Deer Hearts Needed for Science Class!

As hunting season begins, 7th grade is in need of deer hearts! Please tell the hunters in your life to save their deer hearts so the 7th grade can experience an unforgettable lab as they learn about the structure and function of the heart in February 2020. Hearts can be frozen in a Ziploc bag, and brought into Mrs. Rossow’s room (503) at any time.

Questions?

Please contact Mrs. Rossow at carolinerossow@olgschool.net with any questions.

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

OLG School Graphic.JPG

Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 4, 4:00 - 5:50 PM
November 7, 4:00 - 5:50 PM and 6:30 - 7:50 PM
November 12, 4:00 - 5:50 PM and 6:30 - 7:50 PM
November 14, 4:00 - 5:50 PM and 6:30 - 7:50 PM

Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up soon! Families, please register by completing the form below. Please submit only one form per family to avoid duplication. Forms can be emailed to Linda Bakken at lindabakken@olgschool.net, faxed to 952-929-8170 or brought in to the School Office.

Middle School Service Club

Middle School Service Club (MSSC) is for Middle School students who want to serve above and beyond the required Religion Service Hours. We want to serve our school, parish & community, but most important just have fun. MSSC has more than 30 events from September through the first week of May for those that want to participate. We ask that students try to complete six events during the year. Some complete more, and some less.

If you child is interested in joining, but did not sign up at Orientation, there's still time! Complete the form below and bring it with you to our Kickoff Meeting or turn it in to your religion teacher. 

MSSC Logo.png

October MSSC Events:

Saturday, October 12
Little Saints Fall Fest

Wednesday, October 23
Family Mass & Breakfast

Monday, October 28
Veteran's Day Project (parents and siblings with parents are welcome)

Sunday, November 3
Sunday School Donuts and Fun

Visit www.signupgenius.com to access your signups.

Parenting Talk - Social and Emotional Skills Are Best Predictors of School Success

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 PM, Mercy Music Loft
During this Parenting Talk session, Dr. Jules Nolan will explore social and emotional learning, a skill set that is foundational in learning and life, and is currently the focus of a new standards and benchmarks from the MN Department of Education. Participants will better understand the 5 areas of SEL skills and how to develop lagging skills in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Appropriate for all ages.

Moms in Prayer Group

Thursdays weekly, beginning October 24, 8:40 - 9:40 AM
6400 Parkwood Rd, Edina MN 55436

All women (Moms, Grandmas, Aunts) desiring to pray for a child at OLG School are invited to our new Moms in Prayer group for Our Lady of Grace School. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
— Philippians 4:6

Replace your cares and worries with peace and hope by praying with other moms. Moms in Prayer helps women gather to pray scripturally and specifically for our children and schools. We will lead the prayers, so you can just come and pray!

If you still have young children at home, we can work on arrangements for someone to watch them in the next room while we pray.

No need to RSVP.

Questions?

Contact Amy Hoeft at amymhoeft@gmail.com or 612-730-9408 with any questions.

 About Moms Prayer International

Learn more about Moms in Prayer International at www.MomsInPrayer.org.

El Club de Español

El Club de Español will be meeting soon! Spanish Club meets five times during the year for cultural fun through projects, special guests, food, music, and more. Open to all students K-8

Dates

First meeting
Thursday, October 24, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, School Library

Spanish Mass
Wednesday, November 20, 9:00 AM

Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, School Library

Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, School Library

Meeting
Thursday, March 12, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, School Library

Meeting
Thursday, April 16, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, School Library

Register

Cost $25 for the year. To register please complete the form below.


Questions?

Please contact your student’s Spanish teacher with any questions.

School Lunch Program - November Pre-Ordering

41177agra-culture-black.png

November Pre-Ordering
is due by Friday, October 18.

Pre-ordering has been very successful this month: we have significantly reduced waste, increased the time students have to eat, and ensured that all kids can have the lunch they want. From this point, we will open pre-ordering from the 8th to the 18th of each month. This will also be added to the school calendar as an additional reminder.

