February 8, 2019

12 Dad/Daughter Mass 7:30a
12 PSO Meeting 9:30a
13 Mom/Son Mass 7:30a
18 President Day - No School
19 Workshop - No School
21 Parent Talk 6:30p
25-28 ReadAThon
28 End of 2nd Trimester
1 Conferences  
1 Used Uniform Sale 8a-4p
6 Ash Wednesday Mass 10:15a
7 Thurs AM Rosary 7:55a
12 PSO Meeting 9:30a
13 School Mass 9a
13 Davanni's Fundraiser 4-8p
14 MS Choir Concert 7p
15 Early Release 1:15p
15 Report Cards Sent Home
18-22 Spring Break
25 Teacher In-Service
27 School Mass 9a  
27-29 Wolf RIdge (7th grade)   

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Men's Club Gala
This year's Gala silent auction is open and the entire OLG community can participate whether attending the Gala or not. Funds raised will help update our school SmartBoard and network infrastructure.  Item information and details on how to participate can be found HERE. The auction will close the night of the Gala on February 9th. Thank you for your support!
Family Mass & Breakfast
Dad/Daughter Tues, 2/12 at 7:30a
Mother/Son Wed, 2/13 at 7:30a
Join us for this special OLG tradition! Share 7:30am Mass with your child(ren), followed by coffee, donuts and breakfast snacks in the gym until 8:30am. Special relatives and friends are welcome. Suggested donation is $3/person at the gym entrance. Students must be accompanied by an adult at the breakfast. Register here by TODAY - Friday, February 8th to help ensure accurate food count.
Get Involved in PSO in 2019-2020!  
Session: February 12th at 10:30am
Please considering becoming involved in PSO in the 2019-2020 school year!  Learn more about the many opportunities at an informational session on Tuesday, February 12th at 10:30am in the School Library.  Current PSO chairs will be available to share their experiences and answer questions.  PSO offers opportunities for parents to support our school in the daytime or evening, on site or remotely, and is a great way to connect with other OLG families.  
Please also feel free to attend the February PSO meeting, which will be held at 9:30am that morning in the School Library.
Spanish Club Meeting  
Thursday, February 14th from 3:30-4:30pm
El Club de Español is meeting next Thursday, February 14 from 3:30 - 4:30 in the library .   We'll have special "Día de San Valentín" surprises. Join us for fun, food, culture, music, and more. Our next meetings will be March 14th, and April 11th. Come to as many meetings as your schedule allows! Parents ~ please consider helping. No español skills required. Any parents that are available to help at a meeting or plan meeting activities please contact your Spanish
teacher. iGracias!
El Club de Español is open to all students, K-8 . To join Spanish Club, sign up through this link. Fee: $25, paid through SmartTuition. Any questions? Contact your Spanish teacher:
Raffle & CSW Update   
Raffle & Neon Day: Friday, February 15th 
The CSW Raffle will now be rescheduled for Friday, February 15th at 9am in Cassidy Hall! This will also be Neon Day! Due to the amount of cancelled school days and late starts and the upcoming holiday, we will keep the students in school and not reschedule the off-campus CSW field trips. We are, however, trying to work in all of the fun dress-up days. You will receive a credit on your Smart Tuition account in February or March.  
Better Choices in Parenting Talk 
Thursday, Feb 21st at 6:30pm in Music Loft 
Our most important job as a parent is to keep our relationships with our children strong and close. Without this kind of a relationship, we lose influence as our children grow up. Parenting choices that we make in stressful moments might deal with the current problem, but what do these same choices mean for the future of our relationships with our kids? This session focuses on everyday parenting decisions that we make and how they may impact our relationships as well as alternative strategies that promote closeness throughout our children's development.
Read-a-Thon - Mark Your Calendar!
February 25-March 7, 2019
The first-ever OLG I Love to Read Read-a-Thon is coming soon!
Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms only. 
1. Gather pledges from family and friends
2. Read, Read, Read!
3. Collect pledges and donate to support your school library and language arts programs.
Watch for Read-a-Thon materials coming home in backpacks on Friday, February 22!  WE LOVE TO READ! 
Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Friday, March 1st 
Parent/Teacher Conferences are here! Please return this form to the school office by Wednesday, February 13th. Conferences are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Forms can be emailed to Linda Bakken or faxed to 952.929.8170.  
Carpool Pick Up Reminders
For the safety of students and families as well as efficient procedures, please remember the following when picking up after school:
1) All carpool pick up must occur through the carpool line. Students cannot be picked up at the church doors. Parents may park and meet their students at the school reception desk as an alternative to the carpool line. 
2) Once you have picked up your child(ren), please exit via the Eden Avenue exit. Do not exit through the parking lot to the frontage road. This a huge safety concern with busing occurring at that time.  
Valentines Needed 
Are you feeling creative? Are you a middle school student who needs service hours? Are you looking for something to do on a cold day? Sharing & Caring Hands is collecting Valentine's to put in treat bags that go out to homeless children in our community. Click here for more information about the program. Valentine's can be dropped off in the red box across from Ms. Harristhal's desk. They will be delivered on February 7th.  
Apply for Financial Aid 
Applications Due by February 17
