Archives for Oct 2014

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Living History

By Miss Molly Leithart, ILS 4th Grade Teacher History, though intrinsically valuable and worthy of study, can easily diminish in the classroom into a cycle of chapter readings and review questions. Amazing explorers who discovered rivers and waterfalls in unknown territories become names to memorize in a timeline of events and dates. Unsurprisingly, whenever I structure a history lesson in a predictable way, I gaze upon a sea of disillusioned and disappointed students. I’m not condemning a class structured around readings and questions, however, because that can force students to focus and find details in the text. But I want to excite my students’ interest and instill wonder at the men and women who shaped the world in which we live....Read More

Six Questions with Miss Kloha

Each week on the blog we feature a teacher or faculty member at Immanuel Lutheran School in our "Six Questions" interview series. This week, we hear from Miss Kloha, the Special Assistant to the Headmaster, who many of us recognize as the friendly face who greets students and families in the office each day....Read More

Hands-on Learning Outside the Classroom

ILS students have enjoyed the opportunity to experience some hands-on learning outside the classroom during several recent field trips. ...Read More

Upcoming School Open Houses

Immanuel Lutheran School is a classical, Christian Academy serving students in grades JK through 8 in Alexandria, Virginia. If you are interested in seeing for yourself what Immanuel has to offer, we would love for you to attend one of our open houses. Our next open house is scheduled for Thursday, November 6th starting at 9:00am at our campus on Russell Road. Reservations for our Open Houses are encouraged. If you would like to schedule a tour of the school, please contact the school office at 703-549-7323 or More

Conversation on Virtue

This morning, the ILS PTL welcomed parents for an excellent conversation on virtue, and what that looks like at Immanuel. Mrs. Hull and Mrs. Winterstein, our Upper and Lower School lead teachers, guided the discussion, starting with an overview of what virtue means for Christian families, and how this may differ from current cultural perspectives. As Mrs. Hull outlined, virtue is reflected in patience, honesty, humility and integrity. Historically, parents and schools have worked together to teach students to teach children virtue. This starts with teaching students to be humble, and thus opening themselves up to learning. Students must also be taught to be honest, and to embrace intellectual integrity. They must also be taught perseverance, even in the face of challenges and when things are difficult in their schooling....Read More

Six Questions with Vicar Griebenaw

Each week on the blog we plan to feature a teacher or faculty member at Immanuel Lutheran School in our "Six Questions" interview series. We are kicking off our "Six Questions" series with Vicar Griebenaw, our third-year seminarian who is serving our Immanuel community for the 2014-2015 school year. Vicar Griebenaw teaches 5th and 6th grade theology, and assists and/or leads our weekly school chapel services. We welcome Vicar Griebenaw, and his wife Holly, to ILS!...Read More

Field Trip to the King of the Instruments

By Mrs. Whitney Work, ILS Director of Advancement: Immanuel's youngest students recently took a "field trip" to learn more about the "King of the Instruments," the pipe organ. ...Read More

Train Up a Child....

By Ms. Julia Habrecht, ILS Headmaster As we heard from Pastor Esget during his Back to School Night remarks on Vocation and Virtue, both parents and teachers have important vocations and a role in the training of children. Faculty and staff have continued this discussion during our weekly meetings as we work to impart knowledge, wisdom, and virtue to your children We are committed to honoring you and your parental authority. As a community who cares deeply about one another, I invite you to join in ongoing conversation and learning about what it means to live out our vocation as teacher and parent in a classical Lutheran school. Watch the blog and newsletter for links to articles and opportunities, and join us for teacher and parent led discussions, including:...Read More

2nd Grade Crime Solvers

By Mrs. Katherine Winterstein, 2nd Grade Teacher The FBI paid a visit to the ILS 2nd grade this work, and enlisted some young recruits to help solve the mystery of some stolen cookies. While students had fun dusting for fingerprints, studying clues and solving the mystery, they also learned an important lesson in vocation from ILS parent and FBI agent, Michelle Taylor. ...Read More

Curriculum Corner with Mrs. Hull

By Mrs. Katherine Hull, Upper School Lead Teacher Recently, if you had walked into an Upper School classroom, you might have been dismayed to see some students carefully discussing magazine advertisements, watching commercials, and looking at periodical prints, just as any other kids might after school hours. Yet our students were not just ingesting these advertisements, but engaging in a class discussion to practice the skill of fallacy identification. This is a part of our dialectic or logic training this year to help students study fallacies....Read More

Worship Together

By Ms. Julia Habrecht, ILS Headmaster Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week! Why? Wednesday is the day we worship together as the school community. In the Venite (canticle) from Matins (service of morning prayer) we proclaim together, "O come, let us sing to the Lord, let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving, let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise." How blessed we are to use God's words from Psalm 95 to sing His praises....Read More

Immanuel Lutheran School - Welcome to our 70th year!

By Ms. Julia Habrecht, ILS Headmaster: This fall marked the 70th year students have gathered in this place to study the truth of God's Word along with the beauty of mathematics, music, literature, science, and so much more. We also celebrate the 10th year of implementing a classical curriculum and pedagogy at ILS. Along with the faculty, I am excited about the opportunities we have planned for you to grow in your understanding and love for this great tradition in the year ahead, and I welcome you to our new blog to share news and information that we hope will be of interest to our community....Read More