Day of Giving

The Day of GRACE is officially one week away! It takes people, prayers, and your participation to build the GRACE community where every student has the opportunity to learn, lead and succeed. Celebrate with us, make a donation in support of our students, spread the word, and follow along with us on social media for a Day of GRACE! Early donations are now being accepted at givingday.gracesystem.org

GRACE’s New Family Referral Program

Help GRACE grow! Refer new families and earn an incentive for yours. We at GRACE value the support and loyalty of our school families, and are excited to announce our New Family Referral Program, which rewards our existing families with a tuition incentive for referring new families that enroll in our system. Share the word about GRACE education with your friends and family, and be a part of building our strong, faith-based community. 

GRACE 2023-24 Academic Calendar Now Available

The GRACE 2023-24 academic calendar is here! You can view it in English or Spanish.

The calendar highlights key dates such as early dismissals, parent/teacher conferences, holiday vacations, and more. Spring break will be March 4-8, 2024. We are excited to announce it even includes the spring break dates for the following academic year, which will be taking place from March 10-14, 2025.

Keep these important dates in mind when scheduling future family activities and vacations. Have a great year!

GRACE in the News: Notre Dame of De Pere Gets Highlighted

Local news station WLUK Fox 11 recently highlighted Notre Dame of De Pere’s charitable efforts to make a difference in the local community this holiday season! Ms. Korinek’s second graders and Mrs. Kopp’s 3-year-olds spent their “buddy time” delivering Thanksgiving cards and singing some Thanksgiving songs for the nearby senior apartments at the end of November.

Read the full story on Fox’s website here.

2023’s Day of GRACE

Join us for the Day of GRACE – a day of giving – to be celebrated during Catholic Schools Week on February 1, 2023. You are an important part of the equation: it takes people, programs, prayers and your participation to build the GRACE community where every student has the opportunity to learn, lead and succeed.

Celebrate with us, make a donation in support of our students, spread the word, and follow along with us on social media for a Day of GRACE!

Learn more on our website.

St. John Paul II Classical School’s Volunteer of the Year

St. John Paul II Classical School’s outstanding volunteer of 2022 is Mrs. April Aschinger!

Mrs. Aschinger provides continued support for the school and stepped up in a variety of ways when SJPII was in great need.

Principal Alex Wolf recalls, “She took nearly all of the recess slots when our recess supervisor was still recovering from surgery. She always shows great charity while volunteering, and continues to be truly dedicated to our school.”

Mr. Wolf and the greater GRACE community is so appreciative of all that she does. Thank you, Mrs. Aschinger!

Learn more about St. John Paul II Classical School by visiting their website.

Holy Cross Catholic School’s Spotlight

The GRACE Spotlight Series continues at Holy Cross Catholic School for Band Director, Mr. Tim Kozlovsky!


Principal Kari Peterson states, “This is Mr. Kozlovsky’s second year as Band Director and we have seen tremendous growth in our students through his passion for music and encouragement to try harder, practice more, and grow as musicians. Mr. Kozlovsky embodies the mission of Holy Cross Catholic School by developing student excellence and spreading God’s love in his words and actions.”

Thank you, Mr. K!

Voice of the Customer Parent Survey

GRACE parents are invited to respond to the Voice of the Customer Parent Survey. The survey is open Dec 7-19, 2022 and is utilized to provide parental feedback to our Board Education Committee. This is an annual survey to help assess our progress from the parent perspective. All are asked to respond. The survey link can be accessed from your GRACE school’s weekly parent e-newsletter.

Thank you in advance for responding — your perspective is valued!

CatholicLink: Building Middle School Leaders

After leading the CatholicLink Middle School Leadership Conference in May, six Notre Dame Academy students participated in a week-long design sprint led by Abbie Withbroe, educator at St. John the Baptist, and Jaime Danen of Notre Dame Academy. The goal of the week was to develop a student-led character and leadership program for students from kindergarten through high school. The program they developed, Building Character, Growing Leaders, will help students develop the virtues and skills of strong leaders to impact their school and broader communities positively.

Throughout the summer, two of the students continued the work of the design sprint week to develop this leadership program which is now being piloted in three schools: St. John the Baptist, Notre Dame of De Pere, and Notre Dame Academy.

At all middle schools, students are leading and organizing leadership clubs that meet twice a month. The first meeting of the month consists of playing games and working on leadership skills, whereas during the second meeting the students plan lessons and activities which will be taught in K-5 classrooms.

At Notre Dame Academy 15 students are involved in the rollout of the program. They have named this program Notre Dame Leadership Academy (NDLA) and are working hard to involve many more students into the program.

Jamie Danen, Literacy Specialist and Equity Coordinator of Notre Dame Academy states, “This is an entirely student-led program. Students decide what the outcomes will be, how we will get there, and what it will look like when we are successful. They are intent on making this a program that is appealing to all students at NDA. Additionally, they are running each meeting, planning each event, and making deliberate decisions about what will and won’t be included in the program. I have never been involved with a group of students who have so genuinely owned their leadership position and are so excited to train and prepare the next generation of leaders for this program.”

Notre Dame Academy students had these comments to share about the program.

“I think that this is a rare program where change and progress really happen. You don’t see that with a lot of high school programs and I hope we can continue that.” – Camden – Senior, NDA

“The CatholicLink Leadership program is incredibly meaningful to me because I’ve always enjoyed taking on leadership positions, but I’ve never been involved in something so focused on cultivating the qualities of a truly good leader in me. I also love being a part of real programs and changes in our school community and the community as a whole.” – Adalyn – Senior, NDA

“The Catholic Link leadership program has been infinitely beneficial for me. It’s helped me improve in my con dence, organizational skills, communication skills, and, of course, leadership skills. I feel prepared for my future because of my work with CatholicLink.” – Eli – Senior, NDA

This program was supported by a grant to CatholicLink from the Kern Family Foundation and the students are excited to continue to develop and grow the program for all GRACE schools.

Holy Family Catholic School’s Outstanding Volunteer

Today GRACE would like to highlight the outstanding volunteer at Holy Family Catholic School, Ms. Carol Kekula!

Holy Family Principal Mr. Jere Kubuske states, “I am honored to recognize Carol Kekula as this year’s Holy Family Volunteer of the Year. Ms. Kekula is a dedicated servant of the Catholic Faith and helps us at HFS move closer to Jesus by becoming active participants in the Faith. She organizes our school masses including practicing with our participating classes, she helps students with the morning prayer on our announcements, and organizes all of our special events at the church like Stations of the Cross, May Crowning, and graduation. She is always there to serve and help our students, no matter the day or even the personal circumstances or even tragedies that she may be facing. We are a better school because of the commitment of Mrs. Kekula and we are forever in her debt.”

Thank you, Mrs. Kekula!