As we head toward Christmas there are a number of opportunities to hear our various musical groups in action.  The Orchestra will play in the atrium Wednesday, Dec 7 before school.  Our band has a concert Thursday, Dec 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The Strike Team performs between services (10:00am) on Sunday, Dec 18 in Fellowship Hall.  I hope you can join us for one or more of these performances.

Bill Koehne, Principal

 December 2, 2016


Week of December 4-9


Sunday                 Church services 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
                             Sunday School & Confirmation classes at 9:45 a.m.

Monday                 Walther Science League, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
                             Boys’ Basketball away games, 5-6 gr. 4:15, 7-8 gr., 5:15 p.m.  St. Andrews, 260 Northwest Highway, Park Ridge
                            Girls’ Basketball home games, 5-6 gr. 4:15; 7-8 gr., 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday               Parent Prayer group, 7:45 a.m.
                             5-6 Basketball practice, girls 3:00-4:45, boys 4:30-6:00 p.m.                           

Wednesday          Grace Orchestra performing Christmas music in the atrium before school
                             School Chapel, 8:30 a.m.
                             Early Dismissal, 2:15 p.m.
                             Advent Dinner, 6:00 p.m.
                             Advent Worship Service, 7:00 p.m. 3-4 grade choir sing

Thursday             Pizza Lunch fundraiser
                            7-8 Basketball practice, girls 3:00-4:45, boys 4:30-6:00 p.m.
                            Grace Band Concert, 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Friday                  Basketball away games, 5-6 girls and 7-8 boys, 4:00 p.m. 5-6 boys and 7-8 girls 5:00 p.m.
                            St. Peter Lutheran, 111 W. Olive, Arlington Hts. 
                            Family Fun Night, 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Scrip Orders will be placed on Tuesday, December 13.  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 by Monday December 12.   Cards will be received in time for Christmas. 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.

 If you would like to contribute a monetary Christmas gift to the Grace faculty and staff, the form can be found here.   

A Graceful Evening Wine Donation-We had a great turnout at the Taste for Grace Wine Event, thanks Schmahls and thanks to all who attended.  We are on our way with collecting bottles of wine for the Graceful Evening Wine Pull, but we still need more!  You can turn in your bottles valued $20 or higher (red, white, rose or bubbly - we take them all) to the front desk at anytime and you can find the forms there to fill out.  Thanks in advance!

 The TALENT SHOW is coming!!!  This year’s GPO sponsored Talent Show is in January!  Young budding artists, grades 3-8, should start getting their creative juices flowing.   We look forward to showcasing any type of talent that your student wants to perform…singing, dancing, gymnastics, instrument playing, joke telling, magic tricks, poem reciting, you name it.  Both group and solo acts are encouraged.  And we know…..Grace has Got Talent….. so get ready to share it!  Sign ups are due 12/16 and are available here and at Mrs. Maggio’s desk.

 Questions?  Email Esther Armstrong at

Daddy Daughter Dance- Planning is underway!  A meeting to plan for decorations will be Monday evening, 12/12 at 7pm in Grace Fellowship Hall.  Anyone who wants to help either with decorations or in other ways, please contact Esther Armstrong at .

Concessions- Basketball Games start next week and we’d like to sell snacks to our hungry fans!  Please contact Esther Armstrong if you are willing to help sell at a game or two this season.  It’s an easy way to volunteer and still enjoy the game!

Get your Grace SPIRIT WEAR for Christmas!  New this year is a Grace water bottle and other surprises. 

Order from can be found here.  In order to get the items before Christmas forms will be due DECEMBER 6th!

Reading Logs for Great America’s Read to Succeed program have gone home in SK – 6th graders’ Tuesday Folders. If your child reads for six hours and returns their reading log to school by February 1, 2017, he or she will receive a free ticket to Six Flags Great America. Tickets will be sent home in May.

Family Fun Friday- December 9, 6-8 pm  Please Register ON-LINE by MIDNIGHT, Thursday, December 8. Thank you ahead of time for registering on-line. It is important to have an accurate count for meal and project. Free will offering for meal and project.  Suggested donation at event $5/each or $20/family. Younger siblings welcome.

Kindergarten - 6th Grade

  • Play games in open gym
  • Decorate a prism light
  • Decorate Christmas cookies
  • Hot chocolate
  • Pizza, veggies and salad
  • Mingle with other parents

 7th - 8th Grade & High School

  • Hang with friends in the Youth Room
  • Decorate ornaments
  • White elephant gift exchange
  • Hot Chocolate & Christmas cookies
  • Bring $5 for dinner

Julie Modrich, Children’s Ministry Coordinator