Thanks to all who made the walkathon a success
Grace students had a fine day at Thursday's Walk for Grace walkathon. It was a bit chilly, but it didn't rain. They raised more than $11,000 for the school (and donations are still coming in). Congratulations to fourth grader Cy Kehrein, who was the top fundraiser with more that $1100 from 32 donations.
Fifth and sixth graders create a stained glass cross for Lent
“Our building should reflect the season of Lent,” suggested Margaret Kruse one March day more than a year ago. And so began a conversation about re-creating a “stained glass” cross, based on Lenten symbols, on the glass block windows in the southwest stairwell of the school.
Grace School students visit Phil's Friends for a service project
Grace School students celebrated Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 27 through Feb. 3, with funny dress-up days, visits from grandparents, a science fair and other special activities.
Students in grades 5 and 6 and 7 and 8 traveled to the headquarters of Phil's Friends in Roselle, Illinois, for a service project. Grades 3 and 4 will make the trek next week.
Phil's Friends supports cancer patients with faith-based cards and messages and a backpack of special items. Earlier this year, the students collected chapel offerings for the organization, totaling $1600. During their visit to the organization, they helped to assemble care packages that will be sent to children and adults undergoing treatment for cancer.
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“It’s just not Christmas until the Bell Choir comes to visit.”
Each year, the School Bell Choir puts on their Santa hats, packs up the bus, and heads out to ring concerts at Bethesda Lutheran Home in Chicago and at Altenheim Senior Living in Forest Park. It's a lot of work, but it’s worth it. When the School Bell Choir travels, they see firsthand the impact they can have on the individuals who attend. And the students returned to school ready to give a concert for the student body and guests from Concordia’s Early Childhood Center.
It takes more time to load and unload the bus than it does to ring our concerts. Before the bell choir set off on their mini-tour this year, our four senior ringers met together and organized the group. Each ringer was assigned a job: "you guys carry the tables, you take the mallet box, you’ve got bell case number three, you’re in charge of chime case number six… Check!" Ringing away from their usual rehearsal and performance space at Grace tests the group’s focus and adaptability, and builds confidence.
Altenheim has a beautiful new gathering space where our “regulars” anxiously awaited our arrival. Residents applaud enthusiastically and have plenty of questions for the ringers. They enjoy when the students leave their bell tables at the end of each concert and let the members of the audience see and handle the bells and chimes. For their part, the students appreciated the cookies and juice the residents prepared for them. Some audience members tell us that they don’t know what’s more impressive – the musical concert, or watching twenty-two ringers pack up all of the tables, stands, bell cases, foam pads, and equipment in record time. One gentleman told us that he was new to Altenheim, but his neighbor had told him not to miss the bell concert. “It’s just not Christmas until the Bell Choir comes to visit,” she told him.
Junior high girls take second in Walther basketball tournament
The 7-8 girls basketball team took second place in the Walther Junior High Girls Basketball tournament on November 17-18.
Grace students compete in "Write It, Do It"
On October 29, 26 Grace students in grades 5-7 participated in a “Write It, Do It” science competition at Walther Lutheran High School. One member of each team was taken to a different room and given 25 minutes to look at a model and write directions, instructing teammates on how to put the model together. The directions were then given to the rest of the team to use to assemble the model. Each team received a score based on how their model compared to the original model.
Eighth graders dissect sheep hearts
The 8th grade students recently dissected sheep hearts in science class. The students were studying the cardiovascular system, and the dissection of sheep hearts helped the students apply their book knowledge to an actual organ. While dissecting, students were required to locate and label the four chambers of the heart as well as the veins and arteries that bring blood to and from the heart.
Students READ together at Grace
The R.E.A.D (Read Everything And Dream) program at Grace School supports the classroom reading curriculum by encouraging students in grades 1-4 to simply enjoy reading. Every student participates. The school provides each student with a book to read at home. After the book is read, parent volunteers and classroom teachers host a reading workshop at Grace where the children participate in a variety of activities during the school day related to the selected book’s themes.
Imuka singers bring African song and dance to chapel at Grace School
The Imuka Singers, a group of 30 musicians from East Africa, shared their music, drumming and dance at the Grace School chapel service on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Imuka uses the energy and passion of music to encourage East African people to work together to fulfill their vision of self-sustaining economic development in their communities. "Driven by passion, powered by hope," the choir now touring the U. S. is made up of highly talented musicians and dancers representing a dozen community groups from the northwestern shores of Lake Victoria.
Oliver Maciak places at national LSA cross-country meet
Oliver Maciak, eighth grader at Grace School, placed 8th in the Lutheran Sports Association National Cross Country Tournament on Saturday, October 20, at Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin. Oliver finished in 5th place at the state meet on October 13. Lennart Virzi, another eighth grader, also qualified for the national meet after finishing 24th at state. Students from grades four through eight compete on the cross country team, which is coached by Rich Brooks.
Chapel offerings support the cancer ministry of Phil's Friends
Grace School students attend chapel together every week on Wednesday morning. Chapel offerings are designated for specific benevolences during the school year, and students learn about Christians' responses to the needs of other people, close to home and around the world.