As you may recall, last year Grace School moved to using MAP testing.  The MAP test is a standardized test alternative to the Terra Nova tests that we took in the past.  The benefits of using the MAP test include less time needed to do standardized testing, and with three sessions during the year, it allows us to measure growth of our students throughout the year.  MAP testing will begin next week for students in Grades 2-8.  Use the Parent Letter link to read more about MAP tests and use the September MAP schedule link to find out when your child is scheduled to test over the next two weeks.  Math tests are scheduled during their math period, while Reading and Language Usage tests are scheduled during language arts periods.  We ask that you to make sure your child gets good rest and eats a healthy breakfast on their testing days, and encourage them to do their best.  Results will be available at the October 6th Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Bill Koehne, Principal

 September 16, 2016


Week of September 18-23


Sunday                 Church services 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. 

Monday                Volleyball practice, Varsity 3:00-4:30p.m., Jr.  Varsity 4:30-6:00 p.m.
                             Cross Country meet practice

Tuesday               Enrichment class, Start with Art, 11:30-12:15
                             Cross-country practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
                             Volleyball away games, Jr. Varsity red team 4:00, Varsity girls 5:00, Varsity boys, 6:00 p.m.
                             Lutheran Unity West, 5650 W. Canfield, Chicago

Wednesday          Chapel service with Communion at 8:30 a.m.
                              Early dismissal 2:15 p.m.
After school enrichment class, Soccer 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Thursday              Enrichment class, Christmas is Coming, 3:00-4:00 p.m. 
                             Volleyball practice, Jr. Varsity, 3:00-4:15, Varsity boys 4:15-5:15, Varsity girls 5:15-6:15 p.m.
                             Graceful Evening Kick-Off meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Friday                   Hot Lunch
                              Enrichment class, Beginning FUN-gineering, 11:30-12:15 p.m.
                             Cross Country meet,  St. Peter 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Hts.
                             Varsity volleyball practice, 3:00-4:15 p.m.


A Graceful Evening Kick-Off Meeting

A Graceful Evening is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Grace School.  This year the event will be on Saturday, March 18th at the Oak Park Country Club.  Plans are already underway and we are excited to have our first meeting of the year and hope you can join us-it is open to all Grace parents and friends!  More people = more fun! 

When: Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00pm

Where: Grace Conference Room

What: Hear from the Co-Chairs as well as Principal Koehne about the event and how you can help!

Hope to see you there!


Oktoberfest, Sunday October 2, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Food, wine, and beer, music dancers Laterne parade, Erzgebirge booth.   A silent auction benefits the Grace kitchen fund and Harmony food pantry.  For more information go to this link. Volunteers are needed to help both setting up on Saturday morning Oct 1, manning the kitchen/food service during the Fest, and tearing down after the event on Sunday evening. All of these jobs are crucial in making the event run smoothly. Contact Dan Krout or Don Heimburger/Co-Chairmen, Grace Oktoberfest if you are able to volunteer.

Dan's number 708-524-0399; 

Don's number 708-771-2468 evenings;


From Mrs. Hammer, Art teacher- Thank you for all of your donations to the art department.  Please do not send any additional items at this time due to a lack of storage.


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 retailers, 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

The next order for SCRIP will be placed on Tuesday, September 20.  Please turn your orders in to the school office by Monday, September 19. 

Our lost and found cabinet is already growing.  Please mark all jackets and lunch bags with your child’s name.

Do you love books? We have a great opportunity for you to spend time around books and support the Grace Lutheran School library. The book fair is coming up!  It will be held again this year during the parent/teacher conferences in October. We need help setting up the fair on Wednesday, October 5, hosting fair previews for classes during the morning of October 6, and staffing the book fair in the afternoon and evening of conferences. If you would like to help, or would like more information about helping,  please contact Christa Holm () or Lexi Wurpts (). Whether you can offer 20 minutes or two hours, everyone is welcome!

To report an absence or to relay a message to your child’s teacher, please call the school office directly at 708-366-6901.  Thank you.

The first Parent Teacher conferences of the school year will be Thursday, October 6.  The conference form can be found here.  Forms must be returned by Monday, September 26. 

Reminder-  School pictures for grades Pre-kindergarten through 7 will be Thursday, September 29.  Forms were sent home in Tuesday folders. 

The Spiritwear order has no come in as yet.  Items will be delivered to your students early next week.