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Offerings through February 24 will 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 almost 130 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 offerings for St. Paul.
Chapel offerings for the month of March will go to support Christian missionaries working in Cambodia.
Chapel offering for the first three weeks of January 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 the 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 over 9.1 million members!
There are hundreds of Lutheran schools and Sunday schools packed with eager young students, but teachers face a dilemma. They have no Bible storybooks 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!
Offerings for January 27 - February 14 will 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 almost 130 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 offerings for St. Paul from January 27-February 14.
School administrators like to work under the premise of research-based practices. When we select curriculum, or plan instruction and assessment, we look at the research that supports our selections and actions. Opening up the schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was based on recommendations from different public sources; their recommendations were a result of scientific research coupled with collaboration between organizations. At Immanuel Lutheran School, we followed and continue to follow the recommendations of the Illinois Public Department of Health, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Center for Disease Control. Additionally, since April, our administrators collaborated with other leaders from the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Although we have opened our doors under guidelines, until recently there obviously has not been research around schools that have opened. At the end of August, initial research has been shared by Education Week (Sparks, 2020). Two large studies in the UK and Australia affirmed the need for strict and comprehensive processes. Schools that opened either full-time, or part-time-in-person with less rigorous routines, showed peaks of the virus within a few months. The two schools studied aligned with a broader study; findings included rapid community testing, tracing and quarantine requirement are needed to safely reopen activities after the shutdown orders in the spring of 2020.
With this in mind, we will continue to be strict with our procedures of mask wearing, physical distancing, taking temperatures of all who enter our building, hand hygiene, tracing, and following of the IDPH COVID-19 EXCLUSION GUIDANCE flowchart.
Dr. Joy Mullaney
Sparks, S.D. (2020, August, 26). What should superintendents do when kids and teachers start getting sick? Education Week, 40(2), 9.
Many thanks to Immanuel parent, Alan Marshall, who created the ONE SHOT AT FOREVER video! The Bobcats have begun their 2020 Cross Country season, and the team has room for students in grades 3-8. If your child is interested in joining the team practices are held from 2:15-3:45 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays for grades 3 & 4 and on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays for grades 5-8. Paperwork and fees should be turned in to Mrs. Henderson; forms may also be emailed to her at email@example.com. Students should remember to bring masks, running shoes, water bottles, and running gear.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13, NIV). The book of Romans encompasses a letter sent by Paul to the Christians in Rome, the capital city of the great Roman Empire. When Paul wrote this letter, he had never visited Rome, but he intended to someday. Paul explained that we are saved by faith in Jesus alone. Because we have been saved, we will live our lives to honor God. In chapter 15, Paul reminded us that we are to lift each other up; God provides us endurance and encouragement to give us a spirit of unity amongst us. As the Immanuel Lutheran School, Palatine community, we are to unite and lift each other up with love, prayer, service, and community.
The Romans 15:13 verse was carefully selected by our 2019-2020 7th grade students as our theme verse for the school year. As we join together at ILS with our current families, and as we embrace our newest families, I welcome you all in the name of the Lord. As Paul introduced in his letter to the Romans, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7, NIV).
What a great way to start the year…with hope, joy, peace, trust, and power of the Holy Spirit. In this fearful time of COVID, and as we bravely move forward, we acknowledge that this school year will be different; we are currently in Phase 4. Our large summer crew, under the direction of Immanuel’s Board of Directors, cleaned thoroughly and with intensity both the school and the church, not missing a beat! The school office has proactively ordered gallons of hand sanitizer, thermometers for all teachers and staff, hundreds of masks for children and adults who may have forgotten theirs, and over a thousand gloves for teachers to clean between classes. Thank you to all who contributed to the extensive preparation required to begin this unique academic year.
During the school year, we will be cleaning constantly; our properties group, teachers, custodial staff, church and school staff have multiple and regular strategies for cleaning the building and maintaining air quality. Physical distancing and hygiene will be emphasized and practiced starting today! Masks and mask breaks will be a best practice at ILS. All who enter will be expected to take temperature checks and answer two questions regarding COVID. Teachers will be taking temperature checks at lunchtime, as well. Know that we are prepared to move back into Phase 3 and remote learning if mandated. Students in K-8 will have 1:1 devices with early training in the Seesaw platform for K-4 and the G-suite for 5-8. Teachers in EC through Grade 8 have worked this summer on self-directed and school-directed professional development on these platforms. Each of our departments - Early Childhood, Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle School - are refining remote learning plans which will be released in THE R PLAN.
Join us in welcoming our newest teachers. Ms. Anna Wozniak will be serving as ILS Grades 5-8 science teacher, and Ms. Kristy Heimsoth will serve as our Late Start Kindergarten teacher; with an endorsement in special education Kristy will also direct special services for ILS. Mrs. Brier Nelson will serve as our Grade 8 teacher assistant; with eighth grade enrollment of over 30, Brier will assist middle school teachers, as we split the Grade 8 class. Brier has served ILS as a very capable substitute teacher. Let’s welcome Ashley Proksa, as she will assist in Grade 8 physical education. Additionally, Ashley will assist Mr. Joel Moritz in the delivery of after school care (ESS). Ashley has experience as a leader in camp counseling, exercise science, and other youth programs.
Immanuel welcomes all of you to the 2020-2021 academic year. We will continue to pray for all of our families, teachers, and staff as we launch the school year. I lift you up in prayer, as well. God’s blessing to all of us as we move forward.
Principal Joy Mullaney, PhD
Immanuel Lutheran School 8th Grade Graduation was held on Sunday, August 9, 2020. Twenty-four students officially graduate in a delayed ceremony due to the COVID pandemic. Because of the social distancing guidelines, only the graduates and their parents were allowed in the sanctuary.
