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