Archive for January, 2017

#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 31, 2017

Click to read the January 31, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter and find:

  • A shout out to our Silver Eagle Business Partners
  • A reminder about this Friday’s Donuts for Dad meeting in the morning and Play4Kay/Hoops for Hope event in the evening
  • Pictures from 1st Grade’s 100th Day of School
  • An invitation to our local grandparents for a special lunch in February
  • An update on the WAKE up and Read book donation drive
  • A season recap for the GRACE Hockey Club
  • A link to the Shout Out Form for this year’s GRACE yearbook
  • Links to past newsletter articles in Instant Replay

Don’t forget to keep up with GRACE News and the GRACE Calendar for up-to-date information about all GRACE events. If you don’t want to wait, Subscribe to GRACE News and learn about events at GRACE as they are posted to the website.

Talon Getting a New Look

Attention all 4th-12th graders! We recently received notification from NEO, the company that created the Learning Management System platform that we use for Talon, that they are implementing design updates that will take place on February 1st.

According to NEO, the content and structure of our Talon interface will remain the same, however the design of the pages will get a facelift. One of the most notable changes is a change from a “list view” of several items to a graphic “tile view.” Additionally, many of the former tiles will undergoing a color upgrade. None of the functionality of Talon will be changing, but with a new interface, it may take you a little longer to figure how where you need to go. Please contact a member of the IT team if you experience any errors or difficulties with the updated interface.

2017 Spring Sports Information

It has been an exciting winter sports season and we appreciate all of you showing off your #EaglePride! Please check out the GRACE Athletic Calendar for remaining winter games. https://www.gracechristian.net/athletics/athletic-calendar/

Spring Sports are just around the corner! Official spring sport start date is Feb. 21, 2017. The attached PDF provides information regarding offered sports, try-out dates, and head coach contact information for the spring 2017 sport season. Please note that some try-out information is subject to change. If any changes occur, we will send out updates. If your son or daughter is interested in playing a spring sport, make sure to contact the head coach to make them aware of their planned participation.Check out our Spring Sport Team pages for game schedules and practice times. https://www.gracechristian.net/athletics/spring-sports/

For complete information about each sport, including contact information, please consult the 2017 Spring Sport Information Sheet.

Interest Meetings Dates

These are great to attend to ask questions and get information from the Head Coach. All meetings start at 3:30PM

JANUARY 25, 2017

  • Varsity Girls Soccer (VGSoc) – 1101 Campus Activity Building

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

  • Middle School Girls Soccer (MSGSoc) – 1101 Campus Teen Center
  • Varsity Track & Field (VTrack) – 1101 Campus  Room 137 (Mrs. Nielsen’s Room)

FEBRUARY 8, 2017

  • Middle School Girls Softball (MSGSoft) – 1101 Campus Room 114 (Mr. Fairchild’s Room)
  • Middle School Boys Baseball (MSBBase) – 1101 Campus Teen Center
  • Varsity Coed Golf (VGolf) – 1101 Campus Conference Room

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

  • Varsity Boys Baseball (VBase) – 1101 Campus Teen Center
  • Varsity Boys Tennis (VBTennis) – 1101 Campus Room 114 (Mr. Fairchild’s Room)

#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 24, 2017

Click to read the January 24, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter and find:

  • A list of our Golden Eagle Business Partners
  • A request for hospitality help for the upcoming Spelling Bee
  • Information about the next Maker Meeting
  • Information on the WAKE up and Read book donation drive
  • A link to purchase play4Kay/Hoops for Hope tickets and to make a “duct tape donation”
  • Information about how you can help a student with their service project
  • The date/time of the first varsity girls soccer meeting/practice
  • A link to the Shout Out Form for this year’s GRACE yearbook
  • Dress-up days for students in 7th-12th grade for next week leading up to a pink out for Hoops for Hope
  • Links to past newsletter articles in Instant Replay

Don’t forget to keep up with GRACE News and the GRACE Calendar for up-to-date information about all GRACE events. If you don’t want to wait, Subscribe to GRACE News and learn about events at GRACE as they are posted to the website.

 

Wake Up And Read Book Drive

Attention, all GRACE Families: we need your new and gently used children’s books!

