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ILS Salute to Veterans

On Wednesday, November 11, Immanuel Lutheran School hosted a Salute to Veterans. In recognition and honor of all who have served our nation in our Armed Forces, including many within the Immanuel community, the school welcomed veterans and their families to the school for a Veterans Day program....Read More

Reflection on Leisure by Mrs. Honig

As we draw to the end of summer and prepare for students to return to school to kick-off the 2015-2016 school year, our Junior Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Honig, shares one more reflection on leisure. A timely reflection, Mrs. Honig explores how she is able to find leisure in work. ...Read More

Reflection on Leisure by Miss Leithart

As our summer nears an end, Miss Leithart shares another reflection in our series on leisure. In her summer studies at St. John's, Miss Leithart spent a great deal of time diving into a great variety of ancient Greek literature, and she uses that as the basis for her reflection on leisure this week....Read More

Reflection on Leisure by Mrs. Gorr

For this week's continuation of our summer series on leisure, ILS first grade teacher, Mrs. Gorr, shares the beauty of summer leisure with her daughter. From time spent reading together, to exploring the wonder of creation in nature, she reflects how leisure is often found in these beautiful and simple activities....Read More

Reflection on Leisure by Mrs. Krumwiede

This week's leisure reflection is from Mrs. Krumwiede, who was able to incorporate her love of Latin into a recent visit to the National Gallery of Art in DC. Enjoy her commentary on how Latin allowed her to find joy in higher things and provided the freedom to self-educate....Read More

Reflection on Leisure by Mrs. Stone

Our summer series of faculty reflections on leisure continues today with an update from Mrs. Stone, our special assistant to the headmaster. Mrs. Stone shares how even when we plan for leisure, it doesn't always happen as we planned, and yet we can still find meaningful connection to higher things....Read More

Reflection on Leisure by Mr. Schultz

As we continue our series of faculty reflections on leisure, today we hear from Upper School teacher, Mr. Schultz. In his reflection on summer leisure, Mr. Schultz highlights how his vocation as husband and father, in addition to reading and thinking, provide moments of unique contemplation every day....Read More

Reflection on Leisure by Miss Clevenger

Our school faculty this summer is taking time to discover, practice, and share our own pursuit of leisure as we seek to observe and contemplate the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. Over the summer months, we will be sharing their reflections here on the blog as our faculty relate their efforts and thoughts on the topic. We continue our series with Miss Clevenger's reflections on leisure......Read More

Reflection on Leisure by Miss German

Our goal as a school faculty this summer is to discover, practice, and share our own pursuit of leisure as we seek to observe and contemplate the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. Please stay tuned to the school blog throughout the summer to read reflections from various faculty members about their efforts and thoughts on the topic. We begin with Miss German’s reflection on Music and Leisure....Read More

The Pursuit of Leisure

It's been a busy two weeks at ILS since school ended for the year. Faculty and staff gathered last week to reflect on the year past, plan for the year ahead, and simply enjoy one another's company. Our work week included a number of enriching and engaging opportunities. Most importantly we gathered for Matins, led by Pastor Esget. Mrs. Hull led us in a session where we were prompted with questions to help us grow in the classroom and in our relationships with students and parents. Miss Clevenger prepared a hands-on exercise, challenging our notions of what beautiful and inspiring classrooms look like. Mrs. Winterstein led our final session on the pursuit of leisure. Read more from her below and watch the ILS blog for more on this topic, all summer long. ...Read More

Alumnus Profile: Emmanuel Tamrat

We're continuing our Alumni Profile Series, where we catch up with recent ILS graduates and hear what they're doing now and how they feel Immanuel prepared them for high school and beyond. Many of our current ILS families will remember 2014 graduate, Emmanuel Tamrat, who is our featured profile this week. Emmanuel has just finished up a wonderful freshman year at St. Anselm's Abbey School in Washington, D.C. Just a year out of ILS, Emmanuel shares his memories of ILS and how his time here helped to ready him for his high school experience....Read More

Field Day 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. ...Read More

Lower School Students End-of-Year Reflections

On this last day of the 2014-2015 school year, our students were asked to look back on the many wonderful memories made during this past year. We asked our Lower School students to think back about the year and tell us some of their favorite memories. As you head into summer break, we hope you enjoy this little look back and remembering with us some of the things that they most enjoyed! ...Read More

2015 Graduation and Awards Vespers Service

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Immanuel Lutheran School celebrated its annual Baccalaureate Vespers Service, recognizing the graduating 8th grade class of 2015, along with other student achievements for the 2014-2015 school year. Awards were bestowed for Latin Achievement, Excellence in the Fine Arts, and Christian Citizenship....Read More

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

To the Graduating Class of 2015...

