May 19, 2016

The Grace School walkathon is next week Wednesday.  This is your last chance to solicit pledges from friends or family members.  Please bring in any cash or checks you have collected on Monday.  We will certainly accept pledges after Monday, but they need to be received by Monday to qualify for prizes.  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.  Will we get to $20,000 to make Mr. Koehne spray paint his hair red?  Thanks for your help in making Grace a special place, and this walkathon a successful event!


The track team has qualified 17 individual events and 5 relays for the Lutheran School State Track Meet this Saturday and Sunday at Concordia University.  Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $3 for grade school students for one day.  Weekend passes are $10 for adults and $5 for grade school students.  Good luck to our track athletes!

Bill Koehne, Principal


Week of May 22-28


Sunday                 Church Services, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
                              State track meet


Tuesday               Before school rehearsal for all band members, including beginners, 7:45 a.m.
                             Grace School Instrumental music concert, (band , orchestra, and Strike Team) 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday           Grace School Walkathon         
                             Early dismissal, 2:15 p.m.


Friday                   School Spirit Day
                             Chapel service, led by 8th grade
                              Hot Lunch

Character Education Goal of the Week:  Trustworthiness

We are in need of only 6 more wagons for the Grace Walkathon.    If you have a wagon we could use for the day, please contact Tina Hynes at .  Wagons may be dropped off Monday-Wednesday.

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


Boys Basketball Camp- Mr. Koehne will lead a boys’ basketball camp from June 20-23.  For boys entering grades 5 - 6, the class will be 1:00-3:00 p.m. and for boys entering 7-8 the class will be 3:15-5:15 p.m.  The cost is $45 and includes a camp t-shirt.  The sign up form can be found here.

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.

Grace Parents Organization (GPO) WANTS YOU!!

(The GPO mission is to build a strong community of parents and families by supporting educational opportunities at Grace and enriching the lives of our students through community involvement and fellowship.)

GPO is already looking forward to next year and would love to invite you to our first planning meeting on Tuesday eveningJune 14th at 7:30 (location TBD).  We are looking for at least one parent from each grade (but the more the merrier!) to be on the planning committee.  We plan to meet every other month in the evenings to brainstorm ideas for events, plan event activities, discuss ways to encourage parental involvement and share feedback.  We’d love any and all who are interested in getting more involved.  Please contact Esther Armstrong at  if you want more information or are interested in participating, even if you can’t make our first meeting.  We will welcome all!

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 bill for hourly after school day care will be mailed after the last day of school and will include May and June hours.  It will be due on June 20.