November 2, 2012

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time ends on Saturday night; move clocks back one hour.

Our focus at Grace Lutheran School is to prepare our children for a life of discipleship.  One example of the student body already living this out is in our chapel offerings for Phil’s Friends.  As a faculty, we set an ambitious goal of raising $1000 in chapel offerings by the end of October.  I am pleased to announce that we have exceeded $1100 in offerings over the last eight weeks.  Thanks goes out to everyone involved in this effort.  We will continue to designate chapel offerings to Phil’s Friends in November and December.  Let’s set a goal of another $1000 over the last seven weeks of this calendar year.

Bill Koehne, Principal


Schedule for week of November 4-10 


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

                        1st & 2nd grade choir at 8:30 service

                        Joyful Harvest Fall Market including brunch  9:30-2:00

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

Tuesday          7-8 grade Basketball home game, boys only, 4:00-5:00

Wednesday    School chapel service

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

                        Mother-Daughter roller skating, Lombard Roller Rink 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday       School picture retakes

                        Dismissal at 2:15 p.m.                                  

Friday             Room Parents-GPO meeting 8:30 a.m.

                        Hot Lunch

                        7-8 Basketball practice, girls only 3:00-4:45 p.m.

                        7-8 Basketball away game, boys only, Trinity Lutheran School, 11503 German Church Rd. Burr Ridge


The 1st and 2nd grade will be participating at the 8:30 a.m. service on Sunday, November 4.  Children are asked to meet in the first grade classroom at 8:00 a.m.  Students should wear white tops and dark on the bottom and can be picked up in the classroom following the service.

The Joyful Harvest Fall Market is open 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). 

Brunch tickets can also be purchased online at

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

The first parent teacher conference of the school year will be Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 23.  Please find conference forms here.

There will be a Book Fair during conferences.  The money raised will go toward improving the library Media Center.   Volunteers are needed to help with the fair.  If you are willing to donate some time on Tuesday or Wednesday, please contact Eileen Maggio at or 366-6900 x 205. 

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. 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 for a complete list of products and other ways you can earn Box Tops and e-Box Tops! 

Cleaning out your closets?  Now that the weather is changing, if you have gently used children's clothing that you no longer need, please consider donating them.  The Social Ministry Committee collects the clothing in a bin near the warming kitchen all year round.   Clothing for preschool aged children goes to North Austin Head Start.  Clothing for older children goes to Hephzibah.  If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Dahlstrom at 708-660-0252 or .  Thank you for considering this ministry.

Coming soon: Yoga classes at Grace Join Ackli Howell for an hour of yoga every Wednesday evening in November, 6:30-7:30.  Bring your yoga mat and a good will offering for the use of the third floor Commons.  Email Ackli at with any questions. 

Recognizing Grace- Congratulations to our alumni who achieved honor roll at Walther Lutheran High School, first quarter;  Carter Knupp, Trent Nordberg, Ryan O’Neil, Jamie Shabez, Anders Soderquist, Jeremy Zimmer, Rachel Stahlke, and Megan Freeman.

Adult Education for November 4

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

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