July 24, 2015
How is your summer going? Leisurely?
Thanks to the ILS PTL and board, I was privileged to attend this year’s Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education conference in Dallas, where the singing was loud as the ‘ya’lls’ were resplendent. Aside from wonderful Matins and Divine Service, there was very little leisure. There was, however, good work to be done, tenets of classical Lutheran education to be remembered and challenging ideas to be discussed.
June 8, 2015
Our mission at Immanuel Lutheran School is to nurture minds, hearts, and bodies of students. Our annual Field Day events are a perfect example of the third part of this trio, as students have been working in their P.E. classes throughout the year to prepare for the fun competitions during Field Day. Led by Mr. Schultz in the Upper School, and Coach Sparks in the Lower School, students were ready on June 3rd for a fun-filled day with some friendly, but still intense competition in a wide variety of events.
June 3, 2015
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
June 2, 2015
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.
June 1, 2015
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
May 20, 2015
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.
May 11, 2015
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
April 23, 2015
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
March 27, 2015
Do you ever wonder what our ILS alumni are up to now? Where are they in school? How do they feel ILS prepared them for high school and beyond? We're starting a new series of Alumni Profiles, where we'll be sharing some insights from some of our more recent graduates and how they are doing now. We're pleased to start this series with Kylee Honig, ILS Class of 2011. Kylee is now a senior at T.C. Williams in Alexandria, preparing to head to college, most likely at Christopher Newport University, in the fall. She is active on the school yearbook, as well as in the Key Club and Psychology Club. Many in our ILS community still know Kylee as she is the daughter of our Jr. Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Laurie Honig, she also keeps busy serving many of our families by babysitting....Read More
March 26, 2015
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
March 23, 2015
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
March 3, 2015
On Saturday, Upper School mothers and daughters, along with faculty and other special friends, gathered for the second annual Mother-Daughter Tea. Graciously hosted and coordinated by Miss Clevenger, with the help of the faculty, the event was a lovely opportunity for the community to gather, partake of delicious refreshments, fellowship, and conversation....Read More
February 26, 2015
For our Six Questions series this week, we hear from Mr. Todd Foust. Mr. Foust is an elected member of the ILS School Board, where he serves on both the Finance and Teacher Call Committees. He is also father to two ILS students....Read More
February 23, 2015
Curriculum Corners provide a deeper look at aspects of our classical curriculum at Immanuel. This week, our Upper School Lead Teacher, Mrs. Hull, shares her joy in teaching literature to our upper school classes as she explains how quality literature changes us. ...Read More
February 20, 2015
On Thursday, February 19th, Immanuel Lutheran School welcomed classical education consultant, Dr. Christopher Perrin, for a conversation with the community on "Why Small Classical Schools are Making a Big Impact."
Parents, faculty, upper school students, and others from the community gathered for a dialogue about the growing movement of small classical schools throughout the country and the benefits of small schools.
February 19, 2015
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
February 12, 2015
Immanuel Lutheran School is pleased to welcome classical education consultant Dr. Christopher Perrin on Thursday, February 19th at 7pm for a conversation with the community on Immanuel’s role in the growing movement of classical schools throughout the country. Parents, faculty, upper school students, and the community are invited to participate in the dialogue about the growing impact of classical education and classical schools....Read More
February 12, 2015
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
February 9, 2015
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
February 3, 2015
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
January 26, 2015
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
January 16, 2015
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
January 15, 2015
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
December 19, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
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.
December 18, 2014
This week, ILS Upper School Lead Teacher Mrs. Katherine Hull answers our "Six Questions." In addition to serving as Lead Teacher, Mrs. Hull teaches literature, logic, and art to our 5th through 8th grade students. Mrs. Hull earned a Bachelor of Arts from Patrick Henry College in the Classical Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Pedagogy, and minor studies in Literature, and is also a member of the Society for Classical Learning....Read More