05.06.2022 Principal's Corner
Congratulations to all of our actors, actresses, chorus, & backstage crew for a job well-done at this past weekend’s performances of Singin’ in the Rain, Jr!
From students who have a passion for the theater to those who decided to try something new, they knocked our socks off! Grades 5-8 got to tryout for the onstage roles, then those who weren’t onstage got to run the backstage including lights, sounds, scenery, & hair/makeup. Then our younger students got to fill out the songs in the chorus. Everyone was able to share their God-given gifts and talents in an important way! I would like to sincerely thank all of our volunteers that made this production happen--especially our directors & choreographers, parent-helpers, set builders, & concessions, this could not have happened without them!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended, donated, bid, volunteered, or helped in any way, shape, or form for the 2022 Havana Nights Auction Gala, as well! We hope you had a great time outbidding your neighbors, enjoying the camaraderie, & singing along to the dueling pianos. While the final numbers are still being calculated (once costs & other expenses are fully factored in), we wanted to share that based on our preliminary calculations, approximately $31,000 was raised from the evening’s activities of Live Auction, Silent Auction, Games, Wine Pull, & the Paddle Raise! Over $7,000 of that was raised specifically for the outdoor playground updates and outdoor classroom space for all of our students. Incredible!
Additionally, as we been generously blessed with these funds, we are also called to give to God what is God’s. As is tradition for this event, 10% of the proceeds will be given to Immanuel’s Tuition Assistance Fund. We were also able to provide almost 50 meals & desserts to Lazarus House as a result of our event!
We can’t wait to share God's goodness with our students, faculty, & classrooms as a result of your incredible generosity. God is good, all the time!
04.29.2022 Principal's Corner
There are so many good things happening at Immanuel this week! First and foremost, we are sharing God's love with His children, and what a joy and privilege it is! Our first graders led chapel this week, and Pastor Kennaugh visited our kindergartners to answer any questions they might have. They had lots. Who created the angels? Who created storms? How old is Jesus? What will it be like when he returns?
Immanuel's Lutheran Junior Honor Society started a new service project, Homework Heroes Help Club, in which they helped students with homework, read books together, played math games, did writing activities, and even play a few "just for fun" games.
It was also tech week for Singin' in the Rain, Jr. The excitement has been building day by day! Perhaps you have heard your child singing their songs and saying their lines. In morning care our preschoolers were drawing pictures of the actors on stage.
04.22.2022 Havana Night Auction Gala
by Rebecca Bello
Oh, what a night!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended Immanuel’s “Havana Nights” Auction Gala Friday night, & also our bidders who took part from home if they couldn’t be there in person! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Thank you for being a part of raising funds to be able to do some extra-special things to help continue giving our Immanuel students the extraordinary education they each deserve, our teachers added supports they deserve, & our facility the refreshing it deserves.
Special thank you to our event sponsors: Dr. Ronald A Murphy DMD, Schaffer Health & Wellness Institute, & Mark Carroll for Congress.
Friday’s “Havana Nights” gala was anything but ordinary. It was totally extraordinary!
04.14.2022 First Grade Feet Washing
by Rebecca Bello
In service to their students & symbolizing Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, Ms Dail & Mrs Ciro washed the feet of each of their First Grade students, one-by-one—praying over, with, & for each child while doing so.
Why did Jesus wash feet at the Last Supper? The disciples sat around a table that was basically floor height. They reclined at the table & they had been wearing sandals on the dusty roads of Israel. So their dirty feet were near the food & each other. Normally, a servant would wash the feet of those dining. But Jesus took it upon himself to do this for each one. Even Peter, who would deny him. Even Judas, who would betray him.
And in this way, our first graders got to experience first-hand what it is like to be cared for in such a manner.
“Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
At Immanuel, extraordinary things happen on ordinary days.
04.14.2022 Maundy Thursday Chapel
Chapel started as usual this morning. It's Holy week so we're gathering on Maundy Thursday rather than Wednesday. We take out the hymnals and sing "This is the Day". Pastor Chris asks for volunteers to come up to the front to help with something and everyone raises their hand. He chooses a few kids and then brings out a bowl full of water and a towel. He tells the kids to take off their shoes so he can wash their feet. Wait, what?! Yep, on Maundy Thursday we remember the last supper where Jesus washed His disciple's feet. The kids giggle as Pastor Chris washes. One of the older kids plays along, he knows the story well; he says "but I should be washing your feet Pastor Chris". Later, when Mrs. Wert reads John 13 we hear how Simon Peter said the same thing to Jesus. Jesus responds that unless he washes Peter's feet, Peter will have no part in His ministry. Pastor Chris goes on to explain that Jesus was preparing His disciples to go through the challenges that were coming in the next few days. He wants His disciples to know that He loves them very much! From His example we know that our job as Christians in the world today is to love and serve others.
04.08.2022 Principal's Corner
Important Information Regarding Spring Musical
Immanuel's spring musical this year is Singing in the Rain, Jr. This is a very special production in which all students in K-8 are expected to participate because each student has a role in the production. In previous years we've performed Willy Wonka, Jr. (see left), Disney's The Lion King, Jr., and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
There will be two performances of Singing in the Rain, Jr.: Friday, April 29th, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1st, at 2:30 p.m. Those in the cast and crew MUST attend both performances. Those not in the cast and crew are considered part of the chorus. We would like for all chorus members to be present for both performances, as well. If that is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, there will be a opportunity for parents of those in the chorus to let us know which performance their child will participate in. There will be an important note going home next week with all of these details, as well as information regarding what the chorus should wear and arrival times.
Immanuel's spring musical is an event that our entire church and school community looks forward to. It offers learning across curricular areas, exposure to the arts, and and an opportunity for children to share their God-given talents with loved ones. The excitement is building as we get closer to the show, and we can't wait to see you there!
Regional Spelling Bee Finals
One of our 7th grade students came in third place in the Regional Spelling Bee finals. She was only two words away from moving on the the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Lutheran School Honor Band at Millikin
Two of our 7th graders participated in the Lutheran School Honor band held at Millikin University. They met with students from all over Illinois to practice and perform a concert of very challenging music.
03.08.2022 Mary Wert Recognition and Sports Day
by Rebecca Bello
This second day of Lutheran Schools Week also brought us Sports Day. And we had a very special guest from Lutheran Church Extension Fund present Mrs. Wert, one of our 4th Grade teachers, with a special gift of recognition. She was nominated for her tireless & outstanding commitment to her students & school. We agree. Congratulations, Mrs. Wert! See a video of Mary's recognition here.