Mrs. Robin Roeske named Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow   

First Immanuel is honored to announce Mrs. Robin Roeske was selected as a 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellow.  Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.   She was chosen for this $6,000 grant from among many fine candidates because of her skill as a leader and agent for positive change, and your superior ability to inspire love of learning.

Mrs. Roeske and First Immanuel, which will also receive a $6,000 grant, will be recognized at a regional luncheon in the spring along with other Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship, Student Excellence Scholarship, Student Initiative Scholarship and Principal Leadership award recipients on May 9th.

First Immanuel Students Make Great Showing in VFW Patriot’s

Pen Essay Contest

First Immanuel Lutheran School made an excellent showing in the Cedarburg-Grafton VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.


Of the top 10 essays recognized by the Cedarburg-Grafton VFW Post, three winners were FILS students. 7th grader: Sam Eisenhauer, 8th Graders: Jae Fitting and Mary Stroebel.


All essays were based on the 2019-2020 theme “What Makes America Great".  Grace Bertram, the FILS middle school teacher who coordinates the student’s participation in the essays, said “This year’s theme was something that really hit home with the students. We are so blessed to live in a country that provides us with freedoms, rights, and independence. The students found great connections to the topic and were excited to share their essays. I have such a talented group of students and am very proud of all of their hard work!”.


The VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest provides 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills while they compete for worthwhile awards and prizes. Awards are given at the local, district, and state levels. Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards and the opportunity to complete for first place nationally.

Ozaukee County students prepare for virtual learning amid COVID-19

closures (Excerpt)

By Madison Goldbeck 262-305-6759

OZAUKEE COUNTY — Wisconsin school districts closed last week as a precaution against the coronavirus. Amid the closures, classes will move to virtual learning.

Each district closed Monday and will tentatively resume on April 13. Each district has an individual plan to navigate the closure and how educators will work with students through distant learning.

Parents begin planning

Ozaukee County parents are preparing their children for virtual learning and plan to keep them engaged without the faceto- face interactions classrooms provide.

Parent Maria Rose noted she is impressed with First Immanuel Lutheran in Cedarburg and the teachers’ adaptability to virtual learning.

“They are using SeeSaw and Zoom as virtual classrooms,” she said. “They’re keeping a sense of normalcy in this time of craziness. Most importantly, keeping our faith. I think it’s also important as parents to do what is best for your child and your family. There are also so many things we can teach our children too, like taking care of the home, doing laundry (and) cooking.”

First Immanuel Student wins poets contest

First Immanuel Lutheran School 7th grader Jack Vravick was the First Place Winner for the Written to Speak 2020 Young Poets Contest (with sponsorship by Thrivent Financial Cedarburg Associates)! Prizes were announced and awarded at the Cedarburg Cultural Center on January 9th, where students were invited to read their poems. Congratulations to Amy Osborne, Lucy Pahl, Christian Remm, Ben Valdez, and Zeke Smedal who received Honorable Mention honors for their poems!