November 13, 2015

Congratulations and thank you to all of our families that contributed soup for the Harmony food pantry.  When the soup drive ended on Wednesday, we had more than 300 cans!  The 8th grade class continues to collect food cans of any type.  If you wish to donate, have your students bring in a can on any chapel day. 


Chapel offerings for the first half of the year have also been designated for the Harmony food pantry.  Our total currently stands at $1150.  We have five chapel services left until Christmas.  Can we get to $1750?  Thanks for your generosity towards this worthy cause.

Bill Koehne, Principal

Week of November 15-20


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

Monday                7-8 Girls Basketball practice, 3:00-5:00 p.m.                         

Tuesday               7-8 Girls Basketball practice, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
                             7-8 Boys Basketball home game, 5:00 p.m.

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

Thursday             1st – 6th gr. attend Wind Symphony Concert at Concordia University
                             5-6 Basketball practice, girls’ 3:00-4:45 p.m.                         

Friday                   School Spirit Day
                             Hot Lunch
                             5-6 & 7-8 Boys Basketball practice, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
                              3-4 gr. choir sing at West Suburban Temple, 6:00 p.m.                    

Saturday              5-6 Boys’ Basketball practice, 8:30-10:00 a.m.


Character Education Goal of the Week:  Gratitude

All fees for pre-Kindergarten, PM Kindergarten and daycare are due by November 20.  Fees can be paid by check or credit card to the school office or with the Online Giving button on the Grace website.  Fees cannot be paid through The City.  Please take care of all outstanding fees as soon as possible.

Report Cards:  Today ends the first trimester of this school year.  Look for report cards next week in Tuesday folders.

Christmas Eve forms are due! Please let us know whether or not your child will participate in the Grace Children’s Christmas Eve services. Information and forms have gone home in Tuesday folders and are also available on the Grace website. We look forward to your child taking part in this special service! For information please email Janel Dennen at .  Download the Christmas Eve word sheets and listen to songs here.

Erin’s Law:  Here is our remaining schedule for the discussions so that you can have preparation or follow-up discussions with your student at home.  For more information check last week’s Friday Note.

Nov 17:  PK, 1st, and 3rd

Nov 19:  SK and 4th

Nov 24:  5th and 6th

If for any reason you prefer that your child not participate in these classroom discussions, please contact Mr. Koehne through email.

Mrs. Hammer has requested buttons for an upcoming art project.  If you have buttons of any type that you would be able to donate, please bring them to the school office.  Thank you. 

Young Filmmakers Workshop- Filmmaking workshops for middle and elementary school students only.  Take the workshops for your own enjoyment or to help you prepare an entry to the Young Filmmakers Contest.  Register through the River Forest Park District or call 708-366-6660 for more information.  Part of the One Earth Film Festival,

Great Lakes Scrip Center offers gift cards from over 600 retailers, who donate 1.25 to 50% of the value back to the school. Look at the extensive list of participating retailers, decide which gift cards you can use, and submit your Scrip order form to Eileen Maggio in the school office with payment by cash or check. Consider using Scrip for regular purchases of gas or groceries, for major purchases at stores such as Best Buy, Sears and Target, and for online shopping at Amazon and iTunes. Scrip allows Grace School to benefit from money families plan to spend every week. The next order for Scrip cards will be placed on Tuesday, November 17. 

In these days of cool mornings and warm afternoons, jackets are often left on the playground and end up in the Lost and Found.  Please make sure that your child’s name is marked on jackets and lunchboxes.  Thank you.