Archive for August, 2016

#WhatsUpAtGRACE August 30, 2016

Click on the #WhatsUpAtGRACE Aug 30 2016 to get the full story on the following GRACE events and so much more:

  • Upcoming fellowship events
  • Information about tickets and dress checks for the October 1st Homecoming Dance
  • Schedule of upcoming Principal Coffees for each grade

In addition, you will find links to;

  • Order pictures in advance of the September 1st picture day
  • Purchase an Eagles Club Membership
  • Purchase a 2016 Homecoming Game t-shirt
  • Community service opportunities

Don’t forget to keep up with GRACE News and the GRACE Calendar for up-to-date information about all GRACE events.

TK-6 Afternoon Dismissal Guidelines

Our afternoon carpool is getting a little smoother each week. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe. Here is a reminder of some important procedures to follow. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

  • We ask that drivers who have only one rider to please arrive at the beginning of carpool. This allows us to get more cars through the line quickly.
  • Drivers who have multiple riders should plan to arrive about 3:05.
  • We strongly encourage you to use the carpool line. Walkers at the crosswalk and at the gym door slows down the process for everyone. If you need to walk up and get your student, please arrive after 3:10 and go to the gym door.
  • Always use the crosswalk.
  • Please hang your carpool sign from your rear view mirror and leave it there until after your child is in the vehicle.
  • Pull your car up as close as possible to the car in front of you to allow more cars to get off the street.
  • When you get to your station number, pull up so that your front passenger window is lined up with the station number sign.
  • Please be watchful for our safety patrol members and others.

Principal Coffee Schedule

Parents are invited to meet with their campus principal for an informal Q&A about their grade.  This session is for general questions, comments, and suggestions, not for personal student or teacher specific issues.  For the latter, please make an appointment with your principal privately.

801 Campus (TK-6), 8:15-9:15am in the Media Center

  • Kindergarten: Tuesday, September 6th
  • 6th Grade: Wednesday, September 7th
  • Transitional Kindergarten: Thursday, September 8th
  • 5th Grade: Tuesday, September 13th
  • 1st Grade: Thursday, September 22nd
  • 3rd Grade: Tuesday, September 27th
  • 2nd Grade: Wednesday, September 28th
  • 4th Grade: Thursday, September 29th

1101 Campus (7-12th Grade), 8:15-9:15am in the Conference Room

  • 7th Grade: Tuesday, September 6th
  • 8th Grade: Thursday, September 8th
  • 9th Grade: Tuesday, September 13th
  • 10th Grade: Thursday, September 22nd
  • 11th Grade: Tuesday, September 27th
  • 12th Grade: Tuesday, October 4th

How Star Wars Impacted Courses at GRACE

This post is by Carol Gehringer, the TK-6th Grade Media Coordinator and originally was published on the 21st Century GRACE Blog on June 15, 2016.


It all started when I [Carol] saw the latest Star Wars movie over Christmas break 2015. In addition to the famous C3PO & R2D2, there was a new robot companion, Bb-8. Of course, it was an endearing droid, and a new “toy” for Christmas.

When I logged onto the Barnes and Noble website to order some books for our library. I saw this Ozobot, tagged as “one of the world’s smallest programmable robots, measuring just over 1 inch in height & diameter.” The description claimed it was a learning tool to teach children the basics of coding and programming.

That got me to thinking . . . what if we went beyond the Hour of Code?

During the 2014-2015 school year, our technology teacher introduced Hour of Code to our 3rd-5th graders. We repeated it for our 3rd-6th graders during the 2015-2016 school year, adding an unpluggable lesson to the Hour of Code lesson, during the 4th quarter. During the current school year, we plan to observe National Computer Science Week/Hour of Code in December.

Those events led me to a discussion with our principals, our technology teacher, and our 6th-grade team. Where previously we offered only a multimedia elective in 6th grade, now we are planning an introduction to computer science (focusing on coding) as the new elective — in addition to our multimedia curriculum.

