March 18, 2016

We had a great time last Saturday at A Graceful Evening.  What a wonderful way to fellowship while raising funds for our school!  While we don’t yet know the total amount raised, we know that our goal for the STEM Fund-a-Need was met.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this worthy cause and an extra special thank you to Becky Morgan, Jennifer Brayton, and Randy Keller for their amazing work organizing this event!

Today, families with 2nd-8th graders will receive an email with a link to a five question survey regarding MAP test delivery.  Please take two minutes to complete this with your child.  The only identifying information is a student’s grade level.  If you have more than one child in 2nd-8th grade, please fill it one out for each one of them.  You can find the link here as well as in a separate email you will receive.

Bill Koehne, Principal

Week of March 20-26


Sunday                 Palm SundayChurch Services 8:30 & 11:00 a.m., 5-8 gr. choir and Strike Team at 8:30 service

Monday                 Grace Parents’ Prayer group meets, 7:45 a.m.
                              Morning Prayer service 8:30 a.m.
                              Track Practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday               Morning Prayer service, 8:30 a.m.
                             Track Practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.                    

Wednesday          Morning Prayer service, 8:30 a.m.
                             Early dismissal, 2:15 p.m.

Thursday             Maundy Thursday service, with Holy Communion 8:30 a.m.
                            Track Practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
                            Maundy Thursday worship service, with Holy Communion 7:00 p.m.       

Friday                   Good Friday, no school, no extended daycare
                             Adoration of the Cross services, 8:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.                               


Character Education Goal of the WeekPatience

Sharing our Talents Show - April 15th - 7pm - Thanks to all who have turned in their Talent Show Sign Ups.  It’s shaping up to be a fantastic show.  So, mark your calendars for April 15th to come see all of our talented students who will showcase their stuff.  Because we know…..Grace has got TALENT!!!  (All ages show).  Reminder to participants:  Rehearsal dates are Friday, April 8, 3-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 13, 2:15-3:45 p.m.  All participants including emcees and stage crew are required to attend these rehearsals.

Got pictures for Yearbook? We now have the capability to upload your photos of school events for the yearbook. High resolution digital pictures of class parties, performances, sporting events, field trips and other activities will be accepted for consideration. Uploading is simple. Go the the website The school code is 02721B

Grace School will once again be hosting SCAMP, our recreational summer day camp for children ages 3-5.  Camp will be held Monday through Thursday, June 6-30, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  The registration form can be found here.  Contact the school office for more information.

"Waldsee" German Immersion Scholarship Opportunities for Summer 2016!

Students aged 8 and older are eligible for scholarships of $1,985.
The Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago (SBS) is again offering full scholarships for students who wish to attend Concordia's German language camp "Waldsee" this summer. Students age 8 and older are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which is valued at $1,985 and covers the full 2-week tuition, as well as room and board. Drawing winners are responsible only for travel costs to and from the camp. If interested, please check out the links below and contact Mrs. Zielinski with any questions.

Completed application forms (first link) must be postmarked no later than March 30, 2016. If serious about attending, please notify Mrs. Zielinski no later than March 21, so she can complete the required language teacher assessment portion. Winners selected by SBS will be notified by April 15, 2016.

Save the Date- April 8, 6-8 pm Family Fun Friday (our final event this school year!!)

Church and school families spring into New Creation this Easter season! Don't miss the fun! 

Play games in open gym, Create a new art project, 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 April 8, 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.


VBS this Summer! – June 20-23 - Send your kids on an over-the-top underground adventure! Grace Lutheran Church and School, along with Village Church of Oak Park, will host Cave Quest VBS, where kids explore the rock-solid foundation of Jesus’ love. Cave Quest VBS is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Science fun, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot! Your kids will also participate in a hands-on mission project, through a program called Operation Kid-to-Kid™ that will let the kids in our community show God’s mighty love to needy kids in the United States. Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us at Cave Quest Closing on Thursday at 7:45pm, to celebrate Jesus—the light of the world! 

The fun starts at 5:30pm with supper and will end at 8:00pm.
Registration will open in April! Make sure you register your children for this life-changing adventure! Please email Julie Modrich with any questions.


Mrs. Hammer is looking for Rainbow Loom rubber bands.  If anyone has some that they would like to get rid of please send them to the school office.


All fees for Pre-Kindergarten, PM Kindergarten and daycare are due by March 21. Fees can be paid by check to the school office or with the Online Giving button on the Grace website.

The link to the payment page is here. Reminder: Fees for these services cannot be paid through The City.