December’s Chapel Offering is “Christmas Blessings to Needy Families”

This Christmas we once again are given the opportunity to bless others who are in need. Immanuel Lutheran School is partnering with our Sister School, St. Paul Dorchester, Good Samaritan Ministries, and Palatine Township to help families in need add to their celebration of the Savior’s birth. Your child’s homeroom teacher has posted lists for gifts, food, and gift cards. Please help as you are able. God has given us so much; let’s be His hands as we bless others this Christmastime.

    • Drop off gifts in your child’s classroom or homeroom by 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning, December 13, so that they may be delivered later that day.
    • Gift cards should NOT be put into bags, as they are sometimes missed that way. Instead, please place them in an envelope with the family’s number and the name of the recipient on the envelope; give the gift cards to Immanuel’s office, so they may be handed directly to Good Samaritan Ministries’ volunteers.
    • Gift receipts are much appreciated when possible as clothing sizes can be tricky.
    • Wrap gifts and label each gift with the family member’s name and their family number.
    • Gather all of the family member’s gifts and package them in a large box or bag,
    clearly marking it with the family’s number. (Remember gift cards should not be
    put in the bag or box.)
    • Please no perishable items.

Another Giving Opportunity - the “Mitten Trees”

Student Council is once again sponsoring this year’s Mitten Trees. Please bring new hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to hang on the trees in the school lobby by Friday, December 13. These will be shared with needy families at our Sister School, St. Paul Dorchester in Chicago. Please consider helping those less fortunate and share the love of Christ this Christmas.

Fill the Chancel – November’s Chapel Offering

Can you taste it? The turkey, the stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows…so yummy! How blest we are by the abundance we have been given by Christ. Let’s share with those who would like to have some stuffing or cranberry sauce or even a turkey! Please bring in non-perishable food items before Thanksgiving. The Good Samaritan pantry needs to be filled—there is plenty of room for cans and boxes of food.

Here are some other suggestions: Peanut butter, jelly, chunky soup, flour, sugar, baked beans, black beans, rice, instant mashed potatoes, salad dressings, pastas, crackers, applesauce, Jello, cereal, hot chocolate, spaghettisauce, canned fruit, pancake mix, canned chicken, tuna, paper towels, laundry detergent, toilet paper, dish detergent,single-serving coffee, Kool-Aid or Crystal Light.

If you are worshiping at Immanuel we’d love to have you stay for a few minutes after the Thanksgiving Day service and help us move the food in assembly line fashion to Good Samaritan’s food pantry in the south parking lot. It’s lots of fun and goes very quickly!

National Cross Country Results

The results are in from the National Cross Country Meet at Concordia University Wisconsin on Saturday, October 26. It was a tough run with wind, cold, and LOTS of mud. More than a few shoes were lost to the mud during the run, so as you might imagine race times were affected. The girls had over 180 runners and the boys more than 200. We are happy to report that 3 Bobcat runners made it to the top 15. Great job runners!

Many thanks for a great season to ALL of the members of our hardworking Bobcat Cross Country teams, their dedicated coaches, and all of the parents who volunteered their time and gave their support to the teams!