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7th & 8th Grade Reflections from the 2014-2015 School Year

The school year is coming to a close, and tonight we will honor our graduating 8th grade students during our Graduation Vespers Service. As we count down to the end of the year, our teachers and students share some of their reflections from the year: favorite memories, how they've grown, and what they are grateful for. Today, our 7th and 8th graders share their look back at the year. You can find reflections from our 4th, 5th & 6th graders in our previous posts....Read More

5th & 6th Grade Reflections from the 2014-2015 School Year

Our 2014-2015 school year is quickly coming to an end, but our teachers and students took a moment to share some of their reflections from the year. We hope you'll enjoy reading about their favorite memories, how they've grown, and what they are grateful for. Today, we hear from our 5th and 6th graders. You can read more from our 4th graders on yesterday's blog. ...Read More

4th Grade Reflections from the 2014-2015 School Year

As we finish the final week of the 2014-2015 school year, our teachers and students share some of their reflections from the year: favorite memories, how they've grown, and what they are grateful for. Enjoy this look back at the year through the eyes of our students and teachers. We start the week with reflections from our 4th grade....Read More

Summer Schole Plan

Parents, are you beginning to think about the summer? At school, the faculty are hearing about all the exciting plans ahead: vacations, trips to the beach, and a seemingly endless list of summer camps. How fun! Why not include a purposeful time of schole each day? This is something the whole family can take part in, as a way to supplement already current reading lists and continue the cultivation of the mind, heart, and soul. ...Read More

Sneak Peaks into our Upper School Classrooms!

Our Upper School students and teachers had a busy and fun week last week with class trips. Check out our Facebook page for more photos from those trips. As we gear up for the final few weeks of the school year, the Upper School teachers share their reflections on some recent lessons....Read More

Six Questions with Mrs. Cook

This week, our Six Questions are answered by a very special member of the Immanuel community. Mrs. Cook, who today welcomes students in the carpool line each Wednesday morning, has been a part of the Immanuel community for almost 75 years, ever since her family moved to Virginia in 1940. Alumni will remember Mrs. Cook from her years teaching at ILS, and she continues to serve on the ILS school board. We are so blessed to have Mrs. Cook as a part of our ILS community!...Read More

How to Find Your Vocation

What should you do with your life? Are your choices and actions aligned with God’s will? Are you ever restless, anxious, frustrated, or unfulfilled in the everyday stuff of life? Christians...Read More

Curriculum Corner with Miss Leithart: Integrated Unity

Classical education understands all knowledge as unified and integrated. It nurtures and instructs the whole person insofar as you deal with not just technical but moral issues. In fourth grade, students learn to perceive this integrated unity even while practicing the technical aspects of writing....Read More

Thank you for supporting ILS!

We are truly grateful for the generous support of so many parents, grandparents, alumni, the Immanuel congregation, and other friends of ILS! Your support directly benefits our students, teachers and school in many meaningful ways that can be seen in our classrooms and all across our campus....Read More

Six Questions with Mr. Hemingway

ILS School Board member, Mr. Mark Hemingway, tackles our Six Questions this week. Mr. Hemingway is a Senior Writer for The Weekly Standard, and with his wife, Mollie, has two daughters at Immanuel. ...Read More

Curriculum Corner - Grammar Stage

Immanuel Lutheran School uses a classical model of education. But what does that mean? A century ago, there wasn’t a variety of competing educational options. The principles of classical education were practically universal and had been the educational standard for centuries. In a nutshell, classical education differs from modern approaches in that it seeks to promote wisdom by teaching children how to think and learn for themselves. By contrast, modern education spends too much energy and effort simply telling kids what to think....Read More

Curriculum Corner with Miss German

ILS music teacher Miss German shares her thoughts about teaching music at a classical Lutheran school in this week's Curriculum Corner....Read More

Six Questions with Mrs. Techau

This week, Mrs. Techau, our Assistant Teacher in the Jr. Kindergarten classroom, shares her responses to our Six Questions. Mrs. Techau has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of South Florida. Previously, she enjoyed working in the field of journalism. Mrs. Techau delights in God's creation and her passion for the natural world is evident in her leadership of the ILS Garden Club each fall and spring, as well as her beautifully manicured gardens at home....Read More

Six Questions with Pastor Esget

This week, Pastor Esget shares his responses to our Six Questions. Pastor Esget has served as Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church since 2001, in addition to serving as Superintendent of Immanuel Lutheran School. Before coming to Immanuel, Pastor Esget served at Bethel Lutheran Church, DuQuoin, IL, where he was ordained in 1998. He attended Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN) where he earned the Master of Divinity degree and the Master of Sacred Theology degree. Born and raised near Minneapolis, MN, Pastor Esget pursued his love of music with classical piano studies at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, acquiring his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude) from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). Pastor Esget and his wife, Kassie, have one son, James. ...Read More

Six Questions with Mr. Schultz

Upper School teacher, Mr. Schultz responds to our Six Questions this week. Growing up in California, Mr. Schultz attended Zion Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 8th grade. After receiving his degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Mr. Schultz taught 5th grade and served as the Athletic Director at St. Paul Lutheran School in New Orleans. In 2011 Mr. Schultz completed the LCMS School Leadership Development Program. Before coming to Immanuel, Mr. Schultz served as the principal of Redeemer Lutheran School in Denver in addition to his teaching responsibilities in 7th and 8th grade. Mr. Schultz and his wife Katie live in Alexandria with their sons, Canon and Benjamin....Read More

