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A Look Back at Lutheran Schools Week (and 2019 MathCounts Success!)

As January came to a close, Immanuel Lutheran School students, teachers and families celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week (January 27 -February 2) alongside more than 2000 LCMS schools across the US. With a full week of activities, beginning with the school's annual Chili Cook-off, and concluding with an outstanding performance by the ILS MathCounts team at the Northern Virginia Regional competition, it was a wonderful time for the entire school community.

Throughout the week, students competed in a Penny Wars contest to raise funds for four different missions: former ILS Manager of Operations, Mrs. Ruth Stone, now serving as a missionary in Hong Kong, former ILS Upper School teacher, Mr. Aaron Schultz, now a student at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Assist Pregnancy Center, and the ILS Tuition Assistance Fund. Students raised more than $1000 to support these projects. 

Walk-in-Wednesday: 3rd Grade with Mrs. Anastasia Krumwiede

It’s time for our last “Walk-in-Wednesday” feature of the calendar year before we take off the next two weeks for our Christmas break!

Each Wednesday when we are in school, we have been sharing a sneak peek from one of our teachers, highlighting what a visitor might observe when walking into our classrooms. This week our “Walk-in-Wednesday” series is from our 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Anastasia Krumwiede. She shares a bit of insight into the special community formed by our 2nd and 3rd grade students as they share some time together each day.

Join us each week when we are in school for a Walk-in-Wednesday tour to see our students and teachers in action and experience a classical, Christian education at Immanuel. Stepping through our red doors, you will be welcomed by the joyful sounds of learning, from poems and jingles in the lower grades, to great discussions of literature or theology in our older grades. Throughout our building, the wonderful sights and sounds of students and teachers engaged in active learning can be witnessed in person, but if you haven’t yet had a chance to visit us, or you would simply like to get more of a feel for the learning in our different grades, we are now offering a weekly glimpse into our classes here on the ILS Blog.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our blog series (or for an in-person visit!) again in January!

Walk-in-Wednesday: 2nd Grade with Mrs. Rebekah Stegman

We hope everyone enjoyed a restful and wonderful Thanksgiving! At ILS we are extremely thankful for our outstanding teachers and the joy and enthusiasm they bring into each of their classrooms. Our teachers truly love what they do, and their love for teaching and learning is experienced daily by our students. We hope to capture just a bit of this each week in our “Walk-in-Wednesday” blog feature so that you can get a sense for the delightful learning happening at ILS.

This week, we are visiting 2nd grade, as Mrs. Rebekah Stegman presents a peek into the delights of her 2nd grade classroom during a history lesson.

Every week our ILS blog features an update from one of our teachers highlighting what a visitor might observe when they walk into our classrooms. Whether you are unable to join us for a Walk-in-Wednesday tour to see our students and teachers in action, or you would just like to get a better feel for what the experience of a classical Christian education is like at Immanuel, we hope this feature creates a picture of just some of what you might observe if they were to peek into Jr. Kindergarten, or 3rd grade, or Upper School Latin, or any one of our classrooms at ILS. 

Please enjoy, and check back each week as we share additional “Walk-in-Wednesday” features!

Walk-in-Wednesday: 4th Grade with Mrs. Molly Barnett

Happy Thanksgiving Week! We are on break today (November 21st), but we wanted to still share a “Walk-in-Wednesday” for you to enjoy a sneak peek into our ILS 4th grade classroom.

Every week our ILS blog features an update from one of our teachers highlighting what a visitor might observe when they walk into our classrooms. Whether you are unable to join us for a Walk-in-Wednesday tour to see our students and teachers in action, or you would just like to get a better feel for what the experience of a classical Christian education is like at Immanuel, we hope this feature creates a picture of just some of what you might observe if they were to peek into Jr. Kindergarten, or 3rd grade, or Upper School Latin, or any one of our classrooms at ILS. 

This week, join us in 4th grade, as Mrs. Molly Barnett presents a snap-shot of the delightful teaching and learning you may observe if you were to step into her classroom.

We hope you enjoy, and please visit the blog each week as we share additional “Walk-in-Wednesday” features! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Walk-in-Wednesday: Jr. Kindergarten with Mrs. Laurie Honig

It’s Wednesday, which means it is time to join us for a Walk-in-Wednesday tour, or if you can’t make it in person, to take another peek into our classrooms through our virtual “Walk-in-Wednesday” series on the ILS Blog!

During our school year, we offer families and opportunity to learn more about a classical, Christian education at Immanuel by visiting during one of our weekly Walk-in-Wednesday tours. The joyful sounds of learning will welcome visitors walking through our red doors, as students recite (and act-out!) poems and chant jingles in the lower school, and engage in excellent discussions of literature, history and theology in upper school students. Singing and music ring out from the music room, and the wonderful sights and sounds of students and teachers engaged in learning can be witnessed throughout our campus.

If you cannot visit us in person, or you’d just like to explore more of what you and your child might experience at ILS, we are sharing updates from our teachers highlighting what visitors may encounter when they step into an ILS classroom. Today, Mrs. Laurie Honig shares a delightful look at her days with our youngest ILS scholars, our 4 and 5 year-old Jr. Kindergarten students.

