8th Grade Meet Us Mondays: Marina D.

Our 8th Grade "Meet Us Monday" series continues as we approach graduation and the end of the school year. Our 8th graders are continuing their reminiscing and reflecting on their time they have spent at ILS, the friendships they have made, and the many experiences they have shared both in and out of the classroom along the way. We hope you enjoy these glimpses into the ILS experience!

8th Grade Meet Us Mondays: Matthew G.

The countdown continues to our 2018 graduation, and we have asked each of the members of the ILS Class of 2018 to reflect on their time at Immanuel for our "Meet Us Monday" blog series. Each week, we're introducing you to another member of our 8th grade class, letting them share in their own words some of their favorite memories, highlights from their years at ILS, as well as their plans for high school. We appreciate them taking the time to reflect and share these memories with us, and we hope you enjoy the series!

What we're reading (May edition)...

We still aren't quite sure how it is already May, and how we are already entering the final month of the school year, but a new month means a new edition of "What we're reading..."with a new selection of articles and stories that we have found to be interesting, inspiring, or otherwise thought-provoking. Some are new, and others have previously made the rounds, but we still found them to be worth re-visiting, and we do hope you enjoy spending some time reading these also. 

In this month's review, we include an article on J.S. Bach, an interesting look at the myth of "learning styles," the academic benefits for religiously engaged adolescents, a few looks into parenting and raising children, and another great Easter music reflection from our own ILS Music Teacher, Miss Marie Landskroener! We hope that you again find these interesting or thought-provoking, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these pieces, or any other news or articles you've found interesting lately. Let us know, and we might include them in our June edition!

8th Grade Meet Us Mondays: Bemnet S.

We've launched our 8th grade "Meet Us Mondays" series so that you can better get to know the outstanding members of the ILS Class of 2018! Students have responded to a series of questions about their time at ILS, their favorite memories, and about their plans for high school, and we'll be sharing those with you each week. We hope you enjoy meeting our wonderful 8th graders, and we again thank them for taking the time to respond and share more about themselves!

Sermon for Grandparents Day Matins, Friday, April 27, 2018

Rev. Peter J. Eckardt, Associate Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We are blessed to have you grandparents here with us today. You are a blessing to your children and to your grandchildren. And I’m sure that the grandchildren who have grandparents here with them today feel that way as well. It’s such a blast to have Grandma and Grandpa come by. It’s fun and exciting to spend time with them. And grandparents are a blessing to you grandkids not just because they’re the ones who spoil you and maybe give you treats that your parents wouldn’t give, and play games with you, and spend extra time with you, but even more importantly, because they are examples and models for you. They model virtue and character, the wisdom that they have gained over many years. You children, should be watching and learning from your grandparents. And we ought to honor our grandparents; just as, God says, we ought to honor our father and mother, so also we honor the fathers and mothers of our father and mother.

God says in Proverbs, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” You grandparents have been a part of this training up, not only of your own children but of your grandchildren, in many and various ways, and by your examples and have thus blessed them.

8th Grade Meet Us Mondays: Drew C.

Our ILS Class of 2018 is preparing to graduate, but before they head off to high school, we are asking them to reflect back a bit on their experiences at ILS in our "Meet Us Monday" series. We have asked each members of our 8th grade class a series of questions about their time at ILS, their favorite memories, and about their plans for high school, and how they've grown during their years at ILS. We hope you enjoy this series!

8th Grade Meet Us Mondays: Gabriella T.

Each week as we count down to graduation we are asking our wonderful 8th grade students to reflect on their time at IL and to share some of their future plans, in a continuation of our "Meet Us Monday" series. We hope you are enjoying these fun interviews and etting to better know our wonderful 8th graders and learn more about their experiences at ILS and in the Upper School. We are so grateful to each of our 8th graders for taking the time to respond and share more about themselves!

8th Grade Meet Us Mondays: Henry E.

We are quickly approaching the end of the year, and graduation for our Class of 2018. We're asking our wonderful 8th grade students to reflect on their time at ILS, as well as share some of their future plans, as we continue our "Meet Us Monday" series with the members of our ILS Class of 2018. We hope you enjoy getting to better know our wonderful 8th graders, and we thank them for taking the time to respond and share more about themselves!

8th Grade Meet Us Mondays: Ashley C.

As we enter the final 2 months of the 2018-19 school year and our 8th grade students look ahead towards graduation and high school, we wanted to continue our "Meet Us Monday" series and feature the members of our ILS Class of 2018. We've asked each student a series of questions about their time at ILS, their favorite memories, and about their plans for high school. We hope you enjoy meeting our wonderful 8th graders, and we thank them for taking the time to respond and share more about themselves!

Teacher Swap Day!

There is no such thing as a strong school without a strong faculty. Together, we are always learning, reflecting, and challenging each other; this collegiality is a gift for which we thank God. Through such collegiality, our faculty engage in many conversations and learning opportunities together. Throughout the year, faculty sometimes discuss the idea of "going rogue" or pedagogical experimentation, which is not only fun but also a mark that we are always learning and refining our work. 

In light of this, we decided to experiment as a faculty and enact a teacher swap day, in which Lower School teachers literally swapped placed with Upper School teachers. While it's fun for the students, doing this will work towards a few goals for our faculty: