January 8, 2016

Happy New Year to everyone!  Now that we have turned the calendar to 2016, here are some dates to know:  

Jan 22    6:00 pm   All School Chili Cook-off sponsored by GPO
Jan 27    6:30-7:30pm   Social Studies Fair - Families are invited to take “A Travel Through Time” while they check out projects from all of our students.
Feb 3     6:30-8:00pm   Open House for prospective students.  If you have friends or neighbors interested in attending Grace School next year, please invite and encourage them to attend on this evening.
Feb 12   No School – Teacher In-Service Day
Feb 15   No School – President’s Day
Feb 26   5th & 6th Grade Play

Bill Koehne, Principal

Week of January 10-16

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

Monday                 5-6 boys Basketball practice, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday               7-8 Basketball practice, girls 3:00-4:45 p.m.; boys 4:30-6:00 p.m.
                             5-6 Basketball away game, St. Peter Lutheran 111 W. Olive St. Arlington Hts., girls 4:30, boys 5:30

Wednesday          Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
                             Early dismissal, 2:15 p.m.

Thursday             Art History lecture, Edgar Degas, 10:00
                             7-8 Basketball practice, boys 3:00-4:45; girls 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Friday                   5-6 Basketball practice,boys, 3:00-4:45; girls 4:40-6:00 p.m.
                              7-8 boys Elmhurst Basketball Tournament, Immanuel Lutheran 148 E. Third St. Elmhurst First game 7:30 p.m.

Saturday              7-8 boys tournament continues
                             7-8 girls Peoria Basketball Tournament, first game 12:45 p.m.


Character Education Goal of the WeekProblem Solving

Winter Enrichment Classes- The After School Enrichment Program will begin its winter session the third week of January. 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!


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.

The Senior Kindergartens are building an igloo!!  Please bring clean gallon milk or water jugs and put into the box outside of the Sr. Kindergarten classroom. 

From Mrs. Hammer-   We are in need of several items that may turn up around the home with frequency during the next month or so. Please review our list of needed items before cleaning out your closets or recycling.

*Unused burlap

*Buttons – any kind

*Scrapbook paper – any kind

*Clean empty peanut butter or jelly jars with lids– glass or plastic

  (these are used for both art projects and storage)


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


Kids' Enrichment on MLK Day - BASE Camp Build 4 Good

Are you ready for the first Monday off of school on January 18 -- MLK Day -- less than 2 weeks away? We are! All kids from any school are invited to join us from 8 am - 3 pm (Extended Camp is available from 3-6 pm) at Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth, Oak Park. Register online at opef.org/base-camp.

New candle lights for the cross this year means we have about 100 used C batteries. A bin full of these used batteries will be placed at the school office. Students and parents may help themselves.