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ILS Summer Reading Lists & Recommendations

Summer! How do you plan to spend your summer months? We know that for many students and their families, summer includes vacations, trips to the pool, spending time with family, summer camps, hitting the beach, playing outdoors, and a variety of other activities.

We also hope that reading will be a regular part of the summer routine and summer schole for both students and their families. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies, read individually or out loud together should inspire and fuel a sense of wonder and curiosity for both students and adults.

We asked our faculty if they would mind sharing what books are on their own personal summer reading lists and any recommendations they have for students or families to perhaps give you some ideas to consider as you think about what you may enjoy reading this summer.

Additionally, our ILS teachers have compiled a list of suggested readings for both Upper and Lower School students as a resource for families to help select books that students may enjoy, both reading books from their own grade level, or listening as parents read aloud from more challenging texts. Check out our blog post from last summer where teachers shared some of their own favorites from this list!

What is on your own summer reading list? Are you checking out something new, or re-visiting an old favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Meet Us Monday - ILS PTL Officers: Mrs. Cathy Cook, Treasurer

We're bringing back our "Meet Us Monday" series over the summer to introduce you to our new ILS PTL officers for the 2018-2019 school year! 

The Parent Teacher League (PTL) supports classical Lutheran education at ILS and helps to provide opportunities for parents to engage in the life of the school. Through a variety of events and activities throughout the year, the PTL helps to strengthen our sense of community as a school.

We thank each of these parents for their willingness to serve in this capacity and for taking the time to share a bit more about themselves! Please watch for additional communications from the PTL over the summer about some upcoming events, including Los Tios Night and a back-to-school picnic!

This week, please meet Mrs. Cathy Cook, who will be joining the PTL for her first term, serving as Treasurer!

Meet Us Monday: Mrs. Ruth Stone, Manager of Operations

Mrs. Ruth Stone brings a friendly smile and cheerful disposition as she adeptly handles so many of the day-to-day responsibilities of running a school as our ILS Manager of Operations! Often one of the first people visitors to ILS meet or speak to, Mrs. Stone is a welcoming presence to guests and ILS families alike. We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about her as she answers our 10 questions.

As we near the end of our "Meet Us Mondays" series for this year, we hope you have enjoyed this feature as a small way to better get to know the many outstanding members of our faculty. 

Let us know if there is another Blog Feature you'd like to see here on the ILS Blog!

Meet Us Monday: Miss Emily German, Music Teacher

We love music at Immanuel, and we are blessed to have two very talented music teachers to share their love for singing, listening, and sharing beautiful music with all our students. This week, our blog features the other half of our wonderful music teaching team and director of our Youth Choir, Miss Emily German.

We hope that you have been enjoying our "Meet Us Mondays" series and the opportunity to better know the many wonderful members of our faculty. 

Meet Us Monday: Mrs. Laurie Honig, Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

We only have a few weeks to go in our "Meet Us Mondays" series as we make our way through introducing you to our outstanding team here at ILS. This week, our amazing Jr. Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Laurie Honig, answers our questions. You can find Mrs. Honig finding (and spreading) joy each day with our youngest ILS scholars as they practice good manners, celebrate Thankful Thursday, or learn new chants and songs!

We do hope that you are enjoying this series and the opportunity to get to better know the dedicated and caring faculty who love serving our students and families. If you missed any of our features, you can find them all by clicking on the "Meet Us Mondays" tag!  

Stay tuned for another faculty feature next week!

Meet Us Monday: Mrs. Amanda Morrison, Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

This week, Mrs. Amanda Morrison, our wonderful Kindergarten Assistant Teacher, takes a quick break from her busy days delighting and inspiring our young Kindergarten scholars in order to answer the questions in our "Meet Us Mondays" series. 

Every week, we hope that you check out this series and enjoy the chance to get to better know the dedicated and caring faculty who love serving our students and families. 

Stay tuned for another faculty feature next week!

Meet Us Monday: Mrs. Jenny Schmick, Jr. Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

As part of our dynamic Jr. Kindergarten classroom team, Assistant Teacher Mrs. Jenny Schmick spends her days inspiring our youngest ILS scholars. When the Jr. Kindergarten day ends, you can often find Mrs. Schmick assisting in 1st grade or one of our other lower school classrooms, and you will always see her smiling and waving to parents in the carpool line each afternoon!

This week, Mrs. Schmick continues our "Meet Us Mondays" series with her responses to our 10 questions. 

Check back next week as our series continues with another member of our outstanding faculty!

Meet Us Monday: Miss Molly Leithart, 4th Grade Teacher & Lower School Lead Teacher

 "Meet Us Mondays" continues as we share the responses of our faculty to our 10 questions to give you a chance to better know the outstanding members of our team here at ILS! 

Today, our 4th Grade Teacher and Lower School Lead Teacher, Miss Molly Leithart, tackles our questions. In addition to teaching our 4th graders, Miss Leithart works with our entire Lower School team in her role as Lower School Lead Teacher, and for the past few years, she has also helped to direct the student musical number for the Talent Show each January.

Check back next week for another feature, and enjoy!

Meet Us Monday: Mr. Aaron Schultz, Upper School Teacher

It's a new year, and we're continuing our "Meet Us Mondays" feature with more of our outstanding faculty! Each week, we're introducing you to one of the members of our team, and we hope you enjoy the chance to better know the men and women who serve our students and families each day.

This week, our series continues with another wonderful member of our Upper School Team, Mr. Aaron Schultz. In addition to teaching math, science and P.E. to our 6th-8th grades, Mr. Schultz also serves as our Athletic Coordinator, managing and coaching our growing athletics program at ILS.

Meet Us Monday: Miss Carissa Davis, Upper School Lead Teacher

It is time for our final "Meet Us Mondays" feature before the Christmas break!


This week, our series continues with our wonderful Upper School Lead Teacher, Miss Carissa Davis. In addition to serving as our Upper School Lead Teacher, Miss Davis teaches literature, art and logic to our upper grade students.

Please stay tuned in January as our series continues with more of our outstanding faculty members! Enjoy!