Please take a minute to complete your pre-order now.
If you do not order lunch before the deadline, please send a cold lunch with your child.

Questions?

Please address any questions to our Assistant Principal, Mr. Barrett, at anthonybarrett@olgschool.net.


November Menu

Menu items and descriptions are also available by clicking the button below.


About Pre-Ordering

How to Pre-Order

Pre-Ordering is quick and easy, taking less than 2 minutes per child, and can be done completely in EZ Apps where you can view the menu for the month.

  • Once logged in, click on the tab ‘Meal Preorder’ where you will select which meals your child will purchase each month.

  • Be sure to make individual selections for each of your children using the drop down menu in the right corner.

  • Once you have completed your order for the month, you can select the ‘Print Ordered Meals to PDF’ button for a printable calendar of your child’s order.

Why Do We Need to Pre-Order?

Families will have to pre-order their students’ lunches for the upcoming month. Pre-ordering will allow OLG and Agra Culture to:

  • Continue to provide scratch-made food, prepared fresh each morning (not frozen).

  • Ensure each child gets their preferred meal (hot, vegetarian, cold sandwich) and even seconds, if one serving is not enough.

  • Maximize the time students have to eat lunch.

  • Minimize waste.

  • Keep meal costs as low as possible. 

  • Better serve students with food allergies and intolerances.

How Often Do We Pre-Order?

Pre-Ordering will be available from the 8th to the 18th of every month, the upcoming month's menu will be posted online. Families will have 10 days to complete their order. Student accounts will not be charged until the day of the pre-ordered lunch. Because the school purchases each lunch, the accounts will be charged even if the student does not take the pre-ordered lunch (if they are absent, school is cancelled, they bring cold lunch, etc.).

Milk will not be pre-ordered. Seconds will not be pre-ordered; the school will order a small amount of extra servings a day for students in grades 4-8 to take seconds.


Lunch Accounts in EZ School Apps 

Please make sure that you are adding money to your students’ lunch accounts. This can be done through EZ School Apps or by cash or check. Please send funds clearly labeled for lunch and checks made to OLG.

If you have not yet set up your students’ accounts in EZSchool Apps, please do so soon. Sign up or log in through the EZ School Apps Parent Portal to activate your account. If you are signing up for the first time, make sure to list your students’ names and to enter 55436 as the school ZIP code.

Please note, as EZSchool Apps do not yet have smartphone apps, all ordering must be done on a full computer browser. 

Date Corrections

No School - Date Change

Wednesday, October 16 there will be no school.
This date was originally marked as an Early Release Day by the district of Edina. There will also be no school on Thursday, October 17 - Friday, October 18 for MEA Weekend.

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.

Education Outfitters Fall Uniform Sale

Saturday, October 5 - Tuesday, October 15
Educational Outfitters, St.Louis Park
Educational Outfitters is offering 15% Off all school uniforms and accessories. We donate a percentage of sales back to the school on all purchases year round! Parking is available on street or in lot next to building.

Store Hours

Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Shop Online

Visit www.minnesota.educationaloutfitters.com to shop online.

Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination (DI) is back!

Registrations Due Monday, October 14
Students form teams of two to seven students to solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking.

Teams choose one of seven challenges. Depending on the challenge, students should spend two to four months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions and after weeks spent creating and developing these solutions, they go to a tournament. Top-scoring teams advance, and the top tier goes to our Global Finals tournament – the world’s largest celebration of creativity!

DI seasons run from August through May.

Reasons to join Destination Imagination

  • DI demonstrates that learning can be FUN!

  • DI identifies, celebrates and builds on a student’s strengths.

  • DI provides authentic learning and authentic assessment.

Learn more

If you would like to hear more information about Destination Imagination please join us for the informational meeting on October 7 at 8:00 AM in Ms. Holtz's Room, 310.

