OLG 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. You should have recently received dues information in the mail and you can always pay online at the Men’s Club Dues page. Please consider paying them today - all who have paid by October 1st are eligible for a Yeti cooler drawing. Thank you for your support and please mark your calendar for the Men's Club 2019/2020 kickoff on September 29th. 

Her Next Play - Edina Girls Sports Summit

Her Next Play Edina Girls Sports Summit 

Monday, September 30 (Non-School Day), 8:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Life Time Sport Facility

The Her Next Play Edina Girls Sports Summit will celebrate Edina athletes and inspire girls to stay in sports and develop their leadership skills. Girls will hear from elite female athletes, compete in agility games, and learn about mental toughness and how to fuel their sports performance.

The event is open to up to 150 middle and high school girls in grades 6-12. Any Edina girl who considers herself an athlete is welcome.

About Her Next Play

Her Next Play is an Edina based organization committed to keeping girls, especially those in middle school, in sports for the countless positive benefits girls get from being on a team. 

Registration link + more information on the summit can be found in this link:

Questions?

Please contact Amy Teitscheid, OLG School Mom, at amy@armbrustsales.com for more information.

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.

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.

Volunteer in the School Library

We are excited to kick off the 2019-2020 school year in the Library with a fresh new look and many new books! Next week we will be sending out a sign up genius for 1st trimester library volunteers for K - 5th grade.

Class Library Time

We heard your feedback! The School Library will be offering 2 options for volunteering during your child’s library time. We are looking for one full trimester volunteer in each class each trimester and for 2-3 weekly volunteers in each class. All volunteers will have the opportunity to read to the class, lead activities and help the children find age appropriate books to check out. 

You can sign up for whichever option works best for your schedule. We look forward to seeing you in the library this year.

Friends of the Library

If you would like to volunteer in the School Library but aren’t able to come during class time, the School Library will also be needing Friends of the Library to come in to organize books, create displays of new books and highlight seasonal topics at a time that fits your schedule. More information about Friends of the Library will be coming soon

Questions?

Please contact Marla Horwich at mhorwich@me.com or Katie Yacoub at katherinejfield@yahoo.com with questions about the Library.

Introducing Our New School Lunch Provider

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Introducing Our New School Lunch Provider

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.

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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.

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

Cub Scout Kick-Off Meeting

Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 PM, Cassidy Hall
Cub Scouts has been a popular program at OLG for several years with many involved families and a lot of exciting activities you won't find anywhere else. Boys and Girls in Grades 1 - 5 are welcome to participate in Cub Scouts. Dens in each grade will be boy-only or girl only. The program at each grade is the same for all and everyone is part of the overall OLG Pack 102. If you have boys or girls in Grades 1 - 5 and would like to learn more about Cub Scouts at OLG, please attend our Cub Scout Kick-Off Meeting. The highlight of the evening will be a visit from the Raptor Center!

Spirit Wear Now on Sale

Spirit Wear on Sale Now - Sunday, September 8
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 next week (see us in the gymnasium). In addition, we will have limited attire, Bernies, as well as coffee/water bottles for purchase. Once the store closes, orders cannot be placed until we open "the store" again in October. So please plan accordingly. We anticipate it will take up to 4 weeks to fulfill all orders placed during registration. All orders will be delivered directly to your child's classroom.

Please contact, Danielle Theirl at danielleraemail@gmail.com with any questions.

Transportation Reimbursement

Transportation Reimbursement

All OLG School parents who transport their children to school at their own expense may be eligible for a reimbursement. This includes parents who carpool, use Eden Prairie busing or other forms of transportation.

Minnesota State Law specifies that students who attend non-public schools are due transportation services or reimbursement to the district boundary.

If your child is transported to and from a non-public school at your expense, and is eligible for reimbursement, you may request reimbursement for transportation to the boundary of the district residence by completing the forms below and submitting them to Ellie Harristhal in the School Office by Friday, September 6. Reimbursement will be distributed at the beginning of the next school year.

