Archive for April, 2018

PTF End of Year Luncheon for Staff and Teachers

A few times a year, GRACE’s PTF organizes a lunch to let our GRACE faculty and staff know how loved and appreciated they are. But it takes parents volunteers to help make these events successful. Our end-of-year luncheon is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018.

Please consider signing up to bring food or beverage or volunteering to help set up/tear down to make our end of year faculty/staff appreciation lunch a special time for the people who pour into our children all school year. Please note:

  • Food should be dropped of during morning carpool, already cooked/baked.
  • If at all possible, PLEASE use disposable/throw-away containers/dishes. If you have to use another dish that you want to get back, please mark it with your last name and “upper or lower“ so we can get it back to the correct campus for you to pick up on Monday.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Elementary School Field Day Sign Up

The elementary school will have Field Day on Friday, May 4th. Every elementary school student (TK-5th) should wear their field day t-shirt and bring the following items to school on May 4th.
 
  • A pair of shoes they can run in but also get wet.
  • A change of clothes for when they get back to school.
  • A water bottle, if they need sunscreen you can have their parents put it on them before school.
  • A brown bag lunch (everything can be thrown away in it). 
Parents are invited to volunteer during the day and can sign up on the Field Day Sign Up. The day’s schedule will look like :
 

TK, K and 1st Grade

  • Field Day Activities will be first, starting at 9:00am and ending at 11:00am.
  • After Field Day, Lunch will be from 11:10am – 11:40am in the lunch area marked at the field.

2nd & 3rd Grade

  • Lunch will be first from 10:30am – 11:00am in the lunch area marked at the field.
  • Field Day Activities will start at 11:00am and end at 1:00pm.

4th & 5th Grade

  • Lunch will be first from 12:30pm – 1:00pm in the lunch area marked at the field.
  • Field Day Activities will start at 1:00pm and end at 2:45pm.
 
 

Fall 2018 Sports Information

2018 FALL ATHLETIC SEASON 

Please CLICK HERE to view more information regarding the sports offered in the Fall, Head Coach information, try-out dates/times, as well as specific information related to each sport.

We are still looking to fill the following FALL Head Coaching positions: (If you happen to know of any candidates, please have them email Athletic Director, Devin Terris at dterris@gracechristian.net)

  • Head Coach Varsity Girls Tennis
  • Head Coach MS Girls Tennis

 

Equipped for Civil Discourse

Several weeks ago, in response to the school shooting in Florida, the student council leadership asked the school administrative leadership team how GRACE students could participate in the nationwide walkouts taking place on March 14 and April 20. The first date coincided with our Community Service Day. On that morning, several of our groups gathered to pray for our nation and our leaders, and used the time to remember the victims from Stoneman Douglas High School. On the morning of April 20th, at 10:00 AM, a group of students who wished to participate gathered in the school parking lot, led by their student council. During this time, the 2018-2019 student council president, led the group in prayer for our nation, our leaders, and for the families who have been impacted by school shootings. After the prayer, our current student council president, shared a brief message with his peers, encouraging them to be informed, engaged, and active participants in the world around them. His call to action challenged students to form opinions based on the study of facts and to not simply go along with the crowd. He concluded his remarks by encouraging students to not just speak up for causes, but to take action through donating to and serving with the causes they support. As he stated, “these are the most American things you can do — Stand up for what you believe in and get in productive discussions with other people.” The fifteen minute event ended with a closing prayer for our students and our nation.

GRACE Christian School is a loving community that spiritually and academically equips, challenges, and inspires students to impact their world for Christ. In order to impact their world for Christ, our young people will need to do the very things that our student council presidents discussed. There is a quote from Dr. James Emery White, a Charlotte area pastor and author, that captures this idea beautifully. In his book Serious Times, Dr. White writes, “The heart of Jesus’ strategy for transforming the world was unleashing a force of transformed lives…This is how the world will be changed: individuals who have had their lives touched by Christ turning around and touching the lives of others.” We share the above with you so that you will be informed and, we hope, continue this dialog with your students at home. Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in cultivating a legion of world changers for Christ.  

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 24, 2018

We hope that everyone will stay dry on this very rainy Tuesday. Your April 24, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter is full of pictures from events last week (including prom) as well as announcements of upcoming events.

