School

Pen Pals

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Have time to correspond with one of our 5th graders? Our Pen Pal program connects a senior with a 5th grader. It’s a small way to support our OLG students and get connected with the next generation of disciples! Let us know if you’d like to be paired with a 5th grader by calling the Parish Office and leaving your name. We will try to make it happen!

Meet Our New Teachers and Staff

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Congratulations and welcome to our new teachers and staff!

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Anthony Barrett

Assistant Principal

Mr. Anthony Barrett began his work in Catholic schools in Denver with the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education program. He taught middle school English there for three years before moving to Faribault to teach at Bethlehem Academy. During this time, he also coached speech, basketball, and several other sports. Mr. Barrett earned his Master of Education through Notre Dame in 2015 and is currently working toward a Master of Educational Leadership.

Mr. Barrett was drawn to Our Lady of Grace because of the community's love of faith and commitment to student learning. He is particularly excited about OLG's student-centered approach to education. He looks forward to supporting students in their goals to become life-long learners and to become more Christ-like toward one another. Mr. Barrett possesses a strong love for learning. When he is not working to help educate others, he enjoys teaching himself to paint and to play piano. He also appreciates the outdoors, and he has been to every state park in Minnesota. He is grateful for this opportunity to move back home to the Twin Cities, and he is filled with joy as he awaits the upcoming school year.


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Katherine Hird

5th Grade Teacher

Ms. Katherine Hird grew up in Bloomington and recently graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. She is thrilled to be teaching 5th grade at OLG next year and joining such a welcoming, faith-filled community. Growing up in a Catholic school (Nativity of Mary), Katherine experienced first-hand the transformative effects of Catholic Education. She hopes to be a small piece of her students’ unique journeys through a similar experience.

Ms. Hird’s desire to pursue a career in education began when she was in middle school; while she was in college, she developed a love for Psychology and learning about human behavior and development. Through various roles, such as leader of a Parks and Recreation summer program, tutor, Educational Assistant, Accessibility Assistant, and Adaptive Softball Coach, Ms. Hird gained experience that furthered passions for Education and Psychology and prepared her for a classroom of her own.

In her free time, she loves to read, play music, and spend time with her parents, sister, and two brothers. Ms. Hird will also serve as the Assistant Varsity Women’s Soccer coach at Holy Family High School this fall.


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Kory LaCroix

Associate for Mission

Kory has committed his life to inspiring and equipping people to live for Jesus. One of his greatest joys is seeing hearts transformed by the abiding love and mercy of God. At Our Lady of Grace, Kory will serve and collaborate with our staff and parishioners to make Jesus Christ known and loved, especially engaging in our young adult, youth and men’s ministries. 

Kory comes to Our Lady of Grace after nine years of serving the youth and families of Holy Name of Jesus in Medina. He began his theological studies at St. John’s University, finishing his undergrad in 2010 and is currently working on his Masters in Theology through the Augustine Institute. Kory and his wife, Alicia, grew up a mile apart in Buffalo, MN and are proud parents of four children. You may hear Kory’s laughter before you see him.  


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Claire Mealey

6th Grade Writing and Religion

Ms. Claire Mealey holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Theology from Benedictine College. She served this past year in the Seton Teaching Fellow program in the Bronx, NY, teaching 5th grade catechism and 5th-6th reading intervention at Brilla College Prep Middle School. She is thrilled to be returning home to the Twin Cities and to her parish at Our Lady of Grace. She enjoys long distance running, baking, and drinking coffee with friends. Ms. Mealey attended Our Lady of Grace as a student, and is looking forward to being back as a staff member. When she was a second grade student at OLG, Ms. Mealey made up her mind that she wanted to be a Catholic School teacher some day! She is most excited to share in the Catholic Faith with her 6th graders and build up a strong community of leaders who grow together.


