Archive for April, 2017

My GRACE Experience Part 2

This post was written by Head of School, Eric Bradley

Last week, I referenced Joshua’s leadership on the journey out of the wilderness and the dedication of the twelve stones to symbolize God’s blessings on the community. I also noted that this was part of Joshua’s standard operating procedure: seek God’s direction, follow God’s guidance, pause to give thanks, and then move forward. This week’s post focuses on the idea of moving forward.

Celebrate GRACE in many ways is our version of Joshua’s memorial stones on the banks of the Jordan River. It was a time to honor God for the blessings he has poured out over our community as we paused from our crazy schedules, gathered together, and told stories of God’s goodness. From that place of remembrance and thanksgiving, we look forward. As we look forward, my vision is that our future GRACE experience will include the following:

  • We will be a school where each student is known as an individual and knows that he or she is loved first and foremost by God, but also by the adults who surround them.
  • We will be leaders in the use of technology, something that we can already celebrate as a strength, but an area that requires near constant investment and a vigilant eye on the horizon.
  • Our teachers  will have the best opportunities for professional development, and a system within our school that supports and rewards those teachers who dare to innovate and inspire our kids.
  • We will be seen as leaders in growing students academically, spiritually, and emotionally.
  • We will cultivate students who are thinkers and dreamers, filled with hope of what they can do with God’s help and the gifts He has given them.
  • We will help to instill in our students a joy that can only come through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament, Joshua used the stones to symbolize God’s love for His people. In the New Testament, Peter uses the imagery of stones somewhat differently. In First Peter chapter 2, Peter describes Jesus Christ as the living stone who is the foundation of our faith. He also calls us to be living stones, building a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood. One commentary on this verse states, “What God does in us together is important. He is building something out of us together.” Teachers, coaches, fellow parents, and classmates are some of the living stones in our children’s lives. It is our prayer that when they look back on their years at GRACE, they will remember those that invested in building their spiritual house, but, as living stones, they will always look forward to opportunities to serve God. May these living stones be a testimony to all that God has done to bless our community.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 25, 2017

Click to read the April 25, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter and find:

  • Information and links to the performance schedule for this week’s Barnes & Noble Book Fair
  • Links for prom tickets, dress code and guest forms – don’t delay as the prom is only four days away
  • Pictures of 1st and 3rd grade
  • A reminder that all unclaimed TK-6th lost & found items will be donated on Friday
  • A summer service opportunity for students 16 and older at a camp designed for children, teens, and adults with Downs syndrome
  • A link to the grade level Facebook pages for parents and grandparents with students in TK-6th grade
  • 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.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Our annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair (760 SE Maynard) will be held on THURSDAY, April 27th and FRIDAY, April 28th. Student art will be on display! Pre-ordered cupcakes will be decorated at the cupcake station. Talon will be in the store both days after school as well at the performances listed below:

Thursday, April 27th

  • 3:30 – TK-2nd Grade Chorus (L. Wells)
  • 3:45 – Elementary chorus (E. Kaehler)
  • 4:00 – Storytime (C. Gehringer)

Friday, April 28th

  • 3:30 -Storytime (D. O’Brien)
  • 4:00 – Kirsten’s 5th Grade Band (K. Wray)
  • 4:30 – Theatre and Dance (J. Hartley)

Barnes and Noble will have the books on the summer reading lists in stock as well as wishlist titles to donate to our grade level classrooms and our libraries.

Any purchase at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair will allow us to purchase needed resources for each library. The TK-6 library will strengthen its collection of biographies and diverse books on different reading levels, as well as Guinness World Record books (which our students LOVE to check out!).

Your support of the GRACE library is greatly appreciated! Online  and in-store purchases both benefit GRACE. Use our book fair number 12127932 when making your purchase. THANK YOU for your support!!

 

Spring 2017 Exam Schedule

All GRACE students in middle and high school will take semester exams according to the schedules listed below. Students in AP classes will take the AP exam for each subject during the first two weeks of May according to the schedule set by College Board. Seniors in non-AP classes are exempt from the final exam if they have an A average in the class and have been absent 6 or fewer days in that class for the entire year.

My GRACE Experience – Part 1

This post was written by Head of School, Eric Bradley

In March, I participated in a mission trip to Costa Rica with eight high school students, and two other members of the GRACE staff. It was an incredible experience. I was amazed by what our students were able to accomplish, and proud to be part of their community. During our time in Costa Rica, we studied the story of Joshua during their transition from the time in the wilderness to their arrival in the Promised Land. Joshua chapter 4 shares the account of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River. After they crossed Joshua gathered 12 stones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, and stacked them up together as a remembrance of what God had done. The stones were there to make sure they never forgot the experience.  Then they moved forward into the Promised Land. Throughout the book of Joshua, this pattern is repeated: pausing before or after big events, taking time to remember and honor God’s covenant, then pushing forward.

