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.
Spring Sports are just around the corner! Official spring sport start date isFeb. 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/
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).
“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
Have you recently upgraded your iPads or tablet to new technology? If so, consider donating your older models to the GRACE Technology Department for use with our youngest students as they are taught about coding and computer science. Contact Carol Gehringer in the TK-6 Media Center for more information. We also appreciate both tech and non-tech donations to stock our TK-6th Grade Maker Carts.
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)