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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. 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

A Pedagogy of Beauty

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. ...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

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

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Six Questions with Mrs. Hull

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

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

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

Students versus Parents Soccer Game

This month in PE, our Upper School students have been practicing our soccer skills. The students have been working hard for the past few weeks on their dribbling, passing, and shooting. 'Creating space' when on offense has been a main focal point. To conclude our season of soccer, I wanted to organize a surprise "Big Game" for the students to demonstrate the skills they had been mastering in class....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

ILS Book Fair at Barnes & Noble

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

One thing I'm thankful for...

As the ILS community prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, we invited our faculty, our school board and the PTL executive board to share one thing they are thankful for this Thanksgiving....Read More

Immanuel's Football Team Braves the Cold

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

ILS Annual Day of Service

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

Immanuel Football Game Saturday

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

ILS Parent Fall Social

On Friday, November 14th, the ILS PTL organized a wonderful Fall Parent Social for the community. Parents first had the opportunity to gather with parents and teachers in their students' classrooms, where they enjoyed fellowship and tasty treats (the Kindergarten class impressed everyone by bringing in Chick-fil-A!). The PTL also prepared a fun Quiz for classes to test their knowledge of ILS Trivia, as well as for parents to get a sampling of some of the many things ILS students are studying this year. If you missed the evening, or didn't get a copy of the Quiz, you can view it here!...Read More

Lower School Open House Program

As we celebrated Reformation Day last Friday, Immanuel Lutheran School welcomed current parents, grandparents, and friends at a Lower School Open House program. Guests were invited to experience lessons, observe recitations, and view projects completed and presented by Lower School students. The morning began with an Open House format, where guests had the opportunity to visit classrooms, view classroom journals, talk with the teacher, and view examples of students' work from the first quarter of the school year....Read More

Train Up a Child....

By Ms. Julia Habrecht, ILS Headmaster As we heard from Pastor Esget during his Back to School Night remarks on Vocation and Virtue, both parents and teachers have important vocations and a role in the training of children. Faculty and staff have continued this discussion during our weekly meetings as we work to impart knowledge, wisdom, and virtue to your children We are committed to honoring you and your parental authority. As a community who cares deeply about one another, I invite you to join in ongoing conversation and learning about what it means to live out our vocation as teacher and parent in a classical Lutheran school. Watch the blog and newsletter for links to articles and opportunities, and join us for teacher and parent led discussions, including:...Read More