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Joe Mortl

7th and 8th Grade Religion

Mr. Joe Mortl has served at OLG as the 6th grade writing, grammar and social studies teacher since 2004. Mr. Mortl joined the group of OLG Pilgrims to the to the Holy Land in March of 2017 and it completely changed his life. A burning desire was left in his heart that he could not ignore and he began the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at the University of St. Thomas in the fall of 2018.  His wish is to share and inspire our 7th and 8th graders to welcome the invitation from God who seeks us out daily.  Mr. Mortl received a 1-6 Education degree from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN in 1998. He also received his Master's degree in Education from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in 2003.  He has coached basketball teams and is involved in the school's run club. He also serves on the Staff Development Team, Standards-Based Grading Team, and Education Committee to work on curriculum, assessment, and staff initiatives. In his free time, Mr. Mortl enjoys sports, exercising, writing, music, and spending quality time with his family. 


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Caroline Redelmeier

Marketing Communications Specialist

Caroline Redelmeier grew up in Houston, Texas and got her Master's in Architecture at the University of Miami in Florida in 2014. She moved to the twin cities while she was serving with Saint Paul's Outreach as their Human Resources Assistant for two years before joining the team here at Our Lady of Grace as Parish Secretary in 2016.

While in her role as Parish Secretary, Caroline developed a passion for using Marketing and Communications to help invite people into deeper relationship with the Lord. Over the past three years she has helped transition the parish website to a new digital platform, managed the parish weekly email newsletter, developed graphic media, assisted with photography, redesigned and managed the Parish Bulletin, as well as assisted with processing event space reservations. In her new role Caroline is most looking forward to working with both the school and parish to make Jesus Christ known and loved to all who we encounter at OLG.


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Amy Selby

School Enrollment Coordinator

Amy Selby has been an active volunteer at Our Lady of Grace School and Church since moving to Minnesota from Chicago in 2010. A former classroom teacher and professional development presenter for 11 years in Illinois, Amy loves to talk about education. You may recognize her from the Parent School Organization (PSO), New Families Committee, School Advisory Council (SAC), Moms of Grace, Vacation Bible School (VBS), Nativity Play, Seven Sisters Apostolate, Faith Formation Families Organization (3FO), Acts 29, various OLG Bible studies/book groups, Faith Formation, or Sunday School. If you have not yet met her, she looks forward to meeting you!

As School Enrollment Coordinator, Amy looks forward to working with families and introducing them to the Our Lady of Grace Community. This position combines many of her favorite things--Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and School, meeting new people and making spreadsheets. She also enjoys spending time with her family, baseball, sailing, travel and hiking. Amy’s mission is to stay close to Jesus and bring others closer to Him.

2019 Discipleship Guide Book

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Look in your mailbox for our new Discipleship Guide Book! Advertisers helped provide this service at no cost to our parish. We encourage you to think of them in the future as your needs arise. Contact amandavogt@guidebookpublishing.com for more information or if you are interested in advertising next year.

Please familiarize yourself with the OLG ministries and organizations located in the front of the book. An electronic PDF version of the Guide Book, which you can download to your computer, smartphone or tablet is available for your convenience.

Congratulations OLG Class of 2019

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Congratulations to our 2019 OLG School 8th Grade Graduates!

Charlie Abdo
Claire Abdo
Ryan Baird
Ruby Benson
Sophia Carroll Boockmeier
Brooke E. Bothwell
Cooper Clinton
Lucas Combs
Jacqueline Commerford
Megan L. Cornell
Kristen Dougherty
Grace K. Eigner
Lily Eigner
Evelyn E. Elder
Eric John English
Anna Farley
Emily Fleetham
Samuel Fulton\
Abigail Garvin
Isabel Garvin
Matthew John Gorman
Alanna F. Halloran
Elizabeth Fettig Halloran

Samantha Jean Hankinson
Luke P. Hannan
Ashton Hartman
Liam Harvey
Chase B. Hogan
William S. Horsager
William Howell
Carson S. Hegenbarth
Tyler J. Hewitson
Mary Kathleen Hewitt
Annie Juckniess
Lila Kadue
Michael King
Lauren Kraft
Genevieve Larson
Vivienne Larson
Abigail G. Lohmann
Gabe Mankowski
Faith A. McAdam
Olivia Michael
Clare Miller
Nicholas Mork
Ella Murray
Avery Nientimp