Forms

Please submit one form for each student for which you are requesting reimbursement.

Bloomington and Burnsville residents, please also complete the associated form and send it in to the School Office:

Carpooling Policy Reminders

Safety and efficiency are the main goals of the carpool line. To maximize these goals, please respect the following rules:

  • Please follow the carpool diagram in the Student Handbook Appendix.

  • Use Auxiliary Parking Lot for Afternoon Carpool Line - As a part of our afternoon carpool line, we are now using the auxiliary parking space across from our basketball courts as a drive through to prevent incoming cars from being stranded on Eden Avenue resulting in a huge congestion and safety concern. When using our afternoon carpool lines, we ask that the first person drive up to the last handicap sign and those in the drive through stay closest to the grass to maximize the number of cars that we can have in these spaces.

  • In the morning, students should have their backpacks and other school things ready so they can exit the car quickly. If you have things that must be signed, need to talk to your child, or just need more time to get organized, please park your car in the lower lot and walk your child in. Parents who are using the carpool line should not need to get out of their car.

  • Children should always exit from the sidewalk side of the car, as the other side is a lane of traffic.

  • Do not drop off or pick up your child/children at the church door. This is not respectful of parishioners using the chapel and is not an entrance to the school.

  • Do not drop or pick up your child/children at the Middle School doors off the Administration driveway. This is a pedestrian route for walkers during carpool time.

  • If parking in the lower lot to pick up your child/children, please use the side door near the reception desk. Please do not use the church entrance.

  • Do not come from the administration driveway and cut in line. This is unfair and frustrating to those who are correctly using the carpool system.

  • Do not use the exit to the service road that is near the athletic field during afternoon dismissal time.

  • At no time should parents or students walk between cars or buses.

  • After school, please place the name sign provided on the front right dashboard. This helps the teachers identify which students will be picked up next so the students may get ready to enter the car. This allows for more efficient loading of all students.

  • Morning Traffic Congestion - We encourage all families to enter our school campus coming from the west on Eden Avenue, therefore, making a right hand turn into our campus. This will help alleviate some of the congestion for our entire Edina community.

  • Also, remember you must park your car in the lot and then walk your student in any time you arrive at school during the school day. Do not park by the sidewalk near the front entrance. Buses and vans deliver students there during the day and often have to back up as a car is parked in front of the entrance.

Please see the Student Handbook for more detailed information on OLG School Transportation policies.

8th Grade Kickball Party

Wednesday, September 4, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
8th Grade Families mark your calendar for the annual 8th grade Kick Ball and Dinner Party. This is such a fun event that you will not want to miss out! It is a great way to start off the year for parents, kids, teachers and our priests as well. Festivities will start on the softball field at 5:30 PM! After the big game there will be dinner in Cassidy Hall with pizza, salad and cake.

RSVP

Please watch for a Sign Up Genius email for an opportunity to RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Questions?

Please contact Jen Best at 612-251-9763 with any questions.

Donate New and Used School Supplies to JPII

Don’t throw out those unwanted school supplies just yet!

JPII has a Back to School night next week, August 29 where they will offer all JPII students (K-8) an opportunity to pick up a few donated personal school items for their use, while supplies last. If you have any new or gently used school supplies that you would like to contribute, please drop them in "JPII" box at school entry way by August 28.

Good examples are

  • Backpacks

  • Lunch Bags

  • Soup Containers

  • Lunch Storage Items

  • Cold Pack for Lunch

  • Pencil Cases

  • Book Markers

  • and more…

Imagine the joy you can bring to a child on their first day of school as they walk in carrying one of your items!

Questions?

Contact Lisa Cards at lisacards@msn.com with any questions.

