The Big Bad Musical – A Howling Courtroom Comedy
It is always a very interesting process to bring a musical to life…starting with auditions and trying to match students up with the parts that best fit their abilities…to helping them to grow into their characters. This year’s cast has worked hard as they brought the charm of an Enchanted Forest into a modern day courtroom alive on the stage. Our lawyers have had an awful lot of fun playing out their roles, preparing statements and examining witnesses. The defendant and his number one fan were begging for mercy. The many plaintiffs were happy to recount the various injustices done against them. The reporter tried to comment on the proceedings. And the Judge! How happy our judge was indeed to dispense his unique brand of philosophy and enjoy his magic beans! :-)
A musical like this one requires much from many. Students have lines and songs to learn in addition to blocking on the stage and remembering dance movements, props needed for each scene, costumes changes for various scenes and so forth. This particular program required that students memorize three different endings for the trial and be prepared to act out any one of the three with no advance warning. We have seen such growth in our young actors through our two months together and really hope that they will come back again next year for another fun musical opportunity. It is an undertaking to sign up for the Middle School Musical – these kiddos are shining stars!!
Parents have helped their children learn lines and songs, allowed them to participate in practices, encouraged them to stay on top of their school work, ferried them hither and yon for school and track and practices, and much more. We have had parents make or purchase costumes, prepare desserts, arrange for set décor, assist with make-up, and continue to lift us all up in prayer.
As is common in a public dinner theater, the cast served the tables for dessert. Dessert was black forest cupcakes, renamed "Enchanted Forest Cake". Fifth grade families helped in the kitchen during the production, a newer tradition at Immanuel.
Regarding set and stage, one of our young actors lent her artistic design ideas as well as the work she did with her grandma to create our beautiful set design and bring our Enchanted Forest Courtroom to life. Part of this program included a line by one character suggesting we take a commercial break – so students wrote their own commercials to perform!
Another unique aspect of this year’s production was that audience participation was required! I know that some of you have received a summons to serve on a jury a time or two in your life. I also know there are probably mixed reactions to receiving those – some rejoice while others would rather not exercise this civic duty. At the trial, every audience member served on the jury. Mr. Big B. Wolf was on trial. He had been accused of a number of crimes, including huffing and puffing with intent to destroy, attempted sheep abduction, grandmother impersonation, attempted murder by ingestion, and lurking. The audience determined if Mr. Wolf was innocent or guilty. Was he by nature big and bad or was he created that way by society’s expectations?
We so enjoyed the opportunity to watch these students become actors and use the gifts God has given them. May you find joy in seeing God’s blessings throughout your days…and may all your Ever-Afters be filled with Joy and Laughter!
– Elizabeth Grimm
Big Bad Musical Director
Bible Translator Dream is Becoming a Reality for ILS Alum!
Alyssa Tomalino recently visited Immanuel to share her fascinating story with our ILS community during a special chapel service. While in 5th grade at ILS, Alyssa picked up a Christian fiction book and discovered a crazy and exciting side character who wanted to be a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Even though Alyssa didn’t know where the country was or what it took to be a missionary, the Lord planted a dream in her heart, and she has been chasing it ever since!
A couple years passed and Alyssa found herself volunteering in the community with Duncan Howard (former ILS teacher) and his wife Laney Howard. The couple encouraged Alyssa’s dream to be a Bible translator and missionary. They pointed out that her unique skills and talents would be a great fit for Wycliffe, a ministry that has helped people around the world translate the Bible into their very own languages. Alyssa loves anthropology, culture, missions, and travel, and was blown away to find out about a ministry that could blend all of her passions into one great mission. Alyssa immediately started learning everything she could about Wycliffe. She later became a lifetime member of the ministry in 2016.
Since becoming a member of Wycliffe, Alyssa has completed many training sessions including a course on intercultural communication. This course provided Alyssa with cross cultural and awareness training that will help her to acclimate to a new home while sharing the Gospel. The course also helped Alyssa to gain better understanding of her own culture and how it impacts her view of others. She enthusiastically shared how incredible it is that Jesus is relevant and applicable to all people, in all places, at all times!
Alyssa is passionate that every person should have the same opportunity to read the Bible in the language that speaks to their heart, so that they may learn about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! She is saddened by the thought of people needing to learn a second (or third or fourth) language to hear of Jesus’ love, therefore, she is committing her life to Bible translation and missionary work.
Alyssa will move to Papua New Guinea in July 2018 as long as her visa and work permit are approved in time and if she has 100% of her Wycliffe budget raised. Although she is a career member of Wycliffe, her first assignment is two years in PNG as a Language Program Intern. She currently holds an Associate Degree in Anthropology and will spend her first two years with Wycliffe on the field to gain experience while figuring out which Bible translation specialty suites her gifts the best.
