News from Grace School

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Our mission at Grace Lutheran Church and School is to bring in, build up, and send out disciples for Jesus Christ. Our school prepares children for a life of discipleship by helping them to grow in faith, knowledge, and character.
What a great turn-out on Wednesday evening for Curriculum Night. Thanks to everyone who attended. Good communication and a strong partnership between parents and teachers helps students succeed. I hope you found the evening to be informative and beneficial.
Morning drop-off instructions: The drop-off lane is for families whose kids can get out of the car on their own. This allows for the line to keep moving. If you wish to exit your vehicle to help your kids get out of the car, please park beyond the drop-off lane. If you wish to leave your car and walk your children into the building, please park on Division Street or in the surface lot between our building and the parking garage. Thanks for helping us ease the congestion between 7:45 and 8:15am. Have a great weekend!
Bill Koehne, Principal
  September 1, 2017
Week of September 3-9
Sunday                Church Services, 8:30 & 11:00 am
Monday                Labor Day, no school, building closed
Tuesday              Cross Country practice, 3:00-4:00 pm
                             Volleyball practice, Jr. Varsity 3:00-4:30; Varsity Boys 4:30-6:00 pm
Wednesday        School Chapel service, 8:30 am
                             Dismissal 2:15 pm
                             Junior Varsity Volleyball practice 3:00-5:00 pm
Thursday             Cross country practice, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
                             Varsity volleyball practice, girls 3:00-4:30; Boys 4:30-6:00 pm
Friday                  Girls Varsity volleyball practice, 3:00-5:00 pm
Saturday             Cross Country meet, St. John Lutheran Invitational, Lombard
The After School Enrichment Program will begin its fall session the week of September 18. This season includes several exciting options covering a range of topics in 4 or 8-week sessions. Check out all class offerings described in this packet.
Enrichment classes fill up quickly! Classes will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Registration ends Friday, September 8, 2017.
If you were unable to attend curriculum night on August 30 and would like a school directory, please contact the school office and one will be sent home with your child.
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.
Attention all fourth through eighth grade students! All students in grades four through eight are able to participate in the band. No experience necessary! Please contact Julie Bernier for information regarding the band program and how to sign up. Financing options are available. Please contact Ms. Bernier for more information at

Walk with Grace  is Grace’s annual walk-a-thon fundraiser.  We are moving this event to the fall, so it is right around the corner on Friday, October 6 th .  The money we raise through this event helps support our educational programs, quality instructors, strong arts programs and faith formation.   Along with raising funds for the school, we also always include a service component to the day.  In years past you will remember that we collected food for the local pantry.  Since we just did that in the spring, we will not be doing it this fall.  This year our service will focus on the ALS Association ( ) and we will be giving 10% of all proceeds to the organization.
Information about this non-profit health organization that is dedicated solely to the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrigs Disease.
We might be changing the time of year and service component, but this day will still be packed with fun for the students.  They will be walking as a school, working on a service project and even have the chance at a fun experience.  For every $100 a family raises they will have a ticket entered into a raffle giving them the chance to help various teachers, principals and pastors perform in the Ice Bucket Challenge ( what kid doesn’t want to pour freezing cold water on a teacher?! ).   
This is sure to be a great day; the students are excited and we hope you are too!
Please see the following links below for additional information and ways to help.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Schultz at
THE WAIT IS OVER!! Four Point Play Basketball Clinic
We have TWO quality programs, Firestars Skills Clinic & Desert Group Training, that we believe will give your young athletes the opportunity to improve their game & prepare for traveling & school teams.
Desert Group Training
The Desert Training experience is an extension of our Firestars Skills Clinics with a more focused approach on advanced basketball skills. It goes beyond the basics & will increase your athlete's basketball IQ, awareness & ability. 
Saturdays 9AM-Noon
Participants: Boys & Girls Ages 10 – 17
Cost: $10.00 per Session
September: September 9th, September 16th , September 23rd
October: October 7th, October 14th , October 21st, October 28th
November: November 4th, November 11th , November 18th
December: December 2nd, December 9th , December 16th
7300 Division St., River Forest, IL
Please register via email –
Firestars Fall Skills Clinic
Our Fall Skills Clinics is a fourteen week session that focuses on four key skills in basketball - defense, dribbling, shooting and passing. This program is FREE to the public & geared towards 4th-8th grade girls & boys.
14 Week Session: September - December: Mondays 6PM-8PM
September: September 11th, September 18th , September 25th
October: October 2nd, October 16th, October 23rd, October 30th
November: November 6th, November 13th, November 20th, November 27th
December: December 4th, December 11th, December 18th
Campers: 4th-8th Grade 
Boys & Girls (Ages 9 – 14)
7300 Division St., River Forest, IL
Please register via email –

Grace Lutheran Church and School | 708-366-6900 |
Grace Lutheran Church and School | 708-366-6900 |