Curriculum Corner with Mrs. Winterstein

Each week, our Curriculum Corners offer a look into different aspects our classical curriculum at Immanuel. This week, Lower School Lead Teacher, Mrs. Winterstein, explores what it means to teach writing classically, journeying from the beginning stages with our youngest writers in Jr. Kindergarten, through the Lower School, and onwards through the upper grades. ...Read More

A Look Back at National Lutheran Schools Week

Last week, Immanuel Lutheran School students and faculty celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week. The national theme was Standing in Christ, Serving Others: Mercy Forever. Throughout the week, students and teachers discussed the theme of service towards others, and participated in a variety of special activities. Annual favorites included Drop Everything and Read Day, as well as Teacher Swap Day. Students had the chance to dress as an individual who serves our community, and hear from others who serve our community as police officers, nurses and military medical professionals. We hope you enjoy this look back at our week-long celebration!...Read More

Curriculum Corner with Miss Fleming

Our Curriculum Corner provides a weekly glimpse into our classrooms at Immanuel. Faculty share, in their own words, aspects of our unique classical Christian curriculum and how that is put into action in their classrooms. This week, our Kindergarten Teacher, Miss Fleming, shares why we teach poetry to our Kindergarten students....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

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

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

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

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

Upper School Student Leadership Opportunities

Our Upper School teachers work diligently to develop unique programs and extra activities for students, which supplement the daily work inside the classroom and provide opportunities for Immanuel's students to live out their vocations as student leaders in the upper grades. An excellent example of this is the Leadership Training for the young men in the 5th through 8th grade. Led by Mr. Schultz, the Leadership Training provides opportunities for these young men to learn about becoming good leaders and how to be men of God. During the season of Advent, the young ladies in the 7th grade have taken the initiative to lead and organize an effort to serve their neighbors by preparing special treats for the community. ...Read More

ILS Middle School Open House

Interested in an excellent academic environment that nurtures your child’s mind, heart, and body? We invite you to attend a Middle School Open House Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 9:00am. Join us to learn more about the 4th through 8th grades at Immanuel, a preparatory academy cultivating the minds, hearts, and bodies of students through classical education and Lutheran catechesis. Our program will include a welcome from our headmaster and Upper School Lead Teacher, presentations from current students, as well as thoughts and reflections from recent ILS Alumni and parents. ...Read More

Curriculum Corner with Mrs. Krumwiede

Our weekly "Curriculum Corner" offers ILS faculty an opportunity to highlight unique aspects of our classical, Christian curriculum and provide greater insight to what is happening in our classrooms. In this week's "Curriculum Corner," ILS 3rd grader teacher Mrs. Krumwiede discusses how she uses literature to introduce a science topic and spark student interest, engagement, and problem solving, as students figure out how we can tell the world is round....Read More

Six Questions with Miss Clevenger

This week, our ILS "Six Question" series continues with Upper School teacher Miss Clevenger. In her second year teaching at Immanuel, Miss Clevenger is our 5th and 6th grade homeroom teacher. She also teaches Grammar, History and Latin. Miss Clevenger earned her undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College and her Master's from St. John's College in Annapolis Maryland. She previously taught middle school at Tall Oaks Classical School in Delaware. Continue to read Miss Clevenger's "Six Questions" responses....Read More

Celebrating Advent at ILS

We are now in the season of Advent, and we invited our teachers to share how their classes are celebrating the season. The Latin meaning "coming into" turns our attention to the three-fold coming: Jesus' incarnation - coming into the world as a baby in Bethlehem; His coming at the end - to judge the living and the dead; and His present coming - in Word and sacrament for the forgiveness of our sins. At Immanuel, we will wait while the world begins Christmas celebrations. Instead we will pray, repent, and sing....Read More

Curriculum Corner with Mrs. Gorr

Each week we will be featuring a "Curriculum Corner" shared by one of the faculty at Immanuel. These will highlight different aspects of the classical curriculum at ILS and provide insight into what the various classes are learning throughout the school year. This week, Mrs. Gorr shares more about learning phonograms in first grade at Immanuel. ...Read More

Six Questions with Miss Leithart

Our "Six Questions" series returns this week featuring our fourth grade teacher, Miss Leithart. This is Miss Leithart's second year teaching at Immanuel after previously teaching middle school in Ohio. Miss Leithart also teaches piano and enjoys singing in the Immanuel choir. Thank you to Miss Leithart for sharing her responses to our Six Questions!...Read More

Thanksgiving Day of Service - Mercy Forever

Thank you families and students for the many ways you loved and served one another and the community around us on our annual Thanksgiving Day of Service. The entire student-body sorted and packed nearly 150 hygiene kits for the Orphan Grain Train, a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in the United States and 64 countries around the world. Thank you families for providing so many of the needed supplies and to the PTL for purchasing the towels! All students had a chance to help assemble the kits, from the youngest student in Junior Kindergarten counting and wrapping band aids, to the older students in 5th through 8th grade who helped the lower school students assemble the right supplies and wrap and tie the bundles....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

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

Holy Week message from LCMS President

Video message on suffering by President Harrison...Read More

Holy Week Message from President Harrison

Video greeting from Rev'd Matthew Harrison, President of the LCMS....Read More

President Harrison's Lenten Message

President Harrison's video message for Lent....Read More

President Harrison's Video Response to HHS Mandate and "Accomodation"

President Harrison responds to the HHS Mandate and "accommodation" limiting religious liberty...Read More