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Welcome Back! I am so excited to welcome everyone back for this new school year. I hope that you had a great summer and that you were able to enjoy time with your family, whether you were off to some exotic location, hunkered down for a stay-cation, or spent your weekends on the sidelines cheering on your child’s team. We are glad that you have returned safe and sound.
Our theme verse for this year was selected by our 8th grade class: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. What an awesome reminder of what it means to live as a follower of Christ! Build each other up and Encourage each other. In a world where so many people subscribe to the “tear down” philosophy, this idea of encouraging is foreign. Society promotes pulling down, knocking down, tearing down. Christ directs us to build up, strengthen up, and to lift up. And when we work together, building each other up, helping each other up, we find that we can achieve great things under the Spirit’s guidance.
I pray that your family has a blessed year. Please let us know if we can help to encourage or support you in any way.
by Kevin Kindelin
Why send a child to Immanuel Lutheran School? After doing my research and processing the many reasons in favor of such a decision, it came down to two words in my mind: Our future. When that first hit me, it was more of an epiphany than a road-to-Damascus, knock-me-out-of-my-saddle revelation. Our future was not what first came to mind. I pondered how a child would benefit and then how that child’s parents would benefit, not as opposed to public education or home schooling, but from how our school stands out on its own merit. Being the curious type, I began my investigation. I looked up the mission and vision for our school and almost proclaimed my mission accomplished. Then I got word that they’d been revised! Behold, the new and improved mission and vision! (Pretty much a leaner version of the former–says it all in less.)
Mission – The mission of Immanuel Lutheran School is to partner with families to equip children for life-long learning and service through a rigorous academic program in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment.
Vision – The vision of Immanuel Lutheran School is that each child becomes a fruitful member of Christ’s Kingdom in their community.
This clearly speaks to the benefit both the child and parent may gain. There are several good arguments for sending a child to our school right in the mission and vision. Now don’t get me wrong. Public schools are a necessary option for many and still have their place. After all, I’m a product of the public school system and I turned out all right, didn’t I? Don’t answer that! Where Immanuel stands apart is the ability to offer a Christian- centered education to children, preschool through eighth grade, consisting of a rigorous academic program and unparalleled extracurricular activities including music, art and sports. We start early at Immanuel. Kids can get involved in organized sports as early as third grade. I had to wait until seventh grade before I could move beyond kickball and duck-duck-goose.
Our students are encouraged to express their talents through music, drama and arts in our fine-arts program. All grade levels are taught art and music and participate in several productions. I must admit, I did play a pretty mean flutophone in first grade.
Our purpose is to develop children spiritually and socially, as well as academically, and also to instill the love of Jesus in their hearts while preparing them for what lies ahead in the real world.
I asked Delaine Schiestel, Principal of Immanuel Lutheran School, why send a child to Immanuel? “For so many reasons… first, the teachers and staff - they get to know the children and each family. They figure out what makes each child tick and work with them and the parents, to help the child grow and achieve. Our academics are excellent – the majority of our graduates take advanced classes in high school. We not only prepare the children for the next grade, but for life. Students learn critical- thinking skills and put their faith into action through a variety of serving activities. But through all of this, the love of Christ flows. Grace and forgiveness are practiced; caring for others is emphasized; and confidence and purpose is built because of our value and worth through the eyes of our Savior. All we do is working towards our vision - developing each child to become a fruitful member of Christ’s Kingdom in their community.”
Our teachers and staff are the engine that makes this vehicle run. As experienced, professionally trained teachers, they are able to instruct our students in a way that not only fosters their intellectual development, but their spiritual maturation as well.
Earlier I mentioned two words of particular significance: Our future. Equipping our children to be effective citizens for life is crucial to the future of our church, school and community. I see several young men and women I knew as boys and girls who play active roles in the “goings-on” at Immanuel. We need more. The young minds and hearts of our children are fertile ground to plant seeds. College and other pursuits may distract them for a while, but if we care for their tender young shoots with love and the right instruction, then the garden they grow into will surely sustain Immanuel long after you and I have moved on to be with Jesus. Sorry for the extended metaphor…I just couldn’t help myself, but you get my point!
The lyrics of a song Whitney Houston sang come to mind as I write this, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.” Those lines pretty much sum up what I was saying about our kids being our future and what our mission and vision already states.
I’ve been using the possessive pronoun “our” throughout this article as if I have anything to do with the direct development and instruction of our programs. I don’t. What I do have is a vested interest in our future, which boils down to the successful perpetuation of our church and school. Many of us who attend Immanuel don’t have children, but we’d be foolish not to understand that the success of one depends on the success of the other. There’s a reason it’s called Immanuel Lutheran Church and School… because we are Stronger Together!
With a final score of 21-20 the Lady Bobcats came home victorious State Champions! Congratulations, girls! Briana Wooldridge was the MVP and Anna Schmitt was named to the All Tournament Team.
On the boys end, they were State Consolation Runner Up. David McParlane made the All Tournament Team.
Everyone is welcome at this Fun “Make and Take!
Looking for a little family fun for you and your preschooler? Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine is hosting an egg coloring event for preschoolers, kindergartners, and their caregivers from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Preschoolers can dye Easter eggs in a lively, fun environment.
This event is sponsored annually by Immanuel’s Early Childhood teachers and is always popular and well-received. Please call Mrs. Tres, Immanuel’s Early Childhood Director, at 847-660-4163 to reserve a spot. Please bring one or two dozen hard boiled eggs and a basket in which to take them home.
Immanuel Lutheran School is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station.