2019-2020 Back to School Guide


Key Events

First Day of School (Grades 1- 8)

Monday, August 26

First Day of School (Kindergarten)

Tuesday, August 27

School Supplies 2019 - 2020

Order Your School Supplies Online

Don't spend summer days shopping for school supplies! You can order everything your student needs online. Visit the online store at School Tool Box, and search for Our Lady of Grace. You can purchase the entire kit of supplies for your student's grade, or you can de-select any items you already have. All supplies will be delivered to your home within two weeks. Prices are competitive and there is no shipping fee for combined orders to one household over $50. In addition, for each kit sold, School Tool Box will donate a meal to Feed My Starving Children.

If you plan to order the School Supply Box and already have the calculator you need, please be sure the calculator is not included in your box order. 


School Supply Lists

If you would prefer to do your own shopping locally, click HERE for a shopping list for each grade.  


Orientation School Supplies Updated Process

School supplies typically purchased at orientation will be delivered directly to classrooms this year.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Rest Mats should have been pre-ordered during Spring Interviews and will be delivered directly to students in the classrooms. Families who requested to purchase a mat will be billed $16 via SmartTuition.

Third Grade

Recorders, Books and Spanish Vocab Sheets will be delivered directly to the classrooms for all third grade students.  Cost is $10 for Recorders and Books and $5 for Spanish Vocab Sheets. All third grade families will be billed $15 via SmartTuition.

Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade Bibles should have been pre-ordered via forms sent home with students last spring. The Bibles will be delivered directly to students in the classrooms.  Families who requested to purchase a Bible will be billed $24 via SmartTuition.  

Grades 4 - 8

Calculators are required for all students in Grades 4-8. They are now listed on the regular school supply lists and are available as an option in the School Supply Boxes. Current calculator inventory will be available for purchase at Orientation. 

Questions

Please contact Amanda Fritz at amanda.mae.fritz@gmail.com or Heather Hoyt at hmhoyt@hotmail.com with questions or concerns.

Didn’t order a Rest Mat for your Kindergartner or Bible for your Sixth Grader but need one? Just let us know and we will make the change!


When to Bring in Supplies


Each grade level has a different preference for when to bring in school supplies and when you should label them. Please check out the list below to see when your child's grade level would like supplies to come to school.

Elementary School

Kindergarten - Families can bring in on August 26 when coming for their assessment. Labeling instructions will be provided at Orientation.

1st Grade - Please bring on 1st Day of School (Kleenex, Wipes & Pencils only at Orientation). Labeling instructions will be provided at Orientation.

2nd Grade - Please bring on Orientation Day or 1st Day of School. Please label with first and last name every folder, red spiral notebook, watercolors box, oil pastels box, marker boxes, colored pencil box, crayon box.

3rd Grade - Please bring on 1st Day of School (Kleenex & Wipes only at Orientation). Labeling instructions will be provided at Orientation.

4th Grade - Please bring on 1st Day of School (Kleenex & Wipes only at Orientation). Please label all classroom supplies with first and last name prior to first day of school.

5th Grade - Please bring on Orientation Day. Students will label in class on the first day of school.

Middle School

6th Grade - Please bring on Orientation Day or 1st Day of School. Students will label in class on the first day of school.

7th Grade - Please bring on 1st Day of School. Students will label in class on the first day of school.

8th Grade - Please bring on Orientation Day or 1st Day of School. Students will label in class on the first day of school.




Health Records for 7th Graders

Please turn in an Immunization record now if current. Proof of Meningococcal and Tdap is required before starting 7th grade.

The Health Office requires the School Office to call families who haven't submitted forms. If you have not yet submitted the required forms, you will receive a call asking for date when you will submit. The School Nurse won't be return to the School Offices until August.

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.

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…

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.)





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.

Artsonia

Artsonia During School Orientations

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. 

What is Artsonia?

Artsonia is the collection of student art, published by OLG parent volunteers . Parents and family can view the art online, leave comments and order keepsakes featuring their artwork.

Have artwork from home? It is easy to upload your photos and artwork done outside of school.