This additional class will build more interest in our new computer science classes in middle & high school. Plus, we are planning a tech club next year for 5th and 6th graders. That way if a 6th grader couldn’t take the new elective, the student would still be introduced to coding and some fun tech stuff in the club.

We are especially excited that the tech club and coding elective class will be taught by women, and a number of girls are signing up for the elective!

Introducing the GRACE Maker Club

The GRACE Maker Club is open to all Crossroads Campus students


To allow for a time of intentional exploration into different facets of making, building, and creating in terms of own interests. Encourage students to learn on their own, learn by making, learn problem solving skills, communication skills, collaboration skills, and be creative.


Every month or two months the club meets, an “expert” in a field of making/creating will give a short presentation on what they do and how it works, and then students are given free time and materials to begin and work on their own projects for the coming month.

Types of Stuff

Building and launching rockets, 3D printing, recording music, programming and bots (these are all potential things that are tentatively confirmed – actual dates have yet to be set for each presentation), and more.

First Meeting

September 7th, after school, in the Crossroads Campus Media Center. We will discuss format and layout of the club, rules, ideas, potential other meetings.

How Parents Can Help

If you have a skill to present on that is “Maker” oriented, we are still accepting potential guests. To get an idea of what students are interested in, the areas students expressed an interest in via survey last spring were:

  • 3D printing (covered – Pete Smith and Chad Walters)
  • Radio/podcast, programming and bots (covered – Mark Bianchi)
  • Screen Printing (probably covered – Elizabeth Walters)

Also, we need to stock our Maker closet. Any type of making item and material would be really helpful.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE – August 23, 2016

We hope that everyone is now in the routine of school and especially how to navigate the ever increasing amount of construction and lane closures on the roads around our school. We encourage you to subscribe to the Town of Cary traffic alerts to be informed about their ongoing projects affecting both Walnut Street and Buck Jones Road.

Click on the #WhatsUpAtGRACE August 23, 2016 to get the full story on the following GRACE events and so much more:

  • Ignite 2016
  • A list of upcoming fellowship events including a link to sign up for one of the five planned small group fellowship events with Mr. Bradley
  • A reminder to Crossroads Campus students that Drop/Add ends this Friday.
  • Days and places where you can gather with others in the GRACE community to pray for our school.

Plus links to:

  1. register for the Love Where You Live Bash & Dash
  2. purchase an Eagles Club Membership
  3. purchase a 2016 Homecoming Game t-shirt
  4. purchase a GoPlaySave Book
  5. TK-6th grade hot lunch news
  6. Community service opportunities

Don’t forget to keep up with GRACE News and  the GRACE Calendar for the latest information on what is happening at GRACE.








Michaelsen Minute – August/September 2016

Welcome to the 2016/2017 school year at GRACE from Miss Lisa, your TK-6th Grade Hot Lunch Coordinator!

Ordering Hot Lunch

This year, ordering will open on the third Thursday and close the following Tuesday of each month for the next month’s hot lunch.  Remember to click the submit button after you complete your order and then scroll to the bottom of the form and click on the payment button.  If you’ve done it correctly, two things will happen – you will get a confirmation email and your student’s lunch calendar on RenWeb will be highlighted in blue. If you need help with ordering lunch or have other questions, please email me at Please note that I cannot change your order after the ordering window closes at 4:00pm.

This year, we are trying to incorporate more choices into our hot lunch calendar. As a result, the same vendors are not always the same days as they have been and they might not always be the same day of the week. Pay attention to the menu each day and note the days that your student has lunch on your home calendar. Please go over the menu with your student because sometimes they do not want what you have selected for them.

Ice Cream/Frozen Treat Day

We will have our first Ice Cream/Frozen Treat Day on Friday, September 2nd (we have options for all allergy students). Students with August and September birthdays will be honored in chapel and given a certificate for a free birthday ice cream. Students not celebrating a birthday may purchase a frozen treat for $1.00 after they’ve eaten their lunch. Ice Cream Day is usually the first Friday of every month, but there will be a sign in the carpool line to remind you.

