Throughout the year, special events occur that create cherished memories for both the children and their families.
Fall 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.
K-9 Comfort Dog Visits
Family 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.
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.
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.
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 An Usborne Book Fair is held twice each year to help the school and families stock their respective libraries with quality children's books.
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, 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.
Candy 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.
National Lutheran Schools WeekEach 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.
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.
Special Guest VisitorsCommunity 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.
A Day at the TheaterEach 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 Mermaid and Charlotte's Web.
Mother's TeaThe 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.
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.
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.
End-of-Year PicnicThe 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.