Kindergarten Open House

Monday, November 18
8:45 - 10:00 AM (parents and children)
7:00 - 8:00 PM (parents only)

Join school staff and teachers for an informational session on Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. During the morning session children will have the opportunity to visit a kindergarten classroom, meet current kindergarten students and do an activity. Parents will also have the opportunity to schedule a school tour to see the things you heard about in action!

2020-2021 Applications Accepted
Monday, November 18 - Friday, December 13

Acceptance/Waitlist letters sent late December.


Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is a Catholic community of parents, educators and students whose greatest commitment is to spiritual and academic growth.

National Blue Ribbon Award School of Excellence Winner
2001, 2009, 2019

Schedule a Tour
Amy Selby, amyselby@olgschool.net

Kindergarten Open Houses
Monday, November 18, 8:45 AM or 7:00 PM

Get Connected
952-929-5463
www.facebook.com/OLGSaints

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Little Saints Fall Fest

Saturday, October 12, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Cassidy Hall
Families with toddlers and early elementary-aged children are invited to join us for Little Saints Fall Fest!

Featuring:

  • The Teddy Bear Band

  • Pumpkin Decorating

  • Raffle prizes, snacks, and games


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Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is a Catholic community of parents, educators and students whose greatest commitment is to spiritual and academic growth.

National Blue Ribbon Award School of Excellence Winner
2001, 2009, 2019

Schedule a Tour
Amy Selby, amyselby@olgschool.net

Kindergarten Open Houses
Monday, November 18, 8:45 AM or 7:00 PM

Get Connected
952-929-5463
www.facebook.com/OLGSaints

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Grandparents Days

Wednesday, September 25 - Grades 3 & 7
Wednesday, October 2 - Grades 1 & 5
RSVP Due Friday, September 20

Grandparents are invited to spend the morning with their OLG grandchildren!

  • 8:30 AM - Students meet their grandparent(s) in the Commons  

  • 9:00 AM - All School Mass

  • 9:45 AM - Classroom visits and hospitality (until 11:00 AM)

RSVP

Parents, please complete the RSVP form below.

Stay Connected

If there are grandparents who cannot attend Grandparents Days this year, but would like to have their information in our system for occasional school information and updates, you can complete the form below on their behalf.

Our Lady of Grace Named 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award Recipient!

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced Our Lady of Grace Catholic School as one of 362 schools to be recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored and recognized great American public and private elementary, middle, and high schools since 1982. Every year, Catholic elementary and secondary schools are among the hundreds of public and private schools identified by the U. S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools”… “Each state's commissioner of education nominates public schools for the award and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates the private schools. Representatives from each school are invited to an awards ceremony in November in Washington, D.C. This award is a great tribute to the dedication of faculties who clearly value academic excellence, as well as to the commitment of students who strive to succeed to the best of their ability. Each of these schools exemplifies the best of Catholic education, and all of us at the National Catholic Educational Association are extremely proud of the efforts of these school communities that led to this tremendous accomplishment.”- NCEA (National Catholic Education Association), National Blue Ribbon Schools 2018

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is blessed to have received this distinction twice before, in 2001 and 2009, making this our 3rd Blue Ribbon Award. OLG is the only K-8 School in the state of Minnesota to receive three Blue Ribbon Awards!

Through the National Blue Ribbon Award process we were given the opportunity to create a written record of our school’s legacy and history. This record chronicles 30 years of academic excellence in our Catholic School rooted in faith and tells the story of a mission, predicated 70 years ago in 1949 with our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, to provide outstanding Catholic education, serve the poor and reach out to the community. What we have achieved today would not have been accomplished without the dedication of all the many wonderful religious sisters, principals, priests, teachers, staff, students, parents, volunteers and parishioners who came before us.

 

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About Our Lady of Grace Catholic School

Our Lady of Grace (OLG) is a private, co-educational, Catholic School welcoming students from kindergarten through eighth grade. A three-time National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Our Lady of Grace is an exemplary educational experience - nurturing and expanding the hearts, minds, and souls of students since opening its doors in 1949. Families are drawn to OLG and its community of learning, inclusion and faith, grounded in a motto of 'Leading with Yes' - saying yes to personal excellence, reaching beyond ourselves, and the call to share God's love.

Students thrive under a faculty committed to continuous improvement through ongoing professional development. The OLG staff is dedicated to their craft, collaborating across grade levels and subject areas to provide a rigorous curriculum, promoting growth with attention to the individual.

In 2006, OLG began its One-to-One Laptop Learning Program with a focus on digital literacy, creative collaboration, and inventive thinking. In 2009 and 2010, OLG was selected as an Apple Exemplary Program for illustrating best practices of a 21st century learning environment. Today, technology is integrated into every classroom with a one-to-one technology initiative and a STEM curriculum bridging the entire student population.

