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. On Monday, the Lower School enjoyed a special performance of The Princess and the Pea from the Virginia Opera, while the Upper School students had the opportunity to take a field trip to the National Building Museum. Annual favorites included Drop Everything and Read Day, School-Wide Game Time, as well as Teacher Swap Day. Additionally, classes participated in writing and distributing notes of thanks to our school and church leadership for their service.

On Thursday, students had the chance to dress as individuals who serve our community. We had students dressed as doctors, police officers, fire fighters, FBI agents, scientists, park rangers, teachers, and representatives from every branch of our United States Armed Forces.  Students also had the chance to meet and hear from people who serve our community as police officers, nurses and military medical professionals, including Gen. Doug Robb, Director of the Defense Health Agency, who spoke to students about his career of service.

The Upper School houses participated in a number of competitions throughout the week as well. These included a grueling chess tournament, an intense debate, and a fierce Scatter Ball tournament. Congratulations to the houses Irenaeus and Athanasius for reaching a winning tie by the end of the week in their competitions.

This contest is a year long, and being in the lead right now is not at all a secure sign of the year's victory. Great lessons were had by all students last week. While 4th graders practiced patience while waiting for their turn to represent their houses, or while the 8th graders dealt with some of the stresses of leading their houses, each student was challenged to participate, to show sportsmanship, and to love their neighbors. Well done, scholars!

The Upper School wrapped up the week by holding a Talent Show. Many ILS families and friends attended in the fun event to support the many talents of our Upper School students, including a wonderful performance of a skit from the musical Oliver!, directed by Miss Leithart and Miss Chin-Yee.

It was a very busy and fun week. We hope you enjoy this look back at our week-long celebration!


ILS Celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week 2015 from Immanuel Lutheran School on Vimeo.

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