Here are a couple notes regarding the beginning and end of the school day.  First, a reminder that supervision in the atrium does not begin until 7:45am each morning.  Students that arrive before this time may be sent to the Extended Day Care room which involves a daily charge.  If you wish for your child to walk home or any other location after school, please send a note or email to the school office giving your child permission to do this.  Thank you for your attention to these two matters. 

Bill Koehne, Principal

 September 9, 2016


Week of September 11-17


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

Monday                 Volleyball practice, Jr. Varsity 3:00-4:30p.m., Varsity 4:30-6:00 p.m.
                              Cross Country meet, Walther Christian Academy
                              Jr. Robot Engineers enrichment class starts, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday                Cross-country practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
                              Volleyball home games, Jr. Varsity red team 4:00, Girls 5:00, Boys 6:00 p.m.

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

Thursday              Volleyball away games, Girls Varsity 4:00, Jr. Varsity, white team 5:00, Boys Varsity 6:00p.m.
                              St. Andrew 260 Northwest Highway, Park Ridge

Friday                   Cross Country meet,  St. Peter 111 W. Olive St. Arlington Hts.
                              Girls Varsity Volleyball practice, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
                              Volleyball Tournament, Trinity Lutheran 1008 E. Roosevelt, Lombard
                              Boys’ first game 4:45 Friday, second game 7:00 p.m. Friday, third game 3:45 p.m. Saturday
                              Girls’ first game 8:45 a.m. Saturday, second game 9:30 a.m. Saturday
                                Back to School Parent Social, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday              Trinity Lutheran Volleyball Tournament continues


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!

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.  The Mindstorms Robotics class has been cancelled due to low enrollment. 

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)

Back to School Parent SocialFriday, Sept 16th, 7pm

Come meet some new parents and make new friends!  Childcare will be available.  Please RSVP to the school office!  See the invite here.

Spirit Wear
All Grace spirit wear orders from Registration and Curriculum Night have been placed.  Unless requested differently, your orders will be sent home with your student on Friday, 9/16 in time for our next Sprit Day on Friday, 9/30!  Please check your children's backpack next Friday!

Readers Bingo has started! Bingo cards were sent home with 1st – 8th grade students last 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

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;


The Concordia University Chicago football program would like to invite families of Grace Lutheran Church and School to the next home football game against Hope College on Saturday September 17th at 1PM. As guests of the team, you’ll receive free parking and admission to the game. Offensive line coach Ron Tyner promises that “you will see a fast paced, hard hitting, and exciting brand of college football here on the CUC campus.” If you’d like to attend the game, please email Grace’s Communications Coordinator Gwen Gotsch () and let her know how many tickets you need by Thursday, Sept. 15.