Archive for May, 2017

Graduation 2017 Recordings

If you were unable to attend last week’s graduation ceremonies in person, both were recorded by our StreamTeam and available to view online at tinyurl.com/gracestreaming.

  • Kindergarten Graduation (Class of 2029): Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00pm in the 1101 Buck Jones Campus Chapel
  • High School Graduation (Class of 2017): Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:00pm in the auditorium at Hope Community Church

Kinder to Senior Video Series

Earlier this month we asked kindergartners and seniors what they wanted to be when they grew up and paired up kindergartners with a senior buddy with similar interests. You can watch their video responses on the GRACE YouTube Channel or click the links below:

Additionally, some of the above videos have been compiled along with senior and sidekick pictures and some statistics on the class of 2017 in Kinder-2-Senior Finale video.

 

2016-2017 PTF Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone in the GRACE community who has contributed this year to making our school excellent. Thank you the many volunteers, field trip drivers, hot lunch servers, book-shelvers and countless others. We could not do what we do without you. I encourage you to look over both these documents and, more importantly, consider serving on the PTF for the 2017-2018 school year.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE May 23, 2017

We are days away from the end of the 2016-2017 school year. We pray that all in our GRACE community have a joyful and peaceful summer vacation. Click to read the May 23, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter to find:

  • Pictures and links to some fun year-end events
  • Information about the summer reading challenge
  • Instructions on how to update your information in RenWeb
  • An update on the annual fund in action
  • A reminder to pick up medicine that has been sent in for your student before the end of the year
  • A summary of the faculty that will be presenting at the NCAIS Educators Conference in October
  • 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.

 

Super Hero Summer Reading Challenge

GRACE Christian announces its 2017 Super Hero Summer Reading Challenge!

Your mission is to read! Read as much as you can, whenever you can! The more you read, the higher your super power! Students will be rewarded according to how many books they read. Complete the reading log (parents, please remember to initial your student’s reading log) and return it in August!

  • Planetary Readers, 10 books
  • Cosmic Readers, 15 books
  • Ultimate Power Readers, 25+ books

All super heroes will receive ice cream and a prize. Ultimate Power Heroes will earn a Super Hero Dress Up Day!

Watch this special Super Hero Reading Challenge Message from three very special super heroes!

 

Welcome Future Eagle

Congratulations to GRACE Athletic Director Devin Terris and his wife Brittany on the birth of their son, future Eagle Ezra Michael Terris. Ezra was born at 7:27 this morning, weighing 9 pounds, and measuring 19.5 inches.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE May 16, 2017

Click to read the May 16, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter and find:

  • Lots of pictures from events throughout the school
  • An important message about technology security
  • A reminder to pick up medicine that has been sent in for your student before the end of the year.
  • Links to Senior & Sidekick pictures
  • 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.

Pictured above: The “lifers” – fourteen students in the graduating class of 2017 that began their educational career as GRACE kindergarten students.

Technology Security at GRACE

As many of you are probably aware, there has been a significant malware attack going on across the globe.  A new strain of the “worm” first reported on Friday, May 12th is already being detected online.  Keeping your student’s information safe is VERY important to GRACE.  We have taken and will continue to take proactive measures.  These measures include following best firewall practices, intrusion detection, monitoring suspicious network traffic, and updating servers.

Here are some simple best practices that you can follow as well:

  1. Keep your operating system up to date with the latest updates and patches
  2. Never click on links in email messages unless you are certain of the source of the message
  3. Only download software from known and trusted sources

Science Fun in TK

Mr. Meade, a former science teacher, visited TK to share his love of science with the students. He asked the kids two questions:

  1. What does it mean to be alive?
  2. Is fire alive?

The kids learned there are 5 rules for something to be ‘alive’. It must:

  1. respond to the environment
  2. grow
  3. reproduce
  4. need energy
  5. have cells

The kids made a hypothesis that fire is NOT alive…and they were right! Fire does not have cells so it does not meet all of the requirements to be alive!

Mr. Meade showed us how fire uses energy such as paper and oxygen. He lit a piece of newspaper and put it in a glass bottle. He then put an unpeeled hard boiled egg on top of the bottle. When the fire used up all of the oxygen inside the bottle, it sucked the egg inside as a means to get to more oxygen. The kids LOVED IT and Mr. Meade repeated the experiment three times! A huge THANK YOU to Mr. Meade for this wonderful lesson!

Be a Part of the 2017-2018 PTF

PTF is gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year with lots of great activities and opportunities for fellowship and service.  We would love to have you as a part of our GRACE PTF team.  If you would like to volunteer with this amazing group of dedicated individuals please come help with one of our existing committees listed here.  We are also in need of people to fill the chairperson roles for the following positions:

  • Upper Campus Vice President
  • Upper Campus Grade Level Parents (2)
  • Program Coordinator
  • Hospitality Committee (2)
  • Family Fellowship-Lower Campus

Your gifts and talents would be a blessing to PTF and to our School community.  Please feel free to contact Renee Drumgo at ptf@gracechristian.net or (919) 665-7691 for additional details or to volunteer.  Thank you.