May 13, 2016

The Grace School walkathon is less than two weeks away.  So far 25 families have registered with Pledge Star and nearly $3000 in pledges have been received.  This weekend would be a good time to check out the Pledge Star website and send off some email requests to family and friends.  The process is simple, with the text of the request already written for you.  Be aware that sometimes the emails end up in spam or junk mail, so if you don’t hear from someone after sending a request using the site, you may want to follow-up.  If all of our families get involved, even in a small way, we can reach our goal of raising $25,000 to help fund our outstanding programming.  Thanks for your help in making Grace a special place, and this walkathon a successful event!


Congratulations to the track team on an outstanding regular season.  The team has qualified 17 individual events and 5 relays for the Lutheran School State Track Meet next Saturday and Sunday at Concordia University.

Bill Koehne, Principal


Week of May 15-21


Sunday                 Church Services, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m., 5-8 gr. choir sing at 8:30 service
                              Chicago Choral Artists- Lego Train Show, Grace Lutheran gym, 1:00-5:00 p.m., $5.00

Monday                Track Practice for State qualifiers only, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday               No morning band or lessons
                             Track practice for State qualifiers only, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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

Thursday             11:30 dismissal, Extended Daycare  11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
                             Parent Teacher conferences start 2:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall                       

Friday                   Parent Teacher conferences, no school, no Extended Daycare

Saturday              State Track Meet

Sunday                 State Track Meet


Character Education Goal of the Week:  Honesty

We are in need of 36 wagons for the Grace Walkathon.    If you have a wagon we could use for the day, or if you are able to volunteer, please contact Tina Hynes a

The third parent teacher conference of the school yearwill be Thursday, May 19 and Friday morning May 20.  Childcare will be available in the Extended Daycare room on Thursday.  Please sign your child in when you take them to daycare.

Grace Music Concert – On Tuesday, May 24th 7:00pm there will be a concert in Fellowship Hall featuring our orchestra, Strike Team, and band.  We hope you can make it.

For parent of band members- No morning band or lessons on May 17.

May 24 - 7:45am band rehearsal with beginners to prepare for the Grace Instrumental Concert that evening.

Penny Wars:  The Class of 2016 is sponsoring Penny Wars next week! Each class is teaming up with their chapel buddies to collect coins to contribute. In a Penny War, pennies count positively while all other coins count negatively. Participants put pennies in their own jug, and drop their nickels, dimes, and quarters in other classes’ jugs. Quiet money is welcome as well!

The class of 2016 has chosen a gift centered on water. The funds they raise will purchase a bottle filling station for Grace. They will also make a contribution to the Flint Child Development Fund to aid in the immediate relief and long-term care of children affected by the lead poisoning of the water in Flint, MI.

Lego Train Show benefits CCA                                                                                                                                     

Stop by the Grace gym to see an amazing Lego Train Show on Saturday, May 14,
10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, May 15, 1–5 p.m. It’s a fundraiser for Chicago Choral Artists. There will be trains, towns, cities and more, all built from Lego bricks. Tickets are $4 ($16 for a family) purchased in advance at, and $5 at the door ($20 for a family).

Concordia University will be hosting Concordia Cheer, a cheerleading day camp on June 27-30, from 9:30-1pm!   Please email: for more information.

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.  Only a few spots are still available.  Contact the school office for more information.

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.

The final SCRIP order of the school year will be placed on Tuesday, May 17.  The order form can be found here

All fees for Pre-Kindergarten, PM Kindergarten and daycare are due by May 20. 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.