OLG stands on the shoulders of generations of families, parishioners, students, faculty, and staff who have made it the extraordinary Catholic School that it is today. At OLG, students grow in faith, virtue and character. Graduates go on to excel in high school, college, and beyond - with a strong foundation of integrity fostered and realized while at OLG.

OLG Marathon 2019 - Deal or No Deal

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Friday, September 6 - Saturday, September 21
Marathon, OLG’s biggest fundraiser, officially kicked off today with an all-school PepFest. We will celebrate with our theme, Deal or No Deal-style. All funds raised go directly back to OLG to support OLG and are tax-deductible. If you would like to donate online please click the button below.

NOTE: Parents, if using the online giving portal for Marathon,
please write on your child’s envelope that an online donation has been made.

Instructions for Parents

Please check your child’s backpack Friday, September 5 for important Marathon information. Each student received a Marathon packet and donation envelope. Our goal is 100% participation in giving at whatever level is possible for each family, however we do ask that each student try raise at least $150. We invite the whole community to take this opportunity to support OLG! For more information please read the Parent Letter.

NOTE: Parents, if using the online giving portal for Marathon, please write on your child’s envelope that an online donation has been made.

Marathon Celebration

Saturday, September 21
Marathon will conclude during the OLG School’s 70th Anniversary Celebration at the Marathon Celebration. Visit our 70th Anniversary page for more information.

Volunteer for the Marathon Celebration

We are looking for OLG volunteers from any grade that want to help out with time and or donations of donuts or water. It takes a lot of hands to make this job light work! Please sign up by clicking here.

Corporate Matching Grants Program

If your company is willing to provide a Corporate Matching Grant. Please complete the Matching Grant Form.

Supporting Our Local Charities

Charitable donations will also be collected to support four wonderful local charities throughout Marathon. Please see the second page of the Marathon Calendar for details.

Marathon Prizes if We Reach Our Goals

50% Funds Raised
by Friday, September 13
No Uniform Day on Monday, September 16


100% Funds Raised
by Friday, September 20

"The Best Prize Ever!"
The entire school will get to attend a Twins Game in May!

Questions?

Please contact Tracy Moen at tmelbymoen@gmail.com, Kristina Dietzen at dietzenkm@hotmail.com, or Jess Hannan at jesshannan@ymail.com with any questions.

Parent Information Evenings

Parent Information Evenings

Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Thursday, September 12, 6:45 PM

6th Grade - 8th Grade
Tuesday, September 17, 6:45 PM

Join us for PIE Night! This evening is for parents to come and meet with their child's teacher as well as learn more about our school mission, curriculum and programs. Please join us in Cassidy Hall where we will begin with introductions and wonderful guest speakers followed by three Classroom Sessions.

NOTE: the dates listed above are a correction from what was posted in the Weekender on Friday, August 29.

Introducing Our New School Lunch Provider

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Introducing Our New School Lunch Provider

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The School Advisory Council (SAC) and Administration are pleased to announce the decision to contract with Agra Culture Kitchen as our primary vendor for OLG’s school lunch program for the 2019-2020 school year.

We are also pleased to share that Green Mill has been selected to provide OLG with a pizza entrée three Fridays each month.

Agra Culture Kitchen, founded in Minnesota by the parents of two young kids, prides itself in chef-crafted food as delicious as it is healthy. Agra Culture’s menus align health, taste and value. Always free from the ‘harmful seven,’ they are committed to using fresh and responsibly sourced foods to create satisfying, crave-worthy meals that kids will enjoy.

Please review the FAQs for information about the most frequent questions asked by parents and student. If you do not find the answer to your questions, Agra Culture will be on site at OLG Orientation to discuss their program first hand.

School Lunch Payment System - EZ School Apps

EZ School Apps is OLG’s new system for purchasing, and monitoring your children’s lunches. This program replaces PayPams. Read more on our School Lunch Payment System post.

School Lunch Program Participation Survey

During School Orientation, parents and students were offered the opportunity to try samples of our new School Lunch Program food by AgraCulture.

Parents, please complete the survey below regarding your family's participation in the new School Lunch Program.

2019-2020 School Orientation

Orientation Dates

New Family Orientation

Tuesday, August 20, 6:45 - 8:00 PM

School Orientation

Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM


Scheduled Teacher Meetings

One-on-one meetings with each parent and their students teachers will be held between 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Orientation Day. The times for these meetings are scheduled by the school office and will be mailed out to all parents in Mid-August along with their classroom assignments.