Elizabeth V. Nixon
Colleen Noonan
Mikel Nunez Mudoy
Leo E. Ogle
Grant Olson
Nolan P. Pankratz
Gretchen Pohl
Olivia Grace Porthan
Evan Reid
Ethan J. Remjeske
Mark Joseph Rogalski
Lucas J. Schutz
Caroline E. Sislo
Kayla R. Smart
Ryan Souka
Issac X. Stelzer
Mackenzie Thomas
John W. Vaccaro
Henry Thomas Veldman
Luke Vitt
Cece Walser
Benjamin Scott Wilhoit
Kyle R. Williams

OLG School 70th Anniversary Celebration Sponsorship Opportunities

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The excitement is growing as we prepare to celebrate 70 Years of Grace at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School! The celebration will be held on Saturday, September 21 on our beautiful campus and will include all those whose lives have been touched by OLG School and who have made us who we are!

We expect to have several hundred alumni and alumni parents in attendance along with school families - past and present - and members of our community. To make this celebration a memorable event for all, we would love to partner with you through sponsorships.

We are seeking various levels of sponsorship:

Grace Event Sponsors: would receive logo/name recognition in all print/media and banner recognition leading up to and day of event. Potential opportunities include:

  • 5K Sponsor ($4,000)

  • Food Truck Sponsor ($2,000 x2)

  • Adult Beverage Sponsor ($2,000 x2)

  • Print and Media Sponsor ($2,000)

  • Decade Gathering Sponsor ($2,000)

  • Thank you to Dan and Kelly Ballard for serving as an Adult Beverage Sponsor at $2,000!

  • Thank you to Dermatology Specialists: Mimi Cho-Rohlfsen, M.D., PhD. for serving as a Food Truck Sponsor at $2,000!

  • Thank you to Patti, Timmy and Conor Marrinan honoring Tim, husband and father for serving as the Rock the Field Sponsor as $4,000

  • Thank you to Gill Brothers Funeral & Cremation for serving as the Mass Sponsor at $4,000!

Saints Sponsor ($1,000+): would receive name recognition in all print/media and banner recognition leading up to and day of event.

Alumni Sponsor ($500+): would receive name recognition in all print/media.

Interested individuals and businesses can contact Dan McGraw at 612-720-3949 or daniel.mcgraw@gillbrothers.com

 

2019 OLG School Carnival

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Friday, April 26, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Please join us for the 31st annual OLG Carnival. There will be games, food, candy, prizes, a DJ, and even a special room for parents and alumni to get away and recharge with a chair massage.

All profits go directly back to the parish community to support growing technology infrastructure needs. We hope to see you there!

Carnival wouldn't be possible without the support of our incredible sponsors:


 
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Doing Good Together Family Service Fair

April 22, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Gym
Doing Good Together's work helps address real, immediate community needs and it creates hope by instilling the spirit of giving in a new generation. Stop by to participate in fun, simple hands-on projects that inspire compassion and generosity! Assemble snack bags for children experiencing illness and their families. Create toys for cats awaiting a new home. Pack hygiene kits for youth experiencing homelessness. Decorate journals for children receiving counseling.

Contact Sharon Hierlmaier at sharonhierlmaier@olgschool.net with any questions.

 
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PSO Prayer, Service and Tithe

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All members of the OLG parish community are welcome and encouraged to participate in Parent School Organization (PSO) activities, including members who do not have children enrolled in OLG School.

PSO outreach goes beyond the School, including:

  • Sunday School Donuts and Fun

  • Feed My Starving Children

  • making valentines and placemats for Meals on Wheels

  • Veterans Day thank you

  • Loaves and Fishes

  • Salvation Army bell ringing

  • Thanksgiving Baskets

  • Sponsor-a-Family

The annual Santa Secret Shop has donated $95,000 to St. John Paul II from 2014-2018. PSO has also earned over $10,000 from fundraising events since 2017.

PSO has over 40 committees and hundreds of volunteers who put in over 10,000 hours every year. All parents of OLG students are members of the PSO, and are welcomed and encouraged to share their time and talent. Please contact Amy Dennison at ahrenner@hotmail.com for more information.

Parenting Talk: Better Choices in Parenting

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Thursday, February  21, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
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. The talk will take place in the new Mercy Music Loft. The talk will be given by Dr. Jules Nolan. RSVP here.