As a Language Program Intern, Alyssa will be pursuing scripture engagement, which includes working with communities to help them use and love the Bible within their very own culture. She has beautiful relational gifts and loves getting to know people. While sharing the Gospel, Alyssa will teach the people of Papua New Guinea how to interact with Scripture.
Alyssa is so excited about moving to Papua New Guinea as she can’t wait to bring the good news of Jesus to the people there. She recently visited ILS to speak during the chapel service our 4th graders led about making disciples around the world. When asked if there is anything specific that Alyssa would like us to know about her and her ministry, Alyssa let us know that one of the things that she remembers vividly from her time at Immanuel is the teaching from 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Alyssa emphasized that she has felt empowered and encouraged by the teachers and staff at Immanuel since she was a student at the school. Although she’s constantly the youngest person at the Wycliffe training sessions that she attends, Alyssa is confident that she is following the call that God placed in her heart over ten years ago while attending Immanuel.
We are so proud of Alyssa and cannot thank God enough for using her in this wonderful way to build His Kingdom! Our third trimester Chapel offerings will be given to Alyssa in support of her first two year assignment in Papua New Guinea. If you also feel called to partner with Alyssa by helping her to earn the last 27% of funds needed for her mission, please click here. You are also invited to email Alyssa at email@example.com if you would like to receive her monthly newsletter to follow along her journey.
Please join us in praying for Alyssa as we praise God for the great work that she is doing through Him for His kingdom, and for God to abundantly bless Alyssa, Wycliffe, and the people of Papua New Guinea.
3D Bird Sculptures are Flying around the Art Room!
Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade have been busy creating three-dimensional sculptures. Depending on their grade level, students have been working with a variety of mediums. Eighth grade students have been busy making bird sculptures. The students were allowed to choose whether to sculpt a realistic bird or to engage their imaginations in unrealistic creations. Either choice resulted in pieces that were individual and displayed the students' imaginations and personal artistic techniques.
They created the birds using both clay and paper-mache. The birds were decorated using paint, feathers, and other mixed-media supplies. The final process in this project was creating a platform base that the bird was able to stand upon. Through trial and error, students discovered what methods were successful (and which were not) for their individual pieces.
This was a fun and creative project with students using both realism and their imaginations for their art pieces. I want to thank all who have helped to make the art program at Immanuel a success. I also want to say to all – the students and I recognize, appreciate, and value your generosity!
– Jennifer Peters, K–8 Art Teacher
Don't Be Afraid to Ask!
Like most children growing up, when given a command from my parents, I often wanted to know why I had to do it. I’m sure my incessant questioning annoyed them to no end, but I wanted answers! I don’t think I ever questioned their intentions, but I was curious to know the reasoning and logic behind what they were telling me. Sometimes their reasoning was simply… “BECAUSE I SAID SO!” and I needed to simply obey. We are told in Isaiah 55:8–9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Oftentimes, we use this verse as an excuse to blindly go through life with a shallow belief in God without digging in to His word, examining its truths, and investigating why its trustworthy.
The sad reality in youth ministry is that a vast number of students walk away from their faith after heading off to college because nobody has taken the time to help them answer tough questions. Many are challenged by a majority of society that looks down on a Biblical Christian worldview. My hope is to see more people become confident and aware of how to respond when faced with secular opposition or someone who says…“that’s your truth, but not mine.” We care about seeing the body of Christ stand firm in THE TRUTH (epignosis) when faced with these challenges. Through worldview and apologetic training, our students have had the opportunity to wrestle with many tough questions this year already. After being inoculated with opposing thought, we were able to make a reasonable defense that all points to the Gospel of Jesus. After all, that is “the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.” – Romans 1:16. God invites us to taste and see that the Lord is good – Psalm 34:8. This invitation begs us to dive in head first as we hunger and thirst for truth. Once you really dive in, you’ll find one conclusion that stands above all the rest. Only Jesus satisfies.
If you are interested in learning more about the spiritual and cultural opposition students are facing as teenagers and on university campuses, please consider joining us February 9-10 for “Beyond the Church Walls.” This event will equip leaders and parents to train students on how to engage the world around them with confidence in their faith. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through Immanuel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by signing up in the atrium. Visit www.beyondthechurchwalls.org for more information!
– Tim Handrick, ILCS Youth Director
A Collision of Historical Characters – Third Grade Biography Day!
Every year my third graders complete a book report on a biographical character. As a teacher I really enjoy seeing the anticipation leading up to their oral presentations! They spend the entire month researching and reading about their characters. Without fail, I can expect to hear random and interesting facts throughout the month of January! For example: did you know that while Albert Einstein was exceptionally smart, he struggled with basic tasks like tying his shoes or remembering to eat a meal? Also, did you know that King Tut was a CHILD king and died before his 20th birthday!
