God has blessed us with 221 students and a great start to the school year!  There are two big events coming in the next few days.  On Sunday we have our Grace Church & School Picnic following the 11:00 service and on Wednesday evening we have our Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:00pm.  You can find more details on both of these events below.  I hope we see you for each of these!

Bill Koehne, Principal

 August 26, 2016


Week of August 28-September 2


Sunday                 Church services 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.  Worship at 11:00 service will be outside on the Concordia University softball field. 
                             Church picnic will follow worship.

Monday                Jr. Varsity volleyball practice, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
                             Varsity volleyball practice, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
                             Cross-country practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday               Cross-country practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
                             Varsity volleyball practice, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
                             Jr. Varsity volleyball practice, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday            Curriculum night, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
                              Childcare will be provided in the daycare room

Thursday               Cross country practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
                              Jr. Varsity Volleyball practice, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
                              Girls’ Varsity volleyball practice, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
                              Boys’ Varsity volleyball practice, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Friday                   Varsity volleyball practice, 3:00-4:15 p.m.


Crossing Guard:  We are in need of a crossing guard on Tuesdays, 2:55-3:15pm.  No experience necessary for this great way to enjoy the weather and interact with our students and parents!  Contact the school office if you are interested in volunteering for this position.


All 4th - 8th grade students are invited to sign up for band! No previous experience is necessary. Beginning and returning students should sign up by September 1. Any questions can be directed to Ms. Bernier. The first day of band will be Tuesday, September 6. 


The After School Enrichment Program will begin its fall session the week of September 12.  This season includes several exciting options covering a range of topics in 4-, 6- or 8-week sessions. Check out all class offerings described here or under Parent Quick Links on the school website.

PARENTS NEEDED!  The Safe Practices Policy at Grace Lutheran Church and School requires that two adults be present whenever an instructor who is not a Grace teacher is working with students.   For the Fall 2016 enrichment session, we could use help implementing this policy for several of the after school classes.  If you are willing to accompany all 8 weeks of your child’s enrichment class, we can offer a $40 discount off the class fee ($20 discount for a 4-week class).  Active participation in the class is neither expected nor required.  Please contact Eileen Maggio (office@graceriverforest.org) to confirm your discount before final payment.

Enrichment classes fill up quickly!  Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. The registration deadline is Friday, September 9, 2016.


GPO (Grace Parents Organization)

Welcome back to a new school year!  Visit the GPO table on Curriculum Night where you can order Grace Spirit Wear as well as sign up for Enrichment Classes. The order form for Spirit Wear can be found here.   

Save the Dates:

Tuesday, Sept 6, 7pm     GPO Planning Meeting                 

Come help us plan for the year.  All are welcome to attend at the home of Esther Armstrong, 827 Wesley in Oak Park.

Friday, Sept 16th, 7pm

Back to School Parent Social. Childcare will be available. See the invite here.


If your child’s gym clothes are too small, it’s not too late to order.  The gym clothes order will be placed next Friday, September 2.  If you need to order new gym clothes, the order form can be found here


Grace Church & School Picnic:  We invite you to join us on Sunday, August 28 for our Church & School Picnic on Concordia’s softball field.  Weather permitting we will worship outdoors at 11:00am followed by lunch 12:30-1:00 and fun & games until 3:00.  Join us at any time during the afternoon.  If you plan to be here for lunch, a quick email to Julie Modrich will help us be prepared.


Curriculum Night:  Mark your calendars for Curriculum Night on Wednesday, August 31.  A general information session for all parents begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall followed by two 30 minute sessions with teachers in their classrooms.  Come learn what your child will study this year as well as daily procedures and expectations for the coming year.  Childcare will be available.


It’s not too late to sign up for the first semester of hot lunch.  The form can be found here.  Please return forms and payment to the school office by Friday, September 2. 


Athletic Physicals:  Any 3rd-8th grader that plans to participate in one of our four interscholastic sports must have an athletic physical completed prior to participating in practices or games.  You can find the correct form here.  This form may be completed by a pediatrician or at many pharmacy clinics such as a CVS minute clinic.