Vendor Highlights

  • PDQ meals feature their own farm-raised antibiotic-free chicken in meals made fresh to order.   Their chicken is delicious and their salads are gluten free.
  • Some days feature a salad bar with nitrate-free ham and turkey.
  • We have added gluten free grilled nuggets to our Chick-fil-a days.
  • Pei Wei meals are MSG free.
  • Jersey Mikes uses whole wheat bread and their turkey and roast beef (roasted in house) are nitrate-free.
  • We will be offering Whole Foods at least once a month and their meats are nitrate-free as well.
  • We will cook at least one to two times a month because the kids love it when we do.
  • I also purchase fresh fruits or veggies as a side for our Monday-Thursday lunches every week.

Got Milk?

Even if you don’t purchase hot lunch, your kids can always purchase antibiotic and hormone free 1% milk.  Each glass is 50 cents and comes with free refills.  If your child forgets lunch, sometimes we may have an extra meal; if they receive that, I will bill your account.  If you do bring their lunch after drop-off, please leave it to the front desk before their scheduled lunch time.  Please pack silverware and napkins for them if they’re bringing lunch from home.

Volunteers are Still Needed

We still need volunteers to serve in the kitchen.  It is a great way to serve our school, see your kids during their school day, and a wonderful opportunity to get to know other parents and grandparents. Volunteers serve from 10:15am – 12:30pm. The biggest need is on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Please let me know if you’re willing to serve. There is also a need for weekly, bi-weekly, fill-in, and special event (pancake day) volunteers.

As always, it is a joy to serve your kids and get to see them and love on them each school day.  Thank you for being a part of the GRACE family.

Lisa Michaelsen
TK-6 Lunch Coordinator

New! Homecoming Game T-Shirt

What does this t-shirt have in common with the following?

  • 0816 Hoco Shirt GraphicStadium Seating
  • Athletic Sound System
  • New athletic equipment
  • New athletic uniforms
  • Batting cages
  • Press box/Scoreboard

Proceeds from the sale of this t-shirt and other Eagle Club activities help fund key additions to our school’s athletic program.  For only $12.00 you can get a new 2016 Homecoming Game T-Shirt and show your school spirit.

Your purchase will help the Eagles Club in their continuing effort to add new and wonderful athletic resources to our school. Now that’s school spirit!

So order your NEW 2016 Homecoming T-Shirt today.  Available  thru September 8th for students, families and anyone who plans to show their orange Eagle pride at this year’s homecoming football game on September 30th.

Adult and youth sizes are available and you don’t have to be an athlete to get one! Proceeds from the sale of this shirt will help support Eagles Club as they support the needs of GRACE Athletics. Order one here and wear it at homecoming (September 30th) to show your Eagle Pride!

Order via this link:

Men of GRACE – Donuts For Dads

Calling all dads, granddads and Staff/Faculty spouses! The Men of GRACE will kick off the new school year with their traditional Donuts for Dads event, held the first Friday of every month in the Crossroads Campus Lunch Room from 7:30-8:00am.

Donuts for Dads is an informal event; drop in when you can, leave when you must. At the September 2nd event, immediately following the fellowship time, the chaplain from the NC State football team, Al Byrd, will speak to those in attendance from 8:00-8:30am.

At the September 2nd event, there will also be a discussion of starting a Men’s Bible Study for the school year.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE August 16, 2016

The first week of school was a flurry of activity for staff, students and parents alike. Thank you parents for submitting the many forms we require to safely conduct the school year. We invite you to click to read the #WhatsUpAtGRACE Aug 16 2016 to stay informed with upcoming events.

Included in this issue are:

  • The Maker Movement featuring GRACE 3rd graders
  • A link to sign up for small group fellowship events with Mr. Bradley
  • A list of upcoming opportunities to connect and fellowship with the GRACE community
  • A link to register for next Saturday’s Love Where You Live Bash & Dash
  • A link to order a Homecoming Game T-Shirt
  • Information on the first Men of GRACE event
  • A link to order a GoPlaySave Coupon Book
  • Two community service opportunities for GRACE students

Don’t forget to keep up with GRACE News and the GRACE Calendar during the summer