On Wednesday, January 31st, the students came dressed and prepared to share their characters with the rest of the class and parent visitors. I am so proud of the preparation and effort that went into this project. I love BIOGRAPHY DAY at Immanuel and look forward to it every year! When else can I see Thomas Jefferson chasing Ronald Reagan and Jane Goodall on the playground…or…Rosa Parks and Anne Frank working on math facts together? What a sight to behold!
ILS fourth graders have had fun learning about Christmas traditions around the world throughout the month of December!
Did you know that in Venezuela, streets are blocked off and people roller skate to church on Christmas Day? Did you know that in Scandinavian countries, people put out hay, grain, and special treats for the animals? Did you know that in France, they add a rooster to nativity scenes? Did you know that in Brazil and Australia, Christmas dinner is usually a picnic on the beach? Fourth graders have been studying Christmas customs around the world for history and religion classes this month.
We’ve learned SO much – like how in most Latin American countries, the baby Jesus isn’t put in the manger scene until Christmas Eve. In most Asian countries, Christmas is mostly commercial. In most European countries, the Christmas season is celebrated for a full month from December 6 to January 6. We have had great fun learning about how other countries celebrate Christmas. We’ve also had the opportunity to pray regularly for those who don’t know about the true meaning of Christmas.
For many of the countries we studied, students created a craft that related to the customs of that country. We made paper “klompen” to represent Holland. Klompen are those famous wooden Dutch shoes. Students colored Christmas medallions in bright colors to add to their shoes. They left their finished shoes on the Christmas Table – and "Sinterklaas", the Dutch Santa Claus, made a special visit to fill their klompen, just as he does in Holland every year. The fourth graders were thrilled to see what Sinterklaas left for them in their handmade paper klompen!
Thank you for the ways you support Immanuel so that children can learn more about Jesus and His love for us. Merry Christmas!
Jesus is the greatest gift that was ever given! On our final school day before Christmas break, Immanuel Lutheran School gathered to celebrate the gift of Jesus and serve Him by serving others.
Our students (K-8th grade), faculty, staff, and chaperones worshipped together in chapel and then participated in various activities to help equip House of Neighborly Service staff carry out their greater mission to serve the surrounding community.
After worshipping Jesus, our students divided into their chapel families so that they could accomplish various projects throughout HNS. They had a great time sorting food, writing encouraging notes for those in need, cleaning up the HNS property, organizing birthday baskets, decorating donation bags, and more!
Upon returning to ILS, we asked our students to reflect on their time at HNS. It was amazing to hear how our short service-learning project made a lasting impact on our students.
“I really liked seeing how what looked like a mountain of work was able to be done quickly because we all worked together.”
“It was AWESOME!!! It made me feel HELPFUL. It made me feel good. It made me know how much I have – and I should be grateful.”
“I was happy because we were helping parents to give their kids a birthday party.”
“I felt happy because I loved knowing that I was helping people. I would like to give them all the money from my piggy bank.”
“I liked that we got to clean door handles because it meant we were helping people to not get sick – if they don’t have money for food, they can’t afford medicine or a doctor.”
“I want to go do that more often.”
“I didn’t know that just caroling would change anything, but everybody smiled!”
Today’s service-learning opportunity was a wonderful reminder that we too receive great blessing when we serve others. House of Neighborly Service, thank you for inviting the Immanuel family to serve with you! Our Loveland community is so blessed by your generous outpouring of love and service! ILS family, thank you for your servant-hearts and for helping make today a fun day to remember!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
This year Immanuel Lutheran Preschool has been excited to implement the Second Step curriculum!
The Second Step curriculum is a social-emotional learning curriculum that is highly researched with proven efficiency rates. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
We have been inspired to implement this sequential and developmentally appropriate curriculum in the classroom because social-emotional learning gives students the tools to be successful, not only in the classroom—but in life! Students learn how to control their own emotions and actions, communicate more effectively, as well as learn how to collaborate and work together with their peers to have positive outcomes. These skills are not just classroom skills, but tools that will help students as they grow, mature, and join the workforce!
We have been very busy in our new art room!
Students in grades K-8 have been observing and learning about artists and sculptors who create art pieces that look like actual foods. Students are working with a variety of different mediums to create realistic looking food that we see in our everyday lives. This fun project is a step in teaching realism – art that is a realistic representation without imagination or idealization.
Immanuel is excited to announce big changes to the technology being used in our classrooms this year!
Here's the Quick Run Down:
Over the summer we made numerous upgrades to our systems so that ILS students from Kindergarten to 8th grade have access to new learning tools.
Chromebooks have been rolled out for every student in grades 5-8. Teachers have already setup Google for Education classrooms for several subjects. The students can see their upcoming tests and assignments, turn papers in without printing, and collaborate with other students in real time.