Families are now able to apply for Financial Aid for the 2019-20 school year. OLG uses the TADS company to process financial aid applications. Here are instructions on how to apply. Here is a worksheet to help with preparing your application.
MSSC - February Events 
2/12 - Family Mass/Breakfast (Boys Serve)
2/13 - Family Mass/Breakfast (Girls Serve)
2/13 - Movie Night for 1st Communion Siblings
2/15 - Sweet Treats for Bus Riders
2/19 - VEAP (no school)
2/24 - Sunday School Donuts
Spring Break Release Days
Register by February 15th 
Join the fun during the Spring Break Release Days!
  • Thursday, March 15 (Early Release) at Vertical Endeavors
  • Monday, March 18 at MN Zoo & Omni
  • Tuesday, March 19 at Good Times Indoor Play Park
  • Wednesday, March 20 at the History Center
  • Thursday, March 21 at Urban Air
  • Friday, March 22 at the Children's Museum
  • Monday, March 25 at Bowlero Lakeville
Find the Registration HERE.
Summer Care Registration 
Open Feb 4th-28th 
Join the fun, excitement and learning this summer! The program dates are June 10th thru August 9th, 2019.
Daily activities include: science fun, cooking activities, outdoor games, arts and crafts and reading enrichment plus daily field trips! Our Lady of Grace Summer Care is for students of Our Lady of Grace School having been admitted into kindergarten through 8 th grade. Program fee will be $53.00 per student per day.
Complete this Registration Form . You need to choose which days of the week your child will be attending. You can sign your child up on a full-time basis for 5 days a week, or part- time for any combination of up to 4 days a week. Arrangements can be made to fit your family's schedules. A summer care packet will be sent out the first week in March.
OLG Prayer Fair
March 2nd & 3rd After All Masses 
Do you have a relationship with Jesus? Do you pray daily?  Are you teaching your kids how to pray? On the weekend of March 2nd and 3rd we will be hosting our 5th annual Prayer Fair, offering 20-minutes workshops after every mass.  This is an opportunity for YOU to attend a workshop or two and hear from ordinary parishioners like yourself, who will share about their own faith lives.  At each workshop you will gain insights into what others have found helpful in growing in their own holiness, hopefully giving you encouragement to say: I too can pray. I too can take time to be with Jesus and know his love!  We have another great line-up of workshop leaders - something for everyone.  In addition, St. George's Traveling bookstore and the Sisters of Mary Morning Star will be offering items for sale to kick off your Lenten journey. This is a such a great gift - a time for all of us to grow in our faith, to grow in magnanimity as a community - to learn how to respond with a heart filled with gratitude for all God has given us!  Make plans now to join us!
Sign up your Middle School student for Extreme Faith Camp Now!
Mon-Friday, June 24-28,2019
Extreme Faith Camp is a week-long camp for students currently in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It is a life-changing experience. We spend the week with teens from 8 other Catholic parishes throughout the Archdiocese and have a blast with a variety of fun activities and we encounter Christ through the power of the Sacraments, challenging talks, and small group sharing. For more information please contact the PES Sisters at: pes-sisters@olgparish.org. Read youth and parent experiences, watch a video, and find the permission slip here.  
Save the Date - Roar VBS
July 22-26 2019
Every day at Roar Totally Catholic VBS, kids will learn simple Bible points and be immersed in new adventures as they travel through field-tested rotations. Together, w e will explore God's goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us all through this "wild" life. Just as our church and school buildings will be transformed into an African savanna full of vibrant colors and untamed grasslands, so too will the lives of all who join us be transformed as we learn to follow Jesus more closely!
Aim Higher Scholarships  
Families Can Apply Until February 17th
The Aim Higher Foundation provides two scholarships for students to attend a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The application period for scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year closes February 17, 2019. We aim to award the scholarships and notify families and schools by March 13, 2019. Details of the scholarships and how to apply can be found HERE .
PCN Speaker-Positive Youth Sports 
Monday, February 25th from 7-9pm  
Parent Communication Network is excited to announce its fourth speaker of the 2018/19 school year: Lea B. Olson, Sports Broadcaster, Public Speaker and Founder of Rethink the Win.  Since playing basketball for the University of Minnesota, where she majored in journalism, Lea B. Olsen has worked for ESPN's national WNBA coverage, as a game analyst for the MN Lynx and as a TV sideline reporter for the MN Timberwolves. Ms. Olsen will be presenting: Rethink the Win: Supporting Positive Experiences in Youth Sports.
Date: Monday, February 25 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Edina Performing Arts Center (Edina High School)
Admission: FREE! 
Hear The Good News From JPII!  
Tuesday, February 26th at 9am 
Please join us on Feb. 26 at Our Lady of Grace for Mass and a light breakfast. Help us celebrate all the good that your prayers, volunteer time and financial gifts are supporting at St. John Paul II Catholic School, an OLG Sister School.There will be a video tour of JPII and an update from Patty Stromen, President of Ascension Catholic Academy, the consortium of urban Catholic schools encompassing JPII. RSVP HERE

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