Archive for August, 2016

Sign Up to be a TK-6th Room Parent

Room Parents play a vital role in the success of our school by teaming up with PTF to support our teachers and students. We are asking for 1-2 volunteers for each of our classrooms (TK-6th Grades). If you would like to sign-up, please do so by selecting the teacher’s name for your child’s classroom by August 19th. Thank you!

TK-6th Grade Room Parent Sign-up Genius Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4daca82aa02-20162017

Questions? Contact Trudy Hewitt, our GRACE PTF Room Parent Coordinator for Grades TK-6th at tlhewitt23@yahoo.com.

Volunteers Needed – Love Where You Live Bash & Dash

Calling all volunteers! We need your help to make the 2nd Annual Love Where You Live event a success. This year we are adding a family-friendly carnival (the bash) in addition to the running events (the dash).Volunteer shifts are only 90 minutes in length allowing all event volunteers ample time to participate in the dash or the bash.

  • Volunteers signed up by August 10th will receive a free T-shirt and free individual admissions to the Bash (a $20 value).
  • Volunteers signed up after August 10th will receive free individual admission to the Bash (a $10 value).
  • GRACE Staff/Faculty volunteering at the event will receive a FREE Family Bash Bundle (a $30 value).

If you would like to volunteer contact Michele Bandy (MBandy@GRACEChristian.net) or use this sign up link.

There is still time to register for both the 5K and the 1 Mile Fun Run at https://runnc.com/ra/r/grace-bash-and-dash/. Register by August 10th to be guaranteed and event t-shirt.

Crossroads Campus Back-to-School Barbecue

The Crossroads Campus Student Council invites ALL 7th-12th grade students to a Back to School Hot Dog Barbecue in the Teen Center at the Crossroads Campus on Monday, August 8th starting at 6:30pm. All returning students should bring $5. This will be a great time to see all of your GRACE friends. Come prepared to meet some of your new classmates! We encourage you to come out and join us as we bring in the new school year!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Athletic Season

We hope that you have had a great summer with family. We are excited to start another season of GRACE Christian Athletics. Last year was packed full of excitement and many great accomplishments to build on going into the 2016-17 school year, of which we give all glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. As always, our main focus is to continue our mission and vision through athletics here at GRACE Christian in equipping, challenging, and inspiring students to impact their world for Christ.

As you were away during the summer there has been plenty of action on and around campus. The weight room now has been resurfaced with brand new interlocking rubber mat flooring. The room will also have new paint with our school colors along with our Eagle logo. The activity building will have new training turf indoors and field turf behind the activity building for training and practices. At our Athletic Field, our Eagles Club sponsored another set of bleachers to add more seating which mirrors our existing set of bleachers. One of our very own GRACE Students, Nolan Lory, completed netting behind our goal near our parking lot for his Boy Scouts Eagle Project. We have also upgraded the bathroom facility at our Athletic Field to accommodate our practices and games during the season. Please make sure to thank the leadership and efforts of our Facilities, Operations, and Events team led by BJay Brown, Alex Sossaman, and Michele Bandy to accomplish many of these tasks.

We are also very excited about the new coaches we have added on staff this year as well as our new Administrative Assistant, Brittany Oxendine. We are thankful to have her join us in this role as well as leading our MS Volleyball team for a second season.

Our coaching staff and athletics department will be going through “3D Coach” by Jeff Duke, which discusses 3 Dimensional Coaching, “Capturing the Heart Behind the Jersey”. We hope to use this as a foundational coaching philosophy to continue striving in equipping, challenging, and inspiring our student-athletes. As Mark Hull states, in regards to this philosophy, “The clearer we can state our purpose, the more accurately we can pursue it, and the more powerful its effect.” We pray that we can be an athletics program that will accomplish what our theme verse is for this year and that of our athletics philosophy, which is, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17).

Let us come together as one community under the leadership of our Lord Jesus Christ, to commit ourselves in glorifying God in all that we do in every athletic competition, practice, and event for the 2016-2017 athletic season. GO EAGLES!

New Security System for Visitor Check-In

GRACE Christian School is pleased to announce the implementation of Raptor Technology software, a visitor management system, on each of our campuses. The Raptor system will better allow us to track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools, providing us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering our TK-6th and 7th-12th campuses, all visitors are asked to present to the receptionist a valid state issued driver’s license which will be scanned into the Raptor system in order to issue a badge identifying the name of the visitor, as well as the time and date of their visit. Raptor only scans the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison purposes. No other personal identifying information is saved. The system has the ability to provide alerts on people who may jeopardize the safety of our school. If the system raises a question about a visitor’s background, a school administrator will take the necessary steps to ensure the appropriateness of each individual’s visit. Visitors will return the badge prior to exiting the building and will be signed out of the system.

Please note that subsequent visits will not require a license. The visitor will report to the receptionist, state his/her name and a badge will be printed from the individual’s information already in the system.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system provides a consistent way to aid in keeping our school safer. Thank you for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols at GRACE Christian School.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Beth German at 919-747-2020 or bgerman@gracechristian.net. If you are interested in learning more about the visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies website (www.raptorware.com).

Greetings from the Head of School

Welcome to GRACE!

Welcome to GRACE Christian School, “a loving community that spiritually and academically equips, challenges, and inspires students to impact their world for Jesus Christ.” Our mission provides us with more than words on a wall or a nice byline for our stationary. Our entire community is committed to making these words a reality in the lives of our students.

We talk about community a lot at GRACE  because we understand the importance and value of a Christ-centered community. As a Christian community we are unapologetic in our commitment to place Christ first in all things. These are interesting times for families as technology has created a culture that has the power to unite people across the world, but also to isolate us as individuals become increasingly focused on their digital lives. Our loving community seeks to help young people engage in healthy relationships built upon a reliance on Jesus Christ, understanding that their value is not based on the number of likes or followers they receive, but on the fact that they are children of a loving God.

We commit to engage our students both spiritually and academically, striving to develop well-rounded individuals equipped to take on the challenges of the twenty-first century marketplace. Our goal is for each student to maximize his or her talents, whether academic, athletic, artistic, or spiritual, to God’s ultimate glory. We accomplish this through the work of our teachers, lifelong learners committed to engaging in best practices in the classrooms and beyond. Author Henry Adams famously wrote, “A teacher impacts eternity; he never knows where his influence stops.”  Our teachers are eternally minded, teaching from a Christian worldview and incorporating biblical truth into their instruction. Our commitment to best practices includes integrating technology throughout the curriculum. At the earliest elementary levels our students are introduced to the basics of coding, keyboarding, and digital citizenship through the use of Smartboards and laptop computers. In fourth grade, each student learns to use a laptop for daily work. From fifth grade through graduation, every student receives a laptop computer as part of our 1:1 laptop program. Significantly, every teacher receives personalized training and support in utilizing the computers as an instructional tool.

We are excited about what God is doing here and look forward to sharing the news with others.

Blessings,

Eric Bradley, Head of School