Laptop Roll-out Sessions

All Middle School students accompanied by at least 1 parent are required to attend one of the laptop presentations during Orientation Day, Wednesday, August 21. Students cannot receive their laptop if they have not attended one of the following sessions:

6th Grade
9:10 - 9:55 AM
3:30 - 4:15 PM

7th Grade
10:00 - 10:45 AM
3:00 - 3:45 PM

8th Grade
10:00 - 10:45 AM
3:00 - 3:45 PM

Make-up Session
Monday, August 26, 7:45 - 8:30 AM
Ms. Johnson’s Classroom (MS Room 504)

Please note that if you are more than five minutes late to the presentation, you will be asked to attend a different session and the laptop will not be given until a complete session has been attended.


Used Uniform Sale

Stop by the gym to check out the Used Uniform Sale during New Family Orientation and School Orientation. Prices range from $3-$5 for all uniform pieces, with the exception of blazers which cost $15.

Uniform Items We Carry:

  • Blazers

  • Navy Polos (short and long sleeved)

  • Green Polos (short and long sleeved)

  • Plaid jumpers

  • Plaid skirts

  • NOTE: We unfortunately do not have navy pants for size 4-7 (Those knees just don't hold up on active little boys.)

Did you know we have extended sizes?
Plaid skirts & jumpers are available up to size 14, including many half sizes. Navy pants/shorts are available in men's sizes.

Used Uniform Exchange
Remember, you can bring in outgrown, gently worn uniforms (with no holes or stains) to exchange for new sizes or pieces too.

Middle School Girls Uniform Change
Next school year the MS will be sporting a new skirt! We are moving to a polyester blend skirt that has a better fit for the girls. Read more…

Thank you to The Laughlin family and Sunburst Chemicals for helping us launder hundreds of Polos. Thank you to Grandma Maria for fixing our Jumpers.

Gym Uniform Sale

Gym Uniforms are required for Middle School (grades 6-8) only. Please stop in the gym to pick yours up during Orientation.

Spirit Wear

All purchases for Spirit Wear need to be done via the On-Line Store. There will be an opportunity to try on the Uniform Approved Sweatshirt during orientation. Read more…


School Supplies - Updated Process

School supplies typically purchased at orientation will be delivered directly to classrooms this year. The only items available for purchase during orientation will be calculators. Read more...


Volunteers Needed!

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to help with Orientation! Positions still need to be filled on both days to ensure everything runs smoothly. To review open positions and sign-up for a shift please visit SignUpGenius.

New Family Orientation

Tuesday, August 28
6:30 - 8:00 PM

School Orientation

Wednesday, August 29
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Used Uniforms Sale

Parents and students interested in volunteering for the Used Uniform Sale can sign up below.

Gym Uniform Sale

Parents and high school students (sorry no MS volunteers) interested in volunteering for the Gym Uniform Sale can sign up below.


Artsonia

New and Existing Families please stop by our Artsonia table, either at New Family Orientation in Cassidy hall, or In the Gym the following Orientation day to enter your preferred email address so you are sure to get notified when you child’s/children’s art work is published. There will be a variety of examples of keepsakes that are available for purchase on Artsonia’s website that you can to see and touch. Read more…


Room Parent Lottery

Once again this year you will have the opportunity to sign up for the Room Parent Lottery online via SignUpGenius (instead of doing it at Orientation). Parents may sign up to be a Room Parent for each child you have at OLG. Read more…


Unable to attend Orientation?

If you find you're unable to attend School Orientation, please do the following:

  1. Inform the School Office by contacting 952-929-5463 (x3). This allows your teacher conference time to be made available to others.

  2. Designate another family or friend to register for you. This ensures your family is ready to go on the first day of school. (Middle School parents please note: a parent is still required to attend a laptop roll-out session with their student.)


Questions?

Please contact Sue Becker at scjalics@yahoo.com or Erica Hamilton at erath01@gmail.com with any questions regarding School Orientation.

Thank You For Your Support of the Men’s Club Gala!

The 2019 OLG Men’s Club Gala was a huge success thanks to your support and generosity.  The $75,000 Fund the Need goal was exceeded by $15,000 and an additional $110,000 was raised from the community-wide Silent Auction. These funds will allow the Men’s Club to move forward in partnership with the School and Parish on an upgrade of the OLG network infrastructure and to provide new Smart Boards for middle school classrooms and Parish ministry/Faith Formation rooms.

Parenting Talk - Better Choices in Parenting

Parenting Talk - Better Choices in Parenting

Please join us on February 21st at 6:30pm and hear from Dr. Jules Nolan as she talks about everyday parenting decisions: 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. RSVP HERE