Archive for November, 2018

#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 27, 2018

We hope that everyone had a restful and peaceful Thanksgiving and is ready to finish the semester well.

The November 27, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes information about upcoming Christmas performances as well as a few Christmas events that still need volunteers.

Lady Eagles, don’t forget that this Friday night your GRACE PTF is hosting Field of Rubies. Details are in the newsletter.

Tickets for the 2019 Play4Kay event are available for purchase. Purchase your tickets prior to January 4th and receive a complimentary event t-shirt. Details are 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.

Creative Writing Festival

GRACE Christian School participates in the annual ACSI Creative Writing Festival. Finalists for the ACSI event are selected from among entries submitted to our school level event. The GRACE and ACSI Creative Writing Festivals provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their writing abilities and skills. This student activity is not a competition but rather a program geared to help students improve their creative writing abilities. Students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate. For a full list of rules and guidelines, read 2019 Creative Writing Festival Guidelines.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 13, 2018

It seems like it was summer just a few weeks ago and now next week is Thanksgiving! We hope that everyone in the GRACE family enjoys having next week to rest, relax, and prepare for the end of the semester.  

The November 13, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes information about events both past and present with several events happening very soon upon our return from Thanksgiving.   

Before you leave for your week off, please rescue your lost items from the lost and found tables/shelves on both campuses. All unclaimed items will be donated on the 16th.

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.

The Threats of Personalized Technology: Are You Doing All You Can to Protect Your Child?

It’s no secret that students are more digitally engaged than ever before. With technology at their fingertips at home and in the classroom, today’s children are “digital natives” — having used computers, tablets, and smartphones from a very early age.

While technology provides powerful learning opportunities, parents and educators alike are becoming more aware of the threats at hand when young ones enter the online space. With personalized profiles, unique accounts, and custom online experiences, protecting a child’s safety and identity requires some extra leg work. 

That’s why we compiled this list of tips. At GRACE Christian School, we want to help parents find the balance between personalized technology and security, allowing their children to take advantage of online tools — without being taken advantage of.

Create New Accounts with Care

When downloading a new app or creating a new account, your child will likely be asked for a great deal of personal information. While some information might be required (such as name and an e-mail address), consider whether the value of customization outweighs the risks of oversharing. Some apps, especially those with a social component, may encourage a personal bio, photo, or other details. Be selective with what you share in these fields. Never share birthdays, school names, or hometowns.

Adjust Social Media Settings

While young students may not be using social media, pre-teens and teens are often heavily engaged with networking apps. Accounts should always be set to private. Sometimes, this has to be changed manually as many apps default to public profiles. Further, today’s apps often use location data — but you can disable this feature on your smartphone or tablet settings. Remind your student to use secure passwords and never, ever share them with others, even close friends.

Monitor Closely

Today’s parents have a great deal of responsibility; not only do you have to monitor your child’s physical life, you must be involved with their digital lives as well. While it may seem like a chore, it’s important to stay educated about the platforms your child is using, the people they’re connecting with, and the conversations they’re having. The risks of predators, cyberbullying, and other negative activities are very real. Never think of monitoring as an invasion of privacy; your involvement now could prevent long-term challenges. 

Foster Open Communication

Consider ways to connect with your child about their online experiences. For younger students, setting age-appropriate limits and maintaining a balanced approach to technology use may be enough. As students get older, they can understand some of the dangers such as identity theft, malware, and cyber stalkers. The most important thing, at any age, is that your kids feel comfortable coming to you if they encounter an issue online, and that they know you’re there to help.

Limit Overall Time Spent Online

It adds up quickly! Studies show that some children spend six hours a day online. This can significantly impact a child’s development physically, and new research says that excessive internet use is tied to issues like anxiety and depression. Parents themselves can model healthy relationships with technology by limiting their own use and encouraging screen-free time in the evening.

Partner With Your School

Parents are not the only ones with a great deal of responsibility in today’s ever-changing world. Schools have a to protect student data and ensure children at all grade levels are using technology safely in the classroom. Don’t hesitate to ask schools how they maintain a secure network, protect students’ identities, and monitor students as they interact with tablets and computers for learning purposes. GRACE Christian School launched it’s 1:1 laptop program in 2010 and has extensive experience in harnessing the benefits of technology in the classroom while simultaneously teaching our students how to be good digital citizens.

Free E-Book for Parents

Raising children in today’s digital-driven world is a big job. It’s important to choose a school that is equally committed to your student’s safety — in every sense of the word. If you’re looking for a private school, download our free e-book, Start Smart, for more tips on choosing wisely.

 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 6, 2018

Happy Election Day! The November 6, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes details about re-enrollment, what to do with extra candy, the upper campus fall exam schedule, information meetings for middle school parents, and the PTF-sponsored Field of Rubies event planned for the end of this month.

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.