Don’t forget that today is both the:

  • Chipotle Spirit Night where 50% of the proceeds come back to GRACE for all purchases made between 3:30-8:00pm. Just say you are supporting GRACE. It’s that easy!
  • Family Fellowship Event on the lower campus will begin after school and conclude around 6:30pm. Your kids will enjoy all the fun activities and parents will enjoy the opportunity to fellowship.

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: Jonah Bookman

The quintessential California skateboarder/surfer, Jonah Bookman, was actually born in snowy Minnesota and lived there until he was six. At that point, his family moved to Dallas while his dad attended seminary and three years later, when Jonah was nine, the Bookman family moved to California. Because California is where he grew up, Jonah considers himself a Californian. Jonah has two older sisters; Erika, the oldest, lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and their five adopted kids. Kea is the middle child, lives in Cary and has three daughters enrolled at GRACE and one GRACE alumna (Class of 2016) who attends UNC.  

Jonah chose to teach at GRACE in part because his family had all left California for North Carolina and they had been trying to get him to move here for years. One day, when he was feeling particularly grumpy about his life in California, his sister Kea called and said there was a job opening at her kids’ school.  Jonah shares that he applied for the opening, somewhat on a whim, but admits that God opened doors in such a way that was impossible for him to deny that this was the next step for him. Since moving here three and a half years ago, Jonah was introduced to his beautiful wife by a GRACE student (pictured above). They married after 11 weeks of courtship and now they have a beautiful baby boy. Jonah concludes, “God is incredibly good.”

Students on the upper campus enjoy learning history from Mr. Bookman, but most of them don’t know the very unlikely path that brought him into a career in education. When asked about his own school experiences, Jonah admits that he didn’t technically graduate from high school. He tested out during his junior year because he was a horrible student and couldn’t stand school. This lack of academic focus continued for several years while Jonah worked every job you can imagine and pursued a variety of interests. His attitude toward school changed when he decided he wanted to be a teacher. At that point, he was 31 years old, but he states, “I rolled up my sleeves and got a degree!”  

When asked to share a memorable high school experience, Jonah replied that aside from leaving high school early, he remembers his 10th-grade biology teacher, Mr. Jolley.  Jonah mostly remembers arguing a lot about evolution vs. creation, but also remembers that Mr. Jolley was hilarious and a nice guy who made an effort to connect with him. He even went surfing with Jonah a few times! Coincidentally, it was Jonah’s frustration at not being able to answer Mr. Jolley’s Darwinist arguments that encouraged him to dive into the study of that controversy, which slowly turned him into a huge creation science nerd, which is how he got into teaching about 10 years ago.  So, thank you, Mr. Jolley!

 

When asked to share his favorite Bible verse, Jonah admits that his “favorite” changes often, but his current favorite is Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his path.” Jonah shares, “Life hasn’t turned out just how I planned it, and the Lord’s plan is turning out to be so much better than I ever even imagined it could be!”

Jonah’s dad is his mentor, and he always has been.  Jonah comments that he knows that some people think that mentors should be someone other than your parents, but Jonah has always wanted to be just like his dad, and he honestly can’t ever remember feeling otherwise. Jonah’s dad leads trips to Israel about six times a year and Jonah is passionate about helping to lead these trips. He’s gone on four of his dad’s trips and loves learning about the land and its connection to the Bible, and his dream is to one-day lead trips of his own after he learns the ropes from his dad, who is a walking encyclopedia of Biblical knowledge.  Jonah recommends that every believer, who has the resources, visit the holy land at least once in their lives as it’s an awesome opportunity.  Last year they brought a group of high-school/college age students with their families and chaperones, and they are doing it again this June and fellow faculty member Nate Dewey is coming along.  Do you want to plan a study trip to Israel in June 2019?  Jonah states, “You’ll never read your Bible the same way again…”

Student Artwork on Display

Congratulations to the following GRACE students whose artwork is currently on display at Crabtree Valley Mall. Please stop by the mall anytime between now and May 8th to see the beautiful GRACE student art. The display is located downstairs near the H & M entrance.  

