Archive for November, 2017

#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 28, 2017

Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a restful and thankful week off and that you are ready to finish well. The November 28, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE has lots of information about things happening in the next few weeks before Christmas.

Parents in transitional grades (5th going into Middle School and 8th going into High School) are invited to attend a meeting this week to introduce them to the next chapter in their student’s academic journey. Details are in the newsletter.

Don’t forget to re-enroll your student for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment opened to the public on November 16th and we are seeing strong interest in our school. Re-enrollment is completed in RenWeb and a link to instructions is included in the newsletter.  Please note, RenWeb does not support mobile devices for re-enrollment.

Also included in this week’s newsletter are:

  • Pictures from TK all the way to a member of the senior class
  • A link to the coverage of the GRACE float in the Raleigh Christmas Parade (if you missed that parade, GRACE will be participating in the Apex Christmas Parade this weekend)
  • Service opportunities for students and families
  • A reminder about early dismissal days as we approach the end of the semester
  • Information about this week’s Donuts for Dads event

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. Keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.


Staff Spotlight: Lynne Hawkes

Parents and students in high school are well acquainted with GRACE’s Director of College Counseling, Lynne Hawkes.

Lynne deeply values tradition, but she also loves variety and change. As a result, she loves the growth that the college counseling program has experienced in the last few years as well as the diversity of students and families that she gets to work with. No two students are the same and Lynne enjoys getting to know each family and help them identify the best college choices for their student. Lynne works hard to demystify the college application process for all GRACE families and to make this part of the high school experience as smooth as possible. In addition to these internal connections, Lynne also enjoys building relationships with college admissions departments and sharing with them what makes our students and faculty exceptional.

When asked about her favorite school memory, Lynne was quick to cite science. All through school, she loved labs, lab reports, dissections, field studies, all of it! During her junior year, when she was a lab assistant to her favorite teacher, she was sent to the supply closet for a bucket of sand and found a bucket of sheep eyes instead. At that moment, she knew that medical school was not in her future!

Lynne’s love of science led her to two degrees in environmental science and when working with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources for her Master’s research, she was given the opportunity to travel all of North Carolina to map the spread of foreign invasive plants. The best part of this research was traversing the remote rivers and lagoons in airboats with the NC Wildlife Officers and seeing bear, wild boar, and other wildlife. Unfortunately, wildlife also includes snakes, including a close call with a cottonmouth on one of those airboat voyages.

Lynne credits her parents for giving her a passion for learning, but also encouraging her to pursue her curiosity in the things she showed an interest in. Lynne grew up in New York and Washington DC which gave her a rich exposure to the broader world. When she became a Christian in high school, she began to appreciate the wonder God’s greatness and His unfailing love for His people of all nationalities. Lynne was taught to embrace individuality but more importantly, that failures need to be dealt with honestly and used as stepping stones to move lovingly toward others in our pursuit of living out the gospel.

Lynne’s favorite Bible verse is Deuteronomy 4:9 which reminds her not to get so caught up in the swiftness of life and forget what God has taught us, shown us, and how He has faithfully loved and sustained us. “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”  Lynne also loves the reminder in this verse that these lessons, His Word and His Truth, should be passed on to the next generations so that they might, in turn, desire only Him.

Lynne and her husband, Charlie, have four children, three of which have moved on to college and beyond. They love exploring the great outdoors; traveling, hiking, biking, sailing, and kayaking –  getting off the beaten path here in North Carolina and abroad.


Community Service & Duke Basketball

GRACE students and parents are invited to serve with Hope Connection International manning a merchandise booth at Cameron Indoor Stadium selling Duke logo items at home basketball games. Responsibilities include selling merchandise as well as reconciling the register. Point of sale experience is helpful, but not required. Sign up now!

GRACE high school students can earn community service hours with this activity. For more information, contact Ms. Barkett at


#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 14, 2017

The November 14, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE includes information on parent meetings for those of you who are in transition grades and moving from elementary to middle school or middle to high school.

Don’t forget that priority re-enrollment ends tomorrow. We will open up enrollment to the public on the 16th. Re-enrollment is completed in RenWeb and a link to instructions is included in the newsletter.   

Did you miss seeing GRACE on the news last week? If you did, there is a link in the newsletter to the report ABC 11 did on our Christmas Parade Float. You can see the float live this Saturday at the Raleigh Christmas Parade. 

