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
April 21, 2015
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
March 27, 2015
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
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
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 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 22, 2015
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
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
January 13, 2015
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
January 9, 2015
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.
January 8, 2015
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.
January 8, 2015
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
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
December 10, 2014
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
December 8, 2014
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
December 4, 2014
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
December 3, 2014
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
December 2, 2014
The PTL invites families and friends to participate in the ILS Book Fair fundraiser in partnership with Barnes and Noble. Today (December 2) at the Potomac Yards location in Alexandria, and online until December 7 , Barnes and Noble will donate 10% of all designated sales back to ILS. Use ILS voucher number 11411204 online or in the store when you shop to credit ILS with the sale.
This evening, from 4-10pm, ILS will have parent and student volunteers in the store offering free gift wrapping for any Barnes & Noble customer. Stop by and say hi!
Need help with ideas for all the readers on your list? We invited the ILS faculty and staff to share some ideas for children and adults. We hope you enjoy their list!...Read More
November 24, 2014
Saturday morning's cold temperatures couldn't stop the Immanuel Lutheran Church and School football team. Our team, lead by ILS upper school teacher Mr. Schultz and including several dads, teachers, teacher's husbands and congregants, took to the field for a rematch against the team from First Baptist, which Immanuel had first played a few weeks ago. Many ILS parents, teachers and students braved the cold to cheer on the team....Read More
November 19, 2014
A long-time annual tradition for the ILS community is to gather at the Thanksgiving holiday to remember our many blessings.
"Mercy Forever" is our theme for our Annual Day of Service on Tuesday, November 25. The day will include opportunities for worship, presentations for parents, and acts service for our neighbor. Parents and friends are invited to participate in any/all of the day's activities....Read More
November 18, 2014
This past Saturday, Upper School teacher Mr. Schultz organized an adult football game for the ILS community. Teachers, faculty spouses, parents and congregation members joined in a spirited game in preparation for this coming Saturday's big game - a rematch against the same team we played several weeks ago.
All in the ILS community are invited to come support the ILS team at the game this coming Saturday, November 22nd. The game will start at 9am at Clermont Elementary (5802 Clermont Drive, Alexandria). Families and students are invited to come cheer on our team!...Read More
November 14, 2014
This week, we continue our Six Questions interview series Immanuel's new Kindergarten teacher, Miss Fleming. Many returning ILS families may remember Miss Fleming, who student-taught at Immanuel during the 2013-2014 school year. Please join us in welcoming Miss Fleming back to Immanuel!...Read More
October 30, 2014
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
October 29, 2014
ILS students have enjoyed the opportunity to experience some hands-on learning outside the classroom during several recent field trips. ...Read More
October 27, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org....Read More