August 24, 2015
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
August 17, 2015
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
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.
July 20, 2015
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
June 26, 2015
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
June 22, 2015
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
June 19, 2015
This week students have enjoyed Latin Camp at Immanuel. Miss Clevenger, Mrs. Krumwiede, Miss Fleming, and Miss Chin-Yee have done a magnificent job connecting the Latin world to Holy Scripture and its application to our life today. Why is language learning important? There are significant theological reasons that language is important....Read More
June 19, 2015
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
June 5, 2015
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
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 27, 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
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.
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
April 13, 2015
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
March 31, 2015
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
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
March 5, 2015
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
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 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
February 2, 2015
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
January 28, 2015
A favorite tradition at ILS during National Lutheran Schools Week is Drop Everything and Read Day. Students and teachers alike enjoy the opportunity for spontaneous reading breaks throughout the day. Whether a favorite book from home, or a new selection from the classroom library (or even finishing The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Thursday's PTL Book Discussion), lots of great reading is happening around campus all day!...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 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 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 5, 2015
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
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 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