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Continuing Education During the Summer Months

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So much happens during the summer: family vacations, sleeping in, mid-week sleepovers, pool days, later bedtimes…the fun never ends! One thing that does come to an end is the structured learning time your child gets at St. Philip Lutheran School during the academic year. The end of the school year doesn’t have to mean the end of learning, though. Keep your child’s mental muscles strong this summer by providing the following educational opportunities:

  • Cook with them. Basic cooking skills are simply necessary for anyone who can’t afford to hire a full-time chef, but it is also educational. Using measurements reinforces math skills that were learned during the school year. Cooking – baking, in particular – is also a way to introduce your child to chemistry. Doubtful? See what happens when you add yeast to warm water, or forget to put a source of fat in a cookie recipe.
  • Be mad scientists. If your son or daughter has already mastered making slime, check out the internet for other safe science experiments to try at home. If all else fails, you can always resort to the good old standby – the baking soda and vinegar volcano.
  • Set aside time for reading and writing. This can be as simple as a 15-minute bedtime routine or as ambitious as a novel you read as a family; a sticky note grocery list to a complete analysis of literature. Whichever works for you, make sure your summer breaker is reading and writing daily.
  • Take family field trips. Teach your student about photosynthesis by taking a nature hike or help history come to life by visiting some of Chicago’s historical sites. Not only will this help your child learn, it will also create memories to last a lifetime.
  • Enroll your child in VBS and summer camps. Vacation Bible School continues your child’s spiritual education and provides them with opportunities to socialize with other kids their age. Find other camps that your child might be interested in (Robotics camp, anyone?) by searching online.

As adults, we know that there are endless opportunities to learn, but our kids may need some guidance in this endeavor until they figure it out for themselves. To find out more about our Vacation Bible School schedule or other extended learning opportunities, contact St. Philip Lutheran School. Winter, summer, spring, or fall, your child’s education is our priority.

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All About St. Philip Lutheran

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While we may not have started as a school, St. Philip Lutheran has ministered to the Chicago community since 1893. Since then, we have grown beyond our expectations and are happy to share our humble history with you.

Our Timeline

  • 1893 – St. Philip Lutheran Church is established in the north side of Chicago
  • 1937 – The church opens the St. Philip Lutheran School with a total of 23 students
  • 1942 – St. Philip Lutheran officially becomes an accredited school
  • 1953 – The church completes the construction of a new building dedicated to the school
  • 1986 – St. Philip opened the Early Childhood Center to meet the needs of the local community
  • Present Day – St. Philip School provides over 200 students – from preschool to eighth grade – with spiritual, academic, and social educations each year.

Our Educational Goals

The priority of St. Philip Lutheran School is to provide each and every one of our students with a well-rounded education. It is our belief that nurturing a child spiritually, academically, and socially is required to create responsible adults who wish to contribute and lead as citizens of a global society.

  • Spiritual Education – Students are educated spiritually from the very beginning. Our early childhood students are introduced to stories of the Bible and Christian values. Our K-8 students obtain a spiritual education in their daily religion courses and weekly chapel services. Students are provided with opportunities to serve as spiritual leaders in chapel services, visits to local nursing homes, and participating in youth group activities.
  • Academic Education – While our education may begin with the FOUR R’s (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, and religion), we certainly don’t stop there. St. Philip also offers technology, Spanish, music, and physical education courses, as well. After leaving St. Philip Lutheran School, our students are well-equipped to embrace the challenges of high school.
  • Social Education – While our students are accustomed to collaboration in the classroom, they also have opportunities for social education elsewhere. Our sports programs, clubs, and organizations such as Student Council allow our students to navigate the complex world of social interaction, preparing them to successfully function in the post-academic world.

What began as a small church has grown into a Chicago institution. We are grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to minister to, serve, and teach our community – each and every day.