Each member of our community has a GRACE experience. Every student, teacher, parent, grandparent, and staff member have a story to tell about how this community has impacted their life. Each story is different. Each story is personal. My GRACE experience began a little over a year ago with a telephone conversation with JB Baker, the board member in charge of the Head of School selection committee.

  • My GRACE experience includes families who reached out to my wife, Amy, and I as we moved to this area making us feel welcome.  
  • It includes the experience of my middle school daughter, Amelia, and volleyball tryouts when all she could talk about was how kind and encouraging the players and coaches were.
  • It includes watching middle and high school English teachers abandon Plan B and scramble on the first day of school when we received our certificate of occupancy for their new classrooms fifteen minutes before the first bell rang.
  • My GRACE experience includes moms who send notes to let me know they are praying for me and dads who meet the first Friday of every month to eat donuts, share a devotion, and swap stories about their glory days.
  • My GRACE experience includes spending time with our youngest students at  lunch, having staring contests, showing off my goofy socks, and wrecking the ten minutes of quiet that their teachers are trying to establish.
  • It includes getting doused by middle and high school students with colored powder during the color run, and the memorable moments on the 1101 campus when the students occasionally have been kind enough to say hi to the awkward new guy in the hallway.
  • My GRACE experience includes being allowed to participate in the high school retreat, celebrating state titles in cross country and swimming, joining the record crowd of over 1000 people at Homecoming as our football team beat our cross-town rivals, cheering our basketball team with big wins over our cross-town rivals again, and watching our kids perform in Annie and in The Miracle Worker.
  • It includes attending a funeral and hearing incredible testimonies of lives impacted by GRACE teaching assistant Sherry Lunsford during her tenure at this school.
  • It includes praying with staff members dealing with the different challenges that take place during the life of a school, life in a community.
  • It includes participating in the artSpark walk downtown.
  • My experience includes more than a dozen coffees with parents to learn about their GRACE experiences.
  • Perhaps most importantly to me, My GRACE experience includes hearing my children talk about how much their teachers love them, and watching a community welcome them into the fold.

What is your GRACE experience? Have you stopped to thank God for what he has provided through GRACE? Before you click, take a moment to think about your GRACE experience and the impact this community has made on you and your family. I have been blessed over the course of the past nine months to hear countless stories of God’s blessings over members of the GRACE community. Next week, following Joshua’s lead, I will share some more about my GRACE experience, as well as take some time to share thoughts about the future of GRACE.

Talon Elite & Coaches Dinner

On April 5th, the GRACE Athletic Department and the Eagles Club hosted a Coaches Appreciation & Talon Elite Members dinner. Dinner included special“Talon Elite” appetizers provided by GRACE’s tailgate king, Jay Davis. Guests enjoyed keynote speaker Chris Corchiani (former NBA and NC State basketball player), a recognition of the GRACE coaches, and the Oreo cooking challenge (which was won by middle school country coach Jason Tischer). 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 18, 2017

We hope everyone had a restful, peaceful, and joyful Easter Break and is ready to finish the year well. Click to read the April 18, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter and find:

  • Information on how to buy a yearbook, prom tickets, and order cupcakes for the book fair
  • Pictures of our newest Eaglet and some pre-Easter break activities
  • Opportunities to serve and support those inside and outside of the GRACE community
  • An invitation to a Strings Concert by the Lake
  • Information on how to purchase a 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.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 4, 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday night for a wonderful evening celebrating our school. If you missed it, you can watch the recording of the night at www.tinyurl.com/GRACEStreaming. A special thanks to our student Stream Team for their work in capturing this for us.

If you were the winning bidder of an auction item, you can pick up your item from Mrs. Morrison in the 801 Campus Office.

Click to read the #WhatsUpAtGRACE Apr 4 2017 newsletter and find:

  • Pictures of a variety of events including Celebrate GRACE, March Missions Month, Kay Yow Cancer Fund (Hoops for Hope) and our newest tech addition.
  • Information about the Book Fair coming at the end of the month
  • A reminder that this Friday is Donuts for Dad
  • An invitation to a Strings Concert by the Lake
  • 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.

 

Book Fair is April 27-28

Our annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair (760 SE Maynard) will be held on THURSDAY, April 27th and FRIDAY, April 28th.

We will have story times and fine arts performances each day after school. Barnes and Noble will have the books on the summer reading lists in stock as well as wishlist titles to donate to our grade level classrooms and our libraries.

There will also be a cupcake decorating event. Use the Cupcake Order Form to reserve a Cheesecake Factory Cupcake Order Form to decorate during the book fair.

Any purchase at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair will allow us to purchase needed resources for each library. The TK-6 library will strengthen its collection of biographies and diverse books on different reading levels, as well as Guinness World Record books (which our students LOVE to check out!).

 

Your support of the GRACE library is greatly appreciated! Online  and in-store purchases both benefit GRACE. Use our book fair number 12127932 when making your purchase. THANK YOU for your support!!