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End of the School Year : The school board has approved the decision to make Friday, May 22, the last day of remote learning. We will use the following week, Tuesday – Friday to have students collect their belongings that were left here in March, and return school issued laptops and iPads. This will need to be done in a scheduled and orderly manner in order to keep everyone safe. Look for more details next week regarding how this will work. Next Friday, May 15 will be our last of the Friday Specials. I hope your students have enjoyed these. On May 22, students will meet with their homeroom teachers. Graduation will remain on Wednesday, May 27 as originally scheduled. Details will be available soon.

Have a great weekend.
Bill Koehne, Principal


Chapel: Please join us each Wednesday 8:10-8:25am on our school Facebook page for a Facebook Live version of chapel led by Pastor Lyle. Hope you can join us, it is a great way to start the day!

Open House : Grace Lutheran School hosted a Virtual Open House for prospective families on Thursday, April 23. The 40 minute session which included a tour of the school, Q&A with a couple parents and Mr. Koehne, and our newest video featuring the value of a Grace Lutheran School education from the perspective of our alumni, is now available on-demand on our school website. If you know a family that should consider Grace School for their children, please pass this information on to them, or have them contact Jordan Easton at 708-405-9472.

Remaining Contribution for this school year: At Grace Lutheran Church & School we realize that this pandemic has altered the income level for some of our parents. In response, the Fund a Need part of Graceful Evening was dedicated to supporting Grace School families in financial crisis by helping them complete their pledge for this school year or providing support in other ways. Please contact Principal Koehne if you need assistance.

Variable Tuition for next school year: Families that are still experiencing financial crisis in July should contact Principal Koehne to discuss a change to their tuition level for next school year. We will work with all families in this situation. We don’t want anyone feeling like they need to leave Grace School due to financial hardship.

Support for Illinois Families: The Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a support line called Call4Calm that is reachable via text. Individuals who want to speak with a mental health professional can text the word “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish speakers) to 552-020. Within 24 hours, that individual will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local community health center.

People can also text other terms, like “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to the same number to receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services. Call4Calm is free, and individuals who use it can remain anonymous. We encourage you to share this resource with anyone that may be in need.

The West Cook YMCA's Emergency Childcare Program has space available for essential workers in need of childcare. The State of Illinois is subsidizing childcare fees for ALL prioritized essential workers, including healthcare workers, first responders and grocery store employees. This subsidy, along with donations from West Cook YMCA members and community partners, allows us to offer our Emergency Childcare Program at little to no cost to families.
Register today by emailing   emergencychildcare@westcookymca.org   or visit www.westcookymca.org/ecc   for more information.


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.
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