We congratulate all the graduates and wish them God’s blessings as they prepare to enter high school!
Enjoy this video from our Graduation Banquet on August 4th.
As our society navigates through the uncharted waters known as life with Covid-19, Lutheran Schools are not immune to the challenges of the pandemic. Lutheran Schools offer excellence in many areas, not the least of which is the area of interscholastic athletic competition.
Athletics are not immune to the adaptations that have affected all areas of life. With that in mind, the NID Mission Facilitator for Education, Lois Stewart, along with a large number of principals and athletic directors from NID Lutheran schools have met regularly via Zoom since early June discussing and evaluating the effect this pandemic might have on our interscholastic athletic programs. The decision was made that it would be best to follow IHSA guidelines as closely as possible and to that end, the following statement reflects the position of NID Lutheran Schools.
At this time, The Lutheran Schools of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod will follow the plan set forth by the Illinois High School Association. This means that those schools who participate in Cross Country will offer the sport as an interscholastic activity in the fall of 2020. Meetings will be held to determine the safest way to conduct these cross country events, and more information will be available as guidelines are determined.
This also means that interscholastic volleyball and soccer seasons will be postponed until February as is written in the IHSA plan (soccer will be dependent upon field readiness and playability), and barring any change in IHSA policy, will be offered interscholastically at that time.
As is true with everything during this time, plans are fluid and subject to change. As Christian institutions made up of Christian people, we are charged with respecting and following the mandates of those in authority over us as Martin Luther clearly tells us in his explanation of the 4th commandment. We are God’s people and we walk in His light. We also recognize that the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, and all that would be involved in athletic competition be of highest priority.
May God continue to bless the ministries of our Lutheran Schools, and may we always strive to be the best we can be through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We Welcome You To Immanuel With Open Arms!
New to Immanuel this year are Dr. Joy Mullaney as Principal and Ms. Kristy Heimsoth as Kindergarten teacher and Special Education Coordinator, who were installed at our worship service on July 26. We also wish to welcome our ILS alumna, Ms. Anna Wozniak, who will be teaching middle-school science.
From Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment:
Due to the school library being cleaned, the open library time scheduled for next Wednesday, July 22 is being postponed to the following Wednesday, July 29. If you would like to come and check out books one last time this summer, please schedule an appointment with Mrs. Crimmins at firstname.lastname@example.org. The library will be open from 10-12 on Wed., July 29th.
Thanks to Bill Mayyou’s leadership and for all of his work with the properties committee; gratitude to Bill’s crew for taking seriously their role as team players. See the deep cleaning plan below. Know that the safety of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost priority.
Dr. Joy Mullaney
We plan to open… it will look different, but we will open!
Pending any state restrictions, we are boldly moving forward with our planning!
We are committed to making it work! Of course, there is much anticipation regarding the opening of school in August! Here at Immanuel we continue to be blessed, and God continues to provide. Our school is backed by a generous church family with a focus on the school. Knowing full well that school will be different this fall, much planning has gone on behind the scenes. Following our church board of directors’ meeting, we have the “go ahead” to move forward with our planning. These are important points for you to know:
Technology: We are providing 1:1 devices for our teachers and students grades K-8. This means that each student, grades Kinder-8 will be assigned a device. Kinder-4 will be assigned iPads for their use at school. There will be times where for special projects, students will be expected to take them home. Grades 6-8 already have Chromebooks assigned to them. Grade 5 will be on the Chromebook plan starting in August. New devices have been ordered.
With more devices to manage, our technology leader will be allotted extra time during the school day to support teachers and students.
- The platform for PK–4 will be Seesaw, and for Grades 5–8, Google Suite
- All teachers will participate in professional development to learn the Google Suite.
- Additionally, Early Childhood–Grade 4 will participate in training for Seesaw
- Parents will be asked to attend informational meetings to learn Seesaw, Google Suite, and Sycamore, as appropriate.
- Students will learn their appropriate platforms in their classrooms.
We have full intention to be open as scheduled: Steps are being taken to open a safe environment. Details will follow.
August 9 @ 3:00 Grade 8 (future freshmen) Graduation at Immanuel Church
August 10 – 14 Home visits for early childhood, and early elementary, teacher professional development
August 17 School opens for Grades 1 – 8
August 18 School opens for Kinder
August 24-September 15 Varied start dates for Early Childhood
- A deep cleaning plan is in the works; details of cleaning will be featured in a future E-blasts.
- We are limiting the numbers of students in each classroom.
- We are reassigning, and redesigning classrooms based on small class sizes
- We are being proactive about bus service within Palatine.
- Lunch will be provided, but different.
- New thermometers have been delivered. Temperatures will be taken at the start of school, as well as lunchtime. Each area has been assigned their own no-touch thermometer.
- All will wear masks. Hundreds of disposable masks have been delivered just in case students forget on occasion.
- Gallons of hand sanitizer have been delivered!
- After school care (ESS) will continue to be provided but will be more spread out.
- Physical education will have limited students per area and cleaning between classes will take place. Locker rooms will not be used.
Remote learning? Yes, we are planning the details of remote learning. If we face a mandated remote learning period of time, we will be ready with a formulated schedule, updated devices, support plans for students, communications to parents, as well as systemic and standardized lesson planning. This should streamline expectations for at home learning.
As we continue to refine our plans to open, I will be communicating the roll out strategies for reopening. If you haven’t already, please sign up for one of my Café 941 meetings, and we can chat more about our work through Zoom.
Blessings to you and your family. On behalf of the teachers/pastors/staff, the Board of Christian Education, the church Board of Directors, we look forward to being with you as a school community this August.
Dr. Joy Mullaney