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Lady Bobcats – LSA State Basketball Champions 2018

Lady Bobcats 2018With 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.

The Popular Egg Coloring Night is Back ~ March 22nd!

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 mtres@ilcp.org or at 847-660-4163.

Bobcat Alumni News

Krista Mayyou Parker, daughter of Jan Mayyou, has been named as a 2017 William C. Ackmann Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee at Concordia University - Wisconsin. Krista was an ILS 2001 graduate, on the Bobcat team that won back-to-back State Championships in 2000 and 2001. She went on to play at St. Viator where she was named the 2005 St. Viator Female Athlete of the Year. She continued her teamwork and star quality shooting when she went on to play basketball at Concordia University, graduating as part of the class of 2009.

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!

Join us for STEAM Night on January 25 @ 6:30 pm

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.

STEAM Night 2016 activities“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!


Immanuel’s Amazing Teachers

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.

Immanuel’s Teachers on the First Day of the 2017-2018 School Year

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.

God’s Blessings,
Delaine Schiestel

Loving is Serving

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.

The mitten tree & gifts gathered.

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.

St Paul Thanks

The kids at St. Paul Dorchester thanking Delaine for the dinners and gifts.

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.

Delaine Schiestel

Trunk or Treat – October 22, 2017

Trunk or TreatRainy weather made it necessary to move the event inside this year but it didn’t spoil the fun! Thank you to all the volunteers that made our 2017 Trunk or Treat a success. A special thanks to the Palatine Library for hosting story time. Here are some pictures of the event.


Congratulations to our Cross Country Bobcats!

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.


Solar Eclipse – Fun and Educational

Immanuel joined in the solar eclipse-fever that swept the country this week. Monday, Immanuel’s K-8 students learned about and experienced the solar eclipse. In the morning, students first learned about what causes an eclipse and how to protect their eyesight during one. Then, during the eclipse, students used a variety of methods to view the local partial eclipse as well as the NASA live stream of the eclipse. Additional eclipse activities will continue in the classrooms throughout the week. “The excitement from students and staff on seeing this scientific wonder take place was contagious. The eclipse became a perfect springboard to learning,” said Immanuel Principal, Delaine Schiestel.

The eclipse is just one special learning event… Immanuel students experience the joy of discovery every day. If you have any questions about Immanuel Lutheran School, please contact Principal Delaine Schiestel at 847-359-1936 or dschiestel@ilcp.org.

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School is located at 200 North Plum Grove Road (at Wood Street) in downtown Palatine, just two blocks east of the Palatine Metra Train Station.

About Immanuel Lutheran School
Beginning as a simple, one-room schoolhouse in 1870, Immanuel Lutheran School has grown into an educational campus located at Plum Grove Road and Wood Street in the heart of downtown Palatine. Immanuel Lutheran School partners with parents to provide a disciplined, nurturing environment where children can flourish in their Christian learning and academic excellence. Immanuel is the only K-8 private school in Illinois to have twice been awarded the prestigious Excellence in Education Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education and is fully accredited.