December 11, 2015

This past Monday completed the Walther Science League competition for 6th-8th graders.  Students from four Lutheran schools competed in teams of 2 or 3 to complete a project during each 45 minute competition.  A different team from Grace won each of the four competitions.  Congratulations to the following event champions:

Oct 5:  JJ Curley and Orin Manske
Oct 26:  Grace Leininger and Alexander Betinis
Nov 16:  Nathan Blazenko, Stephen Roder, and Adam Sanders
Dec 7:  Carina Scholtens, Jordyn Van Santen, and Emily Weaver

Bill Koehne, Principal


Week of December 13-19


Sunday                 Church Services 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
                             Advent/Christmas concert, 4:00 p.m., 5-8 gr. choir sing, arrive at 3:00 p.m.

Monday               5-6 Basketball home game, girls 4:30, boys 5:30 p.m.  Pictures before games

Tuesday               No before school band
                             7-8 Basketball practice, girls, 3:00-4:45 p.m.; boys, 4:30-6:00 p.m.                              

Wednesday          School Chapel service, 8:30 a.m.
                             Early dismissal, 2:15 p.m.
                             Advent supper at 6:00 p.m.
                             Strike Team at Advent service, 7:00 p.m., arrive at 6:30 p.m.                       

Thursday             Strike Team concert at Altenheim home
                             5-6 boys  Basketball practice, boys 3:00-5:00 p.m.
                             7-8  Basketball away game, girls 4:15 p.m.; boys 5:15 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran 18 S. School St. Mt. Prospect

Friday                   School Spirit Day
                              Strike Team concert at Bethesda Retirement home
                              Early Childhood Christmas Program 10:30-11:30 a.m.
                              Hot Lunch

Saturday              7-8 boys’ Basketball practice, 8:30-10:00 a.m.                              

Character Education Goal of the WeekPeacefulness

From the Room Parents:  A Grace School tradition at Christmas is to show our appreciation to the teachers and staff by giving them a monetary gift collected from the families. Please take a look at the list found here and consider contributing in this way.  We understand not all families are able to contribute or would rather show their appreciation in other ways.  If you wish to contribute to these gifts, all monies need to be received no later than Wednesday, December 16 at the school office and must be cash, no checks or online contributions.  The room parents will distribute the gifts along with a card to each staff and faculty member.  


Schedule of Music Events:  You are welcome to join us for any of these events.

                Sunday – Dec 13               Grace Church Advent Concert – 5-8 Choir participates 4:00pm in church

                Friday, Dec 18                    Early Childhood Christmas Pageant 10:30am in Fellowship Hall

                Sunday, Dec 20                 Handbell concert 9:45am in Fellowship Hall

                Thursday, Dec 24              Children’s Christmas Eve service 4:15pm and 6:00pm in church


Tuesday, December 15 - No morning band on Tuesday, December 15, but there will be lessons.
Our second semester with morning band and lessons will resume on Tuesday, January 12.

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. 

Graceful Evening Wine Pull Donations
While you’re decking the halls and catching up with family and friends during the holidays, if you find yourself with extra bottles of wine that need a home please consider donating to the Graceful Evening Wine Pull.  Bottles of wine valued $20 or greater warmly received (well, actually, stored with thoughtful temperature control until the auction).  Donations can be turned into the Grace front desk. 

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 retailer and 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, December 15 and cards will be available on Friday December 18.  Let Grace School help with your Christmas shopping

From Mrs. Hammer- Just a quick reminder that we generally use acrylic paint in the studio. It is a higher quality than other paints and more versatile for our needs.  Please remember that acrylic paint does not come out of clothing very well.  If a child gets paint on their clothes, I will try to remedy the problem quickly, but please be sure to have your child dress accordingly on art days or ask for a smock, which are always readily available.

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)

Save the Date: GPO All School Chili Cook Off- Friday evening, January 22. Save the date and get your chili recipes ready for a fun family night out at Grace. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili!  Watch the Principal Notes in early January for details. Childcare will be available.