Archive for August, 2018

#WhatsUpAtGRACE August 28, 2018

Please take a moment to read the August 28, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter. Today is the last day to order hot lunch for your student for the month of September. Make sure to have your order complete by 4:00pm.

Picture Day is September 7th. All staff and students will have their picture made this day as these are the pictures that are used for the yearbook. If you want to order a picture package, you must order in advance of picture day. Instructions are included in the newsletter.

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

Lower Campus Book & STEM Clubs

There is a lot going on in the lower campus library. Summer Reading Logs are due by August 24th. In addition, there are several interest meetings scheduled for book clubs and STEM clubs coming up in the next few weeks. All interest meetings meet in room 137 (Innovation Station):

  • Aug 23: 4th Grade Boys Book Clubs (during lunch)
  • Aug 23: 6th Grade Boys Book Clubs (during lunch)
  • Aug 24: 5th Girls Book Club (during lunch)
  • Aug 29: 6th Grade STEM Club (2:50-3:30pm)
  • Aug 30: 4th Grade Girls Book Club (during lunch)
  • Aug 30: 6th Grade Girls Book Club (during lunch)
  • Aug 31: 5th Grade Boys Book Club (during lunch)
  • Sep 12: 6th Grade Girls Who Code Club (2:50-3:30pm)

 

Why All Kids Should Color: The Link Between Coloring and Early Childhood Development

Perhaps you’ve noticed the resurgence of coloring books – and they’re not just for kids these days! Many adults and teens are reconnecting with the enjoyable and calming effect that coloring can have after a busy day of work or school. But there’s so much more to coloring than just fun, especially in early childhood. There’s solid research to show that this hands-on activity helps early learners achieve the critically important physical and cognitive development they need for success.

A Meaningful Alternative to Screen Time
While we’ve enthusiastically embraced digital technology, we know that students also need to develop fine motor skills. That’s an area that can be overlooked if early learners spend all their time swiping a screen. Coloring is one of the best activities to develop fine motor skills for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Those fine motor skills are essential when children are being taught the correct way to grip a pencil and to train small finger muscles that need to be developed in young children.

Coordination Is a Transferable Skill
In case you think coloring is only about artistic expression, think again! The coordination skills it instills extend to a variety of other activities. Catching a ball, fitting a jigsaw puzzle together, tying shoes, building with blocks, and cutting with scissors all require the kind of visual-motor integration that coloring develops.

Grow Their Concentration
Would your child benefit from a bit more focus? Parents often find that the calming nature of coloring is a welcome respite from the fast-paced, attention-bouncing nature of online activities. All children begin coloring with scribbling, but as their visual-motor integration increases, they’ll find increasing satisfaction in putting crayon to paper to represent people, places, objects, or activities.

Colors and Shapes are Foundational
Coloring also helps early learners classify objects by color and shape, a skill which leads to organizing their world in a logical manner. Asking them to describe what they’ve drawn will help kids build a rich vocabulary and pave the way for further language development. Sorting by color and shape characteristics, noting differences, and organizing effectively has a close relationship to mathematical reasoning as well!

Experiment in a Safe Space
Coloring is a safe way to experiment with different techniques and media. Whether students use crayons, colored pencils, or markers, they’ll see the effects right away. By exploring different stroke techniques and blending colors, children will develop a sense of pride and achievement. That’s true whether their creations are identifiable or not!

Engage the Whole Child!
Consider some of the creative ways that GRACE Christian School transitional kindergarten teachers have engaged students in developing both fine and large motor skills:

  •      Students color on giant-size paper, spreading out whatever way they were comfortable to draw very large pictures!
  •      Kids color on paper taped to the wall, challenging their arm and shoulder muscles and building upper body strength.
  •      Students color while on their stomachs –– tricky for kids who typically move their entire arm to color or write.  Fine motor coordination and strength increased as they were forced to move only their fingers.
  •      By decorating small plaster of Paris bricks they had made for a Bible unit, students further honed their use of fine-motor skills.

The cornerstone of a GRACE Elementary School education is developing a love for learning and a love for the Lord! GRACE administrators, faculty, and staff are enthusiastic advocates for children, equipping them for life. They’ve created a helpful e-book that shows how Raleigh area parents can give their child the very best start on the educational journey.

Download your free copy of the 4 Pillars of Kindergarten Readiness!

#WhatsUpAtGRACE August 21, 2018

Please take a moment to read the August 21, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter. There are lots of events happening for students, adults, and families in the upcoming weeks and the newsletter has them all listed and linked for you. Coming in September are the annual “Coffee with the Principal” events. The newsletter has the details.

GRACE high school students, teachers, and staff are currently off-site at the annual Ignite Retreat. Please pray for safety for everyone as they dig into God’s word together.  

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

Family Fellowship: Tailgate Bash

The Season Opener Tailgate Bash (Hawaiian Style) is kicking off the football season with a community wide pregame tailgate bash on September 7th. The Tailgate Bash is a family fun event that features food trucks, Kona Ice, a blow up obstacle course, beach volleyball, cornhole, limbo, a photo booth, and more. Come dressed up in your most outrageous Hawaiian outfit as prizes will be awarded for the most school spirit. FREE leis giveaways to the first 200 guest. 

We need YOU! Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success to help setup, staff and clean up after the event. Please sign up for a slot and check in at the volunteer tent located inside the admission gate at the Athletic Field. 

All volunteers names will go in a drawing for one GRACE swag bag full of great items to be given away to one winner. 

Thank you for giving of your time and helping at the bash! 

 

Coffee with the Principal

Each campus principal will host a coffee and questions event for each grade level during September. Parents are invited to meet with Dr. Morris (Lower Campus) or Mrs. Gill (Upper Campus) for an informal Q&A about their grade. This session is for general questions, comments, and suggestions, not for personal student or teacher specific issues. For the latter, please make an appointment with the appropriate principal for a private discussion.

Lower Campus

Held in the Library from 8:15-9:15am

  • Transitional Kindergarten: September 4th
  • Kindergarten: September 6th
  • 1st Grade: October 4th
  • 2nd Grade: September 25th
  • 3rd Grade: September 20th
  • 4th Grade: September 19th
  • 5th Grade: September 18th
  • 6th Grade: September 27th

Upper Campus

Held in the Walker Conference Room from 8:15-9:15am

  • 7th Grade: September 6th
  • 8th Grade: September 7th
  • 10th Grade: September 17th
  • 9th Grade: September 19th
  • 11th & 12th Grades: September 20th

Family Fun Night at Friday Night Football

Aloha! The second annual Football Season Opener Tailgate Bash will begin Friday, September 7th at 5:30pm at the GRACE Athletic Field. Have fun enjoying your GRACE family before taking in our first home football game (kick-off is 7:00pm)

This family fun event features food trucks, Kona Ice, a blow up obstacle course, limbo, a photo booth, beach volleyball, cornhole, prizes for the fan with the most Hawaiian spirit, and complementary leis for the first 400 guests.

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Community service hours will be given to high school students who volunteer.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE August 14, 2018

Welcome to the first full week of the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you for your patience as we get settled with your students.

The August 14, 2018 WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter has several opportunities for getting involved at GRACE. Be sure to check out the dates and deadlines in this week’s edition. 

Please take a minute right now to re-link your Harris Teeter Vic card so that every shopping trip you take will raise money for GRACE! Harris Teeter requires you to re-link your card every year – links to their website are included in today’s newsletter.

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