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Throughout the year, special events occur that create cherished memories for both the children and their families.

 


devosParent Devotions
Once a week the children go to church for a short devotion. The Pastor leads a Bible-based object lesson with prayer and the youngsters share one or two of the Jesus Time songs they have learned.  Families are invited to attend the chapel on the second week of each month. Several times a year, the ELC students sing during the Sunday worship service. They also participate in the Children's Christmas Program.
 
 
 

farmFall Fun at the Farm

Each autumn all the ELC children, along with an adult chaperone for each, take a field trip to Siegel's Cottonwood Pumpkin Farm in Lockport. It is an action-packed day with opportunities to visit animals in the petting zoo, take a hayride, find a perfect pumpkin in the patch, explore a maze, and play outdoors.

 

 

 


shamivisitK-9 Comfort Dog Visits

St. John is home to Shami, a Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog. She visits the ELC with a handler twice each month. In addition, she is known to make a surprise appearance for holiday celebrations at Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter respectively decked out with antlers, hearts, and bunny ears. The children collect Pennies for Pooches to support the mission of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry which responds to regional and national disasters.
 
 

movienightFamily Movie Nights

Throughout the year, free Family Movie Nights are held for Sunday School and ELC families. Popcorn is served. Some of the films shown have included Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon, Wreck-it Ralph, Despicable Me 2, Inside Out, and Frozen. Family Movie Nights are great evenings of entertainment and fellowship.

 


 


trunkortreat2Trunk-or-Treat

On the Saturday afternoon closest to Halloween weather permitting, the ELC hosts a Trunk-or-Treat in the church parking lot. It is open to the community. Families decorate the opened trunks of their car, some have games, and all provide treats for their costumed visitors. Children are free to walk with friends in a traffic-free and supervised area that offers a more secure and convenient alternative to trick-or-treating.

 


grandparentsGrandparents Day

Each year the preschoolers invite their grandparents to school for collaborative, intergenerational activities. Those students whose grandparents are unable to attend are gladly "adopted" by others present. It is a much anticipated event that honors and celebrates the unique relationship between grandparent and grandchild with songs, crafts, and special treats.

 



20160513 091233Book Sense

The ELC promotes emergent literacy by having teachers read aloud to the children each day from books in the classroom library. The school also provides books for independent "reading" through its Little Lambs Library. Exploring books helps preschoolers develop print awareness. A story teller from our local Indian Prairie Library visits regularly for special interactive read alouds.



18033161 815721041925103_6414362620366824912_nService Projects

The ELC sponsors service projects to help teach its students how to share the love of Jesus with others. Such undertakings have included teddy bear, picture book, and mitten collections for needy children living in shelters and law enforcement survival kits. Items gathered were distributed by DuPage County agencies. It provided a tangible way for preschoolers to understand the idea of comforting someone. The children also sponsor food collections for a local food pantry.

 


ccc2Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane is where children can enjoy Olaf the Snowman, our Comfort Dog Shami, a balloon artist, and Christmas-themed games, crafts, music, and read alouds while their parents shop at our Annual Craft & Vendor Fair. ELC staff members provide the supervision. As an added bonus, ELC families may leave their children for an extended time to shop off-site for a free will donation.

 

 


SkatingNational Lutheran Schools Week

Each January an Open House is held to observe National Lutheran Schools Week and to encourage registration for the upcoming year. Not only is the community invited to tour the school, but current and alumni families are welcome to the event. The week culminates with a special family activity.

 

 

 


fathersFather's Saturday

If we waited to celebrate fathers until June, school would be out. Therefore, we schedule a special Saturday to honor them in the winter. It is a themed morning of hands-on activities with daddy or another special man in each child's life. It is always fun to work together on a project and get a little silly.

 

 

 

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Special Guest Visitors

Community connections are made when we invite representatives of local agencies to make guest presentations. Fire and police personnel help the children learn about careers and give them important safety tips. 

 

 


theaterA Day at the Theater

Each spring all the ELC children, along with an adult chaperone for each, take a field trip to Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook to see a live musical production of a favorite children's play or book. Recent productions seen have included The Little MermaidCharlotte's Web, and James & the Giant Peach.

 



 

tea1Mother's Tea

The children host a Mother's Tea for their mom or another special lady in their life in May. Refreshments are served by the children who then serenade the honorees with some special songs. The hour ends with the presentation of a surprise handmade gift.

 


 

 

 

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Planting Day 

Placing seeds and plants in the soil is a fun and healthy outdoor activity the preschoolers enjoy each May as they work together to beautify the school grounds.  It is a time when getting dirty is a good thing!  In the process, the children become acquainted with different plants and the need to nurture them.  The experience provides an opportunity for the children to give thanks to God for His creation and to learn their role in being good stewards of it.

 

 

laceband

 Lace School Band Concert

The Lace School Beginners Band visits the preschool each year to perform a concert. The preschoolers enjoy hearing the music and seeing how it is made.  The director always employs different meaures to somehow encourage active audience participation much to the children's delight.

 

 

 

 

picnic2End-of-Year Picnic

The Sunday afternoon prior to the last week of school is reserved, weather-permitting, for an all-school picnic at Darien Community Park. It is a time for all the ELC families to get together for fellowship and to bid farewell until next year or offer good wishes to those heading off to Kindergarten.

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