Immanuel Lutheran Elementary School

Our elementary school proudly holds a dual accreditation with the following two accrediting commissions:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (W.A.S.C.)

National Lutheran School Accreditation (N.L.S.A.)

Jenny Smith

Teacher - Ms. Jenny Smith

Kenya Buchanan

Teacher/Aide - Mrs. Kenya Buchanan

Join Ms. Smith and Mrs. Buchanan for a learning safari in Kindergarten!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). We will trust Him on our Kindergarten adventure. We will read Bible stories from the Old Testament until Christmas time. Then we will turn to the New Testament for the rest of the year. We will treasure God’s Word in our heart each week, through memorization.

We will lead our trekkers on a sight-word safari and through the bush of good books! We will listen for the call of the wild and our phonics sounds! On safari, we will be reading and writing every week.

Many adventures await our safari students this year. We will play games and sing songs. We will learn about our community and our country. We will travel the world celebrating Jesus’ birthday in many ways. After reading Flat Stanley, we will make our own flat student and send it to someone we know. On safari, students will learn about many different kinds of animals and have some live animal visitors. Our curriculum project this year will be a 3D model of an insect. Kindergarteners will learn math using many different, engaging math manipulatives. We will learn about maps and use one for a treasure hunt. We will have the opportunity to lead others in our chapel service. We are planning a field trip in the spring.

On our learning safari, each student will have a week to be “The Lion King or Queen”, coordinated with their birthday. The students also will take turns taking home the “Super Sack” to bring something special from home to share with their safari friends.

Our learning adventure will work at “Centers” most days, which is a great time for parents and families to lend a guiding hand. Come join the learning safari!

Julie Robbins

 Teacher - Mrs. Julie Robbins

I am blessed to start my 4th year at Immanuel! I've been teaching in Lutheran schools for 25 years (age 2-5th grade), and I'm so blessed to be able to share Jesus' love with my students everyday.

Every day we will grow in our faith and encourage one another. We will be challenged in math, reading, science, social studies, writing, art, P.E., and computers.  Building strong reading skills and confidence in reading is very important in first grade.  We focus on 150 sight words that are called Rainbow Words. Mastery of these words is critical to reading and writing success.  Our sight word and spelling practice will help us become stronger readers and writers too!

Our learning will be active, engaging, and fun! We will learn what it is to be a child of God and how we can love others and live out God's love daily. Throughout the school year we will take field trips to enhance our learning. We will also serve our community by taking part in a class service project.

I can't wait to journey through first grade this year with you as we experience our REAL. PRESENT. GOD.

Holly Smith

Teacher – Mrs. Holly Smith

I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!  We have much to accomplish this year and I cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces again!

We will be in a new fantastic year of learning as we study the following:

Bible- We will begin the year studying stories of the Old Testament, then we will move on to focus on the life and work of Jesus.

Language Arts- Writing skills will be developed as we become stronger readers and strengthen our vocabularies.

Social Studies- We will explore life in families and the communities that surround our families.

Mathematics- Our skills will be sharpened in addition, subtraction, positive and negative numbers, the counting of coins, telling time, measurement, geometry, and so much more!

Science- Our hands will be our guides as we become scientists in the world of plant and animal life cycles, our earth, objects in motion, and forces at work.

Let’s not forget about our extra-curricular activities:
Music, Art, Physical Education and Computer Classes


Erin Chinchilia

Teacher – Mrs. Erin Chinchilla

Blessings!!  I am so excited to be leading the 3rd grade saints of the school.

- We will start each day in the Word and talk about our triune God and the work He does in our lives.

- Students will work on mastering multiplication facts as well as developing higher-order thinking skills during our meaningful math time.

- We'll be doing a lot of reading and focusing on strategies that will help students to comprehend text better. Third graders will work in writing projects as they develop language and grammar skills.

- Our social studies curriculum covers land and water in our area, the California Indians, rules and laws, and the economy of our region.

- During our science lessons students will learn about land and water environments and the solar system.

- Art concepts that will be taught are line, color, shape and form, pattern, texture, space, and composition.

Kelly Byer

Teacher – Mrs. Kelly Byer

Fourth grade is a year filled with a variety of activities and educational opportunities that allow students to grow in skills and knowledge.  We strive to be a community of learners that encourage each other and accept each other’s differences.  Below are some of the events that will occur during fourth grade.

Students will:

  • Use math skills and creativity to start a business
  • Read  Island of the Blue DolphinsHolesBy the Great Horn Spoon and Sideways Stories
  • Write poetry, a narrative, a persuasive piece, and a research paper
  • Host a Wax Museum about a famous person who has made positive contributions to society
  • Visit Riley’s Farm to experience a gold rush and San Juan Capistrano Mission to get a taste of mission life
  • Compare and contrast California to Alaska as we follow our mushers throughout the Iditarod Race
  • Explore electricity and magnets, rocks and minerals, and learn about the fast and slow changes that happen to our earth
  • Discover the history of California and its heroes and become heroes ourselves as we follow God’s Word.


The Biblical theme this year is to Be Still and Know That He is God. Our incredible God is real and present in our lives, actively leading us and helping us in times of trouble. My prayer is that our studies and devotions will deepen the relationship between God and each student so that they will know how much He loves them, and in turn, go and love others.


