Archives for Jan 2015

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Drop Everything and Read Day

A favorite tradition at ILS during National Lutheran Schools Week is Drop Everything and Read Day. Students and teachers alike enjoy the opportunity for spontaneous reading breaks throughout the day. Whether a favorite book from home, or a new selection from the classroom library (or even finishing The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Thursday's PTL Book Discussion), lots of great reading is happening around campus all day!...Read More

Welcome Miss Malcolm!

We are excited to announce that Miss Kristin Malcolm, a junior at Hillsdale College, is joining us at Immanuel this semester for a Classical Education Apprenticeship. Miss Malcolm is the second teacher apprentice ILS has hosted, and we are thrilled to welcome her to our community. Please join us in welcoming Miss Malcolm and be sure to say hi when you see her around campus!...Read More

National Lutheran Schools Week

The national theme for this year's National Lutheran Schools Week is Standing in Christ, Serving Others: Mercy Forever. This annual community building celebration allows us an opportunity to give thanks that we are able to hear and proclaim the Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ, day after day, at ILS. We are grateful for the mercy Christ first showed us by His atoning sacrifice on the cross for all of mankind. In response to His great love, we respond to one another with mercy....Read More

Curriculum Corner with Mr. Schultz

Every Monday, our "Curriculum Corner" offers a deeper look into our classrooms with additional insight into the classical curriculum at Immanuel. This week, Upper School teacher Mr. Schultz explores what it means to teach science classically, acknowledging God as the creator of all, and science allows us to delight in the joy and wonder of the complexity of His creation....Read More

Six Questions with Mrs. Gorr

This week, Immanuel's Called first grade teacher, Mrs. Gorr, answers our "Six Questions." Mrs. Gorr graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Spanish, and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from American University. She also received her Education Specialist Degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. Mrs. Gorr especially enjoys teaching reading, and helping students learn about God’s love for them....Read More

Curriculum Corner with Mrs. Honig

This week, Mrs. Honig, Immanuel's Jr. Kindergarten teacher, takes over the "Curriculum Corner" to offer some insights into the classical curriculum for our youngest students. From exploring beauty and truth through beautiful art work, to learning how to draw, Mrs. Honig demonstrates how art and drawing is incorporated across subjects in the Jr. Kindergarten classroom....Read More

Teachers are Students, Too

Last week, our Upper School students shared their reflections on the learning process. Our teachers are students, too! They were recently asked to share some of the things that they have been inspired to learn about in recent weeks. Enjoy their responses!...Read More

Six Questions with Mrs. Winterstein

Lower School Lead Teacher, Mrs. Winterstein, answers our "Six Questions" this week. Mrs. Winterstein is Immanuel's Called 2nd grade teacher and a member of the Society for Classical Learning. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in Language Arts from Concordia University Wisconsin. She has previously worked as an ABA therapist for children with autism and demonstrates a passion for advocating on behalf of students with special needs. ...Read More

Scripture Study cancelled on Wednesday

Scripture Study is cancelled on 1/14/15....Read More

Does the imagination matter?

Does the imagination matter? In education, parents and teachers desire confirmation that the education they are giving to their children is a quality one. Data is often what parents and school turn toward: what are the test results? What is the acceptance rate? What high schools and colleges are students matriculating into? These points of data are good and helpful, certainly informative. A teacher would be a poor teacher if they did not care about ensuring academic progress and growth in their students, and lack of excellence would generally be clear in the data....Read More

Curriculum Corner with Miss Clevenger

Our "Curriculum Corner" offers a sneak peek inside the classrooms at Immanuel Lutheran School. Each week, a faculty member highlights an aspect of our classical Christian curriculum. This week, Upper School Latin teacher Miss Clevenger shares some insights into the Latin program for Upper School students at ILS....Read More

Upper School Students Reflect on the Learning Process

What do students make of the learning process? It was fascinating to ask the Upper School students to reflect on their own education. Read today's blog post for some of their thoughts on what they are learning. ...Read More

Two January Open Houses

Interested in an excellent academic environment that nurtures your child’s mind, heart, and body? Immanuel Lutheran School is a classical, Christian Academy serving students in grades Jr. K 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, January 15 starting at 9:00am at our campus on Russell Road. We are also holding a special Middle School Open House on Friday, January 23rd at 9am. This program will be geared for families looking at fourth through eighth grades and will offer an opportunity to meet current students, as well as recent ILS graduates and their parents. ...Read More

Six Questions with Miss German

This week Miss German answers our "Six Questions." Miss German serves as the music teacher for all grades as well as the Director of Parish Music for Immanuel Lutheran Church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in German and Church Music from Valparaiso University, and is currently working on the completion of her Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Biblical Languages from Concordia Theological Seminary. She enjoys sharing her love of music and passion for the rich musical heritage of the Lutheran church with her students and the entire Immanuel community....Read More

Curriculum Corner with Miss Leithart

Each Monday, our "Curriculum Corner" highlights a unique aspect of the classical, Christian curriculum at ILS from one of our faculty. This update also provides greater insight into what is happening in our classrooms. In this week's "Curriculum Corner," 4th grade teacher, Miss Leithart, shares the joy of reading, explaining how the literature curriculum in fourth grade introduces students to the narrative before their eyes and uncovers literary elements so that they might learn to cherish written words....Read More