About Immanuel Lutheran Preschool
Immanuel Lutheran Early Childhood Center has been providing quality, Christian education in our community for over 50 years. Our teachers provide a warm, caring, family environment, so that children can learn and thrive. Children learn thru engaging, hands on, relevant activities. We include Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math activities. Pre-reading and language arts activities are also integrated into our thematic dramatic play units. Come and see our dynamic program in action.
For tours and enrollment information please contact Marlene Tres, Early Childhood Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 847-660-4163.
The announcement detailing her accomplishments states:
Krista Mayyou was one of the most dynamic players in program history, helping Concordia University Wisconsin win three conference regular season titles and two conference tournament championships. She guided the Falcons to the program’s only NCAA Tournament victory in the 2008-09 season. The program also won the Concordia Invitational Tournament in 2007.
Mayyou was instrumental in the Falcons 85-26 record during her four-year career, including a 63-7 record in conference play. She was a D3Hoops.com All-Region Third Team honoree, along with being named all-conference first team four times and Lake Michigan Conference Freshman of the Year.
She ranks third all-time in program history with 1,621 points, while being the program’s best 3-point field goal shooter (39.0 percent). Mayyou owns the NCAA-era record for field goals made (602), and free throws made (323), to go along with being second in points per game (15.3) and third in steals (187). The forward-guard started 98-of-106 games throughout her illustrious career.
Congratulations, Krista! The Bobcat start has taken you to the finish!
Immanuel Lutheran in Palatine will hold a “STEAM” night for the entire community on Thursday, January 25 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. STEAM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.” The evening provides an opportunity for children and families to explore a variety of STEAM topics through hands-on and problem solving activities. Busy Brains Children’s Museum and Mathnasium of Palatine will once again add to the festivities through their exhibits and math challenges.
STEAM Night introduces children to creative and critical thinking skills via entertaining, hands-on activities. Immanuel Lutheran School’s classrooms — preschool through 8th grade — will be the site for a variety of different experiments and challenges all based around the STEAM framework. Look for sensory tables, kitchen chemistry, catapults, and an assortment of activities that will surprise and delight children and adults alike. As an added bonus, all children are eligible to enter a drawing…prizes include STEAM-related toys.
“We are so excited to be able to invite the families of the community to come and ‘play’ with us once again, to experience STEAM hands-on. Families are also invited to learn more about Immanuel and meet our awesome teachers,” says Immanuel Principal Delaine Schiestel.
Immanuel’s teachers and staff will be stationed at the exhibits and around the building to explain the different activities and to answer any questions. STEAM night is for preschoolers through 8th graders and their parents/caregivers. Bring the whole family for a night of exciting, interactive learning!
Recently, I asked the teachers to share their stories –
Why did they became teachers? How did they come to be a part of the Immanuel family?
Today, I would like to share some of their reasons with you.Positive Influence: Many of our teachers were influenced by the teachers that taught them. A number of our teachers attended Lutheran schools where their teachers had fun teaching and made learning fun. Their teachers exhibited kindness, grace, and encouragement to them as students. These experiences planted a seed in the hearts of our teachers - they wanted to be teachers when they grew up to inspire and touch the hearts of the next generation.
God’s Call for Them: Our teachers described how this was God’s plan, a calling or nudge to teach, and how every path led them here. Immanuel’s teachers are deeply rooted in their service to God through their call to teach your children. Many mentioned how teaching was the only thing they ever really wanted to do.
Share God’s Love: Teaching at Lutheran Schools, and in particular Immanuel, is a place where our teachers can openly share their faith with their students. They can pray with the students, comfort them with the hope of God, and help them discover God’s plan for them in their lives. Immanuel is a community that honors children as the priceless Children of God. Here, the teachers are able to participate in a ministry of Love to the students and their families.
As we plan our celebration of National Lutheran School Week January 22nd – 27th, we celebrate our teachers and their commitment to excellent education, sharing God’s love, and caring for each student.
Looking at this school year, I am struck by how well the Immanuel community – students, staff, and families – have stepped out to serve others this year. Serving is noticing a need and caring enough to do something about it.
In September, the students honored our local first responders during the Patriot Parade on September 11th and by writing notes to them. We also collected needed supplies for those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.In October, we celebrated Pink Day to raise funds for research for breast cancer. We donated items for the Rummage Sale to benefit the roof fund. We hosted Trunk or Treat, a safe event for the community. Our middle school held the Fall Fest party for students in K-5th.
In November, we shopped to Fill the Chancel, bringing in canned goods to restock the Good Sam food pantry shelves before the winter season. Over forty families were blessed with Thanksgiving dinners through a partnership with Jewel. Some of the classes wrote notes to thank veterans for their service. We served the community through our Community Meal. Immanuel also served as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child collecting hundreds of boxes destined for children who will only receive this one Christmas gift.In December, our 3rd through 8th grades packed meals with Feed my Starving Children on two different days. Preschool children sang Christmas songs to hundreds of family and friends. The K-8th classes led the Wednesday Advent services, during the school day and in the evening. Our School families blessed twelve families here in the Immanuel community and at our sister school, St. Paul Dorchester, Chicago with Christmas gifts and gift cards. Our partnership with Jewel allowed us to distribute 120 ham and turkey dinners to families in need.
I pass on to you the thanks from all those who have been touched by you. Thank you so much for opening your hearts to help others.
May you have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate our Savior.
Congratulations to our Bobcat Cross Country teams on their appearance at the State competition in Bloomington last weekend. The girls placed 7th overall, and the boys finished in 8th place. 4 of our runners qualified for Nationals at Concordia University Wisconsin this Saturday. On the boys team, two Immanuel athletes finished in 1st place and 5th place for the 6th grade and under division. On the girls team one athlete finished in 3rd place for the the 6th grade and under group, and another runner attained 4th place for the 7th & 8th grade girls division.
Way to go runners! Good luck at Nationals this weekend.