Interested?

Please fill out the back of the form below and return to your homeroom teachers by Monday, October 14.

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


IMG_2702.jpg

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

OLG School Graphic.JPG

VEAP Donations

Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11
OLG School students are invited to bring in items to donate to VEAP. Below is what we are asking each grade to please try to bring in, but anything is welcome as well.

Kindergarten - Whole Grain Cereal
1st Grade - Diapers
2nd Grade - Toilet Paper
3rd Grade - Laundry Detergent
4th Grade - Canned Fruit
5th Grade - Canned Beans and Veggies
Middle School: Get Ready for Holiday Baking by donating: Oil, Flour, White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Crisco Sticks, Chocolate Chips, Cookie Mixes, and Sprinkles. 

About VEAP

VEAP is a basic needs and social services organization whose programs promote access to healthy foods, stable housing and other supportive services. VEAP’s programs are designed to address a particular need and when used together provide hope and can help avoid a financial crisis such as loss of housing, transportation or employment. Whether the hardship is from a disability, job transition, or the financial and physical stresses of aging, VEAP has been helping our neighbors in need for 45 years. Visit www.veap.org for more information about VEAP.

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.

Third and Fourth Grade Choir Club

Third and Fourth Grade Choir Club

Third and fourth grade singers are invited to join Choir Club. This activity is a great way to have fun singing together, develop musicianship skills, and serve the school community.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are held during recess from 11:25 - 11:55 AM in Room 116.
4th Grade - Wednesdays
3rd Grade - Thursdays

Rehearsals begin October 2 (4th Grade) and October 3 (3rd Grade).

Performances

The combined 3rd and 4th  grade choir will sing for the Veterans Day Program, Christmas Concert, and Spring Concert.

Register

Please fill out and return the registration form.

Questions?

Please contact the director Mrs. Esther Cook if you have questions: esthercook@olgschool.net.

OLG Men's Club Dues Drive & Gear Shop

Men’s Club Dues Drive

The OLG Men's Club is a major part of our OLG community and all men of OLG are automatically members. We ask members to consider paying dues to help cover the cost of communications and support our fantastic line up of annual events. Dues can be paid online using the link below. Thank you for your support and looking forward to a great Men’s Club year.

Men's Club Gear Shop is Live!

Our first ever OLG Men’s Club gear shop is now open for business! Due to popular demand we have extended the deadline for orders until October 7th. Check out our great gear options and order yours today!

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. Please ignore any alerts from PayPams to add funding or take any other actions.

Set-Up Your Account

  1. Set up your parent account at the EZ School Apps portal by following the instructions here.

  2. After you receive an email confirmation (this could take a day or more) you can add funds to your child’s account by credit card. We are not currently able to accept checks as a form of payment, but are looking at being able to add this option in the future.

  3. Convenience charges for adding funds using a credit card:

    • $1.95 for less than $50

    • 2.9% + $.30 for $50 and over

  4. Your child will still be able to order lunch if your account is not set up by the first day of school, Monday, August 26. All changes incurred during that time will be recorded and the funds will be extracted once you have set up your account. Multiple parent accounts can be linked to the same student (for multi-household families).

  5. Returning students will use the same lunch number as last year and new students will receive a new number. All students will receive their pin numbers in class on Monday.

  6. EZ School Apps parental access must be done through a browser. There are no iPhone or Android apps for this program.

  7. Once your account has be created it should be activated within 24 hours. You will recieve a confirmation email once your account has been activated.

What if I had a credit or debit balance with PayPams?

According to the records provided to us from Edina Public Schools, most students and some faculty members had an outstanding balance (credit or debit) from last school year in their PayPams account.

We are in the process of making the balance transfer from Edina Public Schools. In the next few weeks, once balances are transferred, they will be applied to each student's Smart Tuition account.

Questions?

Please contact Anthony Barrett, Assistant Principal, at anthonybarrett@olgschool.net with any questions.