Myka Mayo

 Teacher – Miss Myka Mayo

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.

I am so excited to start my second year at Immanuel!  I received my degree from Concordia University Irvine and after teaching in Nebraska for four years, I moved back home to California. I am so blessed to be able to share the Word of God every day with my students and to help them grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically as we build relationships with one another.

We will have the opportunity to study God's Word and delve deeper into our subjects and activities so that we can challenge ourselves while growing in our faith.

Here are some highlights from our curriculum:
● History - learning how our country grew into a Nation. We get to learn about our nation’s leaders, parts of government, and different civilizations.
● Science - discovering and exploring parts of God’s creation and how it all works together.
● Reading - along with our weekly reading stories, 5th graders will work on comprehension, decoding, and various other skills. We love discussing our Read Aloud books and comparing them to their movies!
● Language - Creative writing is a favorite of ours in 5th grade. We also work on other writing pieces throughout the year (e.g. Descriptive, research, poetry) to develop our language and grammar abilities.
● Math - we will build upon our math skills and will get to show what we know in creative and fun ways.

Our theme verse this year is taken from Psalm 46:10 which says “Be still and know that I am God.” I pray that my students will trust in God’s plan for us this year and to let Him be in control.

Amy Brackett

Teacher – Ms. Amy Brackett

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Sixth graders are very busy people here at Immanuel Lutheran School and I am so excited to lead our students on this journey of becoming more independent, strengthening their skills, and taking on more responsibility in preparation for the next level.

We are blessed to be able to study God’s Word together and grow in our knowledge and love for Him. Our goal is to learn to yield to His will for our lives and serve Him and others as we do so. With this blessing we will see how each subject we study is connected to our Creator. Utilizing our God-given talents and gifts, some of the activities we will engage in are as follows:

  • Outdoor education week at Alpine Christian Camp in October
  • Apply math that is learned to the “real world” by completing a “When I Grow Up” career project
  • Mastering the scientific method and creating a science fair project
  • Conducting a research report on Ancient Egypt with supplemental art component and a field trip to the California Science Center to experience the King Tut exhibit
  • Create a “Larger than Life” art project showcased at Immanuel’s annual art show
  • Explore our world and complete a country report with the use of technology

Our theme for the year is REAL. PRESENT. GOD. from Psalm 46. I pray as we adventure through this year together that our students will grow closer in their relationship with the Lord and experience his presence in every aspect of their lives as he whispers, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Yvonne Prince

Teacher – Mrs. Stacy Prince

Hello and thank you for visiting the Immanuel Lutheran School Technology page!  We are thrilled to offer 70 minutes of computer time to all students. As the technology instructor, I look forward to bringing students further into the ever-changing digital world through Christ-centered instruction.  Though technology is an integral part of today’s society, it is first and foremost a gift from God.
We at ILS are excited to be continuing our technology curriculum called Beyond Technology Education.  This curriculum will teach and build skills in word processing, power point, research, and other presentation models. We continue our use of Google Classroom to complete our technology projects.  I work closely with classroom teachers in each grade to use age appropriate technology as part of their daily classroom lessons as well as for specific projects throughout the year.
Students learn the many tools and skills necessary to complete projects in Google Slides, Google Docs and Google Sheets.  Students also spend time each week practicing typing skills and learning the different parts and uses of the computers. Along with all of these skills, the students also work on the following:

● Computer parts (hardware, software, inputs, and outputs)
● Mouse coordination
● Website navigation
● Online Research skills
● Age-appropriate graphic design
● Internet safety

It is also our goal at Immanuel that students will begin to understand human, cultural, and
societal issues related to technology and practice Christian, ethical behavior during their time in Immanuel's computer lab.


Kelsey Kissell

Teacher – Mrs. Kelsey Kissell

Welcome to the Physical Education page!

K-3: Basic PE instruction- warm up lap, stretched, and a game or sport skills.  Grades 1-3 run the mile once a month on Tuesday with Mrs. Kissell.

4th Grade: Physical fitness training (10-15 minutes) followed by a warm up lap, stretches, and a game or sport skills (30-35 minutes).  4th graders will also run the mile once a month on a Tuesday with Mrs. Kissell.

5th & 6th Grade: Tuesday- Physical fitness training (10-15 minutes) followed by a warm up lap, stretches, and a game or sport skills (30-35 minutes).  Thursday- Mile run (6.5 laps around the playground) timed and recorded by the classroom teacher, followed by health instruction inside.


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Teacher – Mr. Alex Waggoner

Psalm 100 commands us to “Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord, all the Earth!”. Music is an essential part of worship and is an important part of a child’s education. Music classes are offered for all grades K-6. Every grade has its own curriculum for music.

Kindergarten, First and Second graders will learn an appreciation for musical styles and genres through singing, percussion instruments, and motions.

Third graders will learn some music theory and how to perform both hymn tunes and music in the style of Indonesian Gamelan on Orff Marimbas.

Fourth graders will learn to play the recorder while continuing their instruction in music theory. They will be able to play in parts, a round, and with singers.

Fifth graders will learn to play hand chimes. They will learn how to read a grand staff and how to perform with an ensemble.

Sixth graders will learn how to perform in a handbell choir and advanced performance techniques.