January 15, 2016

Congratulations to the 7th & 8th grade girls’ basketball team.  Last weekend they won the championship at the Immanuel-Elmhurst tournament and were also awarded the Sportsmanship Award.  We are proud of you!

Enrollment packets for the 2016-17 school year were mailed home today.  Enrollment is reserved for current families and church members through January 31st, after that enrollment opens to new families.  Please return your enrollment paperwork and fee to the school office as soon as possible.

Open House posters are available at the school office.  Please stop by and pick one up to take to a favorite place to display: your church, local library or park district, coffee house, etc.  Thanks for spreading the word.

We will be conducting our annual intruder drill next Wednesday.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office or your classroom teacher. 

Lutheran Schools Week is only a week away.  Here is the schedule of events:

Monday – January 25     Dress: Spirit Wear     Activity:  All School Photo

Tuesday – January 26     Dress: Hat Day     Activity:  Lunch with chapel buddies (menu to follow)

Wednesday – January 27     Activity:  Social Studies Fair

Thursday – January 28   Dress: Favorite Sports Team     Activity:  Service Project for Phil’s Friends

Friday – January 29          Dress:  Favorite or Future Profession     Activity:  Career Day

Bill Koehne, Principal

Week of January 17-23

Sunday                 Church Services 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Monday               Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no school no extended daycare

Tuesday              7-8 Basketball home game, girls 4:00; boys 5:00 p.m.  Pictures taken before game

Wednesday          Chapel, 8:30 a.m., led by 7th grade
                             Early dismissal, 2:15 p.m.

Thursday             7-8 Basketball practice, girls 3:00-4:45; boys  4:30-6:00 p.m.
                             5-6 basketball away game, Lutheran Unity West, 5650 W. Canfield Chicago, girls 4:00, boys  5:00

Friday                   5-6 Basketball practice,girls, 3:00-4:45; boys 4:30-6:00 p.m.
                              Chili-Cook Off 6:00 p.m.

Saturday              7-8 boys’ basketball practice, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
                             7-8 girls’ basketball, Melrose Park League 3:00 p.m.


Character Education Goal of the WeekCourage

Winter Enrichment Classes- The After School Enrichment Program will begin its winter session  next week. This season includes several exciting options covering a range of topics in 4- or 8-week sessions. Check out all class offerings described here or under Parent Quick Links on the school website.

Registration is due Friday, January 15 at 3:00pm. Forms and payment may be submitted to Eileen Maggio (school office). Checks should be payable to Grace Lutheran School.

Enrichment classes fill up quickly! Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis so plan to register soon!

The next Scrip order will be placed on Tuesday, January 19.   The order form can be found here

Students in grades 5-8 have the opportunity through Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban PADS), to serve a meal to people in need of food and shelter on Friday, January 22 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park. Students will be providing brownies and ice cream for dessert. If your child is interested please contact Janel Dennen by Tuesday, January 19 at .


Chili Cook-off sponsored by GPO:  Join us on January 22 at 6:00 in Fellowship Hall for our 3rd Annual All-School Chili Cook-off!   Sign up at perfectpotluck.com with coordinators last name: Grace parent organization and password: grace or by following this link http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=OUJF9880

After the kids eat... the youth on the Slovakia Mission Team will supervise activities in the extended care room for 4-8 year old children.  They will also supervise the older kids in the gym.  Help support their mission trip through a freewill offering.  We hope to see you there!


Family Fun Friday

Save the Date- February 5, 6-8 pm

Church and school families close the Epiphany season together in light of Christ!

Play games in open gym

Create 2 bookmarks - 
One to keep and one to give as the gift of Jesus’ love. 

Mingle with other parents

Share in fellowship over pizza and lemonade.
Reservations are preferred. Please email Julie Modrich, Children’s Ministry Coordinator, to sign up by February 5 by 4pm. PLEASE email me even at the last minute with number of adults and children. We don’t want to run out of pizza. We welcome everyone! Free will offering for meal. 
 **Although event is geared for grades kindergarten through 5th grade, you are welcome to bring your older or younger children too.


Dear Grace Church and School Parents of Fourth and Fifth Graders, 

Your child is invited to participate in 1st Communion instruction classes this spring. Pastor led classes begin after Easter this year, on Sundays from April 10 through May 8 (9:45-10:45am). First Communion will take place on May 15.  The age for first communion instruction is changing from fifth grade to fourth, so this year's class will include both fourth and fifth graders. Children this age who already commune are invited and encouraged to participate in the class along with their peers.  

Please email me if you would like to register your child/children for 1st Communion Instruction. Further details will be emailed in early March. 


Julie Modrich, Children's Ministry Coordinator
                 708-366-3900 ext 229 office


All fees for Pre-Kindergarten, PM Kindergarten and daycare are due by January 20.  Fees can be paid by check to the school office or with the Online Giving button on the Grace website.

The link to the payment page is here.  Reminder: Fees for these services cannot be paid through The City