Please enjoy, and join us here on our ILS Blog each week as we share additional “Walk-in-Wednesday” features! (Curious to learn more? Visit us at an upcoming ILS Admissions Open House!)

Walk-in-Wednesday: Music with Miss Marie Landskroener

Interested in learning more about a classical Christian education at Immanuel? Curious what this looks like in action? We would love to have you join us during one of our Admissions Open Houses, or stop in on week for our Walk-in-Wednesday tour to see for yourself the joyful learning happening at ILS. If you can’t make it for a tour, or just want to experience more of this for yourself, each Wednesday, our ILS blog is introducing a sneak peek from one of our teachers, highlighting what a visitor might observe when they walk into our classrooms.

Enjoy this a virtual tour here on the ILS Blog through our “Walk-in-Wednesday” series, and we hope it provides more of a feel for what you might experience at Immanuel. This week, join us in our music classroom, as Miss Marie Landskroener shares more about some of the delightful moments you may encounter in one of her many music classes every week.

We hope you enjoy, and please visit the blog each week as we share additional “Walk-in-Wednesday” features!

Walk-in-Wednesday: Kindergarten with Mrs. Grace Egger

We hope you’ve been enjoying our virtual “Walk-in-Wednesday” series on the ILS Blog! Each week, we are offering a peek from one of our teachers, highlighting what a visitor might observe when they walk into our classrooms. This series continue this week with a look into Mrs. Grace Egger’s classroom for a glimpse at some of the delightful things our Kindergarten students are doing.

Families interested in learning more about a classical, Christian education at Immanuel can join us for a Walk-in-Wednesday tour each week to observe our students and teachers in action and get a better feel for our school and our community. Upon stepping through our red doors, visitors are welcomed by the joyful sounds of learning, from poems and jingles in the lower school, to great discussions of literature and history with our upper school students. Singing and music ring out from the music room, and the wonderful sights and sounds of students and teachers engaged in learning can be witnessed throughout our campus.

Please enjoy, and join us here on our ILS Blog each week as we share additional “Walk-in-Wednesday” features! (Curious to learn more? Visit us at an upcoming ILS Admissions Open House!)

Meet Us Monday: ILS PE Teachers, Ms. Diane Curcio & Mr. Yonas Mekonen

An Immanuel education aims to nurture the minds, hearts and bodies of students, and as such, movement and physical education is an important part of our curriculum. In addition to incorporating play and intentional movement into our classrooms, especially for our youngest scholars, all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade participate in Physical Education classes twice weekly.  Our program focuses in the Lower School on helping students develop a beginning knowledge of sports and an understanding of their bodies in the context of their ability to perform basic athletic movements. As they move into the Upper School, students begin to go into more depth concerning physical activity and movement. Students will practice skills of a particular sport each month, including soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball, and track & field.  Two outstanding teachers lead our Physical Education program at Immanuel,  Ms. Diane Curcio  for our Kindergarten through 5th grade students, and  Mr. Yonas Mekonen , for our 6th through 8th grades. Both bring extensive experience and passion for health, physical fitness and wellness to their roles at ILS.

An Immanuel education aims to nurture the minds, hearts and bodies of students, and as such, movement and physical education is an important part of our curriculum. In addition to incorporating play and intentional movement into our classrooms, especially for our youngest scholars, all students in Kindergarten through 8th grade participate in Physical Education classes twice weekly.

Our program focuses in the Lower School on helping students develop a beginning knowledge of sports and an understanding of their bodies in the context of their ability to perform basic athletic movements. As they move into the Upper School, students begin to go into more depth concerning physical activity and movement. Students will practice skills of a particular sport each month, including soccer, basketball, hockey, volleyball, and track & field.

Two outstanding teachers lead our Physical Education program at Immanuel, Ms. Diane Curcio for our Kindergarten through 5th grade students, and Mr. Yonas Mekonen, for our 6th through 8th grades. Both bring extensive experience and passion for health, physical fitness and wellness to their roles at ILS.

Walk-in-Wednesday: 1st Grade with Miss Kirstin Reistad

Each week, families interested in learning more about a classical, Christian education at Immanuel can join us for a Walk-in-Wednesday tour to see our students and teachers in action. When you step through our red doors, you will be welcomed by the joyful sounds of learning, from poems and jingles in the lower grades, to great discussions of literature and history in our older grades. Singing and music ring out from the music room, and the wonderful sights and sounds of students and teachers engaged in learning can be witnessed throughout our campus. If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit us in person and experience this for yourself, we would like to offer a virtual tour here on the ILS Blog.

Every Wednesday, we will be featuring a brief sneak peek from one of our teachers, highlighting what a visitor might observe when they walk into our classrooms. Through this, we hope to create an image of just some of what a visitor may experience if they were to stop in Jr. Kindergarten, or 3rd grade, or 8th grade Science, or 6th grade History, or any one of our classrooms at ILS. 

We are kicking off our new “Walk-in-Wednesday” series this week with an inaugural post sharing a bit of the delightful teaching and learning you may observe if you were to step into our 1st grade classroom this week! Join us as we peek into Miss Kirstin Reistad’s classroom for a glimpse at some of the delightful things our 1st grade students are studying.

We hope you enjoy, and please visit the blog each week as we share additional “Walk-in-Wednesday” features!

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.