Thank you to everyone who came out for Curriculum Night on Wednesday.  I hope you found it to be beneficial as we begin a new school year.  Strong communication and collaboration between parents and teachers is so important for maximizing our student’s educational experience.  Thanks also to everyone who attended the Grace Church & School Picnic last Sunday.  God blessed us with great weather, I hope you enjoyed it.

Bill Koehne, Principal

 September 2, 2016


Week of September 4-10


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

Monday                Labor Day- building closed, no school, no extended daycare

Tuesday               First day of before school band
                             First day of band lessons
                             Cross-country practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
                             Varsity volleyball practice, 3:00-4:30 p.m., boys and girls
                             Jr. Varsity volleyball practice, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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

Thursday              Cross country practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
                             Volleyball home games, Jr. Varsity, white team 4:30, Girls Varsity 5:30, Boys Varsity 6:30
Friday                   Volleyball away games, St. Peter Lutheran 111 W. Olive St. Arlington Hts.
                             Jr. Varsity, red team 4:30, Boys Varsity 5:30, Girls Varsity 6:30

Saturday              Boys Varsity Volleyball tournament, Walther Lutheran High School, 900 Chicago Ave. Melrose Park
                             Cross Country Tournament, 9:00 a.m., Trinity Lombard, 1008 E. Roosevelt Lombard


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 ( 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! 

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.

Sibshops is a program sponsored by River Forest Township and Thrive Counseling Center designed to support the brothers and sisters of kids with special needs which can include developmental & physical disabilities or emotional & mental health challenges.  For more information, check out this link.

Readers Bingo has started! Bingo cards were sent home with 1st – 8th grade students this week. Anyone who gets Bingo by reading books that fit the squares between August 30 and November 2 is invited to a Bingo party in the school library. Students who complete the entire card will receive a special prize.

If you haven’t signed your child up for a birthday book, you may still do so. Letters were sent home in the Tuesday folder and may be downloaded from the library web site at Thank you for your support of our Grace School library.

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.

A Hamilton Beach Stay or Go slow cooker was left in the church kitchen after the end of school year parties last spring.  If you think it might be yours, contact the school office at 708-3366-6901. 

From Mrs. Hammer, Art teacher- Thank you for all of your donations to the art department.  Please check with me before bringing any other items due to a lack of storage.

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;