October 26, 2012


Our students had a week filled with unique experiences.  On Tuesday, the 8th grade students dissected sheep hearts in Science class.  On Wednesday in chapel all of our students were treated to a special service filled with songs and dance put on by the Imuka Singers from Tanzania in Africa.  This group, made up primarily of adults from Lutheran churches in Tanzania, is on a three month tour in America witnessing and raising awareness of their mission and ministry in their native country.  On Thursday, our 1st – 4th graders took part in a R.E.A.D. (Read Everything And Dream) event which included several activities related to books they read prior to the day.  Thanks to all the teachers and parents that made this a special event for our students.  On Thursday as well, the K-4th grades were part of a Safety First program put on by the River Forest police department.  Events like these make the educational experience of our Grace students diverse, meaningful, and rich.

Bill Koehne, Principal


Schedule for week of October 28-November 2


Sunday           Church services, 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.   

                        5-8 grade boys’ and girls’ choir and Handbell choir at 8:30 service

Monday          7-8 grade Basketball practice, girls, 3:00-4:45; boys, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday          7-8 grade Basketball practice, boys, 3:00-4:45; girls, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday    School chapel service with communion

                        7-8 grade Basketball practice, girls, 3:00-4:45; boys, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Thursday       After School Sports class cancelled

                        Dismissal at 2:15 p.m.                                  

Friday             Women @ Grace Fall Sale

                       Lego Building and Cheerleading classes cancelled

Fall Market:  Next Friday, November 2nd the Women @ Grace Fall Market will be taking place from 10:30am-8:00pm.  Please read the excerpt below regarding this huge event and make plans to stop by at some point to support the cause.  You should know that all of our 1st-8th graders will have an opportunity to shop for a few minutes, so you may want to send them with a couple of dollars on that day.  The Pocket Lady will be making an appearance in each of the early childhood rooms as well.  For 50 cents, students will be able to reach into one of her deep pockets and pick out a prize.  Despite being absent for the last two years, this event has a rich history at Grace.  We hope all of your students will enjoy it this year.


Lots to do for children and families at the Joyful Harvest Fall Market

Families of Grace School students are warmly invited to the Joyful Harvest Fall Market next Friday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 4. It's a family-friendly event with shopping and activities for both children and grown-ups. 

You can shop for gently used children's clothing, used books, and attic trinkets and treasures, as well as hand-crafted gifts, take-home soups and sauces, meats and cheese, bakery goods and homemade candy.

The sale opens at 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Grace School children will have the opportunity to shop at the Fall Market during the school day. A special booth offers inexpensive items that children will enjoy. After school on Friday there's a Fun Fair for children from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with crafts, games, face-painting and the Pocket Lady Prize Draw, a fall sale tradition at Grace. 

A family buffet-style dinner is served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the Grace reception desk through Thursday, Nov. 1: $15 (adult), $7 (child 5-12), children under 5 are free. Or buy a family dinner ticket for $40 (two parents and children 12 and under). Tickets will also be available at the door: $18 (adult), $10 (children 5-12), and $50 for a family. The dinner menu: pork with cider gravy, buttered noodles, braised cabbage with bacon, greens with vinaigrette, and choice of apple or cherry crisp. 

The Joyful Harvest Fall Market is open again on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you're a parent of a first or second grade student singing at the 8:30 a.m. worship service, consider staying at Grace for brunch. You'll enjoy ham off the bone, baked French toast with caramel topping, quiche, egg casserole, and fresh fruit. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, 5-12 ($10 and $8 at the door).

Both brunch and dinner tickets can also be purchased online at graceriverforest.org.

Volunteers are still needed to work at the sale, especially for kitchen and clean-up chores on both Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Many hands make light work! Contact co-chair Julie Christopher ().

Reminder:  Due to the Women @ Grace Fall Sale, the Thursday and Friday after school classes are cancelled next week.

Jazz Vespers at Grace on Monday, November 5- Benjamin Schmidt-Swartz, a 2003 graduate of Grace School, is leading a jazz concert and vespers worship service at Grace on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. He'll be playing with a group of musicians from Western Michigan University with whom he recently recorded a CD. Read more about Ben and listen to samples of his music at his Kickstarter site. And come to Grace on Nov. 5 for this special worship service.

Time to send in your Box Tops!   This year’s “Angry Birds” theme for the Box Tops for Education contest will run for the entire school year.  We’re shooting for $1600 in Box Tops.

What you need to know:  1) Every class can “unlock” prize levels for bringing in Box Tops.  So every class can win prizes all year long! 2) Every month we’ll announce the winner of the “travelling trophy” (angry bird pig pillow) for the class that has the most Box Tops turned in that month.  3) The class that brings in the most Box Tops this year will win a pampering 30-minute massage for their teacher.  4) If the school can bring in $1600 in Box Tops this school year, Mr. Koehne will let us spray paint his hair “Vikings colors”: red and white!

Connect with family, friends and colleagues and ask them to collect Box Tops this year for our school.   Any questions, please contact Rachel Leininger ( or 708-606-7174).   See www.boxtops4education.com for a complete list of products and other ways you can earn Box Tops and e-Box Tops! 

Girl Scout Food Drive on Saturday, October 27. Food is needed now more than ever before.

Please place bags of non-perishable food outside your front door by 9 a.m. About 500 Girl Scouts will collect food and toiletries by going door to door in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. All donations will go to the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry as well as the Forest Park Food Pantry.

SAVE THE DATE!  Mother-Daughter Roller Skating Event.  It's time to get your groove on with your favorite Grace girls!!!  Join us on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 at the Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd St. Lombard, IL.  Cost is $20 per couple, $8 each additional girl and includes admission, skate rental, 2 small pieces of pizza and 2 small drinks.  There is a full service snack bar open for any additional refueling needs and/or treats!  Please RSVP to the school office with payment by Friday Nov. 2, 2012.    Contact Esther Armstrong () or Amy Van Santen () with questions.

Adult Education for October 28

God, Power and Suffering: The Power of God in the Hebrew Bible, with Larry Hamilton, attorney, member of the Jewish community, former Lutheran pastor (Location:  Seminar Room)

Cantata Preview, with Carl Schalk, Professor of Music Emeritus, Concordia University (Location:  7th grade classroom)

Making Disciples, with Pastor Modahl, in his office

Bible Study:  Proverbs, with Bob Jandeska (Location:  Conference Room)