What We're Reading Wednesday: Mrs. Grace Egger

Check in on our ILS social media pages or here on our ILS Blog to hear from all your favorite ILS teachers and staff as they share a peek at what they’re reading this summer!

Mrs. Grace Egger, ILS Kindergarten Teacher, continues our “What We’re Reading Wednesday” series with a selection that she recommends students and families include on their summer reading list.

What’s on your summer list? We’d love to hear what you’re reading this summer as well!

What We're Reading (July edition)...

We hope everyone is enjoying a restful and relaxing summer! As the summer continues, we are keeping up with our "What we're reading..." series to share news and articles that we’ve found interesting or insightful over the summer months!

What are you reading this summer? If you need some inspiration, check out our weekly “What We’re Reading Wednesday” videos as our faculty and staff share some of their recommendations for parents and students.

Interested in joining fellow parents and teachers for some summer reading?

This summer, ILS is hosting a Summer Book Club! Parents and friends of ILS are invited to join us each month as we read and gather to discuss a short selection. Please use the form below to let us know if you will be able to attend one or more of these discussions!

Join us on Thursdays at 7 pm. Reading selections and options to order, included via the links below.

July 11: Revelation by Flannery O'Conner 
August 8: Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien (copies available in the ILS office)

Please let us know if you can join us!

What We're Reading Wednesday: Mrs. Marie Greenway

Check in on our ILS social media pages or here on our ILS Blog to hear from all your favorite ILS teachers and staff as they share a peek at what they’re reading this summer!

Mrs. Marie Greenway, ILS Music Teacher, kicks off our “What We’re Reading Wednesday” series with a look at a selection that has made it onto her summer reading list.

What’s on your summer list? We’d love to hear what you’re reading this summer as well!

What We're Reading Wednesday: Ms. Katherine Kramer

Check in on our ILS social media pages or here on our ILS Blog to hear from all your favorite ILS teachers and staff as they share a peek at what they’re reading this summer!

Ms. Katherine Kramer, ILS Assistant Headmaster, kicks off our “What We’re Reading Wednesday” series with a look at some of the selections that have made it onto her summer reading list.

What’s on your summer list? We’d love to hear what you’re reading this summer as well!

Baccalaureate Vespers 2019

After sitting through dozens of graduation speeches that were a terrible waste of time, the brilliant educator and critic Neil Postman wrote the sort of commencement address he wished would be given but never is. In it he talks about two groups of ancient people, the Athenians and the Visigoths. This is because, Postman said, you soon must align yourself with the spirit of one or the spirit of the other. You must choose between the Athenians or the Visigoths.

The Athenians developed a political democracy, invented philosophy, and one of their scientists conceived of the atomic theory of matter 2,300 years before it ever occurred to a modern scientist. They sang beautiful poems and wrote plays that are still performed today. They loved beauty and strove for excellence.

The Visigoths, by contrast, were good at one thing: killing. Their language was barbaric, their art grotesque. They loved to burn books and destroy buildings. Nothing of this people remains.

ILS Field Day 2019

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for our 2019 ILS Field Day! It was a fun-filled day of races, games, and competitions, including a giant Jenga tournament, soccer, a dunk tank, giant lawn bowling, tug-of-war, sack races, water balloon tosses, face-painting, popsicles and much more! Thank you to all our teachers and parents for helping make the day a memorable one for all our students!

What We're Reading (June edition)...

It’s the last week of school, and we’re just days away from the start of the summer break! The year has flown by, and we are grateful for all our ILS families and students helping to make this a most wonderful year.

As we head into summer, we’re sharing the last edition of "What we're reading..." for the 2018-2019 school year! Don’t worry, we’ll continue to post over the summer, and as always, we hope that you’ll continue to share any articles or news that you’ve found interesting that we should include in an upcoming edition.

Want to join us for some summer reading?

This summer, ILS is pleased to host a Summer Book Club! Parents and friends of ILS are invited to join us each month as we read and gather to discuss a short selection. Please use the form below to let us know if you will be able to attend one or more of these discussions!

Join us on Thursdays at 7 pm. Reading selections and options to order, included via the links below.

June 13: The Golden Key by George MacDonald 
July 11: Revelation by Flannery O'Conner 
August 8: Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien (copies available in the ILS office)

Let us know if you can join us!

Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Kendall B.

In just over a week, we will be celebrating with our ILS Class of 2019 at our Graduation Vespers Service. It is hard to believe that our year is fast coming to a close, and we will soon be saying our farewells to our graduating 8th grade students. These past weeks, we’ve been counting down alongside our 8th graders with some reflections and memories from their time at ILS in our "Meet Us Monday" series. We hope you enjoy getting to better know the members of the ILS Class of 2019 and that you will join us next week, on Wednesday, June 5th, as we celebrate with our Graduation Vespers.

Class of 2019 Meet Us Monday: Jack B.

The clock is racing to the end of the year as we’re now just two weeks from Graduation! As we prepare to bid farewell to the graduating members of our ILS Class of 2019, we’ve asked each of them to spend some time reflecting and reminiscing with us about some of their favorite times here at Immanuel. It has been delightful to hear some of the things that they remember most about their years at ILS, and we look forward to seeing great things from each of these students as they head to high school and beyond. This week, we continue our "Meet Us Monday" series hearing from another member of our ILS Class of 2019. 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!

4th Grade Student Poem: "Summer"

We take delight in seeing how our students’ imaginations are sparked by what they are learning and discussing in their classrooms. Inspired by reading the novel The Wind in the Willows in literature and learning of the character, Ratty's, penchant for poetry, two ILS 4th grade students, Linden and Caroline, were motivated to jointly compose their own original piece. The class has also been discussing literary devises such as alliteration, which readers will find plentifully in their poem, metaphor, and personification. Enjoy!

"Summer"
By Linden & Caroline (4th grade)

I remember when I was young
The sunny Saturdays in the celestial sun
The waving water so cool and refreshing
On the blowing breath of the morning breeze. 

Now I sit in the dusty dungeon of winter
Thinking of those sonorous summers
Wishing I could be there now
And seeing the drawing dawn of day.

But now the summer has come
And I see my full self again!
The weather's warm, the sun is singing,
And I hear the cuckoo's cry again. 

I see the sunflowers, I pick the plums.
I hear the crowing cock that cries
And see the ripe, red strawberries
And the blue birds flying over me.

And now this poem has come to an end. 
But do not be sad.
For summer will come again.