To The Graduating Class of 2015, As you embark on the next chapter of your life I thought that I might impart the “sage” advice of one who came before you. The idea of High School is intimidating to every eighth grader. A new school means new teachers, new classes and new friends which is a lot of change to adapt to all at once. But have no fear! Below I have inscribed the “Top Ten Things I wish I had Known” before starting high school which I hope will provide the insight and peace of mind you are searching for. Above all I want you to know that with prayer, hard work and dedication anything is possible and that you have the power to do great things both in high school and beyond!...Read More

ILS Alumni Reflections

Kylee Honig, ILS Class of 2011, is now a senior in high school, preparing to graduate in June and head to Christopher Newport University this fall. She is back at ILS for the last three weeks of the school year completing her Senior Experience internship. She sat down this week to share some of her memories from her time at ILS....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

Thank You to our Auction Donors!

Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who so generously donated the wonderful items for our 2015 Annual Spring Auction. Our event was a huge success, and it wouldn't have been possible without the amazing support of so many individuals, businesses and organizations from our community. We are truly grateful to have this opportunity to partner with you to support our students, our faculty and our community at Immanuel Lutheran School....Read More

Alumna Profile: Caroline Yates

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've started a new series of Alumni Profiles, where we share some insights from some of our more recent graduates and how they are doing now. We're pleased to continue this series with Caroline Yates, ILS Class of 2014. Caroline writes, "I have had an amazing year at West Potomac High School. Besides doing well in all my honors classes, I managed Girls Volleyball in the fall, and I am currently managing Girls Soccer. Managing is a ton of fun; I get to handle all the paper work, keep the game book/stats, and I am counted as part of the team. I have also continued learning piano and participating in Girl Scouts by doing community service projects." Enjoy our latest Alumni Profile with Caroline!...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: Math is Beautiful

Each week, our "Curriculum Corner" provides a look into our classrooms, and how our classical curriculum is implemented at each grade level. This week, Mr. Schultz, our Upper School Math Teacher, shares his insights on how math is beautiful, but also how he works to simplify math for students to help improve their understanding, allowing them to better see the inherent beauty in math....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

Six Questions with Miss Malcolm

Today, Miss Malcolm shares her responses to our Six Questions. A junior at Hillsdale College studying Philosophy and Politics, Miss Malcolm is joining us at ILS this semester for a Classical Education Apprenticeship. The second teaching apprentice we have hosted at ILS, Miss Malcolm is spending her time primarily teaching in our Upper School, with a focus on history....Read More

Six Questions with Miss Chin-Yee

This week, our Assistant Kindergarten Teacher, Miss Chin-Yee, tackles our Six Questions. Miss Chin-Yee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis on Literature from Patrick Henry College; she also studied Mandarin Chinese at the Taiwan Normal University, and has since received a Bridge TEFL Certification. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education with an emphasis in Educational Therapy. She has previous experience teaching English as a second language, directing Immanuel's 2012 Latin Camp, and serving as a substitute teacher on campus. Miss Chin-Yee loves sharing her love of learning with our kindergarten students, as well as helping them to become strong readers and lovers of knowledge. ...Read More

In their own Words: What is Captivating our Students this Week?

There are many projects underway in the third quarter, and many things with which to be fascinated. Our Upper School faculty recently asked students what is captivating them this week. Enjoy their responses!...Read More

Curriculum Corner - The Logic Stage

Each week, our Curriculum Corner provides more information on our classical Christian curriculum at Immanuel. A classical curriculum is guided by the three phases of learning known as the trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Last week we reviewed key principles of the grammar stage. This week, our Curriculum Corner explores the logic, or dialectic stage, which follows the grammar stage....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

Alumna Profile: Kylee Honig

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

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

Six Questions with Mrs. Honig

This week, Immanuel's Junior Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Honig, shares her responses to our Six Questions. Mrs. Honig earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Longwood College. With previous experience as a preschool teacher, Mrs. Honig is noted for her natural warmth and sincere care for the students, staff and families of Immanuel. She is known for daily encouraging young minds and strong collaboration with parents. Mrs. Honig and her husband are the proud parents of four children, including two Immanuel graduates. ...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

Annual Mother-Daughter Tea

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

Six Questions with Mr. Foust

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

Curriculum Corner with Mrs. Hull: Literature

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

Dr. Perrin Presentation: Why Small Classical Schools are Making a Big Impact

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. ...Read More

Why Small Classical Schools are Making a Big Impact

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