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.


Staff Spotlight: Megan Yabani

For the last five years, Megan Yabani has been making first grade fun at GRACE. In fact, when asked what her favorite thing is about working at GRACE, she shares that it is laughing with the kids. She loves the moments during the day that something is just “too fun” so she has learned to be flexible and make the most of those moments. Megan believes that some of the best learning happens when the kids don’t even realize it because they are enjoying it so much. Megan works hard to create these type of learning opportunities in her classroom including games to learn phonics sounds or tossing a giant blow up dice for math.  Megan loves to encourage her students and continually reminds them, “Don’t be afraid to shoot for the moon. You just might miss and hit the stars.”

Megan cites Romans 8:37 as her favorite verse as it reminds her of the incredible things we can accomplish with God on our side, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

Megan grew up in New Hampshire and taught skiing & snowboarding lessons for eight years. Megan went to Cornerstone University in Michigan and taught Kindergarten in Michigan before moving to North Carolina. She is so thankful she moved south as, in addition to better weather, she met her husband here. Megan’s husband, Prince is from Ghana and they have been married three years. They met at church in Chapel Hill. And yes, his real name is Prince.

When not looking up classroom ideas on Pinterest, Megan enjoys playing volleyball. She played in college and now plays in beach volleyball tournaments.


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.