From January 21 – March 1st, WAKE up and Read will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12.  The goal is to collect 110,000 books – enough to share at ten schools, as well as community centers and child care facilities across Wake County.   

GRACE families can make a difference in our community just by donating books!  Please clear your cluttered shelves of books your kids have outgrown, or bring in favorites of your own, so that we can help Wake county children grow up loving books. Look for the book collection bins at GRACE Christian School – and please help us fill them!

You can also support this book drive by purchasing new books to support the drive at local retailers, or through the WAKE Up and Read Amazon Wish List (amzn.com/w/1CKI25DIX2JBX).  

If you would like to volunteer or find out more, please contact (Mrs. Carol Gehringer) at (919-783-6618, cgehringer@gracechristian.net ).  

To learn more about WAKE Up and Read, please visit www.wakeupandread.org.

MLK Day and Education

“Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

As educators, we invest in our students to develop their intelligence; however, our prayer for all students at GRACE Christian School is that they will develop a faith in Christ that will equip them with the character necessary to successfully navigate and persevere through life’s challenges.

In the nearly half century since his passing, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has taken his place alongside great figures of American History including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. As often happens with historical figures, it is easy to forget that Dr. King was a living, breathing person who felt fear, pain, and joy. It is important to remember that he was not always a larger-than-life figure. In one of his sermons, Dr. King speaks of sitting alone in his kitchen late one night, terrified of what the days ahead held for him and his family. His description is not of the iconic quotable figure speaking to the masses on the National Mall, but rather of a new father and young pastor of a church in Montgomery, Alabama. As he sat at his kitchen table, shaken by death threats and considering his future, he prayed. According to Dr. King, he was comforted by a sense that God would never leave him. Three days later, a bomb destroyed his front porch. In the coming years, death threats came daily. Dr. King was beaten and arrested on multiple occasions, but continued his mission of peaceful protest, emboldened by the knowledge that his Lord would not forsake him. In multiple sermons, Dr. King cited the prayer in his kitchen as a defining moment that prepared him for the trials ahead.

As followers of Christ, it is important for us to remember that salvation does not come with a promise of an easy life. Rather, the decision to follow Christ brings a promise of great difficulties. However, our foundation in Christ enables us to persevere, a theme found in Dr. King’s life and throughout the New Testament. We do well to remember the words Paul shared with the believers suffering in Rome:

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5

 

January 17, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE

Click to read the January 17, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter and find:

  • Pictures from Planet Day
  • A story about a GRACE “hero”
  • Information about how your purchases can benefit GRACE (including a local example of what is possible)
  • A link to purchase play4Kay/Hoops for Hope tickets
  • Two important dates for you to put on your calendar (Annie on February 24th-25th and Celebrate GRACE on March 31st)
  • The 2nd Quarter Honor Roll
  • Links to past newsletter articles in Instant Replay

Don’t forget to keep up with GRACE News and the GRACE Calendar for up-to-date information about all GRACE events. If you don’t want to wait, Subscribe to GRACE News and learn about events at GRACE as they are posted to the website.

Duct Tape a Teacher to a Wall

This year, as part of our Play4Kay / Hoops for Hope charity fundraiser for cancer, five of our staff are willing to be duct-taped to a wall!

In order for one or more of them to have this experience, we need your duct tape donations – $1 will purchase one foot of duct tape. Mr. Bell (6th grade History & Bible) will be duct taped at the JV game if $750 is reached or surpassed. After the Varsity Girls game, based on the level reached (see below), there will be one additional duct taping event. Donation jars coming soon!

  • $1,000 – Mr. Pibl, AP History
  • $1,250 – Mr. Bookman, 8th/11th Grade History
  • $2,000 – Mr. Jenkins*, College Counseling, MS/HS PE (*will include Mr. Servi)

Internet / Phone Outage Jan 11, 2017

The GRACE internet and phone service went down before noon today; we have been affected by a local fiber cut and we have been told that 6:00pm is the earliest that our service will be restored.

Teachers will adjust due dates of assignments, if necessary, to take into account the outage. Until service is restored, students will not have any internet access from their school MacBooks.