Artsonia donates 20% of your purchase directly to OLGs Art Program

Questions?

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your Artsonia Chairs!

Lisa Laughlin laughlinlisa2@gmail.com

Jamie Appelhof jrappelhof@gmail.com

Room Parent Lottery

Register by Wednesday, August 21, 3:45 PM

A Room Parent’s primary role will be to partner with their child's teacher to understand their needs for parent volunteers throughout the school year. Based on those needs, the Room Parent will create sign-ups through SignUpGenius for parents to have the opportunity to help. No previous experience is required for this position. There will be a brief training the first week of school. 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. This sign up will close on Wednesday, August 21 at 3:45 PM. At that point, the PSO chairs will randomly draw from the list of each classroom names and will notify by email those who have been selected.

Sign Up

When you find out your child's teacher, you can click the button below to add yourself to the Lottery.

Questions?

Please contact Anna Lima at annaandjason@gmail.com or Stacy Ferderer at ferd0810@gmail.com with any questions.

New Altar Server Training

Hello!

My name is Jack Sexton. Over the past year, with the help of Shelly Aebi and Fr. Kevin, we have redesigned the Altar Server program. Hopefully these changes will encourage our older Servers to continue to serve as they journey into High School and college, and will set new goals for our younger servers. If you are in 6th grade or older, we invite you to join the altar serving team! We will be hosting two dates for Altar Server Training for New Servers:

Tuesday, August 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pizza lunch after training.

Tuesday, August 20, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pizza lunch after training.

Please contact Shelly Aebi at shellyaebi@olgparish.org if you will be attending one of these trainings. We need you!

Thank you and God Bless,
Jack Sexton, Altar Server Assistant
Shelly Aebi, Director of Liturgy

Teacher Assignments

We are excited to welcome everyone back at school in a few weeks!

Teacher Assignments for the 2019-2020 school year were mailed on Wednesday, August 14 to all families.

If you have not received your child(ren)'s placements by Saturday August 17, please call the School Office on Monday, August 19 and leave a message.

Please note that on Friday, August 16 and Monday, August 19 our teachers and staff will be preparing for the new school year with a series In Service sessions.

 Maureen Trenary
OLG School Principal

Will DeBerg Boy’s Summer Basketball Clinics

The Summer Basketball Clinics are smaller group workouts designed more specifically for individual skills and conditioning. Skills include, shooting, ball handling, passing, and physical conditioning. Open to all skill levels! New this year, players will receive a detailed analysis of their strengths, weaknesses, and areas to focus on before entering their respective basketball seasons!

About Will

  • Current University of St. Thomas Assistant Coach

  • 2013-2014 professional basketball player in Limoges, France

  • 2011 National Champion, 2013 Final Four at the University of St. Thomas

  • 5th All-Time Leading Scorer in Edina Boys Basketball history

Week 1

Good Samaritan Church - 5730 Grove St. Edina
Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18

9th - 12th Grade: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
2nd - 4th Grade: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Week 2

Good Samaritan Church - 5730 Grove St. Edina
Monday, July 22 - Thursday, July 25
9th - 12th Grade: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
2nd - 4th Grade: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Week 3

Our Lady of Grace Church - 5071 Eden Ave Edina
Monday, August 12 - Thursday, August 15
9th - 12th Grade: 9:00 - 10:30 PM
7th - 8th Grade: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
5th - 6th Grade: 12:00-1:30 PM
2nd - 4th Grade: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Week 4

Good Samaritan Church - 5730 Grove St. Edina
Monday, August 19 - Thursday, August 22

9th - 12th Grade: 9:00 - 10:30 AM
7th - 8th Grade: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
5th - 6th Grade: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
2nd - 4th Grade: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Register

Cost is $150/week (Monday-Thursday) Sign up at www.willdebergbasketball.com or fill out and mail in the registration form to Will DeBerg.

**Limited space available***