Also included in this week’s newsletter are:

  • A recap of the 7th-8th grade missions trip to Kentucky
  • Upcoming dates and ways for you to get involved in our school
  • Information about auditions for Meredith Wilson’s Music Man
  • The upper campus exam schedule
  • Information about how to link your cards to benefit GRACE

All students, don’t forget to be filling Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! Boxes will be collected and dedicated tomorrow on the upper campus and Friday on the lower campus.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. Keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.


Information Meetings for Transition Years

GRACE desired to help parents navigate the transition from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school as smoothly as possible. One of the many advantages of being a TK-12th grade school is that we know exactly what will be expected of students in the years ahead and we invite parents to attend one of the meetings below so that you and your student are ready for the next step in their educational journey.

Transition to middle school (designed for 5th grade parents)

  • Thursday, November 30th at 6:30pm in the lower campus library.

Transition to high school (designed for 7th-8th grade parents)

  • Monday, November 27th at 5:00pm in the upper campus chapel.
  • Wednesday, November 29th at 8:15am in the upper campus chapel.

Order a GRACE Yearbook

Did you know that you can order your 2017-2018 yearbook at any time during the school year? Search for GRACE Christian School Raleigh at  You will know you have found the right yearbook when you see our G+Eagle logo (pictured at right). Select Yearbook from the options, complete the information that includes your student’s name and pay with a credit or debit card.  It’s that easy.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 7, 2017

The November 7, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes information on re-enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year as well as a special staff spotlight in honor of  Veterans’ Day.

There are ample opportunities to get involved at GRACE including both an immediate request by the PTF for help with a staff luncheon this month as well as an opportunity to be involved in next spring’s 3rd annual Celebrate GRACE event.  Details are in the newsletter.

All students, don’t forget to be filling Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! Boxes will be collected and dedicated at chapel the week before Thanksgiving (November 15th  for the Upper Campus and November 17th for the Lower Campus).

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. Keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

Staff Spotlight Daniel Fairchild

It is fitting on a week when our nation honors military veterans, that the staff spotlight shines on Daniel Fairchild, a chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves. Daniel grew up in a military family, so the military, and the men and women who serve in it, have always been dear to his heart. After earning an undergraduate degree in communication studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Daniel earned his Master of Divinity from Campbell University Divinity School.

During his time in seminary, Daniel felt called to minister to the men and women who serve in our nation’s military and he completed Commissioned Officer Training with the United States Air Force, graduating in 2012 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He also entered the Chaplain Candidate Program and, after four years of training, he recommissioned as a full chaplain and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Last summer, Daniel served as the chaplain at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida where he led the Protestant religious services, performed counseling sessions, visited troops, and contributed to the spiritual resiliency of the men and women at the base. On October 1st of this year Daniel was promoted to Captain, and he plans to return to Tyndall AFB this summer to serve again.

In addition to serving our nation’s military, Daniel has been serving GRACE for the last three years as a middle and high school Bible teacher and varsity tennis coach. Daniel loves working at GRACE with men and women who have a passion for the Lord and desire to impact the hearts of our students for Christ.

When asked to share a memorable moment from his own high school years, Daniel shared that under the support and encouragement of his appropriately named Culinary Arts teacher Mrs. Burger, he and his friends won 3rd place on two separate occasions at a culinary arts competition. Following his high school success in the culinary arts, Daniel added to his food credits in college with two years of employment at Chick-Fil-A which included playing the part of the cow.

Daniel met his wife, Meghan, at a Bible study in Orlando when he was visiting an old college roommate. The study was at her house and Daniel knew after their first conversation that he wanted to marry her. They were married not long after he graduated, have a two-year-old daughter named Nellie, and love doing ministry together serving the youth and children at Redemption Church of Apex.

Daniel shared that the best advice they have received as a couple was that they need put our “yes” on the table first, and then pray to God to reveal what we are saying yes to. This is different than asking for direction from God and waiting for a “yes’ or a “no” to our see if our plan is his will. Instead, start with the “yes” and trust that He will give you His will.

Daniel’s favorite Bible verse comes from the book of Daniel. He likes it because it displays the faith of the men in the fiery furnace as they proclaim that God has the power to do what He pleases, but even if He does not do what they want Him to, they will STILL serve the Lord. (Daniel 3:16-18) This is the type of faith Daniel wants to represent to his students and the men and women under his care in the Air Force.