Physical education classes
Our primary focus during physical education class is on movement skills, physical fitness, and team building. We promote confidence, healthy bodies, positive interaction, and the enjoyment of physical activity while playing cooperative games and learning new skills. We also work on strength and cardio endurance. Students in grades 5–8 use heart monitors to track progress toward fitness goals.
Music and choirs
Music at Grace is an expression of faith, an opportunity to strive for excellence, and a source of joy and pleasure. Children sing for Sunday morning worship services several times each year and lead the early-evening services on Christmas Eve. Students in grades 6–8 may participate in the handbell ensemble. Rehearsals take place during the school day.
In weekly music education classes students age 3 through 4th grade are encouraged to be creative and expressive as they gain musical skills. They enjoy movement and singing games and perform music of many cultures, styles and historical periods. They practice singing skills and play instruments, including xylophones, drums, recorders, hand-held percussion, and chimes.
The string orchestra program offers an intermediate and advanced ensemble. Weekly private violin lessons are available during the school day for students first grade and up, at beginning through advanced levels. Orchestra and private students perform throughout the school year for chapel, concerts, and competitions.
Grace participates in the Walther Grade School Band Program. Students in grades 4–8 receive private lessons during the school day and the band rehearses one morning a week before school. Grace students join students from other area Lutheran Schools to play in intermediate and advanced ensembles on Monday nights at Walther Academy in Melrose Park.
German is taught in grades 1–8, with twice-weekly classes for younger students and daily classes in junior high. Grace students enter high school prepared to take second-year German classes.
German has practical applications in today’s world. Studying a foreign language means learning about other cultures and about how other people think. German is an important language historically to Lutherans, plus it is also the language of a country with great engineering, technology.
The Art Studio
Creativity flourishes in Grace’s art classroom—the Art Studio. Whether the topic is a Master, a method, or a medium, the art curriculum engages students’ interest and fosters curiosity. Students in grades 1–8 come to a hands-on art class once a week to practice using different mediums and create work that reflects their best efforts. Students learn to give and receive constructive criticism. Art projects often take more than one class to complete and are a source of great pride when displayed at the art fair at the end of each school year. Skills gained in art class encompass everything from drawing to practical skills such as sewing on a button. Most of all, we learn that God has blessed us with many and different gifts and that we are God’s perfect creation.
From “Comedy Improv Workshop” to “LIghts, Camera, Star Wars,”
after-school enrichment classes are fun for students at all levels. Children can learn more about favorite subjects (“Math Games”), try something new, hone athletic skills, or create works of art. Classes are offered in four- and eight-week sessions.
Grace Vikings sports teams are open to all students at the appropriate grade levels. Teams compete against other Lutheran schools in cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track and field in after-school games and weekend tournaments and meets. Grace athletes often qualify to compete at Lutheran Sports Association state tournaments. Teams are coached by Grace faculty and staff members and other qualified individuals.
Cross Country. Boys and girls in grades 3–8 race on Grace’s cross country team in fall.
Volleyball. Boys and girls play on a coed team in grades 5–6 and on separate teams in grades 7–8.
Basketball includes separate teams for boys and girls at both the 5–6 and 7–8 grade levels.
Track and field. Students in grades 3–8 compete at track meets in the spring.