  • Lela Arruza
  • Kiara Azamar
  • David Bandy
  • Hannah Billings
  • Audrey Bradley
  • John Thomas Brady
  • Declan Collier
  • Abby Corona
  • Hayden DeCicco
  • Lea Deguzman
  • Kendall Dewey
  • Liz Ditcheos
  • Claire Donovan
  • Kelsey Drake
  • Juliana Escuti
  • Miren Escuti
  • Hannah Fetterolf
  • Mary German
  • Lena Giuggio
  • Brianna Gower
  • Chloe Gower
  • Calise Graham
  • Elizabeth Grieci
  • Abby Hairr
  • Gia Hamilton
  • Kaden Haslam
  • Morgan Haugley
  • Reed Heath
  • Jake Hess
  • Mason Hess
  • Caitlin Hewitt
  • Jessica Hoyle
  • Ava Jenkins
  • Jackie Jenkins
  • Mason Jones
  • Emily Kelly
  • Lorelei Kemp
  • Olivia Kulinski
  • Avrie Lanning
  • Tanner Lawrence
  • Kate Lehmann
  • Rachael Litavecz
  • Sohani Mathew
  • Ellie McNair
  • Zoe Meeson
  • Ava Mendez
  • Cecilia Mendez
  • Giuliana Miller
  • Caleb Morrison
  • Lily Moss
  • Addy Neira
  • Giselle Nico
  • Anna Beth Null
  • Elijah Pagan
  • Olivia Payne
  • Sofia Pinzauti
  • Dani Porter
  • Eden Quirk
  • Tripp Raymer
  • Olivia Reites
  • Will Reites
  • Madison Rhoads
  • Piper Riggs
  • Ella Ritter
  • Lee Robinson
  • Madison Russell
  • Nathan Schwartzburg
  • Rebecca Sharda
  • Cecily Shibley
  • Will Shipman
  • Aubrey Smith
  • Finley Stewart 
  • Lucy Stokes
  • Claire Storum
  • Briana Taylor
  • Hannah Taylor
  • Sophie Taylor
  • Princess Ugochukwu
  • Will Walters
  • Caralyn Woodworth
  • Madie Zechman

Honoring the Military

This morning our campus once again was able to honor the men and women of the North Carolina Army National Guard (1-130 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and the Det. 1 Co B 638th Aviation Support Battalion) by welcoming them as they came on campus this morning prior to their deployment ceremony at Hope Community Church. Mr. Bradley spoke to the battalion commander after their procession down Buck Jones Road and he shared that the soldiers and their families were “blown away” by the presence of our students along the street and campus. They were extremely appreciative of our support.  These soldiers will be serving in Afghanistan. Please keep their safety and the health and well-being of them and their families in your prayers.

A Soldier Met a Boy Who Loves Jesus

It was 1st grader Hudson Quirk’s idea that the deploying soldiers needed to hear Numbers 6: 24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  With the help of his teacher, Mrs. Huntley, this verse was printed on cards to give to the soldiers. One soldier, so moved by Hudson’s earnest and sincere concern for the troops, took the card, and in exchange, gave Hudson the unit patch from the shoulder of his uniform.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 17, 2018

Your April 17, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE Newsletter is ready! This morning our campus once again was able to honor the men and women of the North Carolina Army National Guard (1-130 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and the Det. 1 Co B 638th Aviation Support Battalion) by welcoming them as they came on campus this morning prior to their deployment ceremony at Hope Community Church. Mr. Bradley spoke to the battalion commander after their procession down Buck Jones Road and he shared that the soldiers and their families were “blown away” by the presence of our students along the street and campus. They were extremely appreciative of our support.  These soldiers will be serving in Afghanistan. Please keep their safety and the health and well-being of them and their families in your prayers.

 

Mark your calendar for April 24th – there will be a family fellowship event after school on the lower campus, an opportunity to raise money for GRACE by making a purchases at the Crossroads Plaza Chipotle, and an opportunity for our high school students to serve and earn community service hours. All the details are included in the newsletter.

In case you are working off an old calendar, next week is NOT achievement testing week. In January you should have received Achievement Test Letter from Academic Dean Julia Taylor explaining why we are moving from spring assessments to fall assessments.

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.