December 4, 2015

Each year the Christmas Eve service includes gifts brought forward by our students.  This year we are collecting gloves, scarves, hats, and socks (new, still in their packaging) for disadvantaged children in the North Austin Head Start program and developmentally-disabled children and adults attending the Proviso Area for Exceptional Children school.  These items are for children from 2-20 years of age, so sizes XS-XXL are accepted.  If you wish to donate, please bring your unwrapped gift by Monday, December 21.

Bill Koehne, Principal


Week of December 6-12


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

Monday                 Walther Science League
                             5-6 & 7-8 gr. girls’ Basketball practice, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday               No before school band or band lessons
                             5th gr. Reading Olympics, Oak Park Public Library
                             5-6 Basketball practice, boys, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
                             7-8 Basketball away game, girls 4:00 p.m.; boys 5:00 p.m., Unity Lutheran West, 5650 Canfield Chicago

Wednesday          School Chapel service, 8:30 a.m., led by 4th grade
                             Orchestra & 5-8 gr. choir concert for Cornerstones luncheon
                             Early dismissal, 2:15 p.m.
                             3-4 gr. choir sing at Advent service, 7:00 p.m., arrive at 6:30 p.m.
                            Advent supper at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday             Before school band practice grades 4-8
                             Band concert 8:30-9:00 a.m. & 7:30-8:30 p.m.
                            7-8 Basketball practice, boys 3:00-4:45 p.m.; girls 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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

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


Character Education Goal of the WeekKindness

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.

                Wednesday – Dec 9        Orchestra plays for the Grace Church Cornerstones in church at noon

                Thursday – Dec 10           Band Concert 8:30am and 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall

                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


Band Schedule for the month of December:

Tuesday, December 8 – No Morning Band or Lessons

Thursday, December 10 - Morning band at 7:30am in Fellowship Hall. Beginners should attend the morning band rehearsal if they plan to play in the evening concert. 

Concert for students at 8:30am

Concert for everyone at 7:30pm. All students should arrive at 7pm in the music room.

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 3rd through 6th graders will have their annual bake sale for the entire school on Thursday, December 10 during lunch.   All proceeds go to a project to help the people served by the Night Ministry.  All students in grades 3-6 are asked to bring baked goods to school on the morning of December 10.  All items should be individually wrapped and priced.  Items should be sent in a disposable or clearly marked container.  Please mark any items that have nuts.  If an item is gluten free or dairy free please mark it that way as well.

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

Walther Christian Academy (Upper School) will have an Open House Sunday, December 6 at 3pm.  Tour the campus, meet the teachers, speak with current students, and learn more about what makes Walther such a great place for students to learn.  Walther consistently has 100% college acceptance for our seniors and our average senior class college scholarship award is $11,000,000.  Athletic and extracurricular options to fit every need abound inside of our Christian-centered family environment as well.  This is a great opportunity to come learn about scholarship and financial aid deadlines.  Contact Alma L. Calleros, Director of Recruitment with any questions: , 708.344.0404 ext. 245.